What I Wore: A Checkered Obsession

Nubby Twiglet | A Checkered Obsession

Stripes have always been my go-to pattern but lately, I’ve been having a checkered moment. While stripes are the ultimate classic, checkers have a little more pizzazz and I can’t get enough.

I found this checkered dress on a Zara sale rack in New York last summer (now sadly out of stock) and have since packed it with me from London to Australia. Belted and paired with heels, it becomes dressy. Loose and combined with a cardigan and boots, it becomes every day wearable.

Nubby Twiglet | A Checkered Obsession

In an ideal world, I’d also have my kitchen floor redone in a checkerboard pattern. This week while I’m in LA, visiting the brand new Ace Hotel downtown is at the top of my list — newly opened, it just happens to have checkered floors.

Nubby Twiglet | A Checkered Obsession

These are a few of my favorite checkered things: 1. Emily Shur. 2. Kate Spade. 3. Winter Bird Co. and 4. Wallpaper.

Nubby Twiglet | A Checkered Obsession

Have an awesome Monday! My stay in Palm Springs is coming to an end but this video will always remind me of what a truly great getaway it’s been.

Photos: Corey Sleap Photography.

The Week In Pictures: 2.7.14



Hello from gorgeous Palm Springs! I’ve been in town since Monday for work but I’ve been determined to squeeze some fun in whenever possible. That affirmation has been made all the easier ever since we met Steve, a cab driver and lifelong resident who has taken us on a few special jaunts. So far, we’ve gotten to see a yard full of alien and robot sculptures, Frank Sinatra’s old pad and the famous Marilyn statue.


Whenever I’m in Palm Springs, it’s a great excuse to pull out all of my brightly colored clothing. I’ve been finally getting the chance to wear this Nasty Gal top. The large brimmed hat was found at H&M.


For our stay, we rented a mid-century modern dream home. Being surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, a pool in the back yard and even having our own lemon tree has been quite surreal.


There’s also a bar. But, work comes first so we haven’t gotten a chance to put it to use yet!


Kat, Gala and I have been rocking these insanely awesome Cutie Dynamite sunglasses every chance we get. Can you blame us?!


There’s been a flurry of action at the house including a photo shoot with Made U Look. I love this look that Kat was wearing earlier in the week.


One of my favorite activities in Palm Springs so far has been riding bikes through town.



My idea of heaven: pulling inspiration and creating real life mood boards. Also, I’m loving this fluorescent coral dress from ASOS.


Workin’ it on a balcony at The Saguaro in an ASOS flower dress.


The most attention-grabbing yard I’ve ever seen: this artist has filled every possible space with dozens of brightly-colored sculptures.


Thanks for tuning in! Every time I visit Palm Springs, I fall a little more in love. Is there anything else that’s an absolute must-see before I hit the road in a few days?

Have an amazing weekend. I can’t wait to share more with you!

Shauna Haider and FX Films.

Link Love: 2.6.14


Link Love | National Geographic

• When it comes to blogging, a lot of shifts have happened in a relatively short period of time.

• Here’s what I wish I’d known when starting my business.

• Yes, there’s such a thing as an Instagram-based cooking show!

• 10 creative rituals you should steal.

• Megan shares 5 things she does to stay healthy while kicking ass at work.

• Here’s 5 badass lady textile designers you should know about.

• What would it look like if the Winter Olympics were plopped down in the middle of Manhattan?

• Are you addicted to stress?

• There’s a Tumblr for everything including the art of the rap logo.

• There are 4 million songs on Spotify that have never been played! Now, you have the chance to get them off the dreaded list.

• Materialism is eating us from the inside out.

Image: California, 1940. By J. Baylor Roberts for National Geographic.

Lookbook #6: Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles


I own a handful of books on typography and while they’re educational and inspiring, the overall design isn’t all that beautiful. They say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but for a designer, that’s easier said than done.

While the titles on my bookshelf covered the history of typography, there weren’t many images. I wanted to see more visuals of type specimens and the effects history and design trends had on typography as a whole. I knew that there had to be some meatier books out there that covered what I was looking for.

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Then, I discovered Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles (try saying that 10 times fast!) and it was perfect. Comprised of two volumes, this book is a visual masterpiece. The first book covers pre-20th century type specimens while the second covers 1900 through the mid 20th century.

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

Weighing in at 720 pages, this book expertly traces the history of the printed letterform and has snippets from signs, books, catalogs and more. In my opinion, it’s a total must-have.

Nubby Twiglet | Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles

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Photos and scans: Shauna Haider