I love, love.  I do.  I don’t think of this day as silly commercialism, but a sweet reminder to the world to give more love.  It doesn’t have to be in the form of candy and cards, although those are often appreciated but being a little more affectionate and telling someone you love them. A general rosy disposition today wouldn’t hurt (even on a Monday)!  

I decided that what I was going to try to accomplish today was a little insane given everything that’s going on this week, quitting my old job and starting a new one. Sometimes I need to give myself a break, so today I am giving myself the Valentine of not giving myself a hard time.  What I plan to announce will happen, sooner or later but not today and I am ‘OK’ with that.  I am not even going to get disappointed, I am just going to roll with it (how unusual). So in the spirit of actually be loving to myself, I wish you all a happy heart’s day.  May your day be filled with lot’s of love.


Oh Etsy, you so rarely disappoint, just look at the treasure I uncovered–Three Little Ducks.  Darling. I will take one ‘Pout’ dress in every colour please (they are Australian so I must use Queen’s English).


I have been very fortunate lately to receive love + affection for my new blog from some of my very favorite bloggers.  I plan to thank everyone, but as you may be able to infer I am a little slower than most. I don’t mean to be, I plan everyday to be speedy and full but I guess I am predisposed to an island time disposition or something. In my defense, I do take on much more than the average bear.  I don’t know a lot of individuals that can work my kind of schedule (nor would want to). Things may (and do) stop abruptly when I spy something shiny but eventually they get done. To stop my dilly dallying I would like to start by thanking Miss Liz of the charming ‘Say Yes to Hoboken’ blog.  Thank you for mentioning Besotted Brand Blog in your ‘Up & Coming’ blog round up.  I was so flattered to be in such great company and now that I have links to even more fabulous blogs I may be even slower than usual. So thank you Miss Liz, I do appreciate the attention, please don’t think for one second that I don’t AND thank you to everyone that visits my new home, I am so happy to have you stop by and am always delighted when you drop me notes in the comments.


It took me a couple weeks, but I managed to put my second inspiration board together for my pal/decorator–the white version.  I am surprised she hasn’t fired me yet as her ‘client’. I am so on the fence about everything.  We went back and measured the room and some of the items I liked and her mantra became– “Tristan, just pull the trigger”. I am so not a trigger puller, but I am getting closer. For those just coming upon this blog I had a black version that centered upon an amazing bookshelf, but when I went to visit the bookshelf in person it was a sorry version of itself–a cardboard box with painted Popsicle sticks.  So the decision was made to go the way of the white and here I am back at the virtual drawing board. 

Here are some of the decisions I have made (thank goodness) — 1. The wall which once was going to be painted in chalkboard paint will now be painted in a matte grey/charcoal. I will be using a magnetic paint primer, which will make my walls ready for my inspiration board and will be a neater/cleaner version of the original idea. 2. I will be making a built in desk to run the length of the wall.  I am either going to follow this super simple DIY or use these sawhorse legs (again decisions aren’t my forte). 3. I am going to get a backless drafting stool, because I love them. No, I won’t be using it as my desk chair., I’m crazy but not that crazy 4. The white mod chandelier that is currently in the room will be replaced with an industrial looking piece, which will coordinate with my vintage brushed stainless task lamps that I already own (and love).  I am happy to be moving forward, we moved to the flat in June and nearly a year later it still has piles of forlorn books on the floor and in boxes.  It’s time to um, pull the trigger.


When I found out that this was the year of the bunny, I KNEW this would be my year.  How could it not?  I am after all one of the foremost authority’s on cute animals (see above photo). I started my Monday morning series of cute animals on my previous Blahg because Monday’s had become my most dreaded day (it was only rivaled by Sunday’s) and I needed a little glimmer of happiness on the first day of the work week.  
I had a job that I truly enjoyed but my boss was uh, well, uh? Hmmm?  How do I word this nicely?  I had closed down both my boutique PR/Branding firm and Stationery company to come work for said boss.  With promises of golden paved streets, fortunes falling from the sky and everything bathed in a rosy glow of perfection, I was ready for my new adventure.  Well, things didn’t exactly transpire as promised.  I spent many Monday’s blue and the rest of the week wishing for Friday.  Not the happiest time in my long life.  You see, the problem was not just finding another job, I needed another career.  I no longer had the passion to promote fashion and working in the luxury interior design industry was just not for me. I was starting to feel a little hollow inside. I wanted to find a job that incorporated my skill set but also included baby animals.  Guess what?  I FOUND that job! I am beside myself with joy. This is a story that if you are resourceful you CAN find a dream job.  I wrote about how it may have been too late for me to go back to school and become a renown zoologist/vet/anthropologist but it was not too late to try to work with animals in another capacity.  I needed to start thinking outside the box.  I did just that and started sending my resume to places that worked with animals but needed someone with my unique background in PR + Branding.  I truly believe that most every company could use a top notch brander so I came to my prospects with that in mind rather than the mindset that these types of companies probably would never utilize someone like me. It worked, I start next week! I couldn’t be happier and nothing topped the reaction from my current boss (he had a fake heart attack). Today I am IN LOVE with Monday’s and hopefully it stays like this for a very long time.
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