The Week In Pictures: 9.12.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Hey, how was your week? I’ve been feeling that pre-birthday drive kick in that makes me want to wrap up a lot of loose ends. Just made a list of what I want to accomplish over the next year, bought accounting software, handed off all my receipts to my mom (she’s the assistant over at Branch and is whipping us into shape!), cleaned my office and got new tires (gotta hit the road for the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest this weekend!).

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I threw on a t-shirt and jeans for a weekend walk through Reed College with Joey and Rocky, not even realizing I’d be in the midst of some urban camo. I love it when that happens!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The campus is so beautiful. I love hanging out there during the summer when it’s super quiet. This view reminds me of the venue I just taught at in Amsterdam!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Yesterday I did a little exploring — there’s a really great perfume shop here in Portland that has the most exquisite, rarest scents. I thought this packaging was especially cool…and it reminds me of Gala.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Elle is the one magazine subscription I’ll never, ever give up. The September issues are always the most fun to flip through.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’ve passed by this hand-painted sign hundreds of times and finally stopped yesterday to take a picture to share with you. Isn’t it great?!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

And with that, I’m signing off. Branch developer Star is in town, I’ve gotta get crackin’ on the design of Gala’s first book and my dad is taking me out to dinner at Gustav’s tonight (yes, my obsession with all things German runs deep).

P.S. Chubs is doing really well! In some funny news, a few days ago he took off from my office and I was searching everywhere for him…only to walk into my room where he was casually chillin’ on my pillow! King of the mountain!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 9.11.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Hiroyuki Kubo

• We’ve all been there: why did those clients hire someone else?!

• Once you’ve established yourself as a freelancer, it’s time to get your finances in order!

• This realization is so powerful: who is living your dream?

• Here’s how Crayola crayons are made.

• Do you feel like you have a strong social circle? I love Jessica’s thoughts on the girl group she never had.

• Photos comparing sites across the East Village from 1984 to now. Wow.

• I can’t believe how bright, airy and colorful this studio is. Looks straight out of a magazine!

• It’s easy to say no if you love something.

• New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones recently compiled a series of five playlists on Spotify of “perfect” songs for your listening pleasure!

• Wikipedia has pulled together a list of common misconceptions. Now you have some new content for small talk at parties.

• So cool: a rock and roll club in the middle of the desert!

• Remember, like attracts like.


Photo: Hiroyuki Kubo.
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Out & About #1: Heidi’s Of Gresham

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Heidi's Of Gresham

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Heidi's Of Gresham

I’ve been wanting to start a column focusing on the places I love to visit and share them with you. They say that variety is the spice of life so I’ll be mixing it up big time in Out & About. Some places will be very well known while others will be hidden gems. Some will be the height of sophistication but don’t worry, I’ll balance it out with the occasional dive bar. Collectively, I hope these suggestions will help you out when you’re planning your next trip and stumped about where to go.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Heidi's Of Gresham

For the first installment of this column, I wanted to start at the beginning. When I moved to the suburbs of Portland in 1986, one of the first restaurants I ever visited was Heidi’s. Founded in 1968, it’s become an anchor of Gresham — the exterior is bound to grab your attention as you drive by.

Growing up, I used to eat breakfast here all the time. The breakfast was always awesome but the truth was, I was actually more obsessed with the cuckoo clocks, waitresses in dirndls and the rotating display of pies. I have nothing but good memories of the place.

Once I got older and moved to the city, I never made it back to Heidi’s…until this week. It’s easy to glamorize things as a child. Everything looks better, smells better and tastes better because you haven’t experienced what the world has to offer. Since it had been so long since I’d last visited, I was a little apprehensive. I didn’t want my childhood dreams to be shattered!

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Heidi's Of Gresham

I walked in, obsessively scanning every little detail around me from the decor to the pies to the uniforms. Heidi’s was literally frozen in time. Everything was exactly the same, including many of the waitresses. The gift shop was still full of cuckoo clocks and our sweet elderly waitress made me feel like I’d suddenly inherited a German grandma.

Dining in the middle of the day in the suburbs proved to be quite a trip. Most of the patrons were retired and I didn’t spot anyone using a smartphone. Everyone was just enjoying the company at their tables. What a revelation! In a way, felt like I’d been transported back to 1986, besides the cars in the parking lot.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Heidi's Of Gresham

I sat in a booth that I’d probably been in 28 years before. I ordered fish and chips and the food was just as good as I remembered it. It was so good that I cleaned my plate in record time…and ordered a slice of homemade pie to go. Fruits of the Forest, anyone?!

“Family dining” inside a themed restaurant is a total trip. If you’re ever out in Gresham, skip all the chains (because it is full of them) and head straight to Heidi’s.


Featured: Heidi’s of Gresham.

The Shift: Thoughts On Seasons, Birthdays And Seeking Out Change

Nubby Twiglet | The Shift

Last week, I started thinking about Fall and how these months are such a pivotal time for me. Maybe it’s because my birthday is on Sunday the 14th (I’ll be 33!) and I feel like I need to get as much accomplished as possible before I check off another year. Maybe it’s because I sense the feeling of heading “back to school” (even though that has long since passed for me) and I feel that collective sense of hustle and drive set in after a long summer of slowing down and exploring…I’m not really sure.

This year has felt really good though, unlike some of those in the not so distant past. I’m not a huge astrological buff but I do believe in Saturn Return. At the time it hit in my life, I actually didn’t even know what it was until I felt my ass getting collectively whooped all at once by the universe and my aunt offhandedly mentioned it in a conversation.

I also clearly remember that right as I was turning 30, I was freelancing at a great little design studio and making great money but something felt off. The week of my birthday, I had a mini breakdown one morning. It hit me hard because I was designing full time, my blog was going strong and technically on paper, I was living my dream. Perceptions aren’t everything, though. I wasn’t content. Even though I was designing professionally, it was mostly for sports brands. It was a great job…but it wasn’t my dream job. No matter how many times I sucked up those feelings and told myself to just be thankful for what I had, it didn’t change how I felt. I felt like I was living someone else’s life.

Around that time, I made a conscious decision: I was going to hustle as hard as I possibly could. I wasn’t getting any younger and if I didn’t create the life I wanted, it was my own damn fault.

I began taking on more freelance projects that felt good. Lifestyle and beauty brands like Shien Cosmetics, Rock n Roll Bride and Olivine Atelier were my sweet spot. I worked nights and weekends on client projects that I loved while showing up by day to put in the hours that guaranteed a sense of stability while I carved out my niche and style.

It wasn’t a sudden shift; I think it took about two years to see things come full circle. I got more comfortable with change as I moved onto an intensely inspiring agency that burned the candle at both ends (I still remember the first day I showed up — I didn’t walk back out to the parking lot until midnight!) and then, onto another agency that I’d been dreaming of working at for years. I kept learning, saving, taking on new clients and dreaming about that next step to stay motivated.

The more energy I put in, the more quickly things began to unfold. What I learned is that the universe will kick your ass when things aren’t right to help you shake them loose but it will also conspire to help you when you put your effort towards the right things. Towards the end of 2012, I’d co-founded The Blogcademy and we’d taught our first class in New York City. An 8 page feature followed a month later in Computer Arts. And then in 2013, I quit all outside work cold turkey to launch Branch. That cycle of uncertainty I’d began feeling right before 30 was completed and replaced with new things that felt like a better fit.

Birthdays come and go and there’s no way to turn back the clock. There’s so much opportunity out there and the biggest lesson I’ve learned that there’s never going to be a “right time” to go after it. Planning can only take you so far…and then it’s time to give your dream everything you’ve got.


Photo: Taken in Berlin by Shell De Mar.

Adventures in Canada: The Blogcademy Vancouver and Calgary

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

Oh, Canada. You rocked…literally. We like to mix things up at The Blogcademy and during our stop in Vancouver, we did something completely different and hosted our workshop at a recording studio. It definitely had its perks including dramatic lighting, a cushy leather couch, a pool table and…bongos. Who knew that playing bongos was so fun?! Needless to say, it was like a party up in there.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

In class, we pull back the curtain and show you what it’s really like behind the scenes as a blogger. It’s important to keep it real because there’s a lot of hard work that goes on that your audience rarely sees. Too often, they only encounter the seemingly effortless finished product. The truth is, those blog posts rarely come easily…and the outtakes tell more of the story. Thanks to Gala and Alicia for helping me with my vision here!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

Like I said, dramatic lighting. Perfect for a day of deep thinking and bonding.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

Every attendee receives a copy of our workbook…which just got updated for the seemingly millionth time. Blogging is always in a state of motion and things change fast. We’re always striving to give you the most up to date information so you can hit the ground running and build a business that you love.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

A recording studio staple: lush velvet curtains. So dramatic and moody!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

Those bongos sure got a workout!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

I love standing back and watching connections being made.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

This was a fun conversation…we picked out new brand colors on the spot. Since so many of my clients with Branch are remote, it’s cool being able to give branding advice in the moment and implement it right away.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

The goodie bags were such an awesome mix this time around — they featured Friendship bracelets from Abacus Row, How to take the best selfie book by Sarah Sloboda, hand drawn cards from Purple and Blue Design Studio, awesome colour dipped pencils and felt notebooks from Moxie Makery, kitschy knitted cacti from Cacti You Can Cuddle, fantastic organic cosmetics from Aquacures, jewellery from Eclectic Eccentricity, Aroha Silhouettes and Wwillthebeast and finally, a pair of glittery ears from Crown and Glory!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

No class is complete without the group photo. In Vancouver, we mixed it up with some pinwheels!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

And in Calgary, we posed in front of this great building across the street from our venue.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

Our graduation is way more fun than what I recall from my school days — we crank up some fun tunes, give away prizes and hand out report cards that are customized for each city!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Canada

And…that’s a wrap! We have just a few classes left this year — join us in person in New York (almost sold out), Washington, D.C. (our last U.S. class of the year), Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland. Or, learn from home with our self-paced Home School modules. The choice is yours!

Thanks for joining me on this Canadian adventure. Have an awesome week, everyone!


Vancouver:
Venue: Soundhouse Studios.
Photos: Diane and Mike.
Intern: Alicia Carvalho.

Calgary:
Venue: The Commons.
Photos: Sarah Pukin.
Intern: Leonie Vatter.

The Week In Pictures: 9.5.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Hello! How was your week? The weather has been way too nice to stay inside my office all day so yesterday, I took the afternoon off to visit some of my favorite local haunts, Roman Candle and Salt & Straw. I’m also making plans to visit the upcoming Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel…and hoping I can pull it off since I head to New York, Palm Springs and D.C. a week later.

I’m always going on about how great Buffalo Exchange is. It’s my holy grail for finding “new” clothes on a budget. Since I usually have a trade balance there, it’s like shopping without the guilt. Yesterday, I found these Paige striped jeans for a fraction of the original price. Score!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

I’ll never tire of taking selfies against the tiled walls in our bathroom — it took Joey three months to finish this space so I try to show it off as much as I can. And that’s the Sony NEX-5N camera I’m holding. I still use it every day (including every single photo in this post!) and LOVE it.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Roman Candle is just five minutes from my house but I don’t go there nearly enough which is a shame because they have some of the best pizza in town. Whenever I have visitors staying with me, it’s the first place I take them and they all agree!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

As I was saying…this pizza rules. And the big gold scissors only add to the charm.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

I love spending Sundays flipping through fashion magazines, catching up on reading, gathering inspiration and figuring out the upcoming weeks’ blog posts. The week feels a lot less frantic when I have a game plan.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Your weekly Chubs update: he’s grown a ton again! No more baby squirrel here! He’s eating solid food now (you can’t tell but he’s clutching a nut there!) and whenever I take a nap, he lays in the window above me to sun himself. He also loves running around my office and startling me by sitting on top of my head. Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

It’s been hot, hot, hot…which is the perfect excuse to visit Salt & Straw. My current favorite flavor? almond brittle with salted ganache, a.k.a. ice cream heaven.

Have a great weekend, everyone!