Link Love: 1.22.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: J. Crew

• It doesn’t matter how poorly your day has gone….today isn’t over yet.

• I love a good vintage car and the weirder and more obscure, the better. Here are 5 of the rarest cars in the entire world!

• The funniest thing I’ve read in ages: ship your enemies glitter!

5 awesome tips to help you save money while traveling.

• A tortoise was recently fitted with a Lego wheelchair to help him move around. Amazing!

• To fall in love with anyone, do this.

• To fall out of love with someone, do this.

• 16 quotes to make you feel amazing, just the way you are.

• Richard Branson spills the beans on how to run two businesses at once.

• Ha! A mid-90s infomercial spoof for The Facebook actually features AOL’s number.

• A laughable collection of one star reviews!

• Scrolling through these beautiful beaches in Greece makes me want to go back for another visit badly.


Image: J. Crew.
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Squirrel Life: Your Pressing Questions Answered!

Nubby Twiglet | Squirrel Life: Your Pressing Questions Answered!

Today is National Squirrel Appreciation Day. Really.

Naturally, it’s time to honor Chubs, the squirrel who lives with me. Since he moved in over the Summer (more accurately: fell down my chimney), you’ve had many questions about what it’s like caring for him. I’ve picked the top five and answered them below — and if you have any others, please feel free to ask in the comments!

Nubby Twiglet | Squirrel Life: Your Pressing Questions Answered!

1. What does he eat?

Since Chubs lives inside, he has a slightly different diet than wild squirrels because he doesn’t need to pack on as much weight for the Winter. He loves veggies and fruits and every morning, Joey chops up an organic mix. Some of his favorites are carrots, brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, celery and apples. Recently, he’s been enjoying avocado, too.

Of course, he loves nuts. He gravitates towards almonds, peanuts and sunflower seeds.

That said, everyone has a guilty pleasure. When Chubs has been a good boy, there’s nothing he enjoys more as a special treat than a big, crusty piece of bread.

2. Where does he live?

For the first few months of his life, he had a wood framed cage with chicken wire that Joey built but he quickly outgrew it. We could tell that he was getting restless from a lack of space to run around in and I had two massive IKEA wardrobes so we cleared one out, added mesh to the doors and built him a full-on jungle gym inside. He has mounted balconies made from old shelves, branches, a “nest” to burrow into for naps, a rope bridge and a water bottle. It’s the equivalent of a squirrel palace.

When we’re home, we let him roam in designated spaces. He loves to play with Rocky and even rolls over like a dog to have his belly scratched!

3. Is he potty trained?

Oddly enough, yes. It’s similar to having a cat. We have litter in the bottom of his cage and though he had a few accidents when he was a baby, he has been great over the last few months. When people ask how it’s possible, all I know is that he’s really smart…and he just knows.

Nubby Twiglet | Squirrel Life: Your Pressing Questions Answered!

4. Does he still do squirrel type things like burying nuts?

Constantly! Some behaviors are instinctual and even though he’s never lived in the wild, he still has all the typical squirrel mannerisms. We are constantly finding nuts and crackers hidden under our rugs and pillows.

When he’s not burying nuts…..he’s stealing my lipstick. I’ve dubbed him the Lipstick Bandit because recently, quite a few of my MAC shades have gone missing.

Nubby Twiglet | Squirrel Life: Your Pressing Questions Answered!

5. Don’t squirrels have sharp claws?

Yep. They’re like tiny needles! It was easy to play with him when he was a newborn but once his claws grew in, we ended up with a lot of scratches. These days, I always throw on a sweater before I let him out of his cage.

Nubby Twiglet | Squirrel Life: Your Pressing Questions Answered!

So, there you go. Your pressing squirrel questions have been answered! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to party with Chubs and celebrate his special day.

What I Wore: The Basics | A Seasonless Closet

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Basics | A Seasonless Closet

I’ve always felt weird about shifting out my entire closet for the season. I remember growing up and hearing friends and relatives talk about how they had a Spring / Summer wardrobe and then a Fall / Winter wardrobe. I buy new pieces of clothing because I really love them and when it comes down to it, I’m dedicated to finding a way to make items like my favorite “Summer dresses” work in Winter. It just takes a little imagination (and a lot of layering).

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Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Basics | A Seasonless Closet

This Dusen Dusen dress is a great example. Over the Summer, I wore it bare-shouldered and bare-legged and paired it with cut-out sneaker wedges. To make it work for Winter, I added thick black tights, boots and a longer length jacket.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Basics | A Seasonless Closet

Layering means that shorter, sleeveless dresses and lightweight skirts can remain in rotation, even when the Winter chill sets in.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Basics | A Seasonless Closet

My method for dressing in layers goes something like this:

1. Add a basic tank, tee or slip over your underwear. A good foundation is necessary!

2. If it’s really cold, add opaque tights or leggings.

3. Throw on your favorite outfit (dress / jeans + top / skirt + top).

4. Add a layering piece like a cardigan or sweater.

5. Add a warm jacket.

6. If necessary, add a hat + scarf.

Yes, that’s a lot of layers but they’re easy to peel off and you’ll be ready for anything from a boiling office…to an unexpected blizzard.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Basics | A Seasonless Closet

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Basics | A Seasonless Closet

Your turn: Do you embrace a seasonless wardrobe or do you switch your closet out with the change of weather?


I wore: Jacket, Zara (a few years old). Dress, Dusen Dusen (sold out). Tights, H&M. Boots, XPERIMENTAL.

Branded #1: Greene St. Juice Co.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #1: Greene St. Juice Co.

Welcome to Branded, a new column where I share new brands I’ve personally discovered with you. First up is Greene St. Juice Co.! I was walking through Melbourne while on a lunch break last month and came across this epic shop. I know that juice places are a dime a dozen these days but this one immediately stood out because it was sleek, modern and full of brilliantly simple branding. I was so obsessed that I brought one of their empty juice bottles home to use as a vase on my desk!

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #1: Greene St. Juice Co.

Each flavor of juice has its own logo variation. Because the typeface is always the same, it still feels cohesive.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #1: Greene St. Juice Co.

Greene St. Juice Co. was founded by Natalie and Steve in 2012 and after a stint in New York, they’ve returned to Melbourne. All of their juices are cold pressed and raw, meaning that it never encounters heat — this keeps the enzymes and vitamins as potent as possible. Additionally, all the ingredients are organic. I love a brand that is as good for you on the inside as it looks on the outside.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #1: Greene St. Juice Co.

Here are a few of the flavors Kat, Gala and I tried: 1. Greene St. Classic (Alkalise + Detox). and 2. West Village (Replenish + Fortify).

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #1: Greene St. Juice Co.

3. 1 Giant Mind (Radiant Light).

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #1: Greene St. Juice Co.

4. The Bronx (Personal Power) and 5. BDFM (The Orange Line).

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The branding system was produced by Cassette Agency. They summed up the vision of the brand as “Bringing a little piece of New York City to Melbourne.” It’s got a big city, no-nonsense feel while remaining calm, cool and collected.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #1: Greene St. Juice Co.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #1: Greene St. Juice Co.

I’ve been to dozens of juice places across the world and after I left the shop, I kept asking myself why Greene St. Juice Co. was still at the forefront of my mind. And then, it occurred to me — it wasn’t just about the juice, it was about the experience. Great brands don’t just deliver a great product. They deliver something more, something that’s sometimes hard to put your finger on. They leave you feeling inspired and better off after you’ve encountered them.

What are some great brand experiences you’ve had lately? Is there a product or service that still has you buzzing? I’d love to hear about it!


Photos: Shauna Haider and Madeline Kate Photography.
Brand mockups: Cassette Agency.

The Week In Pictures: 1.16.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 1.16.15

How was your week? Mine was…disheveled. I’m actually sitting at my mom’s house right now with Rocky while Joey tears my old office apart and repaints it (Rocky is allergic to paint fumes so we’re camped out for the weekend). I’m so excited to have a room to spend my nights and weekends in reading. And, let’s get real — watching Dr. Phil reruns. It’s going to be the perfect escape. I can’t wait!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 1.16.15

During the week when I need a break from office life, I head out to coffee shops to meet friends and my personal favorite at the moment is Good Coffee. The staff is ridiculously friendly and I’m a big fan of the Scandinavian modern aesthetic inside. Great tile, cacti and coffee — a winning combination if you ask me!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 1.16.15

This is pinned up next to my desk and a reminder to always keep moving forward.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 1.16.15

As I was cleaning out my closet over the weekend, I found this notebook. It’s from around 2006 and was basically my Pinterest board of design ideas at the time. I miss the days of cut and paste and am itching to fill notebooks with ideas and collages again. How about you?

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 1.16.15

To keep my office tidy, I just picked up a bunch of yellow storage boxes from IKEA. They hold everything from props to photos and supplies and best of all, fit right in with the decor.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: 1.16.15

This is a peek inside my soon-to-be hangout room. I can’t wait to come home to fresh paint and start pulling it together. Researching what I wanted to turn this room into, sourcing the items and exploring my personal style has been really energizing.

I keep asking myself what I want. My favorite color during my entire childhood was green so I just bought a green couch. I love a good coffee table book so I’ve pulled out my favorites and stacked them nice and high. I love flipping through fashion magazines so I’ve displayed my collection of 15 years’ worth in my bookshelf.

Surround yourself with things that inspire you. Even if you live at home or work in a cubicle or have five roommates (I’ve been in all those situations), you still have the opportunity to make your space a refection of you. Create a place that leaves you feeling inspired and ready to reach for whatever’s next.

“It’s important to determine which surroundings work best for you, and then build that environment to suit your needs.” —Marilu Henner

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 1.15.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Vogue Brasil

• Here’s some fantastic advice on how to find a great job when you have no time.

• When you don’t know what to write about, Braid has some super helpful tips to get the words flowing.

• Learn from the best: 28 steal-worthy tips from the most productive people on the planet!

• In need of some new tunes? NPR rounded up the top 50 albums of 2014.

• Is it time? 8 signs that you’re ready for a rebrand.

• The lives of millennial career jugglers: “Unlike the legions of Americans who work several jobs out of necessity, these young people elect to stretch themselves thin. While one job usually pays the bills, another gig provides a more creative outlet.”

• Here’s how to clean and care for your leather boots in winter.

• I love the internet because of gems like this: an illustrated guide to every David Bowie hairstyle from 1964 to 2014.

• Here’s how to set goals that you’ll actually keep.

• Looking for some new reading material? Here’s a roundup of the best books of 2014.

• If you’re a graphic designer looking for a job at a startup, here’s how to negotiate your salary.


Image: Fabio Bartelt for Vogue Brasil.

The Secret To Reaching Goals: Keep Them Fun and Attainable

Nubby Twiglet | The Secret To Reaching Goals: Keep Them Fun and Attainable

All too often, I get sucked into the vortex of digital comparisons. Do you, too?

It starts out innocently enough — I’ll be scrolling through Instagram on the weekend and see one beautifully composed still life after another. You know the ones: that perfect golden light shining down over a beautifully prepared breakfast at the coolest cafe in town with a frothy latte peeking into the edge of the frame. Oh, and don’t forget the freshly done gel manicure casually resting on the table.

If you feel a touch of envy creeping up like I sometimes do, it’s a good idea to step back and analyze your feelings. When I stop and actually think about it, my feelings are not rooted in wanting to be there. My feelings are rooted in wanting to create images that look that beautiful. And from many years of experience, I know that it’s much harder than it looks.

Like most of you, I work full-time, splitting my hours between Branch and Blogcademy and there just isn’t a lot of leftover time to creatively experiment just for fun. The easy way out would be to make excuses — I’m too busy, I’m too too tired, I’m too whatever. But excuses will get you nowhere.

A better solution is to set small, attainable goals. I’m a big fan of goals that build up steadily but don’t take over your life. Who needs more stress and pressure?

With the goal set to improve my still life skills, I created a simple challenge for myself last year: on Fridays, I’d set aside 10 minutes or so and snap a photo of a new composition. To track my progress, I’d tag it with #stilllifefriday. Though I’ve taken a few weeks off here and there, the photos are starting to accumulate. It’s been nice having something simple yet fun to look forward to every Friday.

Whether you’re struggling to blog, Instagram, or *insert task here* more often, the key is to set manageable goals. That way, the finish line always feels within reach. Keep it fun and keep it light.

Nubby Twiglet | The Secret To Reaching Goals: Keep Them Fun and Attainable

Here are some suggestions:

• If reading more is on your list, join a book club to stay motivated! There’s a great one going on over at A Beautiful Mess and the selections change out monthly.

• If writing more is on your list, Morning Pages may just change your life. Really.

• If improving still lifes is on your list, join me every Friday by hashtagging your photos with #stilllifefriday on Instagram. I’d love to see your inspiring compositions!

• If learning new design skills is your focus, try out some Skillshare classes. It’s the easiest way to access the knowledge of creative experts.

• If stepping up your blogging game is on your list, Blogcademy Online launches January 29th and teaches you the keys to running a successful blog in a single weekend.


Your turn: what are you hoping to improve upon this year? How can you make it more attainable?