Quick + Easy Patterns in Photoshop

easy patterns in photoshop gift wrap via besottedblog.com

We told you It’s On! It most certainly is! We are a few weeks into 2017 and doors are flying open for us. I am believing in the power of positive thinking, I mean I am always pretty positive but I truly believe that it’s on this year, with all my being, try it, those doors may fly open for you too! As Thomas Jefferson said, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”. True that. Michelle and I have already amped up our already busy, busy schedules so we can ‘get luckier’ and guess what? It’s working! Maybe because I am working like my life depends on it, who knows? But already we have had a Pin go viral, what the what?! Pinners dreams do come true, I took care of some long neglected personal business that I had been dreading (it turned out so much less painful than I imagined), and we have our first class of 2017!  Yes!Read More

Finding your photo editing style

(if you are on a desktop, rollover images to see the before’s!)

Michelle and I know how hard it is to build a solid look for your brand when there are so many options, but it is a necessity to help your brand stand out in a sea of other brands (maybe brands not too unlike your own). To be relevant in this new economy you have to wear so many hats, be a writer, stylist, photographer, photo editor, social media manager, accountant and basically Houdini. Taxing. Your visual identity is who you are to the world at large (whether it is true to you or not). With Foto Rx | Cure for the Common Capture, our hope is to do the heavy lifting, we know that not everyone is a photographer or editor, but we also know how very important it is to have a solid visual presence. We are super excited to soon release our first set of photo editing enhancements/filters, up until this point we have only worked on improving your images or assisting with lettering clean up.  The new set will be one click enhancements that are fully adjustable (and non-destructive) and will help you build a cohesive and distinctive look to your photographs. This way you can get in and out of Photoshop and from behind your computer and do all the things you love to do more (like enjoy your loved ones or eat!).Read More

Vintage stock photography resource


This weekend I was searching for stock photographs, sometimes you may need that sort of thing, especially if you aren’t privy to hopping on a plane and getting an epic aerial photo of some secluded beach in Portugal or what not.  Stock photography has come a long way and now there are many talented artists even providing images gratis in exchange for exposure. This may irk the pros but I for one am grateful that we have access to such talent, I don’t think it takes away from paid stock, in our work if Michelle and I can’t create the image ourselves, it’s nice to know we have access to great gratis images but we are more than willing to pay for a high quality image if it fits our need. Btw, a quick tip here, if you are scratching your head on how to make money in photography and aren’t interested in the traditional methods, there is a market for good stock images! Creative Market has a thriving business for styled stock and there’s companies like Stocksy, just thought I would throw that out there!

Back to my stock search, I came across a wonderful site called New Old Stock by Cole Townsend, it’s a site for curated copyright free vintage images and they are terrific! Michelle and I started an image bank in our Google Drive (free digital storage!) last year to collect great images and I may need to start a vintage image bank as well, because you never know when inspiration will hit! Just thought I’d pop in and share this resource with you, we hope you find it useful!

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

The magic of makeup


I am not big on resolutions, but I am big on goals and I have some lofty ones this year. One of the least lofty, but still in the challenging category is that I decided that I am going to wear more makeup this year, more than I have ever worn in my life, I am going to go all out. Why? Well, ahem, firstly I look like crap right now, seriously, having a toddler when you are a bit on the older side for having a toddler is well, taxing. I used to be young for my age, I looked young, I felt young and it fooled me and mother nature. I am feeling my age and then some. I have become one of those moms that walks around with mismatched socks, a scrunchie and dark circles around my eyes. I avoid mirrors and photos and generally have not been happy about the state of affairs of my presence. Yes, attitude and mind over matter go a long way, but I have to throw up the white flag here, I no longer am someone that can go around without makeup, I need some help. I need to go past natural and on to Sophia Loren. I am not giving up that easily, for three years I looked a bit like a schlump, I have never been schlumpy, but I started to personify it. Not anymore, this is the year I am going to perfect my wing tipped eyeliner, this is the year I brush my hair on a regular basis (and throw out the scrunchie), this is the year that I will be wearing false lashes to preschool, come hell or high water, I am doing it. I am going to over line the heck out of my lips, I am going to Kylie Jenner this shizzle, I am going to take what God gave me and I am going to work it. OK, so I haven’t figured the logistics of this yet, because I can barely brush my teethe with a toddler around, but other people have figured this out, I surely can. I may just be applying indelible makeup before the sunrises, who knows?

Let me introduce you to Alyona Y., a musician whom also happens to be my new YouTube makeup idol. This lovely girl has transformed herself into many a famous face, eerily so, with step-by-step videos you are sure to garner some new skills. I loved all her transformations but I am seriously going to try the Sophia Loren eye, I am going to make myself a Penelope Cruz pout and of course I am all over the Bardot smoky eye. Be forewarned her videos are addicting, next time you spot a woman in a turban with almond cat eyes, a regal nose, full lips and skin the color of caramel, it just may be me. Maybe.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.


Aly Art Sophia Loren Makeup tutorial

Aly Art Penelope Cruz Makeup tutorial

Aly Art Bridgette Bardot Makeup tutorial

Aly Art Kate Moss Makeup tutorial

Winged liner with tape tutorial 1 | 2

Winged liner tutorial for every eye shape

Our current fave liner

P.S. In the graphic Alyona is on the left, it’s an OUTSTANDING transformation!

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

New year’s goals and mottos


Happy New Year friends!  We hope that everyone is feeling happy and healthy and ready for 2017.  Each year Michelle and I have tried to come up with a motto for the year, something to keep us on track and moving forward. Last year we couldn’t make up our mind although the Mary Oliver quote, ‘Tell me, what it is you plan to do with your one precious and wild life?’ was something that resonated with us and was our unofficial motto.  It helped us create a more solid focus for our business and was really instrumental in getting us to focus in general (something we have improved on but still struggle with, baby steps).  This year we both individually presented basically the same motto, although worded differently it felt very much the same.

I was thinking about what I wanted more of and how it was going to come about, really how in the flip, flappin’ jackin’ world was it going to happen??!!? and I knew that I was going have to make it happen, none of this wishy washy if it’s meant to be, it’ll be, blah, blah, I  had a resounding inner dialogue of ‘make your own magic’, it has played on loop since the eve of the new year. If this is what I want more of in my life then I was going to have to make it happen. Of course ‘magic’ for me would be different for you, it is what I feel gives life a little more of that ‘anything can happen feeling’ and reveling in it when it does, both little moments and big. I know I am going to have to make some bold and brave moves this year if I want to make magic, but I feel I am up for the challenge. Michelle had wrote down, ‘You can find magic, or you can make it’. I think it’s auspicious that we both had magic on our mind. We are dreamers indeed, but we are also doers. We aren’t talking literal magic, although if Michelle started levitating that would be something to write about, but being wonder-filled, curious, creative and doors of opportunities waiting for us to walk through. Before I left to go to the studio, Michelle sent a text ‘It’s on’, and yes, it is. Now that we have narrowed our focus and cut out a lot of excess, it is time for us to just go after what we want. We have already started the year right and made HUGE progress on a project we have spent years talking about, something that I personally lacked confidence in my skill set to do, but I bit the bullet and went for it and to my surprise it turned out so much better than I could have imagined (even Michelle who is just as picky as me agreed). We are making headway in the first week of January to do things we only talked about and that my friends is giving me a very optimistic outlook on things to come. The magic is happening…

And you?  Are you as excited about the new year? Do you have a motto/mantra for the new year?  We always love hearing your thoughts!

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.