Category Archives: Employee Picks

50 Years of Romance in Cinema

Whether you’re sharing your bowl of popcorn or spending some quality solo time, nothing beats a great feel-good flick cozied up at home on a Saturday night. Given that it’s Valentine’s Day, we thought it fitting to compile a list of the top romance movies of the past five decades.

2010’s: Her (2013)


This quirky Spike Jonze film will really make you rethink what it means to fall in love. Recently divorced and heartbruised Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) finds himself falling for his new phone’s OS (voiced by Scarlet Johansen). Equally humorous and touching, it’s sure to become a contemporary classic.

2000’s: Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)


In what may be the ultimate chick flick about the battle of perfection all women face, Bridget (Renee Zellweger) is determined to improve herself while looking for love with the help of her personal diary. Based on the novel by Helen Fielding and directed by Sharon Maguire, this movie is a must-have for every woman’s library.

1990’s: Pretty Woman (1990)


In this classic rags-to-riches story directed by Garry Marshall, Edward (Richard Gere), a wealthy lawyer, has an unusual encounter with a beautiful, quirky prostitute (Julia Roberts) while asking for directions. After he gives her a classier makeover so she can accompany him to his elite cocktail parties, he soon discovers she’s stolen his heart.

1980’s: An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)


Troubled pilot in training Zack (Richard Gere) stars in this military drama directed by Taylor Hackford. Even though warned about the local girls, he still finds himself falling in love with wild child Paula (Debra Winger). Will he be able to balance his romance with his dreams of being a jet pilot?

1970’s: Annie Hall (1977)

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This classically neurotic Woody Allen film is perfect if you’re looking for a laugh. Features awkward Alvy (Woody Allen), a stand-up comedian who falls for freespirited Annie (Diane Keaton). With its dry wit and silly humor, this “nervous romance” is simply a timeless classic.

Career Day feat. August’s Employee Picks


Check out today’s hottest career looks for fall and show them who’s boss at the office! We’ve asked our employees in the know to pick their favorites to help you narrow down your top choices. Explore them now and find out how they found themselves working at BTR.


Daniela, Production Supervisor, Employee since 2011

I’ve always been interested in fashion. I studied at Lasalle College in fashion marketing and after working in retail stores, e-commerce peaked my interest. A friend told me about a job opening at BTR as a PO Admin and I jumped at the chance to get my foot in the door. From there, I moved onto the Styling department and then, more recently, I was promoted to my current post.

Check out the Vintage Career Pieces, Career Heels and Wedges, and JLS Handbags events for Daniela’s picks for accessorizing to perfection.


Josh, Director of Photography and Video Production, Employee since 2009

After trying acting and modelling, photography seemed like the next natural step. I wanted to try my hand at being behind the camera instead of in front of it. I came to Montreal in 2009 with no family, friends, or work contacts of any kind. The first person I met, who happened to be from New Zealand like myself, took me out for drinks. Among his group of friends, I met someone who had invested in BTR during its humble beginnings. From there I met one of BTR’s founders, and the rest is history!

Josh is fairly active while at work (getting that perfect shot requires some agility!), so he keeps his wardrobe casual. But for the man in the office he recommends Vintage Ties and Statement Suits, Dress Shirts and more.


Alisa, Full-Time Model, Employee since 2009

I began modelling 11 years ago when my friends encouraged me to enter the Ford Model Search in Vancouver. I entered and ended up winning! When I started at BTR, the company was very new and I was working here part-time, along with a few other models. Among the others they had coming in, they asked me to become the full-time face of the company. I of course, said yes!

Alisa has put her stamp of approval on the Silver & Co., Pashminas, and Renata Corsi European Handbags events.

Employee Fall Picks and Pricing – You Pay What We Pay


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”.

Find everything Alana approved in our Leather Jackets for Every Occasion, Silver & Co., and Designer Outerwear events.


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.

Check out the MICHAEL Michael Kors and Kate Spade, Adhesion Vegan and Leather Handbags, Our Favorite Beauty Products, and Limited Edition Vintage events for Jenn’s favorite products!


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.

Find the best for your little sweetheart with the Girls Luv Pink Legging Sets, Pack for Class, Yoki Girls’ Sweaters, and Boys’ Hoodies events.


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.

Check out the following events for Polo’s style suggestions: Brio, Ferrecci, and Ralph Lauren.

Employee Picks: The Marketing Team


At BTR, the talented individuals who make up our Marketing team have a mind for business and an eye for fashion. Whether they’re pitching new ideas in the boardroom or meeting with clients, these guys are always dressed for the part. Today, we take a look at their favorite picks on the site and put them on the spot about their own personal style. Read on to hear what they had to say.


Miguel, Director of CRM

In marketing, you are always meeting new people. How do you dress to impress for a great first impression?

Button down shirt, jeans, a blazer and a pair of oxfords. A clean shave is also important.

What are some of your office summer staples?

Polos, linen shirts, light-washed denim and loafers.


Chanel, E-mail Marketing Specialist

In marketing, you are always meeting new people. How do you dress to impress for a great first impression?

My office style is classic chic. I like pieces that I can mix and match so a sheath dress with pumps is my go-to look for those first impressions. I may or may not add a blazer depending on the weather.

What are some of your office summer staples?

Fun dresses, skinnies, pencil skirts, flowy blouses, bold necklaces, T-strap pumps, tan leather jackets, and sunnies.


Jean Sebastien, SEM Manager

In marketing, you are always meeting new people. How do you dress to impress for a great first impression?

I normally dress semi casually; dressing up is slightly too formal. I like to add a little bit of style and class with a blazer or shirt & tie every once in a while. The idea is to JS up.

What are some of your office summer staples?

Short sleeve shirts, t-shirts under a blazer, and tan pants instead of jeans.


Krystal, Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

In marketing, you are always meeting new people. How do you dress to impress for a great first impression?

First impressions are everything. I like to keep it simple and clean with strappy black heels, a tailored blouse and fitted skinny jeans.

What are some of your office summer staples?

Maxi skirts, cropped leather jacket and a cute pair of flats.


Richard, Director of Marketing

In marketing, you are always meeting new people. How do you dress to impress for a great first impression?

Button down shirt, dark jeans and a sharp haircut.

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Buyers’ Picks


Our BTR buyers know style. Not only are they the most fashionable people we know, they live and breathe the latest trends so that they can find the best deals on the items you crave.

Today, we caught up with three of our buyers and asked them about their own personal style. They also picked their favorite items from their events, so look out for our “Buyers’ Picks” stamps on items they love.


Alex Kertzer, Home Buyer

How would you define your style?

I would define my style as classy, but with an edge. I wear a lot of black and white, and sometimes red. I can never leave the house without accessorizing! I’m a big fan of costume jewelry to complement any outfit. Also, whether it’s my turtle ring or leopard-print scarf, I always add on something animal-related.

What trends are you looking forward to for summer?

I’m loving bright lipsticks, pleated skirts and dresses, as well as cut-out designs.

Look for Alex’s favorite picks in bedding and fun lighting today! Check out the following events: LED Bright Lights at 9am ET as well as Summer Duvets, and 1000TC Sheet Sets at 5pm ET.


Annie Moralli, Footwear Buyer

How would you define your style?

I tend to wear clothes that are comfortable, yet also look good. I believe that you should wear things that look and feel good on you, before worrying about trends. That being said, my wardrobe is a mix of classic staple pieces and elegance, with a hint of trendiness.

What trends are you looking forward to for summer?

Well, as the shoe buyer, I have to stay ontop of the latest footwear fashions. I’m really glad that the gladiator sandal trend is back, as well as single sole pumps. I also love detailed and embellished flat sandals because you can still be feminine as well as comfortable.

Get a whole new shoe collection for summer with Annie’s picks in footwear. Look out for our Matisse, Summer in St. Maarten and Puma for Women events.


Jeremy Levine, Buyer for Eyewear, Women’s Denim, Men’s Apparel and Accessories (Self-proclaimed King of the Buyers)

How would you define your style?

Business casual. I can usually be found wearing a dress shirt with a pair of nice jeans. I don’t shy away from patterns or brighter colors.

What trends are you looking forward to for summer?

I love that the double-breasted blazer is back in action. Also, prints are not just great for women’s clothing; they’re making an appearance in menswear too!

Our Coogi event will have you looking and feeling your best with statement-making shirts. Jeremy has hand-picked his favorites!

BTR Goes to the Movies


The summer movie season is upon us and it looks like it’s going to be a rollercoaster of fun! The trailers for the next Hollywood hits have made it to the silver screen, inducing what we like to call “temporary entertainment amnesia” (TEA). There is an epidemic of TEA around this time of year. It strikes suddenly when you go to the theater and are blown-away by the trailers before your movie, prompting you to lean over and ask the person next to you “What movie are we seeing again?”.

Here are some movie trailers that have been giving BTR employees TEA:


Neighbors, May 9th
Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, and James Franco

22 Jump Street, June 13th
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, and Nick Offerman


X-Men: Days of Future Past, May 23rd
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, April 4th
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Anthony Mackie

Guardians of the Galaxy, August 1st
Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel

Sci-fi/Dystopian Action:

Divergent, March 21st – See it this weekend!
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, and Miles Teller

Edge of Tommorrow, June 6th
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, and Jeremy Piven

(Some) of the Sequels:

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, August 22nd
Starring: Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Jessica Alba

How to Train Your Dragon 2, June 13th
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Kristen Wiig, America Ferrera, and Cate Blanchett

Which movies are you looking forward to this summer? Let us know by leaving a comment!