50 Years of Romance in Cinema

Whether you’re sharing your bowl of popcorn or spending some quality solo time, nothing beats a great feel-good flick cozied up at home on a Saturday night. Given that it’s Valentine’s Day, we thought it fitting to compile a list of the top romance movies of the past five decades.

2010’s: Her (2013)


This quirky Spike Jonze film will really make you rethink what it means to fall in love. Recently divorced and heartbruised Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) finds himself falling for his new phone’s OS (voiced by Scarlet Johansen). Equally humorous and touching, it’s sure to become a contemporary classic.

2000’s: Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)


In what may be the ultimate chick flick about the battle of perfection all women face, Bridget (Renee Zellweger) is determined to improve herself while looking for love with the help of her personal diary. Based on the novel by Helen Fielding and directed by Sharon Maguire, this movie is a must-have for every woman’s library.

1990’s: Pretty Woman (1990)


In this classic rags-to-riches story directed by Garry Marshall, Edward (Richard Gere), a wealthy lawyer, has an unusual encounter with a beautiful, quirky prostitute (Julia Roberts) while asking for directions. After he gives her a classier makeover so she can accompany him to his elite cocktail parties, he soon discovers she’s stolen his heart.

1980’s: An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)


Troubled pilot in training Zack (Richard Gere) stars in this military drama directed by Taylor Hackford. Even though warned about the local girls, he still finds himself falling in love with wild child Paula (Debra Winger). Will he be able to balance his romance with his dreams of being a jet pilot?

1970’s: Annie Hall (1977)

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This classically neurotic Woody Allen film is perfect if you’re looking for a laugh. Features awkward Alvy (Woody Allen), a stand-up comedian who falls for freespirited Annie (Diane Keaton). With its dry wit and silly humor, this “nervous romance” is simply a timeless classic.

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


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


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


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


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!

Black History Month – Iconic Women in Fashion

In honor of Black History Month, BTR is celebrating the iconic faces of diversity that have influenced our beauty standards through fashion, film, and music.


Lupita Nyong’o

Oscar winner and Yale graduate, Lupita has demonstrated that beauty and brains are not mutually exclusive. Her fresh face and classic style come together to showcase her incredible acting talent. In the short span of her early career, her brilliant style has already captivated our hearts. We can’t wait to see her shining brightly on the red carpet for years to come!

Eartha Kitt

Not one to shy from the spotlight, Eartha exuded a distinctive charm both on and off stage with her irresistibly seductive voice and her bold choice of furs, pearls, and exotic animal prints. A true performer, Eartha shined on screen as the original Catwoman, and with her ability to sing in seven different languages, we consider her to be a true icon of culture and glamour.

Michelle Obama

Known for bucking the trends with her bold choice of sleeveless designs, the First Lady always maintains her poise with refined elegance and strength. With subtle cues from Jackie-O, she creates a commanding yet feminine style all her own.

Naomi Campbell

With her signature sleek locks and sky-high legs, Naomi quickly became the face of the 90’s, rocking haute designs from Yves St-Laurent and Versace. Blazing a trail on the fashion runway, she illustrated the beauty of diverse representation for generations of supermodels to come.


Fierce, glamorous, flawless. As a 17-time Grammy winner, the Destiny’s Child diva has made her rise to fame with fearless fashion sense. Whether she’s playing it cool in understated neutrals or dazzling us in a jeweled one-piece, Beyoncé’s no-holds barred style makes her our favorite Feminist icon.

Screen Actors Guild Award: Best and Worst Dressed

Combining the best of television and fashion, the SAG awards showcased some of the best-dressed celebs of the season. With a mix of classic and cutting-edge styles, we’ve picked some of the best – and worst – highlights of these well-heeled looks.

Fashion Forward


Emmy Rossum rocks it in this Armani Privé gown. With its intricate mesh detailing and sequin accents, we love the angelic look of this art-nouveau silhouette.

Emma Stone is set to impress in this standout tuxedo jacket dress from Dior Couture. We love the bold cropping and innovative texture contrast of this ultra-contemporary piece.

Sofía Vergera vamps it up with a fearless Donna Karan gown. Not for the faint of heart, she rocks this busty look with a sleek hairstyle and understated accessories for a brazen bombshell style.

Reese Witherspoon flaunts her figure in this chic Armani dress. The classic silhouette and off shoulder detail are reminiscent of Old Hollywood glamour.

Julianne Moore looks simply radiant in this colorful Givenchy gown. The exquisite, body-hugging beadwork and blue-green hue make her delicate features stand out on the red carpet.

Fashion Flop


Laverne Cox looks like she’s playing dress-up in this ill-fitting Johanna Johnson gown. The beaded details are pretty, but the sweeping satin confection drowns her fabulous figure.

Lorelai Linklater flops in this odd dress from Honor that wears more like a cult costume. While we love the lace back detail, the oversize bell sleeves create a heavy, frumpy silhouette.

Rosamund Pike looks weighed down in this Christian Dior Haute Couture frock – the heavy high-low train does nothing for her svelte physique.

Uzo Aduba sure knows how to rock a bold yellow, but the perforated fabric of this Angel Sanchez dress reminds us more of Swiss cheese.

Melissa Rauch looks stiff in this two-toned sweetheart dress from Pamella Roland. The darted bodice is flattering, but where are her feet? The awkward hemline and plastic fabric of the skirt make this outfit a fashion fiasco.

Tips from A Real Life Bombshell Just in Time for Valentine’s Day!


A bombshell is a sultry, mysterious and stunningly beautiful woman who is loved by both men and women alike. She’s glamorous, commands attention and is welcoming all the same.

With a little help from Bar Paly, a real life Hollywood siren, turn yourself into a bombshell this Valentine’s Day. Bar, a Russian-born Israeli actress and model, has acted with the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Jon Hamm, Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore. With three new movies coming this year, keep an eye on this up and coming starlet.

Check out what Bar has to say on becoming a bombshell in this intimate Q & A.

Where do you find the inner confidence to flaunt your femininity and sexy side? Does it come naturally or is it something you had to work on?

Answer: Honestly, I don’t really think of my self as “sexy”, but I do appreciate the compliment. I think the trick for me is that I just really love being a woman. I adore feminine things, like dresses, heels, hair and makeup. In business, there is no stopping a determined woman. I find women strong and inspiring. I mean, we do it all! And we do it with grace and compassion while wearing 5 inch heels! So, I guess embracing my femininity gives me confidence, and confidence is always sexy. To put it in the words of the ultimate bombshell, Marilyn Monroe: “I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.”

What are your best tips for women to turn ourselves into a bombshell?

Answer: I am a huge believer in the right undergarment. The right bra will do wonders to your shape. That’s the reason I own so many different cuts and styles. Clothes just lay different on the body with the right underwear. With a deep V cut top I wear a good Plunge bra, with a scoop or square neck I recommend Balconette bras, with high neck tops I wear a Minimizer bra (to not look too top heavy), and a strapless bra that works well is a must in every women’s wardrobe.  Invest in a few good, differently shaped bras and see your outfits transform! Besides, having a nice undergarment on will always give you that extra oomph.

I had the wonderful opportunity of recently spending time with you in LA, and you couldn’t be sweeter. Do you ever feel you are judged solely by your looks?

Answer: Thank you! Hanging out together in LA was definitely fun! When it comes to people judging me on my appearance, there’s not much I can do. Maybe it’s human nature, but until you meet someone and have a conversation with them it’s tough to really know what they’re about. For those that do judge me based solely on my looks, I can only hope they change their opinion when they meet me. In my years in the fashion and entertainment industries I’ve met many beautiful women, and I can tell you that physical beauty alone does not get you very far. On the other hand, brains, kindness and compassion are always sexy! Be smart, be nice to others and yourself (we all forget that last part sometimes), take joy in life, and be passionate about what you do. That’s what people gravitate towards, and what defines true beauty.

This is one we all want to know – what’s the perfect face and body position for taking a pic (or selfie!)? Is there something you do specifically to make sure the photo turns out well?

Answer: I think the key to taking a good photograph is understanding your light source. If it’s a bright, straight-on light, like a camera flash, it usually flattens the image and makes every thing look very two dimensional. So with those photos you don’t want to be facing the camera straight on, because it’ll make you look wider, since the natural curve of the body will be erased by the flash. Turn a little bit sideways with your hips, but keep your chest toward the camera. This pose will make you look slimmer in those types of photos. Avoid taking photos when the light source is directly above you. This will always create unflattering shadows on the face. To erase those, just tilt your face up so the light is hitting your face more evenly, and take the picture holding the camera slightly above your face. Ideally, the best “beauty light” is always day light, but not harsh sun light. Direct day light coming from a window as the only light source will look beautiful. Always face that light when possible, it’s a very good trick.


Finally, with several movies coming in 2015, we’d love to know what do you do to prepare for filming – mind, body and soul?

Answer: I landed roles in some great projects over the last year and I could not be more excited to share them with you.  All the characters are so different, and I had a blast with each and every one of them.  I got to play a futuristic femme fatal spy in Mark Polish’s “Headlock” opposite Dianna Agron and Justin Bartha, a hilariously oblivious model in Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck” starring Amy Schumer, in “Sons Of Anarchy” veteran David Labrava’s “Street Level” I play a homeless heroin addict, and in Aaron Kaufman’s thriller “Urge” (Pierce Brosnan) I got to play Denice, a good girl who turns bad after partying on a new drug that unleashes the users secret urges with lethal consequences.  While all the roles are very different, my preparation on each is the same.  Most of my process is character work.  Finding out what motivates my character?  Who are they? What do they want?  I also love figuring out a character’s wardrobe and look, because those directly influence the character’s physicality.  For example, you just walk different wearing high heels than you do wearing flip-flops, the same way you hold things differently after a brand new manicure.  Other times a characters wardrobe can reflect their inner characteristics or mood.  All those details really matter to me when building a believable character.  I also find it very inspiring watching other actor’s work.  When I watch a great performance, it gives me the courage to make braver choses and try to elevate my work to the level of my piers. My mantra is: It’s better to fail spectacularly than play it safe and be boring!

Keep in touch with Bar Paly through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Have some of your own tips? Share them with us here or on Facebook!

Valentine’s Day Giveaway: 5 X $100 WaySpa Gift Cards


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and what says “I love you” more than a nice relaxing day at the spa? Team BTR wants to make sure you’re pampered for the special day, so we’ve teamed up with WaySpa to give away five (5!) $100 gift cards to make this Valentine’s Day the ultimate in relaxation.

WaySpa is an online spa marketplace where you can find great deals at over 2000 spas worldwide. So no matter where you live, you’re sure to find a spa accepting WaySpa gift cards.

So how do you get lucky enough to win? All you have to do is shop ANY BTR event from now until the 25th and you’re automatically entered for your chance to win. Shop your way to serene relaxation.

Happy shopping and good luck!

Paddington Bear is Here!


Everyone’s favorite British, raincoat wearing, marmalade eating bear is coming to the big screen in Canada this weekend and here at BTR we could not be more excited. Not only for the movie, but also because you will be able to shop all kinds of Paddington Bear Apparel for your little ones! We’ve got adorable UK inspired gear for girls and boys just in time for the big premiere.

Shop the charming collection featuring Paddington Bear inspired rain gear: hat, slicker and wellies to match! Or dress them up with British pride in these cute tees that feature Paddington Bear’s iconic face.

Paddington Bear can now be everywhere. Get in the spirit and shop now!

72nd Golden Globes: BTR’s Red Carpet Recap


The 72nd Golden Globe Awards were last night and as per usual, the stars got all dolled up for the yearly party. As is tradition, the day after the Globes means one thing and one thing only: who rocked the red carpet and who, well didn’t. We’ve got our top 5 best and worst dressed picks from the Globes 2015!

Who Rocked?


1.  Diane Kruger in Emilia Wickstead – She kept it simple yet stunning in this silver crew neck gown. Can the lady do any wrong?

2.  Julianne Moore in Givenchy Couture – The ombre gown was simply spectacular from the neckline down to the feathered bottom.

3.  Kate Beckinsale in Elie Saab – She did the v-neck in a classy and flattering way and we loved the way the lower half of her dress flowed.

4.  Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad – Chrissy brought a subtle splash of color onto the carpet in her curve hugging intricately beaded gown.

5. Emma Stone in Lanvin – The pantsuit was a total hit in our books, simple and classy but with a bit of edge from the glitter and of course, that bow!

Who Flopped?


1. Kristen Wiig – We’ll call it peasant-style table cloth.

2. Claire Danes – Babushka doll? Fringe carpet?

3. Kate Mara – Maybe the dress would have been nice WITHOUT THAT BELT.

4.  Zosia Mamet – Why did she not want to wear something flattering?

5.  Kerry Washington – Not sure she could even move in this one…

Who were your faves and biggest flops? Share them in the comment section below!