A Weekend In Amsterdam Full of Flowers, Cheese, Stroopwafels and The Blogcademy!

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While in Amsterdam with The Blogcademy, we kicked off our weekend of teaching at The Thinking Hut, a rad building built in 1912 that houses a co-working space during the week.

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The decor in this space was off the hook — check out those colored cabinets! The Dutch have such a natural flair that I really admire.

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We had quite the international mix of ladies in this class, hailing from Belgium, Ireland, the U.S. and more. After teaching this class so many times in different countries, it always amazes me how similar we all really are when it comes to careers, blogging and relationships.

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To switch things up for this class, we pushed a row of tables together the length of the room and set up communal seating versus our usual rows. It turned out really well — everyone was chattier than usual (sometimes a little too much so!) and because of that, a lot of the girls walked away at the end with some great friendships.

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There was a huge supermarket around the corner from our Air bnb apartment (oh man, I have some stories of buying the wrong things because I couldn’t read the labels!) so we stocked up on lots of treats. Sugar for all!

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I fell hard for Padmini’s coordinated sweater and skirt set. Ahhh, so good!

Sponsors

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Thanks to our Amsterdam sponsors for the kick-ass goodie bag mix: Tattoo transfers by Hello Harriet, WordPress for Beginners books by Reeta Krishna, sparkly ears by Crown and Glory, branded pens by Go Promotional, tattoo transfers by Pepper Ink Vintage, paper decor by Strange Case, no-snag hair ties by Mane Message and notebooks by Veronica Dearly .

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Oh, and a special shout-out to Sketch Inc. for these fantastic notebooks. I still have a stash I’m happily working through!

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And finally, Cornela Blom is a goddess — she not only created this beautiful flower backdrop that was the ultimate conversation piece during class but also, corsages for all!

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Thanks to all the wonderful ladies who joined us in Amsterdam — I loved getting to know so many of you. And thank you for following along! Next up: Australia!


Event Space: The Thinking Hut.
Photographer: Kerry Murray.
Assistant: Sophie King
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Anatomy Of An Office #3: Incredibly Strong DIY Shelving For Under 25 Dollars!

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #3: Incredibly Strong DIY Shelving For Under 25 Dollars!

Welcome to Anatomy Of An Office. This series is dedicated to pulling together a functional yet stylish workspace with plenty of budget-friendly tips!

My first mission when I signed the lease on my new office was to find a simple shelving solution. I had a lot of artwork and books I wanted to show off but the biggest issue was that I knew I’d grow bored and want to change the selection out all the time — and it seemed rude to be constantly pounding new holes into the freshly redone drywall.

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #3: Incredibly Strong DIY Shelving For Under 25 Dollars!

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #3: Incredibly Strong DIY Shelving For Under 25 Dollars!

Joey is the Mister Fix-It in our household and had an immediate idea — why not take the extra door frame trim from a leftover remodeling project and mount it sideways? The genus part of this solution was that the thick, ornate trim already had built-in grooves which could easily hold my art in place. The last thing I wanted to deal with were frames sliding off and shattering!

There are plenty of pre-made shelving options out there but my issue was the strength — a lot of them are flimsy at best. With the weight of many of my books and art being an issue, we went this direction because the steel dowels placed in the studs are incredibly strong and could hold much heavier items than I’m showing in these photos without bowing or worse, ripping loose!

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #3: Incredibly Strong DIY Shelving For Under 25 Dollars!

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #3: Incredibly Strong DIY Shelving For Under 25 Dollars!

Directions: For this project, Joey started by drilling three linear holes into the wall studs and hammered the steel dowels into those. Once the dowels were in place, he mounted the shelves and secured them with plastic cable ties. In total, it took about a half hour and best of all, came in at less than $25.00!

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #3: Incredibly Strong DIY Shelving For Under 25 Dollars!

There’s nothing like an quick, easy and functional D.I.Y. Let me know if you have any questions about the art on the shelves!

The Week In Pictures: 11.7.14

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How was your week? Mine was full of transition — over the weekend, I moved into my new office space and after one big trip to IKEA (and a whole lot of late night shopping online), it’s finally starting to feel like home. I always thought that needing a separate space to work away from home, especially when you already had a designated spot was full of clichés— really, how much more of a difference could it make? Was it really worth the extra rent, especially if you already felt super productive in your home surroundings? Well…one week in, I can tell you it’s made a world of difference. If you’re thinking of expanding / getting a space outside of your home, I’m working on a post for you about the benefits!

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Getting to the office early is my jam — I love settling in with a hot cup of coffee, lighting a candle, going over my list for the day and digging in.

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With the cooler weather setting in and the leaves changing color, I’ve been drawn to more autumnal colors. I love shades of mustard, olive and burgundy — they soften up my closet full of black and graphic patterns. This J. Crew cardigan was a total steal off a rack at Buffalo Exchange, my go-to place for clothes these days.

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Over the weekend, my mom and stepdad took me out for a belated birthday lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory. The views of the river are always so beautiful and it’s one of the first memories I have of going out to eat 25+ years ago! An oldie but goodie.

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Back to the office — I’m fine tuning all the details before the big reveal. I found these sturdy magazine organizers at IKEA and they’re great for sorting out my collection of catalogs and print reference materials.

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These Zara heels are feeling right at home inside Branch HQ!

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In Chubs news, he’s moved onto stealing all my makeup. I heard some rustling the other day and peeked in to find him running off with my MAC lipstick called Kinda Sexy. Hahahaha! He also grabs my compact of Studio Fix and kicks it around. All of this is much more welcomed than his antics of trying to hide toast and nuts in my hair!

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Have an awesome weekend, everyone! I’m taking off tomorrow morning to meet my grandparents for breakfast and that’s the highlight of my weekend since I don’t get to see them as much as I’d like. Do you have anything you’re looking forward to?

Link Love: 11.6.2014

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• Jessica Hische shares some thoughts on productivity and creating the ultra-schedule.

• What’s the best way to get through resistance and take action?

• Cassie just shared a roundup of valuable resources for freelancers.

• 25 famous women discuss getting older.

• The amazing history of the to-do list…and better yet, how to make one that actually works!

• A look back at The Berlin Wall, 25 years after the fall.

• Kathleen has some fantastic advice on how to feel like a creative expert.

• The 10 greatest changes of the last 1,000 years.

• Buffer openly shares its formula for calculating employee salaries. So refreshing for a company to be this transparent!

• Your business is a reflection of you.

• We all deal with the dreaded time crunch but Mandi decided to step back and reevaluate her priorities.

• Three rules for a happy designer.


Image: Brian “Doc” Reed.

Anatomy Of An Office #2: 15 Awesome Artists To Cover Your Walls!

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #2: 15 Awesome Artists To Cover Your Walls!

Welcome to Anatomy Of An Office. This series is dedicated to pulling together a functional yet stylish workspace with plenty of budget-friendly tips!

It’s important to set the tone of your surroundings and art definitely helps with that. I searched high and low to find the perfect mix and wanted to share 15 of my favorite artists with you. Better yet, I want to hear who you love as well since I still have some blank wall space. Please let me know who you’re obsessed with in the comments!

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #2: 15 Awesome Artists To Cover Your Walls!

15 Awesome Artists To Cover Your Walls

1. Chad Wys: I have a few of Chad’s pieces and I love how he takes classical sculptures and oil paintings and gives them a modern spin with bold splashes of color and geometric shapes.

2. RK Design: This artist focuses on a mostly black and white palette with organic shapes. A personal favorite of mine is the cross print.

3. Max Wanger: The reigning king of negative space, Max excels at highlighting the beauty of everyday moments, from the beach to the city.

4. Replace Face: I am completely obsessed with this artist — anyone that creates old-world style portraits of celebrities ranging from Michael Jackson to Mickey Rourke is a god in my book.

5. Andy Warhol: When I want some Warhol, I know that I can depend on Art.com to deliver his best known pieces at a really affordable price.

6. Sealoe: If fashion editorial-inspired prints are more your jam, this site is loaded with tons of options from black and white photos to fantastic typography.

7. House Industries: One of the best type foundries around also creates killer hand-screened prints. I actually have two of their pieces in my bedroom and LOVE them.

8. Ciara Phelan: Isn’t her illustration style great? Ciara’s Bird Head series is a personal favorite of mine.

9. Slim Aarons: A well known photographer of American jet-setters from the 1950s through the 1980s, Slim made a living out of capturing the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

10. Gray Malin: While he’s best known for his captivating beach scenes, I’m enamored with Gray’s portrait of black and white llamas covered in balloons.

11. Georgina Paraschiv: Bright paintings of fruit, abstract patterns and landscapes fill Georgina’s work. She has a seemingly bottomless archive of awesome prints.

12. Honey Lake Studio: The simplicity of photos Honey Lake creates really shines — this palm print captures the most beautiful light.

13. Malika Favre: A true master of the human form, she’s able to create intriguing art out of the most simple shapes.

14. Sharon Montrose: If you want to display a portrait of your favorite animal, Sharon’s print shop has you covered. She’s managed to photograph even the most obscure creatures!

15. Super Rural: You’ve probably spotted their famous For Like Ever print in the houses of the who’s who over the last decade. I’m excited to finally have a yellow version of my own on the way.


It’s so exciting picking out new art — next week, I’ll show you what’s arrived and how I’m displaying it in my new space!

The Week In Pictures: 10.31.14 | Happy Halloween!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Do you have any fun plans? This year, I’ll probably slip on a pair of sparkly ears and call it good. I’ve been prepping all week for my big move tomorrow so honestly, my mind has been elsewhere. I’m not really focused on dressing up so much as…dressing up my new office!

There’s a lot to do — small things like art have shown up but I’m still waiting on a big piece of furniture to arrive and Joey is building out custom shelving so the space is going to be at a very in-between stage for the next week or so. Isn’t that how moving always goes?

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Moving Day

I’ll be sharing much more as things progress and you can also follow along on the Branchstagram. Have a great Halloween (and weekend)!

Link Love: 10.30.14

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: World Cup Stamps

• If you read just one thing this week, make it this: Kate quit social media cold turkey for a full week. Here’s what happened.

• How should you deal with clients that you’re not keen on working with any longer? Amanda has some helpful scripts.

• I’m the boss. I’m not bossy. TRUTH.

• Sian lays it on the line when it comes to escaping the death spiral of consumption and I love her handy chart.

• Really, what does it mean to be constantly busy? Why does our society place such a high value on it?

• I love this New York Times piece about folks in their 80s who refuse to retire — in fact, they’re at the top of their game.

• 3 ways to define what your blog is about.

• Marketing authenticity: when branding gets personal.

• 10 ways to answer the dreaded, “Can I pick your brain?” question.

• So cool: famous album covers come alive!

• What happens when you’re labeled an “It Girl” by the media? It’s impossible to live up to it and a completely unfair marker.

• Sure, I have a pet squirrel. But, a pet lion?! That’s on another level.

• I really hope someone awesome buys up this ghost town and restores it!

• It’s hard to imagine how one man actually counterfeited more than $200 million in U.S. currency.

• When Sheila E. met Prince: I stared up at the poster and told him, “I’m gonna meet you one day.” And then, it actually happened.


Image: World Cup Stamps.