What I Wore: The Cape Dress

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

All hail the cape dress.

These days, I’m all about owning a capsule wardrobe. I’m gravitating towards pieces in black, white and stripes that I can mix, match and wear constantly. My new style mantra is more wear, less waste.

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Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

With that mindset, earlier this year I invested in a cape dress. Now, I know what you’re thinking….how is this even practical? Well, let me break it down for you: this dress has made a seamless transition from meetings to photo shoots to yes, even the goth club (surprise, surprise). As a matter of fact, I wore it to Necrocomicon alongside a basement packed with vampires for my 34th birthday! It’s a look fit for any occasion, whether it’s day or night.

The cape dress a simple yet dramatic piece — the silhouette is loose and basic yet the addition of the cape ups the glamour. Best of all, it rolls up super small for easy packing.

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

I love, love, love this dress and best of all, it was under $100.00. Let’s face it — while I adore the Valentino version, it’s just not in my budget!

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

A cape is always a good idea: 1. Valentino, 2. Nasty Gal, 3. Vamp Magazine, 4. Reem Acra and 5. Nasty Gal.

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

While capes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, they are a simple way to reconnect with my inner teenage goth which is still alive and well — I don’t believe in conforming or losing your sense of style, just because you get older.

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” —Edith Head


Photos: Shot in Los Angeles by Kristin Cofer.

I wore: Nasty Gal Catherine Cape Dress, Dries Van Noten sunglesses, H&M hat and Steve Madden platform boots.

Project Spotlight: The Devil Wears Flip Flops

Branch | The Devil Wears Flip Flops

This brand was so much fun to create, in part due to the awesome name.

I’m so excited to finally share the outcome of The Devil Wears Flip Flops! Based in Australia, the business is your new editor-on-call without the bad attitude. Only easygoing, beachy vibes here!

Over the last year, Branch produced branding, print collateral and a responsive website. You can check out the project right here.

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Thanks for your continued support!

The Week In Pictures: 10.16.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Happy Friday! Traveling off and on for the last month has been fun but it’s so good to finally be back home. I spent the weekend traveling from Palm Springs to LA and visiting as many old haunts as possible with Joey. We bounced from Hollywood to Beverly Hills to Venice Beach to Manhattan Beach in quick succession. Walking through the city, then the canals and finally, along the beach was a nice contrast and wrapped up our time away nicely.

Coming back home, the leaves have been falling and the air is more crisp. It’s time for leather jackets, scarves and boots and I love it. I’ve been slowing down, sleeping in more as the mornings stay darker longer and enjoying regular breakfasts of waffles and lattes.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This Beverly Hills sign was swarming with tourists but I couldn’t help myself.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

California, I love you.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Moon Juice forever.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The Venice Canals are so serene.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My favorite of all the Beverly Hills signs.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This shop in Venice Beach has the best window display. Hello!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Have a wonderful weekend! I’m looking forward to joining a friend to see Madonna in concert and working on some personal projects. Hope you have some fun plans in store!

Link Love: 10.15.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love

• I love the internet! Meg Lewis explains how the internet changed her life by providing her with a circle of friends who accepted her as her true self.

• Is it really possible to be happy every single day?

5 must-haves that every small business website should include.

• Portlanders, there’s an awesome new co-working space opening soon and it’s both affordable and beautifully designed! Check out WeWork.

Gems of Wikipedia is full of amazing discoveries.

• The U.N. has 17 new goals to build a better world. Pretty awesome.

• Interesting move: Playboy is moving away from showing full nudity as the internet fills that demand. The redesign launches next March.

• Taking a screenshot in 1983 pretty much looked like this.

• Emily Henderson shares 3 surprising decorating tips.

• It’s refreshing that a prominent company like Pinterest is taking a visible stand on making its workforce more diverse.

• Turning news into art isn’t easy but Bob Corujo has been doing just that for 60 Minutes episodes over the last 35 years.

• Relive your childhood with The Nostalgia Machine. 1981 was a great year to be born!

• Conde Nast just bought independent music site Pitchfork.

• What happens when you remove digital devices from photos? It really hits home.

• In this video, kids were asked whether they’d rather be rich or happy.


Image: Ghostly Ferns.
Check out even more Link Love columns here.

15 Tips To Rock Your Stay at Designer Vaca!

Nubby Twiglet | 15 Tips To Rock Your Stay at Designer Vaca!

Four years ago, an email landed in my inbox for a new retreat, Designer Vaca. Held annually in Palm Springs, the all female gathering for creatives quickly grew from a group of 25 to close to 200 attendees. Every year, though very different from the last, has held one central theme: openness. No matter how many ladies attend, a sense of friendliness and a willingness to share stories and ideas resonates and that’s what keeps me coming back.

I talk about Designer Vaca a lot because it really shifted my career by giving me the confidence to drop all outside gigs and trust that I could be my own boss. I went from being scared shitless the first year to having my own studio the second. Meeting other women doing the exact same thing made me feel less alone. It also provided me with a strong support network — ladies I’d only knew online became close friends and that makes all the difference when you’re working for yourself, unsure of what each day holds.

Showing up to Designer Vaca has taught me a lot and if you’re considering attending, I wanted to share some tips to make your time there as smooth as possible:

1. Register Fast

When tickets go on sale, things get crazy and they are usually completely sold out in 1 to 2 days. Even if you’re on the fence about attending, just buy the damn ticket! Worst case scenario is that you can always sell it to a friend or offer it up in the private Facebook group. Sign up to the mailing list to be the first to find out when registration re-opens.

2. Stay Late

The retreat flies by and it can be a little overwhelming networking when you’re still trying to get your bearings. Whenever I’ve left as soon as the retreat was over, I’ve regretted it big time. An extra day or two allows you to get to know more ladies on a deeper level without the set schedule — it’s the perfect time to hang out by the pool or go on group trips to Joshua Tree and Salvation Mountain. Your post-retreat time is sacred. It’s the ideal time to discover, explore and most importantly, relax!

3. Fly Into LA

Palm Springs has a teeny, tiny airport that’s quite expensive to fly into. The most cost efficient way to get to the retreat is to fly into LA and then drive to Palm Springs. Depending on traffic, it’s about two hours from LAX. And, there’s plenty of fun stuff to see on the way like the Cabazon Dinosaurs!

4. Carpool

Tons of the girls attending Designer Vaca are California natives and have extra room in their cars. If you can get to LAX, chances are that you can hitch a ride to the retreat! My friend Pam carpooled this year and had the time of her life with a group of ladies in a rented yellow Camaro. Once you register, you’ll automatically be added to the private Designer Vaca Facebook group and you can hook up with a carpool in there.

5. Pair Up With Roomies

Whether you’re trying to save some money or just want to make some new friends, partnering up with roommates is a great option. Between hitting the talks, dinners and pool, the time you spend in your room is so little, anyway! To find roommates, join the Facebook group.

6. Hot Tub After Hours

This is a big one! Everyone is always exhausted from traveling but the real magic happens at night in the hot tub. I always have the most memorable conversations (from Burning Man to weird celebrity trivia, all bases are covered) and though I’m tired the next day, it’s nothing a strong cup of coffee can’t cure.

7. Focus on Quality Over Quantity

With 100+ women to see and meet, it can be difficult to even scratch the surface. When our group was just 25 ladies, I walked away knowing everyone on a more personal level. But with the growth, it’s just impossible to meet everyone. Instead, I’ve started messaging ladies on Instagram that I really want to meet and then letting the rest of my interactions happen naturally. This year, I made so many new friends just by joining different groups and eating lunch by the Ace pool.

8. Pack Business Cards

I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again: BUSINESS CARDS ARE NOT DEAD! Some of the interactions you’ll have are in packed, loud rooms. It’s impossible to understand your contact information when you’re shouting it out — save everyone the trouble and hand out cards. Since this is a design-focused retreat, it’s also the perfect opportunity to show off your skills. A lot of the girls Instagram the cards they’ve gotten afterwards so once again, it’s a great marketing opportunity. Based on the cards I gathered this year, most of us are using Moo Luxe.

9. Be Fearless

This year, I read so many Instagram updates from new ladies who were very open about how nervous they were to attend Designer Vaca. Whenever you attend something new, that’s totally normal! Nerves kick in, you wonder if you’re too old or too young, you wonder if your website looks good enough and if your outfits are cute enough. Seriously, throw all that out the window. I felt that exact same way the first year and within a day, I was over it. Don’t waste your time or energy second-guessing yourself. Instead, use that energy to go out of your way to make someone else feel welcome. If you see a lady standing by herself on opening night, say hello. This is not the time to be shy — everyone is there to network!

10. Use The Photo Booth

Every year, I drag all my friends into the Ace Hotel photo booth and every time, I’m so thankful that I have those memories. Swipe that card a few times — the photo strips are perfect for your inspiration board back home. Even better, scan the strip and email it to everyone in it. I did that the first year and it definitely made me more memorable to my new friends.

11. Rise Early

The sunrises in Palm Springs are some of the best in the world. There’s nothing quite like being in the desert…so don’t miss out! Also, the main restaurant at the Ace, King’s Highway, gets packed in the mornings before we head to the 10 a.m. talks. Getting food, let alone the check can take forever. Get a move on it and beat the crowds.

12. Keep It Casual

While it’s nice to dress up on opening night (the atmosphere is like a casual cocktail party), the rest of the time is super laid back. Most of our time is spent attending talks or lounging by the pool so keep it simple. Just don’t forget to pack a swimsuit, sunscreen and sunglasses!

13. Leave The Compound

While staying at the Ace is fun, Palm Springs is full of amazing hotels, restaurants and sights. My favorite places to eat are Las Casuelas for Mexican and Lulu’s California Bistro for a bit of everything — this is a total crowd pleaser, no matter what your dietary restrictions are. I also like The Avalon for poolside drinks, Birba for pizza and Cheeky’s for brunch.

14. Chill Out

Designer Vaca is fantastic for networking but at the end of the day, don’t forget to relax. There’s nothing worse than leaving a vacation feeling totally exhausted! The scheduling at the retreat is purposely minimal so you have time to hang out, get some sun and recharge. Let things happen naturally — there’s no race to the finish line!

Nubby Twiglet | 15 Tips To Rock Your Stay at Designer Vaca!

15. Be Yourself

There’s no reason to put on a show — everyone who’s new to the group feels just as self-conscious and as worried as you. Vulnerability is encouraged — the more open you are, the more likely you’ll draw in your ideal tribe of new friends. During Designer Vaca, I’ve seen tears shed and we’ve all confessed moments of complete failure. These are the stories that bring us together because we are all human. We all have ups and downs. If you want to connect on a deeper level, you have to be willing to open up. The support system I’ve gotten from these ladies is unreal.


I hope these tips help you have an amazing time at Designer Vaca. And if you have any questions, let me know in the comments below!

Live Your Life First, Then Blog

Nubby Twiglet | Live Your Life First, Then Blog

Inspiration doesn’t strike when you’re sitting at your desk, staring at your computer screen. It happens outside of your office, plain and simple.

It seems like such a basic premise but I lived on the other side for far too many years. Back in 2007 when I got serious about blogging, I didn’t see anything wrong with sitting down to write, even when my well of inspiration felt completely dry. While my drive always carried me through, more often than not, I forced a completely unrealistic blogging schedule on myself because I felt I had little choice.

Walking the tightrope between blogging, a retail job, an internship and a full-time school schedule at the time, the balance was precarious at best. The truth was, I just didn’t have time to go out and live my life, then sit down to blog. After I turned my assignments in and finished my job for the day, all I had time left for was blogging.

This summer, eight years after starting this blog, I finally got my perspective in check. With the beautiful weather setting in earlier than expected in Portland and new clients booking into Branch at a record rate, I blogged a lot less and created and lived a lot more.

At first, it was a little scary to give up my fine-tuned regimen. After all, I’m a creature of habit — I depend on routines to get through days of working for myself and when that goes out the window, I feel out of sorts.

That uneasiness eventually settled and after awhile, something unexpected happened. Blogging less didn’t feel weird — it felt great. I only shared content I felt awesome about. No filler, no apologies.

Over the summer months, travel took me from London to Marrakech to Rome to Florence to San Francisco to Orlando to New York to Los Angeles and finally, to Palm Springs in rapid succession. Many planned posts never happened because right as I was beginning to settle in and write, I was already back on another plane.

Between traveling and big opportunities, blogging consistently fell by the wayside but it was on my mind the whole time. It’s something that never really leaves me because it’s occupied nearly 15 years of my life (oh Live Journal, how I miss thee). I get to share new ideas, discoveries and connect with you. Honestly? That personal creative outlet is EVERYTHING.

At the same time, everything goes through ebbs and flows. Life happens, good and bad. New opportunities can take up a lot of our time that blogging once commandeered. That’s okay. Having a life outside of the internet is so, so important because that’s what fuels our souls.

Nubby Twiglet | Live Your Life First, Then Blog

The creative spark needed to create original, meaningful content doesn’t strike when you’re shackled to your computer. It strikes when you’re out exploring, meeting new people and observing the world around you from a fresh perspective. When you do that and push yourself outside of your comfort zone, that’s where the magic happens.

When you live your life to the fullest and then sit down to blog, the inspiration flows. Instead of wracking your brain trying to figure out what to write, you have a mental list of ten posts you can’t wait to start on. Instead of cobbling together images from Pinterest for your latest posts, you have a camera full of photos you took yourself. It feels so good.

Inspiration is lurking outside of your office, right this second. There are only so many hours in a day and there’s a whole lot of living to do. Explore the world, even if it’s the new coffee shop down the street. I just spent all week sitting in a hot tub under the stars in Palm Springs until the wee hours, chatting with creative souls. It was so much more inspiring than hitting refresh, hoping that inspiration would strike. Now, I’m feeling energized and ready to produce new content. The break was sorely needed.

You have permission to take a break. Live your life first. And, I can’t wait to see what you sit down to write when you finally have time to blog about it!


Photo: Taken in Marrakech by David McNeil.

The Week In Pictures: 10.11.15

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Hello from Palm Springs! I’ve missed all of you! This has been an action-packed week filled with an anniversary shoot with Joey and Rocky, Designer Vaca and plenty of reconnecting with creative friends old and new.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Arriving in Palm Springs always feels like walking into a parallel life. It’s a life I love and dream about all the time full of relaxation, sunshine and friendly folks around every corner.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

I visit Palm Springs a few times each year but this time since I was in town for a full week, I wanted to mix things up even more. We drove out to the Salton Sea and on the way home, lounged under rows of date trees. There’s so much beauty to discover in the desert.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

This time, I played a bit of hotel musical chairs switching places every two days to keep the atmosphere fresh. Halfway through my stay, I moved over to the Ace which has one of the best pools in town. In between Designer Vaca talks, this was our home base, with plenty of late nights catching up in the hot tub.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

I’d been having serious withdrawals from Chubs so it made my day when my friend Jessica surprised me with a golden squirrel figurine. Best gift ever!

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