All Hallow’s Eve:: Cozy Edition

hallows eve cozy edition

There are two very talented women I know that do Halloween like no other, that would be Ms. Stirling and Mrs. Limestone. Me on the other hand, well I have pretty much ignored the great Hallow’s Eve for a couple decades now.  I don’t do scary well, except for a certain zombie show that I am inexplicably addicted to. This year we are doing Halloween lite because there is nothing cuter than a baby in a bear costume; my little with her chocolate ringlets and growl (yes, a growl!) has just about given me a toothache from the sweetness. I know there are tons of ideas for a spooky evening, but Michelle and I decided to find some Hallow’s Eve inspiration for those that prefer cozy to scary.

You will need a mask to enjoy our little soiree, we think this Perfecting Mask is  a bit indulgent but so is the evening, no? Since we are going there, we might as well bring Gwyneth into the mix, her Goop Pumpkin soup recipe looks divine (note, pumpkin is amazing for you, high in vitamin C, fiber, low cal. For us urban dwellers a fireplace is not the norm, this Hearth candle might make up for the absence of one. It wouldn’t be Halloween without some treats, the Fika NYC chocolate skulls look pretty delish. For those that aren’t indulging in zombie shows (I don’t blame you, I am terrified the entire time I watch it), It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is more my usual speed. What about you? Big plans? Dressing up? I’m not this year but I think next year we’ll make it a family affair. I’m currently trying to stay away from the giant jack-o-lantern filled with bad (but oh, so good) candy that is downstairs calling my name…

GOOD GLOSS

 

laura mercier mini glace reviewLately, I have been reaching for a tinted gloss instead of lipstick. A quick swipe as I walk out the door, (no mirror required) and call it done. This Laura Mercier Mini Lip Glacé set has been my go-to for the last few months. The colors are essentially bumped up neutrals, which works nicely for my fair skin tone, but I bet they would look great on darker complexions as well. I have used every single one (except the champagne color on the far right if you click over, which wasn’t in my set).

laura mercier mini glace review photo by michelle pFor the scent-averse, you should know that it does smell sweet, a bit like cake batter. I like the scent, then again, I would wear actual cake batter on my lips every day if I could.

The size of these mini tubes is perfect for tossing into a small handbag or clutch. My little handbag is showing signs of stress from continually being stuffed into a much larger laptop-sized tote, so I’ve been dreaming of replacing it with this classic and cute dotted clutch, or if I’m really dreaming (sigh)  – this gorgeous little number. Come to think of it, I could use a new tote for my laptop too. It’s so hard to find a handsome tote that fits a 15″ MacBook  … have you seen anything good out there?

//UPDATE// Chelsey’s recommendation for the Everlane Tote is too perfect not to pass on. It’s $40, fits a 15″ MacBook, and it has a zipper closure. Thank you Chelsey!

2nd  photo by michelle p.

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, designer and co-professor for Souvenir Foto School. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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The Mega List of How-to Digitize Your Lettering Tutorials

 

how to digitize your hand lettering via besotted blog

This seems to be the most requested tutorial here, I understand the desire especially if you have been dipping your toes in the hand lettering pool and now want to be able to showcase your work to the world! I hope I have rounded up enough tutorials to thoroughly get you through this process. Some of these tutorials will be step-by-step, others videos, of course some may be better than others but they all have great information to glean and I hope you find this post to be a useful future resource. If you have any questions please let us know!

//FREE DIGITIZING LETTERING TUTORIALS//

Hand lettering from pencil sketch to digital graphic

Making your lettering into a vector graphic

 Making your lettering available for web*

A beginner’s guide to spiffing up your hand lettering

Using the calligraphic brush to create decorative type

Hand lettering in Illustrator (this is great for learning about the Wacom tablet settings)

How to digitize brush or hand lettering

How to digitize your calligraphy

*Note her tutorial reads to save as a ‘gif’, but I always save as either a .png or .jpeg for web unless the graphic is animated then I use the .gif file format

//PAID DIGITIZING LETTERING CLASSES/TUTORIALS//

Digitizing your calligraphy with Molly Suber Thorpe

Introduction to the Wacom tablet

How to turn your handlettering into vectors

Digitizing hand lettering: creating organic and precise vectors

Lettering II by Mary Kate McDevitt

//RESOURCES/TOOLS//

These are some of the tools that you will need or read about in the tutorials that will help make your digitizing life a whole lot easier.

Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements

Adobe Illustrator

Wacom tablet (there’s entry level versions that are affordable)

Scanner

Lettering Supplies

P.S. That awesome font ‘lettering’ is in is available here

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.

Hand lettered serif font by Great Lakes Lettering

great lake lettering via besottedblog.com

When it comes to killer hand lettered fonts Molly Jacques foundry Great Lake Lettering never disappoints. This one is apropos for the upcoming Hallow’s Eve, I love the description:

Helsing is a serif style font inspired by Bram Stoker’s 1897 Dracula as well as Edward Gorey’s rendition of the story. Characterized by his slighting skewed baseline, subtle texture, thick and thin contrasts, and decorative legs”.

It’s another winner to add to the font collection and it’s so versatile I am sure you will have many, many more uses for it after the Halloween holiday.

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.

Super Easy Crock Pot Minestrone Soup

easy minestrone soup via besottedblog.com

When we feature food centric posts here our goal is to share with you beautiful food that is simple + healthy and most of all easy to make. Seattle has started to get that gorgeous crispness to the air, chilly enough to layer and get cozy but not so cool that your teethe are chattering. During these cooler months I am always on the look out for easy and satisfying soups to make.  I followed this recipe but made a few tweaks. I have included my tweaks below. I hope I made it easy enough to follow. The end result is a hearty soup that is even better the next day! [Read more…]

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