Rock n Roll Bride Issue 7 Feature

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride Issue 7 Feature

Awhile back, I shared my vow renewal photos here which were taken in honor of my 5 year wedding anniversary with Joey. Back in 2010, after just 9 months of dating, we eloped to Vegas with my BFF Bianca without much of a game plan besides having a really good time — and I don’t regret a thing!

Five years later, we’d fallen in love with Palm Springs and decided to have a little vacation in a rented mid-century modern house for a few days with Made U Look Photography shooting photos so we’d always have those memories.

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride Issue 7 Feature

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride Issue 7 Feature

Those photos are now featured in the current issue of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine, which is on newsstands and in grocery stores across the UK. You can also order a copy directly from the website.

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride Issue 7 Feature

Rock n Roll Bride is a UK-based alternative wedding publication that’s ran by my friend, Kat and while designing a magazine has always been my dream career scenario, I never thought I’d end up featured in one!

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride Issue 7 Feature

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride Issue 7 Feature

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride Issue 7 Feature

Being across the world from the magazine headquarters means that I don’t often see the current issue in print until it’s been out for a few weeks so having a stack show up on my doorstep a few days ago and being able to finally hand them out to family and friends has been completely surreal.

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride Issue 7 Feature

I was never very traditional when it came to weddings and was so overwhelmed with the choices related to my own, I didn’t even start planning. Running off to Vegas was the easiest solution! Now, having the opportunity to design Rock n Roll Bride has changed things for me because I see weddings completely differently. They can be as unique as the couple involved and have the potential to simply be an epic party instead of the stuffy occasions I remember attending as a kid! 😉

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride Issue 7 Feature

Being featured while simply wearing my original wedding dress and hanging out with Joey and Rocky has been a highlight of this year. It’s refreshing to be a part of a magazine that lets couples shine as themselves with no outside styling or demands. I’m glad a place like this exists for brides-to-be to realize that what they want, even if it’s a DIY backyard wedding or an elopement is totally fair game.

Check out more of issue 7 here!

The Week + Links: 4.15.16

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THE WEEK

Happy Friday! How did your week go?

Truth: mine was quite topsy-turvy (do people even say that?!)

I’ve been back in the office for over a week now and am only now just coming up for air. We have at least 5 branding jobs going at the moment and a ton of print work, not to mention a few websites in progress. Things are very full but good and a few days ago, I agreed to sign on for another year lease at our current space so it feels awesome to have some stability.

The downside of this week is that my grandpa has been going between the hospital and a bunch of doctors’ appointments. He’s still not 100% so I’ve been on the phone a lot with my grandma. There’s never a “too busy” excuse when grandma calls. Just last night, we were on the phone an hour as I sat here in the office, laughing at ridiculous old family stories, talking about her class ring she can’t seem to find (my response: “Grandma, you graduated 67 years ago – of course you can’t find it!) and I’m hoping everything balances back out.

There are cherry blossoms falling everywhere (see above!) and Portland is looking extra beautiful these days. Spring days are so nice and I’m feeling so much positive energy as I work on new collaborations, new projects and book adventures with friends (next up: VEGAS!!!)

Things are not perfect but good. And…good is good enough.

I hope you have some fun weekend plans lined up. Blogging had to take a backseat this week with my grandpa’s health issues (family first, always!) but check back next week for the long-awaited Palm Springs travel guide.

xo

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THE LINKS

• Take small steps towards your dream job every single day so it feels less overwhelming.

• Supermodel Karlie Kloss started her own coding camp, Kode With Klossy, to help girls learn web development. So cool!

• I love this article all about paying attention.

• The newest, weirdest meme going around combines chubby baby arms and loaves of bread. So weird.

• I always love reading roundups of the apps and tools other freelancers use and this is a great list!

• Instead of buying a yacht, this guy decided to send an entire kindergarten class to college.

• IKEA has launched a bicycle!

• Mysterious stacks of books are showing up around New York City.

• Stay ahead of the curve by checking out the top jobs in 2025.

• 27 designers to follow on Instagram.

• Three of the biggest brands in the 80s all used the same exact font!

• That moment when you end up being a housewife on a tropical island isn’t as glamorous as it seems.

Latest & Greatest: Mid-century Modern Clocks

Nubby Twiglet | Mid-century Modern Clocks

There’s something about clocks in general that have a sense of nostalgia. Sure, I have my iPhone sitting on my desk that can tell time perfectly accurately but I’ve been wanting a wall clock for my office. Maybe it reminds me of being in school in the 90s before kids had cell phones and we’d all watch the clock, waiting for class to get out for the day.

I have a soft spot for mid-century modern style clocks because they feel more like mini pieces of art than the standard-issue clocks I grew up with.

The most recognizable designs were produced by George Nelson, who ran a design studio in New York City for the Howard Miller Clock Company. While most of these reissues are sadly out of my budget, I stumbled upon the Watch Me Wall Clock. The 8 colored panels remind me of paint chips and I love the simple design. Mine just arrived this week and is now hanging across from my desk — I love it!

Nubby Twiglet | Mid-century Modern Clocks

Aren’t these clocks super cool?! 1. sunburst, 2. eye, 3. black asterisk, 4. sunflower, 5. watch me asterisk, 6. ball, 7. watch me asterisk, 8. petal clock and 9. wheel.

What about you? Do you have an old school clock hanging in your space or are you all about the digital?

The Week + Links: 4.8.16

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

THE WEEK

Happy Friday! It’s good to be back from Palm Springs (I missed Chubs dearly) but also a little bittersweet. The beautiful weather in Portland is making the post-vacation sting slightly less intense but I’m still having a hard time clicking back into full-on work mode.

After narrowing down our condo search in Palm Springs last week to 2 places, neither ended up working out but we’re undeterred. I’ve bought a house before (and boy, is the Portland housing market intensely competitive!) and it’s never as easy as it seems. I know that everything happens for a reason and the right place will pop up.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

A day after following up with our realtor about our first choice, we found out that it had thousands in back HOA dues that weren’t originally disclosed. While we were disappointed, the next day another, much bigger condo with a large backyard (complete with a lemon tree!) popped up in the same exact complex. After crunching numbers, it’s slightly out of reach now but I think it (or something comparable) will be worth the few month wait. Instant gratification is great but I’m more of a long-term planner, thinking about what we’ll be most comfortable living in.

Our realtor is still on the hunt and we’re hoping to find a new place to call home before the weather gets cold again here in Portland. In the meantime, I’m staying focused, setting goals, outlining new product offerings and finding a way to make it all happen.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

I’ve been through enough ups and downs in life to know that the not-so-great news usually has a silver lining. Every time something in my life didn’t work out, whether it was a job, relationship or a place to live, something better was waiting just around the corner.

Once you know what you want, it’s easier to get clear on how to get it.

Have a great weekend…and know that if things aren’t going your way right now, there’s a silver lining — just hold on and it will reveal itself soon enough.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

THE LINKS

• Being Boss is talking about time management. It really comes down to setting priorities and making the time to do the things we want to do.

• Automation doesn’t have to be a dirty word. Paul Jarvis explains how it can be hugely beneficial to your business.

• A bunch of Phil Collins’ albums were just remastered and he recreated the covers to match the present day!

• Waiting in line isn’t all that bad because who knows, you might just find true love.

• Are you a freelancer that hasn’t gotten paid for a project? Add it to the world’s longest invoice.

• I love this collection of photos of goth icons then and now!

• This is so cool! Palette Feed shares art and design content with interesting color palettes.

• I’m a big fan of Slack but it’s good to understand the downsides as well.

• Gala’s post about Tulum makes me want to visit. So beautiful!

• How Did She Get There features inspiring interviews with successful women.

• Is your life constantly full of drama?

• It’s fascinating to see how places change over time and Camilo Jose Vergara’s photo essays are a great look into that.

The Biggest Blogcademy Birthday Sale EVER! 24 Hours Only!

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Today, my BFF Kat turns 32 and to celebrate, we’re offering the sweet deal of Blogcademy Online for just $200.00 for the next 24 hours! That’s nearly 60% off the usual price! This is the biggest discount deal we’ve EVER DONE on this course so if you’re interested in stepping up your blogging game, listen up!

For those of you who are new around here, The Blogcademy is a blogging and business workshop that I co-founded with Kat Williams and Gala Darling in 2012.

After teaching in-person classes for three years solid, in 2015 we decided to create an online version. The idea was that if anyone couldn’t travel to an in-person class, or just preferred to learn at their own pace, at home, then we could still help them. While we don’t have any plans for any more in-person classes at the moment, the online class is still going strong and we’d love for you to take part. You can read all about that topics that we cover on our website.

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The course usually costs $497 but if you buy TODAY ONLY with the discount code woohoothirtytwo then you’ll get it at less than half price!

With your purchase, you will receive:

• Over six hours of video lessons, broken down into bite-sized modules that are packed with actionable information that you can watch whenever and wherever you’d like!

• A 300 page transcript of the entire class. (Think of this as an enormous how-to-blog bible!)

• 24 pages of action-packed worksheets and activities, to help you implement everything you’ve learned.

• A huge list of resources which includes every single book, tool, website and professional we personally recommend. This is priceless! Every online resource we mention in class is hyperlinked in the back of the workbook — just click and go!

• Life-time access, baby! The course is yours to keep. You can login, watch, and re-watch the lessons as many times as you like!

• An absolutely insane amount of know-how and encouragement. With over 30 years of collective blogging experience, we really have done it all. As a blogcadette, you get the opportunity to learn from our mistakes… And our successes, too!

• Access to our private Facebook community. There are nearly 600 Blogcadettes in the group, and it’s growing every single day. The forum is full of helpful, supportive bloggers and entrepreneurs. It’s the ideal place to ask for advice and to be among people who ‘get it’!

We want you to get the very best out of your Blogcademy experience, so as a bonus, we’ve also added:

• A pre-course worksheet for you to fill in before you start the lessons. You’ll receive this immediately, and it will help you assess where your blog and business are now. Clocking in at 14 pages, this will allow you to get a firm fix on where you are, and where you can improve.

• An exclusive 22 page Blogging Business Plan! You can use this as a roadmap to chart exactly where you want to go, and how to get there!

• A pack of inspirational wallpapers: perfect for printing out and hanging by your desk, or for using as your computer or phone background.

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To get the discount, simply use the code woohoothirtytwo at the checkout.

Note that the discount code is valid until 8am GMT on April 8th and will make the course $200 instead of the usual $497. The code does not work if you opt to pay via installments. The discount is not retroactive against past purchases. If you have any questions before you book, feel free to send us a tweet!

What I Wore: A Tattooed Dress In The Desert

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree is about a 40 minute drive from Palm Springs and is named named after the Joshua trees (yucca brevifolia) that cover the park. It’s a popular destination for camping, hiking and climbing but I’m happy to keep it simple and drive on through, stopping along the way to admire the otherworldly landscape.

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Ever since I visited Joshua Tree last year for the first time, it has been on my mind constantly.

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

I probably couldn’t stop thinking about it for two reasons: 1. It seems to be popping up in every fashion brand’s lookbooks and plenty of magazine spreads right now so it’s hard to avoid. 2. It was like no other place I’ve ever seen. I totally get the allure and why so many creatives feel inspired to create after visiting.

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

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Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

I stopped by a few days ago, wearing my favorite new dress embroidered with tattoo-inspired patterns paired with these gray platform boots that feel like the right balance between goth and Stormtrooper.

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I wore: Nasty Gal tattoo dress, Anita K rose gold collar, The Horse rose gold watch and Vic Matie platform boots.

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P.S. I just posted this little video to show you what Joshua Tree is like and you can learn more about the history and all the great things you can do when you visit here. Enjoy!

Creative Chronicles: The Battle for Quality Over Quantity

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Today I want to talk about something we face constantly as designers in a fast-paced world: making the choice between quality and quantity.

Every single week, I get inquiries from potential new clients who need something done right away. More like yesterday. And trust me, I get the urgency. The online world is evolving fast and small businesses are doing everything they can to stay ahead of the curve. Updated branding, marketing materials and websites help project the right image. The sooner they can implement updates, the sooner they can potentially book up and sell more.

Even though I get it (I run small businesses myself), I won’t bend my processes or timelines to make it happen. In this world, being the cheapest and / or fastest is a race to the bottom because there’s always someone who can slice margins even thinner. It’s best not to compete on those principles. A few sloppy jobs to appease clients or make a quick buck will do nothing for your image and hurt your bottom line in the long run.

What you do have is the quality of work you put into the world, your ethics, your process, your unbeatable customer service and your personal story. Use these things to convey your worth instead.

Hold Your Ground

Breaking processes and bending ethics to make a quick buck is never a good idea. Things will go bad. Every time I have made an exception, I’ve learned the lesson again. It’s painful when you end up with a disappointed client and it’s your fault because you caved.

A few weeks ago, I was on a call with a client I really wanted to work with and after explaining my branding process, they mentioned they’d already done most of the steps before with another designer. Couldn’t we just skip ahead and use that content, they wondered?

While I explained that it would be helpful to see what they had, we still needed to go through my process in order to get the best results. We’re now a few steps into my process and making some major tweaks to the outcome of their new branding based on things I learned from their questionnaire and pins that weren’t immediately obvious during our original call. If I’d skipped the steps, we would be at a much different outcome (and not necessarily a happy one).

Red Flags

If you’ve explained your process and why it works but a potential customer is adamant that you change it for them, it’s usually a red flag that they’re not an ideal fit. And that’s totally okay — keep a list of referrals on hand for these situations so they can find a better suited partner.

Always remember that you’re a professional. You’ve done this before. There’s a reason for why you do what you do. You have the proven results to back it up. For a project to run smoothly, there has to be a level of mutual respect and a process in place.

I know how tempting it can be to stack on more work, bend your ethics and skip steps in processes to make more money but is it worth it? Does it make you feel good? That’s the only answer you need.

Quality over quantity, always.

P.S. If you need some help with your client process, I created Project Prescription with Paul Jarvis to make it easier.


Check out even more Creative Chronicles posts here.