Monthly Archives: November 2016

Creative Chronicles: Do It For The Love

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles: Do It For The Love

Create because it makes you feel whole.

Not everything you do needs to generate income or have a defined end goal. I want to remind you that it’s okay to do something sheerly for the reason that you love it.

Everywhere I look, I see pushes from internet marketers promising big monetary results and massive increases in social followers. If that’s what you want, cool. At the same time, it’s okay to not actively seek these things. There should be room in your life for fun. For creation. For experimentation.

As I go about my day online and on apps, I’m swamped by opt-ins, lists to join, social media strategies and sales funnels. I have a pretty good understanding of these areas but even though I know what’s possible and what I could do to make more use of these tools in my own online spaces, I am a firm believer in only sharing content when it feels authentic, helpful or brings joy. Plain and simple.

Here’s what I believe when it comes to sharing and promotion online:

1. Authenticity and personal stories will go further than any pre-cooked sales campaign.

2. Newsletters are great when you have something valuable to say or something helpful to give away.

3. Not everything you create needs to be shared for some kind of gain, whether that’s followers or dollars.

4. People want to connect with the real you. The good, the bad and the ugly make who you are and only sharing a highlight reel keeps them at an arm’s length.

5. Not everything you do needs to be attached to a sales pitch. It’s okay to have a place online that’s simply a home for you to be creative.

In these times of uncertainty, create because it fuels you. If the end goal is that it makes you feel better, then you’ve already accomplished all you need to.

What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

Heads-up: This is not going to be a typical outfit post because this week has been a tough one for so many of you, for me and for the world. Over the weekend, I was hopeful and still on a post-Designer Vaca creative high. Then, Tuesday night happened and there’s a lot on my mind.

I had so much faith that we were better together, only to wake up the next morning feeling sick but knowing I had to show up to work. A tweet I came across on 11/9, the day after the election said, “WWMOD? (What would Michelle Obama Do?) She’d get up, She’d get dressed. She’d go high. And hug someone.” I love that so much.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

We’re all entitled to our personal beliefs and we should exercise them every four years. I take voting very seriously but it took a wake-up call to get me there. Back in the Fall of 2000, I’d just started college. I was old enough to vote that time around but did not. I remember my writing teacher saying, “If you didn’t vote in this election, you can’t complain about the outcome.” I registered to vote after that.

I’ve always lived in a liberal pocket of the country and I’m aware it is a bubble. Right now, I know that somehow I’ll be okay but I feel afraid, scared and anxious about changes that could effect people of color, the disabled and the GLBTQ community. At the same time, this is an opportunity to fight harder for them and donate money and creative services to causes that support active change.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

During these uncertain times, I choose to believe in love, compassion and creativity. I choose to believe that we can all make a difference for good. I also know that when things don’t go our way, anger and grieving are normal. And then, it’s time to get to work. As Tina Fey says, “I’m unstoppable because I don’t know how to stop.”

I’ve never been overly political in this space because I believe we each have the right to our views but change won’t happen if we sit here silently. This is the time to speak up.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

When I took these photos while out exploring Palm Springs with Joey last week, the world felt lighter. We drove past this wall of flowers growing through a chainlink fence and I fell in love with scenery. Right now, like many of you, I’m holding onto those small moments of beauty, knowing that there are many if you take the time to look around you.

I also want to say that as a creative, whether you’re a designer, artist, photographer, writer, shop owner, blogger….whatever you do, know that your work has meaning, what you do has significance. Use your talents to make a difference. You’re never alone — I believe in you.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

I wore: Dress, Nasty Gal. Boots, Populaire.

The Week + Links: 11.6.16

Nubby Twiglet | Week + Links

THE WEEK

Hey guys, I missed you! After many days away from my computer and work, I’m back at the office, catching up on emails, texts, magazines, projects and definitely feeling the post-vacation blues. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I was at Designer Vaca in Palm Springs — and this year was better than ever.

Nubby Twiglet | Week + Links

Like a lot of you, between work and family I don’t have a lot of free time to go out and connect with many new people at once so I like the focus of specific events that can bring us together in one place to bond for a few days. While I’ve never enjoyed the overt pressure of more classic networking events, I LOVE Designer Vaca because it focuses on authentic connection and has a sense of community that prides itself on lifting teach other up, not competing.

Nubby Twiglet | Week + Links

This year, I’ve been in the midst of many transitions with my business and that’s normal after 3 years of going full-speed ahead. I walked away after those 3 days with the clarity I needed, a bunch of new friends and the momentum to make the changes I’d been mulling over as soon as possible.

That sounds like a lot to happen in just a few days but when you get away from your day-to-day life, take a break from the noise of the internet and focus 100% on being in the moment, everything you need starts to appear because you’ve given it room to actually happen.

Nubby Twiglet | Week + Links

While I had a bundle of big lightbulb moments, sometimes the littlest ones are just as meaningful. On our final night, I brought in s’mores making supplies and a group of us sat around a fire pit at the Ace Hotel, roasting marshmallows, breaking apart chocolate bars and grahams and just chatting about life. It reminded me how important it is to stay open and share who you are — because being genuine and vulnerable means that like-minded people have the opportunity to bond with the real you.

Nubby Twiglet | Week + Links

I know how hard it can be to open up and be comfortable in social situations, especially big groups. I’m a huge introvert and look forward to any day on my schedule that allows me to be by myself in my office for a solid 8 to 10 hours. Flipping the switch to your social side and engaging with people you don’t know can be exhausting! The thing is, it doesn’t feel so monumental if you just show up as you are. What I’ve realized over the last 5 years of attending Designer Vaca is that we are all struggling with the same things. We are more alike than we are different.

If you’re unsure about where to go in your life or career, remember this: being more of who you are brings in more opportunities.

That’s the most refreshing thing of all.

Nubby Twiglet | Week + Links

THE LINKS

David Bowie’s reading list of his 75 favorite books is eclectic and awesome!

• I can’t get enough of the most iconic Halloween costumes of 2016.

• Never be so busy that you don’t have time to celebrate in your business. Taking time off to recharge and have fun is so important.

• New York City just became the first city in the US to protect freelance worker rights against client non-payment. Yay!

• I love this behind the scenes look at what it takes to make a compelling magazine cover. The examples and stories of the New York Times Magazine are so interesting.

25 famous women talk about what it’s like to deal with anxiety and depression.

• The error page on Hillary Clinton’s site made me laugh — this has been me sooooo many times!

• If you want to learn more about how climate change is affecting us all, watch the National Geographic documentary Into The Flood. Truly scary stuff.

• More and more female breast cancer survivors are saying no to reconstructive surgery and implants and saying yes to going flat.

• What does it take to build a business that lasts?

• OMG, I love this so much. Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg are regular dining companions and will be hosting a show together on VH1. Yes!

• Sabeena Karnik makes the most beautiful paper lettering.

9 reasons why all freelancers should build an email list.

• It’s time to dump daylight savings time AND time zones for good and here’s why.

The Mini Guide to Marrakech

Nubby Twiglet | Mini Guide to Marrakech

The first time I visited Marrakech two years ago, it was a quick stop-over tacked on between flights from Rome to London. I had no pre-conceived expectations whatsoever because I knew very little about this magical Moroccan city.

Nubby Twiglet | Mini Guide to Marrakech

Honestly, I prefer to avoiding studying up so I can experience a new locale for the first time with fresh eyes. I did just that with Marrakech and within a day, was in love with the city. Marrakech is refreshing because it’s big on tradition and doesn’t feel overly Westernized.

The Video

There’s a wonderful feeling of immersing yourself in a new culture, language and way of life that allows you to strip away your everyday routine and experience something completely new. After just 3 days in Marrakech that first time around, Kat, Gala and I knew we had to find our way back so we worked out a custom itinerary with Lucia of Dar Jaguar that allowed us to experience everything we either missed or overlooked during the previous trip.

Nubby Twiglet | Mini Guide to Marrakech

I usually show up to a new city without set plans. There may be a few shops, cafes and sights on my list but overall, I tend to just wander, which can be both good and bad. This trip was the exact opposite with a set itinerary…and I highly recommend it.

Nubby Twiglet | Mini Guide to Marrakech

Before I share some of the things we did, if you’re thinking of visiting Marrakech, read these quick tips first.

Don’t forget to….

1. Carry cash. Only some booths in the medina accept cards and anyway, with cash you can barter more easily. The good news is that if you do run out of Dirhams, there are money exchange places and ATMs around, especially near the town square.

Nubby Twiglet | Mini Guide to Marrakech

2. Always barter. I am used to paying the exact price I see on an item but this is not the case at all in Marrakech! Prices are usually inflated because you’re actually expected to barter.

3. Bring comfortable shoes. Whether you’re shopping your way through the souk or hiking up the side of a mountain, comfy footwear is a must.

4. Pack modest clothing. In general, Marrakech is not the place to show a lot of skin. It’s a conservative place but also very, very hot the time of year I visited so there’s a definite balance to strike. In 105 degree weather, I didn’t wear long sleeves but I did stick to long skirts and dresses. It’s always a good idea to pack a light scarf in your bag to throw over your shoulders if you begin feeling self conscious.

5. Drink plenty of water. When traveling, it’s an easy thing to overlook while you’re excitedly exploring. At least one person in our group got heat stroke…so play it safe and lug a bottle with you.

Nubby Twiglet | Mini Guide to Marrakech

6. Try the local cuisine. Tagine is one of the most common meals in Marrakech and consists of a slow-cooked blend of meats and spices in one pot. The good news is, it’s pretty easy to find vegetarian versions as well.

Nubby Twiglet | Mini Guide to Marrakech

7. Bring an extra suitcase. I’m totally serious. Shipping can be exorbitant and trust me, you’ll find at least 20 magical carpets and lanterns to lug home. The shopping in Marrakech is on another level so don’t even bother holding back. I bought colorful handmade leather slippers for less than $10.00 and a hand-woven wool blanket with massive pompoms for less than $40.00. There are treasures scattered across thousands of booths!

Nubby Twiglet | Mini Guide to Marrakech

8. Do a lap around the souks before making purchases. It’s easy to get caught up in a bartering session without seeing what else is out there. By then, you’ve blown your wad of Dirhams only to find something even better. Take it slow and take notes.

9. Take photos of signs. The paths inside the medina can be extremely confusing. Many don’t have signs at all. The first few times, making your way through can be really intimidating so we learned our lesson and took quick snaps at main areas to reference on our way out.

10. Find free wifi in the town square. Cell service is super expensive in Marrakech so when we were out for the day, we searched out cafes with free wifi and surprisingly, many had it. My favorite place was Nomad.

11. Watch out for scooters. The pathways throughout the medina are super narrow but that doesn’t stop mules, motor scooters and pedestrians from sharing the tiny spaces. Stay alert!

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