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.

Branded #2: Gingerella Ginger Ale

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Gingerella by All Good

When I first made eye contact with Gingerella while I was hanging out in an Australian cafe, I gasped, jumped up and down and ordered a bottle as quickly as possible. That’s a strong reaction over a bottle of ginger ale but Gingerella happens to be gorgeous, stylish and socially conscious. That’s a hard combination to top when it comes to branding, don’t you think?

Gingerella is sweet and carbonated like soda but has a spicy ginger flavor. This particular incarnation features an enticing mix of organic ginger, lemon, organic vanilla from Sri Lanka and sugar from India. Yes, it tastes as awesome as it sounds.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Gingerella by All Good

Gingerella is produced by All Good, which is a small business focusing on creating high quality products with a conscience. Most of their ingredients are not only organic but they’re also sourced from fair-trade farmers. I’m glad that more brands are taking the reigns on producing products that aren’t just about all looks and no substance. Gingerella is proof that you can care about the environment while amping things up with a saucy redhead.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Gingerella by All Good

Images: Shauna Haider and Best Awards.
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The Week In Pictures: 1.30.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’m so happy it’s Friday (and I’m sure you feel the same exact way). Some weeks feel like a month rolled into one…and this was definitely one of those. My friend and Branch client Mary Bee came to town so we spent Sunday and Monday exploring Portland, snapping silly photos and eating so much ice cream, pizza and pastries that I literally felt sick. We’re kindred spirits so even though I only see her twice a year, we always pick right back up where we left off. Aren’t those the best kinds of friends?

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Did I mention that Mary Bee is the manager of Hidden Treasures? Why is that of importance? Well my friend, they source some of the most epic vintage in all of LA. This coat is a perfect example. Also of importance: the store has the original boat from Gilligan’s Island PROPPED UP ON THE ROOF. They take eccentricity to a whole new level and…I love them for it.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

When a friend is in town, the first order of business is to catch up on news over coffee. We spent the afternoon sitting on the green couches in the Ace Hotel lobby, chatting away.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The next day, I showed Mary Bee around my neck of the woods in S.E. Portland. We strolled through cluttered antiques shops, tried on piles of questionable clothes and visited countless coffee shops and bars. It’s always so much fun to be a tourist in your own city.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Before she left town, Mary Bee surprised me with Roman Candle biscotti. Heaven in a bag. Really.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’m thankful this week for the sun peeking out right as my friend arrived to town. I’m thankful for Salt & Straw ice cream. I’m thankful for Joey delivering lunch and dinner to my office during this crazy week of launching Blogcademy Online. I’m thankful for my mom who’s been ambitiously balancing both the Branch and Blogcademy books. And I’m thankful for Kat and Gala for hanging on during the highs and lows of the last 8 months as we planned, built and launched Blogcademy Online.

Launching a course of this size was no easy feat. Now that the launch has happened, I’m only now able to grasp what we pulled off. Having a course that’s completely digital means that everything has to run smoothly. It all has to make sense too, since you’re not there to explain it in person. And then there’s the task of showing what a digital course looks like….since it’s all digital. If you want to read more about what went on behind the scenes, check out this post.

If you’re in the middle of a big project yourself, hang in there. I know what it feels like to be in the thick of it, very far from the finish line. One thing that helped us tremendously was setting a firm launch date — a launch date that absolutely could not budge. The night before the launch, I was still making transcript edits and building promo graphics….because I knew there was no wiggle room. It was 100% worth it. Those projects are what add a richness to your life because there’s nothing better than being able to share your knowledge with others and teach them something that can potentially transform their lives. On that note, I love this quote:

“Your life should consist of more than commuting, working, eating, surfing the Internet, sleeping and watching TV. Your life should be filled with purpose-driven experiences and projects that bring excitement, passion, energy, and authentic meaning and joy into your life.” ― Richie Norton

Have a great weekend, everyone!

It’s Possible To Change Your Career (and Life!) On Your Terms With Blogcademy Online

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Online

If you’re ready for a change and itching to make a shift in your career, you’re not alone: research shows that 70% of Americans feel the same exact way you do…and would gladly quit their current job if they could.

It’s true that once you get outside of your current situation, there are endless opportunities. I speak from personal experience. In 2001, I began blogging to fill the creative void I felt from spending my days inside a mauve-walled office. I answered phones and stuffed envelopes and finished each day feeling drained. There was very little promise of advancement and I knew that there had to be a better way.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” —Viktor E. Frankl

Blogging opened many doors for me — it allowed me to build solid industry connections, use my creative posts as a calling card to get into some of the best design studios in town, work with some of the best-known companies on the planet (Virgin, Forever 21 and Nike are just a few), do guest-speaking gigs and best of all, blogging was the catalyst that allowed me to launch a thriving studio of my own. Thanks to blogging and online networking, my studio is now booked out months in advance. Blogging has consistently provided me with opportunities I doubt I would have had otherwise. And I know that with the right tools, you can build a career you love, too.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Online

That’s why I’m so excited to announce that today, The Blogcademy is coming to your house. To be clear, Kat, Gala and I aren’t actually flying to your town and knocking on your door (but hey, that would be pretty awesome!) but you will be able to access our full course from your computer.

Until now, our workshop was only available in-person but it bothered me that so many of you were missing out — taking time away from work and family, not to mention covering travel expenses is no easy feat. And I truly believe that modern learning should be done on your terms — there’s nothing better than absorbing knowledge whenever you want, wherever you want.

The one thing I’ve learned in this life is that nobody is waiting around to create an opportunity for you. You can’t wait for doors to open; you have to be willing open them yourself. If you’re craving change, it’s up to you to take the lead and create a life and career you love.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Online

In 2012, I joined up with two of my friends to found The Blogcademy. We’d each carved out very different niches online but they met in the middle, on some very common found: we were each able to take our passions (design, weddings and self-love) and turn them into our full-time careers. And, we knew that all the real life experience we’d gathered from running thriving online businesses could help others do the same. For two years, we taught classes all over the world, honing our content and figuring out what worked and what didn’t. 1,000 students later, we knew it was time to deliver our workshop in a format that opened the doors to everyone, no matter where they happened to be located.

Introducing The Blogcademy Online


With Blogcademy Online, we’re opening the digital doors to a treasure trove of content you can immediately apply to your own blog and business. We filmed our segments in front of a live audience (so you can feel like you’re part of the fun!) and broke our two day class down into 18 video modules so you can pace yourself and decide how fast or slow you’d like to go.

We cover a lot of information in those 18 videos:

We’ll give you the essential formatting basics to make sure your blog looks its best, and then we move straight into creating a blogging business plan to help you work out exactly where you want to go. We’ll teach you how to hone in on discovering your ideal reader, as well as writing a killer about page, and solidly defining your blog’s purpose. We cover everything you need to know to create killer content, discuss the importance of consistency, show you how to use social media for great results, teach you how to network (without feeling like a creep!), and give you a big branding rundown, complete with the resources we use every day. We do a case study of The Blogcademy, answering the question, “How did you teach over 1,000 people in just two years’ time?”  We’ll also show you how to compose and shoot great still life photographs, teach you all we know about blog advertising, give you the scoop on brand collaborations, show you some business documents you’ll need, discuss diversifying your income and show you how (and where!) to find great images you can use on your blog.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Online

With Blogcademy Online, you’ll receive:

Over six hours of video lessons, broken down into bite-sized modules. They’re easy to digest, actionable information that you can watch whenever and wherever you’d like!

A 300+ page transcript of the entire class. This as an enormous how-to-blog bible!

24 pages of action-packed worksheets and activities. These will help you implement everything you’ve learned.

A massive list of resources which includes every single book, tool, website and professional we personally recommend. This is priceless! Every online resource we mention in class is hyperlinked in the back of the transcript — just click and go!

Lifetime access, baby! The course is yours to keep. You can login, watch, and rewatch the lessons as many times as you like!

An absolutely insane amount of know-how and encouragement. With over 30 years of collective blogging experience, we really have done it all. As a blogcadette, you get the opportunity to learn from our mistakes… And our successes, too!

Access to our private Facebook community. There are currently over 300 Blogcadettes in the group, and it’s growing every single day. The forum is full of helpful, supportive bloggers and entrepreneurs. It’s the ideal place to ask for advice and to be among people who ‘get it’!

And We’ve Added A Few Special Bonuses:

A pre-course worksheet for you to fill in before you start the lessons. You’ll receive this immediately, and it will help you assess where your blog and business are now. Clocking in at a walloping 14 pages, this will allow you to get a firm grip on where you are, and where you can improve.

An exclusive 22-page Blogging Business Plan! You can use this as a roadmap to chart exactly where you want to go, and how to get there!

A pack of 10 computer wallpapers. Beautiful visual inspiration is icing on the cake!

The Blogcademy Online is $497, or you can pay in two easy installments of $250. Eight months in the making, I am so proud of this digital course — and I hope it helps you carve out a life you love. If you’re ready for a change, it’s possible. I’m over here, cheering you on.

“Things do not change; we change.” —Henry David Thoreau

Link Love: 1.29.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Reserve Sevigne Typeface

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• Amazon compiled a bucket list of 100 must-read books.

• No-bullshit business advice from the best boss ladies around.

• ”In the middle of my writing day, I sometimes take a Facebook break. I know I shouldn’t do this.” A memoir is not a status update.

5 myths about creating digital products.

• Pretty much the best Instagram discovery as of late: Skellie.

• As a creative, what’s your purpose?

• An interesting read about changing consumer tastes: The Shake Shack Economy.

• I’m a big fan of tile in bathrooms and here’s 4 tips for getting the mix of styles right.

• 6 questions you should stop and ask about a company’s culture before you accept the job.

• 24 things no one ever tells you about the publishing industry.

Photo: Sevigne Typeface by Reserves.