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The Jewelry Diaries: Stepping Up My Accessories Game Plus A Special Offer

Nubby Twiglet | Katie Waltman Jewelry

When it comes to jewelry, I’m no Elizabeth Taylor. Truth be told, I’ve always been a little intimated by the nice stuff. In a way, it just felt too proper and grown up so I shied away from it. Because of that, most of the jewelry I own is either H&M or Zara and low quality. I’ve got piles of the stuff, complete with broken clasps, missing beads and busted chains.

I’ve stepped it up with the rest of my accessories game including shoes and purses but jewelry felt like quite the leap. I needed a push in the right direction because every time I walked into boutiques, I would get overwhelmed by all the choices (so much shine! so much pretty!) and walk out empty-handed.

Nubby Twiglet | Katie Waltman Jewelry

When independent jeweler Katie Waltman got in touch, it felt like the right time to move towards more classic pieces that I could wear on an everyday basis without feeling like I was stepping into a costume party. And, I felt good knowing that each piece was handmade in the U.S.

Nubby Twiglet | Katie Waltman Jewelry

I gravitated towards this wishbone necklace because of its simplicity and symbolism. A wishbone represents a wish or desire. Symbolically, if it is unbroken it means that your wish will be fulfilled in the near future. There are a lot of things I’m wishing for and working towards right now. Since I’m such a visual person, like many of you, I tend to embrace outward reminders.

Nubby Twiglet | Katie Waltman Jewelry

Special offer: Save 30% On Jewelry

Katie Waltman wants to help you step up your jewelry game, too and is offering 30% off any piece of jewelry on her site through July 31st. Just visit her site and enter the code NUBBY30 to take advantage of the offer!

I want to focus on simplicity and quality and get away from so much fast fashion, jewelry included. Thanks to Katie for leading me in the right direction. I hope you’ll find something you love, too.

The Packing Dilemma Plus a Giveaway: Win Trask Shoes!

Nubby Twiglet | The Packing Dilemma

Last year, I was on upwards of 20 separate flights. And with all that traveling, I had to learn how to pack properly.

When I first started traveling on my own in my early 20s, I’d make terrible packing decisions. I threw everything but the kitchen sink into my big red suitcase, trying to make sure I was prepared for any situation. But inevitably, I’d get to the end of my trip and realize I hadn’t worn even half of what I’d packed. My biggest sin of all became increasingly obvious with the shoes I’d drag along. Boots, wedges and heels easily took up half of my suitcase.

While I made the effort to set my ridiculous variety of shoes out and did occasionally slip them on for a few hours during a shoot or party, the rest of the time they just sat in hotel rooms, sad and unworn. I was making packing decisions that put form over function and I wasn’t doing myself (or the taxi drivers hoisting my suitcase out of their trunks) any favors.

This year, I finally got my shoe game sorted. Throughout the first few months of 2014, I packed a pair of black boots and a pair of black sneaker wedges through the winter and spring. That was easy enough but I’ve still been stumped about what to do for the summer months as a three week trip to Europe quickly approaches.

Nubby Twiglet | The Packing Dilemma

Enter Trask. As some of you may know, in a past life I worked at comfort shoe stores. And occasionally, this brand would pop up in conversations. I wasn’t super familiar with it since Trask had been shuttered years before but my customers consistently raved about the quality. So when Trask recently popped back up in the shoe landscape with a brand new women’s line and reached out, I was game.

I want to be stylish yet comfortable as I travel through London, Berlin and Amsterdam soon and not worry about tripping over cobblestones! The answer? Piper ballet flats. They’re lightweight, comfortable and sturdy which is my holy grail when it comes to picking out new shoes.

Nubby Twiglet | The Packing Dilemma

Along with the Pipers, I’ve rounded up some of my other travel must-haves:

1. Unique Basics. I usually stick to a palette of mostly black and white clothing so everything mixes and matches. To keep it fresh, I add in a few fun prints like this Carrie Hammer newsprint skirt. 2. Comfy shoes. Sightseeing sucks when your feet hurt! I plan on sticking to comfortable, basic ballet flats like the Piper. 3. Pencil or pen. Gotta be prepared for that next brain wave! 4. Magazines. I always have an unread stack in my office and the plane is the perfect time to get caught up. 5. Fun Jewelry. Because I pack mostly black and white clothing, I add in a few fun necklaces to liven up my looks. 6. Passport. Enough said! 7. Book. I fly through the 2 or 3 magazines I pack at warp speed but carrying more than that isn’t an option. A good paperback book lasts longer and doesn’t add much weight. 8. iPad. It’s perfect for movies on the plane and music playlists in my Air bnb pads. 9. Colorful Lipstick. I only pack the basics when it comes to makeup since cosmetics get heavy really fast. To keep things fun, I pack a few coral and orange-toned lipsticks. 10. Favorite Perfume. I finally found a signature scent! I roll it up in a sweater inside my luggage to keep it from shattering. 11. Hand Lotion. The soap in all those airport and restaurant bathrooms sucks out all the moisture. I love Grown Organics Vanilla & Orange Peel lotion. 12. Notebook. I like to make handwritten notes and lists on the go. 13. Light layers. Because the weather can change so dramatically, it’s important to layer up. I usually wear a black tank and then layer something fun like this sequin polkadot top, add a cardigan over that and then finish it off with a lightweight leather jacket.

Nubby Twiglet | The Packing Dilemma

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.***

Enter To Win

Now that I’ve got my packing sorted, I want you to have the chance to try out the Trask Piper ballet flats for yourself! One winner will receive the Piper in black lamb / calfskin in their size.

To enter the giveaway, answer this question in the comments:

What would be your dream vacation to wear these flats on?

Make sure to include your name and email so I can contact you!

The contest is open to U.S. residents only. One winner will receive a pair of Pipers in the size of their choice. The contest is open to everyone over the age of 18. You have until 11.59 pm on Thursday, June 26th, to enter. Winner will be contacted after that date via email and will have one week to email me their address to claim their prize. The prize may not be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered. Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties. No purchase necessary.

Project Spotlight and Giveaway: Olivine You Are Beautiful Lotions

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Over on Branch, I’m sharing our first project of the new year, a line of scented lotions called You Are Beautiful. Over the last year, we’ve been taking on more lifestyle and beauty clients and this one was especially fun to be a part of. The packaging is very sleek with black type printed directly onto glass bottles which is contrasted with a more tactile element of etched wooden hangtags affixed with gold-laced twine.

To celebrate this launch, Branch has partnered up with Olivine to give away a lotion to 3 winners. The contest is open to residents worldwide. Click through to enter now!

A Giveaway with Crown And Glory and Rock n Roll Bride!

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride for Crown And Glory

A few months back, two of my friends, Kat and Sophie collaborated on a line of awesome hair accessories. The second I got a sneak peek, I pre-ordered a few for myself. After wearing them across Portland, London, New York and Palm Springs, I’ve fallen head over heels not just for the unique styles but also for the craftsmanship. These pieces are tough!

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride for Crown And Glory

A lot of thought was put into this line and I love how each piece comes with a branded linen dust bag to protect it. I may be slightly biased about the line since there’s a Shauna headband but I actually end up wearing the Emma most often!

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride for Crown And Glory

The Giveaway

Today is a big day since a new capsule collection was just released! I wanted you to have the opportunity to try out a Crown And Glory piece for yourself so we’re running a little giveaway. All you have to do is check out the shop and then leave a comment below telling us what your favorite piece is and why.

This giveaway closes on Thursday, October 24th at 12 a.m. PST. Two winners will be drawn at random and notified via email so please make sure to include a current one that you check regularly! The hair accessories will be shipped directly from the U.K. This is open to residents worldwide. Good luck!