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GURIA: Summer’s hottest swimwear

Hit the beach with confidence and brazen, South Brazilian style – Guria beachwear was created to flatter every curve and figure. Launched in 2007 by Camila Ckless and Barbara Nissola, two “gurias” (“girls” in local South Brazilian slang) who decided to follow their hearts and create a business inspired by their passion for the beach and fashion, creating their own unique line of Brazilian-style bikinis. What resulted was a swimwear line fit for any body shape, offering as much or as little coverage as desired in a young and contemporary way.

Image courtesy of Elle Canada

Image courtesy of Elle Canada

Recently featured in Elle Canada, Guria Beachwear has made its name known in terms of quality, versatility, uniqueness and sophistication. Created with only the highest quality materials from Brazil, Guria’s bikinis are rich in detail, highlighting distinctive and exclusive embellishments and accessories. Each ring, square, pendant or jewel is refined, rich and exotic. The Guria woman is elegant, casual, and always sexy.

The embodiment of Brazil’s endless summer culture.

Versatility, sophistication, quality and sex appeal intertwine in Guria’s designs. A wide array of mix-and-match separates including triangles, halters, bandeaus and underwire tops paired with American and Brazilian cut bottoms create an endless selection of contemporary, body-flattering silhouettes. Embracing every figure, Guria offers sizes from x-small to x-large with cup sizes accommodating up to F. Using only the highest quality materials from Brazil, you’ll see opulent details, distinctive embellishments, textures, prints and the award-winning 3-in-1 top that easily converts from triangle to halter to bandeau.

Image courtesy of Elle Canada

Image courtesy of Elle Canada

“Going to the beach, wearing bikinis, everything summer – it’s in my blood” -Camila Ckless

Every successive collection is created with women in mind, fashioning suits for every type of beach body. While most other swimwear brands cap sizes at C cups, Guria offers Brazilian-cut suits accommodating up to an F cup, so no woman will be turned away by the trauma of bikini shopping. Grab your favorite looks on sale now!

Big Dreams for Small Spaces

Condo Living: Big Dreams for Small Spaces

Smaller condos and apartments have the benefit of being instantly cozy. However, sometimes it’s difficult to balance the modern lust for stuff while not driving yourself crazy with clutter. Check out our small-space tips to streamline your whole home.

BTR Storage Shelf Bench

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Try to find and highlight furniture that does more than one thing: an ottoman that also provides storage, a bench to sit on, or act as a coffee table. Not only the perfect way to add character, versatile furniture is a great fit for any room, making the right statement in any living room, bedroom, or entrance way. Plus it’s easy to re-integrate these multi-functional pieces should you ever move to a new place. We love this solid wood storage bench.

Reading Nook

Convertible Closets
A big enough closet can become a home office or reading nook for the kids with the right amount of planning. Just add some mood lighting and a well-chosen storage bench smothered with your favorite pillows.

Ladder Shelf

Think Vertically
If you really want to maximize storage, utilize the full height of your walls. If you reserve just one wall for shelving it won’t overwhelm or clutter your space. Keep your knickknacks on the top shelves, and your heavier items and books on the bottom, reserving the middle shelves for items that need to be accessed regularly. Or go for a smaller, quirky shelf that goes long on personality. We love this ladder bookcase with additional storage drawers.

Album Art Display

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Review your possessions twice a year, and keep only the things you use and/or love. Digitize all your media, free up space, and make some extra cash at your next garage sale by putting all your music and videos onto a hard drive or USB key. If you have vinyl, frame and display a few of your favorite albums for a space-saving pop of color on your walls.

Kitchy kitchen storage

Everything in Its Right Place
Use some small space shelving units for a practical, yet decorative touch. Having a place to stash everyday clutter will save you countless hours trying to organize your essentials. Opt for compact coffee machines such as the ever-famous Keurig brewing system, and keep all your K-Cups in check with a practical countertop organizer.

Neutral Bedding

Go Minimal
Minimalism may seem like an obvious choice for small spaces but it needn’t be boring. Keep things monochromatic with neutral walls and bedding, and add focal pops of color for instant interest. Additionally, consider incorporating some well-placed mirrors to give the illusion of a larger, more open space.

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Know someone moving to a new condo? Give them the ultimate housewarming gift of Laguiole handmade knives and kitchen accessories for a luxe French touch that will last a lifetime – on sale now!

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Summer Tea Recipes: Brewing With Matcha

One of the most unique teas on the planet, Matcha has a rich history, being used for hundreds of years in Japanese Zen-Buddhist ceremonies. Hot or cold, Matcha is an exceptionally refreshing beverage, offering countless health benefits, as well as promoting concentration and memory. Make your next summer brew using our recipes for a tasty twist on the classic tradition.

Matcha Mint Iced Tea
Makes two 12 oz. servings

Ingredients
2 teaspoons Matcha
2 cups filtered water
2 cups crushed ice
Juice of 1 lime
3 sprigs of fresh mint
Sweetener of your choice

Directions
Using a jar with a tight lid, shake the water and Matcha together until smooth. Pour into two tall glasses filled with ice. Add lime juice and mint sprigs to taste and stir well.

Matcha Chai Iced Tea

Matcha Chai Iced Tea
Makes two 12 oz. servings

Ingredients
2 tablespoons Matcha
1 1/2 cups filtered water
2 cinnamon sticks
Additional spices (Choose one or more): star anise, cardamom pods, cloves, black peppercorns
2 cups crushed ice
1/2 cup almond milk

Directions
Bring water to a simmer over low heat. Stir in Matcha along with cinnamon sticks and desired spices. Remove from heat and let tea steep for 15-20 minutes. Pour tea through a strainer to remove spices and sediment. Pour into two glasses filled with ice. Add almond milk, stir, and enjoy!

Matcha Kale and Peach Smoothie
Makes two 8 oz. servings

Ingredients
2 teaspoons Matcha
1 banana (optional tip: freeze in advance)
1 cup almond milk
2 medium sized kale leaves
2 ripe pears or peaches
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
2 cups crushed ice

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Hot or Cold Matcha Coconut Latte
Makes one 8 oz. serving

Ingredients
1 tablespoon Matcha
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup warmed coconut milk

Directions
Whisk hot water and Matcha until fully dissolved. Add coconut milk and whisk for about 30 seconds or until frothy. For a cold beverage, let chill and serve over ice.

What’s your favorite way to brew? Leave us a note in the comments!

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Live Like the Kardashians: Win a Trip to LA + $500 BTR Credit

Live the A-lister lifestyle! We’re giving you and a friend the chance to spend a weekend in Los Angeles to live like the Kardashians – including return flights, 3 nights hotel stay and $500 each to spend at Beyond the Rack!

How to enter
★ From Monday June 15th 12pm ET to Friday June 19th 1pm ET Like and Share our LA image on Facebook to be automatically entered to win.
★ Open to Canada and U.S. residents only
★ Winner will be contacted via email by Tuesday June 23rd and announced on our Facebook page.
★ Round trip flight value may not exceed $750 CAD per person. Total hotel value $1000

Don’t forget, contest ends this Friday – so have fun and start shopping!

Travel Light: How to Pack 2 Weeks Into a Carry-On

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Whether you’re hitting the open road or jet-setting across the globe, summer trips are all about traveling light. Check out our useful packing hacks to effortlessly satisfy your sense of wanderlust.

With a little bit of wardrobe foresight, you can be ready for any situation with minimal outfit coordination. It’s all about going back to basics. If you’re traveling on business, the right pair of low-key black flats or wedges can take you from the boardroom to the boardwalk seamlessly. For a beach vacay, a single pair of flip-flops can get the job done and are oh-so comfy.

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Think layers when it comes to outfit strategies. Especially if you’re unfamiliar with the local climate, having an extra vest or scarf to throw on not only prepares you for any unexpected weather, it also adds another element to your look to play around with. On that note, it’s always a good choice to pack a couple pairs of versatile bottoms, and about twice as many tops so you can really mix it up. Throw in a perfect LBD and you’re good to go.

For things like jeans and tees, roll them instead of folding. You’ll be amazed at how much less space they’ll take up. Another space saver? Stuffing socks and panties inside your shoes not only makes for more room in your luggage, but also prevents your shoes from getting squashed and creased.

The Ultimate Carry On

And of course the perfect luggage is essential. Stand out with something colorful like this hardside carry-on. You’ll never have to worry about losing your luggage, and as an added bonus its telescopic pull-handle makes transit a breeze (say goodbye to sore shoulders!), and the durable case means your stuff stays safe no matter how bumpy the ride.

What are your packing secrets? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Update Your Space: A Handy Home Shopping Guide

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Our home buyer, Courtney Hughes, sat down with us to give us some tips and tricks to simplify shopping for your home. Buying online doesn’t have to be daunting – read on for handy advice when it comes to selecting textiles and appliances to meet your needs.

Egyptian Cotton

Egyptian cotton towels

When it comes to quality, Egyptian cotton takes top prize. Known to be the best in bedding and towels, Egyptian cotton gains its reputation because its superior weave keeps it from pilling, as well as an ultra-soft texture which is immediately distinguished from other materials. And unlike most synthetic sheets, Egyptian cotton gets softer with every wash.

“When making my decision in bedding and bath purchases, I choose quality every single time.”

When used in making towels, Egyptian cotton is perfect for creating a soft, yet quick-dry fabric. When used in sheet sets, Egyptian cotton has the highest upper thread count, ranging up to 1000 threads per square inch.

KitchenAid

KitchenAid hand mixer

Perhaps one of the most iconic kitchen appliances, the KitchenAid hand mixer can be found in family homes and renowned restaurants alike. Immediately recognizable, these mixers come in a variety of colors to accommodate the many individual personalities that covet them.

“It’s no surprise to anyone that knows me that my top pick for a kitchen essential is and always will be a KitchenAid appliance. Quality product produces quality results… the proof is in the pudding!”

Décor

Mirror Mirror

Sometimes it’s all about the finishing touch. Mirrors provide a practical embellishment while opening up the room, creating the illusion of more space.

“This is my favorite mirror – it’s functional, versatile, and adds the right touch of glamour. And, if you buy more than one you can make a pattern!”

Royce Leather Accessories

Royce Travel Accessories

“I travel a lot for work so this gives me peace of mind.”

With its fine genuine leather finishings offering a stylish solution to carrying your essentials, as well as an add-on GPS tracking system providing anti-theft security, Royce accessories top the list as the ultimate travel essentials.

What are your home shopping tips? We’d love to hear your comments!

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Purely Inspired: Healthy Summer Smoothie (And Ice Cream!) Recipes

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Need a healthy boost in your day? Summer is approaching and we’ve got some delicious, nutritious and refreshing smoothie recipes using protein powder just for you. Adding protein powder to your diet is a great way to give your body the healthy boost that it needs to perform at its best.

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We really like Purely Inspired 100% Plant-Based Protein because it is made with 100% pure ingredients and is packed with all the nutrients you need. It’s dairy-, gluten-, and soy-free and contains no artificial ingredients. It also has no added sugar. In one scoop of Purely Inspired 100% Plant Based Protein you get 16g of protein, 6g fibre, 19 vitamins & minerals, greens, digestive enzymes, and more antioxidant Vitamin C than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. If that isn’t enough, it’s delicious and comes in 3 flavours – Vanilla, Chocolate and Berry.

The great thing about smoothies is that they are easy to make and you can use any ingredients you have in your fridge. Here are a few of our favorites!

Tangy Citrus Smoothie

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Tangy, refreshing and packed with nutrients, this Citrus Smoothie is a healthy way get your daily dose of sunshine-in-a-glass.

Ingredients
• 1 cup water
• 1 scoop Purely Inspired® 100% Plant-Based Protein Vanilla Flavor
• ½ fresh grapefruit (peeled)
• 2 fresh oranges (peeled)
• 1½ cups diced fresh pineapple

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Chocolate Almond Berry Butter Smoothie

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Sometimes, it’s ok to have chocolate for breakfast!

Ingredients
• 1 cup almond milk
• ¼ cup frozen blueberries (or fresh)
• ¼ cup frozen raspberries (or fresh)
• ¼ cup almonds (ideally soaked first)
• 1 tbsp. grass-fed butter
• 1 tbsp. cacao powder
• ¼ tsp. cinnamon
• ¼ tsp. vanilla powder (or extract)
• 1 tbsp. honey (to sweeten, substitute maple syrup or stevia)
• 1 scoop Purely Inspired® 100% Plant-Based Protein Chocolate Flavour
• ¼ cup frozen strawberries (or fresh)
• ½ tbsp. cacao nibs
• 1 cup spinach (kale, or other leafy green)

Directions
Place all of the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth.

Danica Patrick’s Purely Inspired Protein Smoothie

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Racing superstar and health enthusiast Danica Patrick uses Purely Inspired Protein in her smoothies so she can stay fit to perform her best on the race track. Try her recipe below!

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Ingredients
• 1 scoop Purely Inspired® 100% Plant-Based Protein Vanilla Flavor
• Handful of fresh spinach
• 3-4 inches of cucumber
• ¼ cup diced celery
• ¾ cup almond milk
• 4-5 ice cubes

Directions
Blend all ingredients together in a blender and enjoy!

Homemade Chocolate Protein Ice Cream

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Did you know you can put protein powder in your homemade ice cream for an additional nutritional boost?!

Ingredients
• 1 big tub of 2% Greek Yogurt (roughly 500g)
• 1 scoop Purely Inspired® 100% Plant-Based Protein Chocolate flavour

Directions
1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend well.
2. Place into a large resealable container—ideally square shaped for the increased surface area
3. Make sure the mixture is spread thin. The thinner the layer, the faster it will chill.
4. Place in freezer for an hour.
5. After an hour, take it out, and give it a churn. Mix your protein-packed mixture with a spoon or, better yet, a fork to break up potential clumps. Stick it back in the freezer for 30 minutes.
6. Complete Step 4 a few more times until the mixture reaches your preferred consistency.
7. Remove the ice cream from the freezer, get a scooper out, and serve yourself a bowl of ice cream!

Purely Inspired 100% Plant Based Protein is now available on BTR for a limited time! For more recipes and nutrition tips, visit purelyinspired.com.

Contest: Win a F1 VIP Experience!

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Satisfy your need for speed! BTR and Time Supper Club are teaming up to offer you a chance to win one of three F1 VIP Packages for a chance to meet & greet some of your favorite NHL and F1 celebrities.

Daily Prizes Announced

June 2 – June 3

13th Anniversary Reunion cocktail party and Meet & Greet (winner will be announced Thursday, June 3, 2015 at 9:00am)

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June 3 – June 4

Meet & Greet with Joe Jonas (winner will be announced June 4, 2015 at 9:00am)

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June 4 – June 5, 2015

Meet & Greet with Scott Disick (winner will be announced June 5, 2015)

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To enter, simply like and share our Facebook post for the package you’d like to win. Winner will be drawn at random and announced at 9am the following day!

Located in the heart of downtown Montréal, Time Supper Club is the city’s hottest venue for dinner, drinks, and dance. Get your party on at the city’s most prestigious club, located at:

997 Rue Saint-Jacques
Montréal, QC H3C 1G6
info411@timesupperclub.com
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Go Retro With Throwback Thursdays: 1969

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Thursdays are all about the good old days! From online to real life, #TBT’s have taken the world by storm as a fun form of self-expression and revival of long-loved trends.

Woodstock Chic

Every decade has its own distinct style and personality. The 60s were all about teenage rebellion, flower power, and fun-loving freedom. Dress the part with crocheted crop tops, lace accents, and whimsical jewelry. Denim is also a great choice – the more worn-in, the better.

Woodstock Style

Pair your look with a bohemian-chic leather handbag, the perfect straw hat, colorful, laid-back footwear, and a fabulous vintage bracelet. We love this steal from Hermes.

Most importantly, it’s all about attitude – so let loose and let your inner wild child shine!

Urban Edge: Summer in the City

Summer in the City

Update your look with the hottest street-smart styles of the summer! It’s all about functional, fitted fashion, edgy accessories, and ultra-comfy footwear.

Tough Girl Chic

Go tough-girl chic with raw edges and leather finishes. We love this killer faux leather jacket by Dex. Stand out in urban camouflage with tonal gray, charcoal, and black, and punch it up with some colorfully contrasting accessories.

Urban Summer Must-Haves

Gold jewelry with an attitude is a must-have for edgy glamour, along with a trendy backpack and the perfect pair of sneakers to keep you on your toes.