sofia kaman $500 gift certificate giveaway

I love a good stack, so much so that when we were designing my wedding bands (yes, bands plural) I had a band made in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold and platinum. Granted my bands were only a millimeter wide (teeny, tiny), but I do love them!

I was talking to my friend, jewelry designer Sofia Kaman (queen of the stack) today, she just finished her re-brand and the herculean task of a new site re-design, she’s celebrating with helping you get started with your own stack!  I know it’s the 11th hour to mention this but they aren’t doing the drawing until tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, March 7!)  All you need to do is regram the above image, tag @sofiakaman and use the hashtag #skstylegiveaway to be entered to win a $500 gift certificate towards your own stack! Beware though before you visit her site be prepared to be majorly tempted, Sofia has some pretty, crazy amazing designs that would look good on your finger forever. I chose some of my faves, here, here, here and here, but believe me I have a laundry list of many more!

Speaking of re-brand, and I KNOW Sofia is going to kill me, but we have had heated discussions about this and I am convinced I am right on this one and I want to hear your feedback. Sofia was adamant that her name follow with ‘fine jewels’, I was adamant that it be ‘fine jewelry’. Sofia said that ‘fine jewelry’ sounded stuffy to her, where I believe ‘fine jewels’ doesn’t sound high-end and sounds more like she is selling loose gemstones. ‘Fine jewelry’ is timeless, classic, it also clarifies that she is selling ‘fine’ versus ‘faux’. What do you think? Which sounds better to you for gorgeous, (fine) jewelry?  And btw, it has no bearing on who will win, I just want her to go into this re-brand as successful as possible!  Good luck everyone!

P.S. The hand lettering was done by the very talented Torrie Asai, who for the record is not a professional letterer, but boy she could be!


new podcasts to listen to via besottedblog

I love a good listen, I had powered through most of my favorite podcasts and had to try to find some new podcasts to fill the void. Lucky for me (and I hope you) I found some really great ones. The newly launched Invisibilia has me wanting more, subjects are diverse but even the mundane in the hosts talented hands is fascinating. For those that make their living as a Creative The Accidental Creative offers some excellent insights and interviews. If you are a Ted Talks fan (I am) then you’ll love the Ted Radio Hour, it feels like a hybrid between the talks and This American Life. Jess Lively has an inspiring podcast The Lively Show with some great guests you are sure to recognize and be interested in.

What about you? Do you have any podcasts that you want to add? I LOVE learning about new podcasts! If you missed my other podcast posts below are some of the ones I have listened to and loved:

Stuff you Missed in History Class


After the Jump with Grace Bonney

The Moth

Lettering Photoshop brushes

hand lettered corazon besotted

Yesterday I posted this lettering on Instagram and thought it might make a good Photoshop brush, I made two versions, both available for free to download (Valentine’s day is right around the corner after all).  We are still hoping to launch our Foto Rx  Photoshop actions this week and I have been a bit frantic, Michelle on the other hand is cool as a cucumber whilst the top of my head keeps popping off and steam escapes cartoon style. I am hoping to get back to a more dignified demeanor soon.  I am just so darn excited, it’s the first big thing I have done since baby E. arrived and it’s making me feel like I am finally starting to get a groove going.  I have felt so inept at adding any other task other than mother to my plate. I seriously don’t know how mom’s around the globe do it, it took me over a year to finally get anything done!

The photo above was edited with Foto Rx (but of course), the front most flower was suffering from overexposure so I used ‘paint on dark’ to bring back detail in the petals, if this had gotten to bright white on the overexposure mark, nothing short of time travel and taking the photo again would bring the detail back, all white overexposure means there isn’t any data to mine, thus rendering any remedy completely useless. We have included a few bonus film effect actions for you in the set, I used Matte+ a few times to get that muddy/foggy film look that is currently so popular and added film grain.  The effect also helped me add my Photoshop lettering brush over the photograph without there being too much competing detail, a cool ‘trick’ to use when you want to add text to your photographs for your, Instagram, etc. Have any burning questions? Now is the time to ask them, always best to leave us comments, because it’ll be much faster to get your answers than via the abyss known as my email account.

If you would like to be notified of the launch of our Foto Rx actions you can sign-up here! and you can download the lettering Photoshop brushes here.

P.S. This was shot with my Iphone, it was one of a series (I did get in one decent photo), it was an image I thought was a goner until I ran it through a Foto Rx remedy, so if you are wondering if you can edit Iphone images, the answer is yes, if you have a high enough res image!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. 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.


mlk dahl quote i On this MLK day I thought I would letter a favorite quote by a favorite author that felt apropos. If you are having trouble reading my hand, here is the quote:

‘Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world’.

I do believe it’s from Matilda by Roald Dahl but nonetheless it is attributed to the master wordsmith himself. I don’t think my lettering is good enough yet to be lettering full quotes, but I felt inspired to give this a go. I find it hard to find a consistent hand, I can do one word but multiple words are a bit challenging for me. I know there are a plethora of beginning modern calligraphy workshops out there right now and the market may seem saturated for those putting them on, but if there are a few savvy calligraphers reading this here blog, the only logical step now is to start offering the next level of classes. I know I would be interested in that next step, forming sentences and what not, you?  Hopefully we will start to see more advanced calligraphy workshops becoming available in the near future. In the interim I will continue lettering my one word a day on Instagram, #365lettering, if you care to join me please do! The more the merrier!


alice gabb write more letters via besotted blog

I haven’t made a new years resolution in years, they just never pan out like I had intended, even with the most earnest and motivated of intentions. I’d often last a week or so and come to a crashing halt (and feelings of failure). I don’t know if it’s semantics or not or if resolutions generally tend to be more along the lines of cutting things out then adding them in, but I basically have switched from resolutions to goals and it generally suits me much better.  Last year with a new baby and being a bit shell shocked I didn’t do much planning other than to one day get some sleep again (eventually later in the year I finally did!)  This year I am making up for last and may have gotten a bit goal gluttonous but let’s see how it goes!

So I have made this a little more loose than I otherwise would (I am a bit of a tightly wound creature and thrive on structure), but I am a new mom and I need to be a little more malleable than I have been in the past.  I decided on the following 2015 projects + goals (these are just of the creative kind, business + life will be shared in another post):

365 days of Gratitude-This is a hard one to share because well, I don’t think I will ever be able to share them with you! They would be too personal for both myself and the recipient.  I have been writing a thank you note a day and plan to continue for the remainder of the year. I wanted to do this for tenfold, I love the idea of expressing my gratitude of course but I also wanted to get over my criticalness of my penmanship. Penmanship for me is different from lettering, even with lettering I don’t feel competent enough to letter one sentence, let alone multiple ones that are meant to be heartfelt (and legible). I am hoping an added bonus for this project would be a massive improvement in this area. Btw, to make sure I would be able to follow through and this was a feasible project, I started practicing+ writing at the beginning of December, so far so good. This man did it and it changed his life!

Lettering-I really wanted to bring back my lettering practice.  I think I stopped lettering a few months into my pregnancy and didn’t start again until a few weeks ago.  I am so happy I did! I love to just be able to zone out and work with my hands. I decided to do just that and really take ‘practice’ literally. My 365 project is to pen a word a day (this came about after not being able to choose just one mantra/goal word for 2015, typical). I have been practicing different iterations of the word and then uploading to Instagram. I chose to do it this way so I can be accountable. I am open (and would welcome) any other lettering enthusiasts that would like to join in! We can use the hashtag #365lettering

Photo-Of course I am going to add a photo project here! I have an idea for a series that I have been playing around with. I am not sure how it will be received but I am excited about it.  I have never been great about putting together a series and this feels right. I want to be able to blow some of the images up huge like this exhibit! What? Too ambitious? Actually, I just want to do some printing any size printing since I am often guilty of keeping my photos on my hard drive. Once I have more of the series in order I am sure I will be sharing a peek!

E.-I wanted to do a project that included my daughter. I recently read an article on Rachel Hullin photographer/mom that wrote the book, ‘Flying Henry’. I got wildly inspired and knew that E. would love a book with her featured in it (most babies love babies and also seeing themselves, so I think it would be a hit for her). I have been outlining some ideas for it and hopefully can pull it off before the end of the year. If I am successful I plan to get it made into a custom board book for her since she seems to really enjoy trying to crumple paper pages of books!

I have some other not so pressing creative endeavors like sketching more, but that’s more a life long goal and not limited to just this year. What about you?  I would love to hear your plans + projects for 2015!  I feel if you publicly ‘claim’ them then there’s more of a chance that they will come into fruition, besides it’s great to have your friends cheer you on, so leave them below, I’ll be here for you!

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