LAST MINUTE STOCKING STUFFER IDEAS FOR $25 AND UNDER

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You’ve done your holiday shopping, the menu is planned, the cookies are baked, but you still need to fill those stockings!  Here are some last minute ideas that won’t break the bank and are guaranteed to please.

Must-Have Make-Up

For the beauty lover in your life make-up makes a great stocking stuffer and it’s so much fun to mix and match products like these ones below.

Marcelle Xtension Plus Skyline Mascara

This mascara brush grabs all lashes — even the finest, shortest ones — by curling and propelling them upwards.  It’s perfect for short and straight lashes as well as the bottom lash line. $12.95

 

 

Annabelle Chrome Single Eyeshadow 

An exceptional creamy texture for either a hint of shimmer or a bold metallic finish.  The best part, it comes in 10 different shades including rose gold (pictured below).  $8.95

 

 

Lise Watier Neiges Sparkling Lipstick

This crystal duo lipstick features sparkling pearls and a coloured core.  Its universal shade suits all complexions. $25.00

 

The Chuck Hughes X CXBO Chocolate Truffle Collection 

Stuffing chocolate in a stocking is always a crowd pleaser and this year you can up your game with this stunning truffle collection.  Pusateri’s has partnered with celebrity chef Chuck Hughes, CXBO’s chef Brandon Olsen and artist Sarah Keenlyside to create three different flavours that include ingredients from Chuck’s food line (grade A maple syrup, jalapeno hot sauce and balsamic vinegar).  It also comes in a collectable hand-painted nine-piece box.  $22.50

 

 

Nicole Guerriero Limited Edition Shampoo & Conditioner from OGX Beauty 

With names like Mistletoe Wishes, Ice Berry Queen and Midnight Kisses, this line is made to be in a stocking.  The shampoo and conditioner work to help smooth and hydrate hair making it bright, clean and fresh!  $8.99

 

 

Maui Moisture Hair Masks 

A fun thing to do after opening presents and enjoying a holiday meal is doing hair masks.  It’s also a great way to battle dry hair in the winter.  Maui Moisture offers three different masks that use 100% aloe juice.  They leave hair soft, healthy and smelling amazing.  $10.99

 

 

Square One Gift Card Plus 

Square One’s souped-up gift card could possibly be the best stocking stuffer of all time. The reason? Well, your stocking recipient can use it at any of the 330 stores or in any of the restaurants at Square One. And it can also be put towards a flight on Porter Airlines or a stay at multiple hotels across Canada.

 

WAXON Loofah Scrubs 

This delicious smelling scrub (that works as both a loofah and luxurious soap) comes in three scents including citrus twist, lemonrazz and pomtini. $11

NKPR Festival Countdown 2018

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On Wednesday, August 23rd, we hosted our annual Festival Countdown to officially kick-off Film Festival season and #NKPRIT18, brought to you by Hounds Vodka and Lise Watier.

The night was filled with glamour and sophistication, with Swarovski crystals dazzling from the trees, fun activations that captured moments of the night and a plethora of refreshments and sweets (of course).

Upon entrance, a stunning Lise Watier tree was styled with twinkle lights, hanging crystals (hello, Swarovski!) and white roses as the backdrop for guests’ shared photo booth moments. Designed by the talented Caspar Haydar Design, the entire event was completely stunning and the perfect atmosphere!

As guests mingled, Pusateri’s served delicious hors-d’oeuvres throughout the night along with a full charcuterie spread with Joselito live ham slicing and a fresh mozzarella pulling station. There was something delicious for everyone and even a delicious sweets table that featured an #NKAllBlackEverything cake provided by Cakes by Mickey!

 

The cocktails for the evening were provided by Hounds Vodka, serving up signature and speciality drinks with their charcoal-infused black vodka, including “Ziggy Bardust” and “Hounds On The Rock”. The “To The Moon and Black” cocktail was definitely a crowd favourite, made with fresh lime juice, creme de cassis and simple syrup, and served with blackberries! The bar was also stocked with Ace Hill Beer and various refreshing flavours of Flow Water.

For all that sparkles, guests could visit the Lise Watier makeup playground to get their makeup touched up with the best and newest products. Guests could also take home a personalized Lise Watier makeup compact embossed with Swarovski crystal lettering (Yes, please)!

The surprise musical guest was Toronto star Fefe Dobson, who put on an incredible set of her new songs to celebrate #NKPRIT18. She performed mid-party with her all-girl band with singles like “Get You Off” and “Love” perfectly combining the theme of film and music.

Near the end of the evening, breakfast was served with Tim Hortons, with their Breakfast Anytime items! Who doesn’t love a breakfast sandwich at 10 PM? These late-night snacks gave guests one last chance to fuel-up and continue the festivities well into the night!

SHAYNE STEPHENS, SANGITA PATEL, CHRISTI HIMMELHEBER, AND GREGO MINOT

Thank you to everyone who celebrated the start of the film festival season with us!

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: 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: 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 GUIDE: GALENTINE’S DAY

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HOW TO: CELEBRATE GALENTINE’S DAY

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! If you haven’t already, now is the time to plan your date… with your girlfriends! Whether you’re single or just want to celebrate your LOVE for your best friends, Valentine’s Day is an excuse to get together and do something fun. We’ve curated some of our favourite date alternatives below:

Night Out

You don’t need to do anything fancy to celebrate Valentine’s Day, just grab your girlfriends and spend the evening out on the town!

From galleries to nightclubs, Bloor-Yorkville is a fantastic neighbourhood to explore with friends, no matter what you’re feeling like doing. Stop by Yorkville Village for some shopping (TNT Fashion, anyone?), or get pampered at the Windsor Arms spa (yes, please!).

Feeling like venturing to the downtown core? Make sure you swing by the Thompson Hotel on Wellington St. West to get a drink at the lobby bar, or grab a bite at the Thompson Diner!

Night In

Host a girl’s night in! Some of the best nights are spent in the comforts of your own home, so invite your best gals over for dinner, a movie, and facials.

Nothing says romance like a classic bowl of spaghetti. Pick up a box of Barilla Spaghetti and try out this delicious recipe! I mean, who doesn’t want to channel Lady and the Tramp on Valentine’s Day?

After dinner, relax with tea and a movie! Get a selection of your favourite DAVIDs TEA flavours, or pick up a tin of one of their Valentine’s inspired blends, like the Sweet Tart blend with notes of apple, sour cherries, and sweet hearts! 

Of course, girl’s night in wouldn’t be complete without snacks! Pusateris has an incredible selection of desserts. From cakes, chocolates, to even cannolis- there’s a treat for everyone’s taste buds. I promise you won’t come back empty handed!

26 Hours of Kindness 

Looking for other alternatives? A great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to show and give LOVE in the ultimate way- by giving back to those in need! On February 14th, we’re teaming up with some local charities for our annual 26 Hours of Kindness initiative. Want to help out? Grab the gals and join us! Read more about how you can participate here.