What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

The International Rose Test Garden in Portland is the most beautiful place to visit this time of year. I’m always blown away by seeing roses in hues I’ve never experienced in nature before.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

But, one corner of the garden is my absolute favorite. It switches from the expected rows of roses to massive palms and tropical plants.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

I’d just found this dress at Buffalo Exchange as the summer weather finally hit — the strappy back made it the perfect choice for an unseasonably hot day. Green and royal purple are two colors I normally wouldn’t pair but it somehow worked on this dress.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

A mix of bodycon silhouettes, palms prints and stripes feel right for summer:

1. Topshop playsuit, 2. ModCloth dress, 3. Topshop dress, 4. ModCloth dress, 5. Heavenly wedges, 6. Norma Kamali swimsuit, 7. Tibi dress, 8. ModCloth dress and 9. Topshop peplum top.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

I’m busy exploring Europe right now and absolutely loving it (Berlin is pretty much the coolest place I’ve ever been) but at the same time, I’ll be glad to get back to Portland and soak up the rest of summer there — it’s my favorite time of year to rediscover all my favorite places across the city like the Rose Garden.


I wore: Buffalo Exchange dress (secondhand) and Marc by Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges.
Photos: Joey Maas.

The Week In Pictures: 7.25.14 | Summer In London Part 2

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

I’ve been to London a few times before but it’s never been as beautiful as this. The weather was great all week and in between teaching two classes, I spent plenty of time exploring the city. One place I ended up visiting multiple times was the new Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. With a photo booth in the lobby, a restaurant that felt like it was right out of Berlin in the 70s and a killer deejay, it ended up turning into our home away from home.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

I picked up some treasures along the way: Charbonnel et Walker truffles, a drink coaster and flyer from Hoi Polloi, Dyptique lipbalm from Selfridges and branded ribbon from a stationery shop.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

One of the highlights of my trip was visiting the housewares floor of Liberty. They had a bunch of these amazing Chad Wys paintings.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

The flowers inside the lobby of Liberty are always so beautiful.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Also, if you walk along the backside of The Ace, there’s a place tucked in there called That Flower Shop. How great is this sign?!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

When visiting London, I never pass up an opportunity to get a touristy snapshot in front of the red phone booths. ;)

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

On Thursday night, we hosted a mixer for The Blogcademy at a venue called The Roost. This was my view from the second floor, red scooter and all.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Since I’m normally working from home and wearing a uniform of black skinny jeans and a t-shirt, I love any excuse to dress up. These were our mixer looks.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

The inside of The Roost was insane! Each room had a different theme including wallpaper patterns. We spent the night sipping rhubarb and rosemary cocktails, making new friends, hanging out in the photo booth and dancing to Rebbie Jackson (Centipede is our new favorite tune).

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Seriously, check out this room! I’ll be sharing a lot more photos in an upcoming post.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

I just landed Berlin and am signing off to get ready for an early morning of teaching tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

Link Love: 7.25.14

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Kinfolk Magazine

• When you have too many ideas, what should you do with them?

• It’s possible to help people AND earn money.

• I was one of 22 young influencers interviewed about my thoughts on businesses marketing to millennials.

• 9 things designers do that they’d never admit!

• Sting isn’t leaving any money for his kids. Here’s his reasoning.

• 10 very harsh critiques of famous buildings!

• How to wire your own hanging modern lamp.

• 12 free fonts that work great for headlines and titles.

• How do you differentiate between taking risks with your life and career versus being reckless?

• How do you request the final payment you’re owed from a client?

• I was just interviewed by fellow blogger Allison and we chatted about juggling multiple businesses, life in Portland and much more.

• This is a great history lesson on how New York City cleaned up its graffiti problem on subway cars.

• Made me laugh: the essential guide to summer fruit.

• The most legendary pizza delivery guy in existence.

• Why is the internet so blue?


Photo: Mark Sanders for Kinfolk Magazine.
Check out more Link Love columns right here.

My Game Changing, All-In-One Camera: The Sony NEX-5N

Nubby Twiglet | My Game Changing, All-In-One Camera: The Sony NEX-5N

Though I’m a long ways from being a professional photographer, I do take a lot of photos and I’m notoriously picky when it comes to cameras.

Because of this, I held onto my trusty Nikon D40 for close to five years because I couldn’t find anything I liked better. Then, I discovered the Sony NEX-5N and it was love at first snap. For the last four months, nearly every photo featured on this blog was taken with the Sony. It does everything I need and it’s super duper compact — I carry it in my purse everywhere, every single day with absolutely no chance of back pain creeping up.

Here’s a quick list of pros on why this camera rules:

• It has the performance level of a legit DSLR but is about half the size and weight.

• Unlike a lot of smaller cameras on the market, this one has interchangeable lenses.

• The photos are 16.1 megapixels! Damnnnn. Even when you zoom in and crop, they still look sharp.

• It can record full HD video. Remember the Canada video? It was all shot on this camera by Gala, who owns the same exact model.

• There’s also a tiltable 3 inch LCD screen attached to the back — this makes it possible to frame light and low angle shots that would otherwise be tricky to nail.

Honestly, there are just too many incredible features to cover here. Scroll down and check out this list
to see even more of what this camera has to offer. Even though I’ve had this camera for a few months, I held out and waited to review it to see how I liked it after using on a near daily basis and I’d still give it a thumbs up.

Bottom line: If you’re looking for a solid camera for everyday shooting with DSLR quality in a compact, travel friendly body, I think you’ll love this camera as much as I do.

Tools Of The Trade #18: What WordPress Theme Is That?

Nubby Twiglet | Tools Of The Trade: What WordPress Theme Is That?

As a designer, when I land on a cool new blog and fall in love with the design, I’m often curious: is it built from scratch or is it a theme?

When Star was in town for a Branch meeting a few months back, I mentioned how much I liked a particular site and wanted to design something similar for a project. I couldn’t tell if it was based off a theme or not. Right then, she pulled up What WordPress Theme Is That? and answered my question. Within seconds, I’d located the theme.

Even better, What WordPress Theme Is That? not only detects what theme is being used but also what particular plugins the site is using. What a timesaver!


Featured site: What WordPress Theme Is That?.
For even more design resources, check out past Tools Of The Trade columns right here.

Dress Up Your Desk With Poppin’s New Colors Of Office Supplies

Nubby Twiglet | Poppin Office Supplies In Mint

It’s no secret that I am completely obsessed with office supplies. Considering how much time I spend sitting at my desk, I want my surroundings to look good.

Nubby Twiglet | Poppin Office Supplies In Mint

Nubby Twiglet | Poppin Office Supplies In Mint

I’m a big fan of Poppin’s shop by color feature which allows you to browse office supplies based on hue. I’ve been happily sporting their yellow setup for the last year in my office space and after using it nearly every day, I can honestly say that while their stuff looks good, it’s also completely functional and solid.

Nubby Twiglet | Poppin Office Supplies In Mint

As much as I’ve loved my yellow set, I was itching for a change so when Poppin let me know they were launching some new colors soon including mint and gray (very The Blogcademy appropriate, don’t you think?!) I was the first in line.

Nubby Twiglet | Poppin Office Supplies In Mint

My favorite Poppin items are their Signature Ballpoint Pens. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll notice that they make it into nearly every still life shot because they work great and add the perfect dash of color.

I don’t know about you but taking the time and care to dress up my workspace has made a world of difference when it comes to staying motivated. Poppin’s colorful accessories work as well as they look and I’m so excited to try out these new colors.

Nubby Twiglet | Poppin Office Supplies In Mint

P.S. If mint and gray don’t float your boat, navy and coral are also making a debut. I can’t wait to see someone rock a desk setup in coral!


All office supplies c/o Poppin. All opinions are my own.

The Week In Pictures: 7.18.14 | Hello From London!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures London

Hello from London! I have spent the week staying in the attic of a 1930′s English manor with a massive back yard and garden. The weather has been absolutely beautiful. By day, I’ve been filming videos and by night, enjoying lively dinners with friends.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures London

This is my view from the kitchen every morning.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures London

I just finished filming a new Blogcademy Home School video all about still lifes. That meant packing up piles of ephemera to haul across the ocean. Haha. I’m really happy with how this module came together and will let you know when it’s available!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures London

Filming gets easier every time around. My backdrop this time around was a tangled mix of greenery that felt like it went on forever.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures London

Our nights have been spent here with good wine and great friends, telling embarrassing stories and laughing until we’re crying. Just the way I like it!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures London

I’m pretty excited to be checking out Gala’s Radical Self Love Salon this afternoon. My studio, Branch did the branding and this is her third-ever event. With that, I’m off to repack my suitcase and then heading off to a new place in Central London to teach the first of two workshops starting tomorrow morning.

Have a great weekend, everyone!