The Week In Pictures: 3.15.13

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

Happy Friday! This week was especially good because I caught up with my friend Pam and we made great use of the Slingshot photo booth. Can you tell that she’s always the life of the party? It’s especially great when you haven’t seen a friend for a long time and when you finally do, find out things are going better than ever (we’ve been through a lot of ups and downs together!) Though I have online friends and a lot of friends in other cities, it’s nice to have those local friends you can call and meet up with 10 minutes later.

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was feeling the urge to spring clean. I think that comes with the sun suddenly peeking out and then you see how dusty and disgusting everything really is! My office looked this tidy over the weekend but it’s now overflowing with boxes of goodie bag treats for the Portland and LA Blogcademys. I’m waiting until Kat and Gala get here so I can put them to work assembling them. 😉

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Sometimes you inadvertently match your surroundings. At the Doug Fir, I looked down and realized my mod lumberjack get-up was right in tune with the futuristic log cabin vibe.

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My latest quick and tasty snack: mandarin oranges. I can’t stop eating them! Trader Joe’s has containers of them with the stems still on. I doubt that actually means anything nutritionally but they are more visually pleasing. Oh, and of course they cost more with the stems. too. I refer to this phenomenon as “paying for the pretty.” Haha.

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I never tire of the Doug Fir’s decor. Ever! I had a meeting there last night to pick up the custom Blogcademy city tote bags and am so excited with how they turned out! In case you’re in need of some custom printed merch, I went through OSI and couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

I’m impatiently waiting until tonight when I get to party with my grandparents at The Eagles (really). Besides that, Joey and I have a lot to get through this weekend with basement remodeling still going strong. Have a great weekend, loves!

Link Love: 3.14.13

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• In her Freelance Matters series, Kathleen just wrote a really insightful post that asks us to consider, “Who are you working for?”

• The future of customer service: these companies are getting it right.

• Sometimes, shoes really are more than just shoes. I loved reading this story about Nicole’s quest for pointy-toed sneakers that were part of a much bigger life story.

• It’s really no surprise that teens are getting tired of Facebook.

• The New York Times laments that a world without work isn’t quite as perfect and utopian as we imagined it would be.

• Looking for some new iPhone app recommendations? Gala has a great list that will help both your sanity and productivity.

• If you work from home but miss the interaction of an office atmosphere, Jess Lively has a solution.

• As a creative, how do you avoid getting caught in the rabbit hole of inspiration?

• I loved getting a peek inside painter Laura Jones’ studio, full of gorgeous floral paintings. So inspiring!

• A day in the life of a freelance journalist in 2013 is not as pleasant as we’d hoped.

• Free resources to improve the look of your blog.

• If you’re interested in artistic animated gifs, Patakk is your place!

• Interior and textile designer Catlin Wilson is so young but has accomplished so much and openly discusses how she balances work and a family.

Blog Log #5: What Is An Editorial Calendar and Why Do I Need One?

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When it comes to blogging, everywhere I look these days I see discussions popping up around editorial calendars. Now that we’re firmly planted in the era of professional bloggers, it seems like everyone’s openly discussing theirs. What is an editorial calendar? In a nutshell, it boils down to having your blogging schedule planned out in a calendar format. That’s it!

When I first started blogging, long before I even had a niche figured out (or cared if people were reading!), an editorial calendar wasn’t on my mind at all. I posted what I wanted when I wanted. If I was feeling particularly inspired and wanted to post twice a day, I would. If I wanted to take four days off, I would. That’s the life, right?

On the contrary, I found that it could be incredibly stressful. I’m a creature of habit and thrive on routines and structure. As the years went by and I became a lot more serious about blogging, any time I woke up and didn’t know what I was going to be posting that day, it stressed me out! I know that sounds ridiculous but fellow bloggers, you know exactly what I mean — it’s that same feeling of not getting your homework done and winging it. As we all know, posts that are cobbled together in the moment are not always the tightest. In my case, visuals come easily but words don’t always flow out as readily. Though I enjoy writing, I’m not a professional and stringing together words doesn’t just happen — columns like this take some serious forethought and many read-throughs before I’m comfortable posting. Having these topics outlined in advance gives me time to think through my drafts and rewrite sections before they go live. If I was writing this content off the cuff, I know for a fact I wouldn’t be putting my best work forward.

Slot in Specific Columns

I’d blogged on Live Journal for six years just for fun. But, by the end of 2007, I was getting a lot more serious about blogging. Plotting out my editorial calendar is actually the reason why I developed columns to fit in slots for specific days. When I looked out over the next month, knowing I had certain days of the week already covered took away a lot of the stress and allowed me to really get creative and explore those “free” days, whether it was diving into sharing sharing business tips, peeks inside recent travels or pulling back the curtain and showing my adventures in home renovation.

If you’re a regular reader, you already know this but my weekly schedule currently looks something like this:

Monday: Style Post or Client Project
Tuesday: In The Mood or Typofiles
Wednesday: Advice or Blog Log
Thursday: Link Love
Friday: Week In Pictures

And then, I’ll sprinkle in the occasional post that doesn’t fit into these slots to mix things up.

Contrary to what it may seem at first glance, what I’ve found is that having an editorial calendar doesn’t confine me at all — instead, it gives me the spark I need to produce certain kinds of content. It holds me accountable to my blog and deadlines. If I didn’t have a calendar, I might slip away more often. It’s wonderful to be a blogging free spirit and I admire the folks that live their lives with wild abandon. But, having some structure is good for all of us. And if I was staring out over a blank month, I would be back to where I was when I started: posting a hodgepodge of everything with some hits, a lot of misses and very little consistency. I’ll leave that for my personal journal!

Tracking Your Editorial Calendar

Some people like Gala hand write their blogging plans out by hand. Others use Google Docs. I keep it simple and put together a text document that I keep on my desktop. There’s no surefire way to keep yours. I find that the more basic I keep these documents, the more likely I am to check in and follow my plan.

In Closing

As your blog becomes more established, whether you like it or not, readers begin to expect a sense of consistency. Regular columns coupled with an editorial calendar will make your life run a whole lot smoother and as a bonus, if you can work ahead, it’s always nice to pre-schedule posts and take a few days off!

View more of the Blog Log series here.

It’s your turn: Do you keep an editorial calendar?

In The Mood #4: Spring Green

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Just like everyone else in the Northern Hemisphere, I’m coming out of hibernation and Spring is on my mind. I’m loving this optimistic, saturated green — I’ve been pulling this color into my wardrobe a lot lately and a mood board celebrating the hue seemed imminent!

In The Mood

In The Mood

In the mix, there’s an Anthropologie necklace I picked up last year in Santa Monica, clippings from an Alexander Girard brochure, a Heart in Oregon sticker and marbled silk Dries Van Noten heels from Fall 2008.

In The Mood

View more of the In The Mood series here.

Back To The Farm

Nubby Twiglet Back To The Farm

I’m still not over the Photography Farm. While I enjoyed London, getting out to the countryside and spending the day in Surrey really was where it was at for me. Having the opportunity to hang out with a group of photographers gave me a new perspective and allowed me an insight into that industry that I wouldn’t have otherwise had.

Nubby Twiglet Back To The Farm

Nubby Twiglet Back To The Farm

That night, as we were gathered around the dinner table, I met Brooke of Blush Photography. Brooke hails from Utah and she completely understood my obsession with Ridge Farm. “We just don’t have anything this old in the U.S! It’s magical! It’s like we’re in a fairytale!” When you’re sitting in a cottage that’s close to 400 years older than anything in your hometown, it has an impact!

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I wanted to commemorate my time on the farm with a set of photos and Brooke obliged with the instructions of “Meet me outside in the morning at 9 am.” I awoke in Freddie’s bed, hopped up in the dark and got ready as fast as I could. Brooke is a wedding photographer and if you’re in Utah, you have to work with her. I’ve shot with a lot of photographers and I always feel like there’s an equal amount of technique and personality that goes into photos. Brooke of course was an awesome photographer but beyond that, she also knows how to put you at ease and get the photos she imagines. Her direction is very specific but warm. She walks the balance between being a professional and being your friend.

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Shooting with Brooke that morning was a perfect sendoff from my time in the U.K. Ten minutes after these shots were taken, we were back in the car, inching down the driveway.

I Wore:
Quilted Jacket, Forever 21
Gold Ball Necklace, H&M
Wool Plaid Skirt, Vintage
Boots, All Saints

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Photography: Brooke of Blush Photography
Location: Ridge Farm, Surrey, UK
More Ridge Farm goodness: Life On The Farm

The Week In Pictures: 3.8.13

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

Another week down! How was yours? Last month when I visited Ampersand, I picked up this great design magazine called Graphic and they completely change the format every issue. The one I got is completely composed of posters and I was really drawn to this one simply reading P O S I T I V E. And my leafy desktop is from the Dress Your Tech column on Designlovefest. Very Spring-y!

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Last night I went out with Latanya of Sprinkles and Booze (she says the name came to her in a dream!) who I met at the first Blogcademy in New York last year. She’s been visiting Portland for the last month and it was about time we met up — when we weren’t talking about blogging, we were talking about Portland and it reminded me of how lucky I am to live in such a chill, accessible, progressive place where anything goes.

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My dad brought over a bag of random stuff and when I started digging through, I froze when I got to these little scissors. I’m left-handed and I remember them well, from the age of 4 onwards. I used those scissors constantly (I don’t know if schools cater to left-handers more now, but in the 80s they just didn’t.) I can’t even comprehend how many art projects I made using them but all that time cutting things out paid off since I went onto do a lot of collage-based art shows.

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I spend a lot of time at my desk so I’m pretty particular about my surroundings. I love having bright accessories (mine are from Poppin) and stacks of the latest catalogs (dying over everything J. Crew right now). And the mini ampersand necklace is by Karen Kavett.

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I’ve been testing out a lot of different poster layouts this week for a series I’m putting together for The Blogcademy and as soon as they show up, I’ll be reviewing the quality if you’d like to print up some of your own designs! How cool would that be?

We’ve been in overdrive this week getting everything ready for Portland and LA and hit a major snag when we found out our LA venue had been double-booked! Full-on panic ensued and then, we found this place which is downright amazing. Serious personality there! It was a good reminder to me that change, no matter how scary and last-minute it feels, is sometimes for the best (though it doesn’t feel like that in the moment!)

Have a great weekend, everyone! We’re in total remodeling mode over here and it feels great to see our house finally looking the way I imagined it for so long (I’m lucky that Joey’s quite the handyman). Progress. Slowly but surely. xo

Link Love: 3.7.13

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Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue

• Steve Jobs talks about working with Paul Rand. And, an inside look at the presentation book Rand gave to Jobs is pretty insightful when it comes to talking about your work.

• Public speaking is harder than it looks! luckily Kathleen has some great tips on how to rock it.

• I am completely obsessed with this Tumblr of large format photos from New York’s past. Click through, you have to see this!

• I had no idea that the White House was completely gutted in 1950! The photographic proof is pretty impressive.

• As a creative, it’s easy to go go go but breaks are essential to our well-being.

• If you’re in need of some great web font options, Breanna Rose has rounded up even more for you!

• If you’re busy, you’re doing something wrong.

• Schweizer Plakate is a massive gallery of Swiss posters.

• Remember Kim France, the founding editor of Lucky Magazine? Well, the ultimate downtown cool girl just gave an interview and now she’s big on blogging.

• Here’s a great collection of old school shop facades.

• Photographer Murad Osmann’s girlfriend takes the lead as they travel the world together.

• Jessica Hische just put together a guide of quotes and accents, complete with key commands. So helpful!

• How do you cope with failure?