#NKPRHolidayLove: A Week of Holiday Giving!

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Happy Holidays from NKPR! We’re celebrating with a week of giving featuring our favourite products from Kiehl’s, Avon, Tweezerman, Essie, bottlegreen, SKYY Vodka, Yo Sox, DAVIDsTEA, Inhibitif and Giftagram!

In one word, what do the holidays mean to you?

Follow and tweet us at @NatashaNKPR with the hashtag #NKPRHolidayLove for a chance to win a new prize each day…our gift to you!

Day One: Avon Pretty in Neutrals Makeup Palettes

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 Day Two: Essie Holiday 2013 Encrusted Treasures Collection

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 Day 3: Our favourite Tweezerman tools

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Day 4: DAVIDsTEA Holiday Collection and The Perfect Tea Mug

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Day 5: A $50 Giftagram credit and $50 gift certificate to Balzac’s Coffee

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Day 6: Kiehl’s His & Hers Custom Travel Sets

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Day 7: Our favourite YO Sox

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Halloween Inspired Eats & Drinks

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If you’re looking for some Halloween snack and cocktail inspiration for tonight…

Halloween Jellies

Halloween Jellies

These easy jellies are great fun to make and kids love to decorate them – the spookier the better!

Ready in: 4-6 hours or overnight

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

4 leaves of gelatine

8 tbsps bottlegreen Cox’s Apple and Plum Cordial

2 clementines

Selection of jelly sweets, i.e. wriggly worms, false teeth and snakes

Method:

Place the gelatine in a bowl, add 3tbsps water, leave to soak for 10 mins.

Peel the clementines, removing any pith and seeds, segment.

Place the bottlegreen cox’s apple and plum cordial into a large measuring jug, add the softened gelatine, pour on 500ml boiling water, stir until dissolved, cool.

Divide between 4 serving dishes; add the clementine segments, leave to set in the fridge for approx 4-6 hours or overnight.  Decorate with the sweets.

Cook’s tip: To stop the clementine segments floating to the top wait until the jelly has set a little then press them in.

 

Wicked Witch Apple Punch 

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Ingredients

1 750 ml. bottle SKYY Vodka

1 750 ml. bottle Sparkling Apple Cider

1 64 oz. bottle Cranberry Juice Cocktail

1 Liter Ginger Ale

2 cups Pineapple Juice

Red Apple Slices

Method

Combine all ingredients in a large black witch’s cauldron with ice and stir. Garnish with large slices of red apple floating on top and dry ice.

Happy Halloween!

 

Cocktail Countdown

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On Wednesday evening the NKPR team attended one of our favourite pre-festival events: The NKPR Cocktail Countdown Presented by SKYY Vodka! This year’s countdown was hosted at The Spoke Club, an elegant respite from the flashing bulbs and red carpets for Hollywood’s elite. Each year media and special guests gather to toast to another exciting film festival and gear up for the glamorous, fast-paced time of the year. We had a great time reuniting with fellow film festival veterans, all while sipping on the new Official SKYY TIFF cocktails (always an exciting unveiling) and indulging in Jelly Modern donuts and Spoke Club risotto! What better way to kick off the festival?

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Meet this year’s SKYYxTIFF cocktails: The Grapefruit Garner, Spicy Scarlett and Adam’s Apple (in honour of Jennifer Garner, Scarlett Johansson and Adam Levine of course!)

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Visit our IT Lounge blog and follow @Natashankpr for more film festival highlights!

The IT List: January 23

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The third week of January is often said to be the most depressing time of the year… And although science says otherwise, we’ll take any excuse to surround ourselves with things that make us happy – family, friends and a bit of retail therapy!

Nail art has hit the mainstream and we love the looks designed by essie Canada’s Lead Nail Artist, Rita Remark at World MasterCard Fashion Week. [Cosmetics Magazine]

We fell in love with Bourbon in 2012 and we don’t plan on ending this affair anytime soon. Winter 2013 and it’s keeping us warm on the rocks.  Looking ahead we can expect some Wild Turkey 81 cocktails on a summer patio and a rustic sip or two in the fall. [Wedding Bells]

Feeling a bit blue after the holidays? Nothing says mid-winter pick me up like fashion-inspired cocktails featuring favourites SKYY Vodka, Aperol, Frangelico and bottlegreen. [Fashion Magazine]

We’ve already shown our love for stila’s Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Electric green. It’s the perfect shade to rock Pantone’s Colour of the Year – Emerald and we’re glad [Flare] loves it too!

Still holding onto a few unwanted gifts from the holidays? Chances are, if the purchaser bought them online, they can still be returned! One of the best return policies, we’ve heard of? SHOP.CA’s 365 day return promise. [Globe and Mail]

Skiing is the one outdoor activity we actually look forward to during January! Explore the slopes and relax in the chalet decked out in Hi-Tec’s New Moon Boots. Comfort and style, we’ll take it! [Sweat Equity Magazine]

How do you beat the January blues? Tweet us @natashankpr!

NKPR’s Holiday Gift Guide: Holiday Entertaining

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No Holiday season is complete without parties and events to fill your weekends and evenings. Whether you’re hosting or attending, we suggest that you keep these essentials fully stocked all season long!

bottlegreen Ginger & Lemongrass ‘Enjoy Hot’ Cordial

Because: Warm up this winter with bottlegreen’s range of ‘Enjoy Hot’ Cordials in Spiced Berry and Ginger & Lemongrass flavours. Simply add to hot water and enjoy!

DAVIDsTEA Winter Collection

Because: We know you want to warm up with a cup of dessert inspired tea like Cookie Dough or Banana Dream Pie. Or indulge in a little nostalgia with returning fan faves Chocolate Chili Chai and Alpine Punch. Or recover from your holiday feasting with a soothing cup of Cocomint cream.

SKYY Vodka Holiday Glogg

Because: This recipe is a holiday party essential; not only is it easy to make but it is a guaranteed party pleaser!

Ingredients:

12 oz. SKYY Vodka

1 bottle dry red wine

1.5 tbsp mulling spices

1 tsp fresh orange zest

2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp blanched almonds

4 tbsp raisins

Instructions: Wrap mulling spices in cheesecloth. In a large saucepan combine wine, SKYY Vodka, orange zest, spices and sugar. Simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes.  Discard mulling spices. Add raisins and almonds into the bottom of each glass. Pour into glass and enjoy!

The Kit is IT List

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This week’s IT List is all about one of our favourite fashion and beauty mags – The Kit! After working with legendary fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier at the IT Lounge Portrait Studio, NKPR had the opportunity to create a limited edition print magazine with The Kit, sharing the incredible photos and moments that were captured during film festival. The final product was a stunning piece of editorial, showcasing Patrick’s images and our incredible IT Lounge partners! Check out the final product of [The Kit is IT]!

But first, here are some of our favourite moments from The Kit is IT photo shoot with Patrick Demarchelier:

Suits star Gabriel Macht stopped by the RW&CO. suite at the IT Lounge Portrait Studio and chose a long sleeve black tee for his photo shoot with Patrick! Based on the result, we think Harvey Specter should lose the suit a little more often…

Supermodel Yasmin Warsame owns the cover of The Kit is IT, looking absolutely stunning in the lia sophia earrings and bracelets she tried on here.

From one fashion legend to another! Canadian fashion icon Jeanne Beker came to the IT Lounge to interview Patrick Demarchelier in the Grain Farmers of Ontario Refueling station, snacked on a Yogurty’s treat and was photographed as she is often seen, with her camera!

Trudie Styler stopped by the Lounge with her  daughter Mickey Sumner for a mother/daughter photo shoot with Patrick Demarchelier! After the shoot, the duo stopped by the IT Lounge bar serving SKYY cocktails, Bottle Green sparkling and AQUAhydrate water before browsing the Holiday collection at RW&CO.

Academy award winning director and APJ founder Paul Haggis visited the Lounge’s Tweezerman booth for a bit of grooming to get ready for his close-up with Patrick!

Canadian television personality George Stroumboulopoulos joined NKPR President Natasha Koifman for a bit of healthy competition for a cause at the STIKS Gaming booth before posing for Patrick!

What was your favourite image from The Kit is IT? Tweet us @natashankpr!

 

The IT List: April 4

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This week’s IT List is all about spring! Things we’ve missed from the warm weather months? Colour, running outdoors, relaxing summer tunes and of course, our favourite  patio beverages!

Jelly bean tea? Sign me up! DAVIDsTEA’s spring collection is perfect for an after-dinner drink or a morning pick-me-up! [Hello! Magazine]

Tupperware parties may not be our cup of tea, but we love how lia sophia’s home jewellery parties can empower women and allow them to run their own business! Not to mention, their Zingara collection is incredibly stylish and affordable! [Vitamin Daily]

Bouncy dresses and bright colours were abundant at the RACHEL Rachel Roy spring/summer preview! Now if we could only have a bit more of that warm summer weather from mid-March… [Vitamin Daily]

The NKPR office has started training for the Sporting Life 10K in support of Camp Ooch on May 13th! Our running shoe of choice is the Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity HPi Ws! Light and comfy! [Sweetspot]

Looking to rock neons on your nails this summer? Essie’s latest collection, Poppy Razzi, offers four stand out brights! Be sure to coat your nails in white first to make the colour pop! [Sweetspot]

Nothing beats listening to jammin’ tunes by Bob Marley on a warm weather day! House of Marley’s line of earth-friendly headphones are the perfect accessory! [Virgin Radio]

Pink, bubbly and perfect for patio season… We can’t wait to sip on a SKYY Vodka Spring Fling cocktail! [Metro]

The IT List: Feb 8

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This week’s IT List is all about Valentine’s Day! Whether single or attached, this love-dedicated holiday can be incredibly polarizing! One thing we can’t debate? All the amazing products that come out during the month of love!

What do you get when you combine a mouth-watering Heart Truffle Cake from Baker Street, a decadent Frangelico and SKYY Vodka cocktail, and the romantic Sweetheart Collection from DAVIDsTEA? A triple threat of delicious treats for the day of love… or any day really! [Toronto Sun]

Looking for a sexy surprise for your partner this Valentine’s Day? The We-Vibe 3 is the hottest couples sex toy on the market with 6 vibration modes and a completely waterproof design! [Women’s Post]

Italian aperitifs like Campari and Aperol were one of the top cocktail trends of 2011! With a glowing-red colour, these two spirits are a non-cliché way to indulge in pink drinks this Valentine’s Day! [Globe & Mail]

No Valentine’s Day outfit is complete without the proper accessories! A stunning Lia Sophia bracelet and statement ring are sure to please your loved one! [24 Hours]

Give your face a rosy glow this Valentine’s Day with Stila’s new stunning collection of spring essentials! We love this gorgeous heart-patterned blush palette! [iVillage]