Category Archives: Fashion

What I Wore: A Checkered Obsession

Nubby Twiglet | A Checkered Obsession

Stripes have always been my go-to pattern but lately, I’ve been having a checkered moment. While stripes are the ultimate classic, checkers have a little more pizzazz and I can’t get enough.

I found this checkered dress on a Zara sale rack in New York last summer (now sadly out of stock) and have since packed it with me from London to Australia. Belted and paired with heels, it becomes dressy. Loose and combined with a cardigan and boots, it becomes every day wearable.

Nubby Twiglet | A Checkered Obsession

In an ideal world, I’d also have my kitchen floor redone in a checkerboard pattern. This week while I’m in LA, visiting the brand new Ace Hotel downtown is at the top of my list — newly opened, it just happens to have checkered floors.

Nubby Twiglet | A Checkered Obsession

These are a few of my favorite checkered things: 1. Emily Shur. 2. Kate Spade. 3. Winter Bird Co. and 4. Wallpaper.

Nubby Twiglet | A Checkered Obsession

Have an awesome Monday! My stay in Palm Springs is coming to an end but this video will always remind me of what a truly great getaway it’s been.


Photos: Corey Sleap Photography.

Modesquisse: Fashion Illustration Inspiration

Modesquisse Fashion Illustration

If you’re interested in fashion illustration, Modesquisse (French for sketch fashion) is for you! The site is dedicated to curating fashion illustrations on magazine and book covers and what’s especially wonderful is that it doesn’t just cater to current issues — instead, the collection goes back over a century! I love seeing what magazine covers looked like a hundred years ago and it’s interesting to note the lack of headlines cluttering the covers. Back then, the covers were works of art in themselves.

Modesquisse Fashion Illustration


* All images via Modesquisse.

Latest & Greatest #12: Aldo 40th Anniversary

Aldo 40th Anniversary


Walking through the streets of New York late last month, this advertisement grabbed my attention. Lipstick red heels, tight type and balloons?! Aldo is celebrating their 40th anniversary in style. Though I don’t own anything by Aldo, the bold simplicity of this campaign definitely struck a cord with me.

Aldo 40th Anniversary


Readers: Are there any particular campaigns that have stood out to you as of late?

Fall 2012 Style Direction: School’s Out Forever!

Fall 2012 Style Direction

Over the weekend, I visited Reed College. Here in Portland, it’s almost time for the college kids to head back to school and if I was making the pilgrimage, this would be my official back-to-school look. After spending more than six years in college (two very different degrees add up!), I swore I would never go back — but I can still get into the schoolgirl mindset…and a little Fall shopping.

Fall 2012 Style Direction

Every year, I yell from the mountaintops, “Boho begone!” And finally, this year is my year. Luckily for me (but unluckily for my wallet), all of my favorite things including tartans, red crosses, oversized tassels, menswear-inspired staples, flatforms (more comfy than my old standby, wedges), spikes and boldly patterned knits are filling the stores.

Fall 2012 Style Direction

For Spring, I proclaimed my style direction to be Ladylike Urban Warrior and it pretty much held true — I wore a lot more fashion-forward dresses and even some abstract florals (I’m usually more of a stripes girl). This season though, I’m feeling very much like School’s Out Forever! I graduated but just can’t kick the look — I want all the prep classics but with a coy twist. I want my plaids to have a peplum (above), my flats to have jumbo tassels, my classic patterns to be way oversized and my nails to be as blinding as possible. It’s basically the way my high school self in 1996 imagined my adult self dressing (I actually had the Hard Candy version of that bright yellow NARS polish below back then!)

Fall 2012 Style Direction

I Wore:

1. Tartan Peplum Top, ASOS. 2. BDG High-Rise Jeans, Urban Outfitters. 3. Booties, Proenza Schouler (circa 2009). 4. Bag, Jaeger (circa 2011). 5. Watch, Vintage. 6. Lipstick, MAC Vegas Volt.


Fall 2012 Style Direction

My dream Fall wardrobe would definitely include the following:

1. Vogue Hellas September 2012, 2. Acne Laurie Bag, 3. NARS polish in Amchoor, 4. Acne Azalea Loafers, 5. Topshop Herringbone Cube Coat, 6. Tom Ford Peccary Natalia Bag, 7. Marni Cap-Toe Flatform and 8. Topshop Handknit Cross Jumper.


Readers: What’s your style direction for Fall?

What I Wore: 6.25.12 // Future Nurse

Nubbytwiglet.com What I Wore Future Nurse

Nubbytwiglet.com What I Wore Future Nurse


I’m really excited to be sharing this outfit post today because I’m wearing the item that’s been in my wardrobe the longest. This white dress is a vintage gym uniform (I’m guessing it’s from the 60s based on the tag) and I picked it up at a Goodwill for a few dollars when I was 16…which was 14 years ago! My friends from high school probably remember it well — I wore it all the time, mostly with a bunch of Red Cross buttons affixed to the pocket and paired with striped tights.


Nubbytwiglet.com What I Wore Future Nurse


One of my constant style inspirations has always been uniforms. Perhaps part of the appeal of creating a uniform-based look is the fantasy of not having to think about what to wear every morning and instead refocusing that time and energy on other creative endeavors. I’ve noticed that a lot of fashion designers and artists seem to have a daily uniform, probably because it gives them a clean slate to focus solely on their new designs.


Nubbytwiglet.com What I Wore Future Nurse


I Wore:

Vintage Uniform, Thrifted
Tights and Headband, H&M
Patent Belt, Vintage
White Wedges, Olga by Deandri


Nubbytwiglet.com What I Wore Future Nurse


My Inspiration:

Nubbytwiglet.com What I Wore Future Nurse

Sources: 1. Kate Moss by Craig McDean, 2. Helvetica by Anthony Neil Dart, 3. A look from Kanye, 4. The Cure by Alex Cayley, 5. Magdalena by Ben Hassett for Vogue Germany, 6. Sheer (designer unknown).


Readers: Do you have a daily uniform?
And, what item have you had in your closet the longest?


What I Wore: 5.28.12 // Crisscross

what i wore


It’s been a busy week so far — I leave for LA Friday morning and have been focused on wrapping up projects, catching up with friends from out of town and excitedly packing so apologies in advance if there’s a bit of a slowdown around here. I’m desperately in need of a team of helper elves!


what i wore


I wore this gray flannel and vinyl dress with interwoven straps over the long holiday weekend. It pretty much sums up my style direction at the moment, which I’m calling classic avant garde. I’m really interested in simple shapes and materials with a twist that are edgy but still comfortable — for instance, this dress which is made of flannel…which can be pretty boring in most cases but with some modern details, it gets a new life. It reminds me of something one of my favorite Belgian designers would have designed but with a price tag of less than $100.00, is much more in line with my budget.


what i wore


I Wore:

Cut-Out Flannel Dress (on sale!), ASOS
Tights, H&M
Bracelet, H&M
Wedges, Acne Atacoma


what i wore


I like clothes I can wear throughout the seasons — I’m planning on layering this dress up with a cardigan and cable knit tights for Fall. Maybe if I add a black beret, I can channel a French schoolgirl from the future?


This mood board sums up my style direction at the moment:

what i wore


1. Sofia Coppola on Italian Vogue in 1992. 2. ASOS Cut-Out Flannel Dress. 3. Warhol made basics fun. 4. Maison Martin Margiela boots. 5. Just love this type (source unknown). Basic sweater with a twist (source unknown). 6. A.F. Vandevorst Belt. 7. ASOS Full Skirt with Mesh Stripes (similar + better price).


Readers: What are you feeling style-wise for this summer? Anything that’s influencing you and catching your eye? I try to keep a running list on Pinterest of my favorite fashion moments.


The Typofiles #102: J. Crew Style Guide



Remember my post a few weeks back about subscribing to free catalogs for inspiration? Well, this is one of the issues I’ve received since then. Honestly, you can’t really ignore a catalog that shows up in your mailbox with a blazing deep tangerine cover proclaiming, “NICE TO MEET YOU.” I was smitten from that alone!

J. Crew has a knack for curating the basics into lust-worthy objects of desire and, well, they know what they’re good at. In this latest issue, J. Crew says, “Today, we’re so much more than a catalog — in fact, we hear it from you every day…so really, we’re just catching up with you by calling this book what you’ve been calling it for some time: a style guide.”



The type treatments, photography and layouts feel worthy of a glossy fashion magazine moreso than a catalog so I can see why they’ve elevated it to a ‘style guide.’ Designers, if you’re ever working on any look books, this is a great starting point for inspiration. I especially love the spread featuring a grid of swimwear options (above). They keep it simple with their layouts. Nothing more, nothing less.



J. Crew knows its audience and has fun with the basics without feeling overly trendy. The tone of their style guide matches this aesthetic perfectly and needless to say, though I don’t own much in the way of J. Crew, I’m a big fan of their design aesthetic. Get your copy of the catalog here (because there are a ton more pages that are just as awesome lurking inside).