The Finer & The Find-The Jogger

 

The Jogger Finer + Find via Besotted

THE FINER / THE FIND

The Finer & The Find. Michelle and I both love and appreciate quality items + craftmanship, I think it’s part of our designer DNA, but there’s also no denying the thrill of the hunt. At our weekly meetings we like to Johnny one up each other on what new discoveries we have found, we thought it might be fun to share with you our little game of Finer & Find. The Finer would be something if budget was no object and The Find is the score. It’s not always fashion, we have found some pretty eclectic items, but between the two of us we hope there is something to tickle your fancy!

I have had a recent obsession with Joggers, as a new mama I am lucky not to leave my house in my pajamas’s, Joggers have the same feel as my PJ’s without the curious stares. Although they have an elastic waist band, usually a big wardrobe no-no for me (ordinarily I don’t have the self-discipline to not grow into my elastic waistband if you know what I mean). I find the Joggers comfortable and as Michelle likes to say, ‘A door-able’, meaning you can open your front door in them.

 Have you embraced this trend? Do you have a Jogger suggestion? Or would these never be in your wardrobe?

P.S. And if you must know, I did indeed get a few consecutive hours of sleep the other night which has been most invigorating and why I’ve been so verbose this week. I hope this keeps up (both the sleep + energy).

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She recently 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.

Contemporary Calligraphy by Erica McPhee

Contemporay calligraphy by erica mcphee

Okay, we have been a bit ambitious this week with posts haven’t we?  I hope next week is not a barren sea of crickets here, we are trying to get at least one post up a week, on a good week maybe two, but we hope they are worth the wait. Michelle and I have been working behind the scenes feverishly or as feverishly as an 11 month old will allow her mama to work, to re-envision our brand. We are taking all of your feedback to heart and using it to help with a top secret project we have in the works (feel free to add your 2 cents to the mix). I spotted the graphic above by Erica McPhee and loved it, such a great example, I wish I had time to work on my lettering, alas my plate is currently full. I have mentioned Erica McPhee before with her Flourish forum, it seems it is a resounding success, over 2,000 members and 20, 000 posts?!  An active lettering forum is a dream come true, I am so happy to see it um, flourishing. If you haven’t already you should stop by and peruse or join, it’s free and there is some serious talent and resources to be found there.

And since we are talking lettering, I thought I would link to some supplies + resources, you most likely will be getting inspired and will want to try out some lettering for yourself:

Resource list

Fave Nibs

Nib Identification Chart download

Modern Calligraphy Book

Lettering Workshops coming up

Have fun!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She recently 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.

Serum based foundations & CC Creams

serum based foundations via besottedblog.com

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I have gotten very, very lazy with my beauty routine.  Not so lazy that I would dare step outside bare faced mind you, but I do want as little effort as possible and I wouldn’t mind if people thought I had no make up on. I adore the Armani foundation (even though many of you reprimanded me via email for promoting such a luxury item, the others that tried it did sing my praises). But back to being lazy, I wanted to see if I could cut out as many steps as possible, since I no longer have multi-step time even though I have a multi-step need. I absolutely refuse to leave the house without a moisturizer, sunscreen or some sort of coverage to help with my hyper-pigmentation/uneven complexion. I did a little research and tried some products and these are my picks for the lazy beauty-phile.

IT COSMETICS CC+ CREAM

This is a new to me line and I only bought the trial size, which still ran $15! It had some rave reviews and I was reeled in by the 50+ SPF, you just don’t find that in a BB or CC cream. There’s a lot to like about this product besides the high SPF, it has a built in primer and an anti-aging hydrating serum and it’s full coverage (unheard of in the beauty balm realm). The first time I tried it without moisturizer on and it did me no favors, I loved the coverage and it didn’t feel like I was wearing any make-up throughout the day, without moisturizer though it dried pretty matte and settled into my laugh lines (not pretty). I gave it another try with moisturizer (I have been using this drugstore find day and night) and I have been pretty hooked ever since. It leaves a nice glowy (not greasy or dewy) finish on my dry skin and I can build coverage. This is not a product you want to get heavy handed with, just dot it on your face and work it in and you can achieve very natural bare faced results!  Pros: 50+ Sunscreen, full, buildable coverage  Cons: There’s not many shades so you may not get a good match for your skin, I chose medium and it works nicely.

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Lovely, lithe script font

a nice monoline font via besotted blog

Michelle found this font and asked me what I thought and I think I may have squealed.  The String family by Maximiliano Sproverio is one of those finds that makes you want to go and design something so you can use it. This font would look great on everything from invites, to your holiday cards even a fun brand identity. It has a casual feel with a dash of fancy added, if it were an outfit it would be jeans, a white button down with a sparkly statement piece added. I am partial to the holes version, it reminds me (a teensy bit) of the beloved Mr. Boddington hand (now if they ever came out with a font I would be one of the first on line).

Let us know if you use it in a project, we always are up for some eye candy!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She recently 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.

Sunday Suppers by Karen Mordechai book release!

sunday suppers photos by karen mordechai

I was beside myself giddy when I found out that the Sunday Suppers book was finally available!  I am a HUGE fan of Karen Mordechai, I am on the Sunday Suppers mailing list,  I follow their Instagram feed, I stalk their site. One of my bucket list desires is to be able to join in one of her worskshops (just follow their Instagram feed and I dare you not to want to add it to your bucket list too).

What is Sunday Suppers beside complete and utter gorgeousness? According to their site it is a communal cooking center; even that snippet feels warm + inviting and not pretentious, I love a casual vibe when I am cooking (and dining), you? If you are as obsessed as we are with beautiful photos, styling, design and of course food then you’ll need to pick up a copy (or two) of the new Sunday Suppers book pronto.

Enjoy your weekend friends! I’ll be of course waiting with bated breath to hear (and hopefully see) Michelle’s report on her Luisa Brimble class, I am so envious!

photos by karen mordechai

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