I Found The Holy Grail Of Black Boots at Zara

Nubby Twiglet | Zara Black Boots

Why does it seem like the most basic staples in our wardrobe end up being the most elusive to find? I’d been on the lookout for a nearly flat pair of stylish black boots for awhile but kept coming up empty-handed. I have plenty of black boots but they were all a little too dressy — none of them were ideal for long walks with Rocky or rainy days.

Nubby Twiglet | Zara Black Boots

Then, for my birthday I got a Zara gift certificate so I figured I’d start there. And after a little digging, I found the holy grail of black boots: black leather, low heel height, great traction, cool hardware, a comfortable rounded toe and priced under $200.00. I ordered them and waited, not expecting much. These basics always seem to look better in their online photographs than in real life, right?

Nubby Twiglet | Zara Black Boots

But when they finally arrived and I slipped them on, they had a nice, roomy fit and were ridiculously comfortable. They’re now the pair of shoes I leave by the door to slip on and go.

Nubby Twiglet | Zara Black Boots

For Fall and Winter, I’m definitely leaning towards well-made, simple monochromatic basics. I’m at the point where my beloved staples including the coat and purse I use every day are wearing out after a few years of nonstop wear. I want things that can easily be dressed up or down and will last me a long time.

Nubby Twiglet | Zara Black Boots

These are some basics I’ve got my eye on: Saturday Buckle-over Dress, Kate Spade Literary Glasses Scarf and the Proenza Schouler PS11 Bag which would all go perfectly with the Zara Zip Ankle Boots.

Are there any attire basics that you’re currently on the hunt for?

The Week In Pictures: 10.11.13 | Beaches and Bigfoot

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Last Saturday, my brother threw around the idea of heading to the Oregon Coast and asked me if I wanted to go bright and early Sunday morning. We’ve lived together for most of our lives and I know how quickly he changes his mind so honestly, I didn’t take him too seriously. “Sure, sounds like fun.”

I awoke early Sunday and got ready, just in case. And, I’m glad I did; he was serious. We hit the road by 9 am but we weren’t just idly heading to the beach — we were also on the lookout for Bigfoot. Yes, Bigfoot. Recently, one of his friends had taken a snapshot of a Bigfoot statue in a tiny coastal town and we were determined to find it (more on that later).

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

I visit Cannon Beach every year for vacation and it’s easy to see why I love it so much from these photos. Everyone else in the state thinks it’s as beautiful and picturesque as I do and every time we head there, it’s completely packed. The thing is, the main beach next to all the shops and stores is packed but I was let in on a secret over the weekend — if you head down the highway another mile, to the large rest stop, the beach is nearly vacant. Peaceful. Pristine.

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

This is the part of Cannon Beach that I’d somehow never seen. I couldn’t quite believe it.

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

The trees along the path down to the beach have such a cool look with branches jutting out in every direction.

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

We walked for what felt like forever on the empty beach, but it was probably more like a half hour. The wind whipped around like crazy and the waves crashed but we didn’t care.

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

I felt a little cliche taking the same shot what felt like 10 times in a row but I couldn’t stop. I’ve done a lot of traveling but I’ve never seen a beach as cool as this.

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Seriously, those waves. I want this made into a print for my wall to remind me of what life is like outside of my office!

Nubby Twiglet | Cannon Beach at the Oregon Coast

Our time at the beach was fun but we still had some business to take care of; finding the elusive Bigfoot statue. Finally, as we rounded some tight corners on the highway that cut through what felt like miles of trees and farmland, there he was. We hit the brakes and excitedly hopped out with our cameras. The older guy living in the house Bigfoot is placed in front of came out and chatted us up — he’d carved him himself last winter and was pretty proud of his creation. We told him that if he was ever in the mood for carving more, we’d love one for our backyard. Because really, who can deny a magnificent beast like that?!

What a day. I ended up blowing all the deadlines I’d set for myself to get caught up over the weekend and I definitely paid the price this week. But you know what? It was completely worth it. Days like this remind me of why it’s important to break free, no matter how much work is piling up and just get out and see the world. I need to remind myself that this beautiful beach is less than two hours from my front door and take advantage of it more often.

Have an awesome weekend, everyone. I hope you have a great adventure, even if it’s nearby.

Link Love: 10.10.13

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• If you’re stuck in a funk about growing your business’s social media presence, read this! Everyone started with 50 fans.

• What does your Twitter bio really say about you?

• If you’re on the lookout for some new design books, check out the Online Book Fair!

• Hand-Sketching: Things you didn’t know your doodles could accomplish.

• Darren Rowse talks about 5 first year posts that led to over 6 million page views on Digital Photography School.

• The top 100 things you honestly don’t need to do before you die!

• San Francisco’s entrepreneurial culture is changing the country.

• 30 renter friendly ideas to spruce up your space!

• Here’s the real story of how Twitter came to be.

• Vanessa just shared a great site for free, non-cheesy stock photos!

• Here’s 10 tips to make sure your property is a good investment.

• 7 reasons to use responsive design.

• Here’s how to take a blog break without losing momentum.

• Are you a vintage shopping fanatic? Here are some mistakes to avoid.

• In case you were wondering: the daily habits of highly productive philosophers!


Image: Mert & Marcus for W Magazine.
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The Typofiles #128: Esquire Big Black Book

Esquire Big Black Book

I have no interest in menswear but these days, a lot of the men’s style magazines are killin’ it in the design department. I’ve picked up the last few issues of Esquire’s Big Black Book because they’re full of design done right.

Esquire Big Black Book

The editorial design style of Esquire is all class — it touches on current design trends but still comes across as timeless with its layouts and type choices. Most surprising are its covers for these special issues. It takes a certain amount of confidence to go all big and bold with the type and not feature any images.

Esquire Big Black Book

If you’re on the hunt for a copy of your own, I picked this up at Barnes and Noble.


Photos and scans by me.
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