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!

The Outrageous Lipstick Collection

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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)! 🙂