Monthly Archives: August 2015

Link Love: 8.20.15


• This is the last thing you’ll ever need to read about setting goals.

• 10 ways for freelancers to impress clients.

• Seriously….is your dream dead yet?

• Not a morning person? You should work on becoming one!

• 15 inspiring career books.

• Amazon has some pretty crazy standards its employees must adhere to. Just…WOW.

• Mindy Kaling wrote a guide to killer confidence.

• This lady followed her mom around Costco and here’s what she learned.

• Rosé lemonade? Yes, please.

• An adult’s guide Snapchat. Ha!

• It’s okay to change up your path and take a break from freelance.

• When engaging online, always choose kindness.

Image: Stephanie Dimiskovski.
Check out even more Link Love columns here.

Project Spotlight: Miracle Worker

We Are Branch | Miracle Worker

Miracle Worker is an online course designed to help you find your next meaningful career opportunity and earlier this year, Branch had the honors of designing the branding, workbooks and social media assets.

I have a major obsession with gradients and I know it’s one of those love / hate things in the design world but I can’t get enough! The gradient solution worked especially well here because there are two distinct personalities behind Miracle Worker: Gala, the queen of fuchsia and Ellen, the queen of orange. Blending their two key brand colors made sure both of their personalities were represented.

We Are Branch | Miracle Worker

To learn more about Miracle Worker (and what that icon means!) please click through to the full post on Branch.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my design work — I always love hearing your feedback!

A Little Reminder: There’s Beauty in Simplicity

Nubby Twiglet | A Little Reminder: There’s Beauty in Simplicity

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo da Vinci

There’s so much beauty in simplicity.

In daily life, we have a habit of overcomplicating even the simplest tasks. Even this morning, I was trying to connect the dots on a new project I’m pitching and even though the concept itself was really simple, the details felt muddy and tangled in my head.

I had to stop and remind myself that what I wanted was totally possible and tripping myself up was just an excuse to procrastinate and not follow through. Do you ever feel that way, too?

Nubby Twiglet | A Little Reminder: There’s Beauty in Simplicity

These images are from an in-progress project. Of course, I was trying to make the outcome much more difficult than it had to be but when I stopped overthinking it and instead started scanning in the beauty that was already around me, things finally started taking shape.

Nubby Twiglet | A Little Reminder: There’s Beauty in Simplicity

There’s clarity and confidence in simplicity. Sometimes, the answer you’re looking for isn’t as hard to find as you think. It’s right in front of you — you just have to be willing to listen.

2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

Nubby Twiglet | 2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

In late 2009, I sent Joey a message on Facebook. Though I’d known him for years through some friends of friends, I hadn’t realized that he made really cool art. I loved making art, too and was curious to chat about his style and process.

One quick drink that fateful night turned into five dates over the next month. He moved into my place 4 months later and within 9 months of that meeting, we were married. Things moved quickly by anyone’s standards but I wasn’t worried — I’d learned to trust my intuition and have always lived by the premise that when things feel right in life, you’ve just gotta go for it.

I’ve never been known to be traditional and I wasn’t about to start with our wedding. We had basically no budget and the thought of running up debt for our special day just didn’t feel like a smart start to our life together. Instead, we flew to Vegas in September of 2010 with my BFF Bianca in tow and headed downtown for a quick ceremony in a chapel next to a pawn shop. It was short, sweet and full of lots of laughs. We did things our way and I don’t regret it at all.

Nubby Twiglet | 2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

A few years after we were married, I was walking through Nordstrom when I spotted a dress on the mannequin with a bold, chartreuse stripe cutting through the middle. It was perfect for a trip I was taking to Palm Springs the next day to shoot promotional photos with Made U Look. I bought it on the spot.

Nubby Twiglet | 2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

Nubby Twiglet | 2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

Little did I know at the time that a single dress would end up inspiring our 5th anniversary party invites. Joey and I never had a celebration for our families and skipped taking a honeymoon. We passed on a lot of the more common wedding basics and I love a good excuse to throw a party so 5 years in, we are hosting a backyard gathering in September and inviting all our loved ones.

Nubby Twiglet | 2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

And, it just happens that I’m really good friends with a letterpress shop in town, Darling Press. Our upcoming party felt like the perfect opportunity to embrace some special touches and design a letterpress piece my family could keep forever. Last week, I brought in my dress and we color matched the chartreuse stripe to the edges for a perfect match.

After our backyard party with our families, Joey and I are flying to Palm Springs to relax and commemorate our 5 years of marriage and it’s the perfect opportunity to bring that aforementioned dress along to once again shoot with Made U Look. This time, I’m even going to have a legit bouquet! 😉

Nubby Twiglet | 2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

Nubby Twiglet | 2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

It’s funny how everything works out. I’m glad we went with what we had at the time. Having a limited budget and little time never impacted how we felt about our day or each other. Without all the flash and distractions, it allowed us to focus on what mattered most: our relationship.

Five years in, this all feels right.

Whatever your plans are, always make sure that outside pressures don’t get in the way. Do things exactly the way you want — it’s your special day, after all.

Nubby Twiglet | 2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

2010 Till Forevs will be continued later this year with photos from our backyard celebration and also, our shoot in Palm Springs. Thanks for reading!

Palm Springs Photos: Made U Look.
Letterpress: Darling Press.

The Week In Pictures: 8.14.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Hi, I hope you had a great week!

The recurring themes of my week revolved around getting out of my comfort zone (gotta keep trying new things or else life becomes stale), exploring, reaching out to people I admire and making new friends (including a few animals — see below!) Thanks for reading!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Last year, I clicked on a link and ended up in the shop of Debbie Carlos, spotting this massive poster as I scrolled down. It was a bit odd yet beautiful in its unfiltered simplicity. Then, I promptly forgot about it until I was cleaning out my closet over the weekend. What a nice surprise! There’s something so satisfying about filling up blank walls with art you love.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My new go-to lunch spot is Marmo. It’s cozy, has great service, delicious Italian food and lots of marble surfaces if taking photos of your meal is your thing. Haha. If you’re downtown, add it to your list!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The coolest thing I did this week was go to the fair. It was so much fun walking around with my dad, visiting all the cows, llamas and alpacas along the way. We stopped by booths, ate lots of junk food and finished the night watching Steppenwolf play Born to Be Wild. So much awesomeness in one day. And, I couldn’t resist sharing the profile of this handsome fella with you. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Fresh flowers on my desk, always. Though, they tend to droop quickly due to the heat!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The current book rotation at Branch featuring many of the titles recommended in this post.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Obsessing over the pristine selection of typewriters at Oblation.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Having a little too much fun at the Ace photo booth with Erika Ellis. I love this lady!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Have a great weekend, friends. I hope you’re squeezing in some last-minute summer adventures! I’m signing off with this photo of two alpacas at the fair that I desperately wanted to adopt. SO CUTE! AHHH!