Happy 4th of July!

Planet Botkier July 04, 2012

Fourth of July is here! Celebrate with a bang with NYC fireworks. Here’s what’s on the menu:

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks

The biggest celebration is always with Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks.

Location: Pier 81, West 41st Street
Date & Time: July 4th, 9 PM
Admission: FREE

Circle Line Cruise

Take a ride on the Circle Line Cruise along the Hudson River.

Location: Pier 83, West 42nd Street
Date & Time: July 4th, 7 PM
Admission: $85

Pera in SOHO

Enjoy a relaxing 3 course meal on the rooftop at Pera in SOHO.

Location: SOHO, 54 Thompson Street
Date & Time: July 4th, 1 PM, 4:30 PM, 8 PM
Prices: $55 at 1 PM and 4:30 PM
$65 at 8 PM

Goodbye Blue Monday in Brooklyn

Celebrate in style with the Woodhead Ensemble Independence BBQ at Goodbye Blue Monday.

Location: 1087 Broadway, Bushwick, Brooklyn
Date & Time: July 4th, 8 PM
Admission: FREE

#Botkierbabes want to know where you’re celebrating with a bang!


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Signature Spring Soiree

Planet Botkier April 12, 2012

What better way to start the weekend than by hosting a spring soiree filled with tasteful appetizers, your night’s cocktail creation and of course friends?! With these easy to make bite size eats your friends will wish for a once a week soiree. So, choose your favorite drink and add a twist to make it your own. The Botkier team has created a menu featuring our signature ‘Botkier Kiwi on the Rocks’ What will you have as your signature piece?

Why not serve a Botkier Kiwi on the rocks! Start the night off  with a much deserved Happy hour cocktail. Cheers!


2 cups kiwi, peeled and diced

1 cup pineapple, peeled and diced

12 mint leaves

2 tablespoons sugar

3 limes, juiced

2 cups vodka

2 cups tonic water or sparkling water (coconut flavor)

Ice cubes

Garnish: thinly sliced pineapple and kiwi


1. Line six glasses up and fill each with 1/3 cup of diced kiwis, 1/6 pineapple, 2 mint leaves, 1 teaspoon sugar, and ½ lime juice.

2. Gently muddle together the contents of each glass until fully combined.

3. Fill each glass with ice cubes and top off with 1/3 cup vodka and 1/3 cup tonic water.

4. Stir, finish each glass with garnish and serve.

You can’t go wrong with these mac and cheese bites made by Cupcakes and Cashmere!

Don’t feel stuffed, feel satisfied!


2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

1 tablespoon butter

1 egg, beaten

1 cup milk

1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs

2 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. In a small bowl, stir together the breadcrumbs, olive oil and salt; set aside.

2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook for about 8 minutes, it should still be a little firm. Remove from heat, drain and return to the pan; stir in the butter and egg until pasta is evenly coated.

3. Reserve 1/2 cup of sharp cheddar cheese and stir the remaining cheddar cheese, 1 cup of milk and 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese into the pasta. Spoon into the prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle the reserved cheddar cheese and the breadcrumb mixture over the tops.

4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the topping is browned. Allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan in order for them to take shape.

Saving the best for last! It’s a zesty and sweet DESSERT! Check out the recipe for Spring apple pie egg rolls by Spoonforkbacon are perfect for this seasons temperatures.



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Swimwear Sneak Peek

Planet Botkier March 30, 2012

It’s never too early to dive in… Getting ready for summer means more than just hitting the gym again after a long hiatus. Picking your swimsuit style is something that helps your summer and body take shape. Designers are inclined to think about past icons to create sultry new swimwear trends today. Here are some of our faves!

Laces and Straps: Thin lacy straps have evolved to thick edgy straps which can we worn out with a maxi skirt and lots of accessories!

High on Vintage: A high waist bottom with vintage print takes it back to a time when Marilyn Monroe defined sex appeal. Exaggerated gives a twist and fresh modern take.

Shuffle Ruffles: Ruffles have come a long way. Super feminine but now bold in neon colors.

Peek-a-boo Crochet: Started in the 30’s glamour era and adapted in the 1970’s hippie chic era the intricate detailing of peek-a-boo crochet is as detailed as it gets. Beautiful!

Animal Prints: Leopard is always chic. We never get sick of this print! Whether it’s on a bag or shoe or bathing suit. (Growl) with hand gesture, super sexy.

Times have changed along with trends so leave the past behind and dive into Summer 2012. Even if it seems a little early!

(Lisa Blue Collection, Lisa Marie Fernandez, Mara Hoffman)


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Plan Your New York Minute

Planet Botkier March 09, 2012

New Yorkers tend to be stuck in the New York Minute aka planning last minute. Life in New York is nothing if not busy. Our lovely city has so much to offer we are often too busy to take advantage of it! Have no fear Team Botkier has laid out some very cool plans for your weekend! Listed below are some great places and events you can fit into that busy schedule.

BYOB Painting Workshops

Unwind with a glass of Pinot Noir and a paintbrush in hand. Release your weeks stress at Paint Along NYC.

When: March 9th

Info: www.paintalongnyc.com

International Youth Musicians Festival

See today’s youth show their passion for music at the annual musicians festival.

When: Saturday March 10th at 8pm

Info: www.youthmusicinternational.com

Woman’s HerStory Weekend

Celebrate woman’s history month by discovering those women who helped shape our lives, one of many being the First Lady Michelle Obama

When: Saturday March 10th -11th 10am-5pm

Info: www.heartofbrooklyn.org/calendar

Super Linda Restaurant

Super Linda is the new Latin hotspot! Enjoy a caliente night with friends, filled with Spanish hits and Mexican cuisine.

109 West Broadway  New York, NY 

Info: www.superlindanyc.com

New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival

Catch groundbreaking kiddie flicks at venues throughout the city at this 15th annual fest. This weekend, try to score tickets to Disneynature film Chimpanzee, quirky movie Lotte and the Moonstone Secret or Japanese animated feature A Letter to Momo.

When: March 2nd-25th

Info: http://www.gkids.com/

Youthquake: The 1960’s Revolution

Check out how the 60’s Revolution influenced fashion today at the FIT Museum.

When: March 6th- April 7th

Info: http://fitnyc.edu/12043.asp

Artexpo New York

Preview innovative art at Artexpo New York for 2012 featuring over 100 diverse artists. Some featured galleries: J&D International Inc., Shinkle photography LLC, Studio 84 West, Inc.

When: Saturday March 24th 10am-7pm & Saturday March 25th 10am-6pm

Info: http://artexponewyork.com/attendees/buy-tickets

Monica’s New York Minute Hotspots

Miss Lily’s Jamaican Brunch

A great new twist to brunch try a Jamaican breakfast. We love the Ackee and Saltfish featuring the yummiest festivals around. That’s Jamaican for fried dough! The vibes are cool and laid back, good music and drinks too.

Info: www.misslilysnyc.com

Tucker Store

Gaby and the Tucker gang have opened a Soho flagship where you can find all her amazing prints! Easy to wear dresses and blouses are faves.

Info: http://shop.tuckerbygabybasora.com

Le Baron

Top French nightlife owner Andre Sariava has made his way to NYC so get exclusive at Le Baron located in Chinatown.

Info: www.clublebaron.com


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Valentine’s Day Confessions Part II

Planet Botkier February 10, 2012

Botkier Valentine’s Day Confessions Revealed


What do you think about Valentines Day? Love it or Hate it?

Comedian: Amaaaazing if someone gave me anything Hermes, otherwise it’s OK.

Elle Woods: Depends whether I have a Valentine.

Sweet D: I am a Valentines Day hater!

Quiet Statement: Love to hate it and hate to love it.

Monica: Now that I get Valentine’s from my kids I LOVE it!!

Coco: Only like it if someone takes me out for a nice dinner, otherwise it’s an unnecessary day.

Starbucks Queen: Hate Valentine’s Day.

What makes you Blush– a word, a thing, a place etc.?

Monica: A certain look from my hubbie, especially in front of others.

Elle Woods: My boyfriend makes me blush.

Starbucks Queen: Family and friends.

Quiet Statement: Just about anything makes me blush as long as it’s from someone special.

Coco: Flowers and the beach.

What was the best/favorite Valentine’s Day you’ve had?

Elle Woods: A February 14th snowfall in Dallas.

Starbucks Queen: Best Valentine’s Day I’ve had was with my friend. We made a home cooked meal for our boyfriends at the time and we put rose petals all over the house and had a candle lit dinner together and our boyfriends bought us cute Valentine’s Day build a bears.

Coco: Never had one.

Quiet Statement: Girls night in with wine, romantic comedy movies, gossip  and junkie snacks. No boys allowed!

Monica: The next one coming up is always the best, looking forward keeps me happy.

What was your worst Valentine’s Day experience?

Coco: Back in high school I saw the guy who had just broken up with me with another girl having a good time.

Monica: Rather than worst I would say funniest, going to Mr. Chow’s with my best friend years ago as two single ladies watching all the couples and having some guy give us tacky roses because he felt bad for us!

Elle Woods: Nothing can be that bad with a good bottle of wine.

Starbucks Queen: Not doing anything for Valentine’s Day or not having a Valentine.

Sweet D: My beau at the time booked one of those cheesy pre-fixed dinners complete with balloons, roses and a violin player.

Quiet Statement: In high school my beau surprised me with a break up before I got the chance to do the same.

Valentine’s Day fantasy? What is something you’ve always longed for?

Comedian: Chilling out on the hot beach with my sexy hottie in FEB winter!

Quiet Statement: Valentine’s Day date on a rooftop or a romantic indoor picnic or am outdoor starry night picnic.

Coco: A ski trip to a cozy mountain house with my boyfriend and friends.

Monica: A spectacular piece of vintage jewelry from said hubbie.

Elle Woods: Flowers delivered to my office from my sweetheart.

Starbucks Queen: I’ve always longed for a day at the spa and dinner on a rooftop in Manhattan.


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