Since summer has officially started here I am going to dedicate this week to a nostalgic summer staple–camp. A lot of us have not been away to camp for many moons, my last trip to camp was in the 4th grade, but it has not diluted the memories of this special rite of passage. I am in awe of how many new adult camp destinations are cropping up and would one day love to visit at least one of them. The above is from South Lake Tahoe’s Basecamp Hotel, where they have taken the tent and set it up inside for you.  It’s like a fort for adults, really cheeky, plus the bonus of running water + no fear of nasty bug bites.

I was getting multiple updates on Instagram for Nicole of Making it Lovely when she went to Camp Wandawega with a bevy of other bloggers and documented her time there.  This may be the only time I ever suffered from complete and utter blogger envy.  Camp Wandawega is a photographic dream, everywhere you look there’s another photo-op to be had, it’s like a Wes Anderson movie set.  It also looks like a blast and if you are ever in Wisconsin in the summer I think you should add this to your must-do list.

There’s another word for this type of ‘camping’ and it’s called glamping.  I found a pretty cool resource for multiple glamping sites called Glamping Hub, even if you aren’t planning a trip anytime soon it’s still good arm chair traveling. This tent would be perfect plopped in my backyard (or yours, I bet you could D.I.Y. it). Not feeling the tent? Kristiana has some pretty snappy Airstream trailers for rent that could make your whole glamping adventure mobile.

I hope you enjoy your week here and feel inspired to try some of the things I introduce you to or better yet travel to one of these amazing destinations!  Let me know if you try anything or if you have been glamping lately.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups.

P.S. The cool camp inspired font I used can be downloaded here for free.



I had been seeing these pipe shelves crop up all over the internet and really wanted to try my hand at making one; I had a couple of obstacles 1) I have a hard time following directions 2) I don’t own any real power tools (a drill + mini sander but those don’t really count now, do they?)  My husband is not handy but he sure is handsome so there’s that.  So here is my “Cliff” notes version of how this came about. Last summer I decided to give it a try.  At Home Depot I eyed the plumbing pipes longingly (as one does) when a salesperson asked if he could help me, I told him that I wanted to make a pipe shelf but they didn’t have pipes in the sizes I needed and I didn’t have tools, (insert crazy look here) I showed him some on-line images, and he said no problem they could cut the pipes to any size I needed for a nominal fee. I went home and started figuring out my exact dimensions needed. This is important since a lot of the DIY instructions on-line are for what worked for that individual, if you are going to make this, make it so it works for you.  I had a very long narrow closet where I wanted this to go, so I knew my boards/shelves needed to have a narrow profile (these were cut for free to size at Home Depot, I think Lowes does free cuts as well). I used the standard 2′ x 4’s. I chose to make my bottom shelf higher so I could fit my filing boxes in neatly, which were tall and narrow. I also added metal casters so I could easily roll the shelf out of the slim closet and could see everything.  It was smooth sailing from there–sanding, stain + polyurethane for the aesthetics, for functionality, I used Gorilla glue and screws to get all the pipe flanges in place and that was it.  It was a weekend project because of the staining and wood glue which needed to dry but it comes together so fast and it did not look like a DIY project, in fact I sold it for a pretty penny when I moved and that was out in the middle of nowhere (the photo above was from my Craigslist listing), just imagine if I lived in the city?!  I am now wanting to make a whole studio space in our tiny city loft and this image has my wheels spinning.

If you need more detailed instructions for this project I have collected some here:

Industrial shelf (they set their shelves on top of the pipes instead of screwing them directly into the shelves like I did).

Here’s the same concept for a coffee table that I think looks equally as good and would probably be the easiest of all the pipe projects.

Be still my beating heart, the already lovely Roost  just got even lovelier (hard to believe but it’s true!) My jaw is still on the floor…

I get a lot of emails each day, but one of my very favorites is the word of the day from Merriam Webster, it not only gives you the word + definition but also the pronunciation and in context examples! It makes me feel like I accomplished at least one great thing each day.

I haven’t been up for doing much lately, but I did download the Graveminder by Melissa Marr (it was on sale!). I am not a big fiction reader but when I do read it I always wonder why I don’t read it more often. I am not that deep into the book, but I’m already impressed with Ms. Marr’s imagination, how did she come up with such things?  From the reviews this isn’t even her most creative book, my curiosity has been peaked.

On a whim the other night my husband and I watched Extreme Couponing, my husband is appalled by the stock piling and I agree there’s not a lot I could/would eat (100 packs of hot dogs anyone?) but gosh darn am I impressed by how much these couponers save.  It has me motivated to look into it a little further, I found this site that gives you a crash course. I would love to have a stock pile of basics like laundry detergent, wouldn’t you?

The Visual Supply Company aka VSCO has just updated their VSCAM app and I love it even more (if that’s possible). I always recommend it as the app to get if you are trying to recreate that film look with your cameraphone.  The app is free and has plenty of filter choices, scroll down here to see some awe inspiring sample images.

Couldn’t get enough of my blogging unsolicited blogging advice? Well here’s some more links to inspire more great content from Alt Summit!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups.




I have kept it no secret that I am head over heels for the foundry Magpie Paper Works. The genius behind the brand Jess is one of my favorite lettering artists.  I love how she has been so prolific and always spot on with the trends on what a designer may be needing but can’t find. Her Vermandois and Saissant are some of the most realistic of the casual/modern hands and she was one of the first to launch with such radically different calligraphy fonts that I feel she opened the gateway for other artists to follow.  Not content to sit back on her previous successes she has launched a gorgeous new font Ahra that will be perfect for both invites and envelopes. It has some truly beautiful contextual alternates & swashes and from the description it reads that she has made it ‘simple & automatic to add end-of-word swashes’. I know Ahra will be as big a success (or bigger) than the ones she has created previously. If you enjoyed my recommendation of the Jacques & Gilles font, I think this has the same feel, but more femme + sophisticated, a great one to add to your collection!

Some others that I think you might like are the newly released Kailey by Molly Jacques, it feels a lot like her own hand that you may have seen pinned everywhere. A bargain font ($5) is the newly released Paris, it has the feel of Strangelove (a hipster staple) but again it is a little more femme.

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups.


this sucks by tristan b.I have been avoiding writing this for some time now as I always want this spot to be a positive break from all the chaos we seem to collect in our worlds.  One of the most important caveats for writing a blog for me though is to remain authentic and I feel that I have been successful at keeping true to that. I try to paint a very realistic picture of my life, its ups & downs and how I have gotten through it; I do this so others don’t have to take as much time getting to their end goal as it has taken me. I believe in you and I also believe that everyone has the opportunity to be creative even if they don’t think they are, it’s what I hope you take from this blog (oh, and a few great beauty secrets to boot).  You may have noticed that I have gotten a little sporadic around here, it is not my intention to leave my beloved blog high & dry, but I have been very sick for what is going on 4 months. We know what the condition is and we have been treating it but it is kicking my a*!, every day has been a struggle and life has been anything but normal. My normal right now does not include me leaving my sofa, which has made it hard to run my business, but thankfully my husband has been a big help with that. I have small spurts of feeling like I am not going to drop and that’s when I have been able to take pics of the dogs, but I am struggling. Strangely by some devious twist of fate I have had a windfall of opportunity come my way in the last few months, opportunities I could have only dreamed of prior and I have had to pass on almost all of them, which makes me even more heart broken. I am just trying to take this one day at a time and focus as usual on all the great things in my life, I do think staying positive has prevented me from falling into a abyss of self pity.  I just wanted to give you an update, so you know that I am not myself  lately, the posts may not come as frequently, be as creative (or witty) as I would like them to be, but I have high hopes for when I get through this, I do hope you will stick it out with me. Wishing you all a very happy (and healthy) day!


just being audreyMy mother is obsessed with the Kardashian’s, after the show premiered she called me and gave me a play-by-play of what happened as if she was describing an evening with friends. I had never seen the show and to be honest I don’t pay much attention to the tabloids because I don’t know know who 99% of the people they are writing about are and it all seems a little depressing to me. I watched about 15 minutes of the show to see what the hype was about and felt my brain deteriorate with each passing minute. If I heard the word ‘like’ drop out of the mouth of a 30 year old married woman one more time….Yes, they are indeed pretty, but beyond that they seem rather droll and uninteresting. The thing that panicked me the most was that there are legions upon legions of young girls that want to emulate these numb skulls. It makes me scared for the future of like humanity. That is why when I came across this very sweet children’s book called ‘Just being Audrey’ by Margaret Cardillo that I felt there was still a glimmer of hope in the world. The story is about Audrey Hepburn as a little girl, her perseverance over adversity and the kindness she showed to others. I think Audrey is a fine example of a celebrity worthy of emulation if ever there was one. The illustrations by Julia Denos make this book even more charming.

Admittedly,  I am a teensy bit envious by how clever the concept is, this is yet another story of someone doing what they love and having success and I am grateful for the inspiration (and the challenge to try harder). I hope today is a day that you are able to do something closer to achieving your dreams and that you remember to show kindness to others. I’m going to start by apologizing to the Kardashian’s for not being nice, but in my defense I did say they were pretty.

P.S. I think this would make a great gift for any little girl!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pup.