Looking back but always fashion forward! We love to reflect on the past year
before we launch into the New Year! Make a goal list or inspiration board of resolutions for 2013!
December 28, 2012
Looking back but always fashion forward! We love to reflect on the past year
December 22, 2012
Don’t know what to get for the Holidays?
We’ve got you covered! Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for everyone on your list.
From the Jetsetter to the Luxe Lover and more!
GIFTS FOR THE JETSETTER
1. Botkier Valentina Satchel in Purple Blue Cowhide- $395
2. Botkier Roza Clutch in Neon Green Snakeskin- $395
3. Botkier Roza Clutch in Neon Orange- $395
4. Butter London Lacquer in Cheeky Chops- $14
5. Butter London Lacquer in Artful Dodger- $14
6. Butter London Lacquer in Jaffa- $14
7. Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist Hydrating Spray- $10
8. St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion- $30
9. Ray Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses- $150
10. Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses- $145
11. LionetteNy Necklace in Ora White- $135
12. LionetteNy Earrings in Mabel- $238
13. Melissa Odabash Martinique Twisted Bandeau Bikini- $126
14. Buckle Gossip Collection Nomad Swimsuit Top- $36
15. Buckle Gossip Collection Nomad Swimsuit Bottom- $30
16. Manon Jewelry Sand Dollar Pendant-$165
17. Max&Chloe Sliced Purple Agate Necklace- $90
18. Aldo Annita Sandals in Beige- $60
GIFTS FOR THE LUXE LOVER
1. Botkier Valentina Satchel in Bronze Cowhide- $395
2. Botkier Trigger Frame in Metallic Black Cowhide- $195
3. Botkier Valentina Shoulder in Gunmetal Cowhide- $350
4. Bing Bang Skull Studs in Yellow Gold- $52
5. Anthropologie Gold Dipped Flatware- $38
6. Burberry Leather Strap Chronograph Watch- $595
7. Anthropologie Hickory-Tock Tricycle- $248
8. BVLGARI Perfume in Jasmin Noir- $83
9. Bond No. 9 New York Perfume Scented Candle- $150
10. JBrand Mid-Rise Legging- $238
11. Anthropologie Classic Chambord French Press- $70
12. Crate & Barrel Kirsi Champagne Flute- $10
13. Nars Eyeshadow in Etrusque- $24
14. Essie Nailpolish in No Place Like Chrome- $8
15. Essie Nailpolish in Golden Nuggets- $8
16. Christian Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in Lame Gold- $30
GIFTS FOR THE VIBRANT VIXEN
1. Botkier Lucy Shoulder in Berry Cowhide- $395
2. Botkier Carter Crossbody in Ochre Cowhide- $295
3. Botkier Valentina Shoulder in Lipstick Cowhide- $295
4. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Mats in Orange Imagine- $32
5. Serena & Lily Poppy Kyoto Pillow Cover- $64
6. Art Deco Cermanic Nail Lacquer in Sparkling Purple- $9
7. Monopoly: Sephora Edition- $23
8. Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Violet Orchid- $24
9. Bond No. 9 New York in Little Italy Candle- $95
10. H&M Leopard Print Scarf- $13
11. Taylor Swift Album Red- $17
12. Ann Taylor Deco Trellis Bangle in Rose Taffy- $48
GIFTS FOR THE COZY CHICK
1. Botkier Blair Satchel in Merlot Cowhide- $545
2. Botkier Brando Crossbody in Emerald Cowhide- $295
3. Botkier Brando Crossbody in Burgundy Cowhide- $295
4. Serena & Lilly Diamond Stripe Throw- $174
5. REI Smart Wool Liner Gloves- $24
6. Aquiesse Spiced Embers Candle- $30
7. Mara Hoffman Osborn Field Boot- $187
8. EMS Mountain Mama Fairview Wrap Jacket- $70
9. Bing Bang NYC Sacred Geometry Drop Earrings in Silver- $100
10. Bing Bang NYC Boyfriend Chain Bracelet in Silver- $69
11. Anthropologie Frond iPhone 4/4s Case- $28
(ALL PRODUCT IMAGES VIA THEIR COMPANIES WEBSITES LISTED)
December 14, 2012
Need something to do during the Holidays? There’s always something to do in New York City no matter the time of day, this is the city that never sleeps!
With a little help from nycgo.com (the go to guide of everything New York has to offer) we have found a few of our favorite events to visit during this Holiday season.
The Rink At Rockefeller
601 5th Avenue, New York, NY
(212) 332-7654 · therinkatrockcenter.com
Open Daily: 7 am-Midnight
Children Under 11 & Seniors: $15
Skate Rental: $10
Image & Information via The Rink At Rock Center
Bryant Park Citi Pond
41 West 40th Street, New York
(212) 768-4242 · bryantpark.org
Sunday – Thursday: 8am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 8am – Midnight
Extended Holiday Hours (December 14 – December 30)
Daily: 8am – Midnight
Skate Rental: $14
Image via NycGo.com. Information via Bryant Park
The Grinch’s Holiday Workshop
See your favorite childhood past time in real life!
Children can participate in scavenger hunts, play with friends in a real sleigh and enjoy other Dr. Seuss related memorabilia from the book.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street, New York, NY
(212) 721-1223 · cmom.org
Tuesday- Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm
Image via NycGo.com. Information via Children’s Museum of Manhattan
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
Get your Holiday shopping on at the Holiday shops that surround the ice skating rink. They appear every year on October 26th until January 6th.
The shops sell a variety of different products: Creaps, jewelry, iPhone accessories, candy, caramel apples and more. The prices are affordable as well.
41 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018
(212) 768-4242 · bryantpark.org
Monday-Friday: 11 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Image via NycGo.com. Information via The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Bring in the full New York experience and go see the Rockettes.
Celebrating 85 years, this years performances include classic scenes such as “Parade of the wooden Soldiers” and ”New York at Christmas”.
The show is running until Dec. 30th
For Ticket Information visit Radio City or visit their box office
1260 6th Ave, Between 50th & 51st
Image & Information via Radio City
Grand Central Holiday Fair
This is very similar to the shops at Bryant Park. Grand Central normally has more foot traffic from tourist so the prices might be a bit higher.
The upside is selection of shops are better. Grand Central is more spacious allowing more shops to fill the area.
Plus it’s inside, so you’ll be warm. There are also tons of other stores surrounding the fair you can visit.
Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall
15 Vanderbilt Ave. (42nd St. & Park Ave.) Manhattan, NY
Monday-Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm
Christmas Eve: 10 am – 6 pm
Image & Information via Grand Central Terminal
The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center
Even though the tree lighting was on November 28th that doesn’t mean you can’t go visit the world famous tree!
People come from all over the world to see it lit. It remains in Rockefeller Center until January 7th, 2013.
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020
Daily 5:30am – 11:30pm
Image & Information via Rockefeller Center
George Balanchine’s the Nutcracker
No Holiday season is complete without seeing the Nutcracker.
Performed annually by the New York ballet since 1954, it has become a New York Tradition. The show is running until December 30th.
70 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023
To Order Tickets Call: (800) 901-4092 or Visit New York City Theater
Image & Information via New York City Theater
Times Square Ball Drop
New York is famous for this event! Every year thousands of people gather around Times Square to witness the ball drop for New Years.
People get there days in advance just to have the best spot!
All the major news networks are stationed around Times Square for New Year celebrations offering the people concerts
from their favorite performers and a night filled with surprises!
Dick Clark’s rockin’ New Years eve is a national favorite. Now hosted by Ryan Seacrest.
West 47th street & 7th Ave
Image & Information via Times Square NYC
December 07, 2012
We have been getting a lot of Blogger Lovin’ lately from our lovely ladies!
We wanted to share with our #botkierbabes their amazing photos and style! Check out some of our favorites.
AIMEE SONG from SONG OF STYLE
Song of Style is ready for Fall mixing burgundy hues and our #GABRIEL satchel in Sienna!
SHERYL LUKE from WALK IN WONDERLAND
Walk in Wonderland dressing for comfort for Fall with our #VALENTINA shoulder in emerald! Loving her bright blue boots!
LINDSEY CALLA from SAUCY GLOSSIE
Saucy Glossie all holiday ready for her breakfast at Tiffany Co. with our one of a kind #VALENTINA shoulder in stone!
CHRISTINE BIBBO HERR from NYC PRETTY
NYC Pretty taking a walk in Winter Wonderland with her perfect size #TRIGGER frame. The perfect weekend accessory!
MARIKA from GOLDEN WHITE DECOR
Golden White Decor got holiday glam down with our #VALENTINA satchel in black & white croc! The perfect #HOLIDAY bag.
November 18, 2012
The holiday full of family, friends, thanks and turkey!
Thanksgiving is almost here and we wanted to share some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes!
Cranberries (one 12 oz package)
1 large Granny Smith apple (peeled, cored, and diced fine)
1 Anjou pear (peeled, cored, and diced fine)
1/2 large or one small red bell pepper (seeded and diced fine)
3 green onions (thinly sliced)
1/4 red onion (diced fine)
1/4 cup freshly extracted apple juice (or bottled organic)
2/3 cup raw unfiltered honey
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves (minced)
1/2 tsp cumin
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/4 tsp lime zest
Pinch of cayenne (to taste)
1. Sort and discard soft or blemished cranberries. 2. Rinse cranberries in cold water and drain. 3. Place cranberries in food processor with “S” blade and pulse until coarsely chopped. 4. Transfer to a mixing bowl and fold-in apple, pear, red pepper, green onion, red onion, and set aside. 5. In a separate bowl whisk together apple juice, honey, cilantro leaves, cumin, lime juice, lime zest, and cayenne. Mix well. Chill before serving.
Image & Recipe via Hallelujah Acres
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup chopped dried beef
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
1/3 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
1 round loaf (1 pound) Italian or pumpernickel bread
Fresh vegetables, crackers or corn chips
1. In a bowl, beat cream cheese, pumpkin, taco seasoning and garlic powder until smooth. Stir in beef, peppers and olives. Cover and refrigerate until serving. 2. Just before serving, cut top off bread; scoop out bread from inside, leaving a 1/2-in. shell (save the bread from inside to make croutons or bread crumbs or save for another use). Fill shell with cream cheese mixture. Serve with vegetables, crackers or corn chips. Yield: 3 cups.
Image & Recipe via Taste of Home
WARM SWEET POTATO & QUINOA SALAD
1/4 of a large sweet onion chopped (about 1/3 cup)
1 medium sized sweet potato cut into cubes
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (86g)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 cups of water
1. Heat a pot over medium-high and spray with non-stick cooing spray. 2. Add the onion and potato, sprinkle liberally with salt and brown. 3. Heat a pot over medium-high and spray with non-stick cooing spray. 4. Add the onion and potato, sprinkle liberally with salt and brown. 5. Bring to a boil and continue to boil uncovered for about 5 minute until the potato softens. Cover and lower to a simmer. 6. Continue to simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes until the remaining liquid is absorbed. 7. Separate into 2 equal sized portions and enjoy!
Image & Recipe via Green Light Bites
ROASTED BEETS ‘N’ SWEETS
6 medium beets, peeled and cut into chunks
2 ½ tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
3 medium sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
1 large sweet onion, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). 2. In a bowl, toss the beets with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to coat. 3. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. 4. Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and sugar in a large resealable plastic bag. 5. Place the sweet potatoes and onion in the bag. 6. Seal bag, and shake to coat vegetables with the oil mixture. 7. Bake beets 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Mix sweet potato mixture with the beets on the baking sheet. 8. Continue baking 45 minutes, stirring after 20 minutes, until all vegetables are tender.
Photo & Recipe From: All Recipes
THE BEST VEGETARIAN GRAVY
8 cups good vegetable stock (or 7 cups stock and 1 cup good, dry white wine)
8 dried shiitake mushrooms
1/2 cup butter (to make it vegan, substitute a good olive oil)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon Marmite
1. Pour the vegetable stock into a medium pot. 2. Rinse the shiitakes well and add to the pot. 3. Bring stock to a boil over high heat, then remove from heat and let mushrooms steep for 30 minutes. 4. Pour stock and mushrooms into large spouted measuring cup or bowl, and wipe out the pot with a paper towel. 5. Add the butter to the empty pot and melt over medium-high heat. 6. Add the flour and cook, whisking, until it turns very lightly golden, about two minutes. 7. Pour in the stock with the mushrooms in a stream, whisking the whole time. 8. Add soy sauce, marmite, and a few grinds of pepper. 9. Bring stock back to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until gravy is reduced by almost half, about 20 minutes. 10. Taste for seasoning and add salt and additional pepper if desired. Remove mushrooms before serving.
Image & Recipe via Umami Girl
VANISHING VEGETARIAN STUFFING
1 pound of italian loaf
8 tbsp butter
12 ounces mushrooms
1/3 cup cranberry sauce (if no cranberry sauce is available double the dried cranberries)
1/3 cup dried cranberries
2 cups vegetable stock
10 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped finely
10 leaves fresh sage, chopped finely
8 leaves fresh basil, chopped finely
2 sprigs rosemary, chopped finely
3 tbsp chopped italian parsley
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp poultry seasoning
1 16 ounce can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
salt and pepper to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. 2. Cut the bread into small cubes (I try to keep it under a square inch). Spread bread evenly on 2 baking sheets. 3. Toast the bread in the oven until browning – careful not to burn! 4. In a large sauce pan fry the onion with a couple tablespoons of butter cut with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Saute onions until translucent. 5. Slice the mushrooms and add to the onions. Slice the carrots (for the larger slices I’ll cut down the middle – into a half moon shape), add with the mushrooms. Saute on medium low head until mushrooms are soft, about 5 minutes. Add more butter if necessary. 6. Add the thyme, sage, basil, rosemary, and 2 tbsp of the parsley with 2 cups of vegetable stock. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 7. Allow to simmer for a couple of minutes then add the bread cubes. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl if you don’t have a large sauce pan like I do. 8. Mix well with cranberry sauce and dried cranberries. If you don’t have cranberry sauce around, just double up the dried cranberries. 9. Transfer the stuffing to a baking pan. Bake in the center of the oven for about 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crunchy. 10. When it’s done baking top it with the left over parsley (1 tbsp). Enjoy!
Image & Recipe via Vegetarian With Benefits
PUMPKIN PROTEIN CHEESECAKE MOUSSE
1 cup low-fat or fat-free cottage cheese
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup milk of choice
1 tbs sugar-free instant butterscotch (or vanilla) dry pudding mix
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3-6 packets stevia, or to taste (or sweetener of choice to taste)
Optional toppings: gingersnaps light whip cream
1. Place everything in a blender, and blend until smooth. 2. Serve immediately or cover and place in the refrigerator until chilled — at least one hour. 3. Top with light whip cream and/or crushed gingersnap cookies if desired!
Image & Recipe via Fit Sugar
HEALTHY APPLE PIE IN A CUP
1 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
1/2 cup Oats (Bob’s Rolled Oats)
1 tbsp water
2 tsp Cinnamon
2 tbsp Truvia/Stevia/Sugar/Splenda
1. Preheat oven to 350. 2. Chop Apples into small pieces, about half an inch thick. Place in a medium sized bowl and add White Wine Vinegar, Cinnamon, and Truvia (or sugar sub.), then toss. 3. Add oats and water, then mix well. 4. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove from oven and transfer to mugs. Top with Whipped Cream.
Image & Recipe via Createlive
PUMPKIN FRENCH TOAST BAKE
3 1/2 – 4 1/2 cups 1-inch bread cubes (depending on type of bread)
7 large eggs
2 cups milk (any kind)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup pumpkin BUTTER (or 1/2 cup pumpkin puree)
3-4 tablespoons brown sugar for topping
Nuts, like pecan or walnuts (optional)
1. Cut any kind of bread into 1-inch cubes – I recommend a crusty, whole grain variety, but sandwich bread will work, too. Just use enough slice to fill a lightly greased 9×13-baking dish quite full. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, pumpkin butter and pie spice until well combined. 3. Pour over bread and push down with a spoon or your hands until it’s all soaked and mostly covered. 4. Cover with saran wrap or lid and refrigerate overnight. 5. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees, uncover and top with brown sugar, additional pumpkin pie spice and nuts (optional). 6. Bake for 35-45 minutes or golden brown and no longer wet. 7. Serve immediately with maple syrup, honey or agave nectar. Store leftovers in the refrigerator covered for up to a couple days.
Image & Recipe via Minimalist Baker