Link Love: 11.14.13

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Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Stella McCartney

• The New York Times nails the way a lot of us are feeling about owning our futures and living our dreams now in I Want To Be A Millennial When I Retire.

• As a freelancer, do you have retainer clients to keep your income more stable?

• This interview gives us a glimpse into Lorde’s life and genius.

• Feeling disillusioned with Facebook? Here’s a way forward.

• A list of the 100 best novels…compiled in 1898!

• If you’re trying to describe your delightful new project but drawing a blank, start here!

• I love reading interviews about how other people feel about money. This lady feels guilty about earning 100 grand a year.

• Here’s why ad agencies aren’t going away anytime soon.

• When you leave a party, don’t say goodbye.

• 101 objects that made America.

• Have you done free work in exchange for “exposure” and no monetary compensation at any point in your career? You’ll love this article. “I’ve been trying to understand the mentality that leads people who wouldn’t ask a stranger to give them a keychain or a Twizzler to ask me to write them a thousand words for nothing.”

• Here’s one activity you should do on your blog every day.

• These five documentaries will get you inspired.


Image: Stella McCartney.
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Blog Log #12: Is Your About Page Living Up To Its Purpose?

Nubby Twiglet | Blog Log: About Page

Is your about page conveying the story that you want it to? And more importantly, is it resonating with your readers? Mine wasn’t.

Up until a year ago, I never realized the power an about page held. Mine was decent on the surface but internally, I knew it was lacking across the board. For many of us, talking about ourselves and playing up our strengths in tidy little paragraphs can seem downright weird. Instead of coming across as proud and well-earned, it can feel more like flat-out boasting. And for the most part, none of us want to be that person. Yet, I knew that after launching Branch in September, it was time to own who I was and get over the awkwardness of talking about myself. I carefully tightened up my bio once again, mostly outlining my professional accomplishments.

Then, something happened — eerily similar emails kept popping into my inbox from new readers. A large chunk of my blog’s traffic is from creatives who are in college or entering their first professional jobs and they were essentially asking me, “How’d you do it?” They wanted to know how I’d gotten to where I am now but when I read back through my newly slick bio, it was leaving a lot out. It may have focused heavily on my accomplishments and been high on aspiration but the details of how I got from point A to B had been cut.

When it comes to your about page, there’s nothing wrong with being polished and professional but looking back, I feel like I’d fallen victim to the the marketing and PR machine — I am constantly absorbing the stories of people I admire in magazines and the intros usually focus on the present and how wonderful their existence is right now. Very rarely do they pull back the curtain and share their ups and downs, their personal struggles and their biggest failures along the way. And if we’re being honest, this missing piece is what we want to hear most because it’s what makes them human and relatable.

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As I sat with my bio a little longer, I realized how many misconceptions I’d built up. In a way, I took it for granted that most of my readers had been with me for the long haul, since way back in 2007 when I launched this incarnation of my blog. Every few months, I’d been polishing up my about page to reflect the current me but not talking about any of the details of how I evolved and became who I am. I was stripping out the old and slipping in the new. I was missing the big picture: we don’t just become who we want to be overnight; a whole lot happens in between. Our past heavily influences our present and we shouldn’t discount that.

Think about your own About page: if a reader is dropping in now and just discovering you, they’ll see something very different than if they’ve been following you for a few years. We all have to start somewhere and I am guilty of clicking into a fabulous about page or portfolio and thinking, “I’ll never be good as them.” But then, sometimes I unearth glimpses of a creative’s past and realize that they’re just like me. They had to start somewhere.

About pages are incredibly powerful and if you don’t take the time to tell your own story, chances are that no one else will, either. It’s up to us as bloggers to own our stories and to get comfortable with sharing them. After all, our personal experiences are what differentiate us from everyone else. I’m still reworking my about page to be the best it can possibly be but in the meantime, it’s already an improvement from where it was. Baby steps.

How do you feel about your about page? Is it conveying what you want it to? Is it resonating with your readers?


Photos: Made U Look Photography.
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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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