Stylist’s Corner: Crop Tops

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Our stylist, Scott McLean, is back again with a brand new trend:

Crop tops are hot, hot, hot, this season. Although this “it” top might be on the small size, it’s definitely big on style! So the real question is, how do you wear this new fashion star? That’s where I can help. I’m going to show you four different types of crop tops, as well as how to wear them.

Our first design is a flirty and loose cropped top. A floral print is just what you need for spring and summer. Pair it with white or blue skinny jeans and sandals.

The second top is a charcoal and black stripped crop top/bustier combo. It’s a street style inspired look. Complete your ensemble with a high-waisted skirt or shorts, and you’ll be ready for a night on the town!

Our third top is a black and white short cropped top. The geometric pattern and sheer cut-outs give it a fashion-forward and bold look. Try wearing it with a form-fitting skirt as well as stilettos with a thick ankle strap. You’ll be fashionably fierce!

Our last look is a dressy or casual transitional look that you can wear from day to night. It is an unstructured crop top, making it appropriate for daytime, but has flat studs which takes it into the evening. Take the look further with preppy white shorts, or textured leggings.

You can grab all of these tops and more from out St. Croix Tanks sale on Sunday, May 4th at 9am ET.

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Buyers’ Picks

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Our BTR buyers know style. Not only are they the most fashionable people we know, they live and breathe the latest trends so that they can find the best deals on the items you crave.

Today, we caught up with three of our buyers and asked them about their own personal style. They also picked their favorite items from their events, so look out for our “Buyers’ Picks” stamps on items they love.

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Alex Kertzer, Home Buyer

How would you define your style?

I would define my style as classy, but with an edge. I wear a lot of black and white, and sometimes red. I can never leave the house without accessorizing! I’m a big fan of costume jewelry to complement any outfit. Also, whether it’s my turtle ring or leopard-print scarf, I always add on something animal-related.

What trends are you looking forward to for summer?

I’m loving bright lipsticks, pleated skirts and dresses, as well as cut-out designs.

Look for Alex’s favorite picks in bedding and fun lighting today! Check out the following events: LED Bright Lights at 9am ET as well as Summer Duvets, and 1000TC Sheet Sets at 5pm ET.

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Annie Moralli, Footwear Buyer

How would you define your style?

I tend to wear clothes that are comfortable, yet also look good. I believe that you should wear things that look and feel good on you, before worrying about trends. That being said, my wardrobe is a mix of classic staple pieces and elegance, with a hint of trendiness.

What trends are you looking forward to for summer?

Well, as the shoe buyer, I have to stay ontop of the latest footwear fashions. I’m really glad that the gladiator sandal trend is back, as well as single sole pumps. I also love detailed and embellished flat sandals because you can still be feminine as well as comfortable.

Get a whole new shoe collection for summer with Annie’s picks in footwear. Look out for our Matisse, Summer in St. Maarten and Puma for Women events.

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Jeremy Levine, Buyer for Eyewear, Women’s Denim, Men’s Apparel and Accessories (Self-proclaimed King of the Buyers)

How would you define your style?

Business casual. I can usually be found wearing a dress shirt with a pair of nice jeans. I don’t shy away from patterns or brighter colors.

What trends are you looking forward to for summer?

I love that the double-breasted blazer is back in action. Also, prints are not just great for women’s clothing; they’re making an appearance in menswear too!

Our Coogi event will have you looking and feeling your best with statement-making shirts. Jeremy has hand-picked his favorites!

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Stylist’s Corner: Fun and Fresh for Summer

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Summer is around the corner and for any fashionista that means hot new styles are on their way! Our BTR stylist, Scott McLean, has the inside scoop on how to stay fun and fresh for summer!

Here’s what he has to say:

Transparent clothing has been all over the runways. Lace and chiffon tops are a great way to keep your wardrobe fashion-forward. Try one in light blue, powder pink, lilac, or white!

International prints are another great summer 2014 trend. We saw plenty of prints last summer and they’re back, but with a global twist. This year you can find prints inspired by Morocco, Turkey, and Persia; Eastern inspired prints are the way to go. Pair these prints with hues of red, blue, cream, and yellow for a perfect match.

Shop these looks in our Bright Lights of Paris event, live tomorrow at 9am ET.

See how we’ve accesorized this look with jewelry from our Chit-Chat Jewels sale and footwear from Steve Madden featured in our Shoevibe & More sale, also going live tomorrow.

And make sure to complete your ensemble with some designer sunnies from our Tom Ford event, live on Sunday at 9am ET.

Your new summer look awaits!

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Best and Worst Dressed Celebs at Coachella

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Coachella 2014 wrapped up this past weekend, and not only is it one of the biggest outdoor music events of the year, it is also the most fashionable. From timeless Californian styles with a boho flair, to more edgy looks, festival-goers rocked it out!

The line-up for both weekends was stellar, with OutKast, Ellie Goulding, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, and many more! The celebrities weren’t just the musicians on the stage, however. At an event this big, many other celebrities attended to dance, chill out, and enjoy the tunes.

Here are some of the best and worst dressed celeb Coachella attendees:

Best Dressed:

Kendall Jenner: The reality TV star had a number of great outfits for the two Coachella weekends. We feel that this one was the most inspired. The long duster is flowing and elegant, and the jean shorts are a festival staple along with the cowboy boots.

Alessandra Ambrosio: This is a festival bohemian look perfectly styled. She didn’t go overboard with fringe and florals, and the heart-shaped sunglasses are a nice touch.

Camilla Belle: A great white on white look that is perfected when paired with a printed bag and her boho accessories.

Kate Bosworth: Although this print isn’t as vibrant as the usual spring prints, the cut of the dress makes it stand out in all the right ways.

Solange Knowles: She was rocking some retro chic in Kate Spade. The print is fun and funky, and those sunglasses really finish off the ensemble.

Worst Dressed:

Selena Gomez: Someone’s grandma is missing their tablecloth. It’s a shame too, because if she had left the crochet dress at home, she would have had a passable outfit.

Julianne Hough: We can’t get over the fact that she looks like a young boy, especially in this get-up.

Audrina Patridge: This tie-dyed romper just looks sloppy rather than cute hippy chic.

Vanessa Hudgens: We’d want to remain anonymous too if we were wearing an unflattering, ultra baggy peasant top and skirt.

Kylie Jenner: Those boots are ill-fitting, and are the wrong color for the rest of the outfit. And…we really don’t want the fanny pack to make a come-back.

Oh and here’s some of that star dancing we mentioned:

Stick to acting, Leo!

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Q&A with Meital, EDM Sensation

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From Showtime’s “Weeds” to international electronic dance music sensation, Meital is on the rise and currently releasing singles and remixes with Sean Kingston, Reflex (Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna) R3hab (Lady Gaga, LMFAO, Calvin Harris) and Che Pope (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem). She has made it onto the Billboard Top 10 Music Dance Charts, and is increasing in popularity with her single “Give Us Back Love”.

We were lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with the pop star. She told us about her favorite clubs, her (non)formula for creating a hit, and more:

1) You started out as an actress in Israel and have credits as a comedian, playwright, author and now a singer. Have you found the transition to full-time musician difficult? If yes, what was the most difficult part?

I’ve always been a performer so whether I’m on a film set, in a play or in the recording studio I’m still tapping into the same parts of myself. I think being a singer is especially thrilling because I get to be pensive as a writer, and then totally rebel and unleash when I’m on stage performing. That duality is especially interesting to me.

2) Your songs are topping many dance music charts. Is there a formula for creating a smash-hit single?

I think the best formula is no formula. I like to trust my gut instincts, and in the case of dance and pop music, those instincts are especially useful. If I write a song and I just can’t stop singing it or dancing to it, I know it’s going to be a hit. It’s like it sticks to you and you just can’t shake it off. That’s a great song.

3) As an electro dance music artist, you must have been to some pretty awesome clubs. What are some of your favorites?

I really like The Cat & Dog club in Tel Aviv, The Box in London, and GMF in Berlin is really cool and progressive. The best clubs are the ones where the audience is just really letting loose and sweating up a storm. The sweatier the crowd, the better time I have.

4) You’ve worked with some really big players in the music industry – Sean Kingston and Che Pop to name two. Who would your dream collaboration be with?

If I could bring Warhol back from the dead I think we could create some pretty awesome shit. I’d love to collaborate with someone who’s really doing something innovative. I think Kanye is doing that and blurs the line between high art and commercial pop. I think that’s really cool and I would love to get in the studio with him to do something cool. I would also love to collaborate across mediums – do a project between me, a sculptor and perhaps a filmmaker. How can music, film, and visual art all work in tandem with each other? This is something I’m definitely interested in exploring.

5) You spend a lot of time jet-setting. What is the most memorable place you’ve been to and why?

I have a big crush on St Barth ever since we first met. It’s just so perfect in every way. It feels magical because of the terrain of the land and just how removed you are from everything. There’s no internet out there — just you in nature. When I go away I’m looking for a real escape.

6) What is the one thing you absolutely could not live without?

My pet Tiger. Have you met Yummy Charlie?

7) You’ve been labeled as a renaissance woman, a hyphenate. Can you tell us a little about your artistic journey? How did you get to where you are now? Where would you like to go next?

My evolution as an artist has been extremely exploratory. I’ve let myself indulge in all my creative whims, and this childlike wonder is what has propelled me further. I think that the older we get, the further away we get from our imaginations. I try to stay young inside so that I can be fully connected to my most imaginative self. I think my staying in touch with this youthful, creative part of myself is what has allowed me to have this success. As far as what’s to happen next, I try to take it all day by day. I’m here now, and being an artist in the now is what turns me on the most.

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Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter from all of us at BTR!

If you want more than what the Easter Bunny gave you, make sure to check out our Holiday Savings events all weekend long!

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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!

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Glow Magazine Editors’ Picks

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In partnership with Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix, the editors at Glow have picked out some of their favorite BTR looks for spring. Shop for these items and more on our BTR Optimum site, and get optimum points with every purchase!

Here’s what the Glow editors had to say:

Stock up on spring’s most sought-after pieces—from classic capris to printed scarves that’ll come in handy on flights, here’s how to wear the hottest items of the season.

Nothing’s quite as versatile as a pair of classic capri pants. Wear them with tropical prints or a fitted linen blazer and wedges to the office and look spring ready. Get the look.

Glow tip: Rock a boho braid to complement your casual look. There’s a a braided look for every occasion.

Mix and match prints or wear statement pants with flat sandals in camel color to anchor vibrant hues. Asian-inspired prints in the same graphic family wear well together, whatever the colour palette. Find the perfect sandals here.

Glow tip: Too shy to wear colour? Check out these eyeshadow shades that’ll flatter every age.

Investing in a good straw bag will help you be spring-ready with everything you’ll need for the season (SPF, umbrella, sunglasses, sweater, etc.). Try this one.

Glow tip: Going away this season? Find out what Glow editors are packing for their getaways.

Add a touch of whimsy to your look this wedding season. A beaded headpiece complements printed dresses and wavy hair. This headpiece is feminine and timeless.

Glow tip: Need makeup inspiration for your big day? Check out celebrity-inspired picks.

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Meet Sharon Sacks – Enter to Win a 1 Hour Consultation

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Introducing for the first time on BTR, dinnerware from the Sharon Sacks by Lenox collection. Discover a variety of distinct patterns, all made in dishwasher-safe bone china. Each pattern offers a world of entertaining possibilities. Wow and awe your guests with a stylishly set table!

Sharon Sacks is an internationally sought after celebrity event planner and lifestyle guru. She is the president and founder of the Los Angeles-based event production company, Sacks Productions. Her illustrious career includes impressive clients: President Clinton, Kim Kardashian, Pierce Brosnan, Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez, and many more. All have entrusted their precious memories to her expertise. She works by the motto that every event is “its own piece of art”.

Do you have an upcoming event that you need help planning? Enter our contest to win a 1 hour consultation with Sharon Sacks, herself! Ask her a question on our Facebook page, and we will randomly select a winner from amongst the best questions. Contest ends Thursday April 17th, midnight ET. You’ll get the inside scoop on how to plan the perfect party!

Here are the questions that we asked Sharon about party planning, working with celebrities, and more:

1) As an internationally sought after event planner who has worked with society’s elite, from US Presidents to famous athletes to Hollywood celebrities and royalty, how do you consistently come up with fresh new ideas to please some of the world’s toughest clients?

Creating trends is about finding inspiration everywhere you look. I am always searching for something that’s different, unique, but also palatable. I love to travel, and I draw inspiration from the architecture, color, patterns, music, and even scents I encounter around the world. I take this same perspective with me even when I’m at home. I like to sit outside in my garden when I’m planning an event. It can be so calming, which helps me clear my mind and allows creativity to flow.

2) It’s so many event planners’ dream to work with the clientele you have – how did you manage to make the connections to build your impressive client list?

I started my career planning events for the owner of Motion Pictures Studios. I learned so much during my time there, and received great acclaim for my events. When I decided to start my own business, my mentor was more than happy to share the news with his friends and colleagues, which is what helped launch Sacks Productions. From then on all my business came from referrals and recommendations from past clients. I love what I do, and I’m so blessed that I get to play an intimate role in planning my clients’ celebrations. That personal bond shows in our work, which has helped my business grow into what it is today.

3) A beautiful table sets the stage and creates visual impact for your guests. You recently released a dinnerware line for Lenox that showcases designs both elegant and sophisticated. How did this partnership materialize and will you be expanding into other categories in the future?

I’ve always believed that the key to creating truly memorable events lies in the details. It’s all about pulling together dazzling pieces and unique flourishes that together create a personal and unforgettable experience. While my events may have celebrity sized budgets, my favorite designs and visuals can be replicated on any scale. When I met with Lenox, they were so supportive as I let my ideas and inspirations pour out. I knew immediately that we were on the same page, I could not be happier with our collaboration. I am so proud of the beautiful collection that they helped make a reality. Of course I’m always thinking ahead about creating other collections, but for now I am mostly focused on my clients and making their dream events come true.

4) What is your favorite party you have ever planned, and why?

Whenever I hear this question I smile, because it’s still impossible for me to choose! Every event I plan represents a personal connection I’ve built with the client, and they all truly resonate with me for different reasons. They are each personal to me, and for that reason they are all my favorites.

5) We all wonder what famous people are like in real life – after working with so many, what would you say we’d be most surprised to learn?

In my experience, they have been gentle, kind, sensitive, and unbelievably appreciative. Celebrities are also extremely creative and dynamic; they work in a world where they are constantly exposed to unique and elaborate sets, stages, locations and costumes. I’m continually surprised by the unique ideas and energy they each of my clients shares with me, which makes them incredibly fun to work with.

6) Even with the best organizational skills, things can often go wrong with an event. What was the craziest thing that has happened and were you able to save the day?

I once did a wedding where the entire ceiling was built to look like a secret garden. We had everything approved by the fire marshal, all of our permits were in place and we began dressing the ceiling. The original fire marshal was replaced and two days before the wedding the new fire marshal came in and told us that we needed to have a sprinkler system put in. We had done our homework, but things change and in this industry and you need to be able to adapt. I took a deep breath, processed the situation, and got back to work. We put a sprinkler system in place, everything was approved and the wedding was a huge success.

7) Who is more difficult to work with – a bride or a celebrity?

I think it’s important to remember that every bride is the celebrity of her wedding. On that day, she is the absolute center of attention. Likewise, when a celebrity is a bride, her wedding day is not about her public persona. A wedding is an incredibly personal and emotional event that resonates with all brides equally. I’m happy to help all my clients through every stage of the journey, not matter the obstacles.

8) What is the one thing the “amateur” party planner is most likely to overlook when planning an event?

An amateur is most likely to overlook the importance of their relationship with the client. That bond is what builds the event and your business. It’s all about the client and how you can make every event meaningful and unforgettable. It is also important remember to listen and really hear what your bride wants, and not just go by your own tastes and preferences. It’s easy for an amateur overlook the little things, but those elements are often the ones that mean the most to your bride and groom.

9) What tips would you give the everyday party planner to create a memorable event for their guests?

At the end of the day, creating a memorable event isn’t just about spending money. It’s about emotion and what you can do to create those moments for everyone.

Find more information on Sacks Productions here.

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Fab Designer Accessories

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Complement your look with the right accessories! Today on BTR, we are featuring designer footwear and handbags to help you achieve your perfect spring and summer look.

A favorite among puddle jumpers everywhere, Hunter Boots are quality rain boots that will keep your feet stylish and dry during the April showers. Shop an array of classic styles and colors.

For dryer days, shop Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and more from our designer footwear event. Choose from flats, pumps, loafers and sandals for a touch of sophistication, perfect for any office chic look.

Sport some arm candy with handbags from Marc by Marc Jacobs and Guess. Both brands feature vibrant colors to liven up spring outfits, and are perfect as gifts for Mother’s Day. Don’t miss out on brand new spring styles!

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