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The Week in Pictures: 10.25.13

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Over the weekend, we took a nice, long walk through the West Hills, which were coated in a heavy layer of fog. The overcast skies turned out to be the perfect setting for the Munsters-style house we ended up spotting (at the top of this post). Perfect soon-to-be Halloween weather, don’t you think?! And, I have a crush on this vintage Land Rover.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

My mom, Cathy was in town for Branch project management training — in between tasks, we took plenty of breaks so I could show her around to all the newest restaurants that have opened since she last visited. Her favorite of the bunch was Roman Candle Bakery. With white subway tile walls, a matching white espresso machine and some of the best baked goods in Portland, we were in heaven with every bite. For lunch, we had the Cheese Toastie with tomato soup and I highly recommend it!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

When you finish lunch and Salt & Straw is only a block away, you can’t say no to homemade ice cream. I’ve taste-tested pretty much every flavor but usually revert back to the almond brittle with salted ganache. Mmm.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Of course, my mom’s mini Portland tour wasn’t complete without a stop at the Woodsman Market. All the goodies are always so photogenic.

I ended the week on a high note yesterday by spending the afternoon with my grandparents and now, I’m packing for my trip to Australia later today! EEK! Here’s to new adventures and living life to the fullest. Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 10.11.13 | Beaches and Bigfoot

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Last Saturday, my brother threw around the idea of heading to the Oregon Coast and asked me if I wanted to go bright and early Sunday morning. We’ve lived together for most of our lives and I know how quickly he changes his mind so honestly, I didn’t take him too seriously. “Sure, sounds like fun.”

I awoke early Sunday and got ready, just in case. And, I’m glad I did; he was serious. We hit the road by 9 am but we weren’t just idly heading to the beach — we were also on the lookout for Bigfoot. Yes, Bigfoot. Recently, one of his friends had taken a snapshot of a Bigfoot statue in a tiny coastal town and we were determined to find it (more on that later).

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

I visit Cannon Beach every year for vacation and it’s easy to see why I love it so much from these photos. Everyone else in the state thinks it’s as beautiful and picturesque as I do and every time we head there, it’s completely packed. The thing is, the main beach next to all the shops and stores is packed but I was let in on a secret over the weekend — if you head down the highway another mile, to the large rest stop, the beach is nearly vacant. Peaceful. Pristine.

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

This is the part of Cannon Beach that I’d somehow never seen. I couldn’t quite believe it.

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

The trees along the path down to the beach have such a cool look with branches jutting out in every direction.

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

We walked for what felt like forever on the empty beach, but it was probably more like a half hour. The wind whipped around like crazy and the waves crashed but we didn’t care.

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

I felt a little cliche taking the same shot what felt like 10 times in a row but I couldn’t stop. I’ve done a lot of traveling but I’ve never seen a beach as cool as this.

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Seriously, those waves. I want this made into a print for my wall to remind me of what life is like outside of my office!

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Our time at the beach was fun but we still had some business to take care of; finding the elusive Bigfoot statue. Finally, as we rounded some tight corners on the highway that cut through what felt like miles of trees and farmland, there he was. We hit the brakes and excitedly hopped out with our cameras. The older guy living in the house Bigfoot is placed in front of came out and chatted us up — he’d carved him himself last winter and was pretty proud of his creation. We told him that if he was ever in the mood for carving more, we’d love one for our backyard. Because really, who can deny a magnificent beast like that?!

What a day. I ended up blowing all the deadlines I’d set for myself to get caught up over the weekend and I definitely paid the price this week. But you know what? It was completely worth it. Days like this remind me of why it’s important to break free, no matter how much work is piling up and just get out and see the world. I need to remind myself that this beautiful beach is less than two hours from my front door and take advantage of it more often.

Have an awesome weekend, everyone. I hope you have a great adventure, even if it’s nearby.

In Bloom: A Stroll Around My Portland Neighborhood

In Bloom: Portland Tour

At the end of March, the Made U Look girls, fresh into Portland after a 14 hour drive from Bakersfield, swung by my house for a pre-game hangout. When it came time to line up a photographer for The Blogcademy, they were at the very top of our list — their style has always stood out to me because the majority of their photos are shot on a variety of film cameras. I love that sense of mystery because really, you never know what you’re going to get and the results are always so varied. I always feel that sense of suspense creeping up, just waiting to see what they captured and it’s always even better than I could imagine.

Made U Look had perfect timing: when they arrived, my entire S.E. Portland neighborhood was full-on in bloom. That week, the usual drizzly Portland weather had decided to part for us and it didn’t rain for a record five days straight (haha).

In Bloom: Portland Tour

In Bloom: Portland Tour

Only one photography team could convince me to crawl into my grumpy neighbor’s yard and pose in his flowers: Made U Look, of course. As I looked on at Gala, there was a creepy undercurrent…an element of a dark Alice In Wonderland vibe permeated the shoot.

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The Week In Pictures: 11.10.12

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Sometimes the shoes of your dreams appear when you least expect them to. Let’s back up a few weeks. After I returned home from New York, I was feeling stressed about having too much clutter so I went on a mad closet cleaning spree. The piles quickly grew as I made a pact with myself to choose quality over quantity and whittled my possessions down to only the things I loved or wore constantly.

With bags in hand, Joey & I headed to Buffalo Exchange last weekend to trade it all in. With a quick $100.00+ in trade, I circled the store and found nothing I wanted in return (which is rare for me). We got in line to cash out my ticket and as I made my way to the register, I spotted some white buckled heels way up on a crowded shelf. Intrigued, I asked to see them.

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Louboutins! Wow. I didn’t own any of those. I’d tried some studded boots on in Vegas with Kat & Gala by my side but though they were beautiful, they were just too expensive. These shoes were amazing…I flipped over the tag and they were a 36. I usually wear a 37. Joey encouraged me to slip them on. They fit. I checked the price. $82.00! For Louboutins in mint condition! These shoes must have easily retailed for $800.00 to $1000.00 and now they were within reach — my trade-in amount was enough to cover them. So the cashier rings them up and they come up at $41.00. Another 50% off! I walked out on clouds, scoring my first pair of Louboutins for a mere $41.00 which I paid for in trade. When the style, size and price all align, that’s shoe karma, I tell you. Totally made my week.

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

With all the Blogcademy madness and additional projects I’ve been working on, I haven’t gotten away to spend as much time with friends and family as I’d like. On Thursday I caught up with my Aunt Shannon (Auntie Nubs!) and we had dinner at our favorite thai place, laughing, gossiping and just getting away from it all. It’s so important to have that away time from work, get a reality check and just exist away from our professions. I need to take that break more often because with creative fields, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in our own worlds and the smallest of details instead of focusing on the big picture.

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I’ve been working on a lot of projects (I probably have at least 10 finished ones stockpiled to share!) and this week, my focus was split between two I really, really love. Both have a high abundance of pink accents. More soon!

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

I really wish this was another weekend of playing tourist around my hometown (I forgot how fun that is!) but instead it’s back to work and time to focus on some personal projects as well as some sweet new Blogcademy graphics for our announcement on Wednesday. Have a great weekend, everyone!

What I Wore: 11.5.12 | Playing Tourist

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

There’s nothing quite like being a tourist in your own city. Over the last few weeks Joey & I have been out an about in our S.E. Portland neighborhood as well as downtown, snapping key places we think non-Portlanders would be interested in learning about for an international magazine feature. The truth is that…I don’t get out much. And since I’m a native Oregonian, I feel like I’ve seen everything in my city over and over so it’s been a welcome excuse to view my surroundings with fresh eyes and think about why I like calling this place home.

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

I made one final trip downtown over the weekend and wore a a checked midi skirt which is a new silhouette for me. Because I’m petite (5’3″) I always figured that skirts below the knee were off-limits. But after I turned 30, I decided to throw all those rules I’d subconsciously made for myself out the window, accept that I was never going to sprout up a few more inches and just wear what I liked. And with temperatures quickly dipping, I’ve been reaching for this wool blend skirt constantly. Girls who wear longer skirts, I get it now!

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

Playing tourist meant that I got to try out all the places I always pass by. We stopped into Sizzle Pie and though I still really miss Rocco’s, the iconic pizza place that was in that spot before, Joey was happy to see that they have a nice selection of vegan pizza by the slice.

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

The Sizzle Pie signage and store design was done by Portland-based Official Mfg. Co.

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

I Wore:

Jacket, Rick Owens
Necklace, H&M
Sweater, Sonia Rykiel for H&M
Midi Skirt, Asos
Bag, Miu Miu
Tights, H&M
Wedges, Minimarket
Nail Polish, Pop Nailglam


I’m still on the School’s Out Forever style direction I put together for Fall:

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

1. Asos Check Midi Skirt (sold out in red but still available in white), 2. Acne Marlin Heels, 3. All Saints Harrah Pipe Skinny Pants, 4. All Saints Lour Roll Neck Pullover, 5. Derek Lam Bodin Cross-Body Bag and 6. Acne Trip Scarf.


Take some time to play tourist in your own town sometime soon. It’s been a great reality check for me, a chance to check out local businesses I’d been hearing about and have an excuse to consume a lot of coffee and try new food cart delicacies. All in all, a good time.

The Week In Pictures: 11.3.12

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

This week has felt weird, with Sandy battering the east coast a week after I returned from New York. Really feeling for so many of you that are struggling and without the basics — we’re all rooting for you to make a swift recovery. Halloween also came and went. I was happy to stay in with Rocky and take it easy. After The Blogcademy, I’ve been needing some time to just be still. Time to get caught up on boring everyday stuff. Time to read the occasional book and to go out to the occasional dinner and get back on track with routines.

The above still life of my desk is full of things I’m loving at the moment: my Fuji Instax camera, a postcard from an upcoming NY-based client, a special little surprise from long-time client Aroha Silhouettes (their logo is still one of my personal faves), my go-to wacky but dressy necklace from H&M, a tear from Lucky Magazine with a cool take-down of gathering inspirations and the most beautiful laser-cut thank you card from Blogcademy attendee Laura in the U.K.

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Out and about on a rainy Thursday night along S.E. Belmont, on my way to the vegan-friendly Sweet Hereafter.

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

Our Blogcademy sponsors really delivered — I’m loving this heart tote from Alphabet Bags. It’s so sturdy and well-made…now I’m scoping out their phone cases and clutches.

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

When we moved into Wolfgang Manor three years ago, there was a gazebo in our back yard on a cement slab which was of little use. This year, we finally got it framed in and sided but still have a long ways to go. Bummed that we didn’t get it finished but that’s how life is. Next year we hope to have it fully functioning as a cozy little backyard bar / cabin. Slowly but surely, we’ll get there.

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

Ah, rainy Portland. I’m off to downtown right now to finish up a project and hunt down a latte. Have a great weekend, everyone! Stay warm and safe. And to those of you who weathered Sandy, you’re in my thoughts. Sending lots of love your way.

Portlandia

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Late last year, I took a mini tour around Downtown Portland, snapping some highlights of my home town. While a few of the resulting images were shared on another site, many were left out due to length constraints. Since so many of you have asked me about Portland over the years, I thought I’d share some little glimpses of our downtown area. I’ve actually lived in S.E. Portland for many years and maybe I’ll show you of my favorite spots and hangouts sometime — it’s definitely much more quirky!

Portland is one of the most bike friendly cities in the country. Everyone including Joey rides bikes everywhere. Everyone that is, except me.


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The famous Portland sign. Classic.


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If you happen to get lost, make your way to Pioneer Square (also known as Portland’s living room) for some helpful directions. Hey, Times Square is only 2,443 miles away!


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Powell’s City of Books claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. If you’re visiting, it should definitely make your top 10 list of places to check out.


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About a block from Powell’s is Reading Frenzy, my favorite little shop for independent zines, books and other trinkets. Cute overload.


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I love the old-timey look of Kenny and Zuke’s. Most of their sandwiches have meat in them but I had a pretty amazing grilled cheese here one time. It’s on a block of great establishments including Ace Hotel, Stumptown Coffee and Clyde Common, a European-style restaurant (with great mimosas).


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I never get tired of stopping into the lobby of The Ace. The lobby has a photo booth and an entrance to Stumptown (complete with big windows for some of the best people watching in the city).


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For the most part, though I’ve had many extended stays in New York and traveled through a big chunk of the U.S., I’ve always called Portland home. Come visit us sometime!


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