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

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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!

AIMEE SONG FROM SONG OF STYLE D.I.Y TRAY

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

Directions:
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

AIMEE SONG FROM SONG OF STYLE D.I.Y FRAMED CHALKBOARD

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

Directions:
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

MASON WINDOW JARS

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

Directions:
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

ANTLER JEWELRY DISPLAY

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

Directions:
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

SHELL CANDLES

Supplies:
- old candle wax
- wicks from craft store
- shells

Directions:
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

STENCIL ON FABRIC – PILLOWCASE

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

Directions:
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

SUMMER WREATH

Supplies:
– shells
- grapevine wreath
- glue gun

Directions:
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

CONFETTI TUMBLERS

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

Directions:
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

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RED, WHITE & BOTKIER!

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!

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

BBQ RECIPES

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.

SOY AND GINGER SKIRT STEAK

Ingredients
- 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

Directions
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

JERK SHRIMP KEBABS WITH TOMATOES, ONIONS & PEPPERS

Ingredients
- 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

Directions
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

US FLAG POPS

Ingredients
- strawberries
- blueberries
- vanilla yogurt

Directions
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

Ingredients
- 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

Directions:
1.
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

FIREWORKS

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

BARGE OFF LAWRENCE BEACH CLUB FIREWORKS

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

MACY’S FIREWORKS

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

THE ALLIANCE FOR CONEY ISLAND FIREWORKS

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

Photo credit: Best Of New York

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HONORE GOES 3 WAYS!

Planet Botkier June 27, 2013

See how versatile our Honoré Hobo really is with these great looks. Rock it 3 ways!

HONORE HOBO MEANS BUSINESS

When it comes to careers we understand you need to have a practical bag, but who says it can’t look damn good too?
Our hobo fits all your techie goodies plus paperwork and still look seamless. Hold it at the handle and it suddenly transforms into a powerhouse alternative to the workhorse briefcase.

1. Botkier Honore Hobo Coral
2. Maje Khaki Cuffed Trousers
3. Matches Fashion Aztec Jacket
4. Tucker by Gaby Basora Blouse
5. Max Studio Burnish Calf Platform High Heels
6. Tucker by Gaby Basora Wrap Jumpsuit
7. Bauble Bar Ivory Atoll Necklace
8. Bauble Bar Fiesta Cabochon Collar
9. Opening Ceremony Ankle Strap Stiletto

Product image credit via their respecting websites.

HONORE HOBO CHILLIN’ CASUAL

Think effortless on your Saturday afternoon when it comes to your wardrobe picks. The Honore Hobo is sure to complete your look.
Hang it from your shoulder with the long strap and get the ultimate boho chic look a la Sienna Miller and Kate Moss.

1. Botkier Honore Hobo Latte
2. Sole Society Kinsley Sandals
3. Club Monaco Skirt
4. Intermix Mason by Michelle Tank Top
5. Bauble Bar Ivory Wrapped Curb Collar
6. River Island Kimono
7. Anthropologie Headband
8. The OutNet Sunglasses

Product image credit via their respecting websites.

HONORE HOBO STAYS OUT ALL NIGHT

Get your party ON! A girl needs a great bag to show off during a night on the town. No matter how upscale you’re going or downtown your diving you need the ultimate accessory for all your stuff. Whether it’s bar hopping with friends, clubbing with your girls or date night with your man, the Honore Hobo will werk it with you. The hobo turns into the coolest bag in your closet as you let it fold over and hang from your wrist.

1. Botkier Honore Hobo Black
2. Maje Dracula Scarf
3. Rupert Sanderson Wenjen Turquoise Mint Navy Chic Shoes
4. Monamoore Black and Gold Platform
5. Mara Hoffman Keyhole Mini Dress
6. Bauble Bar Onyx Wanna Necklace
7. Bauble Bar Gold Triad Station Strand Necklace
8. S Sense Olive Spike Cuff
9. Tory Burch Wrap Logo Bracelet
10. Anthropologie Ring

Product image credit via their respecting websites.

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Summer of Fitness

Planet Botkier June 23, 2013

Start the summer right showing off the best you can be!
We have found some great work out classes around NYC, at home work outs and some healthy eats for you to get that beach body ready just in time for summer.

DANCE, BOOTCAMP & YOGA!
If dancing is your thing, then try out one of the many fitness dance classes that are offered at M Dance & Fitness. They’ve got it all from zumba and pilates to ballet and afro-indian folk.
If you want to test your flexibility and get centered, then Pure Yoga is the way to go. They even offer a new barre class. Now if those won’t get your hear racing enough then sign up for Brooklyn Bridge Bootcamp. You will literally use a mixture of bridge structures and your own body weight to get pushed to the edge.

M DANCE & FITNESS
Offers zumba, kickboxing/dance, cardio combo, hip hop, ballet, bhangra folk, pilates and afro-indian dance classes focusing on abs, core, strength, cardio, toning & more.
Locations: Pearl Studios 519 8th Avenue 12th Floor, Red Bean Studios 320 W 37th street 7th floor, Nola Studios 244 W 54th Street 11th Floor.
Schedule: http://mdancefitness.com/

BROOKLYN BRIDGE BOOTCAMP
Challenging, one hour boot camp across the Brooklyn bridge. Define abs, slenderize hips and thighs, lift your butt and tone your arms.
This bootcamp uses exercises that use your own body weight, the bridge structures, benches and a special type of resistance bands to bring about amazing results for your trouble zones.
Locations: Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza.
Indoor ClassesStepping Out Studios 37 W 26th Street, complete Body & Spa 301 E 57th Street.
Schedule: http://brooklynbridgebootcamp.com/

PURE YOGA
All types of yoga from Basics, Candlelight Flow, Baby & Me Yoga, Heated Yoga and more. They also offer the newest rage, a Barre class that is combination of strength training, barre work and cardio.
Location: East: 203 E 86th Street at 3rd Avenue, West: 204 W 77th Street at Amsterdam Avenue.
Schedule: http://www.pureyoga.com/en/newyork/

AT HOME WORK OUT
Now hitting the gym just isn’t everyone’s thing so we’ve found some great work outs you can do in the comfort of your own home!

THE 16 MINUTE BEACH BODY WORK OUT

1. Firm Abs: Competition Sit-Up- Lie faceup with legs straight, arms extended overhead on ground.
Engage abs and sit up, bending knees as you reach hands to toes (as shown). Return to start; continue for 1 minute.
2. Burn Fat: Flying Side Burpee-  Crouch, placing hands shoulder-width apart on ground; hop feet behind you and to left into a plank, toes together (as shown).
Hop feet back up to hands and jump, raising arms overhead. Repeat on opposite side. Continue for 1 minute.
3. Plank Tuck- Start in a plank with toes on a bench or box that’s about 2 feet high. Bring right knee to chest, then return to start. Bring right knee to right elbow (as shown), and return to start. Repeat on opposite side. Continue for 1 minute.
4. Burn Fat: High-Knee Toe Touch- Stand facing a bench or box, elbows bent at sides, hands in front of you. Tap right foot on bench (as shown), then left, quickly alternating taps as you pump arms to go faster. Continue for 1 minute.
5. Firm Abs: Ab Splitter- Lie faceup, legs extended, arms above head. Raise legs as high as you can as you sit up, reaching fingers to toes (as shown); return to start. Raise and spread legs wide, then sit up, reaching hands between thighs; return to start. Tuck knees in and reach fingers to toes as you sit up; return to start. Continue for 1 minute.
6. Burn Fat: Pendulum- Start in an inverted V with hands on ground, shoulder-width apart, hips hiked, heels lifted. Raise left leg out to side as high as you can (as shown), then lower it as you hop right leg out to right. Continue, alternating legs, for 1 minute.
7. Firm Abs: Side Plank Toe Touch- Start in a side plank on right side, right arm straight, left arm extended above head, hips raised, feet stacked. Extend left leg up and slightly in front of you as you bend torso to reach left hand toward left foot (as shown). Return to start. Continue for 30 seconds; repeat on opposite side.
8. Burn Fat: Prisoner Get Up- Lie faceup with legs extended, hands behind head, elbows out. Keeping hands in place, sit up, then tuck feet behind you and kneel with right foot on ground in front of you (as shown). Stand, then reverse move to return to start. Repeat on opposite side. Continue for 1 minute.

Images & Work Out via SELF Magazine.

THE FLAT ABS IN FIVE MINUTES WORK OUT

1. Face Up: Get-Up Roll-Up- Lie faceup with right leg extended, left knee bent with left foot flat, left arm above chest and right hand gripping left arm, elbow out. Engage abs and slowly roll up (as shown). Return to start. Do 12 reps; repeat on opposite side.
2. Lateral: Side Bend Twist- Start in side plank on right, left foot staggered in front of right for balance. Extend left arm above head. Sweep left arm under stomach, twisting torso until facedown (as shown); return to start. Do 12 reps; repeat on opposite side.
3. Standing: Namaste Side Bend- Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms above head, palms pressed together, elbows out. Lean to right (as shown), pushing left hip out, until you feel your obliques and back engage. Return to start; repeat on opposite side for 1 rep. Do 12 reps.
4. Facedown: Dolphin Taps- Start in a forearm plank on a ball, palms together, elbows under shoulders. Engage abs and tap left knee to floor (as shown). Return to start; repeat on opposite side for 1 rep. Do 12 reps.
5. Faceup: Climb & Curl- Lie faceup with legs extended; raise right leg and place hands on sides of thigh. Sit up slowly, rolling through spine, engaging abs and walking hands up leg as you rise (as shown). Reverse movement to return to start. Do 12 reps; repeat on opposite side.
6. Standing: Criss Cross- Stand with feet hip-width apart, hands behind head, elbows out. Engage abs as you bring right knee across body toward left elbow (as shown). Return to start; repeat on opposite side for 1 rep. Do 12 reps.
7. Faceup: Yoga Boat- Lie faceup with legs in tabletop, arms at sides a few inches off ground. Engage abs and sit up, reaching arms up in front of you (as shown); hold for 1 count. Reverse movement to slowly return to start. Do 12 reps.
8. Lateral: Rotating Ball Plank- Start in plank with ball under shins. Twist hips to roll ball to outside of left shin and engage abs to tuck knees in and pull them toward right side (as shown). Return to start; repeat on opposite side for 1 rep. Do 12 reps.
9. Standing: Chop Loft- Stand bent slightly forward at the waist with feet hip-width apart, knees soft, holding ball with both hands at right hip. Keeping arms straight, engage abs and slowly float ball from right hip across body and above head to far left (as shown). Return to start. Do 12 reps; repeat on opposite side.

Images & Work Out via SELF Magazine.

HEALTHY EATS
Eating healthy can be hard, but not when you have some great recipes and fresh ingredients.  We’ve put together a meal that’s easy, tastes good, and is good for you!

OATMEAL SMOOTHIES

Ingredients:
- Oats (Old-Fashioned rolled oats)
- Chia Seeds
- Yogurt
- Milk
- Fruit Juice
- Blender
- Pint (2 cup) mason jars
- Fruit
- Jams, preserves, spreads (optional)
- Cocoa powder
- Cinnamon
- Vanilla Bean Paste (optional)
- Sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave syrup
Directions:
1. Add oats and chia seeds to blender container. Blend on high until you have the consistency of flour. This helps the oats and chias blend into the smoothie without a chunky texture. The finer you grind them, the smoother your smoothie will be. 2. Add the liquids (milk/ juice) to the blender container. It helps to use a long spoon or spatula to mix in the ground oats/ chias from the bottom; otherwise they can get stuck and blend poorly. 3. Add the yogurt, fruit and any spices for additional flavor. 4. Blend until ingredients are pulverized and smoothie has a consistency you like. 5. Put the lid on the individual blender or transfer smoothie to a 2 cup container. Refrigerate. 5. Put the jars or containers of smoothies in the fridge over night minimum 4 hours. 6. They need this soak time so the oats and chias to soften and expand.  This gives the smoothie a thicker texture too.
Image & Recipe via The Yummy Life.
Rosemary Sweet Potato Wedges

Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried
- 3 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven at 450 degrees F. 2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the oil over medium heat. Stir in the rosemary. 3. Cut the sweet potatoes lengthwise into 1 1/2 inch thick wedges and place in a large bowl. Season with the salt and pepper, and drizzle with the rosemary mixture. Toss gently. 4. Arrange the wedges on a large baking sheet in a single layer so they don’t touch. Bake in the upper third of the oven for 20 minutes, turning once, or until softened and lightly browned. Season again with salt and pepper, and carefully remove from the sheet (the wedges are relatively fragile after cooking.)

Image & Recipe via Women’s Health Magazine.
SKINNY GIRL PASTA

Ingredients:
- 8 ounces whole wheat linguine (or your pasta of choice)
- 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 medium (8-ounce) zucchini, cut into thin strips (3 inches long and 3/4 inches wide)
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1/2 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise
Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook about 9 minutes or according to the package directions. Remove 1/4 cup cooking water to set aside. Drain pasta and set aside. 2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together the yogurt, parmesan, lemon zest, and salt and pepper. Set aside. 3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini, and cook just until wilted, flipping them over occasionally with a spatula. 4. Use a spoon or spatula to push the zucchini aside so a space on the bottom of the pan is clear. Add the garlic and cook for 15-30 seconds or until golden. 5. Mix the garlic into the zucchini. 6. Stir in the tomatoes and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. 7. Transfer the zucchini mixture to the yogurt mixture, and stir to combine. Add the drained linguine, and toss gently to combine. Add the reserve pasta cooking water a tablespoon at a time, if necessary to thin it. Divide among 4 bowls and serve.

Image & Recipe via EzraPoundCake.

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