Congratulations Monica! Your style transformation awaits!
Monica has her sister-in-law Paula to thank for this amazing opportunity.
Check back on Aug. 15th when we reveal Monica’s stunning makeover!
Fall is just around the corner and at BTR, we’ve already begun scouting the trendiest fall fashions for women, men, and kids! Not to brag or anything, but the BTR head office boasts some seriously fashionable people. This month we’re featuring employees that know just what to wear for the upcoming chill.
As an added bonus, this weekend only, you pay what we pay! We’re featuring employee pricing for all weekend long – just look for the stamp on the banner!
Alana, Buyer for Outerwear and Jewelry
You’ll always see me in a leather jacket in the fall. I keep my wardrobe simple and basic with jeans and t-shirts on most days, and on the colder days, I love oversized sweaters. I top everything off with fur – either a fur collar or vest. A friend once described me perfectly by saying that I’m all for “clean lines, and modern simplistic grunge”.
Jenn, Senior Buyer for Luxury, Intimates, and Beauty
I generally like wearing basic pieces like a good high-waisted black harem pant and tucked-in tank. I accessorize with a statement belt, and I particularly love my vintage Hermes one! I usually finish the whole look off with a great motorcycle boot or Western bootie, and a red lip for pizazz.
For the coming season, I’m seeing a lot of color in bags. I’m loving Prada Fall/Winter bags. Their Saffiano cobalt blue with red lining is killer. Celine is also featuring popping colors like bright orange that really make a statement.
Courtney, Senior Buyer for Infants, Juvenile, and Maternity
What I love about kids’ fall apparel is that it never loses color! Unlike adult wardrobes that switch to darker clothing in the colder months, kids are going back to school in bright hues. You’ll see neon yellows, bright blues, and oranges all trending this fall.
Personally, my own individual fall style is layered and cozy…if I could wear cashmere head-to-toe every day, I would! I accessorize with scarves and wide brim wool hats, and my favorite fall colors include plum, navy, gray and orange.
Wojtek Jakubiec (Polo), Photographer
As a photographer, I’m moving around a lot and find myself in awkward positions sometimes to get that perfect shot. This is why I always try to choose comfort in my clothing. That being said, I wear button-up shirts with slacks, or t-shirts. My fashion palette isn’t too brightly colored; for fall I wear peacoats in gray or dark navy.
Do you love HYPE Energy drink? How about Stewart’s beverages? Pick your favorite product from one of the brands below for a chance to win a Unique Foods party pack, as well as a $250 BTR credit!
– Cascade Ice
– Dry Soda Co.
– HYPE Energy
– Aqua Hydrate
– CoCos Pure
Contest runs from July 14th- 20th midnight ET.
Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week comes to a close today and what a week it was! Unlike the seasonal Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer fashion weeks, this event gives major designers creative carte blanche. It is the laboratory of the fashion world. The styles are more artistic and experimental, but are certainly the crème de la crème of haute couture!
Let’s take a look at some of our favorite runways:
Shorts were a building block around this collection, as well as the color red. He paired shorts with fabulous haute jackets, often in red and black. Another key look of his collection was a netted head and torso. Models graced the catwalk with what looked like galaxies floating around their heads. The netting created an industrial/futuristic vibe.
The word couture implies “cutting” and “seaming”, there was none of that in this show. Everything was molded rather than seamed, making it “Haute Couture” without the “Couture”. The collection became Karl Lagerfeld’s playground as he mixed baroque with severe austerity. Once again, like Armani, we also saw silhouettes modeled after shorts.
Ornate headpieces were par for the course here. Bold, chandelier-like creations swayed on the heads of models. Julien Fournie’s haute couture house only launched in 2009, but still his collection rubbed shoulders with the older, established fashion houses to great aplomb. On the brink of launching his first ready-to-wear line, he presented six looks from the line; something different for Haute Couture Fashion Week.
Jean Paul Gaultier:
The models on the Gaultier runway were striking in their pale, vampy pallor. The theme for the collection this year was very dark and almost gothic. His more inventive designs included sheer fabric, capes, and overall predatory sex appeal.
Do you know someone deserving of a style transformation? Nominate a friend or family member for a head-to-toe makeover by Montreal’s hottest glam team:
-Stylist and personal shopper, Randi Kupfert from RKloset
-Celebrity hair stylist and owner of St-Laurent Spa, Rafael Estrella Dunn
-Makeup by Amy K Makeup
The winner will take part in a professional photoshoot at BTR headquarters*, and to top it off, they will go home with a fab new wardrobe for fall!
How to nominate:
1) E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo of your nominee, their home city/province/state, as well as a contact phone number to reach you. Tell us why you think your nominee deserves some extra love and attention!
2) Tag your posts! Use #BTRmakeover on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook.
And that’s it! You’ve just entered someone to win the makeover of their dreams!
If your special someone is selected for the makeover, we’ll also award you with a $500 BTR credit to create your own fall look!
Contest closes July 17th, midnight ET.
*BTR Makeover scheduled for Monday, August 11th
There’s no question about it: Chef Chuck Hughes is passionate about food. It’s easy to see just how passionate when you witness him hosting his shows on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, or winning big on Iron Chef America. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, he continues a legacy of world-class dining with two restaurants in his native city. Garde Manger and Le Bremner are both located in the picturesque Montreal Old Port and present hip, unpretentious haute cuisine that is uniquely Chef Hughes.
Chef, restaurateur, television host, cookbook author: he’s definitely a busy guy. However, we were lucky enough to sit him down long enough to answer a few questions, as well as pick his favorite BTR products, which can be found here.
1) How has it felt going from a local Montreal celebrity to a world-renowned Food Network super star? How do you stay so down to Earth?
I don’t know if I would say Food Network super star. I’m just a regular guy who has had things work out. I feel really fortunate to have had the chance to do what I do. As far as staying grounded – working with food keeps me humble. A carrot doesn’t care who you are.
2) How do you manage to balance your time? Writing a book, owning two restaurants, travelling, appearing on TV…it almost seems impossible for just one person!
Yeah, I’m crazy busy but at certain times of the year I’m able to take some time off. I also to try to regularly squeeze in some time for myself – it may be playing a late night hockey game on Monday night or shopping early Sat morning at the market, whatever I can fit in. Though I’m lucky, I love what I do and I find when you love what you do it’s pretty easy to get up and get going every morning.
3) What inspires you to create new meal ideas?
Travelling is a big inspiration for me. I was recently in Italy and that was amazing. The TV series Chuck’s Eat The Street has me travelling all over the U.S. meeting other chefs and food producers so I’m often being introduced to different techniques or new food ideas. I also do a lot of reading and of course tasting new things.
4) With today’s busy lifestyles, we’re all pressed for time. What are your best tips/short cuts in the kitchen?
Cooking gets this rap that to do it well it has to be complicated and takes time. I disagree. I don’t believe in short cuts, it’s more about being prepared. If you prepare and clean as you go along, cooking a terrific meal doesn’t take much time. Some tips? Set yourself up like a professional kitchen by getting your mise en place done – that way you can cook like a professional chef. You can also sear meats and make a sauce in the same pan – it’s fast and easy.
5) We know you are catering the Osheaga Music Festival this year. What are you making? How do you organize everything so that all the food comes out fresh and hot? And who are you most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
For the last couple of years we have catered the VIP backstage area of Osheaga. It’s an incredibly intense full-on three days. We have an amazing team of 45 cooks that make it happen. The dishes we offer often focus on all the food products that Montreal and Quebec are known for as well we have the best BBQ of the year! When it comes to actually watching the bands we don’t really have the time, as we are too busy feeding them. But I will try to sneak away and catch Portugal. The Man if I can.
6) Can you share one of your favorite (easy!) recipes with us?
Can’t get enough Hughes? The third season of Chuck’s Eat the Street premieres on July 10th at 10pm on the Cooking Channel in the U.S.