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Latest & Greatest #32: Palm Print

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Print

My obsession with palm print everything started during my first visit to Palm Springs in 2012. The town knew what it took to elevate a simple vacation into something special. It now holds a very special place in my heart and Joey and I are on our way back in a few weeks to renew our wedding vows!

Nothing screams vacation and relaxation like a good palm print — and there’s bound to be some wallpaper inspired by the likes of the Beverly Hills Hotel and Indochine in my future Palm Springs pad.

If you’re in the market for a palm fix of your own, these are some of my top picks — there’s a ton of variety out there to get that classic tropical vibe that’s so popular right now.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Print

Sources: 1. For Love and Lemons dress, 2. Atlantic Ocean tote, 3. Billabong rash guard, 4. JUCO photo, 5. C.R. Laine chair, 6. Rhythmic Palms room and 7. Elena photo.

I wore: Billabong rash guard, Zara skirt (old) and Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges (old).
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Latest & Greatest #31: Just My Type of Graphic Tees

Nubby Twiglet | Just My Type of Graphic Tees

I have a thing for tees with messages emblazoned across them. The bigger the type, the better!

They’re a good conversation starter, not to mention comfortable. I have recently been on the hunt for a few new ones to add to my growing collection and there’s an especially great bunch at both Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters right now. To save you the time of doing a digital dig for the perfect tee, here are some of my top picks.

Nubby Twiglet | Just My Type of Graphic Tees

Pictured above are: 1. RAWR, 2. Stockholm, 3. New Order, 4. Wake Me Up, 5. Get Over Your Selfie, 6. Strange, 7. Don’t Be Jealous, 8. Rock It, 9. Can You Not, 10. My Life and 11. Weekend Lover.

What’s your top pick?

In the top photo, I’m wearing the RAWR tee, NARS lipstick in Jungle Red and a Carrie Hammer necklace. For even more Latest & Greatest posts, click here.

The Latest & Greatest #30: Radiant Human Aura Photography

Nubby Twiglet | Radiant Human Aura Photography

Over the past week, I’ve been lamenting my lack of tangible photo prints — the thousands of images I’ve snapped over the last few years sit on various hard drives, collecting dust. I want more images I can hold and proudly display; do you feel the same?

Well, thanks to a spur of the moment outing, I have another print in my collection…but it’s completely different than anything else I’ve seen.

Over the weekend, I got a text from my aunt Shannon, asking if I wanted to join her to have an aura photo taken. Wait…I’d heard of that! A few months earlier, Gala showed me the wildly popular Radiant Human Instagram account and Christina happens to be located in Portland (though you should check out her dates — she often hits the road, visiting California and New York).

You may be wondering what an aura photo is and Christina does a great job of explaining how it works:

We all have energy running through our bodies. This energy radiates beyond our skin creating an atmosphere or “aura,” otherwise called an electromagnetic field. The aura camera uses hand sensors to analyze this energy’s vibrational frequency. Through this camera, we are able to match your vibrational frequency to a corresponding color’s vibrational frequency, making your energy visible and easy to see in the form of an instant Polaroid picture.

Getting an aura photo on a Sunday afternoon seemed to be on everyone elses’ agendas, too. We showed up early, snagging spots towards the front of the line but by the time the doors opened 10 minutes later, a few dozen people from all walks of life were eagerly waiting.

Shannon and I were added to a list and a few minutes later, I was led into a white wigwam-like structure that was completely black on the inside. I took my seat on a stool and then Christina set two blue boxes on my lap. I lined my fingers up with the sensors which were in the formation of hands and pushed my palms down onto another large sensor.

Nubby Twiglet | Radiant Human Aura Photography

Staring directly into a bright light and trying not to blink for 10 whole seconds took some serious concentration. And then, just as quickly as it had begun, it was over. I paid up ($25.00 for a single person or special group rates for multiple people in the same image) and was then handed my photo by Christina who explained what my aura meant. I was so surprised by how different my photo was from Shannon’s — her green and blue aura contrasted sharply with my red and purple.

Christina explained that my aura represented an extreme sense of creativity and also handed me a cheat sheet with the color definitions to keep.

The cool thing about auras is that yours can change dramatically over the course of a lifetime — and for that matter, even a few months! There’s really no way of knowing what’s going to show up until you see it and that’s part of the fun.

My take on aura photography is that no matter what you think about auras, the outcome is always beautiful and personal. This would be a great experience to share with your best friend or someone else you love.

“The aura given out by a person or object is as much a part of them as their flesh.” —Lucien Freud

Latest & Greatest #29: Succulents Paired With Unique Planters

Nubby Twiglet | Succulents Paired With Unique Planters

Have you mastered the art of caring for household plants? I haven’t! I’m totally guilty of having a black thumb — even ornamental grasses seem to die under my care. The ongoing issue is that I often travel for weeks at a time and naturally, when I get home, my plants are long gone. I’ve since turned to collecting succulents because most varieties need very little upkeep.

Nubby Twiglet | Succulents Paired With Unique Planters

To celebrate these new additions to my office, I picked up this great set of head planters. The boy sits one the far right of my desk while the girl sits on the far left. I have a bit of an obsession with white ceramic body parts so these are fitting right in!

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The funny thing is, I thought I’d finally solved my dying plant issue…but then Chubs came along! He hangs out with me in my office all day and guess what? Every time I turn around, he’s chomping down on my plants. And honestly, squirrels don’t take “no” very well. 😉

Your turn: Are there any new additions to your house or workspace that you’re excited about?

Latest & Greatest #28: H&M Home | Summer 2014

Nubby Twiglet | H&M Home Summer 2014

I just celebrated my five year anniversary as a homeowner and what I’ve learned so far is that shortcuts are hard to come by — decorating a home is not quick or easy.

I’m all for any budget-friendly pieces I can find to dress up rooms. Paint, furniture and curtains go a long way but then it’s time to zoom in on the details and add those finishing touches. I’ve been really loving the H&M Home selection lately. It’s nice to try out home decor trends without breaking the bank — I’m especially a fan of the marbled pieces.

Nubby Twiglet | H&M Home Summer 2014

These are some of my current picks: 1. marbled mug, 2. wooden cutting board, 3. patterned bowl, 4. serving plate, 5. metal candle holder, 6. marbled mini plate, 7. marbled ceramic plate, 8. toothbrush holder, 9. glass vase,
10. metal container, 11. linen throw and 12. storage basket.

All items: H&M.
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Latest & Greatest #28: Red Lips

Nubby Twiglet | Red Lips

I’ve long loved red lips and I am so happy that they are making a comeback, adorning everything from clothing to bags to books.

With perfect timing, Alice Harris just dedicated an entire book, Blow Me A Kiss to the lips featured in famous art, fashion spreads and celebrity culture. Of lips, she says, “An icon of untold pleasures, they’re synonymous with style, sex, and even scandal. Whether pursed or provocatively parted, lips have an undeniable visual power, while lipstick remains a timeless symbol of glamour and sensuality.”

Nubby Twiglet | Red Lips

Featured items: ASOS Skater Dress, ASOS Crop Top, Lips Purse ℅ Bow & Drape, Blow Me A Kiss Book ℅ PowerHouse Books.

Nubby Twiglet | Red Lips

Your turn: What are you obsessed with at the moment?

Latest & Greatest #27: Summer Whites

Nubby Twiglet | Summer Whites

My life is a constant contrast between light and dark, including my wardrobe.

During the fall and winter, I revert to black layers but the second summer hits, I can’t wait to pull out my collection of bright whites. Now that it’s legitimately hot in Portland, I’ve traded in my black skinny jeans and sweaters for light layers and bare legs. I just found this linen dress at Buffalo Exchange and can’t wait to pack it along to Europe next month. Easy and breezy!

Nubby Twiglet | Summer Whites

A few other white items I have my eye on include: 1. House Of Holland sunglasses, 2. Giuseppe Zanotti wedge sneakers, 3. Lisa Perry beach tote, 4. New Look backpack, 5. Tomas Maier swimsuit, 6. Zara buckle heels, 7. Holiday Magazine shirt, 8. Sheinside leaf print tunic, and 9. Moschino belt.

Are there any summer wardrobe staples that you can’t live without?

Photo: Joey Maas.
I wore: Secondhand dress, Buffalo Exchange. Boots, All Saints.