Monthly Archives: September 2011

Home chic home

For the final installment of our Home Makeover series, we’re focusing on finishing touches. When large undertakings like buying new furniture or painting aren’t an option, adding a few small details that reflect your personality can put a fresh spin on a room. In the same way that a great bag and the right jewelry pull an outfit together, a room isn’t really complete until it’s been accessorized. Visit today’s events to start putting that extra sparkle on your space.

Zuo Modern offers utterly contemporary and eye-catching small furniture items. California Living showcases unique wares from cute cookie jars to gorgeous art glass vases. The Décor Done Right event is full of functional and decorative items that will help you really make a room your own. And stop by the Lahore Collection event for a one-of-a-kind, hand-woven rug.

Here are a few ideas to get your started:

The dangling crystals and fleur-de-lys details on the Chateau Wall Sconce create a sophisticated, regal feel.

The pattern on the Cosmopolitan Hurricane Lantern is reflective of what’s all over fashion right now – so trend-right.

The Hickerson Clock has Mod, ‘60s air about it, but it still looks fresh and contemporary.

The intricate, allover faceting on the Prisma Stool makes the simple piece into something dazzling.

Add some exotic spice to a room with the Rainbow Moroccan Lantern.

Use the Empire Gallery Table to display a collection you might have – we love the idea of placing a group of perfume bottles on it.

Play upon the classic refinement of this Lahore Collection rug, or make it part of an eclectic décor scheme.

Have fun shopping today’s events, and enjoy bringing your space from incomplete to incomparable.

Dressing for your age: BTR style in your 30’s

Turning 30. A scary thought for some. The official end of youth and the realization that you’re a full-blown adult. Hold your horses – your 30’s can be even more exciting than your 20’s because you’re more self assured and independent than ever.

That’s good news for your fashion sense as well. You’ve probably tried out different styles in your 20’s and have settled into your own look. Now is where the fun begins.

As for dressing more conservatively as you get older, that’s up to you. If you want to rock out in a mini skirt or wear bold colors, don’t hesitate. Do what feels right.

Eva Mendes is a celebrity I think best represents chic 30’s fashion. She knows how to dress it up and dress it down all while looking flawless.

Fashion tips for dressing in your 30’s:

Get that perfect little black dress: Whether you’re 25 or 45, you need a quality black dress for parties. When you’re in your 30’s, opt for one that is classy and not too mini. Formfitting and flattering is the goal.

BTR Recommends: Decode 1.8 dress. 

Invest in quality pieces. You’re no longer a struggling student, you have a great job, and you deserve some quality goods. Now’s the time to get that designer purse, tailored coat, or jewelry you’ve desired for so long. It’ll always been in style so it’s worth the money.

BTR recommends: Majesty Diamonds Cocktail Ring.

Get a sleek suit: Whether or not you work in an office, it’s important to own at least one suit for business-chic occasions. You never know when you’ll have an important meeting or job interview.

BTR recommends: Sharagano suit.

Look for shapewear: Even though you still might have your amazing 20’s body, sometimes a gal needs extra help to squeeze into her favorite dress.

BTR recommends: Mission Control slip.

Pick up a classic black tote: An elegant bag will last you for many seasons. Get one that goes with almost every item in your closet. No need to worry about clashing or keeping up with the trends.

BTR recommends: Elliott Luca tote.

Regardless of if you’re about to turn 30 or pushing 40, you can still have fun with fashion and try out tons of fabulous looks. All items listed are on sale now at BTR!

Bring natural beauty into your home

We love the idea of bringing natural beauty into your home, and this lighting collection celebrates all that nature has to offer. There’s a growing movement toward the use of organic forms and materials in interior design – these lamps are an easy way to incorporate this trend into your home. These imaginative pieces will give your space an appealingly inviting, laid-back look.

Evoke a relaxed vibe with the Turnbridge lamp – the driftwood gives it a soothing, beachy quality.

Revitalize a dim space with the deep sea-inspired Harbor lamp – coral is so chic rendered in white.

The distinctive texture of cork gives the Jude lamp an unexpected twist.

The tower of river rocks on the Burlington lamp have a Zen-like appeal.

Shop the Natural Light event, and get back to nature in style.

Stylist Phillip Bloch gives you his BTR picks

Need a little help choosing what to purchase for fall? Celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch is going to help you out. From styling Hollywood beauties like Halle Berry to publishing his very own book The Shopping Diet, this fashion guru knows what he’s talking about.

Shop ’til you drop. With the Phillip Bloch seal of approval, you know your fall wardrobe is in good hands.

Want more PB? Read this Q&A with Phillip to get his take on fall trends and how to shop when you’re on a budget.

Q: We are so excited for you to pick items for our BTR shoppers. Which trends are you loving for fall/winter?

A: One of my favorite trends for this upcoming season is RED, it’s such a vibrant, powerful color! And it’s the color of love. That’s why we love red!

– Polka dots (in small doses).

– Sequins big and small, but used only as an accent.

– Maxi length skirts and sweaters.

– Bold patterns and plaid.

Q: Since we (sadly) can’t take you home with us to be our very own stylist, what tips would you give people to help them put an outfit together?

A: My favorite tip is to always make sure your clothes fit well, a $50 dress can look $500 if it fits just right (not too tight, not too loose).

When adding new items to your wardrobe, look for multifunctional pieces that you can wear in different ways by mixing with other pieces.

Always remember, 15 great pieces are much better than 50 you don’t know what to do with and will probably never wear.

You want pieces you will be able to layer as the nights get longer and the days get colder.

Q: What are some budget-savvy ways women can transition into fall?

A: One of my favorite ways to transition is by wearing tights (under shorts, skirts or dresses) we LOVE that look!

Pieces that you can layer such as a long sleeve lightweight T-shirt or something you can wear under a “summer” dress.

Capes are also a great trend. Throw a cape or a lightweight leather jacket over that summer tank top or sun dress – it’s a great way to bring your summer clothes into winter.

Q: Even though our shoppers love a great deal, what is the one item for fall you think is worth splurging on?

A: A great pair of boots! Riding, platform, even a studded or sequined pair will make a huge statement with some simple items you may already have in your closet.

Q: What are some trends, fashion-savvy men should look out for this season?

A: Great white shirts never go out of style. Also, thin ties are very “in” and bold jewel-colored shirts paired with a dark office suit is a sure way to stand out from the crowd.

Q: Tell us about your show Cause Celeb on ABC. What inspired you to take on this project?

A: “Cause Celeb” has actually been a dream project of mine for quite some time, as one can’t live by fashion alone. Doing good makes you feel good. And what better way to combine all my favorite things? Fashionable celebrities and the causes that they are so passionate about it also has given me the opportunity to share a more personal side not only with models and actors but, in the music and sports worlds, which I have such an affinity for. I’ve had the honor of interviewing the likes of: Cee-Lo Green, Mark Sanchez, Karolina Kurkova, Fran Drescher, Jordin Sparks, Carmelo Anthony, Christie Brinkley, Andie McDowell, and many many more.

Be sure to check out Phillip’s picks, starting with Michael Antonio shoes on Saturday, September 24th.

Kitchen confidential

It’s Home Makeover time again, and this week our focal point is the kitchen. It’s no secret that we all love to update our wardrobes – but how long has it been since you gave your kitchen the same treatment? The kitchen is where creativity blooms and magic happens. So this week, we’re giving your kitchen the attention it deserves.

For close to 100 years, KitchenAid products have been known for their superior quality and professional-grade performance. Visit their event to browse the wide array of small appliances (including many models of their famous stand mixers), and attachments as well.

Kalorik’s event showcases their kitchen devices with a stylish, contemporary edge.

Paderno pride themselves on having products that outlast everything else in the kitchen, and their event is full of items that are sure to satisfy all your cooking and baking desires.

The Kitchen Basics event will bring you from writing your grocery list to unwinding with a cup of coffee after dessert – literally every box will be checked along the way.

The Cookbook event has titles spanning every course, global cuisine, palette and dietary requirement.

Finally, stop by their namesake event for Splendide’s elegant, modern flatware and Denby’s popular Blue Jetty stoneware pattern.

Here’s the details on what’s in our kitchen:

1. Kalorik four slice toaster

2. KitchenAid Architect Series 14 cup coffee maker (same as in the sample kitchen, but with a glass bowl)

3. Paderno SteelChef 9 piece cookware set

4. Paderno 12 cup muffin pan

5. KitchenAid Architect Series stand mixer

6. Denby Blue Jetty stoneware

7. Cookbooks

8. Splendide Panorama 45 piece flatware set

9. Kitchen Basics wooden breakfast set

Now that we’ve made it easy for you to show your kitchen a little love, all that’s left to do is eat…bon appétit!


To the core

Bamboo has exploded onto the marketplace recently. Housewares, clothing, and even skincare products are being manufactured using this natural resource. If you’ve ever asked yourself “why bamboo?”, BTR and Core Bamboo have the answers.

Bamboo is the very definition of renewable. The largest member of the grass family (and the fastest growing wood), some types of bamboo can grow an astonishing 39 inches (100 centimeters) in 24 hours. Bamboo wood is extremely lightweight, and exceptionally stiff and strong, making products crafted from it remarkably durable. Bamboo is also naturally anti-microbial, meaning it stops the growth of bacteria.

Aside from creating their wares using this Earth-friendly material, Core Bamboo takes their planetary responsibility to the next level. All the bamboo used is organically grown, and even their lacquers come from cashew trees. Every item produced is made in an ethical and socially responsible way, by one of their team of artisans located throughout the globe. Providing housing and medical care to over 2000 people, Core Bamboo really go above and beyond.

But there’s more to this brand than a good conscience. Core Bamboo offers a wide range of kitchen and dining room options in a rainbow of gorgeous shades.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the green movement – do it your own way. BTR and Core Bamboo invite you to start here, today.

Shop the event

Best of the best fashion tips

Fashion trends may come and go, but certain style guidelines can be useful season after season, year after year.

Instyle has created a comprehensive list of the 50 best fashion tips of all time. I’ve gone through the list and picked 5 tips that will have you looking sweet and chic for fall.

Whether you’re a casual-cool gal or a full-fledged glamazon, these tips will elevate your style to new heights.

Pump up the volume in brights

Don’t think you can pull off color? Think again. Even a subtle burst of color can spice up an outfit. Check out these bold red shoes by Jimmy Choo. Also, don’t keep colors locked up during winter. The weather might be dreary, but your style can remain fresh.

Layer your necklaces for a cool hippie feel

Spotted on the runway as well as on celebrities, the layering look is creeping up everywhere. Have some fun with your current collection of necklaces, or add some unique pieces like this one by Amrita Singh.

Choose nude pumps to elongate your legs

Not all of us were blessed with mile-long legs. Fashionistas eager to gain some inches in height should look into purchasing nude pumps. These essentials work great at work and for big nights out. These by Fahrenheit boast a 5 inch heel. Hello model!

Think outside the basic black coat

Often ignored, the coat is actually really important to your overall style. Think about how often you spend the entire day running around the city without actually removing your coat. You could be wearing pajamas underneath and no one would know. I recommend this stunner by Costa Blanca.

On a budget? Focus on your accessories

If you’re looking to save some money, no need to buy a whole new wardrobe. Simply adding a few new accessories will add that wow factor to your look. Like a Vintage Reign purse: sure to make your look pop!

Be sure to check out InStyle for the complete list of tips.

Dining delight

We’re all familiar with the stress that sometimes comes along with the holidays – so much to do in so little time. That’s why, for the third chapter in our home makeover story, we chose to remind you that before you know it, Christmas will be right around the corner.

The focal point for the remainder of the dining entertainment events? Every other day of the year. Shop Wine & Dine and Better Living if you have entertaining in mind. From coffee with a friend to a dinner party for 12, from prep work in the kitchen to sitting down and enjoying the fruits of your labor, all your bases are covered in these two events. The Spode & Portmeirion events showcase a variety of pieces for those wanting to start, grow, or complete their collection in the Christmas Tree or Blue Italian prints. Also featured are Royal Worcester’s Evesham line and sleek, modern carafes by Alfi. Visit the Cutlery event if you’re in the market for new flatware or serving tools. There are designs to suit every taste, and all sets are crafted of heavy gauge, 18/10 stainless steel. The Swarovski and eCarpet events allow you to add a touch of refinement and style to your dining space.

To create the well put-together look in today’s photograph, we outfitted our holiday table in Spode’s Christmas Tree stoneware pattern. This print can be found on close to 40 different items, ensuring all your serving needs are met. To replicate this look, visit the event.

Here’s what else you can see on our holiday table:

1. Crystal beaded candleholder

2. Mise en Bouche set

3. Two-tier porcelain platter

4. Wine carafe

5. French fry holder

6. Two-piece cake set and serve ware

7. Wine goblet set

8. 45-piece flatware service for 8

Entertaining is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of work – so we’ve made it easy for you to get everything you need in one place. And once you’re at the table, surrounded by smiling faces, it will all be worth it.

Today’s celebrity look: business-savvy

BTR will feature one look a day, for 7 days, inspired by Hollywood’s most stylish celebrities.

Today’s look: Business-Savvy.

Next up:

Friday, Sep. 16: Boho/Indie-chic, featuring Kate Bosworth

Saturday, Sep 17: Girl Next Door, featuring Reese Witherspoon

Monday, Sep 19: Fun & Flirty, featuring Blake Lively

Tuesday, Sep 20: Rocker Chic, featuring Rhianna

Wednesday, Sep 21: Glamorous, featuring Jennifer Lopez

Thursday, Sep 22: Casual-cool, featuring Jennifer Aniston

The inspiration for today? Ivanka Trump, Salma Hayek, and Michelle Obama.

These celebrities embody the perfect combination of professional style mixed with trend-right high fashion. They know how to jazz up a simple pencil skirt by pairing it with show-stopping Louboutins. They know how to dress like true fashion mavens; polished, put-together perfection.

So if you’re looking to add some fashion flair to your 9-5 look, be sure to shop these BTR events:

Premium watch event

Vintage Hermes

Love Stitch


Style me slim


Stay tuned for the next celebrity look: Boho/Indie Chic!