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.

Looks we love: World MasterCard Fashion Week

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It’s the moment the Toronto fashion scene has been waiting for…Day One of World MasterCard Fashion Week set the stage for an incredible 5 days of F/W ’14 runway shows! One thing is certain: Less is more for Fall ’14. From the ‘no-makeup’ look at Mikhael Kale to the subtle ombre essie nails worn on the LINE Knitwear runway, we were left in awe after both Day One shows. Fuchsia pink is BIG for fall, as seen in the beautiful oversized shapes at LINE Knitwear and abundance of brights on the Mikhael Kale runway. We’re sharing our favourite looks and beauty trends spotted at WMCFW…enjoy!

DAY ONE

Mikhael Kale

Grommets, bold prints, unique textures & bright hues made for a stunning runway show.

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We loved the simplicity of Rita Remark’s essie manicures for the Mikhael Kale show…the Absolutely Shore shade worked perfectly with the designer’s collection.

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LINE Knitwear

LINE Knitwear’s collection wowed the crowd; the combination of luxurious fabrics, rich fuchsias and dynamic shapes channelled the epitome cozy chic!

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Rita Remark reflected the ombre look woven throughout the collection with a subtle ombre nail. The essie  ‘Bobbing for Baubles’ and ‘St. Tropez’ shades were a winning combo.

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DAY TWO

David Dixon

We loved the ethereal look at David Dixon; the lace, feminine fabrics and abundance of pearls created a unique, ‘Alternative Bride’ look!

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Rita Remark nails it again with essie Blanc, Limo-Scene and Fiji that perfectly compliments the abundance of white on the runway.

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DAY THREE

Pink Tartan

That fur! We loved the contemporary Canadian collection..plaids, winter whites and cozy turtlenecks dominated the runway.

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Such a classic look! Rita Remark opted for a winter-y, feminine nail to compliment Pink Tartan’s Canadian-Heritage inspired collection…we love that Vanity Fairest shade!

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Joe Fresh

We can always count on Joe Fresh to showcase cool, edgy yet elegant looks. What’s so great about these pieces is their ability to showcase runway style at an affordable price.

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DAY FOUR

Rudsak

The excitement over the Rudsak collection was palpable; the looks were edgy with the classic chic Rudsak touches – fur detailing, fantastic hats and signature leather pieces. One of the most memorable moments of the show was DJ/model Harley Viera-Newton closing the show!

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Rita Remark chose to reflect the 20th Anniversary celebrations with essie’s Go for Gold polish. Paired with the classic Licorice, it complimented the collection perfectly.

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What was your favourite #WMCFW show? Tweet us at @natashaNKPR!

Getting Digital with essie at Toronto Fashion Week

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We love fashion, but stunning nail art was on our mind this Toronto Fashion Week! We trotted around town with nail pro, Rita Remark, spying the sweetest new essie shades on the runways. We got to huddle in the crowded backstage areas of renowned designers like Evan Biddell, ASHTIANI by Golnaz Ashtiani, Mackage, Lucian Matis, Matis by Lucian Matis, UNTTLD, VAWK and EXPRESSall of whose stunning models hit the runway with essie-perfected digits, executed with Rita (and her team’s) gorgeous technique. We also got a sneak peek at essie’s three new collections: Sleek Stick, RepStyle and Care. Don’t worry—we got all the exclusive pictures below!

Metallic hues at Evan Biddell. Shades from left to right: Penny Talk, Licorice
Geometrical nails at Ashtiani. Shades: Master Plan, Fiji, Wicked
Essie everywhere! Matte about you, Da Bush and Sand Tropez
Minty cool shades at Mackage. Shades: Sand Tropez and Da Bush
Silver talons at UNTLD. Shade: No Place Like Chrome
Flirty essie shades at VAWK. Shades: Buy Me a Cameo, Licorice

What’s your favourite essie nail look? Tweet us @natashankpr