Monica’s Instagrams of the Week

Planet Botkier October 20, 2012

Monica’s past weeks have been filled with inspiration from vintage collectibles,
photography and of course accessories!
Follow Monica’s inspirational week through Instagram @botkier.

1. What to wear – Denim blues and bright hues SS13 sneak peek #lucy

2. Empty your bag … #deepthoughts #art cc: Sophie Calle

3. Vintage jewelry inspiration #oneofakind

4. Crave City! Got the sugar blues #Balthazar

5. The amazing @giannandrea1 stopped by to cut my hair!! Thank you xoxo

6. Subtle sparkle is the uniform for Fall. Gunmetal #valentina and these @MattBernson booties! xoMB

7. Camera Collection #oldschool #inspiration. What do you collect?

8. Shoe Fetish alive and well!

9. Day number one! SS13 @FashionCoterie booth 1409

10. Rise and shine early birds!

11. Kissing cousins getting cozy. #Blair #Marlow

12. Inspirational photo by my friend @gerald_forster LOVE! Maui, Hawaii

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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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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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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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