A SPECIAL REQUEST…

 

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Even though my brain feels like it has been on empty for the past 10 months, (sleep deprivation will do that to you), I have been thinking a lot lately, maybe too much, it feels like I can’t shut this darn thing off.  I have been re-evaluating everything and work has been on my mind, mostly what work looks like now (it’s quite chaotic). I have started to wonder if what I am doing is not what I should be doing and feel almost like I did in my 20’s when I agonized over what I was going to do with my life/career. For me those two have been inextricably linked, I have always defined myself by what I do and now I am a mommy.  Let me tell you Mommy is so, so much harder than I could have ever imagined and I feel the weight of responsibility to be the best mommy I can be; for me that’s being loving, present, focused and doing a ton of research, but that doesn’t leave me a lot of time for earning an income. It would be amazing if you earned a salary for raising an upstanding human, but alas payment although rich with reward currently does not pay the bills. That is where I am at, what can I do that will allow me to raise my daughter the way I have been able to currently and to be able to earn an income? The million dollar question…

With that lingering in the air, I have come to a few conclusions, I LOVE this site, I miss it and of course the community tremendously whenever I am away.  I didn’t realize how much, until I had been away from it, dare I admit out loud that I missed it even more than my shop? And I do love my shop so. Is there even a remote possibility that I could earn an income with it?  I have never tried, most of you know I don’t even like the word ‘blogger’, just writing that makes me shiver, I know people have that same reaction to the word ‘moist’. I also don’t want this place to become a commercial disaster and lose its authenticity, I have always been authentic + transparent with you and want to remain so. I would like to make this a much, much better place, with the help of  my partner in crime, Miss Michelle P. (a creative Jedi) I know we can.  I always share with you my current interests and it has seemed to resonate, now teamed with the ever creative Michelle (just as passionate as myself ) I do believe that we could knock this out of the blog park.

I made a little list below and maybe you can help us create better content for you that you’d love? We really want to make this a happy place to visit and for it to be a resource for you to learn something new or a better/easier way to do something you already know!

Photoshop- Tell me what you’d like to learn, not just everything but specifically so we can create tutorials based on that.

Adobe Illustrator-Anyone have an interest in learning more about this amazing program?

Photography-Do you want more tutorials for your camera phone? If so what? Or are you looking for more info on how to use your DSLR?

Downloads-What kind of downloads would you like? Some of the downloads have been downloaded over 50k times! So I know you like them, but what else would you like to see? Would you be willing to pay for a download (of course we would still do free ones1), if so what is the max? What would make you buy a download?

Lettering artist interviews-These are popular and I am so grateful for the artists sharing their ‘secrets’ with us, but are there questions that I haven’t addressed that you wished I had? I can start adding those to the questionnaire.

Beauty-I know these are popular, and although this is not a beauty blog (gah, that word!) what would you like to see more of? Drugstore brands? Unique items? A specific type of product? Would you like to hear from other beauty fanatics about their fave products?

Photographer interviews-Ahem, we happen to be friendly with some pretty amazing photographers, would you like us to ask them to reveal their secrets as well? Or are there specific things you want to know? Would you like to be the ones to pose the questions prior to the interview going live?

Inspiration posts-Would you like more posts like our Inspiration Rx series?

Is there something here I missed? Something you wished we covered but don’t currently? Burning questions that you would like answered?  We really hope you take the time to answer these questions, my life depends on it (okay, I am being a bit dramatic, but it does!)  Thank you in advance!

 

P.S. The script font I used can be found here!

VSCOCAM TUTORIAL | Get the glow

 

How to get the glow with your camera phone via besottedblog.com

There’s just as much emotion to be had in the glow as there is in the dark and dramatic. Maybe it’s my overactive imagination, but I like to think of an ethereal glow as a subject’s inherent light from within bursting out for all to see. I think that’s what make the images from The Glow so appealing. It’s such flattering light for portraits, edges are softened, and the effect of a slight haze can take your imagery out of the ordinary and into the realm of art.

As promised, here is how to capture this bright, glowing light right on your phone! It’s really just taking what you’ve already learned in the Dark & Dramatic tutorial, and flipping it on it’s head. Instead of tricking the app into underexposing to create dramatic shadows, we are going to trick it into overexposing in order to maximize the light in your image.

5 easy steps (if you read the Dark & Dramatic tutorial, these may sound familiar). [Read more...]

RODIN OLIO LUSSO LIP BALM

Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm via Besottedblog.comLet’s start by flogging me for mentioning another luxury item.  Okay, now that, that is out of the way we can move forward.

I have long coveted the beautiful + simple packaging of Rodin’s Olio Lusso lip balm–the clean font, the touch of blush colour, the lucite container, it all makes my minimalist heart go pitter patter. What I was completely unprepared for was that it was going to be a product that was actually as good as it looked. Form +  function in a beauty product? That happens so rarely that I would have had better luck winning the Lotto, or being struck by lightening than finding a product that is as stellar as it is beautiful. This is an unfortunate turn of events as I am in deep, I LOVE (yes, capital L-O-V-E) this product. I had some friends not like it and it was one of the reasons I had never picked it up prior, but I was gifted this little beauty and didn’t care if I ever opened it because I was just so happy to have my hands on it, I am so glad I did open it!

First, full disclosure here, I am a lip balm connoisseur, so obsessed am I with lip balm that I often make it myself. It has to be just right, I am very picky. What makes this so great?  In most balms if you want a sheen the balm is too oily and just sort of smears off the first sip of latte, if you want a balm that has staying power it is usually is too waxy (I hate waxy). The Rodin Olio Lusso lip balm has the perfect hint of sheen with just enough ‘stick’ to stay on without constantly re-applying. The blush colour is just cosmetic, there is no colour that will land on your lips (but I hope Rodin re-thinks this one day and maybe offers a tinted version). Right now I don’t care too much about lip colour because I am constantly kissing my baby and would never want lipstick all over her delicate visage, so that’s not a deal breaker for me; if I am going to a meeting I’ll lightly line my lips with this liner and use the Olio Lusso lip balm and I am pretty happy with the results. My lips are currently in pretty good shape, if they were chapped and flaky, I doubt this would be the balm I would reach for, that may be where some of the bad reviews stem from. I give this a high five, I am sold, I would absolutely get it again. I also think that it’s a perfect gift for your beauty obsessed bestie as it may not be something she would buy for herself but would probably be something she is secretly coveting.

How about you?  Have you tried this?  Do you think it’s as good as I do? If not, why didn’t you like it? Is there another balm you prefer?  I love when you share your beauty secrets with me!

text: tristan b.

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product: Rodin Olio Lusso

Peach & Basil Crostini

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Last week, I hosted a (greatly inspiring) lunch meeting on my patio, and if you follow our lovely Tristan on Instagram, you may have noticed that the crostini we served up were a huge hit! They look good on the table, are exceedingly delicious, and deceptively easy to make (my favorite combination).

If you are like me, you want to eek out every last drop of summer goodness this weekend. Serving up peaches with fresh basil is an excellent place to start. You’ll need something to go with that rosé, right?

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// Peach & Basil Crostini //

Ingredients

Yellow Peaches

Fresh Basil

Mascarpone Cheese

Fresh baguette

Balsamic Glaze (this stuff is awesome)

Black Pepper

Honey

Olive Oil

 

Turn oven to broil.

Peel, pit, and slice peaches into long thin slices and place into a bowl. Drizzle with honey. Stir.

Thinly slice (chiffonade) your fresh basil so it’s ready to go.

Slice baguette into roughly ¼” slices. Arrange on cookie sheet and lightly brush with olive oil. Toast under broiler. Repeat for other side.

Spread just shy of 1 teaspoon of mascarpone onto each of your crostini. Dust with cracked black pepper. Add 2 peach slices to each crostini. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. Finish with fresh basil.

If you want to step it up a notch, you can even make your own balsamic glaze (easy) or mascarpone (a little more involved) from scratch.

Happy weekend everyone!
Photos shot with a Canon 6D using a 50mm f/1.8 lens.

 

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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Photographer Ashley Woodson Bailey

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I came to the attention of Iphonegrapher and dilettante extraordinaire one Ashley Woodson Bailey via my partner in crime Michelle P., whom happened to hear about her via my very fave Ginny Branch (if you don’t know Ginny you need to get to know her stat). Of course I was bowled over by Ashley’s beautiful imagery all captured on her Iphone, blown up to inconceivable sizes and just in your face statement pieces. My mouth was a little agape as I went through image after image and wished I had the foresight to have done something so incredible as Ms. Woodson Bailey, but alas I have still not found my photography ‘niche’, one day…But the photo’s aside, they are impressive and all but nothing and I mean nothing, could have prepared me for her inspired (and sometimes tragic) back story, how she got to this fantastic place in her career and life.  [Read more...]

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