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The Week + Links: 5.14.16

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


I hope you’re having an awesome weekend! It’s cold and rainy here and I’m feeling some serious post-vacation sadness. Acclimating to reality after five solid days in Vegas filled with shows, nonstop BFF time and dining at some really great restaurants is proving difficult.

Getting away from the pressure of work over the last week gave my mind a chance to wander and I ended up thinking a lot about female friendships and how important they are to nurture as an adult. It’s easy to let them drift as our days become filled with obligations but I had a big realization:

Once I’d built a solid support system of like-minded women, my life changed for the better. The things I had wanted to accomplish started to finally happen. Friendship is a beautiful thing and I’m so lucky to have these two ladies in my life along with so many other inspiring women who have been by my side through the good and bad. Take the time to tell all those special women in your life how much they mean to you!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

I snapped this photo after a Sephora visit. I often skip makeup on a daily basis when I’m at the office but like a full face when I’m traveling and the Venetian location has some great makeup artists. I get overwhelmed with knowing what works so it’s nice to have the products applied by a pro before deciding to buy. I’m wearing the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation here and it’s a total game changer.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

Between seeing Red Rock Canyon for the first time, watching Lionel live in concert (such a good show — highly recommend it!), taking poolside selfies in big hats, making friends at the Chanel boutique, golden shoe shopping, snapping photos of every statue in the vicinity of Caesar’s Palace, stuffing my face with a dozen P.F. Chang’s shrimp dumplings and having late night Siegfried & Roy and Michael Jackson Youtube binges, this vacation was everything I could have hoped for.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

Focusing so heavily on client work over the last few months left me with a big creative block when it came to personal projects and blogging. Giving myself the space to have fun and let loose culminated in a list of new post ideas — and that feels good, since it definitely gets harder to write and create after nearly 9 years in this space.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

Anyway, I hope things are going good for all of you and that you’re getting a chance to relax this weekend. I’ve been chatting today with family, texting friends and feeling a lot more centered. That’s a much welcome change.

Have a good one – and I’ll leave you with this quote:

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” —Dr. Seuss

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


• James Altucher claims that embracing minimalism can bring you freedom and joy. I especially love what he has to say about email: “For four million years we were “disconnected”. For 20 years we have been “connected”. I have 238,795 unread emails in my inbox. Emails are a suggestion but not an obligation. Love and spirituality and gratitude are found in personal connection. Not in an email response.”

• That one time Prince rented a house from an NBA star, made the fountain flow with purple water and changed the master bedroom to a hair salon? So funny.

• Check out this roundup of the top 75 design blogs.

• 18 inspiring quotes from women about leadership.

• In a way, staying in is the new going out. Sad but true, right?!

• Underwater choreography is so beautiful. I love this photo set.

• All you have to do to make a difference is commit to telling your story as truthfully as possible. It can change lives.

• Where does confidence come from?

• I love this inside look at what it’s like to work at Sephora.

• Vas Jenkatro is creating a poster a day for an entire year!

• When you work at a place that is overflowing with deliciously unhealthy food but are trying to lose weight, photograph all your triumphs and share them to stay motivated.

• Danielle LaPorte shares 9 of the best things she ever did. Random and inspiring.

• Radiohead just made a massive attempt to erase themselves from the internet!

• 6 super cool beauty looks inspired by music.

The Week + Links: 4.22.16

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


What can really be said about this week? Prince died. I’m still in shock and can’t believe it actually happened. It’s so hard to watch the people we look up to, the people who fearlessly push creative boundaries no matter the consequences, leave this Earth.

Without these larger than life personalities, the world feels so bland. And with each passing, it becomes clear that these creative visionaries are human and have ups and downs just like the rest of us — they need people surrounding them who care and can be good, trustworthy friends when times get tough. I don’t know much about Prince’s personal life since he shared so little but I hope he’s at peace.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

Thinking back to my one visit to Minneapolis in 2014, I got why he must have loved it so much there. The place was creative, fun and I’ll be honest, cruising on a Pontoon down Lake Minnetonka and visiting First Avenue were the two highlights of my trip. Joey grew up in Minneapolis and I would always laugh at his stories of skateboarding through the parking lot of Paisley Park like it was no big deal but now, I just feel so much sadness, like so many others.

In other news, I’ve had to let go of all expectations of this week because Rocky has also not been feeling well. It’s hard to think of my puppy as being nine now because when I met him, he was a sprightly, excitable three year old. After spending half the day at the vet yesterday and some x-rays, we found out that he hurt his back so I’m on stay-at-home mom duty, typing this post from the floor of our living room next to him to make sure he stays still. Poor little guy.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

With Rocky not feeling well, all my project timelines got thrown out but luckily, everyone I work with is awesome and understanding. There’s no sugarcoating things — the last few weeks have been a total rollercoaster. That’s life sometimes and the reality is that not everything is a fun, exciting adventure to be shared on Instagram.

Ah, life. I hope your week went more smoothly than mine! Sending lots of love your way. xo

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

Photos, from top to bottom: 1. Lowe’s has flamingos! 2. Loving my new office plant from IKEA. 3. Rocky loves the cherry blossoms. 4. Weird statue alert!


• Remembering 9 of Prince’s most over-the-top, princely moments. My favorite: In 2010, he said, “The internet’s completely over.” Haha!

• Figuring out how much to charge as a freelancer can be tricky but this post breaks it down in easy-to-understand steps.

• Times are changing! The Victoria’s Secret swimwear catalog and line will soon be gone.

• How to rewire your thinking and kick fear in the face!

• Prince, remembered in 11 songs you might not know he wrote.

• Grabr allows you to get anything delivered on demand from anywhere in the world by a trusted traveler that’s heading in your direction.

• Woah! Famous paintings recreated with washi tape.

• How do you define becoming an adult?

• Ha! #feelthekern merchandise is helping raise money for the Bernie Sanders campaign. Gotta appreciate the cleverness here!

• 7 better ways to answer, “What do you do?”

• I love seeing older women not giving into societal pressure and rocking their unique, bold style. So good!

• Before taking on a project for free, ask yourself these 3 questions.

Latest & Greatest: Mid-century Modern Clocks

Nubby Twiglet | Mid-century Modern Clocks

There’s something about clocks in general that have a sense of nostalgia. Sure, I have my iPhone sitting on my desk that can tell time perfectly accurately but I’ve been wanting a wall clock for my office. Maybe it reminds me of being in school in the 90s before kids had cell phones and we’d all watch the clock, waiting for class to get out for the day.

I have a soft spot for mid-century modern style clocks because they feel more like mini pieces of art than the standard-issue clocks I grew up with.

The most recognizable designs were produced by George Nelson, who ran a design studio in New York City for the Howard Miller Clock Company. While most of these reissues are sadly out of my budget, I stumbled upon the Watch Me Wall Clock. The 8 colored panels remind me of paint chips and I love the simple design. Mine just arrived this week and is now hanging across from my desk — I love it!

Nubby Twiglet | Mid-century Modern Clocks

Aren’t these clocks super cool?! 1. sunburst, 2. eye, 3. black asterisk, 4. sunflower, 5. watch me asterisk, 6. ball, 7. watch me asterisk, 8. petal clock and 9. wheel.

What about you? Do you have an old school clock hanging in your space or are you all about the digital?

Latest & Greatest: Rose Gold

Nubby Twiglet | Rose Gold

I used to cringe at gold anything, especially during my teenage goth years. I associated it with being glitzy, gaudy and old fashioned. Silver was cool, calm and collected.

That all changed little by little a few years ago. I bought a pair of black Zara motorcycle boots with gold zippers, then a purse with gold hardware and softened my stance, realizing black and gold had a nice contrast.

Over the last year, the rose gold trend has been picking up major steam and I can’t get enough. For Christmas, Joey surprised me with my dream watch from The Horse and I just picked up the Anita K choker to match. These are my go-to daily jewelry pieces and now I’m seeing rose gold popping up in housewares, footwear, nail polish and more.

Nubby Twiglet | Rose Gold

These are a few of my favorite rose gold things: 1. Acne boots, 2. Adidas shirt, 3. Paperchase paperclips, 4. Le Cord cable, 5. Via side table, 6. Anita K choker, 7. Essie polish, 8. Adidas Superstars and 9. The Horse watch.

What’s your take on the rose gold trend? Love it or hate it?

Top photo: Superfront.

Streamline Design Processes With Project Prescription + A Special Discount!

Nubby Twiglet | Streamline Processes With Project Prescription

The word “process” is so unsexy. But oh, is it necessary when you’re trying to make a living as a creative.

I learned the value of having a process the hard way because it wasn’t something we dug into at school or at most of my corporate jobs.

So, when I went out on my own, there was a lot of learning to do. As these things usually go, in the beginning, it was difficult, painful and resulted in unhappy clients. I always knew it wasn’t the work I was producing but how I presented and delivered it.

Clients first take notice of your work but your process is what keeps them coming back for more. On nearly every call I’ve had since starting Branch, I explain our in-depth process and it almost always seals the deal. Your goal as a designer is not just producing awesome work but also making your clients feel comfortable and at ease. The more at home you make them feel, they more likely they are to stick with you.

What Is Project Prescription?

I’ve joined forces with fellow freelancer Paul Jarvis to produce a set of digital documents that enable you to bypass the trial and error of developing a process of working with clients.

As we explain, “This isn’t theory about what might work, it’s hard data from the trenches on what does work. And now we’re sharing exactly what you need to do the same in gorgeous documents, checklists and processes.”

Nubby Twiglet | Streamline Processes With Project Prescription

What Documents Are Included?

Part 1: Exposure

Use these documents to bring in a steady flow of interested clients.

1. Media kit: Showcase your brand, skills, clients and success stories. This is the first time I’ve ever offered a pre-designed media kit template and trust me, the price is worth just this alone!

2. Getting Started Guide: Automate how you take clients from interested to hired with project links, testimonials and an outline of how you can work together.

3. Potential/Signed Leads: A simple spreadsheet to help you keep track of project bids you’ve created and won so you know where you stand.

4. Bookkeeping: Track money coming in and going out so you know where your budget is going.

Part 2: Onboarding

Take your clients from interested to signed off on.

5. Questionnaire: This is formatted with questions to ask your client about their project so you’re well informed.

6. Estimate: A list of deliverables, pricing and timing of a potential project for approval.

7. Onboarding steps/process: This simple chart helps you educate and design the experience of working with you from start to finish.

8. Project Checklist: Keep track of what’s needed to start each project so there’s no last minute scrambling.

9. Project Proposal: A standard terms and conditions document to make sure you’re on the same page with your client before the work starts.

Part 3: Project

Once you’re hired, it’s important to make sure the project stays on track and runs smoothly.

10. Invoice: We’ve included the information you need to get paid quickly and easily.

11. Client Evaluation: Use this internal document to figure out if a client is a good fit.

12. Feedback Guide: I wish I had this when I was starting out! This sheet teaches clients how to give you the feedback you want and need.

13. Presentation: This has a bunch of pre-formatted page templates to help you present work that gets signed off on quickly.

14. Post Launch Questionnaire: Learn what went right (and didn’t) and mine for testimonials.

15. Follow Up: This document outlines a schedule for staying in touch.

There you go! There’s a lot of documents in this pack (and by no means do you need to use every single one of them) but we want you to be prepared as your business grows.

As I mentioned last week, having a solid process was the key difference between just getting by as a freelancer and growing my studio into a six-figure business. My goal with these documents is to take the guess-work out of designing a process that works.


Special Offer

We’re running an introductory offer of $69.00 for Project Prescription, no promo codes necessary. Just click through and buy! In less than a week, the price will return to $89.00.

Once again, thanks for your support during this launch and I hope these documents help you grow your business. If you have any questions about Project Prescription, let me know in the comments! -Shauna

Link Love: 10.2.14


Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs by Shauna Haider

• This article about blogger burnout and the shifting culture surrounding blogging in the New York Times was such a fascinating read.

• 3 rules for emailing a busy person.

• I’m a grown woman…and I can do whatever I want!

• 10 tips to write great blog post titles and email subject lines.

• It only makes sense that big dreams require big dreamers.

• A total guilty pleasure: The Coveteur reviews celebrity workout videos! I want them all.

• 7 ways for bloggers to be more productive.

• Here’s how to support the bloggers you love.

• After reading about his many, many eccentricities, I have a whole new appreciation for Nicolas Cage.

• These bird’s eye views show how much New York City has grown over the last 350 years.

• Do bloggers make more money than editors?

• The secret to success is to keep your overhead low.

• If you want to have great adventures, be curious.

Photo: Shauna Haider.
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The Week In Pictures: 4.25.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week has been very full but very fun. My friend and fellow “branch” Star came to visit from San Francisco so we’ve been digging into client projects, business goals and sharing lots of creative assets (Star is a human treasure trove of useful information and resources).

When not working, I’ve been showing Star around to some of the new places that weren’t open in my hood the last time she visited like Salt & Straw and Roman Candle and then stopping into some of her favorite Portland haunts including Naked City.

We have a busy morning ahead plotting out new services for Branch but I wanted to check in and share some highlights from this week.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

About once a month, I get together with my friend, Girl Joey (have you checked out her daily photo project yet?!) to reminisce and talk shop at the Doug Fir. I love sitting out on the back patio, even when it’s raining and catch up while digging into some mac and cheese.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Oh, Star! I first met her on Live Journal in 2001 and the rest is history. At this point, we have a massive stack (this is just a sampling!) of photo booth strips commemorating our antics.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The highlight of my last weekend was babysitting Rocky’s friend Raleigh. This little black beast snorts, snores and loves to cuddle. I’d adopt him in a second.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I never thought I’d be obsessed with a pair of scissors but every time I’m at Roman Candle and order pizza, it is served with a golden pair of shears to cut right through it. Genius, really. Works so much better!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I was going through my bookshelf and came across this Marilyn book I bought years ago at a library’s used book sale along the Oregon Coast. It’s tattered but beautiful.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

One of my favorite projects from this week was designing a media kit for Gala. You can see more of my in-progress work over on Dribbble. Okay, I’m off to be a good hostess and show Star a few more must-see Portland spots. Have a great weekend, everyone!