Holiday Gift Guide

Planet Botkier November 27, 2013

And The Gold Medal For Best Holiday Gift Giver Goes To….YOU!

Whether your gifting woes this year include endless tabs from your online shopping addiction and/or the babes on your gifting list are impossible to satisfy – fear not, the Botkier team’s got you covered and lookin’ like a pro.

From colorful to classic and polished to edgy, Botkier’s Holiday Gift Guide covers all bases to ensure a smile on each and every one of those deserving faces – lucky ducks.  So do yourself a favor and the skip infinite shopping lines, the 3am computer crash, and a possible mall trampling come November 29th (or worse – December 24th).  Dust off your red hat because Botkier’s one-stop holiday gift guide shop will warm the hearts of all of those on your list during these colder months.

Happy gifting and stay bundled!

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A Thanksgiving Table That Will Thank You Back

Planet Botkier November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving is only a week away and as if seeing long-lost family members isn’t stressful enough, the pressure of creating a meal and experience that will top Auntie Ruth’s from last (minus her homemade corn soufflé you just HAD to feed to Spike under the table – I’m not sorry, Uncle Carl) AND a magnificent tabletop presentation takes you over the nail biting edge.

Here at Botkier, we want to help you this holiday season, as it is, after all, a season of giving.  Let us inspire you with innovative table top recommendations, including DIY table accents and place settings, festive cocktail recipes (both virgin and promiscuous…liquor quantities dependent on how many times in the evening Cousin Sarah’s ‘utterly adorable’ newborn cries tears of murder) and even veggie décor…SAY WHAT??!  You heard us, badass, DIY VEGGIE DÉCOR.

Rest assured, you not only will receive major turkey day points, Auntie Ruth might even go so far as to toast to Thanksgiving at your place each and every year moving forward.  Wouldn’t that be a nice?!

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy!

Gobble Gobble.

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DIY PLACE SETTINGS & TABELTOP ACCENTS


Embrace your rustic style through DIY place card holders.  We love these two ways, in particular.  Inscribe names on cardstock and hot-glue them onto a wreath made from jewelry wire and mini pinecones.  Or try cutting slits in collected birch tree branches to hold each guest’s name tag…sure to bring the fall outdoors, in, and smile on your guests’ faces; spread moss to adorn the spaces in between the cut pieces for some added color and fun.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Oh So Beautiful PapeFour Seasons Magazine

Gild some fall foliage in GOLD.  Hit the neighborhood for some materials and use a fine tipped gold paint pen to write names and decorate with.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Say Yes to Hoboken

Pop a bottle, pour yourself a glass, and recycle the cork for these utterly adorable and cheeky place cards.   All you need are toothpicks, stock paper, markers, and tape.  Simple as that.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Almost Makes Perfect

Head to your local craft store or farmer’s market to find a couple bundles of wheat.  Tie a beautiful silk ribbon around the middle of each (color of your choice) and place them into tall cylinder vases for a stunning and sunny centerpiece.  Your modern take on the traditional arrangement.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Pinterest

Wrap dried corn husks around petite votives for a soft glow.  We also love the sweet and unique wink to corn, a main ingredient in the very first Thanksgiving feast.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Martha Stewart

Fill ‘er up!…with pinecones, acorns, walnuts, galore.  Go crazy.  These are beautiful and easy to assemble.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Pinterest

VEGGIE DÉCOR

Stop at your local farmer’s market and stock up on your veggies – to eat AND to decorate with.  Get innovative – hallow out a few turnips and drop a tea candle in, tie two brussel sprouts with ribbon around each guests’ cloth napkin, peel off small outer leaves from a brussel sprout for salt and pepper containers.  Your guests will be buzzing.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Pinterest

Go green!  Pick out some gorgeous artichokes at your favorite produce spot and add a natural touch of elegance to your guests’ place setting.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Shelterness

Who knew cabbage could make such chic dip and nut bowls…and that veggies could be used to CONTAIN the veggies on a crudité plate?!  Check it and get inspired.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Photobucket

From appetizers to desert – veggies are a go, in our book.  Tear off a few red cabbage leaves to add some color to the base of your guests’ desert bowls.  Devine and delicious.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Photobucket

COCKTAILS, OF COURSE


Fill heart-shaped ice cube trays with pomegranate seeds for some color and a delightfully unexpected surprise to your guests’ flat or sparkling.  Everyone will be warmed by your loving gesture.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Pinterest

– PREMISCUOUS -

Winter Sun Cocktail

Ingredients:
- Juice of 2 clementines (about ¼ cup)
- Juice of ½ small lemon ( ½ oz)
- ½ oz white rum
- spring of rosemary
- lemon zest
- sugar

Recipe:
Moisten the rim of your glass with some fruit juice. (The juice helps the sugar to adhere better than water does.) Combine zest and sugar in a shallow bowl or plate. Turn the glass over onto plate and coat with sugar.  Pour juices, triple sec, and vodka into a shaker. Shake and then pour over ice. Garnish with rosemary sprig. (Makes 1.)

Recipe and Image Credit via TwentyOne No Gluten

Spiced Winter Wine Sangria

Ingredients:
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 3 star anise
- 3 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
- 1 (750ml) bottle pinot grigio
- 2 tangerines, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
- optional garnish:
- cinnamon sticks
- star anise


Recipe:
Place sugar, water, cinnamon sticks, star anise and cardamom pods into a small saucepan, stir and simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. While the spice simple syrup cools, spread tangerine slices onto a baking sheet and sprinkle the tops with a small amount of brown sugar. Using a brulee torch, caramel the tops of each orange tangerine slice or place the baking sheet under a broiler for 2 to 3 minutes. Place the orange slices and pomegranate seeds into a large pitcher. Pour the wine over the fruit and add extra cinnamon sticks and star anise, if desired. Strain the simple syrup into the pitcher and stir until well combined. Place the sangria in the refrigerator and allow to chill for at least an hour. Pour into glasses and serve.

Recipe and Image Credit via Spook Fork Bacon

Hot Toddy:

Ingredients:
- 4 slices of red apple
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 3 slices of orange
-2 cloves
- 16 oz simple syrup (equal part sugar dissolved in water)
- 16 oz bourbon whiskey

Recipe:
Add all ingredients to a large saucepan and put over low heat.  Slowly bring up to a simmer to infuse the bourbon, and keep over low heat for 5-7 minutes until the fragrance of the mixture becomes more apparent.  Serve warm.

Recipe and Image Credit via Tyler Florence

Pear Rosemary Cocktail

Ingredients:
- 1 cup of sugar
-  1 cup of water
- 3 springs of rosemary


Recipe:
Fill half of a pitcher with ice.  Next  pour the 1 ½ cup of pear nectar such as Kern’s in. Then add 1 cup of vodka.  Add ½ cup of the rosemary simple syrup.  Then mix well and serve with a spring of rosemary. 

Recipe and Image Credit via Chef Wanabe

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Virgin Rasberry Bellini

Ingredients:

- 6 oz fresh grape juice (green and red mixed)
- 2 oz raspberry puree
- 1 to 2 oz soda water
- Frozen grapes for garnish

Recipe:
Add washed green and red seedless grapes to a blender, puree, and pass through a sieve.  Reserve 6 oz fresh grape juice.  Follow procedure with raspberries to obtain 2 oz raspberry puree, which should be poured into a champagne flute. Top puree with the 6oz grape juice, 1 to 2 oz soda water and a few frozen grapes (in lieu of ice cubes) for a flavorful chill.

Recipe and Image Credit via Clean Eating Mag

Virgin Grapefruit Mojito:

Ingredients:
- ¼ ruby or pink grapefruit, cut into small chunks and seeds removed
- 2 tbs. agave syrup
- 12 fresh mint leaves, roughly torn
- ½ cup pink grapefruit soda or flavored mineral water, plus more needed mint sprigs, for garnish

Recipe:
Put the grapefruit pieces, agave and mint in a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler, smash the fruit until the juice is released. Add one cup small ice cubes to the shaker with the half cup soda; attach the lid and shake furiously until combined. Divide between two rocks glasses, add more ice if desired, and top off with additional soda. Stir, garnish with mint sprigs and serve.

Recipe and Image Credit via HGTV

Hot Cider Apples

Hallow out some apples, pour warmed cider, and add a cinnamon stick for a festive warm treat this Thanksgiving.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Pinterest

Orange and Pomegranate Drink

Serve this bright and refreshing drink by adding pomegranate seeds, pomegranate juice, orange juice, and crushed ice.

Inspiration and Image Credit via Web Stock Pro

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Botkier Braided Babe

Planet Botkier November 11, 2013

What’s worse than packing on the layers during the frigid weather shift?  At Botkier, the vote it is in – waking up with unruly locks that take up precious morning zzz’s to tame!   Give your hair a break from the iron, and jump on the (super chic) braid train.  Here are a few of our favorite DIY styles that will turn your unsightly locks into the picture of envy.

Enjoy, and happy braiding!

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Waterfall Braid:

1. Take a small section at the front hairline and divide into three parts as you would do for a regular braid. Prepare to go diagonally around one side of the head, as opposed to straight back down the center of the head.  2. Start to braid normally by pulling section 1 (closest to the middle of the head) across section 2 (the middle strand).  3. Now pull section 3 (the one closest to the face) across strand 2 like a normal braid.  4. Continue to braid normally, pulling the piece closest to the middle of your head and folding over. 5. Now let section 3 fall with the rest of the hair. 6. Pick up another section, preferably right underneath where you are braiding, to replace the one you let fall. 7. Fold the new piece over section 2.  8. Continue the braid by picking another piece at the middle of the head, adding to section 1 and folding over.  9. Continue to braid around the head this way – letting the piece closest to your face fall and picking up a new piece. Continue around the head as far as you’d like and then pin or tie the braid securely. What do you think? Will you try the waterfall braid?

Braid Directions via Daily Makeover
Image Credit via Boat People Boutique, Eat Simple Love Yoga, Daily Makeover, Handimania

Milkmaid:

1. Start by dividing your hair into two sections.  Braid the first section all the way down to the end. 2. Bring the braid over your head, covering your ear.   3. Secure the braid in place with bobby pins.  Use four to five per braid.  Place the bobby pins behind or under the braid. 4. Braid the second section of hair all the way down to the end. 5. Bring the second braid over your head so that it covers the end of the first braid.  Tuck the end of the second braid behind the first. 6. Pin down the braid so that it’s secure. 7. Use the bobby pins to tidy up any loose pieces of hair. And your done!

Braid Directions via Pintutorials
Image Credit via Bella Sugar Teen Vogue, Teen Vogue

French  Braid Headband:

1. Create a second part along the front of the hairline to create your band. For a tiny braid, section off 1-2 inches. For a  bold braid, use 2 or more inches of hair. 2. For easier styling, clip remaining hair back. 3. Begin your basic braiding technique. Weave three pieces over and under each other. To avoid a cornrow look, make sure the pieces are big enough–each at least 1/3 the size of your second part. 4. Continue picking up new hair as you move along the head. Keep the weaving tight so the braid remains in the correct place–close to scalp and graizing the forehead.

Braid Directions via Examiner
Image credit  via Chiclooking,  Pinterest, Hair All Women StalkEat Simple Love Yoga

Faux Undercut:

1. Make a deep side part extending just past the ear and section off a diagonal portion toward the back of the head, separating the top portion with a clip. 2. Apply mousse to the bottom section and blow dry back, pulling hair to one side using a boar-bristle brush. This will keep the section tight and neat as you braid. Then, lightly spritz with hairspray. 3. After applying a smoothing cream or pomade, take a vertical section just behind the ear to create cornrows, going all the way around the head and securing the braid’s end with a clear elastic. 4. Release the top section and apply dry shampoo for added texture.

Braid Directions via Huffinton Post
Image Credit via Teen Vogue, Huffington Post,  Vogue

Double Headband Braid:

1. Section off the first 1/2 inch of your hair starting from the beginning of your hairline. 2. Pull back and separate the center section of hair, leaving two side sections. 3. Braid each side. 4. Pull each braid to the opposite side of your head and secure with bobby pins. 5. Release the middle section and style to until you achieve your desired result.  6. Rock your cute and creative look!

Braid Directions via RyanSeacrest.com
Image Credit via Bella Sugar, Teen Vogue, SloDive

Fishtail Braid:


1.
Divide your hair into two large sections, parting straight down the middle. 2. Pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of the left section.  3. Pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of the left section.  4. Pull a thin strand of hair from the outside of the left section.  5. Tie off the end with a hair bobble or elastic.

Braid Directions via WikiHow
Image Credit via Refinery29,  The Style Report, Glamour, OliveCocoMag

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Bring On The Juice

Planet Botkier November 04, 2013

So, we’ve made it passed the second most indulgent holiday of the year past Easter (bring on the Cadbury’s), and now we’re full speed ahead into thunder thigh high season as we’re nearing the colder months and happy (‘hip’y’) holidays.

That’s why we’re making this week’s post all about ‘juicing’ to help keep those muffin-tops at bay and double chins away.  Moreover, to help you feel more radiant from the inside, out.  Bring on the kale!

For those of you, like us at Botkier, who long for the hour in the day when you can swaddle yourself in blankets and indulge in a large glass (bottle) of vino with a bowl-full of comfort food on the couch, take note.  For the rest of you who are raising the roof to the guy below in camo, let us at least indulge you in some delicious recipes and NYC juice spot favorites for the days that you’re ever feeling inspired….oh, and we’ll take one large order of your metabolism and self-control, please!

Best of luck and happy juicing!

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A great NY Magazine article on ‘juicing’ for your enjoyment – happy reading!

NY Magazine: ‘Juice Heads: How the Newest Liquid-Nutrition Cultists Are Mastering Their Intestines’: NYMAG

GET YOUR JUICERS & BLENDERS OUT AND DIY – TOP FAVORITE JUICE RECIPES!


1.
Bluepeary Juice Recipe

- 2 ripe pears
- 2 C spinach or baby spinach
- 1 C blueberries

Recipe and Photo Credit via Amanda’s Apron

2. Total Health Booster

- 1 medium apple (8 ounces), cored and cubed
- 2 medium soft pears (such as Bartlett), cored and cubed (about 1 pound total)
- 1/2 cup cherries (fresh with pits removed or frozen and thawed)

Recipe and Photo Credit via Health.com

3. Pink Kicker Juice

- One large grapefruit
- One large tomato
- Half red apple
- One medium beet
- Beet greens from the beet

Recipe and Photo Credit via Live Loudly

4. Veggie Juice Recipe

- 4 Med sized ripe tomatoes
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 carrots
- 1 Orange (wedges) or Apple (cored but unpeeled)
- 1 Lemon (skinned wedges)
- 1 Lime (skinned wedges)
- Berries (optional)
- 1 Tbsp Hot sauce (optional but strongly recommended)
- 2 Tbsp Omega 3 Oil from flax seeds
- 1 C Cold Water

Recipe and Photo Credit via Eat Drink Better

5. Antioxidant Supreme

- 1 cup fresh blueberries (or frozen, thawed)
- 1 cup (about 5) fresh strawberries, halved (or frozen, thawed)
- 2 cups peeled and coarsely chopped mango (from a 1-pound mango)

Recipe and Photo Credit via Health.com

6. “Fall Harvest” Midday Cleansing Juice

- 1 cup of pumpkin flesh (peeled and seeded) (substitution: any yellow squash)
- 2 carrots
- 1 green apple (cored)
- Sprinkle of cinnamon on top of juice before serving

Recipe and Photo Credit via Healthy Blender Recipes

NYC JUICE NATION HOT SPOTS

1. Juice Press
Multiple NYC Locations

2. The Butcher’s Daughter
19 Kenmare Street, NY, NY

3. Melvin’s Juicebox
130 West Houston Street, NY, NY
355 West 16th Street, NY, NY

4. Juice Generation
Multiple NYC locations

5. Liquiteria
Multiple NYC locations

6. Organic Avenue
649 Lexington Ave, NY, NY

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