Category Archives: What I Wore

What I Wore: Cruella

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Cruella

It goes without saying: this coat is my new obsession. It’s a modern day nod to Cruella Deville, don’t you think?!

As much as I dread cold weather, the longer I can wear this before Spring finally hits, the better. I’ve been wearing it over all my basics including these jeans paired with a black scoop neck bodysuit and a jaunty little knotted scarf. I love looks like this because for the most part, they’re made up of basics I already have on-hand with one special piece added, like a cherry on top!

So, let’s talk about this location: Canteen serves some of the best fresh juices in town! I LOVE their all black exterior, too.

At the moment, I’m feeling the graphic jolt that black and white bring to the table (forever and always!) and neck scarves instead of chokers. They’re slightly warmer in this weather and add polish to a simple t-shirt and jeans combo.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Cruella

Current inspiration: Striped Nuuna notebooks. Vintage Brigitte Bardot photos. Urban Outfitters scarf. Canteen. Fluffy faux furs. Refined, modern type.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Cruella

I go through stages where I tend to put off personal style in an effort to be efficient and get things done but what I’m realizing is that a great coat, a little scarf and shoes other than sneaker wedges don’t take any more time to add into a look when you’re getting ready. Those small shifts can add a dash of glamour, even if you’ve really just rolled out of bed!

I have some more fashion finds I’m excited to share with you in the next few weeks — and it feels good to be inspired to dress up again after such a long, dark, dreary Winter.

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I Wore: Faux fur coat, Nasty Gal (sold out). Bodysuit, Forever 21. Scarf, Urban Outfitters. Jeans, Guess. Boots, Populaire via Yoox (sold out).

What I Wore: Spruce Faux Fur

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Spruce Faux Fur

This Winter in Portland has been an unseasonably cold one and there was a point a few weeks back where it even snowed a foot in less than 24 hours (highly unusual). I’ve always had a hard time with Winter Fashion because it tends to involve a lot of bulky layers.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Spruce Faux Fur

In an effort to break out of my heavy black Zara nylon parka, jeans and flat motorcycle boots, I’ve been trying to dress up more while still staying warm enough to brave the freezing temperatures. My favorite cold weather staple is this spruce faux fur jacket Joey bought me for Christmas two years ago — layered over a black sweater, it’s super cozy. I also wear it on a lot of flights in the colder months because it doubles as a great blanket!

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Spruce Faux Fur

I have a lot of tall boots in my closet but for some reason, have avoided them for years. That is, until I was recently in New York and it seemed that every stylish woman was wearing them. I remembered that I had these black Chloe boots from around 2008 and dusted them off. The horseshoes on the soles have always been my favorite detail.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Spruce Faux Fur

The base layers of this look are super basic, with just a Zara mock neck sweater and a pair of Victoria’s Secret leggings. But with the faux fur thrown over the top and tall boots zipped up, the look completely transforms. When I visited Gala last month, she’d thrown a bubble gum pink faux fur coat and tall black suede boots over black leggings and a loose sweatshirt; those comfy layers suddenly looked so glam.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Spruce Faux Fur

The weather is just starting to warm up this week and I can feel Spring creeping in so this post is a final ode to faux fur before packing it away for another year. The great thing about Winter coming to an end is that all those heavier jackets are now on sale! I am OBSESSED with this one. Hello, Cruella!

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Spruce Faux Fur

Here’s to Spring, lighter layers, getting outside and not being the color of death! 😉

I wore: Silence + Noise faux fur jacket (old), Victoria Sport high-rise tights, Zara mock neck sweater (sold out) and Chloe knee-high boots (old).

What I Wore: The Sunburst

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Sunburst

I’m sure some of you wonder why I’m so obsessed with Palm Springs and here’s one of the main reasons: these photos were just taken in Winter. WINTER!

I’m used to endless overcast days and layers piled on thick as the seasons change this time of year. It’s what I’ve known my entire life. While I enjoy the crisp air, sipping hot apple cider, pulling out scarves and seeing frost on the trees first thing in the morning, I also love the sun.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Sunburst

When Joey and I checked out of The Avalon, this sunburst situation was happening and I wanted to document it. The grounds of this hotel have a modern garden vibe with a lot of hedges and plenty of trees full of citrus fruit. Paths wind around tiny bungalows and swimming pools. Most of the hotel is black and white but plenty of foliage and colored doors give it depth.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Sunburst

I love wearing lightweight dresses and having bare legs without freezing. I can’t get enough of light desert breezes and palm trees. To me, these things feel like such a luxury in Winter. And, get this — Palm Springs has an average of 269 sunny days (!!!) days per year.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Sunburst

Where’s your happy place? Where are you dreaming of visiting right now?

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Sunburst

I wore: Dress, For Love and Lemons. Boots, Populaire. Choker, Forever 21.

What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

Heads-up: This is not going to be a typical outfit post because this week has been a tough one for so many of you, for me and for the world. Over the weekend, I was hopeful and still on a post-Designer Vaca creative high. Then, Tuesday night happened and there’s a lot on my mind.

I had so much faith that we were better together, only to wake up the next morning feeling sick but knowing I had to show up to work. A tweet I came across on 11/9, the day after the election said, “WWMOD? (What would Michelle Obama Do?) She’d get up, She’d get dressed. She’d go high. And hug someone.” I love that so much.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

We’re all entitled to our personal beliefs and we should exercise them every four years. I take voting very seriously but it took a wake-up call to get me there. Back in the Fall of 2000, I’d just started college. I was old enough to vote that time around but did not. I remember my writing teacher saying, “If you didn’t vote in this election, you can’t complain about the outcome.” I registered to vote after that.

I’ve always lived in a liberal pocket of the country and I’m aware it is a bubble. Right now, I know that somehow I’ll be okay but I feel afraid, scared and anxious about changes that could effect people of color, the disabled and the GLBTQ community. At the same time, this is an opportunity to fight harder for them and donate money and creative services to causes that support active change.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

During these uncertain times, I choose to believe in love, compassion and creativity. I choose to believe that we can all make a difference for good. I also know that when things don’t go our way, anger and grieving are normal. And then, it’s time to get to work. As Tina Fey says, “I’m unstoppable because I don’t know how to stop.”

I’ve never been overly political in this space because I believe we each have the right to our views but change won’t happen if we sit here silently. This is the time to speak up.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

When I took these photos while out exploring Palm Springs with Joey last week, the world felt lighter. We drove past this wall of flowers growing through a chainlink fence and I fell in love with scenery. Right now, like many of you, I’m holding onto those small moments of beauty, knowing that there are many if you take the time to look around you.

I also want to say that as a creative, whether you’re a designer, artist, photographer, writer, shop owner, blogger….whatever you do, know that your work has meaning, what you do has significance. Use your talents to make a difference. You’re never alone — I believe in you.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

I wore: Dress, Nasty Gal. Boots, Populaire.

What I Wore: Marrakech

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Marrakech

Last month, I set foot in a place full of mystique, winding pathways overflowing with treasures and 105 degree heat: Marrakech. I visited for the first time last year with Kat and Gala knowing nothing about the place — and after a whirlwind 3 days, was madly in love with the city.

This time around, I packed a few things that were different from my usual all black style because dude, that heat is insane. No, I do not recommend traveling to Africa in August. Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Marrakech

Style-wise, I’ve been having a love affair with dusty desert tones and there’s a brand I can trust to always have the perfect cuts: For Love & Lemons. I got one of their dresses years ago and I remember loving its combo of style and ease, packing it along for trips from the Greek Islands to Palm Springs.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Marrakech

Then, I picked up this rose look over the Summer and loved how it pushed me out of my usual style comfort zone. I also liked the cut and along with the winding floral pattern of the dress I’m wearing in these photos (sold out but from this collection). I think this dress is great too, which just I picked up for a trip next week.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Marrakech

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I remember the morning these photos were taken very well. We’d been up late at a banquet dinner full of bellydancing, snake charming, henna tattooing, a live deejay and plenty of drinking the night before. I didn’t want to leave a party that epic but knew photos were happening bright and early the next day so I cut out early. Bah humbug!

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Marrakech

After the sun rose and we finished breakfast on the rooftop, we walked around Dar Jaguar, a beautiful riad in the heart of the souk, posing in the most ornate nooks. There’s nothing I love more than experiencing far away places with best friends.

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Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Marrakech

More on Marrakech next week – I have so much more to share and show you!


I wore: Dress, Gracie by For Love and Lemons. Heels, Joline by Steve Madden.
Photos: Shell De Mar Photography.
Location: Dar Jaguar, Marrakech.

Style Direction: Desert Rose

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

Today, I’m 35. (For the record, I think I’ll feel forever 25….just with a lot more wisdom. Haha). Anyway, it’s time for a style direction update!

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

Earlier this year, I went to Vegas and after feeling very ho-hum about my personal style for awhile, I left that week excited and reawakened. If you read through that post, it was due to a bunch of factors but the moral of the story is that immersing yourself in a world of excess and fantasy for an entire week with your BFF’s and getting the hell away from work allows for endless hours of inspiration and creativity.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

I came home inspired to finally start dressing up again, though mostly in solids. Black and baby pink were my jam (and still are).

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

Then, I went back to Vegas again last month (because…why stay away from the desert, night clubs, pool parties and all the best things in life?) and I needed a new outfit for a shoot with Made U Look.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

The late night online browsing began when something very different from my usual style caught my eye. It was flowy, flowery and…not black! I closed the window but was still thinking about it a week later. So, I pulled the trigger, thinking if I hated it, I could send it back. But, I liked it. A lot. It was impractical for daily wear but FUN.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

I wore it out to the desert and felt really inspired by the roses and wines contrasted with the background of dusty hues. I spun around in circles as the sun set and laughed with my best friends before we piled back into the car for our favorite dinner destination on the Strip, P.F. Chang’s (forever and always).

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

The look: Steve Madden Jolene platform heels, Love and Lemons Wild Rose skirt and top and Forever 21 choker.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

So, here’s to Desert Rose.
Here’s to big flowers, chokers, chunky platform heels, chiffons and velvets.
Here’s to bold eye makeup, long, messy hair, rosy cheeks and big smiles.

As being 35 sets in, I want to remind myself (and you!) to loosen up, take more chances, have fun with personal style and say yes to spontaneity.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

I wore: Steve Madden Joline platform heels, Love and Lemons Wild Rose skirt and top (sold out but the Wild Rose maxi dress is still available) and a Forever 21 velvet choker (sold out but there are more options here).

Photos: Made U Look

Makeup: Sephora at The Venetian, Las Vegas.

What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

I just got home from a solid week in Vegas….and most people would probably say that was 4 days too long! I would agree to disagree because after 6 visits, I feel that I’m just barely scratching the surface of the place.

There’s so much history and I’m just as fascinated by the old as I am with the new, pestering cab drivers and waiters with as many questions as they’re willing to put up with. Donny, our waiter at California Pizza Kitchen inside The Mirage (a classic!) was a particularly good sport this time around as I quizzed him about what Michael Jackson used to order when he visited. Answer: the veggie pizza.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

Traveling to the same place multiple times is something I thoroughly enjoy — I think it reminds me of family vacations. When my brother and I were kids, we took the same trip every year. Did you, as well? It’s comforting and familiar.

The first time you visit somewhere new, you’re in awe and just trying to take everything in and find your way around while documenting your experience. That’s how I felt when I visited Vegas in 1998. The next time, you’re able to relax a bit more and feel familiar enough to dig into a few more layers of a place, venture beyond the touristy areas and meet some more locals.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

With Vegas, I get super excited to see what’s beyond The Strip because there are so many amazing towns and attractions within a very short distance. A few years ago, Kat, Gala and I visited a ghost town called Nelson and it was awesome. We recently had the chance to visit Red Rock Canyon and while it’s just 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, it feels like you’ve entered a completely different world.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

These photos are the final set from that day — and the ones I’m most excited about. When I’m home working, I barely ever wear makeup and usually stick to black jeans and t-shirts. With most of my day spent in front of a computer, dressing up isn’t practical or comfortable. The thing is, I love the art of putting together an outfit and expressing myself through personal style so when I hit the road, I use it as an excuse to play dress up.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

This look came together really organically but I liked it so much that I put together a style direction around it (remember Avant Garde Desperado?) and am still wearing these pieces all the time.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

I didn’t pack any jewelry besides my watch. We stopped in Chanel at The Wynn one night and a salesperson named Chris gave us these ribbons while satisfying me with plenty of juicy Vegas gossip. Ha! I ended up using mine as a necktie the rest of the trip. The sweater vest and hat were picked up at Forever 21. Finally, the skirt was from Topshop. I normally shy away from animal print everything but when you’re in Vegas and have a long-standing obsession with Siegfried & Roy, it just makes sense. Or…at least it did to me.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

We didn’t have a ton of time to explore Red Rock before the sun went down so I’m hoping to go back the next time I’m in town and see more of the area because it’s absolutely massive. There’s a 13 mile scenic drive, not to mention miles of trails and areas to have picnics. I’m glad to see it’s been so well preserved and maintained.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

My daily life can be really regimented so having these beautiful moments of getting out and exploring somewhere new with my BFF’s all while hanging with awesome, creative, talented women like Christina and Allie of Made U Look makes me feel so excited, alive and inspired.

Ever since I’ve been back, I’ve been pulling more desert inspired visuals and color palettes into branding projects, wearing softer colors and incorporating more natural elements into my house and studio. It’s amazing how even just a few hours in a new place can inspire us so much.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

I missed you a lot last week, friends. Breaks are good to recharge creatively but it’s nice to be back and sharing with you. :)


Photos:
Made U Look

Makeup:
Blanca at Sephora, Fashion Show Mall

I wore:
Straw Hat, Forever 21 (sold out but similar options here)
Watch, The Horse
Animal print skirt, Topshop
Sweater vest, Forever 21 (sold out but similar styles here and here)
Boots, Vic Matie via Yoox (sold out but similar styles here)