In The Mood #7: Avant Garde Art

Nubby Twiglet | In The Mood

I’m so happy to be sharing a new installment of In The Mood, my series dedicated to real life mood boards. Even though I love creating a good digital mood board, over time I’ve been getting burnt out on the same old posts compiled of “Pinterest pretty.” This week, I was inspired by a second-hand black Jean Paul Gaultier skirt that I recently found at Buffalo Exchange.

Nubby Twiglet | In The Mood

Nubby Twiglet | In The Mood

Over the Summer, I wore a lot more brights than usual but as Portland eases into Fall, I’m reverting back to my tried-and-true black layers. I plan on pairing this skirt with black tights and a leather jacket.

Nubby Twiglet | In The Mood


Jean Paul Gaultier skirt, Buffalo Exchange. Booties, Zara. Necklace, Zara.
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The Week In Pictures: 11.8.13 | Hello from Brisbane & Melbourne!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Since last week’s recap, Kat, Gala and I have been all over the place! We left Brisbane for Melbourne on Monday, taught our workshop over Wednesday and Thursday and then flew to Auckland on Friday to teach another workshop this Saturday and Sunday. We’ll then be moving onto Wellington on Sunday night — I’m so excited to explore more of New Zealand.

Last weekend, we had the chance to check out more of Brisbane and I spent a lot of time in this adorable coffee shop called Jak+Hill in the lobby of the Punthill.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

One of the coolest after-hours experiences we had was at Alfred & Constance which featured an eccentric tiki bar with rad surf-inspired posters.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

At the base of the complex was a cafe with black walls, skeletons, curio cabinets stuffed with oddities and some of the best tunes around. My type of hangout!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Our Brisbane class had amazing energy. And, Bite Me Cupcakes & Treats delivered this perfectly branded spread of cupcakes!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I was sad to leave Brisbane but once we arrived in Melbourne, we hit the ground running. Within 10 minutes of dropping our bags off at our hotel, we were weaving through side alleys stuffed with independent boutiques and cafes. Gala lived in Melbourne years ago which made her the perfect tour guide for this leg of our trip!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’d heard that Melbourne was full of rad coffee shops and was blown away by the branding a lot of them had. My absolute favorite though was Cafe Vue which featured black and white geometric tiled walls and newspaper-inspired coffee cups!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Wednesday morning was a big day — ABC News had contacted The Blogcademy the week before about filming our Melbourne class for a segment about bloggers. I’d never been on national TV before so I woke up hours early feeling super nervous. Luckily, the interview happened so quickly that I didn’t have time to wallow in my fear and just rolled with their questions. We raced home after class to watch our segment and email all our families about it back home. So surreal!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My favorite place to dine in Melbourne by far was Cookie. Yes, Cookie. It’s an intriguing place featuring massive wall murals, an asian-inspired menu, stacks of vintage records on the walls, children’s books stacked in every crevice and a full bar!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Cookie’s weird decor was off the hook and so was their food.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

One of my favorite Blogcademy looks of our voyage down under was this one which I called Baroque Bunny. I wore a Forever 21 dress (that matches the curtains in my house!), a Zara necklace and Crown and Glory Liberace ears.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Yesterday morning, we hopped a flight from Melbourne to Auckland and I loved this wall mural at the airport. I’m gearing up to teach The Blogcademy Auckland for the next two days so I’m signing off — have an amazing weekend, everyone! xo


Top photo by Lakshal Perera.

Link Love: 11.7.13

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Nubby Twiglet | David Downton

• This week, ABC News interviewed Kat, Gala and I about The Blogcademy during our Melbourne class. It went live across Australia Wednesday night and we still can’t believe it!

• As an entrepreneur, being afraid is good for you.

• I just found out about this house swapping site for designers and artists and the listings are amazing!

• The new branding projects Kelli Anderson just shared are so inspiring.

• A group of French teenagers went on a drunken rampage and kidnapped a llama named Serge!

• Take the time to explore your daily surroundings. You never know what you’ll find.

• When this waffle house in Indiana closed, it shook up an entire community.

• The one fashion blog I can’t get enough of these days is Gary Pepper Girl. The quality of Nicole Warne’s photos is so over the top good!

• With Facebook’s growth, at some point it will inevitably have more dead users than living.

• As I scroll through Instagram, I’ve been noticing more negative comments on the accounts of people I follow. I’m not the only one. What’s causing this wave of public hatred?

• The Atlantic gathers up the 50 greatest inventions since the wheel.

• The best advice on failure.


Image: David Downton.
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A Peek Around The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | The Parker Palm Springs

The Parker Palm Springs is the one place on my must-visit list any time I’m in town. And, I’m pretty sure it’s on everyone else’s as well for the same reasons.

Nubby Twiglet | The Parker Palm Springs

With many incarnations over the years (the most famous being singing cowboy Gene Autry’s ranch), the 131 room hotel is tucked away on some of the most lush grounds you’ll find in Palm Springs.

Nubby Twiglet | The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | The Parker Palm Springs

The 13 acre resort was revamped in 2004 by Jonathan Adler and its true appeal comes in its over the top mid-century modern decor. The most visible and cheeky kitsch is in lobby of The Parker, featuring an oversized sign simply reading DRUGS, a smattering of shag carpets and an epic collection of colored vases.

Nubby Twiglet | The Parker Palm Springs

Outside, the grounds are a maze of palms and feature a human-sized chess board with room for croquet, golf and tennis as well.

Nubby Twiglet | The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | The Parker Palm Springs

Oh, and let’s not forget the epic lemonade stand!

Nubby Twiglet | The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | The Parker Palm Springs

Even though I’ve heard that their rooms are full of charm, I’ve never actually stayed at The Parker — instead, I make the trek just to eat brunch at Norma’s, the in-house restaurant. If presentation is your thing, nobody does it better than Norma’s. Oversized portions are arranged so-so and placed on embroidered table mats next to blazing blue water glasses. Just check out this menu if you need any more convincing.

Nubby Twiglet | The Parker Palm Springs

If you’re visiting Palm Springs, please do yourself a favor and visit The Parker, even if it’s just for breakfast.

Tools of the Trade #13: DODOcase

Nubby Twiglet | DODOcase

When it comes to protecting your tech gear, who wants to sacrifice style? Since the day I bought my iPad, I’ve used a DODOcase to keep it safe. Handmade in San Francisco, DODOcase exteriors resemble hardcover books (which it seems these days, are going the way of the extinct bird). My version is a special Pan Am edition, which is quite fitting with as much travel as I do! There are dozens of options for iPhones, Kindles and more.

DODcases are super slim but really tough. I love how well-made they are and there’s no plastic in sight — the interiors feature a carved wooden frame to keep devices snugly in place.

Nubby Twiglet | DODOcase

Because a lot of you use iPads to tote around your digital portfolios, I like that DODO offers a customization service that can add your branding to your case. If colorblocking and bold, geometric patterns are more your style, try the customizer.

What do you use to protect your tech devices? Any other cool recommendations?


All images: DODOcase.
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What I Wore: Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

When I’m working from home in Portland, my daily uniform always reverts to the basics: black skinny jeans, black ankle boots and t-shirts. Yes, it can be boring but comfort is key when I’m focused on getting work done.

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

Whenever I travel though, I use the opportunity of being in a new atmosphere to reinvent my sartorial style and create new characters. I embrace the chance to try out different looks and push myself outside of my comfort zone.

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

By nature, I’m drawn to modern, avant garde silhouettes but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown more comfortable with trying new things. I picked this dress up over the summer for a shoot in New York and part of the reason I chose it was because it was such a marked departure from my standard go-to looks. Fitted and romantic, it felt more Dolce & Gabbana than Rick Owens (my design idol).

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

As we wove through the rocky paths of Santorini early one morning right as the sun was rising, I felt completely overdressed — we joked that I was the Monica Bellucci of Santorini. But in a way, that was the beauty of it. I was playing a role very different from my daily existence and you know what? I had a great time owning it for a few hours…before reverting back to the uniform of a black tee and jeans.

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini


I wore: Floral body-conscious dress, Paper Dolls and sandals, Moma.
All photos: Shell de Mar.

The Week in Pictures: 11.2.13 | Hello From Queensland!

Nubby Twiglet | Queensland

Nubby Twiglet | Queensland

Nubby Twiglet | Queensland

This installment of The Week in Pictures is a little late not because I had so little to share but for the opposite reason: it’s been such a full week that I wasn’t quite sure where to start. I felt completely overwhelmed…in the best possible way.

I left for Australia last Friday night and after a quick layover at LAX to meet up with Gala, we boarded our 14 hour (!!!) flight to Brisbane. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I really don’t do a whole lot of research when I’m traveling to a new place; I’m all about the element of surprise and just letting things unfold naturally. I’d heard plenty about Australia in general but knew very little about Queensland. And boy, was I pleasantly surprised at all it has to offer!

Over the last week, we’ve spent time relaxing at a spa, stayed at numerous boutique hotels, eaten some of the best meals of our lives, explored Surfer’s Paradise, hopped a flight to Cairns and then Port Douglas where we spent our days poolside, watched a glorious sunset on a sailboat, jungle surfed (I even ziplined upside down on the last platform — more on that later!), lounged at the beach, taken a helicopter tour over the Great Barrier Reef and taught our first Blogcademy workshop down under.

These snapshots are a sneak peek to give you a taste of our week but the real fun will be coming soon as I dig deeper into each of our stops and share many more photos and details. Needless to say, even after as much traveling as I’ve done this year, I honestly don’t know how I’ll ever top the experiences of this trip.

Nubby Twiglet | Queensland

On our overnight Virgin Australia flight over to Brisbane, I awoke to a very Blogcademy-themed breakfast. Quite perfect, don’t you think?!

Nubby Twiglet | Queensland

My first full day in Australia started out with a bang. We hit Dreamworld for the morning and I got to hold Brandy the koala. But the funniest moment was this outtake of me handing her back….it looks like I’m a terrible mother, trying to get rid of my baby! Haha! Kat and I are still talking about that bundle of joy! Yes, we’re obsessed.

Nubby Twiglet | Queensland

We stayed in more amazing private residences and hotels than I can count on one hand but my absolute favorite of the bunch was the QT Gold Coast. I took about a million photos of the property and just wait until you see the full thing!

Nubby Twiglet | Queensland

The best part was when we were walking down the hallway to breakfast the next morning and I realized that the striped carpet combined with my striped Kate Spade Saturday skirt was quite the retina burner.

Nubby Twiglet | Queensland

Every time I thought our stay couldn’t get any better, it did. I was sad to leave the QT Gold Coast but then, we visited the QT Port Douglas. They had the best pool I’d ever seen…and this sign only added to the charm.

Nubby Twiglet | Queensland

Our stay in Port Douglas was at this gorgeous place and I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when I awoke to this view on the first morning.

Nubby Twiglet | Queensland

We spent our days poolside at our Port Douglas pad and I unwound by putting together mini still lifes. Totally normal.

Nubby Twiglet | Queensland

One of my favorite experiences with the girls was taking a sunset sailboat tour around Port Douglas. I’ve never been much of a boat person but in the last few months, I’ve been on quite a few, from a pontoon in Minneapolis to a sailboat in Greece!

Nubby Twiglet | Queensland

I didn’t realize until our last day in Port Douglas that we had private beach access. Doh! I stepped through the gate and this is what I saw. It was the most peaceful place to hang out, with fallen coconuts surrounding us and sailboats passing in the distance. I wish we’d had more time there.

Nubby Twiglet | Queensland

On our last morning before teaching, we took a helicopter trip over the Great Barrier Reef. I was a little scared because I’d never been in a helicopter before but all that dissipated when we landed on a sandy knoll to take in the reef up close and personal. This was one of the best experiences of my life by far.

Nubby Twiglet | Queensland

This weekend, we got back to work, teaching our class of “Brisbabes” and we’ve already made so many new friends. Aussies are such a welcoming bunch and I can’t wait to see what the rest of our trip down under has in store for us. I had no idea what to expect from Australia but now I can honestly say that I’m so glad we’ll be back next year once again with The Blogcademy. Over the next few weeks, I’ll have a ton more to share about all of our discoveries, both on land and off. Thanks for following along and remember, you can keep up in real time on Instagram and Twitter. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


All photos by me except the Blogcademy image by Janneke Storm.