A Little Reminder: There’s Beauty in Simplicity

Nubby Twiglet | A Little Reminder: There’s Beauty in Simplicity

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo da Vinci

There’s so much beauty in simplicity.

In daily life, we have a habit of overcomplicating even the simplest tasks. Even this morning, I was trying to connect the dots on a new project I’m pitching and even though the concept itself was really simple, the details felt muddy and tangled in my head.

I had to stop and remind myself that what I wanted was totally possible and tripping myself up was just an excuse to procrastinate and not follow through. Do you ever feel that way, too?

Nubby Twiglet | A Little Reminder: There’s Beauty in Simplicity

These images are from an in-progress project. Of course, I was trying to make the outcome much more difficult than it had to be but when I stopped overthinking it and instead started scanning in the beauty that was already around me, things finally started taking shape.

Nubby Twiglet | A Little Reminder: There’s Beauty in Simplicity

There’s clarity and confidence in simplicity. Sometimes, the answer you’re looking for isn’t as hard to find as you think. It’s right in front of you — you just have to be willing to listen.

2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

Nubby Twiglet | 2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

In late 2009, I sent Joey a message on Facebook. Though I’d known him for years through some friends of friends, I hadn’t realized that he made really cool art. I loved making art, too and was curious to chat about his style and process.

One quick drink that fateful night turned into five dates over the next month. He moved into my place 4 months later and within 9 months of that meeting, we were married. Things moved quickly by anyone’s standards but I wasn’t worried — I’d learned to trust my intuition and have always lived by the premise that when things feel right in life, you’ve just gotta go for it.

I’ve never been known to be traditional and I wasn’t about to start with our wedding. We had basically no budget and the thought of running up debt for our special day just didn’t feel like a smart start to our life together. Instead, we flew to Vegas in September of 2010 with my BFF Bianca in tow and headed downtown for a quick ceremony in a chapel next to a pawn shop. It was short, sweet and full of lots of laughs. We did things our way and I don’t regret it at all.

Nubby Twiglet | 2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

A few years after we were married, I was walking through Nordstrom when I spotted a dress on the mannequin with a bold, chartreuse stripe cutting through the middle. It was perfect for a trip I was taking to Palm Springs the next day to shoot promotional photos with Made U Look. I bought it on the spot.

Nubby Twiglet | 2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

Nubby Twiglet | 2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

Little did I know at the time that a single dress would end up inspiring our 5th anniversary party invites. Joey and I never had a celebration for our families and skipped taking a honeymoon. We passed on a lot of the more common wedding basics and I love a good excuse to throw a party so 5 years in, we are hosting a backyard gathering in September and inviting all our loved ones.

Nubby Twiglet | 2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

And, it just happens that I’m really good friends with a letterpress shop in town, Darling Press. Our upcoming party felt like the perfect opportunity to embrace some special touches and design a letterpress piece my family could keep forever. Last week, I brought in my dress and we color matched the chartreuse stripe to the edges for a perfect match.

After our backyard party with our families, Joey and I are flying to Palm Springs to relax and commemorate our 5 years of marriage and it’s the perfect opportunity to bring that aforementioned dress along to once again shoot with Made U Look. This time, I’m even going to have a legit bouquet! 😉

Nubby Twiglet | 2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

Nubby Twiglet | 2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

It’s funny how everything works out. I’m glad we went with what we had at the time. Having a limited budget and little time never impacted how we felt about our day or each other. Without all the flash and distractions, it allowed us to focus on what mattered most: our relationship.

Five years in, this all feels right.

Whatever your plans are, always make sure that outside pressures don’t get in the way. Do things exactly the way you want — it’s your special day, after all.

Nubby Twiglet | 2010 Till Forevs: The Letterpress Invites

2010 Till Forevs will be continued later this year with photos from our backyard celebration and also, our shoot in Palm Springs. Thanks for reading!


Palm Springs Photos: Made U Look.
Letterpress: Darling Press.

The Week In Pictures: 8.14.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Hi, I hope you had a great week!

The recurring themes of my week revolved around getting out of my comfort zone (gotta keep trying new things or else life becomes stale), exploring, reaching out to people I admire and making new friends (including a few animals — see below!) Thanks for reading!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Last year, I clicked on a link and ended up in the shop of Debbie Carlos, spotting this massive poster as I scrolled down. It was a bit odd yet beautiful in its unfiltered simplicity. Then, I promptly forgot about it until I was cleaning out my closet over the weekend. What a nice surprise! There’s something so satisfying about filling up blank walls with art you love.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My new go-to lunch spot is Marmo. It’s cozy, has great service, delicious Italian food and lots of marble surfaces if taking photos of your meal is your thing. Haha. If you’re downtown, add it to your list!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The coolest thing I did this week was go to the fair. It was so much fun walking around with my dad, visiting all the cows, llamas and alpacas along the way. We stopped by booths, ate lots of junk food and finished the night watching Steppenwolf play Born to Be Wild. So much awesomeness in one day. And, I couldn’t resist sharing the profile of this handsome fella with you. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Fresh flowers on my desk, always. Though, they tend to droop quickly due to the heat!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The current book rotation at Branch featuring many of the titles recommended in this post.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Obsessing over the pristine selection of typewriters at Oblation.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Having a little too much fun at the Ace photo booth with Erika Ellis. I love this lady!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Have a great weekend, friends. I hope you’re squeezing in some last-minute summer adventures! I’m signing off with this photo of two alpacas at the fair that I desperately wanted to adopt. SO CUTE! AHHH!

Link Love: 8.13.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Marie Charlotte Perrault

• Got travel plans coming up? Use All The Rooms to cross-check Air bnb, couch surfing and hotels all at once.

• It’s time to master working for yourself without crushing your soul.

• Are you ready to chat with your future self?

• 20 ways to relax when you’ve only got 20 minutes.

• Own your weirdness! It’s a good thing!

• Temporary tattoos are totally cool for grownups, too.

• Tory Burch just gets it when it comes to knowing what her customers want but success didn’t happen overnight — instead, she spent three years concepting her business from her kitchen.

• Learn how to Share your vision.

• Need help choosing a font? Use wordmark.it.

• Having trouble letting go of work long enough to take a real vacation? Follow these 17 habits.

• Spend smarter with these 4 great budgeting apps.

• Just because you’re starting a freelance career, that doesn’t mean you have to work for free.

• 15 things you can say to assure people that you’re a professional.


Image: Marie-Charlotte Perrault.
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Falling Back In Love With Books: My 9 Must-Read Suggestions

Nubby Twiglet | Falling Back In Love With Books: My 9 Must-Read Suggestions

Once a voracious reader, over the last few years I noticed that my time spent immersing myself in a good book had dwindled until it seemed like my daily reading was reduced to scanning blogs and social media. I collect very few things but when it comes to books and magazines, I’m obsessed. After all, being glued to a screen 24/7 just doesn’t provide the same experience.

After the aforementioned dry spell, I’ve been making up for lost time and buying all sorts of books. My taste tends to focus on design, fashion and autobiographies but I’m always up for a wild card.

These are my top nine picks right now and I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments!

Nubby Twiglet | Falling Back In Love With Books: My 9 Must-Read Suggestions

1. I’ll Drink To That

By Betty Halbreich

Betty is now in her late 80s and a master at personal shopping. She’s so good at it that she spent close to 40 years at Bergdorf Goodman giving celebrities, socialites and stylists advice on what to wear. She has managed to master the art of transformation, helping people look and feel their best but the biggest transformation of all came from within.

Betty was married to a partner who turned out to be a terrible match and after they divorced, she reclaimed her independence in the form of going out and finding work at Bergdorf’s, which saw her potential and soon asked her to manage their first personal shopping service.

She is living proof that it’s never too late to make a big life and career change, even if you’re already many decades in.

2. Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years

By Alexander Vreeland

I have been digging into the life and times of legendary tastemaker and Vogue editor Diana Vreeland in preparation for The Art Of V course and this book is especially interesting because it’s a collection of her memos, typed and handwritten to the Vogue staff, often with the photographic outcome on the next page. It really gives you a look into her thought process and how discerning of an eye she had.

Diana wasn’t big on meetings, instead preferring to send these very direct memos and because of that, we have a paper trail of how she transformed Vogue into the biggest fashion publication in the 1960s.

3. Alphabet Logo

By Counter Print

I’m a visual learner and seeing a design really resonates with me. I love logo compilation books because they provide so many potential ideas to jump-start your thought process without having to do all the tedious research online.

Alphabet Logo is a small but mighty book and features 228 pages of letter-based logos. I’m excited to be included in the mix, too!

4. D.V.

By Diana Vreeland

Wanting to learn more about Diana Vreeland on a personal level, I picked up this autobiography that covers her whirlwind existence from living it up alongside the who’s who of 1930s Europe to landing in New York and working her way up through the ranks of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, later becoming the Editor-in-Chief.

5. Grace: A Memoir

By Grace Coddington

Creative Director at Vogue, notoriously press-shy Grace Coddington gives you a glimpse inside her world. She’s passionate about the work she produces and a loyal friend to some of the fashion industry’s biggest personalities. This book is also beautifully designed and a perfect addition to your coffee table.

Nubby Twiglet | Falling Back In Love With Books: My 9 Must-Read Suggestions

6. Graphic Design: The New Basics

By Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips

This is a must-have for any graphic designer, explaining all the fundamentals of two-dimensional design including hierarchy, scale and more. The best part is that the book is illustrated throughout with examples of each concept put into play.

7. How to Style Your Brand

By Fiona Humberstone

This is a book that I wish had existed years ago because it’s unlike anything else out there. How to Style Your Brand explores the process of creating the perfect brand identity for your business. What I find especially endearing about this book is the approach — the concepts and accompanying explanations are easy to grasp, even if you have no prior design experience.

8. The World According to Karl

By Sandrine Gulbenkian

I’m so obsessed with this book! It’s all black and white and packed with sharp, angular design to match Karl’s notorious wit. You never quite know what’s going to come out of his mouth — but either way, it’s never dull.

Karl Lagerfeld inspires and offends in equal measure but that’s a part of his charm. He’s never afraid to say exactly what he thinks and in this age of political correctness, that’s refreshing.

9. Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food

By Nigel Slater

I picked this book up on a whim, at first inspired by its simple cloth cover and was impressed with its ease since many cookbooks can be bloated and hard to follow. Inside, it’s packed with more than 600 ideas for simple meals, most of which take well under an hour to make. Food doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious and the recipes in this book prove it.

Your turn! What books are you obsessed with at the moment?


Top photo: Shell De Mar.

Project Spotlight: My Non Leather Life

Nubby Twiglet | Branch: My Non Leather Life

My Non Leather Life is a vegan lifestyle brand that Branch recently worked with on rebranding, print collateral and a blog design.

What made this brand particularly unique is that it had two separate interests content-wise. This led to two distinct outcomes — for lifestyle and fashion-focused content, branding featuring moon cycles is used while vegan / fruitarian health focused content features fruits and veggies.

It’s been fun moving deeper into the food and lifestyle categories this year and there are many more projects in this realm to come. Feel free to check out the rest of the branding outcome here and thanks as always for your support!

The Week In Pictures: 7.7.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Hello from the trenches! I’m stopping in to quickly wish you an awesome weekend and share a few bite-sized moments of my week before I head back to proofing Rock n Roll Bride Magazine and finalizing the last of the design including the cover and spine. We just wrapped up the new branding that premiers on the cover and to be honest, it’s all a little nerve-wracking. This behemoth of a project that has lived in the confines of my office for the last two months hits the presses on Tuesday and lands in people’s mailboxes and newsstands shortly after that.

What I’ve learned though is that fear is not an option — it’s a mechanism that can protect us from harm but also holds us back from our biggest potential.

There are days when I still feel scared. Am I doing this right? “This” meaning my job, relationships, everything. And then I remember that there is no right way. There is no rule book. You just have to give whatever you do your all and hope for the best.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Early mornings call for a little flash to liven things up like gold sneakers. These are my power shoes and make me feel like I can accomplish anything!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This cover still wows me, 11 years later. I’ve always held onto it like a prized possession, feeling that it was more of a piece of fine art than anything.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Ah, this girl. We’ve been through so much together and no matter what, we always end our nights together with a glass of wine and great conversations. When we’re not together, goofy emails stand in. I’m so proud of the work we’ve been able to create together over the years.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I was talking to Joey about how I’m not big on collecting stuff because it just feels like clutter to me but the one thing I will never part with is my collection of magazines. Long live print!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! I’m heading off to a fair with my dad to eat bad food, go on fast rides and unwind in a land far away from my office. Feels like the perfect summer weekend! xo