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Shop to Win: Cinderella Style


Let BTR be your fairy godmother and be the belle of the ball! Shop any of our Cinderella events today marked with the glass slipper stamp for a chance to win this gorgeous pair of 1/2 CT diamond studs.


Get the Fairy Tale Style

Not just for kids anymore, hopeless romantics of any age would covet these cutting-edge looks that combine timeless glamour with white-hot attitude:


Look for dazzling dresses like this pale blue accordion pleated gown by Mignon. Add the perfect finishing touch to your look with delicate jewelry featuring pearls, diamonds, and crystals. We love the look of this stunning diamond bracelet. Pair with an elegant platinum Longchamp clutch to carry all your essentials. And of course, Cinderella’s story wouldn’t be complete without her iconic glass slippers. Steal the show with these sparkling red-soled Louboutins for an updated twist on the classic look.

Contest ends in 24 hours. Winner will be contacted by email after events have ended. Open to shoppers in Canada and United States only.

What are your fairy tale beauty secrets? Let us know in the comments below!

Indie Fashion Trends: Matt & Nat and Miz Mooz

Think outside the fashion box for a unique, cutting edge look. Stay ahead of the trends and check out these innovative materials and ethical designs from Matt & Nat and Miz Mooz to jump start your style.



Matt & Nat is a vegan line designed in Montreal since 1995, and now a well-loved brand that can be spotted in Canada, the United States, the UK, Japan, Germany and Australia. Their motto “live beautifully” inspires an appreciation of the humanity, creativity and positivity found in all of us. Their chic handbags and accessories are inspired by the textures and hues of nature, and do not use leather or any other animal-based materials in their designs. Each season, they explore new innovative ways to remain sustainable and eco-friendly, and over the years, they’ve made magic happen with materials such as recycled nylons and cardboard, as well as sustainable rubber and cork. Since 2007, the linings inside all Matt & Nat bags have been made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles. Some great brand ambassadors of M&N have included Nathalie Portman, Olivia Wilde, Charlize Theron, and Emily Deschanel. Carry all your essentials in ethical accessories such as this delicate peach tote, add an edgy touch with this zipper-accented laptop bag, and express your need for green with this trendy wallet. Add the perfect finishing touch to your favorite dress or jeans with this faux leather belt.


miz mooz

From the beginning, Miz Mooz has been committed to the principle that fashion and comfort can happily coexist, with designs expressing the ultimate fusion of form and function. With this sensibility it’s easy to spot a Miz Mooz shoe, just look for chic vintage styling, hand finished leather, and unique and unexpected detailing. Like so many indie companies and rock bands, Miz Mooz was started in a New York City basement. They’ve come a long way since those early days in 2001, but they’re still proud to call NYC home. Treat your toes to fabulous designs such as these ladylike pink sandal pumps, a classic open toe T-strap, or these boss boots with side button embellishments.

Travel in Style: Spring Break Edition


Simplify your spring break getaway with resort-ready apparel and red-hot travel accessories. We’ve got all the essentials to help you arrive fully prepared and in style.


It all starts with great gear. Look for sturdy and practical luggage sets and carry-ons in an array of bold colors and punchy prints. Stay fully connected with a handy Power Bean charger for smartphones and tablets, and take your music wherever you go with portable wireless speakers.

shorts and top

Beat the heat with a daring crop top and crisp linen shorts. Complete the look with a pair of comfy zebra slingbacks from Bella Marie and some smokin’ YSL sunglasses.


Make a splash in fire-hot swimwear. Choose from edgy bikinis like this striped two-piece from Everyday Sunday, or a classic and versatile maillot like this multi-way one-piece. Pair with the perfect sandals such as these feminine Brekelle’s T-strap sandals, or these edgy cork sole wedges from Yoki to complete the look.

dress set

Take a tour of the town in a fitted floral dress by Paper Dolls, pair with a chic Betsey Johnson straw hat, and the perfect pumps to help you go the extra mile. We love these open toe block heels from Bamboo.

Bon voyage!

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.

UComfy: The Ultimate Sensation

No time to take care of yourself, never mind make time for a massage? Well now you can pamper yourself in the comfort of your own home with the relaxing comfort of UComfy and experience the ultimate at-home massage. From improving circulation and joint mobility, to reducing muscle tension, depression and anxiety, the benefits of therapeutic massage are immeasurable.

Get footloose with a fabulous selection of foot and leg massagers, including classic models with or without heat, acupressure options, or shiatsu massage:

• The Ucomfy Leg and Calf Massager simultaneously massages your feet, ankles and calves. The massager stimulates blood circulation, thereby preparing and warming your muscles for serious rejuvenation.
• The Leg & Foot Massager With Heat combines heat, kneading, and vibration to refresh muscles and joints. A series of air bags deeply massages reflex points in your calves, ankles, and feet for a revitalizing effect. The massager heats up to relax muscles, while the vibration stimulates circulation. All functions – massage, vibration, and heat – have adjustable levels, so you can customize the massage. The massager also features an easy-to-reach control panel and detachable, easy-to-clean covers.
• The UComfy Acupressure Foot Massager combines acupuncture therapy and heated air massage. It has four unique airbags as well as adjustable, inflatable, venting air pressure. The 192 Acupuncture Nodes imitate reflexology and deliver acupressure massage to soothe tired, aching feet and relieve tightness.
• The Shiatsu Foot Massager With Heat relieves the aches and pains in your legs and feet after a long day. It provides heated massage that helps the muscles relax while improving blood circulation. This UComfy foot massager kneads and vibrates the areas where you need it most.

And treat your tired peepers to the sensational eye massage with the Eye and Temple Cordless Massager with adjustable air pressure, vibration, and heat settings. It’s a must-have for anyone who reads extensively or uses a computer for long periods at a time.

So satisfy your senses, and treat yourself or a loved one to the ultimate sensual indulgence!

Frightful Finds: Halloween Scavenger Hunt


Trick or Treat! Halloween has come early to BTR! Participate in our scavenger hunt for your chance to win $250 worth of candy! All you have to do is solve the following riddles and you’ll delight every trick or treater at your door.

We’ve hidden Frightful Finds in three of today’s events. Find the first clue in a 9am ET event, the second in a 12pm ET event, and the third in an event starting at 5pm ET. Don’t worry, even if you miss a start time, the events are live all day.

Riddle #1: Event starting at 9am ET

I may be itsy bitsy, but I make up in style for what I lack in size.

All of my limbs long to accessorize,

which is why I’m hiding in an event full of arm candy.

Riddle #2: Event starting at 12pm ET

Don’t be frightened of my grin.

Children have carved it into my orange skin.

Find me where little hands enjoy creating and building with a well-loved duo.

Riddle #3: Event starting at 5pm ET

BOO! Did I scare you?

I’m not alive, but I’m still around.

Come find your next costume here, just cut out two eyes that are round.

Once you’ve found ALL THREE Frightful Finds, take a screen shot of each (instructions below), or let us know which event and page you found them on. Email with the info. Winner will be chosen at random.

Contest closes at 11:59pm Oct. 15th, ET.

How to take a screenshot:



Press PrtScn to copy your screen onto your clipboard.

Paste into Microsoft Paint and save.


Use the Snipping Tool


Hold down command and shift, and then press 3. The screenshot has now been saved to your desktop.

Declutter Your Home: Allison Weigensberg’s Tips and Tricks


Does the clutter in your home sometimes overwhelm you? With the right organization tools and tips, you just might be able to conquer that mess once and for all!

Allison Weigensberg is a professional organizer based in Montreal, and she knows that people lead busy lives. It’s easy to let closets, pantries and home offices become a jumbled mess.

As a frequent BTR shopper, Allison has hand-picked the items you need to help you declutter and organize your home so everything has its place (in other words – find what you’re looking when you’re looking!).

Over-the-Door Purse Rack: I love the over the door purse rack. It is a great way to store your purses, totes, grocery bags etc. It makes great use of the vertical space and is super easy to install.

Double Hook Over Door Rack: The over the door rack is such a versatile product. From hanging an ironing board or folding step stool on the back of the laundry room door to clothes in the bedroom to keep them off your floor, this is one I use everyday.

80-Pocket Jewelry Organizer: This is great for people who really need to see what pieces they have quickly, rather than rifling through a jewelry box. The clear, open pockets make finding and storing your jewelry incredibly easy. You can also hang this on the inside of your closet door if you don’t want your things out in the open.

10 Hole Space Saving Hangers: These hangers can be used in a multitude of ways. You can use it as intended if you have a scarf collection, or attach some shower rings to hang purses, baseball caps, jeans, tank tops and much more.

Accessory Bins in Lime & Melon Geo Print: These are so versatile. I’ve used them everywhere from a kitchen, to an office or a bedroom. If you have to store things out in the open it may as well be in stylish bins like these.

Need more tips and tricks? Check out our Q&A. We asked Allison about playrooms, repurposing common household items and more:

1) Parents know that it’s difficult to keep the play room tidy. As a parent yourself, do you have any tips for toy organization, especially ones that busy parents can keep up with?

I certainly am familiar with the difficulties of being a working parent of two young children. I have first hand experience in how quickly toys and other kid-related clutter can take over a house. The first tip is to sort their toys into categories (e.g. action figures, cars, dress-up, etc.) and then purge. I’ve found it is best to do this when the kids aren’t home. After paring down the toys I use bins to group like toys together. The bins should be easy to open and close so kids can help with clean up. I like to print out labels for the bins as well. Using picture labels helps even the non-readers participate in clean-up.

2) What’s your thought process when confronted with a new space to organize? How do you come up with a method?

I have a knack for looking at a disorganized space and seeing how the pieces fit together. Once I have a sense of how the space will be used, I take everything out and get a better picture of its full functionality. Every project is different, but I have a few simple principles I always find helpful:

Like with Like: It is helpful to sort all of the your items together so that you can get a full picture of everything you have that is causing the clutter. You might love a certain black sweater, but you probably don’t need 15 of them.

Purge: Throw out/donate/recycle the excess, the broken, the expired and the never used.

Put it Back: Find the right means of storage. That could be anything from the right type of hangers, to a cute tote bin. Try and keep frequently used items more accessible.

Label It: Use a label maker, post-it, chalkboard tag or whatever you like. You may know where everything goes but the other people in your house probably won’t and the only way to maintain an organizational system is to make it easy for everyone.

Live With It: Make sure the system you developed works for you and your lifestyle. If it’s not working, don’t be afraid to change it up.

3) On your Instagram, you’ve repurposed hair elastics to create a handy car cell phone holder. Have you repurposed other common items? What is your favorite creation?

Whenever possible I do try to reuse or upcycle things that I already have lying around. I’ve really been into self-adhesive shelf liner in a nice pattern. It takes just moments to transform a shoebox lid into a pretty trinket tray. One of my most versatile items is a scarf hanger I bought from BTR which I combined with plastic shower rings (also from BTR). Put those two together and you can hang up tank tops, jeans from the loops, belts, purses and more, all without taking up too much valuable closet space.

4) What are some of the most common home problem areas? Was there a particularly tough project to tackle that you feel proud of whipping into shape?

Every home has different areas that need help. In some homes you don’t see the mess until you start to open drawers and cupboards, in other homes the clutter can be more apparent. I see a lot of issues with paper clutter, piles of clothes and overflowing pantries. Most of the time the biggest problem is not being able to see what you have.

For example, I recently did a kitchen pantry that needed a lot of love. We were able to get rid of expired food and really see what was under all of the clutter. Sometimes just changing the container you use can make a huge difference. My client had bunch of the same products (for instance I found five open bags of red lentils). She kept buying more because she didn’t know what she had. I consolidated them into clearly labelled large mason jars. By the end of the day everything was so clean and streamlined, my client said the result was very calming. Such a satisfying project!

5) Once a system of organization is in place, how do you suggest maintaining it? For example, your pantry or shoe closet.

The best chance you have of maintaining a new system is to make sure that the spaces are clearly defined and that everyone in the home is on board. Labels are a great way to indicate where things should go. Often it is other members of your family (my husband and kids for example) who are not as committed to keeping things organized. The labels will help them stick with the program. Another tip is to try to follow the 60 second rule. If a task takes less than 60 seconds just do it right away. That may mean putting your shoes away as soon as you get in or returning a jar to the same place you got it in the pantry when you’re done with it. The bottom line is that there is no magic solution. Once you set up the system it will take some work to maintain it.

6) How do you balance practicality and style? i.e. How do you figure out a good method of organization that fits into someone’s existing décor?

My primary concern as a Professional Organizer is to set up functional organization systems. To me, the style has to come second. It doesn’t matter how good something looks if it doesn’t work with your lifestyle. That being said, when choosing the means of storage I always try to pick something that fits into my client’s decor and sense of style. For one client that might mean using plate holders/easels to display family photo albums on shelves but another client might prefer those albums to be out of sight in a cute box in the cupboard.

7) We know you that you are an avid BTR shopper. What continues to be your best/most-used, or versatile purchase?

I am a very avid BTR shopper so there is no way I can pick just one product. Some of my favorites include a clear plastic tray that I use to keep things sorted within drawers, a trunk organizer that folds up when I don’t need it and a closet rod doubler that adds lots of extra room without any reno. I also buy tons of tote baskets and plastic bins. My work bag is actually a great tote from Lug Life. It has a variety of zippered pockets and divided storage to hold all of my organization tools when I go see clients.

8) What are the benefits of hiring a professional organizer over doing it yourself?

Some people have no problem with the organization of their space. Others may be missing that “organizing gene” and that is where someone like me can help. As a member of Professional Organizers in Canada I am trained in this area and am able to guide the client through the decision making process that happens during organization. This can often be a difficult and emotional process, but because I don’t have an attachment to their things I can make the process easier. I have the knowledge and the tools to make organizing as painless as possible. A professional organizer can also be helpful if the client just doesn’t have the time to do it themselves. This can be a busy working parent who just want to get everything in order or children of elderly parents need help downsizing a home.

Make sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook for even more great ideas. And if you happen to live in Montreal, book Allison for a consultation at

Warm & Cozy: Fall Fashion Boots


Win your favorite warm and cozy style for fall…and beyond!

All you have to do is check out our Facebook page and vote for the one you like best for your chance to win it for yourself!

Each day we will be showcasing three styles in the following categories:

Day 1, Oct. 6th: Accessories

Day 2, Oct. 7th: Sweaters

Day 3, Oct. 8th: Kids’ Outerwear

Day 4, Oct. 9th: Women’s Outerwear

Day 5, Oct. 10th: Winter Boots

Day 6, Oct. 11th: Fall Fashion Boots


Don’t delay, vote now!

Q&A with Liza Anderson: Publicist to the Stars


Liza Anderson, founder and President of Anderson Group Public Relations, is one of Hollywood’s hottest celebrity publicists. She represents a diverse spectrum of celebrity clients ranging from Eva Longoria, Terry Crews and Cary Elwes to Neil Strauss and The Most Interesting Man in the World. She pushes the creative envelope and that has made Anderson Group one of the most prominent and successful PR firms in the industry.

Liza knows that it’s crucial for her clients to make a good first impression, and today she is sharing her expertise so you too can nail it. Check out what she has to say about dressing for red-carpet events, job interviews, and celebrity style.

1) Becoming a hot publicist in Hollywood is definitely many girls ‘dream job’. How did you get involved in Public Relations and begin working with so many celebrity clients?

I got involved in PR in college interning at different PR agencies, while I was taking classes in school. I loved everything about publicity. For me, working in publicity was exciting, inspiring, and didn’t feel like a job at all. I couldn’t believe I got paid to show up at work every day. I always loved film and television and enjoyed being around actors. It’s such a creative environment and people in my business are happy, which I also find inspiring. And now that I own my own business, I go into the office every day and each day is different. I never know what sort of adventure lies ahead, and for me, that’s a great way to live. I began working with celebrities when I interned and worked at a company called BWR. At the time, they represented huge TV and film stars. I started off as an assistant answering phones and before I knew it, I had my own clients and was working as a full time publicist.

2) You are one of the hottest publicists in Hollywood, representing a number of A-list stars including, Eva Longoria, Nia Long, Candace Cameron. You attend many high profile red-carpet events with your clients – How do you decide to dress for these type of soirees? What do you usually wear?

I am always running around looking for the perfect outfit for premieres, red carpet events, and award shows. My closet is overflowing with dresses, gowns, and lots of fluffy fun pieces. I am very into buying timeless, classic pieces that I can easily mix and match with other pieces in my closet. For example, I have a gorgeous long black skirt that is belted at the waist that I have had for years. It’s tight but flowing at the ends. It goes with so many different types of tops, so I can dress it up or down depending on the event. I can add color with a great white lace top, make it sexy and sassy with a red halter top, or classic and elegant with a long sleeve silk sweater/blouse. I am all about versatility, simplicity, and practicality. I also tend to choose pieces that are comfortable. I do a lot of running around on the carpet at events so I need to be able to move, and I usually have to sit through long award shows. There is nothing worse than being in an outfit where you look good but you just can’t breathe, or you can’t bend over to fix your client’s gown.

3) With offices in both Los Angeles and New York City, you must hold many interviews with graduates who are dying to work for you. As a seasoned interviewer, what would you suggest interviewees to wear to an interview and more importantly, what not to wear?

I do look at what my potential employees wear when they come into my office because they are a reflection of me, my existing employees, the company, and most importantly, they are an extension of my clients. I don’t expect anyone to come into my office wearing expensive, designer clothes because we are all working hard for our money. I suggest wearing simple, tailored, fashionable outfits that fit. Fit is key. I think stylish and realistic is the way to go. My motto is, “If you wear the item to the beach or to a nightclub, you shouldn’t wear it to the office.” I am a big fan of jeans as long as you can dress them up well, with a fitted blazer and nice shoes. I also love a classic all-black outfit. You can never go wrong with black jeans and muted accessories.

4) On your down-time, what do you like to wear? What are three non-fashion related items can’t you live without?

On my down time, I live in “Beyond Yoga” leggings in every color known to man and Forever 21 t-shirts and tank tops. I love to be comfortable, cozy but also street chic too. I also live in soft sweats like Aviator Nation. I love these brands because they make you feel like you are wearing nothing. Three non-fashion related items I can’t live without are: my app (I am always listening to books I order on Amazon), Tetley (my 4-lb terrier/sidekick), and a light foundation for my face with a strong SPF.

5) Which celebrity’s style do you admire most and why?

I admire Angelina Jolie. She is always understated, elegant and sexy without trying too hard. She only dresses up when she has to for an event and she always looks stunning, without overdoing it. She wears her clothes; the clothes don’t wear her. And when she is not an event being photographed, she always looks feminine, comfortable and beautiful—and makes it all look so effortless. January Jones is also another favorite. She’s always fashion-forward and isn’t shy when it comes to experimenting with fashion. An expert of layering pieces and mixing silhouettes, she manages to always look so polished whether she’s on or off the red carpet.

To find out more about Liza and Anderson Group PR, click here.