The Week In Pictures: 2.7.14

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Hello from gorgeous Palm Springs! I’ve been in town since Monday for work but I’ve been determined to squeeze some fun in whenever possible. That affirmation has been made all the easier ever since we met Steve, a cab driver and lifelong resident who has taken us on a few special jaunts. So far, we’ve gotten to see a yard full of alien and robot sculptures, Frank Sinatra’s old pad and the famous Marilyn statue.

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Whenever I’m in Palm Springs, it’s a great excuse to pull out all of my brightly colored clothing. I’ve been finally getting the chance to wear this Nasty Gal top. The large brimmed hat was found at H&M.

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For our stay, we rented a mid-century modern dream home. Being surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, a pool in the back yard and even having our own lemon tree has been quite surreal.

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There’s also a bar. But, work comes first so we haven’t gotten a chance to put it to use yet!

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Kat, Gala and I have been rocking these insanely awesome Cutie Dynamite sunglasses every chance we get. Can you blame us?!

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There’s been a flurry of action at the house including a photo shoot with Made U Look. I love this look that Kat was wearing earlier in the week.

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One of my favorite activities in Palm Springs so far has been riding bikes through town.

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My idea of heaven: pulling inspiration and creating real life mood boards. Also, I’m loving this fluorescent coral dress from ASOS.

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Workin’ it on a balcony at The Saguaro in an ASOS flower dress.

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The most attention-grabbing yard I’ve ever seen: this artist has filled every possible space with dozens of brightly-colored sculptures.

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Thanks for tuning in! Every time I visit Palm Springs, I fall a little more in love. Is there anything else that’s an absolute must-see before I hit the road in a few days?

Have an amazing weekend. I can’t wait to share more with you!



Photos:
Shauna Haider and FX Films.

Link Love: 2.6.14

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Link Love | National Geographic

• When it comes to blogging, a lot of shifts have happened in a relatively short period of time.

• Here’s what I wish I’d known when starting my business.

• Yes, there’s such a thing as an Instagram-based cooking show!

• 10 creative rituals you should steal.

• Megan shares 5 things she does to stay healthy while kicking ass at work.

• Here’s 5 badass lady textile designers you should know about.

• What would it look like if the Winter Olympics were plopped down in the middle of Manhattan?

• Are you addicted to stress?

• There’s a Tumblr for everything including the art of the rap logo.

• There are 4 million songs on Spotify that have never been played! Now, you have the chance to get them off the dreaded list.

• Materialism is eating us from the inside out.


Image: California, 1940. By J. Baylor Roberts for National Geographic.

Lookbook #6: Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

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I own a handful of books on typography and while they’re educational and inspiring, the overall design isn’t all that beautiful. They say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but for a designer, that’s easier said than done.

While the titles on my bookshelf covered the history of typography, there weren’t many images. I wanted to see more visuals of type specimens and the effects history and design trends had on typography as a whole. I knew that there had to be some meatier books out there that covered what I was looking for.

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Then, I discovered Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles (try saying that 10 times fast!) and it was perfect. Comprised of two volumes, this book is a visual masterpiece. The first book covers pre-20th century type specimens while the second covers 1900 through the mid 20th century.

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Weighing in at 720 pages, this book expertly traces the history of the printed letterform and has snippets from signs, books, catalogs and more. In my opinion, it’s a total must-have.

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles


Featured title: Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles
Photos and scans: Shauna Haider

The Week In Pictures: 1.31.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Sometimes I feel like I’m just floating through days because they’re so irregular. 2014 so far has been one strange trip. For someone who thrives on structure, I’m learning that it’s okay to just let go — good things don’t always happen inside the confines of structure.

This week especially, I had many of those, “Who am I, what am I doing and is this my life?” moments.

First, a call came in from my all-time favorite fashion magazine. I managed to not completely fangirl out…but just barely. Because I’ve read every single issue for the last 15 years.

With Branch, I delivered our first really big pitch for a dream client (thanks to a whole lot of coaching and talks off the ledge). I was reminded that you should always surround yourself with people who are much, much smarter and more experienced than you. Let them shine and do their thing. Learn from the best instead of feeling threatened.

Then, back-to-back client calls happened. Not just 10 minute check-ins but more like 2 hour reviews of 170 page photography books. Remember? I’m not a phone person. Well, so many calls had happened by Tuesday that I was pretty much over that fear.

A last-minute meeting with my accountant followed. I rushed into his office in head-to-toe black, clutching a binder full of paperwork. Our conversation started out with, “A lot has happened since I saw you last year.” Lots of laughs followed. And then, lots of highly entertaining stories involving scary audits. More laughs.

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My no-fail lunch spot lately has been Por Que No and on these winter days, nothing is better than a mug of piping hot spiced apple cider. For drinks, I’ve been enjoying Sweet Hereafter. Rustic wood walls, red cross emblazoned ceiling panels and a killer menu of vegan delights. What’s not to love?!

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I’m heading out to Palm Springs soon for some Blogcademy projects and my head-to-toe black layers just won’t cut it in the desert. Luckily, all the cute summery stuff is on sale on Asos so I picked up some new looks for a total steal. And…Rocky can’t handle having the focus taken off of him for even 10 seconds.

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Over the weekend, I stopped into Schoolhouse to pick up a light for my brother’s bathroom (we’re on the home stretch of remodeling — though Joey is hating applying the black grout!) and their displays are always so spot-on.

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This was a great mail week. A copy of the Designer Vaca book showed up from Artifact Uprising and I am so impressed with the quality of their products. The paper is totally matte and so beautiful — I’m definitely inspired to do a portfolio project or even some media kits with their books now.

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Okay, it’s time to finish packing! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. xoxo

Link Love: 1.30.14

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• A logo should tell a story.

• Should small business owners help each other?

Being lonely and drifting: the flipside of traveling the world.

• Highly entertaining: a shopping list compiled from an 1897 Sears catalog!

• The most popular and pointless new years goal.

• It’s interesting to see side-by-side comparisons of U.S. and U.K. covers for the same books.

• The New Yorker digs into the anxiety phenomenon.

• A 1920s tourist guide to New York City etiquette!

• Winter equals dry lips. Here’s a roundup of the most moisturizing lip balms.

• 20 songs written by women that will turn 20 this year.

• Thoughts on making things and the internet.

• Fast Company just rounded up the most creative people in business.

• Just because it’s almost February doesn’t mean that it’s too late to make big plans for your business.

• Yoga types explained.


Image: Josh Olins for U.K. Vogue.

Tripping Through Melbourne’s Psychedelic Vintage Clothing Wonderland: My Delirium

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

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Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

I love a good vintage clothing shop but nothing has ever had such a dizzying effect on my senses as My Delirium. A psychedelic rabbit hole of sorts, it manages to wow visitors with decor that’s just as interesting as the clothing lining its racks.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

With a blazing yellow exterior and a handful of mannequins beckoning from the window who are so overdressed that they give Liberace a run for his money, this store isn’t a place you can casually pass by without a reaction.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Inside, raspberry shag carpet competes with paisley wallpaper.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Kitschy, big-eyed animal kick-knacks stare out from every flat surface.

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Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Kat tried on a handful of sequined pieces but her real moment to shine was when she poked her head out from the dressing room curtain….er, carpet.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

After flipping through the racks of clothing, I’ll admit that I was feeling completely overwhelmed. So much color. So many embellishments. So much leather, lace, sequins and fur! I took a little break, leaning against an ornate dressing table.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Then, Gala casually walked up the stairs decked out in the most ridiculous / fabulous jacket, resembling the offspring of Big Bird. I wanted in on the action. After a few glam twirls, I slipped it off her shoulders and onto my own.

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My new daytime look? I wish.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Most of the time these days, I do the majority of my shopping online. It’s just easier. But when I come across a store as magnificently unique as My Delirium, I’m reminded of the sensory experience that a thoughtfully curated retail space can offer. It’s an art form in itself and the passion that went into this vintage mecca is absolutely inspiring.

If you’re planning to visit, note that the store hours can be slightly irregular — you may want to call ahead to make sure it is open first.


Featured: My Delirium, Melbourne.
Photos: Corey Sleap (he is the sweetest guy around — hire him to shoot your wedding!)
Co-conspirators: Kat Williams and Gala Darling.