Monthly Archives: May 2017

Out & About: Tusk

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Tusk Portland

I often get asked for Portland-specific recommendations and if you’re going to be in town and are looking for a great place to grab brunch or dinner, Tusk is where it’s at. I’ve been thinking about their food ever since I dined there two weeks back (always a good sign!) because it’s a really special mix.

The overall menu theme is Middle Eastern and stocked with the basics you’d expect (start off with a large hummus) but it’s produced with Pacific Northwest sourced ingredients and plenty of surprises (the Pistachio Gooey Butter Cake and Za’atar Biscuit with orange blossom and honey butter are absolute musts). The dishes are meant to be communal so order a mix of items.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Tusk Portland

Because the ingredients are seasonal, I’m not seeing a few of the items I tried off the brunch menu but let me put it this way: my table of 4 ordered around 10 dishes total and we liked all of them from breakfast sandwiches to yogurt topped with edible flowers. I mean, just check out all of these beautiful ingredients and colors!

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Tusk Portland

Beyond the delicious food and drinks, the service is super friendly — they even surprised us with extra dishes on the house to try!

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Tusk Portland

And, let’s talk about the unavoidable centerpiece of the bright white, modern interior — that massive photo of Keith Richards in a swimming pool above the bar! The second you walk in, Keith is there to greet you. It’s a hilarious, unexpected touch that somehow works.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Tusk Portland

I could go on and on about Tusk and how they got every detail right from the food to the scent of the candles they burn to the service to the art but really, you just need to experience the place for yourself.

Creative Chronicles: Thoughts On Doing The Work

Nubby Twiglet | Thoughts On Doing The Work

As much as I wish get rich quick schemes and programs promising endless short-cuts really had all the answers, nothing beats doing the work. The thing is, we’re always looking for that so-called shortcut because doing the work is HARD. And who can blame us for wanting to reach the finish line a little faster?

It’s so easy to fall into the procrastination trap when the work that needs to get done challenges you — but it’s a bit like climbing a mountain, in a way — going up is incredibly difficult but once you reach the peak, coming down is full of relief and a huge sense of accomplishment.

Prioritizing your own projects can be one of the most challenging areas because there’s always something more you can do for someone else instead (and see those immediate gains)! If you work for someone, maybe it comes down to taking on a few hours of overtime at your day job and collecting a bigger paycheck. If you work for yourself, taking on an extra client and getting a deposit provides a hit of instant gratification that your own projects just don’t have. The payoff is a bit more invisible.

Nubby Twiglet | Thoughts On Doing the Work

One project I’ve really struggled with over the last year is the Branch media kit. I had so many excuses — I wanted to learn how to use my camera on manual settings so I could take better photos, I wanted to re-write my packages and bump up my rates (that comes with its own sense of fear) and finally, I wanted to make the page layouts more comprehensive, adding in more work examples (which meant doing plenty of mockups). Basically, there was no quick fix for getting this project done.

So, I did what many of you will relate to — I found every excuse possible to put it off. I blocked out the time on my calendar so I felt like I was moving forward but it was an empty promise. If a friend wanted to go out for drinks, I said yes. If my husband wanted to go vintage shopping, I said yes. If my phone rang, I’d basically say yes to anything to escape thew work. What was I really running away from?

You already know the answer: the work. Nobody likes to talk about actually doing the work because it sounds like they’re whining. “This is SO hard! I spent ALL DAY on this! I’m SO TIRED!” And really, there are a million other fun things to do. I’d rather spend the day on the couch reading fashion magazines.

The problem is, when nobody talks about doing the work but shows off the shiny, beautiful outcome, it looks effortless. And then, when we do the same thing and fall short (basically, it always takes 10 times longer), we think there’s something wrong. That internal voice kicks in and we think that comes down to a lack of knowledge, skill or talent. Really, it’s none of the above – it’s simply unrealistic expectations.

Nubby Twiglet | Thoughts On Doing The Work

I wish I had some efficiency tips for you to get your own projects done but the truth is, it comes down to priorities and willpower. I ended up sitting in my office for a solid 15 hours over the weekend, slowly piecing together the 30 page document. It was slow, it was painful and I wanted to run from it. Trust me, I nearly did. But, I knew from experience where it would leave me so I powered through, finishing it late Sunday night.

It sucked. But it got done.

Instead of offering you inspirational mantras, I’m going to keep it real:

If you want to get something done bad enough, you’ll find a way.

Go after it with everything you’ve got and when the going gets tough and you feel frustrated, don’t give in.

Latest & Greatest: Overose Candles

Nubby Twiglet | Overose Candles

Okay, so let’s talk about candles. They may be one of the most overly indulgent ways to blow your budget ever….and for the most part, I burn IKEA vanilla candles in the office to keep it smelling fresh.

But! If you’re looking for an extra special thrill and want your space to smell like an upscale boutique (haha), I have a new brand to share with you: Overose.

Nubby Twiglet | Overose Candles

Nubby Twiglet | Overose Candles

I found out about this mysterious French brand a few weeks ago at Spartan, a housewares boutique here in Portland. They had a few of the candles on display and I immediately gravitated towards Guaiasilk (and still have no clue what that means). The scent smells like nothing I’ve ever encountered before and maybe that’s part of the appeal — it’s oddly luxurious and bizarre and addictive with a woodsy, unisex scent.

The candles themselves are beautiful in their uniformly colored simplicity and I am really into the styling of their most recent campaign — the mix of florals and textures makes me want to have a dedicated photo studio space to experiment with props and lighting.

Nubby Twiglet | Overose Candles

Nubby Twiglet | Overose Candles

So, that’s my latest obsession when it comes to candles. What about you? What are your favorite brands?

All photos courtesy of Overose.

I’ll Be Your Mirror: Mirage Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Doug Aitken Mirage Palm Springs

I’d seen this mysterious mirrored house popping up in magazines and on my Instagram feed and I was intrigued.

The story behind Mirage is that it was created by artist Doug Aitken to resemble a typical suburban American ranch-style home with a twist. This style of house was common along the West Coast and popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright starting in the 1920s.

Both the interior and exterior are covered in mirrored surfaces and it sits atop a hill by itself, reflecting the endless desert landscape around it. When I arrived, visitors were gathered around in every corner, taking selfies and looking through the window-free openings.

Nubby Twiglet | Doug Aitken Mirage Palm Springs

There is no ideal time to view the installation — I went right as the sun was setting and was soon enveloped in darkness as the house reflected the stars and night sky.

Perhaps the most interesting part about finding Mirage is that there is no address. It’s located at the end of a long road in what appears to be a new housing development that was never completed. To find it, you can either use the coordinates (33°50’59.6″N 116°33’57.5”W) or directions provided on the website.

Nubby Twiglet | Doug Aitken Mirage Palm Springs

The installation will be staying up through October 31st so if you’re in town, add it to your must-visit list!

Learn more about the installation on the Mirage website.