Hotel Magique


hotel magique via besotted blog

I have said this many times before, but it is so true, I am the worse blogger ever, I never want to share my discoveries, it takes me years sometimes to work up to it. I have gotten better but not by much. I am basically an inspiration hoarder, I guess I fear that I’ll start seeing a rash of derivative work? I don’t know, I have no really explanation. I do know I am tired of seeing other people share my discoveries before I do and with this whole blogging thing going the way of the Dodo I figure I have a year or less to get it all out, my clock is ticking, so we are going to make a concerted effort around these parts to share more and more of what is inspiring us at the moment. For me a good injection of inspiration makes me want to get up and do something, anything. Like right now, I am totally having a Garance Dore obsession a decade later than everyone else, I guess that cats out of the bag, but what if I shared her when I first found her? People would have marveled and lauded me and maybe I would get free things to blog about, maybe.

So, let me get on with the inspiration today, we started this year wanting to make some magic and designer/illustrator Milou Neelen is certainly creating magic with her Hotel Magique project, limited edition prints, greeting cards and playing cards. Her work has so many elements I admire–original/unique lettering (but of course), a muted color palette, texture, humor and the ‘piece de resistance’ magic!  There is definitely a fashion vibe going as well, she is just wildly talented with incredible range, even her more intricate drawings still have her stamp on them. I will link below to her site and some of my faves from her portfolio.

Here’s to turning over a new leaf and sharing more, because sharing is caring…


Hotel Magique

Milou Neelen


Portfolio faves I. II. III. IIII.

Mega Flat Lay Tutorial Round Up!

mega list of flat lay tutorials via besotted

We know how popular flat lays are right now for social media and we also know how difficult they are to achieve even though they seem like they should be easy (they aren’t). We have plans to do a tutorial soon on what we have learned, but in the interim we did a round-up of flat lay tutorials for you, everything from photographing the flat lay to styling it, we have you covered on the editing front (which is usually equally as difficult as shooting the darn thing). The great news is that once you have a little practice under your belt, it gets a lot easier and a lot more fun (especially the sourcing props part).

If you have any tips or tricks to add or would like to add your own link for ‘inspiration’ please do so in the comments!


Flat Lay 5 Ways (good one!)

Park & Cube Flat Lay How to (+ video)

Instagram Style Flat Lay

How to take a perfect flat lay

Master Flat Lay like a boss

Flat Lay Photo Styling Tips

The Perfect Flat Lay

Style a Better Flat Lay

DIY Flat Lay Workspace

How to Flat Lay by Mr. Gumbratron (video)

A Jewelry Designers take on Flat Lay


Flat lay/Composition

Minimal flat lays

Fashion Flat Lay


Stockholm | Clean x Minimal photo editing set

Photoshop CC

Wide angle lens

White board

Lights (optional)

Reflector (you can use your foam core board too)




Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog.




Clean + minimal editing, Scandi style!

clean minimal bright white photo editing via besotted

I know I am easily excitable but today I really, really am excited to announce the launch of Stockholm | Clean x Minimal our new photo processing Photoshop actions. The new set is Nordic/Scandinavian inspired-muted tones, bright light, clean whites. This set has both Michelle and I truly inspired, we have been on a flat lay photo taking frenzy. We both got some print worthy Iphone shots after a 2 minute visit to a local rock shop, this set has instantly been added to our regular photo editing rotation. We know how hard it is to find ‘your look’, we also know how important it is to create a cohesive visual presence for your brand, if you have been yearning to recreate the look that all the Scandinavian bloggers have seemed to effortlessly master then we have you covered. Our processing tools are one click edits with the option to refine even further. We know this is going to become a favorite (it’s one of ours)! We have a little preview before + afters below and tips on achieving this look before you start editing!Read More

Easy Watercolor effect + patterns in Photoshop!


2017 has already started with a huge bang for us, I can’t even wrap my brain around the fact that tomorrow will be March?! How did that happen? My mind is officially boggled, our to-do list for just one of our projects (focused project mind you) has several pages attached to it, so I will try to make this post short and sweet!  We are doing a giveaway with our friends at Calligrafile, an incredible resource for any lettering artist budding to pro and all the info is FREE!

Today Calligrafile will be giving away TWO of our classes The Watercolor Effect in Photoshop and Quick + Easy Patterns in Photoshop and a set of our popular watercolor effects to THREE lucky winners. Michelle created this charming graphic using all the skills we teach you and added the watercolor effect from our set. It took her oh, approximately 3 minutes, seriously. Once you learn how to do these skills (our classes are super quick + comprehensive, no prior Photoshop knowledge necessary). Visit Calligrafile for details and also to take in all the lettering goodness there! Good luck!



Easy Watercolor Effect in Photoshop

Quick + Easy Patterns in Photoshop

Watercolor Effect Set

Hand lettered font used in graphic

Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog.


Easy watercolor leaves, wreaths, feathers and moons!

how to watercolor leaves and feathers via besotted

Michelle and I have been dabbling in watercolor exploration for about a year. Actually dabbling sounds like we have spent more time on it than we actually have, the last time we brought out our watercolor set was last summer so more like ‘dibbling‘ than dabbling. After starting the botanical sketching, I really wanted to try my hand at some loose abstracts and fluid botanicals. It seemed easy enough, but I failed, I failed a million times over and I’m not just being humble here, my three year old was doing a better job at washes and blobs.  At one point Michelle even suggested I ask my toddler to teach me, which I would have but three year olds aren’t particularly known for their patience. Luckily I found a couple of on-line teachers, that are patient and really, really good at explaining things. I can not believe that in 2 mini lessons I learned how to draw leaves and a feather! That actually look like leaves and a feather! Just that little bit of knowledge gave me such confidence and then I learned how to watercolor a moon? My goodness! I have started to feel some rays of hope. There is great satisfaction for someone that wants to do something to actually be able to develop the skill set to do it!  If you have tried your hand at watercolors and felt hopeless I hope these classes will give you some confidence. If you only paint watercolor leaves for the rest of your life, it would be a great skill to have/learn, they are so relaxing and satisfying and super duper easy to do!

Let us know if you try it, or if you have found any secret resources. I do want to forewarn you, the graphics associated with the class/tutorials may seem either child-like (one is aimed at children) or maybe not your style, please don’t let that dissuade you, there are real gems here, plus they are super speedy, so you will be in and out in no time and painting something that is recognizable, which is truly exciting! I have become a huge fan of one of the teachers, Peggy Dean, love her teaching style and I truly hope she produces a ton more classes!


Learn to watercolor leaves, wreaths + feathers (and more!)

Watercolor a full moon (all their tutorials are great)

Brushes (I am using cheapies, but will be buying the ones Peggy mentioned in class)

Watercolor pan set (good colors, inexpensive can be chalky)

Watercolor highly pigmented (GREAT price + colors)

Tube set with palette

Watercolor paper (this is good and inexpensive but it does warp)

Photo edited with Foto Rx

Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog.