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!


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


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 Stalk, Eat 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

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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
Image Credit via Bella Sugar, Teen Vogue, SloDive

Fishtail Braid:

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

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


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!


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


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

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)
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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
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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)
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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


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


‘Tried-And-True’ – Happy Halloween Hunting!

Planet Botkier October 27, 2013

It’s getting to be that time of year when the sky gets darker earlier, the moon become more full … and the zombies start waking up and emerging from the earth. To us ladies, this can only mean one thing Halloween is near and we must run our tails over to Party City for a last minute costume trip.

In the meantime, we scour the internet for viable (and respectable) options which we think, this year, will prove to be a more successful and uplifting search than the last. In the end, we’re ashamed to have been tricked yet again by our hope and yearning for the ease of purchasing a full costume in a bag that will satisfy – we are left feeling distraught, agony, disbelief, and degraded as the female race.

In this week’s post, us Botkier Babes thought it only appropriate to highlight some of the worst and some of the best from the net. For those of you that wish to ROCK your creativity this year, as we all do – god speed and ‘Happy Heavy Lifting’ to you. Perhaps we’ll save the 20 Amazon purchases, 1 eBay bid, and Michaels’ line for next year …



The WORST (or best? Depending on how you look at it …)

Photo Credit: Costumes Super Center

Photo Credit: eBay

Photo Credit: Tree Sugar

Photo Credit: eBay

The BEST (in our eyes) — RESPECT LADIES!


Photo Credit: Eat Sleep Work


Photo Credit: What I Wore


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Archive Collection

Planet Botkier October 14, 2013

Fashion photographer turned entrepreneur, Monica Botkier, switched her photography career to a fashion career within six months of creating

the bag that would change her name into a global enterprise – the beloved Trigger Bag. In her earlier beginnings as an up-in-coming fashion photographer, her quickly acclaimed photos graced the pages of Teen Vogue, Mademoiselle, Fitness and Seventeen, to name a few. Ten years later, Monica’s love and expertise in photography are displayed through the Botkier advertising campaigns – her most recent campaign, the Botkier Spring 2013 Collection. She describes, “The attention to detail and movement you have as a photographer certainly helped train my eye – also being around great accessories in my previous career as a photographer has helped influence my current one.” In the creation of the Botkier Fall 2013 campaign, Monica synergized her love for photography and handbags into one aesthetic through the introduction of the Archive Collection, a limited edition canvas printed tote highlighting her personal vintage camera collection – one that she arguably is most proud of amongst the many other collections she has created over the years in accessories.




“People always ask me how I started and I love telling the story because it still inspires me,” Monica smiles. “You can achieve dreams you didn’t even know you had if you follow your gut and work with passion. I decided that the designer bags out there were not functional enough and too expensive so I took the leathers I had intended to bind my portfolio books with and found a manufacturer to bring my sketches to life. It wasn’t until a few years later that I found out my Russian grandfather surname Botkier, manufactured handbags 50 years ago…”


Apples to Apples!

Planet Botkier September 27, 2013

September and October is officially apple picking season. Whether you’re in it for the warm cider and doughnuts – apple picking is just a fun seasonal activity to enjoy with family and friends. We’ve compiled a list of orchards and farms to choose from that are a train, bus, or car drive away if you’re in the NY/NJ area. So put your favorite boots and flannel on and embrace the season!

Lewin Farms

812 Sound Ave, Wading River, NY

Hours: 9 AM- 5 PM

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Wickham’s Fruit Farm

28700 Main Road, Cuchogue, NY

Hours: 9 AM- 5 PM

Photo Credit via Wickham’s Fruit Farm

Woodside Orchards

P.O. Box 1703, Southold, NY

Hours: 10:30 AM- 5:30 PM

Photo Credit via Woodside Orchards

Battleview Orchards

91 Wemrock Road, Freehold, NJ

Hours: 9 AM- 6 PM

Photo Credit via Battleview Orchards

Masker Orchards

45 Ball Road, Warwick, NY

Hours: 9 AM- 5 PM

Photo Credit via Masker Orchards

Ochs Orchard

4 Ochs Lane, Warwick, NY

Hours: 9 AM – 6 PM

Photo Credit via Ochs Orchard

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to know about a quaint little town celebrating apples right! Just a bus ride from Manhattan is Warwick, New York where they have a whole weekend festival dedicated to the popular fruit of the season. You can find vendors, food, baked goods, contests, rides, and everything apples!

Warwick’s Applefest

Hudson Valley Village of Warwick

October 6, 2013 10 AM- 5 PM

Photo Credit via Warwick Applefest