NK’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018

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The holiday season is a time for self-reflection, a time to think about what we’re grateful for and a time to get together with family and friends. Here are a few of my favourite things that would make great gifts for your loved ones… or to treat yourself with!

Links of London 

Nothing is more thoughtful, I think, than a personalized gift. Links of London’s Sweetie Bracelet is beautiful on its own, but it can also be customized with diamond keepsake charms. Above is an idea of how I would customize my own Sweetie Bracelet, using my initials and my lucky number!

Hounds Vodka

If you know me, you know I live for the colour black, and what’s so cool about Hounds is the vodka is…black!  It’s perfect for that innovative mixologist in your life who loves creating unique and striking cocktails.  And I have to say it also looks great on a bar cart! 

Available at the LCBO and La Saq

SPINCO

Spinning has become an important part of my life and weekly routine. For that 45 minutes on the SPINCO bike I’m able to disconnect from the world and work up an amazing sweat.  Grab a gift card for that special someone and book a class together, or buy yourself a package to get motivated for those New Year’s resolutions.  I’m also a fan of SPINCO’s workout gear, which you can pick out at one of their studios.

Thompson Toronto // Bloor-Yorkville 

A sleepover or staycation at a beautiful hotel is always a good idea and The Thompson Toronto is the place to do it! On top of the amazing service, stunning lobby and rooftop with panoramic views of the city (perfect place for a cocktail), the hotel was voted #1 in Toronto on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards and awarded Trip Advisor’s certificate of excellence.

Once you’re checked in, head up to Bloor-Yorkville for some of Toronto’s best shopping (Holt Renfrew is a must), a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum, indulge in float therapy at Rest Nest, have a magical selfie moment in front of the holiday lights on Cumberland Street, and grab a bite at neighbourhood staple Trattoria Nervosa.

South Hill Home

If you’re on the hunt for something one of a kind (and ready to invest) South Hill Home has you covered. From furniture and lighting, to accent pieces and board games (like this KIFU Paris chess set) their designer collections are incredibly curated and like no other.

DAVIDsTEA

When everyone else is bringing bottles of wine as host/hostess presents to holiday parties, why not bring a DAVIDsTEA gift box instead?  It’s a great idea for friends you know aren’t big drinkers.  The boxes include a variety of their delicious flavours and some even come with a portable tea press.

Swarovski

Some of the most iconic Christmas trees in the world shine bright with the help of Swarovski crystals, and this year the brand has three trees on display at Toronto’s Union Station.  Escape the cold and head inside for a festive outing with the fam, and if you’re looking for another thoughtful host/hostess gift, there’s the 2018 Swarovski Ornament.  It’s a beautiful keepsake to help commemorate the past year.

 

Flow x LCBO

This month the LCBO has partnered with my favourite water, Flow, to encourage people to drink responsibly! You’ll be able to pick up special co-branded Flow at different LCBO stores across Ontario over the last two weekends leading up to Christmas. You can also find it at Union Station on December 14th.  It’s a great reminder to include water in the mix when serving those festive cocktails at your holiday parties.

#NKClientLove: DAVIDsTEA 10TH ANNIVERSARY

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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS WITH DAVIDsTEA

DAVIDsTEA was founded in 2009 and the company quickly spread across Canada. The many flavours, bright blue and signature tea accessories have become iconic to the tea landscape. The 10th Anniversary dinner was decorated with sophistication and created to display the passion behind each tea. The company was created to bring people together from all over and show how fun and delicious the beverage can be — which the event successfully captured!

The elevator chimed at the Thompson Toronto and as the door opened, the sight of DAVIDsTEA blue welcomed the select media to celebrate the 10 incredible years with the beloved tea retailer.

The table was decorated elegantly with blue and details of gold with floral andDAVIDsTEA accents as the centrepieces. Hosted by chef Eden Grinshpan, the dinner took place at The Thompson Toronto rooftop and overlooked the gorgeous skyline of the city. The weather was sunny and warm allowing media to enjoy dinner and drinks on the patio.

The drink and food menu was curated to be paired with popular DAVIDsTEA flavours. Each course had a tea pairing such as the Apricot Glazed Lamb Rack that was paired with the David’s Tea Organic Nepal Black tea. The finale was a tea-infused dessert, which featured a Forever Nuts glaze over ice cream and sticky toffee pudding.

There were photo opportunities and Customizable DAVIDsTEA Glass Nordic Tea Mugs with the onsite calligrapher Sarah Skrlj for each guest to take home.

What’s your favourite DAVIDsTEA? Tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!

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: Mother’s Day 2018

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MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Mother’s Day is fast approaching- it’s only one short week away! Haven’t found the perfect gift for mom? Well, we’ve got you covered! Celebrate this Mother’s Day together and show your mom how much you appreciate her- because she deserves it!

WHAT TO DO

Afternoon Tea and Spa Day at the Windsor Arms 

Enjoy tea for two in the beautiful Tea Room at the Windsor Arms! After you enjoy your biscuits and cakes, you can move upstairs to the relaxing and serene spa. Every mom out there would love a day to relax and unwind from her usual busy life. Windsor Arms has a ton of treatments to choose from to give your mom the day she deserves!

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Windsor Arms

With Mother’s Day on a Sunday, it’s the perfect day for Sunday Brunch! The Courtyard Café at Windsor Arms is a beautiful setting to celebrate your mom and show your love for her (and we guarantee she’ll love it too)!

Blue Jays Mother’s Day Game

This is the perfect gift for all the sports fans out there! It will be a great afternoon of baseball and, of course, quality family time. As an added bonus, the 200 level WestJet Flight Deck will be transformed into an Oasis dedicated to pampering mom! She can get her hair, nails, and makeup done all while preparing to watch the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox!

Mother’s Day Walk for Breast Cancer

Help raise money for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada while spending time with your mom! Families all around the world are impacted by breast cancer, so it’s a great opportunity to show your support for ALL moms who have battled breast cancer. You can participate by joining one of the walks held in Mississauga, London, Sarnia, and Ottawa.

WHAT TO BUY

Swarovski Mother’s Day Collection

What mom doesn’t love to receive new jewellery? Treat your mom with the Swarovski Mother’s Day Collection to make her feel (and look) like a million bucks!

DAVIDsTea Mother’s Day Collection and Get Pampered Set

If mom can’t fit an afternoon out into her busy schedule, gift your mom this tea set that will make her feel like she just spent the day getting pampered at the spa! 

Lise Watier Gift Set

Spoil mom with these skin care gift sets from Lise Watier! The Age Control Supreme and PerfeXion gift sets will help mom put her best face forward. 

What will you do for your mom this Mother’s Day? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR to let us know!

Afternoon Tea with Links of London

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Enjoy Afternoon Tea with Links of London

Links of London recently introduced new charms to add to their stunning Afternoon Tea Collection! The charm additions include the adorable daisy, strawberry, cupcake, and sugar cube (which is made of solid-sterling silver, sprinkled with a generous helping of 216 sparkling pave diamonds)! To create the perfect Royal tea-inspired Sweetie Made-To-Order Bracelet, mix these in with the collection’s miniature British biscuit charm, and traditional teapot, cup and saucer charm!

To celebrate the new charms for their Afternoon Tea Collection, Links of London hosted guests for Afternoon Tea at the Windsor Arms Hotel in Bloor-Yorkville!

Tea Etiquette Expert, Lisa Orr, taught guests the differences between afternoon tea and high tea, and how the Royals enjoy theirs! (The Queen loves Earl Grey with a side of Chocolate biscuit cake).

Along with finger sandwiches and pastries, the afternoon featured a candy bar where guests could fill up their Links of London gift bags with their favourite British sweets.

Of course, the afternoon wasn’t complete without a Pop-up Made-To-Order Bracelet Bar! Each guest was complimented with a Links of London iconic Sweetie Made-To-Order Bracelet that they could customize with Afternoon Tea Charms of their choice! They also had the option to add an engraved Disc Charm and were given the chance to swap sterling silver rings with rose gold vermeil, yellow gold vermeil or rhodium rings for a bi-metal look.

What’s your favourite Afternoon Tea Charm? Comment below or tweet us (@natashankpr) to let us know!

NKPR 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

This holiday season we’ve accumulated the best items for your budget. From gifts for those at the top of your list to the Secret Santa or Kris Kringle gifts with tight spending limits. Check out the list below before you head out on your next shopping trip!

Gifts under $30!

Thinking of good ideas for Kris Kringle gifts is one of the hardest shopping challenges during the holidays, especially with a max budget of $30… To help you out we’ve put together this list of gifts that everyone will want to steal (and won’t break the bank)!

SAJE NATURAL WELLNESS

1. The Sleep Duo. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, who wouldn’t want to quiet the brain and calm the body with restful sleep? -$24.95

2. Peppermint Halo. A roller headache remedy with a therapeutic blend ALL gift recipients will appreciate. -$26.95

3. Aromaglow Matte White electric ceramic diffuser. This flame-free ceramic diffuser holds the healing power of essential oils. Perfect for a snow day in! -$29.95

MEC

  1. Deluxe PillowA touch of luxe for the campers and hikers on your list! This pillow is small and light enough to bring on backpacking trips or long-haul travels and can be inflated as much as you want to adjust its firmness and height. – $27 to $30
  2. United By Blue Copper Mule Mug Vancouver. This cute laser engraved rose gold mug is the gift that keeps on giving- for every product sold, United By Blue removes 1 pound of trash from the world’s oceans!  – $30
  3. Unisex Pom Pom Hat. Everyone needs a staple pom pom hat in their winter wardrobe! With multiple prints and colours to choose from, you can’t go wrong. -$16

DAVIDsTEA

  1. Tea-infused Chocolate BoxGive the gift of fine imported chocolates infused with delicious loose leaf teas. This will definitely become a holiday favourite! -$15
  2. Santa’s Secret Set. Everyone loves getting cozy by the fire during the holidays! This gift set includes Candy Cane-sprinkled black tea, a Limited Edition red Perfect spoon, and Santa’s Secret tea-infused chocolate. It’s the perfect remedy for a cold day! -$20
  3. Tea Piñata. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with 10 sachets of delicious tea after you burst open this fun piñata! This is great for a friend who loves some added magic! -$25

 Gifts under $100!

Take a look at these beautiful and unique gifts any loved one would be happy to unwrap! Check out the items below for the best gifts at the right price.

Hounds Black Vodka. Pour everyone a glass of this smooth, creamy, and jet black spirit this holiday season. Great for the cocktail connoisseur (or who like it straight up)! -$39.45

SWAROVSKI

  1. Swarovski Remix Collection. With an invisible magnetic closure, you can blend different pieces to create a beautiful and personal look as a bracelet, choker, or necklace. This unique styling makes this the perfect gifting idea!
  2. Fit Short Pierced Earrings. Complete a glam NYE outfit with these gorgeous crystal mesh earrings. It may come in a small box, but it will get the biggest smile!
  3. Zodiac PendantThis pendant will suit anyone on your list with these glittery horoscope signs!

LISE WATIER

  1. Smokey Nudes 12- Colour Eyeshadow Palette. This palette will give you an illuminating look all year round with this beautiful harmony of creamy nude shades! -$65
  2. Lumistick Illuminating Highlighter. Add some shimmer to your gift list with this gorgeous highlighter! -$36
  3. Age Control Supreme. – Give a gift worthy of the Gods with this pressed serum described as the holy grail! -$85

LINKS OF LONDON

  1. Polar Bear Charm. Mark your spot on a friend’s Sweetie bracelet with this adorable sterling silver Polar Bear charm! -$95
  2. Stocking Charm. With a beautiful contrast of silver and gold, this charm will tell the story of all the cozy nights spent around the fire this holiday season. -$95
  3. Penguin Charm. This loveable Penguin charm is perfect for the animal lover on your list! -$95

Nationwide DAVIDsTEA Party & Pop Up

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Tea for two? How about tea for all of Canada!

DAVIDsTEA spread some holiday cheer with their first nationwide DavidsTeaParty! For one hour, tea lovers could visit any Canadian DAVIDsTEA store for a free cup of tea. The event supported Me To We, with $1 donated for every cup of tea served.

DAVIDsTEA also held a special live stream pop up Downtown Toronto, hosted by ETalk reporter Liz Trinnear! The event was broadcasted live on the DAVIDsTEA Facebook page for fans across Canada, drawing 16,000 views.

Guests enjoyed their cozy drinks while listening to a beautiful performance by French Canadian, Jonathan Roy! The DAVIDsTEA pop up also offered guests a Rafiki workshop, where they could bead their own bracelets.

The pop up offered a variety of delicious DAVIDsTEA blends, including Santa’s Secret, Caramel Shortbread, Matcha Matsu and, of course, the signature, Me To We.

We saw a lot of guests stop by throughout the afternoon, but no one left without capturing a memory with the digital photo booth!

DAVIDsTEA Party was a great success as people across Canada came together to enjoy good tea for a charitable cause! Iconic DAVIDsTEA cups could be seen dispersing around the city after the pop up closed up shop. It was a great experience to see Canada coming together! 🙂

How To Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Olivia Wilde recently tweeted: “My [New Year’s] resolution died peacefully in a pizza box”.

Feel like you can relate? We all know how hard it is to keep our New Year’s Resolutions going strong past January, especially the ones which mean giving up some of our favourite (yet terribly unhealthy) snacks.

Luckily, there are some amazing products out there to help keep you on track with your 2015 goals. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites that will help you turn those personal promises into a sustainable lifestyle…

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Manage Energy Levels: Energy Revitalizing Remedy from Saje Natural Wellness

Got the 3 o’clock blues? Instead of reaching for another cup of coffee, try Saje Natural Wellness‘ invigorating Energy Revitalizing Remedy. This topical roll-on combines essential oils, including uplifting peppermint, zesty lemon, stimulating rosemary and refreshing bergamot to combat fatigue, reduce tension and encourage mental focus. Bye bye fatigue, hello productivity!

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Stay Alcohol-Free – Shloer

If “cutting back” was on your list for the New Year, make Shloer your new best friend. This sparkling, non-alcoholic grape-based drink is perfect for any occasion! Offering two flavours, Red Grape and White Grape, Shloer contains zero preservatives, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavourings. The perfect wine alternative!

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Take Care of Your Skin – Racinne Lady I Cleansing Brush

The Lady I Facial Cleansing Machine system comes with 4 different interchangeable applicators to target specific skin concerns and is beneficial for any skin type! We love the facial brush to clean deep into pores and exfoliate skin. Try the sponge head to apply your serum for an even deeper absorption!LadyI_Front_4brush

Get Rid of Toxins – 24 Hour Face Cream from OURS by Cheryl Hickey

Meticulously designed with extra purity and care, this all over, long-lasting 24 Hour Face Cream is ideal for any skin type. Safe to use on children and hydrating enough for mom and dad, this gentle cream will help hydrate skin all day long leaving it feeling silky and dewy. Our favourite part? OURS by CH products are free of silicones, parabens, phthalates, fragrance, dyes, formaldehyde, PEG, petrochemical, and most common allergens!

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Eat Clean – Eat Nakd

The best way to eat clean in the New Year is to snack clean; this is the moment when Eat Nākd nutritious bars come in handy! These vegan, dairy-free, wheat-free bars are made from a cold-pressed mix of fruits and nuts. Available in four delicious flavour combinations – Cocoa Orange, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Delight and Berry Delight – keep these desk-side for guilt-free snacking!

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Detoxify – DAVIDs TEA Detox Kit

The holidays are over…we’re back on the grind…but some of us still still crave that detox. Our favourite way (and the most delicious) comes in DAVIDsTEA’s Detox Kit. This collection of super-healthy teas are not only good for you, they taste amazing! From Yogi Berry to Japanese Sencha, Pu’erh Ginger to traditional Detox, starting fresh has never been tastier.

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What are your favourite ways to keep on track with New Year’s Resolutions? Tweet us @natashankpr!