Category Archives: Tips & Trends


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!

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!

Summer Pool Party

Summer Pool Party: Sizzling looks to make a splash

With temperatures on the rise, it’s finally time to get ready for pool party season! From bikinis to flip flops, make a splash with the summer’s hottest beachwear and accessories.

Swimwear by Frankie's Bikinis

Swimwear by Frankie’s Bikinis

Check out sizzling swimwear from Frankie’s Bikinis, a collection of on-trend styles from teen designer Francesca Aiello, who launched her first collection at only 17 years old. For other hot swimwear, flatter your curves with designs by Envya, and check out flirty styles from Go Under for a throwback vintage vibe.

Swimwear by Go Under

Swimwear by Go Under

Get some sunshine on your toes with sandals and flip flops by Freewaters, an ethical company focused on providing clean drinking water to people in need. Each pair of Freewaters sandals and shoes supports a global clean drinking water project, and is backed by a lifetime warranty.

Sandals by Freewaters

Sandals by Freewaters

Add the perfect finishing touch with a colorful pair of shades, such as these bold yellow Saint Laurent Paris frames (also available in hot pink), and a carefree carryall to stash your sunscreen, towel, and spare tee. We love this oversized pink beach tote.

Beach Accessories

And remember, all bodies are beach body ready – so have fun, dive in, and blissfully soak up those sunny rays!

DIY Hair Tutorial: Beach Wave Bliss


Now that summer is upon us, we can’t wait to let our hair loose! Think supple boho waves over stiff, straight, pinned-down styles. If you’re craving carefree locks, like natural waves reminiscent of endless days at the beach, follow our breezy tutorial for a quick and easy ‘do to carry you through the summer season.


You’ll need:

An empty spray bottle
1 tablespoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of hair gel
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
1 cup of warm water to mix everything together


1. Combine all ingredients in the spray bottle.
2. Shake vigorously until thoroughly mixed together.
3. Generously spray into hair, concentrating on the ends.
4. Scrunch ends continuously while drying – preferably while sitting on a sunny beach, drinking Margaritas with the girls.

What’s your favorite summer hair trend? Leave us a note in the comments!

Weekend Style Guide: Look Hampton Chic


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

hamptons style

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.

kids u.s. polo assn.

girls u.s. polo assn.

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?

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!

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

tasseled details

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

diamond detail collars

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

black gemstones

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

diamond accents

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.