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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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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Spring Beauty Inspiration

Planet Botkier March 02, 2012

Spring is a perfect time to experiment with new beauty ideas. New season, new look, new you! This Spring we see some keys trends that are very wearable and easy to achieve. We polled our Botkier Babes here at the office to see what their favorite looks were and paired it with Monica’s photography to illustrate them. Which one will you be sporting?

Rosebud lips, so romantic! The soft rose color blends in beautifully on all skin tones, especially when paired with a similarly toned blush, as makeup artists were fond of doing at the shows. Go for a creamy lipstick, then pat it in with the fingers or blot with a tissue for a delicate stain. Photo of Manon von Gerkan by Monica Botkier.

Power Brows are the new shoulder pads of today! Feminine and striking, the look of bold brows dominated the runways, recalling sixties-era icons like Liz Taylor. The best examples are darkened with pigment, brushed up, and shaped with a dramatic, strong arch. Photo of Joy Bryant by Monica Botkier.

Doll Lashes. Whether curled or feathery, don’t be afraid to experiment. Long, dark and precise – more is more! Photo of Janelle by Monica Botkier.

Modern Cat Eyes. The familiar flick of liner returned to the outer corners of eyes but this time fashioned with inventive, even playful variations. Combine with a brilliant burst of bright color for a look all your own. Wow and we thought handbags were all about brights this season… Photo of Rachel Roberts by Monica Botkier.

Sporty Cheeks. Athleticism inspired the dewy, sun-splashed cheeks seen backstage. Makeup artists mimicked the effects of the being out in the sun by contouring the high parts of the face with lush peach bronze. Skin even seemed sunburned at some shows — but in this case, the illusion proved to be prettier than the real thing. Photo of Tereza by Monica Botkier.

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