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Out & About #11: Darling Distraction

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It’s official: my new favorite store in Portland is Darling Distraction. It’s a palm leaf wallpapered mecca of cool girl trinkets and I’m warning you now, it’s impossible to walk out empty-handed. I’d been stalking this shop for a few months on Instagram (thanks to a tip-off from my friend Kat!) and it was love at first sight.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #11: Darling Distraction

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Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #11: Darling Distraction

Whether you’re in need of brightly patterned gift wrap, a card with just the right amount of kitsch or a vintage flamingo figurine (because everyone needs one of those, right?), this is your place. The shop owner, Katrina has a knack for picking out the most enticing goodies and hey, I love anyone who welcomes Rocky with open arms!

If your mouth is watering and your debit card is burning a hole in your pocket but you don’t live in Portland, the good news is that Darling Distraction has a tightly curated online shop as well. Here are some of my picks:

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #11: Darling Distraction

Sources: 1. rorshach notebooks, 2. vintage deer, 3. love matchbox, 4. flamingo, 5. bad girls throughout history postcards, 6. Bahama iPhone case, 7. xoxo card, 8. mini garland pompom and 9. birch floral card.

It’s cool to see so many new independent retailers popping up in Portland and I’m so glad that Darling Distraction has brought a big dose of fun to town!


Featured: Darling Distraction.
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Out & About #10: Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #10: Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #10: Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #10: Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Growing up in America, I knew very little about the British tradition surrounding afternoon tea. During a stay in London this month, I wanted to experience it firsthand so we set up a booking in the Sketch London tea room.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #10: Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

If you’re familiar with Sketch, it’s safe to assume that this wasn’t any ordinary tea room, though. Most of the surfaces were coated in soft, milky pink hues and it would be easy to imagine the ghost of Elizabeth Taylor lounging here if it weren’t for the oodles of hilarious David Shrigley art covering the walls.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #10: Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #10: Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #10: Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Every room within the confines of Sketch are a unique experience in themselves and this area was no different. Waitresses in themed dresses brought over our menus which were filled with dozens of tea varieties. I chose vanilla which was rich, smooth but not too sweet. The china all featured David’s handwritten declarations of forget about it, ghosts and it’s not ok.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #10: Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #10: Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #10: Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

With tea service, multi-tiered trays are delivered full of mini pastries and sandwiches. Cakes, homemade strawberry marshmallows, fruit tarts, and caviar and quail egg sandwiches were all in the mix. Following the pastries, the traditional staples of fresh baked scones, clotted cream and jam arrived.

It’s safe to say that you won’t be able to finish everything. Sketch happily packed up the remainder of our tea service and we walked away with two massive pink bags of treats for later.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #10: Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Though, that wasn’t the end of our adventure. The crowning moment of the Sketch experience resides at the top of a white spiral staircase with a bathroom area full of jumbo eggs. Inside each, you’ll find a toilet and piped-in music. As you head over to wash your hands, there’s a funhouse mirror distorting everything around you and a rainbow-paneled ceiling.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #10: Afternoon Tea at Sketch London

Sketch manages to put a fresh spin on the afternoon tea tradition and make it super fun — it’s worth experiencing at least once. And two weeks later, I’m still craving their delicious scones. 😉


Featured: Sketch.
Photos by: Julie Michaelsen Photography.
I wore: The Fifth striped top and skirt and Steve Madden boots (old).
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Out & About #9: Peter Miller Books

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #9: Peter Miller Books, Seattle

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #9: Peter Miller Books, Seattle

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #9: Peter Miller Books, Seattle

When I was in Seattle a few weeks back and walking to dinner, I passed a shop window that stopped me in my tracks. Glancing in, the walls were lined with a variety of brightly colored books with fantastically designed covers. The floor was filled with displays of bold, unique office supplies. As soon as I got back to my hotel, I settled into doing some research to find out what this place was all about.

Peter Miller is a legendary Seattle bookstore specializing in design books that cover the gamut from architecture to graphic design to landscape design to typography. It’s a one-stop-shop for detail-oriented creatives who appreciate the beauty of printed materials.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #9: Peter Miller Books, Seattle

I’ve always said that it’s dangerous to just rely on the internet for all of your design inspiration — having a beautifully curated personal library to dig into when design all starts to blend together online is so important. As I flipped through titles on the shelves, the atmosphere was really welcoming. Peter himself manned the counter, ready to answer any questions I had.

I’m a diehard office supplies aficionado and his beautiful shop carried items I’d never seen before — Swiss pencils, brightly colored staplers and beautifully designed calendars that would make the designer in your life jump for joy.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #9: Peter Miller Books, Seattle

I’ve been to a lot of bookstores but this is the best I’ve ever come across for designers, hands-down. Everything feels specially picked — there’s no file there, only the absolute best of the best.

I walked out with a variety of titles and supplies, some of which you can see in the top photo. And to be honest, I should have taken more photos but I was so excited to be in the store, chatting with Peter about design that I sort of forgot about my camera altogether. In a way, aren’t those the best moments?

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #9: Peter Miller Books, Seattle

And, I know that this is a bit random…but Peter let me tour the rest of the space and I loved this bizarre sculpture in one of the back rooms.

If you’re a creative passing through Seattle, please add this shop to your list! The website doesn’t do it justice — it’s one of those places with constantly changing stock that you just have to experience in person.


Featured: Peter Miller.
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Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Less than an hour drive from Palm Springs, Joshua Tree is completely otherworldly and a must-see. Photos just don’t do the place justice. Named after the peculiar looking spiky trees that cover the landscape, the park is open year-round. It’s an absolutely massive place made up of the Mojave and Colorado deserts, covering a total of 794,000 acres.

Due to the heat, we made our way to Joshua Tree during the morning hours. The drive took us through rambling small desert towns full of trailers, shops and stands dotted alongside the dusty landscape.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Because the park is so large, if you’re unfamiliar with the place, I’d recommend pulling into the visitor center first. Next, as you make your way to the park, you’ll come upon an entrance where you’re charged $15.00 per car and the receipt is good for re-entrance for up to another week.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

From there, it takes a few miles to work your way deep inside the park. It’s easy to forget you’re in California — the place feels like another planet altogether with Joshua Trees stretching on as far as the eye can see. And, it’s quiet. So, so quiet. You might hear the occasional lizard scurry past your feet but that’s about it.

Besides animal footprints left behind in the soft, sandy ground, it’s easy to imagine the place staying nearly the same over the last 5,000 years, when the first inhabitants laid claim to the land.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

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While we only stayed for an hour, if you have a little more time, there are plenty more things to do in the park, including camping.

Ready to plan your own trip? Visit the Joshua Tree site for everything you’ll need to prepare.


I Wore: Nasty Gal LA Woman Dress and Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges.
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Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

Every time I searched Pinterest for things to do in Palm Springs, I was greeted with a stream of photos of this glam baby pink door. Curious about its popularity, I googled pink door palm springs and quickly learned that it’s the most photographed residential door in the city.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

It’s not unusual for mid-century modern homes in Palm Springs to have brightly painted doors — in fact, it’s a trademark. But the predominant hues are yellow, orange and turquoise. Pink? It definitely makes a statement. I knew there had to be a story behind it.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

It turns out that this famous house is owned by interior designer Moises Esquenazi and perhaps not surprisingly, has been honored as one of the “Best Homes in America” in the 25th Anniversary edition of Metropolitan Home.

And, if you’re wondering what resides behind those fabulous pink doors (because I definitely was!), look no further. Moises has such amazing taste — this is one house I desperately wish was available on Airbnb! Gotta love someone who isn’t afraid to take chances with their home.



I wore: Topshop laser cut dress and Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges.
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