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The Week In Pictures: 7.31.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I hope you had a great week! I’ve been juggling a few large projects but also making time to catch up with family and friends. Lunch dates are my new thing — I have one today with a new friend I met at a steampunk convention and of course, lunch with grandma is the best thing ever.

In other news, our mud pit of a backyard is finally taking shape (see above!) and blossoming into something thats a touch rustic, a touch modern and really beautiful. We’ve filled it with palm trees, cacti and a banana tree that’s taller than me (wait, that isn’t all that tall, is it?)

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I just wanted to give you a little visual reminder today. I told you a few weeks ago how frustrated I’d been at not acting on my personal list of goals and then, how over the last month, I turned that around by pitching a bunch of new ideas to collaborators. Now, I have so much cool stuff cooking and it’s leaving me feeling more inspired and creative. If you’re feeling stuck, just remember that it’s part of the process and everyone goes through it. It won’t last forever.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

When I’m feeling restless with design projects and things aren’t coming together, I get up from my desk, grab a pile of inspiration and start taping it to the wall. Basically, my office is full of old school Pinterest boards. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The client project that’s really lighting me up right now is Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. It’s a lot of pressure designing a 160 page print piece from scratch and it hits the press in less than two weeks. I’m trying to be as zen as possible about the whole thing as my assistant and I pull together the last few layouts. I always feel the self doubt creeping in — could it be better? Could we push the design even further? Then, I remember that good things take time (see above!) and we’ve given this issue our all. Really, that’s all you can ask of yourself.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Joey surprised me with this bouquet of flowers that just happened to match my office. That’s true love right there! Speaking of Joey, if you’re in Portland over the next month, his newest pop art series, Mondo Retro is hanging at Branch Whiskey Bar (yes, another Branch!) Check it out — this work is his best yet.

Have a great weekend, friends!

The Week In Pictures: 7.24.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week?

Mine was all about big stretches, some exciting, some uncomfortable. The first half of this year, I felt like I was crawling towards my goals. I completed a lot of huge client projects (some of which I still have to share) but felt frustrated personally because the dreams and ideas I had were collecting dust, literally taped to my wall and staring me down every day.

In the last month, that’s all shifted dramatically. The new Branch site is finally in development and I’m collaborating on four new projects that light me up every day.

I’ve always felt like I was a late bloomer and maybe you can relate to this feeling, too. Things never happened as fast for me as I’d hoped but then one day, everything would click and a seedling of an idea would bloom even bigger than I could have imagined.

Looking back, even just six months ago, I get it. The timing wasn’t right, the idea was half-baked, the right person to collaborate with hadn’t come along yet. It’s all clear now. So if you feel like you’re sitting in limbo with an idea or a big life change, I feel you. It sucks. But, that’s part of the adventure. If we had everything we wanted just handed over to us, we wouldn’t appreciate it as much. Hang in there. #peptalk

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

One of the best parts of being a designer is seeing your work in print. It never gets old. When I started Branch, I never imagined that the B icon would end up in a book sandwiched between the work of design legends I’ve admired for years. So surreal.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Big flowers forever. I’ve said it a million times but Trader Joe’s has the best, most affordable selection around. These were $1.99! No, that’s not a typo!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Chubs wanted to stop in and say hello to his internet fan base. What a cutie.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My friend Erika surprised me with this book of Karl Lagerfeld quotes and it’s the perfect balance between genius and ridiculous. I love it.

I hope you have a relaxing weekend and if you’re feeling stuck on a project, always remember to…

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” —Francis of Assisi

The Week In Pictures: 7.17.15 | Cannon Beach

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

On Monday night, I was sitting in my office chatting with a friend who’d had a hard day. An hour into catching up on life, I blurted out, “You know what I love most about you? How spontaneous you are. You’re always up for anything. Wouldn’t it be funny if we decided to get up tomorrow and drive to the beach?”

A moment of silence hit.

Then, she responded with, “This is really weird but I was just meeting with a mentor earlier today and she said that I should go to the beach or forest to clear my mind and take a long walk with someone I trust.” I took that as a sign and we wasted no time setting up an out-of-town adventure for the next day.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

Beach, pleeeeeease.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

I packed the bare basics and we were sitting in the sand by noon.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

We first visited Manzanita and then Cannon Beach, which was calm and serene mid-week. The most beautiful flowers lined the sides of the road.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

I love the weathered, quaint look of houses and businesses at the beach.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

After the long walk my friend’s mentor had recommended, we found a log along the edge of the beach and spent a few hours just chillin’. I still had some work to do via email but anyone that needed anything immediately was met with, “Sorry, I can’t work right now. My feet are in the sand.” Luckily, my clients are cool and laughed it off!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

No stop to the beach is complete without some sweet indulgences. This candy shop is always a favorite.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

The one and only Haystack Rock.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

Every time I visit Cannon Beach, it’s a personal tradition to snap a photo of this place. So unbelievably cool.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Cannon Beach

As we said goodbye, I was happy I made the time to get away, spend time with a good friend and ignore all the things that needed to get done, at least for a day. If you, a family member or friend is having a difficult time, I know how hard it can be to work through an issue when your mind is spinning and just a day out in the world exploring can provide you with some much needed clarity.

“Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.” –Napoleon Hill

Have a great weekend, friends. xo

The Week In Pictures: 7.10.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Happy Friday! How was your week? It’s been full-on over here as we crack into the design of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. If you’ve been around these parts for awhile, you’ll remember that I designed the original three issues and at that time, it was a yearly self-published publication. Then, it went big-time and a full team at a publishing company took the reigns. Just last month, Kat realigned, starting her own publishing company and brought the magazine back in-house. With that shift, Branch picked back up the design and it’s been a massive yet awesome undertaking as we freshen up the look, redesigning much of the 160 page magazine from scratch.

The studio walls are getting more covered by the day. My design assistant, Samantha has been camped out with me as we output each finished spread on the new laser printer (highly recommend it!) and watch it come to life. It’s been really exciting to do a project on this scale — I always dreamed of working at a magazine and it’s a welcome surprise to find myself on the other side, managing the design.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

After long days at the office, I’ve been coming home to chill out in my room which you may remember from the tour earlier this year. I took this photo yesterday and it’s held up pretty well — with new spaces, sometimes you except a lot more shifting but I’m still pretty happy with how it came together.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Here are some coffee table details — I have the sister pair of these shoes in my office colors below. Hey, who says shoes can’t double as art?!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Thoughtful clients make my life! It’s those thank you cards, sweet emails and Instagram comments that can really turn a bad day around. This week, I came home to a large box and thought to myself, “I haven’t been shopping. AT ALL. Really. REALLY!” Ripping it open, I found the most amazing vase from Celeste over at The Devil Wears Flip Flops (and I promise, I’ll spill the beans on this project soon. One of my most favorites, ever.) A white vase just screams for bright flowers, right?

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On a more personal note, the last two weeks post-vacation have been challenging but I know that with challenges also comes growth and breakthroughs. With so many large projects hitting at once, my energy has been focused 90% on client work and 10% on revamping Branch — I just handed off our new site for development and the fresh (square!) business cards arrived yesterday! With all this going on, it’s made fitting in blogging harder and honestly, I miss having a more regular routine. Fourteen years in (and nearly eight years here), I still love it. It’s a part of who I am and I’m working on trying to carve out more time. It’s important to make time for those personal projects you love — life isn’t all about money and accolades. Your personal creative pursuits are what will feed everything else so give them the love they deserve.

“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.” -Rita Mae Brown

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 7.3.15 | New York

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

Hi, everyone! How was your week? I’m looking forward to a long holiday weekend here in the U.S. for the 4th of July and hope you’re managing to squeeze in a little break from the daily grind, too. To be completely honest, adjusting to a regular routine after a few weeks abroad has been much harder than I expected. It’s been nearly 100 degrees every day since I got home to Portland (finally broke down and bought an air conditioner for the office!) and the intense head coupled with major jet lag has completely wiped me out.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

New York was the perfect place to end my travels last week — I lived it up for the two nights I was in town, hitting a silent disco, doing themed shots at Barcelona Bar with friends and squeezing in a few coffee dates. Even with all that action, I had invites to a vampire-themed karaoke night and a rave at a Chinese restaurant that I didn’t make it to. And, that’s precisely what I love most about New York — it’s full of randomness and adventure is lurking around every corner.

On another note, I keep hearing fantastic things about El Luchador (above) in the South Street Seaport. Plus, the outdoor area features a vintage Airstream trailer you can eat in. Adding it to my must-do list for next time.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

A new discovery for me was Le District. French-themed, it’s full of delicious booths, groceries, a restaurant and bar and best of all, a crepe stand…which didn’t go so well for Gala!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

It’s always fun to browse through Kirna Zabete — they have awesome pop art on the walls and plenty of colorful fashion and jewels to ogle.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

Whenever I’m in town, I stay with Bianca on Wall Street and always enjoy this view when walking to the subway.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

Jetlagged, I woke up early and did some weekend browsing through Soho with Gala including a stop at Kartell. So much great furniture, so little time!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

I’m always up for photo booth fun with Kat. She’s like a sister I never had….though if you have a sister, I don’t recommend choking her! Haha.

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After a few days of living it up in New York and trying to forget about my lost luggage (stuffed with the most amazing Moroccan blankets — wahhh!), it was time to head home. It’s really, really good to be back. I’ve been making more of an effort to reach out to people I admire and have inspiring conversations. Skype is a wonderful thing! Just this week, I brainstormed on two new projects I’m super excited about. One is a digital course and the other is focused on giving back to the community in really unique ways — I’ll have more to share on both as they develop.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

I’m signing off for the holiday weekend but I wanted to leave you with this quote on the topic of collaboration:

”As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” —Amy Poehler

The Week In Pictures: 6.26.15 | Rome and Florence

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Oh, Italy. Where do I even start? My parents visited when I was young and had nothing but great things to say so in the back of my mind, it was always a place I wanted to visit. Even with just a week allocated between Rome and Florence, I got a good feel for the place and am already planning a multi-stop train voyage back next year.

Once I landed in Italy, the biggest draw for me was the passion for a full, vibrant life. The Italians have a level of sophistication and attention to detail that translates to everything they do including their food, cars, design, clothing, art and coffee. It was so nice to be in a place where small businesses were thriving, history was left intact and quality was paramount.

In America, we get caught up on the premises of things being bigger, faster-paced and cheaper and while none of those concepts are necessarily bad on their own, together they can chip away at the quality of life. In contrast, simple pleasures took precedent in Italy. We were content with our tiny apartment, eating handmade late night dinners, walking miles through markets and historical sites and just enjoying a slower-paced existence.

These are some of my favorite moments from Rome and Florence and I’ll be doing a more detailed travel post later on — enjoy!

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

You know you’re in the right place when you turn a corner and it’s so beautiful that it resembles a movie set.

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Every time I passed this fountain, all I could visualize was the face of Mark Twain. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

The scale of the colosseum in person completely blew my mind. it is the largest amphitheatre ever built and dating from 72 AD, it’s hard to imagine how such a behemoth was even constructed.

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The Week In Pictures: 6.22.15 | Marrakech

Nubby Twiglet | Marrakech, Morocco

Hello, how have you been?! I’ve been traveling across Morocco and Italy for the past two weeks and for a big chunk of that time, I’ve taken a major break from being online — it’s been so amazing spending my days wandering through unfamiliar cities, taking hundreds of photos, sitting at cafes, window shopping and having plenty of time to catch up with two of my best friends.

Nubby Twiglet | Marrakech, Morocco

I spent last week in Marrakech and wanted to share some of the scenery with you. Marrakech is the fourth largest city in Morocco which is located in northwest Africa. Founded in 1062 AD, the layers of history are apparent around every corner.

Nubby Twiglet | Marrakech, Morocco

Nubby Twiglet | Marrakech, Morocco

Nubby Twiglet | Marrakech, Morocco

We stayed at El Fenn, which is owned by Richard Branson’s sister, Vanessa. A knack for hospitality and a sense of humor runs in the family — her attention to art and even the smallest details made it the perfect retreat after encountering the hustle and bustle of the winding medinas.

Nubby Twiglet | Marrakech, Morocco

These are some of my favorite moments from the last week…

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