Monthly Archives: October 2016

The Week + Links: 10.15.16

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THE WEEK

All week, we’ve been hearing of a monster sized storm making its way to Portland and the last few days have been extra windy and rainy. We’re stocked up on basics just in case and I’m catching up on a few things at the office today because there’s a good chance the power could go out.

This week hasn’t been an easy one — I’ve been mostly staying offline, trying to focus on keeping up with a tangle of print, branding and web projects while staying in touch with my family since my cousin Matt has had some complications with his surgery.

Yesterday afternoon, right as I was packing up for the weekend and sending my designer home, I got an urgent call that Matt wasn’t doing so well. I made my way up to the hospital in some of the worst weather I’ve seen in ages and walked in to see him hooked up to so many tubes and devices I couldn’t quite believe it.

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In that moment, I appreciated modern technology, the kindness of doctors and nurses and realized how insignificant what I do is compared to what they do. It takes a special mindset, strength and drive to work in a hospital day after day, knowing that people’s lives can shift at any second, doing your best to keep them stabilized and comfortable.

The silver lining is that my grandparents stayed the night at my house so they could be closer to the hospital and I did get a chuckle out of them sleeping in my black-walled bedroom and using our freshly remodeled bathroom, complete with banana leaf print wallpaper. I took them to the coffee shop this morning and offered to buy them fancy lattes but they stuck with their usual drip coffee. Awww.

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This month hasn’t been an easy one but I’m staying focused on moving forward, getting through projects and making time to visit Matt before we leave for Palm Springs in 2 weeks. Here’s hoping everything levels out soon.

The wind is really starting to pick up now and I’m afraid of losing power….so I’m signing off for now. Have a good weekend!

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Photos: 1. I may have found the perfect black boots. They’re by a brand called Populaire, on sale for a great price, have a slight platform in the front so it doesn’t feel like you’re walking on the ball of your foot, aren’t too narrow, pull on so there’s no hardware to get broken and the heel is just chunky enough to make them comfortable. SCORE!

2. I’m wrapping up issue 11 of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine and after redesigning many of the layouts, it’s gonna be so cool to finally see it in print.

3. It’s getting cold enough to pull out this spruce colored faux fur jacket. YES!

4. My spare room has been redone for a year now and still love it, especially this bust I found at Home Goods for $15.00!

THE LINKS

• It’s possible to make a to-do list that actually helps you get everything done.

• 5 reasons why one of the best pastry chefs in the country turned his back on fine dining — and all his points are spot-on.

• How cool is this?! Salvador Dali’s surrealist cookbook is going to be republished!

• A camera drone with facial recognition is the future of selfies.

• If you’re ready to revamp your portfolio, these 8 tools can help.

•  This week, CoverGirl made history by signing on its first ever male spokesmodel!

• I totally agree that quick, easy to finish tasks build momentum in the morning.

• Why do anything? A meditation on the art of procrastination. Haha!

• Important stuff: the difference between club soda, seltzer and sparkling mineral water.

• I’m digging this roundup of 8 cool Instagram accounts, especially museum selfies!

• To grow yourself and your business, you need to get confident to make changes and banish negativity.

• These conversation topics made me laugh.

Latest & Greatest: Blush Pink

Nubby Twiglet | Latest & Greatest: Blush Pink

Pink is one of those colors people either love or hate. I’ve never been a fan of bright, in-your-face bubblegum pink but there’s something about blush / rose / this nondescript pink that’s seemingly everywhere these days that I like because in its softest forms, it works as a great neutral.

Nubby Twiglet | Latest & Greatest: Blush Pink

Blush or whatever you may call it also reminds me of the desert, especially spots like Joshua Tree and Red Rock Canyon where there’s warm, dusty hues everywhere. The color has gained such mainstream appeal that The Cut picked up on it, saying: “A cohort raised to distrust pink has turned contrarian and embraced a muddied, faded version of the color…we’re conspicuously reading Sweetbitter, drinking a matching glass of frosé, and Instagramming it all with our rose-gold iPhones.”

Yep. Guilty as charged.

What’s your take on the color?

Yay or nay?

Nubby Twiglet | Latest & Greatest: Blush Pink

Top image: socks. Middle image: bodysuit. Bottom image: coat. watch. shoes. rose water.

The Week + Links: 10.07.16

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

THE WEEK

It’s really starting to feel like Fall around here big time — I’m working from home today and am already noticing how much darker it seems at 6 pm than usual. The list format was a lot of fun last week so I’m going to give it a try again because there’s a lot to share.

1. Be thankful for what you have right in this moment: I briefly mentioned this earlier in the week but my cousin Matt had an aneurysm and is in the hospital right now. It’s been a stressful few days as I wait to hear how his surgery came out. Matt has never had an easy life but is a really good guy — he takes care of my grandparents so I know they’re feeling a bit lost right now. Please think good thoughts for him. This is a reminder that as long as you have your health, you’re doing good. Anything else is just a bonus.

2. My favorite Fall drink: I love my local coffee shop, Speedboat. They’re some of the nicest baristas in town and are always coming up with not-on-the-menu concoctions. Chai is often my go-to drink but a lot of the local brands are super potent to the point of tasting like a mouthful of perfume. They came up with a mix of chai, a dash of vanilla syrup and extra foamed milk that’s absolute perfection. Give it a try!

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3. Palm Springs dreams: Over the last 6 months, I worked with a singular goal in mind: getting pre-approved for a place to call home in Palm Springs. Joey and I didn’t find what we were looking for last time (both places weren’t quite right in the end) so we continued our search and are heading back down soon to check out some more. I know that things like this unfold how they’re supposed to and if it’s right this time, we’ll finally find the right fit. Either way, we’re not giving up.

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4. Good friends don’t have to live nearby: This week, I FINALLY met the ever-elusive Paul Jarvis! Yes, he’s real. We’ve literally been running a business together for an entire year (The Project Prescription) yet this was our first meeting in-person. Paul, along with his awesome wife Lisa joined us for dinner and Joey whipped up his best vegan lasagna while Chubs chomped down on a leftover piece of garlic bread. Paul knows about my photo booth obsession and I wasn’t going to let the moment get away undocumented!

5. Making a house feel like home: For the last two years, I felt a big disconnect from my home because I spent most of my time time at work. When I was here, things never felt finished. Joey and I made a commitment this Summer to start pulling it together, room by room. It’s amazing what a few small changes can make and it’s totally possible on a budget — I found Mandi’s post about redecorating really inspiring and I’m working on some content around befores and afters to share with you, too.

6. Major skincare excitement: I’ve been wanting to try Glossier products for what feels like forever so when my designer Sam surprised me with the new set of Supers, I was over the moon. The branding is fantastic, the formulations are unique and I’m excited to crack them open tonight!

Okay, it’s your turn!

What’s on your mind this week?

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THE LINKS

• Philip Glass has so much goodness to share on the topic of being an artist, controlling your work and getting paid for it.

• I love this post about steering clear of adopting a client’s anxiety.

• OMG, this cat is supposedly the biggest in New York!

• Designers, need some Halloween costume ideas? Here you go!

• 10 ways to find logo design inspiration.

• Who knew that Bill Clinton has a talent for baking cookies?!

• I eat popcorn all the time as a snack and didn’t realize it’s possible to DIY the microwave version!

• As the U.S. presidential election gets closer, I’m definitely feeling more stressed out but thankfully, SNL came to the rescue with the best parody I’ve seen featuring Alec Baldwin. Nailed it!

• Dinner party conversations don’t have to be awkward.

• Whatever you crave, one thing is certain: taking action gets you everywhere. Go Get It! keeps you accountable as you work towards achieving a singular goal.

• Braid Creative has tips on how to write your About page.

• Andy Warhol’s illustrated children’s book was never released during his lifetime but is finally making its debut!

• I LOVE this chart about judging who someone is. #truth

• Check out the 39 greatest free web fonts!

• British swear words ranked in order of offensiveness made me laugh — spending so much time with my BFF Kat rubbed off and I now use “wanker” alllll the time.

• There are just 13 apartments left inside New York City libraries and there’s a fascinating history behind them.

• Totally random: the coolest sneakers in movies.

The Unmistakable Effect and An Ode To Doing Your Own Thing

Nubby Twiglet | The Unmistakable Effect and An Ode To Doing Your Own Thing

Since I returned from vacation a few weeks ago, I’ve been struggling to find a sense of balance with my daily routine. It’s been a busier season at work than usual and yesterday morning, I got to the studio early, sat down at my desk and was ready to write a post about my friend Sian’s new magazine, The Unmistakable Effect.

Then, my phone rang. It was my grandma, calling to tell me my cousin had an aneurysm and was in the hospital. Badly shaken, I closed the screen and texted my cousin a get well message I hoped he’d wake up to.

When things happen like this, it’s a huge reality check. Life is fragile and short. To spend it in a way that makes you unhappy just isn’t worth it. I was just watching a Vanilla Ice interview and he said, “Yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery” and that’s the truth.

So, that brings me back to The Unmistakable Effect. If you’ve ever broken out of your comfort zone to try something unexpected and uncharted, there can be an uneasiness that’s nearly impossible to bear. Everyone around you tends to say, “You have it good. Things are fine. Why do you need to shake up what you have?”

Nubby Twiglet | The Unmistakable Effect and An Ode To Doing Your Own Thing

These conversations often come from a place of love but can also come from a place of fear depending on the person because they aren’t brave enough to take the leap themselves. No matter where the sentiments come from, taking a chance and embracing that mystery that comes with it is a tough road.

That’s why I admire what Sian is doing. She has a very distinct design style that has inspired me for years but instead of playing it safe with client work, she decided to experiment with her love of editorial design to create a digital magazine that she’s both designing and producing the content for.

The Unmistakable Effect is about doing your thing, unapologetically. If you’re like me, you’re sick of perfectly curated Instagram moments and blog posts where life looks like one flowing, beautifully shot fashion magazine. There’s no grit, there’s no failure and there’s no depth. I don’t know a single person with a life like that, myself included. There’s a mix of ups and downs, good and bad.

When the bad happens (this is life — and it inevitably does), we all have moments of wondering if we’re cut out for this creative path because there’s no rule book. The only way of knowing is by doing. By doing, you’re learning and figuring things out.

Nubby Twiglet | The Unmistakable Effect and An Ode To Doing Your Own Thing

During this season of change in my own business, I’ve been questioning everything. Our society tells us that bigger is better and having more, more, more is what we should strive for. That doesn’t sit well with me. The Unmistakable Effect is confirming what I’m feeling — that you have to stop trying to win at everyone else’s game, and start trying to win at your own.

When I worked at larger companies, I was always at my unhappiest. I always felt lost in the shuffle and unsure of where I fit in. When I worked at smaller companies, there was a family atmosphere that made me want to stick around. So in this time of transition and deciding if it’s time to grow bigger, I’m pushing back. I’m listening to what I want instead of what society tells me the dream is. I’m keeping things personalized. I’m deciding it’s worth it to stay hyper-creative and connected.

In your own career and life, you will hit many crossroads where you have to decide whether to stay on the safe road of the least resistance or choose your own adventure. Of course, most people will encourage you to play it safe — you have bills to pay, and people you don’t want to let down. But, if you play it too safe, you might end up pleasing everyone on the surface while letting down the one person that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle: yourself.

In issue 2 of the Unmistakable Effect, I have an interview about staying in the game with an inside look at the drive and commitment it takes to get to where you want to be. You can check it out here.

I hope it inspires you to do the work, ignore the outside noise and make yourself happy.

You deserve it.