Whatâ€™s inspiring you lately?
This year, Iâ€™m trying to be more mindful about setting aside time to explore my personal visual style. Instead of aimlessly grabbing images online and dragging them to my desktop, Iâ€™m paying more attention to visual cues.
What are the things I naturally gravitate towards?
How can those same things I love most play a part in my personal brand?
As youâ€™ve probably noticed in the posts here this year, the visual style of Nubby Twiglet is continuing to evolve and itâ€™s a purposeful move. 2016 marks my 15th year of blogging (that sounds so weird to say!) and for that milestone, I wanted to add a dash of gold to the branding and graphics.
Metallic gold has been a huge obsession of mine ever since I found a pair of Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges six months ago. Every time I laced them up, whether it was for a day in the office, a conference talk or exploring Florence, Italy (above), I noticed an extra pep in my step. That simple addition of metallic gold to my wardrobe started popping up in the design elements I was drawn to. Whether it was a gold sink in a kitchen or a metallic gold texture, I couldnâ€™t get enough.
Of course, all gold can feel a bit over-the-top and very Liberace. To balance it out, I started pulling in more organic, black and white patterns. Sometimes it was a marbleized pattern here on the blog, other times it was a hand-painted windowpane pattern on a jumpsuit. I started adding more hand-done fonts and illustrations to projects. Overall, that rough-hewn, looser look added a nice contrast to the gold.
Sometimes, it can feel like small shifts and changes arenâ€™t worth talking about. Maybe they donâ€™t feel grand enough to mentionâ€¦but I want to change that here. Even the smallest elements you find yourself drawn to start to pile up. Pretty soon, the visual evolution youâ€™ve been seeking, whether itâ€™s in your brand, wardrobe or the way your room is decorated doesnâ€™t feel so out of reach â€” itâ€™s right there in front of you because youâ€™ve taken notice along the way.
As I begin the redesign of this blog soon, Iâ€™m taking these organic black and white patterns and plenty of gold with me to explore.
Evolution feels great. Never be afraid of change â€” itâ€™s what keeps things fresh, exciting, and makes life worth living.
Your turn: What are you noticing yourself being drawn to these days? Are there colors, styles, patterns, eras or something else thatâ€™s making you super excited?
Italy photo: Lisa Jane Photography.