A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Ah, Palm Springs. It has the ability to transform vacation into a full-time job centered around relaxation. The pace of life is slower. Rush hour is nearly nonexistent. The locals are incredibly friendly. If your goal is to chill out, zone out (and get a killer tan), this is the place for you.

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

The initial draw to Palm Springs is usually an event or a trendy hotel but there’s so much more to this desert city beyond the glam and kitsch. Today, I want to show you a different view — the Palm Springs that exists beyond the main thoroughfare. This side of Palm Springs is quieter and full of exotic foliage. The midcentury modern homes are so perfectly preserved it can feel as if you’ve walked onto a movie set. This is the Palm Springs I know and love.

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

10 Palm Springs Travel Tips

Finally, I wanted to share a few travel tips to make the most of your time and budget in Palm Springs.

1. Flights into Palm Springs are very expensive since it’s such a specific destination. It’s much cheaper to fly into Los Angeles, take a shuttle from LAX to a rental car place and drive into Palm Springs. It’s about a 2 hour drive in light traffic and your ticket and car combined will still probably cost less.

2. If you drive to Palm Springs, you can stop at the awesome Cabazon Dinosaurs on the way. Who doesn’t want their photo taken in front of a gigantic T-Rex?!

3. Hotels like the Ace are the go-to hotspots but also very overpriced. My trick is to stay at The Curve Palm Springs which is 1/4 of the price and then walk the 3 doors down to the Ace for drinks and dinner.

4. If you do need a cab, I highly recommend Yellow Cab Of the Desert. If Steve is available, request him! He’s a Palm Springs native and knows where all the best stuff is — he once drove me past Frank Sinatra’s legendary house!

5. While the trendy restaurants and shops are lined up along Palm Canyon Drive, the real exploration happens outside of this very long strip. My method is to drive to a new neighborhood each morning and walk Rocky. You get to see how the residents actually live and honestly, anything is possible. Last time we were in town, Joey and I were walking through a neighborhood at 7 am and the next thing we knew, we were getting a tour of a resident’s condo and checking out his art collection!

6. There are some great under the radar tourist attractions like Moorten Botanical Garden. Established in 1938, it’s full of more than 3,000 exotic desert plants.

7. If you’re on the hunt for the best possible hotel deals (and you’d like to book in advance), I’ve found them on Easy Click Travel. If you’re a little more adventurous and willing to roll the dice, download Hotel Tonight!

8. If you prefer to prepare your own food, there’s a great Trader Joe’s a few minutes from Palm Springs in Cathedral City. We always stop by to stock up on bottled water and snacks when we get into town.

9. If you’re searching for a great restaurant, LuLu California Bistro is the place. I’ve been there with groups of 50 and I’ve also been there with my vegan husband and dog and no matter what, there’s something on the menu for everyone. The service has always been spot-on and if you bring your pet, they can seat you along the outside patio.

10. If you want to get different perspective of town (and some great exercise), there are many bike rental places. I rented mine from Bike Palm Springs Rentals and quickly made my way through the city. Need some ideas on where to go? Check out Bicycle Palm Springs.

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Palm Springs has so much to offer and I hope this post gives you some new ideas for your stay!

The Week In Pictures: 12.6.14 | Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

This week: Sydney > Melbourne > Auckland.

It’s been so good exploring this part of the world again after a year away. The best part of my trip by far has been meeting many folks I’ve known online for years during The Blogcademy workshops.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

After traveling so much this year, I’ve realized that it’s the little things that make my day — discovering a great coffee shop, a line of well-branded alcohol(above), and friendly Uber drivers.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

Last week was my first time visiting Bondi Beach — we stayed in a little rental right next to the water and though there were some unexpected antics (flighting off cockroaches in the bathroom, realizing my bed was on wheels after I woke up with it sideways one morning), it was a great adventure. The ups and downs are what end up making the best travel stories.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

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Link Love: 12.04.14

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Les Graphiquants

• The one thing that all successful people do.

• Check out these very questionable Newport cigarette ads of the 70s and 80s. Amazing.

• Before you launch a product on your blog, read this.

• It’s super easy to download a video from Youtube.

• The problem with problems.

• If you’ve got a black thumb, this chart of watering instructions can help!

• Molly Crabapple’s 15 rules for creative success in the internet age.

• It’s true that experts make what they do look easy.

• If you’re a fan of Burt Reynolds, it’s your lucky day. Check out all the amazing and (and odd) belongings he’s auctioning off!

• Instead of spewing negativity, make a positive difference.

• If you’re interested in attending a blogging conference in 2015, this list gives you a rundown of all the options.

• Emojiary asks you how you feel once a day…and you respond in emojis!

• Best friends are awesome. Check out these famous pairings.


Image: Les Graphiquants.

The Typofiles #138: Monster Children Photo Issue

Nubby Twiglet | Monster Children Photo Annual

Since I’m in Australia right now, it’s fitting to post about one of the best designed magazines on the continent, Monster Children.

I was really drawn to this issue because although the design is stark and black and white, it’s far from boring. I love the use of the large sans serif drop caps, the cropped letterforms and the excessive whitespace. It all adds an air of refinement to content that veers from skate and surf culture to scantily clad women.

Nubby Twiglet | Monster Children Photo Annual

Speaking of photo essays, this issue has a beautiful collection of vintage Nick Cave images along with the portfolios of many other photographers from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. The eclectic content paired with a constantly evolving design is part of what keeps this publication fresh.


Learn more about Monster Children Monster Children here.
Check out more Typofiles here.

What I Wore: Sheer

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Sheer

When I’m home in between Blogcademy and business trips, I always revert back to my “work uniform” of black skinny jeans, a black tee and black sneaker wedges. Depending on the weather, I’ll layer on a scarf, sweater and leather jacket but it doesn’t veer much from these basic staples. My days are long and since my clients are all remote, there’s never really a reason to dress up.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Sheer

When I hit the road, my style completely shifts. Skinny jeans are traded in for dresses and adventurous looks because my days change from sitting in my design studio to exploring cities, teaching classes and taking photos for my blog. It’s a great excuse to get out of my very uniform-focused wardrobe routine.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Sheer

I’m always looking for new ways to mix my wardrobe up while staying true to my personal style so when Kung Katherine, a New York City-based fashion label offered to let me try out a piece from their new collection, I immediately gravitated towards this sheer top. It has some great visual interest with the varying panels and is form-fitting but not constricting. Best of all, it fit right in with what I already own — a Zara pencil skirt, Wolford tights and Steve Madden boots. What a welcome step up from my usual black cotton H&M tees!

I always forget how much dressing up changes my mood — I feel more confident and prepared for whatever comes my way, whether it’s a meeting, lunch date or drinks with my husband.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Sheer

Here’s to taking the time to experiment with your personal style and trying out new things.


I wore: Top, ℅ Kung Katherine. Boots, Steve Madden. Tights, Wolford Crazy Maze. Pencil skirt, Zara.

Two Big Announcements: The Blogcademy Online Is Coming…and We’re Having a 50% Off Home School Sale Today Only!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Online Is Coming…and We're Having a 50% Off Home School Sale Today Only!

What if you could learn everything we teach at The Blogcademy from the comfort of your home? And, what if you could rewind and re-watch the segments as often as you wanted? If learning at your own pace is right up your alley, you’re in luck because The Blogcademy Online is launching this January!

We know you’re bound to have some questions about how this new format works and what’s included…so we’re holding a free livestream to give you all the details. It is happening Monday, December 1st (today), live from Melbourne! Here’s the rundown of timezones so you know when to tune in:

Los Angeles: 2 pm
New York: 5 pm
London: 10 pm
Melbourne: 9 am (Tuesday)

Please click here to RSVP.

We have so much to share with you but there will be plenty of time for Q&A so come up with your best business and blogging questions and we’ll answer as many as we can. Remember, you can also submit them ahead of time if you’d like — just type directly onto the event page. If you can’t join us live, we’ll be sharing a link following the recording so you can watch whenever you’d like. Hope to see you there!


Home School Cyber Monday Sale

Also, if you’re interested in boosting your knowledge in a particular blogging subject, we’re offering a one day only sale. Save 50% off of all 13 Home School modules — at just $10.00 each, they’re a total steal! Each features a video, overview and worksheets to drive key learnings home.

All you have to do is enter the discount code CYBER at checkout!

If you’ve been wondering what goes into a media kit, how to put together a rad still life (and rule at Instagram), how to make your image more consistent online, the keys to creating killer content, how to make your About page stand out and how to deal with negativity online, we’ve got you covered. Each segment is snappy, information-packed and to the point.

But, don’t just take it from us:

“Before I started using Home School I had a list as long as my arm of things I hated about my online presence, but no idea how to get started, or the time to dedicate to a full course. I felt like it was a never-ending list of changes and areas I wanted to grow in but had no direction; it felt completely overwhelming! Blogcademy Home School is perfect for me, because I can take one module at a time to concentrate on and action the changes required as and when I need to, by referring back to the super useful worksheets and PDFs provided.

My favourite is the Brand Audit module; I took an afternoon out to watch the video and complete the tasks and learnt a whole bunch of useful stuff about my brand that I would’ve never thought about before! Blogcademy Home School isn’t just for baby bloggers; anyone making a living from having a presence online, no matter how seasoned, will benefit from stitching together a handful of modules to create their own tailored course.”

Sophie King


Happy Cyber Monday….and I hope to meet you (virtually) today!

The Week In Pictures: 11.28.2014 | Hello From Palm Springs, LA and Sydney!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week has been consumed with a lot of time on airplanes and in rental cars…and major jet lag. But, it’s also been full of beauty, new discoveries and palm trees. These are my favorite kinds of weeks where I am able to share photos and links to new places with you.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

On Sunday morning, Joey, Rocky and I landed in LA and immediately grabbed a rental car to Palm Springs. By noon, we were hanging out in our home away from home (this is the fourth time we’ve been this year), getting some much needed sun.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

As I walked through a neighborhood, I spotted a nautical themed house….complete with a mailbox made of a tiled tentacle and treasure chest. Pretty amazing, right?!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Our stay in Palm Springs was much too short but we headed back to LA to pick up Gala, who was arriving from New York Monday morning.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

On Monday, Joey, Gala and I hit all our favorite LA haunts. First up: Cafe Gratitude. If you’ve never been, their menu is made up of affirmations. It’s a pretty cool concept — see for yourself!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Next, we paid a visit to the brand new Nasty Gal store on Melrose, complete with branded black balloons.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I was a big fan of these gradient shelves.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I figured I’d be on Bondi Beach soon so I grabbed the brightest citrus-hued nail polish I could find. This is by Pop.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

At midnight, my Sydney-bound flight took off. 14 hours later….

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I was staying at Bondi Beach. So, so gorgeous.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I was obsessed with all the foliage along the beach. So many great textures.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I chose this room in our cozy little beach house because of all the Branch orange accents. My view every morning is of the sea — so much different than my usual reality!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I thought this sign was especially hilarious.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

As we were walking along our street, I fell in love with this black, slightly Bavarian-looking house — it looks a lot like my home back in Portland!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

As we were walking through Sydney, we stopped by the QT Hotel, knowing that they always have the best style. And of course, they didn’t disappoint.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Their decor is unique to every location. Last year I stayed at the QT Port Douglas and QT Gold Coast.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Yesterday was really fun — we took a cab to the Sydney Opera House to shoot with Janneke Storm and then headed over to Bondi Beach.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It was so interesting walking along the beach because they also have these salt pools that line up against the ocean. Pretty surreal looking.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Have a great weekend, everyone. I’m off to teach Blogcademy and meet all our new students. If you’d like to join us in Melbourne or Auckland, we still have a few seats left — book in here!