Monthly Archives: September 2010

The Week in Pictures: 9.19.10 // Part 02: Viva Las Vegas!

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Las Vegas can be summed up as the equivalent of Disneyland for adults. The Strip is a road snaking through the barren desert with hotels large enough to house small cities. Inside some of the larger ones, it can easily take 20 minutes to weave your way from one end to the other.

Once you start walking, exits to the outside world become fewer and far between as hotels and shopping centers connect in a maze-like manner. But, you are soon thankful for the joint (air conditioned) complexes when you finally do make it outdoors, only to realize that it’s an unbearably dry 100+ degrees.

When in Vegas, I prefer to stay indoors most of the time anyway for fear that I will dry out and turn into a lizard person. Though, trips outside to the pool are absolutely necessary.


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On Friday morning, Bianca and I boarded Virgin America, nonstop to Vegas. It seemed like an appropriate way to recover from a nearly week-long stay in New York full of meetings, a birthday party, Fashion Week and endless miles upon miles of walking. We checked into our digs at The Venetian and Joey later joined us for a weekend of sun and fun. Though this was my third visit to Vegas, Bianca and Joey were first-timers which made it all the more exciting.


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The sheer scale of The Venetian blew me away. It features 4,049 suites, 4,059 hotel rooms, and a 120,000-square-foot casino. And gondolas!!!


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The first night, we paid a visit to the V Bar at The Venetian. Part of the reason we chose it was because the logo was cool. I’m not kidding!


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Inside The Venetian — I was in awe the entire time.


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Dinner at The Venetian food court with Bianca. Lookin’ fierce! Joey and I compared fortunes from Panda Express.


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I’d never been to Downtown Vegas, which is populated by pawn shops and tons of bail bond places. The heat was unbearable but it was impossible to find a cab back so Bianca called one in. The operator asked her what business we were standing in front of. Bianca: “X-Treme Weed.”


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We were all completely exhausted but decided to go out the second night. Bianca wore a Milano dress from a boutique in New York and I wore a Rapscallion short-suit (courtesy of Miss Mary Bee at Hidden Treasures).


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We settled on a club at The Mirage where they kept handing us piles of drink cards.


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I loved this guy at The Venetian.


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The vacation snapshot where we imagine we’re in Italy instead of Vegas.


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The view from Caesar’s Palace.


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One of the Venetian restrooms — can I keep this wallpaper?


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Killing time at Barney’s. MICHAEL JACKSON LIVES ON…..for a very hefty price.


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Goodbye, desert sky.


This concludes my vacation photos! I have some awesome upcoming content planned but am still playing catch-up in general with work, freelance and life. I love you guys — thanks for all of the thoughtful, sweet comments and emails as of late!

Peace, Love & Nubs,

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Fashion Notebook #55: Pumpkin Spice



The BCBG campaign featuring Jessica Stam in a red wig was one of my all-time favorites. The warm, orange-y hues on this page remind me so much of fall and I am beyond ready for it. I’ve been guzzling Starbucks Pumpkin Spice lattes and I just ordered my first-ever Topshop item — a big, hand-knit chunky woolen sweater. I have a detailed Fall fashion post all planned out and I can’t wait to share it with you next week. View the full Fashion Notebook set on Flickr.





The Week in Pictures: 9.19.10 // Part 01: New York City

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Last week, Gala, Molly, Jazzi and I were at the InStyle Lounge at Fashion Week and spotted these two striking ladies. The blonde looked at us and said “Personally, I’m more into avant garde fashion like you girls” as she clutched her wine glass with the longest silver fingernails I’d ever seen. She runs a company called Crybaby Productions. The brunette heads up a company called Tender Gloving Care. She claimed to be the personal stylist of the blonde. After some brief chit-chat, they waved goodbye and left the lounge in sky-high stilettos, trailed by their videographer. We were in awe. But, I am getting way ahead of myself…..


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It has been an annual tradition of mine to fly to New York for my birthday and throw a joint party with Gala for quite some time now and this year was no different. Last Friday, I hopped on a plane and flew overnight, waking up in the city on 9/11 and getting stuck in snarled traffic. Gala and I spent the afternoon running around the city, picking up last minute party favors.


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The party was exactly what we’d hoped for — very, shall I say…..Gothic Liberace?! Candy-colored cupcakes, a disco ball, balloons and skull goblets galore.


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Gala and I spotted this very lovely graffiti on our way home.


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After our party, Bianca joined me for the ModCloth party at 10 Degrees. We had an awesome time sipping chocolate martinis and chatting with photographer Kristin Cofer.


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The next afternoon, Bianca and I decided to trek to Century 21, a massive discount designer superstore. While there are many amazing items lurking in the racks, don’t be fooled — not everything is wearable. We were completely dumbfounded by this pink fur / black mesh / lace skirt. My face says it all. REALLY?!!!


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Bianca: “Hmmmmm….should I or shouldn’t I?”


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Thanks…….but no thanks.


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Do you like my new $500.00 sweater with fuchsia accents and flower embroidery? Fashion Week, watch out!


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That night, Bianca and I went clubbing (how 2005 of us). Let’s just say that The Greenhouse is seriously amazing. If you ever have a chance to go, please do. The upstairs features a ceiling dripping in glass balls while the walls are covered in blinking lights.


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The basement walls of The Greenhouse are covered in faux ivy.


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Rad Warholian street art.


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There seemed to be a theme of red drinks throughout the week. Top photo by Bianca.


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Quaint city corner.


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On Monday, Gala, Jazzi and I went shopping in Soho. We all managed to share some unbelievable restraint. Some highlights: H&M’s displays and the Rodarte jacket at Opening Ceremony.


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I have no idea what this art is but it’s so unbelievably cool.


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Gala had a meeting so Jazzi, Sean and I followed her up to Times Square.


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Jazzi pulls up Nubbytwiglet.com on her iPad.


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Highlights from the Lower East Side.


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On Tuesday (my birthday), I spent the afternoon in a meeting with Gala, Jazzi and Molly. Aren’t they adorable?


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After the meeting, Molly took us to her top-secret members only club. It was beautiful.


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Molly’s new Alexander McQueen ring.


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That night, Bianca took me to a bar called Fat Baby. When we walked in, half naked men were serving cupcakes on platters. I wore a vintage red wool dress that I’ve had for ages.


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I wanted to take a minute to mention this dress. On my way to a meeting with Gala, I realized how shockingly underdressed I was and we made a beeline for Urban Outfitters. We walked out with the three of same exact dress in the same size, in different colors. I think that this is a great demonstration on how the same dress can be styled so completely differently.


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Downtown Graffiti.


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I love New York.


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This week was fun but the adventure was far from over. On Friday morning, Bianca and I boarded a plane bound for Las Vegas. But, that’s another story for another time. Hold tight, the Week in Pictures: Viva Las Vegas™ edition is coming soon!


Peace, Love & Nubs,

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Link Love: 9.16.10

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• An expert analysis of Lady Gaga’s meat dress.

• I love it when people take the time to explain their jobs — Anna of D16 shares how she became a book cover designer.

• Reading about ‘it’ girls makes me feel like a shit girl. Rachel Hills says “It strikes me that ‘It’ people – or at least the ones that are sold to us through magazines and the like – are not naturally in possession of that “certain something” so much as they are imbued with it through the repeated endowment of flattering camera angles and flattering words.”

• Beautiful illustrated letterforms by Jonny Wan.

Trekking through Midtown without using the avenues: “The goal: to walk from the Empire State Building, on West Thirty-third Street, to Rockefeller Center, on West Forty-eighth, without ever setting foot on Fifth or Sixth Avenue—to knife through tall buildings in a single bound, or at least in stepwise forays.” Hey, everyone needs a hobby!

• Gala just closed commenting on her blog for good and tells us why she did it. This is a huge move and a decision that every blogger has to make for themselves. While I currently love and welcome commenting on my blog, I can understand why others are making the change.

• Ahhh, I love this! My old high-school friends won’t go away.

• If you need to track down really rad office supplies to outfit your desk, Kris Atomic delivers. So much good stuff, so little space!

•Ten online personalities (including me) share what makes them feel beautiful.


The Virgo Birthday Diaries

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When I celebrate birthdays on my own, they tend to be pretty low-key. It just seems like too much trouble to put together a massive party so I usually end up at a bar with a handful of friends. But, in the last few years since I’ve known Gala, that’s all changed. She is a party throwing master! With our birthdays being just one day apart (hers is the 13th, mine is the 14th) it made sense to join forces. We’ve done a few birthdays together now and each time, they keep getting even more elaborate.


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Not quite Martha Stewart, but still a pretty sweet spread.


The week before I arrived in New York, I received a flurry of quite random emails that darted between the acquisition of skull goblets and cupcake orders. While I tend to be a bit more practical and low-key, Gala always believes that more is better. And, I have to say, she was right. Once again.

On September 11th, I flew into New York nice and early. Of course, traffic was a snarled mess, with cop cars everywhere but I didn’t let that damper my mood. Gala and I met up and began the race across town, darting through Party City, Sugar Sweet Sunshine and many other stores on a quest to add the finishing touches to our party.


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Skull-themed party decor.


When we arrived back at Gala’s apartment and she began pulling out piles of accoutrements including the skull goblets, a multi-tiered skull cupcake stand and oh-so-much-more, my eyes got really big and I looked over at The Dish, bewildered. Though, I knew he couldn’t console me — we were helpless in her quest for party madness! Our birthday theme would be nothing less than “Gothic Liberace.” Did I mention that Gala had also managed to reserve a private garden for us?! She has the magic touch.


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Gala very kindly assisted me with working my new camera.


The private garden was gorgeous. The Dish helped us hang a mini disco ball over the table and a handful of friends (including Jazzi all the way from LA!!!) joined us for a low-key afternoon. It was really perfect. Chloe Rice did the photography honors.


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A birthday girl must blow up her own balloons. Jazzi joins in.


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Cheers, you macabre fiends!


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Settling into the madness.


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Gala’s friends delivered a beautiful cake.


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Champagne wishes!


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No party is complete without a mini disco ball.


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Gala + The Dish = cute overload.


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Kristin stopped by!


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Our candy-colored version of The Last Supper.


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Eliza and I play catch-up.


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Birthday girls.


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Gala hit my Miu Miu with a pile of silly string. I gave her a look of “Oh no you didn’t!!!!” But, the damage was already done.


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My birthday outfit: Forever 21 dress, American Apparel punctuation tights, Forever 21 belt, Camilla Skovgaard wedges, Forever 21 headband and Nixon watch.


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Time to pack up.


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The party’s over! Empty out the goblets!


We had to clear out of the private garden in a hurry so we quickly packed up piles of cupcakes and collected the goblets. It was time to move on. We took our mini army over to Thompkins Square Park where a festival was going on. The music being played was weird new age headache-inducing drone madness.


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Trailed by the paparazzi.


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Guess who?!!! Black wedges vs. brown sandals.


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Jazzi’s boyfriend took some amazing polaroids.


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We had leftover champagne so we hid the bottle in Jazzi’s Chloé boot.


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Dolly isn’t exactly modesty conscious. When you gotta go, you gotta go!


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Girl time.


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Time to hit the road!


Thanks to Gala’s planning and a great group of friends, this was my favorite birthday gathering to date. Good cupcakes, great company and skull goblets — what more could a girl ask for??


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What I Wore: 9.12.10

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Last night, Bianca and I decided to relive old times and go clubbing. But, no outing with us is ever quite complete without a pre-party and a photo shoot!


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Before we went out, we sipped vodka and cranberry juice out of my favorite white goblets. Bianca knows me all too well and basically serves me EVERYTHING in them. Coffee, tea, water, booze — she has the routine down.


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We sat on her couch, watching the MTV VMA’s, doing impersonations of Rihanna and Eminem and critiquing everyone’s fashion choices before we started shooting photos. My look can best be summed up as “Gothic Michael Jackson.” If I was a lolita schoolgirl on my way to an MJ concert, this would surely be my uniform.


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I Wore:

Jacket, necklace, dress, belt and headband, Forever 21
Tights, Givenchy
Watch, Nixon
Boots, Minimarket


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I am in love with these Givenchy tights. $12.00 at Century 21, baby. But beware — not everything at Century 21 (or, the 21st Century, as one foreigner called it!) is stylish. Just you wait for the photographic evidence!


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Theme-wise, Bianca and I became a yin and yang of one another. Polar opposites. Black vs. white. We totally worked it!

The Greenhouse was PACKED. The inside was purely out of a movie set — walls covered in blinking lights, parts of the ceiling dripping in invisible chandeliers. It was gorgeous. 90s house music bumped and the crowd couldn’t stop dancing. It was pretty much a perfect night and reminded me of why I love New York so much.


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