Kelle Sauer

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Isn’t this mood board gorgeous?  There’s more where this came from, but not enough if you ask me, that is why I am writing this, in hopes that Ms. Sauer will add more mood boards for my delight (and I suppose for others as well;)  I found Kelle via instagram and loved her images–simple, filled with texture and lovely tones. So I thought I would do a little snooping and found out she has a blog, she doesn’t update much but when she does she writes completely from the heart–“I want my words to count, to be rich with meaning, so that no matter how few I speak, they will last. I want to take pictures that share my feelings, because that is what I do.”  and when she puts up these mood boards?  Total heart eyes. Enjoy!

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Kelle Sauer Journal

Kelle Sauer Portfolio

Kelle Sauer Instagram

Mood board tutorial Photoshop

Mood board templates 1 | 2 | 3

Free mood board templates

Miss 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. 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.

Easy Patterns in Photoshop Free Class Link!

easy patterns in photoshop flamingo via besotted

When Michelle and I started teaching our classes we weren’t sure of the reaction or whether it was going to be worth the effort (it’s a whole lotta effort), but we have found we truly enjoy doing them and we get a huge thrill out of seeing what our student’s produce with their new skills. We couldn’t have been happier with this charming flamingo pattern that our student Eglé Ma created, she made it with artwork we supplied the class and truly made the project her own. We decided to do some mocks-ups of her pattern on products, because this is truly where you can visualize your pattern come to life. If you are dabbling in hand lettering, you may be doing a little illustrating too and this class would be perfect for you to take to be able to add another skill to your creative tool kit. Imagine what you could make for a potential client? You could create patterns from hand drawn wreaths/crests, initials, your ink splats, really anything.  We still have a few free classes available the link is below, if you take the free class all we ask is that you post your project.

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Easy Patterns in Photoshop Class

Link for free class (15 students, first come first served)

Digitize your lettering in Photoshop

Student Eglé Ma

Monthly Photoshop Subscription

Mock-up Class (coming soon, sign-up to be notified)

Great design resources (including styled stock)

Digitize lettering + illustrations (lots of links to sell your work)

Photos edited with Foto Rx First Aid Kit

Miss 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. 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.

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A Cook’s Remedy by Aran Goyoaga

A cook's remedy by aran goyoaga via besottedblo

“Food has played a complex role in my life. Having grown up in my grandparent’s pastry shop in the Basque Country, there was a natural familiarity around food. In my youth, I turned toward this comfort to quell my anxieties. In my twenties, I developed a secret eating disorder that led me to isolation but beautifully, it was this same relationship with food, that lead me toward health: I realized that cooking for other people was in fact my way out of isolation and depression. Later on I became a professional pastry chef and food stylist. As a blogger and photographer, I found an outlet to obsess over food in a new and balanced way. And now, by using food as a medium, I am able to explore my life and those around me through cooking. This video series explores this relationship of food and community.”  –Aran Goyoaga

Michelle mentioned blogger/chef Ara Goyoaga new video series ‘A Cook’s Remedy’ and although I am not wont for more distractions, I had to immediately hop on over and see what all the fuss was about. Insert a nice long exhale here. What beauty!  These wonderful little videos will make you wish you could come hang in the PNW with Aran.  The videos are wonderful little gems, full of honesty, beauty and inspiration. They are well worth taking a little break and visiting if you are in the market for a little repast from all the angsty news, we are wishing Aran a ton of success on this new project and can’t wait for more episodes to come out!

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A Cooks Remedy

Cannelle et Vanille

edited using Foto Rx color overlays

Miss 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. 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.

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Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara Review

big shot mascara review via besotted blog

The world feels like it’s coming to an end and all I can talk about is mascara, it just doesn’t feel right. Currently, I am trying to sort through all my thoughts and feelings and the way I am coping is by throwing myself into work. I do want to address what’s going on in the world, but today I will be addressing your lashes, it’s what I know, it is my comfort zone. Speaking of comfort zones though, I totally went out of mine with this product shot, I love me some bright white backgrounds, but I went for the glam, because this mascara deserves it. Maybelline is known for mascara, almost every makeup artist ever claims they use Great Lash, but it never worked for me. I used to be a die hard L’Oreal mascara fan and I have been known to splurge on occasion with Tarte’s ‘Lights, Camera, Lashes’, but now is not the time for mascara splurges. I’m not sure if it’s me or if L’Oreal reformulated but I always end up with racoon eyes and/or flakes whenever I wear it, since one of my new year’s resolutions was to wear more makeup I couldn’t forgo the mascara now could I?  I’ll be honest, I bought this on a whim, it was shiny, it caught my eye; when you are shopping with a toddler there is no such thing as leisurely strolling the aisles, you need to shop faster than you can breathe, the consequences are usually much worse than buying something you’ll have to return later, trust me on this.

I would recommend this mascara if you are like me and you want volume, length and curl. I am not a fan of mascaras that give you length without volume and vice versa. This is glam mascara, if you are trying to go for a natural look than this is not for you. I am trying to channel my inner Posh spice girl, so this fits the bill. I find the brush is great for covering your lashes without clumping,  I never feel like I have gobs of excess mascara on the brush or wand which I like since I tend to be one to wipe off and waste lots of mascara before application. It lasts pretty much all day for me, but I have found that I have been putting my palm to my forehead and rubbing my eyes more than I have ever done before, the news has not only messed with my brain but has aided and abetted in the breakdown of mascara, causing me to look like Alice Cooper’s long lost daughter. If I wasn’t doing the aforementioned I am sure the mascara would last longer. I haven’t had any problems with flaking either. It’s easy to take off, I wear contacts and I hate mascara that doesn’t budge when I want it to, this washes off no problem. For under $10 this is a steal of a product and I would absolutely buy it again.

Have a question? Let us know in the comments, we love knowing we aren’t talking to ourselves (although Michelle is a great conversationalist). Have a product you want to know if we have tried (probably have)? We are so willing to spill the beans!

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Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Big Shot Mascara

Tarte Lights, camera, lashes

Alice Cooper

photo edited with foto rx | cure for the common capture

Miss 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. 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.