Link Love: 9.18.14

Nubby Twiglet | James Elliott

• The death of adulthood in American culture.

• The difference between riches, wealth and success.

• Want to make a statement with your feet? Blue Q socks are hilarious. My picks: “Men ruin stuff” and “I have mood swings.”

• Preserved moments of historical sass. This post is everything.

• The motherlode of vintage logos.

• The difference between “I did it!” and “It was worth it.”

• The blog is dead, long live the blog: Rachel Hills’ observations about the state of blogging.

• Check out these minimalist Instagrammers.

• What do you still wish to do in 2014?

• The essential rules that most salespeople forget.

• A ghostwriter applies at a wealthy white lady’s lifestyle blog.

• 9 startling things you might not know about Bettie Page.


Photo: James Elliott.
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#GIRLBOSS: A No-Holds-Barred Handbook For Forging Your Own Path In Business

Nubby Twiglet | #GIRLBOSS Book

#GIRLBOSS is part memoir and part guide to building a powerhouse business and best of all, there’s no jargon to make you feel stupid. Fluffy mantras are left at the door. It’s straight up, it’s real, it’s intense, it’s funny and even the most hardened CEO’s will walk away learning something new about how to run their businesses with more passion and efficiency.

If you’re still dreaming of starting your own business or have started one but it’s not feeling like the right fit, this book will inspire you to push through, search and create until the pieces fall into place.

Just like many of you, I always had dreams of starting my own business. Part of the appeal was wanting to do something on my own terms. But, that’s easier said than done, especially if you don’t have a clear path or mentor to cheer you on when things get tough. Because I had neither, I felt lost for quite a few years.

My first job was working in an accounting department of a food distributor over my college breaks. I’d dye my blue hair a normal, non offending color, pull out the office appropriate clothes my mom had bought me and show up for three months straight to a mauve-walled hell. My favorite times of day were lunch and after work drinks with my boss (always befriend your boss — you can get away with more!) Looking back, the job wasn’t so bad. In fact, it taught me how to function in corporate America and get along with people far outside of my social circle. The bigger, underlying issue was no matter how hard I tried, I knew it wasn’t what I was meant to do.

These days, one of the biggest downsides of the internet and Instagram is that both often make success look like it happened overnight but perceptions are not reality. The truth is, many of us spent years floundering, trying to find our footing and in the process, our greater focus in life.

In my case, I started college in 2000 and graduated in 2004. I went back in 2006 and graduated again in 2008. Only in 2008, after hundreds of credits and two degrees did I finally feel like my path made sense. If only I’d figured it out sooner!

That’s where #GIRLBOSS comes in. It’s penned by Sophia Amoruso, the hyper-successful founder of Nasty Gal and it’s the book I so desperately wish had existed when I was first starting out. The difference with this book when compared to others in the same genre is that Sophia doesn’t sugarcoat her path. At all. Like many of us, she tried on a lot of different hats before she found the right fit. From working at Subway to checking ID’s at an art college to, well, shoplifting, she never quite found it.

Once she listened to her calling, which was what she was already naturally great at (sleuthing out amazing vintage clothing for a bargain and reselling it for mega bucks), the rest began to fall into place. Of course, it wasn’t that easy (you’ll have to read the book to get all the dirty details) but her growth happened quite rapidly once she dedicated herself completely to a singular path she excelled at.

There are thousands of other business books out there but what makes #GIRLBOSS so different is that it’s not just glossy highlights and beautifully curated photos that have little to do with everyday reality. Instead, it’s a no-holds-barred look into what it takes to build a multi-million dollar company from absolutely nothing. You get insight into the lowest lows to finally reaping the rewards from years of nonstop hard work. The beauty of #GIRLBOSS is that you can learn from Sophia’s story in an afternoon and then map out your own desired path without so many pitfalls. There’s nothing like learning from the best!

The biggest lesson I took away from this book is that it is possible to build something from nothing. #GIRLBOSS is proof that hard work and drive coupled with a great idea can build great things. You just have to want it badly enough.


Featured: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.

We Came, We Posed and We Partied: The Blogcademy London Mixer!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

One muggy night at The Roost in London, we threw a party. As the sun set, we mingled with friends old and new, sipped cocktails, took turns posing in themed rooms and tried on our best disguises in the photo booth.

It went a little something like this.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Drinks were clanked, questions and answers flew back and forth at a rapid-fire pace and sparkly ears were worn.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Everything went off without a hitch…except for one smoke bomb mishap which shall not be mentioned ever again. *cough*choke*cough*

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

The night was full of of chit-chat, macaron munching, photo snapping and canapé tasting…all while dancing to Rebbie Jackson and other long-lost 80s tunes. The three three hours went by much too fast.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

The real action happened in the photo booth, though. Emily of Fishee Designs pulled out all the stops with custom props and my friend Amelia Arsenic stopped by to join in the fun.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Halfway through the event, we held an open Q&A. Nothing was off-limits — we discussed everything from blogging to personal relationships to our biggest learning experiences and I felt like the candor of us collectively sharing our triumphs and struggles across that room brought us all closer together.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

It’s hard to have a bad night when you’re in the midst of talented videographers, beautiful decor and old friends (hi, Loulou!)

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Presents were exchanged (thanks, Grace!) and many drinks were had….they were so good that I’m guilty of trying two of each.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

As the night went on, we made our way out to a picnic table on the back patio, chatting until the sun went down. I met so many inspiring, open, thoughtful, caring women in that short window of time.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

As we said our goodbyes, I was reminded of the power of community. In our daily lives, we’re busy with family, careers, chores and making our dreams a reality. It’s hard to hit the brakes and make time for other things. This night allowed us to put everything else on hold and bond with like-minded women.

It’s always a gamble to put on an event in a new format for the first time…but I walked away feeling full. To the ladies who came out, thank you for being you and sharing your night with us.



Event: The Blogcademy Mixer.
Venue: The Roost.
Photographer: Lisa Jane Photography.
Videographers: Costa Sister Productions.
Photo Booth: Fishee Designs.
Music: Wedding Smashers.
Drinks: Pig’s Bladder and Petticoat and London Velvet.
Treats: Plumb and Rabbitts.
Tissue Balls: Peach Blossom.
Goodie Bags: Cheap Frills jewels, Crown and Glory ears, Abigail Warner cards, Vita Coco, Berlin Made prints and Arnis Purple canvas bags.

Out & About #2: Courier Coffee

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Courier Coffee, Portland

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Courier Coffee, Portland

A few weeks ago, my friend Vivian was in town visiting from San Francisco and after some quick research, she invited me over to Courier. The tiny downtown shopfront had been a variety of different businesses over the years and I hadn’t noticed Courier pop up…but now I’ll never forget it.

Walking up to Courier, the first thing I noticed were the sunshine-hued chairs. Before going in, I began reading the menu emblazoned on the window. As I got to the bottom, I noticed “Portland Tap Water. Sparkling or still.” Haha. A coffee shop with a sense of humor!

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Courier Coffee, Portland

The inside of Courier is very simple and unassuming and there’s a small, handwritten menu on a piece of cardboard. The baristas spin an eclectic mix of tunes on vinyl. Vivian had heard rave reviews about their iced vanilla lattes so we each ordered one, which were served up in Mason jars with oversized ice cubes. And I have to say, they lived up to their reputation of being some of the best in Portland.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Courier Coffee, Portland

As I was ordering my coffee, I spotted some muffins fresh out of the oven and boy, have they mastered their recipe. They’re perfectly done on the outside without being burnt and moist on the inside. I love the fresh berries piled on top.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Courier Coffee, Portland

If you’re looking for a nice little meet-up spot downtown, give Courier a try. I can’t wait to go back.


Featured: Courier Coffee.
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The Week In Pictures: 9.12.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Hey, how was your week? I’ve been feeling that pre-birthday drive kick in that makes me want to wrap up a lot of loose ends. Just made a list of what I want to accomplish over the next year, bought accounting software, handed off all my receipts to my mom (she’s the assistant over at Branch and is whipping us into shape!), cleaned my office and got new tires (gotta hit the road for the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest this weekend!).

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I threw on a t-shirt and jeans for a weekend walk through Reed College with Joey and Rocky, not even realizing I’d be in the midst of some urban camo. I love it when that happens!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The campus is so beautiful. I love hanging out there during the summer when it’s super quiet. This view reminds me of the venue I just taught at in Amsterdam!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Yesterday I did a little exploring — there’s a really great perfume shop here in Portland that has the most exquisite, rarest scents. I thought this packaging was especially cool…and it reminds me of Gala.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Elle is the one magazine subscription I’ll never, ever give up. The September issues are always the most fun to flip through.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’ve passed by this hand-painted sign hundreds of times and finally stopped yesterday to take a picture to share with you. Isn’t it great?!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

And with that, I’m signing off. Branch developer Star is in town, I’ve gotta get crackin’ on the design of Gala’s first book and my dad is taking me out to dinner at Gustav’s tonight (yes, my obsession with all things German runs deep).

P.S. Chubs is doing really well! In some funny news, a few days ago he took off from my office and I was searching everywhere for him…only to walk into my room where he was casually chillin’ on my pillow! King of the mountain!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 9.11.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Hiroyuki Kubo

• We’ve all been there: why did those clients hire someone else?!

• Once you’ve established yourself as a freelancer, it’s time to get your finances in order!

• This realization is so powerful: who is living your dream?

• Here’s how Crayola crayons are made.

• Do you feel like you have a strong social circle? I love Jessica’s thoughts on the girl group she never had.

• Photos comparing sites across the East Village from 1984 to now. Wow.

• I can’t believe how bright, airy and colorful this studio is. Looks straight out of a magazine!

• It’s easy to say no if you love something.

• New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones recently compiled a series of five playlists on Spotify of “perfect” songs for your listening pleasure!

• Wikipedia has pulled together a list of common misconceptions. Now you have some new content for small talk at parties.

• So cool: a rock and roll club in the middle of the desert!

• Remember, like attracts like.


Photo: Hiroyuki Kubo.
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Out & About #1: Heidi’s Of Gresham

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Heidi's Of Gresham

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Heidi's Of Gresham

I’ve been wanting to start a column focusing on the places I love to visit and share them with you. They say that variety is the spice of life so I’ll be mixing it up big time in Out & About. Some places will be very well known while others will be hidden gems. Some will be the height of sophistication but don’t worry, I’ll balance it out with the occasional dive bar. Collectively, I hope these suggestions will help you out when you’re planning your next trip and stumped about where to go.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Heidi's Of Gresham

For the first installment of this column, I wanted to start at the beginning. When I moved to the suburbs of Portland in 1986, one of the first restaurants I ever visited was Heidi’s. Founded in 1968, it’s become an anchor of Gresham — the exterior is bound to grab your attention as you drive by.

Growing up, I used to eat breakfast here all the time. The breakfast was always awesome but the truth was, I was actually more obsessed with the cuckoo clocks, waitresses in dirndls and the rotating display of pies. I have nothing but good memories of the place.

Once I got older and moved to the city, I never made it back to Heidi’s…until this week. It’s easy to glamorize things as a child. Everything looks better, smells better and tastes better because you haven’t experienced what the world has to offer. Since it had been so long since I’d last visited, I was a little apprehensive. I didn’t want my childhood dreams to be shattered!

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Heidi's Of Gresham

I walked in, obsessively scanning every little detail around me from the decor to the pies to the uniforms. Heidi’s was literally frozen in time. Everything was exactly the same, including many of the waitresses. The gift shop was still full of cuckoo clocks and our sweet elderly waitress made me feel like I’d suddenly inherited a German grandma.

Dining in the middle of the day in the suburbs proved to be quite a trip. Most of the patrons were retired and I didn’t spot anyone using a smartphone. Everyone was just enjoying the company at their tables. What a revelation! In a way, felt like I’d been transported back to 1986, besides the cars in the parking lot.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Heidi's Of Gresham

I sat in a booth that I’d probably been in 28 years before. I ordered fish and chips and the food was just as good as I remembered it. It was so good that I cleaned my plate in record time…and ordered a slice of homemade pie to go. Fruits of the Forest, anyone?!

“Family dining” inside a themed restaurant is a total trip. If you’re ever out in Gresham, skip all the chains (because it is full of them) and head straight to Heidi’s.


Featured: Heidi’s of Gresham.