Fall Cocktails and Cupcakes

Planet Botkier October 14, 2012

The air is crisp, the leaves are turning and we are all grabbing our cozy sweaters. Fall is officially upon us, what better way to celebrate the season then sipping on a delicious warm cocktail and snacking on a pumpkin spiced cupcake?
Here are two recipes that are sure to make you snuggle up and indulge!

The Hot Apple Toddy

Ingredients:
2 oz. whiskey or apple brandy
1 teaspoon sugar
Honey
Hot apple cider
Cinnamon stick for garnish
2-3 whole cloves for garnish

Preparation:
1. Coat the bottom on a glass or mug with honey
2. Add the whiskey or apple brandy
3. Fill with hot apple cider
4. Stir well
5. Garnish with cinnamon stick and cloves
Sip and enjoy!

Recipe and Image by So Simply Sophie

Pumpkin Cupcakes


Yield: 20 cupcakes

Ingredients: For the Pumpkin Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree

Ingredients: For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
2 (8) ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
2 lbs. confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Pumpkin Cake:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spices; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and eggs. Add dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Whisk in pumpkin puree.
3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about halfway. Bake until tops spring back when touched, and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pans once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
1. Using a mixer, blend the butter and cream cheese together until well combined.
2. Gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar until fully incorporated.
3. Finally mix in vanilla and cinnamon.

Recipe and images by My Baking Addiction

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What’s in your Botkier bag?

Planet Botkier September 28, 2012

Every busy #Botkier Babe should carry her daily essentials in style!
At the Botkier office we asked our sales director Dayna what she carries in her Blair satchel in gold.

1. Apple: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

2. Yogi Throat Comfort Tea: “Being in sales requires a lot of talking! Having soothing tea helps my throat.”

3. A card from my dog: “A card my boyfriend wrote to me from my dog. It makes me happy every time I see it.”

4. Keys: “Office keys incase I stay late at work. Apartment keys to get home, of course!”

5. Brush/Mac powder/Nars lipstick/Nars eyeliner: “I am always in a rush! I carry my makeup around with me if I don’t have time to do it at home.”

6. Floss: “Since I don’t carry a toothbrush, floss is the next best thing after lunch!”

7. Kiehl’s hand cream: “Who doesn’t love soft hands?”

8. Botkier business cards: “You never know if you are going to run into a potential customer.”

9. 5 Rain gum: “I love having minty fresh gum”

10. Matcha Green Tea: “I love this tea, it’s full of anti-aging antioxidants.”

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Monica’s Vintage Night Out for FNO

Planet Botkier September 07, 2012

The night we have all been waiting for Fashion’s Night Out!
Monica Botkier had a vintage night out at Nine West’s New Vintage America Collection store in Soho! Monica Botkier collaborated with style editor Kate Ciepluch to create a beautiful vintage inspired handbag collection for the stores grand opening.
One of our favorite bloggers, Saucy Glossie was corresponding live from the New Vintage America Collection store in partnership with BigLive and interviewed both Kate and Monica on their collaboration.
The evening was filled with incredible style and an exciting fun atmosphere ending with an amazing visit to see Aimee Song from Song of Style at Joe’s Jeans!
Here are some of Monica’s favorite #FNO moments!

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Party Snaps

Planet Botkier August 30, 2012

Last week was a busy and exciting week for Monica!
Here are some party snaps of her having a blast at the events she attended!

FREE ARTS NYC

Monica and her girls attended the Free Arts NYC Kidfest in the Hamptons.  See them create art for a good cause!
Photographs by Billy Farrell Agency

BIONDA CASTANA CANDELIT & COCKTAILS

Monica attended Bionda Castana cocktail party at the Norwood celebrating their new Spring/Summer ‘13 collection!

Photographs of Roxanne Robinson (WWD), Natalia Barbieri (Bionda Castana), Annabet Duvall (Seventeen), and Monica Botkier (Botkier)
Gaby Basora (Tucker) and Monica Botkier (Botkier)

Photographs via Daily Front Row-Chic Report

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Monica’s Instagrams of the Week

Planet Botkier August 24, 2012

Everyone deserves a vacation! Monica’s relaxing week was filled with sunshine, great food and family.
Follow Monica Botkier’s exciting week through Instagram @botkier.

1. Keeping busy on a rainy day with #valentina #artproject #photojournal

2. Finally made it to a well deserved break. My view for the next little while…

3. Metallic cupcakes @DeanandDeluca of course!

4. Pie for breakfast? Yes indeed, but which one?

5. Beach time is the best time.

6. Money shot if you have kids that is…#summer

7. Go fly a kite! #summer #sisters

8. Trade show booth snap #valentina #accessoriestheshow

9. Fried ice cream and hot sauce. #BlueParrot

10. Loving this @charlotteronson floral dress with our #jackson satchel. Perfect blue hues!

11. Botkier Street Style lovin’ in SoHo!

12. Summer city blues…#valentina

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