I am certainly as exhausted as I have ever been.  Tonight will mark the last event for my ‘old’ life and in a way ring in my new one. I am pretty excited about the latter, the former well it is all very bittersweet. This is a huge event in terms of time and toil and I do hope it goes smoothly for my own sake, yes, you have to look out for numero uno, especially when the people that hired you for said event don’t give a flying frock about you. Speaking of frocks, I am having a fashion melt down.  I wish I was wearing a number like the one pictured above, but alas I am wearing a rather boring black sheath for the zillionth time and have to forgo a manicure.  Chipped nail polish looks quite lovely on the likes of the Olsen twins, but looks quite hideous on moi. I don’t have enough hours in this day to fit in a quickie and am hoping that the room is dim enough that my hangnails don’t upstage the rest of my ensemble.  I find it rather amusing that I actually thought I would be able to meet some of the people I stalk on the internet  while I am here in San Francisco like Melissa of Reverie Daydream, Anne from City Sage or the genius behind Divine Twine–Whitney, let alone my God parent’s.  I barely had a chance to eat last night. I have a very warped sense of time, almost like a time superiority complex, I think I have all the time in the world and then realize I don’t have any at all and am basically a time pauper.  The reality of it is quite jarring, sigh.  So wish me luck tonight, I will need it, to keep my sanity in check.  I think I may be able to manage as there is a light at the end of this tunnel and it looks like it is quite bright….


This image has absolutely nothing to do with what this post is about–my new favorite lipstick.  I am such a control freak, that if I couldn’t shoot the lipstick I didn’t want to showcase it here, but I will share the color-Bare Again, Sheen Supreme by MAC.  It was a fluke that I got it, because I haven’t been in a MAC store since ‘Nam (that’s Vietnam for all you post 1990 babies, it’s funny, trust me).  Anyways, I had that event in NYC last month, humid as all get out, my make-up melted on the cab ride to the event, a MAC store was across the street from said event and viola I am the owner of a new lipstick that happens to be AWE-to the-SOME. I’ve got many a compliment so I know it was worth the one hundred times what it was made for, which is what I paid-a one hundred plus mark-up.  So worth it. Here’s a preview on lips that are not mine. I like that it has the consistency of a lip balm, not waxy or sticky at all, with a hint of color.  It’s like your lips but better, I am so in.


Yes, it’s true.  The shop finally opens today. Please forgive any typo’s in the descriptions or any wonky shipping prices (don’t fear shipping will be a flat rate), everything will be fixed soon enough and more inventory added by the end of the weekend.  I didn’t want to delay the opening one minute longer and wanted to make sure I am prepared for holiday.  Speaking of holiday I have been shooting holiday and it feels so odd to set-up shots when it’s still 80 degree’s outside, admittedly I am full of holiday cheer already (I suppose I am easily influenced).  If you have any questions or gosh forbid complaints, please shoot me an email.  I can’t wait to pack your parcels for you, one of the best parts of doing this project is going to make sure that each package arrives like a present.  That has to be one of my favorite things about the handmade movement shipments arrive with such care and forethought.  I want that to be a hallmark of my business and have made sure to include that in my model.  I planned 1,001 thank you’s and I will be doing that soon, but my plane was delayed and if I don’t get some shut eye I shall be useless tomorrow (or today as the case may be).


Happy Monday!  I know, I know, I bet you thought I would never be uttering those two words, but here I am uttering away.  I have actually been in a state of complete panic since Friday, this weekend did me no favors and went by at lightening speed.  I am not only launching the shop tomorrow but flying out of my zipcode to throw a party hosted by the most powerful editor in home design magazine history. (lol, no not for Besotted)  It’s my last event before I bid adieu to my other life and embark on this new one. Yes, I have been breathing heavily into paper bags for the last 72 hours.  I can do this, yes I can.  Okay, so some things you must know if you decide to partake in the party which is the launch.  I will be shipping all orders on Saturday 10.15. On Sunday I am having a bar built into my studio so I don’t have to bend over and pack, (just sending out the prizes this weekend killed my back).  I know you thought I was going to build a bar to drink myself into a stupor, right?  I should, but I won’t because I am so flippin’ excited, launching this shop is as thrilling to me as getting a new puppy or bunny–really.  The items that will be featured are only a fraction of the offerings, I haven’t had time to add all the inventory, but after this week I will have a lot more time to do so. I want to clarify that Besotted Brand is not just a paper goods store, oh no, we are purveyors of fine design (that’s trademarked so don’t even think about stealing it, I will poke you in the eye).  I have apothecary coming (I need testers!), along with fine jewelry and home goods.  If I think it is beautiful + useful and I love it I am going to either design it, find it, or collaborate on it for you.  Did I mention I am getting married a month from the launch?  Have I officially lost my mind?  Quite possibly. If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter I think you should, because those fine folks are going to  be privy to more than the average bear.
P.S.RALIEIGH-ELIZABETH, you need to email me your address!


Naomi Shiek is the winner of our custom calligraphy stationery stamp! Wow, what a tongue twister.  I chose Naomi because A) she really went above and beyond to spread the word (thank you!) B) I really felt she wanted this stamp badly and would actually use it.  I REALLY want people using the offerings because I selfishly want to bask in the glory when I see their creations and know I had a hand in their creative springboard.  It’s a really amazing feeling I tell you, to know that you can potentially become part of someones creative process even in the most minute way. I hadn’t really thought of that aspect of it until you all started commenting and I realized how truly collaborative these stamps will be.  I do hope when we launch I have people sending in their images to me, I would love to share them here.
Speaking of creativity Naomi is very creative + talented, an illustrator, papercut and textile artist whatever medium she chooses she shines with originality, you definitely should pop by her shop.
Thank you again to everyone that entered, for those that didn’t win this round please don’t fret I do plan to offer more giveaways and I am going to be rolling out apothecary soon and will need lots of testers so I hope you are all up for that as well!  Winners please email me with your addresses so I can start packing those prizes.
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!
P.S.  I will be answering your questions in the comments in an upcoming post.
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