Daily Archives: November 19, 2016

The Week + Links: 11.19.16

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

THE WEEK

This year has been a weird one, huh? As November winds down, I’m usually wrapping up most of my projects for the year but lately, things have been speeding up. I have a few Black Friday deadlines including a 400 page book (!!!) due this week and then, it’s time for a quiet Thanksgiving at home with a big order of Thai food. Here are a few things I’m super excited about right now:

1. Palm Trees and Christmas Vacation: For the first time in my life, I’m considering skipping holiday gatherings and leaving town for a getaway with Joey in Palm Springs. No decor, no cleanup, minimal gift shopping and a few cozy nights in a rented mid-century pad? Sounds like heaven to me. After turning 35 earlier this year, I’m ready to break with the usual traditions and make my own.

2.Goodies from The Line: I desperately need photos for the new Branch site I’m designing and picked up some props from The Line. If you’re new to what they do, they set up their stores like actual living areas but everything inside is for sale. The Hay selection is especially good.

3. The Toffee Club: I kept hearing about a new-ish bar in Portland called The Toffee Club. It’s an English football pub….with a wall of House Of Hackney Palmeral wallpaper. My dad and I checked it out and the staff is amazing, that wallpaper is ace and one drink turned into a two hour hangout. Highly recommended!

4. Spotify Weekly Playlists: I always have Spotify playing in the office and one of the features I especially love are the Discover Weekly playlists they put together based on your musical tastes. It’s automatically done for you once a week! I’ve discovered so many cool artists along the way. When you open Spotify on your desktop, click Browse, then click the Discover tab and your list is waiting for you.

5.The Warhol Exhibit: If you have a chance to go to the Portland Art Museum to view the Andy Warhol exhibit before it closes in January, make it happen. A week later, I’m still thinking about it and feeling the buzz of inspiration. I’ve seen his work at museums before but this is the best by far. I have a full post of photos coming up next week if you can’t make it in person!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

THE LINKS

• Career advice: be unapologetic in what you want.

17 amazing movie scenes that were actually improvised!

5 ways to get over your fear of failure.

• Having a small dose of loneliness in your life can actually be beneficial.

• I’m not into the traditional green and red of most Christmas decor so this white and gold winter wreath DIY is right my alley.

• This set of emojis made from Old Masters paintings is the best.

• I’m looking forward to checking out Erin’s new book, Chasing Slow. It’s beautifully designed (of course) but also, her writing always feels warm and relatable.

This Japanese calendar is beautiful!

• Photographer Chris Porsz has been taking candid shots of people in an English city since the 1970s and recently recreated the photos they’d taken decades before. So cool!

• The extreme global weirding continues. Scary stuff.

• During Obama’s 8 years in office, photographer Pete Souza has snapped nearly 2 million photos of him. These are his 55 favorites.

The 4 secrets to healthy team building.

• Post-election, this makeshift grief wall covered in an array of handwritten sticky notes has gone up in a New York City subway.

This is the best mannequin challenge I’ve seen yet!

Fear and The Mountain

Nubby Twiglet | Fear and The Mountain

Most of us have fears lurking just beneath the surface.

Some are totally rational.

But others? Completely irrational.

One of mine is extreme heights. When I’m in an enclosed space like an elevator, in a plane or taking in the view from the top of a tall building, I’m fine. I feel safe when there are walls, windows or a guard rail. But on the occasions when there’s not? I imagine myself looking over the edge, losing my balance and falling. Forever.

Fears can hold us back from living fully and enjoying once-in-a-lifetime experiences and that’s what bothers me the most. I don’t want to miss out because fear gets in the way, only to look back and wonder “What if I’d just tried?”

A few months back in Morocco, I was faced with my worst fear, made it through and am much stronger because of it. I hope this story inspires you to do the same.

Nubby Twiglet | Fear and The Mountain

August in Marrakech is no joke: the temperature on this trip wavered between 105 and 110 degrees every. We awoke early for breakfast and got ready for the day ahead: our Dar Jaguar itinerary mentioned that we’d be visiting a waterfall. I got camera-ready in a long black dress, false eyelashes and gold sneaker wedges and grabbed my purse. We piled into a big van, heading towards the Ourika Waterfalls in the Atlas Mountains.

As the van pulled up an hour and a half later, I hopped out, scanning the area for the waterfall. We darted across a rickety bridge and were told by a guide that the waterfalls were a 20 minute hike away. “No big deal,” I thought.

We weaved up the side of the mountain and soon, my nerves started kicking in. After awhile, there was no visible trail as a local guide led us over large rocks. By then, I’d turned into the annoying kid in the car on family trips that you hated sitting next to:

“Are we there yet?”
“How much further do we need to go?”

It had less to do with the hike and more to do with me: I didn’t have the confidence that I’d make it based on the height we’d climbed to. Damn irrational fears!

After climbing over more rocks, we were faced with the ultimate test: a metal ladder, completely vertical, was attached to the side of a boulder. To get to the next part of the hike, I’d need to climb the rungs one by one, then hit a foothold with one foot and reach out an arm to be hoisted up. If I missed it, I’d fall 20 feet straight down. Even though the group in front of us made it up easily, I imagined the worst.

I was shaking from fear and asked the guide if we could turn back. “Once you get past the ladder, we are nearly to the waterfall and the path back down is much shorter and easier. We’re almost there.”

Nubby Twiglet | Fear and The Mountain

Bottom line: this was it. There was no other way to go. I eyed the rungs, looked forward and stepped carefully, slowly, intentionally. I made eye contact with the guide at the top, gracefully hopped up and looked down: I’d made it. I was fine.

Shortly after that, we made it to the waterfall. Being thousands of feet up the side of the mountain, spotting monkeys and taking in a view I could only dream of put things in perspective: if I could do this, all those little roadblocks in my day-to-day life were minuscule in comparison.

Im sure most of the people we passed on the way up viewed this expedition as just another day. For me, it was a big shake-up in the best possible way. Since my time on the mountain, I’ve had plenty of bad days at work: mis-printed files, cancelled projects, stressful deadlines, you name it. The difference is that when those things happen now, I think back to that day I unexpectedly hiked up to 8,000 feet and made it.

Nubby Twiglet | Fear and The Mountain

Fear is a funny thing. It can slowly build into a big monster and hold you back. Life doesn’t care what you’re scared of. When you least expect it, you may find yourself in circumstances where you have no choice but to overcome it. And, you will.

Once you’re on the other side, you’ll realize….it wasn’t so bad.

The payoff from that is immense.

You’ve released the invisible shackles.

And then, you can do anything.


For more Morocco posts, check out The Mini Guide To Marrakech, What I Wore in Marrakech and The Week + Links in Morocco.

Photos by Shell De Mar Photography.

Special thanks to Dar Jaguar for putting together this epic itinerary and listening to my whining on the way up. Haha.

Getting Creative with Very Very V

Nubby Twiglet | Getting Creative with Very Very V

As this year winds down, there’s one personal project I’m extra excited about: Very Very V. It’s turned into something much bigger than a course and is a chance to explore design concepts for my ideal vision of a brand.

When Erika and I started working on this business a year ago, it was because we were both seeking a creative outlet not attached to a dollar amount, client expectations or a deadline.

Nubby Twiglet | Getting Creative with Very Very V

We wondered: what would happen if we threw out the pressure of delivering content by a certain date and instead, experimented like style-obsessed mad scientists who worshipped Diana Vreeland?

We took our time, allowed ideas to blossom and in the meantime, began sharing personal anecdotes on our mailing list along with black, red and pink-filled graphics over on Instagram.

Nubby Twiglet | Getting Creative with Very Very V

Each week, VVV blossoms bit by bit and we’ve moved beyond just a course. That will happen eventually but there’s talks of something so much bigger than just that: a community — a place for women who want to hone their voice and visuals. Over time, there will be products. This is just the beginning.

Nubby Twiglet | Getting Creative with Very Very V

As Very Very V continues to grow, I hope it inspires women to tell their stories honestly and fully, dress exactly the way they want, express themselves visually and be unafraid to go big.

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If you want to keep up with VVV, you can join the mailing list and grab Vroom, a free style guide with stories to get you inspired right here.