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!

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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!

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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.

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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)! 

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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!

Behind the scenes: Mulberry’s Spring Summer ’14 Campaign

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We’re Cara Delevingne obsessed (let’s be honest…who isn’t?), so naturally we fell in love with Mulberry’s Spring Summer ’14 campaign starring the beautiful Cara and co-stars including a Parson’s Jack Russell, a Patterdale Terrier and a Great Dane, a pelican, two cockatoos, a tortoise and a pony. The campaign is incredibly cute and quintessentially British, shot by Tim Walker and art directed by Ronnie Cooke Newhouse of House and Holme.

NKPR got a behind the scenes look at the making of the campaign – in the words of Cara, “it’s the kind of girl you are I guess, you have the Mulberry-ness factor”. With regards to her love of Mulberry and the new collection, Cara says “it’s something about the heritage, but it’s still just really cool and unique and new.”

We couldn’t agree more.

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What’s your favourite piece from the new collection? Tweet us at @natashaNKPR!

Change is in the Air!

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This week marked the first day of Spring, and we’re having some record-breaking sunshine in Toronto. Changing seasons definitely make me think about changes I want to make in my life. And with all this spring fever, I’m also thinking about my spring wardrobe!! Fashion-wise, it’s a tough season for me because everything seems to be either neon or pastel and a challenge to my all-black “uniform!”

On Tuesday, I checked out the new RACHEL Rachel Roy  collection. (Available at The Bay)  I surprised myself slightly by gravitating towards the “love lock” pattern tank. 

As I’m sure you’ve figured out, I’m a romantic at heart and the story behind this design won me over. The designer was inspired by the “love locks” on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris  where couples write their names on a padlock and lock it to the bridge. They then throw the key into the river as a symbol of their undying love. And (okay, okay!) it doesn’t hurt that pattern is grounded on a solid black background…and did I mention that Paris is one of my favourite cities in the world and one of the most romantic??

I always love to wear clothes and jewelry that are reminders of a favourite place and time, or a secret little message of affirmation. Even the names of products sometimes call out to me (make-up colours too! – don’t you sometimes make a final lipstick choice JUST based on the name!?) This week, I took that a step further and arranged to get my second tattoo. I love cursive font tattoos and this will be a simple script on my left arm saying “Be Brave” – a daily reminder for me!

This will be my second affirmation tattoo. I also have “Gratitude 26” on my right arm, meaning “gratitude to the power of 26.” The number 26 holds special meaning for me as it seems to recur for me around special days (including the birth of my son!) I love the idea that these tattoos are little talismans, guiding me though my days and often secretly hidden beneath my clothes. They really do make me feel brave, empowered and grateful.

Speaking of those traits… I had the pleasure this week of meeting some really remarkable women – the ladies behind the jewelry company lia sophia. Of course, I love my accessories, but what really spoke to me from this gathering was how this business empowers women to become entrepreneurs.

Lia Sophia’s direct sales model enables women of any age, in any region of Canada to cultivate a passion for jewelry and grow a successful business, all while finding that elusive work-life balance – don’t we all crave it!? I always thought work-life balance was about sacrificing something, but I’m starting to realize it doesn’t have to be like that. My own personal picks included “Ilaria” ring and the “camlo” necklace – I wore both all night long!

Over the course of the evening we listened to women who wrestle with that very modern conflict of work versus family. Their days were ruled by guilt – guilt when they were home that they weren’t working and guilt when they were working that they weren’t with their family. Many made the brave decision to “quit the cubicle” and have worked hard to find a way to still have a career but without the same family sacrifices.

We’re often told we can “have it all”. And this a liberating idea, but sometimes it creates pressure for women to DO everything and BE everything to everybody. I can definitely identify with the struggle to reconcile all of that without feeling like you’ve given up too much and have so much admiration for these women for finding their balance – beautiful baubles, savvy business and happy family life – WIN!

I found it interesting that a gathering about jewelry really became a conversation about BALANCE. For women, life is definitely not neatly compartmentalized!!  I feel very fortunate that my job lets me do what I love… BUT even more that the people and stories behind those businesses constantly inspire me.

So, tell me – what’s on your wishlist for Spring style? Do you wear any jewelry or have body-art with a secret message of affirmation? And how do you manage to find that elusive work-life balance!? Tweet me @natashankpr!  

xo Natasha

 

The IT List: March 13

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This week’s IT List is all about spring! Not only are we enjoying the early sun, but we are also incredibly excited for everything that comes with the season: new fashion, beauty and Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week!

Refresh your wardrobe with a classic work staple from Jones New York. This iconic white shirt is sure to empower your style in and out of the office!  [Women of Influence]

Pyjama chic? We love these slouchy printed Mendocino pants for spring, perfect to pair with your favourite fitted tee! [Flare]

Looking to turn heads this spring? Make a statement with this turquoise laguna necklace from Lia Sophia! [Toronto Sun]

We are incredibly excited that beauty icon Essie Weingarten, the founder and president of essie cosmetics, is in town for Toronto’s Fashion Week!  Read all about essie’s 30th anniversary in the first ever issue of [Style Empire]

One of the earliest signs of aging is hyper-pigmentation. The non-invasive solution according to dermatologist Dr. Adam Geyer? Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution packed full of Vitamin C, white birch and peony extract! Don’t forget sunscreen as a preventative measure! We like Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50! [Chatelaine]