Ghost Town Glamour Girls: Nelson, Nevada

las vegas 2012


las vegas 2012


After our Airstream adventures at Circus Circus, Kat, Gala and I hopped in our rental car and hit the open road. We drove and drove and drove, further into the barren desert towards Nelson, Nevada. Long, dusty roads opened to what can only be described as a ghost town bathed in golden light. We hadn’t seen anyone for miles but surprisingly, the town was hopping with action, packed with buses of onlookers and brides and grooms.


las vegas 2012


The desert sun was fading fast so we stumbled through the rocky landscape, striking poses in a wave of tulle and sequins. I’d set aside a special yet bizarre dress that reminded me of the scales of a goldfish. Slipping into its structured casing felt like otherworldly armor. Changing in the parking lot was our only option and the dress got stuck on my hairdo and wouldn’t budge. I stood there in an awkward state of undress until Kat stepped in to help. Neither of the girls could stop laughing at what appeared to be a headless sequined monster.


las vegas 2012

las vegas 2012


Originally settled as a mining town, the remnants feel more like an old western movie set. The town is like an obstacle course of awesomeness, dotted with decaying barns, burned-out cars and vintage signs at every turn. Gala, Kat and I would be perfectly content moving in for a short while and setting up a homestead…except I don’t think there’s a Wifi signal for miles!


las vegas 2012

las vegas 2012


Even with its dark history, the current incarnation of Nelson is pretty idyllic. We felt right at home.


las vegas 2012


It should be known that Gala is like Spiderman in heels. She’s never, ever content to stay on the ground. I’ve watched her scale huge ladders in New York and hang from slippery monkey bars in Paris. I have a feeling she was a stuntwoman in a past life.


las vegas 2012


I Wore:

Half Moon Pailette Dress, ASOS
Tights, H&M
Belt, Forever 21
Romeo & Juliet clutch, Kate Spade
Marbled silk heels, Dries van Noten


las vegas 2012


Gala Wore:

1950s purple prom dress, Vintage
Sparkly bunny ears, Janine Basil
Star Earrings, Im Your Present
Starburst ‘Polly’ shoes, Betsey Johnson


las vegas 2012


Kat Wore:

1940s mint green vintage dress, Frock and Roll Vintage
Aurora Borealis necklace, Topshop

Custom pink Swarovski Crystal Rhiana shoes, Benjamin Adams
Vivien headpiece, DC Bouquets

Once this shoot wrapped, we had one more trick up our sleeves. Tune back in on Monday to see our final look!


las vegas 2012

las vegas 2012


Credits:

Photography: David McNeil Photography & Lisa Devlin Photography
Assisted by: Amy Bartlam
Hair & Make Up: Your Beauty Call 
Florals: Enchanted Florists
Location: Nelson, Nevada


Link Love: 3.8.12

link love


link love

Source


• A day in the life of the internet is pretty amazing. In a 24 hour period, 294 billion emails are sent and 2 million blog posts are written!

• Pantone mixed with dessert to make fancy tarts? Yes, please!

• I can’t wait to try out Wanderfly, a new travel site that functions much like Pinterest but revolves around personal travel.

• Docracy is a website offering freely available legal documents that you can format, save and make your own!

• In the future, an Instagram printing party box could take the place of photo booths at events. What a cool concept!

• Pugly Pixel demonstrates how to add ombré effects to photos.

• What do you think of the Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2012 collection? Intriguing or in bad taste? I’m loving the accessories.

• Luxirare takes her foot artistry to a whole new level with a waffle machine!

•  A quick but great read: How many recognizable brands kicked their normal habits and found massive success.

• Sign Language is a fantastic collection of vintage sign photographs on Flickr and best of all, each image is marked with location.

• The Facebook Timeline now travels back to the year 1000. Perfect if you’re an older brand…or a vampire.


Advice #43: How Can I Manage the College / Life Balance?

ask nubby advice


I’ve been stuck in a real rut lately. Being a college freshman taking six classes, I feel like I’m running myself dry creatively, or perhaps more so, motivationally. I keep dreaming up all these grand ideas, but by the time I get back to my dorm I just want to go back to bed. I know schoolwork should come first, but I’m having a hard time focusing on that when I’m dreaming up creative design projects. I feel like I am putting all this time into useless projects for class and I’m losing valuable time for my personal projects and potential business. How can I avoid getting swept up into to the crowd of becoming just another college student?


ask nubby advice

Do All Things With Love.


When you’re in school, the work / life balance can seem almost impossible to achieve. I know all too well how this feels (see below). But do remember that you have the rest of your life and career ahead of you — plenty of time to make your dreams a reality. I had the same issue as you — my mind was constantly racing with ideas for personal projects during classes but time was scarce. What I have since realized is that just because you can’t act on your ideas right this second doesn’t mean that they’re going to suddenly evaporate or become less-thank-awesome. My solution was to carry a notebook everywhere with me to jot down those ideas. And, I did come back to many of them later on.

Though it’s hard to see now, while the projects you’re working on for class might not seem directly valuable to you at the time, the takeaway is usually more abstract. It could be that you’re learning a particular skill or gaining experience that you’ll be able to draw upon years down the road.

When I was 26, I began my second and final year of design classes. My schedule looked like this for a full year:

Monday: School // 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday: Agency Internship // 9:30 – 6 p.m.
Wednesday: School // 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: Agency Internship // 9:30 – 6 p.m.
Friday: School // 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday: Retail Job // 10.a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Retail Job // 11.a.m. – 5 p.m.

Notice that there were no days off. Looking back, the constant rotation of tasks with a new place to be each day often left me reeling. Balancing so many commitments on top of blogging five days a week (I’d started this blog the year before) was bordering insanity but I pulled through because I had a set of goals at the end of the tunnel: 1. I needed to finish my design degree to get into the agencies & studios I admired. 2. I had to work because there was rent and bills to pay. 3. The internship was at an agency I considered my top choice for post-college employment.


ask nubby advice

Hold onto your inspiration. It’s not going anywhere! (source unknown)


If I hadn’t had goals, I probably would have dropped to the floor at some point, given into the exhaustion and cancelled some of my commitments. Even though I pulled through this stressful time, I won’t lie, it was definitely one of the hardest years of my life. But I got through it day by day, week by week and it taught me some key points:

1. Good time management

Even though you’re short on time now to work on your personal projects, this is something most of us will have to cope with for the rest of our lives. As we move from school to careers, to managing households, the time crunch doesn’t usually get much better post-college. School might seem like a drain now but if you have a very strict schedule and a very limited amount of time to complete particular tasks, you’ll find a way to make it happen. That drive to follow through with the seemingly impossible in a short window of time will come in handy later in your job.

2. Rating the level of importance of tasks

With a list of school assignments a mile long, you’ll quickly learn how to delegate and fly through completely different tasks in record time. When you’re at your post-college job and the boss rambles off a list of random items, you’ll be able to smile, respond with “no problem” and then rate, delegate and conquer.

3. Negotiation

There are going to be times where you’re expected to do two things at once. Or, worse yet, to be two places at once. During my final year of school, the agency I was interning at wanted me to come in on Fridays. One little issue: I had school on Fridays. It was in my best interest to work on Fridays because 1. the internship was paid and 2. it was where I hoped to work post-college. I negotiated with my teacher and she agreed that as long as I got my schoolwork done, I could work on Fridays instead. Think outside of the box when it comes to your schoolwork; most teachers are human and are willing to compromise with you if you show a willingness to meet them in the middle.

In Closing

While school can be a bumpy ride at times, remember that nothing lasts forever. You have an awesome opportunity to gain an education — try to embrace the experience now instead of rushing through assignments. Your ideas will still be with you once you’ve graduated and the life skills you learn in college will follow you through the rest of your career.


Life Under The Big Top: An Afternoon at Circus Circus

las vegas 2012


las vegas 2012


The first of our three-part photo series from a whirlwind trip to Vegas last month is finally here!

Circus Circus is one of those classic Las Vegas landmarks that conjures up images of a bygone era. Opened in 1968 and the size of a spacious compound, it features a famous indoor carnival midway stuffed to the brim with kid’s games but Kat, Gala and I were there for a lesser-known attraction: the RV park. Of course, this being Vegas, the RV park had an extra special attraction — Airstream trailers!!!


las vegas 2012

las vegas 2012


Behind the scenes, this photo shoot took months of planning with constant emails flying back and forth between me in Portland, Gala in New York, wedding photographer Lisa Devlin and Kat in the U.K. and wedding photographer David McNeil, who happened to be in India at the time. Somehow though, it came together beautifully as the crew showed up at 9 a.m. sharp to our suite at The Cosmopolitan in late February.


las vegas 2012


To be completely honest, this is the first time I’d been on a shoot of this size and had both my hair and makeup professionally done. Your Beauty Call fixed the three of us up in record time and whatever magic the makeup artist LaVey used is beyond me — 10 hours later, our faces were still in place, even after frolicking through a windswept desert. And, my backcombed ‘do lasted for four days afterward. Trust me, with this heavy mop of hair, that’s a world record. These girls can handle Paris Hilton and The Kardashians so surely they have a few tricks up their sleeves!


las vegas 2012

las vegas 2012

las vegas 2012


las vegas 2012

las vegas 2012


las vegas 2012

I Wore:

Neoprene Dress, Asos
Tights, H&M
Boots, Camilla Skovgaard


las vegas 2012

Kat Wore:

1950s pink vintage dress, Frock and Roll Vintage
Neon pink petticoat, borrowed from Gala
Shoes, Irregular Choice Patty
Hair Bow, Chubby Bunny


las vegas 2012

Gala Wore:

Bedazzled Mickey Mouse ears, xo Erika Marie
$20 purple dress
Belt, Betsey Johnson
Shoes, Chinese Laundry


las vegas 2012

las vegas 2012

las vegas 2012

las vegas 2012

las vegas 2012


Thanks to everyone for a day I’ll never forget. It all feels very far away now but the photos bring back all the memories of one of the best twelve hour stretches of my life. The magic of Vegas really comes alive when you’re surrounded by a great group of people.


las vegas 2012


Credits:

Photography: David McNeil Photography & Lisa Devlin Photography
Assisted by: Amy Bartlam
Hair & Make Up: Your Beauty Call 
Florals: Enchanted Florists
Location: Circus Circus RV Park, Las Vegas


The Week In Pictures: 3.2.12

week in pictures


week in pictures

week in pictures


After five glorious days of sun, fun and silly antics, I was definitely hit hard with a case of the post-vacation blues this week. The only solutions for me were to 1. Jump back into work as a distraction and 2. Surround myself with color. A lot of it.


week in pictures


Ever since I was a teen, my primary form of relaxation has been reading fashion magazines. I’ve always loved editorial design and they have some of the best. But now, with who knows haw many subscriptions (10? More?) and little free time, they’re piling up fast. This is maybe a third of what I need to get through!


week in pictures

My copy, in black and white


One of the best moments of last week was delivering a round of proofs of the upcoming Rock n Roll Bride magazine directly to Kat in Vegas. I’m in Porltand, she’s in the U.K. and well, I never thought we’d get a face-to-face meeting. This time, we’re pushing ourselves harder to create something that’s not only beautiful but also meaningful.

This magazine project ties into something I’ve been thinking a lot more about this year. Behind the scenes, I’ve been focusing more on the big picture. I keep coming back to quality over quantity. During the first few years of my career, I worked as hard as I could to develop a solid base of clients and took on way too much work in the process for two reasons: I wanted to build my portfolio as quickly as possible with non-school work and I needed the income. Now I’m at a place where I want to focus on larger projects. Whereas I used to often just do a logo for a client, a project now might go something like this: 1. Identity development. 2. Business cards and collateral. 3. Blog and / or website. 4. e-promo and print promo templates. 5. Print magazine. Because of this, when I’m now working with a new client, it might be months before the full project makes its debut. That means less design updates here but when they do happen, they’ll be much larger and discuss more of the process we’ve gone through.


week in pictures


Like I said, color is playing a huge role in my life lately. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to add a few splashes to your wardrobe. The neon yellow dress was from Forever 21 and the chunky knit green sweater (which, in this rain / snow combo week here in Portland has really come in handy) was found at Buffalo Exchange.


week in pictures

With faux Michael jackson on The Strip on my Julia Kostreva notebook


I didn’t expect to have such a great time in Vegas last week. I’d been there many times before and yeah, it’s fun but after three days on The Strip, you want to run home screaming. But this time was different — maybe the allure of vacation has gotten more seductive as I’ve gotten older. You know how it goes: you escape into a fantasy world where your room magically gets cleaned every day, emails slow down and your friends from different cities are somehow by your side. You eat out every night, explore new, glittery environments and document them with fresh-eyed excitement. Of course this can’t last forever but what I’ve learned is that sometimes, we just need to get away from it all. Away from the internet, away from the monotony of every day life. This week, I am thankful that I got the time to step away and appreciate the world around me. If you’re feeling the need, I hope you’ll have an opportunity to step away and do the same soon.


nubby signature

Link Love: 3.1.12

link love


link love

Charlotte Carey by Andrew Yee


• Stop being a tortured creative and have fun.

• If you’ve been considering going freelance, read this for some great advice.

• I love Jennifer Wright: Stop writing on the Internet to make people love you.

How to stay productive and get massive amounts of shit done.

• Offscreen is a beautifully designed magazine that takes a look at the people that create websites and apps. Find out what a day of their life is like and what they keep on their desks!

• The 8 principles of product naming.

• Studio On Fire does the most beautiful letterpress I’ve ever seen. This Brooklyn wedding invitation suite is no exception.

• The world’s 50 most innovative companies.

• I’m always on the lookout for great hand-done looking scripts and am loving Saissant. Reminds me of some of my favorite calligraphy.

• If you’re interested in the fashion & lifestyle PR industries, this book may be perfect for you.

• Like me, Luxirare has a little white dog named Rocky and loves Adidas. She whipped up a mini track suit and sneakers for her and the results are, as usual, amazing!

• To speed up the creativity process, sometimes you have to slow down.


Making Lists and Dreaming Big

nubby notebooks


In a post that resonated with many of you, Doing What You Love, I discussed the process of actively taking steps to get from point A to point B in your life and mentioned that one way I moved forward during times of uncertainty (of which there were many) was by actively making lists of goals.

I was really serious about that list-making, too. One of the drawers in my flat files is devoted to storing old notebooks. These notebooks date back to around 2002 and are packed with notes and thoughts about what I wanted my path to be. Looking back, I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with my life but I knew it would include a combination of art and design. As the notebooks progressed, I did a lot of sketches of art pieces, began thinking more about my website and jotting down new ideas for design projects. Somewhere around 2005, I started making lists of potential design programs. Everything continued to progress from there. I had a few setbacks along the way but I kept pushing forward because it felt right. I worked through what I wanted first on paper, then made a plan of how I thought it was most feasible.


nubby notebooks


I still actively keep notebooks but these days, they are mostly filled with thumbnail sketches of logos, ideas for blog posts and client feedback. I also keep a daily planner now as well (you can see some of my old ones on the top of that stack). I know that many of you use digital means to track your to-do lists and goals but there’s something incredibly satisfying to me when I write everything out. It’s cathartic, a release. When I cross an item off, I’m letting go and moving on.

Looking back, I didn’t always know what exactly I was doing or how I was going to make it happen. All I knew is that I needed a change and I needed to feel like I was moving forward each day. Sometimes, all it takes to get started is a pen, paper and the drive to create change in your life, no matter how small it may seem at the time.