What I Wore: 8.7.11

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what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


When it comes to vintage clothing, I am firmly in the 60s mod camp. I like my dresses streamlined, angular and above the knee. Whenever we’re together, I tend to leave the 50s glamour girl looks to Gala. With her platinum blond hair and a few inches of extra height, the 50s silhouettes suit her perfectly.

All that changed though while visiting Hidden Treasures in LA this Spring. My friend Mary Bee had set aside a slew of dresses that she’d been stockpiling for me to try. On the hanger, I didn’t think I’d like this dress. It was a size or two too big and on the long side as well. But once I tried it on and cinched up the extra fabric with a belt, I decided that it was time to give this silhouette a spin. I love how easy this dress is to wear — just add a belt and shoes and you’re ready to go!


what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


I Wore:

Vintage Dress, Hidden Treasures
Patent Wedges, Dries Van Noten
Headband, H&M


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The Typofiles #86: PLINC

magazine typofiles typography


magazine typofiles typography


Before digital type, there was Photo-Lettering Inc. Unfortunately, it became another casualty of the digital publishing revolution and its collection of amazing type specimens languished, untouched for decades. Thankfully, House Industries has come to the rescue and is now offering some of the most unique Photo-Lettering alphabets in a new service. Simply go here, pick an alphabet style, type a word or phrase, customize it and finally, purchase and download. I just received the Photo-Lettering catalog and wanted to share a handful of pages with you. It was hard to choose just a few because they’re all so good!


magazine typofiles typography

magazine typofiles typography

magazine typofiles typography

magazine typofiles typography

magazine typofiles typography

magazine typofiles typography

magazine typofiles typography


P.S. Get ahold of your very own PLINC catalog here!


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Organization Methods: Tips And Tricks From A Virgo

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nubby twiglet organization


Over the years, so many of you have asked me about my methods for organization. You want specifics. You want photos. You want me to reveal the nitty-gritty. Well, I’ve finally sat down and transcribed some of my simple everyday strategies for keeping belongings easy to locate and visually pleasing in the process!

This article is meant to touch on a variety of areas in my life and how I keep them organized. This is what works for me and hopefully it can be a starting point to help you to discover some methods that work for you. Perhaps it’s second nature for Virgos to be supremely organized. Orderly surroundings give me a sense of calmness and as laughable as this might sound, my surroundings are a reflection of how I feel on the inside. Yep, a cluttered space to me equals a cluttered mind! You’ll notice that overall, I try to keep it simple — depending on what I’m doing, I sort belongings by color (clothing, shoes and books), title and date (magazines), and subject (client files and digital inspiration). I’ve found that the more difficult you make the solution, the harder it becomes to keep it up.


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Hand-me-down bookshelf I use for shoe storage


01. Shoes

I like the look of organizing shoes by color because what’s more cheery than having a mini rainbow nearby?! If organizing a collection by looks makes you happy, then so be it.


nubby twiglet organization


02. Clothing

I have a fair amount of clothing but I do my best to clean out my closets regularly and to keep the selection as edited as possible. For bizarre finds, items I might just use for a themed shoot or clothing that has sentimental meaning that I just can’t part with, I use the small extra closet in my office for storage which I’ve dubbed my ‘Costume Closet.’ This keeps my regular closet much easier to navigate and appropriate for everyday wear.


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Our house was built in 1928 and like most older houses, closet space is very minimal. For this reason, I have two large IKEA PAX Wardrobes that are set up in our oversized upstairs bathroom (it could easily fit 15 people; there’s just a toilet and sink). These closets allow for plenty of room for everything and a huge selection of customizable fixtures can be added.


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My left closet is comprised of jackets, skirts and dresses (hanging) and pants, shorts and basic t-shirts (stacked on the lower shelves). The right closet is mostly made up of shirts, blouses, sweaters, cardigans and generally casual layers. Everything is arranged by color.


nubby twiglet organization


Below the hanging items, I have a color-coded drawer for socks and below that is an identical drawer for tights (also by color). The clear plastic organizers are from Target. The bottom of the closet contains a shoe rack which has a few odds and ends that I wouldn’t want to display — athletic shoes, flats, etc. And finally, the top of the closet contains a row of IKEA KASSETT Storage Boxes which house everything from extra shoe bags and scarves to childhood costumes and keepsakes. My system isn’t perfect but it makes sense to me and allows me to quickly find whatever I need.


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03. Books

I jumped on the bandwagon a few years back when this style of organization for books became trendy and couldn’t be happier with the outcome. The bookshelf is from West Elm and conveniently enough, it’s on wheels which makes cleaning super easy.


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04. Magazines

I’ve invested in quite a few packs of IKEA FLYT Magazine Files and choose to group my magazines by title and then date. I also have separate ones for reference materials and catalogs that I’ve saved for inspiration. These magazine files are great because they’re cardboard — when you’re finished with them, simply break them down and recycle!


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The Container Store has a great selection of makeup storage solutions


05. Makeup

A small cabinet in my office holds all of my makeup but I tend to keep the items I use on a daily basis all in one area. The Container Store has some fantastic makeup storage organizers and I found this acrylic option among their selection.


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Folders of image-related inspiration stored on my computer


06. Digital Files

This is the most important area of my life to stay organized in (and I’m not exaggerating). When clients hire me for a design job, it’s important to keep their assets organized and if they need a file a few years down the line, it’s my job to locate it. For this reason, I apply a job number to each new project that comes into my studio. For instance, #NT151 would be for job 151 (NT = Nubby Twiglet). This job number also directly correlates to the invoice number when I’m billing a client. Once a job is complete and final files have been sent, I move it to an Archives folder so that my Clients folder doesn’t get overly cluttered with closed jobs.

For digital inspiration, my system is much more easy-going. I have a folder on my desktop titled 2011 Pix and drop everything I’ve gathered online into it. Every week or so, I drop all the strays into labeled folders that make sense to me. They can be as open-ended as food, cars, cameras, fashion and so on. Any way you can think of to break up a few thousand inspirational images should work just fine!

I also keep a folder on my desktop labeled Blog 2011. Every time I make a post, I drop all the final web-ready JPEGS in there so that I have a clean backup of every image I’ve posted for that year.


07. Digital Storage

I cannot stress this enough — keep your really important files backed up on TWO separate drives! I’ve heard horror stories of friends losing years’ worth of work when their external drive failed. I have two LaCie drives, (my favorite being the LaCie Starck 1 TB Drive) and I diligently back up my client files, photos and music from my main computer every few weeks.


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Design Inspiration folder on Flickr


08. Online Digital Inspiration

Ever since I was in college, I’ve gathered up design-related inspirational images and uploaded them to a private Flickr folder. Now bursting at over 5,000 images, it’s a digital library at my fingertips that I use to gather research from for every new job that I start. The importance of having this inspiration saved online is that I can access it from anywhere — whether I’m freelancing, on vacation or in a meeting.


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09. Loose Inspiration and Reference Materials

I have a set of IKEA flat files in the corner of my office that house all my clippings, notebooks and printed inspiration. The drawers hold everything from silkscreened posters to old journals. Having all these items clearly separated yet all housed together has been a lifesaver!


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Fashion Notebook


10. Collage Notebooks

I’ve been clipping visual inspiration from magazines since I was a teenager and those clippings can really pile up after awhile! I keep everything tidy by keeping notebooks for three specific categories: fashion, typography and interior design & home. As the clippings pile up, I collage them in, often categorized my theme and color. To see my collages, which I often scan for the blog, check out the Fashion Notebook, Decor Notebook and Typofiles sets on Flickr.


In Closing: Being Organized Makes Life Feel Less Chaotic

I hope that these examples will inspire you to get your life organized in your own, unique way. Because I have a lot going on, having some basic organizational systems in place means that I’m rarely wasting time digging for items that I think I may have lost. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to organize your belongings; your system just has to make sense to YOU. If you have questions or want me to cover another area of organization in a follow-up article, let me know in the comments. Happy organizing!


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The Week In Pictures: 8.5.11

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week in pictures

On Saturday, Stumptown made me a very special coffee.



week in pictures


My friend Christine stopped in town for a visit, I hit the Brewfest with my dad, we made it over to Hotel Fifty, Mama Nubs flew in from Phoenix, we had a family BBQ, Auntie Nubs had a beautiful solo art opening in The Pearl and I managed to get started on a few new projects. Though I’ve missed traveling as much this summer, it feels good to be getting things accomplished that I’ve put off forever.



week in pictures


week in pictures


On Saturday, I introduced Christine to the holy trinity of Paradox Cafe, Stumptown Coffee and Saint Cupcake (if this trio can’t convince you to stick around, nothing can). Saint Cupcake makes the best cupcakes in town. Let’s put it this way — I don’t like a big fuss made about my birthday but if you delivered a box of vanilla cupcakes, I wouldn’t turn them down.



week in pictures


Mid-week, Mama Nubs and one of my other aunts swooped in and took me out to lunch at Produce Row. We sat in the back of the restaurant this time and I was glad because the ceiling is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Wood carved shapes that have a slight Bavarian vibe?! Amazing.



week in pictures


Joey just finished up this rad astronaut painting. Yes, that’s Saturn on his badge and it sold within a day. Speaking of art, congrats to Auntie Nubs for a successful solo show!



week in pictures


Oh, and I finally paid a visit to Hotel Fifty. I can’t believe I put it off for so long…it’s very inviting and midcentury modern at its finest. My dad and I were obsessing over this table.



week in pictures


And now as I bid you goodbye, I leave you with an adorable interior shot of Saint Cupcake. My weekend is going to be spent with one last visit with Mama Nubs before she takes off for the desert and some quality time with my dad and grandparents. Other than that, I have approximately three half-written articles I’d like to get crackin’ on and a few art pieces that need to get wrapped up. Take care!


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Link Love: 8.4.11

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link love

Image by MAC for Future Face


• The United Nude concept boutiques are amazing. This is exactly how I imagine a shoe store of the future looking.

• Have you ever wondered what Karl Lagerfeld looks like sans his trademark sunglasses? Well, here’s your chance!

• Take a look at 300 vintage TV print ads!

• One writer laments that times have changed and that instead of being drunk and depressed, the trend is leaning towards being healthy and happy. “Whereas previous generations of accomplished writers were awash in alcoholism and cigarettes, sexual-romantic openness, spiritual misery, and financial ruin, today’s young writers are more likely to faithfully drink 8-10 glasses of water daily, be married, get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, and have a decent credit score.”

• I agree with Anna 100%: Design matters. It doesn’t matter if everyone else around you ‘doesn’t get it’ as long as you’re happy with your purchases!

• What’s it like to own a vintage boutique.

• Vintage photos of rock stars in their bathing suits.

• Cutting Edge Stencils are a cool alternative to wallpaper and vinyl wall decals. Even better, since they’re stencils, you get to choose the colors!

• Have you ever checked out The Economist’s Big Mac Index?

• Susie Bubble provides some great insight about being a fashion blogger.

• I love The Noctourne Series of paintings even more each time I see them. A modern take on the stuffy classic portrait, there is something unnerving and mysterious about the purposeful drip marks and partially hidden faces peeking through the canvases.

• Zoetica is creating an international mobile art workshop and is setting the goal of teaching her first group of students in the Peruvian Jungle this September. Please support her!

• CTRL+ALT+DEL coffee cups, anyone?

• I love this home decor idea: Use a glue gun to write or make designs on plain jars and vases before painting them.


Ryan Pavlovich Identity Refresh


Ryan Pavlovich is a talented photographer that I teamed up with earlier this year to work on an identity refresh. His portfolio has a strong focus on artists and musicians. You immediately get a feel for who he is when reading the About paragraph on his site which opens with, “I like my music loud, my whiskey neat, and my images to tell stories.” There you go; I appreciate those who get straight to the point while still allowing their personality to shine through.



I didn’t want Ryan to lose the cool rock n roll edge that’s so evident in his work but at the same time, the logo needed to be structured and professional enough to carry across his new promos and website. He wanted to keep his skull symbol but we traded in his Helvetica wordmark for Knockout (with some modifications) which feels more tidy and structured. I also created a secondary logo which reminds me of a skateboarding brand in the best possible way. This will be ideal for stickers and would also be great when embossed.



Once his logo was finished, Ryan took the next steps of working it into his website and accompanying collateral including promos and mailing labels. Ryan sent me a package containing his new branding which included temporary tattoos of his symbol (genius!) housed in a clear envelope.


Ryan Pavlovich Website by Ryan


A huge thank you goes out to Ryan for allowing me to give you a glimpse into our work together. It’s been fun!


What I Wore: 7.31.11 // Neon

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


I’ve been on such a huge neon kick lately! Not head-to-toe neon, mind you, but just in tiny doses. Most notably, neon nails and shoes are taking center stage in my wardrobe. There’s something decidedly modern about taking a streamlined, slightly mod silhouette and adding the equivalent of an exclamation point at the end. This would perhaps be the sartorial equivalent of “work on top, party on the bottom.” I don’t know about you but I like walking around with a highlighter on my feet!


what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


I Wore:

Wool dress, Forever 21
Studded Headband, Forever 21
Striped Tights, American Apparel
Neon Wedges, Poland by Ego and Greed


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