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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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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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!


Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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!


Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

ENJOY!

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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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Sheer Genius

Planet Botkier March 16, 2012

We saw more skin than ever during fashion week all over the globe in runways from Alexander McQueen to Robert Cavalli and Calvin Klein.

Taking it Back: Starting off as a fabric solely used for pantyhose, the sheer organza fabric was revolutionized to be used on wedding gowns and in everyday street wear. This fabric is a serious and sexy fashion trend. It was only to be seen on a woman’s arms and legs in the 1920’s but is now wrapped around ones entire body. This fabric type may have been dated before the 1920’s —3,000B.C.— but has slowly made it into all our closets.

Become a sheer genius:

1. Don’t want to reveal too much skin? Pair a sheer blouse with a light cardigan or jacket for less revelation.

2. For a peek-a-boo look try a skin toned or black camisole or bodysuit that will disappear under that blouse.

3. Feeling extra bold? Grab a pair of boy shorts under a floral printed sheer maxi skirt or try a contrasting lace bra under a silky top.

Top image courtesy of Oraclefox, both via Pinterest.

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