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!


Purely Inspired: Healthy Summer Smoothie (And Ice Cream!) Recipes


Need a healthy boost in your day? Summer is approaching and we’ve got some delicious, nutritious and refreshing smoothie recipes using protein powder just for you. Adding protein powder to your diet is a great way to give your body the healthy boost that it needs to perform at its best.


We really like Purely Inspired 100% Plant-Based Protein because it is made with 100% pure ingredients and is packed with all the nutrients you need. It’s dairy-, gluten-, and soy-free and contains no artificial ingredients. It also has no added sugar. In one scoop of Purely Inspired 100% Plant Based Protein you get 16g of protein, 6g fibre, 19 vitamins & minerals, greens, digestive enzymes, and more antioxidant Vitamin C than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. If that isn’t enough, it’s delicious and comes in 3 flavours – Vanilla, Chocolate and Berry.

The great thing about smoothies is that they are easy to make and you can use any ingredients you have in your fridge. Here are a few of our favorites!

Tangy Citrus Smoothie


Tangy, refreshing and packed with nutrients, this Citrus Smoothie is a healthy way get your daily dose of sunshine-in-a-glass.

• 1 cup water
• 1 scoop Purely Inspired® 100% Plant-Based Protein Vanilla Flavor
• ½ fresh grapefruit (peeled)
• 2 fresh oranges (peeled)
• 1½ cups diced fresh pineapple

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Chocolate Almond Berry Butter Smoothie


Sometimes, it’s ok to have chocolate for breakfast!

• 1 cup almond milk
• ¼ cup frozen blueberries (or fresh)
• ¼ cup frozen raspberries (or fresh)
• ¼ cup almonds (ideally soaked first)
• 1 tbsp. grass-fed butter
• 1 tbsp. cacao powder
• ¼ tsp. cinnamon
• ¼ tsp. vanilla powder (or extract)
• 1 tbsp. honey (to sweeten, substitute maple syrup or stevia)
• 1 scoop Purely Inspired® 100% Plant-Based Protein Chocolate Flavour
• ¼ cup frozen strawberries (or fresh)
• ½ tbsp. cacao nibs
• 1 cup spinach (kale, or other leafy green)

Place all of the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth.

Danica Patrick’s Purely Inspired Protein Smoothie


Racing superstar and health enthusiast Danica Patrick uses Purely Inspired Protein in her smoothies so she can stay fit to perform her best on the race track. Try her recipe below!


• 1 scoop Purely Inspired® 100% Plant-Based Protein Vanilla Flavor
• Handful of fresh spinach
• 3-4 inches of cucumber
• ¼ cup diced celery
• ¾ cup almond milk
• 4-5 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients together in a blender and enjoy!

Homemade Chocolate Protein Ice Cream


Did you know you can put protein powder in your homemade ice cream for an additional nutritional boost?!

• 1 big tub of 2% Greek Yogurt (roughly 500g)
• 1 scoop Purely Inspired® 100% Plant-Based Protein Chocolate flavour

1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend well.
2. Place into a large resealable container—ideally square shaped for the increased surface area
3. Make sure the mixture is spread thin. The thinner the layer, the faster it will chill.
4. Place in freezer for an hour.
5. After an hour, take it out, and give it a churn. Mix your protein-packed mixture with a spoon or, better yet, a fork to break up potential clumps. Stick it back in the freezer for 30 minutes.
6. Complete Step 4 a few more times until the mixture reaches your preferred consistency.
7. Remove the ice cream from the freezer, get a scooper out, and serve yourself a bowl of ice cream!

Purely Inspired 100% Plant Based Protein is now available on BTR for a limited time! For more recipes and nutrition tips, visit

Contest: Win a F1 VIP Experience!


Satisfy your need for speed! BTR and Time Supper Club are teaming up to offer you a chance to win one of three F1 VIP Packages for a chance to meet & greet some of your favorite NHL and F1 celebrities.

Daily Prizes Announced

June 2 – June 3

13th Anniversary Reunion cocktail party and Meet & Greet (winner will be announced Thursday, June 3, 2015 at 9:00am)


June 3 – June 4

Meet & Greet with Joe Jonas (winner will be announced June 4, 2015 at 9:00am)


June 4 – June 5, 2015

Meet & Greet with Scott Disick (winner will be announced June 5, 2015)


To enter, simply like and share our Facebook post for the package you’d like to win. Winner will be drawn at random and announced at 9am the following day!

Located in the heart of downtown Montréal, Time Supper Club is the city’s hottest venue for dinner, drinks, and dance. Get your party on at the city’s most prestigious club, located at:

997 Rue Saint-Jacques
Montréal, QC H3C 1G6

Go Retro With Throwback Thursdays: 1969

Retro Polaroid

Thursdays are all about the good old days! From online to real life, #TBT’s have taken the world by storm as a fun form of self-expression and revival of long-loved trends.

Woodstock Chic

Every decade has its own distinct style and personality. The 60s were all about teenage rebellion, flower power, and fun-loving freedom. Dress the part with crocheted crop tops, lace accents, and whimsical jewelry. Denim is also a great choice – the more worn-in, the better.

Woodstock Style

Pair your look with a bohemian-chic leather handbag, the perfect straw hat, colorful, laid-back footwear, and a fabulous vintage bracelet. We love this steal from Hermes.

Most importantly, it’s all about attitude – so let loose and let your inner wild child shine!

Urban Edge: Summer in the City

Summer in the City

Update your look with the hottest street-smart styles of the summer! It’s all about functional, fitted fashion, edgy accessories, and ultra-comfy footwear.

Tough Girl Chic

Go tough-girl chic with raw edges and leather finishes. We love this killer faux leather jacket by Dex. Stand out in urban camouflage with tonal gray, charcoal, and black, and punch it up with some colorfully contrasting accessories.

Urban Summer Must-Haves

Gold jewelry with an attitude is a must-have for edgy glamour, along with a trendy backpack and the perfect pair of sneakers to keep you on your toes.

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!

My Mother’s Good Looks: Beauty Essentials to Pamper Your Favorite Woman


Our mothers are our first source of beauty inspiration. Whether or not you’ve inherited your mother’s fashion sense, she’s no doubt contributed to your style. From teaching you how to paint your first manicure, to helping you cover up that bad dye job, our moms deserve a lot of credit for helping us become the best possible version of ourselves. Give back to her with luxurious beauty essentials to pamper your favorite woman, and make her feel like the beauty icon she is.

Mother's Day Beauty Essentials

Treat her to a piece of statement jewelry like this Tory Burch bangle, and this colorful handbag by Kate Spade, another top woman designer. Brighten her day with her favorite shade of lipstick by BABOR cosmetics, as well as a colorful Gelliebeans gel manicure set – a mother-daughter manicure is the perfect way to pass the time while catching up with your favorite lady.

What’s your mother’s beauty secret? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments!

The Sweetest Mother’s Day Shopping Spree!

Mother's Day Shopping Spree Contest

Celebrate a special mom this Mother’s Day by offering her a chance to win a $500 Beyond the Rack shopping spree! Here’s how to enter:

1) Like @BeyondtheRack on Instagram or Facebook

2) Post a photo of the MOM you are nominating along with a brief blurb of why she is deserving to win, and don’t forget to tag @BeyondtheRack

3) The photo/post with the most likes and comments wins!

The winner will be announced this Sunday on Mother’s Day!