The Week In Pictures: 5.22.15 | Palm Springs!

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Welcome to The Week in Pictures!

As you’ve probably gathered by now, I’m an all-or-nothing kind of person. My world is very black and white (literally). And while firing on all cylinders can morph into a lot of energy and excitement, it also tends to result in needing the occasional time-out to refuel. Over the last month, with a plate full of projects wrapping up, my workdays had been stretching onto 2 am some nights. While I’m used to that pace from my past life working at agencies while freelancing on the side, I knew a vacation was necessary.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Cue a very last minute booking of flights and hotels in Palm Springs. Joey, Rocky and I flew down to LA at the crack of dawn Saturday morning, grabbed a rental car and hit the road. By 3 pm, we were exploring our favorite midcentury haunts and being reminded why this is the place we want to retire to (as soon as possible).

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My days started at 6 am with the sun blazing through the hotel window. As I rolled over to answer work emails, I didn’t mind a bit because I knew that within 2 hours, we’d be out the door for another day of exploring.

I’ve been to Palm Springs at least 6 times now (maybe more?) but this time was very different. On past trips, I showed up with no plans but this time, I researched city guides and made sure we visited every restaurant, hotel bar, and famous residence (hello, Elvis and Priscilla!) possible. Below is a small snapshot of the trip; I have more detailed posts to share soon.

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Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

No trip to Palm Springs is complete without a visit to the Ace Hotel. I wore this tank with an old Zara skirt and Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges.

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The quintessential Palm Springs scene, don’t you agree?

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The Caliente Tropics motel is a slice of midcentury modern heaven.

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I’m guilty of constantly snapping palm tree photos. Everything looks like it’s out of a movie set.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

New favorite poolside hangout: The Avalon. Best service, drinks….and they let you take as many photos as you want!

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Palm Springs necessities: a palm-covered clutch, Ace photo booth strips and sunglasses.

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I couldn’t stay away from The Avalon! Their entrance is totally dreamy.

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I spotted this artwork at Interior Illusions and had to share. So awesome, right?! The entire store was a modern, black and white heaven.

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Beautiful foliage lurks everywhere! Flowers, cacti, palm trees…it’s hard not to take a photo every 10 feet as you walk down the street.

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On this trip, I vowed to take as many real photos as possible and packed along my Fuji Instax. These are some midcentury modern beauties I fell in love with. The top photo is of the famous Honeymoon Hideaway.

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The car game is strong in Palm Springs. An orange Porsche? Yes, please.

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Until next time…

Have an amazing weekend!

Link Love: 5.21.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Shawna X

• Such a good read: Why I Abandoned My Popular Social Media Presence.

• There’s been a lot of controversy raised around artist Richard Prince selling other people’s Instagram photos for up to $90,000.00 a piece.

• Letterer Jessica Hische is sharing a behind-the-scenes look into her process in a brand new book.

• Be so good at what you do that strangers notice your potential.

• Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have the social media following of a celebrity without actually being famous?

“In all, aside from making people roll their eyes at me, the biggest impact of having this absurdly distended online network is that it makes my online life really weird.”

• This year has really felt like the last hurrah for sponsored posts — and blogger Nadine explains why she’s happy that she’s no longer beholden to a blogging agent.

• What is it really like to hire a stylist?

• Pinterest can be a great place for gathering inspiration but if you’re not careful, it can kill your renovation dreams.

• This is the perfect café in Madrid to take all your lady friends to.


Image: Shawna X.
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There Are No Shortcuts To Greatness

Nubby Twiglet | There Are No Shortcuts To Greatness

If you want to be great at your craft, you have to put in the time. It’s as simple as that.

There’s a constant churn of articles, books and courses promising shortcuts to greatness. It’s hard to not be drawn into them in hopes of picking up the latest tips and tricks. While it’s true that most will help you get closer to your goal in some small way, there’s no substitute for putting in the hard work.

In the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell famously said said that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. After you’ve put in that amount of time, you’re considered an expert.

Dedicating yourself fully to your craft and putting in those so-called 10,000 hours builds not only your skills but also your confidence. These are two things that no amount of money or advice can buy.

If you’re a late bloomer and only now discovering what you want to do, don’t fret — it really is never too late. When I went back to school for design, I was one of the oldest students in my class at 25 years old. I didn’t graduate until I was 27 and as I sat in a studio surrounded by professional designers who were roughly the same age as me with years of experience already under their belt, it felt like a huge obstacle to get to their level.

The clock started ticking.

10,000 hours = 1,250 8 hour days which equals roughly 3.5 years with no days off.

Some of us may get there faster but honestly, it did take those 10,000 hours for me to grow into who I wanted to become and earn a decent living. It’s a long path and that’s why so many people get started and then give up.

The point is to push through and to keep going. Work through those roadblocks. As those hours speed by, as you start getting hired, as you start building repeat customers and as your peers start noticing your work, you’ll feel your confidence grow.

It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting on your path to greatness today. All that matters is that you’re committed to getting started.

The Week In Pictures: 5.15.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Hi, how have you been? I always love doing these more personal posts because it gives me the chance to connect with you, like we’re old friends sitting down at our favorite coffee shop to catch up on life. Even though I blogged less these last few weeks, that time offline has been a bit of a blur between meetings, proposals, more time on the phone than I’m comfortable with (ha) on top of an office photo shoot. Needless to say, I’m currently packing for a much needed mini vacation.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was trying to get out more, explore my own city and meet like-minded folks. Well, the universe must have heard me because over the last week, I met up an amazing artist visiting from San Francisco, an old friend, Kat from Melbourne and an LA lady that just moved to town. That’s translated to a lot of coffee and dinner dates!

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With all of the long days that have been going on around here, I’m checking out for a bit to head to my home away from home, Palm Springs. Sun, pool time, palm trees and friendly folks — it doesn’t get much better than that. If you’re interested, here are links to the clutch and tank.

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I recently met up with Afsoon Zizia and loved her work so much (that beautiful magazine pictured above was a school project!) that we partnered up on a photo shoot of the Branch studio yesterday. Excited to show you more soon!

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I keep talking to folks who want to work on side projects but say that they just don’t have the time. My advice? Break it up into micro steps. One of the things I wanted to improve on this year were my still life compositions. I set the goal to feature one new image per week and while not all of them have worked out perfectly, it’s a small way to hold myself accountable. Feel free to join in the fun!

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One restaurant I’ve been frequenting a lot lately is Sen Yai, the noodle-focused branch of Pok Pok. The inside is pretty cute, too.

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It’s been fun showing visiting friends around my side of S.E. Portland. Also, you can’t go wrong with dinner at The Woodsman.

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Have a great weekend, everyone! I can’t wait to get outside, explore and shoot some fun things around Palm Springs to share with you. xo

Link Love: 5.14.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Guy Bourdin

• If you don’t want to be a girl boss, it’s okay.

• What should you do if your dream puts you in debt?

• Give yourself permission to create.

• Need some inspiration to make a massive life change? Read why this lady gave up a well-paying job in New York City to move to an island and scoop ice cream!

• Struggling with jealousy? Here are 5 ways to stop.

• I love this post on cultivating happiness. It really is that simple.

• This is pretty much the best manifesto I’ve ever read.

• Jane always has a surprise up her fashionable sleeve including this bold makeup look.

• It’s fascinating to see 100 different types of food cut up into uniform cubes.

• Why are there no female filmmakers?

• Reaching out to a busy person for help? Here’s how to do it properly.

4 things to consider when choosing your domain name.

• Bre has some great tips to make a project collaboration run smoothly.

• Pizza meets art in the wonderfully weird photo essay Pizza In The Wild.


Image: Guy Bourdin.
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Project Spotlight: Goldenrod Pastries

Nubby Twiglet | Goldenrod Pastries

One of the coolest projects I’ve had the honor of working on over the last year is branding a female-owned, Nebraska-based bakery called Goldenrod Pastries.

The full brand story is featured over on Branch but there were so many beautiful outtakes from this photo shoot that I wanted to share a few more with you — plus, the story behind this brand is so inspiring.

Angela had always dreamed of having her own bakery but over the years, it had become a side project tacked onto her full-time job. After joining us for Blogcademy San Francisco a year ago, the lightbulb moment happened — she realized that if she wanted to make baking her career, she could. It was as simple as that.

Nubby Twiglet | Goldenrod Pastries

Of course, there’s a lot of hard work that goes into making an idea come to life — and Angela was willing to roll up her sleeves and make it happen. She now has a beautiful bakery in the heart of Lincoln, Nebraska and if you’re in the area, pay her a visit. I’m so proud to call Angela not only a client, but a friend. She is living proof that it doesn’t matter what your day job is or where you are at in life — you have the power to make your dream a reality.

Check out more of the Goldenrod project right here.


Photography: The Mullers.
Styling: Lovestruck Social Events.
Flowers: I Bloom Flowers.

What’s Black, White and Green All Over? My New Hangout! Plus, An Uncommon Goods Givewaway!

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

When it comes to decor, I love a good “before and after” story and this is a really fun one — but even better, there’s an Uncommon Goods giveaway at the end to help you decorate your own space so don’t miss out!

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The Backstory: Nearly six years ago when I moved into my house, the spare room across from my bedroom became my office. At the time, I was still freelancing at studios around town so it was the ideal spot to spend nights and weekends working on projects. That all changed as Branch grew and working from home began to hold me back from expanding. Six months ago, I moved my design studio into a designated office space and that left me with a barren room which no longer served a purpose. Here’s what the room looked like before I moved my office out:

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I hate leaving anything unfinished in my life — it’s a Virgo thing. I appreciate organization and order more than anything else. We already had a guest room in the basement and no plans of moving any roommates in (because let’s face it, Chubs already did that last year). Then, I started pinning ideas to a board titled Dream Hangout with visions of this room becoming my go-to relaxation spot.

Over the next few months, I pulled items into the space, arranging and rearranging until it felt like me. For the first time, I had a room that was very personal — it wasn’t the color palette of Branch or Blogcademy but rather, just my taste. I’d loved “Crayola crayon green” since I was four so I used that as an accent to offset the more expected black and white.

Then, I spent what felt like forever trying to add the so-called finishing touches so I could mentally check it off as done. But as you know, real life rarely has such clean, defined barriers. It never really felt 100% finished and I soon realized I was using that as an excuse to not share the space with you. So, here it is — some things will shift as time goes on but you know what? Good enough is good enough!

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IKEA has stepped up their lighting in a big way — I have two of these floor lamps and they add a lot of style to a barren corner!

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I can’t stand clutter but rooms need a play of both dimension and scale to really come to life. I tend to lean on things that have a useful quality to them like books, mirrors and plants versus random knick-knacks that collect dust.

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

To keep the room from veering too far into kitschy, overly colorful territory, I anchored it with a lot of black and white accents like IKEA pillows and the Pia Wallen cross blanket. If you’re thinking of ordering this, I should mention that this is the small version and works better for accent purposes like draping over the arm of a chair.

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On my coffee table, I have a mix of personal items contained in a mirrored tray. Trays are great because they lend a sense of order to even the most random collection of objects.

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

Nubby Twiglet | New Room
I’m not super big on taxidermy but my brother showed up on my doorstep years ago with this beauty he’d found at a thrift store and I held onto it for him. When we first rescued Chubs, he would crawl up it and hang from the antlers!

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

I wanted to tell you about this loveseat because it has a really great feature: the cover is removable. The downside is that it doesn’t stay perfectly tight and shows wrinkles but the upside is that if you have pets, babies or constantly knock over your glass of red wine, you can just buy a new one! This is also a great solution for the commitment-phobic since the covers come in a bunch of different colors.

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In the far corner of my room, I have an inspiration board dedicated to my favorite vacation spot, Palm Springs. This room is dedicated to relaxation, after all. ;)

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I’ve had this Phillipe Starck gnome table for nearly 15 years and it happens to match the couch perfectly!

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Here’s the view of the room from the couch — there’s a bookshelf to the left that holds my fashion magazine collection which is so much better than having it jammed inside the closet.

Nubby Twiglet | New Room

You know how a lot of older houses have tons of built-in cabinets and shelving? I had a set of doors that opened to storage right here but hated the way they looked. In my old office, I had this area blocked off with artwork. The thing is, I needed a spot to put my TV and Joey had the idea to remove the doors, mount it inside and then paint it black so it popped against the white exterior walls. It turned out to be a great space-saving solution that looks really customized.

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Adding an element of life is really important when decorating a room so I have tons of low-maintenance succulents and cacti.

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My long-standing addiction: magazines.

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I looked all over the place for a bar cart but nothing I came across was affordable — then I found this basic one on Overstock for a great deal. It’s perfect for holding cosmetics and all sorts of odds and ends.

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Doesn’t everybody coordinate their coffee table books to match their couch? ;)

Room Decor Sources

Loveseat: IKEA Klippan in Vissle Green
Rug: IKEA Sillerup
Pillows: Various, all from IKEA
Cross blanket: Pia Wallen (mine is black)
Vogue print: CoolPoster
Astral wall hangings: Uncommon Goods
Cockatoo makeup brush holder: UncommonGoods
Acrylic coffee table: CB2
Floor lamp: IKEA Ranarp
Head planter set: Membil
Mirrored tray (on table): West Elm
Gnome table:
Atilla by Phillipe Starck
Plants: Various, all from IKEA and Trader Joe’s
Books: Kate Spade, Richard Avedon, Rudi Gernreich
Round mirror: West Elm
Bar cart: Overstock
Rolling bookshelf: West Elm (mine is a shorter version)
Candle: Dyptique Baies
White coral and hand sculpture: Home Goods

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UncommonGoods Giveaway

For this giveaway, I’ve partnered up with UncommonGoods, an amazing online store with a focus on supporting artisans and giving back to the community. I love everything they stand for and now, it’s your turn to put the finishing touches on YOUR space, whether it’s your kitchen, office or somewhere else! One lucky reader will win a $100.00 voucher and you can spend it on whatever you’d like on their site!

To enter the giveaway:

1. Like UncommonGoods on Facebook.
2. Like Nubby Twiglet on Facebook.
3. Leave a comment below letting me know which room you’d like to redecorate and why!

The fine print: Contest is open to everyone over the age of 18 worldwide. You have until 11:59pm PST on Friday, May 15th, 2015 to enter. Please include your email address so I can contact you! One winner will be chosen at random. Once contacted, you will have one week to respond and claim your prize. The prize may not be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered. Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties. My decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No purchase necessary.

Good luck and thanks for joining me on this tour!

Nubby Twiglet | New Room


Special thanks to Uncommon Goods for sponsoring this giveaway. All photos and opinions are my own.