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What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

In my older, wiser age (ha!), I’ve gotten better at indulging in less impulse buys and focusing on unique basics I can get more wear out of. My mission this year has been to find more LBD’s. Little black dresses are great because they can be easily dressed up or down based on a few tweaks to jewelry, shoes and adding a jacket / cardigan.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

One of my favorite recent finds was this number from Topshop. It reminds me a bit of an ice skating costume but I like the higher neckline, fitted waist and flippy hem. It’s a little daring for daytime but with a cropped bomber jacket over the top, (I wear this one from Zara constantly — and it’s on sale!) the look is a bit more subdued.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

Because, you know, being subdued is something that totally comes naturally. 😉

I never get out to do much shopping anymore but when in Vegas….you know how things go. I found this dress at Topshop and the next day, I was on an afternoon adventure out to Red Rock Canyon with Gala and Kat, crammed into a tiny yellow Volkswagen I’d christened Limoncello with Made U Look.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

We drove down a bunch of windy roads until we were about 45 minutes outside of the Las Vegas city limits and were met with the most beautiful, surreal landscape. Over the last few years, I’ve began to appreciate the outdoors and nature a whole lot more and this area is a must-see if you find yourself with an extra day in town.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

If you’re looking for some LBD’s of your own, here are a few picks: 1. This criss-cross strap dress looks like a great pick for hitting some parties and clubs in Vegas. 2. I love wearing this dress for day since it can be dressed up or down easily and has a super relaxed, stretchy fit. 3. I wear this one constantly (as seen here) and it’s got a drapey, comfortable fit — plus it’s on sale! 4. This bodycon zipper dress is super simple and cute. 5. I love the workwear look of this dress and want to order it to layer over basic tees.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

As the sun set, Kat, Gala and I struck a few more serious poses (it never ends!) and called it a day. Taking photos with Made U Look is always a highlight because they shoot with mostly film which has the most unique outcomes but also, they are the most down to earth, wonderful women that always capture the right moments at the right times (they also shot my 5 year anniversary photos!)

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

In near darkness, we packed up the car with our ridiculous looks and headed for dinner at PF Chang’s where we caught up on life and laughed over no less than 4 orders of shrimp dumplings. Because when in Vegas…over-indulge. Always.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

More from Red Rock Canyon coming up next week! xo


Photos: Made U Look
Makeup: Blanca at Sephora, Fashion Show Mall
I wore: Dress, Topshop (sold out but here’s another color), boots, Vic Matie (similar styles)

Summer 2016 Style Direction: Avant Garde Desperado

Nubby Twiglet | Summer 2016 Style Direction: Avant Garde Desperado

I’m exploring a new style direction right now that’s a mash-up of a bunch of different influences — it’s a dash of Desperado, a dash of French with jaunty ribbons from fashion houses worn as chokers, a dash of modern cowgirl (I’m always on the lookout for more western-inspired pointy boots and cool belts) and a dash of avant garde with streamlined, modern black clothing.

Nubby Twiglet | Summer 2016 Style Direction: Avant Garde Desperado

This new direction came directly from the inspiration I felt during a recent vacation in Vegas. It sprung from a combination of the hot weather, visiting Red Rock Canyon for the first time, five solid days spent dressing up with best friends and stopping into shops to pick up a few new things along the way including a big, black brimmed hat.

Nubby Twiglet | Summer 2016 Style Direction: Avant Garde Desperado

For me, style directions are a way to explore creativity in a new way — instead of sitting behind the computer designing, I’m encouraged to dig through my wardrobe and pull together combinations of things that I may have forgotten about and give them a new life. It’s an excuse to have an adventure with getting dressed instead of reaching for the same old uniform of a leather jacket, sneakers, skinny jeans and t-shirt.

Nubby Twiglet | Summer 2016 Style Direction: Avant Garde Desperado

Style Direction: Avant Garde Desperado

Most directions I’m inspired by start off with one point of inspiration and evolve from there. I love looking back to see how it all comes together. Maybe it’s partially based on a particular purchase or maybe it stems from the style you spot on a musician or the colors from a piece of art.

Nubby Twiglet | Summer 2016 Style Direction: Avant Garde Desperado

Mine started with needing a hat to wear by the pool in the very harsh Vegas sun. Then, I grabbed a black bodysuit at Urban Outfitters when I forgot to pack enough black shirts. Then, Gala had the idea to wear the ribbons from our shopping splurges as chokers.

Nubby Twiglet | Summer 2016 Style Direction: Avant Garde Desperado

Here’s some inspiration for the style direction: 1. bandana, 2. belt, 3. fringe jacket, 4. girl in hat, 5. bell sleeve dress, 6. straw hat, 7. booties, 8. fringe skirt, 9. choker, 10. tassel keychain, 11. zip bodysuit and 12. Chanel ribbon.

Nubby Twiglet | Summer 2016 Style Direction: Avant Garde Desperado

Playing dress-up as an adult is so underrated!

P.S. The best part about the pink backdrop with roses is that it was a happy accident. My brother set it up in our dining room to shoot a country band that was touring through Portland and when they couldn’t make it at the last minute, I convinced him to leave it up!

I wore: Zara skirt (old), Forever 21 hat, Urban Outfitters bodysuit, The Horse watch and Vic Matie boots.

What I Wore: Palm Springs and Palm Print Forever

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Palm Springs and Palm Print Forever

Palm Springs and palm trees, let me count the ways I love thee.

My obsession with palm prints is still going strong — and there’s so many great new items out there that are covered in them!

When I was recently in Palm Springs, I was walking through a neighborhood in my Billabong palm print rash guard (I always wear it as a shirt in hot weather since it’s cropped and super breathable) and spotted this beautiful corner right as the sun was beginning to set.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Palm Springs and Palm Print Forever

I’ve told you time and again how beautiful Palm Springs is….and this is the proof. Seriously, if I had this collection of beautiful foliage right outside my door, I would be so incredibly happy. The ultimate dream!

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Palm Springs and Palm Print Forever

A few of my favorite things: phone case, book of palms, record player, pillow, art print and sneakers.

Speaking of dreams, though our adventure in condo land has been slightly delayed, having that goal dangling out in front of me has kept me super motivated. Normally, as this time of year sets in and the sun comes out, I just want to be out exploring (all those years of school with a built-in summer break are hard to forget, right?!) but knowing that our goal is to buy in 3 to 6 months, I’m pushing through some late nights and weekends, focusing on the payoff that could very well be a long winter vacation in my adopted mecca.

Having palm trees in my office and having palm prints around keeps the dream alive while the hard work continues. Always surround yourself with visual reminders of what you want!

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Palm Springs and Palm Print Forever

P.S. I wasn’t going to include this photo since it’s so blown out but I wanted to give you a real life visual of what Palm Springs is like as the sun begins to set. So intense and cool, right?!

I wore: Billabong rash guard, Zara zipper pocket skirt, Dries van Noten sunglasses and Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges (all old).

What I Wore: A Tattooed Dress In The Desert

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree is about a 40 minute drive from Palm Springs and is named named after the Joshua trees (yucca brevifolia) that cover the park. It’s a popular destination for camping, hiking and climbing but I’m happy to keep it simple and drive on through, stopping along the way to admire the otherworldly landscape.

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Ever since I visited Joshua Tree last year for the first time, it has been on my mind constantly.

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

I probably couldn’t stop thinking about it for two reasons: 1. It seems to be popping up in every fashion brand’s lookbooks and plenty of magazine spreads right now so it’s hard to avoid. 2. It was like no other place I’ve ever seen. I totally get the allure and why so many creatives feel inspired to create after visiting.

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

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Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

I stopped by a few days ago, wearing my favorite new dress embroidered with tattoo-inspired patterns paired with these gray platform boots that feel like the right balance between goth and Stormtrooper.

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

I wore: Nasty Gal tattoo dress, Anita K rose gold collar, The Horse rose gold watch and Vic Matie platform boots.

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

P.S. I just posted this little video to show you what Joshua Tree is like and you can learn more about the history and all the great things you can do when you visit here. Enjoy!

What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

Built in 1962, The House Of Tomorrow was an architectural marvel of its time, landing on magazine covers for its futuristic design and amenities. Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac in a Palm Springs, it’s still a sight to behold, further drawing attention to itself with a plaque out front (more on that in a second).

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

The house took an even more famous turn when its owners tragically died in a plane crash and Elvis snapped it up soon after as a rental. He loved the house so much that after he married Priscilla in Vegas in 1967, they spent their extended honeymoon there.

The House Of Tomorrow is as eccentric as its name suggests — there are three stories in four concentric circles and not a single room is square! And if you want your own look inside, there are guided tours of Elvis’ honeymoon hideaway.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

Back in October, Joey and I visited Palm Springs for our 5 year wedding anniversary and invited Made U Look to commemorate the occasion. Those photos of my wedding dress look will be featured in the March 2016 issue of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine but in the meantime, I can share these snaps we took as the day came to an end.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

After we took our vow renewal photos, Joey and I wanted to unwind and show Made U Look around our favorite neighborhood in Palm Springs. Ladera Circle is full of beautiful mid-century modern homes but even so, Elvis’ one-time hangout still draws the most attention.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

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Taking photos here was really special because Priscilla Presley was the inspiration for my original wedding day. I’ve always loved her look during the late 60s when she married Elvis so it felt fitting to shoot in front of her brief home.

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Made U Look uses a variety of vintage cameras and films so the results are always unexpected and magical. Having photos to remember my 5 year anniversary was really important to me — now the memories can live on forever.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

The second these photos were finished, I kicked off my heels, changed into something more comfortable in the car and we went out for Mexican food where we spent the night laughing and chatting. It was a great reminder that even though dressing up and taking photos is fun, real life is just as awesome.

I can’t wait to show you the vow renewal photos next year!

To be continued….


Photos: Made U Look.
I wore: Love and Lemons Luau skirt, Forever 21 tank, Forever 21 choker and Camilla Skovgaard heels.

What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Has the freezing cold, wintery weather hit where you are? It sure has in Portland! While it’s great for getting work done (who wants to be outside?!), I am really missing Palm Springs. As you know, I have a serious love affair with the place and Joey and I are buying land there next year to start building our eventual dream home.

Until that happens, I’ll be here dreaming of clear, sunny skies, palm trees, fresh-picked lemons and beautiful sunsets. I hope these photos cheer you up!

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Whenever I’m in Palm Springs, I head over to The Parker for brunch at Norma’s and a walk through the lush, tropical grounds complete with hammocks, a lemonade stand and a human-sized chess set. The surroundings feel like a midcentury modern take on Alice In Wonderland.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

One of the biggest draws of The Parker is that the property was revamped by Jonathan Adler in 2004. His kitschy design style can be spotted around every corner but the most recognizable element is the DRUGS sign you’ve undoubtedly seen pop up in your Instagram feed more times than you can count. The first time I visited in 2012, I was plotting out the launch of my own design studio and it’s easy to see the direct influence the styling had on Branch. The bright, citrus hues accented with modern touches influenced everything from the branding to the color palette.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

When I’m in Portland, I stick to a very graphic, black and white color palette but when I hit Palm Springs, I love slipping into bright colors and modern silhouettes. Aren’t the grounds around the hotel beautiful?

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Cheer up with these citrusy hues: 1. ASOS flared-sleeve dress, 2. Kimchi Blue backpack, 3. Birkenstock sandals, 4. and 5. Floss Gloss nail polish, 6. Ed Sheeran LP, 7. Binchotan toothbrush, 8. Saucony Grid 9000 sneakers and 9. Out From Under maxi dress.

Thanks for joining me on this journey through my home away from home!


Location: Parker Palm Springs.
I wore: Dress, ASOS. Sneaker wedges, Marc Jacobs (no longer available but check Ebay!)

What I Wore: The Cape Dress

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

All hail the cape dress.

These days, I’m all about owning a capsule wardrobe. I’m gravitating towards pieces in black, white and stripes that I can mix, match and wear constantly. My new style mantra is more wear, less waste.

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Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

With that mindset, earlier this year I invested in a cape dress. Now, I know what you’re thinking….how is this even practical? Well, let me break it down for you: this dress has made a seamless transition from meetings to photo shoots to yes, even the goth club (surprise, surprise). As a matter of fact, I wore it to Necrocomicon alongside a basement packed with vampires for my 34th birthday! It’s a look fit for any occasion, whether it’s day or night.

The cape dress a simple yet dramatic piece — the silhouette is loose and basic yet the addition of the cape ups the glamour. Best of all, it rolls up super small for easy packing.

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

I love, love, love this dress and best of all, it was under $100.00. Let’s face it — while I adore the Valentino version, it’s just not in my budget!

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

A cape is always a good idea: 1. Valentino, 2. Nasty Gal, 3. Vamp Magazine, 4. Reem Acra and 5. Nasty Gal.

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

While capes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, they are a simple way to reconnect with my inner teenage goth which is still alive and well — I don’t believe in conforming or losing your sense of style, just because you get older.

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” —Edith Head


Photos: Shot in Los Angeles by Kristin Cofer.

I wore: Nasty Gal Catherine Cape Dress, Dries Van Noten sunglesses, H&M hat and Steve Madden platform boots.