Monthly Archives: April 2012

What I Wore: 4.29.12 // Spring Lace

what i wore pinkyotto lace dress

what i wore pinkyotto lace dress


This weekend, the weather cleared up and Joey and I headed over to my favorite neighborhood in Portland, Ladd’s Addition. The majority of the houses feel like they’re out of classic fairytales with peaked roofs, overgrown shrubbery and stone walkways leading to oversized front porches. There are roses in circular gardens throughout the neighborhood which is the perfect place to have a picnic in the spring and summer. If you’re visiting Portland over the next few months, add this neighborhood to your must-see places. There’s a ton of fun stuff (restaurants, food carts and shops) to walk to from this area.


what i wore pinkyotto lace dress


My friends at Pinkyotto just sent me the gorgeous Rachel dress which is a welcome addition to my overly dark wardrobe. To add my own spin, I mixed in a black leather peter pan collar and a vintage black patent belt. This dress rolls up neatly and doesn’t wrinkle so I see myself packing it for many upcoming trips.


what i wore pinkyotto lace dress


I Wore:

Lace Dress, c/o Pinkyotto
Leather Peter Pan Collar, ASOS
Tights, H&M
Gold Headband, H&M
Patent Belt, Vintage
Patent Zip Heels, Dries van Noten (Ebay)


what i wore pinkyotto lace dress


This is going to be one completely crazy week. My favorite llama is coming to town (!), a campaign I’ve been working on for the last few months is due and my dear friend Star is having her first-ever Portland solo art show!


what i wore pinkyotto lace dress


The Week In Pictures: 4.27.12

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The new J. Crew catalog just showed up and it’s really good.


Welcome to The Week In Pictures, a Friday roundup of snapshots I’ve taken during the week of my life, work and the city I call home.


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Over the weekend, the weather was finally nice and I felt about a million times more optimistic about everything (I can only take so much dreariness!) Joey and I went shopping for our yard and he picked out a palm tree which was super funny when we tried to fit it into the car. I felt like I was suddenly transported to the tropical confines of The Mirage!


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My client, Sasha Gulish totally made my day when she sent over some business cards we just did featuring her new identity with a really sweet note. We have a few more projects in the works and then I’ll show everything at once.


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This is one of my favorite outtakes from the Bazaar post I did earlier in the week. You can read more about the Bazaar redesign here.


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On Tuesday, I had lunch with not only my mom (who’s in town visiting) but also my two aunts. I left with bags of gifts and a full belly. A pretty much perfect afternoon! This was taken at my favorite thai restaurant in Portland, My Thai Bistro.


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These are my favorite glasses which i’ve had for probably 10 years. I’m surprised they’re not all broken by now with as often as we use them.


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The new J. Crew catalog (also shown above) is really inspiring me right now. I’ll share some more scans in an upcoming post but for now, check out those GRAY GLASSES!


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One of my favorite details in our house is this archway when you walk into the dining room. Now that you can see our new light, I like it even more. On the subject of making a house a home, we’ve got some big messes to conquer this weekend (big, big, big). Life, living spaces, relationships and careers….are always a work in progress. Have a fantastic weekend!


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Link Love: 4.26.12

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link love

Great Adventure by Leah Flores


• Five manifestos for the creative life.

• Life is empty at the top. When you’ve seemingly reached all your goals, what do you do next?

• Whether you realize it or not, most small business owners share the same struggles. It’s important to reach out and build a community.

• Designers, what do you do when a client keeps changing their mind?

• Why do people comment on blogs? Is it bad if they don’t?

• Gala bravely wrote about a topic that is often surrounded by a lot of stigma: cutting and self-harm.

• Have you heard about designers.mx? it’s a website that features mixes created and designed by designers. I’m excited to dig in!

• I love the bold colors and debossing used throughout the Department stationery.

• Adobe Creative Suite 6 is out (what? already?!) and has a fresh new look!

• There are only so many hours in a day. How do you beat the social media monster?


The Typofiles #101: Harper’s Bazaar


Harper’s Bazaar, May 2012


I first started reading Harper’s Bazaar during the Liz Tilberis years and still remember many of the iconic covers from that time well (this is one of my favorites). After her untimely death, I kept my subscription going but it just didn’t have that same spark. In the last year though, I’ve noticed a shift back to what Bazaar does best: simple layouts, bold images and crisp type.



The covers have grown more graphic and feature less headlines; the type curves along the pages to accent accompanying photos. Even the table of contents is beautifully designed! I really, really love what Bazaar is doing these days.



Bazaar’s layout prove that there’s strength in simplicity.


Inspired By A.F. Vandevorst and Round Stamps

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Over the weekend, I decided that it was time to order some rubber stamps featuring my branding. I set up vector files for my wordmark and square ‘Nubby Script’ logo but wanted a third option as well (when you’re on a roll with these types of projects, you might as well go all out). I wasn’t exactly sure what the third option should be but then I remembered a really great window installation that Belgian fashion line A.F. Vandevorst had done a few years back. In a way, the logo reminded me of the round stamps that were common at the post office though that is now sadly history. Inspired by A.F. Vandevorst and the old school round post office stamps, I’m working on that third option. The other two custom stamps have been ordered and I’ll be reviewing them on my blog as soon as they arrive! Inspiration is everywhere. It’s all connected.


Notes On Making A House A Home

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When my brother and I moved into our house a few years back, everything happened fast — we had zero time to plan how we wanted our surroundings to look and to complicate matters more, our decorating budget was also close to zero. Most of our furniture was hand-me-downs, thrift-store finds or purchased from the newly-opened IKEA. At that time, I was 27 and he was 25 and we were just happy to have a place of our own. And, IKEA really is awesome.


nubby twiglet making a house a home

Visiting Schoolhouse last weekend to pick up my City Chandelier. Anna Mara Floral Design (inside) has the same light.


Our house was previously owned by a much older couple who thought high-gloss beige walls and off-white berber carpet were just fine. Our first impulse was to paint out as many rooms white as quickly possible and to rip out the filthy carpet. To keep things easy, we kept the scheme throughout the house white and black. We really just wanted a blank canvas to build off of.


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Dining room details


Over time though, I felt like our place was missing two things: color and those special pieces that make a house feel like a home. Last week, I picked up a custom order from Schoolhouse here in Portland: the City Chandelier. The yellow base and oversized bulbs felt unique and fun and replaced a standard white IKEA fixture we’d had in our dining room. Sometimes, all a room needs is one simple change. In our case, the dining room just needed a splash of color to bring it to life.


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Our living room


Our living room is still a work in progress but a lot of the things we need to change are going to take some serious time and effort. So for now, I’m focusing on what I can change. Our all black couch in the middle of our all white living room has never felt very inviting.

I knew I wanted a blanket to throw over the back to add to the coziness factor but my heart was set on the Crux Blanket by Pia Wallen. I’d been obsessed with this blanket for years but it was totally out of reach until a cotton version, the Cross Blanket was finally released last year. It was still expensive but I knew that if I settled for any other blanket, I just wouldn’t be happy. Sometimes it’s just better to wait it out and to save for what you really want. (Yes, that’s an 8 ft. tall black bear in the corner of our living room. Inviting, huh?)


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• Don’t settle for what you don’t want. In our case, we spent the bare minimum on IKEA basics until we could save towards the particular items we loved. It took a few years but we didn’t make any big impulse purchases. If you buy a substitute for the real thing you’ve always wanted, you probably won’t be satisfied and will just keep obsessing over the object du jour you still don’t have. I saw plenty of other blankets that were great…but they weren’t THE Cross blanket. I knew it was better to wait it out for the blanket of my dreams (yes, that sounds crazy. Thankfully, I’m not alone).

• When you move into a new place and nothing feels right, start by painting the walls a neutral color. For us, there were so many details about our house that felt off that it was beyond overwhelming. Starting with white walls gave us a blank canvas to begin with and allowed us to build our own vision.

• Sometimes, all a room needs is a few small changes to come to life. We tried our dining room in a number of configurations early on but it all felt off until my brother found an old workbench for a table that grounded the room. At first, I didn’t like it but what I later realized is that it added some much needed personality.

• If something doesn’t feel right, don’t settle. When we first moved in, we thought it would be funny to have a black living room (haha?) We spent a few days painting it and…it looked horrible. We kept trying to make it work but walking into a cave every day just felt weird. We finally agreed that it had been a huge mistake and repainted the black walls white. What a pain! But immediately, everything felt better. Go with your gut and suck up those mistakes!

• Don’t get too caught up on Pinterest and inspiration sites. If you see something you like, it doesn’t matter if it’s popular. If you love it, you’ll usually find a way to make it work. Our house is filled with ‘oddities’ but it works for us.


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We still have a million changes to make to our place but these two recent additions have started to make our house feel more like a home. It’s those special touches that bring your surroundings to life.

Readers: What are your suggestions for making a house a home and is there anything on your must-have list you’d like to share?


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The Week In Pictures: 4.20.12

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I’m not much of a car buff but am totally enamored with this pristine Nash that I’ve been spotting around Portland lately. It’s impossible to ignore; just look at those curves!


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I snapped this on the way home from shooting these photos. I was wearing Wolford Crazy Maze tights.


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My sweet sweet Rocky hiding out in bed…I love him so much.


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My current desktop is a shot from the new Beyoncé site which sounds a bit random but the type throughout has really been inspiring me.


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I stopped by Schoolhouse over the weekend with my dad to pick up a custom order (which I’m super excited to share here next week). Loving these pillows by Egg Press as well.


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This shot didn’t make it into my Typofiles post this week but I still really loved this collection of vintage Urban Outfitters catalogs.


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On Saturday, my dad took me out to lunch at my favorite German restaurant, Gustav’s for fondue. I’m incredibly lucky to have great parents that are both young at heart. Speaking of parents, my mom is flying in from Phoenix for a visit tomorrow and I can’t wait to see her…I hope you have a great weekend ahead of you as well!


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