Confetti, Donuts and Celebrations at The Blogcademy Chicago

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

“My first day in Chicago was September 4, 1983. I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here.” —Oprah Winfrey

I’d heard only wonderful things about Chicago so I was beyond excited to finally check it out and teach The Blogcademy in the windy city. Between the impeccable manners, indulgent food (Cookie skillets?! Yes, please!) and a truly awesome skyline, it was a great place to call home for the week.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

We held our class at Enerspace which is a massive co-working space with a super accommodating staff — if you have an event coming up, I highly recommend it! I couldn’t stop peeking out the window during breaks. Chicago is so massive that we only scratched the surface of its neighborhoods during our stay.

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Our ladies and gents are always so stylish — I love that they’re not shy about rocking their rad sense of personal style.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

After some last minute decor touches, we kicked off class. On time. Normally, our blogcadettes are busy chatting and snapping photos so that’s a total rarity. But then again, midwesterners are known for their perfectly on-point manners!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

One of the best parts about hitting the road with The Blogcademy is getting to meet so many of you in person. I’d known Clayton online for years and was so pumped to hear that he had finished high school the day before we kicked off class and even better, was joining on his birthday! Go, Clayton!

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That could only mean one thing: celebrations were in order and it was time for donuts!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Chicago

“Let me tell you something. I’m from Chicago. I don’t break.” —Barack Obama

While our Chicago group was incredibly polite and soft-spoken, they were also whip-smart and razor focused. In between blowing confetti, they took their learning and note taking very seriously!


Sponsors

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Love Ideas Ink provided us with these fun greeting cards — there’s nothing quite like sending a card with a handwritten note to someone you love.

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A little inspiration goes a long way and these Ladybird Likes keychains are a great visual reminder.

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I LOVED these arrow pins by Art School Dropout! During our class, I spotted them on bags, in hairdos and even attached to sneakers.

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Mad Bijou surprised everyone with disco glitter necklaces!

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My personal belief is that you can never have too many notebooks. This selection, complete with colorful pages by Ribbon Squirrel was wonderful.

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Life On Mars Vintage provided us with these chic scarves covered in illustrations of Marilyn Monroe!

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There are so many technical details to learn when it comes to blogging and WordPress For Beginners makes it a cinch to learn the ropes.

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In our classes, glitter ears are a necessity. Crown and Glory always delivers!


Class Photo

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Thanks to BTriz Collections, we each had a pack of confetti waiting in our goodie bags. Seriously, this group was so much fun and up for all of our wacky prompts!


Special Thanks

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Thank you to our our super sweet, accommodating intern, Carrie who is quite the world traveler. We originally met her in our London class, then she moved to San Francisco and then she trekked all the way out to Chicago to assist us. Whew!

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We totally fell in love with the windy city. Chicago, your gracious Midwestern manners are what a teacher’s dreams are made of. Lots of love to ya!


See You In Europe!

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Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve gotta fly through a whole lot of report cards — our European dates are quickly approaching! Join us in London, Berlin or Amsterdam for two days of blogging strategy, confetti and a whole lot of fun. Hope to see you there!


Venue: Enerspace
Photographer: Mysi Finlay of Soda Fountain Photography.

The Week In Pictures: 6.27.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’ve been upholding my motto of “work hard and play hard” to the fullest extent. While I’m tackling some major client projects before I take off to Europe soon, I’ve been also having some fun adventures with Joey and Rocky by day and my cousin Matt by night. I love the feeling of falling into bed exhausted but happy.

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Spending so much time in my office, I get restless and start rearranging things. Haha. I just set my ice cream cone bank out again — it reminds me to dump the change out of my purse on a regular basis!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Over the weekend, I tried Prasad out for the first time. Organic and vegan, their breakfast and juice menu was awesome and I can’t wait to go back.

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There’s never enough photos of Rocky on the blog. Time to remedy that!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It’s summer wardrobe time which for me equals cotton tees and cut-out shoes. Both of these are from Zara, which is having a major sale right now. And that lotion? It’s one of my favorite new beauty products. I’m working on an upcoming post of my recent finds!

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My afternoon reading spot: this area in our living room.

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Have a great weekend, everyone! I’m off to pick out some plants for our new flower box Joey just built (more on that soon!) and then some client meetings — a nice, laid back end to the week.

Any fun plans you’re looking forward to?

Link Love: 6.26.14

Link Love

Nubby Twiglet | Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern

• Sometimes, a day job is the dream job.

• Wow. This Paris shop holds ONE MILLION lost photographs.

• Thoughts on pricing.

• The summer of 1984 was an amazing time for pop culture. Check out the list of the music, movies and TV shows that were trending!

• This guy was asked to contribute his writing to the Huffington Post for free. His response was brilliant.

• What happens when your clients aren’t happy?

• In case you need it: advice on how to get your iPhone to let you swear.

• This collection of illustrations based on Instagrams is great.

• Freelancing full-time isn’t for everyone. I loved reading Kate’s story about going back to work in an office.

• If something goes wrong, it’s okay. Tomorrow, there’s a brand new day waiting.

• In 1952, Marilyn Monroe shared how she stayed in shape.

• The routine of being unemployed feels something like this.

• Beginning in 1991, Zed Nelson took a photo of the same family in the same exact location. Check out the progression.


Image: Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern.

The Typofiles #135: Paper Mag

Nubby Twiglet | Paper Mag

I’ve been reaching for Paper Mag again lately, drawn to its unique set of design cues. It’s never overly polished — I love the bright, spray painted details and the image-heavy collages that cover its pages.

Launched in New York City in 1984, Paper began as an oversized black and white fold-out paper that was produced in the New York Times offices.

Focusing on pop culture, I like that it still has its edge — there’s a dash of the New York social and party scenes, fashion editorials that never take themselves too seriously and celebrity interviews that never get too precious.

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Check out even more Typofiles posts right here.

Latest & Greatest #27: Summer Whites

Nubby Twiglet | Summer Whites

My life is a constant contrast between light and dark, including my wardrobe.

During the fall and winter, I revert to black layers but the second summer hits, I can’t wait to pull out my collection of bright whites. Now that it’s legitimately hot in Portland, I’ve traded in my black skinny jeans and sweaters for light layers and bare legs. I just found this linen dress at Buffalo Exchange and can’t wait to pack it along to Europe next month. Easy and breezy!

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A few other white items I have my eye on include: 1. House Of Holland sunglasses, 2. Giuseppe Zanotti wedge sneakers, 3. Lisa Perry beach tote, 4. New Look backpack, 5. Tomas Maier swimsuit, 6. Zara buckle heels, 7. Holiday Magazine shirt, 8. Sheinside leaf print tunic, and 9. Moschino belt.

Are there any summer wardrobe staples that you can’t live without?


Photo: Joey Maas.
I wore: Secondhand dress, Buffalo Exchange. Boots, All Saints.

What’s Your Personal Mission Statement?

Nubby Twiglet | What’s Your Personal Mission Statement?

A mission statement is a company’s purpose for existing but I like the idea of individuals having them, too. Do you have one?

For the last year, my friend Joey has been working on a personal project where she takes a photo of a different person every day and then asks them a handful of questions. The excerpts go here and I’m always most intrigued by their personal mission statements. I feel like these few words can speak volumes about a person. Some are self improvement focused while others are focused on changing the world at large. Either way, they’re always inspiring and remind me that we each have goals, dreams and passions that hinge on changing ourselves and our surroundings for the better.

As I sat next to Joey a few weeks ago while she interviewed one of her subjects, I wondered aloud what my personal mission statement would be. It came to me pretty fast:

Work hard and play hard.

No matter what I’m doing, I give it my all. When I’m working, I’m focused on creating the best possible solution. I want to put work out into the world that that not only stands the test of time but makes my clients happy. The second I’m off the clock though, I want to play hard. I want to explore whichever city I’m in at that moment, snap photos with family and friends and hit a mix of the nicest restaurants and dive bars alike. I want to soak in as many experiences as possible.

What about you?

What’s your personal mission statement?
What does it say about you?
Do you feel that it keeps you on track and gives you direction?


Photo: Diane and Mike. Playing hard for me often requires confetti and jumping on beds. ;)

The Week In Pictures: 6.20.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It’s so good to be home! Waking up to a fresh cup of coffee made by Joey every morning, checking out the new food carts by my house, making weekend plans with my cousin Matt, catching up on episodes of Dr. Phil and chatting with clients back in my own zone are just a few of my favorite things. Oh, and let’s not forget about walking past the bathroom. It never gets old!

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Thanks to my time spent in Canada I now l have a large chocolate coin, some pages from the Air Canada in-flight magazine, some very fancy sticky notes and some more Garance Doré notebooks (because I have a problem. Obviously). All these still lifes aren’t just for idle fun — I’ve been working out my ideas for a little course. More on that soon!

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Canada, you know what’s up. Can I get a quick Amen?!

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Calgary really surprised me. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting but places like Market were not on my radar. This restaurant was one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had, hands-down. The food, drinks, decor and dessert were to die for and they even had a mini herb garden growing in front of the kitchen! Half of the restaurant was black, half was white — and as soon as the walls and floor switched to black, so did the chairs and napkins!

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Oh, and don’t even get me started on Analog Coffee. Between this yellow espresso machine and the Nutella cookies, I was in love.

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The true defining moment of my stay in Calgary, though were these sets of wax fangs we found at Freak Lunchbox. Did you have a pair as a kid, too? It had been a good 25 years since I slipped in a pair but it was just as fun as I’d hoped. For a split second, I proclaimed myself the unofficial Count Of Calgary. We laughed so hard we cried. And really, what better way is there to end a trip than with wax fangs in your mouth and tears of joy streaming down your face?!

Have a relaxing, beautiful weekend, everyone! And don’t forget to enter my giveaway for some chic new ballet flats! xo