TIFF GUIDE: TORONTO HOTSPOTS

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TIFF TORONTO HOTSPOTS

With TIFF approaching soon, we’ve rounded up the best Toronto hotspots to visit in between movies. Whether you enjoy a good patio cocktail or want to be on the lookout for A-list TIFF stars in town, we’ve got a little something for everyone to do to make your TIFF experience that much better.

The Thompson Hotel | 550 Wellington St W.

Located in King West Village, Thompson Hotel has one of the best and most popular views of the city. It’s known as a celebrity hot spot during TIFF, but also year round, featuring celebrities such as The Weeknd and Selena Gomez who visited the Diner, and popular guests during the TIFF season such as Bradley Cooper, Kate Hudson and James Franco. It has also hosted notable premieres and celebrity parties in the past, making it a great place to be during TIFF season to spot your fave celebrity. This year, The Thompson Hotel is even creating film-themed cocktails based on this year’s TIFF lineup- available from September 6th- 16th.

Aside from celeb sightings and film inspired cocktails, The Thompson also offers panoramic views of Toronto from its Rooftop Lounge and seasonal pool. Be sure to dine in comfort in the Thompson Diner open really early and really late, perfect for pre or post movie.

JOEY Restaurant | 1 Dundas St W.

Right in the heart of Downtown Toronto at the Eaton Centre, JOEY has become a favourite restaurant of ours! The decor and atmosphere help to bring the ultimate casual dining experience that is vibrant and relaxed. Wednesday’s are our favourite days with half-priced bottles of wine and globally inspired dishes to pair! JOEY will definitely be a hot spot during TIFF that is right in the middle of all the Toronto action! Be sure to make your Wednesday night reso now.

Bloor-Yorkville

This neighbourhood is easily Toronto’s most celebrated area! Filled with high-end fashion and restaurants to satisfy every craving, Bloor-Yorkville has something for everyone.

Some cool events happening in this area include:

Toronto Fashion Week | 55 Avenue Road
TFW will be happening from September 4th to September 6th, right during TIFF! It will also feature the exclusive book launch, on September 4th, for Jessica Ennis and Caitlin Cronenberg’s latest project, The Endings!

Get your TFW Tickets here

The Artists for Peace and Justice Gala

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the APJ Film Festival Gala taking place at the beautiful and historic Windsor Arms Hotel on September 8th from 6pm to 10pm. Co-hosted by Ben Stiller and Susan Sarandon, the fundraising event is a chance for leading artists, brands and philanthropists to celebrate and empower local communities in Haiti. Although it is sold out this year, the event will be filled with glitz, glamour and TIFF celebrities of course!

InStyle Hollywood Foreign Press Party
This star-studded party will be happening on September 8th in Yorkville. An annual event, it is always a big celebrity hot spot, featuring some of our favourite stars such as Margot Robbie, Jake Gyllenhaal, Elisabeth Moss, George Clooney…the list goes on!

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!

Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes

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Manolo Blahnik at the Bata Shoe Museum

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.

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!