Planet Botkier July 28, 2013

Do you just love to stop and stare at street art? Well you’re not alone.
We love New York City because of the amazing graffiti art that is displayed all throughout by talented artists.
We’ve got the scoop on some great pieces in the streets for you!

Graff Tours
Each tour is guided by a graffiti expert who will help you understand the real meaning behind each piece of artwork. Also, if you’re feeling super inspired after the tour, Graff Tours offers graffiti lessons so you can try this expressive, badass art.

The SOHO Tour begins at the corner of Bleeker and Bowery.  It takes about 90 minutes and costs $25 (student discount is available). This particular tour takes you around SOHO and will show artists like; Shepard Fairey, ROA, Nick Walker, JR, and graffiti writers like Toro, Katsu, and Giant One.

The New Wave Street Art Tour showcases newer graffiti artists like; Cern, Never, and even Dan Witz can be taken in Williamsburg.  These tours begin at Bedford Ave. and 7th St.  It’s about 90 minutes and costs $25 (student discount is available).

The Bushwick Tour is said to be for more advanced graffiti enthusiasts.  You will be able to see more local artists express their work in deep Brooklyn.  Specific locations will be emailed after purchase. This tour takes about 90 minutes and costs $25 (student discount is available).

Graff Tours offers a full graffiti lesson as well.  Each lessons costs $45 (student discount available).  Locations for this vary throughout Brooklyn.

“We want to do away with the negative connotation a lot of people have with graffiti and street art. We show people that it can be used constructively, and bring about positive change in the environment.”
- Tour guide, Kate Murphy tells the New York Post

Photo Credit Via Graff Tours, The Story of Pat and Linda Blog

Saddle Shoe Tours

Offers an eye into the wonderful world of street art.  They believe that street art is an important part of the NYC landscape.  They offer two types of tours as well as a photography workshop. Saddle Shoe likes to think of their tours as Urban Scavenger Hunts.  It’s all about finding beautiful art that people walk by on a daily basis.  It’s art that’s right under your nose.

The Lower East Side to SOHO Tour offers a mix of commissioned and illegal graffiti art.  These works of art are found in unexpected places and all hold a story.  The starting point for this tour is at 2nd Ave. and 2nd. St. and it takes you all the way to Wooster and Grands.

The Meatpacking to Chelsea Tour takes you through the recently transformed Meatpacking neighborhood and then up to Chelsea.  There you will see painted murals, mosaic tiles, sculptures, art embedded in sidewalks, and truly see how versatile street art is.  The starting point for this tour is 14th St. and 9th Ave. and it takes you to 23rd St. and 10th Ave

All tours are held on weekends and $100 for up to 4 attendees.  Each additional person is $20.  Booking in advance is necessary.

Photo Credit Via Saddle Shoe Tours

5 Pointz NYC Graffiti Tour

A detailed showing of the Long Island City warehouse turn mural canvas and a visit to the roof which shows the juxtaposition of the colorful graffiti Manhattan skyline are included in the $35 fee.  Tours are exclusive and must be booked in advance. Artists from Japan to Brazil have left their mark on this building – Australian artist James Cochran, New Zealand Artist OD have very memorable additions to the warehouse just to name a few.  Tours can be booked through Side Tour.

Photo Credit Via 5ptz

For more street art tours / walks please visit Time Out.


Bowery Graffiti Wall

E Houston St at Bowery – a great Popeye mural done by Os Gêmeos, Shepard Fairey, Lady Aiko and more.

Bronx Wall of Fame

E 173rd St at West Farms Rd, Bronx – incredible brick wall mural done by Late Queens legend Iz the Wiz, Long Island’s Phetus and L.A.’s MSK crew and more.

5 Pointz

45-46 Davis St at Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens – 5 story building, 200,000 sq foot surface done by countless artists including Tats Cru, Stay High 149, Sway and more.

Tuff City

650 Fordham Rd at Belmont Ave, Bronx – Tattoo shop which now doubles as a graffiti artist haven done by Brazilian twins Os Gêmeos, Cope2, the late Iz the Wiz and more.

The Bushwick Collective

Troutman St at St. Nicholas Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn – Local blocks covered in art by PIxelpancho, Cost, Dan Witz, Swoon and Nychos.

Photo Credit Via TimeOut


We love graffiti and art so much, our Botkier Babes went to Bushwick, Brooklyn & took some #BOTKIERSTREETSTYLE
pictures. Check out Botkier on the streets!

Photo Credit via Botkier.


Why We Love Valentina!

Planet Botkier July 21, 2013

Cool statement color, French blue is all over Botkier’s new Valentina and we’ve fallen in love.  From quality to creativity and all the way to versatility we’ve got you covered. We’ve added some hot, new features to the Valentina!

Shop Botkier’s Fall Line: Valentina Satchel


DIY Home Decor

Planet Botkier July 12, 2013

Summertime is the perfect season for sprucing up your humble abode. We’ve gathered some great little DIYs that are sure to turn your place from drab to fab and best of all – anybody could do them, they’re inexpensive, and they give you a feeling of accomplishment.  So grab a friend, the kids, or even a good movie to throw in and get to work!


- frame
- decorative paper
- two handles
- electric drill
- screw driver
- measuring tape
-  chalk/pencil

1. Head to your nearest frame store and pick a frame that goes with your decor. Keep in mind that because you’ll be using it as a tray, a picture frame with more depth will work best. I purchased mine at the nearest Aaron Brothers for under $35! When picking a frame, also keep in mind that wood will be easiest to drill through. 2. Repurpose extra old handles you have laying around or go out and find some fun ones. 3. Remove the back of the frame and its glass insert. 4. Use a measuring tape to lightly mark where you’re going to drill holes to add your handles. Make sure they’re symmetrical! 5. Using your electric drill, drill holes for each handle through the frame. Use your screw drive to tightly fasten handles. You can put the handles on the side like I did, or on the top of the frame depending on the length of your screws. 6. Add your decorative paper behind the glass as if you’re framing a picture and you’re done!

Images & Directions Credit via Song of Style


- a pretty frame
- thin board such as particle board to use as your chalkboard
- primer
- chalkboard paint
- saw
- roller to paint the board

1. Make a template of the board. If your frame already comes with a board, just use that and sand it so the surface is smooth 2. Saw the board. If you have a wonderful boyfriend like me, ask him to do it for you. (double plus if he cleans the saw dust too!) 3. Apply a coat of primer onto the board and when that dries, paint the board with chalkboard paint 4. Wait at least 3 full days before you
start writing!

Images & Directions Credit via Song of Style


-  Jute
-  Command Hooks
-  Mason Jars
- Flowers of choice

1. Measure how long you would like the jute to be according to the size of your windows. 2. Wrap the jute around the jar right below the lid and securely knot it.  Make it more decorative by adding a bow. 3. Install the command hooks to the wall above your window. 4. Fill the jars half way with water and place flowers in. Faux flowers are a great alternative.  5. Carefully hang pieces from hooks.

Images & Directions Credit via It All Started With Paint


- tape
-  silver leaf
- spray adhesive
- grocery bag
- picture hanging hardware
- Polycrylic

1. Tape off the antler, stab through grocery bag (bag is used to protect unwanted paint on parts of antler). 2. Spray adhesive to points.  Carefully work with silver leaf to apply evenly to sprayed points.  Dust off excess and spray. 3. Spray entire antler with adhesive to seal in silver leaf and bring out natural color of antler.  4. Drill needed holes and screw hanging hardware to back of antler.  5. Place on wall and begin hanging jewelry.

Images & Directions Credit via Ambitious Procrastinator


- old candle wax
- wicks from craft store
- shells

1. Melt wax in microwave in 1-minute intervals, swirling between heatings. 2. Prop shells up using rice, gravel, anything to keep them from tipping.   3. Bend wick accordingly so it stands straight in shell.  4. Dip bottom of wick in hot wax and anchor it in place of empty shell. 5. Pour hot wax in shell and let cool.  Clean off any excess wax on shells.

Images & Directions Credit via The V Spot


- linen pillow covers (or any fabric item)
- cardboard
- pencil
- letter stencil
- fabric marker

1. Choose a quote or decide on what you would like to put on the pillow. 2. Wrap pillowcase over cardboard to keep fabric taut and to keep marker from bleeding through.   3. Stencil quote or text with a pencil onto fabric.  Be careful or spacing and crooked lines.   4. Fill in stenciled outlines with fabric marker.  Press fabric before washing if marker packaging mentions this in instructions.

Images & Directions Credit via Wit and Whistle


– shells
- grapevine wreath
- glue gun

1. Select and map out what shells you would like to put where. 2. Glue your selected shells down. 3. Let set. (should take no time!)

Images & Directions Credit via Better with Age


- glass tumblers
- paint
- acrylic sealer
- paint brushes (or makeshift brushes – cotton swabs without the cotton)

1. Set up painting station.  May want to lay down newspaper, have a cup of water, paper towels, and a sort of palette 2. Paint the tumblers however you like – dots, splatters, stripes, etc.  3. Seal your work of art and you’re done!

Images & Directions Credit via Radical Possibility



Planet Botkier July 03, 2013

Celebrate Fourth of July with RED, WHITE & BOTKIER!
Fourth of July is all about independence, fireworks, family, friends, sales & BBQ’s.
What better way to start your holiday with our July 4th Sale, some of our favorite BBQ recipes & our favorite places to watch the fireworks with the ones you love.
Check out how we like to celebrate America with a bang!

Get 30% OFF everything at our July 4th Sale until Sunday July 7th 11:59 PM EST.
Use promo code JULYFOURTH at checkout.


Fourth of July is all about the delicious BBQ’s! Whether you’re celebrating with friends or family there’s always enough food to go around.
Check out some of our favorite yet healthy BBQ recipes that you can try this weekend.


- 2 1/2 lbs skirt steak, cut until 2 inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 4 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce (or gluten free tamari)
-6 tablespoons dry red wine
- 3 tablespoons honey

1. Rinse meat and pat dry. 2. Put steak in a gallon-sized freezer bag. 3. Add ginger, garlic, soy, wine, and honey to bag. 4. Seal bag, turn to coat meat, and chill in the fridge for at least 4-6 hours, or overnight. 5. Lightly oil a barbecue grill over a solid bed of hot coals or high heat on a gas grill. 6. Remove steak from bag; save marinade. 7. Lay meat on hot grill and close grill lid. 8. Cook, turning once, until as done as you like, about 15 minutes for medium-rare (sightly pink in center; cut in thickest part to check).

Recipe and Photo Credit: Joelens Blog


- cup of bottled jerk sauce
- cup plus 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon peeled and finely chopped fresh ginger
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 pound of large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
- 1 cup of grape or cherry tomatoes
- 1 large onion, cut in chunks
- 1 bel pepper, seeded and cut into 1/4 inch strips
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

1. If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for at least 20 minutes.  Preheat the broiler or prepare the grill. 2. To make the marinade: In a large bowl, whisk together the jerk sauce, cup of the olive oil, the ginger, salt, and pepper. Add the shrimp and toss to coat.  Cover and marinate for 15 minutes. 3. In a separate bowl, toss the tomatoes and onion with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper. 4. Spread the vegetables out on a large plate and microwave them for  2 minutes.  Let the vegetables cool slightly, then thread the together onto skewers along with the shrimp. 5. Place the skewers on a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, or, if grilling, place on the grill.  Cook, turning once, for 5 to 6 minutes more, or until vegetables are tender and the shrimp are opaque. 6. Garnish with the parsley before serving.  If you can’t find jerk sauce you can skip it and make this even simpler.  Just  brush the shrimp and veggies with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and grill as directed.  The shrimp won’t be spicy, but their sweet flavor will really shine.

Recipe and Photo Credit: MORE Magazine


- strawberries
- blueberries
- vanilla yogurt

Layer 1: Chop strawberries finely.
Put 1/2 TBL chopped strawberries in bottom of popsicle mold.  Add enough water to barely cover the berries (Just a few drops at a time). Freeze for a min. of one hour
Layer 2: Spoon out 1/2 TBL plain or vanilla yogurt on top of strawberry layer.  Return to freezer for min. of one hour.
Layer 3 and 4: Repeat steps one and two.  Don’t forget the sticks!
Layer 5:  Fill top of popsicle mold with blueberries.  Fill the rest of the mold with water to cover the blueberries. Return to freezer until popsicles are completely frozen.

Recipe and Photo Credit: Super Healthy Kids

Firecracker Ice Pops

- 1/2 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered (1 1/2 cups)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 pound blueberries (1 1/2 cups)
- 1 1/4 low fat plain yogurt

In a food processor, puree strawberries with 1 tablespoon sugar.  Transfer to a small bowl. 2. In processor, puree blueberries with 1 tablespoon sugar.  3. In another small bowl, whisk together yogurt and 2 tablespoons sugar. 4. Pour the 3 mixtures, alternating, into ten 3-ounce ice-pop molds, making 3 to 5 layers in each. 5. With a skewer or thin-bladed knife, swirl mixtures together in an up-and-down motion. Insert ice-pop sticks and freeze until solid, 2 1/2 to 3 hours (or up to 1 week).

Recipe and Photo Credit: Martha Stewart


Celebrate America with a bang! Check out some of the most amazing places to view the fireworks in NYC.


When: July 3rd at 12 PM
Where: Erie Basin- 700 Columbia Street


When: July 4th at 9:28 PM
Where: Hudson River


When: July 5th at 9:30 PM
Where: Coney Island Beach

Photo credit: Best Of New York