The Week In Pictures: 6.13.14 | Hello From Canada!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Though Vancouver is just an hour flight from Portland, I’d never spent any time there until last week. It was definitely time to get acquainted with my northern neighbors.

Kat, Gala and I stayed on the edge of Gastown and when not teaching, spent our time grabbing dinner at Nuba with Danielle, admiring the bizarre yet awesome succulent / lighting setup at Tacofino Commissary (above), gorging ourselves on homemade waffles dipped in white chocolate pistachio rosewater sauce (yes, that’s a real thing) at Medina Cafe, manically playing the bongos, getting beautified at Sugarbox (I’m rocking my first-ever gel manicure!) and ending one fateful night covered in silver stars.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Getting out of my very Virgo-fied office and back out on the road where things are a little less polished and I’m constantly faced with the unexpected? It’s been the best of times.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The ultimate highlight of our time in Vancouver was visiting the rainbow crosswalk. We spent the evening with Diane and Mike as we hopped, skipped and jumped across it. An audience of onlookers gathered, trying to give our poor photographers pointers. The best interaction though was when a guy rolled up on a bike behind us and yelled “BABES!” at the top of his lungs.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

After dozens of jumps, I retreated to the neighboring section of rainbow-hued picnic tables.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Exhausted, I took a rest on the surface of a lavender table and threatened to never move.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I loved having dinner at Pizzeria Ludica — I forgot how fun a game of Jenga can be (they have HUNDREDS of board games, too!) Kat was a fierce competitor, sliding out all the bottom pieces and leaving me with a leaning tower. It was fun until I lost and the pieces nearly landed in my pasta. Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Our favorite dining experience though was definitely Medina Cafe. We knew it had to be good when we arrived mid-week and the wait for a table was a half hour. The breakfast and lavender lattes were out of this world. Everything tasted as good as it looked.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Yesterday, we packed our bags and flew into Calgary. Green rolling hills and friendly locals immediately won us over. After dinner at Una (the 4-magi was unbelievably good), we visited the coolest candy shop ever, Freak Lunchbox and went crazy, dropping 60 bucks on gummy vampire fangs, oversized chocolate Canadian gold coins and bags of chocolate. Oops.

This Canadian adventure has been so much fun and I’m a little sad to see it come to an end on Monday. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 6.12.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Sonia Rykiel

• What do you think the future of blogging holds?

• Zoe Rooney shares tips for project and flat rate invoicing.

• Stop fretting. You already know everything.

• Here’s why red carpet makeup looks bad in real life.

• In case you were curious, this list covers the 100 most edited Wikipedia articles. I find the top 10 so interesting — Michael Jackson, Jesus and Britney Spears all made it!

• How to survive in New York City.

• Simple and super helpful wallpaper removing tips!

• Hillary Clinton shares her favorite books with The New York Times.

• 10 romantic things to do in Paris!

• These days, it seems like everyone wants to go into business for themselves. Should you become a girlboss?

• Dress up your feet with art socks!


Image: Sonia Rykiel.

Living It Up In San Francisco At The Haunted Mansion

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

I always say that there’s nothing like a brand new set of surroundings to make you feel inspired once again. This badass Victorian house in San Francisco took that sentiment to a whole new level.

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

I flew into the city by the bay last month to gear up for The Blogcademy and as my cab rolled up to the equivalent of a modern haunted mansion, I couldn’t quite believe that it was going to be my home away from home for the next few days. Coated from the rooftop all the way down to the front stoop in a pristine coat of black paint, this 1885 era beauty stood out in the best possible way. I felt as if The Munsters had matured, became very wealthy and settled in San Francisco.

While this glorious place isn’t for everyone, if you’re traveling in a group (it comfortably houses up to 4) and looking to splurge, it doesn’t get any better than this. Located in the heart of the Liberty-Hill Historic District, it’s next to loads of great coffee shops, restaurants, independent shops and bars. We barely had to leave the neighborhood the whole time we were there — and since parking is so difficult within the city limits, it was nice to have everything we needed nearby.

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

In my opinion, the real showstopper of the house is the dining room. With a row of matte black lights featuring gold-toned interiors, stacks of art books, a gallery wall full of fascinating art and faux taxidermy, we did plenty of entertaining and hanging out in here. It’s no surprise that this place was voted the “best of the Bay Area” by SF Magazine in July 2012, and featured in Dwell Magazine in April 2011.

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

The attention to detail that Supernatural put into this space gave me a lot of ideas for my own house — I loved that they weren’t afraid to get a little weird. Vintage glove molds, very busty salt and pepper shakers and more livened up the space.

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

The room we spent the majority of our time in was the bright and airy living room which had the best sound system around. The art and furniture combinations were all a little unexpected but worked perfectly in the space — I especially loved the foot stool which resembled a jumbo ball of yarn.

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

I stayed in the back office / guest room which had the most amazing book collection lining the walls. It was located right off the super modern, pure white kitchen and faced a decent-sized back yard complete with a fire pit. No shortcuts around this pad! Having a legit backyard in the city is such a luxury.

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

The Lolita poster in the master bedroom was perfectly on cue. Not shown: A marble bathroom complete with a jacuzzi and walk-in closet. Yes, this house literally had everything that dreams are made of.

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

If you’re looking for something special for a honeymoon, anniversary or want to explore the city in style and not be confined to a hotel room, you’ll fall in love with the perfect mix of old grandeur and new technology tucked inside this grown up goth masterpiece.


All photos: Shauna Haider.
Featured place: Exquisitely Modern and Victorian in San Francisco.

The Blogcademy: Join Us For Our Livestream From Vancouver!

The Blogcademy Live Stream

It’s time to (virtually) party!

I’m in Vancouver at the moment with The Blogcademy and today at 11 am PST, we’ll be kicking off a free livestream event. RSVP here, submit your burning questions about business and blogging and hang with us!

In between your questions, we’ll also be chatting about our new offerings including Mixers and Home School so if you’re wondering if they’re a good fit for you, now is the time to find out.

We’re going live at 11 am in California, 2 pm in New York City, 7 pm in London and 6 am (Wednesday) in New Zealand. And if you miss it, the recording will be available to watch back within a few hours of filming.

See you soon!

Stop Playing It Safe

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“You see, Siegfried and I are living a modern poem! A fairy tale…and we always want to tell the story of our lives, because it is very glamorous. It’s very eccentric, very colorful.” —Roy Horn

As soon as I got home from my trip to Chicago, a package was waiting in my mailbox. I hadn’t done any shopping while on the road so I was a bit puzzled. Ripping open the envelope, I was met with a softcover book emblazoned with a 90s-era portrait of Siegfried & Roy. It could only be from one person: Gala Darling. The week before, as we sat at the kitchen table in our Chicago rental, she read this interview aloud to me. I was transfixed.

All my life, I’ve been drawn to the eccentrics. Musicians, magicians, animal handlers, you name it. I’m intrigued by the people who aren’t afraid to go all out. There’s something inspiring watching those with a devil may care attitude ignore the status quo of what’s deemed normal to go on and live a life that others only dream of.

I’ve long admired personalities like Marilyn Manson, Michael Jackson, Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor and Boy George. I love people who embrace boldness in their opinions, their personal style and their outlook on life.

When you’re a bit outlandish, people will write you off as weird. Abnormal. Crazy. Kooky. They’ll snicker behind your back. But people like Siegfried & Roy? They got the last laugh as they became the most successful entertainment act in Las Vegas history.

It’s always easier to play it safe and to be normal…but normal is boring.

When I’m at a party and meet someone who’s an eccentric, I immediately gravitate towards them because I know that they’re going to have the best stories. They live full lives because they’re busy gallivanting around on far-flung adventures, not letting the fear of judgement get in their way. The experiences they’re having are much too interesting for them to stop and update their Facebok status with what they had for lunch.

Here’s to the eccentrics, the people that dare to dream a little bigger; that aren’t afraid of what’s around the corner but instead welcome it. We need more of them in the world. Next time, instead of playing it safe, ask yourself how you can go bigger and bolder. If you hold yourself back from who you really are and try to appeal to everyone, you’ll end up appealing to no one.