Monthly Archives: October 2008

The Week in Pictures: 10.31.08

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A few days ago, I had a really late night at work but when I came home, I was surprised with this! Lee’s family was in town all week and his mom made a MASSIVE apple pie. (I secretly love having so many heart-shaped dishes and baking pans. Heart-shaped food makes everything better!!!)

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Heehee, I made some new friends this week…and their names are Marni!

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I’d been lusting after some wedges from the Spring 2008 collection for awhile and when a pair came up in my size on Ebay for a total steal, I jumped in! They’re literally like sculptures. In case you were wondering, they’re not easy to walk in, but they sure are beautiful to look at!

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This is totally random, but if you’ve never been to Portland, one of the first things that you see when entering downtown is this massive purple monstrosity! It never seems to die. You think it would get popped, but it’s probably immortal.

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One of the packages I received this week was from my Virgo soulmate, Gala Darling and it contained not only a cute letter of all the reasons why we’re a perfect match, but a GLITTER GLOVE! She’s one of the only people who understands my undying love for Michael Jackson.

week in pictures nubby twiglet coffee latte

I had the best latte today while dining on waffles with my friend Erin. We’ve known each other the longest out of all of all of my friends (BFF’s since 1996, baby!) so we share a very special bond.

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Isn’t she adorable?!

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I guess I should mention what else I’ve been up to. Nemo is having an insane Halloween party tonight (I say INSANE and mean it because over 1,500 people have RSPVed!) and we’ve been decorating for the last two days. It looks amazing!

And, with that, I am off to change into my costume!

Happy Halloween, everyone!
What’s your costume going to be this year?




Link Love: 10.30.08

1. Sea of Shoes offers a guide to buying vintage on Ebay. This post is worth checking out just to see some of their amazing finds!

2. Before you use that typeface on your project, find out its secret meaning here. My favorites are Didot: I am a French hooker and Helvetica Neue: I am a conformist!

3. Thanks to a link via Gala a few weeks ago, I am totally hooked on the music blog Pretty Much Amazing. It’s about quality over quantity and they get ahold of all the best of the moment dance-y tracks and remixes.

4. If you’re going out of business, it’s best to take the high road and write an explanation like this guy did. (Sidenote: I loved Rocket! Photographic evidence here.)

5. Would smoking still seem as cool if all of the cigarette packaging was plain white and unbranded?

6. Why would Steve Pavlina say goodbye to $100,000 in easy income every year? Find out his reasoning here.

7. If you’re in need of some inspiration, Smashing Magazine’s 50 Beautiful Blog Designs has what you’re looking for!

8. It’s finally been confirmed, red on women drives men wild!




Ask Nubby #14: The Short and Sweet Edition

Over the last few months, many brief questions have rolled in so I’ve decided to answer these all at once. Don’t worry, I’ll be back to tackling your more lengthy inquiries next week!

1. Does the giant “A” decor in your home and on your business cards have any meaning or is it just decoration?

I’m a big typography nerd, but the the recurring A doesn’t have any significant meaning. I just like the way it looks! The uppercase Helvetica A is my all-time favorite, followed by the lowercase Bodoni a.

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2. I’m wondering, what’s the background story on your lips & pill logo?

The mouth with pill got its start years ago when I was really into medical imagery. A friend in New York sent me a shoe box stuffed with goodies and inside, there were a few oversized colored metal pills. I thought it would be cool to chomp down on one and take some photos. They caught on and became instantly associated with my brand so I turned one of the photos into a logo. Eventually, the photos became the basis for my first art piece in 2005.

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3. I’m just curious as to where I can acquire a tuxedo jacket similar to the one you wore to your birthday shindig.

Though tuxedo jackets have been big in fashion for awhile now, mine is of the vintage variety. It’s a boy’s size and originated from a used tux reseller on Ebay for less than $20.00. The label is Lord West.

4. I was wondering how you and Gala Darling met?

Gala’s birthday is September 13th and mine is September 14th. Back in 2006, we were both in New York celebrating our birthdays, unbeknownst to one another. Our mutual friend Star hung out with us a day apart and she mentioned that I should meet Gala. Though we never crossed paths on that trip, we later struck up conversations online and hit it off.

gala darling nubby twiglet new york embracePhoto by Bianca Alexis

When we were both back in New York during June 2008, we finally met in person. The bond was immediate; it’s like we’d known each other all along! Since we’re both Virgos that love to blog, shop, eat and constantly take photos, we’re a pretty ideal match. Since then, we’ve spent 10 solid days together and in the process, ran the Virgo Boarding House (our tattooed host was amazingly gracious!), celebrated our birthdays in Central Park, discussed Michael Jackson’s pajama choices and attended a blogging convention in Vegas! Who knows where our next adventure will take us…

5. How do you separate work from your personal design?

This is way easier than it seems! My life at work and outside of work cross over pretty heavily. I blog and design all day at Nemo and if I was at home, I’d be doing the same exact thing (except, I’d have the T.V. tuned into Dr. Phil and Oprah)!

Even though I love designing for myself, it’s impossible to be ‘on’ and full of creativity all the time. Stepping outside of my personal space and working on projects for clients at work has made me a better designer because of the huge variety of work. Oh, and it never really feels like work because my coworkers are awesome.

6. You have such fantastic clothes, do you display them like art?

I don’t display any of my clothing. I prefer it to be hung up by color! I do display my favorite shoes, though.

Thanks for tuning in! As always, if you have a question that you’d like answered, please direct it here.




What I Wore: 10.28.08


I found this vintage skirt at the Red Light this weekend. Judging from the belled cut, it seems to be 50s era. I’m on a total Bavarian style kick at the moment!

This is what I wore:

Skirt, vintage (no label)
Shirt, H&M
Cuckoo clock necklace, M8N4
Leggings, Forever21
Watch, Target
Heels, Zinda
Purse, Miu Miu




Nubbytwiglet.com Featured Columns

My goal is to post fresh content each weekday and here’s a quick overview of the most popular columns at Nubbytwiglet.com:

Our sartorial choices say a lot about who we are, where we came from and where we’re going. Color choices, patterns and textures all contribute to an overall vision of how we want to be perceived. I make no distinction between my art, my personal style of dress or my surroundings. They’re one big vision. Each week, I share a few of my favorite outfits and best of all, the label or origins of each piece!

Do you have a burning question? This is your chance to get answers on a variety of topics including art, design, fashion, business, style and anything else you can dream up! The question can be as simple as asking where I got a piece of clothing or what typeface I used for a project to something more in-depth about freelancing or running a business. This column is featured most Wednesdays and questions can be directed here.

The Decor Notebook is a collection of collages spanning five years. Images have been gathered from interior and decor magazines with the goal of injecting inspiration into your surroundings. The full set of collages can be viewed here.

Every Thursday, I whip up a list of links to the best design resources, inspiration and helpful articles from around the net. Do you have a tip or would you like to be featured? Email me!

Every Friday, I do my best to capture my surroundings and what it’s like being a designer and artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. New purchases, family gatherings and extensive travels all make their way into these posts.

Thanks for reading!