In her latest column, NKPR president Natasha Koifman shares a selection of her favourite buzzworthy products and establishments designed to brighten your summer.

By Natasha Koifman


As summer heats up, Living Luxe enthusiasts are seeking out the latest trends to elevate their lifestyles to new heights. From natural skincare products that protect us against the sun’s rays and outdoor elements to trendy fashion that combines style and comfort with diversity and authentic craftsmanship, there’s no shortage of must-haves for the season. And when it comes to dining and living spaces, new restaurants and condominium developments with abundant outdoor spaces are emerging, offering unique and sophisticated experiences that cater to the most discerning tastes. Let’s explore some of the hottest summer trends that are sure to make a splash.


Madison Group: The Capitol Residences

Outdoor space for luxury condominium living is paramount. Owners at The Capitol Residences can enjoy terraces and the stunning “Capitol Gardens” on the 10th floor of the iconic new building by the Madison Group. Located at Yonge and Castlefield, this development will feature 147 suites where the famed Capitol Theatre will be transformed into a stunning 14-storey residence while preserving the original marquee and façade. Designed by Studio Munge, the sun-steeped, landscaped terraces create a lovely, romantic environment, and offer residents the opportunity to connect with nature, the city and each other. Now selling. thecapitolresidences.ca



This wedding season, trust LoversLand for your bridal dress needs. Their in-house bridal label offers quality styles, and their creations are made-to-order in just weeks. Choose from a variety of fabrics with romantic textures and details, including smooth vegan silk that drapes beautifully and resists wrinkling. This Toronto-made collection is thoughtfully priced below $3,000. From the most meaningful milestones to life’s simple pleasures, LoversLand exists to help celebrate love in all its forms. Located at 215 Ossington Avenue. loversland.com


Back To Earth Skin

Get ready for the sun! Back To Earth Skin was created with a simple ethos in mind— we all deserve clean and trustworthy skincare that delivers healthy, beautiful skin, safely and without compromise. Using the fi nest ingredients, essential oils and powered by its proprietary Mineral Microbiome Clay Complex™, Back To Earth Skin is a 100-percent natural skincare line working to set a new standard. Try Glow Daily Moisturizer or Glow Facial Cleanser to hydrate and nourish for soft, youthful-looking skin. All products are vegan, cruelty-free and free from toxic and artificial ingredients. All packaging is biodegradable and sustainable. backtoearthskin.com



Looking for beautiful pieces for your summer wardrobe? Ready to discover hidden gems from indie brands around the world? THE LNK is the first of its kind in the fashion and beauty marketplace, connecting ethnically diverse brands overseas with consumers in North America. Shop online to find something truly unique for your everyday wear, imported from India, Indonesia, Nigeria and many other countries. THE LNK offers quality and trust with every purchase. Perfect fit is guaranteed and made easy with free shipping options and free returns. shopthelnk.com



There’s nothing like dining on a terrace in the summertime. Vancouver’s popular Black+Blue Steakhouse from Glowbal Restaurant Group just opened in Toronto. Reserve a table to taste the magic of a premier steakhouse experience combined with a modern and energetic ambiance, from a one-of-a-kind Himalayan salt-lined meat locker with the world’s most premium meats to table-side salad service, seafood towers and caviar. Designed by Navigate Design, Black+Blue inhabits a 9,000-squarefoot, two-storey space with an exquisite 2,000-square-foot patio. Located at 130 King Street West in The Exchange Tower. blackandbluesteakhouse.ca