A book by it’s cover | Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin

making faces by kevyn aucoin via besotted blogMaking Faces by Kevyn Aucoin is a classic, even though it was released in 1998, the make-up and lessons are still very relevant and the cover has lasted the test of time (hello, hand lettering!) I was really going back and forth with what book cover to present during a beauty week and I kept coming back to this one. I was such a huge fan of Kevyn Aucoin and wished that I could one day be made over by his genius, alas, that will never happen so this book and his many others are great resources and references for any make-up aficionado.

Do you have any fave make-up books?  We would love to hear!

Author / Miss Tristan B

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 Kinfolk Table | Fonts in the Wild

the kinfolk table via besotted blog

If you haven’t surmised the theme of this week–it’s books! But of course you gathered that already because you my friend are not only pretty and witty but brilliant. We usually mention a font about this time during the week and we thought it might be fun to incorporate a font + a book. We are sure you are familiar with the simple elegance which is Kinfolk, each of their magazines feels like a covetable collectible, branding is pitch perfect and of course fonts play an integral role.

The title font just may be custom but it seems like the consensus is that it is OptimusPrinceps, which is supposedly a more rough/organic Trajan. I can tell you that I have never given Trajan as much as a side glance so I was a little taken aback by this discovery. It’s a nice note to self to not be so closed minded design wise and to step out of ones comfort zone. The body text used is a classic, I have used it in in projects myself as I really like a nice classic serif, the equivalent of a nicely fitted white button down, it will always be in style and is a good base piece in any wardrobe. The base text is Adobe Calson, some computers may even have it as a default font! If you don’t have it as a default, it can get spendy, here are some options that are near identical-here, here and here. For fun, here are some nice hand drawn/wonky versions-here and here.

Author / Miss Tristan B

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.

A Book by its Cover| A Boat, A Whale & A Walrus

A Boat, A Whale, A Walrus via Besotted Blog

As designers Michelle and I have this thing about aesthetics, yes, we have even been known to judge a book by its cover. Being both bibliophiles and design addicts we thought it was high time that we share some of our favorite book covers with you. Some we will have read and some are on our ever growing to-do list of reads but all of them are worthy of a peek. We will do our best to give credit to the designers, illustrators and photographers if we can find this elusive information. We hope you enjoy this new series and that you discover a few treasures to add to your library.

And about that cover…A Boat, A Whale & A Walrus by Renee Erickson is a book that you can not help but be drawn to. As you know we love a good organic hand, which this has plenty of, the charming illustrations are by artist Jeffry Mitchell. I happened to receive a copy of this book from Miss Michelle and my take? I think all cookbooks should be written like this–part memoir, part practical application. I have not tried any of the recipes yet, but I still give this a huge thumbs up as you will thoroughly enjoy the conversational tone and voluptuous photography.

Author / Miss Tristan B

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.

10 BOOKS FOR SUMMER

Summer Reads 2015 via Besotted Blog

Hooray – it’s officially summer in these parts! Time to pour a tall glass of  (my current favorite) grapefruit soda and sparkling water (50/50 mix), lounge on a blanket in the shade and get lost in a book. If you don’t already have your reading list lined up, I have some ideas for you. These are a few of my latest reads with a couple of all time favorites sprinkled in for good measure:

Rooftoppers  by Katherine Rundell

A charming and whimsical story about a young girl searching for her long-lost mother. She has a caring and supportive adoptive father and a band of homeless children who live on the rooftops of Paris to help her in her search. If you happen to be in Paris, reading this may cause you to glance up at the rooftops more often!

Leon and Louise by Alex Capus

A story of rare and true loves and all of the barriers life throws their way. Leon and Louise feel so real, you’ll be wrapped up in their lives in no time.

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

The main character is an unfairly disgraced artist, who just needs to get her footing again in the art world. There’s a mystery, a love story, and you’ll be amazed what kind of work goes into forging a famous painting.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I’ll admit I had a hard time rooting for the main character for much of this book – she’s a wreck, and not a very sympathetic wreck at that. What kept me interested was all of the twists and turns, and the characters who are capable of anything – it keeps you guessing!

If you’ve ever had that feeling of not wanting a book to end, you’ll know how I felt after reading Water for Elephants. I just wasn’t ready to walk away from the circus world. So I dove headlong into these two books and was very happy I did:

Among the Wonderful by Stacy Carlson

On the surface this is a story about two of the employees of P.T. Barnum’s Museum of Wonders, but it’s really about humanity with a side of New York City life in the 1840’s.

Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

A story about the life of Lavinia Warren. I couldn’t help but admire how she chose to listen to her instincts rather than cave into fear in a time when women weren’t often taken seriously and it was socially acceptable to treat her as if she were a doll instead of a real person. That’s true grit if you ask me.

And finally, Like Water for Chocolate, and Chocolat (and Five Quarters of the Orange) came up over the dinner table the other night. We all loved how these books wove sensory elements into their very rich storylines. Definitely worth a read if you haven’t already!

So tell me, have you read any good books lately???

P.S. This photo was treated with a little ‘La Vie en Rose’ action. We were in the mood for a touch of blush, it felt apropos for the beginning of summer and the launch of our class. Those that are on our mailing list received it for free. Yes, free! Every month we send out another free action to our subscribers so if you want in, come sign-up!

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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Find your next read!

Find your next read via besotted blog

I have been on a bit of a book binge lately, maybe it has something to do with the comments in this post. I have even been tipping my toes into fiction waters, a rarity. I finished The Night Circus, which so many of you loved and went on to read The Aviary (Michelle recommended), it’s by a children’s author so the audience is skewed younger, but it is well written, imaginative and a quick read. I started reading Birdbox, because Ez gave it a positive endorsement, I must forewarn you it is terrifying and adrenaline inducing from the very first page–not for those with a weak constitution.

After I put The Aviary down I was wondering if there were any apps that would recommend a book in a style that I just read, something that felt similar in feel but new and original. Kindle offers suggestions of what other customers who read a similar book bought as well, but I always find those so perplexingly off base. I did a little research and found the following sites that may help you discover your next book.

What should I read next- I enjoyed exploring this site because the recommended list is so varied, almost to the point of having you scratch your head and say, ‘huh’? But it’s a free service, use it with a grain of salt.

Your next read- I found this a little daunting and confusing, but if you figure it out let me know how it works.

Goodreads-This is more community based with recommendations from other bibliophiles. I signed up years ago, but I always forget about stopping here for a rec. Note to self–bookmark.

Whichbook

Head Butler-Your cultural concierge. More than book recommendations, but I found his book reviews really smart, witty and honest.

The Staff Recommends-Based on the ‘the staff recommends’ you see at bookstores this site curates the creators current recommendations. It’s a brilliant idea and I wish I thought of it because I sure would love a stack of fresh books at my ready (although sadly I only read my Kindle now because I do all my reading late into the wee hours).

Library Thing-Another community based/social network type site (ala Good Reads) but not as aesthetically pleasing.

Have you used any of these sites before? If so do you have a preference? Are there other sites I may have missed? Apps? Do you have an alternate way of choosing your next read? Inquiring minds want to know…

Author / Miss Tristan B

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.

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