NK’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018

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The holiday season is a time for self-reflection, a time to think about what we’re grateful for and a time to get together with family and friends. Here are a few of my favourite things that would make great gifts for your loved ones… or to treat yourself with!

Links of London 

Nothing is more thoughtful, I think, than a personalized gift. Links of London’s Sweetie Bracelet is beautiful on its own, but it can also be customized with diamond keepsake charms. Above is an idea of how I would customize my own Sweetie Bracelet, using my initials and my lucky number!

Hounds Vodka

If you know me, you know I live for the colour black, and what’s so cool about Hounds is the vodka is…black!  It’s perfect for that innovative mixologist in your life who loves creating unique and striking cocktails.  And I have to say it also looks great on a bar cart! 

Available at the LCBO and La Saq

SPINCO

Spinning has become an important part of my life and weekly routine. For that 45 minutes on the SPINCO bike I’m able to disconnect from the world and work up an amazing sweat.  Grab a gift card for that special someone and book a class together, or buy yourself a package to get motivated for those New Year’s resolutions.  I’m also a fan of SPINCO’s workout gear, which you can pick out at one of their studios.

Thompson Toronto // Bloor-Yorkville 

A sleepover or staycation at a beautiful hotel is always a good idea and The Thompson Toronto is the place to do it! On top of the amazing service, stunning lobby and rooftop with panoramic views of the city (perfect place for a cocktail), the hotel was voted #1 in Toronto on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards and awarded Trip Advisor’s certificate of excellence.

Once you’re checked in, head up to Bloor-Yorkville for some of Toronto’s best shopping (Holt Renfrew is a must), a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum, indulge in float therapy at Rest Nest, have a magical selfie moment in front of the holiday lights on Cumberland Street, and grab a bite at neighbourhood staple Trattoria Nervosa.

South Hill Home

If you’re on the hunt for something one of a kind (and ready to invest) South Hill Home has you covered. From furniture and lighting, to accent pieces and board games (like this KIFU Paris chess set) their designer collections are incredibly curated and like no other.

DAVIDsTEA

When everyone else is bringing bottles of wine as host/hostess presents to holiday parties, why not bring a DAVIDsTEA gift box instead?  It’s a great idea for friends you know aren’t big drinkers.  The boxes include a variety of their delicious flavours and some even come with a portable tea press.

Swarovski

Some of the most iconic Christmas trees in the world shine bright with the help of Swarovski crystals, and this year the brand has three trees on display at Toronto’s Union Station.  Escape the cold and head inside for a festive outing with the fam, and if you’re looking for another thoughtful host/hostess gift, there’s the 2018 Swarovski Ornament.  It’s a beautiful keepsake to help commemorate the past year.

 

Flow x LCBO

This month the LCBO has partnered with my favourite water, Flow, to encourage people to drink responsibly! You’ll be able to pick up special co-branded Flow at different LCBO stores across Ontario over the last two weekends leading up to Christmas. You can also find it at Union Station on December 14th.  It’s a great reminder to include water in the mix when serving those festive cocktails at your holiday parties.

NKPR GUIDE: A Star is Born Style Guide

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STARSTRUCK WITH LINKS OF LONDON

A Star is Born had its North American premiere only a few weeks ago during TIFF, with Links of London as the official co-host for their post-screening party! Well, it’s finally hitting theatres, so we decided to share some star-studded jewellery pieces that are inspired by the film. Tweet us to let us know if you’ve watched the film and what your favourite Links piece is!

#NKClientLove: The Royal Wedding

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MISSED THE ROYAL WEDDING?

Our office (and our clients!) have been obsessed with the Royal Wedding for weeks, so we put together a quick recap of some ways we’ve showed love for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day!

Windsor Arms Hotel in Bloor-Yorkville

On May 19th, bright and early at 6 AM, the Windsor Arms Hotel in Bloor-Yorkville hosted a Royal Breakfast for guests to view the wedding in luxury and comfort! Seated in the hotel’s stunning (and newly renovated) Courtyard Ballroom, they enjoyed a delicious luxe British breakfast prepared by the Windsor Arms’ executive and pastry chefs. Guests indulged in a curated selection of Windsor Arms loose leaf teas, assortment of scones and crumpies, traditional English bubble and squeak ,and even a Royal-inspired lemon elderflower wedding cake!

Links of London 

Guests loved Links of London at the Royal Wedding! Her Majesty the Queen wore a beautiful assortment of pearls, including Links of London’s Effervescence White Large Pearl Stud Earrings and the Effervescence Star White Pearl Bracelet.

Kitty Spencer played it simple with an up-do that let the classic and elegant Diamond Essentials Pave Round Stud Earrings shine.

Amal Clooney was a showstopper with the Hope Egg Earrings in Silver and White Topaz to compliment her beautiful golden Stella McCartney dress.

Square One Shopping Centre

Square One created a fun tribute to some of Meghan’s most iconic fashion moments in the lead up to the Royal wedding, including the iconic Meghan Coat from LINE the Label that she wore for her engagement!

MEC

With it being hardly a week since their nuptials, we’re remembering all the sweet moments the couple shared since their first blind date! Just weeks after they met, Harry surprised Meghan with a safari camping trip to Maun, Botswana! *Swoons*
We’ve assembled a list of MEC must-haves so you can have your own romantic getaway camping trip this summer! This Wine Glass set is perfect for a night under the stars! No romantic night is complete without snuggling up with some cozy blankets and pillows- at around $20 you could get tons of these Camp Pillows to make your evening ultra- cozy. Lastly, you of course need the perfect tent! Try out this Cabin 6 Person Tent for a spacious romantic hideaway.

How did you celebrate the Royal Wedding? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

NKPR Fall 2018 Preview

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Welcome to our Fall 2018 Preview!

This past Wednesday we invited media and guests into our office for our Fall/Winter 2018 Preview. Starting bright and early at 8:30AM, we showcased some of our clients’ upcoming product launches and the newest trends for next season! 

Upon entering, guests were welcomed to join us for s’mores with our popular MEC display! Along with camping essentials, the outdoor retailer showcased some of their top products for the latest trends in Indoor Climbing and Trail Running, as well as an exclusive look at the new North Face jackets coming our way!

With two exciting new clients on board, guests were also delighted with takeaway Tim Horton’s Timbits and six hours worth of puppy love with Betty and Blue from Dog Tales Rescue.

After getting their fill of our furry friends (for the time being), guests browsed the show stopping pieces in Swarovski’s Fall collection- including some of the largest crystal encrusted necklaces we’ve ever seen, as well as a fun Disney collaboration!

There was also a large variety of hair-care products on display, including OGX’s new Stylers (with dry shampoos, wax, creams, and mousses!) and Maui Moisture’s new Color Protection Sea Minerals Shampoo and Conditioner. Guests were also treated to touch-ups using the Stylers- leaving the preview looking as a fab as ever!

Enter the boardroom and you were confronted with a beauty lovers paradise! Groupe Marcelle set up shop with their newest and coolest collections.

Lise Watier’s David Vincent spoke to guests about a range of new products, including the Stylo Haute Couleur high coverage lip lacquers!

The stunningly bold display belonged to Annabelle, of course- featuring the Edge Collection with some of the prettiest fall lipsticks we’ve seen yet.

Last but not least, Marcelle gave us a sneak peak at their NewAge collection, with an Uplift Serum, and both day and eye creams.

Our friends at DAVIDsTEA gave us a taste of fall with their new blends, including Namastea and Cardamom Macchiato! They also had guests up to their noses in fruity scents with their new summer collection, launching on May 14th.

Guests found themselves admiring the new Afternoon Tea collection charms from Links of London. I mean- how cute is the cupcake and strawberry?? Also on display were the gorgeous new rose gold additions to the Splendour collection.

LINE the Label offered guests the chance to try on their new fall pieces, featuring beautiful coats with everything from cheetah print to beautiful soft pink hues!

What products are you looking forward to trying next season? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) to let us know!

Afternoon Tea with Links of London

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Enjoy Afternoon Tea with Links of London

Links of London recently introduced new charms to add to their stunning Afternoon Tea Collection! The charm additions include the adorable daisy, strawberry, cupcake, and sugar cube (which is made of solid-sterling silver, sprinkled with a generous helping of 216 sparkling pave diamonds)! To create the perfect Royal tea-inspired Sweetie Made-To-Order Bracelet, mix these in with the collection’s miniature British biscuit charm, and traditional teapot, cup and saucer charm!

To celebrate the new charms for their Afternoon Tea Collection, Links of London hosted guests for Afternoon Tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Bloor-Yorkville!

Tea Etiquette Expert, Lisa Orr, taught guests the differences between afternoon tea and high tea, and how the Royals enjoy theirs! (The Queen loves Earl Grey with a side of Chocolate biscuit cake).

Along with finger sandwiches and pastries, the afternoon featured a candy bar where guests could fill up their Links of London gift bags with their favourite British sweets.

Of course, the afternoon wasn’t complete without a Pop-up Made-To-Order Bracelet Bar! Each guest was complimented with a Links of London iconic Sweetie Made-To-Order Bracelet that they could customize with Afternoon Tea Charms of their choice! They also had the option to add an engraved Disc Charm and were given the chance to swap sterling silver rings with rose gold vermeil, yellow gold vermeil or rhodium rings for a bi-metal look.

What’s your favourite Afternoon Tea Charm? Comment below or tweet us (@natashankpr) to let us know!

FWords LIVE at Links of London

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The FWords Podcast LIVE at Links of London!

The first LIVE taping of the FWords podcast took place this past weekend! Natasha, along with Taylor Kaye, and Anthony Mantella, hosted their first live event for the podcast series in the Links of London boutique at the Toronto Eaton Centre. Guests joined the trio to chat about which royals wear Links of London (and LINE the Label!), as well as holiday gifting!

The event had a fantastic response, especially as laughter and conversation filled the mall and attracted a crowd surrounding the store’s entrance! Among the lovely FWords fans that came out to join the fun was the beautiful Rosey Edeh and Kris Reyes!

Along with chatting to guests and listeners live at the Links of London store, the highlight of the evening was the iconic Sweetie Made-To-Order Bracelet giveaway! Throughout the podcast guests could enter a ballad for a chance to win a $500 Sweetie bracelet, including a couple charms of their choice!

We all know Natasha loves the Sweetie bracelet as the best gift to give… and receive! To celebrate the first live event, FWords listeners are able to enter a second Sweetie bracelet giveaway over on the @natashankpr Instagram account!

You can listen to this special LIVE edition of the FWords here. Stay tuned for more FWords LIVE events in 2018!

NKPR 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

This holiday season we’ve accumulated the best items for your budget. From gifts for those at the top of your list to the Secret Santa or Kris Kringle gifts with tight spending limits. Check out the list below before you head out on your next shopping trip!

Gifts under $30!

Thinking of good ideas for Kris Kringle gifts is one of the hardest shopping challenges during the holidays, especially with a max budget of $30… To help you out we’ve put together this list of gifts that everyone will want to steal (and won’t break the bank)!

SAJE NATURAL WELLNESS

1. The Sleep Duo. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, who wouldn’t want to quiet the brain and calm the body with restful sleep? -$24.95

2. Peppermint Halo. A roller headache remedy with a therapeutic blend ALL gift recipients will appreciate. -$26.95

3. Aromaglow Matte White electric ceramic diffuser. This flame-free ceramic diffuser holds the healing power of essential oils. Perfect for a snow day in! -$29.95

MEC

  1. Deluxe PillowA touch of luxe for the campers and hikers on your list! This pillow is small and light enough to bring on backpacking trips or long-haul travels and can be inflated as much as you want to adjust its firmness and height. – $27 to $30
  2. United By Blue Copper Mule Mug Vancouver. This cute laser engraved rose gold mug is the gift that keeps on giving- for every product sold, United By Blue removes 1 pound of trash from the world’s oceans!  – $30
  3. Unisex Pom Pom Hat. Everyone needs a staple pom pom hat in their winter wardrobe! With multiple prints and colours to choose from, you can’t go wrong. -$16

DAVIDsTEA

  1. Tea-infused Chocolate BoxGive the gift of fine imported chocolates infused with delicious loose leaf teas. This will definitely become a holiday favourite! -$15
  2. Santa’s Secret Set. Everyone loves getting cozy by the fire during the holidays! This gift set includes Candy Cane-sprinkled black tea, a Limited Edition red Perfect spoon, and Santa’s Secret tea-infused chocolate. It’s the perfect remedy for a cold day! -$20
  3. Tea Piñata. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with 10 sachets of delicious tea after you burst open this fun piñata! This is great for a friend who loves some added magic! -$25

 Gifts under $100!

Take a look at these beautiful and unique gifts any loved one would be happy to unwrap! Check out the items below for the best gifts at the right price.

Hounds Black Vodka. Pour everyone a glass of this smooth, creamy, and jet black spirit this holiday season. Great for the cocktail connoisseur (or who like it straight up)! -$39.45

SWAROVSKI

  1. Swarovski Remix Collection. With an invisible magnetic closure, you can blend different pieces to create a beautiful and personal look as a bracelet, choker, or necklace. This unique styling makes this the perfect gifting idea!
  2. Fit Short Pierced Earrings. Complete a glam NYE outfit with these gorgeous crystal mesh earrings. It may come in a small box, but it will get the biggest smile!
  3. Zodiac PendantThis pendant will suit anyone on your list with these glittery horoscope signs!

LISE WATIER

  1. Smokey Nudes 12- Colour Eyeshadow Palette. This palette will give you an illuminating look all year round with this beautiful harmony of creamy nude shades! -$65
  2. Lumistick Illuminating Highlighter. Add some shimmer to your gift list with this gorgeous highlighter! -$36
  3. Age Control Supreme. – Give a gift worthy of the Gods with this pressed serum described as the holy grail! -$85

LINKS OF LONDON

  1. Polar Bear Charm. Mark your spot on a friend’s Sweetie bracelet with this adorable sterling silver Polar Bear charm! -$95
  2. Stocking Charm. With a beautiful contrast of silver and gold, this charm will tell the story of all the cozy nights spent around the fire this holiday season. -$95
  3. Penguin Charm. This loveable Penguin charm is perfect for the animal lover on your list! -$95

NKPR Spring Preview 2018

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Welcome to the NKPARLOUR!

We recently sprung into spring with our 2018 Spring Preview! Hosted at the NKPR base, guests and media were given a sneak peak of what’s trending next season.

To kick start the day, Guests were greeted with tasty drinks and snacks provided by our sponsor Revitasize!

Upon entering the NK Parlour, guests could go camping in B.C., explore Iceland, and backpack through Vietnam with MEC! Their Spark 1 Tent was displayed (a popular area for photo-opps), an ultra light one-person tent with tons of interior space and a nylon mesh canopy for breathability. MEC’s Timbuk2 Tandem Panniers were a hit with guests, as presented for the ‘Urban Commuter’ (how fitting for us in Toronto)! Attach them to your bike for a pair of weatherproof saddlebags, or utilize their magnetic closure for use as a slim shoulder bag!

With all that travel you have to remember to hydrate! Flow Water joined the party, announcing new flavoured water. Cucumber Mint and Lemon Ginger will be among the new flavours coming soon!

Makeup dominated the boardroom as beautiful new products for 2018 were displayed for guests to enjoy. Marcelle Cosmetics is releasing amazing new bronzing powders with shiny and matte finishes, as well as worry-free eye shadow for all skin tones! Introducing their new collection, Urban Velocity, Lise Watier‘s David Vincent showcased the new marbled blush, lipstick and eye shadow with spirals of modern and iridescent hues that blend together to give you a soft modern look. Annabelle Cosmetics brought a fun twist to the table, partnering with Hayley Elsaesser to create The Outrageous Collection, featuring bold and original colours that come in either creamy or sparkly finishes!

OGX set up shop with their new Stylers for 2018, including dry shampoos! There will be plenty more launches to come as they expand in the Canadian market, so look out! Maui Moisture also took part to showcase their vegan hair-care products, made with 100% pure aloe juice. Guests loved the Maui Moisture Color Protection+ Sea Minerals Collection!

Freshen things up with Origins Canada! Guests were easily impressed with their multi-action Willowherb-infused Original Skin™ collection to de-stress, refine, shrink pores and restore glow, leaving skin perfected and vibrant. This includes a matte moisturizer and a fantastic retexturizing mask with rose clay!

Links of London charmed guests with recently launched extensions to the iconic Sweetie Made-To-Order collection (new charms!) and the Friendship collection (new bracelet colours)! Links also stole the show with their beautiful new Splendour collection!

TNT – The New Trend showcased select pieces from some of the unique luxury brands they carry in-store, including the new Calvin Klein under Raf Simons, Acne Studios, Chloe, R13 and a number of other coveted labels you can’t find anywhere else in Toronto. The brand also highlighted the amazing events and designer appearances they have coming up this year and into 2018 (Follow @TNTFashion for updates)!

Saje Wellness debuted some new products for your home! One of my personal favourite new arrivals is the aromaTime ultrasonic diffuser. New features include space for two tanks and a timer- so you can rise with an energizing blend and rest with a relaxing blend! It’s about time, am I right?

Swarovski attracted guests with their sparkly new Rainbow Paradise collection – a collection where colour is at its most brilliant. From the golden hues of the Lisabel honey bee pendant to the summery shapes of the Lime bracelet, the Spring Summer 2018 collection features pieces perfect for every occasion – Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Spring and Summer everyday wear!

Finally, all eyes were on the stunning artwork displayed by internationally renowned photographer, Florian Innerkofler. Taken around the globe, Florian presented a beautiful array of photography for everyone’s enjoyment. Along with affordable prints, he also offers his work as phone cases!

The day was full of excitement as guests mingled and viewed all the exciting new releases. Make sure you browse these great new products; they’ll surely put a spring in your step as the New Year rolls around!

Celebrate the Holidays in Toronto!

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It’s the most wonderful time of year!

There’s no doubt that the Holiday season has arrived, and while it may feel early to some, we can’t wait to celebrate. There is no shortage of events this season- check out what we’ve been up to and what we have planned!

Swarovski’s Holiday Tree and Sparkle Pop Up at Square One

On Wednesday night, Swarovski decked the halls of Square One Shopping Centre with the unveiling of their annual holiday tree and the globally exclusive Sparkle Pop Up! Hosted by ETalk’s Danielle Graham, who was dressed by Square One, the night kicked off with guests arriving on a sparkly Swarovski-blue carpet, followed by the unveilings from Swarovski’s Managing Director of Canada, Aurelie Pepion, and Square One’s Marketing Director, Toni Holley. Party band, Dwayne Gretzky, wrapped the night with a spectacular musical performance!

The Crystal Holiday Tree will be on display throughout December and is an amazing 26.5’, adorned with 14 tiers of gorgeous crystals and topped with an iconic Swarovski Star. Oversized Swarovski gift boxes form its base, allowing customers a great backdrop for a selfie! A first-of-its-kind, the Sparkle Pop Up includes a digital playground with an interactive fashion experience for guests to enjoy. Among other cool features, customers can virtually try on jewellery with The Stylefinder, making it easier to tick some gifts off their lists! Stop by to see these amazing displays and pick up a sparkly gift for someone special!

Tinsel Town at Thompson Toronto

The Thompson recently hosted their Tinsel Town at Thompson Toronto event, inviting guests to cozy up and watch a holiday film! Guests were welcomed onto the Rooftop Lounge for special holiday cocktails, the Berry Merry Holiday or the Cherry Cordial. Next, there were app-sized samples of classic diner menu items at the Thompson Diner, including poutine and even chicken and waffles! In the Lobby Bar, guests were greeted with a Snack Bar where they could load up on their favourite treats for the movie! Of course, you can’t watch a holiday film without hot chocolate. The Thompson provided a fully stocked DIY Hot Chocolate Bar, with marshmallows, donuts, and candy cane skewers for the finishing touch! Thompson Toronto capped the night with two holiday movies, where guests could relax in the private Screening Room to watch either The Holiday or Love Actually!

Mark Your Calendars!

Holiday Magic in Bloor Yorkville 

All I want for Christmas is some Holiday Magic! Bloor-Yorkville is transforming into a magical holiday wonderland starting on Saturday Nov 18th for the kick-off of Holiday Magic season, which will last until December 31st. Make sure you plan a visit to be a part of this magical experience!

GLOBUS Photography Exhibition

Do you hear what I hear? GLOBUS, an exhibition by Internationally renowned photographer, Florian Innerkofler, opens Nov 16th! Swing by the Art Square Gallery Cafe (across from the AGO) by November 20th to see some amazing artwork! The exhibit displays images captured during Innerkofler’s world travels while shooting high-profile campaigns. Have an artist on your shopping list this year? Prints can be bought in the gallery or online for as low as $260!

Murder On The Orient Express with Links of London

Movie tickets are a great early present and a fun stocking stuffer! Bring a friend to see Murder on the Orient Express, an exciting murder-mystery that recently hit theatres! As the official jewellery partner to the film, Links of London perfectly captures the film’s 1930s British style. (And there’s no better way to celebrate the holidays than with some gorgeous jewels and a fantastic film for those chilly winter nights!)

#SQ1SLAY the Holidays

Of course, the holiday season isn’t complete without gift-giving! The second annual #SQ1SLAY program transforms Square One into the perfect holiday shopping destination. Indulge in a festive shopping experience with a gift-wrapping station, stores to satisfy anyone on your gift list, an easy 10 Ways to Park at the shopping centre with an interactive map, and of course an annual photo with Santa! This year Santa can be found in the Enchanted Forest, a winter wonderland where the entire family can capture a holiday memory to cherish for years to come. Your beloved family pet can even join in on the festivities and pose with Santa between 7:30PM and 9PM on December 10th! Other great features include extended holiday hours and multi-option valet services. Plan a visit before December 24th to ensure you complete all your holiday shopping (and get a picture with the big man in red)!

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas in Toronto this year with these great events! Make sure you follow us to stay in-the-loop with future celebrations. 🙂

Natasha’s Holiday Gift Guide

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For those of you who are still looking for just the right gift for a loved one this holiday season, here’s a round up some of my favourite things for her, him… and a couple for me! 😉🎁

 

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