Blogcademy Live: Last Chance To Join Us In Person!

Nubby Twiglet | Blogcademy Live: Last Chance To Join Us In Person!

I hope your week has been treating you well so far! I just wanted to stop in with a little reminder that our last ever U.S. Blogademy Live dates are happening really soon. If you’ve been on the fence about going, I don’t want you to miss out — we have just two seats left in each!

The dates are:

SAN FRANCISCO
September 12th and 13th, 2015
Suite A

NEW YORK CITY
September 19th and 20th, 2015
Aloft NYC

Nubby Twiglet | Blogcademy Live: Last Chance To Join Us In Person!

If you want to spend the weekend learning all about blogging, social media, branding and of course, how to take a great still life photo (my favorite segment of the weekend!), this is your last chance to do it in person.

Hope to see you there!

Out & About #11: Darling Distraction

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #11: Darling Distraction

It’s official: my new favorite store in Portland is Darling Distraction. It’s a palm leaf wallpapered mecca of cool girl trinkets and I’m warning you now, it’s impossible to walk out empty-handed. I’d been stalking this shop for a few months on Instagram (thanks to a tip-off from my friend Kat!) and it was love at first sight.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #11: Darling Distraction

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #11: Darling Distraction

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #11: Darling Distraction

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #11: Darling Distraction

Whether you’re in need of brightly patterned gift wrap, a card with just the right amount of kitsch or a vintage flamingo figurine (because everyone needs one of those, right?), this is your place. The shop owner, Katrina has a knack for picking out the most enticing goodies and hey, I love anyone who welcomes Rocky with open arms!

If your mouth is watering and your debit card is burning a hole in your pocket but you don’t live in Portland, the good news is that Darling Distraction has a tightly curated online shop as well. Here are some of my picks:

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #11: Darling Distraction

Sources: 1. rorshach notebooks, 2. vintage deer, 3. love matchbox, 4. flamingo, 5. bad girls throughout history postcards, 6. Bahama iPhone case, 7. xoxo card, 8. mini garland pompom and 9. birch floral card.

It’s cool to see so many new independent retailers popping up in Portland and I’m so glad that Darling Distraction has brought a big dose of fun to town!


Featured: Darling Distraction.
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The Week In Pictures: 8.28.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 8.28.15

I hope you had a great week! We’ve been having an extra hot, long summer here in Portland so I’ve been escaping from the office to visit food carts and walk around a bunch of different neighborhoods. It’s always awesome to rediscover the place you call home and it’s my last hurrah of the season before heading to San Francisco, Orlando and New York in a little over a week.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 8.28.15

These are some things I’m loving at the moment including new treasures from Darling Disctraction — more on this brilliant little store soon!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 8.28.15

In between summer explorations, I spent a lot of time here kicking off the next issue of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. It’s funny how that works — the issue we just wrapped isn’t even on newsstands yet but we’re already onto the next. Publishing is relentless but it also provides some of the most creative design opportunities. I’m one of those people who gets bored always doing the same thing so I’m welcoming the three-way split between branding, web design and editorial these days.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 8.28.15

I’m still loving the new Branch business cards! Some of you have asked where to get square cards from and UPrinting.com does a great job. These are the 3 x 3 inch size.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 8.28.15

Never, ever enough cacti!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 8.28.15

Chubs, is that you? Haha. I love how whenever anyone spots something squirrel related, they send it my way! So cute.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 8.28.15

Have a great weekend, friends! Also, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your kind words on my 8th blogging anniversary post. It’s been a long road with plenty of bumps but I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s been so awesome getting to know all of you over the years. Here’s to many more! xo

Latest & Greatest #32: Palm Print

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Print

My obsession with palm print everything started during my first visit to Palm Springs in 2012. The town knew what it took to elevate a simple vacation into something special. It now holds a very special place in my heart and Joey and I are on our way back in a few weeks to renew our wedding vows!

Nothing screams vacation and relaxation like a good palm print — and there’s bound to be some wallpaper inspired by the likes of the Beverly Hills Hotel and Indochine in my future Palm Springs pad.

If you’re in the market for a palm fix of your own, these are some of my top picks — there’s a ton of variety out there to get that classic tropical vibe that’s so popular right now.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Print

Sources: 1. For Love and Lemons dress, 2. Atlantic Ocean tote, 3. Billabong rash guard, 4. JUCO photo, 5. C.R. Laine chair, 6. Rhythmic Palms room and 7. Elena photo.


I wore: Billabong rash guard, Zara skirt (old) and Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges (old).
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Link Love: 8.27.15

Nubby Twiglet | Twin Mag

• Why are so many millennials ending up worse-off than their parents?

• What happens when you give a tree an email address? A lot, actually.

• If you’re asked tone down your magic, say no thanks.

• One man got brave enough to give up the work he absolutely hated, even though he could make a few thousand dollars in an afternoon.

• Here’s the ultimate guide to Pinterest, thanks to Erika!

• Here are 3 ways good design makes you happy.

• 25 women share their opinions on being boss.

• 28 steal-worthy tips from the most productive people on the planet!

• This guy explains how to book a round the world plane ticket. Pretty cool!

• Why is it so hard to get a great bagel in California? The New York Times investigates.

• 9 podcasts for a fuller life.

• Steal these daily habits from successful people.

• 10 reasons to use Facebook groups for business.

• You’ve dreamed of opening your own store and now here’s the reality of what it takes.


Image: Twin.
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Cheers to 8 Years

Nubby Twiglet | Cheers to 8 Years

Time flies when you’re having fun!

In August of 2007, I left my Live Journal (the formative place where I’d discovered blogging in 2001) behind to start this blog.

Blogging to me had always been about sharing personal experiences and stories. It was a way to find my so-called tribe of like-minded people. It was never about making buckletloads of money or heavily pushing advertising — because when I started, those things didn’t even exist in the way they do today.

In a way, I think that was a major benefit. I had already been sharing stories online for six years before taking the leap to a more professional platform and that allowed me to keep on doing what I had been all along without any expectations of fame or fortune.

Blogging has shifted drastically over the last few years with social media platforms eating up more of our time, not to mention that of our readers. But I’ve always stuck around because blogging to me has something that is really powerful that most other platforms are missing — it allows you to share as much as you want and your posts can literally be anything you want them to be. I’ve always valued the boundless creativity blogging holds.

While blogging has changed, I still view it like this:

Social media is like a quick coffee date. You meet, introduce yourself and people get little snapshots of who you are. Blogging is like inviting someone into your living room. It’s where you go much deeper. It’s where those life-long friendships and client connections form. I can say that with certainty, too — most of my best friends to this day connected with me through this space. Clients I’ve had for 5+ years found me through this space. My whole world literally changed, thanks to this space.

And thanks to this space, I’ve had the chance to meet and connect with so many of you as I traveled with The Blogcademy. Your comments, tweets and emails mean the world to me. Thanks for sticking around through the good, the bad and the ugly (blogging wasn’t so picturesque in 2007, was it?!) A lot can happen in 8 years, that’s for sure.

One final thing — while this year has been about growing Branch, not to mention working on new personal projects, this space is in the midst of a very sleek and modern makeover and will re-launch by the end of 2015. Good things take time and I’m so excited to evolve this space, not to mention re-open an online shop of goodies.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Cheers to 8 years. I’m so glad to have you by my side. -Shauna

The Week In Pictures: 8.21.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? I feel like this Summer has been all about transitions and taking responsibility. In between client work, I’ve been pushing hard to make some creative courses I’ve always dreamed of doing a reality and though that has meant less time for fun and relaxing over the last few months, I’m excited to finally be accomplishing things I set out to do years ago. It’s a good reminder that even if some of your dreams may be a little dusty, it’s never too late to put them into motion.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My idea of a good time: making weird still lifes. I’m still doing #stilllifefriday and it’s such a great opportunity to experiment every week with new ideas. Join in the fun!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Ahhh, the most citrusy perfect bikes ever. Spotted these in Downtown Portland!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My office has been full of flowers over the last few weeks while I work on a client project and I’ve been taking full advantage of the leftovers. Flowers for DAAAAYS.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The coolest thing I did this week: joined the #pdxmeet hosted by Portland Gear. It’s an awesome hangout sesh where you get to meet like-minded folks, most of who are into photography and art and then you visit a unique venue to practice shooting photos of your own. This time around, we got early access to the under construction Society Hotel. The history inside the building is pretty amazing.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’m digging back into work before heading out to dinner with my dad tonight but I wanted to wish you a great weekend! xoxo