Little Lessons #11: Live The Impossible

Nubby Twiglet | Live The Impossible

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” —Audrey Hepburn

Last week, I flew into Vegas and hopped on over to Makeup Forever alongside Kat and Gala for a hefty dusting of glitter and some serious false eyelashes. We’d talked about seeing David Copperfield’s show for years and it was finally happening.

We arrived at the MGM Grand where Copperfield has his own theatre and took our seats in the front row. I’d seen many of his TV specials throughout the 90s and was expecting a handful of mind-blowing magic tricks but what I ended up with was something I didn’t expect at all: inspiration to keep following my dreams.

David’s show wasn’t just a traditional magic show. While it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, I appreciated the walk down memory lane, starting with a photo flashed up of him as a child, clutching a dinosaur skeleton, Frank. Copperfield was a lonely outcast as a child and Frank was his best friend. During the show, Copperfield told the audience to “Live the impossible” and by the end, Frank reappeared as a massive mechanical skeleton that took up most of the stage.

In real life, Copperfield managed to live out a seemingly impossible dream, going from the awkward kid who called a dinosaur skeleton his best friend to being the most successful solo entertainer in history with over 40 million tickets sold. Oh, and he owns a string of islands in The Bahamas. Not bad at all.

What does all of this have to do with you?

When you have big dreams and are trying to live the impossible, you’ll get shot down time and again by people who don’t get it. I want to remind you that just because someone else doesn’t think your dream is possible, you’ve got to keep believing. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.


If life has thrown a major curveball at your dreams, here are three quick and easy suggestions to get back on track:

1. Write down an affirmation.

Words have power and an affirmation can be repeated when you’re feeling down as a way to cut through the negativity in an instant. Affirmations are simple reminders of how you want to live your life and the more often you repeat them, the more realistic they become. For instance, “Live the impossible” is a great reminder to follow your dreams, no matter how far-fetched and scary they may seem. I’ll sometimes write an affirmation on a sticky note and place it next to my computer.

If you want more information on creating great affirmations, you can read up here.

2. Make a vision board.

A vision board is a visual representation of your goals. This is your chance to go big and own your future. The formatting of vision boards can be open-ended so feel free to piece together your images in Photoshop and set the composition as your desktop wallpaper or buy a huge piece of tagboard, grab some scissors and glue and get to work!

I’ve recently read a few different accounts of how making vision boards produced fantastic results and there were too many particularities in each to simply be a coincidence. To get the most out of your vision board, you need to be very specific. For instance, if I wanted to live in Palm Springs, I’d place an image of the midcentury modern house of my dreams and the words “Palm Springs” on my board instead of just a gaggle of palm trees.

Once your board is finished, it’s important to set aside a few minutes to focus on it every single day. The goal is to firmly implant your ideal existence so deeply in your mind that you begin to believe there’s no other option than to make it a reality.

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3. Keep a gratitude journal.

We all have those days where it feels like we’re moving backwards. But if you focus in closely enough, you can find things to be grateful for. Maybe the bus driver waited an extra 5 seconds so you could hop on. Maybe the grocery store clerk scanned an extra coupon that saved you a few dollars. Maybe the Starbucks barista remade your drink free of charge when you accidentally dropped it while getting into your car. Gratitude doesn’t have to focus on massive, life altering events. It doesn’t have to feel like fireworks going off ever time your pen hits the paper. Gratitude can be simple — it’s lurking in everyday occurrences.

I’m new to the world of gratitude journals but my entry was unexpected — my studio, Branch designed one for the Olivine Happily Ever After course where writing in one is required for 28 days. I participated and it definitely shifted my perspective.

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I hope these tips help you move forward with living the impossible and remind you that no dream is too big if you truly believe in it.


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Branded #4: Sparkling Waters By All Good

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: All Good Sparkling Water

When I was in New Zealand recently, I noticed great branding literally everywhere. From grocery stores to cafes to shops to even pizza parlors, it became immediately apparent that kiwis aren’t afraid to take chances.

My take is that in America, when it comes to packaging and branding, more of an emphasis is put on sales, marketing and legibility. It all comes down to the bottom line. In contrast, New Zealanders put more of a focus on creative freedom. They’re not afraid to take some risks and that feeling definitely comes through in the All Good line of beverages.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: All Good Sparkling Water

You may remember another All Good product I shared awhile back called Gingerella. Well today, I’m back to share Sparkling. When I spotted them at Farro, I loaded up the cart, bamboozled by their dazzling type treatments by Luke Lucas. Each flavor follows the same styling conventions but the drink name becomes the logo.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: All Good Sparkling Water

Each bottle packs a serious punch of organic juices, sparkling water and a dash of raw sugar. Like the rest of the All Good family, these products manage to mix stand-out branding with do-good ethics. It’s the best of both worlds.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: All Good Sparkling Water


Photos: Shauna Haider.
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The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 | Hello From Las Vegas!

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 Las Vegas

Welcome to The Week In Pictures! How was your week?! Kat, Gala and I landed in Vegas on Monday so mine was full of glitter, magic, margaritas and palm trees. There’s so much more to share with you about places to go and shows to see but for now, here’s a highlight reel:

Pure, ridiculous fun.

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 Las Vegas

One of my biggest regrets is not going to see Siegfried and Roy live during my first trip to Vegas in 1998. I have their books and have read most of their interviews but that will never take the place of seeing them perform in person. Gotta love this bronze bust!

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 Las Vegas

I went a little crazy with gift shop purchases. The ultimate buy? This two foot tall statue from The Flamingo. I bought it without thinking about how I’d actually get it home and had to ask for packing suggestions.

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 Las Vegas

This time around, we stayed at the Encore and everything was on point including the floral arrangements. DAYAMN!

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 Las Vegas

A highlight of the trip was seeing Britney live from the front row. Back in my high school days, I was too much of a teenage goth to engage in such delights. Seeing her now was totally worth the wait — that girl still has all the moves, not to mention a killer selection of rhinestone-encrusted catsuits.

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 Las Vegas

The perfect place to sit down and rest after some shopping and gambling? On a ledge in front of this epic pegasus inside of Caesar’s Palace. Oh, the drama!

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 Las Vegas

One of my favorite hangouts is the Mirage. It’s Polynesian-themed with ample palm trees, a volcano that erupts every half hour and is the former home of Siegfried and Roy. Need I say more?!

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 Las Vegas

This was the first vacation in the last few years where I took a real break from client work and lived it up. Most people recommend that you never stay in Vegas for longer than three days but after five, Kat and I were wishing we had another week. There’s so much more to do than engaging in the the usual vices and I can’t wait to share the best finds with you! A few of you were asking where this dress was from — it’s by Nasty Gal.

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 Las Vegas

The real appeal of Vegas lies in the fantasy — it’s a place where anything goes. False eyelashes, a dash of sequins and a pull on the slot machine handle before noon? All good! Bigger is better, more is more and as Liberace would say, too much of a good thing is FABBBBULOUUUUS! When real life calls for a time out, Vegas is just a flight away, waiting to show you a good time.

I’m signing off for the weekend to spend some time with my family but I wanted to leave you with this quote as a reminder to stay true to who you are and live it up:

“Although they say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, do not copy anyone – be yourself and the whole world will love you.” — Roy Horn

Link Love: 3.5.15

Nubby Twiglet | Lik Love: Studio Beau

• Danielle LaPorte’s advice is solid: It works better if you enjoy it.

• Here’s how to get top bloggers to share your content and boost your traffic.

• Jasmine Star explains how to get a potential client to respond….and book you!

• The CEO of Twitter is very candid about how trolls are costing the platform a lot of users.

• Here’s why Richard Branson is so successful.

• My go-to blog for awesome branding inspiration is Good Design Makes Me Happy.

• I love these tips on how to style a bookcase.

• Madonna, Annie Lennox and acting your age.

• Creative entrepreneurs, here are some tips to deal with uncertainty.

• French fashion blogger The Cherry Blossom Girl recently visited Palm Springs and I’m in love with all her styled shoots!

• 50 ways to have an adventure without leaving town!

• 5 psychological blocks that stop bloggers going from good to great.


Image: Studio Beau
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Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

You know that sentiment about how good things are worth the wait? Well, that’s exactly how I felt about our Sydney Blogcademy class. We’d been wanting to take the workshop to Sydney since the very beginning but the scheduling never quite panned out. This time around, we were pumped to finally have the opportunity.

We kicked off class at the beautiful Studio Neon in Surrey Hills after a delicious breakfast each morning at Orto Trading Co. (Australia, you truly have some of the best cafes).

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

Because we’d never taught in Sydney before, we had no idea what to expect but the class was off the hook from the moment we said our hellos. As usual, our group was quite eclectic and as you know, variety is the spice of life! In attendance, we had two men (a record?!), five energy healers, a handful of pregnant women, professional athletes….you name it. And of course, the more varied the mix of folks, the better the stories!

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

With bright colors swirling around coupled with smiles radiating from every corner, our Sydney group turned on the charm big time.

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

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Note-taking in our class is no joke — when we recently boiled down our two day workshop into a transcript for Blogcademy Online, it clocked in at 60,000 words. That’s a whole lot of info jammed into 18 sections!

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

The majority of women who join us in class already have thriving outside businesses and careers but are ready to transition into running their own businesses. There’s a point most of us reach where the money and recognition isn’t enough — personal satisfaction takes precedent. Learning how to sell your expertise, services and products online in a non-sleazy way opens so many doors to success on your own terms.

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

I’m always happy when we get to the second half of day two and get to put our still life skills into practice. In every day life, most of us feel the push towards selling, promoting and building in our careers — rarely do we get the opportunity to just be creative for creativity’s sake. Our still life activity is that chance — creativity is a muscle that needs to be exercised like everything else!

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

With the right tools and the mindset, it’s possible to carve out a career you love.

Sponsors

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

We design a custom-branded tote for each class and this time, our attendees received greeting cards from Love Ideas Ink, branded colored pencils and mugs by Brand Me, Fizzy Bunting confetti, adorable tattoo transfers from Pepper Ink, Violent Maiden eyeshadows, Crown and Glory sparkly ears and Reeta Krishna’s awesome WordPress for Beginners book.

Class Photo

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

Just look at this gorgeous group! Smiles for days!

Nubby Twiglet | Sunshine, Surf and Smiles at Blogcademy Sydney!

Join Us!

If you’d like to join us in-person (and get tons of personal feedback), please check out our upcoming dates here. If learning from the comfort of home is more your style, our full workshop is now available online. Woohoo!


Photos: Janneke Storm.
Venue: Studio Neon.

Out & About #5: Beverly Hills Hotel

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #5: Beverly Hills Hotel

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #5: Beverly Hills Hotel

After visiting Los Angeles at least ten times over the last few years, I’d grown tired of the same old routine. It was time to shake things up. During my stay last week, I told Kat and Gala that we needed to explore places we’d never been before and at the top of my list was the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #5: Beverly Hills Hotel

Why? Well, the first reason was to check out the iconic palm wallpaper that I’d been obsessed with for ages in person. It screams “vacation” and who doesn’t want that?

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #5: Beverly Hills Hotel

Next, I knew that the self-proclaimed Pink Palace was a legendary hangout for old-school Hollywood stars and I wanted to get an idea of what it was like to step back into those glamorous times. The hotel was built in 1912, before Beverly Hills had even been incorporated as a city!

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #5: Beverly Hills Hotel

Famously featured on the cover of The Eagles’ Hotel California LP, the hotel covers 12 acres in the heart of Beverly Hills — there are restaurants, a pool area, shops and private cabanas to explore. It’s all so pristine and beautiful….and very far from my daily existence. I love that feeling of being briefly immersed inside a whole new world.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #5: Beverly Hills Hotel

If you want to get a good feel for the hotel’s style but aren’t ready to book an overnight stay, the Polo Lounge is a great place to start. We showed up just in time for lunch, surrounded by tables of screenwriters and industry folks. The food was delicious American fare but even more impressive was the impeccable service.

On a more serious note, while I felt that it was important to share The Beverly Hills Hotel from a historical and design perspective, I strongly disagree with the views towards the LGBT community that the ownership holds and wanted to make that clear. It’s a good reminder that no matter how famous and established a brand is, one wrong move can really set it back and do permanent damage.


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The Week In Pictures: 3.1.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Los Angeles

Hello from beautiful Venice Beach!

I arrived on Wednesday and it’s been a whirlwind ever since, packed full of new adventures. Over the winter, I spent nearly every day including weekends in my office and was in desperate for an injection of fresh inspiration. LA has has definitely delivered! Here are some of my favorite moments so far…

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Los Angeles

Palm trees are always photogenic and so different from my Portland surroundings — these views never get old.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Los Angeles

The rosewater lemonade from Cafe Gratitude is unreal. This is one of my favorite LA places to eat because it’s all vegan and the entire menu is written in affirmations.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Los Angeles

One of the highlights of this week was art directing a book cover shoot on the beach. Judging by the oodles of pink flowers, you can probably guess who it was for. ;)

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Los Angeles

There’s so much natural beauty in LA that I’ve been slowing down to enjoy.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Los Angeles

I’ve definitely taken advantage of slithering out of my winter wardrobe of black layers and into tons of brights. If you’re interested, this dress is now on mega sale!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Los Angeles

One of the coolest spots I’ve visited during my time here is Violet Grey. It’s a beautiful little jewel box of a store featuring a tightly curated selection of beauty products sourced from around the world. They also happen to have a great magazine selection.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Los Angeles

Alfred is a great coffee shop I came across that reminded me of home. The decor is spot on…but the best discovery was a Compartes Chocolatier in their basement!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Los Angeles

Having the opportunity to get away from my predictable routine and explore has reminded me of how easy it is to get stuck inside a tightly wound orbit where everything is the same, day after day. There’s so much outside of your house (and the internet) just waiting to be explored — even if it’s just a coffee shop down the street that you’ve never stopped into, open your mind to the possibilities of what’s beyond the expected. Take a different route to work, stay in a different hotel, visit a new grocery store, bar or boutique. You never know who you might meet or what you’ll discover.

“You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things.” —Nate Berkus