Halloween Fun in NYC

Planet Botkier October 27, 2012

The hardest thing about celebrating Halloween is just deciding what to do. We have found some of our favorite events and DIYs for you to have a spooky Halloween!



PUMPKIN FEST

Join NYC Parks for Pumpkin Fest, New York City’s annual celebration of the Fall harvest season in leafy Central Park!

Activities includes: Pumpkin Patch, Syfy Pumpkin Decorating Zone, Marionette Performances by City Parks Puppet Mobile, Walkabout Characters,
Arts & Crafts, Live Entertainment, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, Pride of NY Farmer’s Market and of course NYC Giant Pumpkin!

When: 11 AM- 3 PM on Saturday October 27, 2012

Where: Central Park Bandshell (enter at 72nd Street)

Admission: FREE (Rain or shine!)

http://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/pumpkin-festival

HAUNTED HOUSE MAZE

Monsters and zombies lead kids and adults through a haunted indoor maze! Face painting offered throughout the spooky evening!

When: 6:30 PM- 9:00 PM on Wednesday October 31, 2012

Where: Recreation Center Fifty-Four 348 East 54th St. Manhattan

Admission: FREE

http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2012/10/31/annual-halloweeen-haunted-house-maze

NYC’s 39th ANNUAL VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE

Only those in costume are welcome to join hundreds of puppets, 53 bands of different types of music, dancers, artists and thousands of other New Yorkers in costumes of their own creation in the nation’s most wildly creative public participatory event in the greatest city in the world!

When: 7 PM- 10:30 PM on Wednesday October 31, 2012

Where: 6th Avenue from the East and South between Canal and Spring
(Parade starts at 6th Ave and goes to 16th Street)

D.I.Y. NO CARVE PUMPKINS

Not the carving pumpkin type but love decorating for Halloween? No problem!
We have the perfect DIY’s for our #botkierbabes to still have the fun decorating pumpkins without having to worry about carving!

PUMPKIN CANDLE HOLDERS

Supplies:
Styrofoam pumpkin or a real pumpkin
Candle
Drill
Hole Saw Attachment for drill (Found at hardware store)
Craft Glue
Glitter

Directions:
1. Determine the width of the candle and make sure the hole saw is just slightly larger. 2. Remove the stem and locate the center on top of the pumpkin. With the pumpkin firmly secure, center the hole cutting attachment above the pumpkin and slowly drill out the center. It may help to have someone hold the pumpkin steady while you drill. 3. Once center is cut, you’ll need to carve out the foam/ pumpkin with a knife. 4. Continue the process until you have desired depth. Once the hole is cut, coat entire pumpkin in craft glue. 5. Generously cover with colored glitter and let dry. Once glitter is dry and to prevent glitter from flaking off, spray with a bit of hairspray to set. 6. Use non-drip candles (typically the wide candles don’t) or if you’re using tea-lights, opt for ones that have a plastic or metal cup so that wax doesn’t get into pumpkin. Place candle inside and light!

http://www.twigandthistle.com/blog/2010/10/diy-pumpkin-candle-holders-for-bhg/

EDGY CHIC PUMPKINS
Jewel Dripped Pumpkin, Gold Studded Pumpkin, Spiderweb Monogram Pumpkin

Supplies:
Small or large pumpkins
Craft paints or chalkboard paints
Gem stickers
Gold studs
Paint brushes
Hot glue/ glue gun

Directions:

Jewel Dripped Pumpkin: 1. Paint the pumpkins with two coats of the craft paints. (Remember to let the paint dry before applying step 2). 2. Apply the gem stickers. Always start from the middle of your design and work your way around and out, to ensure you have even coverage until you run out of stickers. For the “dripping” effect, space the gems out more as you go down.

Gold Studded Pumpkin1. Based on the number of studs you have (12-18 each of 4 types), use the hot glue gun and glue six evenly around the stem, and alternate out and down the pumpkin to give it that edgy look.

Spiderweb Monogram Pumpkin: 1. Paint the first letter of your name or last name on the pumpkin with craft paint. 2. To form the web, start around the center of the letter you painted with 8 gems, and create longer strands from those spokes, adding in a few gems between to “connect” the strands.

http://smallshopstudio.com/2012/10/22/d-i-y-edgy-chic-pumpkins/

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Monica’s Instagrams of the Week

Planet Botkier October 20, 2012

Monica’s past weeks have been filled with inspiration from vintage collectibles,
photography and of course accessories!
Follow Monica’s inspirational week through Instagram @botkier.

1. What to wear – Denim blues and bright hues SS13 sneak peek #lucy

2. Empty your bag … #deepthoughts #art cc: Sophie Calle

3. Vintage jewelry inspiration #oneofakind

4. Crave City! Got the sugar blues #Balthazar

5. The amazing @giannandrea1 stopped by to cut my hair!! Thank you xoxo

6. Subtle sparkle is the uniform for Fall. Gunmetal #valentina and these @MattBernson booties! xoMB

7. Camera Collection #oldschool #inspiration. What do you collect?

8. Shoe Fetish alive and well!

9. Day number one! SS13 @FashionCoterie booth 1409

10. Rise and shine early birds!

11. Kissing cousins getting cozy. #Blair #Marlow

12. Inspirational photo by my friend @gerald_forster LOVE! Maui, Hawaii

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Fall Cocktails and Cupcakes

Planet Botkier October 14, 2012

The air is crisp, the leaves are turning and we are all grabbing our cozy sweaters. Fall is officially upon us, what better way to celebrate the season then sipping on a delicious warm cocktail and snacking on a pumpkin spiced cupcake?
Here are two recipes that are sure to make you snuggle up and indulge!

The Hot Apple Toddy

Ingredients:
2 oz. whiskey or apple brandy
1 teaspoon sugar
Honey
Hot apple cider
Cinnamon stick for garnish
2-3 whole cloves for garnish

Preparation:
1. Coat the bottom on a glass or mug with honey
2. Add the whiskey or apple brandy
3. Fill with hot apple cider
4. Stir well
5. Garnish with cinnamon stick and cloves
Sip and enjoy!

Recipe and Image by So Simply Sophie

Pumpkin Cupcakes


Yield: 20 cupcakes

Ingredients: For the Pumpkin Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree

Ingredients: For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
2 (8) ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
2 lbs. confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Pumpkin Cake:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spices; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and eggs. Add dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Whisk in pumpkin puree.
3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about halfway. Bake until tops spring back when touched, and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pans once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
1. Using a mixer, blend the butter and cream cheese together until well combined.
2. Gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar until fully incorporated.
3. Finally mix in vanilla and cinnamon.

Recipe and images by My Baking Addiction

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DIY Jewelry Headband and Bangles

Planet Botkier October 07, 2012

DIY JEWELRY HEADBAND
One of our favorite trends this season is hair jewelry.
We have seen many stars rocking this feminine look on the red carpet this year.
Recycling scrap chain or using a broken necklace is a fun and exciting way to make your favorite hairstyle sparkle!
Here is a simple way to recreate this elegant look.

What you’ll need:
- Necklace or chain about 14-17” long.
(To make sure you have the right size, lay your necklace over the top of your head and
it should hit just below/behind your ears at the base of your neck.)
- Elastic headband
- Needle/ thread/ scissors
- Lighter

Directions:

1. Cut the piece of elastic or band from 6-8” depending on how long your necklace or chain is. You want it to be tight enough to stay on but not too tight that it slips off your head. Hold it around your head to measure it if it helps.  2. Singe the ends of the band to prevent fraying. 3. Flip the necklace and the elastic upside down. Then hand stitch about 1/2” of the elastic securely to each end of your necklace. Use about 10 stitches on each side, going under and through the necklace links and a few over and around the top.
Wear and enjoy!

DIY and Images from LoveMaegan

DIY BANGLES
Who doesn’t love bright sparkly arm candy? This neon Bangle DIY is simple and fun!


What you’ll need:
-
Bangles (get them in stacks at places like Forever 21 or Target)
- Embroidery floss (Michael’s has a small selection of neon floss)
- Rhinestone chain
- Hot glue
- Scissors for trimming

Directions:

1. Begin by affixing the rhinestone chain to your bangle with a bit of hot glue and continue all the way around the bangle. You don’t need to glue down the entire rhinestone chain, just intermittent pieces. Less glue mess to contend with that way. When you’ve completed the bangle with your rhinestones, just trim off the rest of the chain, which can usually be cut off with a pair of regular scissors.  2. Begin wrapping your embroidery floss around the spaces between the rhinestones. Wrap 3-4 times around each space, depending on the size of the rhinestone. Continue all the way around.  3. Finish off with a spot of hot glue to hold the floss in place and then trim the edges.
A simple and easy DIY to add a bit of neon to your style!

DIY and images by For The Love Of

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