Link Love: 9.4.14


Nubby Twiglet | The Motivated Type

• 10 of the most fantastical Burning Man creations!

• Is the traditional office workspace on the verge of extinction thanks to technology?

• Women, we’re all girl bosses now.

• When you’re surrounded by negativity, how can you protect your energy?

• Steve Pavlina’s advice on selecting projects wisely is spot on. “Sometimes people dive into new projects because they really want to make some money or to “get something going.” They put pressure on themselves to start a project mainly for the sake of trying to create some forward momentum. While forward momentum can be a beautiful thing, I would actually recommend against this approach. Usually when I see people try to motivate themselves like this, their projects fizzle out within a matter of months, if they can complete them at all.”

• Jasmine Star has some goal setting advice.

• Why is it impossible to make plans these days?!

• Evernote is a must-have for a lot of creatives I know. If you want some tips on how yo put it to use for client projects, this is a great guide.

• Vin Diesel can sing. And, he does so by himself quite often, filming the performances for your listening pleasure.

• Basic but powerful advice: trash the “too” from your vocabulary.

• Molly Crabapple was interviewed over at The Great Discontent and it’s brilliant. “I suggest you focus in on your weirdness, your passions, and your fucked-up damage, and be yourself as truly as you can. Express that with as much craft, discipline, and rigor as you can; work as hard as you can to build a career out of that, and then you’ll create a career that you love and that’s true to yourself, as opposed to doing what you think other people want and burning yourself out when you’re older.”

• 50 essays that are guaranteed to make you a better person.

• Sea Of Shoes is one of my favorite fashion blogs (I’ve adored Jane’s style since 2008) and now, she’s partnered up with her boyfriend to create a food blog called Thyme & Temp. The photography is absolutely beautiful, check it out!

• The coolest closed down diner: Johnie’s Coffee Shop in LA.

• There is such a thing as a popcorn covered car.

• If you’ve ever gotten stumped on what certain photography terms mean, this glossary is a must-read.

Image: The Motivated Type.
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The Typofiles #137: J. Crew Style Guide

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide

Fall is an exciting time of year for me because all of the mammoth-sized September issues of fashion magazines start showing up in my mailbox. And over the last few years, a lot of mass market catalogs have taken notice and picked up on their editorial cues.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide

When it comes to design, one of the consistently best catalogs around is J. Crew. I always love flipping through their Style Guides The type is always crisp, the layouts have a ton of white space and it’s much more artsy than what you’d usually expect from a chain of their size.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide

I love catalogs because I feel like they’re a time capsule of what’s happening in fashion and design right at the present moment. They’re a great reference point to see what’s trending.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide

Grab your very own free Style Guide right here.
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A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam: The Ultimate WTF Moment in The Netherlands!

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

When I visited Amsterdam, my first day was spent doing the usual touristy stuff — walking along canals, eating cheese and snapping photos of the gaggles of bikes. That day of sightseeing, while beautiful, also felt a bit cliché. I wanted more.

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

That night, I went home and keyed Amsterdam into Pinterest (my favorite method for figuring out what’s cool in a city — for those of us that are more visual, it’s a goldmine of must-see sights). I knew there had to be something out there that was slightly wacky and not too far outside of the city. I only had to scroll for five seconds before the answer was in front of me: The Inntel Hotel in Zaandam.

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

This wasn’t just any hotel, though. Located in Zaandam, a town just twelve minutes from the center of Amsterdam, the façade was made up of 70 stacked traditional Dutch houses. Completely mind-boggling. The hotel was right next door to the train station (convenient!) and featured a restaurant that overlooked the canal. Though we didn’t stay there, the rooms are gorgeous, featuring scenes of Dutch history across the walls.

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Yes, it was absolutely worth the tram ride to visit this architectural marvel. If you’re making a quick trip like I did, there are tons of restaurants and shops surrounding the train station so it’s ideal to tie it in with lunch or dinner. And when you run out of ideas for posing in front of this crazy place… just dance.

I wore: ASOS striped scuba dress, Crown and Glory Rachel floral ears and Marc by Marc Jacobs sneakers.
Photos: Kerry Murray.

Location: The Inntel Hotel in Zaandam.

The Week In Pictures: 8.29.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? I’m just getting around to posting because I had the best possible detour today — brunch with Alexandra and Sarah. Our conversations seamlessly flipped from one subject to another and along the way, we covered wrestlers with eccentric costumes, budget Vegas shows (complete with neon body paint), the faded glamour of midwestern supper clubs and the art of dressing up for a J. Lo concert. I haven’t laughed as hard as I did today in ages. The whole time, I was reminded of how important friendships are — friendships where you can just be yourself, cut loose and have a great time without snapping a single photo or picking up your smart phone. I left feeling excited, refreshed and ready for the holiday weekend.

As soon as I got home today, I had Joey snap this photo in our back yard. It still has a long way to go but it’s the perfect spot to hang out in the middle of the day when my office leaves me feeling restless. My dress is by Dusen Dusen.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Organization to the extreme is my favorite pastime. I’m working on a post of my top office must-haves soon.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Chubby update: he’s grown a ton and now has a rope swing, platform and ladder in his squirrel house. Movin’ on up!
Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week, I paid a visit to the ultimate virgo mecca, The Container Store and picked up these great clear drawer organizer trays. Simple and effective.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by the Doug Fir and hang out with bigfoot on the back patio! It’s their 10th anniversary this year so he’s rocking a fancy new necklace.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’ve always said that the best conversations in Portland happen late at night around the Doug Fir fire pit. Every time I’m there with my friend Joey, we end up meeting the most interesting mix of folks. Their bar menu is great, too. I always order the homemade mac and cheese and finish up the night with their seasonal fruit crisp. Yum!

I’m looking forward to taking it easy for the holiday weekend, catching up on boring stuff (like laundry) and doing plenty of barbecuing. Have fun!

Link Love: 8.28.14

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Nubby Twiglet | Marta Dyks for Amica Magazine

• 10 vital WordPress security tips.

• The ups and downs of social media: quit Twitter before you’re hard, quit Instagram before you’re soft.

• What are the ways that you fuel your creativity offline?

6 great tips for creatives who work full time and also freelance.

• Why has there been such a sudden increase in food allergies? This may explain why.

• Writing a book is hard work. Here are some resources that can help.

• Real things haven’t changed.

• Make your own cake dome and cloche jars! So much more affordable to do this way!

• This guy lived alone in the woods alone for 30 years. The true story of the North Pond Hermit.

• It’s hard to stop comparing ourselves to others but absolutely necessary.

• Kandee Johnson shares 5 things she’d tell her teenage self.

• Raspberry crumble pancakes? Yes, please!

• This collection of color coded photography is so inspiring.

• Made me laugh: a collection of perfectly useless product designs!

Photo: Marta Dyks for Amica Magazine.
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What I Wore: Flower Power In Berlin

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Flower Power In Berlin

Ah, Berlin. Our beautiful all white apartment in Mitte had a set of french doors that opened to a balcony overlooking a massive courtyard. It was the ideal spot to spend our mornings. But, perhaps even better than that were our late nights propped up on the couch sipping rosé and singing along to a Spotify playlist crammed with dozens of yacht rock tunes. I’m positive our neighbors were reaching for the ear plugs to avoid our off-tune Michael McDonald renditions.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Flower Power In Berlin

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Flower Power In Berlin

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Flower Power In Berlin

I’d found this shirt emblazoned with You Only Live Once in a very YSL-inspired type treatment just a few days before tucked away on a rack at H&M. Aint that the truth. Traveling so much this summer has really opened my eyes and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. Knowing that I can survive with just a small suitcase and my laptop for three weeks has made me realize how little I actually need on a daily basis. When I pack, I stick with mostly solid black basics including shoes and then throw in a few bright, lightweight dresses and accessories to keep things interesting.

I wore a Crown and Glory Oversized Rococo Headband (not the most subtle piece!), an H&M shirt (I can’t find the link on their site but it should still be in-store), a J. Crew skirt I found at Buffalo Exchange and All Saints boots.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Flower Power In Berlin

Photos: Shell de Mar with special thanks to Go With Oh.