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Chef Chuck Hughes’ Picks and Q&A

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There’s no question about it: Chef Chuck Hughes is passionate about food. It’s easy to see just how passionate when you witness him hosting his shows on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, or winning big on Iron Chef America. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, he continues a legacy of world-class dining with two restaurants in his native city. Garde Manger and Le Bremner are both located in the picturesque Montreal Old Port and present hip, unpretentious haute cuisine that is uniquely Chef Hughes.

Chef, restaurateur, television host, cookbook author: he’s definitely a busy guy. However, we were lucky enough to sit him down long enough to answer a few questions, as well as pick his favorite BTR products, which can be found here.

1) How has it felt going from a local Montreal celebrity to a world-renowned Food Network super star? How do you stay so down to Earth?

I don’t know if I would say Food Network super star. I’m just a regular guy who has had things work out. I feel really fortunate to have had the chance to do what I do. As far as staying grounded – working with food keeps me humble. A carrot doesn’t care who you are.

2) How do you manage to balance your time? Writing a book, owning two restaurants, travelling, appearing on TV…it almost seems impossible for just one person!

Yeah, I’m crazy busy but at certain times of the year I’m able to take some time off. I also to try to regularly squeeze in some time for myself – it may be playing a late night hockey game on Monday night or shopping early Sat morning at the market, whatever I can fit in. Though I’m lucky, I love what I do and I find when you love what you do it’s pretty easy to get up and get going every morning.

3) What inspires you to create new meal ideas?

Travelling is a big inspiration for me. I was recently in Italy and that was amazing. The TV series Chuck’s Eat The Street has me travelling all over the U.S. meeting other chefs and food producers so I’m often being introduced to different techniques or new food ideas. I also do a lot of reading and of course tasting new things.

4) With today’s busy lifestyles, we’re all pressed for time. What are your best tips/short cuts in the kitchen?

Cooking gets this rap that to do it well it has to be complicated and takes time. I disagree. I don’t believe in short cuts, it’s more about being prepared. If you prepare and clean as you go along, cooking a terrific meal doesn’t take much time. Some tips? Set yourself up like a professional kitchen by getting your mise en place done – that way you can cook like a professional chef. You can also sear meats and make a sauce in the same pan – it’s fast and easy.

5) We know you are catering the Osheaga Music Festival this year. What are you making? How do you organize everything so that all the food comes out fresh and hot? And who are you most looking forward to seeing at the festival?

For the last couple of years we have catered the VIP backstage area of Osheaga. It’s an incredibly intense full-on three days. We have an amazing team of 45 cooks that make it happen. The dishes we offer often focus on all the food products that Montreal and Quebec are known for as well we have the best BBQ of the year! When it comes to actually watching the bands we don’t really have the time, as we are too busy feeding them. But I will try to sneak away and catch Portugal. The Man if I can.

6) Can you share one of your favorite (easy!) recipes with us?

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Can’t get enough Hughes? The third season of Chuck’s Eat the Street premieres on July 10th at 10pm on the Cooking Channel in the U.S.

Congratulations to Our Credit Craze Winners!

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…but don’t worry! Even if you didn’t win a prize, if you shopped on Beyond the Rack from June 16th – 22nd, you have earned bonus credits!

Orders $75 – $99 – received a $10 credit

Orders $100 – $124 – received a $15 credit

Orders $125 + – received a $20 credit

Your total dollar value spent was used to calculate your credits earned.

Thank you for shopping!

Father’s Day Gift Guide Part 2

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Are you still having trouble finding the perfect gift for dad? Well, put your worries aside because we have even more events with more ideas coming this weekend!

Check out our Father’s Day Special on watches. Buy one watch for him, get one for yourself for free! Just look for the BOGO stamp.

If a watch is too predictable, get him ready for outdoor cookouts with our Summer Cooking event. Find BBQ tools, grills and more.

Not the gourmet chef in the family? On Sunday, we are featuring Blanc Men’s accessories from ties to cufflinks. He’ll definitely look spiffy in the boardroom.

For the dad who enjoys comfortable lounging in style, shop for his next perfect chair on Sunday with our Comfy Chairs for Dad event.

Your dad is the most important man in your life. Treat him to something nice and show him how much you care!

Father’s Day Gift Guide

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He’s been there to wipe away your tears, to brighten your days with laughter, and has probably fixed more things around the house than you can count. That’s right, we’re talking about your dad.

But what do you get for your number 1 fan and hero? Not all dads are the same, so whether he’s professional, casual, or hands-on, we’ve got some great Father’s Day suggestions for you!

A Premium Watch: Have you had to adjust your schedule to accommodate “Dad time”? Help him stay on trend with a quality watch. Our Men’s Premium event has a wide selection of designer styles that compliment suits or his favorite pair of jeans.

Travel Luggage: Is your Dad constantly on the go? Replace his old, world-weary luggage with a brand new set. Our Luggage for the Mobile Business Professional event features 3-piece luggage sets, laptop bags and briefcases – perfect accessories that make him look and feel the part of the executive.

A Dress Shirt: Our Max Lauren event has your dad covered if he needs to dress to impress. Choose a plaid or striped pattern for him to wear with jeans, and try a bright color to transport his wardrobe to the 21st century.

A Tie: It may seem obvious and overdone, but there’s nothing wrong with getting him a tie, as long as it’s a nice one! Our Prada tie event ensures luxury and style when he has to suit up.

Stylish Footwear: Many dads will wear out their shoes until they’re nothing more than a sole and some fabric. Don’t let him wait that long and give him the gift of stylish kicks this Father’s Day. Check out our Clarks for Men event.

Kitchenware: Whether he’s a culinary mastermind or a cooking show fanatic, he’ll appreciate having his life made easier with new kitchen accessories. Pasta makers and pizza stones in our Norpro event will get him excited about cooking, and you’ll get to taste the benefit! And for even more fun, get him a unique appliance like the Hot Dog Pop Up Toaster.

Employee Picks: The Marketing Team

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Jené Luciani’s Summer Essentials As Seen On The Today Show

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Summer is one of my fave times of year as a stylist because I love a good challenge and it doesn’t get much more challenging than swimwear! And many of the TV shows and media outlets come to me for advice because finding the perfect fitting swimsuit can be just as terrifying as finding the proper fitting bra, which is something I’m known for as the author of the bestselling book The Bra Book!

And most of the viewers who watch my TV segments also count on me as the one who can show them some great options within their budget. That’s why I call on websites like Beyond the Rack – because you can get some amazing designer fashions for a fraction of retail!!!

When dressing Gillian for the Today Show segment, she had recently lost 150 pounds (isn’t that amazing!!??) and needed to find the perfect summer look for her new shape!

I love Spanx (who doesn’t??) and their swimwear line does not disappoint. Beyond the Rack is offering this adjustable swim dress style for under $50!!!! It has tons of flattering features like a v-neckline and strategic shirring throughout and I love the bright beachy color! I added these red wedges for a fun contrast and because what lady doesn’t love a little added height?

Of course, no beach look is complete without a great floppy hat (for fashion and function –gotta protect ourselves from the sun ladies!!) and a fun beach bag. I chose this one for $19.99 because of its adorable saying – anyone who watches Hoda and Kathie Lee knows that they certainly love their wine!!!!

Finally, it’s so important to have a great pair of shades. Whether you prefer a big plastic pair, wayfarer style or some classic Ray Bans, protect your peepers from the sun and make a stylish statement at the same time. It’s an investment that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on!!

Stylist’s Corner: Resortwear

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With summer weather upon us, a trip to the pool or beach is quickly approaching. We’ve created 2 looks perfect for a beach vacation or poolside lounging.

Our first look is a Palazzo style pant that provides some coverage while still keeping you cool in the heat. The exotic print is fashion-forward, adding just a touch of glamour to your bathing attire.

Our second look is a cover-up to keep you looking fresh and chic. Don’t be afraid to take this look to the next level by pairing it with matching gold cuffs and a pair of sunglasses.

Shop these styles and more on Sunday May 18th in our Designer Resortwear sale.

Rockin’ Baby Slings – Maternity Day at BTR

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Today we’re featuring apparel and lingerie for the mom-to-be, baby accessories, and more.

Check out Rockin’ Baby, known for its stylish, high-quality baby slings and pouches. They’re a company with a conscience. For every sling sold, they donate a new one to a Haitian mother in need, while educating her on the importance it holds in her baby’s life. A sling makes it easier to love, nurture and breastfeed her baby, and also keeps her arms free for gathering food and water.

By purchasing a Rockin’ Baby sling, you are impacting another mother’s life in a huge way. Babies will be healthier, happier, and will begin their life in a more fulfilled and optimistic way. From you, to them, Mother to Mother.

Here’s a video of their very first Haitian Sling Drop:

Voda Swim: As Seen on CBS’ The Couch

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Summer days in the sun are right around the corner. Now’s the time to get a brand new swimsuit that is both flattering, comfortable, and affordable.

Today on CBS’ The Couch, BTR is featuring bikinis and tankinis from Voda Swim. Voda Swim is a new concept in swimsuit design. What sets them apart from the competition is their patent pending Envy Push Up bikini/tankini top created by international model Yulia.

Create your dream shape in this incredible bikini top. It has no wires, it increases your bust by 1 to 2 cup sizes AND it provides amazing cleavage, lift and support.

Made with XtraLife Lycra fiber that resists chlorine and other pool chemicals 5-10 times longer than regular elastane, allowing garments to keep their shape and remain beautiful.

Forget conventional swimwear! Check out our Voda Swim event now! Get the entire look, both top and bottom, for under $100! Pictured are tankini tops for $29.99 and adjustable bottoms for only $19.99!

Makeup Brush Maintenance

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How often do you clean your makeup brushes? It tends to be the one thing we overlook, yet it’s completely essential! Leaving your brushes to sit on the counter between concealing and contouring sessions, means that they unfortunately collect bacteria. This bacteria and product build-up can clog pores and cause breakouts. Make cleaning brushes a part of your beauty routine to help reduce breakouts and keep skin more fresh and radiant.

In order to clean your brushes, you don’t need expensive brush cleaners from cosmetic stores.

All you need is the following:

– A Bar of Soap

– Hair Conditioner

– Baby Shampoo

– Rubbing Alcohol

– Olive Oil or Almond Oil

Use an unscented, pure, white soap. With lukewarm water, wet the bristle part of the brush, and then swirl the brush on the bar of soap until it has lathered nicely. As an alternative to a bar of soap, try baby shampoo. Make sure to clean the entire brush head, not just the tips! Gently squeeze out any excess water from the brush and lay it out to dry for at least 6 to 8 hours. To avoid a wet laundry smell, let your brush dry near a window or a heater.

If your brush is heavily caked with makeup, olive or almond oil will help. Pour a little bit of the oil onto the brush bristles, and then swirl them into a clean paper towel. Don’t use too much oil, just enough to break down the makeup. Afterwards, clean the brush using the process noted above.

The brush should be soft and supple after being cleaned and dried, but if it isn’t hair conditioner can help. Take a small amount and massage it gently into the brush. Rinse in lukewarm water and allow to dry. This should give your brush a velvety feel against your skin!

Now that the bristles are taken care of, don’t forget the handle! By using rubbing alcohol and a paper towel, you can rub down brush handles to disinfect and clean.

You should clean your brushes at least once a week: makeup will apply easier, your brushes will last longer, and your skin will feel healthier!

BTR’s beauty events continue today with Lise Watier, Michael Todd True Organics, Color Secrets makeup, Mekar Organic Cosmetics, and CHI and FHI Heat. Shop them all now!