The Week + Links: March 18, 2016

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It’s Friday, the sun is (finally) out and I’m excited for the little things — a haircut tomorrow (it’s been a year!), booking hotels for my Palm Springs trip and carving out some time to work on my portfolio.

This week flew buy and no matter how hard I tried to catch up on client work and blogging, the balance of work and life commitments kept falling flat. As John Lennon once famously sang, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” and you just have to roll with what comes your way.

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I have a pile of inspiration waiting in folders to share with you, snippets of half-written posts…but I also know my limits. I know when to give myself a break, proclaim that good enough is good enough, turn off the lights and head out to a happy our to unwind and relax. There’s a sense of relief and clarity in knowing that a new week and a fresh start are ahead.

I’m signing off to catch up on what I can and I hope you have a relaxing, fun filled weekend!

P.S. These are some things I’m loving at the moment: the colorful vintage light selection at Lounge Lizard, my marble tray, my new tattoo patterned dress, the newly redesigned InStyle Magazine, Aesop hand cream, watches by The Horse and a simple rose gold collar I wear every day.

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• The big news of the week is that Instagram is switching its feed from chronological order to best posts first. I prefer the way it is now but a business is a business and evolution is necessary.

• Speaking of evolving, it’s a great thing and should be welcomed.

• Wow! This Airbnb rental comes complete with its own bookstore!

12 designer tricks to create an effortless room.

• A roundup of the the 5 most iconic female photographers of all time.

• The internet is working to design out toxic behavior in an effort to cut back on online abuse.

• Something I would definitely love to have at home: a cocktail computer!

• All of Donald Trump’s insults are now conveniently gathered in one place.

• Before you reach for another cup of coffee at work, grab one of these healthy snacks instead.

• Ha! 7 embarrassing branding blunders.

• I used to shop on Yoox all the time for discounted designer goods but had long forgotten about it until this week when I was on a search for black pointy wedge ankle boots (these are the ones I got!). Their selection is unbelievably good.

• An interesting look at the proof of evolution you can still find on your body!

• I’m in love with this 15 year old gator named Rambo who rides a motorcycle.

• 25 songs that tell us where music is going.

Latest & Greatest #35: Unique Planters and Vases

Latest & Greatest #35: Unique Planters and Vases

At this point, my office has basically turned into a mini jungle (imagine 2 large palms and about a dozen various succulents and cacti calling the place home). During the first year that I was growing my collection, I picked out planters that were simple, affordable and mostly white from IKEA.

While they’ve totally served the space well and match with everything, I’ve been itching for a bit more personality. I love the black and white minimalist vibe as much as the next designer but I’m craving texture. A little bit of shine. A dash of color. Unique shapes.

With Spring in the air, I’m looking for easy ways to change up my surroundings without breaking the bank and new planters can help with that. There are so many good ones out there right now and at the very least, it wouldn’t hurt to pick up a new vase for your fresh cut flowers.

Latest & Greatest #35: Unique Planters and Vases

My picks: mod metal planter (also shown above in my photo!), brass watering can, luciana (boob) vase, cylinder vase, cactus vase (ordering this soon!), raya vase, case study planter, i scream vase and gem facets planters.

What about you? What’s on your Spring wish list? Are there any places you swear by for finding great vases and planters?

The Week + Links: March 11, 2016

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Last week, in the face of my grandpa’s health scare (thanks for all your sweet comments — he’s doing much better now!) I encouraged you to live your life fully on your terms with no regrets because you never know what tomorrow brings.

In that same vein, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to produce content that matters, content that can directly inspire you guys to follow your dreams.

What I’ve realized along the way is that while we’re naturally drawn to what’s visually pleasing (photos, design, art) and producing this type of content might have a strong surface-level reaction with your audience, your personal stories are still everything. I shared a short and sweet story about how I got my start freelancing this week as a way to remind my audience that things don’t just magically happen — there’s always a story lurking beneath the surface. As the days rush by, it’s easy to forget about all those small moments that caused your life to become what it is today. Share them.

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Over the last month, I’ve been at the office pulling longer days than usual because Joey, Rocky and I are heading down to Palm Springs to begin our house hunt in 2 weeks. There’s so much to get done before vacation but I’ve definitely squeezed in plenty of fun. Yesterday, Joey and I visited one of our favorite Portland stores, Lounge Lizard. It’s a mid-century modern paradise packed full of affordable furniture, housewares and lighting that will make your head spin. I was most amused by the array of odd knick-knacks though, like these twin poodles joined together by a chain. Walking out empty-handed was not an option — just wait till you see the statue I bought. Haha. Needs a little spray paint first. 😉

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Have a great weekend, friends and by the way, Chubs says hello. xo


• I love the look of this marbled stationery and it’s so easy to make!

• Made me laugh: 15 examples of perfectionism at work.

• Instant logo search allows you to find company logos and download them instantly!

• Having a day job can be a good thing and here’s 3 reasons why.

• Here’s what fruits and vegetables looked like before we spent hundreds of years domesticating them!

• A guide to the psychology behind logo shapes.

• If you want to get results from your email, try one of these lead-ins.

• Stand up and have an opinion, even if it changes over time.

• Apparently, there are 7 types of boobs. Who knew?

10 must-read books for designers who blog.

• Nesha explains how to find your signature style.

• Yes, it’s possible to reposition all the states in the U.S. and still keep the general shape!

• Does this photo set make you nervous?

Get Your Small Business Questions Answered LIVE with Project Prescription!


Processes, processes, processes. Who needs them?

Creative small businesses, that’s who.

When I started freelancing a decade ago, I was full of creativity but came up short on knowing how to manage client expectations and deliverables. Everything looked good from the outside but on the inside, my business was a mess. The turning point was when I launched Branch. I took the time to build out process documents that took potential clients from interested to signed with very little effort and since then, my business has grown massively.

Nothing changed about the work I produced but everything changed about the processes I used. It worked so well that I partnered with Paul Jarvis to create Project Prescription.

When it comes to running design studios, we’d like to share what we do, how we do it, and most importantly, why — as well as answer any questions you’ve got TODAY at 1pm PST.

You can watch us LIVE and ask us questions right here.

See you soon!

2010 Till Forevs: The Palm Springs Vow Renewal Part 02

Nubby Twiglet | The Palm Springs Vow Renewal

Spring has finally sprung but I’m not so secretly counting down the days until my Palm Springs vacation with Joey and Rocky in 3 weeks so it feels fitting to be posting the second part of our vow renewal shoot today.

Nubby Twiglet | The Palm Springs Vow Renewal

Back in October, Joey and I rented a house to celebrate our 5 year anniversary (and if you missed the first set along with the story behind the shoot, read that first).

Nubby Twiglet | The Palm Springs Vow Renewal

Nubby Twiglet | The Palm Springs Vow Renewal

Nubby Twiglet | The Palm Springs Vow Renewal

This second look was less stressful to shoot because we knew the “wedding look” for our Rock n Roll Bride Magazine feature was out of the way. We could have stopped there and called it a day but when you have a few extra hours left with some super talented photographers and a change of clothes, you push on!

Nubby Twiglet | The Palm Springs Vow Renewal

Nubby Twiglet | The Palm Springs Vow Renewal

I already had the dress on-hand, a full-length halter style by Vince Camuto that I’d spotted on a mannequin in Nordstrom two years earlier. I’d only ever worn the dress on past trips to Palm Springs because it was on the formal side and the open back was ideal for warmer weather. I also wore my original wedding shoes from the first look so it required nothing new.

Joey kept the same look as before but just switched out his tie. A few weeks before the shoot, I began to get nervous that we’d never find a match to the neon chartreuse stripe on my dress because it was so specific. I googled away, just trying to find something, anything that would work. Finally, I came across Zazzle and they had the exact color for custom ties. Score!

Nubby Twiglet | The Palm Springs Vow Renewal

For this set of photos, since we didn’t need anything specific, we took it easy and walked around the grounds of our rented house with Rocky, definitely wishing it was ours. Ha!

Nubby Twiglet | The Palm Springs Vow Renewal

Nubby Twiglet | The Palm Springs Vow Renewal

Lemon trees are still such a novelty to me. In Portland, we can grow meyer lemons but big, beautiful lemon trees like this just don’t happen. I felt like a citrus fruit goddess for a solid 5 minutes. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | The Palm Springs Vow Renewal

Nubby Twiglet | The Palm Springs Vow Renewal

As the morning turned into afternoon, I kept thinking about how glad I was that we’d invested in photos so we could look back on our 5 years together. Our time in Palm Springs flew by but thanks to the photos, our memories will last forever.

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Issue 7 of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine is now on sale and features a 10 page layout of our vow renewals. One feature I especially love is the “Steal Their Style” section at the end of every wedding that pulls together the details so you can source similar items with very little effort. Kat totally nailed ours!

Thanks for virtually coming along and reliving our special day with us! xo

Nubby Twiglet | The Palm Springs Vow Renewal

Photography: Made U Look
Location: Private residence, Palm Springs
My hair: Nathan at Salon 119
Joey’s look: Suit from Italia Suits, vegan Dr. Martens Gibson, Zazzle tie
My look: Vince Camuto dress, Camilla Skovgaard heels

The Week + Links: March 4, 2016

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I hope you’ve had a good week! Mine has been really mixed but it’s ending on a high note — let’s dig in!

First off, I want to talk about blogging. These days it takes a lot of effort, especially when there are much easier ways to get your message out to the world. Sometimes, it feels like everyone has given up on it, even though I know that’s a total exaggeration. So many of my favorite blogs now go months in between updates or have ceased updating all together and I completely understand why. So…why do I keep at it?

To me, this space has always been a passion project. I started writing and sharing stories as a creative outlet, not to make a living. Now clocking in at nearly 9 years here, I’m excited to see things coming full-circle. So many of the bloggers I’ve followed for years are getting back to their roots.

Money changes everything and we all have to make a living but my situation was a little different because I never had to earn my primary income from this space. Back in 2007, I was finishing up a design degree and after graduating, transitioned into working full-time at a studio. Freelancing on the side rounded out the mix. Everyone’s situation is different but I’m glad things worked out the way they did because I was able to keep this space nearly free of ads and sponsored posts. I dabbled here and there with mixed results but overall, it never felt right.

The blogs I love the most are the ones that are able to share personal experiences. I don’t enjoy cooking, I tend to avoid DIY’s, but I do want to know more about you. After all, your personal stories and experiences are what make you unique.

That’s why I’m so excited to see bloggers I’ve followed for years wanting to get back to making things more personal including Gala, Kelsey, Megan & Mike, Bri and more.

This week, I want to remind you to keep sharing more of who you are. Share your stories. Show up everyday as yourself. It’s up to you to make your own rules and create the existence you want because you only have one shot at life.

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I was just reminded of that a few days ago when my Grandpa Haider had a minor stroke. He’s back home and doing okay now (and literally the toughest old man I’ve ever met) but for awhile, I was scared that this might be the end. If that had happened, I thought back to 3 weeks earlier when I skipped out of a busy day at work to meet him and my grandma for lunch at a dive bar in S.E. Portland. We sat around the table for an hour sharing a pizza and telling stories.

Before we walked out, I had this photo taken. I’m so relieved he pulled through (and at close to 90, his favorite hobby is still chopping wood). Go, grandpa!

Have a great weekend, friends. Live it up and do exactly what you want to do with your time off. Life is too short to do it any other way.

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P.S. Portlanders, if you’ve ever wanted to pick up any of the Olivine Atelier products I designed, the Bridgeport Village Anthropologie carries most of the line in-store! Spray and sniff before you buy! 😉


• I love, using Mailchimp for my mailing lists (and recommend it to all my clients) but there’s so much I don’t know when it comes to making it work to grow my business. That’s where Chimp Essentials comes in. As Paul says, “Having MailChimp costs you money, knowing Mailchimp makes you money.”

• Designers, bookmark this color thesaurus so you have the names for your next palette at your fingertips!

• I love a good hat and here are some hairstyles that work well with one!

• It’s not hard to see why positive work environments are more productive.

• You should spend your money on experiences, not things.

• 9 ways to streamline your social media profile and attract more clients.

• Richard Branson is such an inspiration. I love his mindset. As he says, “Business isn’t really business. Business is creating something you believe in.”

• A visual survey of New York City’s disposable coffee cups.

• As a creative, ask yourself one thing: what do you want to be known for?

• Ha! If the election doesn’t go your way in November, here’s how to move to Canada.

• This post is a great reminder that your day job doesn’t make you any less of an entrepreneur.

• I am jumping up and down over the announced collaboration between Marimekko and Target!

• Geometry Club is a collaboration of precisely aligned architecture photos from around the world. Add your own to the mix!

• 7 ladies-only resources for growing your career.

Creative Chronicles: The 3 Best Places To Find Stock Photos

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles: The 3 Best Places To Find Stock Photos

Sometimes, stock photos are an absolute necessity. Whether you’re a blogger who needs a very specific image for a post or a designer who needs to make an impact with a client presentation, they can set the exact mood you’re tying to convey.

The problem is, there are more bad stock photos out there than good: think of the typically cheesy, overdone 90s-era variety of people in ill-fitting business suits shaking hands or awkwardly composed family photos with fake smiles.

I’m always looking for great stock photos and in an effort to help you find what you need quickly, here are my top 3 picks (two of which offer free downloads):

1. Death To The Stock Photo

I’ve been subscribing since the very beginning because this site offers a free download pack of 10 high quality photos from a guest photographer every month when you join their list. The variety is truly awesome — everything from creative work-related setups to flowers to beautiful landscapes round out the mix. If you want instant access to older photo sets, there’s also plans for that.

2. Stocksy

Hands-down, for creative photos, this is the best paid stock photo site out there. The pricing is very straightforward (no confusing credit plans needed) and allows you to buy small, medium or large sizes for set rates. One feature I love is that when you click on an image, it shows you the exact gallery it’s from directly below so you can find similar styles from the same photographer. One thing that’s also worth mentioning is that if you buy a smaller image size but need to upgrade later, just log into your account, click on your purchase history and pay the difference. No starting over! Genius.

3. Unsplash

This site offers gorgeous, high resolution photos that are completely free and you can do whatever you want with them. Simply click the download button underneath each photo and you’re set! Plus, you can subscribe and get 10 new photos delivered directly to your inbox each week. Unsplash has a variety of photos but the standouts are the natural scenery and modern architecture. The mix is truly eclectic because the number of pro photographers submitting their work is massive.

I hope these three recommendations help you find some beautiful stock photography for your next project!

Photo: Death To The Stock Photo.
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