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The Week In Pictures: 1.23.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 1.23.15

Hi, how was your week? Mine was a good lesson in patience. What I’d assumed was a one day long paint job for the upstairs of our house…morphed into four. Rocky and I headed out to the suburbs and sat on the couch by day watching crime dramas with my stepdad and cuddled up on an air mattress by night. We waited and waited…and finally, when we walked in, I couldn’t quite believe that I was in my own house. When you’re feeling impatient about something, remember that good things are always worth the wait.

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I had some plans fall through mid-week and instead of fretting, Joey, Rocky and I took an afternoon coffee break and I ended up having a great time shooting these outfit photos. A total silver lining! I’m getting better about going with the flow and not throwing up my hands and giving into defeat when something doesn’t go as planned because I know there’s something potentially better waiting on the other side.

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I have a ton of plants in my office….and they’re all from IKEA and Trader Joe’s! You can see the edge of a massive cluster of succulents here and they were just $7.00 from Trader Joe’s. If you have one in your area, they get some epic plants in on occasion.

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Here’s a quick shot of my upstairs hallway. You’re probably thinking, “Okay, it’s just a hallway. What’s the big deal?” Well, when we moved in 5 years ago, most of our upstairs was painted a hideous shade of high gloss beige. Our bedroom, the bathroom, the hallway, the staircase banister…everything. We quickly painted out the rooms — our bathroom became white, our bedroom became black with white trim and my office became white with black trim. But, the hallway was an afterthought. It’s not like we spent any time hanging out in it so we put it off. Over the weekend, Joey painted over the beige madness with white and trimmed in all the accents with high gloss black. He’s still doing touch-ups (hence the painter’s tape on the knobs) but it’s such a huge difference already. I’m still in shock that a few coats of paint could make such a difference.

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I’m signing off to finish up some projects before going out with my dad tonight but I wanted to leave you with this saying:

“You get what you focus on. So focus on what you want.”

It’s such a simple sentiment but I’ve been giving it a lot of thought lately. We all have the same amount of time in a day and the more time and energy we put towards what we actually want, the more likely it is to happen.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 1.16.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 1.16.15

How was your week? Mine was…disheveled. I’m actually sitting at my mom’s house right now with Rocky while Joey tears my old office apart and repaints it (Rocky is allergic to paint fumes so we’re camped out for the weekend). I’m so excited to have a room to spend my nights and weekends in reading. And, let’s get real — watching Dr. Phil reruns. It’s going to be the perfect escape. I can’t wait!

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During the week when I need a break from office life, I head out to coffee shops to meet friends and my personal favorite at the moment is Good Coffee. The staff is ridiculously friendly and I’m a big fan of the Scandinavian modern aesthetic inside. Great tile, cacti and coffee — a winning combination if you ask me!

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This is pinned up next to my desk and a reminder to always keep moving forward.

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As I was cleaning out my closet over the weekend, I found this notebook. It’s from around 2006 and was basically my Pinterest board of design ideas at the time. I miss the days of cut and paste and am itching to fill notebooks with ideas and collages again. How about you?

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To keep my office tidy, I just picked up a bunch of yellow storage boxes from IKEA. They hold everything from props to photos and supplies and best of all, fit right in with the decor.

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This is a peek inside my soon-to-be hangout room. I can’t wait to come home to fresh paint and start pulling it together. Researching what I wanted to turn this room into, sourcing the items and exploring my personal style has been really energizing.

I keep asking myself what I want. My favorite color during my entire childhood was green so I just bought a green couch. I love a good coffee table book so I’ve pulled out my favorites and stacked them nice and high. I love flipping through fashion magazines so I’ve displayed my collection of 15 years’ worth in my bookshelf.

Surround yourself with things that inspire you. Even if you live at home or work in a cubicle or have five roommates (I’ve been in all those situations), you still have the opportunity to make your space a refection of you. Create a place that leaves you feeling inspired and ready to reach for whatever’s next.

“It’s important to determine which surroundings work best for you, and then build that environment to suit your needs.” —Marilu Henner

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 1.10.15

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Welcome to The Week In Pictures, a weekly column where I give you a glimpse inside my daily existence — where I’m hanging out, what I’m up to and what’s new. Thanks for joining me!

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I just had the most beautiful golden light (and a really good vanilla latte and chocolate chip sea salt cookie) at Courier Coffee. It was the perfect mid-day escape during a break downtown. I recently featured Courier Coffee here if you want more info!

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The last few days were spent showing my client Ellen around Portland. We ate our way through a bunch of awesome downtown restaurants and had the best time chatting and exploring. There’s so much great stuff we’ve been working on over the last year that’s launching soon — and I’m also proud to call her a great friend.

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I love the tangle of plants in the Ace Hotel lobby. It always makes me smile to walk in and see people sitting around on the big, comfy couches mid-day, reading the mix of newspapers. Simple, old school pleasures.

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My big behind-the-scenes project around our house lately has been transforming my old office into a fun hangout room. When I have projects I want to work on over the weekend, I don’t want to feel like I’m at “work” so I’ve switched out the desk for a comfy couch, coffee table and stacks of photography books. I can’t wait to give you the tour as soon as it’s finished. Getting close!

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If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you may have missed this Chubs update and it’s pretty cute. Joey was eating a salad awhile back and he jumped up and snatched the chunk of avocado off his plate. Avocado is his favorite new food!

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Don’t you love it when you discover something new (to you) in your own city? I’d probably passed by the doors of Hotel Monaco a hundred times over the years…and finally stopped in this week. I had no idea that this gorgeous lobby was lurking inside! Wow!

On a more personal note, as much fun as I had this week, there were also a lot of long nights. This is the first time I’ve worked on a digital product launch…with a full launch plan included. Diving into this world for Blogcademy Online has been a real eye opener. Designing a brand new website and promo graphics are things I’ve done many times before but it’s all the things that you can’t really plan for that teach you the most.

A simple idea can snowball into an unexpectedly awesome outcome. Last weekend, we gathered up the transcriptions for our 18 videos to format them into a PDF document. 2 days later it had morphed into a 300 page book! There’s still a lot to do before the January 29th launch but I’m feeling really good about the quality of the content. I’ve been wanting to understand more about how this digital product world works since I have a lot of offerings that I want to launch this year for you guys. It feels good to be getting that big learning curve out of the way now (even if it’s painful at times) so when it’s time to share new things with you, the process will be smoother. On that note, I’ll leave you with this quote:

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

See you next week!

The Week In Pictures: 12.19.14 | Happy Holidays!

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Welcome to the very last Week in Pictures of the year!

Like many of you, I’m in a sprint to the finish line to wrap up lots of projects and obligations…and then take a major break. My holiday party is tomorrow night and I’m looking forward to catching up with family and friends and also sampling Joey’s famous boozy fruit punch. He changes the recipe slightly every year so it’s always bit of a surprise.

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We’ve put our tree and stockings up and in case you were wondering, Chubs has a stocking, too! So far, he’s just asked Santa for a big stash of nuts. ;)

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This week, there were a lot of photos taken in my office…because I spent most of my time there. It’s all good, though because I’m wrapping up three branding projects and sites for super savvy, inspiring women (and hey, I met them all in San Francisco! Holla!) that launch on the 1st of 2015 and watching my clients step into new lives (literally quitting jobs, going out on their own, giving it everything they’ve got) is inspiring me big time. I still remember that same scared / excited / adrenaline-pumping feeling I had when I launched Branch a year and a half ago. It feels good to be in this spot on the other side now, cheering them on. I can’t wait to share all these new projects with you (and the women behind them!)

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I’m always flipping through my magazine subscriptions (these days, it’s W, Elle, Lucky, Bazaar and Marie Claire) and looking for fresh inspiration. Since I spend my days designing, I try to look in different sources like fashion and skate / surf magazines. Without fail, fashion magazines usually lead me down the rabbit hole of shoes and more shoes. Haha.

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My suitcase home from Australia was stuffed to the brim with packaging references like this beautiful bottle from Greene St. Juice which is doubling as a fabulous vase now.

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Rocky is all ready for Santa! Happy holidays and thanks for (virtually) hanging out with me this year. It’s been awesome getting to know so many of you both here and in person at The Blogcademy. Thank you for all of your comments, emails, tweets and being the best audience in the known universe. Sending lots of love your way!

The Week In Pictures: 12.13.14

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How was your week? I just got home from New Zealand on Monday and am still settling in. It’s so nice to be back, though. I missed Joey, I missed my pets, I missed my family and I missed my office. As great as it’s been getting the opportunity to travel and see the world this year, it’s always nice to come home. Home really is where the heart is.

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While I was in Australia and New Zealand, I picked up piles of mementos — there’s a stack of business cards, photos and other odds and ends in the corner of my office that I need to organize. One of my favorite finds was this series of Australian maps with illustrations on the covers.

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Australia has the best chai lattes…pretty much everywhere. I probably sampled a dozen different ones and, well, I didn’t have a single bad one. This was from Cafe Vue in Melbourne.

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After a week and a half split between Sydney and Melbourne, I flew to Auckland last Friday. I was completely blown away by all the great branding in New Zealand.

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I spent the weekend in Auckland teaching at The Blogcademy with Kat and Gala — this was snapped right outside of our venue by Steph, a photographer who I adore.

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After class, we went to Hell. Literally. All I can say is that the Purgatory Pizza is ridiculously good.

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After a solid night’s rest, it was time to make the journey back home in the Northern Hemisphere. Auckland to Sydney. Sydney to Los Angeles. And finally, Los Angeles to Portland. 20 hours of flights was brutal…but coming home to my boys made every second worth it.

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I was definitely having withdrawals from all my old hometown haunts so my mom took me out to lunch at Roman Candle. Pizza and ginger beer for lunch…and homemade granola to go!

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Being back home, I wasted no time putting our Christmas tree up. This is the first year we’ve had Chubs and every time I tried to hang up an ornament, he’d steal it from me. The only way to distract him was to give him a piece of bread. I told him to pick up his crumbs afterwards but he wouldn’t listen. ;)

Have a great weekend!

The Week In Pictures: 12.6.14 | Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland!

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This week: Sydney > Melbourne > Auckland.

It’s been so good exploring this part of the world again after a year away. The best part of my trip by far has been meeting many folks I’ve known online for years during The Blogcademy workshops.

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After traveling so much this year, I’ve realized that it’s the little things that make my day — discovering a great coffee shop, a line of well-branded alcohol(above), and friendly Uber drivers.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

Last week was my first time visiting Bondi Beach — we stayed in a little rental right next to the water and though there were some unexpected antics (flighting off cockroaches in the bathroom, realizing my bed was on wheels after I woke up with it sideways one morning), it was a great adventure. The ups and downs are what end up making the best travel stories.

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The Week In Pictures: 11.28.2014 | Hello From Palm Springs, LA and Sydney!

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This week has been consumed with a lot of time on airplanes and in rental cars…and major jet lag. But, it’s also been full of beauty, new discoveries and palm trees. These are my favorite kinds of weeks where I am able to share photos and links to new places with you.

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On Sunday morning, Joey, Rocky and I landed in LA and immediately grabbed a rental car to Palm Springs. By noon, we were hanging out in our home away from home (this is the fourth time we’ve been this year), getting some much needed sun.

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As I walked through a neighborhood, I spotted a nautical themed house….complete with a mailbox made of a tiled tentacle and treasure chest. Pretty amazing, right?!

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Our stay in Palm Springs was much too short but we headed back to LA to pick up Gala, who was arriving from New York Monday morning.

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On Monday, Joey, Gala and I hit all our favorite LA haunts. First up: Cafe Gratitude. If you’ve never been, their menu is made up of affirmations. It’s a pretty cool concept — see for yourself!

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Next, we paid a visit to the brand new Nasty Gal store on Melrose, complete with branded black balloons.

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I was a big fan of these gradient shelves.

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I figured I’d be on Bondi Beach soon so I grabbed the brightest citrus-hued nail polish I could find. This is by Pop.

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At midnight, my Sydney-bound flight took off. 14 hours later….

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I was staying at Bondi Beach. So, so gorgeous.

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I was obsessed with all the foliage along the beach. So many great textures.

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I chose this room in our cozy little beach house because of all the Branch orange accents. My view every morning is of the sea — so much different than my usual reality!

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I thought this sign was especially hilarious.

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As we were walking along our street, I fell in love with this black, slightly Bavarian-looking house — it looks a lot like my home back in Portland!

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As we were walking through Sydney, we stopped by the QT Hotel, knowing that they always have the best style. And of course, they didn’t disappoint.

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Their decor is unique to every location. Last year I stayed at the QT Port Douglas and QT Gold Coast.

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Yesterday was really fun — we took a cab to the Sydney Opera House to shoot with Janneke Storm and then headed over to Bondi Beach.

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It was so interesting walking along the beach because they also have these salt pools that line up against the ocean. Pretty surreal looking.

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Have a great weekend, everyone. I’m off to teach Blogcademy and meet all our new students. If you’d like to join us in Melbourne or Auckland, we still have a few seats left — book in here!