Fall Sneak Peek +Win 100 Dollars in BTR Credit – Day 2

Check out today’s fall footwear preview for the chance to win $100 in BTR credit!

Fall Sneak Peek Day 2

What’s your look? Down-to-earth suede booties? Spiked heels with an attitude? Or how about an all-terrain pair of upscale rainboots or cowboy boots with wild western flair?

To enter, simply comment here on our blog, or on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with your favorite look (1, 2, 3 or 4). Winner will be chosen at random and contacted by Friday, July 24, 2015.

Fall Sneak Peek + Win 100 Dollars in BTR Credit

From the warm fragrance of pumpkin spice to cozy layers and a warm, rich color palette, fall has always been a favorite fashion season.

Each day, we will be showcasing a preview of some of our favorite fall looks for a chance to win $100 in BTR credit.

Today, check out some of the hottest separates – from cozy cashmere staples, to statement blazers, trousers, and updated classic cardigans.

Fall Sneak Peek Day 1

To enter, simply comment here on our blog, or on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with your favorite look (1, 2, 3 or 4). Winner will be chosen at random and contacted by Friday, July 24, 2015.

Buyer's Newest Beauty Finds

Beauty Buyer’s Hottest New Finds

Prepare to be pampered! Give yourself a head-to-toe beauty boost with our hot new finds. We sat with Megan Dahl-Smith, our beauty buyer, to discuss her newest collection of skincare, nail art, teeth whitening and so much more – read on for the rundown of her newest discoveries, as well as some tips and recommendations to perfect your look.

Static Nails Manicure

You’ve seen them on the runways of New York fashion week and the covers of your favorite magazines, and now available in Canada for the first time ever, exclusively through BTR.

Stylish, easy, comfortable and customizable – it’s no wonder Static Nails took the prize at the 2015 Cosmoprof Discover Beauty Awards. Stop wasting your money on fake drugstore nails that don’t last a day and, adding insult to injury, ruin your nails in the process. With proper maintenance, Static Nail manicures can last up to 18 days and can be re-used up to 6 times! Accessorized with trendy spikes, patterns and authentic Swarovski crystals, these nails are made with the highest quality materials and are non-damaging to your natural nail.

“My nails are actually extremely weak and therefore kept short, not only do I now have the luxury of showing off long perfectly manicured nails but I was so excited to see my natural nails long and strong when I removed my first Black Tie mani.” – Megan

Everyone will comment on your amazing new manicure, and no one will ever know they aren’t your natural nails. Cut and shape them any way you prefer – long, short, stiletto, square – it’s your call! Bonus: Static Nails with the glossy finish can be polished in any color you like and removed with nail polish remover back to the original finish.

Megan’s Tip: “Eliminate those moments of helplessness while your nails are wet! Place the glossy finish static nails on double sided tape to keep them in place, paint them with your favorite color, and happily enjoy a bag of chips while they dry.”

TwinMedix Skincare


“Being a beauty buyer means having to try lots and lots of different products. Unfortunately, if you have sensitive skin like me, these product tests are usually followed up with lots and lots of breakouts – until I found TwinMedix. This oil free, patented skincare line is my new obsession. You see and feel immediate results, without the transition period of your skin having to get used to the product. My skin was noticeably brighter and healthier after first use. Plus, if you are usually lazy about your skin care regime, the immediate gratification of these products will keep you motivated!”

Check out some of her favorite finds from the TwinMedix collection:

Textured almost like a serum with tiny little microbeads; rub it on your face for 10-30 seconds and see the dead skin start to flake off. Gross? A little. But you won’t even care after you feel how soft your skin is.

Oxygenating Cleansing Mask
Rub a thin layer on your face. Watch it bubble up and disappear as the little oxygen bubbles destroy all your skin’s impurities.

C10 Brightening Serum
Apply in the morning after cleansing and before moisturizing. A little tingle in your skin lets you know it’s working.


Who says make-up can’t change your skin for the better? The founder of KIMIKO, a professional makeup artist with a chemistry background, integrated trademarked skincare treatments throughout the entire cosmetic line to do exactly that.

Finally makeup that makes skin better! Everything from eyeshadows to concealers to blushes doubles as uplifting, anti-aging treatments.”

This beautiful line has concealers that help banish dark circles, lip tints, liners and plumping glosses for the perfect pout (without scary needles), and a skin-transforming serum that really lifts and firms. Talk about multi-tasking! Every piece in the collection provides immediate enhancement while at the same time delivers the long term benefits of healthier, more radiant looking skin. It’s no wonder its gained a celebrity following among the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Michelle Williams, Rachel McAdams and many more. Here’s to KIMIKO and doing more with less!

Esum Brushes

ESUM Brushes

“When it comes to make-up brushes there’s something I learned quickly – invest. Spending a little more on the right brushes can save you hundreds of dollars down the road.”

Not only can ESUM brushes last over 10 years when properly maintained, but they will also increase the lifespan of your cosmetics. While the average brush is laser-cut to achieve the aesthetically-pleasing professional look, ESUM brushes are handmade, so each little hair is strategically placed to create the perfect shape for its specific purpose. This means the hairs are full and uncut, making application is perfect and easy. The handle is hand-crafted from cured birch, and the finest quality hairs are kept together by a platinum bowed brass. The brushes are balanced in weight and ergonomically correct for comfort and ease at hand, It’s no wonder all the pros use them!
Every different material has its purpose, whether it be goat, sable, horse, squirrel (yes, squirrel) or synthetic vegan fibers. Each hair type is chosen for the ideal lay-down of makeup to support all professional makeup mediums, including cream, gel, liquid, powder and wax.

Here are some of Megan’s faves for every type of makeup:

Eye shadow
“My absolute favorite brush to use is the S33 medium round eye contour brush made of squirrel. Don’t be turned off, the brush is so magically soft against your skin and achieves the perfect sheer application of powder eyeshadow.”

Liquid foundation
“The T45 Large Foundation Brush is the way to go. I swear I use half the amount of foundation and achieve better coverage.”

“The X57 Large Dome Diffuser Brush features goat hairs to pick up the perfect amount of powder, giving you a natural sun-kissed look.”

Can’t choose? Don’t worry the bundles on sale now were put together by top professional makeup artists to make sure all your bases are covered.

Smile Sciences Before & After


Teeth whitening often goes hand in hand with teeth sensitivity. Pain equals beauty, right? Wrong! Luckily, the ladies at Smile Sciences have figured out a product that still allows you to enjoy a cold glass of water without cringing and will not break your bank account. Choose either Mint or Bubble Gum flavor, and show off a smile that’s up to 10 shades whiter in a matter of days. Bonus: smile even more knowing that this product is 100% cruelty free!

$25 Off with Visa Checkout

Visa Checkout

$25 off on your next purchase when you spend $50 or more and pay with Visa Checkout.* / Rabais de 25 $ sur votre prochain achat de 50 $ ou plus lorsque vous payez par Visa Checkout*.

Terms and Conditions
*This is a limited time offer from July 16th, 2015 to July 26th, 2015, or until funds are exhausted, whichever is first. Place a minimum $50 order (after credits, before taxes and shipping) AND check out using Visa Checkout, and receive a $25 BTR shopping credit which you can use toward your next purchase (after credits, before taxes and shipping).

Here’s how you’ll receive your credit: Within 48 hours of checking out, you’ll receive an email from Beyond the Rack containing a promotional gift card code which you can use the next time you check out. Just enter your code in the box labeled “Enter gift card code here” and click on APPLY. This offer is open to Canadian residents only. Limit one gift card per member. Visa and Beyond the Rack reserve the right to cancel this offer at any time. Gift card code expires September 30, 2015.

Termes et Conditions
* Cette offre d’une durée limitée est en vigueur du 16 au 26 juillet 2015 ou jusqu’à l’épuisement des fonds, selon la première éventualité. Effectuez une commande d’un montant minimal de 50 $ (après crédits, avant taxes et frais de livraison) ET payez avec Visa Checkout, et recevez un crédit d’achat BTR de 25 $ que vous pourrez utiliser sur votre prochain achat (après crédits, avant taxes et frais de livraison).
Voici comment vous recevrez votre crédit : Dans les 48 heures suivant le paiement, vous recevrez un courriel de Beyond the Rack contenant un code de carte-cadeau promotionnelle que vous pourrez utiliser la prochaine fois que vous effectuez un paiement. Entrez simplement votre code dans la case « Entrer le code de carte-cadeau ici » et cliquez sur APPLIQUER. Cette offre s’adresse aux résidents du Canada seulement. Limite d’une carte-cadeau par membre. Visa et Beyond the Rack se réservent le droit d’annuler cette offre à tout moment. Le code de carte-cadeau expire le 30 septembre 2015.

Visa and Visa Checkout are trademarks of Visa Int., used under license. / Visa et Visa Checkout sont des marques de commerce de Visa Int., utilisées sous licence.


GURIA: Summer’s hottest swimwear

Hit the beach with confidence and brazen, South Brazilian style – Guria beachwear was created to flatter every curve and figure. Launched in 2007 by Camila Ckless and Barbara Nissola, two “gurias” (“girls” in local South Brazilian slang) who decided to follow their hearts and create a business inspired by their passion for the beach and fashion, creating their own unique line of Brazilian-style bikinis. What resulted was a swimwear line fit for any body shape, offering as much or as little coverage as desired in a young and contemporary way.

Image courtesy of Elle Canada

Image courtesy of Elle Canada

Recently featured in Elle Canada, Guria Beachwear has made its name known in terms of quality, versatility, uniqueness and sophistication. Created with only the highest quality materials from Brazil, Guria’s bikinis are rich in detail, highlighting distinctive and exclusive embellishments and accessories. Each ring, square, pendant or jewel is refined, rich and exotic. The Guria woman is elegant, casual, and always sexy.

The embodiment of Brazil’s endless summer culture.

Versatility, sophistication, quality and sex appeal intertwine in Guria’s designs. A wide array of mix-and-match separates including triangles, halters, bandeaus and underwire tops paired with American and Brazilian cut bottoms create an endless selection of contemporary, body-flattering silhouettes. Embracing every figure, Guria offers sizes from x-small to x-large with cup sizes accommodating up to F. Using only the highest quality materials from Brazil, you’ll see opulent details, distinctive embellishments, textures, prints and the award-winning 3-in-1 top that easily converts from triangle to halter to bandeau.

Image courtesy of Elle Canada

Image courtesy of Elle Canada

“Going to the beach, wearing bikinis, everything summer – it’s in my blood” -Camila Ckless

Every successive collection is created with women in mind, fashioning suits for every type of beach body. While most other swimwear brands cap sizes at C cups, Guria offers Brazilian-cut suits accommodating up to an F cup, so no woman will be turned away by the trauma of bikini shopping. Grab your favorite looks on sale now!

Big Dreams for Small Spaces

Condo Living: Big Dreams for Small Spaces

Smaller condos and apartments have the benefit of being instantly cozy. However, sometimes it’s difficult to balance the modern lust for stuff while not driving yourself crazy with clutter. Check out our small-space tips to streamline your whole home.

BTR Storage Shelf Bench

Double Down
Try to find and highlight furniture that does more than one thing: an ottoman that also provides storage, a bench to sit on, or act as a coffee table. Not only the perfect way to add character, versatile furniture is a great fit for any room, making the right statement in any living room, bedroom, or entrance way. Plus it’s easy to re-integrate these multi-functional pieces should you ever move to a new place. We love this solid wood storage bench.

Reading Nook

Convertible Closets
A big enough closet can become a home office or reading nook for the kids with the right amount of planning. Just add some mood lighting and a well-chosen storage bench smothered with your favorite pillows.

Ladder Shelf

Think Vertically
If you really want to maximize storage, utilize the full height of your walls. If you reserve just one wall for shelving it won’t overwhelm or clutter your space. Keep your knickknacks on the top shelves, and your heavier items and books on the bottom, reserving the middle shelves for items that need to be accessed regularly. Or go for a smaller, quirky shelf that goes long on personality. We love this ladder bookcase with additional storage drawers.

Album Art Display

Edit Down
Review your possessions twice a year, and keep only the things you use and/or love. Digitize all your media, free up space, and make some extra cash at your next garage sale by putting all your music and videos onto a hard drive or USB key. If you have vinyl, frame and display a few of your favorite albums for a space-saving pop of color on your walls.

Kitchy kitchen storage

Everything in Its Right Place
Use some small space shelving units for a practical, yet decorative touch. Having a place to stash everyday clutter will save you countless hours trying to organize your essentials. Opt for compact coffee machines such as the ever-famous Keurig brewing system, and keep all your K-Cups in check with a practical countertop organizer.

Neutral Bedding

Go Minimal
Minimalism may seem like an obvious choice for small spaces but it needn’t be boring. Keep things monochromatic with neutral walls and bedding, and add focal pops of color for instant interest. Additionally, consider incorporating some well-placed mirrors to give the illusion of a larger, more open space.


Know someone moving to a new condo? Give them the ultimate housewarming gift of Laguiole handmade knives and kitchen accessories for a luxe French touch that will last a lifetime – on sale now!

Matcha fine powdered green tea

Summer Tea Recipes: Brewing With Matcha

One of the most unique teas on the planet, Matcha has a rich history, being used for hundreds of years in Japanese Zen-Buddhist ceremonies. Hot or cold, Matcha is an exceptionally refreshing beverage, offering countless health benefits, as well as promoting concentration and memory. Make your next summer brew using our recipes for a tasty twist on the classic tradition.

Matcha Mint Iced Tea
Makes two 12 oz. servings

2 teaspoons Matcha
2 cups filtered water
2 cups crushed ice
Juice of 1 lime
3 sprigs of fresh mint
Sweetener of your choice

Using a jar with a tight lid, shake the water and Matcha together until smooth. Pour into two tall glasses filled with ice. Add lime juice and mint sprigs to taste and stir well.

Matcha Chai Iced Tea

Matcha Chai Iced Tea
Makes two 12 oz. servings

2 tablespoons Matcha
1 1/2 cups filtered water
2 cinnamon sticks
Additional spices (Choose one or more): star anise, cardamom pods, cloves, black peppercorns
2 cups crushed ice
1/2 cup almond milk

Bring water to a simmer over low heat. Stir in Matcha along with cinnamon sticks and desired spices. Remove from heat and let tea steep for 15-20 minutes. Pour tea through a strainer to remove spices and sediment. Pour into two glasses filled with ice. Add almond milk, stir, and enjoy!

Matcha Kale and Peach Smoothie
Makes two 8 oz. servings

2 teaspoons Matcha
1 banana (optional tip: freeze in advance)
1 cup almond milk
2 medium sized kale leaves
2 ripe pears or peaches
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
2 cups crushed ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

Hot or Cold Matcha Coconut Latte
Makes one 8 oz. serving

1 tablespoon Matcha
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup warmed coconut milk

Whisk hot water and Matcha until fully dissolved. Add coconut milk and whisk for about 30 seconds or until frothy. For a cold beverage, let chill and serve over ice.

What’s your favorite way to brew? Leave us a note in the comments!


Live Like the Kardashians: Win a Trip to LA + $500 BTR Credit

Live the A-lister lifestyle! We’re giving you and a friend the chance to spend a weekend in Los Angeles to live like the Kardashians – including return flights, 3 nights hotel stay and $500 each to spend at Beyond the Rack!

How to enter
★ From Monday June 15th 12pm ET to Friday June 19th 1pm ET Like and Share our LA image on Facebook to be automatically entered to win.
★ Open to Canada and U.S. residents only
★ Winner will be contacted via email by Tuesday June 23rd and announced on our Facebook page.
★ Round trip flight value may not exceed $750 CAD per person. Total hotel value $1000

Don’t forget, contest ends this Friday – so have fun and start shopping!

Travel Light: How to Pack 2 Weeks Into a Carry-On

Travel Light Blog

Whether you’re hitting the open road or jet-setting across the globe, summer trips are all about traveling light. Check out our useful packing hacks to effortlessly satisfy your sense of wanderlust.

With a little bit of wardrobe foresight, you can be ready for any situation with minimal outfit coordination. It’s all about going back to basics. If you’re traveling on business, the right pair of low-key black flats or wedges can take you from the boardroom to the boardwalk seamlessly. For a beach vacay, a single pair of flip-flops can get the job done and are oh-so comfy.

Boho Traveler

Think layers when it comes to outfit strategies. Especially if you’re unfamiliar with the local climate, having an extra vest or scarf to throw on not only prepares you for any unexpected weather, it also adds another element to your look to play around with. On that note, it’s always a good choice to pack a couple pairs of versatile bottoms, and about twice as many tops so you can really mix it up. Throw in a perfect LBD and you’re good to go.

For things like jeans and tees, roll them instead of folding. You’ll be amazed at how much less space they’ll take up. Another space saver? Stuffing socks and panties inside your shoes not only makes for more room in your luggage, but also prevents your shoes from getting squashed and creased.

The Ultimate Carry On

And of course the perfect luggage is essential. Stand out with something colorful like this hardside carry-on. You’ll never have to worry about losing your luggage, and as an added bonus its telescopic pull-handle makes transit a breeze (say goodbye to sore shoulders!), and the durable case means your stuff stays safe no matter how bumpy the ride.

What are your packing secrets? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Update Your Space: A Handy Home Shopping Guide

Weekends in Bed

Our home buyer, Courtney Hughes, sat down with us to give us some tips and tricks to simplify shopping for your home. Buying online doesn’t have to be daunting – read on for handy advice when it comes to selecting textiles and appliances to meet your needs.

Egyptian Cotton

Egyptian cotton towels

When it comes to quality, Egyptian cotton takes top prize. Known to be the best in bedding and towels, Egyptian cotton gains its reputation because its superior weave keeps it from pilling, as well as an ultra-soft texture which is immediately distinguished from other materials. And unlike most synthetic sheets, Egyptian cotton gets softer with every wash.

“When making my decision in bedding and bath purchases, I choose quality every single time.”

When used in making towels, Egyptian cotton is perfect for creating a soft, yet quick-dry fabric. When used in sheet sets, Egyptian cotton has the highest upper thread count, ranging up to 1000 threads per square inch.


KitchenAid hand mixer

Perhaps one of the most iconic kitchen appliances, the KitchenAid hand mixer can be found in family homes and renowned restaurants alike. Immediately recognizable, these mixers come in a variety of colors to accommodate the many individual personalities that covet them.

“It’s no surprise to anyone that knows me that my top pick for a kitchen essential is and always will be a KitchenAid appliance. Quality product produces quality results… the proof is in the pudding!”


Mirror Mirror

Sometimes it’s all about the finishing touch. Mirrors provide a practical embellishment while opening up the room, creating the illusion of more space.

“This is my favorite mirror – it’s functional, versatile, and adds the right touch of glamour. And, if you buy more than one you can make a pattern!”

Royce Leather Accessories

Royce Travel Accessories

“I travel a lot for work so this gives me peace of mind.”

With its fine genuine leather finishings offering a stylish solution to carrying your essentials, as well as an add-on GPS tracking system providing anti-theft security, Royce accessories top the list as the ultimate travel essentials.

What are your home shopping tips? We’d love to hear your comments!