NKPR HOLIDAY IN JULY 2018

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Welcome to the NKPR Holiday in July 2018 Preview!

The NKPR office got a little chilly last week with our annual Holiday in July preview! We hosted media and influencers in our NKPaRlour to take a look at the exciting new products coming their way this winter. Ok, ready to start your wishlists? Take a look and let us know what you’ll be gifting this year 🙂

Nothing says the holidays like a gift guide! The NKPR team put together the best ones for the busy shopper including The Best Beauty and Fashion Gifts Under $100, For The One Who Likes to Splurge, The Best Last-Minute Gifts, and Gifts for an Avid Traveller! An office favourite? Stocking Stuffers (and Hounds Vodka seriously stole the show here)!

Upon entering our winter wonderland, guests peeked under the tree for the winter must-haves from MEC! They also showcased the best picks for an NYE Bucket List and gift guides for the globetrotter, for little explorers, for the coffee lover, and more!

Guests also enjoyed breakfast throughout the day with Tim Hortons’ new Breakfast Anytime menu. Have you ever seen a happier face?

Pusateri’s also made an appearance and they’ve exclusively partnered up with celebrity chef Chuck Hughes to develop limited-edition holiday gift baskets with his picks from Pusateri’s (including a few products from his own brand)! There are two boxes available in different sizes (with different price points) with custom artisanal offerings like Pusateri’s Maple Roasted Pecans and Marcona Almonds (Roasted and Salted), and Chuck Hughes’ Balsamic Vinegar and Hot Pepper Spread! These boxes feature some seriously delicious items to keep in your winter pantry, including all the snacks you could ever need for a snow day!

A tea-lightful sight, DAVIDsTEA created their own cosy holiday space in our boardroom (with a tree and fire no less)! Guests were given a sneak peek into their holiday selection, including their ever so popular advent calendar as well as their endless array of warm winter flavours like the classic Sleigh Ride and Santa’s Secret. To be honest, nothing gets me in the holiday spirit like warm delicious drinks!

Links of London was a popular destination with their NEW Narrative Collection! Links of London has now introduced new engravable disc charms and necklaces with horizontal bars in Sterling Silver, Rose Gold Vermeil and Yellow Gold Vermeil, all embellished with the collection’s iconic bubbled edges. Each beautiful piece can be engraved with a message or memorable date, making it the perfect gift for someone you care about with sentimental meaning! Our showroom also received a new permanent addition- a Links of London telephone booth (which was incredibly popular with our guests).

Lise Watier is introducing a new Holiday collection, “Neiges”, inspired by their iconic fragrance! The collection features a highlighting powder, two 5- colour eyeshadow palettes, sparkling lipstick, metallic liquid lipsticks and more! Think of your stocking overflowing with these… yes, please! They are also offering tons of amazing gift sets, great for making gifting a breeze this year.

Flow also debuted their newest flavours (Strawberry and Rose, Watermelon and Lime, Lemon and Ginger, and Cucumber and Mint), offering a point of hydration for guests as they browsed the room.

OGX and Maui Moisture showcased how you could enjoy a spa at home! Maui Moisture’s hair masks are incredibly moisturizing, perfect for the dry cold air of winter (and with many options for all hair types and needs). The OGX stylers are perfect to finish off the job and were a huge hit with guests as they enjoyed an on-site touchup throughout the preview.

Swarovski had some simply stunning pieces on display from their Fall/Winter 2018 Collection! Some of the necklaces were so sparkly the guests couldn’t put them down- and we can’t blame them. Who would you gift a gorgeous Swarovski piece too? Get ready! Winter is closer than you think!

Have you started your holiday gift list? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

NKPR GUIDE: CANADA DAY 2018

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How to Celebrate Canada Day this year!

Canada Day is only a few days away so we’ve put together a quick list of some summery and Canadian celebratory essentials for what you can do and what you can eat this weekend!

WHAT TO EAT

Pusateri’s has some incredible recipes that will last you the entire long weekend. Check out their recommendations for the most delicious meals to celebrate Canada’s birthday this year. Check out their store hours here to see if you can make any last minute trips on Monday!

Canada Day typically means lots of chilled beer and cocktails, but if you’re looking for something a little simpler with less of an edge (and low caffeine), try DAVIDsTEA’s most Canadian blend, the Maple Syrup Oolong!

WHAT TO DO

It’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL and HOT weekend (remember to wear sunscreen and drink lots of water!), so what better way to make the most of it than by getting out of the city and enjoying nature! MEC has some great items for literally anything and everything you could want to do outside this weekend- from kayaking, camping amidst the trees, and even cooking your own pizza anywhere you go!

If the city is more your vibe, catch some sun and some sangrias on the Thompson Toronto rooftop! They’ve recently redesigned the space and it is simply stunning (and they also introduced some new summer cocktails that you just have to try)!

What are your Canada Day long weekend plans? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

NKPR GUIDE: SUMMER OUTSIDE THE CITY

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how to enjoy the summer within a 2 hour drive of toronto!

The hot weather is the perfect excuse to get out of the city and spend some time in the great outdoors (that’s within a 2 hour driving radius)! We’ve put together a list of our favourite ways to escape the city life this summer:

Lavender Farms

Visiting a lavender farm is a perfect way to spend a day in the summer (and you’ll leave smelling great)! Many of these beautiful farms are only a short drive away from the city. Terre Bleu is one of the biggest lavender farms in Canada and is conveniently the closest to Toronto, near Milton. Terre Bleu is definitely Instagram worthy with a giant yellow door in the middle of the field, lavender ice cream, and tons of other scented and flavoured goodies at their gift shop!

Hamilton’s Waterfalls

Just hop on the QEW and check out the amazing waterfalls in Hamilton! Great for the active or those looking for a peaceful afternoon, there are over a hundred waterfalls where you can hike or even have a picnic. If you’re feeling a bit overheated, you can even stand in the waterfall to cool down!

Elora Gorge

The Elora Gorge is one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural areas in the Grand River valley. Take a day trip to Elora Gorge or spend a few nights camping (with a breathtaking view to wake up to)! Canoeing, tubing, a splash pad, sport fields, trails, and access to great fishing on the Grand River, makes Elora Gorge Park a family favourite!

Niagara Falls & Niagara-on-the-lake

Spend the day (or weekend) in the picture perfect town of Niagara-on-the-lake, with gift shops, fine dining, historical sites, infinite ice cream options, and sooooo much more. The Niagara Whirlpool Jet Boats ride is a must when visiting this cute little town. Take on this Class 5 white water that’s guaranteed to leave you absolutely soaking wet and amazingly refreshed. Not a fan of getting wet? The Jet Dome tour follows the exact route as the Wet Jet but shelters you from the water. If arcades, zip-lining, and ferris wheels interest you, drive to Niagara Falls for a fun-packed weekend! 

GO Transit is also offering weekend GO Train service to Niagara Falls from June 22 – September 3. 

What are your summer plans? tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

NKPR GUIDE: Father’s Day 2018

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Our Father’s Day Gift Guide!

June 17th is Father’s Day! We’re about a week away so we’ve put together some great ideas for how to spend your time (and maybe your money) to celebrate your dad! Whether he’s the adventurous type or likes to stay at home, there are gifts for every dad out there:

The Outdoorsman

There are some seriously cool products from MEC that we think all Dads deserve to have. Check out these awesome gifts that you could use this summer at home, on the road, or even camping!

Portable Fridge/ Freezer with WIFI

This multi-tasking freezer would make your dad the life of the party! It features dual cooled compartments for different food items, and you can control the temperature with a mobile app and charge your phone with the USB port!

UCO Softshell Ice Cream Ball Pint

This baby makes ice cream WHEREVER you go! Imagine all the times you’ve been at a family BBQ and could have used a nice creamy bowl to cool you down… now you can make it yourself as you play a friendly game of soccer!

The Food Connoisseur

Some dads are master grillers, and others love a good espresso (or both)! These Pusateri’s items are great gift options for any dad who loves to cook and enjoy their daily dose, or two, of caffeine.

Leather Grilling Apron 
Fully hand-made with 100% leather, this apron is a beautiful and thoughtful gift for any dad who loves to grill.

Espresso Gift Set 
Nothing is better to start a morning than a cup of espresso and biscotti on the side! Add a great view and great company and that’s a perfect way to greet your dad on Father’s Day.

The Workaholic 

These Links of London goodies are classy and stylish ways to show your dad how much you appreciate all his hard work!

Driver Silver Dial Watch

Every look is completed with a sleek watch! Gift your dad this classic accessory- there’s no doubt it’ll be his new outfit staple.

Black Tone Stainless Steel Ballpoint Pen

Really good quality pens are seriously underrated! This baby is bold and beautiful with a retractible nib, clip, and a polished black finish.

The Car Junkie

Bloor-Yorkville is hosting their 8th annual Yorkville Exotic Car Show on Sunday the 17th from 12-5 PM! Take your dad for some quality time and get up close and personal with some of the most rare, beautiful, and luxury cars.

What are you doing for Father’s Day? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

NKPR GUIDE: PRIDE MONTH 2018

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Celebrate Pride Month!

Friday June 1st marks the official start of Pride Month, with the Toronto Pride Parade on June 24th. We’ve put together a quick guide of all the products and activities offered by our clients that will help you celebrate! We’ve got you covered for what to wear, and what to do, to show your pride this June!

Never Apart

Dax Dasilva, the CEO and founder of Lightspeed, is also the founder of Never Apart, a not for profit organization geared towards igniting positive change and unity through culture! Never Apart has released two Colour by Icons colouring books that celebrate 50 LGBTQ icons. Colour by Icons 2.0 features LGBTQ trailblazers including David Bowie, Yves Saint-Laurent, Leonardo Da Vinci, and many more! All proceeds from the colouring book benefit Never Apart’s LGBTQ programming!

Swarovski

Swarovski has a great selection of beautiful rainbow necklaces that you can show your pride with. Whether you like mid-length necklaces, chokers, or long necklaces Swarovski has got you covered for the upcoming parade!  

MEC

On June 16th, MEC will be celebrating Pride Month with a special ParkBus event! This will allow urbanites who want to go camping a chance to get there on a communal (and fun) bus without having to rent a car or take some sort of transit to Narnia!

Bloor-Yorkville

An amazing part of Pride Month is seeing the stores participate by setting up fun window displays! Bloor-Yorkville will be all decked out in rainbows for the month, making it that much more fun to window shop! Spend a weekend checking out all of the beautiful window displays as you browse through the incredible shops and restaurants throughout the neighbourhood.

How will you be celebrating Pride Month? Tweet us at @natashankpr to 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!

NKPR GUIDE: EARTH DAY 2018

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BE ECO-FRIENDLY FOR EARTH DAY!

With Earth Day approaching we’ve accumulated our favourite eco-friendly products so you can help the world in more ways than turning off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth. From water to clothing, we’ve got you covered so you can help the environment this Sunday!

OGX

Weightless Hydration Coconut Water collection. This collection includes the shampoo, conditioner, and hydration oil! The natural formula is sold in eco-friendly bottles with recycled post-consumer resin. And they’re great items to pick up to treat yourself this weekend- double win!

FLOW WATER

Flow sources their water from a sustainable source in Ontario! All of the three flavours also come in bottles made mostly from paperboard with plastic lids derived from sugarcane, making them both recyclable and renewable. Have you tried the new flavours? Flow now is available in both Lemon Ginger and Cucumber Mint!

MEC

Nothing says Earth Day like getting outside and being active! Check out these items to help you have #goodtimesoutside this weekend:

  1. Nalgene Everyday Water Bottle. Reusable water bottles reduce the amount of plastic water bottles!
  2. Men’s Iconic Hoodie. Made of 100% organically grown cotton, which reduces energy demand, global warming potential, and amount of water used!
  3. Women’s Rya Cardi. Made from organically grown cotton and Tencel Lyocell, a environmentally friendly man-made material produced from tree pulp.

LISE WATIER

V Element Volcanic Minerals Mascara. You will definitely want to try this amazing new mascara! It’s formulated with earth-based materials including volcanic water, Snowflake Obsidian, Clear Quartz, Aquamarine, and Pyrite (all delivering volume and length with an intense black colour)! 

MAUI MOISTURE

Color Protection + Sea Mineral Collection. This collection includes the shampoo and conditioner, using a formula with sea botanicals like Minerals, Algae, and Sea Kelp! The set is also sold in post-consumer recycled packaging. 

What earth day inspired product do you want to try? Tweet us (@natashankpr) and let us know!

NKPR GUIDE: ST. PATRICK’S DAY

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CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN GREEN

We’re showing some serious #NKClientLove this St. Patrick’s Day. In the spirit of the day that’s green, we’ve put together our favorite items to help you celebrate!

There will be no shortage of parties this weekend, so go out in style! Whether you’re going for comfortable or full glam, these pieces are perfect for St. Patty’s day:

  1. MEC Elyse Short-Sleeved Top
  2. MEC Metamore 3 in 1 jacket 
  3. Swarovski Land of Hope Pierced Earrings
  4. Swarovski Height Pendant

Going out isn’t for anyone, sometimes staying home is where the party’s at! These items are perfect for staying in, relaxing, and treating yourself to some much-deserved me time this weekend:

  1. Seedlip available at Pusateri’s  
  2. Pusateri’s Garden Succulents  
  3. Waxon Waxoff Prince Reign Ingrown Hair Serum 

And of course, a night-in isn’t complete without a wonderful warm bath! Freshen up those locks with these amazingly green hair products:

  1. OGX Strength & Body + Bamboo Fiber Full Shampoo and Conditioner 
  2. Maui Moisture Thicken & Restore + Bamboo Fibres Shampoo and Blow Out Mist

What items do you love? Tweet us (@natashankpr) and tell us how you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

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 Pillow. A 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 Box. Give 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 Pendant. This 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!