DIY Soiree

Planet Botkier June 15, 2012

Do it Yourself aka DIY is a great activity with friends for a summer’s weekend. Just sip a glass of wine and do it DIY!

DIY 1: Friendship Bracelet Try the Braided Hex Nut Bracelet DIY by Honestly..WTF

You’ll need:

3 strands of cotton butcher’s twine cut into one yard pieces
18 small brass hex nuts
A bit of dexterity!

Gather the 3 strands of twine and tie a knot at the top, leaving about 2 inches of slack. Start braiding. At about an inch of the way down, you’ll begin braiding in the nuts. Before you braid the far left strand over the middle strand, thread on a nut, push it against the base of the braid and crossover. Depending on the thickness of the twine, you can wrap tape around the bottom tips to prevent the twine from fraying. Keep your thumb at the base of the braid, holding the nut in its place. Before you braid the far right strand over the middle, thread on another nut, push it against the base of the braid and crossover. Again, hold your thumb tightly against the base of the braid, keeping the nuts in place. Thread another nut onto the far left piece and crossover. Repeat the steps, by threading the rest of the nuts to the outer pieces of twine before they are crossed over. Thread, cross, thread, cross. Finish the bracelet with another inch of braided twine and a knot. The bracelet should wrap around your wrist at least two or three times. Trim it to your liking.

Images via Honestly .. WTF

DIY 2: Chain & Rhinestone Bracelet

If you want to add to your first friendship bracelet, here is a perfect match created by I Spy DIY

You’ll need:

Gold and silver chain from M&J Trimming
Rhinestone
Black Suede rope
Pliers
Bracelet closure

Tie together the two pieces of chain (the two chains should be the same size links so they match up when weaving in the rope) with a double knot. Start by weaving together the first link of the chains. Place the rhinestones in between the two chains and begin weaving all three. Continue weaving down the chains, pulling the rope tightly between each link. Using your pliers, remove any extra links so all three chains line up. Double knot at the end. Tie the closures on each end. Trim excess rope.

Images via I Spy DIY

DIY 3: Studded Sneakers
Give personality to something simple! DIY by Honesty…WTF

You’ll need:

A pair of sneakers
150–200 brass cone spikes
E6000 adhesive
A disposable container or popsicle stick
Toothpicks

Start by squeezing a small amount of E6000 into a disposable container or onto a wooden popsicle stick. Dispensing a small amount at a time prevents the glue from drying too quickly. Using the tip of a toothpick, apply a small dollop of glue onto the back of a spike. Press the spike onto the sneaker, holding it in place for a few seconds. Continue adding spikes along the shoe’s baseline and working upwards in horizontal lines. Arrange the spikes, without glue, into awkward spaces before attaching them. Glue spikes onto the heel cap, again working horizontally. Allow the shoes to dry overnight before wearing them!

Images via Honestly .. WTF

The DIY soiree may turn into a friendship tradition so be prepared for the next one!

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Aimee Song x Monica Botkier x Vintage Weekender

Planet Botkier May 31, 2012

Summer is a great time to go to antique fairs and shows. The Brimfield Antique Flea Market in Massachusetts is the ultimate inspiration mall for everyone. Aimee Song interior designer from Song of Style teamed up with Monica Botkier in search of stand out treasures that marked their style and personality. Equipped with the fashionable “hunting” sneakers, Botkier crossbody and enthusiasm the two set off on the antique hunting trail.

Flea markets may be overwhelming but with eyes on the bright middle eastern patterns, rustic housewares and a splash of water the ladies, once again, were ready to continue on the path.

Aimee strikes a pose with an antique doll house. The doll house is something old, Aimee Song is something new, and the Botkier LUCY shoulder is something blue.

Monica Botkier had her eyes on the prize with the help of interior designer Aimee Song! These two mirrors resemble a pair of vintage English chandelier earrings.

See some of our Treasure Hunt finds…

You can enjoy and indulge at June’s list of antique shows in the New York and Connecticut area like Monica Botkier and Aimee Song did. Let the boys have their day and ladies prepare for girl time on the antique adventure trail.

You will find anything from $2.00 scarves to tasteful home furnishings, so come prepared to expect the unexpected because you will find things you didn’t anticipate in finding.

The New Bouckville “June Show” Bouckville, NY

Dates: June 1st – June 3rd

Images via: http://mayamade.blogspot.com/

Harwinton Antiques & Design Weekend Harwinton, CT

Dates: June 9th – June 10th

Admission: $10 for both Saturday and Sunday

Images via: www.hillcountryhouse.blogspot.com/2012/02/round-top-winter-antique-show

Rochester Collectible & Vintage Toy Show Henrietta, NY

Dates: June 10th

Admission: $5.00, Children 12 & Under Free

Images via: http://coolandcollected.com/report-from-the-village-gate-toy-show-by-the-under-scoop-fire-crew/

39th Annual Antiques & Vintage Collectibles Show Glastonbury, CT

Dates: June 16th

Admission: $4.00

Images via: http://cdiannezweig.blogspot.com/2010/11/visiting-griswold-street-antiques.html

Antiques & Collectibles Show Long Island, NY

Dates: June 17th

Admission: $3.00, Children Under 12 Free


The 40th Annual Round Lake Antiques Festival Round Lake, NY

Dates: June 23rd – June 24th

Admission: FREE

Images via: http://hillcountryhouse.blogspot.com/2012/02/round-top-winter-antique-show

After Monica Botkier’s antique show experience with Aimee Song, we have come up with a checklist of antique shopping must carry alongs to make your treasure hunt an easy and successful one.

STELLA tote to store your treasures

Comfy sandals or sneakers will keep you moving with ease

Bottle of water to keep the shopping engine running

Camera for those aha moments

Cash; trust that you will not leave without at least one item. And you never know if vendors accept cards.

HAPPY TREASURE HUNTING!

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Nailed It

Planet Botkier May 25, 2012

Nail the new Spring Trend because as Essie stated on Glamour,

“It’s the only makeup that you get to see all day”

Looks like the new ombré and magnetic nail trend aren’t the only game in town this season… because the spotlight is shining on the newest nail glitter, Caviar Pearl Manicure by Ciaté. Sounds delicious right, too bad it’s not edible. Needless to say this innovative yet extravagant trend will have you trashing last nights nail polish leftovers. In other words, those so-called “in” trends will be “out”. We at Botkier call it “Avant-Garde at Your Fingertips.” The creators of the eye-catching product is Ciaté, a British nail varnish company.  The ‘Caviar Manicure’ came to life when Charlotte Knight, Ciaté’s Creative Director, wanted to create a 3-dimensional nail for a magazine cover shoot that was feminine, indulgent and delicately extravagant. The fully equipped Caviar manicure kit is available in three colors: Rainbow, Black Pearl and Mother of Pearls at Sephora.

Images via Ciaté

If the Caviar Manicure is too daring for you, not to worry because we have found other exciting nail expressions. A little bird told us that minimal nude hues are in, which is a perfect contrast to neon clothing and accessories trending.

Soft grey, pearl white, seashell pink, and creamy beige will emanate perfection and simplicity.

Images via Huda Beauty, NailCrazyYouKnowIt Tumblr

Brights can’t be left in the dark, so of course they will have their moment to shine under the sun with colors like classic red, mellow yellow, soothing pastels and preppy corals.

Images via Pinterest, Beautylish, notsonaked.blog.com

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Mother’s Day: The Royal Treatment

Planet Botkier May 11, 2012

She carried you for 9 months, nurtures you through life, and gives love with warmth and comfort. Whether she is an aunt, grandmother, stepmother, or nanny, with or without children, but has cared for a child like they are her own then she deserves to be celebrated and cared for. Mom is special and she, without a doubt, is the most important person in your life so treat her by making her day a relaxing one.

Photo credit: alittlemuse.com

Mommy Monica’s Pick:

Mother’s Day comes once a year so a special and unique gift will come a long way. Show your appreciation and love with a Botkier Mother’s Day bag. Mom will not only carry you in her heart but will walk with you in her hand with the VALENTINA Satchel in Natural Snake.


Breakfast in Bed:

Mom shouldn’t have to do make breakfast for anyone on this special day. She should be treated to a royal breakfast in bed. Dad and the kids, why don’t you show mommy that her cooking classes she gave you came in handy. Knowing what mom likes for breakfast is always the safe way to go, but if you want to be adventurous here are a few recipes so mom can enjoy wonderful breakfast in bed, or brunch if she feels like sleeping in.

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict by Katherine Martinelli

Photo credit: Katherine Martinelli

14 ounces frozen puff pastry, defrosted

8 eggs

6 ounces smoked salmon

Hollandaise Sauce

Finely chopped parsley or chives

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 3. Unroll the puff pastry (it should be about 1/4-inch thick). 4. Using a cookie cutter or large glass, cut out 8 (4-inch) circles. 5. If you don’t have room for all 8 circles at once, roll up the extra puff pastry scraps in a ball and roll out to 1/4-inch thick and cut out the remaining circles. 6. Transfer the pastry circles to the prepared baking sheet. 7. Put in the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until puffed up and golden brown. 8. Remove from the oven and set aside. 9. Meanwhile, poach the eggs. 10. Fill a small pot or shallow pan with 3 inches or so of water. 11. Heat over medium heat until just simmering (not boiling). 12. From just above the surface, crack an egg into the water (you can cook multiple at a time depending on the size of your pot or pan). 13. Poach for about 3 minutes, or until the eggs are set. 14. Using a slotted spoon, remove the eggs from the water and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. 15. Repeat with the remaining eggs. 16. Put two puff pastry disks on each of four plates. 17. Top with smoked salmon, then one poached egg per disk. 18. Drizzle hollandaise sauce over and garnish with chopped parsley or chives.

Beer Waffles With Bacon And Tomatoes from Seriouseats


For the Waffles

1 3/4 cups (about 8 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs, separated

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (6 ounces), melted

1 cup buttermilk

3/4 cup porter ale

Cooking spray

Waffle iron

For the Sauce and Assembly

16 strips thick-cut bacon

12 scallions, thinly sliced

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons dry mustard

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup porter ale

2 large egg yolks

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded extra-sharp yellow cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper

16 thick slices tomato from 4 large, ripe tomatoes

1. For the Waffles: Preheat oven to 300°F. Place a baking sheet on lower-middle rack. Heat waffle iron according to manufacturer’s instructions. 2. In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, melted butter, buttermilk, and ale. 3. In clean, dry bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until firm, but not dry, peaks form. 4. Whisk beer mixture into flour mixture until incorporated. With rubber spatula, fold in egg whites. 5. Lightly coat waffle iron with cooking spray. Cook waffles according to manufacturer’s instructions, until crisp and golden. With tongs, carefully transfer to baking sheet in oven and repeat procedure until you run out of batter.

6. For the Sauce: Cook bacon in 2 to 3 batches in large skillet over medium heat until crisp and golden. Reserve 2 tablespoons fat, and discard any additional rendered fat accumulated between batches. With slotted spoon, transfer cooked bacon paper towel-lined plate. Alternatively, line dinner plate with 2 layers paper towels. Arrange 4 bacon slices on top, then cover with 2 more layers paper towels. Microwave 4 to 6 minutes until crisp. Repeat with remaining bacon and fresh paper towels. 7. Cook scallions over medium heat in rendered bacon fat (if you microwaved the bacon, cook the scallions in 2 tablespoons butter) until softened, about 3 minutes. Reserve. 8. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until pale golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in Worcestershire, dry mustard, and cayenne and cook 30 seconds. In a slow, steady stream add cream and ale, whisking constantly and vigorously to avoid lumps. Whisk in egg yolks. Add cheese, cook, and stir until completely melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 9. For the Assembly: Transfer waffles on tray to cooling rack and increase oven heat to broil. Break each bacon strip in half. Top each waffle with 4 pieces bacon and 2 slices tomato, then sprinkle with the cooked scallions. Spoon about 1/4 cup sauce over each and broil on top rack until bubbling and brown at the edges.

Mommy Day to Do:

It would be a crime to say that there is nothing to do in NYC for Mother’s Day. You may not want to say that out loud. It’s not that there is nothing to do rather what you should choose from those everlasting lists. The Botkier team has a list that can help you with the break down. If you’re looking for a special and unique way to celebrate your Mama, check out our top 5 ideas for Mother’s Day 2012 in NYC. Every mother has a different personality so choose what suit her best. Remember it’s her day but also your day to show appreciation with your gestures of love.

Glamourfied on the Rooftop: Kick-start Mother’s Day Weekend with high fashion at the premier Empire Hotel. Mom can mingle with the A-list crowd of industry elites. Fashion Show will feature celebrity designers showcasing new collections.

Date: May 11th, doors open @ 9pm. Fashion Show at 11pm. 
After Party to 4am

Location: The Empire Hotel Rooftop

Price: free admission!

Age Suitability: 21 and up

For complimentary entry-say HERBERT FOX at door

More info: Email: esverildellc@gmail.com / urbangypsynyc@gmail.com

Mother’s Day Flower Workshop and Tea: The Peninsula Hotel is hosting a floral arrangement workshop partnered with Flowers of the World on Saturday, May 12, from 2 to 5PM. Spend some bonding time with Mom over flowers and linger over the Peninsula’s afternoon tea and champagne.

Location: 700 Fifth Avenue 
New York, NY 10019

Cost: $165
*Includes Workshop and Afternoon Tea*

Mother’s Day Cruise Aboard World Yacht: World Yacht is setting sail on Mother’s Day cruises for the whole family. Choose from a brunch cruise (boarding 11:30AM) with a special buffet (tickets start at $50) or a dinner cruise (boarding at 6PM) with a four-course dinner and dancing (tickets start at $70).

Departure: Pier 81 (West 41st Street and the Hudson River)

Mother’s Day Unbelievable Cupcake Decorating at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!: On Mother’s Day, Ripley’s Times Square is offering free admission for moms and cupcake decorating at this the one-of-a-kind attraction. Ripley’s Times Square has partnered with Sonii Cakes and Catering to create the ultimate cupcake decorating workshop for Mother’s Day. Design unbelievable creations with over-sized cupcakes, colorful frosting and unusual toppings, from chocolate covered insects to Pop Rocks.

Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm

Price: Free admission for mothers. All moms must be accompanied by at least one paid full-price child admission. Cupcake decorating included in price.

Sushi Samba: They will be offering a selection of tasty Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian inspired dishes in addition to their regular à la carte dishes. Specials include Housemade Quinoa Waffles, Lobster Eggs Benedict and Snow Crab Frittata. There will be live music from a Bossa Nova band which moms can enjoy as they sip on their Mother’s Day cocktail made of freshly muddled orange, triple sec, orange juice and fresh guava.

Date: May 13th from 11:00 am to 4 pm

Location: Sushi Samba, 87 7th Avenue South at Barrow

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY #BOTKIERMAMAS!

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Botkier x Pinterest Spring Fling Contest

Planet Botkier April 05, 2012


CHECK OUT BOTKIER SPRING FLING INSPIRATION BOARD ON PINTEREST

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