Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Week in Pictures: 10.29.10 // Sarasota

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After all the excitement (and madness) of Disney World, it was time to take off towards the beach. I had actually joined my dad and his girlfriend for the exact same trip last year so I knew what to expect — and I couldn’t wait. The white sand beaches and crystal clear water in Sarasota and the surrounding towns is gorgeous (and so relaxing).


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But, before I get to Sarasota, I forgot to mention that on our last day in Orlando, my brother and I got locked out of our hotel room. Naturally, we did what any normal, rational person would do — we rented a mini speedboat. Of course, he took a few sharp turns just to make sure I got splashed. I haven’t laughed so hard in ages!


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It was too hot to even hang out by the pool. Please excuse the nubble stubble. Haha.


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I woke up two mornings in a row, having visions of Mickey Mouse being totally down and out, spending his final days at the beach. My dreams got really weird as soon as we got to the beach leg of our trip.


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Night time in Sarasota — local bars, local entertainment, time spent with my family.


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I know it’s a bit taboo to work on vacation but it was so relaxing and quiet that I managed to get things done that had been haunting me for months. It’s amazing what a few days away from home can do. Thanks for reading. It’s good to be home.


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The Week in Pictures: 10.29.10 // Walt Disney World

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I spent the last week in Florida — and naturally, that included a stop at Walt Disney World. Disney World is the largest and most visited recreational resort in the world and covers an astounding 30,000+ acres. The icon of Disney World is the Cinderella Castle (above).

To me, Disney theme parks offer a perverse glimpse into what American life has become: overboard in every way. An overabundance of unhealthy food, sensory overload, consumerism enticing us at every turn — it’s too much of everything. Which is precisely why it’s fun to immerse yourself for a day or two, escaping reality for a brief period of time….and then get out.


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To get into the theme parks, I used my grandma’s pass from 1995. It’s kind of funny that they used early digital cameras to snap guest’s photos at the time. Now, they use fingerprint scanning technology when you enter.


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My brother used a four day pass we’d had stashed away since the early 90s (my mom had a pile of these saved from one of her corporate clients at the time). They never expire.


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The park featured quaint Halloween decorations throughout.


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The view of Main Street, U.S.A.


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Entering Tomorrowland. I love the total 1980s feel of ‘the future.’


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Call of the wild.


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Please excuse the brief Bavarian interlude. I think this was somewhere near Fantasyland. I loved being reminded of Leavenworth, Washington and the details made my heart skip a beat. I want the chimney on my house to look like that!


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There’s stroller parking everywhere.


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My favorite sign of all.


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My brother, dad and I on our way to Frontierland.


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Glimpses into Frontierland (and more stroller parking!)


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In the world of Disney, happiness comes at a price.


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I think one of my all time favorite Disney attractions is the massive Swiss Family Treehouse located in Adventureland. I can’t even begin to explain the scale of this thing. It’s like a childhood fantasy treehouse come to life!


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Disney World has some truly great type specimens.


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That unoccupied chair, away from the crowds = part of the Disney magic. It’s all in the details.


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Main Street, U.S.A. at dusk.


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Someone’s baby has gone missing and been replaced by an otherworldly creature.


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Puss in Boots. Waiting for the Monorail to Epcot, I spotted this lady’s badass cat shirt. Check out the one on the right, wearing a garter!!!


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The Cinderella Castle at dusk.


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No stop at Disney World is complete without a trip over to Spaceship Earth.


Stay tuned for part two of my Florida adventure, coming shortly!

Peace, Love and Nubs,

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Link Love: 10.28.10

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Quick announcement: My blogging software was just updated and I am aware that my RSS feed isn’t functioning properly. We’re working to get the issue fixed as soon as possible. Sorry for the inconvenience!


• Not that I ever use Myspace, but they just unveiled a new identity. What are yout thoughts? Crafty or horrid? Personally, I’m not a fan.

• Rapper and mogul Jay-Z opens up about his $450 million empire. “When he shares strawberry malts with Warren Buffett, confers with the president, or even vacations in St. Tropez, he does so on behalf of “the culture,” he says, by which he means hip-hop.”

• A recent graduate wonders if she should give up on writing.

• Cary Tennis to the rescue! My 20-something kids don’t help around the house.

• I love this photo essay! NYC subway photos, 1917 to the present.

• One 55 year old lady questions why it’s not socially acceptable for middle-aged women to have long hair. (via already pretty)

• Anna of D16 joins the cult of black bedroom walls.

• Perhaps the most gorgeous camera ever. Leica just unveiled an $8500.00 camera (how is that possible?!) and it sure is fun to look at.


Ask Nubby #33: Should I Focus on Graphic Design or Business?

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I am currently a student attending community college and I’m almost done with the Graphic Design program. I will be going to university and almost all of the courses I took won’t be accepted. If I continue to pursue a 4 year degree in Design, I will have to take everything over except for some math and science. For this reason, I am thinking about studying Business. This way, I have something to back me up in case finding job as a Graphic Designer is tough. What is your opinion?


Ah, I see that you’re contemplating taking the opposite path that I did! Back in 2005, I graduated with a 4 year degree in Business (minor in Marketing) and after a year off, I went back to community college for a 2 year degree in Graphic Design. Originally, I went to school for Business for the very same reason you’re contemplating doing so — I felt the need to have “something to back me up just in case.” While I don’t have anything against the degree I earned (it made me way more rounded than I would have been), it did absolutely nothing to quench my true passion, which I realized was design.

When I graduated from high school in 2000, I toured my dream school, a local art college. But, it was prohibitively expensive and like you, I realized that there were no guarantees of finding employment afterwards. And, to be honest, I was firmly middle class. I didn’t have a backup plan (or a college fund, for that matter). University was much cheaper than art school. And, in my mind, it was much more practical on my resumé (I didn’t know a single graphic designer at the time — looking back, I wish that I had!)

What I learned in the process though is that you can’t feel fulfilled if your true passions are being buried. I clearly remember doing my senior thesis on an early incarnation of Nubbytwiglet.com. That was where my passion was. I still have the project somewhere — a red folder with custom designed print-outs that clearly lay out my business plan and marketing strategy (maybe I’ll share it sometime).

As someone who’s now been on the inside of ad agencies for upwards of three years, let me tell you this: while the business degree did look nice on my resumé, it was not a defining factor in any design job that I got. The interviewers were much more interested in the quality of my portfolio and my blog. Period.

To be clear, I’m not trying to deter you from earning your business degree. On the other side of the coin, one of my best friends went to school for Business & Marketing but has a huge passion for design. In the process, he became an instructor at a handful of top art schools. He also manages to work full time at an agency in their Sales & Marketing department. Once, he too was also at a fork in the road, trying to decide between Graphic Design and Business degrees. He took the business route, aligning himself with top agencies and designers along the way and has been hugely successful in this path.

The moral of this story is that you have to follow your true passion, no matter what. During the way, you may curse yourself for the hardships that you have to endure, but once you get to the other side, you’ll thank yourself. I spent most of my 20s in college. I barely went to parties, worked in drab offices and a shoe store or two, interning for a year before I got hired at my first design job. But now? I can honestly say that every second of that path was worth it. Hard work builds character and if anything, sometimes those jobs you hate are good for something — when you do get that first design job, hopefully you won’t take it for granted!

But, back to your schooling. You mention that you are considering a 4 year degree in Design. What’s wrong with your 2 year degree? Have you checked into art schools that may be a bit more lax and accept more of your credits? If you do decide to go to university, at the very least, having your math and science out of the way is a good start. Even if it takes you a year longer to earn back those extra credits, a year in the overall scheme of life is fairly minimal.

Whatever you decide, you have to make the right decision for YOU. One thing I’ve learned the hard way is that you can’t worry about all the “what if’s” in life. Even if you perfectly plan everything out and take the route that you’ve deemed the most practical, you’ll still encounter challenges. It’s never too late to follow your dreams. I didn’t go back to school for graphic design until I was 25. The choice is yours (and yours only). Good luck!


What I Wore: 10.23.10 // Walt Disney World

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For my fourth trip to Walt Disney World, I wanted to look pulled together but still feel comfortable. The weather here in Florida has been roughly 85 degrees every day (unlike Portland, where it’s raining buckets). A thin black dress paired with bare legs totally saved me from turning into a sweaty mess. I bought my mouse ears in Disneyland back in February of last year and have already gotten four trips’ worth of wear out of them — not too bad!


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Somewhere near Frontier Land, taking a rest. Disney World requires a ton of walking for the adults — if I was a child, I’d surely demand a stroller. There’s ‘Stroller Parking’ signs scattered everywhere throughout the park.


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Onto the accessories. Since I wore a pretty basic black dress, I wanted to add a dash of visual interest. I’m loving my 4-Strap Belt by Zana Bayne.


I Wore:

Dress, Forever 21
Necklace, Plastique
Belt, Zana Bayne Leather
Shoes, Moma
Cardigan, courtesy of ModCloth
Sequined Ears, Disney
Watch, Nixon


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Never second guess yourself. ALWAYS wear comfortable footwear! These shoes had a half inch heel at most and were easily adjustable. I walked all day and my feet felt pretty good at the end. During past visits, I’ve occasionally worn more outlandish shoes for photos but always had a practical pair stashed away in my bag. It’s really hard to have a good time when your feet hurt!


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This was taken at the very end of my day at the Magic Kingdom. I just wanna go home! On Friday, I worked all day, flew all night and after a two hour nap, my brother and I hit Disney. We were so tired! It’s been fun reminiscing because the last time we were at Disney World together was in 1995 when he was 11 and I was 13. I think now that we’re in our late 20s, a bit of that magic has worn off. ;)


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The Week in Pictures: 10.22.10

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In all honesty, I feel like I barely made it through this week (too many late nights, too many cups of coffee in an attempt to balance it out) but all I can say is this: my sequined mouse ears are packed. That’s what matters right at this moment.

Above are a few items that have been hanging around my office as of late: a new-ish white version of my beloved Avant Garde necklace, gray paint chips (we need to paint our very 80s kitchen very badly), a Forever 21 multi-chain necklace and one of my many trusty Stabilo pens.


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This weekend, Joey and I went to the park so I could shoot some shoes for a batch of new Solestruck ads and this is what I wore. Not exactly appropriate park attire. Everyone else was doing the casual Sunday thing, having picnics and engaging in very weird workout routines.


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This is one of the newest ads I’ve done for Solestruck — I especially like it because I shot it on the bottom half of my dining room table!


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Onto the topic of packing. Here’s what I’m bringing with me. Everything is highly practical, I might add. ‘Practical’ to me equates to wedge sneakers, the new issue of W featuring a very naked Kim Kardashian, a belt with four buckles, etc. You get the point.


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This Fall, I’ve barely bought any clothing. Instead, I’ve been focusing on how a handful of high quality accessories can freshen up what’s already in my closet. A recent purchase has been the 4 Strap Belt. I love how it adds some visual interest to my pile of basic black dresses.


I’m sitting at the airport right now getting ready to board my flight so I must bid you farewell. Enjoy your weekend! Things may be a bit slow around here again for next week but will resume to normal after that.

Peace, Love and Nubs,

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