The Week In Pictures: 4.11.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I hope you had a good week! I love this time of year because as the weather is getting nicer, more of my friends are visiting Portland. Star was here this week to teach me some basic web development stuff — Branch has been launching 2 to 3 new websites a month and it’s important to stay current with best practices. Of course, we found plenty of time to eat out, too. Some of the places we visited this week included Grendel’s (the orange cardamom lattes are amazing), Foster Burger (order a boozy milkshake and truffle fries), Doug Fir (awesome happy hour menu and a photo booth), Roman Candle (gourmet pizza and gold scissors) and Grand Central (great for grabbing pastries for the office).

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Treat yo’self. Hired help is always happier when there’s pastries around! Also, IKEA is killing it with cool dishes lately. They have a new black and white collection covered in stripes and dots that’s worth checking out.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Chubs wanted me to share his weekly glamour shot with you. Pretty handsome, huh?

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Fresh Branch orange flowers, just because.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Whenever I’m on this corner in S.E. Portland, I snap a photo. The rest of this area is changing so quickly that I like to have images to look back on.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I have so much more I want to share with you but the words aren’t flowing…and maybe that’s because I was up way too late, chatting with friends at an art opening and then awake very early to walk across town with Joey and Rocky. It’s a good reminder that when the words don’t flow, you don’t have to force them. That’s the beauty of blogging — you can tell a story in photos, video or any other format — your post doesn’t have to follow the standard conventions every single time. On that note, I’ll leave you with this quote:

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” —Edward de Bono

I hope you’re having a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 4.9.15


• The ultimate guide to changing your life.

• Before you start an online shop, ask yourself these 5 questions.

• You might think you know what you want in life and carve out a very meticulous path to get it. But, what do you really want? That’s the harder question!

• On my must-visit list the next time I’m in San Francisco: Mr. Holmes Bakehouse.

• Here’s how to self-promote without being too annoying.

• Stop trying to impress others and plug into your weirdness!

Your punctuation says more about you than you might think.

• Garance Doré chats about turning dream jobs into reality.

• What you do is what you become. What kind of person do you want to be?

• In the fame game, things turn out differently than they might first appear. Example: George Michael vs. Andrew Ridgeley.

• These are the 12 types of photos you’ll find on Instagram!

• Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge talks about careers and fulfillment.

Image: Eric Gilkey.
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Latest & Greatest #31: Just My Type of Graphic Tees

Nubby Twiglet | Just My Type of Graphic Tees

I have a thing for tees with messages emblazoned across them. The bigger the type, the better!

They’re a good conversation starter, not to mention comfortable. I have recently been on the hunt for a few new ones to add to my growing collection and there’s an especially great bunch at both Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters right now. To save you the time of doing a digital dig for the perfect tee, here are some of my top picks.

Nubby Twiglet | Just My Type of Graphic Tees

Pictured above are: 1. RAWR, 2. Stockholm, 3. New Order, 4. Wake Me Up, 5. Get Over Your Selfie, 6. Strange, 7. Don’t Be Jealous, 8. Rock It, 9. Can You Not, 10. My Life and 11. Weekend Lover.

What’s your top pick?

In the top photo, I’m wearing the RAWR tee, NARS lipstick in Jungle Red and a Carrie Hammer necklace. For even more Latest & Greatest posts, click here.

Party Time, Excellent: Save 50% Off Blogcademy Online For One Day Only!

Nubby Twiglet | Save 50% Off Blogcademy Online For One Day Only!

It’s time to celebrate because today is Kat’s birthday! Over at The Blogcademy, we’re raising a toast to her big day and want to invite you to join in the fun. For the next 24 hours only, we’re offering a whopping 50% off Blogcademy Online!

Interested? Read on!

If you’re new here, The Blogcademy is a strategy-based blogging workshop I co-founded with Kat and Gala in 2012. After teaching across three continents, this January, we launched an online version of the workshop. Now, everyone can join in, regardless of geographical location. Even better, the lifetime access allows you to rewind, re-watch and learn at your own pace.

There’s a boatload of content included in Blogcademy Online (I should know — I designed it!) and with your purchase, you’ll receive immediate access to the following:

• Over six hours of video lessons, broken down into bite-sized modules. Each is easy to digest and packed with actionable information that you can put into practice right away.

• A 300 page transcript of the entire class. This is essentially an enormous how-to-blog bible!

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

• A massive list of resources which includes every single book, tool, website and professional we personally recommend. They’re hyperlinked so you can just click and go!

• Lifetime access! You can login, watch, and re-watch the lessons as many times as you like.

• An insane amount of know-how and encouragement. You get the opportunity to learn from our mistakes… And our successes, too!

• Access to our private Facebook community. The forum is full of 300+ helpful, supportive bloggers and entrepreneurs.

We’ve also added some special bonuses:

• A pre-course worksheet for you to fill in before you start the lessons. Weighing in at 14 pages, this will allow you to get a firm fix on where you are right now and where you can improve.

• A 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. These are perfect for printing out and hanging by your desk, or for using as your computer or phone background.

Nubby Twiglet | Save 50% Off Blogcademy Online For One Day Only!

Are you ready to take charge of your blog while learning from the comfort of home? Simply scroll down to the bottom of this page and use the discount code happybirthday when checking out.

If you have any questions before you buy, feel free to send us a tweet!

The fine print: Discount code is valid until 8am GMT on April 8th and will take 50% off the full price of the online course. The code does not work if you opt to pay via installments. The discount is not retroactive against past purchases.

Photos: Made U Look Photography.

Branded #6: Compartes Chocolatier

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

Compartes is chocolate for the fashion and design-obsessed set.

Based in LA and handmade in small batches, it’s known as some of the best chocolate in the world. Beyond that, the attention to branding and packaging raises it to art-worthy.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

When the neon sign in their Melrose shop proclaims that Chocolate Is Art, they aren’t kidding!

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

Like most of my brand discoveries these days, I first stumbled upon Compartes while perusing Pinterest. Filed away in the back of my mind, I was in LA last month and spotted a sign emblazoned with that unforgettable logo. Tucked inside a location on Melrose alongside Alfred Coffee (which is worth checking out for the decor alone), the tiny chocolate boutique was covered floor to ceiling in black and white geometric patterns of tile. And, the most beautiful packaging lined the walls — the boxes of Love Nuts really stood out, creating the coolest gradient effect. It almost reminded me of the VHS rental stores I frequented in the 90s, except with cooler spines. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

In the Compartes world, chocolate isn’t just chocolate — they have some of the most original flavors I’ve ever heard of. Check out their crazy selection of chocolate bars for yourself!

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

If you’re wondering about the history behind Compartes (because I sure was!), it was founded in 1950 and with its European-focused chocolate making, quickly picked up fans including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Frank Sinatra (really). Today, Compartes is headed up by Jonathan Grahm, who is known as a chocolate prodigy of sorts, with 100 over varieties of Compartes concoctions under his belt.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

While Compartes tastes amazing, the packaging only adds to its charm and I wanted to show you a few of my favorites — because when you visit the shop, there’s no way you’re walking out empty-handed! Pictured above are The Romantic, Biscuits and Honey and California Love. Yum!

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

Okay, are you as obsessed yet as I am? Thankfully, you don’t have to travel to LA to get your fix because Compartes offers its best sellers in its online shop. My next purchase? The Stumptown Coffee Bar.

Interior and still life photos: Shauna Haider.
Product photos: Compartes Chocolatier.
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The Week In Pictures: 4.4.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? I’ll be honest, I felt pretty out of sorts (hence the lack of posts). Joey’s been in San Francisco which means that I’ve been home taking care of the little ones. I know that babysitting a dog and a squirrel doesn’t even remotely compare to having human babies but damn, it’s a lot of work! Stay-at-home moms, I have so much respect for what you do on a daily basis.

Staying at home for a change has been good in a way because it’s given me a lot more time to slow down and think, whereas when I’m at the office, I’m in 100% work mode. There were so many great articles I read this week that had me thinking about asking yourself what you really want and avoiding the comparison trap. If you have a few free minutes, dig in!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Do you have a work uniform that you gravitate towards? During the warmer months, mine is usually a white t-shirt, black skinny jeans and sneaker wedges. Since the weather has finally gotten nicer, I just stocked up on some new tees — this one is my current favorite, which reminds me of the Prada Sport logo! And, it’s quite fitting since I still pepper my sentences with “rad” and “awesome” and “like” all the time, thanks to being in high school during the 90s.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in the Branch studio space a solid six months now. It feels like just yesterday that I was moving in! I get nostalgic all the time and snap photos of the space because I feel like things are shifting really fast. Our lead developer Star is coming in next week — we met in 2001 on Live Journal (holla!) and she coded up my first-ever WordPress blog. Talk about going waaaay back!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I just tried Alma Chocolate for the first time and just…wow. Their branding, their chocolate, their adorable little shop — it’s all so perfect. If you’re in Portland, stop in. Rumor has it that they also have some of the best homemade chocolate chip cookies in town, though I didn’t have a chance to try them. Go, go, go!

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Chubs loves being the center of attention and was begging me to post a photo of him here. 😉 The truth is, everyone is clamoring for more squirrel photos but he’s nearly impossible to photograph. Imagine feeding your baby a dozen cookies and then having them wash it all down with 5 bottles’ worth of Kool-Aid. That’s basically Chubs at any given moment. Most of my photos are of a tail flying through the air!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I can’t believe it’s April already. As I was sitting home this week, it started to sink in that a lot of the goals I’d set at the starting of the year had sort of fallen through the cracks because I’d been wrapped up in completing one project after another — or, in some cases, like this week, literally handing off three separate websites at once for development. It’s been that kind of pace since January 1st! I feel that for the most part, we are in control of what happens in our lives. We have a say in the people we spend our time with, where we decide to dedicate our time and what we decide is worth going after. There’s a lot of outreach, classes and digital products I want to be doing yet I’ve barely made a dent and it’s time to change that. If you have personal projects you’re wanting to do, it’s up to you to carve out the time, even if it’s 10 minutes here and there. The point is to get started.

I know this post is getting long…and you have a weekend to enjoy! These are just some things that have been on my mind lately. I hope you have some fun plans — Rocky, Chubs and I are hanging out around the house putting the finishing touches on my newly decorated room (I have a big reveal and fun giveaway happening soon — stay tuned!) and reading fashion magazines. :)

Sending lots of love your way. xo

Link Love: 4.2.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Nicolas Santos

• Dear social media, it’s not you…it’s me. If you’re continually falling into the comparison trap, it’s time to take a break.

• The key to living a happier life.

• I’m a sucker for a good cactus print and Anna just rounded up a mix of some of the best items out there.

• Branch client Angela left a very stable and rewarding career to go out on her own and start a bakery. It’s been so amazing to watch her dream blossom over the last year.

• If you’re feeling burned out, ask yourself this one simple question.

• Put who you are into your brand and plant it. Blending who you are and what you do is like magic.

Stefania is simply a model, no plus-size prefix necessary.

• I’m totally digging the colors, type and everything about the Material Art Fair project.

• Alex’s advice: Be done with what’s done. Let it burn.

• Is growing your business what you actually want? If it is, ask yourself why.

Image: Nicolas Santos.
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