Yearly Archives: 2017

Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Now that Spring has sprung, I’ve been sprucing up my house and office with some fresh plants. I like a lot of depth in my spaces but am not a fan of clutter — greenery adds a sense of dimension and makes a room feel alive without having a million little things to dust.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

One of my go-to places to pick up new plants is Solabee Flowers. They always have a great playlist on, the space is airy and welcoming and most importantly, the super friendly staff really know their stuff.

We’ve needed plants for specific spaces that don’t get a lot of light and they always have spot-on recommendations. As they say best, “We specialize in turning your interior space into a personal jungle.”

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Solabee has more than just plants — they also have a florist building custom bouquets in the back and little odds and ends like crystals and terrariums. If you just want to pick up a single giant tropical leaf instead of a bouquet of flowers, that’s cool too.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Finally, their shop dog, Leia is so adorable. Can you tell I’m smitten? Rocky might have fallen in love with her, too. 😉

Want even more Solabee goodness? Visit their Instagram for tons of eye candy!

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

I wore: Forever 21 floral bodysuit, BDG pinup pants and Zara boots (sold out).

Our Stories Make Us Who We Are: The Moth

Nubby Twiglet | The Moth Radio Hour

I’m always looking for new podcasts to listen to as I’m working and recently, I stumbled upon The Moth as I was tuning into the live stream on WNYC. I haven’t seen it mentioned on any podcast roundups I’ve recently read…so I had to tell you because I think you’ll enjoy it, too.

I tend to prefer podcasts that feel more off-the-cuff because the spontaneity feels more relatable. The Moth is special because it’s completely unscripted — people tell their personal stories live on stage in front of a room full of strangers.

As you can imagine, some of the stories are heartbreaking while others are hilarious. All are true.

Want a warm-up? Listen to Bible Salesmen, Ghosts and Strippers and just try to not get hooked!

After devouring a few dozen episodes, I landed on the ultimate goldmine: a library of a few hundred stories that play automatically when you click the “listen now” button.

After I listened to them all (really!), I started thinking about what the draw was. It was simpler than I realized: our life experiences are what make us each unique. Our stores help define who we are. They’re what people remember long after they’ve met us.

Your stories have power, whether you choose to share them in person, on a blog or on a podcast. Maybe The Moth will inspire you to share yours, whether it’s your first or hundredth time saying it out loud.


Vintage moth illustration via Swallowtail Garden Seeds.

The Month + Links: March 2017

Nubby Twiglet | The Month + Links

THE MONTH

Ah, March. The month that got away. The first three months of 2017 felt dark and foggy, partly because of the depressing political climate and partly because we had what felt like the longest Winter ever here in Portland. It was also the busiest month I’ve ever had in nearly 4 years of running Branch (cue 3 client website launches on top of wrapping up about 10 other projects). I just had to put my head down and throw all my energy into getting the work done.

Now that I’m on the other side, I’m taking a deep breath and getting reacquainted with all the things I love to do — exploring my city, reading magazines, catching up with friends, snapping photos, taking the time to do my makeup and indulging in the occasional face mask (love this one!).

There was so much packed into March but a few special moments stand out:

1. Re-signing my office lease! It’s no secret that I love my studio — getting a space outside of my house a few years ago completely transformed my business for the better. Before that, I turned on Dr. Phil at 3 pm every day. I slacked off and got distracted. I never got ready for the day (and when it’s 3 pm and you realize you haven’t washed your face or brushed your teeth, that’s not good!)

2. A much needed Palm Springs vacation. Joey and I are both in need of a sun and palm tree filled vacation. In preparation, I’ve been picking up a few non-black colored items so I don’t look like a goth in the desert. Haha!

Nubby Twiglet | The Month + Links

3. A backyard tiki bar! This is still in-progress but Joey has turned our former backyard gazebo into a fully functional tiki bar complete with a mini fountain, light-up bar, surfboard, vintage tiki mugs and so much more. It’s going to be my favorite Summer hangout!

4. Paying taxes on time. One thing I didn’t realize when I switched my business over to a corporation was that taxes are due a full month earlier! I sat down, got it over with and feel so much lighter having it out of the way. There are good and bad parts about running a business and though I hate getting bogged down in financial details (nothing drains my creativity faster!) it’s important to have an understanding of the numbers.

5. Personal style tune-ups. I’m really into fishnet layers right now — these long-sleeve tops are great. I’m also into adding in subtle dashes of color to my mostly black wardrobe with burgundy velvet boots. And, I love the sleek look of bodysuits including this, this and this.

And with that, I’m so glad it’s April! Let’s dig into some links…

Nubby Twiglet | The Month + Links

THE LINKS

• Small Victories takes files in a Dropbox folder and turns them into a website, no coding needed. Yes, really!

• Jenny’s Print Shop has a great selection of beautiful, affordable art and suggestions on where to print for cheap. I especially love That Pink Door and Flora.

• In case you were wondering, here’s how to open a new book.

Finance tips I wish I’d known when I was 20. Timeless advice.

• I’m a big fan of Dwell Magazine. Did you know that they have a new line of home products at Target? YES!!!

• I love this new series of personal essays about body image.

• Is it really so bad to be wrong sometimes?

• Toast, the easiest breakfast ever, just needs a few toppings to be awesome.

• Nothing drives me crazier than checking my email in the morning and finding my inbox packed with mailing lists I never subscribed to. Unroll.me is such a time saver.

• A recreation of the bedroom from 2001: A Space Odyssey!

This side-by-side example is proof of how different from reality Instagram can be.

• You can make excuses…or you can make progress.

Nubby Twiglet | The Month + Links

• A look at the world’s coolest passports.

• Hahaha! Behold the hilariousness of Trump’s Ties.

• Break free from being a people pleaser.

• This is the most brilliant freelance copywriter website I’ve seen.

• Amanda left her stable corporate job to follow her passion.

• If modern design is your jam, follow designmilkeveryday on Instagram.

• To attract dream clients, you have to be clear about who you are and what you’re offering.

• An inside look at how Hillary Clinton’s campaign identity came about.

• This easy tip can save some money on your next takeout order.

• The challenge of opening up and being vulnerable is worth it.


Photos: 1. my new golden orb from Target. 2. Cosube Surf, a new surf + coffee shop. 3. Spartan Shop, a boutique I love. 4. A desk still life complete with this CB2 leaf.

Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

Now that the weather is nicer, I’ve been getting out and rediscovering my city! There are so many wonderful new-ish places around Portland and one of my favorite haunts these days is Never Coffee Lab.

The simple white exterior is offset by a neon sign, of which each letter is a different color. Inside, the subtle color theme is carried through from the logo on the coffee machine to the sign of menu options to the bold green tiled floor. The real star of the space though is the colorful and abstract Belmont mural.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

If you feel like splurging beyond the usual latte, check out the signature drinks. My personal favorite is the Rich Kid (haha) which features rose water, saffron and cardamom. Yes, you could probably live a happy life without it…but once you’ve had one, you’re going to want more.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

I’m also a big fan of their line of merch (the heavy white coffee mug is especially good) and you don’t even need to be a local to get your hands on it.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

The little design details make this space really special — Juliet Zulu did an amazing job and if you’re curious about their process, they cover it here.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

Here’s to always drinking NEVER!


Collage photos courtesy of Never Coffee.

Latest & Greatest: Not-So-Basic Black Swimsuits

Nubby Twiglet | Latest & Greatest: Not-So-Basic Black Swimsuits

It’s that time of year again where the sun is peeking out and I’m starting to pull together travel plans with family and friends. On the list so far: Palm Springs in April with Joey and a bunch of Italian cities plus Marrakech with my Aunt Shannon in October. Inevitably, as I think about traveling and what to pack, swimsuits are on my mind.

Swimsuits are that one piece in my wardrobe that I never think about in daily life (I’m in Portland and don’t have a pool, after all) but when I travel, there’s usually a hotel pool or beach nearby.

Wherever I go, I always throw a basic black swimsuit in my suitcase, even when I think I won’t need it. Any time I have forgotten to pack one, I’ve always regretted it! Case in point: that time Gala and I went to Iceland in Winter (hey, the tickets were cheap!) and caught a tour bus to the Blue Lagoon during a snowstorm. I’d forgotten my swimsuit and had to squeeze into her spare too-small, brightly patterned Forever 21 bikini while the more prepared women in our changing room slipped into solid black, practical one-pieces. I took one look in the mirror and it was hilarious and awkward all at the same time!

Even though I know a basic black swimsuit will serve me much better over time and always goes with whatever wacky accessories I pair with it, let’s get real here: it’s so easy to get shiny object syndrome as you’re scrolling through websites and end up with a suit covered in a garish galaxy print, neon patterns or ironic slogans (please tell me I’m not the only one). In contrast, a black swimsuit is sophisticated, works in any environment and never looks dated.

Nubby Twiglet | Latest & Greatest: Not-So-Basic Black Swimsuits

Here are a few of my picks of the season:

1. Mesh rash guard, 2. mesh panel swimsuit, 3. cut-out swimsuit, 4. plunging back swimsuit, 5. fishnet cover-up, 6. mock-neck bikini top, 7. stripe trim bikini top and 8. Warhol palm swimsuit.

P.S. See that swimsuit in the top photo? It was a total score from ASOS a few years back that I sadly forgot in a Palm Springs hotel room! Still searching a replacement…let me know if you spot something similar!

The Month + Links: February 2017

Nubby Twiglet | The Month + Links: February 2017

THE MONTH

I feel like this year is already speeding by at a record pace (which is why I’m just getting around to posting a February recap) and I’ve been so focused on work that I haven’t gotten out much to enjoy the world around me. How are you feeling so far?

The trade-off is that towards the end of 2017, I have a few big things to look forward to including a 3 week trip to Italy, Spain and Morocco! I’m pretty excited about traveling with my Aunt Shannon, who’s an art history buff and getting schooled in all the things I missed on past trips.

I’ve also been struggling with any semblance of balance so far this year. Projects at the studio have increased and what was once a slow time in the beginning of the year is now packed. While I’m extremely thankful for that, I’ve also had a lot less time to sleep (and blog).

The truth is, I’ve missed you guys and I’ve missed having the chance to share as regularly in this space but I’m keeping a handwritten list of post ideas that will roll out as I have more time.

Nubby Twiglet | The Month + Links: February 2017

Here are some things I’ve been thinking about over the last month:

1. Self-Care

Self-care has always been a hard one for me. I’m very much all or nothing when it comes to work, life and adventures and often, I forget to slow down and take care of myself. I booked in a deep tissue massage on Monday and it kind of changed my life. My masseuse, Danielle was observant and not afraid to speak her mind (“Shauna, your posture sucks!” was one particular nugget of wisdom. Haha!) I booked my next appointment on my way out because sitting for 12+ hours a day definitely has its setbacks.

2. Style Goals

A few weeks ago, I was having a late night chat with Gala about personal style and it occurred to me that there were things I wanted 15 years ago and was STILL thinking about! Over the next few days, I kept coming back to an internal dialogue: what would it mean to buy less cheap, low quality stuff and instead focus on investing in those special, high quality items that wouldn’t end up in the donation pile after a year? What would it mean to own less, but feel great in everything I wore? Since then, I’ve done another closet clean-out and invested in a few things I am beyond obsessed with. I’m more inspired to get dressed up in the morning now instead of reaching for the same black jeans and tees.

3. Black Pants Brigade

I love a good pair of black pants and while I’ve been wearing the BDG Twig jeans for the last decade (black, high rise and come on, they have my nickname!) I was on the hunt for something more polished but still affordable and comfortable. Enter these pants. I’m actually wearing them now! Beware that they run a size large so if you want to get a pair, order down (trust me on this).

4. Being Present

There have been times this year where I’ve been weighed down by the news (and rage tweets from you-know-who!), deadlines, feeling out of touch….and when that feeling creeps up, it’s important to set down the phone, close out your email and focus on the here and now. Last night, I left work early and walked around a mall with Joey and then we went out to a nice, long dinner. Breaks are so important. Staying in touch with the people you love is important. Watching your squirrel eat tofu is important. Laughing at your dog’s bed head is important. Those small, everyday moments are what all add up to a life you love.

Nubby Twiglet | The Month + Links: February 2017

So, that’s a taste of where I’m at right now. Let’s dig into some links….

THE LINKS

• A podcast I’m loving these days is Freakonomics Radio which explores the hidden side of everything. I love how in-depth the episodes are — they go far beneath the headlines and rumors to come up with concrete answers.

• How do you survive when nobody really gets what you do for a living?

7 things Robert Smith has promised to release this decade….and hasn’t. Haha!

• Only the most beautifully designed cookbooks will do.

• A look back at New York City in the 1970s through a wonderful collection of photos.

• Some teens are realizing that social media and being connected 24/7 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and are taking a break.

Nubby Twiglet | The Month + Links: February 2017

• When someone goes on a long-winded tirade about the couch they hate, it’s worth a read so you don’t make the same mistake!

• Another podcast I absolutely love is Death, Sex & Money. As you can guess from the title, it focuses on all the big questions and hard choices that people usually leave out of polite conversation but think about all the time.

Enter your birth date and see how the world has changed in your lifetime. Pretty cool!

• I recently discovered The Real Real and am obsessed. What I love about this site is that all the designer goods are previously owned which brings the prices down dramatically and it’s all authenticated. Plus, they run sales all the time. Need I say more?!

• Back in 2000, Amazon ran a contest asking their customers what they thought the best books, movies and albums were. How has it held up?

• Why do some people lose their minds when they’re hungry?! There’s a science behind it.

• Where you choose to live depends on so many different things and it’s interesting to read about why people live where they do.

• Wow! An architect turned an old cement factory into his home.

• I love this simple list known as The Creator’s Code. Timeless advice.

• For those that are worried about Ruth Bader Ginsburg outliving the Trump administration, get a load of her workout routine — this ain’t no joke!

• How to hail a taxi around the world.

• What do people actually eat for lunch?

• Check out this video of every New York Times front page since 1852!

10 steps to setting up your creative business.

Nubby Twiglet | The Month + Links: February 2017


Photos: 1. My desk yesterday morning with some Naomi fierceness. 2. Admiring the shelves in Good Coffee. 3. I love this little corner. 4. My office is all brick with open rafters so it gets super cold…which is a great excuse to wear this coat! 5. Another desktop shot — I probably have 10 magazine subscriptions going at the moment!

What I Wore: Cruella

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Cruella

It goes without saying: this coat is my new obsession. It’s a modern day nod to Cruella Deville, don’t you think?!

As much as I dread cold weather, the longer I can wear this before Spring finally hits, the better. I’ve been wearing it over all my basics including these jeans paired with a black scoop neck bodysuit and a jaunty little knotted scarf. I love looks like this because for the most part, they’re made up of basics I already have on-hand with one special piece added, like a cherry on top!

So, let’s talk about this location: Canteen serves some of the best fresh juices in town! I LOVE their all black exterior, too.

At the moment, I’m feeling the graphic jolt that black and white bring to the table (forever and always!) and neck scarves instead of chokers. They’re slightly warmer in this weather and add polish to a simple t-shirt and jeans combo.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Cruella

Current inspiration: Striped Nuuna notebooks. Vintage Brigitte Bardot photos. Urban Outfitters scarf. Canteen. Fluffy faux furs. Refined, modern type.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Cruella

I go through stages where I tend to put off personal style in an effort to be efficient and get things done but what I’m realizing is that a great coat, a little scarf and shoes other than sneaker wedges don’t take any more time to add into a look when you’re getting ready. Those small shifts can add a dash of glamour, even if you’ve really just rolled out of bed!

I have some more fashion finds I’m excited to share with you in the next few weeks — and it feels good to be inspired to dress up again after such a long, dark, dreary Winter.

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I Wore: Faux fur coat, Nasty Gal (sold out). Bodysuit, Forever 21. Scarf, Urban Outfitters. Jeans, Guess. Boots, Populaire via Yoox (sold out).