Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Recently opened in Downtown LA, the Ace Hotel was at the top of my places to visit. I’d spied the round brass tabletops and checkerboard floors across the Instagram accounts of my LA friends and wanted to see it for myself.

Tucked inside the historic United Artists building which was built in 1927, the space still features much of its original trimmings and details. If you don’t have plans to stay at the Ace, at the very least stop in for a meal like we did. And if you do, climb the staircase to get a better view of the restaurant below — it felt so cinematic as I looked down on Gala sitting at our quaint little table.

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

The Ace always has the best design details and I appreciate how they customize them for every one of their properties.

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Can you see the pencil illustrations on the wall behind me? They’re scattered throughout the entire space and hilariously random. Magic Johnson, then a cluster of palm trees followed by Michael Jackson. Definitely a conversation starter!

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

The entrance to the restaurant is pretty grand. If you don’t have time to stay for breakfast, grab a coffee and pastry on the go!

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

My friends and I ordered a variety of things and honestly? It was all good (and I should know because I snuck bites of nearly everything). The food at the Ace tends to be more along the lines of comfort with a few gourmet twists thrown in. Here’s the all day menu though they have a dinner menu as well.

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Of course, no stop at the Ace is complete without checking out their merchandise. This location had a tightly curated gift shop with a lot of LA-specific goodies. I especially loved their canvas totes.

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

What I love about the Ace is their attention to detail. They’re not afraid to draw on the quirky and unexpected, like this stenciled hotel directory. Delicious food, great service and unparalleled ambience make the Ace Downtown LA a must-see.


Location: Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.
All photos: Shauna Haider.

What I Wore: A Casual Weekend In Venice

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Casual Weekend In Venice

Normally, when I’m traveling, I’m lucky if I have a few days in one place. It’s usually go-go-go. So, spending an entire week in Venice has given me a chance to really explore the city, from the boardwalk to the canals to the coffee shops.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Casual Weekend In Venice

The creative atmosphere full of vibrant colors and street art has left me feeling very energized and inspired. It felt fitting to post these photos from the weekend as I say goodbye today.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Casual Weekend In Venice

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Casual Weekend In Venice

While I’m not normally drawn to 50s silhouettes, my friend Mary Bee surprised me with this dress a few days ago and I can’t get enough of the comfortable, easy fit that seamlessly transitions from day to night (with a change of accessories and shoes).

And with that, it’s time to sign off and zip up my suitcase. This has been a really fun, eye-opening adventure and I have much more to share very soon!


I wore: Dress, vintage. Belt, Kate Spade Saturday. Boots, All Saints.
Inspiration board: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5.

The Week In Pictures: 2.21.14 | West Hollywood and Venice

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

I’ve been on a working vacation in LA for the last two weeks, taking in as much of the sights and sounds as I can. While I’ve visited LA many times in the past, my stays were never for very long and I barely ever made it outside of Hollywood. This has been a nice change of pace.

Joey, Rocky and I spent last week in West Hollywood but this week, we’ve been taking it easy in Venice. I really love it on this side of town — I keep mentioning to Joey that it reminds me a lot of S.E. Portland, just with a whole lot more palm trees…well, that and a beach close by!

We’ve been staying in a place that normally belongs to an architect and to say that I’ve fallen in love with it is the understatement of the century. It’s what I dream of for an office space for Branch and it’s given me a lot of ideas of what to look for when the time is right.

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

Intelligentsia isn’t too far away and I have long been an admirer of their branding.

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

For me, one of the coolest parts about being in Southern California is taking in all the different trees, plants and flowers — it’s such a departure from what we have in Portland (where we barely have palm trees — though Joey’s attempted to plant two in our back yard!)

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

Calling this place home for the week has me feeling really inspired to step it up with our house. We have a long ways to go…but seeing how other people put their spaces together makes me realize that it’s those bold, simple touches that make a big difference.

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

Big hats forever. Need I say more? I scored this at H&M right before I left for my trip and it’s served me well.

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

This is where I’ve been spending my days working. That table has my heart.

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

I absolutely love the acrylic sign for All Things Fabulous.

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Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

My LA dinner spot of choice has been Lemonade. Served cafeteria-style with plenty of healthy options (and of course, amazing lemonade — blood orange has been my top pick so far), I’ve been there with a few different friends…and hope to make it in for one last fix before it’s time to leave.

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

More (future) office inspiration: this rug.

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

We’ve been taking long walks all around Venice every chance we get — I’m feeling a bit spoiled this week with having the beach so close.

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

Have a great weekend, friends. I’m trying my best to soak up the last few days before re-entering reality…

Link Love: 2.20.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Bjork by Ian Jennings

• 10 steps to redesigning a brand identity.

• I love these DIY shelves. Super simple and practical.

• Here’s a beautiful and practical guide for house plants.

• 5 ways to fail gracefully.

• Lookbook Cookbook is full of stylish ladies posing with a killer selection of vegan recipes. Need I say more?

• 8 simple tips to edit your own blog.

• Roger Angell talks about what life is like at age 93.

• Hilariously outdated advice from Seventeen Magazine in 1967.

• Good things come to those who work hard.

• Homemade Nutella crepes? Yes, please!

• 50 free Photoshop actions that will help you create tons of different effects.

• How to blow dry your hair like a stylist, for real.

• What’s your model name?

• Print 101: Here are some of the different mediums.


Photo: Bjork by Ian Jennings.

Blog Log #14: Keep Your Blog Files Organized!

Say No To Clutter: Keep Your Blog Files Organized!

I’ve had a few readers ask me how I organize the digital files for my blog posts and today, I’m sharing my process. I strongly believe that staying organized digitally is just as important as keeping your physical space tidy. There’s nothing worse than falling down the rabbit hole of lost files, digging though old folders and hard drives that you inadvertently labeled “stuff” and “sort later” without a second thought years before!


Say No To Clutter: Keep Your Blog Files Organized!


Because I run two different blogs, having a system in place keeps me mentally focused and reminds me of what to post when. And, if I need to pull images and assets from old posts, I can find them in mere seconds.

Here’s a summary of my organizational structure:

1. I keep one master folder on my computer labeled BLOG.

2. Inside that folder, I have subfolders that are sorted by year (I’ve actively been running this blog since 2007 so that’s A LOT of content).

3. Inside each year, I have folders for each post I’ve ever done titled by date and description. For instance, my Link Love column from February 5th is labeled 02052014_LINKLOVE.

Inside each post folder, I have a few things:

4. Final JPEGS, edited and ready to go for that post.

5. A text document of the post.

6. An assets folder where I keep the original raw images, layered PSDs and any visual research I did for the post.

That’s it! While my system might not be a perfect match for you, hopefully it inspires you to get organized when it comes to your content. And, it seems that I’m on a roll this week when it comes to whipping digital assets into shape. If you run a creative business, you may also enjoy this post over at Branch about how we keep our client files organized.


It’s your turn: Do you have any tips, tricks or systems that you use for keeping your digital assets sorted?

The Ultimate Treat in Los Angeles: Bottega Louie

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

For as many times as I’d been to LA, I’d never stepped foot inside Bottega Louie until last week. Don’t make the mistake of waiting as long as I did — it completely lived up to the hype.

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Probably best known for its selection of rainbow-hued macarons (that every blogger who passes through painstakingly documents), there’s much more lurking inside the walls of Bottega Louie including a full restaurant, bar and gourmet market stocked with everything from canisters of hot cocoa to extravagant gift boxes.

The place has an old world glamour to it but completely lacks the stuffiness one would expect. The staff were extremely gracious, letting us snap as many photos as we liked and even cracking smiles at our mini dessert still life, complete with heart-shaped glasses.

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

I tried my best to absorb the atmosphere around me but truthfully, the scale of the place (absolutely massive) coupled with the ornate packaging and crowds of people just as obsessed with the attention to detail as I was made it hard to really capture it all. It’s classic French glamour completely modernized and that’s a hard one to nail.

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

I’ve only had macarons a few times before so I figured it was a good time to dive into as many flavors as possible and see what all the fuss was about. I walked out with a box all to myself and spent the next few days indulging in a few for breakfast. And yes, they were absolutely delicious.

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Bottega Louie oozes charm, charisma and beauty. And, in my experience, everything tastes as good as it looks. Need I say more? Get thee a box of macarons, stat.


Featured: Bottega Louie.
Photos: Shauna Haider.

The Week In Pictures: 2.14.14 | Palm Springs and Los Angeles

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This has been an epically weird week with plenty of twists and turns…but that’s just the way I like it. Never a dull moment in sight! My trip to Palm Springs was for work but Kat, Gala and I were determined to knock that all out as fast as possible so we could unwind and explore the city beyond the confines of our mid-century modern compound.

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Working from sunrise to sundown every day, we wrapped up our project two full days early, just as the weekend hit.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

We used the break to venture across the city, stopping into book shops, galleries and boutiques stuffed to the brim with amazing, colorful mod furniture. It was toasty enough to go coatless and bare-legged, a marked difference from Portland, where a massive snowstorm had hit! I wore this neon coral dress every chance I got.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

There’s art everywhere in Palm Springs. I love it.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Back at our pad, we goofed off and did some just for fun photoshoots with Richard from FX Media.

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Kat found these Wonka-esque shades for less than 20 bucks at a local boutique!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I celebrated my day off with a very dramatic look, complete with a Crown and Glory flower crown. This is the dress I wore.

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As daylight quickly faded, I knew we had to finally put our turquoise fire pit to use. I talked our group into engaging in the ultimate All-American night-time activity: making s’mores. Gala, Kat and Richard had never done it so I gleefully explained all the steps. With no paper plates in sight, we carefully stacked our finished s’mores on a silver platter.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

As our stay in Palm Springs wound down, Joey and Rocky came by for a visit. As we walked Rocky around the neighborhood, I was completely bowled over by its beauty. A lot of people envision Palm Springs as one big, never-ending desert but this view tells a different story.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

After Palm Springs, I headed off to LA with Gala. On our way, we pulled off the freeway to see the Cabazon Dinosaurs. A perfect Monday afternoon activity. ;)

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

As we settled into West Hollywood for the night, Gala and I took a long walk across the city, peering into gallery and boutique windows. I was totally enamored by this portrait of Liz, complete with glittery hair.

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