The Week In Pictures: 11.14.14

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Hey, how was your week? It’s been freezing here most of the week so I’ve been hiding out in my office next to a space heater, digging myself out of piles of client work….but that’s okay because Australia is happening in 10 days! I’ve never been to Sydney before and that’s our first stop. Seriously can’t wait.

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Over the weekend, I walked through a new neighborhood and spotted this beauty of a car. If Blogcademy was in need of a company car, this would surely be it…though I can only imagine what a bitch parking would be. ;)

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I’ve been in my office nearly two weeks now and I never knew how much of a difference having a dedicated space could make on my outlook. I’m excited to get out of bed every morning and go to work. It’s not that I wasn’t before but now, just having the routine of actually getting ready every morning (instead of looking like a creepy recluse) shifts my whole day. Pulling myself together, walking down the street and opening the door to my own space where I can watch the city go by gets my creative juices flowing.

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The highlight of my weekend was sitting in the lounge at Heidi’s, eating breakfast with my grandparents, Betty and Sharky. It’s hard to believe that they’ve been married for 65 years…and there’s no signs of them slowing down. My grandpa sipped a bloody mary as we all caught up on family gossip (always a good time). My grandparents are truly the sweetest people and I treasure each time I get to see them.

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Over on the Branch-stagram, I started a new feature yesterday called #branchbooks where I’m sharing a must-read pick every week from my bookshelf. I hope you’ll follow along!

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. I’ll be huddled under blankets wrapping up last-minute Blogcademy things (we’re in the midst of redesigning our website AGAIN) and beginning the packing process. I hope you have something far more eventful planned!

Link Love: 11.13.14

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Antigirl

• What’s it really, truly like to feel the effects of burnout to the point that you have to quit your job and avoid the internet?

• Dealing with competition (and learning to be okay with it!) can be tricky. I’m loving Promise’s 5 part series on the subject. If you’re a small business owner, it’s a must read!

• When you’re trying to stay motivated, list making really does do wonders.

• 6 stretches for people who sit at desks.

• Did you know that there’s now an Ivy League college course called Wasting Time On The Internet? Haha.

• Now is a good time to start thinking about what you’re devoted to creating in the new year.

• This DIY slat wood bench looks like an expensive mid-century modern piece when finished!

• If you’re in need of a good laugh, check out when panorama photography goes wrong.

• Sorry I murdered everyone, but I’m an introvert.

• 5 ways to grow your blog without relying on Google traffic.

• I LOVED this podcast with Jen Gotch of Ban.Do. So much great business advice!

• How to backpack….without looking like a backpacker.

• The 3 most valuable traits that leaders have.

• These photos are so strange! See for yourself: the hidden mothers of the Victorian era.

• If you’re interested in scrapbooking as a way to record your memories, it’s not as expensive as you might think. Here’s a realistic list of supplies.


Image: Antigirl | Tiphanie Brooke.

A Weekend In Amsterdam Full of Flowers, Cheese, Stroopwafels and The Blogcademy!

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While in Amsterdam with The Blogcademy, we kicked off our weekend of teaching at The Thinking Hut, a rad building built in 1912 that houses a co-working space during the week.

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The decor in this space was off the hook — check out those colored cabinets! The Dutch have such a natural flair that I really admire.

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We had quite the international mix of ladies in this class, hailing from Belgium, Ireland, the U.S. and more. After teaching this class so many times in different countries, it always amazes me how similar we all really are when it comes to careers, blogging and relationships.

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To switch things up for this class, we pushed a row of tables together the length of the room and set up communal seating versus our usual rows. It turned out really well — everyone was chattier than usual (sometimes a little too much so!) and because of that, a lot of the girls walked away at the end with some great friendships.

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There was a huge supermarket around the corner from our Air bnb apartment (oh man, I have some stories of buying the wrong things because I couldn’t read the labels!) so we stocked up on lots of treats. Sugar for all!

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I fell hard for Padmini’s coordinated sweater and skirt set. Ahhh, so good!

Sponsors

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Thanks to our Amsterdam sponsors for the kick-ass goodie bag mix: Tattoo transfers by Hello Harriet, WordPress for Beginners books by Reeta Krishna, sparkly ears by Crown and Glory, branded pens by Go Promotional, tattoo transfers by Pepper Ink Vintage, paper decor by Strange Case, no-snag hair ties by Mane Message and notebooks by Veronica Dearly .

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Oh, and a special shout-out to Sketch Inc. for these fantastic notebooks. I still have a stash I’m happily working through!

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And finally, Cornela Blom is a goddess — she not only created this beautiful flower backdrop that was the ultimate conversation piece during class but also, corsages for all!

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Thanks to all the wonderful ladies who joined us in Amsterdam — I loved getting to know so many of you. And thank you for following along! Next up: Australia!


Event Space: The Thinking Hut.
Photographer: Kerry Murray.
Assistant: Sophie King
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Anatomy Of An Office #3: Incredibly Strong DIY Shelving For Under 25 Dollars!

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #3: Incredibly Strong DIY Shelving For Under 25 Dollars!

Welcome to Anatomy Of An Office. This series is dedicated to pulling together a functional yet stylish workspace with plenty of budget-friendly tips!

My first mission when I signed the lease on my new office was to find a simple shelving solution. I had a lot of artwork and books I wanted to show off but the biggest issue was that I knew I’d grow bored and want to change the selection out all the time — and it seemed rude to be constantly pounding new holes into the freshly redone drywall.

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #3: Incredibly Strong DIY Shelving For Under 25 Dollars!

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #3: Incredibly Strong DIY Shelving For Under 25 Dollars!

Joey is the Mister Fix-It in our household and had an immediate idea — why not take the extra door frame trim from a leftover remodeling project and mount it sideways? The genus part of this solution was that the thick, ornate trim already had built-in grooves which could easily hold my art in place. The last thing I wanted to deal with were frames sliding off and shattering!

There are plenty of pre-made shelving options out there but my issue was the strength — a lot of them are flimsy at best. With the weight of many of my books and art being an issue, we went this direction because the steel dowels placed in the studs are incredibly strong and could hold much heavier items than I’m showing in these photos without bowing or worse, ripping loose!

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #3: Incredibly Strong DIY Shelving For Under 25 Dollars!

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #3: Incredibly Strong DIY Shelving For Under 25 Dollars!

Directions: For this project, Joey started by drilling three linear holes into the wall studs and hammered the steel dowels into those. Once the dowels were in place, he mounted the shelves and secured them with plastic cable ties. In total, it took about a half hour and best of all, came in at less than $25.00!

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #3: Incredibly Strong DIY Shelving For Under 25 Dollars!

There’s nothing like an quick, easy and functional D.I.Y. Let me know if you have any questions about the art on the shelves!


On the hunt for even more office tips and tricks? Check out Anatomy Of An Office!

The Week In Pictures: 11.7.14

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How was your week? Mine was full of transition — over the weekend, I moved into my new office space and after one big trip to IKEA (and a whole lot of late night shopping online), it’s finally starting to feel like home. I always thought that needing a separate space to work away from home, especially when you already had a designated spot was full of clichés— really, how much more of a difference could it make? Was it really worth the extra rent, especially if you already felt super productive in your home surroundings? Well…one week in, I can tell you it’s made a world of difference. If you’re thinking of expanding / getting a space outside of your home, I’m working on a post for you about the benefits!

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Getting to the office early is my jam — I love settling in with a hot cup of coffee, lighting a candle, going over my list for the day and digging in.

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With the cooler weather setting in and the leaves changing color, I’ve been drawn to more autumnal colors. I love shades of mustard, olive and burgundy — they soften up my closet full of black and graphic patterns. This J. Crew cardigan was a total steal off a rack at Buffalo Exchange, my go-to place for clothes these days.

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Over the weekend, my mom and stepdad took me out for a belated birthday lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory. The views of the river are always so beautiful and it’s one of the first memories I have of going out to eat 25+ years ago! An oldie but goodie.

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Back to the office — I’m fine tuning all the details before the big reveal. I found these sturdy magazine organizers at IKEA and they’re great for sorting out my collection of catalogs and print reference materials.

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These Zara heels are feeling right at home inside Branch HQ!

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In Chubs news, he’s moved onto stealing all my makeup. I heard some rustling the other day and peeked in to find him running off with my MAC lipstick called Kinda Sexy. Hahahaha! He also grabs my compact of Studio Fix and kicks it around. All of this is much more welcomed than his antics of trying to hide toast and nuts in my hair!

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Have an awesome weekend, everyone! I’m taking off tomorrow morning to meet my grandparents for breakfast and that’s the highlight of my weekend since I don’t get to see them as much as I’d like. Do you have anything you’re looking forward to?

Link Love: 11.6.2014

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Brian

• Jessica Hische shares some thoughts on productivity and creating the ultra-schedule.

• What’s the best way to get through resistance and take action?

• Cassie just shared a roundup of valuable resources for freelancers.

• 25 famous women discuss getting older.

• The amazing history of the to-do list…and better yet, how to make one that actually works!

• A look back at The Berlin Wall, 25 years after the fall.

• Kathleen has some fantastic advice on how to feel like a creative expert.

• The 10 greatest changes of the last 1,000 years.

• Buffer openly shares its formula for calculating employee salaries. So refreshing for a company to be this transparent!

• Your business is a reflection of you.

• We all deal with the dreaded time crunch but Mandi decided to step back and reevaluate her priorities.

• Three rules for a happy designer.


Image: Brian “Doc” Reed.