Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Latest & Greatest #30: Radiant Human Aura Photography

Nubby Twiglet | Radiant Human Aura Photography

Over the past week, I’ve been lamenting my lack of tangible photo prints — the thousands of images I’ve snapped over the last few years sit on various hard drives, collecting dust. I want more images I can hold and proudly display; do you feel the same?

Well, thanks to a spur of the moment outing, I have another print in my collection…but it’s completely different than anything else I’ve seen.

Over the weekend, I got a text from my aunt Shannon, asking if I wanted to join her to have an aura photo taken. Wait…I’d heard of that! A few months earlier, Gala showed me the wildly popular Radiant Human Instagram account and Christina happens to be located in Portland (though you should check out her dates — she often hits the road, visiting California and New York).

You may be wondering what an aura photo is and Christina does a great job of explaining how it works:

We all have energy running through our bodies. This energy radiates beyond our skin creating an atmosphere or “aura,” otherwise called an electromagnetic field. The aura camera uses hand sensors to analyze this energy’s vibrational frequency. Through this camera, we are able to match your vibrational frequency to a corresponding color’s vibrational frequency, making your energy visible and easy to see in the form of an instant Polaroid picture.

Getting an aura photo on a Sunday afternoon seemed to be on everyone elses’ agendas, too. We showed up early, snagging spots towards the front of the line but by the time the doors opened 10 minutes later, a few dozen people from all walks of life were eagerly waiting.

Shannon and I were added to a list and a few minutes later, I was led into a white wigwam-like structure that was completely black on the inside. I took my seat on a stool and then Christina set two blue boxes on my lap. I lined my fingers up with the sensors which were in the formation of hands and pushed my palms down onto another large sensor.

Nubby Twiglet | Radiant Human Aura Photography

Staring directly into a bright light and trying not to blink for 10 whole seconds took some serious concentration. And then, just as quickly as it had begun, it was over. I paid up ($25.00 for a single person or special group rates for multiple people in the same image) and was then handed my photo by Christina who explained what my aura meant. I was so surprised by how different my photo was from Shannon’s — her green and blue aura contrasted sharply with my red and purple.

Christina explained that my aura represented an extreme sense of creativity and also handed me a cheat sheet with the color definitions to keep.

The cool thing about auras is that yours can change dramatically over the course of a lifetime — and for that matter, even a few months! There’s really no way of knowing what’s going to show up until you see it and that’s part of the fun.

My take on aura photography is that no matter what you think about auras, the outcome is always beautiful and personal. This would be a great experience to share with your best friend or someone else you love.

“The aura given out by a person or object is as much a part of them as their flesh.” —Lucien Freud

The Week In Pictures: 3.27.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Hi everyone! How was your week? Mine definitely fell into the work hard / play hard variety — plenty of exploration but also plenty of leaving the office at midnight. With everything that happens in life, there’s always the opportunity to grow — I definitely felt myself getting pushed outside of my comfort zone this week but learned so much. It feels good to be evolving in both life and business.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

A highlight of my weekends is getting up early on Sundays when the rest of the city is still asleep and taking long walks through different neighborhoods.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The Branch office definitely has a modern tropical theme going on! Keeping it bright and happy up in here.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My musical obsession lately has been Cary Nokey so when I unexpectedly won an Instagram contest and a pile full of awesome merch landed on my doorstep, it felt fitting to dance through the office wearing these glasses. Check out Cary Nokey’s videos here and the newest album on Spotify here.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Those of you who live in S.E. Portland will probably recognize this colorful corner!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week I’ve been helping Uncommon Goods out with their Instagram and sharing some of my favorite products of theirs — pretty much the most fun job ever! See, it’s possible for even the most random hobbies (like shooting still lifes) to turn into work. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Portland is in full-on bloom right now. Come visit!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Weekend coffee run outfit: Zara coat, Silence + Noise skirt, Forever 21 shirt (I can’t find this one but they have many similar options!) and Marc Jacobs sneakers.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

More still life fun! I’m so into this Katz’s chocolate egg cream candle. It smells like the most delicious dessert….without any of the guilt! #winning

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week felt like a roller coaster but as I said before, that’s where the growth comes in. Every day I feel like I’m learning something new when it comes to running a business. There’s no instruction manual that can prepare you for it — and that’s both exciting and scary. The biggest lesson I’ve recently learned is that it’s okay to ask for help as often as you need it. The worst that can happen is that someone says no! I needed another workspace in my office so I asked Joey to build me a custom desk. I was working too much due to not setting clear boundaries and was upfront about it with a few clients. I realized I needed more help with project management so I made a call. It’s all about getting real with what you need and reaching out.

Things are winding down on a high note — over at Branch, we just shared the Brand New Ways project and launched a new website plus 12 workbooks with Ellen Fondiler. So immensely proud of both of both of these ladies!

Before I sign off, I’ll leave you with this quote:

“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.” —Dennis Waitley

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Project Spotlight: Brand New Ways

Nubby Twiglet | Project Spotlight: Brand New Ways

It’s been far too long since I shared new design work — over at Branch, we recently wrapped up the branding, collateral and website for Brand New Ways, the blog / podcast of Jen Leonard. Jen is a San Francisco-based journalist and speaker with a major love of large botanicals, clean type and a dash of bling. As you can imagine, this was a particularly fun project to dig into!

To get the full scoop and check out more of the design elements, click here.

Link Love: 3.26.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Blog Milk

• Here’s how to write your business tagline. Such a helpful post!

• Got the travel bug? These are 10 of the most affordable places to travel to.

• Your digital strategy shouldn’t be about getting attention. Here’s why.

• The best photo editing apps for iPhone and Android.

• Gala’s post about real friendship put a huge smile on my face. Treasure those relationships, they’re a special and rare thing!

• Cassie is sharing some really on-point tips on how to land those dream clients.

• Looking for some mega interior-related inspiration? Check out Teenage Bedrooms Onscreen — it’s full of Hollywood set design at its best!

• You’re probably pronouncing these words wrong.

• If Ben & Jerry’s had feminist-inspired ice cream flavors, these would be it!

This design project has some seriously cool color combinations going on.

• The list of 2015 names of the year is so good….these people actually exist!

Image: Blog Milk Blog.
Check out even more Link Love columns here.

Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

Spring has sprung and it’s time to clean out our digital closets. Over at The Blogcademy, we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes, crafting exciting offerings to help you take your online businesses and blogs to the next level. The time has come to clear out some older products to make space for the new!

As of this Sunday, March 29th, The Blogcademy Home School will be going away for good. If you’re not familiar with Home School, these short and sweet information-packed modules each feature a video and PDF worksheets to help you learn new skills fast.

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

To send these mini lessons off in style, we’re offering 50% off! Want some of your own? The topics covered in Home School include media kits for bloggerscreating an about pagedoing a blog brand audithow brands can work with bloggershow bloggers can work with brandsPR and marketingmaking money through advertisingcreating killer contentPinterest for bloggersdealing with negativitystill life 101how to set your rates and building your audience.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your blogging and business knowledge on a budget, here’s your chance! Even though the videos will not available to buy after Sunday, you will still be able to watch and re-watch them via your own private login after that date.

Here’s What Others Have To Say About Home School:

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

To claim the offer, just use the code springfling at the checkout (the deal is not retroactive — sorry!) to get the individual modules at a just $10 each. This is your last chance to give Home School a try — after Sunday, March 29th it will be gone FOREVER. And as for what we have up our sleeves next, stay tuned to learn about an exciting new in-person course AND a digital course that will both launch in the coming months.

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

Thanks as always for your support! Spring cleaning, even if it’s of the digital variety sure feels GOOD.

Dropping Scary Chemicals From my Skincare Routine…Plus A Giveaway With AcquaCures!

Nubby Twiglet | AcquaCures Skincare

After doing some research and realizing how many scary chemicals are lurking in beauty brands, I’ve been cleaning up my act whenever possible, replacing products as I use them up with more natural alternatives.

It’s been a work-in-progress but today I wanted to share one brand that has made the transition much easier in the skincare department: AcquaCures.

Formulated in California, AcquaCures prides itself on using plant-based formulations and certified organic ingredients. This brand stands tall, making you look and feel good while remaining environmentally conscious.

Nubby Twiglet | AcquaCures Skincare

My introduction to AcquaCures happened during the San Francisco Blogcademy last year when Mariah introduced herself and generously gifted us with a box of products to try out. I’d been using up my well-known department store brand of moisturizer at the time but wasn’t stoked on the the synthetic-smelling perfume scent so it was the perfect time for a change.

Ever since that day, I’ve been using the AcquaCures line and at nearly a year in, I’m a huge devotee. On a daily basis, I reach for their products and my skin looks and feels better than it ever has.

As you know, good skincare can be a tricky proposition — after all, the products that seem to work the best can get pricey and once you have them in-hand, it’s hard to know if they’ll actually work for your skin type, even if they’ve gotten rave reviews. It takes a bit of trial and error to find that winning mix!

I’ve partnered up with AcquaCures for a giveaway because it’s a brand I believe in and I want you to have the chance to try this amazing skincare line for yourself!

Nubby Twiglet | AcquaCures Skincare



AcquaCures is giving away a prize pack including three of their most popular products: Omega 3 Silk Serum, Omega 3 Liquid Cleanse and Revital Seawater Cooling Mist. This set retails for $127.50.

To enter the giveaway:

1. Like AcquaCures on Facebook.

2. Like Nubby Twiglet on Facebook.

3. Leave a comment below letting me know that you’ve entered and make sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win!

The fine print: Contest is open to everyone over the age of 18 worldwide. You have until 11:59pm PST on Friday, March 27th, 2015 to enter. One winner will be chosen at random. Once the winner has been contacted, you will have one week to respond and claim your 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. My decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No purchase necessary.

Good luck!

Nubby Twiglet | AcquaCures Skincare

Special thanks to AcquaCures for sponsoring this giveaway. All photos and opinions are my own.

What I Wore: An Afternoon In Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

I liked Auckland the first time I visited but the second time, that blossomed into full-blown love.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

A love affair with a city is multi-layered and many factors added to the experience:

I enjoyed really having the opportunity to walk around town and explore independent shops along Karangahape Road. Biz Dojo, our venue for The Blogcademy was fantastic (and if you’re interested, they have co-working spaces available). The cute apartment we rented was directly across the street from an awesome grocery store loaded with local products. The hilariously branded Hell Pizza wowed me with their Purgatory pizza (and it was so good that I had it two nights in a row.) And finally, friendly Kiwis made me feel right at home — I talked creative biz stuff with Sian and got to meet ladies I’d known online including Sophie and Steff Metal.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

I was already in love with the place — and then I met Steph of Bubblerock, a photography duo that splits their time between New Zealand and France (envious? I am!) Within a few minutes, we were like old friends, chatting about our recent stays in Palm Springs. And, I may have invited myself to her home in the French countryside (can you blame me?)

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

After meeting Steph and shooting these photos in quick succession over two 10 minute breaks between my Blogcademy sections, I came to the realization that while there are oodles of talented photographers out there, what really sets the good ones apart from the truly great is personality.

Steph was so warm, welcoming and brimming with creative ideas that I was immediately at ease. To me, it felt like we were casually hanging out as we explored a nearby arcade and parking garage — and she just happened to have a camera. I wish all professional photos felt this natural….and fun!

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

During our impromptu shoot, I wore:

Clover Canyon dress (past season).
Steve Madden boots (past season).

While my dress is from an older collection, Shopbop always has a great selection of new and sale pieces. The sublimated prints are applied to scuba fabric so their pieces are super stretchy and comfortable.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

Auckland, thanks for welcoming me with open arms. I can’t wait to come back….and stay longer next time!

Digital and film photos: Bubblerock.
Check out even more What I Wore posts here.