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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Hair comes the Olympics

Planet Botkier June 29, 2012

We must admit that sometimes we get a little carried away when it comes to clothing, accessories and beauty trends. Isn’t there something just as important missing? Maybe your hair! Can’t forget that because a lady has to be well put together from head to toe. The wet, slick and sporty hair is trending this summer inspired by the Olympics so diving into the summer trends will keep you cool and enthused.

The Ponytail

This slicked back Samurai look is perfect for the summers sun. Take your hair back from your hairline and pull tightly. Make sure to add some moisturizer or moose to give it that touch of perfection and shine.

Want to add some fun to that mundane slick back? Try sectioning the hair into three or four individual ponytails then secure them toward the back of your neck. It’s edgy, fun and simple.

Updos

Updos can be so boring and plain but summer is here so it’s time to add some personality to your hair. Make your updos a bit more vibrant by adding some pearls or touches of crystal scattered in your hair.

Get twisted with the new swirl updo that’s to die for! For once you don’t have to strive for perfection because this look allows you to play around. Grab sections of your hair and twist back into mini halos and pin into place.

Color

Graffiti for the hair, do you dare? Clay painted hair is trending but do you really want to walk around in the heat with that kind of material in your hair? I think not, so the newest solution would be to use spray paint.  Use in sections of the hair or add it as an ombre so it’s not over baring. You will surely make a statement on the streets!

Images via Glamour Magazine and Pinterest

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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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