I dyed, my foray into home hair color…

Madison Reed Hair Color Review via Besotted Blog

A few months after my daughter was born I noticed something rather disconcerting–a few rogue white hairs. I did what any person in my position would do, I removed them without hesitation and forgot about them. My husband though admonished me for doing that and said they would multiply; I may have grumbled something under my breath and waved his warning away. A few months later it seemed my husband was right, it could have been mere coincidence but I had seemed to acquire more white hairs than was possible to pluck without leaving evidence of their removal, this is the part where mortality sits in and you realize that you are aging rapidly and can not put the brakes on–or can you? I did not have time to go to a salon, I barely have time to do anything like eat, shower and work, let alone the luxury of sitting in a salon for a few hours to get my hair colored. The thought of doing a drugstore dye seemed very messy and extraordinarily complicated to my feeble mind. Then just as though my computer was reading my mind an ad popped up for a company called Madison Reed. The ad read something along the lines that it was not stinky or messy (at least that’s what I got from it). I clicked over, took their quick quiz and had my order in within minutes (I used Bolzano brown if you were curious, they give you a few suggestions to choose from). Yes, it is a fair more expensive than buying from the drugstore, but this company model was really thoroughly thought out. In the kit they send you there’s two sets of gloves and they actually fit nicely (not the trash bag type that come with your typical at home dye kit), one for while you color and then a fresh pair to put on so you can wash the dye out. There’s a barrier cream to apply to your ears and forehead so you don’t tint your skin and a cap to wear while you are waiting for the color to take hold. Did I mention there’s absolutely no chemical smell at all? I of course being such a newbie to this process after watching their videos had a freak out and contacted their hotline of on call ‘colorists’, they walked me through and talked me down from the ledge. I used both their very generously sized shampoo and conditioner set that comes with the pack (which I loved and will be ordering in full size, thank you very much). The results were outstanding, you would never realize that I was covering up anything and my hair is shiny and feels better than it did prior to the coloring. I am one very happy customer. I do plan to get a few of the extras that you can order–the cape, the mixing bowl and brush, since I do plan on doing this on a regular-ish basis and why not make my life easier? I would highly recommend!

This is going to launch of our week of beauty here, we hope you enjoy!

Have any of you tried Madison Reed before? Do you have another at home secret I should know about?

P.S. No, I have nothing to do with this company other than I really, really like their product and had a great experience.

Author / Miss Tristan B

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.

AROUND HERE…

around here besotted blog june 2015

It certainly was an enjoyable week for us here, we love to talk books, design and food! Michelle and I usually have a few projects going at once so being able to theme are weeks here has allowed us to still pop in but also keeps us focused (it’s our daily challenge-focus), it works for this summertime state of mind when the last thing you want to be doing is sitting in front of your computer (unless you are me and have a hardcore Photoshop addiction).

If you aren’t following me on Instagram you wouldn’t have seen the lovely little bauble that is now in my possession. I feel so lucky to have such thoughtful + talented clients. I am getting excited to start on a couple more branding projects soon, I can’t wait to see the metamorphosis of this brand.

Even though the temperatures are rising considerably (even for Seattle) I have found myself on what could only be called a cooking spree. I just ordered this book, ‘genius’ is in the title and rightly so. I have earmarked too many recipes to count and have had great success with the ones I have made.

Michelle and I have both downloaded this book for a project we are working on. Did you know many classic titles are available to download for free on your Kindle? I am completely obsessed with mine and wouldn’t be able to do so much reading without it (all my reading time is relegated to the wee hours of the night when everyone else has drifted to sleep).

Speaking of projects, we have one brewing currently, but we wanted to ask you some questions first. I know we all seem to get those pangs of envy here on the interwebs when someone is doing something wildly creative and being successful at it. We were wondering if you had the opportunity to ask any of these Creatives, Artists, Entrepreneurs questions, if you could ask them questions (and get answers!) who would be on your top 5 list and what kind of questions would you ask?

P.S. I edited this photo with our Foto Rx actions (but of course) both the premium sets (First Aid Kit | Magic Pill + Film Effects-Grain and Matte, Shopkeeper’s Helper-Color Pop) and our Freebie for May ‘Aqua Skies’ (which allows you to paint a blue object and bring out the aqua and teals in it). If you want in on this action visit the shop or sign up for the list for free actions each month!

Author / Miss Tristan B

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.

The Kinfolk Table | Fonts in the Wild

the kinfolk table via besotted blog

If you haven’t surmised the theme of this week–it’s books! But of course you gathered that already because you my friend are not only pretty and witty but brilliant. We usually mention a font about this time during the week and we thought it might be fun to incorporate a font + a book. We are sure you are familiar with the simple elegance which is Kinfolk, each of their magazines feels like a covetable collectible, branding is pitch perfect and of course fonts play an integral role.

The title font just may be custom but it seems like the consensus is that it is OptimusPrinceps, which is supposedly a more rough/organic Trajan. I can tell you that I have never given Trajan as much as a side glance so I was a little taken aback by this discovery. It’s a nice note to self to not be so closed minded design wise and to step out of ones comfort zone. The body text used is a classic, I have used it in in projects myself as I really like a nice classic serif, the equivalent of a nicely fitted white button down, it will always be in style and is a good base piece in any wardrobe. The base text is Adobe Calson, some computers may even have it as a default font! If you don’t have it as a default, it can get spendy, here are some options that are near identical-here, here and here. For fun, here are some nice hand drawn/wonky versions-here and here.

Author / Miss Tristan B

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.

A Book by its Cover| A Boat, A Whale & A Walrus

A Boat, A Whale, A Walrus via Besotted Blog

As designers Michelle and I have this thing about aesthetics, yes, we have even been known to judge a book by its cover. Being both bibliophiles and design addicts we thought it was high time that we share some of our favorite book covers with you. Some we will have read and some are on our ever growing to-do list of reads but all of them are worthy of a peek. We will do our best to give credit to the designers, illustrators and photographers if we can find this elusive information. We hope you enjoy this new series and that you discover a few treasures to add to your library.

And about that cover…A Boat, A Whale & A Walrus by Renee Erickson is a book that you can not help but be drawn to. As you know we love a good organic hand, which this has plenty of, the charming illustrations are by artist Jeffry Mitchell. I happened to receive a copy of this book from Miss Michelle and my take? I think all cookbooks should be written like this–part memoir, part practical application. I have not tried any of the recipes yet, but I still give this a huge thumbs up as you will thoroughly enjoy the conversational tone and voluptuous photography.

Author / Miss Tristan B

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.

10 BOOKS FOR SUMMER

Summer Reads 2015 via Besotted Blog

Hooray – it’s officially summer in these parts! Time to pour a tall glass of  (my current favorite) grapefruit soda and sparkling water (50/50 mix), lounge on a blanket in the shade and get lost in a book. If you don’t already have your reading list lined up, I have some ideas for you. These are a few of my latest reads with a couple of all time favorites sprinkled in for good measure:

Rooftoppers  by Katherine Rundell

A charming and whimsical story about a young girl searching for her long-lost mother. She has a caring and supportive adoptive father and a band of homeless children who live on the rooftops of Paris to help her in her search. If you happen to be in Paris, reading this may cause you to glance up at the rooftops more often!

Leon and Louise by Alex Capus

A story of rare and true loves and all of the barriers life throws their way. Leon and Louise feel so real, you’ll be wrapped up in their lives in no time.

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

The main character is an unfairly disgraced artist, who just needs to get her footing again in the art world. There’s a mystery, a love story, and you’ll be amazed what kind of work goes into forging a famous painting.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I’ll admit I had a hard time rooting for the main character for much of this book – she’s a wreck, and not a very sympathetic wreck at that. What kept me interested was all of the twists and turns, and the characters who are capable of anything – it keeps you guessing!

If you’ve ever had that feeling of not wanting a book to end, you’ll know how I felt after reading Water for Elephants. I just wasn’t ready to walk away from the circus world. So I dove headlong into these two books and was very happy I did:

Among the Wonderful by Stacy Carlson

On the surface this is a story about two of the employees of P.T. Barnum’s Museum of Wonders, but it’s really about humanity with a side of New York City life in the 1840’s.

Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

A story about the life of Lavinia Warren. I couldn’t help but admire how she chose to listen to her instincts rather than cave into fear in a time when women weren’t often taken seriously and it was socially acceptable to treat her as if she were a doll instead of a real person. That’s true grit if you ask me.

And finally, Like Water for Chocolate, and Chocolat (and Five Quarters of the Orange) came up over the dinner table the other night. We all loved how these books wove sensory elements into their very rich storylines. Definitely worth a read if you haven’t already!

So tell me, have you read any good books lately???

P.S. This photo was treated with a little ‘La Vie en Rose’ action. We were in the mood for a touch of blush, it felt apropos for the beginning of summer and the launch of our class. Those that are on our mailing list received it for free. Yes, free! Every month we send out another free action to our subscribers so if you want in, come sign-up!

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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