“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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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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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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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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