Link Love: 4.9.15


• The ultimate guide to changing your life.

• Before you start an online shop, ask yourself these 5 questions.

• You might think you know what you want in life and carve out a very meticulous path to get it. But, what do you really want? That’s the harder question!

• On my must-visit list the next time I’m in San Francisco: Mr. Holmes Bakehouse.

• Here’s how to self-promote without being too annoying.

• Stop trying to impress others and plug into your weirdness!

Your punctuation says more about you than you might think.

• Garance Doré chats about turning dream jobs into reality.

• What you do is what you become. What kind of person do you want to be?

• In the fame game, things turn out differently than they might first appear. Example: George Michael vs. Andrew Ridgeley.

• These are the 12 types of photos you’ll find on Instagram!

• Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge talks about careers and fulfillment.

Image: Eric Gilkey.
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Latest & Greatest #31: Just My Type of Graphic Tees

Nubby Twiglet | Just My Type of Graphic Tees

I have a thing for tees with messages emblazoned across them. The bigger the type, the better!

They’re a good conversation starter, not to mention comfortable. I have recently been on the hunt for a few new ones to add to my growing collection and there’s an especially great bunch at both Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters right now. To save you the time of doing a digital dig for the perfect tee, here are some of my top picks.

Nubby Twiglet | Just My Type of Graphic Tees

Pictured above are: 1. RAWR, 2. Stockholm, 3. New Order, 4. Wake Me Up, 5. Get Over Your Selfie, 6. Strange, 7. Don’t Be Jealous, 8. Rock It, 9. Can You Not, 10. My Life and 11. Weekend Lover.

What’s your top pick?

In the top photo, I’m wearing the RAWR tee, NARS lipstick in Jungle Red and a Carrie Hammer necklace. For even more Latest & Greatest posts, click here.

Party Time, Excellent: Save 50% Off Blogcademy Online For One Day Only!

Nubby Twiglet | Save 50% Off Blogcademy Online For One Day Only!

It’s time to celebrate because today is Kat’s birthday! Over at The Blogcademy, we’re raising a toast to her big day and want to invite you to join in the fun. For the next 24 hours only, we’re offering a whopping 50% off Blogcademy Online!

Interested? Read on!

If you’re new here, The Blogcademy is a strategy-based blogging workshop I co-founded with Kat and Gala in 2012. After teaching across three continents, this January, we launched an online version of the workshop. Now, everyone can join in, regardless of geographical location. Even better, the lifetime access allows you to rewind, re-watch and learn at your own pace.

There’s a boatload of content included in Blogcademy Online (I should know — I designed it!) and with your purchase, you’ll receive immediate access to the following:

• Over six hours of video lessons, broken down into bite-sized modules. Each is easy to digest and packed with actionable information that you can put into practice right away.

• A 300 page transcript of the entire class. This is essentially an enormous how-to-blog bible!

• 24 pages of action-packed worksheets and activities to help you implement everything you’ve learned.

• A massive list of resources which includes every single book, tool, website and professional we personally recommend. They’re hyperlinked so you can just click and go!

• Lifetime access! You can login, watch, and re-watch the lessons as many times as you like.

• An insane amount of know-how and encouragement. You get the opportunity to learn from our mistakes… And our successes, too!

• Access to our private Facebook community. The forum is full of 300+ helpful, supportive bloggers and entrepreneurs.

We’ve also added some special bonuses:

• A pre-course worksheet for you to fill in before you start the lessons. Weighing in at 14 pages, this will allow you to get a firm fix on where you are right now and where you can improve.

• A 22 page Blogging Business Plan! You can use this as a roadmap to chart exactly where you want to go, and how to get there!

• A pack of inspirational wallpapers. These are perfect for printing out and hanging by your desk, or for using as your computer or phone background.

Nubby Twiglet | Save 50% Off Blogcademy Online For One Day Only!

Are you ready to take charge of your blog while learning from the comfort of home? Simply scroll down to the bottom of this page and use the discount code happybirthday when checking out.

If you have any questions before you buy, feel free to send us a tweet!

The fine print: Discount code is valid until 8am GMT on April 8th and will take 50% off the full price of the online course. The code does not work if you opt to pay via installments. The discount is not retroactive against past purchases.

Photos: Made U Look Photography.

Branded #6: Compartes Chocolatier

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

Compartes is chocolate for the fashion and design-obsessed set.

Based in LA and handmade in small batches, it’s known as some of the best chocolate in the world. Beyond that, the attention to branding and packaging raises it to art-worthy.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

When the neon sign in their Melrose shop proclaims that Chocolate Is Art, they aren’t kidding!

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

Like most of my brand discoveries these days, I first stumbled upon Compartes while perusing Pinterest. Filed away in the back of my mind, I was in LA last month and spotted a sign emblazoned with that unforgettable logo. Tucked inside a location on Melrose alongside Alfred Coffee (which is worth checking out for the decor alone), the tiny chocolate boutique was covered floor to ceiling in black and white geometric patterns of tile. And, the most beautiful packaging lined the walls — the boxes of Love Nuts really stood out, creating the coolest gradient effect. It almost reminded me of the VHS rental stores I frequented in the 90s, except with cooler spines. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

In the Compartes world, chocolate isn’t just chocolate — they have some of the most original flavors I’ve ever heard of. Check out their crazy selection of chocolate bars for yourself!

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

If you’re wondering about the history behind Compartes (because I sure was!), it was founded in 1950 and with its European-focused chocolate making, quickly picked up fans including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Frank Sinatra (really). Today, Compartes is headed up by Jonathan Grahm, who is known as a chocolate prodigy of sorts, with 100 over varieties of Compartes concoctions under his belt.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

While Compartes tastes amazing, the packaging only adds to its charm and I wanted to show you a few of my favorites — because when you visit the shop, there’s no way you’re walking out empty-handed! Pictured above are The Romantic, Biscuits and Honey and California Love. Yum!

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Compartes Chocolatier

Okay, are you as obsessed yet as I am? Thankfully, you don’t have to travel to LA to get your fix because Compartes offers its best sellers in its online shop. My next purchase? The Stumptown Coffee Bar.

Interior and still life photos: Shauna Haider.
Product photos: Compartes Chocolatier.
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The Week In Pictures: 4.4.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? I’ll be honest, I felt pretty out of sorts (hence the lack of posts). Joey’s been in San Francisco which means that I’ve been home taking care of the little ones. I know that babysitting a dog and a squirrel doesn’t even remotely compare to having human babies but damn, it’s a lot of work! Stay-at-home moms, I have so much respect for what you do on a daily basis.

Staying at home for a change has been good in a way because it’s given me a lot more time to slow down and think, whereas when I’m at the office, I’m in 100% work mode. There were so many great articles I read this week that had me thinking about asking yourself what you really want and avoiding the comparison trap. If you have a few free minutes, dig in!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Do you have a work uniform that you gravitate towards? During the warmer months, mine is usually a white t-shirt, black skinny jeans and sneaker wedges. Since the weather has finally gotten nicer, I just stocked up on some new tees — this one is my current favorite, which reminds me of the Prada Sport logo! And, it’s quite fitting since I still pepper my sentences with “rad” and “awesome” and “like” all the time, thanks to being in high school during the 90s.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in the Branch studio space a solid six months now. It feels like just yesterday that I was moving in! I get nostalgic all the time and snap photos of the space because I feel like things are shifting really fast. Our lead developer Star is coming in next week — we met in 2001 on Live Journal (holla!) and she coded up my first-ever WordPress blog. Talk about going waaaay back!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I just tried Alma Chocolate for the first time and just…wow. Their branding, their chocolate, their adorable little shop — it’s all so perfect. If you’re in Portland, stop in. Rumor has it that they also have some of the best homemade chocolate chip cookies in town, though I didn’t have a chance to try them. Go, go, go!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Chubs loves being the center of attention and was begging me to post a photo of him here. 😉 The truth is, everyone is clamoring for more squirrel photos but he’s nearly impossible to photograph. Imagine feeding your baby a dozen cookies and then having them wash it all down with 5 bottles’ worth of Kool-Aid. That’s basically Chubs at any given moment. Most of my photos are of a tail flying through the air!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I can’t believe it’s April already. As I was sitting home this week, it started to sink in that a lot of the goals I’d set at the starting of the year had sort of fallen through the cracks because I’d been wrapped up in completing one project after another — or, in some cases, like this week, literally handing off three separate websites at once for development. It’s been that kind of pace since January 1st! I feel that for the most part, we are in control of what happens in our lives. We have a say in the people we spend our time with, where we decide to dedicate our time and what we decide is worth going after. There’s a lot of outreach, classes and digital products I want to be doing yet I’ve barely made a dent and it’s time to change that. If you have personal projects you’re wanting to do, it’s up to you to carve out the time, even if it’s 10 minutes here and there. The point is to get started.

I know this post is getting long…and you have a weekend to enjoy! These are just some things that have been on my mind lately. I hope you have some fun plans — Rocky, Chubs and I are hanging out around the house putting the finishing touches on my newly decorated room (I have a big reveal and fun giveaway happening soon — stay tuned!) and reading fashion magazines. :)

Sending lots of love your way. xo

Link Love: 4.2.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Nicolas Santos

• Dear social media, it’s not you…it’s me. If you’re continually falling into the comparison trap, it’s time to take a break.

• The key to living a happier life.

• I’m a sucker for a good cactus print and Anna just rounded up a mix of some of the best items out there.

• Branch client Angela left a very stable and rewarding career to go out on her own and start a bakery. It’s been so amazing to watch her dream blossom over the last year.

• If you’re feeling burned out, ask yourself this one simple question.

• Put who you are into your brand and plant it. Blending who you are and what you do is like magic.

Stefania is simply a model, no plus-size prefix necessary.

• I’m totally digging the colors, type and everything about the Material Art Fair project.

• Alex’s advice: Be done with what’s done. Let it burn.

• Is growing your business what you actually want? If it is, ask yourself why.

Image: Nicolas Santos.
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The Latest & Greatest #30: Radiant Human Aura Photography

Nubby Twiglet | Radiant Human Aura Photography

Over the past week, I’ve been lamenting my lack of tangible photo prints — the thousands of images I’ve snapped over the last few years sit on various hard drives, collecting dust. I want more images I can hold and proudly display; do you feel the same?

Well, thanks to a spur of the moment outing, I have another print in my collection…but it’s completely different than anything else I’ve seen.

Over the weekend, I got a text from my aunt Shannon, asking if I wanted to join her to have an aura photo taken. Wait…I’d heard of that! A few months earlier, Gala showed me the wildly popular Radiant Human Instagram account and Christina happens to be located in Portland (though you should check out her dates — she often hits the road, visiting California and New York).

You may be wondering what an aura photo is and Christina does a great job of explaining how it works:

We all have energy running through our bodies. This energy radiates beyond our skin creating an atmosphere or “aura,” otherwise called an electromagnetic field. The aura camera uses hand sensors to analyze this energy’s vibrational frequency. Through this camera, we are able to match your vibrational frequency to a corresponding color’s vibrational frequency, making your energy visible and easy to see in the form of an instant Polaroid picture.

Getting an aura photo on a Sunday afternoon seemed to be on everyone elses’ agendas, too. We showed up early, snagging spots towards the front of the line but by the time the doors opened 10 minutes later, a few dozen people from all walks of life were eagerly waiting.

Shannon and I were added to a list and a few minutes later, I was led into a white wigwam-like structure that was completely black on the inside. I took my seat on a stool and then Christina set two blue boxes on my lap. I lined my fingers up with the sensors which were in the formation of hands and pushed my palms down onto another large sensor.

Nubby Twiglet | Radiant Human Aura Photography

Staring directly into a bright light and trying not to blink for 10 whole seconds took some serious concentration. And then, just as quickly as it had begun, it was over. I paid up ($25.00 for a single person or special group rates for multiple people in the same image) and was then handed my photo by Christina who explained what my aura meant. I was so surprised by how different my photo was from Shannon’s — her green and blue aura contrasted sharply with my red and purple.

Christina explained that my aura represented an extreme sense of creativity and also handed me a cheat sheet with the color definitions to keep.

The cool thing about auras is that yours can change dramatically over the course of a lifetime — and for that matter, even a few months! There’s really no way of knowing what’s going to show up until you see it and that’s part of the fun.

My take on aura photography is that no matter what you think about auras, the outcome is always beautiful and personal. This would be a great experience to share with your best friend or someone else you love.

“The aura given out by a person or object is as much a part of them as their flesh.” —Lucien Freud