The Unmistakable Effect and An Ode To Doing Your Own Thing

Nubby Twiglet | The Unmistakable Effect and An Ode To Doing Your Own Thing

Since I returned from vacation a few weeks ago, I’ve been struggling to find a sense of balance with my daily routine. It’s been a busier season at work than usual and yesterday morning, I got to the studio early, sat down at my desk and was ready to write a post about my friend Sian’s new magazine, The Unmistakable Effect.

Then, my phone rang. It was my grandma, calling to tell me my cousin had an aneurysm and was in the hospital. Badly shaken, I closed the screen and texted my cousin a get well message I hoped he’d wake up to.

When things happen like this, it’s a huge reality check. Life is fragile and short. To spend it in a way that makes you unhappy just isn’t worth it. I was just watching a Vanilla Ice interview and he said, “Yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery” and that’s the truth.

So, that brings me back to The Unmistakable Effect. If you’ve ever broken out of your comfort zone to try something unexpected and uncharted, there can be an uneasiness that’s nearly impossible to bear. Everyone around you tends to say, “You have it good. Things are fine. Why do you need to shake up what you have?”

Nubby Twiglet | The Unmistakable Effect and An Ode To Doing Your Own Thing

These conversations often come from a place of love but can also come from a place of fear depending on the person because they aren’t brave enough to take the leap themselves. No matter where the sentiments come from, taking a chance and embracing that mystery that comes with it is a tough road.

That’s why I admire what Sian is doing. She has a very distinct design style that has inspired me for years but instead of playing it safe with client work, she decided to experiment with her love of editorial design to create a digital magazine that she’s both designing and producing the content for.

The Unmistakable Effect is about doing your thing, unapologetically. If you’re like me, you’re sick of perfectly curated Instagram moments and blog posts where life looks like one flowing, beautifully shot fashion magazine. There’s no grit, there’s no failure and there’s no depth. I don’t know a single person with a life like that, myself included. There’s a mix of ups and downs, good and bad.

When the bad happens (this is life — and it inevitably does), we all have moments of wondering if we’re cut out for this creative path because there’s no rule book. The only way of knowing is by doing. By doing, you’re learning and figuring things out.

Nubby Twiglet | The Unmistakable Effect and An Ode To Doing Your Own Thing

During this season of change in my own business, I’ve been questioning everything. Our society tells us that bigger is better and having more, more, more is what we should strive for. That doesn’t sit well with me. The Unmistakable Effect is confirming what I’m feeling — that you have to stop trying to win at everyone else’s game, and start trying to win at your own.

When I worked at larger companies, I was always at my unhappiest. I always felt lost in the shuffle and unsure of where I fit in. When I worked at smaller companies, there was a family atmosphere that made me want to stick around. So in this time of transition and deciding if it’s time to grow bigger, I’m pushing back. I’m listening to what I want instead of what society tells me the dream is. I’m keeping things personalized. I’m deciding it’s worth it to stay hyper-creative and connected.

In your own career and life, you will hit many crossroads where you have to decide whether to stay on the safe road of the least resistance or choose your own adventure. Of course, most people will encourage you to play it safe — you have bills to pay, and people you don’t want to let down. But, if you play it too safe, you might end up pleasing everyone on the surface while letting down the one person that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle: yourself.

In issue 2 of the Unmistakable Effect, I have an interview about staying in the game with an inside look at the drive and commitment it takes to get to where you want to be. You can check it out here.

I hope it inspires you to do the work, ignore the outside noise and make yourself happy.

You deserve it.

The Week + Links: 09.30.16

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


I hope you had a good week! It’s Friday night and all the things I want to chat with you about are buzzing in my head but I don’t know where to start. Let’s switch things up and do this in list form for a change:

1.Best outing of the week: I know very little about jazz but when my friend Alex invited me out to see her brother Ben play, I said yes. Little did I know that he’s a Grammy nominated musical genius. I sat inside a church in Downtown Portland while sipping a hard cider and watching his jazz band play with such precision that it’s given me a whole new appreciation for the genre. Search for Ben Wendel on Spotify, he’s seriously epic.

2. Best reason to celebrate this week: Branch turned 3 years old! I had no time to even process it because the workload over here has been completely insane and with growth comes growing pains. No matter what happens as my business evolves, I’m thankful to have a career that allows me the room to be creative every day. Walking out of my full-time job 3 years ago was gut-wrenching but I’m glad I did it — you only have one life and the sooner you can live it in a way that makes you happy, the better.

3. Guilty pleasure of the week: watching my childhood idol, Vanilla Ice KILL IT BIG TIME on Dancing With The Stars! I’ve loved him since I was 7 years old and when I finally met him as a teenager, he was the nicest guy ever. I just remembered that I have his autograph buried somewhere in my basement….maybe it’s time for an archaeological dig through the ruins of my past? Haha. P.S. Drop that zero and get with the hero.

4. Best archiving of memories this week: A lot of the photo booths I used to frequent have been replaced by lame digital versions so when I find an authentic one, I make as much use of it as possible! My friend Pam and visited the one at The Liquor Store and had waaaaaay too much fun (see below).

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5. Most fun designing this week: I’m working on a handful of personal projects that are really starting to take shape, especially The Art Of V. I’ve been experimenting with graphics and having weekly Skype catch-ups with my partner in crime, Erika. She’s managed to pull hilarious stories out of me that I’d long forgotten about and we share all the juicy details every week in our newsletter.

6. Boring but necessary moment of the week: Our front yard has always been a pit of despair but our house needed so much work when we bought it 7 years ago that the yard was the least of my concerns. Paint, new windows, new bathrooms…everything felt more pressing. The grass looked terrible, the slope was uneven and honestly, I barely looked at it when I came home. Joey has been landscaping it before the weather turns rainy and in the process, planted a big palm tree and laid river rock. Next comes a bunch of exotic plants and grasses. It’s looking very Palm Springs…and not very Portland. But, you know how we roll. 😉

Well, that was fun!

Now, it’s your turn.
What’s new with you?
What are you excited about?

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Latest & Greatest: Chad Wys

Nubby Twiglet | Latest & Greatest: Chad Wys

My favorite artist for the past year has been Chad Wys and after having a total of 5 of his pieces decorating both my office and rooms at home, I figured it was time to dedicate a post to his work because guys, it’s on another level of cool (and if you’re curious, here’s the newest piece that’s getting hung in my office!)

I’m pretty simple when it comes to art — I know what I like when I see it. Chad’s work has an eclectic mix of color, composition and humor that feels at once steeped in history but also thoroughly modern. It’s everything I love in visual form.

Nubby Twiglet | Latest & Greatest: Chad Wys

Not to get too off-track, but I’m also obsessed with this clothing collection he collaborated on with Lulu & Co. Ugh, I want it all.

Chad has a passion for art history along with a fascination with the impressionists so it’s been a natural evolution to see his work mix this aspect with touches of graphic design and painting to create beautiful, thought-provoking outcomes. While his brighter, color blocked work is probably best known, he has done moodier, more mysterious series like Nocturne as well.

Of his art, he explains it best when he says, “At its broadest point, my work concerns the examination of visuality: of images and objects, decorations and art and how the manifestations of the reproductions of these materials come to influence our everyday experiences.”

Nubby Twiglet | Latest & Greatest: Chad Wys

Someday, I hope to be in a position to buy original pieces of work from the artists I admire but in the meantime, I’ve purchased all of Chad’s pieces from his shop on Society 6. It’s super affordable and you can get it pre-framed (because we all know what a pain it can be to find frames in the right sizes). Here’s a few shots of the ones I own. You can see all of the options currently for sale here.

All art courtesy of Chad Wys.

The Week + Links: 09.24.16

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


When you’re posting so late it’s already the weekend, you know it’s been a little-too-full week! Ever since the start of September, things have been picking up steam both personally and professionally and I’m super excited to see how the rest of this year plays out.

Because of a bunch of impending opportunities and changes, I’ve been a bit more introspective and spending less time online lately as I try to figure out how to balance work with this thing called life. I’m also getting better about taking the time to explore my own creativity without the pressure to share every outcome. Ahh, the olden days! Funny how everything eventually comes full-circle.

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September always feels like it’s on fast-forward around here with my birthday, Joey’s birthday and our wedding anniversary all within a 10 day span of each other. It’s a month of reminiscing on funny stories while also looking forward to making new memories and remembering to appreciate the little things along the way like these red flowers from my birthday that seemingly showed up in every photo I took this week. 😉

Have a good weekend, friends. xo

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


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Stepping Up My Skincare with Grown Alchemist

Nubby Twiglet | Stepping Up My Skincare with Grown Alchemist

I’m officially an adult (well at 35, it at least seems that way) and with a new age in full swing, I finally decided it was time to step up my skincare routine. I’ve always known it was important to use good skincare but got swayed by buying nice makeup instead because I could see the immediate payoff when I applied it.

Buying skincare is also trickier than makeup because it’s hard to know what’s going to actually work with your skin type. Unless you get a sample and try it for a bit, it can turn into a very expensive guessing game. Luckily, I’ve finally settled on a line that works and wanted to tell you about it now that I’ve had the chance to try a wide variety of the products (as witnessed by that empty box collection in the above photo. LOL.)

Grown Alchemist is a certified organic line of skincare free of harmful chemicals or preservatives. Even better, it looks as good as it feels (and let’s be honest, looks do matter when you use a product every day).

I found out about the Australian brand while visiting my friend Kat’s marketing agency in Melbourne a few years back. As I toured the office, she handed me a few samples and knowing nothing about them, I gave them a try.

I was hooked right away because nothing smelled artificial and I liked the way the products worked, especially the Regenerating Night Cream which has a calming lavender scent.

Upon doing more research, I found out the brand was free of all the icky stuff: lauryl sulphate, petrochemicals, artificial fragrances, parabens, synthetic colors and a bunch more things that should never make their way onto your skin.

Nubby Twiglet | Stepping Up My Skincare with Grown Alchemist

After reading more about Grown Alchemist’s philosophy, I realized the products I’d been slathering on my face in the past could actually be contributing to the aging process because the body tends to register artificial ingredients as toxic and that’s part of the reason we sometimes have allergic reactions.

By no means is my skincare and makeup routine perfect but slowly clearing out what I can and making room for healthier products one by one in my medicine cabinet is a start. I have a harder time finding natural makeup I like but Grown Alchemist has made it much easier on the skincare front.

In closing, I should mention that I was no way compensated in any way besides the products I sampled a few years back — I just want to share what works because if you’re like me, complete overwhelm sets in based on the sheer amount of skincare lines out there.

Collage photos pulled from the Grown Alchemist Instagram.

The Week + Links: 9.16.16

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links


I’m so happy it’s Friday — this week feels like a complete shift from last, which was really, really hard. Things are starting to click, I’m getting back into the work groove and I can feel my creativity finally coming back…and that’s a big relief.

This week was also my birthday and it was good! This was the first time in a long time I was home for it which was honestly nice for a change. Joey and I shared a bottle of rosé, I visited The Liquor Store with my dad and took a bunch of new photo booth strips and also got some cuddles in with Rocky and Chubs.

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I’ve got a long workday ahead but the payoff will be going out to lunch with my mom tomorrow, doing some plant shopping for our newly landscaped yard and putting some finishing touches on our remodeled bathroom so I can finally photograph it. Taking it easy…and I’m happy about that!

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Have a great weekend and thanks as always for reading. xo

Photos: 1. This is the last time our room will look like this. Changes are in-progress! 2. Gotta love a weekend coffee date. 3. A stack of photo booth strips from my 35th!


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Style Direction: Desert Rose

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

Today, I’m 35. (For the record, I think I’ll feel forever 25….just with a lot more wisdom. Haha). Anyway, it’s time for a style direction update!

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

Earlier this year, I went to Vegas and after feeling very ho-hum about my personal style for awhile, I left that week excited and reawakened. If you read through that post, it was due to a bunch of factors but the moral of the story is that immersing yourself in a world of excess and fantasy for an entire week with your BFF’s and getting the hell away from work allows for endless hours of inspiration and creativity.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

I came home inspired to finally start dressing up again, though mostly in solids. Black and baby pink were my jam (and still are).

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

Then, I went back to Vegas again last month (because…why stay away from the desert, night clubs, pool parties and all the best things in life?) and I needed a new outfit for a shoot with Made U Look.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

The late night online browsing began when something very different from my usual style caught my eye. It was flowy, flowery and…not black! I closed the window but was still thinking about it a week later. So, I pulled the trigger, thinking if I hated it, I could send it back. But, I liked it. A lot. It was impractical for daily wear but FUN.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

I wore it out to the desert and felt really inspired by the roses and wines contrasted with the background of dusty hues. I spun around in circles as the sun set and laughed with my best friends before we piled back into the car for our favorite dinner destination on the Strip, P.F. Chang’s (forever and always).

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

The look: Steve Madden Jolene platform heels, Love and Lemons Wild Rose skirt and top and Forever 21 choker.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

So, here’s to Desert Rose.
Here’s to big flowers, chokers, chunky platform heels, chiffons and velvets.
Here’s to bold eye makeup, long, messy hair, rosy cheeks and big smiles.

As being 35 sets in, I want to remind myself (and you!) to loosen up, take more chances, have fun with personal style and say yes to spontaneity.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Desert Rose

I wore: Steve Madden Joline platform heels, Love and Lemons Wild Rose skirt and top (sold out but the Wild Rose maxi dress is still available) and a Forever 21 velvet choker (sold out but there are more options here).

Photos: Made U Look

Makeup: Sephora at The Venetian, Las Vegas.