Adventures in Canada: The Blogcademy Vancouver and Calgary

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

Oh, Canada. You rocked…literally. We like to mix things up at The Blogcademy and during our stop in Vancouver, we did something completely different and hosted our workshop at a recording studio. It definitely had its perks including dramatic lighting, a cushy leather couch, a pool table and…bongos. Who knew that playing bongos was so fun?! Needless to say, it was like a party up in there.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

In class, we pull back the curtain and show you what it’s really like behind the scenes as a blogger. It’s important to keep it real because there’s a lot of hard work that goes on that your audience rarely sees. Too often, they only encounter the seemingly effortless finished product. The truth is, those blog posts rarely come easily…and the outtakes tell more of the story. Thanks to Gala and Alicia for helping me with my vision here!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

Like I said, dramatic lighting. Perfect for a day of deep thinking and bonding.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

Every attendee receives a copy of our workbook…which just got updated for the seemingly millionth time. Blogging is always in a state of motion and things change fast. We’re always striving to give you the most up to date information so you can hit the ground running and build a business that you love.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

A recording studio staple: lush velvet curtains. So dramatic and moody!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

Those bongos sure got a workout!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

I love standing back and watching connections being made.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

This was a fun conversation…we picked out new brand colors on the spot. Since so many of my clients with Branch are remote, it’s cool being able to give branding advice in the moment and implement it right away.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

The goodie bags were such an awesome mix this time around — they featured Friendship bracelets from Abacus Row, How to take the best selfie book by Sarah Sloboda, hand drawn cards from Purple and Blue Design Studio, awesome colour dipped pencils and felt notebooks from Moxie Makery, kitschy knitted cacti from Cacti You Can Cuddle, fantastic organic cosmetics from Aquacures, jewellery from Eclectic Eccentricity, Aroha Silhouettes and Wwillthebeast and finally, a pair of glittery ears from Crown and Glory!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

No class is complete without the group photo. In Vancouver, we mixed it up with some pinwheels!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

And in Calgary, we posed in front of this great building across the street from our venue.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

Our graduation is way more fun than what I recall from my school days — we crank up some fun tunes, give away prizes and hand out report cards that are customized for each city!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

And…that’s a wrap! We have just a few classes left this year — join us in person in New York (almost sold out), Washington, D.C. (our last U.S. class of the year), Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland. Or, learn from home with our self-paced Home School modules. The choice is yours!

Thanks for joining me on this Canadian adventure. Have an awesome week, everyone!


Vancouver:
Venue: Soundhouse Studios.
Photos: Diane and Mike.
Intern: Alicia Carvalho.

Calgary:
Venue: The Commons.
Photos: Sarah Pukin.
Intern: Leonie Vatter.

The Week In Pictures: 9.5.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Hello! How was your week? The weather has been way too nice to stay inside my office all day so yesterday, I took the afternoon off to visit some of my favorite local haunts, Roman Candle and Salt & Straw. I’m also making plans to visit the upcoming Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel…and hoping I can pull it off since I head to New York, Palm Springs and D.C. a week later.

I’m always going on about how great Buffalo Exchange is. It’s my holy grail for finding “new” clothes on a budget. Since I usually have a trade balance there, it’s like shopping without the guilt. Yesterday, I found these Paige striped jeans for a fraction of the original price. Score!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

I’ll never tire of taking selfies against the tiled walls in our bathroom — it took Joey three months to finish this space so I try to show it off as much as I can. And that’s the Sony NEX-5N camera I’m holding. I still use it every day (including every single photo in this post!) and LOVE it.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Roman Candle is just five minutes from my house but I don’t go there nearly enough which is a shame because they have some of the best pizza in town. Whenever I have visitors staying with me, it’s the first place I take them and they all agree!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

As I was saying…this pizza rules. And the big gold scissors only add to the charm.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

I love spending Sundays flipping through fashion magazines, catching up on reading, gathering inspiration and figuring out the upcoming weeks’ blog posts. The week feels a lot less frantic when I have a game plan.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Your weekly Chubs update: he’s grown a ton again! No more baby squirrel here! He’s eating solid food now (you can’t tell but he’s clutching a nut there!) and whenever I take a nap, he lays in the window above me to sun himself. He also loves running around my office and startling me by sitting on top of my head. Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

It’s been hot, hot, hot…which is the perfect excuse to visit Salt & Straw. My current favorite flavor? almond brittle with salted ganache, a.k.a. ice cream heaven.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 9.4.14

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Nubby Twiglet | The Motivated Type

• 10 of the most fantastical Burning Man creations!

• Is the traditional office workspace on the verge of extinction thanks to technology?

• Women, we’re all girl bosses now.

• When you’re surrounded by negativity, how can you protect your energy?

• Steve Pavlina’s advice on selecting projects wisely is spot on. “Sometimes people dive into new projects because they really want to make some money or to “get something going.” They put pressure on themselves to start a project mainly for the sake of trying to create some forward momentum. While forward momentum can be a beautiful thing, I would actually recommend against this approach. Usually when I see people try to motivate themselves like this, their projects fizzle out within a matter of months, if they can complete them at all.”

• Jasmine Star has some goal setting advice.

• Why is it impossible to make plans these days?!

• Evernote is a must-have for a lot of creatives I know. If you want some tips on how yo put it to use for client projects, this is a great guide.

• Vin Diesel can sing. And, he does so by himself quite often, filming the performances for your listening pleasure.

• Basic but powerful advice: trash the “too” from your vocabulary.

• Molly Crabapple was interviewed over at The Great Discontent and it’s brilliant. “I suggest you focus in on your weirdness, your passions, and your fucked-up damage, and be yourself as truly as you can. Express that with as much craft, discipline, and rigor as you can; work as hard as you can to build a career out of that, and then you’ll create a career that you love and that’s true to yourself, as opposed to doing what you think other people want and burning yourself out when you’re older.”

• 50 essays that are guaranteed to make you a better person.

• Sea Of Shoes is one of my favorite fashion blogs (I’ve adored Jane’s style since 2008) and now, she’s partnered up with her boyfriend to create a food blog called Thyme & Temp. The photography is absolutely beautiful, check it out!

• The coolest closed down diner: Johnie’s Coffee Shop in LA.

• There is such a thing as a popcorn covered car.

• If you’ve ever gotten stumped on what certain photography terms mean, this glossary is a must-read.


Image: The Motivated Type.
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The Typofiles #137: J. Crew Style Guide

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide

Fall is an exciting time of year for me because all of the mammoth-sized September issues of fashion magazines start showing up in my mailbox. And over the last few years, a lot of mass market catalogs have taken notice and picked up on their editorial cues.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide

When it comes to design, one of the consistently best catalogs around is J. Crew. I always love flipping through their Style Guides The type is always crisp, the layouts have a ton of white space and it’s much more artsy than what you’d usually expect from a chain of their size.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide

I love catalogs because I feel like they’re a time capsule of what’s happening in fashion and design right at the present moment. They’re a great reference point to see what’s trending.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide


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A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam: The Ultimate WTF Moment in The Netherlands!

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

When I visited Amsterdam, my first day was spent doing the usual touristy stuff — walking along canals, eating cheese and snapping photos of the gaggles of bikes. That day of sightseeing, while beautiful, also felt a bit cliché. I wanted more.

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

That night, I went home and keyed Amsterdam into Pinterest (my favorite method for figuring out what’s cool in a city — for those of us that are more visual, it’s a goldmine of must-see sights). I knew there had to be something out there that was slightly wacky and not too far outside of the city. I only had to scroll for five seconds before the answer was in front of me: The Inntel Hotel in Zaandam.

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

This wasn’t just any hotel, though. Located in Zaandam, a town just twelve minutes from the center of Amsterdam, the façade was made up of 70 stacked traditional Dutch houses. Completely mind-boggling. The hotel was right next door to the train station (convenient!) and featured a restaurant that overlooked the canal. Though we didn’t stay there, the rooms are gorgeous, featuring scenes of Dutch history across the walls.

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Yes, it was absolutely worth the tram ride to visit this architectural marvel. If you’re making a quick trip like I did, there are tons of restaurants and shops surrounding the train station so it’s ideal to tie it in with lunch or dinner. And when you run out of ideas for posing in front of this crazy place… just dance.


I wore: ASOS striped scuba dress, Crown and Glory Rachel floral ears and Marc by Marc Jacobs sneakers.
Photos: Kerry Murray.

Location: The Inntel Hotel in Zaandam.

The Week In Pictures: 8.29.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? I’m just getting around to posting because I had the best possible detour today — brunch with Alexandra and Sarah. Our conversations seamlessly flipped from one subject to another and along the way, we covered wrestlers with eccentric costumes, budget Vegas shows (complete with neon body paint), the faded glamour of midwestern supper clubs and the art of dressing up for a J. Lo concert. I haven’t laughed as hard as I did today in ages. The whole time, I was reminded of how important friendships are — friendships where you can just be yourself, cut loose and have a great time without snapping a single photo or picking up your smart phone. I left feeling excited, refreshed and ready for the holiday weekend.

As soon as I got home today, I had Joey snap this photo in our back yard. It still has a long way to go but it’s the perfect spot to hang out in the middle of the day when my office leaves me feeling restless. My dress is by Dusen Dusen.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Organization to the extreme is my favorite pastime. I’m working on a post of my top office must-haves soon.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Chubby update: he’s grown a ton and now has a rope swing, platform and ladder in his squirrel house. Movin’ on up!
Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week, I paid a visit to the ultimate virgo mecca, The Container Store and picked up these great clear drawer organizer trays. Simple and effective.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by the Doug Fir and hang out with bigfoot on the back patio! It’s their 10th anniversary this year so he’s rocking a fancy new necklace.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’ve always said that the best conversations in Portland happen late at night around the Doug Fir fire pit. Every time I’m there with my friend Joey, we end up meeting the most interesting mix of folks. Their bar menu is great, too. I always order the homemade mac and cheese and finish up the night with their seasonal fruit crisp. Yum!

I’m looking forward to taking it easy for the holiday weekend, catching up on boring stuff (like laundry) and doing plenty of barbecuing. Have fun!