Monthly Archives: March 2014

New Interview: Creative Diaries

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Diaries Feature on Breanna Rose

I’m so excited to share that today, I’m featured in the Creative Diaries series over on Breanna Rose discussing what an average day is like working at Branch. As you can imagine, no two days are exactly alike but hopefully this will give you a much better idea. It’s not all glamour and kicking back reading fashion magazines (I wish!) but totally worth the hard work.

This feature was also a great excuse to take some updated photos of my workspace as well. Click on over to read more!

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Diaries Feature on Breanna Rose

Top photo: Made U Look
All other photos: Shauna Haider

Little Lessons #2: Change Up Routines

Nubby Twiglet | Little Lessons #2: Change Up Routines

When I’m stuck in the same place for too long, I lose perspective. When I walk the same route down the same streets every day, I don’t notice the flowers around me, the street art or the vintage signs emblazoned with inspiring typography.

The second I step foot into somewhere new, my mind races — I have visions of images I want to create, still lifes I want to arrange and much more ideas for client projects than I have when sitting at my desk. Travel keeps me inspired.

Traveling doesn’t have to be a big, orchestrated event. It can be a day trip to the beach or a smaller gesture like a drive across town to a neighborhood you haven’t explored or simply walking into a new coffee shop you’ve passed a million times but never took the time to stop into.

Last week, I traveled back to Palm Springs even though I’d just been there the month before. I had no good reason to be there. But then again, I had no good reason NOT to be there. Instead of listening to my practical side, I listened to my heart — I was feeling burnt out after a particularly trying month of remodeling around our house and a handful of rush design projects and I needed a break.

Walking through town, I snapped photos of plants, signs, store windows, palm trees, meals I ordered and even though I didn’t buy a single thing (except for the necessities like food, hotels and gas) I had the time of my life. So much so that I stayed in town an extra night.

My practical side always does kick in eventually — that extra night wasn’t in my original budget so I simply sped up a client timeline and delivered a project early which more than made up for that. It all worked out. It somehow always does, doesn’t it?

Sometimes, you need to loosen up the reigns and let yourself run free. Creativity can’t be put in a box. If you’re feeling stagnant, burnt out and lost, a day away might be all you need. Give yourself the permission to have some fun. Fill up the tank, grab some snacks at Trader Joe’s and hit the open road. And don’t forget to pack a notebook and pen because I promise you, that wave of inspiration you’ve been chasing will strike.

The Week In Pictures: 3.21.14 | Palm Springs…Again!



I just got back to Portland this morning (after coming uncomfortably close to missing my flight). I had to head home earlier than I wanted to finish my dreaded taxes — all you entrepreneurs out there know the pain of tax season!


Let’s back up a bit…on Monday, I had a client meeting in Malibu — our project, a photography book is nearly finished and we were making some last minute tweaks before it goes off to print. It’s going to coincide with an art show and I’ll have MUCH more to share once things wrap!



After that was done, I realized that though I had work to get done, I could do it from the road and my schedule was actually pretty open for a few days. We made some last minute hotel reservations and headed over to Palm Springs.



Joey and Rocky had visited the Ace but never stayed there so we checked in for the night and I showed them around.



I had the most random suitcase of stuff packed — nothing made much sense together since we were in a mad rush to finish the bathroom and get the house back in order before we took off for the week. It was fun to dust these old Dries wedges off, though.


Palm Springs is my happy place. I have a thing for midcentury modern architecture and I love visiting because the buildings make me feel like I am walking through a magical time warp. Can you even imagine if this was your apartment building?!



After our early morning walk, we had breakfast next to the Ace pool and peeked around the grounds — it was pretty quiet considering it was mid-week. So relaxing.




We had such a great time in Palm Springs that we ended up booking a second night at The Curve. A little tip: It’s literally three doors down from the Ace and if you search out online deals, a third of the price. We actually loved it here and it’s a great budget option if you’re okay with less trendiness and the internet being on the slow side. 😉


I hope you enjoyed my peek into Palm Springs. It’s time for me to sign off and finally conquer those taxes once and for all. Enjoy your weekend!

Link Love: 3.20.14



• The first few years of business aren’t easy but they are totally worth it.

• The best kind of life advice: if you want it, go get it!

• Airplanes of a bygone era had piano bars, cocktail lounges and restaurants and let’s be honest, flying looked WAY more fun!

• If you’re dreaming of leading up a workshop or retreat, Alexandra Franzen has put together a genius checklist of everything you should consider.

• Elsie just wrote a great article all about young industries with a focus on blogging.

• When it comes to business, here’s what to do when everything sucks!

• A personal favorite quote on happiness.

• What if the true secret to success is failure?

• I love Kathleen’s tips on how to attract dream customers.

• I just found out about custom signmakers Slideshow Sign Co. thanks to Vanessa. So much eye candy!

• Fellow designer and friend Breanna Rose just launched her own studio, Rowan Made!

• Celebrate 100 years of design on this gorgeous website.

• Here’s what to do if you’re falling out of love with New York.

Image: Malika Favre.

What I Wore: Neon Morning in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Style

Hello from…Palm Springs! I’ve been working on being more spontaneous in my everyday life and embracing that led me back to the desert this week. On Monday, I had a client meeting in Malibu and after that was finished, my calendar cleared up for a few days. With no other immediate commitments, Joey, Rocky and I hit the open road bound for The Ace.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Style

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Style

We arrived yesterday and settled into my new favorite home away from home. Even though it was only 8:30 am this morning when these photos were taken, it was already blindingly bright.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Style

I love this mural on the property by Erin D. Garcia.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Style

I wore: ASOS zip-front skater dress in fluro coral, Kate Spade Saturday neon belt and All Saints boots.