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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!


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.


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.

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!


- 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
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

- 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
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.

- 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
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.



Planet Botkier June 14, 2013


It’s time to honor Dad this Father’s Day with a gift that gives his cool side a face-lift. Here are some gift ideas we put together for Father’s Day for the dad whose edge needs a little sharpening. Whether your dad may be the Oldschool guy who likes vintage electronics or he may be the Foodie father who loves to cook, the Sportsman who enjoys the outdoors, the Luxury lover who has expensive taste or the Dapper dad who always got style, we’ve got every dad covered!


1. The Old School Guy- AV Room Portable USB Turntable

2. The Foodie Father- Table Grill & Knife Set

3. The Sportsman- Vintage Bicycles & Country Club Golf Bag

4. The Luxury Lover- Men’s Big Pony Fragrance & Men’s Soap Shop Grooming Set Humidor

5. The Dad with Fine Taste- Vintage Books Box Set & Master of Malt: Build Your Own Whisky

6. The Dapper Dad- Gold Stripe on Text Tie & Bettanin & Venturi Wingtip Balmoral

Images via ImgFave & Rainy Days and Blankets


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Spice Up Your Nails

Planet Botkier June 09, 2013

The sun has arrived and it’s time to spice up your nails for Summer.
Check out these fun DIY  designs that will give your nails the pick me up they deserve.



- 3 different color nail polishes of your choice
- Nail art brush


1. Choose 2 color nail polishes you want to paint the portions of your nails with. 2. Apply the 2 colors on the portions where you want them to be. 3. Use your nail art brush to create a straight line. To outline the cut outs, use a dark color and carefully paint the lines. 4. For the middle finger, create the outline of triangles with the dark polish, and then fill in some triangles with the other 2 colors of your choice. To make the lines and cut out lines really sharp, go over the lines and cut out lines again after filling in the triangles. 5. Give your design a few minutes to dry, and then finish it with your favorite top coat.

Images & Directions via Chelsea’s Get Nailed



1. Paint a base coat on nails in one of your chosen colors. 2. Using an adhesive, such as scotch tape, seal skin around nails- this will make clean up much easier afterwards.
3. Drop one color at a time into a throwaway cup filled with room temperature filtered water. Alternating the colors that contrast more will give you bolder effect. 4. Drag a toothpick through your colors creating a design (have fun with this!) 5. Choose which part of the design you would like on your nail and dip at an angle. Take your toothpick and pull away excess polish keeping your design from being ruined. 6. Remove the nail. 7. Peel off tape and clean up edges using a Q-tip and nail polish remover. 8. Seal with a top coat.

Images & Direction credit via Pretty Plain Janes



1. Apply a protective base coat. Apply 1-2 coats of gold shimmer polish on all nails. Let it touch dry. 2. Create the art deco pattern as pictured with striping tape. Make sure the tape is attached properly to the nail so the polish can’t bleed. 3. Paint 2 coats of black polish over the pattern. 4. Carefully remove the tape to reveal the pattern. 5. Using a toothpick dipped in top coat to attach the stud to the nail as pictured. Move onto next nail & repeat steps 3, 4, 5. 6. When all nails are done, wait a few more minutes and apply 2-3 top coat layers on each nail to even out the surface. 7. Remove the tape straight after the nail is painted or once the polish is dry. The answer depends on the polish. The more you try different polishes, the more you’ll become aware of their unique properties. 8. For this Gatsby nail art we used classic Revlon shades. With Revlon polish, we’d recommend removing the tape immediately after the nail is painted. They dry relatively fast but they also become quite flexible so if you wait too long before removing the tape, the polish will stretch with the tape.

Images & Directions credit via Sonailicious


Three B’s- Beaches, Barbeques & Botkier!

Planet Botkier May 31, 2013

It’s getting steamy in the city and it finally seems like summer has arrived! That means it’s time for the three B’s – beaches, barbeques and BOTKIER!
You’ve got your towel and your new Wanderlust tote, but what do you bring to your BFF’s BBQ?
Well how does Margarita popsicles sound? Check out the recipe below; along with recipes of some of our favorite sweet and savory summertime treats!



1/2 lb. Spanish chorizo, casing removed and coarsely chopped
1 3/4 lb. Ground beef
1/2 lb Bacon
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Smoked sweet paprika
Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
1/2 lb Manchego cheese, shredded
2 Avocados
1 Lemon, juiced
1 Large clove garlic, grated
1/3 cup light cream
12 Slider rolls
Bibb lettuce leaves, for topping
2 Plum tomatoes, sliced, for topping
1 Small red onion, sliced for topping


1. Heat a cast iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Cook bacon until crispy and set aside. Place the chopped chorizo and ground beef in a bowl and season with Worcestershire, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Add a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil to the meat mixture and combine. 2. Form 12 patties that are thinner at the center than the edges. Cook the sliders 3 minutes per side. Pile shredded cheese onto the burgers for the last minute of cook time to melt. 3. Place the avocados in a food processor. Add the lemon juice, garlic and cream, and process until very smooth. Serve the sliders on rolls topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon and avocado cream sauce.

Recipe and image credit via The MeatHouse Blog.



11 Red skinned potatoes, scrubbed
1/2 lb. Bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 Green onions, trimmed and sliced (White and dark green parts)
1 to 1- 1/2 cups Homemade buttermilk ranch dressing
3/4 cup Cheddar cheese, freshly grated


1. Place potatoes in a large pot of salted water and bring to a boil. 2. Once cooked; drain and cut into bite size chunks. 3. Let cool slightly before adding the bacon, green onions and the buttermilk ranch. 4. Toss; then add in the cheddar cheese. 5. Toss again and serve warm or chilled.

Recipe & Images credit via Simply Scratch.



1 cup honeydew juice (approx. whole melon weighing 1 lb.)
1/3 cup cucumber juice (approx. half a cucumber weighing 5 oz.)
1/2 cup Tequila
1 tbsp Triple Sec
1 tbsp Fresh lime juice
1 tbsp Mint simple syrup
3 Large mint sprigs


1. Place the honeydew and cucumber in a food processor or a blender and process until everything is pureed. Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice and mint syrup and process for another 20-30 seconds to blend well. Pour mixture into popsicles mold. 2. Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicles molds for a 2-3 seconds.

Mint Syrup

1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup mint leaves, loosely packed

1. Place sugar and water in a pot over heat until sugar dissolves. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature and place mint leaves in mixture and muddle. Allow mint leaves to steep for 20 minutes. Strain and discard leaves. (Some tiny pieces may remain depending on the fineness of sieves).

Recipe & Image credit via Endless Simmer.



Planet Botkier May 23, 2013

We love the feeling of exploring and traveling in even some of the most simple places.
Within these moments of discovery, you pick up a lot of treasures along the way and
continue to collect until your bag overflows.
Our new #WANDERLUST is the perfect tote that can fit all of your
traveling essentials for the jetsetter on-the-go!
Check out where our #WANDERLUST has been traveling.


In those final packing moments where you want to just toss anything from magazines to flip flops,
tech gadgets and hair products, the WANDERLUST EW Shopper has got your back.
The interior is spacious enough to fit everything and the vegan leather is light enough to carry it all so
don’t stress, just throw it all in the Wanderlust bag and concentrate on your travels.
Check out some of Monica’s favorite traveling essentials.

1. Botkier Wanderlust EW Shopper in Gold

2. IRO Veste Ashville Leather Jacket

3. Loeffler Randall Lolly Mignon Flat Sandal

4. Oliver Peoples Kosslyn Sunglasses

5. Botkier Valentina Hipster in Silver

6. Mara Hoffman Cutout One Piece


When relaxing in the tropics, there’s no need to be bothered with packing several bags.
Wanderlust it right with the EW ShopperTote, stylish enough to hit the beach and the streets.


A great companion with our Wanderlust while on your travels is our #VALENTINA hipster!
The perfect crossbody that can hold just what you need on a night out in town.
The hipster has a smartphone back pocket for easy access, big enough interior to fit your wallet, make-up, keys and more and the adjustable straps makes it easy
to wear as a crossbody so your hands-free to get partying but also can be double-chained to be worn as a shoulder as well!


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