Beauty Products: These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things!

Nubby Twiglet | Beauty Products: These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Occasionally, I’ll mention some of the beauty products I love in posts but I wanted to compile my current must-haves here for you. Everyone has a routine and these are the products I constantly reach for day after day.

Nubby Twiglet | Beauty Products: These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

1. Kate Spade Pouch: A fews weeks back, I was waiting in line at my favorite place to shop these days, Buffalo Exchange and out of the corner of my eye, I spotted this Kate Spade iPad case. Since I never seem to actually carry my iPad around, I’ve been using it to hold my basic beauty products.

2. Make Up Forever High Definition Foundation: I am pretty foundation phobic. The thought of smearing flesh-toned liquid all over my face completely grossed me out for years. I didn’t feel like I needed it so I just stayed away completely and stuck with concealer and powder. Then, when I was gearing up to film my first video segments with The Blogcademy back in February, thinking about being on camera with less than perfect skin gave me a reality check. I walked into Sephora the night before my flight and asked for a recommendation. What would look natural yet amazing on video? Their immediate answer: Make Up Forever High Definition Foundation. It worked and now I’m a convert. Unless I’m going out or getting my photo taken, I still skip the foundation on most days. But when I do need it, this is it.

3. Beauty Blender: I was a bit hesitant to spend close to 20 bucks on a makeup sponge (what?! really.) but after traveling with Gala and Kat and listening to their nonstop rave reviews, I began to give in. All I have to say is that the Beauty Blender works. The edgeless shape allows you to really get into those tricky areas around your eyes, lips and nose and blend, blend, blend.

4. Coqui Coqui Perfume: I’m still smitten with this scent. Coqui Coqui smells like vacation and is hand-blended in Tulum, Mexico. My idea of heaven in a bottle.

5. Astier de Villatte Lotion: Creme Suisse is what I reach for when I’m chained to my desk all day, feeling stressed and in need of a calming scent. This Swiss-made hand cream is clove scented and very light — it soaks in immediately. It smells like nothing else I’ve ever owned and everyone who stops by to try it falls in love with its unique scent. The minimal label is great, too.

6. The Dragontree Scrubs and Lotions: When I’m not drinking coffee, I’m probably drinking chai. So when my friend Meredith at The Dragontree sent me a bundle of products to try, I immediately gravitated towards the Chai Sugar Scrub (yes, it smells like a chai tea latte in the shower!) and the Balance Lotion which is a blend of vanilla, black pepper and cardamom. Both remind me of a crisp Fall day.

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7. The Fay Farm Body Butter: When I was hanging out at Sugarbox in Vancouver, B.C. I spotted this lotion that’s handmade on Whidby Island by The Fay Farm. It’s labeled as a “body butter” because it’s so thick. I pack this when I’m traveling and use it on my hands, elbows and knees — it’s heavy so you need to use it sparingly. The coconut vanilla scent is outrageously good and I love that it’s organic and made in small batches.

8. Maybelline Mascara: I like nice department store mascara on occasion but most of the time, when I’m running out I just grab a tube from the drugstore. My pick lately has been Maybelline Pumped Up! Colossal Mascara (say that five times fast!) because it gives me mega lashes with very little effort. Someday, I’ll master applying falsies but until then, this does the trick!

9. MAC Eyeshadows: Over the last year, I’ve been streamlining my makeup arsenal big time. Really, how many eyeshadows does one woman need?! After years of experimenting, I’ve settled on two colors that I reach for every single day: MAC Amber Lights and MAC Antiqued. I use Amber Lights, a warm bronze in my crease and Antiqued, a deep bronze on the outer edge. Depending on my lip color, I can easily take this smoky bronze eye from day to night.

10. Make Up Forever Blush Powder: A girl’s gotta have a little fun, though. When I really want to make those bronze-hued eyes pop, I add a dash of Make Up Forever Blush Powder in No. 58 to the very outside crease of my eyes and a dash underneath, too. It’s a bright, saturated fuchsia and somehow works with the bronze hues. Spoiler: I can’t find it online any longer but since it’s in the photo, I wanted to make sure to mention it.

11. Diptyque Solid Perfume: When I’m traveling, I tend to leave my glass perfume bottles at home. There’s nothing worse than opening your suitcase to something that’s shattered and soaked your worldly possessions! Because of this, I keep a solid perfume in my purse. I love the Diptyue Philosykos scent which smells like fig. The scent is clean, simple and fresh and the weighty container means that it’s easier to find in the abyss of my purse.

12. AcquaCures Face Cream: I’ll admit it: I’ve never had much of a skincare routine. I keep really random hours and go from being home for a few months to being on the road for weeks at a time. It’s hard for me to stick to anything long-term. I’ve tried fancy face creams but the heavy, perfumed scents burned my eyes. Then, I discovered AcquaCures, an organic skincare line thanks to Mariah, one of its founders who came to our San Francisco Blogcademy. I’m now using the AcquaRose face cream every day and have converted both my mom and husband to the line. It smells good, works great and is reasonably priced!

13. Rodin Lip Balm: Okay, so this is a bit of a splurge but I love the Rodin lip balm. Linda Rodin has a cult following and after reading oodles of glowing reviews about her line, I took the leap with this lip balm which contains jasmine, orange flower oil, shea butter, beeswax, and castor seed oil all housed in a chic lucite container. It’s lightweight and has barely any scent so I like to use it as a base before I apply lipstick.

Nubby Twiglet | Beauty Products: These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

14. Olivine Atelier Lotion: Amongst The Waves lotion smells like a day at the beach. With mostly organic ingredients and a scent inspired by Hawaii, this intoxicating scent features a mix of ocean salt, black coconut, a variety of lilies, tonka bean and Arabian sandalwood (yum). If you love vanilla but prefer something more complex, this is for you. Full disclosure: my studio designed this product!

15. Sugarpill Brushes: I have some animal hair makeup brushes from a decade ago that I still use but as I need new brushes, I’m moving towards synthetics. I love the Sugarpill brushes because they’re completely vegan but still work amazingly well.

16. MAC Lipstick: I love a good coral or tangerine-hued lipstick when I’m going out to an event but for most days, I prefer to keep things low key. I probably own a dozen nude-toned lipsticks from MAC but the best of the bunch is Kinda Sexy — it’s a bit rosy but not too pink, not too brown and not too pale. It’s just the right amount of color, super flattering and never looks overdone.

Nubby Twiglet | Beauty Products: These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things


Your turn: What are some of your current favorite beauty products? Anything you’d recommend giving a try?

The Week In Pictures: 9.19.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Hi, how was your week? The highlight of mine was visiting the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest (photos below!) and hanging out at my family’s campsite. Besides that, I spent way too much time in my office (I’m getting ready for a two week trip), finally tried the Roman Candle homemade granola (two thumbs way up!) and oh yeah, celebrated my 33rd birthday! It was a good one.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Even though we’ve had scorching hot days here, the mornings are cooler and breezier. I’m starting to feel the change of seasons and in turn, throwing oversized sweaters over my sleeveless dresses. This one is brand new from Forever 21 (thanks for the gift card, dad!) and is super cozy.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My birthday was over the weekend so I took Saturday off and visited the Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel. It’s an hour drive from Portland and every year, my family drives out and camps for three days. I just made the day trip, hitting all the food booths (homemade ice cream and corn on the cob are two must-haves) and then spent the afternoon visiting with my grandparents. The heat was pretty intense so I asked my grandma to borrow a hat…and she brought out this fringed number! Next year is the 50th anniversary so I hope to see you there!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

As I was sitting around camp, I noticed that quite a few family members were drinking beer out of vintage steins. Even though I’m not a beer drinker, I was feeling envious. After asking around, I found out that the Mt. Angel blacksmith turns into a store selling German gear during Oktoberfest and they have shelves of vintage steins! This was my pick.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Chubs likes to take off and climb to the top of our curtains. Then, he just hangs there and mocks us when we can’t reach him. I love his expression here! Priceless.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’m off to pack my bags for New York. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Link Love: 9.18.14

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Photo: James Elliott.
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#GIRLBOSS: A No-Holds-Barred Handbook For Forging Your Own Path In Business

Nubby Twiglet | #GIRLBOSS Book

#GIRLBOSS is part memoir and part guide to building a powerhouse business and best of all, there’s no jargon to make you feel stupid. Fluffy mantras are left at the door. It’s straight up, it’s real, it’s intense, it’s funny and even the most hardened CEO’s will walk away learning something new about how to run their businesses with more passion and efficiency.

If you’re still dreaming of starting your own business or have started one but it’s not feeling like the right fit, this book will inspire you to push through, search and create until the pieces fall into place.

Just like many of you, I always had dreams of starting my own business. Part of the appeal was wanting to do something on my own terms. But, that’s easier said than done, especially if you don’t have a clear path or mentor to cheer you on when things get tough. Because I had neither, I felt lost for quite a few years.

My first job was working in an accounting department of a food distributor over my college breaks. I’d dye my blue hair a normal, non offending color, pull out the office appropriate clothes my mom had bought me and show up for three months straight to a mauve-walled hell. My favorite times of day were lunch and after work drinks with my boss (always befriend your boss — you can get away with more!) Looking back, the job wasn’t so bad. In fact, it taught me how to function in corporate America and get along with people far outside of my social circle. The bigger, underlying issue was no matter how hard I tried, I knew it wasn’t what I was meant to do.

These days, one of the biggest downsides of the internet and Instagram is that both often make success look like it happened overnight but perceptions are not reality. The truth is, many of us spent years floundering, trying to find our footing and in the process, our greater focus in life.

In my case, I started college in 2000 and graduated in 2004. I went back in 2006 and graduated again in 2008. Only in 2008, after hundreds of credits and two degrees did I finally feel like my path made sense. If only I’d figured it out sooner!

That’s where #GIRLBOSS comes in. It’s penned by Sophia Amoruso, the hyper-successful founder of Nasty Gal and it’s the book I so desperately wish had existed when I was first starting out. The difference with this book when compared to others in the same genre is that Sophia doesn’t sugarcoat her path. At all. Like many of us, she tried on a lot of different hats before she found the right fit. From working at Subway to checking ID’s at an art college to, well, shoplifting, she never quite found it.

Once she listened to her calling, which was what she was already naturally great at (sleuthing out amazing vintage clothing for a bargain and reselling it for mega bucks), the rest began to fall into place. Of course, it wasn’t that easy (you’ll have to read the book to get all the dirty details) but her growth happened quite rapidly once she dedicated herself completely to a singular path she excelled at.

There are thousands of other business books out there but what makes #GIRLBOSS so different is that it’s not just glossy highlights and beautifully curated photos that have little to do with everyday reality. Instead, it’s a no-holds-barred look into what it takes to build a multi-million dollar company from absolutely nothing. You get insight into the lowest lows to finally reaping the rewards from years of nonstop hard work. The beauty of #GIRLBOSS is that you can learn from Sophia’s story in an afternoon and then map out your own desired path without so many pitfalls. There’s nothing like learning from the best!

The biggest lesson I took away from this book is that it is possible to build something from nothing. #GIRLBOSS is proof that hard work and drive coupled with a great idea can build great things. You just have to want it badly enough.


Featured: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.

We Came, We Posed and We Partied: The Blogcademy London Mixer!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

One muggy night at The Roost in London, we threw a party. As the sun set, we mingled with friends old and new, sipped cocktails, took turns posing in themed rooms and tried on our best disguises in the photo booth.

It went a little something like this.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Drinks were clanked, questions and answers flew back and forth at a rapid-fire pace and sparkly ears were worn.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Everything went off without a hitch…except for one smoke bomb mishap which shall not be mentioned ever again. *cough*choke*cough*

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

The night was full of of chit-chat, macaron munching, photo snapping and canapé tasting…all while dancing to Rebbie Jackson and other long-lost 80s tunes. The three three hours went by much too fast.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

The real action happened in the photo booth, though. Emily of Fishee Designs pulled out all the stops with custom props and my friend Amelia Arsenic stopped by to join in the fun.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Halfway through the event, we held an open Q&A. Nothing was off-limits — we discussed everything from blogging to personal relationships to our biggest learning experiences and I felt like the candor of us collectively sharing our triumphs and struggles across that room brought us all closer together.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

It’s hard to have a bad night when you’re in the midst of talented videographers, beautiful decor and old friends (hi, Loulou!)

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Presents were exchanged (thanks, Grace!) and many drinks were had….they were so good that I’m guilty of trying two of each.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

As the night went on, we made our way out to a picnic table on the back patio, chatting until the sun went down. I met so many inspiring, open, thoughtful, caring women in that short window of time.

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy London Mixer

As we said our goodbyes, I was reminded of the power of community. In our daily lives, we’re busy with family, careers, chores and making our dreams a reality. It’s hard to hit the brakes and make time for other things. This night allowed us to put everything else on hold and bond with like-minded women.

It’s always a gamble to put on an event in a new format for the first time…but I walked away feeling full. To the ladies who came out, thank you for being you and sharing your night with us.



Event: The Blogcademy Mixer.
Venue: The Roost.
Photographer: Lisa Jane Photography.
Videographers: Costa Sister Productions.
Photo Booth: Fishee Designs.
Music: Wedding Smashers.
Drinks: Pig’s Bladder and Petticoat and London Velvet.
Treats: Plumb and Rabbitts.
Tissue Balls: Peach Blossom.
Goodie Bags: Cheap Frills jewels, Crown and Glory ears, Abigail Warner cards, Vita Coco, Berlin Made prints and Arnis Purple canvas bags.

Out & About #2: Courier Coffee

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Courier Coffee, Portland

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Courier Coffee, Portland

A few weeks ago, my friend Vivian was in town visiting from San Francisco and after some quick research, she invited me over to Courier. The tiny downtown shopfront had been a variety of different businesses over the years and I hadn’t noticed Courier pop up…but now I’ll never forget it.

Walking up to Courier, the first thing I noticed were the sunshine-hued chairs. Before going in, I began reading the menu emblazoned on the window. As I got to the bottom, I noticed “Portland Tap Water. Sparkling or still.” Haha. A coffee shop with a sense of humor!

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Courier Coffee, Portland

The inside of Courier is very simple and unassuming and there’s a small, handwritten menu on a piece of cardboard. The baristas spin an eclectic mix of tunes on vinyl. Vivian had heard rave reviews about their iced vanilla lattes so we each ordered one, which were served up in Mason jars with oversized ice cubes. And I have to say, they lived up to their reputation of being some of the best in Portland.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Courier Coffee, Portland

As I was ordering my coffee, I spotted some muffins fresh out of the oven and boy, have they mastered their recipe. They’re perfectly done on the outside without being burnt and moist on the inside. I love the fresh berries piled on top.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Courier Coffee, Portland

If you’re looking for a nice little meet-up spot downtown, give Courier a try. I can’t wait to go back.


Featured: Courier Coffee.
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The Week In Pictures: 9.12.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Hey, how was your week? I’ve been feeling that pre-birthday drive kick in that makes me want to wrap up a lot of loose ends. Just made a list of what I want to accomplish over the next year, bought accounting software, handed off all my receipts to my mom (she’s the assistant over at Branch and is whipping us into shape!), cleaned my office and got new tires (gotta hit the road for the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest this weekend!).

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I threw on a t-shirt and jeans for a weekend walk through Reed College with Joey and Rocky, not even realizing I’d be in the midst of some urban camo. I love it when that happens!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The campus is so beautiful. I love hanging out there during the summer when it’s super quiet. This view reminds me of the venue I just taught at in Amsterdam!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Yesterday I did a little exploring — there’s a really great perfume shop here in Portland that has the most exquisite, rarest scents. I thought this packaging was especially cool…and it reminds me of Gala.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Elle is the one magazine subscription I’ll never, ever give up. The September issues are always the most fun to flip through.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’ve passed by this hand-painted sign hundreds of times and finally stopped yesterday to take a picture to share with you. Isn’t it great?!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

And with that, I’m signing off. Branch developer Star is in town, I’ve gotta get crackin’ on the design of Gala’s first book and my dad is taking me out to dinner at Gustav’s tonight (yes, my obsession with all things German runs deep).

P.S. Chubs is doing really well! In some funny news, a few days ago he took off from my office and I was searching everywhere for him…only to walk into my room where he was casually chillin’ on my pillow! King of the mountain!

Have a great weekend, everyone!