Link Love: 6.4.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love

• Heather Armstrong of Dooce fame talks about what it’s like to slow down and try new things after running one of the most popular blogs on the internet for 14 years.

13 amazing female podcasters you should be following.

• Did you hear the news? Instagram is becoming shoppable!

• These 8 TED talks can help you find the right job.

• It’s never fun to talk about money but as a freelancer, the bottom line is that you’ve gotta spend less money than you make.

• 15 genius tips for living in small spaces.

• Get healthy with 5 veggie-based breakfast smoothie recipes.

• Joanna has great advice on how to attract millenials to the workplace and I agree with every point!

• It’s okay to have a small, happy life.

• Caityln Jenner made her big public debut on the cover of Vanity Fair this week and looks gorgeous. Here are some of the beauty products she used to get the look!

• This is such a cool gallery of gradient food photos!

• The brand new design of decor8 just launched and most noticeably, sidebar ads are completely gone! Such a breath of fresh air.

• Would you host a decluttering party?


Image: DustJacket Attic.
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Branded #7: Mast Brothers

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #7: Mast Brothers

It’s no surprise that in the short time I’ve produced this column, yet another chocolate brand is being featured (remember Compartes?). Chocolate has gone noticeably upscale over the last decade, with many brands feeling more boutique-worthy than grocery store.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #7: Mast Brothers

Mast Brothers was one of the first chocolate brands to take the lead, with brothers Rick and Michael launching their self-named company in 2007. Since then, they’ve grown rapidly, opening flagships in Brooklyn and London. It’s not difficult to see why so many chocolate lovers have flocked to their brand. While the crisp, simple packaging is a standout, they are just as passionate about the craftsmanship of their product.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #7: Mast Brothers

You know that old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” Well, you can throw that out the window because the packaging is what will first draw you into the Mast Brand. Interestingly enough, when Mast first started, they simply wrapped their chocolate in butcher paper. Later, they decided it needed something more and kept the butcher paper feel but added unique patterns with a serious pop. They’ve chosen to keep Mast a strictly family affair, designing every pattern themselves in-house.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded #7: Mast Brothers

Mast had been on my radar for awhile but I’d never seen the brand in-person. That all changed last week when I was at a gourmet food shop in Seattle and walked up to a shelf crammed with upwards of 50 chocolate brands. My eyes darted back and forth, looking for something beautiful and unique. While a lot of the other brands were busy, playing up the percentages of cacao and key ingredients, Mast Brothers took the lead with their simple, matte white labels affixed to the gorgeous wrapping. The bottom line: Mast Brothers just gets it when it comes to style — with one peek at their Instagram, you’ll see what I mean.

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Mast Brothers employs a quiet confidence about their brand — their chocolate is such high quality that they don’t need to shout from the mountaintops about how great it is. Instead, they wrap it in simple yet thoughtful packaging that makes the chocolate buying experience feel like picking out a special little present, just because. And, isn’t that what the best brands have in common? They craft a memorable experience. It really comes down to how a brand makes us feel — and something as simple as a bar of chocolate has the power to make our day a little better.

P.S. If you’re in Brooklyn, Mast Brothers offers factory tours! How cool is that?!


Photos: Shauna Haider and Mast Brothers. You’re Awesome print by Sian Richardson.
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Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Less than an hour drive from Palm Springs, Joshua Tree is completely otherworldly and a must-see. Photos just don’t do the place justice. Named after the peculiar looking spiky trees that cover the landscape, the park is open year-round. It’s an absolutely massive place made up of the Mojave and Colorado deserts, covering a total of 794,000 acres.

Due to the heat, we made our way to Joshua Tree during the morning hours. The drive took us through rambling small desert towns full of trailers, shops and stands dotted alongside the dusty landscape.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Because the park is so large, if you’re unfamiliar with the place, I’d recommend pulling into the visitor center first. Next, as you make your way to the park, you’ll come upon an entrance where you’re charged $15.00 per car and the receipt is good for re-entrance for up to another week.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

From there, it takes a few miles to work your way deep inside the park. It’s easy to forget you’re in California — the place feels like another planet altogether with Joshua Trees stretching on as far as the eye can see. And, it’s quiet. So, so quiet. You might hear the occasional lizard scurry past your feet but that’s about it.

Besides animal footprints left behind in the soft, sandy ground, it’s easy to imagine the place staying nearly the same over the last 5,000 years, when the first inhabitants laid claim to the land.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

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While we only stayed for an hour, if you have a little more time, there are plenty more things to do in the park, including camping.

Ready to plan your own trip? Visit the Joshua Tree site for everything you’ll need to prepare.


I Wore: Nasty Gal LA Woman Dress and Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges.
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The Week In Pictures: 5.29.15 | Seattle!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week blossomed into something completely unexpected but beautiful. I threw out my to-do list and took a last-minute trip to Seattle to meet up with some clients. Even though I’d been there at least a dozen times before, it had been a few years since I’d properly explored the city. Joey lived there 10 years before moving to Portland so having a local show me around completely changed my perspective — the little bits of design and architecture I’d never noticed, the smell of the ocean, the adorable cafes and the best design-focused bookstore I’ve ever seen all added to the awesomeness. Walking around the Space Needle every morning instead of my same old neighborhood path was so inspiring — it reminded me of my childhood when we’d visit Seattle every summer and always leave with the best memories.

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Backing up a bit, over the weekend, my dad took me to a store he’d been raving about for months called Fox Trot Vintage which had amazing stuff at even more amazing prices. I walked out with this tiny vase that says City Of London which I promptly planted a tiny cactus in.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Also, I thought I’d give you a little Chubs update since everyone always asks how he’s doing. He’s still loving his house (completed with front steps!) and eating everything in sight from avocados to Brazil nuts. He’s a big, happy boy.

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A little selfie action in my favorite room before hitting the road.

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Ah, Seattle. I missed you.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This was a super quick trip (less than 48 hours total!) but I squeezed in a few fun things like hanging out at Mama’s which is a well-known restaurant with touches of Elvis decor but sadly, it will be closing down soon.

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There was so much great typography in Seattle. The amount of signs and displays I stopped to photograph was bordering on ridiculous.

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I always walk past the first-ever Starbucks in Pike Place when I’m in town — to me, it’s a reminder that big things can grow out of small, humble beginnings.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

One side effect of having the best clients around — they gift you with things you’ve designed! This is the You Are Loved box set Branch did a few months back for Olivine — and you can also find it at Anthropologie.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

When the opportunity first arose to go to Seattle, I started falling into the old routine of wondering if I should because I was afraid of falling behind with work. And then, I asked myself which was more rewarding: sitting in my office and toiling away or getting up, getting out of my routine and meeting two clients face-to-face while getting inspired by a different city? When I reframed the situation, it became much more clear that shutting down the computer was the way to go.

Routines are meant to keep us on track…but they’re also meant to be broken. On that note, I’ll leave you with this quote:

“After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” —Sophia Loren

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 5.28.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Sonja Lekovic

• You’re not lying. It’s just that the truth has changed.

• Let the people around you know how much you care about them. It could make their day.

• Ready to write your cover letter? Here are 31 tips you need to know.

• Rent in New York City has gotten so high that even Starbucks is feeling the pressure.

• When you do something that’s remarkable, not everyone will understand it. That’s okay.

• Vital information: How to get squirrels to use props in a photo shoot!

• Why would a well-known designer and developer tell you not to hire him?! Read on for some sound advice.

• This project incorporating flowers into the abandoned homes of Detroit is beyond awesome.

• Dealing with criticism is never easy but just remember, you’re just doing the best you can.

• What’s it like to attend Harvard Business School?

• Wondering why it’s still important to attend art school? Top creatives share their perspectives.

• Remember, trying is always worth it.

• How can you focus on collaboration instead of feeling like you’re in constant competition?


Image: Sonja Lekovic.