Monthly Archives: March 2015

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

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

*** GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED AND A WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN. ***

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.
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The Week In Pictures: 3.20.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? Every day over here seemed to have many calls / meetings / Slack chats / deadlines. Honestly? I’m glad the weekend starts in a few short hours!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Some desktop necessities this week: Compartes chocolate bars, Byredo hand cream and a Darling Press neon-edged to-do list.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Little moments from this week: taping up fresh inspiration, straightening up the office, an inspirational message from Luke Copping and more still life exploration, which I’m tracking in #stilllifefriday if you want to join in!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Have a great weekend, everyone! I just launched a website for a client that’s been a year in the works (woohoo!) and now I’m off to a friend’s party. As much as I love my job(s), it’s important to take a break and live it up every once in awhile! On that note, I love this quote:

“Life is a song – sing it.
Life is a game – play it.
Life is a challenge – meet it.
Life is a dream – realize it.
Life is a sacrifice – offer it.
Life is love – enjoy it.” —Sai Baba

P.S. Happy birthday to the best brother on the planet!

Link Love: 3.19.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Draft

• This is the most beautifully written post about dealing with negativity online that I’ve seen.

• 3 ways to kick anxiety in the ass.

• I’m loving the unique color combinations on these business cards.

• Even if your place is tiny, there are so many ways you can add unique touches to make it feel extra special. It’s not how much space you have, it’s what you do with it that matters.

• There are so many cool careers out there and I’m glad that Joy is sharing some of them with us!

• This post is for the dreamers and hustlers.

• It doesn’t matter what you’re doing…as long as you commit to giving it your all every time.

• Here’s what dream clients can do for you.

• Miami is a place that I’ve been wanting to visit for a few years now so I’ve been living vicariously through Gala’s 3-part photo diary.

• This map of what people in each state are searching for made me laugh.

• Off to Paris? Here are 5 gorgeous restaurants to visit and show off!


Image: Draft.
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Branded #5: Waffee

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #5: Waffee

Waffee = waffles + coffee.

Two years ago, I was walking through the streets of Melbourne and saw branding that literally made me stop in my tracks. The newly opened Waffee shop was stamped everywhere with a clever bronze logo that shined like a beacon of light to those in need of a sugar and caffeine fix. Unfortunately, it was closed when I discovered it due to the Melbourne Cup and I never made it in.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #5: Waffee

That doesn’t mean I didn’t keep thinking about it. An intriguing brand doesn’t just fade away. This time around in Melbourne, you can bet I made it my first stop. Sure, I’m smiling here…but I’m secretly hoping that the waffle I’ve waited a full year to bite into is as good as I’ve built it up to be. Thankfully, it delivered.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #5: Waffee

Waffee was branded by A Friend Of Mine and I love how the name is cleverly built into a waffle griddle pattern. The inside of the shops are a crisp white and the logo is always applied in a bronze “toasted” tone.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #5: Waffee

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #5: Waffee

I honestly can’t think of a more perfect branding solution for the place — A Friend Of Mine totally nailed it.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #5: Waffee

On another note, Waffee happens to have one of the best tips cup I’ve seen. Winning waffles, great coffee, brilliant branding and a sense of humor to boot — what more could you want?


Photos: Shauna Haider.
Brand images: A Friend Of Mine.
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