DAVIDsTEA was founded in 2009 and the company quickly spread across Canada. The many flavours, bright blue and signature tea accessories have become iconic to the tea landscape. The 10th Anniversary dinner was decorated with sophistication and created to display the passion behind each tea. The company was created to bring people together from all over and show how fun and delicious the beverage can be — which the event successfully captured!
The elevator chimed at the Thompson Toronto and as the door opened, the sight of DAVIDsTEA blue welcomed the select media to celebrate the 10 incredible years with the beloved tea retailer.
The table was decorated elegantly with blue and details of gold with floral andDAVIDsTEA accents as the centrepieces. Hosted by chef Eden Grinshpan, the dinner took place at The Thompson Toronto rooftop and overlooked the gorgeous skyline of the city. The weather was sunny and warm allowing media to enjoy dinner and drinks on the patio.
The drink and food menu was curated to be paired with popular DAVIDsTEA flavours. Each course had a tea pairing such as the Apricot Glazed Lamb Rack that was paired with the David’s Tea Organic Nepal Black tea. The finale was a tea-infused dessert, which featured a Forever Nuts glaze over ice cream and sticky toffee pudding.
There were photo opportunities and Customizable DAVIDsTEA Glass Nordic Tea Mugs with the onsite calligrapher Sarah Skrlj for each guest to take home.
What’s your favourite DAVIDsTEA? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!
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!
The amazing Spanish shoe designer, Manolo Blahnik, is now in Toronto for his final stop of the travelling exhibiton, Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes! After visits in Milan, Saint Petersburg, Prague and Madrid, the retrospective exhibit is making its only North American stop at the Bata Shoe Museum. The exhibition opened to the public on May 16th, 2018 and runs through until January 6th, 2019.
For over 45 years, Manolo Blahnik’s creativity has labeled his inventions as somewhere between fashion and art. Mr. Blahnik will be showcasing his designs from the early 1970’s to modern day. The exhibit explores 200 of Mr. Blahnik’s famed, elegant designs, including the heels he created for the 2006 film, Marie Antoinette. The show will also include 80 original drawings, video footage of Mr. Blahnik at work, and a glimpse into his creative process.
In the lead up to the opening, a press preview was held on May 15th to introduce Mr. Blahnik and his exhibition to Canadian media, providing interviews and a sneak peak into the gallery. A gala was also held that evening to celebrate the opening of the retrospective in Toronto and the end of its global tour. Mr. Blahnik arrived with his sister, Evangeline Blahnik, and his niece, Kristina Blahnik.
The Bata Shoe Museum also hosted a talk with Manolo Blahnik on May 16, 2018. In Conversation with Manolo Blahnik gave visitors a chance to listen to Mr. Blahnik discuss his thoughts on what truly inspires him, his views on the fashion industry today, and any and all details about the stunning exhibit.
Have you bought your tickets yet? Purchase them here.
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!
An Outrageous Event
with Annabelle and Hayley Elsaesser
We’re throwing it back to last week’s bright and bold pre-launch event for the new Outrageous Collection! A collaboration between Canadian Beauty Company, Annabelle Cosmetics, and Toronto-designer, Hayley Elsaesser, the Outrageous Collection is a limited-edition selection of 10 vivid lipsticks which launched officially this past Monday! If you know Hayley, you’ll expect striking colours and prints that POP- and that’s what you get! This was one of the most visually pleasing events to boot, with every corner offering something fun to do, wild clothes to try on, or beautiful artwork to view.
The lipsticks each feature packaging and shades designed and hand-selected by Hayley herself, as well as a non-animal tested, fragrance and Paraben-free formula enriched with hydrating ingredients! A fun note- the sheer, frosty, and gold-flecked Going Bananas shade (an online exclusive) can be used as a transformative colour when layered on top of others, or even as a highlighter! The 10 shades are $10.95 each and are now available online, with limited shades in-stores.
Hosted in her boutique shop on Queen Street West, the event showcased Hayley’s signature pieces, which guests could shop as they previewed the collection and enjoyed some killer music. (The DJ was seriously on point with her music selection perfectly suiting the bright and bold atmosphere). The space also featured beautiful prints created by photographer Nastia Cloutier-Ignatiev (@nastia.jpg), featuring some of the Outrageous lipsticks!
Of course, guests were invited to not only get a taste of the collection, but of some delicious treats with specially made cocktails, cookies, cotton candy, and even adorable pink waffle-burgers!
Between snacks, guests were treated to fresh manicures with an added POP from Hayley Elsaesser nail wraps, as well as makeovers (with Annabelle products of course)!
No event is complete without a photo booth! Placed in one of the change rooms, Guests were coming in and out for snaps with friends throughout the evening. There were gigantic cut-outs of lipsticks, making for silly and fun memories- even Hayley couldn’t resist getting a few photos!
Overall the event was a hit and a perfect way to celebrate the launch of such a ___ range of lipsticks. Make sure you check out the products and place an order before they’re gone! Tweet me (@natashankpr) with the name of your favourite shade (or even what YOU would name your own collection)! 🙂
On October 26, a group of Toronto’s beauty / lifestyle editors, bloggers and media personalities gathered at Crown Flora Studio in Parkdale for the first peek at innovative new haircare brand, Maui Moisture.
The group of 20+ attendees built moisture-rich terrariums inspired by the tropics, snacked on fruit & nut breakfast treats, and enjoyed fresh, cold-pressed juices from Greenhouse Juice Co. All terrarium botanicals and food ingredients were inspired by the island of Maui and featured some of the same key ingredients as Maui Moisture haircare products.
Media and influencers were educated on the good for you, good for earth benefits of Maui Moisture. All of these new products – with gorgeous packaging to look like fresh juices – are vegan, gluten-free, eco-friendly, with no parabens, no silicones, and no synthetic dyes. Maui Moisture products are all made with 100% pure aloe juice as the first ingredient, which is unique to the brand. Media and content creators explore delicious scents from Coconut Milk to Shea Butter to Agave and Bamboo.
Following the successful launch in Toronto, Maui Moisture made its debut in Montreal at the William Gray Hotel on October 27, with a group of media and influencers in attendance for a botanical-rich terrarium workshop by Crown Flora, and a product demonstration of the brand new collections. Media shared their haircare stories and explored which Maui Moisture products were the right fit for their beauty routines.
All attendees in both cities walked away with their own Nourish & Moisture+ Coconut Milk or Thicken & Restore+ Bamboo Fibers collections to try! All Maui Moisture products will land in Canada at major drugstores as of January 2017.
Check out some pictures from our Toronto launches below!
Although it’s sunny and warm outside, this week we brought some festive, holiday joy to Toronto giving media a sneak-peek into holiday gift guides. From jewelry to fashion, skincare to cosmetics, we’ve got something for everyone with these incredible holiday gifting ideas…
Let us know what’s on your wish list – tweet us at @natashankpr!