Monthly Archives: September 2016

Style Direction: Desert Rose

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

Today, I’m 35. (For the record, I think I’ll feel forever 25….just with a lot more wisdom. Haha). Anyway, it’s time for a style direction update!

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

Earlier this year, I went to Vegas and after feeling very ho-hum about my personal style for awhile, I left that week excited and reawakened. If you read through that post, it was due to a bunch of factors but the moral of the story is that immersing yourself in a world of excess and fantasy for an entire week with your BFF’s and getting the hell away from work allows for endless hours of inspiration and creativity.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

I came home inspired to finally start dressing up again, though mostly in solids. Black and baby pink were my jam (and still are).

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

Then, I went back to Vegas again last month (because…why stay away from the desert, night clubs, pool parties and all the best things in life?) and I needed a new outfit for a shoot with Made U Look.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

The late night online browsing began when something very different from my usual style caught my eye. It was flowy, flowery and…not black! I closed the window but was still thinking about it a week later. So, I pulled the trigger, thinking if I hated it, I could send it back. But, I liked it. A lot. It was impractical for daily wear but FUN.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

I wore it out to the desert and felt really inspired by the roses and wines contrasted with the background of dusty hues. I spun around in circles as the sun set and laughed with my best friends before we piled back into the car for our favorite dinner destination on the Strip, P.F. Chang’s (forever and always).

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

The look: Steve Madden Jolene platform heels, Love and Lemons Wild Rose skirt and top and Forever 21 choker.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

So, here’s to Desert Rose.
Here’s to big flowers, chokers, chunky platform heels, chiffons and velvets.
Here’s to bold eye makeup, long, messy hair, rosy cheeks and big smiles.

As being 35 sets in, I want to remind myself (and you!) to loosen up, take more chances, have fun with personal style and say yes to spontaneity.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

I wore: Steve Madden Joline platform heels, Love and Lemons Wild Rose skirt and top (sold out but the Wild Rose maxi dress is still available) and a Forever 21 velvet choker (sold out but there are more options here).

Photos: Made U Look

Makeup: Sephora at The Venetian, Las Vegas.

Creative Chronicles: Magic Lessons Podcast

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles: Magic Lessons Podcast

I just learned about Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons podcast and I’m IN LOVE.

Normally, I’m not into listening to podcasts while I work. I like peace and quiet so I can really focus on what I’m doing. I feel like podcasts just distract me from tuning in fully to my creative process…and that needs my full attention.

Well, this weekend Gala texted me about this specific podcast. She even peppered it with, “I know you don’t usually listen to podcasts while you work, but….” and with that nudge, I clicked the link.

One episode led to 5 and 5 led to 10 which led to binge-listening to both seasons.

The thing that makes Magic Lessons really special (and why I think you’ll enjoy it) is that it focuses specifically on the creative process and how we overcome obstacles along the way.

Liz takes essays from real life creatives (writers, dancers, photographers, you name it) and partners up with a well-known person in their field that can give them very specific insights. It’s interesting hearing some of the creative greats (including Neil Gaiman) share their personal struggles with creating and a great reality check that nobody is immune from criticism or other roadblocks.

I’ll be honest, I’ve never read any of Liz’s books but I LOVE her on this podcast. She’s kind, thoughtful and makes sure these creative folks pouring their hearts out to her leave in a better place than when they started.

If you’re looking for a new podcast to get inspired by, I think you’ll love Magic Lessons.

Creative Chronicles: Show Up and Do the Work

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles: Show Up and Do the Work

There are classes and courses that promise all sorts of things that will get you ahead but there is no shortcut for simply showing up and doing the work.

Over the weekend, I met a graphic designer named Calypso (best name ever!) for coffee. As we sipped our lattes, the conversation turned to careers.

“How did you get your start?” she said.

“I interned and that led to my first job” was my first response but that was too nice and neat. There’s always a story behind the story and it’s usually full of hard work and years of sacrifice.

The truth is, new skills can be learned by nearly anyone. There’s always going to be someone more skilled than you. So…how do you get ahead in your industry?

1. Arrive on time.

2. Show up and do the work.

3. Be a decent person.

4. Make the lives of the people around you easier.

5. Get the work done, even if you’re having a bad day.

6. Stay late if needed and don’t complain about it.

7. Have a sense of humor.

8. If your job is done, help someone else out.

9. Clean up after yourself.

10. Act like you want to be there.

Rinse and repeat.

I know this all sounds like common sense but it’s easy to forget these little things when you’re in the thick of it and stressed out with looming deadlines. I clearly remember that I was never “the best” at any of the jobs I worked at. Most of the designers around me had a lot more experience. The reason I was still able to get ahead was the exact list above.

I learned something early on: showing up and doing the work and being gracious while making the lives around you easier will take you further than any advanced degree in your industry (which I didn’t have).

The next time you see someone who you internalize as being more talented and skilled than you, remind yourself that’s not all that matters. That’s only part of the equation. Being the best possible version of yourself and showing up and doing the work is the other half. And once you realize that…things seem much easier.

This quote from Chuck Close drives the point home perfectly:

“In life you can be dealt a winning hand of cards and you can find a way to lose, and you can be dealt a losing hand and find a way to win. True in art and true in life: you pretty much make your own destiny. If you are by nature an optimistic person, which I am, that puts you in a better position to be lucky in life.”

Showing up and doing the work isn’t easy but if you’re driven and treat people with kindness along the way, there are so many doors waiting to open for you.

The Week + Links: 09.09.16

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THE WEEK

Last Friday, my flight landed in New York and I finally had the chance to catch up with my long-time friend, Bianca. I met her on a street corner 15 years ago and after all that time, we are still having a great time together. I’m thankful for having such a solid, caring friend like her in my life that happens to be as obsessive about personal style and design as I am (we drive each other crazy in the best possible way – ha!)

Bianca showed me a very fun-filled weekend of walking across the city, window shopping, taking silly photos, trying Puerto Rican food for the first time (LOVED IT!) and a very jet-lagged early morning coffee date. I got home late on Sunday thinking I could jump right back into a regular routine but that’s not been the case at all — it’s been rough adjusting to being back at work.

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That all came to a head when I woke up two mornings ago feeling like everything was just….wrong. I’m normally a really positive person so it threw me for a loop and I had to reset my outlook for the day in the shower, reminding myself I could turn it around. The thing is, I feel like I’m not the only one going through this and feeling a transition — I saw a few blog posts and Instagram updates throughout the week with people feeling out of sorts and lamenting over the same thing.

I took it easy in this space over the last few days, knowing that I needed some solitude and time to readjust because I do know that this time of year is all about transition. When the “back to school” rush kicks in and the weather changes, I feel myself re-focusing my energy on what I’m spending my time doing. Do I like what I’m working on and do I like all the projects I have on my plate? It’s a good idea to ask yourself that regularly, or else you end up on auto-pilot which does nobody any good.

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Instead of forcing anything, I sat in my office and worked through being stuck for a few days, knowing some clarity would come out of it and sure enough, a few doors closed and in their place, a new one with an even more exciting opportunity opened. It’s a reminder to me (and you!) to not be scared of change — because chances are, there’s something even better around the corner.

So, that’s where I’m at.

The reality is, some days I struggle to be creative and get things done and on others, everything just flows. When it doesn’t work, I’ve learned to go easier on myself. And I hope you’ll give yourself a break the next time you’re having one of those days/ weeks/ months, too.

Everything is cyclical. Feeling creatively stuck is uncomfortable….but it doesn’t last forever.

Have a good weekend, friends. xo

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THE LINKS

• My friend Sian just launched a digital magazine called The Unmistakable Effect packed with content to help you be more of yourself and win at your own game. If you’re a creative entrepreneur, this is for you. I just previewed the first copy and it is awesome!

• Why are millennial women so obsessed with that salmon-y, soft pink color that’s taken over the design, beauty and fashion worlds?

• Even Leonardo DaVinci had a to-do list and it’s much cooler than yours.

• I can’t stop thinking about this article. If you’re having a bad day, please read it because it definitely puts things in perspective.

• Jane just shared some of the essentials she swears by as she continues on her fitness journey.

• Kate and Andy Spade just started a new lifestyle brand called Frances Valentine and I love the photography, styling and fonts they’ve chosen. They obviously have a knack for it!

• If you’ve over-plucked your brows, there’s still hope.

Here’s a gift for the cheese lover who has everything!

• Danielle LaPorte shares 5 pointers for developing freedom-based creativity and work habits.

• It’s totally possible to travel cheaply for for an entire year with a few simple tips.

• Braid Creative shares the 7 ways designers can become creative experts.

• Yes! 50 keyboard shortcuts.

• The Tory Burch style is not usually my jam (too preppy) but there’s something about her athletic line I’m falling hard for. The clean lines and retro modern look make me want it all!

• It’s easy to forget how much eating out and grabbing drinks can really add up. Cut back…and treat yourself to a nice vacation with the savings, instead!

Out & About: 10 Corso Como

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

When I asked for recommendations on what to do in Milan a few weeks back, the answer was nearly unanimous: visit 10 Corso Como. So, that’s exactly what I did.

Before we dig into what this place is all about, let me just say that there’s no way to do it justice in a blog post. There’s just too much to take in and I didn’t have a ton of time (you’ll need a minimum of an hour to get through all the complexes). With this being my first visit, I was a bit overwhelmed at the scale and detail of it all but I hope this gives you a taste of the brand.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

10 Corso Como was founded by Carla Sozzani in 1990, an Italian gallerist and publisher. She started small with an art gallery and bookstore but the cult secret spread fast and the brand quickly grew to include a boutique, mini hotel, restaurant and rooftop garden a few years later.

Carla’s love of design is immediately evident in every detail, down to the printed materials. As you walk through, it becomes almost comical when you realize how many variations of cards, menus and sugar packets there are. Trust me, this wasn’t everything! There’s an on-brand design for everything you can imagine. Artist Kris Ruhs has truly created an alternate, pop-centric universe.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

The complex is a bit hard to spot as you stroll down Corso Como and I nearly missed it. The entrance is covered in greenery and the tiled sign is fairly high. The mystery is part of the fun, though because as you enter the courtyard, you can’t quite tell what you’re walking into.

Is it a clothing store? A restaurant? A hotel? As you start exploring, you realize it’s all of those things…and much, much more.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

My favorite part of 10 Corso Como is the boutique. It feels like a show of tightly curated art installations where everything happens to be wearable AND for sale. There’s the in-house line featuring hand-illustrated patterns covering everything from perfume and shirts to tarot cards and pins.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

Then, there’s a killer selection of avant garde men’s and women’s designers, an area dedicated to the best shoes and finally, jewelry and accessories sprinkled throughout. If you’re in Milan with a stack of cash to burn, this is obviously the place to do it.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

The attention to detail trickles down to the restaurant. I ordered a coffee….and it came out with a specially wrapped chocolate and a basket of branded sugar packets. There’s a fantastic selection of organic, healthy options on the menu, too which is nice when you’ve been traveling across Italy, gorging yourself on pasta all week. Oh come on, I can’t be the only one!

This is a place where the art crowd and who’s who in Milan gathers. Everyone that was seated around us was stylishly dressed and if people watching is your jam, you know where to find it.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

I had to take a selfie to remember that yes, I was really here and yes, this place is real.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

In an age where everything can be ordered with a click of a mouse on Amazon, where everything feels rushed and lacking in imagination, it makes me happy to know that places like 10 Corso Como still exist.

Details do matter.

So does art, design and fashion.

I’m so glad there’s a home for it to all thrive.