Category Archives: What I Wore

What I Wore: A Checkered Obsession

Nubby Twiglet | A Checkered Obsession

Stripes have always been my go-to pattern but lately, I’ve been having a checkered moment. While stripes are the ultimate classic, checkers have a little more pizzazz and I can’t get enough.

I found this checkered dress on a Zara sale rack in New York last summer (now sadly out of stock) and have since packed it with me from London to Australia. Belted and paired with heels, it becomes dressy. Loose and combined with a cardigan and boots, it becomes every day wearable.

Nubby Twiglet | A Checkered Obsession

In an ideal world, I’d also have my kitchen floor redone in a checkerboard pattern. This week while I’m in LA, visiting the brand new Ace Hotel downtown is at the top of my list — newly opened, it just happens to have checkered floors.

Nubby Twiglet | A Checkered Obsession

These are a few of my favorite checkered things: 1. Emily Shur. 2. Kate Spade. 3. Winter Bird Co. and 4. Wallpaper.

Nubby Twiglet | A Checkered Obsession

Have an awesome Monday! My stay in Palm Springs is coming to an end but this video will always remind me of what a truly great getaway it’s been.


Photos: Corey Sleap Photography.

Style Direction: Black On Black

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Black on Black

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Black on Black

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Black on Black

Over the last few years, I’ve gotten more adventurous with color and set the intention of working more of it into my overall wardrobe. But even with a closet bursting with color, I still have those moments where only black will do. And, I’m definitely having one of those moments right about now.

When it comes to rocking head-to-toe black, my teenage goth roots still ring true but I’ve never been a fan of frills, heavy lace or anything that’s overly tattered. I’m much more of a fan of the sleek and avant garde.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Black on Black

One of my favorite wardrobe treasures is this Rick Owens jacket. Found five years on Ebay for a total steal, it is my dream cyborg wardrobe staple come to life. It’s weird yet wearable and takes even the most straightforward basics from casual to spaceship chic. And that’s what I love about clothing the most — it has the ability to transform us into characters, even if those characters are just slightly more dressed up, more confident versions of ourselves.

On the subject of black, I’ve been drawn to the idea of different finishes as of late, especially when they’re mixed together like on my jacket. I’m especially loving matte black:

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Black on Black

Shown above: 1. FCTRY Kudu, 2. Kartell Sofia Boots, 3. Chanel Black Velvet Polish, 4. Larke Optics Glasses, 5. Tangiers Pendant Light, 6. Nixon Time Teller P Watch, 7. Bodum Bistro Blender, 8. Eames Chair and 9. Microbomata Laptop Bag.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Black on Black


I wore: Jacket, Rick Ownens via Ebay. Silk dress, vintage. Tights, found in Iceland. Boots, Proenza Schouler.

Adventures In Queensland: Lady Of The Manor

Nubby Twiglet | Port Douglas: Lady Of The Manor

On our third day in Australia, I got sick and after hopping a quick flight to Cairns, I ended up in a crowded medical clinic. After that stop, darkness was already setting in and I fell asleep on our drive through the windy roads to Port Douglas. It was pitch black when we finally came to a complete stop at a set of gates. Slightly disoriented, I looked around but couldn’t see much.

Nubby Twiglet | Port Douglas: Lady Of The Manor

We then pulled into the driveway of our house for the rest of the week. We were shown around and I got lost several times through its maze of rooms, quickly realizing it was more of a mansion. I settled into the master bedroom and drifted off to sleep. This is the view that I awoke to. It was a full-on paradise with birds chirping in the palm trees. Australia is home to some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet.

Nubby Twiglet | Port Douglas: Lady Of The Manor

This set-up was so completely opposite of my everyday existence. I knew I had to document it to show my family back home (because I doubt they believed half of my texts). I borrowed one of Gala’s dresses, posed by the pool and quickly earned the moniker Lady Of The Manor. Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | Port Douglas: Lady Of The Manor

But, all good things must come to an end. After 4 days at this glorious hideaway, it was time to head back to the city (and reality)!



Photos: Janneke Storm.
I Wore: Sunglasses, Dries Van Noten. Dress, borrowed from Gala. Boots, All Saints.
Special thanks to Tourism and Events Queensland for making this post possible.

What I Wore: Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

When I’m working from home in Portland, my daily uniform always reverts to the basics: black skinny jeans, black ankle boots and t-shirts. Yes, it can be boring but comfort is key when I’m focused on getting work done.

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

Whenever I travel though, I use the opportunity of being in a new atmosphere to reinvent my sartorial style and create new characters. I embrace the chance to try out different looks and push myself outside of my comfort zone.

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

By nature, I’m drawn to modern, avant garde silhouettes but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown more comfortable with trying new things. I picked this dress up over the summer for a shoot in New York and part of the reason I chose it was because it was such a marked departure from my standard go-to looks. Fitted and romantic, it felt more Dolce & Gabbana than Rick Owens (my design idol).

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

As we wove through the rocky paths of Santorini early one morning right as the sun was rising, I felt completely overdressed — we joked that I was the Monica Bellucci of Santorini. But in a way, that was the beauty of it. I was playing a role very different from my daily existence and you know what? I had a great time owning it for a few hours…before reverting back to the uniform of a black tee and jeans.

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini


I wore: Floral body-conscious dress, Paper Dolls and sandals, Moma.
All photos: Shell de Mar.

What I Wore: Keeping It Simple With Travel Attire

What I Wore: Keep It Simple

When I sat down awhile back and counted up how many flights I’d be catching over the next three weeks, they added up to 10 in total. That’s a lot of time spent crammed onto a plane! With a travel schedule this crazy, I knew it was time to find a way to embrace comfort full-on while criss-crossing Australia and New Zealand.

Planning ahead, I picked up a stretchy full-length black dress at H&M that feels more like a nightgown and I will be pairing it with my Zara boots during each leg of my journey since they easily slide off for trips through security.

What I Wore: Keep It Simple

What I Wore: Keep It Simple

This is the most simple look I’ve ever posted on my blog — flat footwear and absolutely no jewelry is a rarity for me! I gave it a test-run over the weekend during a walk with Joey and Rocky. Though, it was much cooler in Portland than Australia so I wore my Rick Owens coat over the top which I’m definitely not packing! Security would have a heyday with the built-in hip panels, don’t you think?

What I Wore: Keep It Simple

I wore:
Maxi dress, H&M
Boots, Zara
Coat, Rick Owens

It’s nice to finally have a go-to travel uniform that doesn’t involve leggings, t-shirts or sweatpants but feels just as comfortable.

What I Wore: Sailing In Santorini

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As I’m sitting here at my desk, glancing outside my office at rainy Portland, these photos taken a few weeks back in Santorini, Greece are providing me with a great sense of comfort. Traveling has always been a huge passion of mine but if you’d told last year that I’d have the opportunity to be on a sailboat cruising through the Aegean Sea, I’d have responded with, “there’s no way in hell.”

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But, it happened and I loved every second of it. When you’re soaking up island life, it’s necessary to hit the water at least once — and no, hotel swimming pools don’t count!

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On our first full day in Santorini, we began researching boat trips. Most of the ones we came across were 1. 80 to 120 euros on catamarans and 2. completely sold out for days in advance.

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Not content to just give up, we kept searching, walking up and down the main street in town where all the travel agencies were clustered. Finally, we wandered into one and found the deal of the century: a five hour ride on a sailboat for only 25 euros! We’d actually been hoping to find a less modern-looking boat anyway and this was right up our alley.

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Our time on the boat was priceless: the looping soundtrack of smooth disco-inspired dance beats was taken up a notch by lyrics sung by the equivalent of a deep-voiced Greek Barry White. We made the most of it, dancing across the top deck, spinning like maniacs. This trip was in honor of Gala’s 30th birthday and I wanted to make sure she didn’t forget it for as long as she lived!

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As we cruised along the Aegean Sea, sipping champagne and watching the sun set, I felt grateful to have the opportunity to travel to places I never thought I’d see. This year has been pretty imbalanced when it comes to how much I’ve been traveling and working but I wouldn’t trade any of these experiences for anything.

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A little over a week after this boat trip, I turned 32. These photos will always remind me of this time of big changes mixed with a whole lot of adventure.

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I Wore:
Stripe Skater Dress, ASOS (it fits true to size and the quality is fantastic!)
Sunglasses, Dries van Noten (very old)
Lace-up sandals, MOMA (very old)
Hat, borrowed from our villa!


Photos: Shell de Mar Photography
Co-conspirators: Gala Darling and Kat Williams

What I Wore: 9.9.13 | Hello From London!

What I Wore: London

Hello from London! Last Wednesday, we flew straight from Santorini into town and awoke at 6 a.m. Thursday morning to begin our four day stretch of teaching two back-to-back workshops with The Blogcademy. After wrapping up our time at Curtain Road Studios, we had Monday off and made the most of it — we visited Selfridges, Liberty, Topshop, Sketch (which deserves a proper post of its own), Illamasqua and more.

Around the corner from Liberty, I beelined towards a gaggle of phone booths and made the most of being a tourist.

I Wore:
Wrap Dress, DVF (San Marcos Outlets, Texas)
Necklace, H&M
Boots, All Saints
Umbrella, H&M

What I Wore: London

I’m flying from London to New York this afternoon to spend a few days with friends before heading back to Portland just in time for my birthday. I’ll have much more to share from my time in both London and New York on Friday. xo