The Week + Links: 11.11.16

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THE WEEK

How’s everyone feeling as this week comes to a close? I’m ready for a long, quiet weekend at home with plenty of cuddling with Chubs as well as a trip to the Portland Art Museum. The Warhol exhibit is on right now and I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews. Have you been? I can’t wait to look at more of his work up close and get away from the weight this week post-election has brought.

The last few days have been full of introspection and also full of reaching out to friends, clients and family members to let them know that we’re all in this together. I will always believe that we’re better together.

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Take care of yourselves and I hope you enjoy the list of links below — it’s a big one this week!

Photos: 1. Spotted this rad paint job in Venice Beach last weekend. 2. This New York Magazine cover showed up in my mailbox pre-election. 3. My designer Sam surprised me with this Barbara Kruger postcard and made my week. Love her art!

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THE LINKS

• If you’re looking for ways to give back, these organizations need your help now more than ever.

4 ways to fight for routine when life feels out of control.


• The man behind the classic AOL “You’ve Got Mail” voice is now an Uber driver in Ohio!

• If you’re thinking of collaborating on a project, read this post of tips from RowanMade.

• Im so inspired by what Joanna Waterfall is doing with Yellow Conference and she shares a step-by-step process of how to move from idea to execution.


Gala’s post about what we can do now post-election is fantastic.

• That sudden moment when Facebook tells you that you’re dead? Yep, it just happened.

• Designers, it’s time to get paid what you’re worth.

• Interestingly enough, many online retailers are moving towards opening brick and mortar stores.

• I admire Paul Jarvis because he’s never afraid to just be himself.

Wear a safety pin as a symbol showing the vulnerable that you’re with them in solidarity.

• David Bowie, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen are with us in spirit to help navigate through the darkness.

• The 21 best documentaries from the 21st century everyone should see.

• A look back at the NY Times profile of the Notorious B.I.G. from 1994.

• I love Parks and Recreation Leslie Knope’s letter to America.

• What would happen if we all chose love over fear?

Creative Chronicles: Do It For The Love

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles: Do It For The Love

Create because it makes you feel whole.

Not everything you do needs to generate income or have a defined end goal. I want to remind you that it’s okay to do something sheerly for the reason that you love it.

Everywhere I look, I see pushes from internet marketers promising big monetary results and massive increases in social followers. If that’s what you want, cool. At the same time, it’s okay to not actively seek these things. There should be room in your life for fun. For creation. For experimentation.

As I go about my day online and on apps, I’m swamped by opt-ins, lists to join, social media strategies and sales funnels. I have a pretty good understanding of these areas but even though I know what’s possible and what I could do to make more use of these tools in my own online spaces, I am a firm believer in only sharing content when it feels authentic, helpful or brings joy. Plain and simple.

Here’s what I believe when it comes to sharing and promotion online:

1. Authenticity and personal stories will go further than any pre-cooked sales campaign.

2. Newsletters are great when you have something valuable to say or something helpful to give away.

3. Not everything you create needs to be shared for some kind of gain, whether that’s followers or dollars.

4. People want to connect with the real you. The good, the bad and the ugly make who you are and only sharing a highlight reel keeps them at an arm’s length.

5. Not everything you do needs to be attached to a sales pitch. It’s okay to have a place online that’s simply a home for you to be creative.

In these times of uncertainty, create because it fuels you. If the end goal is that it makes you feel better, then you’ve already accomplished all you need to.

What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

Heads-up: This is not going to be a typical outfit post because this week has been a tough one for so many of you, for me and for the world. Over the weekend, I was hopeful and still on a post-Designer Vaca creative high. Then, Tuesday night happened and there’s a lot on my mind.

I had so much faith that we were better together, only to wake up the next morning feeling sick but knowing I had to show up to work. A tweet I came across on 11/9, the day after the election said, “WWMOD? (What would Michelle Obama Do?) She’d get up, She’d get dressed. She’d go high. And hug someone.” I love that so much.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

We’re all entitled to our personal beliefs and we should exercise them every four years. I take voting very seriously but it took a wake-up call to get me there. Back in the Fall of 2000, I’d just started college. I was old enough to vote that time around but did not. I remember my writing teacher saying, “If you didn’t vote in this election, you can’t complain about the outcome.” I registered to vote after that.

I’ve always lived in a liberal pocket of the country and I’m aware it is a bubble. Right now, I know that somehow I’ll be okay but I feel afraid, scared and anxious about changes that could effect people of color, the disabled and the GLBTQ community. At the same time, this is an opportunity to fight harder for them and donate money and creative services to causes that support active change.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

During these uncertain times, I choose to believe in love, compassion and creativity. I choose to believe that we can all make a difference for good. I also know that when things don’t go our way, anger and grieving are normal. And then, it’s time to get to work. As Tina Fey says, “I’m unstoppable because I don’t know how to stop.”

I’ve never been overly political in this space because I believe we each have the right to our views but change won’t happen if we sit here silently. This is the time to speak up.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

When I took these photos while out exploring Palm Springs with Joey last week, the world felt lighter. We drove past this wall of flowers growing through a chainlink fence and I fell in love with scenery. Right now, like many of you, I’m holding onto those small moments of beauty, knowing that there are many if you take the time to look around you.

I also want to say that as a creative, whether you’re a designer, artist, photographer, writer, shop owner, blogger….whatever you do, know that your work has meaning, what you do has significance. Use your talents to make a difference. You’re never alone — I believe in you.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: All Black in Palm Springs

I wore: Dress, Nasty Gal. Boots, Populaire.

The Week + Links: 11.6.16

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THE WEEK

Hey guys, I missed you! After many days away from my computer and work, I’m back at the office, catching up on emails, texts, magazines, projects and definitely feeling the post-vacation blues. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I was at Designer Vaca in Palm Springs — and this year was better than ever.

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Like a lot of you, between work and family I don’t have a lot of free time to go out and connect with many new people at once so I like the focus of specific events that can bring us together in one place to bond for a few days. While I’ve never enjoyed the overt pressure of more classic networking events, I LOVE Designer Vaca because it focuses on authentic connection and has a sense of community that prides itself on lifting teach other up, not competing.

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This year, I’ve been in the midst of many transitions with my business and that’s normal after 3 years of going full-speed ahead. I walked away after those 3 days with the clarity I needed, a bunch of new friends and the momentum to make the changes I’d been mulling over as soon as possible.

That sounds like a lot to happen in just a few days but when you get away from your day-to-day life, take a break from the noise of the internet and focus 100% on being in the moment, everything you need starts to appear because you’ve given it room to actually happen.

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While I had a bundle of big lightbulb moments, sometimes the littlest ones are just as meaningful. On our final night, I brought in s’mores making supplies and a group of us sat around a fire pit at the Ace Hotel, roasting marshmallows, breaking apart chocolate bars and grahams and just chatting about life. It reminded me how important it is to stay open and share who you are — because being genuine and vulnerable means that like-minded people have the opportunity to bond with the real you.

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I know how hard it can be to open up and be comfortable in social situations, especially big groups. I’m a huge introvert and look forward to any day on my schedule that allows me to be by myself in my office for a solid 8 to 10 hours. Flipping the switch to your social side and engaging with people you don’t know can be exhausting! The thing is, it doesn’t feel so monumental if you just show up as you are. What I’ve realized over the last 5 years of attending Designer Vaca is that we are all struggling with the same things. We are more alike than we are different.

If you’re unsure about where to go in your life or career, remember this: being more of who you are brings in more opportunities.

That’s the most refreshing thing of all.

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THE LINKS

David Bowie’s reading list of his 75 favorite books is eclectic and awesome!

• I can’t get enough of the most iconic Halloween costumes of 2016.

• Never be so busy that you don’t have time to celebrate in your business. Taking time off to recharge and have fun is so important.

• New York City just became the first city in the US to protect freelance worker rights against client non-payment. Yay!

• I love this behind the scenes look at what it takes to make a compelling magazine cover. The examples and stories of the New York Times Magazine are so interesting.

25 famous women talk about what it’s like to deal with anxiety and depression.

• The error page on Hillary Clinton’s site made me laugh — this has been me sooooo many times!

• If you want to learn more about how climate change is affecting us all, watch the National Geographic documentary Into The Flood. Truly scary stuff.

• More and more female breast cancer survivors are saying no to reconstructive surgery and implants and saying yes to going flat.

• What does it take to build a business that lasts?

• OMG, I love this so much. Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg are regular dining companions and will be hosting a show together on VH1. Yes!

• Sabeena Karnik makes the most beautiful paper lettering.

9 reasons why all freelancers should build an email list.

• It’s time to dump daylight savings time AND time zones for good and here’s why.

The Mini Guide to Marrakech

Nubby Twiglet | Mini Guide to Marrakech

The first time I visited Marrakech two years ago, it was a quick stop-over tacked on between flights from Rome to London. I had no pre-conceived expectations whatsoever because I knew very little about this magical Moroccan city.

Nubby Twiglet | Mini Guide to Marrakech

Honestly, I prefer to avoiding studying up so I can experience a new locale for the first time with fresh eyes. I did just that with Marrakech and within a day, was in love with the city. Marrakech is refreshing because it’s big on tradition and doesn’t feel overly Westernized.

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There’s a wonderful feeling of immersing yourself in a new culture, language and way of life that allows you to strip away your everyday routine and experience something completely new. After just 3 days in Marrakech that first time around, Kat, Gala and I knew we had to find our way back so we worked out a custom itinerary with Lucia of Dar Jaguar that allowed us to experience everything we either missed or overlooked during the previous trip.

Nubby Twiglet | Mini Guide to Marrakech

I usually show up to a new city without set plans. There may be a few shops, cafes and sights on my list but overall, I tend to just wander, which can be both good and bad. This trip was the exact opposite with a set itinerary…and I highly recommend it.

Nubby Twiglet | Mini Guide to Marrakech

Before I share some of the things we did, if you’re thinking of visiting Marrakech, read these quick tips first.

Don’t forget to….

1. Carry cash. Only some booths in the medina accept cards and anyway, with cash you can barter more easily. The good news is that if you do run out of Dirhams, there are money exchange places and ATMs around, especially near the town square.

Nubby Twiglet | Mini Guide to Marrakech

2. Always barter. I am used to paying the exact price I see on an item but this is not the case at all in Marrakech! Prices are usually inflated because you’re actually expected to barter.

3. Bring comfortable shoes. Whether you’re shopping your way through the souk or hiking up the side of a mountain, comfy footwear is a must.

4. Pack modest clothing. In general, Marrakech is not the place to show a lot of skin. It’s a conservative place but also very, very hot the time of year I visited so there’s a definite balance to strike. In 105 degree weather, I didn’t wear long sleeves but I did stick to long skirts and dresses. It’s always a good idea to pack a light scarf in your bag to throw over your shoulders if you begin feeling self conscious.

5. Drink plenty of water. When traveling, it’s an easy thing to overlook while you’re excitedly exploring. At least one person in our group got heat stroke…so play it safe and lug a bottle with you.

Nubby Twiglet | Mini Guide to Marrakech

6. Try the local cuisine. Tagine is one of the most common meals in Marrakech and consists of a slow-cooked blend of meats and spices in one pot. The good news is, it’s pretty easy to find vegetarian versions as well.

Nubby Twiglet | Mini Guide to Marrakech

7. Bring an extra suitcase. I’m totally serious. Shipping can be exorbitant and trust me, you’ll find at least 20 magical carpets and lanterns to lug home. The shopping in Marrakech is on another level so don’t even bother holding back. I bought colorful handmade leather slippers for less than $10.00 and a hand-woven wool blanket with massive pompoms for less than $40.00. There are treasures scattered across thousands of booths!

Nubby Twiglet | Mini Guide to Marrakech

8. Do a lap around the souks before making purchases. It’s easy to get caught up in a bartering session without seeing what else is out there. By then, you’ve blown your wad of Dirhams only to find something even better. Take it slow and take notes.

9. Take photos of signs. The paths inside the medina can be extremely confusing. Many don’t have signs at all. The first few times, making your way through can be really intimidating so we learned our lesson and took quick snaps at main areas to reference on our way out.

10. Find free wifi in the town square. Cell service is super expensive in Marrakech so when we were out for the day, we searched out cafes with free wifi and surprisingly, many had it. My favorite place was Nomad.

11. Watch out for scooters. The pathways throughout the medina are super narrow but that doesn’t stop mules, motor scooters and pedestrians from sharing the tiny spaces. Stay alert!

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The Week + Links: 10.29.16

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

THE WEEK

I hope you had a good week! It’s an overcast Saturday morning here in Portland and there’s so much to be excited about and thankful for.

1. Picture Perfect. I switched over to Samsung cameras a few years back after two of my friends swore by them. One of my just-for-fun daily hobbies is taking photos and I finally upgraded my older model to the Samsung NX500. I am already loving it. If you need a stylish, compact DSLR that comfortably fits into your purse but has the photo quality of much larger cameras, this is for you.

2. Vacation Anticipation. This Fall has been much busier than I expected so I’ve been feeling lower energy than usual. A mini break is needed and I am excited to get some relaxation time in Palm Springs next week. No matter how packed your life feels, it’s important to slow down and take care of yourself because without your health, nothing else matters. If you’re visiting Palm Springs soon, check out my guide.

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3. Jumbo Jewels. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry but sometimes, I see a piece that stops me in my tracks like this lion’s head that is the size of a door knocker. Not for the faint of heart! It’s very….Liz Taylor. The best part? It was only $28.00!

4. Marrakech Flashbacks. I’m finally getting back into the blogging groove and feeling really excited about the content I have lined up. At the top of my list is a Marrakech recap. It’s monster-sized because there’s so much I want you to experience, from camel rides to climbing a mountain! Good times.

5. Llama Mama. Okay, so this is one of the weirdest things I’ve ever posted about but I’m now the proud mom of a beautiful white llama named Pearl! My friend Paul and his wife Lisa stopped by for dinner a few weeks ago and as a thank you, a packet arrived in the mail with llama adoption details! Their friends run the StillPointe Llama Sanctuary in Washington and I can’t wait to visit my new baby. Ha!

And with that, I’m off to get a few inches chopped off my hair. Enjoy the links below!

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THE LINKS

• Before you check your phone, ask yourself this one question.

• What’s the best career advice you’ve ever gotten?

• Wow! Google Arts & Culture lets you take virtual tours of museums around the world.

• With the topsy-turvy U.S. presidential race nearing the finish line, I’ve been nervously checking The New York Times polls often since it’s updated constantly.

• These Stuart Weitzman boots designed by Gigi Hadid definitely have my heart beating a little faster. Hiking boots from the future, for real!

• What personality type are you?

• I love reading about other women’s beauty and makeup routines. Kate’s product recommendations are great.

• What’s it like running your own business as an introvert?

• This photo pillow DIY is beyond cool and features one of my all-time favorite Palm Springs houses!

• Is it actually possible to find joy in 3 seconds flat?

• I have a bar cart that needs some organization so I’m digging this post with 3 ways to style one.

• Um, you may not be able to afford a New York City brownstone for yourself but at least your cat can live in style!

• You can’t got wrong with common sense money advice.

• The 19th Amendment gave US women the right to vote and this group who remembers that iconic moment is still going strong in 2016!

What I Wore: Marrakech

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Marrakech

Last month, I set foot in a place full of mystique, winding pathways overflowing with treasures and 105 degree heat: Marrakech. I visited for the first time last year with Kat and Gala knowing nothing about the place — and after a whirlwind 3 days, was madly in love with the city.

This time around, I packed a few things that were different from my usual all black style because dude, that heat is insane. No, I do not recommend traveling to Africa in August. Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Marrakech

Style-wise, I’ve been having a love affair with dusty desert tones and there’s a brand I can trust to always have the perfect cuts: For Love & Lemons. I got one of their dresses years ago and I remember loving its combo of style and ease, packing it along for trips from the Greek Islands to Palm Springs.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Marrakech

Then, I picked up this rose look over the Summer and loved how it pushed me out of my usual style comfort zone. I also liked the cut and along with the winding floral pattern of the dress I’m wearing in these photos (sold out but from this collection). I think this dress is great too, which just I picked up for a trip next week.

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I remember the morning these photos were taken very well. We’d been up late at a banquet dinner full of bellydancing, snake charming, henna tattooing, a live deejay and plenty of drinking the night before. I didn’t want to leave a party that epic but knew photos were happening bright and early the next day so I cut out early. Bah humbug!

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Marrakech

After the sun rose and we finished breakfast on the rooftop, we walked around Dar Jaguar, a beautiful riad in the heart of the souk, posing in the most ornate nooks. There’s nothing I love more than experiencing far away places with best friends.

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Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Marrakech

More on Marrakech next week – I have so much more to share and show you!


I wore: Dress, Gracie by For Love and Lemons. Heels, Joline by Steve Madden.
Photos: Shell De Mar Photography.
Location: Dar Jaguar, Marrakech.