Do What You Are Meant To Do Now.

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What are you meant to do?


What’s holding you back from making your dreams a reality? There’s one thing that I know for sure: If you continually make excuses, there’s always going to be something that’s holding you back because life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Nothing is ever going to be perfect. The best way to learn is to take chances, challenge yourself (and to learn from your mistakes).

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want the next steps for my business to be. Looking back, I’m glad that I didn’t wait to get started. I began developing the beginnings of my brand back in high school — my alias back then was slightly different but the color schemes and message had started to take shape. If I’d had more access to the internet and known other designers back in the late 90s, it probably would have moved along much faster and I probably wouldn’t have second-guessed myself so much. Kids these days have a much more defined view of the world! I began taking the idea of running my own business more seriously when I presented Nubbytwiglet.com as my senior project in college. I made a mini business plan, included mock-ups of products I wanted to develop and mood boards of graphics I wanted to create (I actually found this while cleaning out my office the other night!)

How do you get started on your desired path?


This is tricky because everyone defines success differently and there’s no surefire formula to hit your goals. It’s important to make learning your mission. Buy books and read blogs on your chosen subject. Find a mentor and make contact with like-minded folks. Apply to as many internships as possible and most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most professionals were in your position once and will hopefully be flattered that you’re seeking their advice. I’m lucky that so many people were willing to give me a chance early on and offer guidance.

One of the most common mistakes people make when they consider branching out on their own is telling themselves that there’s just too much competition. They convince themselves that the market is too flooded with their specific talent. If you embrace this mentality, you’ll always feel stuck. One of the points I make to students when I give my Freelance 101 presentation is to embrace what makes you unique; you should never be afraid to show your true self. The design world is becoming increasingly competitive and though there’s always going to be someone that’s more skilled than you, it’s important to increase your value by adding your own unique spin. For example, when I first launched this blog in 2007, I was afraid that sharing my outfit posts and content that was not directly related to design would mean that I’d be taken less seriously as a designer. But what I soon realized though is that by leaving these elements out, I was hiding a huge part of who I was. Because I opened up and shared my interest in fashion, I was able to gain many clients that wanted a more style-driven look including Forever 21 and Nike.

I’m noticing that interns these days are having to work harder than ever. A weak economy and a flood of fresh graduates shouldn’t be a deterrent though. When I applied for my first internship, it took me two whole months of emails and phone calls to even get an interview. I only had one year of community college completed and let’s face it — I knew the basics and that was it. I still did anything and everything I possibly could to be of value and that attitude paid off. You have to want what you’re after badly enough and in the process, you will be tested and stretched to your limits but this is how you learn and grow. Seek out as many internships as possible; they’re a low pressure way to learn the ropes and to decide if the day-to-day reality of your profession is a good fit.

What are you waiting for?


The bottom line is that there’s always going to be someone that’s more skilled, better connected and in possession of a fancier portfolio and website but I promise you that this isn’t everything. If you embrace what makes you unique, have a positive, can-do attitude and are determined to do whatever it takes to break into your chosen industry, chances are that you will go far. Stay positive, stay strong and lastly, start your journey now. DON’T WAIT. Do what you’re meant to do.


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What I Wore: 7.4.11 // Scout

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


To my American readers, I hope you had a great 4th! I wasn’t exactly in the mood to wear red, white and blue this year. Instead, I decided to sport a vintage Girl Scout uniform and what’s more all-American than that?! I’ve always loved the vintage Girl Scout uniforms and actually had this exact one when I was 18. Something possessed me to get rid of it and I’ve been kicking myself all these years. Lo and behold, my friend Mary Bee set one aside for me when I visited her in LA last month. I was never in the Girl Scouts but I did do a brief stint in Campfire. Too bad my cookie stash ran out back in 1988.


what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


This uniform is wrinkled and tattered and the thin fabric is reminiscent of old curtains. But to me, that just adds to the appeal even more knowing that some Girl Scout got her wear out of it fifty years ago.


what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

I Wore:

Girl Scouts Uniform, Vintage
Belt, Vintage
Boots, Jeffrey Campbell Tardy
Headband, H&M
Nails, Sally Hansen Mint Sprint

P.S. Thanks as always to Joey for taking my outfit photos!


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The Week In Pictures: 7.2.11

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week in pictures

Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon


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week in pictures


Casual weekend attire: Urban Outfitters PARIS top paired with my favorite H&M scarf. Flashback: Gala sported this shirt during our bed jumping fiasco in Paris.


week in pictures


Check out the view from the course out at Edgefield! I golfed for the first time ever on Thursday. When I was much younger, my brother took golf lessons and I’d tag along and occasionally do some putting but I’ve never done much else since then. An agency I freelance at decided to have a golf tournament and I just finished the branding, invites and signs last week. I thought it would be rude to not go so I gave it my best shot…and I was absolutely terrible. It was still fun though! When you finish, you turn your clubs in at the bar next to the course and drink away your sorrows.


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I have the sweetest friends! Mary Bee just sent me this cool mug (can’t go wrong with black + white + type!) as a thank you for an upcoming collaboration we’ve been plotting for the last month.


week in pictures


Topshop makes some of the best accessories I’ve seen. I ordered some belts from them and the quality is really impressive. My favorite of the bunch is the red leather wide double buckle belt; it makes everything look better including my four year old Forever 21 dress pictured above!


week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures


Behind the scenes, I’ve been hard at work updating my design portfolio. I try to work on a new version once a year and I’m really overdue. There are still a lot of placeholders and dummy text but it’s coming together slowly but surely! Once completed, this will be printed as a book and also formatted as a PDF. Then, it’s time to conquer a new online portfolio. Have a Happy 4th and be careful with those fireworks!


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Link Love: 6.30.11

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• The eternal shame of your first online handle is a trip down memory lane for those of us of a certain age.

• A great introduction to the Basics of Typography.

• I just discovered the colorful mixed media collages of Charles Wilkin and they’re electrifying.

• 5 reasons to blog anonymously (and 5 reasons not to).

• If you have a sense of humor, Go the F*ck to Sleep may just be the best title of a children’s book in existence.

• A fantastic collection of album cover art over on Flickr.

• Portlanders, you must check out Salt & Straw, an adorable new ice cream cart with really unique flavors!

• Jane of Sea of Shoes shares her favorite beauty products for the summer.

• The 20 craziest job interview questions and the right answers. It’s extremely important to know the answer to “What is your strategy at table tennis?”

• I absolutely love this collection of photos from Brooklyn circa 1974.

•  What it’s like to fly first class.

• One more reason why you should never do cocaine.

• Karen Walker designs perhaps the most stylish sunglasses in existence.


Decor Inspiration: Bavarian Modern


Lately, I’ve been thinking about interiors and what it takes to make a house a home. And, when I look back at how we’ve decorated Wolfgang Manor thus far, an overall theme has emerged which I’ve dubbed Bavarian Modern. To me, Bavarian Modern is slick yet rustic. It encompasses old school touches like cuckoo clocks, vintage chandeliers, taxidermy, dashes of damask and a handful of worn wooden pieces mixed with a monochrome palette, modern furniture and an abundance of open space.

I’ve always been drawn to the modern side of interior design but growing up, my parents were obsessed with everything European (we had a cuckoo clock in our living room and visited Leavenworth every year for vacation) and there’s no denying that some of that influence rubbed off on me.



MOOD BOARD 01

1. Pia Wallén cross blanket. If you love this blanket as much as I do, click here. 2. Vintage carved wall decor. 3. Mountain home in Spain. 4. Mix-and-match plates. 5. Dali Lips sofa. 6. Saarinen Tulip Chair (we have some reproductions of these in our kitchen). 7. Silhouettes and taxidermy. 8. Lover lettering paired with a very dramatic bed.



MOOD BOARD 02

1. Cole & Son Woods Wallpaper in black (we’re considering this for our living room). 2. White fireplaces. 3. Jenna Lyons’ dramatic black bedroom & bath. 4. Black walls add drama to every day kitchen objects. 5. I love the mix of a modern exterior mixed with white walls and dark wood. 6. Miscellaneous taxidermy. 7. A living room that manages to strike the balance between rustic and modern.



MOOD BOARD 03

1. A dark and dramatic living room. 2. Weathered still-life featuring antlers by Ditte Isager. 3. I’m a big fan of the Superordinate Antler Chandelier by Jason Miller. 4. How cool is this type-covered mirror via One Language? 5. Gray makes everything feel more modern and less formal, including this couch. 6. Quite possibly the coolest fireplace I’ve ever seen.


So there you have it! Bavarian Modern.


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