The Week + Links: 2.5.16

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How was your week?

I’m sitting in my office wearing my beloved green faux fur coat with a fresh bouquet of bright orange tulips I picked up at Trader Joe’s this morning on the desk, wrapping up issue 7 of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine and listening to my “Discover Weekly” playlist on Spotify. If you’re new to Spotify, they curate a brand new mix for you every week based on what you’re starring. It’s pretty spot-on and I’m obsessed. Just click on the Browse option and then Discover and you’re in!

Joey has been in LA over the last week for meetings for his new art show so I’ve been home squirrel-sitting. When Chubs was a baby, he was the most hyperactive creature ever and we deemed it as a case of the “terrible twos.” Over the summer, his personality shifted and he completely mellowed out. Chubs now the sweetest, calmest little guy and is perfectly content to let me hold him for 15 minutes straight, petting him and scratching his belly. Awww.

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Work-wise, I’ve been moving between more projects than ever and have a massive backlog to share with you. So many new things! I’m going to start digging into the recent archives next week.

Anyway, I hope you have a fun weekend ahead. I’m looking forward to heading to the nursery to finally track down a meyer lemon tree and also fitting in some family time. I’ll see you back here on Monday where I’ll share more about the Project Prescription launch. I’ve never been so excited about a launch in my life because this is exactly what I wish had existed when I launched my business. And really, you should only release products that light you up.

Chubs and I are sending lots of love your way — have a good one!

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• Instead of ripping apart someone’s logo redesign that you didn’t have the brief on, do these 7 things instead. For reals.

• 23 (slightly) moving portraits of the most famous folks in Hollywood.

• I love this article about making time to read more books. Reading 100 per year isn’t as hard as you think!

• 200 designers share their Fall 2016 inspirations.

• Behold the very last audio cassette tape factory.

• What’s holding you back from getting paid to do what you love?

• 100 small but easy ways to make 2016 the best year yet.

• Photoshop can be even more powerful (and fun!) with these 47 plugins.

• 100 jokes that shaped modern comedy.

• The ancient Greeks were obviously way ahead of their time and this statue proves it! Haha.

• Need some inspiration for the 404 error page on your website? Check out these 30 brilliantly designed ones!

• Do you have irrational fears?

My New York City Cheat Sheet: 20 Things To Do In The City That Never Sleeps

Nubby Twiglet | My New York Cheat Sheet: 20 Things To Do In The City That Never Sleeps

Every time I visit New York, I’m discovering new places. I’ve had a love affair with the city for the past 15 years and whenever I’m in town, my friends introduce me to their latest haunts. I know what it’s like to travel to a new city, feel the overwhelm set in and go, “What is there to do?” so here’s a cheat sheet of 20 places I think you’ll love just as much as I do. I’ve done my best to keep it eclectic since the mix of high and low is what makes exploring a city so interesting and fun.

Nubby Twiglet | My New York Cheat Sheet: 20 Things To Do In The City That Never Sleep

Before we get started, you may be wondering how such a random mix of places came to be. Well, when I got into town to visit Gala 2 weeks ago, she pulled out a bright pink pen and paper and we conjured up all the places we’d been wanting to check out. Virgos are obsessed with lists and it felt so good checking places off, one by one.

Nubby Twiglet | My New York Cheat Sheet: 20 Things To Do In The City That Never Sleep

1. The Smith East Village Photo Booth

Most people visit The Smith for their tasty food but the best kept secret is in the basement. Walk through the restaurant and head down the staircase where you’ll find the best black and white photo booth in town. I’ve used it dozens of times and the contrast is always perfect. The strips never come out dark and streaky and they’re only $3.00. Get that debit card ready!

2. Cafe Mogador

Part of charm of the East Village are quaint little cafes that are great meeting spots for friends. Cafe Mogador has been at the edge of St. Mark’s Place for a few decades now and is a total crowd pleaser, whether you’re ordering their trademark Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine or are just in need of a great basic breakfast of french toast and scrambled eggs.

3. Barnyard

Sometimes, you just want a really good sandwich. Barnyard has a variety, from meat to veggie options and if you don’t like one of the toppings, it’s cool since they make everything fresh to order. If you want a salad or specialty cheese to go with your sandwich, they have tons of options. Total comfort food.

4. Three Of Cups

Okay, so this bar is at the opposite end of the spectrum. It’s in a basement, dimly lit and metal is the go-to music selection. I’ve been visiting this place with friends since 2002 and it hasn’t changed a bit and to me, that’s part of its charm. Gotta love a good local bar with absolutely no pretension.

Nubby Twiglet | My New York Cheat Sheet: 20 Things To Do In The City That Never Sleep

5. Caravan Of Dreams

When you’re in need of a sweet treat but trying to watch your diet, this East Village mainstay since 1991 has you covered. The menu is organic and raw vegan so you can dine without the guilt. I’m obsessed with the cashew milk chai lattes and carrot cake while Gala is a huge fan of the brownies and hot chocolate.

6. ABC Carpet and Home

If housewares and interiors are your thing, this place is a total mecca. With six floors brimming with perfectly curated collections of everything from rugs to dishes to couches to bedding, you can get lost for hours. What stands out most is the lack of sameness at ABC — the selection doesn’t feel like another whitewashed Pinterest-inspired room. You’ll discover tons of exclusive items you’ve never seen before, even if you spend hours a day online.

7. Buffalo Exchange

New York is full of fashionable folks and when they need to unload last season’s cast-offs, many end up at Buffalo Exchange. I’ve been shopping at these stores since I was a teenager and just spent an hour at the East Village location with Gala, selling three suitcases worth of treasures. I love Buffalo Exchange because the items are always in like-new condition and prices are super reasonable, even for designer goods.

8.Dean & Deluca

A foodie’s dream, Dean & Deluca has been a staple of New York life since the 1970s because it’s packed with hard to find gourmet items. Searching out a rare chocolate bar, a special brand of sea salt or fancy tea? They probably have it. David Bowie used to shop here once a week and it’s no wonder why — their selection is always interesting and intriguing.

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9. Laduree

Ever since Laduree opened in Soho a few years back, I’ve been meeting friends and clients in their beautiful backyard garden area. I love the colorful macarons, massive statues and mix of fabrics and textures draped throughout the rooms. It’s a very luxurious, French-inspired experience that will transport you away from the busyness of Soho for a bit.

10. David Barton Gym

If I’m going to work out, I want my gym to feel like a nightclub. David Barton is the most eccentric gym I’ve ever seen, with dramatic lighting, dance music and plenty of gear to whip you into shape. If you wear all black and feel out of place in mainstream gyms, this is definitely your place.

11. Indochine

This is hands down, my favorite dinner spot in town. Since its doors opened in 1984, Indochine has fed everyone from Warhol to Madonna to Keith Haring to Duran Duran. Every art and music star of the 80s and 90s made their way here for its exotic French-Vietnamese menu. The most amazing part is that the interior is completely unchanged. You feel like you’re entering 1984 with massive murals of palm leaves on beige walls, while being surrounded by tables of people in suits and beautiful dresses. I’m obsessed with the people watching here. It’s fun to guess what everyone does — are they gallery owners, managers of modeling agencies or foreign bankers? Probably a little of each.

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12. Joe & The Juice

I originally discovered this chain in London a few years back and was smitten with their bright coffee cups in baby pink and lemon yellow. They now have a Soho location with their signature selection of coffee and juices, plus fantastic sandwiches. The dramatic pendant lights and book-patterned wallpaper are the perfect backdrop for your next selfie.

13. By Chloe

If healthy and stylish are two buzzwords you live by, this restaurant is for you. It’s super chic and full of plant-based vegan options including burgers and salads. Beyond that, I’m obsessed with their awesome Instagram packed with some of the best food styling around.

14. Barcelona Bar

When you walk in, this teeny tiny bar seems very nondescript…until you see the menu. Specializing in shots, Barcelona Bar will keep you entertained for hours. Why? Because the shots have themes. My hands-down favorite is the Harry Potter. When you order, the bartender puts on a striped scarf, hands you a wand, lights your drink on fire and mumbles an over-the-top spell before blowing your drink out. Poof! Hows’s that for entertainment?!

15. Aura Photos

If you’re in town and looking for a unique keepsake, getting an aura photo taken at Magic Jewelry is really fun. For $20.00, they’ll sit you against a black backdrop, place your fingers on sensors and two minutes later, your portrait is waiting. An employee then shows you a chart so you have a better understanding of what the colors represent.


16. Gothic Renaissance

Whether you’re in need of a black rabbit mask, a fresh pair of fishnets or a Lip Service PVC skirt, this is your place. It’s a goth wonderland that you wish had existed in your small town back when you were 15.

17. The Apartment

Admittedly, I didn’t make it here due to the epic blizzard but based on the website alone, I’m obsessed. The Apartment is a tightly curated experience inside of a shop designed to look exactly like an apartment interior. The best part is that all the objects and decor are shoppable!

Nubby Twiglet | My New York Cheat Sheet: 20 Things To Do In The City That Never Sleep

18. The Butcher’s Daughter

A healthy, fruit and veggie-focused cafe with some of the cutest decor around, this place doesn’t disappoint. I was so smitten that I just shared a full post about it.

19. Insomnia Cookies

Who knew that such a place existed?! The premise is simple — your sweet tooth kicks in late at night, nothing is open and you just really, really want a cookie. Insomnia Cookies delivers warm, fresh-baked cookies throughout the city until 3 am. We had ours delivered to a bar we were at for the ultimate indulgence.

20. The Standard East Village

This location has a hidden gem — a backyard garden area complete with brightly colored tables and chairs. Incredibly private, this spot is the perfect place to sit down for a drink after a long day and catch up with a friend. It feels a little bit like a modern take on Alice In Wonderland and that should be enough to convince you to visit.

I hope this list has given you some new ideas of things to try in New York. Have fun!

Creative Chronicles: Streamline Processes, Teach Clients How To Treat You and Charge More with Project Prescription

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles: Streamlining Processes and Teaching Clients How To Treat You with The Project Prescription

When I started freelancing ten years ago:

1. I assumed that my creativity alone would be enough to stand on.

2. I thought that my great ideas and follow-through would be enough to earn a full-time living.

3. I assumed that by saying nothing, my clients would automatically know how to treat me.

And….then I learned the hard way that none of the above were true.

Does earning a living as a freelance designer feel like an uphill battle but you’re not sure how to transform your career into something more lucrative? I feel you — because I spent years in the same boat, trying to figure out what I was doing wrong.

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles: Streamlining Processes and Teaching Clients How To Treat You with The Project Prescription

The Process Problem

From the beginning of my career, I had a strong sense of style but no matter how creative my ideas were, at times I struggled to get work approved and even worse, to charge what it was worth.

Designers can be a sensitive bunch and when things didn’t go my way, I often took the rejection personally.

My issues had nothing to do with creativity or talent and everything to do with teaching my clients what to expect. My creative work wasn’t falling flat….but my processes were.

As you navigate the tricky world of running a freelance business, one thing becomes very clear: producing creative work is only half of the equation. The other half is less obvious but it’s just as important.

Processes are everything. Without them, you’re missing the opportunity to increase your output, get treated fairly and earn what you deserve.

Having a process wasn’t always clear to me and for good reason: nobody likes to openly discuss their internal processes.

And, can you blame them?

It’s their so-called “secret sauce” and if they give it away, they’ve essentially handed over what makes them unique. While design style is important, how you present it and convey your value to clients is what makes you a living.

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles: Streamlining Processes and Teaching Clients How To Treat You with The Project Prescription

The Shift

What finally changed for me?

I worked at a lot of studios, attended plenty of workshops and retreats, asked a ton of questions and swapped ideas with fellow freelancers. I kept digging until I’d cobbled together a process. Then, I launched Branch and tested it out a few dozen times, making tweaks along the way.

Once I was happy with my process, I started thinking: if I struggled for so long with this, there has to be others who feel the same way.

And, let’s be honest here: processes can take a lot of time to develop. When you have projects to get done, the last thing you want to do is dump a bunch of time into something you’re not sure will even work.

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles: Streamlining Processes and Teaching Clients How To Treat You with The Project Prescription

The Simple Solution

I had an idea to share ready-made process documents but knew it could be better so I reached out to Paul Jarvis. He’s worked with the likes of Marie Forleo, Danielle LaPorte and dozens of others over the last 17 years and, as you can guess, his process is SOLID.

With our partnership, Project Prescription was born: a set of 15 fully customizable documents so you can quickly add your branding, colors and fonts to a pre-set formula and get back what you love — the creative side of things.

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles: Streamlining Processes and Teaching Clients How To Treat You with The Project Prescription


Sign up for our mailing list for an exclusive download of two free documents plus a specially priced offer when Project Prescription launches.

Developing a process for your creative business doesn’t have to be intimidating and full of unknowns. Project Prescription launches February 7th and I genuinely hope it helps you level the playing field and grow your business.

Thanks for reading and I’ll be back next week with more specifics about the documents and how to put them to work for your creative business! -Shauna

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The Week + Links: 1.29.16

Nubby Twiglet: The Week + Links


I flew to Portland Tuesday night, promptly unpacked my suitcase and got back to work the next morning…but I’ll never forgot those 6 days I spent in New York filled with friends, snow and some of the best times I’ve had in recent memory.

Who knew that closet cleaning and organizing books by color could be FUN? I mean, maybe this stuff is just entertaining for OCD Virgos but either way, it was really entertaining with plenty of trudging through 2 feet of snow in-between, not to mention multiple servings of hot chai lattes at Caravan of Dreams and french toast at Cafe Mogador.

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Since I’ve been back home, I’ve been hyper-focused with catching up on work. Squirrel cuddling. Baby puppy petting. Deciding that my daily work uniform is a black suede jacket covered in round silver studs (from the aforementioned closet purge). Figuring out the process of buying my Palm Springs pad later this year. Prepping for the launch of Project Prescription. Actively courting the types of work I want more of (skincare and beauty brands). Thinking about longer term goals versus the usual, short-sighted “how much can I get done today?” mentality.

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I hope you have some fun weekend plans ahead! I’ll be staying home, finalizing issue 8 of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine and just chilling out after a week filled with the blizzard and too many cabs and airports.

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“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” —William Feather


• I showed up on Gala’s doorstep in New York City last week and we got to work organizing her apartment including the shelves in her living room, which she recorded and shared on Periscope!

• You never know what someone is going through. Even one small gesture could make their day and save their life.

• Such a fascinating read about David Bowie, the invisible New Yorker.

• Putting yourself out there is difficult but it’s important to learn how to write without fear.

• What a time and money saver! Truebill allows you to find, track and cancel your paid subscriptions with just one click!

• The MoMA Cookbook features recipes from Dali and Warhol!

• These 10 steps will teach you how to build a 10 million dollar business.

• Teenagers share what they think is cool and what isn’t.

• This lady hilariously recreates celebrity Instagram moments with mixed results. Haha!

• In my dreams, I have a house with a rooftop infinity pool.

• Courtney Love talks about the collaboration she just did with Nasty Gal.

• Interested in hiring a graphic designer to give your business some professional polish? Read this article first so you have a better idea what to expect.

Out & About #15: The Butcher’s Daughter

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

If you’re a creative that also loves juice, then The Butcher’s Daughter may just be heaven on earth.

I spent the last week in New York (yes, during the epic blizzard), and this place was at the top of my must-visit list. Due to that aforementioned blizzard, the normally fully-stocked shelves were nearly bare but I had to show you anyway because this place has that perfect balance of being ridiculously cute and having healthy, hearty food choices.

Design firm Wanderlust crafted the cozy space The Butcher’s Daughter calls home with an old school butcher shop feel. Think wooden counters, steel hooks holding hanging fruit baskets, plenty of subway tile and rustic brick walls.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

The name may seem counter-intuitive considering that The Butcher’s Daughter is meat-free but it does hold a distinct purpose as they explain below:

“At The Butcher’s Daughter, we treat fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat: We chop, fillet and carve fresh produce into heathy vegetarian dishes and press them into pretty juices.”

Around the corner from the picturesque cafe is a small juice and sweets shop, also owned by The Butcher’s Daughter. It’s full of fresh baked goods that are free of refined sugar and gluten and a wall of juices arranged by color.

The overall experience at The Butcher’s Daughter is one that’s full of simple pleasures, bright pops of color, an abundance of plants and the feeling of knowing that everything from the soups to the sandwiches to the sweets are free of the unhealthy additives that fill so many of our basic meals these days.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

As I sat at a butcher block-style counter eating butternut squash curry soup and staring out at the slushy, slippery streets on Monday, I was happy I made the trek. This place is truly a ray of sunshine.

Featured: The Butcher’s Daughter.
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The Week + Links: 1.25.16 | New York

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Hello from New York!

The last few days have been hilariously random with many firsts: a rave, a personal training session, and an epic blizzard (in that order).

On New Year’s Eve, I made a promise to myself: to travel more in the new year, just for fun. To kick things off, I booked a ticket to New York in January, ignoring the obvious: snow would be very likely.

New York is my home away from home since most of my close friends live here and I had another important reason for making the trek: closet cleaning. Yes, really (more on that in a minute.)

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As soon as I touched down and took a cab straight to Gala’s place on Thursday, the fun started. First up, we headed to a rave in Brooklyn complete with a massive disco ball and people typing up haikus on request (mine was about Palm Springs — no surprise there!)

Post-rave: Indochine for dinner. I’ve been obsessed with the place since my first visit in 2002. Think palm wallpaper, a soundtrack of David Bowie and Duran Duran and a feeling that the 80s never ended. Warhol, Madonna and every downtown art star dined there and not much has changed as New York constantly morphs around it.

After Indochine, I hit up Three Of Cups till the wee hours — nothing beats Journey, Van Halen and Iron Maiden tunes cranked up.

On Friday, I had my first personal training session ever, feeling ever so slightly hung over from the night before and sporting a shirt reading LOOK BETTER NAKED with metallic gold sneakers.

Rumor had it that a blizzard was quickly approaching so Gala and I hit up the Container Store (a Virgo’s dream) for closet organization goods and headed home to get to work. We focused in, cleaning out her main closet by midnight with 100 items easily gone.

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After tossing and turning, I woke up at 2 am to look out the window and the snow storm rumors were no joke — it was piling up fast. By 2:30 in the afternoon, the snow was over 2 feet deep and the city officially shut down. The scene was surreal — literally the most snow I’ve ever seen in person.

The blizzard was the perfect opportunity to stay inside and finish Gala’s closet project — another 100+ items hit the floor and we made such good time, we were able to clear out her entire spare room AND organize her books by color. Mission accomplished!

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By Sunday, we were truly stir crazy and braved venturing out in the 2 feet of snow for photo booth fun, an adventure at ABC Carpet and Home (the mecca for stylish interior designers) and hot chocolate at Caravan of Dreams.

Today, I’ll be out exploring even more — and plotting how I can come back again soon. I’ve missed being here so much and reconnecting with so many of my close friends has given me renewed energy and artistic inspiration.

New York, I love you. For even more snapshots from this trip, check out my Insta. And stay tuned for more New York-related posts coming up soon!

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These are my favorite links gathered from around the web this week. There’s always a mix of design, business and life tips topped with a dash humor. Enjoy!

• What happens when blogging and social media take over your life? Such an interesting read!

57 small things to do for yourself this year.

• If you want to get something done, follow the manifesto of a doer.

• An interesting history lesson about swearing in movies — I had no idea it was banned from 1930 to 1968!

10 warm weather movies to watch while you’re snowed in!

• I’m looking forward to the new Michael Jackson documentary produced by Spike Lee.

• Made me laugh: absurdly challenging recipes from actual cookbooks!

• If you’re interested in learning more about the Flatiron Building, here’s a brief history.

• What happens when the people of Myanmar are newly exposed to cell phones and Facebook?

• 10 female writers share their big ’aha’ moments.

Taking A Trip WAY Back To Collages and Notebooks. Hello, 2000!

Nubby Twiglet | Fashion Notebook

Last night, I pulled out an old hard drive and started digging deep for some ancient photos that I ended up not finding…because a decade ago, I didn’t yet understand the fine art of file organization!

Nubby Twiglet | Fashion Notebook

Nubby Twiglet | Fashion Notebook

All that digging ended up paying off in an unexpected way when I found a treasure trove of hand-collaged pages I used to put together in an oversized sketchbook I’d christened the Fashion Notebook. The Fashion Notebook was my style bible I kept from 2000 to around 2008.


Nubby Twiglet | Fashion Notebook

Long before Pinterest existed, I’d spend my nights and weekends collaging into the Fashion Notebook, pulling pages of inspiration from the stacks of fashion magazines I always had in my room. To give the pages structure, the focus was always on specific themes, whether it was all black and white, a pop color or a style I was draw to, like plaid, stripes or polkadots.

Nubby Twiglet | Fashion Notebook

Nubby Twiglet | Fashion Notebook

I started these collages years before I was a graphic designer and in a way, making these layouts trained my eye to zoom in on specific details and play around with compositions long before I knew what the “rules” were. There’s nothing like the art of exploration with no clients, no deadlines and really, nobody watching (social media wasn’t around yet).

Nubby Twiglet | Fashion Notebook

Nubby Twiglet | Fashion Notebook

It was pure and fun. There were no likes, there were no followers. Looking back, it’s so nice to have something from those years. I actually still have the notebook here in my office and it’s tattered but somehow intact after many moves.

I miss the OG Pinterest! Did any of you keep similar notebooks / scrapbooks?

Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me!

Here’s to creating…just for fun.