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BTR @ NYFW 2015: Get the Look for Less!

What better place to stay on top of the trends than the catwalks and celeb-sightings of NYFW? We checked out the scene to spot our favorite designer collections for spring 2015, and met up with a few of our favorite celebs at the BTR gift lounge.


Seen at BTR Gift Lounge: Dorinda Medley, Phillip Bloch & Sonja Morgan

Check out the hottest fall trends we saw backstage on some of the best-dressed attendees – and get the look for less with our curated collection of designer finds!

The Leather Jacket
Bold and classic, a great leather jacket can tie together any outfit with a polished, yet casual look. Step out in style with cozy layers – we love this faux leather jacket by Point Zero. Pair with casual denim for a showstopping look that will keep you cozy all throughout the season.

Step Out In Style

Texture Tease
Opt for tonal texture contrast like with cozy separates by Catherine Malandrino. Don’t be shy – mix it up and go wild for an unforgettable fall style. And when temperatures start to dip, layer a cozy pair of tights under your favorite shorts – this fall is really all about breaking the fashion rules!


Black on Black
You can’t beat layered black-on-back for timeless style. We love this menswear-inspired faux leather vest – another top trend from NYFW – paired with textured pants by Insight, statement jewelry, and a killer attitude.


What was your favorite look from NYFW 2015? Let us know in the comments!

Holiday Gift Boutique

100 Days ‘Til Christmas: BTR Holiday Gift Boutiques

With only 100 more days before Christmas, it’s time to get a head start on shopping – check out our Holiday Gift Boutiques for an endless selection of festive steals for all your family and friends!

From cozy accessories, home updates and tech essentials to fun toys and games for all ages, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. These special extended events make it extra convenient for you do get all of your Christmas shopping done – without the hassle of long lines and crowded department stores.

Check out the sales today for an endless selection of holiday inspiration!

Comfy Mornings

Guy’s Room Redo: The Thread Experiment

Looking for bedding that’s more than just pink and lace? Check out The Thread Experiment for on-trend menswear-inspired sheet sets!

Luxuriously soft yet strong in design, The Thread Experiment appeals to the modern man who craves comfort without compromising style. And, it’s a perfect gift if you want to add your personal flair for luxury and style without killing his man-cave vibe.

Coffee + Cuddles

It’s true, a quick look in any department store will bring you the standard florals, pastels, and lacey motifs that look girly and glam, though maybe a little out of place on your boyfriend’s bed. According to the founders of TE:

After some quick research, we realized that about 50% of the population is male with a 100% likelihood that it would remain this way for years to come.

Another reason to get cozy under the sheets? TE is committed to helping people in need – for each bedding set sold, they also generously donate another all-new set to under-privileged families, as well as homeless shelters and other charity organizations.

Thread Experiment

Although designed exclusively for men, there’s absoluetely nothing stopping us ladies from coveting the quality craftsmanship and timeless detailing for our own spaces, along with our boyfriend’s favorite sweater of course.

Wear It Your Way Sweater Dresses

Wear It Your Way: The Sweater Dress

Whether you’re classically chic or ahead of the trends, a great sweater dress is an essential staple for every style. It’s all about the accessories! Pair with your favorite handbag, footwear, and leggings for a personalized look that’s all your own.

Polished vs Edgy

Pair with some sophisticated pumps and leggings for a timeless look, or go edgy with a pair of thigh-high stockings and bold lace-up booties for a contemporary take on the classic fall style.

Cozy Fall Style

Add a luxe scarf for a flash of color, and pair with the right handbag to pull the whole look together with an added touch of practicality.

Check out our sales today for endless ways to update your look!

Nikki Chu

Haute Home Inspiration: Q&A With Nikki Chu

Looking for dazzling home updates? Set the scene with the all-new Nikki Chu Collection for the latest in home décor trends – a collection of elegant details, rich hues, and classic metallics. As the home design and lifestyle expert featured on HGTV, Food Network, and E!, she knows a thing or two about adding classic glamour to any room. We sat with Nikki for some hot tips and trends as well as some inside info on how she stays so on-trend as a busy entrepreneur.

Q. When did you first realize that design was your passion? And in what way has fashion influenced your creative process?

A. I’ve been creating since before I can even remember, and I have the baby pics to prove it! From a young age I was never without a pen and a pair of scissors in my hand, always drawing and crafting. As I got older, I loved rearranging my bedroom furniture, to the frustration of my mother, who had her work cut out for her trying to keep everything in order. As a teen, my love for fashion became integrated with my love of crafting and I started creating my own designs from up-cycled flea market finds – I was always doing something crafty and artistic.

Serving Set

Q. Any tips for a whole-home refresh? What advice would you give to incorporate old standbys (furniture, rugs, heirlooms etc.) with new trends?

A. I love combining old and new trends, and sometimes the smallest adjustment can go a long way in integrating a piece. Try switching some of the handles on an old dresser, for example, or updating a frame on an old mirror. If you are willing to be a bit more experimental, metallic spray paint can really give an object a fresh new look. In fact, I had this old Japanese-style folding screen that I wasn’t sure how to integrate into my collection, so I spray painted it with metallic silver in a really distressed style, so that the raw wood showed through the paint – and now i just love how it blends in perfectly with the rest of my collection!

Q. How do you stay inspired as a busy, time-pressed entrepreneur?

A. Social media is great – through Pinterest and Instagram, I can stay literally up-to-the-minute on the latest trends in home and fashion, in addition to discovering new artists and designers. Additionally, trend shows always offer inspiration, as well as places I come across on my travels, including the distinctive glamour of hotel lobbies.

Q. What was your biggest source of inspiration for the Imax collection? And what do you predict for the future of interior décor trends?

A. Mixing metals. For a while, silver was the go-to trend for home and now that gold has been making a comeback, I thought, why should a person have to choose? In my opinion, the idea that all metallics have to be matchy-matchy is a bit dated. I wanted to see something more fresh and experimental, while incorporating trends that were already in people’s homes.

Glam Accents and Gold Knots

Q. What is your favorite piece from your own personal collection?

A. I’d have to say my gold knots. I love to give them to friends as housewarming gifts. You can use them as a kind of modern centerpiece, or get a few in different sizes, or use them as bookends, etc.

So with that advice in mind, check out the Nikki Chu collection for affordable luxury and one-of-a-kind details to adorn your whole home. All that glitters is all you need!

Classic Glamour

Social Scene: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Glam

Glamming up for a reception or a night on the town is half the fun, giving a girl confidence and unforgettable allure. Steal the show with timeless style featuring unexpected details that flaunt your favorite features.

The Dress

The Dress

A flattering, well-tailored dress is a must-have investment. Choose something timeless for classic glamour that will hold its own for seasons to come, or choose something with more edge to really make a showstopping entrance.

The Shoes

The Shoes

If the shoe fit, flaunt it! Stand tall in a proud pair of pumps, or flats – whatever your preference! While classic pumps have always been a formal shoe staple, the perfect pair of embellished flats can take your look to the next level while keeping your toes in tip-top comfort.

Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

Glam Accessories

More than just a finishing touch, the right jewelry and handbag can make a statement all their own, especially when paired with the understated glamour of an LBD or monotone dress. Personalize your look with a monogrammed clutch in your favorite color – a great look that also makes a great gift idea!

What’s your glam style secret? Leave us a note in the comments!

Champagne and Glamour

Elegant Entertaining With Lisa Vanderpump

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Looking for something that will really impress your guests? Add instant allure to your dining experience with BTR’s newest tabletop décor from Lisa Vanderpump! With her role on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules, Lisa is a true businesswoman. We’ve watched her run and creatively design the interiors of successful restaurants such at Villa Blanca, SUR and Pump. From dazzling dinnerware to serving plates and one-of-a-kind glasses, these versatile dining essentials will bring a serene sense of glamour to the table.

Check out the video below for some hot tips from Lisa to help you liven up any tabletop:

Shrimp Cocktail Diamonds, pearls and crystals take the main stage in this season’s sparkling collection. With mix-and-match options, Lisa Vanderpump tabletop décor offers a wide variety of elegance and style for every taste.

The best part about the Vanderpump collection? All of the pieces are meant to be as interchangeable as the occasion calls for! Switch up the chargers and bring on the embellished ice bucket for an upscale reception, or for an intimate gathering, serve your shrimp cocktail, or even your desserts, in a glamorous metallic martini glass – the possibilities are endless!

8-Day-Giveaway Contest Winners!

Every day for 8 days, we gave away a special item from each category to one of our Instagram followers. Congratulations to all of our contest winners!


Louboutin: @sopwhalen

UGG: @sarah_dolz

Luggage: @reinventyourday

Kids: @southerntngirl

Rayban: @greatfulmoments

Beauty: @karenbcase

Duvet: @shamrockshay

Watch: @she_eats_poetry

Simply get in touch with us at to claim your prize. Thanks to everyone who participated – we hope you love your new BTR prize!

Making Heat Waves With Summer Braids

Making Heat Waves with Summer Braids

Braided hairstyles are always a hit when heatwaves strike! Classic, bohemian, or even a little punk rock, the perfect braid can take your summer look to the next level – while taking the hair off of your neck. Check out our favorite looks for some hairstyle inspiration.

Boho Braid Crown

Classic Braided Crown

The Classic Crown

Dress it up, dress it down, you can never go wrong with the perfect crown! Work in the full length of your hair for a full updo, or braid the sides into a crown and leave the rest to flow freely.

Flower Braid


Bohemian Flower Power

Give a feminine touch to any braid with fresh-picked flowers. Simply weave some daisies into your braid for a romantic summer style, versatile enough to take you through beach and wedding season.

Punk Perfection

Punky Side Braid

Braided Mohawk

The classic mohawk gets a feminine update with braids and embellishments. You can even achieve the look without shaving your head! Simply braid the sides up for the illusion of short locks, and add a woven chain detail for extra edge.