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Product Spotlight: Lug Life

Go places in style with the hottest accessories from Lug Life. More than just luggage, Lug Life offers innovative solutions for the modern, fast-paced lifestyle. Check out a few of a few of our favorite finds.

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Flutter Mini Crossbody Bag

Available in Lug Life’s characteristic rainbow of hues, the Flutter Mini-Crossbody Bag is perfect for people on the go. Along with its lightweight and water resistant material, this bag boasts soft-lined accessories pockets to protect your smartphone and sunnies from unsightly scratches. Additionally, this must-have bag features a D-ring for your keys, adjustable shoulder strap, and hidden water bottle holder, making it perfect for active lifestyles.

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Tackle Box Lunch Tote

Save money on takeout and B.Y.O.Lunch! Stylish yet functional, the Tackle Box Lunch Tote is perfect for transporting all your favorite snacks. In addition to its lightweight, water-resistant fabric and and easy to clean interior, this tote also features an adjustable strap, and its wide mouth zip opening makes it perfect for easy packing and unpacking.


Flapper Jewelry Hanger

The Flapper Jewelry Hanger is ideal for glamour on the go. Its water-repellent fabric and clear zip pockets for easy viewing, featuring ring-holders as well as individual mesh compartments for holding earrings making it the ultimate jewelry storage for at-home or on the road. Additionally, its detachable bottom half makes it easy to customize your storage preferences.

Life life in color! What are your favorite Lug Life accessories? Let us know in the comments below!

Hoppy Spring Holidays!


Whether you’re painting eggs with the family or looking fabulous in your Sunday best, BTR is wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend.

Check out today’s events for some sunny spring-spiration, from the hottest fashion finds to Pinterest-worthy home décor. And treat your little ones to an array of charming apparel and fun toys that will make them hop for joy!

What’s your spring holiday inspiration? Let us know in the comments below!

Weekend Style Guide: Look Hampton Chic


Get the fabulous yacht club look of your dreams with cues from the best of Hamptons’ style.

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Choose preppy designs with nautical colors and knotted accents, such as this striped dress paired with this crystal embellished knot-detail bracelet. Choose a casual cotton monochrome scarf, as well as a neutral shoe such as these Franco Sarto wedges for a polished yet carefree look. And throw on a a chic trench, such as this bold red Via Spiga steal to brave any seaside chill.

And dress up the little ones in adorable designs from U.S. Polo Association for a preppy, casual look that’s totally kid friendly. Look for versatile sets or charming one-piece dresses.

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Shape Up with Spanx!


Step into state of the art shapewear to get the curves you crave. These ultra-flattering styles are like real-life Photoshop for your body, offering a smooth silhouette and enhancing your figure in all the right places.

Look for showstopping swimwear in an array of punchy prints and bold, vibrant colors. Get sporty with full support in activewear, and start any outfit with the right foundation with shaping intimates in a variety of sleek styles in classic as well as full-figured sizing.

Tell us about your favorite sidekick! What are your favorite Spanx essentials?

Oscar-Worthy Jewelry

Last week’s annual Academy Awards showcased some of the most stellar jewelry styles we’ve seen in decades. With trends of oversized bling, beaded gemstones, and white hot diamonds, here’s how to steal the looks for less.

Tassels and Fringe

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Margot Robbie’s sapphire-beaded tasseled pendant by Van Cleef and Arpels, valued at $1.5 million, was truly a showstopper. Get the look with pieces such as this beaded turquoise tassel necklace or this gold chain fringe statement piece.

Silver and Diamond Drop Collars

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Zoe Saldana sported this Neil Lane diamond detail collar. Look for styles like this black and clear gemstone collar or this silver and clear gemstone drop necklace.

Black Gemstones

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Behati Prinsloo rocked a black diamond and gold de Grisogono Boule necklace. Make the look your own with this black and gold multi-strand chain, and pair with these cutting-edge earrings.

Diamond Details

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Delicate and understated yet hardly a wallflower look, there’s a reason diamonds have been called a girl’s best friend. Get Dakota Johnson’s white-hot style with single stud earrings or haute hoops. And pair with a red carpet-ready bracelet like this clear gemstone star cuff for an Oscar-winning style.

Grammy Awards 2015: Fashion Highlights

All eyes were on the red carpet last night as our favorite performers flaunted their stuff for the 2015 Grammy Awards. We noticed three major trends:

Sparkle and Shine


Jessie J glams it up in a black sequined gown from Ralph and Russo. The sheer texture contrast and shimmering details are reminiscent of classic film noire style.

Katy Perry dresses the part with this Zuhair Murad dress. With its vintage silhouette and beaded details, this roaring ’20’s style takes a hyper-modern turn with Katy’s surreal hair color.

Nicki Minaj vamps it up with Tom Ford in a plunging neckline and beaded fringe skirt. The defined hourglass fit flaunts her killer physique.

Cutout Details


Chrissy Teigan looks polished in this Emilio Pucci gown. With subtle cut-out details, this geometric design looks sultry and powerful.

Miley Cyrus looks sophisticated while showing some skin in a bandage dress from Alexandre Vauthier. Her understated hair and makeup create a quiet, elegant style.

Ariana Grande looks grown-up in this ladylike gown from Versace. The cut-out detail at the back emphasizes all the right curves.

Structured Solids


Anna Kendrick sports a solid pantsuit featuring a plunging neckline by Band of Outsiders. Her understated hair and pointed pumps give this outfit a bold feminine touch.

Iggy Azaleas keeps it simple with a solid blue gown from Giorgio Armani. The cut-out details are figure-flattering and the electric color contrasts strikingly against her golden braided hairstyle.

Jennifer Hudson looks white-hot in this Tom Ford dress. The elegantly chic silhouette and simple accessories perfectly complement her structured pixie and bold lip.

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!

Get to Know Jojo Maman Bébé


For the past 20 years, JoJo Maman Bébé has been inspired by the nautical style of children’s clothing from Brittany, France and is well-known for the little JoJo Bunny logo. The company has since expanded to include maternity wear.

Their simple yet fun and quirky designs include innovative features to improve fit and quality. Cotton is used wherever possible and other man made fabrics are generally made from recycled fibers. The girls’ styles are sweet and traditional, without all the pink sparkles and mini adult designs, and the boys’ collection offers just as wide a variety as the girls.

After realizing the success of their children’s line, they expanded to offer chic and practical clothing for moms to be. The outcome was a maternity collection which is always on trend fused with ultra-comfortable basics.

The company has a strong ethical mission to improve the world for future generations, and have put into action several environmental initiatives, employment policies, and charities. For example, after years of development, they introduced the JoJo recycled Polarfleece.

Additionally, JoJo’s goal is to reduce child poverty and infant mortality. Working with a small local charity directly in rural Mozambique called Nema, JoJo has helped build two schools, as well as providing funding to local health, education, water and sanitation projects. Nema provides a holistic approach to charity by providing education, healthcare support, and fresh water, to help enable better farming and environmental training. By using local charity workers on the projects, Nema offers employment and helps to boost the local economy. In the words of Laura, founder of Jojo:

“Imagine seeing the glow on your child’s face as they enjoy the feeling of a full belly. Imagine the joy you would feel knowing your family would feel the pang of hunger no more and that their futures are secure. That feeling of joy, the same joy you experience at the birth of a child, the joy of seeing clean water flow in your village for the first time; the word for that joy and happiness in Mozambique is “Nema”.

From a business perspective, Jojo attributes their success to high productivity, where employees are motivated to work in an environment that puts people and the planet above the bottom line. JoJo has also been voted Best Employer in the Disability Awards, recognizing the company’s ongoing effort to work with those with disabilities by offering employment and placements. In the beginning, Laura’s sons Toby and Ben started as the in-house JoJo models, and to this day, models are the babies of employees, customers and friends of JoJo.

Hello Gorgeous! Angela Lanter’s Picks


Passionate about homemaking, beauty and fashion, Angela Lanter is a savvy lifestyle guru. Her hair and makeup tutorials on YouTube are fun, easy to follow and totally on-trend. Her blog, Hello Gorgeous, is full of fashion tips, product recommendations and more. It doesn’t matter what the occasion, Angela has got you covered from head-to-toe with great ideas.

From Oct. 20th-22nd, discover items curated and approved by Angela on BTR. Look for her stamp on apparel, beauty products and accessories to create a whole new look for yourself, styled by her discerning eye.

And don’t forget to check out our Q&A with the fashionista herself:

1) Selecting the right skincare can be daunting with the vast array of products on the market. Between moisturizers, night creams, eye creams, serums and more, what is most important to invest in for a healthy complexion?

I personally feel that the most important investment (out of all of the skincare products I use daily) is a solid eye cream. Your eyes have the most delicate skin on your face, and also are one of the first places to show signs of aging. It’s VERY important to use a good eye cream to help prevent premature signs of aging.

2) What does your fall and winter makeup palette look like? Which colors are you raving about this season?

I love deep reds and wines for lips and for eyes, I’m loving tans & golds…But honestly, I love these colors all year long! They just make the most sense during Fall/Winter.

3) Who is your celebrity red carpet style crush and why?

Blake Lively, hands down. Girlfriend can do no wrong on the red carpet. Her hair and makeup is ALWAYS flawless, and her style is always current but oh so classic and timeless.

4) What are three beauty products you could never live without?

Concealer, mascara & eye cream.

5) If I had a nickel for every time a woman asked “what should I wear” I’d probably be the wealthiest female on the planet. So we want to know, what is the perfect outfit for the following occasions:

Job interview:

Crisp white button-up top with black or gray slacks or a pencil skirt paired with classic nude pumps.

First date:

LOVE the idea of a pencil skirt paired with a tee shirt. Throw a denim jacket or casual blazer on the shoulders.

Office holiday party:

Full or bell skirt paired with a crop top and a snazzy beaded clutch.

Meet the boyfriend’s parents:

A great pair of jeans paired with a blazer and heels. Casual, yet classy.

Winter wedding:

Metallic dress with simple accessories.

Wanna find out more about Angela?

Hello Gorgeous! Blog





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