The Week In Pictures: 8.22.14

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Hello again! How was your week?

I’ll be honest…since I’ve been back, it’s been full-on catch up mode around here. Putting together timelines for new jobs, getting my accounting caught up, long coffee dates with friends, birthday parties (the big 6-0!), squirrel sitting and backyard barbecues (we finally got one and are using it nearly every day!) have left my days feeling really full. As I say, work hard and play hard! I feel like the first half of this year got off to a really slow start but things are finally picking up steam and I’m excited to release a bunch of new projects for both Branch and Blogcademy over the next few months.

I stopped into my absolute favorite place to shop, Buffalo Exchange yesterday and found this vintage orangey-red felt hat (above). The thing is, my office is a bit of a distaster at the moment so when I got home, I sat on the floor facing my windows, pulled a white curtain behind me to block out the messy background…and the curtains draped awkwardly, cutting off part of my hat! Haha! Didn’t quite go as planned but I ended up liking the negative space.

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Chubby has been doing so well this week. He’s now drinking out of a bottle and has grown a ton. Joey also built him the equivalent of a squirrel mansion (seriously, his new “house” is massive) and he’s able to keep his balance much more easily while walking.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’m always on the hunt for visual inspiration and like to stop into a variety of places. I love Pastaworks for this reason. It’s a European-style market with so much great packaging I’ve never seen before.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Coffee dates with Pam: always high energy! She’s one of those friends where we get so excited chatting about design and projects that we keep talking faster, faster, faster! Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

One of my favorite houses near Hawthorne. Best paint job on the block!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This is a peek at my desk right now. Black felt-tipped Stabilo pens are awesome — I use them to cross items off my to-do lists (I hand write them every day). I thrifted that mug 10 years ago, my new phone case was found at a shop in Berlin last month and the Rodin lip balm looks and works great.

Have a great weekend, everyone! I also wanted to say thank you to those of you who’ve picked up the new Home School modules. Seeing your still lifes pop up has been making my day! I especially love Angela’s photo! xo

Link Love: 8.21.14

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Nubby Twiglet | The Parker Palm Springs: Angie Silvy for Rue Magazine

• One of my favorite bloggers has been on an epic road trip and this isn’t your typical one, either. She’s driving down unmarked dirt roads, visiting ghost towns, stopping by abandoned hot springs…and sharing the whole experience!

• What happens when you like everything on Facebook?

• Such an insightful read: 5 questions for 100 designers.

• One of the trickiest parts of freelancing is when your clients go quiet. Bre has some great advice on how to chase them down and not be scary about it!

• 5 things you must do when applying to art colleges!

• I have a total crush on this perfectly executed ballpoint pen inspired script.

• This is one of the best bathroom remodels I’ve ever seen!

• What the heck is toothpaste, anyway?!

• I really enjoyed reading about Jenna Lyon’s beauty regimen. I hadn’t heard of about half the products she mentioned…but now I want to try them all.

• You’ve done a great job of being alive. Obviously, you deserve a medal.

• The expert guide to working from home.

• If your camera gear isn’t the best but you have a passion for photography, can you still make it work until you have the money to upgrade?

• This is how the sun sees you. A great reminder to wear sunscreen!

• A brief look at texting in movies.


Photo: The Parker Palm Springs by Angie Silyvy for Rue Magazine.
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The Blogcademy Home School: Building Your Audience, Dealing With Negativity, Creating Awesome Still Lifes and Setting Your Rates!

The Blogcademy Home School Modules: Building Your Audience, Dealing With Negativity, Creating Awesome Still Lifes and Setting Your Rates!

Over at The Blogcademy, we’re launching four new Home School classes today! What I love most about Home School is that these modules make it possible for you to learn at your own pace — the videos can be watched as many times as you want and always include PDF worksheets to drive home the most important points. We filmed these four segments last month in London based around the subjects you asked us most about through email, in class and over social media.

Still Life 101

I’m really passionate about still lifes because they have the power to convey so much about us as individuals. These days, you’ll notice that photos of experiences tend to generate more interest than selfies or your latest purchase because the truth is, people want to see what you’re working on and what you’re inspired by! In this segment, I share the tips I personally use to compose all of my still lifes and include a visual example of each so you can see it in action. This is a great way to improve your still lifes whether you’re shooting photos for your blog or Instagram. Even better, if you’re feeling stuck on what to share in your still lifes, I’ve created a worksheet of prompts. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

How To Set Your Rates

When you’re starting a business, one of the first hurdles you’ll have is knowing how much to charge. In this segment, I chat with Kat about coming up with rates and sticking to them. We cover it from the perspective of both a blogger figuring out how much to charge for sponsored posts, advertising or collaborations, and as a creative using your blog to sell your services. This advice is practical and non-nonsense while shedding some light on what makes sense for your business!

Building Your Audience

Bloggers are always looking for new ways to engage readers and grow their audiences and we share the techniques we personally used when we started our blogs. To this day, we still implement most of them and have had great success. The advice Kat shares can be easily applied to all levels of blogging.

Dealing With Negativity

Have you ever received negative feedback online? Most of us have and that first time can really sting. The thing is, that negativity ends up holding a lot of people back from sharing their true selves online. Kat, Gala and I chat about how to cope with it, share some personal experiences and finally, have a candid conversation centered around if it ever gets easier. If you’re dealing with negativity, you’re not alone and I really hope this segment will help you feel more brave about putting yourself out there.


These four new modules build upon the original Home School topics including Blogging Basics (free!), Media Kits For Bloggers, Creating An About Me Page, Blog Brand Audit, Brands Working With Bloggers, PR & Marketing For Blogs, Advertising, Creating Killer Content, How To Work With Brands and Pinterest For Bloggers.

Each module is priced $20.00 and available in the shop. We promise to only give you real, actionable information you can put into use. Enjoy!

An Afternoon Of Beauty and Excess At Bar Bukowski in Amsterdam

Nubby Twiglet | An Afternoon at Bar Bukowski in Amsterdam

Nubby Twiglet | An Afternoon at Bar Bukowski in Amsterdam

Nubby Twiglet | An Afternoon at Bar Bukowski in Amsterdam

“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” ―Charles Bukowski

Nubby Twiglet | An Afternoon at Bar Bukowski in Amsterdam

Nubby Twiglet | An Afternoon at Bar Bukowski in Amsterdam

Nubby Twiglet | An Afternoon at Bar Bukowski in Amsterdam

On the hunt for a cool lunch spot in Amsterdam, I discovered a little gem called Bar Bukowski. The place is named after writer Charles Bukowski who had a not so subtle way with words and is best described as “breathing his love for alcohol, women and literature.” Bukowski once said, “There is always a reason to drink!” (and I dare not argue with the statements of a literary legend) but the food here is pretty good, too.

Nubby Twiglet | An Afternoon at Bar Bukowski in Amsterdam

Nubby Twiglet | An Afternoon at Bar Bukowski in Amsterdam

Nubby Twiglet | An Afternoon at Bar Bukowski in Amsterdam

The music is loud, the walls are tiled and there are fresh flowers on every table. This is the ideal spot to grab a coffee, stay for lunch and then pick out a dessert. But if you’re a true Bukowski fanatic, polish it all off with a strong drink at Henry’s Bar next door. Indulge in some excess!

Nubby Twiglet | An Afternoon at Bar Bukowski in Amsterdam

Nubby Twiglet | An Afternoon at Bar Bukowski in Amsterdam

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” ―Charles Bukowski

Nubby Twiglet | An Afternoon at Bar Bukowski in Amsterdam

Nubby Twiglet | An Afternoon at Bar Bukowski in Amsterdam

Bar Bukowski has humor, style and great food — truly a winning combo.

“If you’re losing your soul and you know it, then you’ve still got a soul left to lose.” ―Charles Bukowski

The Week In Pictures: 8.15.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures by Shauna Haider

It’s been an interesting week getting settled back into home life, to say the least. Last Thursday night, I flew back to Portland from New York and was met with a new bundle of joy. More on that in a minute!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures by Shauna Haider

Since I got back, I’ve been in full-on cleaning mode. There’s nothing like a few weeks away to remind you of how little you truly need in this life to be happy. After a night of rest, I flung open my closets and piled up all the unworn clothes and shoes I could possibly muster letting go of. Next, I went through my desk and flat files, making another giant pile of donations. My office feels so much bigger and relaxed now.

I’m a big fan of the mentality of “out with the old and in with the new.” Get rid of what no longer serves or suits you and fill your life with less, but better made things. One of those new-ish, better made things I’m liking are a pair of Tieks — the perfect jolt of color for my mostly black and white wardrobe.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures by Shauna Haider

A lot of you have been asking how Chubby is doing. If you’re wondering who this little guy is, you can read more about him right here. When Joey found him stuck in our furnace last Tuesday night, his eyes weren’t yet open and he could barely walk. A little over a week later, he’s holding onto the syringe of formula when we feed him, walking pretty well and of course, climbing like a champ. I’ll let you know how things progress.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures by Shauna Haider

I was in Amsterdam a week and a half ago and when I got home, this Anthropologie catalog, shot entirely in Holland was waiting for me. The photos are gorgeous and remind me of those few magical days. If you’re curious, that’s a Crown and Glory crown hanging on the edge.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures by Shauna Haider

At The Blogcademy in London, The Bathory blended these limited edition bath salts for us and our attendees. Isn’t the packaging cool? I’m exited to finally be home where I actually have a bath to try these out. ;)

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures by Shauna Haider

Speaking of The Blogcademy, it’s been a busy week behind the scenes as we put the finishing touches on four new Home School segments. I’m really excited about the topics we’re covering and will share more with you next Wednesday.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures by Shauna Haider

I have the biggest design crush on Jonathan Adler — his mid-century modern aesthetic is right up my alley (and he did the interior of my favorite hotel, The Parker) so when this candle arrived from his assistant, I about lost my mind. Such a strange, bold piece and I can’t get enough of it. Ahhhhh!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures by Shauna Haider

Have a great weekend, everyone. I’ll be catching up on work, squirrel-sitting, and helping my aunt celebrate her 60th birthday (she’s like a second mom to me so it’s an espeically big deal). It feels so good to be home.

P.S. Thanks again for all your sweet, helpful comments and advice about Little Chub-Chub, I really appreciate it.

Link Love: 8.14.14

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• When you overschedule yourself, there’s no time to think. How far are people going in our modern society to avoid introspection?

• To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its website, Microsoft recreated its original homepage from 1994. We’ve come a long way, baby.

• What I Instagrammed versus what was really happening. Or, my entire life is a lie.

• Feed your head + find your soul. “…the difference between people who are successful and not are that those who are successful seemed to know from the age of 7 or 8, maybe older, they’re very in tune with what they love.”

• Should unpaid internships be destroyed for good?

• Discover the saddest, most lonely tweets you ever tweeted.

• Wondering what Brooklyn looked like during the summer of 1974? Here you go.

• I don’t read many fashion blogs these days but the one I keep going back to for more is Micah Gianneli. This woman has a sense of style all her own. I love it.

• Kandee Johnson on what to do if you feel like a failure.

• The Instagram trend of the moment: statue selfies.

• Just what I need: a list of 5 hard to kill houseplants.

• When it comes to success, don’t forget to celebrate the little things.

• I’ve been obsessed with the Waffee branding (waffles + coffee = pure genius) since I spotted it in Melbourne last year. So good!

• I’d definitely go camping if there were handmade heart marshmallows involved.

• There’s a chart that catalogs hip hop artists with the largest vocabulary.

• If you’re not sure that blogging is a good fit for you, here’s a list of 35 alternatives.

• My favorite tribute yet: a few thoughts about Robin Williams.


Photo: Shauna Haider.
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