Link Love: 2.12.15

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: 2.12.15

• If you read just one article this week, please make it this. The next time someone tells you to be more presentable and basically encourages you to be someone else, take a stand and remind them that you’re just fine being you.

• If you’re trying to figure out whether to name your business after yourself or something more professional sounding, this article weighs the biggest pros and cons of each.

• It’s a simple message we all need to be reminded of: Feck Perfuction.

• If you have a few million Euros lying around, why not pick yourself up a nice, big empty Italian castle?! Um, one even comes complete with stables, a slaughter house (!!!), a chapel and a private family graveyard. Enticing?

• Eek! Mapping the bacteria in New York’s subways.

• I LOVE this post so much. Alexandra reminds us of the 10 slow and difficult steps to moderate success.

• A look back at how YouTube changed the world.

• This article argues that you should tell your children how much money you make.

• I’m so glad folks these days are getting better about appreciating what came before them and repurposing old spaces instead of tearing them down.

• Need help with choosing the colors for your brand? This post can help!

• Well, this is the bathroom of my dreams. Enough said.


Image: Greg Kadel for Vogue Paris.
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Rapid-Fire Q&A Submission: You’ve Got Questions…And I’ve Got Answers!

Nubby Twiglet | You’ve Got Questions…And I’ve Got Answers!

Later this year, I’ll celebrate my 8th anniversary of blogging in this space and because I’ve been here for so long, I figure that most of you know me pretty well (and I’ve gotten to know a lot of you pretty well, too). It’s easy to forget that there are new people landing here every day so I thought it would be fun to try something different this week — a rapid-fire Q&A!

I’ve done an advice column since the very beginning but that’s usually a long, detailed answer to one question. Here, I’m going to gather 20 of your questions and split them into two upcoming posts.

It’s time to think about what you want to know. Do you have a question about blogging, graphic design, creative careers, personal style, business, a specific font I use, travel, squirrels…or something even more random? Head on over to my Facebook and ask away!

Part one goes live next Tuesday and I can’t wait to see what you come up with! -Shauna

Nubby Twiglet | You’ve Got Questions…And I’ve Got Answers!


Photos: Janneke Storm.

The Week In Pictures: 2.6.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? I had another one of those weeks that felt like a month wrapped into one — between a drag queen brunch (more on that in a minute!) new client meetings, adventures across town and a few really late nights, I’m feeling very happy but also, very worn out. I’m writing this post from the comfort of my new green couch with a cup of tea complete with a dash of honey nearby (I’m normally a coffee drinker) under the guise that it’s a lot more comfortable working from here today than an office chair. I know we can all agree on that one!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Yesterday, I came home to find a surprise package waiting on my doorstep. “I haven’t been doing any shopping” was my first thought. Haha. I sliced it open to find cartons of homemade squirrel-shaped cookies from my pastry chef client (in Nebraska!), Goldenrod Pastries. Wow. Needless to say, I immediately ran them over to my office, afraid that Chubs would eat them all!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Onto the drag queen brunch. That’s a real thing here in Portland. My grandma and I took my cousin Matt to this amazing event for his birthday on Sunday at the Kennedy School. Basically, a drag queen troupe called Hot Chocolate is led up by the FIERCE Poison Waters and alongside their performances, you eat breakfast and hit the bar. It was basically the best Sunday ever. This is what I looked like before heading out the door — and to be clear, my skin doesn’t look that smooth in real life. Good lighting and Makeup Forever HD foundation get the credit!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I didn’t snap many photos of the event because I was having way too much fun watching the drag queens rock out to Whitney Houston. But getting to spend the morning with my grandma was so much fun. She LOVED it. She was sipping a screwdriver, clapping along to every song. I hope I’m that full of zest and energy at 85! This is my most favorite photo of her, taken at the end of the 1960s. She raised FIVE boys and still looked that good.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

After an epic Sunday, I hit the town again on Monday and quickly discovered that Clyde Common has the best lavender lemonade around. They were so good in fact that my table ordered five of them!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Whenever I’m downtown, I have to stop into Alder & Co.. This display of flowers is always a different mix and so beautiful.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

On my way home, I spotted this coffee shop. It’s in the corner of a church and all the proceeds go towards keeping the very old (and very cool) building maintained. I know where my summer outside office is going to be!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

One of my favorite clients to work with is Luke Copping — he’s always full of great ideas. Next week, I’ll be sharing the outcome of our latest collaboration which includes these cards printed with inspirational sayings.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My year has been so full of goodness so far. I’ve been getting out of my office more and hanging out all over Portland while catching up with old friends, a lot of family and new clients. This week, I was looking for an old notebook and stumbled upon my stash of 30 or so journals dating back 15 years. Most are full of to-do lists but there are also thoughts and dreams. There are a lot of mentions of knowing what I wanted…but not quite knowing how to get it. I’m only now able to look back and see a very clear path and progression because as you know, when you’re going through life, there are days (and months) that leave can leave you feeling a little lost.

What I now realize is that nothing is perfectly laid out for any of us…and I’m glad. It’s about that exploration! The exploration is what allows you to try on different hats, mingle with different social groups and experiment. The more you experiment, the easier it will be to realize when you’ve found that perfect fit so my point is to get out and live life. There are so many discoveries waiting for you to find. This is getting a little long-winded and heavy for a Friday so I’ll leave you with this quote:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 2.5.15

nNubby Twiglet | Link Love: Anna Danilova

• Your life is a hot date. Now show up.

• If you’ve found your workload lightening up over the winter months, use it to your advantage and work on personal projects.

• Luke Copping just wrote 10 more ways NOT to become a successful photographer which is based on his original (and super popular) article. Most of the advice applies to other creatives, too — read up!

• It’s always good to have a reminder that the perfection presented on social media isn’t the full story.

• There are USB sticks hidden in walls across the world!

• It’s now possible to outsource nearly everything in your life. I hadn’t heard of half of these services before!

• I loved this flashback of popular teen beauty brands. I pretty much used every single one of these, what about you?!

• No really…that’s just how my face is.

• This article is a great primer on laying out the pros and cons of whether you should travel alone or in a group.

• Life hacks that anyone over 50 should know.

• Wow! I had no idea that there was a penthouse apartment constructed inside the Eiffel Tower.


Photo: Anna Danilova

What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

During my first time in Sydney, there were some must-see landmarks on my list: the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbor Bridge and of course, Bondi Beach.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Escaping the winter back home for some warmer weather in the Southern Hemisphere, I was inspired to trade in my bundle of black layers for something decidedly more….neon. A neon coral dress and tangerine nails were balanced out with sunglasses and ankle boots.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

We spent a windy day taking cabs around Sydney, hitting cafes, shops and the famous Bondi Baths. It was an experience of a lifetime seeing landmarks I’d only viewed online up close and personal.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

In a neon mood? Here are some of my top picks: ASOS Seamed Skater Dress, Lulu Guinness Neon Lips Clutch and Pop Nail Glam in Mandarin.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Sydney, it’s official: I love you.


Photos by: Janneke Storm.

Branded #2: Gingerella Ginger Ale

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Gingerella by All Good

When I first made eye contact with Gingerella while I was hanging out in an Australian cafe, I gasped, jumped up and down and ordered a bottle as quickly as possible. That’s a strong reaction over a bottle of ginger ale but Gingerella happens to be gorgeous, stylish and socially conscious. That’s a hard combination to top when it comes to branding, don’t you think?

Gingerella is sweet and carbonated like soda but has a spicy ginger flavor. This particular incarnation features an enticing mix of organic ginger, lemon, organic vanilla from Sri Lanka and sugar from India. Yes, it tastes as awesome as it sounds.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Gingerella by All Good

Gingerella is produced by All Good, which is a small business focusing on creating high quality products with a conscience. Most of their ingredients are not only organic but they’re also sourced from fair-trade farmers. I’m glad that more brands are taking the reigns on producing products that aren’t just about all looks and no substance. Gingerella is proof that you can care about the environment while amping things up with a saucy redhead.

Nubby Twiglet | Branded: Gingerella by All Good


Images: Shauna Haider and Best Awards.
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The Week In Pictures: 1.30.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’m so happy it’s Friday (and I’m sure you feel the same exact way). Some weeks feel like a month rolled into one…and this was definitely one of those. My friend and Branch client Mary Bee came to town so we spent Sunday and Monday exploring Portland, snapping silly photos and eating so much ice cream, pizza and pastries that I literally felt sick. We’re kindred spirits so even though I only see her twice a year, we always pick right back up where we left off. Aren’t those the best kinds of friends?

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Did I mention that Mary Bee is the manager of Hidden Treasures? Why is that of importance? Well my friend, they source some of the most epic vintage in all of LA. This coat is a perfect example. Also of importance: the store has the original boat from Gilligan’s Island PROPPED UP ON THE ROOF. They take eccentricity to a whole new level and…I love them for it.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

When a friend is in town, the first order of business is to catch up on news over coffee. We spent the afternoon sitting on the green couches in the Ace Hotel lobby, chatting away.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The next day, I showed Mary Bee around my neck of the woods in S.E. Portland. We strolled through cluttered antiques shops, tried on piles of questionable clothes and visited countless coffee shops and bars. It’s always so much fun to be a tourist in your own city.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Before she left town, Mary Bee surprised me with Roman Candle biscotti. Heaven in a bag. Really.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’m thankful this week for the sun peeking out right as my friend arrived to town. I’m thankful for Salt & Straw ice cream. I’m thankful for Joey delivering lunch and dinner to my office during this crazy week of launching Blogcademy Online. I’m thankful for my mom who’s been ambitiously balancing both the Branch and Blogcademy books. And I’m thankful for Kat and Gala for hanging on during the highs and lows of the last 8 months as we planned, built and launched Blogcademy Online.

Launching a course of this size was no easy feat. Now that the launch has happened, I’m only now able to grasp what we pulled off. Having a course that’s completely digital means that everything has to run smoothly. It all has to make sense too, since you’re not there to explain it in person. And then there’s the task of showing what a digital course looks like….since it’s all digital. If you want to read more about what went on behind the scenes, check out this post.

If you’re in the middle of a big project yourself, hang in there. I know what it feels like to be in the thick of it, very far from the finish line. One thing that helped us tremendously was setting a firm launch date — a launch date that absolutely could not budge. The night before the launch, I was still making transcript edits and building promo graphics….because I knew there was no wiggle room. It was 100% worth it. Those projects are what add a richness to your life because there’s nothing better than being able to share your knowledge with others and teach them something that can potentially transform their lives. On that note, I love this quote:

“Your life should consist of more than commuting, working, eating, surfing the Internet, sleeping and watching TV. Your life should be filled with purpose-driven experiences and projects that bring excitement, passion, energy, and authentic meaning and joy into your life.” ― Richie Norton

Have a great weekend, everyone!