Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Week in Pictures: 10.1.10 // Leavenworth


Hangin’ with the locals


It’s true. I am obsessed with leherhosen and I live in a Bavarian-themed house. I love dirndls and cuckoo clocks. And, I blame it all on my parents.

See, when I was growing up, we never took family vacations to Disneyland or theme parks. Every single year, we visited the same quaint Bavarian-inspired town outside of Seattle called Leavenworth, Washington. I have so many great memories and the vivid images of the costumed locals, outfitted in their finest European threads, have stuck with me to this day.


Downtown Leavenworth


I hadn’t been to Leavenworth in at least 12 years so when my dad and his girlfriend invited me along over the weekend, I couldn’t say no. We arrived just in time for Autumn Leaf Festival and little details of the town that I remembered as a child were pretty much still intact. The toy store, the local ice cream shoppe and the hotel we stayed at every single year are nearly unchanged to this day.



While we are on this little trip down memory lane, flash back to 1985 during one of my first stays in Leavenworth. Here I am in the old beer garden with my brother and grandma. When I recently inquired as to why I was allowed to leave the house without a shirt on, nobody seemed to have a good answer. The horror!!! The lederhosen were a gift from my parents when they visited Austria in 1983 — my obsession started young! Did you notice the dancing lady and children to the right?!!


On my way…..



Edit: If you’ve never been to Leavenworth, it has an interesting history. Originally a timber and rail town, it was in a steady decline for quite some time until the early 1960s. Fading away, the town tried to save itself by converting the downtown area into a tourist destination with a Bavarian theme. There are beautiful mountains surrounding the area, even giving the illusion of the Alps! It’s now known as “the most outstanding Bavarian village this side of the Atlantic.”


I fell in love with the shutters on this cottage near the the edge of town


Walking along the edge of the cottage in Dries wedges


The Enzian Inn


My favorite hotel in Leavenworth is the Enzian Inn. This time it was booked so we stayed at another hotel down the road. It’s been the place where my family has stayed since the mid-80’s and I always had the best time there. We stopped by for breakfast — check out the cute furniture and the amazing view!


Next door to the Enzian


I found the perfect socks to go with my lederhosen at a local shop



The signs in Leavenworth are the best — no neon allowed. Nearly all of them are wooden. Even mainstream businesses including Starbucks, McDonald’s and Bank of America play along. This Starbucks was below our hotel room and I couldn’t tell if it was real at first but inside it was all standard issue!



We arrived during the weekend of the Autumn Leaf Festival so there was a parade through town.


Scenes from downtown



I couldn’t believe my eyes when I stumbled upon a gingerbread-themed house!


Almost all of the streets have German names


Picture perfect. I love all the little details.



Our hotel had a little private balcony — I loved waking up in the morning and stepping outside to watch people stream through downtown in their best Bavarian finery! Hopefully visits to Leavenworth will be a little more frequent from now on; it was definitely one of the highlights of my childhood. Even today, it still retains that indescribable magic.


Peace, Love & Nubs,

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Link Love: 9.30.10

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link love

Irina Lazareanu in Marie Claire


• Are these mindsets holding you back from blogging success?

• Breaking down doors: promoting yourself to dream clients.

Oh, make me over: Gala shares her top beauty product picks!

• Sometimes coffee brands all start looking the same to me. The Australian version of McCafé has done a great job of subtly standing out!

• Timeless advice: 10 things by Milton Glaser.

• Has anyone ever said “You shouldn’t wear that!” to you? Why is it their business anyway?

• Finding success as a self-employed designer.

This article on sexual harassment is a must read. “In Paris on Tuesday, a man tried to kiss me while I sat in a park looking through the pictures I’d taken on my camera.” What?!!

• The Sea of Shoes Spring fashion art contest is so inspiring. There’s still time to enter if you’re interested!

• The album artwork for Angelspit’s new release, Larva Pupa Tank Coffin is gorgeous!

• Okay, I barely ever use my credit card but the new Pantone for Visa cards have my heart beating a little faster.

• How to kern type perfectly.


What I Wore: 9.13.10 // Moth

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When I was staying with Bianca in New York two weeks ago, she took these photos of me late one night in her apartment building. Isn’t it gorgeous?! They are 100 years old and were recently redone — a moth motif runs throughout, all over the furniture and wallpaper.


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what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


I found this dress a few months back on Etsy. It features a nude-colored fabric insert on the top half with lace overlay. It was much longer but since the neckline is so high, I had it altered to a mini length. It’s nice to switch things up occasionally and to not always run straight for the little black dress!


I Wore:

Dress, Vintage (Etsy)
Belt, Vintage
Punctuation Tights, American Apparel
Headband, Forever 21
Wedges, Camilla Skovgaard


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what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


I have a habit of balancing out super girly silhouettes with tough shoes. I guess I never want to look like I’m off to a dinner party or too done up.


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what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


Everything in this building feels so grand! A bunch of students were in the basement studying and started scurrying out of the way when our impromptu photo shoot came through. Oops!


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what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


I love working with Bianca. She’ll take photos at a moment’s notice, even if it’s 10 pm and we’ve just eaten dinner. What a trooper!


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The Typofiles #70: Topshop


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Yesterday, my Topshop order arrived and tucked the box inside was their quarterly magazine, 214. All of the pages were quite impressive but perhaps best of all was the back cover — the layout managed to be clean yet gritty, structured yet worn. I’m sold.

All of The Typofiles can be viewed here.


Veronica Varlow Media Kit

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veronica varlow burlesque media kit nubby twiglet


Performer Veronica Varlow is one of those rare women who seem to have it all — brains, beauty and the heart and soul that backs it all up. She is inspiring because against all odds, she still managed to find a way to live her dream. Her story is a fascinating one. Taken from her bio:

An unexpected twist of fate led Varlow to her life of international intrigue. After a harrowing attack by a rottwelier pushed her to make a serious life change, Veronica Varlow stepped out of the shadows and into the life she longed for. Since then, she has graced stages from Paris to Prague, from Berlin to Brussels, from Austria to Australia. This year marks her eighth world tour with musician Emilie Autumn. She was recently featured on an entire episode of MTV’s Emmy Award Winning Show, MADE for her inspiring story and cabaret artistry. In her spare time, she plots world domination.


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veronica varlow burlesque media kit nubby twiglet


We began this project nearly a year ago but when your client is busy touring the world and hopping from continent to continent, you’ve just gotta have patience! I remember when we began working on Veronica’s media kit last September — we met at a coffee shop in the East Village and she sauntered in, mid-afternoon, in a gorgeous leopard print wrap dress and perfectly applied red lipstick. Everywhere she goes, heads turn. And, she’s got impeccable manners and charm! Amazing.


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veronica varlow burlesque media kit nubby twiglet

veronica varlow burlesque media kit nubby twiglet

veronica varlow burlesque media kit nubby twiglet


My goal with Veronica’s media kit was to be professional yet playful. That’s a tough balance. I wanted to show off her class but I wanted potential clients to have fun when flipping through the pages. A palette of pinks, grays and black have a retro boudoir feel but still radiate that light-hearted spirit. The media kit is set up as an email-ready PDF and features single spreads.


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veronica varlow burlesque media kit nubby twiglet

veronica varlow burlesque media kit nubby twiglet

veronica varlow burlesque media kit nubby twiglet


I wanted the last page to be very simple and reminiscent of a vintage calling card. And, after you’ve seen all that Veronica can offer, you probably don’t need any more convincing. Thanks to Veronica for letting me share the outcome. Behind that gorgeous exterior is one of the sweetest women I know.


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