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The Week In Pictures: 3.1.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Los Angeles

Hello from beautiful Venice Beach!

I arrived on Wednesday and it’s been a whirlwind ever since, packed full of new adventures. Over the winter, I spent nearly every day including weekends in my office and was in desperate for an injection of fresh inspiration. LA has has definitely delivered! Here are some of my favorite moments so far…

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Palm trees are always photogenic and so different from my Portland surroundings — these views never get old.

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The rosewater lemonade from Cafe Gratitude is unreal. This is one of my favorite LA places to eat because it’s all vegan and the entire menu is written in affirmations.

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One of the highlights of this week was art directing a book cover shoot on the beach. Judging by the oodles of pink flowers, you can probably guess who it was for. ;)

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There’s so much natural beauty in LA that I’ve been slowing down to enjoy.

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I’ve definitely taken advantage of slithering out of my winter wardrobe of black layers and into tons of brights. If you’re interested, this dress is now on mega sale!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Los Angeles

One of the coolest spots I’ve visited during my time here is Violet Grey. It’s a beautiful little jewel box of a store featuring a tightly curated selection of beauty products sourced from around the world. They also happen to have a great magazine selection.

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Alfred is a great coffee shop I came across that reminded me of home. The decor is spot on…but the best discovery was a Compartes Chocolatier in their basement!

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Having the opportunity to get away from my predictable routine and explore has reminded me of how easy it is to get stuck inside a tightly wound orbit where everything is the same, day after day. There’s so much outside of your house (and the internet) just waiting to be explored — even if it’s just a coffee shop down the street that you’ve never stopped into, open your mind to the possibilities of what’s beyond the expected. Take a different route to work, stay in a different hotel, visit a new grocery store, bar or boutique. You never know who you might meet or what you’ll discover.

“You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.” —Nate Berkus

The Week In Pictures: 2.20.15

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Greetings and salutations! A casual “hello” gets old so why not step it up?!

How was your week? Mine was full of the usual juxtaposition of working hard and playing hard: lunches with old friends were balanced out with leaving the office at midnight. Scheming around the Doug Fir fire pit was balanced out with a lot of of client emails and contracts. It was full but good. The crowning moment, though? Grabbing Britney Spears tickets with Kat for our upcoming five day trip to Vegas. Can’t wait!

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In November, when I moved out of the spare room of my house and into an office space, I was left with a barren, unused room. Now that my creative spot is sorted, I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my “hangout room” and will be sharing the outcome with you soon.

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Over the weekend, I discovered the ultimate plant mecca: The Portland Nursery. It’s got a whole corner dedicated to succulents and cacti and my brother and I went completely overboard, wheeling out a cactus nearly as tall as me. It was so heavy it took 3 people to lift it into our car! Haha.

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I’m so proud of my friend Ty. We’ve known each other for years and he’s always been the nicest, most genuine guy — I adore him. This month, he lived out a dream and launched his own line of shoes, Intentionally Blank. I’m pretty picky about quality (5 years of working in shoe stores will do that to you) and these Freemans are legit.

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The secret to getting ahead is getting started. This is part of a project Branch recently finished for Luke Copping and you know any project with Luke has major style.

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I may have took a million cactus photos at The Portland Nursery. What can I say? It’s a photogenic place!

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It’s going to be another late night at the office so I’m signing off. Have an amazing weekend! Sending lots of love your way.

The Week In Pictures: 2.13.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Happy early Valentine’s Day!

How was your week? Mine was mixed…but chocolates make everything better, don’t they? I spent a few days confined to my couch with a nasty cold and man, when you’re sick, there’s a lot of time to think and be still. By the end of day two, I was going completely stir crazy and just wanting to get back to a regular routine outside of my house. Then, right as I was starting to throw a pity party for myself, the doorbell rang and in came a surprise box of very decadent chocolates from my friend Mary Bee. That act of kindness hit me immediately — it was so thoughtful and unexpected and shook me out of my funk. It was a good reminder to pay it forward and the next day, I ordered a surprise gift for someone else. It’s not even about a gift, though. It’s about taking a little time out of your day to text, call, leave a comment or write a letter and let someone know you care. Everyone has bad days and those little gestures can make a big impact.

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Over the weekend, I was passing by this wall at St. Honore and it reminded me of Valentine’s Day. I want to see chocolate boxes with this level of decoration!

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I snapped a quick selfie this morning to show you this new necklace I’m obsessed with. I tend to not wear much jewelry because it gets in the way but this is like the perfect balance between ladylike and edgy. I’m digging the structure — no jingly-jangly dangly bits! For the last few days, I’ve been using it to dress up basic black layers like this tank.

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Orange, orange everywhere! Things haven’t slowed down for even a millisecond over at Branch but I’m embracing the busy times because there’s so much cool stuff going on behind the scenes. The tricky part with design is that it can easily be six months to a year before projects are launched. Luckily, I have five finished ones lined up to share with you starting next week. Finally!

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Something completely new for me this year has been writing in a gratitude journal. I didn’t even really know what that was until I designed the one above for the Olivine Atelier Happily ever After course but now, I’m completely hooked. Every day, you write three things you’re grateful for, three things you could do to make the day even better and then, a mantra for the day. And at night, you jot down the best thing that happened. It’s so simple but a great exercise, especially when you’re having a bad day and then remember those things you wrote down a few hours earlier. I have so much more to say about the course as a whole but I’ll save that for a dedicated post.

On that note, I love this quote:

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” —William Arthur Ward

With Valentine’s Day happening tomorrow, take the time to reach out to someone and let them know you care. Just giving up 15 seconds of your day can make a world of difference.

Have a great weekend, friends.

The Week In Pictures: 2.6.15

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How was your week? I had another one of those weeks that felt like a month wrapped into one — between a drag queen brunch (more on that in a minute!) new client meetings, adventures across town and a few really late nights, I’m feeling very happy but also, very worn out. I’m writing this post from the comfort of my new green couch with a cup of tea complete with a dash of honey nearby (I’m normally a coffee drinker) under the guise that it’s a lot more comfortable working from here today than an office chair. I know we can all agree on that one!

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Yesterday, I came home to find a surprise package waiting on my doorstep. “I haven’t been doing any shopping” was my first thought. Haha. I sliced it open to find cartons of homemade squirrel-shaped cookies from my pastry chef client (in Nebraska!), Goldenrod Pastries. Wow. Needless to say, I immediately ran them over to my office, afraid that Chubs would eat them all!

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Onto the drag queen brunch. That’s a real thing here in Portland. My grandma and I took my cousin Matt to this amazing event for his birthday on Sunday at the Kennedy School. Basically, a drag queen troupe called Hot Chocolate is led up by the FIERCE Poison Waters and alongside their performances, you eat breakfast and hit the bar. It was basically the best Sunday ever. This is what I looked like before heading out the door — and to be clear, my skin doesn’t look that smooth in real life. Good lighting and Makeup Forever HD foundation get the credit!

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I didn’t snap many photos of the event because I was having way too much fun watching the drag queens rock out to Whitney Houston. But getting to spend the morning with my grandma was so much fun. She LOVED it. She was sipping a screwdriver, clapping along to every song. I hope I’m that full of zest and energy at 85! This is my most favorite photo of her, taken at the end of the 1960s. She raised FIVE boys and still looked that good.

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After an epic Sunday, I hit the town again on Monday and quickly discovered that Clyde Common has the best lavender lemonade around. They were so good in fact that my table ordered five of them!

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Whenever I’m downtown, I have to stop into Alder & Co.. This display of flowers is always a different mix and so beautiful.

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On my way home, I spotted this coffee shop. It’s in the corner of a church and all the proceeds go towards keeping the very old (and very cool) building maintained. I know where my summer outside office is going to be!

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One of my favorite clients to work with is Luke Copping — he’s always full of great ideas. Next week, I’ll be sharing the outcome of our latest collaboration which includes these cards printed with inspirational sayings.

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My year has been so full of goodness so far. I’ve been getting out of my office more and hanging out all over Portland while catching up with old friends, a lot of family and new clients. This week, I was looking for an old notebook and stumbled upon my stash of 30 or so journals dating back 15 years. Most are full of to-do lists but there are also thoughts and dreams. There are a lot of mentions of knowing what I wanted…but not quite knowing how to get it. I’m only now able to look back and see a very clear path and progression because as you know, when you’re going through life, there are days (and months) that leave can leave you feeling a little lost.

What I now realize is that nothing is perfectly laid out for any of us…and I’m glad. It’s about that exploration! The exploration is what allows you to try on different hats, mingle with different social groups and experiment. The more you experiment, the easier it will be to realize when you’ve found that perfect fit so my point is to get out and live life. There are so many discoveries waiting for you to find. This is getting a little long-winded and heavy for a Friday so I’ll leave you with this quote:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 1.30.15

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I’m so happy it’s Friday (and I’m sure you feel the same exact way). Some weeks feel like a month rolled into one…and this was definitely one of those. My friend and Branch client Mary Bee came to town so we spent Sunday and Monday exploring Portland, snapping silly photos and eating so much ice cream, pizza and pastries that I literally felt sick. We’re kindred spirits so even though I only see her twice a year, we always pick right back up where we left off. Aren’t those the best kinds of friends?

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Did I mention that Mary Bee is the manager of Hidden Treasures? Why is that of importance? Well my friend, they source some of the most epic vintage in all of LA. This coat is a perfect example. Also of importance: the store has the original boat from Gilligan’s Island PROPPED UP ON THE ROOF. They take eccentricity to a whole new level and…I love them for it.

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When a friend is in town, the first order of business is to catch up on news over coffee. We spent the afternoon sitting on the green couches in the Ace Hotel lobby, chatting away.

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The next day, I showed Mary Bee around my neck of the woods in S.E. Portland. We strolled through cluttered antiques shops, tried on piles of questionable clothes and visited countless coffee shops and bars. It’s always so much fun to be a tourist in your own city.

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Before she left town, Mary Bee surprised me with Roman Candle biscotti. Heaven in a bag. Really.

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I’m thankful this week for the sun peeking out right as my friend arrived to town. I’m thankful for Salt & Straw ice cream. I’m thankful for Joey delivering lunch and dinner to my office during this crazy week of launching Blogcademy Online. I’m thankful for my mom who’s been ambitiously balancing both the Branch and Blogcademy books. And I’m thankful for Kat and Gala for hanging on during the highs and lows of the last 8 months as we planned, built and launched Blogcademy Online.

Launching a course of this size was no easy feat. Now that the launch has happened, I’m only now able to grasp what we pulled off. Having a course that’s completely digital means that everything has to run smoothly. It all has to make sense too, since you’re not there to explain it in person. And then there’s the task of showing what a digital course looks like….since it’s all digital. If you want to read more about what went on behind the scenes, check out this post.

If you’re in the middle of a big project yourself, hang in there. I know what it feels like to be in the thick of it, very far from the finish line. One thing that helped us tremendously was setting a firm launch date — a launch date that absolutely could not budge. The night before the launch, I was still making transcript edits and building promo graphics….because I knew there was no wiggle room. It was 100% worth it. Those projects are what add a richness to your life because there’s nothing better than being able to share your knowledge with others and teach them something that can potentially transform their lives. On that note, I love this quote:

“Your life should consist of more than commuting, working, eating, surfing the Internet, sleeping and watching TV. Your life should be filled with purpose-driven experiences and projects that bring excitement, passion, energy, and authentic meaning and joy into your life.” ― Richie Norton

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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

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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!