The Jewelry Diaries: Stepping Up My Accessories Game Plus A Special Offer

Nubby Twiglet | Katie Waltman Jewelry

When it comes to jewelry, I’m no Elizabeth Taylor. Truth be told, I’ve always been a little intimated by the nice stuff. In a way, it just felt too proper and grown up so I shied away from it. Because of that, most of the jewelry I own is either H&M or Zara and low quality. I’ve got piles of the stuff, complete with broken clasps, missing beads and busted chains.

I’ve stepped it up with the rest of my accessories game including shoes and purses but jewelry felt like quite the leap. I needed a push in the right direction because every time I walked into boutiques, I would get overwhelmed by all the choices (so much shine! so much pretty!) and walk out empty-handed.

Nubby Twiglet | Katie Waltman Jewelry

When independent jeweler Katie Waltman got in touch, it felt like the right time to move towards more classic pieces that I could wear on an everyday basis without feeling like I was stepping into a costume party. And, I felt good knowing that each piece was handmade in the U.S.

Nubby Twiglet | Katie Waltman Jewelry

I gravitated towards this wishbone necklace because of its simplicity and symbolism. A wishbone represents a wish or desire. Symbolically, if it is unbroken it means that your wish will be fulfilled in the near future. There are a lot of things I’m wishing for and working towards right now. Since I’m such a visual person, like many of you, I tend to embrace outward reminders.

Nubby Twiglet | Katie Waltman Jewelry

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I want to focus on simplicity and quality and get away from so much fast fashion, jewelry included. Thanks to Katie for leading me in the right direction. I hope you’ll find something you love, too.

Little Lessons #8: Step Outside Of Your Comfort Zone

Nubby Twiglet | Little Lessons: Step Outside Of Your Comfort Zone

On Saturday, I received an invitation to somewhere I least expected: the rodeo. I’m a city person at heart and my personal style and taste in music can best be described as avant-garde…or just plain weird. It’s about as far away from country as you can get.

But, I was intrigued. There’s something fascinating about entering a completely different cultural realm and soaking it up. I love seeing how other people live, what types of hobbies they’re into and what their version of “normal” looks like. Do you, too?

It’s good to get out of your comfort zone as often as possible because it will leave you feeling inspired in ways that you least expect. I ended up having an absolute blast at the rodeo. I made friends with some very handsome livestock, hung out next to a very patriotic carousel and happily stepped in to snap photos of folks posing on saddles in the rodeo bar.

The rodeo was the last place on my mind when I woke up but by that night, I was thankful that I’d kept an open mind, said yes and let the rest unfold. When we become overly attached to our idealized way of living life, it becomes too easy to play it safe and miss out on experiences.

Lesson learned: Inspiration is lurking everywhere. Everywhere! When the potential for a great adventure comes your way, say yes, even if it’s off the beaten path.

Your turn: What unexpected adventure have you been on lately?

What I Wore: Face-Off in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Face-Off in San Francisco

“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.”  —Lauren Bacall

Our faces convey so much about us and I love that this dress is covered in them — a graphic, collage-style mixture of those both famous and unknown.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Face-Off in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Face-Off in San Francisco

These photos were shot in our self-described haunted mansion in San Francisco and the dress felt right at home, surrounded by a mix of zany artwork.

These are a few of my favorite head and face-focused objects: 1. Mickey skull, 2. Folter faces dress, 3. face mug, 4. Fornasetti pillow, 5. male and female vases, 6. Jonathan Adler pitcher, 7. Jonathan Adler vase, 8. Fornasetti plate, and 9. Phrenology head bank.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Face-Off in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Face-Off in San Francisco

I wore: Folter faces dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs sneakers and Forever 21 belt.
Photos: Kristin Cofer.

The Week In Pictures: 7.4.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Happy 4th of July! It’s beautiful outside and I’m hoping to wrap up work early and spend the afternoon with family. Speaking of family, I took the afternoon off yesterday to meet my grandparents for lunch. Can you believe that they just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary?! They’re two of my favorite people on the planet and my grandma always used to wear this sweater. When I mentioned how much I liked it a few years back, she gave it to me. I love it, stains and all!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Over the weekend, Joey, Rocky and I headed up to the Rose Garden. Though I’ve been there many times, I’ve never seen it this time of year — there were blooming roses in every direction and it was so beautiful. If you’re visiting Portland soon, this is a must-see spot!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I just got a new dress for my upcoming Europe trip. I love super graphic clothes in classic shapes and feel like I’ll still be wearing this exact dress in 20 years. You can see a full length shot here.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I wanted to hang around the Rose Gardens all day…but Rocky was understandably grumpy after an hour. ;)

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Have a great 4th, everyone! Rest up, relax and I’ll see you back here on Monday.

Link Love: 7.3.14

Link Love

Nubby Twiglet | Patrick Demarchelier: Amber Valetta for Harper's Bazaar

• 6 things that the most productive people do every day.

• A fascinating look into the death of the American shopping mall.

• Get into the 4th of July spirit with a Lady Liberty floral crown.

• The price of success is censorship.

• We still have one more bathroom in our house that desperately needs to be updated so I’m gathering ideas. I’m really loving the look of square tiles right now.

• Make your own pop art pet portrait!

• As a full-time entrepreneur, your life will shift a lot in the beginning, including your friendships. Here are some tips for managing them.

• How to create client connections.

• Jessica Comingore is hiring a junior designer. Interested? Apply here!

• 5 super helpful links for creatives on email marketing.

• One of my favorite design blogs to follow these days is Good Design Makes Me Happy.

• Can changing your password change your life?

Image: Amber Valetta for Harper’s Bazaar by Patrick Demarchelier.

Latest & Greatest #28: Red Lips

Nubby Twiglet | Red Lips

I’ve long loved red lips and I am so happy that they are making a comeback, adorning everything from clothing to bags to books.

With perfect timing, Alice Harris just dedicated an entire book, Blow Me A Kiss to the lips featured in famous art, fashion spreads and celebrity culture. Of lips, she says, “An icon of untold pleasures, they’re synonymous with style, sex, and even scandal. Whether pursed or provocatively parted, lips have an undeniable visual power, while lipstick remains a timeless symbol of glamour and sensuality.”

Nubby Twiglet | Red Lips

Featured items: ASOS Skater Dress, ASOS Crop Top, Lips Purse ℅ Bow & Drape, Blow Me A Kiss Book ℅ PowerHouse Books.

Nubby Twiglet | Red Lips

Your turn: What are you obsessed with at the moment?