Monthly Archives: July 2014

Link Love: 7.31.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Camille Walala

• The simple truth about how to get booked up and sell stuff.

This typeface defined the 1980s…but you’ve probably never heard of it.

• A hilarious Pinterest board of things that don’t need to exist.

• Got a job interview coming up? Here’s 20 questions to ask or be ready to answer!

20 signs that you’re succeeding in life, even if you don’t feel like you are.

• Are you suffering from a case of internet outrage?

• I love this post: Everything is wonderful. Everything is terrible.

• Joy Cho shares her thoughts on the changing world of blogging.

• Between 1935 and 1938, Berenice Abbott snapped photographs of various streets and storefronts across New York. Check out what’s still intact today.

• If something isn’t working for you, stop torturing yourself. Just stop doing it!

• How to ride a bike in a skirt.

• The Fresh Exchange shares the tools that are in their blog’s productivity toolbox.

• For your next design comp, why not use social good ipsum and give it a compassionate spin?

• It’s time to kick those excuses to the curb.

• J. Crew recently introduced XXXS sizing. Is this vanity sizing at its most extreme or just a case of catering to new international markets?

• Female entrepreneurs offer advice on conquering 7 career roadblocks.

• The daily schedules of creative geniuses.

Photo: Camille Walala.
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Latest & Greatest #28: H&M Home | Summer 2014

Nubby Twiglet | H&M Home Summer 2014

I just celebrated my five year anniversary as a homeowner and what I’ve learned so far is that shortcuts are hard to come by — decorating a home is not quick or easy.

I’m all for any budget-friendly pieces I can find to dress up rooms. Paint, furniture and curtains go a long way but then it’s time to zoom in on the details and add those finishing touches. I’ve been really loving the H&M Home selection lately. It’s nice to try out home decor trends without breaking the bank — I’m especially a fan of the marbled pieces.

Nubby Twiglet | H&M Home Summer 2014

These are some of my current picks: 1. marbled mug, 2. wooden cutting board, 3. patterned bowl, 4. serving plate, 5. metal candle holder, 6. marbled mini plate, 7. marbled ceramic plate, 8. toothbrush holder, 9. glass vase,
10. metal container, 11. linen throw and 12. storage basket.

All items: H&M.
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What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

The International Rose Test Garden in Portland is the most beautiful place to visit this time of year. I’m always blown away by seeing roses in hues I’ve never experienced in nature before.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

But, one corner of the garden is my absolute favorite. It switches from the expected rows of roses to massive palms and tropical plants.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

I’d just found this dress at Buffalo Exchange as the summer weather finally hit — the strappy back made it the perfect choice for an unseasonably hot day. Green and royal purple are two colors I normally wouldn’t pair but it somehow worked on this dress.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

A mix of bodycon silhouettes, palms prints and stripes feel right for summer:

1. Topshop playsuit, 2. ModCloth dress, 3. Topshop dress, 4. ModCloth dress, 5. Heavenly wedges, 6. Norma Kamali swimsuit, 7. Tibi dress, 8. ModCloth dress and 9. Topshop peplum top.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

I’m busy exploring Europe right now and absolutely loving it (Berlin is pretty much the coolest place I’ve ever been) but at the same time, I’ll be glad to get back to Portland and soak up the rest of summer there — it’s my favorite time of year to rediscover all my favorite places across the city like the Rose Garden.

I wore: Buffalo Exchange dress (secondhand) and Marc by Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges.
Photos: Joey Maas.

The Week In Pictures: 7.25.14 | Summer In London Part 2

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

I’ve been to London a few times before but it’s never been as beautiful as this. The weather was great all week and in between teaching two classes, I spent plenty of time exploring the city. One place I ended up visiting multiple times was the new Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. With a photo booth in the lobby, a restaurant that felt like it was right out of Berlin in the 70s and a killer deejay, it ended up turning into our home away from home.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

I picked up some treasures along the way: Charbonnel et Walker truffles, a drink coaster and flyer from Hoi Polloi, Dyptique lipbalm from Selfridges and branded ribbon from a stationery shop.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

One of the highlights of my trip was visiting the housewares floor of Liberty. They had a bunch of these amazing Chad Wys paintings.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

The flowers inside the lobby of Liberty are always so beautiful.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Also, if you walk along the backside of The Ace, there’s a place tucked in there called That Flower Shop. How great is this sign?!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

When visiting London, I never pass up an opportunity to get a touristy snapshot in front of the red phone booths. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

On Thursday night, we hosted a mixer for The Blogcademy at a venue called The Roost. This was my view from the second floor, red scooter and all.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Since I’m normally working from home and wearing a uniform of black skinny jeans and a t-shirt, I love any excuse to dress up. These were our mixer looks.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

The inside of The Roost was insane! Each room had a different theme including wallpaper patterns. We spent the night sipping rhubarb and rosemary cocktails, making new friends, hanging out in the photo booth and dancing to Rebbie Jackson (Centipede is our new favorite tune).

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Seriously, check out this room! I’ll be sharing a lot more photos in an upcoming post.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

I just landed Berlin and am signing off to get ready for an early morning of teaching tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

Link Love: 7.25.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Kinfolk Magazine

• When you have too many ideas, what should you do with them?

• It’s possible to help people AND earn money.

• I was one of 22 young influencers interviewed about my thoughts on businesses marketing to millennials.

• 9 things designers do that they’d never admit!

• Sting isn’t leaving any money for his kids. Here’s his reasoning.

• 10 very harsh critiques of famous buildings!

• How to wire your own hanging modern lamp.

• 12 free fonts that work great for headlines and titles.

• How do you differentiate between taking risks with your life and career versus being reckless?

• How do you request the final payment you’re owed from a client?

• I was just interviewed by fellow blogger Allison and we chatted about juggling multiple businesses, life in Portland and much more.

• This is a great history lesson on how New York City cleaned up its graffiti problem on subway cars.

• Made me laugh: the essential guide to summer fruit.

• The most legendary pizza delivery guy in existence.

• Why is the internet so blue?

Photo: Mark Sanders for Kinfolk Magazine.
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My Game Changing, All-In-One Camera: The Sony NEX-5N

Nubby Twiglet | My Game Changing, All-In-One Camera: The Sony NEX-5N

Though I’m a long ways from being a professional photographer, I do take a lot of photos and I’m notoriously picky when it comes to cameras.

Because of this, I held onto my trusty Nikon D40 for close to five years because I couldn’t find anything I liked better. Then, I discovered the Sony NEX-5N and it was love at first snap. For the last four months, nearly every photo featured on this blog was taken with the Sony. It does everything I need and it’s super duper compact — I carry it in my purse everywhere, every single day with absolutely no chance of back pain creeping up.

Here’s a quick list of pros on why this camera rules:

• It has the performance level of a legit DSLR but is about half the size and weight.

• Unlike a lot of smaller cameras on the market, this one has interchangeable lenses.

• The photos are 16.1 megapixels! Damnnnn. Even when you zoom in and crop, they still look sharp.

• It can record full HD video. Remember the Canada video? It was all shot on this camera by Gala, who owns the same exact model.

• There’s also a tiltable 3 inch LCD screen attached to the back — this makes it possible to frame light and low angle shots that would otherwise be tricky to nail.

Honestly, there are just too many incredible features to cover here. Scroll down and check out this list
to see even more of what this camera has to offer. Even though I’ve had this camera for a few months, I held out and waited to review it to see how I liked it after using on a near daily basis and I’d still give it a thumbs up.

Bottom line: If you’re looking for a solid camera for everyday shooting with DSLR quality in a compact, travel friendly body, I think you’ll love this camera as much as I do.

Tools Of The Trade #18: What WordPress Theme Is That?

Nubby Twiglet | Tools Of The Trade: What WordPress Theme Is That?

As a designer, when I land on a cool new blog and fall in love with the design, I’m often curious: is it built from scratch or is it a theme?

When Star was in town for a Branch meeting a few months back, I mentioned how much I liked a particular site and wanted to design something similar for a project. I couldn’t tell if it was based off a theme or not. Right then, she pulled up What WordPress Theme Is That? and answered my question. Within seconds, I’d located the theme.

Even better, What WordPress Theme Is That? not only detects what theme is being used but also what particular plugins the site is using. What a timesaver!

Featured site: What WordPress Theme Is That?.
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