Latest & Greatest #14: New Zara Finds!

Latest and Greatest

New Zara Finds


I love all things avant garde but I also appreciate good quality basics. Because in a pinch, those are what I reach for most often. Even if I’m wearing a jacket with built-in hip panels, I’ve most likely paired it with sturdy wedges, a black t-shirt and a simple skirt or skinny jeans.

I was a little late to discover Zara in part because Portland doesn’t have a location and I relied on shopping in-person when I was in New York or ordering online (always difficult when you’re not super familiar with a brand’s fit). One of my first Zara pieces was over a year ago when Joey bought me a neon yellow sweater for my birthday which I wore literally a few times a week (and still wear all the time)!

Anyway, I feel like I’ve finally hit the holy grail of basics and I wanted to share. I placed an order a week ago for these boots and this shirt and they are both the bomb (can I say that without sounding very 90s?)

First of all, the wedge boots — they fit exactly to size, the quality is amazing and they are made in Spain (if I’m paying upwards of $200.00 for shoes, they better not be stamped Made In China). Let’s back up to abut five years ago — I’d spotted the perfect Jil Sander wedge boots with crepe soles on Ebay but they were WAY out my price range and I let them go. Well, that could only mean one thing. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder and I am STILL obsessed and thinking about those damn boots! So when I spotted these babies on the Zara site at a fraction of the Jil Sander price, crepe wedge soles and all, I made my move.

New Zara Finds


Onto the shirt. I have tons of skirts, jackets and dresses but seemingly no shirts! When I shop, I want fun! Excitement! Intrigue! But let’s get real, shirts are kind of important. I like mine simple and type-covered and this one delivers.

All in all, Zara has really impressed me in delivering good quality basics and accessible prices. No, this post isn’t sponsored — I just want to make more of an effort to share what I love when I feel it’s worthwhile!


So tell me, Where is your go-to place for basics? Because I am definitely in need of more.

While I’d like to imagine wearing sequins and fancy dresses down the street every day, it’s just not my reality.

What I Wore: The Streets Of Soho

What I Wore: The Streets Of Soho

When I was in New York in October, the pace was so hectic that I barely had a chance to see friends or shop, let alone step outdoors. Even after The Blogcademy wrapped, we still had to do a promo shoot and film video spots before I left town. I woke up on that Monday though, knowing that somehow, some way, I needed to see my friend Bianca Alexis.

What I Wore: The Streets Of Soho

I first met Bianca in 2002 — I was friends with her boyfriend (we’d all met on LiveJournal — that’s how you made internet friends with common interests at the time) and she came along to meet up at Yaffa Cafe while I was in town. We didn’t see much of each other after that but when I stayed in New York for a few month stretch during the Spring of 2005, we became fast friends and grew much closer, making the most of the goth clubs as they were on their last hurrah (I still miss The Batcave like crazy!)

What I Wore: The Streets Of Soho

During the decade since we first met, so much has changed but we’ve remained close and still chat online almost every single day. That’s dedication! And you should celebrate those kinds of friendships as much as possible! So it only made sense to call in celebrated wedding photographer Lisa Devlin, who I just happened to be rooming with.

This was very special for us because Bianca and I are rarely in front of the camera together — she’s a professional photographer and retoucher so usually she’s shooting me! This was our first legit shoot together and I am so happy that we were able to pull it off right before I had to catch my flight home.

What I Wore: The Streets Of Soho

Lisa shot us along the side streets of Soho — delivery trucks were speeding by as we posed, jumped and laughed.

What I Wore: The Streets Of Soho

Actually, I did most of the jumping and Bianca did most of the posing. She’s one of the most down to earth people I know but when she gets in front of the camera, seriously watch out! Her fierceness knows no bounds! Haha.

I Wore:

Dress, Helmut Lang (from Tokio 7)
TBA Sneakers, ℅ Solestruck
Tights, H&M
Mouse Ears, Disneyland


What I Wore: The Streets Of Soho

With less than two hours to catch up, we managed to squeeze in shopping, a sit-down lunch and this shoot. We don’t get to see each other all that much but boy, we sure know how to make up for lost time!

What I Wore: The Streets Of Soho

A special thank you to Lisa Devlin for capturing these special moments and to Bianca for being a friend that’s been there for me through thick and thin. Friends like these are truly priceless.

The Week In Pictures: 11.30.12

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures


Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile, huh? And how can it already be December tomorrow?

As the year winds down, I have a lot on my plate and I’m also thinking ahead to 2013 and where I want to be and what I want to accomplish. It can be a bit overwhelming at times reading everyone else’s blog posts about improving yourself and your business and setting goals and resolutions with intention, at least to me. Sometimes I have to block out that thirst for knowledge and perfection and just sit by myself. The internet and its nooks and crannies are wonderful but mostly I just need a pen, a notebook and some time to think.

When I’m working, nothing is more comforting than being surrounded by nice essentials — these were a few of mine during the last week, namely a Poppin softcover notebook and pencils, Divine Chocolate (which I can vouch tastes as good as it looks) and chai and milk. If you prefer something warm but lighter than coffee, you can pick up a carton of Tazo chai at most grocery stores, add milk and microwave it for a minute. Presto!

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

Over Thanksgiving break, Joey whipped us up a delicious vegan feast and when I wasn’t eating (or watching terrible 80s movies), I was working on some fancy new things for The Blogcademy. I’m adamant about starting 2013 off on a good foot and feeling confident about where I’m headed and because the timeline to pull our original collateral together was almost nonexistent, I’ve been retooling a few of our basics. I’ve stared at the outcome of this digital project a few times since sending off final assets and I still don’t see anything I’d change. You know how fickle designers can be so that’s always a good sign!

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

I know that some of you are interested in cool places and goings-on around Portland and I’m trying to get better about documenting and sharing them with you! One of my favorite new discoveries was See See Motor Coffee Co. which, as you probably can gather from the name, is split into a motorcycle and coffee shop all in one! A pretty amazing combo if you ask me. I met my friend there for coffee and fell in love with the spot right away — it’s open yet welcoming and the wood panels add a cozy Portland vibe.

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

And as far as the coffee shop goes, the decor is pretty great. One wall is covered in shelving featuring vintage helmets and album art that contains motorcycles which is pretty entertaining when you realize that mix includes Prince’s Purple Rain and Meatloaf’s Bat Out Of Hell!

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

On that tip, I need to get out more. I always forget how inspiring it is to just wanted through Portland’s never-ending maze of vintage stores. The good stuff goes on forever and ever. Who can deny the magic of this pink Christmas tree?! I hope it finds a good home! If I could afford shipping, it would be on its way to the Rock n Roll Bride residence right now!

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

Here’s to wishing you and yours a cozy, magical holiday season. I’m feeling more excited about the holidays than I have in a really long time — maybe I’ve just grown up a bit and settled in more than in past years. Our house is finally starting to feel like a home and we just got our first full-sized tree over the weekend at Target (white with silver and red ornaments — it will make its debut here soon!) I’ll be sitting at my desk all weekend but it’s all in the name of a great project. Have a great one!

Link Love: 11.29.12

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Amber Gray in Marie Claire China


• Listen up! Top CEOs tell you how to get a digital agency job.

• I’m in total agreement with Steve Pavlina when it comes to making long-term commitments in order to see measurable results. His article, 5 Year Commitments challenges us to commit for the long-haul.

• Inspired by the type treatments and general atmosphere that comes with peeking in boutique windows? Then you’ll love the Window Shopping pinboard!

• The New York Times rounds up its list of the 100 most notable books of 2012.

• Amanda Genther reminds us how important it is to push past the fear of failure.

• Jasmine Star is dishing out some great tips on how to avoid procrastination and I’m taking notes!

• French style photographer and illustrator Garance Doré just launched her online print boutique! I want this one.

• Tamera knows what’s up when it comes to making stylish D.I.Y. pillows!

• The changing face of Bleecker Street between 6th and 7th Ave. in Manhattan from 2001 until now is meticulously documented in this post. I miss all those iconic signs and storefronts.

• If you want to make a beautiful calendar to start off 2013, check out this awesome D.I.Y. I endorse anything with big ol’ tassels!

• I know I’ve mentioned it many times but Art of the Menu is a treasure trove of design inspiration, especially if you do a lot of page layouts. A well designed menu should never be underestimated!

• Beauty is pain: An amazing look behind the curtain at the New York City Ballet.

Hello, Yellow: Poppin For the Holidays!

Poppin Holiday Gift Set

Two weeks ago, I was waxing poetic about Poppin and their rad, brightly colored office accouterments. I’m a firm believer that a clean workspace translates to a less cluttered mind and was over the moon when Poppin reached out and let me pick out one of their holiday gift sets.

Poppin Holiday Gift Set

I was in need of some brightening up in my very black and white office so I chose the Pencils of Promise Pack which is named after the organization Poppin works with to build schools for children living in poverty. I love that they give back to educational institutions. There are lots of other brightly colored bundles to choose from as well.

Poppin Holiday Gift Set

Poppin Holiday Gift Set

As a native Portlander, I’m accustomed to the six months of overcast drizzle we’re in the midst of but at the same time, it does get old fast. Being surrounded by all these bright colored accessories is making me feel way better and I feel so grown up at 31 finally having a matching pencil cup, tape dispenser and stapler!

Poppin Holiday Gift Set

I always feel like I’m lacking in the basics — my favorite part of the bundle is the ruler. It’s thick, weighty and the numbers are massive. I can’t seem to draw a straight line to save my life so I see it getting a lot of use.

Poppin Holiday Gift Set


If you’re seeking a more organized, color coordinated office space as well, I’ve joined up with Poppin to share the holiday cheer with you! Receive $25 off orders $50 or more on Poppin.com + free shipping sitewide! To activate this discount, simply enter the coupon code HappyHoliday during checkout on Poppin.com and start off the new year in style!

What I Wore: 11.25.12 | Straps & Stripes

What I Wore: Straps & Stripes

I took it easy during this extended Thanksgiving weekend and spent a good chunk of time hanging around the house, cuddling with Rocky, indulging in lots of Thanksgiving leftovers and shopping for my first-ever full-size Christmas tree at Target (last year we had a mini one). All in all, a good time!

It’s been freezing cold out so we took these shots in my dining room and Rocky joined in on the fun. He’d just gotten his bath and isn’t looking so happy! Haha!

What I Wore: Straps & Stripes

I paired my dress with this statement shoe score of the century. I still can’t quite believe I landed a pair of Louboutins in my size for under 50 bucks! Thank you, shoe gods!

What I Wore: Straps & Stripes

When Fall weather hits, I reach for knits and this sweater dress has been a staple of mine over the last month because though the shape is basic, the mash-up of stripes keep it from steering into boring territory.

I Wore:

Knit Dress, ASOS
Tights, H&M
Buckle Pumps, Christian Louboutin (found at Buffalo Exchange)


What I Wore: Straps & Stripes

An interpretation of my look: 1. ASOS Body-Conscious Knit Dress, 2. Chloé Multi-Strap Pumps and 3. Jil Sander Square Evening Wristlet.


What I Wore: Straps & Stripes

Rocky and I are wishing you a happy Monday! Have you started decorating for the holidays yet?

Link Love: 11.22.12

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Jean Shrimpton by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar, 1965


Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! I’m taking the rest of the week off to enjoy some much welcomed family time and I hope you have the chance to do the same. See you back here Monday and thanks for reading! Now, onto this week’s links…


• Will you be blocking Black Friday? #blockfriday is all about seizing the opportunity to spend quality time with friends, loved ones and ourselves.

• In case you were wondering how David Lynch is spending Thanksgiving, The Hairpin has you covered!

• Listen to Eleanor Roosevelt: It’s your life.

• My longtime friend and collaborator Bianca Alexis finally has a blog! She’s a retoucher in New York and also a major fashion fan and she has lots of great information and insights to share. Check her out!

• New York Magazine wonders, when did the internet get so nice? “Ten years ago, the web offered the worldview of a disaffected apparatchik and the perils of a Wild West saloon. Brawls broke out frequently; snideness triumphed; perverts, predators, and pettifoggers gathered in dark corners to prey on the lost and naïve. Now, though, the place projects the upbeat vigor of a Zumba session and the fellow-feeling of a neighborhood café.”

• Lessons for creatives from the world’s biggest rappers. Hell yes.

• Kat of Rock n Roll Bride shares 8 skills you need when running your own business!

• The 4 P’s of marketing are far from dead, they’re coming of age.

• You have to see this 72 year old grandpa who models teen girl clothes like no other. The best part? He’s modeling the clothes for his granddaughter’s store and sales have increased five-fold!

• Gotta love bicycle taxidermy!