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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

Every time I searched Pinterest for things to do in Palm Springs, I was greeted with a stream of photos of this glam baby pink door. Curious about its popularity, I googled pink door palm springs and quickly learned that it’s the most photographed residential door in the city.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

It’s not unusual for mid-century modern homes in Palm Springs to have brightly painted doors — in fact, it’s a trademark. But the predominant hues are yellow, orange and turquoise. Pink? It definitely makes a statement. I knew there had to be a story behind it.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

It turns out that this famous house is owned by interior designer Moises Esquenazi and perhaps not surprisingly, has been honored as one of the “Best Homes in America” in the 25th Anniversary edition of Metropolitan Home.

And, if you’re wondering what resides behind those fabulous pink doors (because I definitely was!), look no further. Moises has such amazing taste — this is one house I desperately wish was available on Airbnb! Gotta love someone who isn’t afraid to take chances with their home.



I wore: Topshop laser cut dress and Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges.
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Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

One of the best kept secrets in Palm Springs is Moorten Botanical Garden. Founded in 1938, it’s since grown into a jungle of sorts, smack dab in the middle of the desert.

Nicknamed Desertland (hey, cactus-obsessed folks need a place to congregate, too!), this arboretum is a total trip with over 3,000 plant varieties weaving and winding their way through the grounds.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Upon entering Moorten, you pay a $4.00 fee, are handed a map and pointed in the direction of a “start here” sign. Then, the real adventure begins. You can go at your own pace, following the trails and reading the handwritten signs calling out plant life from seemingly every corner of the globe.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

The grounds are beautiful but the real gem of Moorten resides along the very back area — it’s the world’s first cactarium and it’s completely packed to the brim with rare varieties of cacti.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Location-wise, Moorten Botanical Garden is just a few blocks from the Ace Hotel and it takes about 30 minutes to do a self-guided tour the grounds so if you’re in the area, this is a fun and easy stop. Just be careful where you lean and sit! 😉


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