Daily Archives: May 20, 2016

The Week + Links: 5.20.16

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


How was your week? Mine was a blur of meetings, calls, dinners with family and Skype dates with best friends — which is why all my blog posts I’d had planned…are going live today! Woohoo!

Things are good but I’ve been feeling worn down and knew cutting out of work early was necessary yesterday. After catching up with my mom and aunt, I promptly tucked myself into bed at 8 pm and it was the BEST THING EVER. Why is sleep impossible to catch up on as an adult?! I remember all those summer vacations from my childhood filled with endless hours of boredom and had no idea how truly great that was! Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

Let’s take things way back to the 90s for a second — did you drink Italian sodas as a kid? I remember going on vacation with my parents and when they’d order a latte at the espresso stand, I’d always try a new flavor. I’d totally forgot they’d existed until spotting one at my local coffee shop a few days ago. So simple and so good.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

This is my favorite look right now. Excuse the weird angle, I couldn’t get the full PARIS in any other way I tried! It’s from Forever 21 and I’ve been wearing it with a ribbon tied around my neck — this one is Giuseppe Zanotti who has the best signature around. I want handwriting like that! Anyway, I was texting Gala about our new ribbon obsession and thought…maybe it’s a bit reminiscent of Colonel Sanders? The ultimate fashion icon! 😉

I’m off to wrap up a few projects before heading out for the weekend and I hope you have a good one! xo


• If you only have time to read one post this week, make it this one, all about fame and fortune. It’s such a great reality check.

• The history behind New Yorkers always wearing black.

• 6 secrets of radical productivity from Tina Roth Eisenberg, an entrepreneur who runs 4 businesses!

• Everyone I know seems to be on Snapchat. Are you?

• 9 cult French pharmacy products you can buy on Amazon.

• 13 amazing female podcasters to follow.

• There are some really great new interviews up on Freelance Wisdom.

• Here’s how to overcome fear and grow your freelance business.

• I’m obsessed with the mix of fashion images on the God and Prada Tumblr! A treasure trove of good stuff.

• Changing the world is easier than you think.

• 5 ways to make your brand more personal.

• Kate shares a beautiful reminder to never give up and has a ton of helpful resources for the times when everything isn’t okay.

• 5 signs you need a design process.

• I love reading about other freelancer’s recommendations on bookkeeping and freelancing to learn from their systems.

• 5 killer tips to land your first job.

• How do you feel about Instagramming food photos? Yay or nay?

Thoughts On Friendship

Nubby Twiglet | Thoughts On Friendship


It’s a tricky topic and we all have feelings about it.

I mentioned last week that friendship has been at the forefront of my mind recently because I spent 5 solid days with two women I’m so close with that we could easily be sisters. We had zero fights and so much fun together that I was hugging them a little too tightly when they left (not sorry!) and wishing we had another 5 days together.

My backstory is that I grew up with a brother (we’re so close that we own a house together) and all boy cousins until I was about 10 so I rarely played with makeup or did so-called girly things. My summers were spent watching WWF wresting and building forts and my childhood idol was Mr. T just to give you an idea of what a tomboy I was. While that made me tough and good with putting up with boy antics (haha), I now realize that having relationships with other women is so important.

As an adult, having that component of female friendship in my life and experiencing firsthand what a difference it has personally made with everything from staying positive to achieving goals to feeling support during difficult times made me wonder how you guys feel about friendship.

Nubby Twiglet | Thoughts On Friendship

Friendship is something most of us long to have in our lives but even if you’re lucky enough to be overflowing with close friends, there tends to be some complications:

• Maybe you’ve had a tight-knit group of friends since childhood but due to growing and evolving, your common interests have changed and you’ve grown apart.

• Maybe your best friends live in a different city, state or country (my biggest issue).

• Maybe you had a falling out with the friend you were closest with and have issues with trust.

• Or, maybe you’re a bit of a lone wolf and choose to go it alone…but secretly wish you had someone who gets you and accepts you exactly for who you are.

Nubby Twiglet | Thoughts On Friendship

I have a handful of close friends in Portland (what’s up, Pam, Joey and Erik?!) but the rest of my friends are scattered far and wide. Gala and Bianca live in New York while Star lives in San Francisco and Mary Bee lives in LA. All of these friends are amazing — and we always pick back up right where we left off, even if we haven’t spoken for 6 months. Life gets busy but we don’t miss a beat. One coffee date and a few hours later and it’s like we were never apart.

I also have a wonderful husband, pets and family members to keep me occupied but occasionally, those lonely feelings do hit. A text message or phone call isn’t quite the same and I sometimes wish all my friends lived in the same city as I do. Now, that would be fun!

Let’s be honest, though — finding friends who “get” you and your eccentricities as an adult can be hard. The truth is that I was only able to find my core tribe (and meet all of you!) through blogging and that’s easily been the most rewarding thing that’s come out of sharing in this space.

What about you?

Is friendship something you’re struggling with?

Or, on the other hand, are you doing amazingly well with it?

Spill the beans and let me know in the comments!

Photos: Made U Look Photography.

Inspiration Moodboard: Spring 2016

Nubby Twiglet | Inspiration Moodboard: Spring 2016

I’ve been thinking a lot about inspiration lately and how what we’re into seeps into our daily lives and work in subtle ways.

I’m constantly collecting visual inspiration for client projects and dreaming up ways we can pull those nuances together into a branding system or website that represents them.

The outcome is always a combination of textures, colors, fonts, imagery and a theme — a variety of subtleties forming something new and personalized.

We go about our daily lives taking in inspiration but do we ever take the time to pinpoint what we’re specifically drawn to? With that thought in mind, I’m starting a new column here where I’ll create a seasonal mood board pulling in the visuals of what I’m into at that moment and I hope you’ll be inspired to do the same.

I set up a private Pinterest board a few nights ago and started pinning without any pressure — no clients, no outside eyes. These images are some of my favorites from the mix.

Part of the fun in creating a seasonal board is cataloging your own personal evolution. I used to do these all the time around a theme when I started this blog in 2007. Did you also make outfit collages on Polyvore?! Maybe it’s also time to pull back out the scissors, glue stick and sketchbook (like Emily does) and take this activity analog for a quarterly weekend project!

Nubby Twiglet | Inspiration Moodboard: Spring 2016

Things I’m loving in Spring 2016:

1. Natural textures including marbling and light woodgrain
2. Big, tropical leaves that remind me of Palm Springs
3. Rose gold, especially in accessories
4. The stark contrast of black and white accent walls (forever and always)
5. Mid-century modern accents, especially atomic clocks
6. Warm, soft hues that remind me of the desert landscape
7. Bold, crisp type that’s not afraid to make a statement
8. Streamlined, high quality accessories meant to last
9. Simple line drawings
10. Black and white photography

Making mood boards is incredibly therapeutic. I knew I liked all these things on their own but seeing them all together has so much more impact.

Nubby Twiglet | Inspiration Moodboard: Spring 2016

Your turn: What’s inspiring you and making your heart beat a little faster right now?

Sources: 1. marbling, 2. mid-century modern clock, 3. CB2 vase, 4. self graphic, 5. stairway, 6. line drawing, 7. watch, 8. hands, 9. objekt poster, 10. Giuseppe Zanotti clutch, 11. wall hanging, 12. coexist.