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Inspiration Can Start With A Pair Of Metallic Gold Sneakers

Inspiration Can Start With A Pair Of Metallic Gold Sneakers

What’s inspiring you lately?

This year, I’m trying to be more mindful about setting aside time to explore my personal visual style. Instead of aimlessly grabbing images online and dragging them to my desktop, I’m paying more attention to visual cues.

What are the things I naturally gravitate towards?

How can those same things I love most play a part in my personal brand?

As you’ve probably noticed in the posts here this year, the visual style of Nubby Twiglet is continuing to evolve and it’s a purposeful move. 2016 marks my 15th year of blogging (that sounds so weird to say!) and for that milestone, I wanted to add a dash of gold to the branding and graphics.

Metallic gold has been a huge obsession of mine ever since I found a pair of Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges six months ago. Every time I laced them up, whether it was for a day in the office, a conference talk or exploring Florence, Italy (above), I noticed an extra pep in my step. That simple addition of metallic gold to my wardrobe started popping up in the design elements I was drawn to. Whether it was a gold sink in a kitchen or a metallic gold texture, I couldn’t get enough.

Inspiration Can Start With A Pair Of Metallic Gold Sneakers

Of course, all gold can feel a bit over-the-top and very Liberace. To balance it out, I started pulling in more organic, black and white patterns. Sometimes it was a marbleized pattern here on the blog, other times it was a hand-painted windowpane pattern on a jumpsuit. I started adding more hand-done fonts and illustrations to projects. Overall, that rough-hewn, looser look added a nice contrast to the gold.

Sometimes, it can feel like small shifts and changes aren’t worth talking about. Maybe they don’t feel grand enough to mention…but I want to change that here. Even the smallest elements you find yourself drawn to start to pile up. Pretty soon, the visual evolution you’ve been seeking, whether it’s in your brand, wardrobe or the way your room is decorated doesn’t feel so out of reach — it’s right there in front of you because you’ve taken notice along the way.

As I begin the redesign of this blog soon, I’m taking these organic black and white patterns and plenty of gold with me to explore.

Evolution feels great. Never be afraid of change — it’s what keeps things fresh, exciting, and makes life worth living.

Your turn: What are you noticing yourself being drawn to these days? Are there colors, styles, patterns, eras or something else that’s making you super excited?

Italy photo: Lisa Jane Photography.

Image sources: Radical Self Love Coven Almanac. Jonathan Adler brass ring holder. Marni shoes. Gold sink. Hand painted stripes. Lost My Mind graphic.

The Week + Links: February 19, 2016

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After last week’s post, I headed out to a motorcycle show with my dad. As we walked in and moved through the crowd while taking in the live music, I kept thinking, “This sounds like Prince.” Then, it became clear, a Prince cover band was definitely in the house — and the singer must have watched Purple Rain a few hundred times because he knew every note to every song, not to mention every signature dance move. It was mesmerizing and I watched the gathered bikers in their black leather jackets and boots dancing right along, just as excited as I was.

I’m glad I had that dose of entertainment because the rest of the week has been rainy, cool and full of too much work. It’s time for an adventure! When I’m really into the work I’m doing, I forget to stop, stretch and take care of myself. So…I’m starting that now. Time for a mini Friday break!

In other news, I hope you have better weekend plans than I do. My Saturday involves two back-to-back tax appointments in the morning. Eek! I’ll be wearing my metallic gold sneakers for good luck and hoping for the best. 😉

Have a great weekend, friends!

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• If you blog, do yourself a favor and read this epic post about the new online economy!

• A reminder: you are not lazy.

• An ode to the internet’s worst business advice. Ha!

• I’m loving the shift in blogging back to more personality-filled posts versus the overwhelm of too many informational / DIY posts that took over during the last few years.

• What does Obama carry in his pockets?

• Use Hustle Mode On to discover the best productivity tools on the web.

• From what I’ve seen so far, I’m not a fan of the new branding for The Met. What’s your take?

• Designers, here’s what you need to know about internships.

• I love this bathroom update because it didn’t involve ripping everything out and starting from scratch. It’s much more budget-friendly but still looks great!

• It’s so interesting seeing the detailed process that goes into updating the look of a brand.

• The benefit of doing creative work without an audience in mind, using Vincent van Gogh as an example.

The Week + Links: 1.25.16 | New York

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Hello from New York!

The last few days have been hilariously random with many firsts: a rave, a personal training session, and an epic blizzard (in that order).

On New Year’s Eve, I made a promise to myself: to travel more in the new year, just for fun. To kick things off, I booked a ticket to New York in January, ignoring the obvious: snow would be very likely.

New York is my home away from home since most of my close friends live here and I had another important reason for making the trek: closet cleaning. Yes, really (more on that in a minute.)

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As soon as I touched down and took a cab straight to Gala’s place on Thursday, the fun started. First up, we headed to a rave in Brooklyn complete with a massive disco ball and people typing up haikus on request (mine was about Palm Springs — no surprise there!)

Post-rave: Indochine for dinner. I’ve been obsessed with the place since my first visit in 2002. Think palm wallpaper, a soundtrack of David Bowie and Duran Duran and a feeling that the 80s never ended. Warhol, Madonna and every downtown art star dined there and not much has changed as New York constantly morphs around it.

After Indochine, I hit up Three Of Cups till the wee hours — nothing beats Journey, Van Halen and Iron Maiden tunes cranked up.

On Friday, I had my first personal training session ever, feeling ever so slightly hung over from the night before and sporting a shirt reading LOOK BETTER NAKED with metallic gold sneakers.

Rumor had it that a blizzard was quickly approaching so Gala and I hit up the Container Store (a Virgo’s dream) for closet organization goods and headed home to get to work. We focused in, cleaning out her main closet by midnight with 100 items easily gone.

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After tossing and turning, I woke up at 2 am to look out the window and the snow storm rumors were no joke — it was piling up fast. By 2:30 in the afternoon, the snow was over 2 feet deep and the city officially shut down. The scene was surreal — literally the most snow I’ve ever seen in person.

The blizzard was the perfect opportunity to stay inside and finish Gala’s closet project — another 100+ items hit the floor and we made such good time, we were able to clear out her entire spare room AND organize her books by color. Mission accomplished!

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By Sunday, we were truly stir crazy and braved venturing out in the 2 feet of snow for photo booth fun, an adventure at ABC Carpet and Home (the mecca for stylish interior designers) and hot chocolate at Caravan of Dreams.

Today, I’ll be out exploring even more — and plotting how I can come back again soon. I’ve missed being here so much and reconnecting with so many of my close friends has given me renewed energy and artistic inspiration.

New York, I love you. For even more snapshots from this trip, check out my Insta. And stay tuned for more New York-related posts coming up soon!

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These are my favorite links gathered from around the web this week. There’s always a mix of design, business and life tips topped with a dash humor. Enjoy!

• What happens when blogging and social media take over your life? Such an interesting read!

• 57 small things to do for yourself this year.

• If you want to get something done, follow the manifesto of a doer.

• An interesting history lesson about swearing in movies — I had no idea it was banned from 1930 to 1968!

• 10 warm weather movies to watch while you’re snowed in!

• I’m looking forward to the new Michael Jackson documentary produced by Spike Lee.

• Made me laugh: absurdly challenging recipes from actual cookbooks!

• If you’re interested in learning more about the Flatiron Building, here’s a brief history.

• What happens when the people of Myanmar are newly exposed to cell phones and Facebook?

• 10 female writers share their big ’aha’ moments.

The Week In Pictures: 10.30.15




Hi and Happy early Halloween to you! Do you have any fun plans lined up? I’m taking it easy and hitting the town with a bunch of family including my beloved grandparents. Should be a good time!

Now that I’m not traveling as much, I’ve been making more time to explore my own city which has been AWESOME. My friend Emily from Catalyst Coffee and I made a day of adventuring around Portland. We started at the Nob Hill Barista (some of the best coffee in town), made our way down to a few shops including Back Talk (check out their site to see the AMAZING clothing racks), then onto magazine shopping at Rich’s Cigar Store and finally, lunch at Marmo (see above).


Oh, I also finally bought some Lush products! I’ve visited their stores around the world but was always too overwhelmed by the options to even know where to start. I found a great sales lady at the Portland location who helped me pick out the best dry shampoo (no gross silicone additives like other brands) and some leave-in conditioner. Since I’m new to the brand, I’d love to hear what your favorite products are. Any recommendations of what I should try next?


I always get a little scared when I have to visit my accountant (to the point that I wear my metallic gold sneakers for good luck) but by the end of our meetings, I’m laughing like a madwoman. I swear that he’s a part-time comedian. And, he makes understanding numbers kind of fun. Even funnier is the bike rack outside of his office!


I finally made it to Trader Vic’s and it was everything I could have hoped for! I’ve been making the tiki bar rounds in Portland since I got back from Palm Springs and they have a fantastic happy hour. Plus, check out that swanky dining room!


Oh, Portland. It’s been raining every day and I’m ready for a mug of apple cider and curling up with a good magazine. Have a great weekend, friends!

P.S. Today, I’m sending out the first ever Branch Bulletin — it’s my studio mailing list and I’m sharing a very personal story that most freelancers will be able to relate to big time. Hop on over to the site and sign up at the bottom of the page to receive yours! xo

The Week In Pictures: 7.7.15

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Hello from the trenches! I’m stopping in to quickly wish you an awesome weekend and share a few bite-sized moments of my week before I head back to proofing Rock n Roll Bride Magazine and finalizing the last of the design including the cover and spine. We just wrapped up the new branding that premiers on the cover and to be honest, it’s all a little nerve-wracking. This behemoth of a project that has lived in the confines of my office for the last two months hits the presses on Tuesday and lands in people’s mailboxes and newsstands shortly after that.

What I’ve learned though is that fear is not an option — it’s a mechanism that can protect us from harm but also holds us back from our biggest potential.

There are days when I still feel scared. Am I doing this right? “This” meaning my job, relationships, everything. And then I remember that there is no right way. There is no rule book. You just have to give whatever you do your all and hope for the best.

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Early mornings call for a little flash to liven things up like gold sneakers. These are my power shoes and make me feel like I can accomplish anything!

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This cover still wows me, 11 years later. I’ve always held onto it like a prized possession, feeling that it was more of a piece of fine art than anything.

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Ah, this girl. We’ve been through so much together and no matter what, we always end our nights together with a glass of wine and great conversations. When we’re not together, goofy emails stand in. I’m so proud of the work we’ve been able to create together over the years.

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I was talking to Joey about how I’m not big on collecting stuff because it just feels like clutter to me but the one thing I will never part with is my collection of magazines. Long live print!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! I’m heading off to a fair with my dad to eat bad food, go on fast rides and unwind in a land far away from my office. Feels like the perfect summer weekend! xo