Monthly Archives: May 2015

Link Love: 5.21.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Shawna X

• Such a good read: Why I Abandoned My Popular Social Media Presence.

• There’s been a lot of controversy raised around artist Richard Prince selling other people’s Instagram photos for up to $90,000.00 a piece.

• Letterer Jessica Hische is sharing a behind-the-scenes look into her process in a brand new book.

• Be so good at what you do that strangers notice your potential.

• Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have the social media following of a celebrity without actually being famous?

“In all, aside from making people roll their eyes at me, the biggest impact of having this absurdly distended online network is that it makes my online life really weird.”

• This year has really felt like the last hurrah for sponsored posts — and blogger Nadine explains why she’s happy that she’s no longer beholden to a blogging agent.

• What is it really like to hire a stylist?

• Pinterest can be a great place for gathering inspiration but if you’re not careful, it can kill your renovation dreams.

• This is the perfect café in Madrid to take all your lady friends to.

Image: Shawna X.
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There Are No Shortcuts To Greatness

Nubby Twiglet | There Are No Shortcuts To Greatness

If you want to be great at your craft, you have to put in the time. It’s as simple as that.

There’s a constant churn of articles, books and courses promising shortcuts to greatness. It’s hard to not be drawn into them in hopes of picking up the latest tips and tricks. While it’s true that most will help you get closer to your goal in some small way, there’s no substitute for putting in the hard work.

In the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell famously said said that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. After you’ve put in that amount of time, you’re considered an expert.

Dedicating yourself fully to your craft and putting in those so-called 10,000 hours builds not only your skills but also your confidence. These are two things that no amount of money or advice can buy.

If you’re a late bloomer and only now discovering what you want to do, don’t fret — it really is never too late. When I went back to school for design, I was one of the oldest students in my class at 25 years old. I didn’t graduate until I was 27 and as I sat in a studio surrounded by professional designers who were roughly the same age as me with years of experience already under their belt, it felt like a huge obstacle to get to their level.

The clock started ticking.

10,000 hours = 1,250 8 hour days which equals roughly 3.5 years with no days off.

Some of us may get there faster but honestly, it did take those 10,000 hours for me to grow into who I wanted to become and earn a decent living. It’s a long path and that’s why so many people get started and then give up.

The point is to push through and to keep going. Work through those roadblocks. As those hours speed by, as you start getting hired, as you start building repeat customers and as your peers start noticing your work, you’ll feel your confidence grow.

It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting on your path to greatness today. All that matters is that you’re committed to getting started.

The Week In Pictures: 5.15.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Hi, how have you been? I always love doing these more personal posts because it gives me the chance to connect with you, like we’re old friends sitting down at our favorite coffee shop to catch up on life. Even though I blogged less these last few weeks, that time offline has been a bit of a blur between meetings, proposals, more time on the phone than I’m comfortable with (ha) on top of an office photo shoot. Needless to say, I’m currently packing for a much needed mini vacation.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was trying to get out more, explore my own city and meet like-minded folks. Well, the universe must have heard me because over the last week, I met up an amazing artist visiting from San Francisco, an old friend, Kat from Melbourne and an LA lady that just moved to town. That’s translated to a lot of coffee and dinner dates!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

With all of the long days that have been going on around here, I’m checking out for a bit to head to my home away from home, Palm Springs. Sun, pool time, palm trees and friendly folks — it doesn’t get much better than that. If you’re interested, here are links to the clutch and tank.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I recently met up with Afsoon Zizia and loved her work so much (that beautiful magazine pictured above was a school project!) that we partnered up on a photo shoot of the Branch studio yesterday. Excited to show you more soon!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I keep talking to folks who want to work on side projects but say that they just don’t have the time. My advice? Break it up into micro steps. One of the things I wanted to improve on this year were my still life compositions. I set the goal to feature one new image per week and while not all of them have worked out perfectly, it’s a small way to hold myself accountable. Feel free to join in the fun!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

One restaurant I’ve been frequenting a lot lately is Sen Yai, the noodle-focused branch of Pok Pok. The inside is pretty cute, too.


It’s been fun showing visiting friends around my side of S.E. Portland. Also, you can’t go wrong with dinner at The Woodsman.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Have a great weekend, everyone! I can’t wait to get outside, explore and shoot some fun things around Palm Springs to share with you. xo

Link Love: 5.14.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Guy Bourdin

• If you don’t want to be a girl boss, it’s okay.

• What should you do if your dream puts you in debt?

• Give yourself permission to create.

• Need some inspiration to make a massive life change? Read why this lady gave up a well-paying job in New York City to move to an island and scoop ice cream!

• Struggling with jealousy? Here are 5 ways to stop.

• I love this post on cultivating happiness. It really is that simple.

• This is pretty much the best manifesto I’ve ever read.

• Jane always has a surprise up her fashionable sleeve including this bold makeup look.

• It’s fascinating to see 100 different types of food cut up into uniform cubes.

• Why are there no female filmmakers?

• Reaching out to a busy person for help? Here’s how to do it properly.

• 4 things to consider when choosing your domain name.

• Bre has some great tips to make a project collaboration run smoothly.

• Pizza meets art in the wonderfully weird photo essay Pizza In The Wild.

Image: Guy Bourdin.
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Project Spotlight: Goldenrod Pastries

Nubby Twiglet | Goldenrod Pastries

One of the coolest projects I’ve had the honor of working on over the last year is branding a female-owned, Nebraska-based bakery called Goldenrod Pastries.

The full brand story is featured over on Branch but there were so many beautiful outtakes from this photo shoot that I wanted to share a few more with you — plus, the story behind this brand is so inspiring.

Angela had always dreamed of having her own bakery but over the years, it had become a side project tacked onto her full-time job. After joining us for Blogcademy San Francisco a year ago, the lightbulb moment happened — she realized that if she wanted to make baking her career, she could. It was as simple as that.

Nubby Twiglet | Goldenrod Pastries

Of course, there’s a lot of hard work that goes into making an idea come to life — and Angela was willing to roll up her sleeves and make it happen. She now has a beautiful bakery in the heart of Lincoln, Nebraska and if you’re in the area, pay her a visit. I’m so proud to call Angela not only a client, but a friend. She is living proof that it doesn’t matter what your day job is or where you are at in life — you have the power to make your dream a reality.

Check out more of the Goldenrod project right here.

Photography: The Mullers.
Styling: Lovestruck Social Events.
Flowers: I Bloom Flowers.