The Week In Pictures: 2.13.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Happy early Valentine’s Day!

How was your week? Mine was mixed…but chocolates make everything better, don’t they? I spent a few days confined to my couch with a nasty cold and man, when you’re sick, there’s a lot of time to think and be still. By the end of day two, I was going completely stir crazy and just wanting to get back to a regular routine outside of my house. Then, right as I was starting to throw a pity party for myself, the doorbell rang and in came a surprise box of very decadent chocolates from my friend Mary Bee. That act of kindness hit me immediately — it was so thoughtful and unexpected and shook me out of my funk. It was a good reminder to pay it forward and the next day, I ordered a surprise gift for someone else. It’s not even about a gift, though. It’s about taking a little time out of your day to text, call, leave a comment or write a letter and let someone know you care. Everyone has bad days and those little gestures can make a big impact.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Over the weekend, I was passing by this wall at St. Honore and it reminded me of Valentine’s Day. I want to see chocolate boxes with this level of decoration!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I snapped a quick selfie this morning to show you this new necklace I’m obsessed with. I tend to not wear much jewelry because it gets in the way but this is like the perfect balance between ladylike and edgy. I’m digging the structure — no jingly-jangly dangly bits! For the last few days, I’ve been using it to dress up basic black layers like this tank.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Orange, orange everywhere! Things haven’t slowed down for even a millisecond over at Branch but I’m embracing the busy times because there’s so much cool stuff going on behind the scenes. The tricky part with design is that it can easily be six months to a year before projects are launched. Luckily, I have five finished ones lined up to share with you starting next week. Finally!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Something completely new for me this year has been writing in a gratitude journal. I didn’t even really know what that was until I designed the one above for the Olivine Atelier Happily ever After course but now, I’m completely hooked. Every day, you write three things you’re grateful for, three things you could do to make the day even better and then, a mantra for the day. And at night, you jot down the best thing that happened. It’s so simple but a great exercise, especially when you’re having a bad day and then remember those things you wrote down a few hours earlier. I have so much more to say about the course as a whole but I’ll save that for a dedicated post.

On that note, I love this quote:

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” —William Arthur Ward

With Valentine’s Day happening tomorrow, take the time to reach out to someone and let them know you care. Just giving up 15 seconds of your day can make a world of difference.

Have a great weekend, friends.

Treat Yo’Self This Valentine’s Day!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Valentines Day Special

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better day is there to treat yourself to something special? This is the perfect opportunity to show your blog and business some love!

The Blogcademy is offering a one time only $100.00 off discount for ALL of our 2015 in-person classes so if you’ve been thinking about joining us for a weekend of fun and learning, now is the time!

This discount is good for the following dates:

LOS ANGELES
February 28th & March 1st
The Jefferson

LONDON
June 13th & 14th
Curtain Road Studios

SAN FRANCISCO
September 12th & 13th
Venue TBC

NEW YORK CITY
September 19th & 20th
Venue TBC

MELBOURNE
December 5th & 6th
Venue TBC

SYDNEY
December 12th & 13th
Venue TBC

To claim your discount, head over to The Blogcademy and make sure to enter the code “blogyourdreams” when checking out. You must pay the full amount upfront for the discount to work (it’s not valid if you opt to pay via installments) and the discount ends on Wednesday, February 18th.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. In-person classes are where the magic happens — between the one-on-one advice, like-minded energy in the room and the chance to make some awesome friends, it’s such a great opportunity to transform the way you view your business in just two days.

Hope to see you there! And Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!

Link Love: 2.12.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: 2.12.15

• If you read just one article this week, please make it this. The next time someone tells you to be more presentable and basically encourages you to be someone else, take a stand and remind them that you’re just fine being you.

• If you’re trying to figure out whether to name your business after yourself or something more professional sounding, this article weighs the biggest pros and cons of each.

• It’s a simple message we all need to be reminded of: Feck Perfuction.

• If you have a few million Euros lying around, why not pick yourself up a nice, big empty Italian castle?! Um, one even comes complete with stables, a slaughter house (!!!), a chapel and a private family graveyard. Enticing?

• Eek! Mapping the bacteria in New York’s subways.

• I LOVE this post so much. Alexandra reminds us of the 10 slow and difficult steps to moderate success.

• A look back at how YouTube changed the world.

• This article argues that you should tell your children how much money you make.

• I’m so glad folks these days are getting better about appreciating what came before them and repurposing old spaces instead of tearing them down.

• Need help with choosing the colors for your brand? This post can help!

• Well, this is the bathroom of my dreams. Enough said.


Image: Greg Kadel for Vogue Paris.
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Rapid-Fire Q&A Submission: You’ve Got Questions…And I’ve Got Answers!

Nubby Twiglet | You’ve Got Questions…And I’ve Got Answers!

Later this year, I’ll celebrate my 8th anniversary of blogging in this space and because I’ve been here for so long, I figure that most of you know me pretty well (and I’ve gotten to know a lot of you pretty well, too). It’s easy to forget that there are new people landing here every day so I thought it would be fun to try something different this week — a rapid-fire Q&A!

I’ve done an advice column since the very beginning but that’s usually a long, detailed answer to one question. Here, I’m going to gather 20 of your questions and split them into two upcoming posts.

It’s time to think about what you want to know. Do you have a question about blogging, graphic design, creative careers, personal style, business, a specific font I use, travel, squirrels…or something even more random? Head on over to my Facebook and ask away!

Part one goes live next Tuesday and I can’t wait to see what you come up with! -Shauna

Nubby Twiglet | You’ve Got Questions…And I’ve Got Answers!


Photos: Janneke Storm.

The Week In Pictures: 2.6.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? I had another one of those weeks that felt like a month wrapped into one — between a drag queen brunch (more on that in a minute!) new client meetings, adventures across town and a few really late nights, I’m feeling very happy but also, very worn out. I’m writing this post from the comfort of my new green couch with a cup of tea complete with a dash of honey nearby (I’m normally a coffee drinker) under the guise that it’s a lot more comfortable working from here today than an office chair. I know we can all agree on that one!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Yesterday, I came home to find a surprise package waiting on my doorstep. “I haven’t been doing any shopping” was my first thought. Haha. I sliced it open to find cartons of homemade squirrel-shaped cookies from my pastry chef client (in Nebraska!), Goldenrod Pastries. Wow. Needless to say, I immediately ran them over to my office, afraid that Chubs would eat them all!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Onto the drag queen brunch. That’s a real thing here in Portland. My grandma and I took my cousin Matt to this amazing event for his birthday on Sunday at the Kennedy School. Basically, a drag queen troupe called Hot Chocolate is led up by the FIERCE Poison Waters and alongside their performances, you eat breakfast and hit the bar. It was basically the best Sunday ever. This is what I looked like before heading out the door — and to be clear, my skin doesn’t look that smooth in real life. Good lighting and Makeup Forever HD foundation get the credit!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I didn’t snap many photos of the event because I was having way too much fun watching the drag queens rock out to Whitney Houston. But getting to spend the morning with my grandma was so much fun. She LOVED it. She was sipping a screwdriver, clapping along to every song. I hope I’m that full of zest and energy at 85! This is my most favorite photo of her, taken at the end of the 1960s. She raised FIVE boys and still looked that good.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

After an epic Sunday, I hit the town again on Monday and quickly discovered that Clyde Common has the best lavender lemonade around. They were so good in fact that my table ordered five of them!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Whenever I’m downtown, I have to stop into Alder & Co.. This display of flowers is always a different mix and so beautiful.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

On my way home, I spotted this coffee shop. It’s in the corner of a church and all the proceeds go towards keeping the very old (and very cool) building maintained. I know where my summer outside office is going to be!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

One of my favorite clients to work with is Luke Copping — he’s always full of great ideas. Next week, I’ll be sharing the outcome of our latest collaboration which includes these cards printed with inspirational sayings.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My year has been so full of goodness so far. I’ve been getting out of my office more and hanging out all over Portland while catching up with old friends, a lot of family and new clients. This week, I was looking for an old notebook and stumbled upon my stash of 30 or so journals dating back 15 years. Most are full of to-do lists but there are also thoughts and dreams. There are a lot of mentions of knowing what I wanted…but not quite knowing how to get it. I’m only now able to look back and see a very clear path and progression because as you know, when you’re going through life, there are days (and months) that leave can leave you feeling a little lost.

What I now realize is that nothing is perfectly laid out for any of us…and I’m glad. It’s about that exploration! The exploration is what allows you to try on different hats, mingle with different social groups and experiment. The more you experiment, the easier it will be to realize when you’ve found that perfect fit so my point is to get out and live life. There are so many discoveries waiting for you to find. This is getting a little long-winded and heavy for a Friday so I’ll leave you with this quote:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 2.5.15

nNubby Twiglet | Link Love: Anna Danilova

• Your life is a hot date. Now show up.

• If you’ve found your workload lightening up over the winter months, use it to your advantage and work on personal projects.

• Luke Copping just wrote 10 more ways NOT to become a successful photographer which is based on his original (and super popular) article. Most of the advice applies to other creatives, too — read up!

• It’s always good to have a reminder that the perfection presented on social media isn’t the full story.

• There are USB sticks hidden in walls across the world!

• It’s now possible to outsource nearly everything in your life. I hadn’t heard of half of these services before!

• I loved this flashback of popular teen beauty brands. I pretty much used every single one of these, what about you?!

• No really…that’s just how my face is.

• This article is a great primer on laying out the pros and cons of whether you should travel alone or in a group.

• Life hacks that anyone over 50 should know.

• Wow! I had no idea that there was a penthouse apartment constructed inside the Eiffel Tower.


Photo: Anna Danilova

What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

During my first time in Sydney, there were some must-see landmarks on my list: the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbor Bridge and of course, Bondi Beach.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Escaping the winter back home for some warmer weather in the Southern Hemisphere, I was inspired to trade in my bundle of black layers for something decidedly more….neon. A neon coral dress and tangerine nails were balanced out with sunglasses and ankle boots.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

We spent a windy day taking cabs around Sydney, hitting cafes, shops and the famous Bondi Baths. It was an experience of a lifetime seeing landmarks I’d only viewed online up close and personal.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

In a neon mood? Here are some of my top picks: ASOS Seamed Skater Dress, Lulu Guinness Neon Lips Clutch and Pop Nail Glam in Mandarin.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Sydney, it’s official: I love you.


Photos by: Janneke Storm.