The Week In Pictures: 7.10.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Happy Friday! How was your week? It’s been full-on over here as we crack into the design of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. If you’ve been around these parts for awhile, you’ll remember that I designed the original three issues and at that time, it was a yearly self-published publication. Then, it went big-time and a full team at a publishing company took the reigns. Just last month, Kat realigned, starting her own publishing company and brought the magazine back in-house. With that shift, Branch picked back up the design and it’s been a massive yet awesome undertaking as we freshen up the look, redesigning much of the 160 page magazine from scratch.

The studio walls are getting more covered by the day. My design assistant, Samantha has been camped out with me as we output each finished spread on the new laser printer (highly recommend it!) and watch it come to life. It’s been really exciting to do a project on this scale — I always dreamed of working at a magazine and it’s a welcome surprise to find myself on the other side, managing the design.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

After long days at the office, I’ve been coming home to chill out in my room which you may remember from the tour earlier this year. I took this photo yesterday and it’s held up pretty well — with new spaces, sometimes you except a lot more shifting but I’m still pretty happy with how it came together.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Here are some coffee table details — I have the sister pair of these shoes in my office colors below. Hey, who says shoes can’t double as art?!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Thoughtful clients make my life! It’s those thank you cards, sweet emails and Instagram comments that can really turn a bad day around. This week, I came home to a large box and thought to myself, “I haven’t been shopping. AT ALL. Really. REALLY!” Ripping it open, I found the most amazing vase from Celeste over at The Devil Wears Flip Flops (and I promise, I’ll spill the beans on this project soon. One of my most favorites, ever.) A white vase just screams for bright flowers, right?

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On a more personal note, the last two weeks post-vacation have been challenging but I know that with challenges also comes growth and breakthroughs. With so many large projects hitting at once, my energy has been focused 90% on client work and 10% on revamping Branch — I just handed off our new site for development and the fresh (square!) business cards arrived yesterday! With all this going on, it’s made fitting in blogging harder and honestly, I miss having a more regular routine. Fourteen years in (and nearly eight years here), I still love it. It’s a part of who I am and I’m working on trying to carve out more time. It’s important to make time for those personal projects you love — life isn’t all about money and accolades. Your personal creative pursuits are what will feed everything else so give them the love they deserve.

“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.” -Rita Mae Brown

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 07.09.15

Nubby Twiglet | Essingtonbee Designs

• 200 essential resources for entrepreneurs building a business! Damn, son!

• Bre just shared a really insightful post on the importance of brand strategy.

• Austin Kleon has gathered a multitude of ways you can graciously say no to anyone.

• If your oldest friend has stopped evolving, should you move on?

• How can you take the shame out of self promotion?

• RuPaul is a master at building brand loyalty. What can you learn?

• Expensive wine is for suckers.

• Alex shares how to get back on track with a goal when you’re backsliding.

• Would you ever consider revamping your Instagram profile and making it more themed?

• Ariana Grande wants to remind you that she does not belong to anyone. Preach!

• My cosmetics brand of choice MAC is opening its first makeup studio!

• 25 powerful commencement speeches by women.

• A great reminder: 15 golden principles of visual hierarchy.

• Why is America obsessed with perfect teeth?


Image: Essingtonbee Designs.
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Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London!

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Oh, London. You deliver every single time.

This workshop was everything I could have hoped for — colorful, inspiring and full of plenty of ridiculously funny stories (as all good classrooms should have!)

When we came up with the idea of The Blogcademy in a Vegas hotel room in 2012, I could have never imagined what it would bring to my life — meeting 1,000 women from around the world filled up my world so much. With each class, we give it everything we’ve got and in return, get so much back. There’s a light that comes through when you meet someone face-to-face. That emotion and interaction is priceless.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

On another note, If you’d like to join us in a live class this year, scroll to the bottom of this post for the two remaining dates and details. This is it!

What a weekend! 30 unique, wonderful women joined us for our sixth London class and I am so glad this video by Long Haul Films captured that intensely magical energy.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

There’s always that feeling of nervousness and excitement that fills the empty room right before we fling open the doors.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

The goodie bags are packed, the decor is up, the music is pumping…and then it’s showtime.

On the topic of those goodie bags, they were filled with a mix of Momji dolls, Frilly Industries ‘Hello my blog is’ badges, Veronica Dearly desk pads, Anges de Sucre marshmallows, And Smile Studio jewelry, Crown and Glory ears and Oh Squirrel pencils. Our favorite? The ones that said, “Don’t be a dick.” Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

“HIIIIIII! Remember us, your good ol’ friends from the internet?!!!”

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Colorful, geometric baubles? Yes, please. Bespoke Bride definitely knows the way to our hearts.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Remember those classes you always fell asleep in during school? I do! Our goal at The Blogcademy is to be the exact opposite of that — you can expect a little comedy, a lot of dramatic stories of blogging triumphs and failures, a little dancing and plenty of high fives and hugging. Learning should be inspiring, fun and encourage you to own your weirdness. Because really, that weirdness is what makes you unique.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

You see that sly smile? She knows that goodie bag is off the hook!

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

We always kick off class with personal introductions. You know, the laughable WTF moments of our blogging careers and a few fun facts thrown in for good measure.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

But then, we turn the tables. One by one, the blogcadettes introduce themselves and let’s just say that Reshmi won me over with her story of having a pet squirrel as a child….and her homemade marshmallows were an added bonus. Londoners, visit her shop immediately — just check out those craaaaazy cakes!

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Color for daaaays. LOVE.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Two pineapples are better than one!

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

A class just isn’t complete without a few of these moments. Just keep laughing like no one’s watching!

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Sneaker wedges are the teaching shoes of choice when you’re standing all day!

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

The ghost of Michael Jackson?!

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Kat and I always team up for the still life activity and it starts out on-task….

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

…but usually ends up like this.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

When it came to still lifes, this class nailed it big time! They left with plenty of ideas of how to personalize their photos.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

By the end of the second day, it was time to push the weirdness to the next level.

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Our class was totally into these rad Veronica Dearly planners which are perfect for keeping an editorial calendar.

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Having this much fun should be illegal.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

This class photo cracks me up. We’re half excited and half scared from the deafening sound of confetti cannons!

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Kissing a pineapple? Totally cool with us!

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

Death by confetti cannon.

Nubby Twiglet | Colorful Confetti Madness at The Blogcademy London

I wasn’t the only victim.

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No class is complete without a jumping photo!

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Thanks for joining me on this walk down a very confetti-filled memory lane.

We have two more classes in the U.S. this year and that’s it! If you want to join in the fun at one of our live events and learn all about blogging, this is your last chance.

We’re teaching in San Francisco on September 12th-13th and in New York City on September 19th-20th. Grab a ticket here and we’ll see you in class!


Venue: Curtain Road Studios.
Video: Long Haul Films.
Photos: Sarah Kuszelewicz.
Decor: Bespoke Bride.
Special thanks to: Sophie and Jessica for helping us out!

The Week In Pictures: 7.3.15 | New York

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

Hi, everyone! How was your week? I’m looking forward to a long holiday weekend here in the U.S. for the 4th of July and hope you’re managing to squeeze in a little break from the daily grind, too. To be completely honest, adjusting to a regular routine after a few weeks abroad has been much harder than I expected. It’s been nearly 100 degrees every day since I got home to Portland (finally broke down and bought an air conditioner for the office!) and the intense head coupled with major jet lag has completely wiped me out.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

New York was the perfect place to end my travels last week — I lived it up for the two nights I was in town, hitting a silent disco, doing themed shots at Barcelona Bar with friends and squeezing in a few coffee dates. Even with all that action, I had invites to a vampire-themed karaoke night and a rave at a Chinese restaurant that I didn’t make it to. And, that’s precisely what I love most about New York — it’s full of randomness and adventure is lurking around every corner.

On another note, I keep hearing fantastic things about El Luchador (above) in the South Street Seaport. Plus, the outdoor area features a vintage Airstream trailer you can eat in. Adding it to my must-do list for next time.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

A new discovery for me was Le District. French-themed, it’s full of delicious booths, groceries, a restaurant and bar and best of all, a crepe stand…which didn’t go so well for Gala!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

It’s always fun to browse through Kirna Zabete — they have awesome pop art on the walls and plenty of colorful fashion and jewels to ogle.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

Whenever I’m in town, I stay with Bianca on Wall Street and always enjoy this view when walking to the subway.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

Jetlagged, I woke up early and did some weekend browsing through Soho with Gala including a stop at Kartell. So much great furniture, so little time!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

I’m always up for photo booth fun with Kat. She’s like a sister I never had….though if you have a sister, I don’t recommend choking her! Haha.

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After a few days of living it up in New York and trying to forget about my lost luggage (stuffed with the most amazing Moroccan blankets — wahhh!), it was time to head home. It’s really, really good to be back. I’ve been making more of an effort to reach out to people I admire and have inspiring conversations. Skype is a wonderful thing! Just this week, I brainstormed on two new projects I’m super excited about. One is a digital course and the other is focused on giving back to the community in really unique ways — I’ll have more to share on both as they develop.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

I’m signing off for the holiday weekend but I wanted to leave you with this quote on the topic of collaboration:

”As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” —Amy Poehler

Link Love: 7.2.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Xavier Esclusa

• Working a day job can actually make you a better entrepreneur.

• When your friend is going through a difficult time, it can be hard to know how to comfort them. What’s the right thing to say and do? Alex is here to help.

• Becoming your own boss brings on its own set of challenges. Here are 5 things Geneva has learned since taking the leap.

• If you love a good Instagram challenge, Gala Darling just put together Radical Self Love July to get you inspired and motivated. The prompts are so much fun!

• Check out how the American home has changed over the last 115 years.

• Just in time for Summer: 7 ways to travel on a budget.

• If you have 20 minutes to spare, tune into this inspiring talk, Purpose is the New Bottom Line.

• We’ve been repainting our house dark gray with black trim and Anna’s post of black houses reminded me of how much I love a dramatic look!

• Yara shares 7 things she’s learned in 25 years.

• Virgin just opened the coolest airport clubhouse I’ve ever seen at LAX. So colorful and mid-century modern!

• 10 times when it’s okay to be lazy.


Image: Poster Shanti by Xavier Esclusa.
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Give Yourself Permission

Nubby Twiglet | Give Yourself Permission

Give yourself permission to explore personal interests. Even if it’s just for 15 minutes a week, you deserve the chance to discover something new.

What do you love to do outside of work?

What makes you really happy?

Go do that.

Wait. Let’s back up for a second — I know that’s easier said than done. Pinterest and Instagram are full of inspirational messages, encouraging you to do what you love and to love what you do. But, what if you really don’t have any extra time? What if your life is so full that adding one more thing “just for fun” will make you topple over?

If you’re feeling frustrated because the one thing that you really want to explore keeps getting pushed to the back burner, I understand because I was in the same spot. Sitting behind a computer all day, every day made me want a creative release and I naturally gravitated towards piecing together still lifes (also sometimes known as flat lays). I loved the art of organization and grouping items by theme and color. It was a fun little exercise but technically, not part of my job.

When you work for yourself or freelance on the side, it’s hard to shut off. There’s always another client project and another side-hustle. Doing things “just for fun” starts to feel like a luxury. Or at least, that was my mindset. I soon fell into the trap of “there’s no time so I just won’t do it.” We all know that’s a self-fulfilling prophecy because there’s never going to be time unless you give yourself permission to carve it out.

Nubby Twiglet | Give Yourself Permission

Late last year, I finally gave myself permission and started a new project called Still Life Friday. Every Friday, I’d take 15 minutes to come up with a new composition and Instagram it. The progress was slow but steady. I created still lifes in my office on Friday nights before the sun went down. On cafe tables in Portland. On apartment balconies in Rome. On brightly tiled tables in Marrakech. On the floor of my spare room at home. Not every photo was perfectly lit, not every one a masterpiece. But instead of giving into perfection, I just kept going.

Now, we are halfway through the year and I have no intention of giving up. When I write out my weekly calendar, I automatically add “Still Life Friday” to my list. No excuses.

Today, I hope you’re reminded that having that one little thing you want to explore is okay and it doesn’t have to take over your life. Fitting it into your schedule in bite-sized pieces not only makes it more manageable but also more likely that you will follow through.

Want to join in the fun with me? Hashtag your still life compositions with #stilllifefriday so I can check them out!

Your turn: What hobby do you want to make time to try before the end of the year?