What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

I just got home from a solid week in Vegas….and most people would probably say that was 4 days too long! I would agree to disagree because after 6 visits, I feel that I’m just barely scratching the surface of the place.

There’s so much history and I’m just as fascinated by the old as I am with the new, pestering cab drivers and waiters with as many questions as they’re willing to put up with. Donny, our waiter at California Pizza Kitchen inside The Mirage (a classic!) was a particularly good sport this time around as I quizzed him about what Michael Jackson used to order when he visited. Answer: the veggie pizza.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

Traveling to the same place multiple times is something I thoroughly enjoy — I think it reminds me of family vacations. When my brother and I were kids, we took the same trip every year. Did you, as well? It’s comforting and familiar.

The first time you visit somewhere new, you’re in awe and just trying to take everything in and find your way around while documenting your experience. That’s how I felt when I visited Vegas in 1998. The next time, you’re able to relax a bit more and feel familiar enough to dig into a few more layers of a place, venture beyond the touristy areas and meet some more locals.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

With Vegas, I get super excited to see what’s beyond The Strip because there are so many amazing towns and attractions within a very short distance. A few years ago, Kat, Gala and I visited a ghost town called Nelson and it was awesome. We recently had the chance to visit Red Rock Canyon and while it’s just 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, it feels like you’ve entered a completely different world.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

These photos are the final set from that day — and the ones I’m most excited about. When I’m home working, I barely ever wear makeup and usually stick to black jeans and t-shirts. With most of my day spent in front of a computer, dressing up isn’t practical or comfortable. The thing is, I love the art of putting together an outfit and expressing myself through personal style so when I hit the road, I use it as an excuse to play dress up.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

This look came together really organically but I liked it so much that I put together a style direction around it (remember Avant Garde Desperado?) and am still wearing these pieces all the time.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

I didn’t pack any jewelry besides my watch. We stopped in Chanel at The Wynn one night and a salesperson named Chris gave us these ribbons while satisfying me with plenty of juicy Vegas gossip. Ha! I ended up using mine as a necktie the rest of the trip. The sweater vest and hat were picked up at Forever 21. Finally, the skirt was from Topshop. I normally shy away from animal print everything but when you’re in Vegas and have a long-standing obsession with Siegfried & Roy, it just makes sense. Or…at least it did to me.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

We didn’t have a ton of time to explore Red Rock before the sun went down so I’m hoping to go back the next time I’m in town and see more of the area because it’s absolutely massive. There’s a 13 mile scenic drive, not to mention miles of trails and areas to have picnics. I’m glad to see it’s been so well preserved and maintained.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

My daily life can be really regimented so having these beautiful moments of getting out and exploring somewhere new with my BFF’s all while hanging with awesome, creative, talented women like Christina and Allie of Made U Look makes me feel so excited, alive and inspired.

Ever since I’ve been back, I’ve been pulling more desert inspired visuals and color palettes into branding projects, wearing softer colors and incorporating more natural elements into my house and studio. It’s amazing how even just a few hours in a new place can inspire us so much.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Big Hats, Smokey Eyes and Leopard Print

I missed you a lot last week, friends. Breaks are good to recharge creatively but it’s nice to be back and sharing with you. :)

Made U Look

Blanca at Sephora, Fashion Show Mall

I wore:
Straw Hat, Forever 21 (sold out but similar options here)
Watch, The Horse
Animal print skirt, Topshop
Sweater vest, Forever 21 (sold out but similar styles here and here)
Boots, Vic Matie via Yoox (sold out but similar styles here)

Create a Seamless Client Experience with Project Prescription for Photographers

Nubby Twiglet | Project Prescription Photography

Photographers, I’ve heard you loud and clear: you need a process that works, too.

The one thing I know for sure after freelancing for a decade is that earning a living as a creative becomes easier when you have a process in place that you believe in and can easily relay to your clients. The more they understand about how you work, the easier it becomes for them to commit to working with you — because quite simply, it alleviates the fear of the unknown.

Most creative school programs teach you how to produce epic, jaw dropping work but the trade-off is that they don’t teach you how to be a good businessperson. And, as much as creativity matters, it’s not enough on its own to pay the bills.

Nubby Twiglet | Project Prescription Photography

The Backstory

Today I want to share a new version of Project Prescription with you, specifically designed for photographers.

As you probably know by now, Project Prescription is a set of customizable documents I originally created with Paul Jarvis earlier this year to help graphic designers take the guesswork out of creating a client process, from beginning to finish.

Creating this offering seemed like a no-brainer because I’d struggled so much in the beginning of my career conveying my worth to potential clients and it held me back big time. Because I didn’t know how to explain the strategy and steps behind what I did, I wasn’t able to charge livable rates and lacked confidence in presenting the work I produced.

After years of trial and error, I created my own process and perfected it across hundreds of client projects. Project Prescription for Designers is based on the processes both Paul and I use on a daily basis to run our respective studios.

Shortly after launching Project Prescription for Designers, Paul I started receiving emails from other creatives who were also struggling to figure out a process that worked. What we didn’t expect were the emails we received from another audience altogether: photographers.

Nubby Twiglet | Project Prescription Photography

Project Prescription for Photographers

Luke Copping is a photographer I admire immensely. He was one of my first-ever clients back in 2009 and we’ve built out dozens of projects together in the years since. I admire his creative work, his dedication to the photography industry as a whole and his willingness to help other photographers understand how to build viable businesses.

What sets Luke apart from his peers is that he isn’t just a photographer — he is a process fanatic. Luke has every step of his creative process precisely documented and knows how to clearly communicate to his clients how he works and how they’ll benefit directly from that work. As a professional that not only manages his own studio but is often traveling to remote sets for extended periods of time, he has to be extremely organized.

For Paul and I, partnering with Luke to create Project Prescription Photography made perfect sense. After years in the trenches working directly with professional clients, he knows what it takes to produce stunning images. But, like any photographer will tell you, snapping the perfect shot is just one piece of the overall puzzle. There are contracts, shot lists, questionnaires and so much more that happen before that even takes place.

Nubby Twiglet | Project Prescription Photography

What’s Included

Project Prescription Photography includes the following:

• 20 fully customizable process documents broken into 4 areas including Onboarding, Pre-Production, The Shoot and Post-Production & Delivery (read all the descriptions here).

• InDesign and Google Doc file formats so you can use whichever software you’re most comfortable with.

• U.S. sizing (8.5 x 11) and European sizing (A4) for every document.

• A screencast that explains how to quickly customize your documents in InDesign including changing out the logos, colors and fonts.

Project Prescription Photography is available at a discounted launch price of $88.00 for this week only. After that, it will return to its regular price of $108.00.

Nubby Twiglet | Project Prescription Photography

Whether you’re a beginning photographer looking to build a process from scratch or a seasoned photographer interested in perfecting your process, Project Prescription Photography makes it easy to customize your documents and get back to what you’re most passionate about — your work.

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!

P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about Luke’s background and how having a process transformed his own career, you can read more about his experiences right here.

The Week + Links: 7.22.16

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

This has been a really long week and I spent most of it in a deliriously tired state but with the downs, there are always ups on the other side — tonight’s plans involve plenty of packing for a trip to Vegas that’s mostly business (but with plenty of pleasure thrown in!) with my two BFF’s. Looking forward to the good times that await.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

Yesterday, a few hours before Joey was supposed to board a flight, one of the main pipes in our house decided to break and after some frantic ticket re-booking and searching for ancient parts, things are okay…but it’s a reminder to expect the unexpected when you have an older house. They’re worth it for the charm though, right? Haha!

Rocky also hurt his foot and my poor little guy has been limping around. I stayed home from work today to give him extra cuddles and Chubs is sitting here next to us. Awww.

One fun thing that happened this week is that my brother found an 8 foot tall cactus on Craigslist and a sweet 85 year old woman had been growing it for 25 years! She’s transitioning into an assisted living home but I’m excited to keep this beautiful masterpiece going strong in her honor.

Finally, if you missed it, here’s Chubs eating a plum. It’s almost his birthday. Yay!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

Have a great weekend!

Images: 1. Longtime reader Jamie knows about my love for Michael Jackson and llamas and sent me this photo. Yesssss! 2. One of my new favorite Portland hangouts is Americano. It specializes in Italian coffee by morning and Italian drinks by night. 3. This is the Craigslist cactus that’s now in the corner of our living room — it’s a giant!


• I didn’t know this existed! The New York Public Library has 9 librarians that serve as a human Google, answering totally random questions. Need to know the answer to the question “How many British monarchs have been left-handed?” They can help!

• Always make your own rules.

• 5 ways to set yourself up for vacation success as a freelancer.

• Watch the first ever Sony Walkman commercial from 1981. This is hilarious!

• Esmé dives into the trouble with blogging and the comments are also worth a read.

• When you feel like nobody knows who you are, show up and be

• What do you think about changing your last name when getting married?

• 9 ways to keep your flowers fresh.

• So interesting! The Secret Emotional Life of Clothes features 7 different stories about how clothes have the power to transform us.

• Taking a nap is like letting Marie Kondo loose in your brain.

• Tips to plan your best vacation ever.

The Typofiles: Domino Magazine

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: Domino Magazine

Domino is one of those magazines I’ve been a fan of from the first issue so when they cut back their publishing schedule a few years ago to quarterly, I was pretty disappointed. But, what I didn’t realize at the time was that each issue would be about double the thickness with content that went way deeper than the originals with even more pages of personal interviews and house tours.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: Domino Magazine

If you’re not familiar with Domino, it’s a home and lifestyle magazine with an emphasis on being able to shop the issue. The sources are always clearly listed and they do curated picks from each issue that you can buy online. Here’s the Summer 2016 selection.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: Domino Magazine

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: Domino Magazine

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: Domino Magazine

The cool thing about these quarterly issues is that they tend to follow a design theme throughout — this time, it’s all very airy with a ton of soft pink which thanks to Pantone, is right on trend.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: Domino Magazine

This issue has some amazing wallpaper picks, a feature on neon signs, an editorial shoot focused on all pink foods (random but totally works — see the popsicle image), a feature on watercolor flower art and a lot of themed product roundups crammed into nearly 200 pages without an ounce of filler.


With the content bar set so high, I’m happy to only have 4 new issues a year. I wanted to scan another 20 or so pages to show you when I was at work last night…but I think these give you a good idea of how awesome the issue is. You can subscribe here.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: Domino Magazine

As much as I love reading interiors blogs and scrolling through Pinterest, I find myself revisiting old issues of Domino again and again for new ideas as we remodel our house. Just last night, I found the most perfect wallpaper inside for our bathroom in-progess and I’ve never seen it anywhere else.

I don’t know how they’re able to source so many unique items that haven’t already been saturated with coverage…but whatever they’re doing, it’s working.

Creative Chronicles: Pay It Forward

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles: Pay It Forward

Pay it forward is defined as responding to a person’s kindness to oneself by being kind to someone else.

There are points in our creative careers when we need a helping hand — someone who is willing to reach out and make a connection that gives us a chance to take a much needed leap.

When I decided I wanted to be a graphic designer in my mid 20s, it was a bit overwhelming. Learning the skills needed to find a job in the industry was hard enough but perhaps more challenging was the fact that I didn’t have a single connection to make it happen. A decade later, I’m happily running my own studio but it was a battle to get here. Luckily, a few kind souls along the way believed in me and gave me a chance.

So that’s the topic of today: paying it forward and being genuinely helpful without expecting anything in return.

I’ve been thinking about this topic because I get emails from fresh design graduates all the time wanting to meet for coffee or do portfolio reviews. Though I can’t say yes to everything and am often traveling, I always try to respond and make the time whenever possible.

A few weeks back, I met a wonderful girl named Rose and as we were reviewing her portfolio, I mentioned that it was really important for me to get out and meet with new graduates because it was my small way of giving back.

The reason for this is because if it wasn’t for the four people below believing in me, I don’t know where my career would have ended up.

Here’s the backstory: when I decided to go back to school for the third time at 25 (yes, it took me awhile to figure out I should be a designer AND that it was a viable career), I knew that I wanted to work at a studio or agency within 2 years…but knew no one.

I got to work on making that happen but with rent to pay and full-time hours at a shoe store, I never had time to go out and make many connections. The one time I did was to a party at Nemo Design. I walked in and thought, “I want to work here.” Little did I know that a few years later, it would be my first design job.

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles: Pay It Forward


Chris ran my design program at Mt. Hood Community College and as our first year of classes came to an end, I told Chris I wanted to have an internship during my second year. “Where at?,” she asked, without missing a beat. “My dream would be Nemo Design.” She fired off an email to a former student who worked there a minute later and that eventually opened the door to my first interview.


I spent the summer of 2007 sending emails and walked into Nemo a few months later for an informational interview, my cheap plastic portfolio with just a year’s worth of projects pieced together. All the designers and art directors were busy so Paddy met with me instead. We hit it off because she liked that I enjoyed blogging and working in a variety of design styles. Thanks to her kindness, I started my first ever internship a few weeks later.


When the economy tanked, design work was hard to come by but a chance meeting with Dan changed everything. He became my biggest cheerleader, sharing my work with studios around town and eventually got me a gig at Nike. One placement at a studio was supposed to last 3 days and ended up stretching on for over a year, giving me much needed stability. To this day, Dan and I still grab lunch and keep in touch — I know I can trust him, no matter what happens in my career.


Cinco Design was somewhere I’d always dreamed of working but it felt completely out of reach. Their work is so smart, sleek and polished. A day before I was supposed to sign a contract with another studio, Julie emailed me out of the blue. We’d met during an interview at another company years before and she asked if I wanted to stop by. At the end of that meeting, I had a job offer. Soon after, I started working on their branding team. I only had the chance to stay for a year and a half (Blogcademy took off and traveling kept me on the road) but I’ll never forget everything I learned during that time with Julie as my Creative Director.

Nubby Twiglet | Creative Chronicles: Pay It Forward

A lot happened in between each encounter but these 4 meetings stand out as being the catalyst that helped me build a career. We’ve all had moments where someone believed in us when things felt impossible and their acts of kindness helped us reach our goals. The great thing is, as we reach new levels, we can each do the same.

How can you pay it forward?

• The next time you have an overflow of client inquiries, recommend a friend who needs some extra work for the job.

• The next time you hear of an opening where you work, think of the people you know who may be looking for a new job.

• The next time someone asks you to introduce them to someone you know, take the time to make it happen, right then and there.

• The next time you spot an opportunity on Twitter, Instagram or a blog, forward it to to the first person who comes to mind.

Acts of kindness don’t have to be massively time consuming — setting aside 10 minutes can literally change someone’s life.

Pay it forward.

Photos: Made U Look

Week + Links: 7.15.16

Nubby Twiglet | Week + Links


Happy Friday! This has been one of those weeks so I’m just trying to roll with it. I’m looking at my calendar wondering how it’s possibly Friday. I planned on having this post up a solid 8 hours ago but life happens and late is better than never…right?

The theme of this week has been all about reconnecting. I met up with my friend Erik on Monday and counting back, realized I’ve known him over half my life — we met when I was 16! It’s crazy to get to this age (34) where you can say you’ve had friends for that many years. I remember being 16 not so long ago! Ha!

My friend Pam also spent a day with me at the office and we laughed over past freelance horror stories (we used to work at a lot of studios together) and ended the day with a big batch of nachos at The Liquor Store (looooove this place). Then this morning, my friend Jessica and I had a big ol’ catch-up over Skype and chatted about her new business — isn’t it beautiful?!

Nubby Twiglet | Week + Links

I was honestly so busy catching up with people I adore and closing out as many projects as possible before leaving town (taking off to Vegas soon to start a new project) that I didn’t even think of picking up my camera…but aren’t those some of the best moments? Being too “in the moment” to even think of recording it? I kind of miss those days sometimes…because they used to happen much more often.

Anyway, I hope you have an amazing weekend. I’m going to be in the office working on branding for the Vegas project and it’s going to be nice to work on something more personal with less constraints. I find that those projects are always the hardest in a way, too….because anything is possible. Ah, the life of a designer. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | Week + Links

P.S. I found that man and woman statue at a vintage store called Lounge Lizard here in Portland and it was so random and funny that I had to have it! It was a bronze color but Joey just surprised me by spray painting it white. SO GOOD!


• Sorry, not sorry: Lena Dunham talks about the apology addiction. I’m so guilty of this!

• I feel like this subject isn’t talked about nearly enough: finding the courage to quit.

• Just…wow. Stop Googling, let’s talk. The author asks, “What has happened to face-to-face conversation in a world where so many people say they would rather text than talk?”

• Here’s how to make travel delays more enjoyable.

• Are you capable of really, truly keeping a secret or is the temptation to blab just too overpowering?

• Danielle LaPorte asks, what is the “big real” of what you’re doing?

• I love this interview with Paul Jarvis, especially when he says, “I’m OK if people dislike me for who I am. I would rather be myself (and make some people upset) rather than try to be someone else, and still probably wind up making some people upset anyway!”

• Abstract patterns made out of world flags? Awesome!

• What happens when you decide that you’ll never lie again?

• Megan shares 5 things she learned as a beauty editor.

What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

In my older, wiser age (ha!), I’ve gotten better at indulging in less impulse buys and focusing on unique basics I can get more wear out of. My mission this year has been to find more LBD’s. Little black dresses are great because they can be easily dressed up or down based on a few tweaks to jewelry, shoes and adding a jacket / cardigan.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

One of my favorite recent finds was this number from Topshop. It reminds me a bit of an ice skating costume but I like the higher neckline, fitted waist and flippy hem. It’s a little daring for daytime but with a cropped bomber jacket over the top, (I wear this one from Zara constantly — and it’s on sale!) the look is a bit more subdued.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

Because, you know, being subdued is something that totally comes naturally. 😉

I never get out to do much shopping anymore but when in Vegas….you know how things go. I found this dress at Topshop and the next day, I was on an afternoon adventure out to Red Rock Canyon with Gala and Kat, crammed into a tiny yellow Volkswagen I’d christened Limoncello with Made U Look.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

We drove down a bunch of windy roads until we were about 45 minutes outside of the Las Vegas city limits and were met with the most beautiful, surreal landscape. Over the last few years, I’ve began to appreciate the outdoors and nature a whole lot more and this area is a must-see if you find yourself with an extra day in town.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

If you’re looking for some LBD’s of your own, here are a few picks: 1. This criss-cross strap dress looks like a great pick for hitting some parties and clubs in Vegas. 2. I love wearing this dress for day since it can be dressed up or down easily and has a super relaxed, stretchy fit. 3. I wear this one constantly (as seen here) and it’s got a drapey, comfortable fit — plus it’s on sale! 4. This bodycon zipper dress is super simple and cute. 5. I love the workwear look of this dress and want to order it to layer over basic tees.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

As the sun set, Kat, Gala and I struck a few more serious poses (it never ends!) and called it a day. Taking photos with Made U Look is always a highlight because they shoot with mostly film which has the most unique outcomes but also, they are the most down to earth, wonderful women that always capture the right moments at the right times (they also shot my 5 year anniversary photos!)

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

In near darkness, we packed up the car with our ridiculous looks and headed for dinner at PF Chang’s where we caught up on life and laughed over no less than 4 orders of shrimp dumplings. Because when in Vegas…over-indulge. Always.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Little Black Dress in Red Rock

More from Red Rock Canyon coming up next week! xo

Photos: Made U Look
Makeup: Blanca at Sephora, Fashion Show Mall
I wore: Dress, Topshop (sold out but here’s another color), boots, Vic Matie (similar styles)