Monthly Archives: October 2013

What I Wore: Keeping It Simple With Travel Attire

What I Wore: Keep It Simple

When I sat down awhile back and counted up how many flights I’d be catching over the next three weeks, they added up to 10 in total. That’s a lot of time spent crammed onto a plane! With a travel schedule this crazy, I knew it was time to find a way to embrace comfort full-on while criss-crossing Australia and New Zealand.

Planning ahead, I picked up a stretchy full-length black dress at H&M that feels more like a nightgown and I will be pairing it with my Zara boots during each leg of my journey since they easily slide off for trips through security.

What I Wore: Keep It Simple

What I Wore: Keep It Simple

This is the most simple look I’ve ever posted on my blog — flat footwear and absolutely no jewelry is a rarity for me! I gave it a test-run over the weekend during a walk with Joey and Rocky. Though, it was much cooler in Portland than Australia so I wore my Rick Owens coat over the top which I’m definitely not packing! Security would have a heyday with the built-in hip panels, don’t you think?

What I Wore: Keep It Simple

I wore:
Maxi dress, H&M
Boots, Zara
Coat, Rick Owens

It’s nice to finally have a go-to travel uniform that doesn’t involve leggings, t-shirts or sweatpants but feels just as comfortable.

The Week in Pictures: 10.25.13

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Over the weekend, we took a nice, long walk through the West Hills, which were coated in a heavy layer of fog. The overcast skies turned out to be the perfect setting for the Munsters-style house we ended up spotting (at the top of this post). Perfect soon-to-be Halloween weather, don’t you think?! And, I have a crush on this vintage Land Rover.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

My mom, Cathy was in town for Branch project management training — in between tasks, we took plenty of breaks so I could show her around to all the newest restaurants that have opened since she last visited. Her favorite of the bunch was Roman Candle Bakery. With white subway tile walls, a matching white espresso machine and some of the best baked goods in Portland, we were in heaven with every bite. For lunch, we had the Cheese Toastie with tomato soup and I highly recommend it!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

When you finish lunch and Salt & Straw is only a block away, you can’t say no to homemade ice cream. I’ve taste-tested pretty much every flavor but usually revert back to the almond brittle with salted ganache. Mmm.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Of course, my mom’s mini Portland tour wasn’t complete without a stop at the Woodsman Market. All the goodies are always so photogenic.

I ended the week on a high note yesterday by spending the afternoon with my grandparents and now, I’m packing for my trip to Australia later today! EEK! Here’s to new adventures and living life to the fullest. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 10.24.13

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Audrey Hepburn by Richard Avedon

• 10 habits to help you be more present.

• This post illustrates how completely out of control the rent in San Francisco is.

• I loved reading this behind the scenes peek inside Balthazar, one of Manhattan’s best known restaurants.

• Flux adjusts the color of your computer’s display to adapt to the time of day.

• 30 lessons from selling 30 million dollars worth of eBooks.

• If you’ve moved a lot in your lifetime, you’ll love Megan’s post about finding home.

• Are you comfortable with embracing the unknown?

• There’s more than 80 scans in this Flickr set of wood type. So many great specimens!

• Here’s an easy recipe to make overnight pumpkin butter.

• The Headphones Project revolves around asking strangers what they’re listening to.

• The 20 smartest things Jeff Bezos has ever said.

• Read this when you’re feeling unwanted and rejected.

• The secret to success? Be a failure.


Photo: Audrey Hepburn by Richard Avedon.
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5 Tips For Managing Multiple Businesses

Nubby Twiglet | 5 Tips For Managing Multiple Businesses

Over the last year, I’ve launched two new businesses in addition to running this blog. Juggling three separate ventures isn’t easy but I have a few simple tips to make the process smoother if you find yourself in a similar position!


1. Keep one set of books

Before I expanded my business ventures, I sat down with my accountant and asked him how I should structure my books. The thought of potentially keeping track of receipts and accounts across multiple businesses made my head spin! He suggested that I form one LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) and then create a DBA (which stands for “doing business as”) for all of my additional ventures.

I took his advice and formed a business under my name, Shauna Haider LLC and then created a DBA for Branch and another for Nubby Twiglet. Since all are housed under my LLC, I now keep one set of books when it comes to taxes.

2. Keep an editorial calendar

Because I am now running two blogs, it’s important for me to keep track of what to post and when to post it. I am constantly dreaming up new ideas and producing content and in the back of my mind, I’m always thinking about which blog it is most appropriate for.

Nubby Twiglet is my personal outlet with content revolving around design and lifestyle topics. Posts relating to personal style, home improvement, travel and advice live here.

On the other hand, the Branch blog is a place for my studio to post business-related content as well as design projects.

I keep detailed editorial calendars with outlines for the next month’s worth of content for each blog as a safety net (though it often shifts for the day depending on my mood). Having that arsenal of ideas scribbled down keeps me from feeling like I’m posting on the fly and in turn, producing sub-par content.

3. Batch process as much as possible

Part of the reason I’m able to stay on top of multiple businesses is because I batch process a lot of smaller tasks. For blog posts, I’ll often shoot all of the images I need for the week over a few hour block of time on the weekend and set up folders on my desktop for each.

When it comes to my design business, if I’m working with multiple new clients at the same time, I’ll do visual research for both at once and produce any similarly formatted presentations on the same day. By mentally focusing on the same steps, I’m able to work much faster.

4. Link personal and business bank accounts

All of my personal accounts including savings and checking as well as my credit card and home mortgage are issued through the same bank. When I set up my business accounts, I made an appointment at my bank and had a separate set of accounts opened but had them linked in with the others. Now, I can log into my account online and see all of my balances across six accounts at the same time.

5. Don’t be afraid to delegate

I’ve always had difficulty with delegating tasks. I tend to think that I can do it all (and do it well) but I’ve had to learn the hard way that this isn’t always the case. Over the last year, I’ve gotten better at letting go. Joey now does all of our grocery shopping and runs most of our household errands so I can spend more time focused on work. A month ago, I hired my mom as the project manager for Branch. Just knowing that she’s taking care of all of my business correspondence gives me peace of mind.


These five changes have saved me so much time and helped my sanity tremendously! Do you have any more tips you’d recommend to make running multiple businesses even easier?

Lookbook #3: It Is Beautiful…Then Gone

Nubby Twiglet | Lookbook: It Is Beautiful...Then Gone

Nubby Twiglet | Lookbook: It Is Beautiful...Then Gone

Nubby Twiglet | Lookbook: It Is Beautiful...Then Gone

Nubby Twiglet | Lookbook: It Is Beautiful...Then Gone

Ages ago, I shared a few choice visuals from one of my favorite books, It Is Beautiful…Then Gone but not enough to do it justice. This book is one that I go back to repeatedly because it’s mostly collage-based but has a strong sense of design weaving throughout its pages. I made collages long before I was a designer and this book reminds me of why I love it so much.

A lot of the work here was produced in the early 90s as the author struggled to find his footing in art school. The transition from creating design by hand to using computers was in full swing. Instead of fully embracing the clumsy computers, he revived many of his school’s forgotten relics including the darkroom and wove together his own unique style.

Though Venezky’s style has visible design roots, the hand-done elements are obvious and give his work dimension — you can see the photocopied pieces and the layers of the overlapping images. His work is a reminder that we don’t have to be totally dependent on computers to create a layout and that sometimes, it’s necessary to step away to push our personal boundaries.

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Nubby Twiglet | Lookbook: It Is Beautiful...Then Gone

Nubby Twiglet | Lookbook: It Is Beautiful...Then Gone

Nubby Twiglet | Lookbook: It Is Beautiful...Then Gone


Featured book: It Is Beautiful…Then Goneby Martin Venezky.
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