Monthly Archives: March 2012

Shoe trends for Spring/Summer 2012

Last week, we gave bag addicts some food for thought and some handy hints, in the form of a refresher course on what trends dominated the world’s runways during the Spring/Summer 2012 collections. This time, we’re focusing on another accessory, and the ultimate weakness for many a fashion-lover: shoes.

If you want to pick up some fab footwear for the upcoming season, we’re here to fill you in on how to be totally on-trend. Take the ideas that appeal to you, and make them your own. Get inspired.

It would be easier to list the designers that didn’t show their take on the heeled, strappy sandal. From minimal to plentiful, from unadorned to with buckles, chain, or beads, this look reigned supreme.

Another equally feminine style that cropped up often was the pointy toe. For work, dinner, or a night out, sport a pair and you’ll be completely on point.

If it’s comfort you’re after, grab a pair of cute sneakers. Think high-top styles that are more fashion than function (this is one trend we’re super-happy to get on board with!).

We’re also huge fans of the fresh, sturdy silhouette known as the flatform. A blend of a flat and a platform, we love that flatforms give us extra height, minus the off-balance feeling and teetering that can come with wedges and heels.

As for details, look for shoes that showcase woven or braided materials. These chic accents do double duty, adding interest and texture.

Check back next week for more tips that’ll help you turn the sidewalk into your very own catwalk.

90210’s Michael Steger picks his top looks for men

If you’re like millions of other 90210 fans, you don’t miss one episode of The CW’s hit show. And you know Michael Steger’s character, Navid Shiraz, is the cutie with a heart of gold who always dresses to the nines. Whether he’s dealing with relationship drama, or running a successful company, this charmer’s style is always on point.

Today, he’s here to help guys add a hip vibe to their overall look. The stylish Steger has picked his fave items from today’s menswear events – so you’ll be fashionable enough for any zip code.

Read our Q&A with Michael and find out how he manages to look super fly, on and off-camera.

Q: Navid Shirazi, the character you play on the hit CW show 90210, comes from a very privileged background and his clothing (and his Ferrari!) reflects this. How is your personal style different/similar?

A: My personal style is much different. I tend to dress much more casual and relaxed. Navid was and is much more preppy and clean cut.

Q: It’s always such a treat to see what the students are going to wear on 90210. Do you get to work with the wardrobe department when it comes to Navid’s look? 

A: Yes. Our main designer is Kime Buzzeli. She’s always looking out for Navid’s wardrobe. They tend to go a bit overboard with Navid. I looked at a pair of shorts they gave me season two, and the price tag read $500. I would never spend that kind of money on a pair of shorts. But they have expensive taste for Navid. I have to give it up to them, they do a great job though. When you want to take your wardrobe home, you know the stylist is doing a good job.

Q: Has your knowledge of fashion and designers increased since you joined the show? If yes, who is a designer that you follow?

A: The only two designers I follow are my brother J. Steger, and ALLSAINTS. Having a brother that’s a designer is a huge window into the fashion world. So much goes into a suit, a pair of jeans, etc. One never really understands the level of work crafted before something is made.

Q: Which female character’s style appeals to you the most and why?

A: I would say Ivy or Silver. They have that classic laid-back bohemian look. It’s very chill.

Q: If you could give one tip to guys who have no clue where to start when it comes to fashion, what would you say?

A: Don’t try too hard. Dress comfortably and simply.

Michael Steger’s picks can be found in these events:

Etro: men’s shirts, Tommy Hilfiger, Lion’s Crest, For Men Only, and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelStegerJr

Give Suri Cruise a run for her money

If you’re prepping for spring and summer, your wardrobe is slowly coming together and taking shape. Well, we think that now is a great time to be updating your little girl’s closet, too. And today, we’ve got the perfect event for that.

C’est Chouette Couture offers some of the best kidswear we’ve laid our eyes on. And we’re not the only ones taking notice of this fabulous label, either. It’s been featured in mags like In Style and American Baby, and it even took center stage on the cover of Vogue Bambini.

With a background in women’s fashion, designer Amanda Azadi creates adorable frocks that showcase bold hues and fun details. Inspired by the colors, costumes, and fabrics of the circus world, C’est Chouette – French for “that’s cute” – stands apart from everything else out there.

We think all of the brand’s whimsical styles would look right at home on Hollywood’s most fashionable tot, Suri Cruise – and on your little princess, as well.

Shop the event

Shop limited-edition pre-owned Louis Vuitton accessories

You already look forward to our Pre-Owned Louis Vuitton sales (who wouldn’t love designer purses with a price tag that doesn’t require monthly installments?) Now it’s time to feast your eyes on the limited-edition pieces – items that are sure to cause jealous stares from fellow luxury lovers.

Our lust-worthy picks:

Neverfull GM Graffiti Stephen Sprouse – This bold piece showcases the famous graffiti print, which took the fashion world by storm when it was introduced in 2001.

Neverfull Monogram Roses Stephen Sprouse GM – Another style that was developed by artist and designer Stephen Sprouse and the celebrated designer Marc Jacobs. This bag adds a feminine appeal to an LV classic.

Miroir Sac Plat – The Monogram Miroir of this Sac Plat creates a beautiful metallic effect. This bright beauty is reserved for the confident lady who wants all eyes on her.

Speedy Fleur de Jais – From LV’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection, the Speedy Fleur de Jais is all about the details. The bag is sequined with an elaborate floral pattern, which reflects the feminine collection perfectly.

Shop these gorgeous bags and more at 4 PM ET. Because chic never sleeps.

BTR home picks their top items to help you embrace your space

Our team at BTR home work day in and day out to give you the very best in home décor, furniture, and homeware. And at these prices, your dream home is now within reach.

The home gurus are showcasing their picks March 24 – March 30 to get you inspired to embrace your space like never before.

Read our Q&A with the experts and create your loveliest home yet!

Q: What are some organizing tips you would give to people who are really looking to declutter their homes?

A: Start with your shoes. If you’re anything like me, you have shoes in every closet in your home, in your trunk, and in your office.

Shoe organizers come in different shapes, sizes, and colors – choose one that fits your needs. The 50 pair shoe organizer in the Home Storage Solutions event (starting Friday, March 30) is my personal favorite.

Don’t stop there – take any unorganized area in your house and start to declutter using either labeled baskets, clear bins, or modular shelving. Your kitchen pantry deserves the same care and attention. The Can Storage Rack in the Organize it All event (launching Monday, March 26) will free up space and leave your pantry looking neat.

– Courtney, Buyer for Kitchenware, Tabletop & Organizers

Q: The summer is soon approaching and people are looking forward to entertaining outdoors again! What are some affordable, must-have items they should get to make it happen?

A: Opt for color – spring is a great time to refresh and rejuvenate. Cute, colorful silicone wine charms in flower shapes are great for entertaining a crowd. The gift-boxed, 14 piece Happy Hour Bar Accessories set includes ice trays, cutting boards, and some great drink tags! (in the Spring Holiday Entertaining event, starting March 24).

– Courtney

Q: The bathroom is often overlooked style-wise. What tips and tricks would you give our readers to help them give new life to this room?

A: Invest in a new bath mat, a shower curtain, and matching accessories. You can change the look of your bathroom for less than $30 and change it every season if you like! This month I went for creams, neutrals, and an animal print shower curtain from Marimac! My bathroom was so boring, all white. Now I’m definitely having fun with all the accessories that have glamorized the space.

Memory foam is so hot right now, especially bath mats. I highly recommend getting one yourself!

– Alex, Buyer for Bedding & Bathroom

Q: What types of items would you recommend to our BTR shoppers to help them refresh their bedroom?

A: A new set of sheets and a new duvet cover for spring! I always like to refresh my bed this time of year. I love the 1000TC sheets from Maison Condelle – they are so soft and lightweight.

The Savannah Silk Pillow Case and feather mattress topper by Highland Feather are AMAZING! There’s really nothing like getting a good night’s sleep before a full day of work, so I can say it was worth investing, in my “beauty sleep”.

All in all, I really like all our Bed & Bath products – I think each one of BTR’s Bed & Bath events has such great products. I wish I had 100 beds!

– Alex

Q: What are some pieces you’d recommend people get to liven up their home décor without going over their budget?

A: Don’t miss the Chic & Unique Home Décor event on Saturday. Privilege features all the hottest vintage looks in home décor. The event features small accent furniture from $86.99, lamps from $49.99 and decorative accents from $9.99. We suggest the end table for a pure vintage appeal.

– Brian, Buyer for Home Décor, Furniture, Outdoor, Art, and Luggage.

Q: Summer is soon approaching – what types of outdoor furniture pieces are trendy right now?

A: Resin wicker is a big trend for outdoor furniture right now. It requires minimum maintenance and is extremely durable. Dining sets in resin wicker with metal accents will get you ready for your summer outdoor events! Bistro sets are also a nice touch to give your backyard a Parisian feel. Hammocks are also a hot new trend, great for relaxing in the shade on a sunny summer day.

– Brian

Shop BTR home picks today:

Spring holiday entertaining, Luxury bedding, Chic and unique home décor, Refresh your bed, and Picasso and Dali

Ann Lopez is back picking her top looks for full-figured and fabulous ladies

The weather is heating up and it’s time to ditch those layers and jump into sweet spring fashions. Not a size 2? Not a problem!

The multitalented Ann Lopez is back, picking her favorite fashions and accessories for curvy ladies out there who want to look head-to-toe smashing.

Whether you live in color or prefer black, the Spring Favorite Dresses event has perfect knockout numbers to help you welcome spring in style.

A perfect hot weather look absolutely needs a hot new pair of shades. These winners by Diane von Furstenberg certainly fit the bill.

Complete your look with a fab new bag from Coach. The ultimate chic touch.

When it’s dream time, forget that oversized white tee. Look for Betsey Johnson’s vivid, silky pajama styles.

Be sure to stop by all of Ann’s events and create a wardrobe that suits your unique fashion needs.

Handbag trends for Spring/Summer 2012

If you’re anything like us, you’re currently in the process of building a sweet summer wardrobe. Here’s a little inspiration to get things started.

The Spring/Summer 2012 runway shows were held last October, while we were stocking up on cozy sweaters and warm boots. So we think it’s time for a little refresher course.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top five picks from the S/S 2012 collections to help get your fashion juices flowing. This time around, we’re honing in on bags.

Sure, some ladies will pluck these luxe accessories right off the runway. But for those looking to pick up their new bag at the mall (or of course, on BTR), we have a few pointers to capture the catwalk look.

For silhouettes, go for structure all the way. Satchels and totes ruled – there wasn’t a slouchy hobo in sight. Clutches of all sizes had a very strong presence, so if your lifestyle allows it or if you’re willing to skimp on practicality, snap one up.

Snake print was absolutely everywhere, with alligator and croc coming in at a close second. Seen in both realistic colors and unexpected hues like lime and turquoise, reptile print is the look to go for this season, hands down.

Many designers went for mixed textures and materials – wicker, leather, and fabrics were blended in many collections. Choose a piece using this concept for a whimsical, unique look.

Check in with us next week for more up-to-the-minute trends that’ll have you looking divine as the temperature climbs!

Spring into style with must-see fashions and accessories

You have another reason to smile as you store away your winter coat – like getting the chance to experiment with spring’s knockout fashions and accessories. Dive into it with these delicious must-haves.

Rdutemps by Fashion Victime. Bold jewelry can add instant flash to a simple outfit.

East Lion Footwear. Fierce wedges to add height and model appeal.

Chanel. A dash of white to add a sophisticated allure to your look.

Lacoste. Preppy-chic footwear – perfect for sunny weekends.

Meghan Los Angeles. A breezy dress that feels as good as it looks.

All fabulous items on sale now!

Fresh spring looks by Miilla

No doubt your Spring/Summer 2012 wardrobe planning is well under way. We’re doing the same thing, and we thought we’d let you in on a brand that’ll be playing a starring role in our outfits.

Los Angeles-based label Miilla has all the qualities a fashionista looks for in attire for balmy temperatures. Their pieces are lightweight, airy, feminine, effortless, easy to wear, and above all, flattering and chic. And while neutrals definitely have their place in the Miilla line, luscious and uncommon colors are also fabulously featured.

Shop the Miilla event today, and be one step closer to rounding out your warm weather wardrobe.

Tomasz Rut comes to BTR home

Listed in the Robb Report’s Best of the Best issue as one of the five most collectible living artists, Tomasz Rut creates captivating, resplendent works of art that mainly showcase mythological figures, animals, and the human form. BTR home is proud to be featuring them today.

Art lovers are undoubtedly already familiar with him, but for those who aren’t, here are a few accolades that speak to his level of success and mastery: in 2011, his work was blessed by Pope Benedict XVI, and was included in the Vatican’s art collection, and when working on custom home interiors, he was hired by the late Gianni Versace. Need we say more?

Shop the Tomasz Rut event, and bring a modern Baroque masterpiece into your home.