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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DIY Jewelry Headband and Bangles

Planet Botkier October 07, 2012

DIY JEWELRY HEADBAND
One of our favorite trends this season is hair jewelry.
We have seen many stars rocking this feminine look on the red carpet this year.
Recycling scrap chain or using a broken necklace is a fun and exciting way to make your favorite hairstyle sparkle!
Here is a simple way to recreate this elegant look.

What you’ll need:
- Necklace or chain about 14-17” long.
(To make sure you have the right size, lay your necklace over the top of your head and
it should hit just below/behind your ears at the base of your neck.)
- Elastic headband
- Needle/ thread/ scissors
- Lighter

Directions:

1. Cut the piece of elastic or band from 6-8” depending on how long your necklace or chain is. You want it to be tight enough to stay on but not too tight that it slips off your head. Hold it around your head to measure it if it helps.  2. Singe the ends of the band to prevent fraying. 3. Flip the necklace and the elastic upside down. Then hand stitch about 1/2” of the elastic securely to each end of your necklace. Use about 10 stitches on each side, going under and through the necklace links and a few over and around the top.
Wear and enjoy!

DIY and Images from LoveMaegan

DIY BANGLES
Who doesn’t love bright sparkly arm candy? This neon Bangle DIY is simple and fun!


What you’ll need:
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Bangles (get them in stacks at places like Forever 21 or Target)
- Embroidery floss (Michael’s has a small selection of neon floss)
- Rhinestone chain
- Hot glue
- Scissors for trimming

Directions:

1. Begin by affixing the rhinestone chain to your bangle with a bit of hot glue and continue all the way around the bangle. You don’t need to glue down the entire rhinestone chain, just intermittent pieces. Less glue mess to contend with that way. When you’ve completed the bangle with your rhinestones, just trim off the rest of the chain, which can usually be cut off with a pair of regular scissors.  2. Begin wrapping your embroidery floss around the spaces between the rhinestones. Wrap 3-4 times around each space, depending on the size of the rhinestone. Continue all the way around.  3. Finish off with a spot of hot glue to hold the floss in place and then trim the edges.
A simple and easy DIY to add a bit of neon to your style!

DIY and images by For The Love Of

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What’s in your Botkier bag?

Planet Botkier September 28, 2012

Every busy #Botkier Babe should carry her daily essentials in style!
At the Botkier office we asked our sales director Dayna what she carries in her Blair satchel in gold.

1. Apple: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

2. Yogi Throat Comfort Tea: “Being in sales requires a lot of talking! Having soothing tea helps my throat.”

3. A card from my dog: “A card my boyfriend wrote to me from my dog. It makes me happy every time I see it.”

4. Keys: “Office keys incase I stay late at work. Apartment keys to get home, of course!”

5. Brush/Mac powder/Nars lipstick/Nars eyeliner: “I am always in a rush! I carry my makeup around with me if I don’t have time to do it at home.”

6. Floss: “Since I don’t carry a toothbrush, floss is the next best thing after lunch!”

7. Kiehl’s hand cream: “Who doesn’t love soft hands?”

8. Botkier business cards: “You never know if you are going to run into a potential customer.”

9. 5 Rain gum: “I love having minty fresh gum”

10. Matcha Green Tea: “I love this tea, it’s full of anti-aging antioxidants.”

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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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