Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

Spring has sprung and it’s time to clean out our digital closets. Over at The Blogcademy, we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes, crafting exciting offerings to help you take your online businesses and blogs to the next level. The time has come to clear out some older products to make space for the new!

As of this Sunday, March 29th, The Blogcademy Home School will be going away for good. If you’re not familiar with Home School, these short and sweet information-packed modules each feature a video and PDF worksheets to help you learn new skills fast.

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

To send these mini lessons off in style, we’re offering 50% off! Want some of your own? The topics covered in Home School include media kits for bloggerscreating an about pagedoing a blog brand audithow brands can work with bloggershow bloggers can work with brandsPR and marketingmaking money through advertisingcreating killer contentPinterest for bloggersdealing with negativitystill life 101how to set your rates and building your audience.

If you’re looking for a way to improve your blogging and business knowledge on a budget, here’s your chance! Even though the videos will not available to buy after Sunday, you will still be able to watch and re-watch them via your own private login after that date.

Here’s What Others Have To Say About Home School:

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

To claim the offer, just use the code springfling at the checkout (the deal is not retroactive — sorry!) to get the individual modules at a just $10 each. This is your last chance to give Home School a try — after Sunday, March 29th it will be gone FOREVER. And as for what we have up our sleeves next, stay tuned to learn about an exciting new in-person course AND a digital course that will both launch in the coming months.

Nubby Twiglet | Sharpen Up Your Blogging Skills With The Blogcademy Home School Half Price Sale!

Thanks as always for your support! Spring cleaning, even if it’s of the digital variety sure feels GOOD.

Dropping Scary Chemicals From my Skincare Routine…Plus A Giveaway With AcquaCures!

Nubby Twiglet | AcquaCures Skincare

After doing some research and realizing how many scary chemicals are lurking in beauty brands, I’ve been cleaning up my act whenever possible, replacing products as I use them up with more natural alternatives.

It’s been a work-in-progress but today I wanted to share one brand that has made the transition much easier in the skincare department: AcquaCures.

Formulated in California, AcquaCures prides itself on using plant-based formulations and certified organic ingredients. This brand stands tall, making you look and feel good while remaining environmentally conscious.

Nubby Twiglet | AcquaCures Skincare

My introduction to AcquaCures happened during the San Francisco Blogcademy last year when Mariah introduced herself and generously gifted us with a box of products to try out. I’d been using up my well-known department store brand of moisturizer at the time but wasn’t stoked on the the synthetic-smelling perfume scent so it was the perfect time for a change.

Ever since that day, I’ve been using the AcquaCures line and at nearly a year in, I’m a huge devotee. On a daily basis, I reach for their products and my skin looks and feels better than it ever has.

As you know, good skincare can be a tricky proposition — after all, the products that seem to work the best can get pricey and once you have them in-hand, it’s hard to know if they’ll actually work for your skin type, even if they’ve gotten rave reviews. It takes a bit of trial and error to find that winning mix!

I’ve partnered up with AcquaCures for a giveaway because it’s a brand I believe in and I want you to have the chance to try this amazing skincare line for yourself!

Nubby Twiglet | AcquaCures Skincare

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

*** GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED AND A WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN. ***

AcquaCures is giving away a prize pack including three of their most popular products: Omega 3 Silk Serum, Omega 3 Liquid Cleanse and Revital Seawater Cooling Mist. This set retails for $127.50.

To enter the giveaway:

1. Like AcquaCures on Facebook.

2. Like Nubby Twiglet on Facebook.

3. Leave a comment below letting me know that you’ve entered and make sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win!

The fine print: Contest is open to everyone over the age of 18 worldwide. You have until 11:59pm PST on Friday, March 27th, 2015 to enter. One winner will be chosen at random. Once the winner has been contacted, you will have one week to respond and claim your prize. The prize may not be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered. Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties. My decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No purchase necessary.

Good luck!

Nubby Twiglet | AcquaCures Skincare


Special thanks to AcquaCures for sponsoring this giveaway. All photos and opinions are my own.

What I Wore: An Afternoon In Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

I liked Auckland the first time I visited but the second time, that blossomed into full-blown love.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

A love affair with a city is multi-layered and many factors added to the experience:

I enjoyed really having the opportunity to walk around town and explore independent shops along Karangahape Road. Biz Dojo, our venue for The Blogcademy was fantastic (and if you’re interested, they have co-working spaces available). The cute apartment we rented was directly across the street from an awesome grocery store loaded with local products. The hilariously branded Hell Pizza wowed me with their Purgatory pizza (and it was so good that I had it two nights in a row.) And finally, friendly Kiwis made me feel right at home — I talked creative biz stuff with Sian and got to meet ladies I’d known online including Sophie and Steff Metal.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

I was already in love with the place — and then I met Steph of Bubblerock, a photography duo that splits their time between New Zealand and France (envious? I am!) Within a few minutes, we were like old friends, chatting about our recent stays in Palm Springs. And, I may have invited myself to her home in the French countryside (can you blame me?)

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

After meeting Steph and shooting these photos in quick succession over two 10 minute breaks between my Blogcademy sections, I came to the realization that while there are oodles of talented photographers out there, what really sets the good ones apart from the truly great is personality.

Steph was so warm, welcoming and brimming with creative ideas that I was immediately at ease. To me, it felt like we were casually hanging out as we explored a nearby arcade and parking garage — and she just happened to have a camera. I wish all professional photos felt this natural….and fun!

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

During our impromptu shoot, I wore:

Clover Canyon dress (past season).
Steve Madden boots (past season).

While my dress is from an older collection, Shopbop always has a great selection of new and sale pieces. The sublimated prints are applied to scuba fabric so their pieces are super stretchy and comfortable.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

Auckland, thanks for welcoming me with open arms. I can’t wait to come back….and stay longer next time!


Digital and film photos: Bubblerock.
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The Week In Pictures: 3.20.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? Every day over here seemed to have many calls / meetings / Slack chats / deadlines. Honestly? I’m glad the weekend starts in a few short hours!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Some desktop necessities this week: Compartes chocolate bars, Byredo hand cream and a Darling Press neon-edged to-do list.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Little moments from this week: taping up fresh inspiration, straightening up the office, an inspirational message from Luke Copping and more still life exploration, which I’m tracking in #stilllifefriday if you want to join in!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Have a great weekend, everyone! I just launched a website for a client that’s been a year in the works (woohoo!) and now I’m off to a friend’s party. As much as I love my job(s), it’s important to take a break and live it up every once in awhile! On that note, I love this quote:

“Life is a song – sing it.
Life is a game – play it.
Life is a challenge – meet it.
Life is a dream – realize it.
Life is a sacrifice – offer it.
Life is love – enjoy it.” —Sai Baba

P.S. Happy birthday to the best brother on the planet!

Link Love: 3.19.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Draft

• This is the most beautifully written post about dealing with negativity online that I’ve seen.

• 3 ways to kick anxiety in the ass.

• I’m loving the unique color combinations on these business cards.

• Even if your place is tiny, there are so many ways you can add unique touches to make it feel extra special. It’s not how much space you have, it’s what you do with it that matters.

• There are so many cool careers out there and I’m glad that Joy is sharing some of them with us!

• This post is for the dreamers and hustlers.

• It doesn’t matter what you’re doing…as long as you commit to giving it your all every time.

• Here’s what dream clients can do for you.

• Miami is a place that I’ve been wanting to visit for a few years now so I’ve been living vicariously through Gala’s 3-part photo diary.

• This map of what people in each state are searching for made me laugh.

• Off to Paris? Here are 5 gorgeous restaurants to visit and show off!


Image: Draft.
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Branded #5: Waffee

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #5: Waffee

Waffee = waffles + coffee.

Two years ago, I was walking through the streets of Melbourne and saw branding that literally made me stop in my tracks. The newly opened Waffee shop was stamped everywhere with a clever bronze logo that shined like a beacon of light to those in need of a sugar and caffeine fix. Unfortunately, it was closed when I discovered it due to the Melbourne Cup and I never made it in.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #5: Waffee

That doesn’t mean I didn’t keep thinking about it. An intriguing brand doesn’t just fade away. This time around in Melbourne, you can bet I made it my first stop. Sure, I’m smiling here…but I’m secretly hoping that the waffle I’ve waited a full year to bite into is as good as I’ve built it up to be. Thankfully, it delivered.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #5: Waffee

Waffee was branded by A Friend Of Mine and I love how the name is cleverly built into a waffle griddle pattern. The inside of the shops are a crisp white and the logo is always applied in a bronze “toasted” tone.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #5: Waffee

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #5: Waffee

I honestly can’t think of a more perfect branding solution for the place — A Friend Of Mine totally nailed it.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #5: Waffee

On another note, Waffee happens to have one of the best tips cup I’ve seen. Winning waffles, great coffee, brilliant branding and a sense of humor to boot — what more could you want?


Photos: Shauna Haider.
Brand images: A Friend Of Mine.
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Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

When In Vegas…

When you’re in full-on vacation mode and the rules of the rest of the world simply don’t apply (because in Vegas, you can do whatever you want whenever you want), you’re bound to make some questionable decisions and purchases along the way.

With five full days stretched out ahead of me and nothing more on my agenda than a David Copperfield show and Britney Spears concert, I began to stop into gift shops as I strolled through casino after casino. The mix of merchandise I discovered was random, hilarious and kitschy. It was the stuff dreams are made of (or, at least mine are) — a wild mix of the tacky and bizarre.

Without further ado, here are t he top 12 purchases of my trip along with their sources in case you find yourself pining for a Sigefried and Roy picture book or flamingo statue of your own.

1. Flamingo Statue (above)
Source: The Flamingo

This beauty sure was a pain to fit inside my carry-on luggage but it was definitely worth the bulk since it’s now basking in all its salmon-hued glory inside the Branch office. It adds a nice Miami Vice vibe, don’t you think?

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

2. Glittery Postcards
Source: Caesar’s Palace

When you’re shopping alongside the glitter queen herself, Kat Williams, you start taking extra special notice to everything that has a little extra sparkle. These are perfect for still lifes and once you’re done photographing them, you can scribble a little message on the backside to send home and let mom and dad know you haven’t gone bankrupt at the roulette table (yet).

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

3. Flamingo Mug
Source: The Flamingo

Your morning coffee will never be the same! It’s impossible to be in a bad mood when this gem is sitting on the corner of your desk. As you can tell from the tattooed arm, Kat is responsible for this purchase!

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

4. Siegfried and Roy Keychain
Source: Mirage

It’s nice to dress up the things you reach for every day — make the mundane extra special for a change! My car might be 14 years old and un-fancy but now I’ve got the keychain of champions holding the key.

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

5. Bedazzled Bling Hat
Source: Starlight Tattoo at Mirage

Kat was responsible for this questionable late-night purchase and it was a good choice — when you’re in Vegas, rhinestones and false eyelashes before noon are fair game so you might as well live it up.

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

6. Donny & Marie Necklace
Source: The Flamingo

What’s better than siblings who have enough of a tolerance of one another to work together after all these years?! Gotta admire a strong family bond. Since I live with my brother, this gives me hope — maybe we can still get along and not want to kill each other well into our 50s?

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

7. Las Vegas Sign Keychain
Source: Planet Hollywood

Vegas is full of kitschy keychains — every gift shop seems to be swirling in a slightly different mix. This 1959 sign is a reminder of the golden years. Sidenote: that confetti in the background is courtesy of the Britney concert.

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

8. White Tiger Figurine, 9. Postcard and 10. Siegfried and Roy Picture Book
Source: Mirage

I’m a bit obsessed with the self-proclaimed Masters Of The Impossible and it’s not hard to see why: they had the most visited show of all time on the Vegas Strip full of tigers, magic tricks and flamboyant costumes. Even though their show ended over a decade ago due to Roy’s accident, their sanctuary full of exotic animals is still going strong, as is the gift shop inside that bears their name.

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

11. Cubic Zirconia Ring and 12. Magnet
Source: Mirage

When you’re on your final morning in Vegas, what better way is there to commemorate the best vacation you’ve had in ages than an over-the-top piece of jewelry? This baby set me back around $20.00 and would make Liberace proud. Totally winning in my book. And I’ve got a major love of the original Mirage logo with its peppy palm trees — this magnet makes my fridge a much happier place.

So, there you go! Five days in Vegas can really warp your sense of what’s considered a good buy.

And now, it’s your turn: What’s the most fun / strangest / eccentric item you’ve ever purchased during a vacation? Tell all!