The Week In Pictures: 12.6.14 | Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

This week: Sydney > Melbourne > Auckland.

It’s been so good exploring this part of the world again after a year away. The best part of my trip by far has been meeting many folks I’ve known online for years during The Blogcademy workshops.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

After traveling so much this year, I’ve realized that it’s the little things that make my day — discovering a great coffee shop, a line of well-branded alcohol(above), and friendly Uber drivers.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

Last week was my first time visiting Bondi Beach — we stayed in a little rental right next to the water and though there were some unexpected antics (flighting off cockroaches in the bathroom, realizing my bed was on wheels after I woke up with it sideways one morning), it was a great adventure. The ups and downs are what end up making the best travel stories.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

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Link Love: 12.04.14

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Les Graphiquants

• The one thing that all successful people do.

• Check out these very questionable Newport cigarette ads of the 70s and 80s. Amazing.

• Before you launch a product on your blog, read this.

• It’s super easy to download a video from Youtube.

• The problem with problems.

• If you’ve got a black thumb, this chart of watering instructions can help!

• Molly Crabapple’s 15 rules for creative success in the internet age.

• It’s true that experts make what they do look easy.

• If you’re a fan of Burt Reynolds, it’s your lucky day. Check out all the amazing and (and odd) belongings he’s auctioning off!

• Instead of spewing negativity, make a positive difference.

• If you’re interested in attending a blogging conference in 2015, this list gives you a rundown of all the options.

• Emojiary asks you how you feel once a day…and you respond in emojis!

• Best friends are awesome. Check out these famous pairings.


Image: Les Graphiquants.

The Typofiles #138: Monster Children Photo Issue

Nubby Twiglet | Monster Children Photo Annual

Since I’m in Australia right now, it’s fitting to post about one of the best designed magazines on the continent, Monster Children.

I was really drawn to this issue because although the design is stark and black and white, it’s far from boring. I love the use of the large sans serif drop caps, the cropped letterforms and the excessive whitespace. It all adds an air of refinement to content that veers from skate and surf culture to scantily clad women.

Nubby Twiglet | Monster Children Photo Annual

Speaking of photo essays, this issue has a beautiful collection of vintage Nick Cave images along with the portfolios of many other photographers from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. The eclectic content paired with a constantly evolving design is part of what keeps this publication fresh.


Learn more about Monster Children Monster Children here.
Check out more Typofiles here.

What I Wore: Sheer

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Sheer

When I’m home in between Blogcademy and business trips, I always revert back to my “work uniform” of black skinny jeans, a black tee and black sneaker wedges. Depending on the weather, I’ll layer on a scarf, sweater and leather jacket but it doesn’t veer much from these basic staples. My days are long and since my clients are all remote, there’s never really a reason to dress up.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Sheer

When I hit the road, my style completely shifts. Skinny jeans are traded in for dresses and adventurous looks because my days change from sitting in my design studio to exploring cities, teaching classes and taking photos for my blog. It’s a great excuse to get out of my very uniform-focused wardrobe routine.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Sheer

I’m always looking for new ways to mix my wardrobe up while staying true to my personal style so when Kung Katherine, a New York City-based fashion label offered to let me try out a piece from their new collection, I immediately gravitated towards this sheer top. It has some great visual interest with the varying panels and is form-fitting but not constricting. Best of all, it fit right in with what I already own — a Zara pencil skirt, Wolford tights and Steve Madden boots. What a welcome step up from my usual black cotton H&M tees!

I always forget how much dressing up changes my mood — I feel more confident and prepared for whatever comes my way, whether it’s a meeting, lunch date or drinks with my husband.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Sheer

Here’s to taking the time to experiment with your personal style and trying out new things.


I wore: Top, ℅ Kung Katherine. Boots, Steve Madden. Tights, Wolford Crazy Maze. Pencil skirt, Zara.

Two Big Announcements: The Blogcademy Online Is Coming…and We’re Having a 50% Off Home School Sale Today Only!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Online Is Coming…and We're Having a 50% Off Home School Sale Today Only!

What if you could learn everything we teach at The Blogcademy from the comfort of your home? And, what if you could rewind and re-watch the segments as often as you wanted? If learning at your own pace is right up your alley, you’re in luck because The Blogcademy Online is launching this January!

We know you’re bound to have some questions about how this new format works and what’s included…so we’re holding a free livestream to give you all the details. It is happening Monday, December 1st (today), live from Melbourne! Here’s the rundown of timezones so you know when to tune in:

Los Angeles: 2 pm
New York: 5 pm
London: 10 pm
Melbourne: 9 am (Tuesday)

Please click here to RSVP.

We have so much to share with you but there will be plenty of time for Q&A so come up with your best business and blogging questions and we’ll answer as many as we can. Remember, you can also submit them ahead of time if you’d like — just type directly onto the event page. If you can’t join us live, we’ll be sharing a link following the recording so you can watch whenever you’d like. Hope to see you there!


Home School Cyber Monday Sale

Also, if you’re interested in boosting your knowledge in a particular blogging subject, we’re offering a one day only sale. Save 50% off of all 13 Home School modules — at just $10.00 each, they’re a total steal! Each features a video, overview and worksheets to drive key learnings home.

All you have to do is enter the discount code CYBER at checkout!

If you’ve been wondering what goes into a media kit, how to put together a rad still life (and rule at Instagram), how to make your image more consistent online, the keys to creating killer content, how to make your About page stand out and how to deal with negativity online, we’ve got you covered. Each segment is snappy, information-packed and to the point.

But, don’t just take it from us:

“Before I started using Home School I had a list as long as my arm of things I hated about my online presence, but no idea how to get started, or the time to dedicate to a full course. I felt like it was a never-ending list of changes and areas I wanted to grow in but had no direction; it felt completely overwhelming! Blogcademy Home School is perfect for me, because I can take one module at a time to concentrate on and action the changes required as and when I need to, by referring back to the super useful worksheets and PDFs provided.

My favourite is the Brand Audit module; I took an afternoon out to watch the video and complete the tasks and learnt a whole bunch of useful stuff about my brand that I would’ve never thought about before! Blogcademy Home School isn’t just for baby bloggers; anyone making a living from having a presence online, no matter how seasoned, will benefit from stitching together a handful of modules to create their own tailored course.”

Sophie King


Happy Cyber Monday….and I hope to meet you (virtually) today!