Link Love: 6.5.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Fashionable Selby

• Yes, I unfriended you. Don’t take it personally!

• Take the time to repurpose old content from your blog. Here’s why you should.

• An interesting look at the Meatpacking District’s past life before the fancy restaurants and boutiques took over.

• Take back your weekend. Sundays are for fun!

• Make over your vintage aluminum lawn chairs!

• Getting fired may end up being the best thing ever.

• Preach on, sista! Embrace imperfection.

10 professional resume templates that you can customize and make your own right away!

• How to make waffled donuts. Just because.

• If we were picking out company cars for The Blogcademy, I’d be tempted to indulge in this pair of vintage Fiats.

• 6 key terms that every graphic designer should know.

• I had no idea that anything like this even existed! Behold the fake rooftop towns of World War II.

• I love these closet organizing tips.

• The best parts of Leonardo da Vinci’s resumé.

• Really, how many froyo places do you really need in one city?!


Image: Fashionable Selby.

Little Lessons #7: Stop Overthinking It

Nubby Twiglet | Little Lessons: Stop Overthinking It

It’s been exactly one week since we launched Blogcademy Home School and the response so far has been enormous. I’m so glad we just went for it and didn’t overthink it.

Do you have those people in your life that seem to move quickly and do things effortlessly without ever seeming fearful or breaking a sweat?

I do. My brother, Carey has always been that way. He never overthinks things. He goes, he does, he makes things happen…and figures out the rest later. Because of that, he has friends all over the world, juggles multiple careers and has so many hobbies that it drives me crazy (if another motorcycle part shows up in our house, I’ll scream).

I’ve always admired that quality in him and at times, I’m envious of it. I’ve never been that type of person. I’ve always been more of a planner, a little quieter, a little more cautious.

Nearly two years ago, I began to break out of that mold.

It all started when I nervously hit publish on a blog post I’d spent the weekend working on. I’d taken a short break to cross the border into Washington to catch a Motley Crue and Kiss show with my brother (we showed up without tickets — remember, he’s the spontaneous one!). Afterwards, I raced home to put the finishing touches on The Blogcademy site. Stepping out on a limb before everything was perfectly prepared and publishing that post (even though I was beyond nervous) was a domino effect that changed my life for the better.

When you have a good idea, act on it. Otherwise, it loses juice and in turn, you lose momentum.

Last week, I joined Kat and Gala as we did the same exact thing with Home School. It’s true that we did do a little more planning. But, considering that there were 10 separate videos, a brand new website to build and over two dozen worksheets to produce, we moved pretty fast!

Did we know if this new format was going to be a success?
You never really know.

Did we have any idea what demand would actually be?
Not a clue.

Did we spend countless hours doing endless market research to find out?
Not at all.

The bottom line? We felt good about it so we just went for it.

I want to encourage you to stop focusing on perfection. Perfection doesn’t exist. Own what you excel at and share your knowledge with the world. It’s doesn’t need to be polished to a high shine. Real and relatable is almost always better and it’s a whole lot more endearing.

Show us what you’ve got.
We’re listening and waiting.


Photo: Death to the Stock Photo.
Check out even more Little Lessons here.

My Search For A Signature Scent Is Finally Over

Nubby Twiglet | My Search For A Signature Fragrance Is Finally Over

When it comes to fragrances, I want to smell like I’m on vacation.

Let me explain: maybe it’s asking for a lot but with just one spritz, I want to be transported to a tropical white sand beach.

In the past, as much as I searched, I never quite nailed that feeling so I resorted to keeping things very basic. In the sixth grade, I wore Vanilla by The Body Shop every day. By eighth grade, I’d upgraded to CK One (ah, the 90s).

And beyond that, I’d pick up something here and there every few years. If I was in a perfume shop with friends, I’d grab a few tester vials but never committed — nothing ever really felt like my “signature scent,” the one that I couldn’t live without.

I just resigned myself to thinking that as much as I loved beauty products, I just wasn’t a fragrance kind of girl. My beachy fantasy would have to stay just that — a fantasy.

That just changed, though.

As I was wandering through downtown Portland with my dad over the weekend, I spotted a (new to me) store: Alder & Co. As I walked in, I was met with the most intriguing mix of housewares, flowers, stationery and beauty products (trust me, it all somehow works in this setting).

Nubby Twiglet | My Search For A Signature Fragrance Is Finally Over

Lined up in the corner was Coqui Coqui, a line perfumes from Tulum in the Yucuatan Peninsula. I was intrigued because I’d never seen the line in person before — and that simple labeling with the palm trees? Beautiful. The perfumes are hand-blended in Valladolid, one of the first colonial towns in the Americas and are used at a handful of spas throughout Mexico.

I picked them up one by one and landed on the last bottle: Coco Coco. That was it. Totally it. Eureka! I bought it on the spot. If there ever was a beach-perfect scent, it’s this. It’s like lathering up in Hawaiian Tropic but not gross and greasy — it’s coconuty but cleaner, simpler and very luxurious.

So, my scent search is officially over. I’ve met my match!

Nubby Twiglet | My Search For A Signature Fragrance Is Finally Over

But while we’re on the subject of scents, I have one more thing to share with you: Love + Salt Hair Mist. Once again, it smells like the beach. For ladies like me who don’t wash their hair every single day, this spray is wonderful. It gives your hair that clean, fresh smell with hints of pink salt and coconut oil. With just two spritzes in your tresses, this will also have you feeling like you’re on vacation (and who doesn’t want that?)

Full disclosure: I designed this packaging for Branch client Olivine without ever sniffing the fragrance but my gut told me it needed to be unfussy, golden and beachy. And unlike most hair products which are in plastic bottles, this is housed in glass. It’s pretty enough to leave out on your dresser or vanity! Get yours at Anthropologie — or, try out the tester size.

So, that’s my scent story! It took me until I was 32 to find that special fragrance but I am so glad it finally happened.


I’d love to hear: Do you have a signature scent? How did you discover it? And, how did you know it was the one?

The Week In Pictures: 5.30.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week I felt like a big weight had been lifted with the launch of Blogcademy Home School. It was a looooong time coming.

I began redesigning the site five months ago and a few days after I handed off the files to Kat’s husband (he was the developer on this project — there’s no way we could have pulled it off without him), I was on a plane to Palm Springs, gearing up to film three video segments for our lessons. Once that was done, I came home, faced with turning all our notes and exercise into worksheets. The days, nights and weekends felt impossibly long — when jobs stretch on, it sometimes feels like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. But, there always is.

I could barely sleep Monday night as the anticipation for the launch built. We’d been planning out our marketing and all the nitty gritty details on the road in San Francisco and Chicago in between Kat and Gala hustling and booking all the venues for the rest of the year, not to mention all of our individual plane tickets and places to stay across three continents. I am terrible at it so I just focus on the creative and let them handle the hellish administrative stuff. Luckily, they don’t mind! Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It felt surreal to send out our first ever press release on Tuesday, like a very grown-up thing to do. We’ve launched tours and things like that in the past but there’s always such a learning curve. It’s good to get those mistakes out of the way early on. This time, the hiccups were so minor that I couldn’t believe it. I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again: it pays to surround yourself with good people that you can trust.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I feel like I just got home from Chicago but now I’m getting ready to head out to Canada on Thursday. I’m hanging onto my last few days around the house for awhile, enjoying my surroundings and time with Joey and Rocky. I always have this Avedon book sitting out in the living room. The eye on the cover is 3-D and winks at you!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

While I’m toiling away, Rocky spends most of his time next to my desk catching up on his beauty sleep. It’s a tough life!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Have an awesome weekend, everyone! I’m hoping to hit the Schoolhouse sample sale in the morning, finish packing for Canada and wrap up my client’s book (which I am dyyyying to show you!) xoxo

Link Love: 5.29.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Julia Noni Photography

• When you’re jonesin’ for likes, it’s hard to stay sane on the internet.

• Photojojo is now offering engineer prints measuring a massive 3 x 4 feet for just $25.00 with free shipping! Print out your favorite photos jumbo-sized!

• Looking for super cool color palettes? The Day’s Color is for you.

• Check out these early prototypes of Apple computers!

• Makeshift Society just opened their Brooklyn location inside a former pencil factory. This has to be the coolest coworking space EVER.

• New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has just made 400,000 pieces of its collection available for high-res download.

• Need to get organized? This family check-in center is the coolest thing ever.

• Remember that everything is marketing.

• Looking for your next employment opportunity? 50 ways to get a job can help.

• Ice cream cones, pencils and paper airplanes?! I am in love with these enamel pins!

• Have you ever been told that you dress weird? Read this post and feel confident with who you are!

• Rappers with puppies. Need I say more?!


Photo: Julia Noni.

Welcome to The Blogcademy Home School!

Nubby Twiglet | Welcome to The Blogcademy Home School!

Today, I have some very exciting news to share from The Blogcademy, not to mention a brand spanking new website!

In February of 2012, we dreamed up the idea of The Blogcademy during a handful of late nights wandering the Vegas Strip. In August of the same year, we launched our business on a non-existent budget, having no idea if it would take off. Six days later, our first-ever class sold out in New York City. 16 classes and 400 attendees later, we’re just getting warmed up!

While we LOVE teaching The Blogcademy in person, we can only physically visit so many cities. In the nearly two years we’ve been going strong, every day brings in new destination requests. From Rwanda to Greece to Hungary to The Philippines, we’ve heard you loud and clear: you want to learn about blogging, too! And as much as we love teaching and traveling, it’s only possible to visit so many locales. We also know that not everyone can afford the the time or cost associated with an in-person ticket.


Learn Wherever and Whenever You Want!

On a mission to bring blogging knowledge straight to you, we got to work on The Blogcademy Home School, a collection of modules you can purchase and watch online on a huge variety of subjects. These blog boosters are bite-sized and information packed — we want you to be able to learn what you want, when you want, wherever you want! Each video comes equipped with PDF’s including an overview, a resource list or checklist, and at least one worksheet to drive the lessons home.

Welcome to The Blogcademy Home School!

Home School is not an online version of the workshop — while our in-person classes are all-encompassing and cover a wide range of subjects, the blog boosters are very defined, covering one subject in detail at a time — the majority of which are different from our in-class content. They’re a way to fill in your knowledge gaps quickly and effectively.

If you’re interested in learning about what segments are available, you can click on over and dig in. Each blog booster is only $20.00. And as a bonus, we made a FREE Blogging Basics video. Just log in with your Facebook account and start watching!

Home School will be growing quickly, with new modules being added every few months. If you’d like to stay on top of new offerings, you can join our mailing list (sign up at the top of our site under the header) and as a thank you, you’ll immediately receive a free PDF packed with our all-time favorite blogging resources!


Party With Us In London!

Welcome to The Blogcademy Home School!

One of the best parts about our in-person workshops is the friendships that are formed. It’s so nice to meet like-minded folks. In class, we preach about the value of in-person networking — all of our businesses grew tremendously when we left the comfort of our offices and started meeting people in real life. To help you jump-start your networking, we’re throwing a mixer in London and you’re invited! We promise that there will be absolutely no pretension or sweaty handshakes!

Wear your favorite garb, grab a stack of business cards and join us on Thursday, July 24th at The Roost for drinks, snacks, an awesome DJ, a photo booth and live Q&A session! Even better, you’ll leave the party with a kick-ass goodie bag and new friends. What’s not to love?!

And, if you don’t have a blog but just want to hang with us and have a great time, you’re totally welcome! Tickets are very limited so if you’re interested, book ASAP. I’m looking forward to hanging with you in London!


Thank You!

Thank you for your continued support when it comes to The Blogcademy. This is only the tip of the iceberg of what we have planned — we want to take the confusion out of learning the blogging ropes. Our new tagline is No boredom. No blathering. No bullshit. And, we mean it! Above all, we promise to make learning fun!