Link Love: 7.3.14

Link Love

Nubby Twiglet | Patrick Demarchelier: Amber Valetta for Harper's Bazaar

• 6 things that the most productive people do every day.

• A fascinating look into the death of the American shopping mall.

• Get into the 4th of July spirit with a Lady Liberty floral crown.

• The price of success is censorship.

• We still have one more bathroom in our house that desperately needs to be updated so I’m gathering ideas. I’m really loving the look of square tiles right now.

• Make your own pop art pet portrait!

• As a full-time entrepreneur, your life will shift a lot in the beginning, including your friendships. Here are some tips for managing them.

• How to create client connections.

• Jessica Comingore is hiring a junior designer. Interested? Apply here!

• 5 super helpful links for creatives on email marketing.

• One of my favorite design blogs to follow these days is Good Design Makes Me Happy.

• Can changing your password change your life?

Image: Amber Valetta for Harper’s Bazaar by Patrick Demarchelier.

Latest & Greatest #28: Red Lips

Nubby Twiglet | Red Lips

I’ve long loved red lips and I am so happy that they are making a comeback, adorning everything from clothing to bags to books.

With perfect timing, Alice Harris just dedicated an entire book, Blow Me A Kiss to the lips featured in famous art, fashion spreads and celebrity culture. Of lips, she says, “An icon of untold pleasures, they’re synonymous with style, sex, and even scandal. Whether pursed or provocatively parted, lips have an undeniable visual power, while lipstick remains a timeless symbol of glamour and sensuality.”

Nubby Twiglet | Red Lips

Featured items: ASOS Skater Dress, ASOS Crop Top, Lips Purse ℅ Bow & Drape, Blow Me A Kiss Book ℅ PowerHouse Books.

Nubby Twiglet | Red Lips

Your turn: What are you obsessed with at the moment?

Confetti, Donuts and Celebrations at The Blogcademy Chicago

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

“My first day in Chicago was September 4, 1983. I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here.” —Oprah Winfrey

I’d heard only wonderful things about Chicago so I was beyond excited to finally check it out and teach The Blogcademy in the windy city. Between the impeccable manners, indulgent food (Cookie skillets?! Yes, please!) and a truly awesome skyline, it was a great place to call home for the week.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

We held our class at Enerspace which is a massive co-working space with a super accommodating staff — if you have an event coming up, I highly recommend it! I couldn’t stop peeking out the window during breaks. Chicago is so massive that we only scratched the surface of its neighborhoods during our stay.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

Our ladies and gents are always so stylish — I love that they’re not shy about rocking their rad sense of personal style.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

After some last minute decor touches, we kicked off class. On time. Normally, our blogcadettes are busy chatting and snapping photos so that’s a total rarity. But then again, midwesterners are known for their perfectly on-point manners!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

One of the best parts about hitting the road with The Blogcademy is getting to meet so many of you in person. I’d known Clayton online for years and was so pumped to hear that he had finished high school the day before we kicked off class and even better, was joining on his birthday! Go, Clayton!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

That could only mean one thing: celebrations were in order and it was time for donuts!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

“Let me tell you something. I’m from Chicago. I don’t break.” —Barack Obama

While our Chicago group was incredibly polite and soft-spoken, they were also whip-smart and razor focused. In between blowing confetti, they took their learning and note taking very seriously!


Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

Love Ideas Ink provided us with these fun greeting cards — there’s nothing quite like sending a card with a handwritten note to someone you love.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

A little inspiration goes a long way and these Ladybird Likes keychains are a great visual reminder.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

I LOVED these arrow pins by Art School Dropout! During our class, I spotted them on bags, in hairdos and even attached to sneakers.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

Mad Bijou surprised everyone with disco glitter necklaces!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

My personal belief is that you can never have too many notebooks. This selection, complete with colorful pages by Ribbon Squirrel was wonderful.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

Life On Mars Vintage provided us with these chic scarves covered in illustrations of Marilyn Monroe!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

There are so many technical details to learn when it comes to blogging and WordPress For Beginners makes it a cinch to learn the ropes.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

In our classes, glitter ears are a necessity. Crown and Glory always delivers!

Class Photo

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

Thanks to BTriz Collections, we each had a pack of confetti waiting in our goodie bags. Seriously, this group was so much fun and up for all of our wacky prompts!

Special Thanks

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

Thank you to our our super sweet, accommodating intern, Carrie who is quite the world traveler. We originally met her in our London class, then she moved to San Francisco and then she trekked all the way out to Chicago to assist us. Whew!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

We totally fell in love with the windy city. Chicago, your gracious Midwestern manners are what a teacher’s dreams are made of. Lots of love to ya!

See You In Europe!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve gotta fly through a whole lot of report cards — our European dates are quickly approaching! Join us in London, Berlin or Amsterdam for two days of blogging strategy, confetti and a whole lot of fun. Hope to see you there!

Venue: Enerspace
Photographer: Mysi Finlay of Soda Fountain Photography.

The Week In Pictures: 6.27.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’ve been upholding my motto of “work hard and play hard” to the fullest extent. While I’m tackling some major client projects before I take off to Europe soon, I’ve been also having some fun adventures with Joey and Rocky by day and my cousin Matt by night. I love the feeling of falling into bed exhausted but happy.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Spending so much time in my office, I get restless and start rearranging things. Haha. I just set my ice cream cone bank out again — it reminds me to dump the change out of my purse on a regular basis!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Over the weekend, I tried Prasad out for the first time. Organic and vegan, their breakfast and juice menu was awesome and I can’t wait to go back.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

There’s never enough photos of Rocky on the blog. Time to remedy that!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It’s summer wardrobe time which for me equals cotton tees and cut-out shoes. Both of these are from Zara, which is having a major sale right now. And that lotion? It’s one of my favorite new beauty products. I’m working on an upcoming post of my recent finds!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My afternoon reading spot: this area in our living room.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Have a great weekend, everyone! I’m off to pick out some plants for our new flower box Joey just built (more on that soon!) and then some client meetings — a nice, laid back end to the week.

Any fun plans you’re looking forward to?

Link Love: 6.26.14

Link Love

Nubby Twiglet | Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern

• Sometimes, a day job is the dream job.

• Wow. This Paris shop holds ONE MILLION lost photographs.

• Thoughts on pricing.

• The summer of 1984 was an amazing time for pop culture. Check out the list of the music, movies and TV shows that were trending!

• This guy was asked to contribute his writing to the Huffington Post for free. His response was brilliant.

• What happens when your clients aren’t happy?

• In case you need it: advice on how to get your iPhone to let you swear.

• This collection of illustrations based on Instagrams is great.

• Freelancing full-time isn’t for everyone. I loved reading Kate’s story about going back to work in an office.

• If something goes wrong, it’s okay. Tomorrow, there’s a brand new day waiting.

• In 1952, Marilyn Monroe shared how she stayed in shape.

• The routine of being unemployed feels something like this.

• Beginning in 1991, Zed Nelson took a photo of the same family in the same exact location. Check out the progression.

Image: Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern.

The Typofiles #135: Paper Mag

Nubby Twiglet | Paper Mag

I’ve been reaching for Paper Mag again lately, drawn to its unique set of design cues. It’s never overly polished — I love the bright, spray painted details and the image-heavy collages that cover its pages.

Launched in New York City in 1984, Paper began as an oversized black and white fold-out paper that was produced in the New York Times offices.

Focusing on pop culture, I like that it still has its edge — there’s a dash of the New York social and party scenes, fashion editorials that never take themselves too seriously and celebrity interviews that never get too precious.

Nubby Twiglet | Paper Mag

Check out even more Typofiles posts right here.