Monthly Archives: June 2014

What’s Your Personal Mission Statement?

Nubby Twiglet | What’s Your Personal Mission Statement?

A mission statement is a company’s purpose for existing but I like the idea of individuals having them, too. Do you have one?

For the last year, my friend Joey has been working on a personal project where she takes a photo of a different person every day and then asks them a handful of questions. The excerpts go here and I’m always most intrigued by their personal mission statements. I feel like these few words can speak volumes about a person. Some are self improvement focused while others are focused on changing the world at large. Either way, they’re always inspiring and remind me that we each have goals, dreams and passions that hinge on changing ourselves and our surroundings for the better.

As I sat next to Joey a few weeks ago while she interviewed one of her subjects, I wondered aloud what my personal mission statement would be. It came to me pretty fast:

Work hard and play hard.

No matter what I’m doing, I give it my all. When I’m working, I’m focused on creating the best possible solution. I want to put work out into the world that that not only stands the test of time but makes my clients happy. The second I’m off the clock though, I want to play hard. I want to explore whichever city I’m in at that moment, snap photos with family and friends and hit a mix of the nicest restaurants and dive bars alike. I want to soak in as many experiences as possible.

What about you?

What’s your personal mission statement?
What does it say about you?
Do you feel that it keeps you on track and gives you direction?

Photo: Diane and Mike. Playing hard for me often requires confetti and jumping on beds. 😉

The Week In Pictures: 6.20.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It’s so good to be home! Waking up to a fresh cup of coffee made by Joey every morning, checking out the new food carts by my house, making weekend plans with my cousin Matt, catching up on episodes of Dr. Phil and chatting with clients back in my own zone are just a few of my favorite things. Oh, and let’s not forget about walking past the bathroom. It never gets old!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Thanks to my time spent in Canada I now l have a large chocolate coin, some pages from the Air Canada in-flight magazine, some very fancy sticky notes and some more Garance Doré notebooks (because I have a problem. Obviously). All these still lifes aren’t just for idle fun — I’ve been working out my ideas for a little course. More on that soon!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Canada, you know what’s up. Can I get a quick Amen?!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Calgary really surprised me. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting but places like Market were not on my radar. This restaurant was one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had, hands-down. The food, drinks, decor and dessert were to die for and they even had a mini herb garden growing in front of the kitchen! Half of the restaurant was black, half was white — and as soon as the walls and floor switched to black, so did the chairs and napkins!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Oh, and don’t even get me started on Analog Coffee. Between this yellow espresso machine and the Nutella cookies, I was in love.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The true defining moment of my stay in Calgary, though were these sets of wax fangs we found at Freak Lunchbox. Did you have a pair as a kid, too? It had been a good 25 years since I slipped in a pair but it was just as fun as I’d hoped. For a split second, I proclaimed myself the unofficial Count Of Calgary. We laughed so hard we cried. And really, what better way is there to end a trip than with wax fangs in your mouth and tears of joy streaming down your face?!

Have a relaxing, beautiful weekend, everyone! And don’t forget to enter my giveaway for some chic new ballet flats! xo

The Packing Dilemma Plus a Giveaway: Win Trask Shoes!

Nubby Twiglet | The Packing Dilemma

Last year, I was on upwards of 20 separate flights. And with all that traveling, I had to learn how to pack properly.

When I first started traveling on my own in my early 20s, I’d make terrible packing decisions. I threw everything but the kitchen sink into my big red suitcase, trying to make sure I was prepared for any situation. But inevitably, I’d get to the end of my trip and realize I hadn’t worn even half of what I’d packed. My biggest sin of all became increasingly obvious with the shoes I’d drag along. Boots, wedges and heels easily took up half of my suitcase.

While I made the effort to set my ridiculous variety of shoes out and did occasionally slip them on for a few hours during a shoot or party, the rest of the time they just sat in hotel rooms, sad and unworn. I was making packing decisions that put form over function and I wasn’t doing myself (or the taxi drivers hoisting my suitcase out of their trunks) any favors.

This year, I finally got my shoe game sorted. Throughout the first few months of 2014, I packed a pair of black boots and a pair of black sneaker wedges through the winter and spring. That was easy enough but I’ve still been stumped about what to do for the summer months as a three week trip to Europe quickly approaches.

Nubby Twiglet | The Packing Dilemma

Enter Trask. As some of you may know, in a past life I worked at comfort shoe stores. And occasionally, this brand would pop up in conversations. I wasn’t super familiar with it since Trask had been shuttered years before but my customers consistently raved about the quality. So when Trask recently popped back up in the shoe landscape with a brand new women’s line and reached out, I was game.

I want to be stylish yet comfortable as I travel through London, Berlin and Amsterdam soon and not worry about tripping over cobblestones! The answer? Piper ballet flats. They’re lightweight, comfortable and sturdy which is my holy grail when it comes to picking out new shoes.

Nubby Twiglet | The Packing Dilemma

Along with the Pipers, I’ve rounded up some of my other travel must-haves:

1. Unique Basics. I usually stick to a palette of mostly black and white clothing so everything mixes and matches. To keep it fresh, I add in a few fun prints like this Carrie Hammer newsprint skirt. 2. Comfy shoes. Sightseeing sucks when your feet hurt! I plan on sticking to comfortable, basic ballet flats like the Piper. 3. Pencil or pen. Gotta be prepared for that next brain wave! 4. Magazines. I always have an unread stack in my office and the plane is the perfect time to get caught up. 5. Fun Jewelry. Because I pack mostly black and white clothing, I add in a few fun necklaces to liven up my looks. 6. Passport. Enough said! 7. Book. I fly through the 2 or 3 magazines I pack at warp speed but carrying more than that isn’t an option. A good paperback book lasts longer and doesn’t add much weight. 8. iPad. It’s perfect for movies on the plane and music playlists in my Air bnb pads. 9. Colorful Lipstick. I only pack the basics when it comes to makeup since cosmetics get heavy really fast. To keep things fun, I pack a few coral and orange-toned lipsticks. 10. Favorite Perfume. I finally found a signature scent! I roll it up in a sweater inside my luggage to keep it from shattering. 11. Hand Lotion. The soap in all those airport and restaurant bathrooms sucks out all the moisture. I love Grown Organics Vanilla & Orange Peel lotion. 12. Notebook. I like to make handwritten notes and lists on the go. 13. Light layers. Because the weather can change so dramatically, it’s important to layer up. I usually wear a black tank and then layer something fun like this sequin polkadot top, add a cardigan over that and then finish it off with a lightweight leather jacket.

Nubby Twiglet | The Packing Dilemma


Enter To Win

Now that I’ve got my packing sorted, I want you to have the chance to try out the Trask Piper ballet flats for yourself! One winner will receive the Piper in black lamb / calfskin in their size.

To enter the giveaway, answer this question in the comments:

What would be your dream vacation to wear these flats on?

Make sure to include your name and email so I can contact you!

The contest is open to U.S. residents only. One winner will receive a pair of Pipers in the size of their choice. The contest is open to everyone over the age of 18. You have until 11.59 pm on Thursday, June 26th, to enter. Winner will be contacted after that date via email and will have one week to email me their address to claim their prize. The prize may not be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered. Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties. No purchase necessary.

Link Love: 6.19.14


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Northern Exposure: Adventures In Canada

I had so much fun exploring Canada with Kat and Gala and this video shows some of the more colorful times we had as we worked our way from Vancouver to Calgary.

Between jumping up and down in a rainbow-colored crosswalk to late night dance-offs to Mark Morrison and rocking wax vampire fangs (!!!), we definitely made our own fun. And, as the days rolled on, our antics definitely got wackier. Haha.

P.S. I am still laughing about the fact that we had to sweep up our confetti! Oh, Canada!