Category Archives: Tips & Trends

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

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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

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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

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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.

BTR Home Finds: Bedroom Makeover Edition

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Revamp your bedroom quickly and easily with BTR’s hottest home finds. Just a few small changes can create a completely different atmosphere, so experiment with our stylish solutions for a spring-fresh transformation.

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Start with fresh bedding – opt for a low thread count for an airy, lightweight feel or a higher count for a heavier, more luxurious texture. Choose soft white or pastel hues for a vibrant seasonal style. Ditch your old dusty comforter for a divine duvet, a lightweight model like this works best for warmer weather. If your room is on the cooler side, you’ll prefer something heavier, like this wool-rich duvet.

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Add a fast splash of color with the perfect window panels. Choose from sheer, gauzy styles for a bright, sunny look. Not a morning person? You can also layer it up with a set of blackout panels for a cozy, restful sleep whenever you please!

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The real fun is in the finishing touches. A well-placed mirror can totally transform and define spaces we may otherwise overlook – try placing a horizontal mirror against a narrow wall for the illusion of a wider room. And accent your space with perfectly placed shelves for a practical yet decorative touch.

What’s your spring decorating inspiration? Share your tips in the comments below!

What to Buy for the Impossible Gift Recipient

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We all have someone for whom each year we battle with finding the perfect gift. Whether it’s the person who has everything or someone annoyingly picky, you know what we mean! Although the act of gift giving is mostly pleasant and fun, it can become a chore if you are stumped for what to buy.

So let us help inspire you to make gift giving as much fun as gift receiving! We’ve broken it down to provide you with some stellar ideas for everyone on your list… picky or not!

The Teen:
Somewhere between child and adult, the teen can be a particular challenge. Think about their interests and shop with them in mind. Best bets are music, tech or something more pampering like bath and body products. A cozy robe, slippers or PJs can also be a sure bet.

The Person Who Has Everything:
The easy go-to for the person who has everything is a knick-knack, but instead, try a consumable. We mean edible gifts, stationary, luxe toiletries, gourmet cooking oils. Anything they would regularly use and need to re-purchase.

The Boss:
When shopping for your boss, you’re caught between the fine line of simple and generic or too personal and suck-up. Try something that they will relate to on a personal level, but that is also current and trendy. Think funky accessories, luxurious spa products, fun kitchen tools, or, if all else fails, something nice for their desk.

The In-Laws:
Shopping for someone else’s parents is always tricky. You certainly don’t want to go over the top, but also don’t want to look cheap! We suggest giving the gift of comfort. Think a high-quality throw, cozy slippers or nice tea or coffee and mugs.

Explore BTR for all of the above and start checking off that list.

Happy shopping!

Vintage Handbags are Forever, Forever

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Vintage shopping can be daunting. Walking into an antique shop and seeing the racks and racks full of shoes, bags and scarves everywhere, it’s hard to know where to start to find that something special.

Of all the items, those most timeless are the designer handbags. Sometimes they’re kept locked away in cases, and in other stores, you have to be in the know and ask. Regardless, they are the show stopping pieces that most vintage boutique owners search high and low for. In fact, they are so coveted, that at the moment high end department stores and other online retailers have started selling these treasured finds.

We all know that ladies everywhere are always hoping for their Sex in the City Carrie Bradshaw moment with designer duds. Just like a fine wine, vintage handbags can get even better with age if cared for properly. Perhaps it’s because they are so well-made and of course so well-loved, that as they gather life experience, their treasured past shines through.

A vintage monogrammed Louis Vuitton can only elevate your outfit. A vintage Gucci on your arm will get envious glances. And that vintage Chanel that you’re carrying? People are adoring it all around you. That’s how we feel. Which is why we are always thrilled to showcase our vintage handbag events! Our buyers at BTR make it their business to do the scouring so that you don’t have to.

So keep your eyes peeled, ladies. The bags that you’ve always coveted and imagined in your collection are actually attainable. And of course, you can get these forever pieces at a discounted price. Who knows, maybe you’ll even get 2!

Shop now!

Hello Gorgeous! Angela Lanter’s Picks

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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.

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Declutter Your Home: Allison Weigensberg’s Tips and Tricks

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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 http://www.everything-in-place.com/

Q&A with Liza Anderson: Publicist to the Stars

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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 Audible.com 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.

Accessorize the Look: Buyers’ Fashion Tips

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Fall is ALL about accessorizing. All week long, we are celebrating a variety of accessories to keep you and your family looking trend-right for the cooler weather ahead.

Our buyers have spoken and every day at noon we’ll be featuring a different fashion tip/trend:

Monday, Sept. 1st:

Leggings with Boots – Find the right pair of leggings to match those perfect fall booties.

Tuesday, Sept. 2nd:

Kids’ Fall Trends – Stock your little one’s wardrobe for the coming chill.

Wednesday, Sept. 3rd:

Optical and Tech – Accessorize with trendy tablet and phone cases, as well as some stylish optical frames. We’ve got the tech treats that are as necessary to your lifestyle as your glasses!

Thursday, Sept. 4th:

Dresses and Jewelry – These two go together like PB&J.

Friday, Sept. 5th:

Activewear and Footwear – Performance gear that will go the distance!

Mix & Match with Not Your Daughter’s Jeans!

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Back by popular demand: Not Your Daughter’s Jeans! Featuring unique Lift Tuck Technology for a slimming effect, these jeans help lift and reshape your curves as a result of their revolutionary criss-cross panel. The panel keeps your tummy under control, making you look a full size smaller instantly!

And the best part? You can shop a myriad of styles that can be mixed and matched for any occasion! Our Five Days of Fashion stylist, Randi Kupfert of RKloset has picked out some of her favorite looks to be styled with this versatile denim.

Here’s what she had to say:

Trench, Sweater and Blouse: This is a great career look. It’s perfect to go to work in. It is sophisticated, but the metallic sweater creates a bit of edge. A trench is always a classic and chic throw on. The red blouse underneath shows a pop of bold color which is very on-trend for fall.

Untucked Blouse: By removing the trench and sweater, as well as untucking the blouse, you now have a laid back look that is still sexy.

Denim on Denim: We changed this look a couple of ways to dress it down. We paired the denim shirt with the trench coat as well as with the blouse. Denim is huge for fall. I love combining casual and career styles. Fall is all about layering it on and mixing and matching!

Oversized Sweater: Comfort meets sophistication – great to wear on a night out but also of course to the office. You can still be comfy while mixing it up with sleek pants and heels. I love the textured arms which take this up a notch from just your everyday sweatshirt.

Find your own pair of NYDJ here, and if you are 5’4” and under, find the size proportioned for you, here.

Find out more about Randi by following her on Instagram @RKloset

Five Days of Fashion Featuring RKloset’s Picks!

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Five Days of Fashion Fall Kickoff!

For the next five days we’re featuring the best in fall fashions to keep you styling as the seasons change. Each day at noon we will be showcasing a different category as follows:

Monday Aug. 18th: Sweaters and Knits

Tuesday Aug. 19th: Dresses

Wednesday Aug. 20th: Coats

Thursday Aug. 21st: Accessories

Friday Aug. 22nd: Boots and Shoes

Need a little financial aid to get your fall wardrobe started? Comment on our Facebook post! Finish the sentence: “If I had a $500 BTR credit, I would…” and you could win a $500 BTR shopping credit!

As an added bonus, Randi Kupfert of RKloset, stylist and personal shopper extraordinaire, has selected her favorite looks to add to your closet. Keep a look out for her stamp all week long!

For more from Randi follow her on Instagram @rkloset