Pick Your Poison!

Planet Botkier August 17, 2012

Since we are headed for the last few hot weeks of the summer, why not indulge in a glass of colorful fresh fruit sangria or a sweet ice-cold treat? These delicious indulgences are not only beautiful but they are fun to make! This is the perfect activity for a rainy day or if it’s just too darn hot to be outside.

Raspberry + Serrano Sangria

What you’ll need:
1 small carton of raspberries
1 small carton of strawberries
1 lime
2 apples, Granny smith and braeburn
1 serrano pepper (if you’re feeling spicy)
1 bottle of Viognier (or any white wine of your choosing)
½ cup of white grape juice
¼ cup of sugar
1 can of club soda
Mint leaves for garnish

Directions:
1. Finely dice both the apples and the strawberries and then cut both the lime and the Serrano pepper into fairly thick slices. 2. Layer all of the different fruits in a tall pitcher, adding a dash of sugar in between every layer. For an interesting twist, you could use honey or agave instead of  plain sugar. 3. Add the Viognier (or white wine of your choosing) to the fruit and sugar mixture. 4. Add the white grape fruit juice and top it all off with the club soda. Place in the refrigerator to chill. 5. Once the sangria has chilled, bust out your favorite wine glasses, garnish the drink with some fresh mint and serve!

Recipe and images from Jaymi Heimbuch www.treehugger.com

Strawberry and Rosemary Sangria

What you’ll need:
Strawberry Syrup:
1 cup diced strawberries
1 tablespoon agave
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon water
2 twigs of rosemary

Sangria:
1 750-ml bottle dry white wine
½ cups sliced strawberries
¼ cup triple sec
2 peaches, each cut crosswise into 6 slices

Directions:
1. For strawberry syrup, dice up strawberries. 2. In a small saucepan add strawberries, agave, salt, water and rosemary. 3. Place over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, or until strawberries are totally broken down. 4. Remove from heat and strain through a sieve, removing rosemary and strawberry chunks. 5. You should now have about 2 tablespoons of strawberry syrup. 6. In a pitcher, mix the white wine, triple sec, sliced peaches, strawberries, oranges and limes. Smash the citrus slightly. 7. Add the strawberry syrup and stir. 8. Let stand at room temperature at least 2 hours or chill up to 4 hours. Serve sangria over ice.

Recipe from www.acozykitchen.com

Lemon Sorbet Bowls:

Here is a quick and simple way to serve sorbet, this is perfect if  you’re hosting a party!

What you’ll need:
-Lemons, a knife, and any sorbet of your choosing!

Directions:
1. Slice of the pointed edges of your lemon so that your lemon bowl has a flat surface. 2. Cut the lemon in half and scoop out the insides. 3. Put your lemon bowls in the freezer until frozen 4. Grab your favorite sorbet, scoop and serve!  5. For an extra touch, you can spruce up your plastic-ware with little wash tape flags! (Super cute right?)

Recipe from www.theproperpinwheel.com

Coffee Ice Pops

What you’ll need:
2 cups extra-strong coffee
2/3 cup half & half (sweetened optional)
2/3 cup heavy cream
¼ cup confectioners sugar
Pop molds or paper cups + popsicle sticks

Directions:
1. Mix the coffee with the half & half. Taste, and add a bit more milk, if desired. 2. Pour into popsicle molds about 3/4 full and freeze for 1-2 hours.  3. Meanwhile, mix the heavy cream and confectioners sugar. 4. Top coffee with heavy cream, insert sticks and freeze until solid. Voila!

Recipe from www.loveandcupcakesblog.com

Watermelon Whole Fruit Popsicles

What you’ll need:
3 cups watermelon puree (about 1/4 to ½ of watermelon)
½ cup fresh blueberries
½ cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 peach or nectarine, diced small
Handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped

Directions:
1. Cut the watermelon into chunks and then puree it in a blender until smooth. Set aside. 2. Set out about 1 dozen popsicle molds (amount needed will vary depending on size of molds). 3. Fill each one with the chopped fresh fruit. Then pour in the watermelon puree until each mold is full to the top. 4. Place a popsicle stick into each one. 5. Place into your freezer and freeze for about 6 to 8 hours. 6. When ready to serve, run the popsicle mold under warm water for a few seconds and then pull each one out. Enjoy!

Recipe from www.nourishingmeals.com

There, now you should be feeling cooled off, relaxed and satisfied. Happy summer and stay cool!

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Botkier Street Style: Which Botkier are you? #VALENTINA

Planet Botkier August 10, 2012

Botkier loves street style! There are so many fashionable ladies strutting their style on the streets of New York City. This week we decided to change things up and take our #VALENTINA shoulder in berry out for a stroll through SoHo to see how these #botkierbabes would wear her!

Each of these ladies has their own individual look, so we asked them why they loved #VALENTINA and snapped some photos of them. Now we want to know what YOU think! Whose Botkier Street Style do you like best? See below the images for voting instructions.

Halla:

1. Why do you like this #VALENTINA?
Halla: “I like the way the leather feels, the spacious interior and the structure. I also love the berry color!”

2. Would you wear this bag during the day or night?
Halla: “Both.”

3. What would you wear with this bag?
Halla: “Definitely jeans.”


Ingrid:

1. Why do you like this #VALENTINA?
Ingrid: “I love the color, shape and the longer strap.”

2. Would you wear this bag during the day or night?
Ingrid: “During the day.”

3. What would you wear with this bag?
Ingrid: “Simple black jeans and a plain colored top.”


Jillian:

1. Why do you like this #VALENTINA?
Jillian: “It’s small enough to carry everything I need while still being stylish!”

2. Would you wear this bag during the day or night?
Jillian: “Both.”

3. What would you wear with this bag?
Jillian: “Fun colored jeans or shorts.”

TO VOTE:
Post a comment below this post with your favorite Botkier Babe’s name. Voting ends on Wednesday, August 15th and we will select a winner the next day. The #botkierbabe with the most votes will win the #VALENTINA in berry!


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What’s in your Botkier bag?

Planet Botkier August 03, 2012

Almost every busy girl carries her daily essentials in her favorite bag. These essentials are what you depend on to get you through the day and night! At the Botkier office, we asked Sophie what she carries in her favorite Valentina shoulder in teal.

1. Canon Rebel camera: “I’m a photographer so I can’t imagine going anywhere without my camera. I mostly shoot street photography but sometimes when I catch someone in a great outfit, I’ll snap that too.”

2. Ray Ban Sunglasses: “I can’t go anywhere without my favorite pair of sunglasses, even if it’s a cloudy day.”

3. Orbit spearmint gum: “My friends make fun of me but I’ll chew a whole pack of gum a day.”

4. Kodak Film: “I usually shoot with my digital camera but there are some occasions where I want to capture moments in film. Even though you’re not getting the instant gratification of seeing your image right away, it’s a treat to see your image after some time has passed.”

5. iPhone: “My iPhone keeps me connected to my world when I’m on the go. I definitely use instagram the most. I love being able to see what others see throughout their day, it’s a very creative way to stay connected!”

6. Wallet: “I bought this wallet at Anthropologie a while back. It’s the perfect size for me and I love the design.”

7. Book: “I’m currently reading Coco Chanel, The Legend and the Life. She has always been one of my idols and the story of her life is fascinating.”

8. Perfume: “I have been wearing the same perfume for over 10 years, Chance by Chanel.”

9. Lipstick: “My makeup must-have is always lipstick. Even if I’m not wearing any other makeup, a little lipstick goes a long way. My current favorites are Rosy Nude and Candy Apple by Revlon.”

10. Shimmer: “I usually wear Moon Beam by Benefit on my cheekbones before I go out at night. I love it because it gives your face a subtle glow and almost acts as blush.”

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“Fall for Valentina” Inspiration Board Contest

Planet Botkier July 27, 2012

“Fall for Valentina” Inspiration Board Contest! Enter to win a Botkier Valentina bag!

Rules:

1. Create your own “Fall for Valentina” inspiration board on @Pinterest.
Include at least 2 Valentinas and hashtag “#VALENTINA”

2. Follow us on Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/botkier

3. “Like” us on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/botkier

4. Follow us on Twitter – @botkier

5. Tweet your “Fall for Valentina” inspiration board link and tag @botkier on Twitter

This contest ends on Wednesday, August 1st. We will announce one lucky winner on Thursday, August 2nd!

Happy Pinning!

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Monica’s Instagrams of the Week

Planet Botkier July 20, 2012

Summer is the time for the outdoors, sun, family, fresh food, flea markets and of course, style!
Follow Monica’s exciting week through Instagram @botkier.

1. Showroom series! Botkier’s got the blues…

2. Botkier Street Style! We caught this Botkier Babe in style carrying the #classic #Sasha in Soho, NYC.

3. Flea market fashion. This past weekend Monica went to Amagansett where her friend and amazing stylist @AlexWhiteEdits had an incredible yard sale and part of the proceeds went to The IDEAL School of Manhattan – a school for kids with special needs in Manhattan.

4. Every girl needs a little pampering. Monica enjoyed a matching mani+pedi and chose Essie color “Nice is Nice”.

5. Monica snagged this classic Louis Vuitton Dress and Louboutin wedges at @AlexWhiteEdits Amagansett yard sale. There’s nothing like shopping for a good cause!

6. Home is where the heart is.

7. Had a delicious summer dinner at Acme.

8. Lovely lunch at The Smile NYC. http://thesmilenyc.com/

9. Monica’s bus stop pose with new arrival #Carter crossbody and her favorite new Rebecca Taylor jacket.

10. We love our @bigbangnyc skull necklace!

11. Pool house in Brooklyn! Monica enjoyed some fun in the sun with her family.

12. Baby Daddy love.

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