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My Game Changing, All-In-One Camera: The Sony NEX-5N

Nubby Twiglet | My Game Changing, All-In-One Camera: The Sony NEX-5N

Though I’m a long ways from being a professional photographer, I do take a lot of photos and I’m notoriously picky when it comes to cameras.

Because of this, I held onto my trusty Nikon D40 for close to five years because I couldn’t find anything I liked better. Then, I discovered the Sony NEX-5N and it was love at first snap. For the last four months, nearly every photo featured on this blog was taken with the Sony. It does everything I need and it’s super duper compact — I carry it in my purse everywhere, every single day with absolutely no chance of back pain creeping up.

Here’s a quick list of pros on why this camera rules:

• It has the performance level of a legit DSLR but is about half the size and weight.

• Unlike a lot of smaller cameras on the market, this one has interchangeable lenses.

• The photos are 16.1 megapixels! Damnnnn. Even when you zoom in and crop, they still look sharp.

• It can record full HD video. Remember the Canada video? It was all shot on this camera by Gala, who owns the same exact model.

• There’s also a tiltable 3 inch LCD screen attached to the back — this makes it possible to frame light and low angle shots that would otherwise be tricky to nail.

Honestly, there are just too many incredible features to cover here. Scroll down and check out this list
to see even more of what this camera has to offer. Even though I’ve had this camera for a few months, I held out and waited to review it to see how I liked it after using on a near daily basis and I’d still give it a thumbs up.

Bottom line: If you’re looking for a solid camera for everyday shooting with DSLR quality in a compact, travel friendly body, I think you’ll love this camera as much as I do.

My Search For A Signature Scent Is Finally Over

Nubby Twiglet | My Search For A Signature Fragrance Is Finally Over

When it comes to fragrances, I want to smell like I’m on vacation.

Let me explain: maybe it’s asking for a lot but with just one spritz, I want to be transported to a tropical white sand beach.

In the past, as much as I searched, I never quite nailed that feeling so I resorted to keeping things very basic. In the sixth grade, I wore Vanilla by The Body Shop every day. By eighth grade, I’d upgraded to CK One (ah, the 90s).

And beyond that, I’d pick up something here and there every few years. If I was in a perfume shop with friends, I’d grab a few tester vials but never committed — nothing ever really felt like my “signature scent,” the one that I couldn’t live without.

I just resigned myself to thinking that as much as I loved beauty products, I just wasn’t a fragrance kind of girl. My beachy fantasy would have to stay just that — a fantasy.

That just changed, though.

As I was wandering through downtown Portland with my dad over the weekend, I spotted a (new to me) store: Alder & Co. As I walked in, I was met with the most intriguing mix of housewares, flowers, stationery and beauty products (trust me, it all somehow works in this setting).

Nubby Twiglet | My Search For A Signature Fragrance Is Finally Over

Lined up in the corner was Coqui Coqui, a line perfumes from Tulum in the Yucuatan Peninsula. I was intrigued because I’d never seen the line in person before — and that simple labeling with the palm trees? Beautiful. The perfumes are hand-blended in Valladolid, one of the first colonial towns in the Americas and are used at a handful of spas throughout Mexico.

I picked them up one by one and landed on the last bottle: Coco Coco. That was it. Totally it. Eureka! I bought it on the spot. If there ever was a beach-perfect scent, it’s this. It’s like lathering up in Hawaiian Tropic but not gross and greasy — it’s coconuty but cleaner, simpler and very luxurious.

So, my scent search is officially over. I’ve met my match!

Nubby Twiglet | My Search For A Signature Fragrance Is Finally Over

But while we’re on the subject of scents, I have one more thing to share with you: Love + Salt Hair Mist. Once again, it smells like the beach. For ladies like me who don’t wash their hair every single day, this spray is wonderful. It gives your hair that clean, fresh smell with hints of pink salt and coconut oil. With just two spritzes in your tresses, this will also have you feeling like you’re on vacation (and who doesn’t want that?)

Full disclosure: I designed this packaging for Branch client Olivine without ever sniffing the fragrance but my gut told me it needed to be unfussy, golden and beachy. And unlike most hair products which are in plastic bottles, this is housed in glass. It’s pretty enough to leave out on your dresser or vanity! Get yours at Anthropologie — or, try out the tester size.

So, that’s my scent story! It took me until I was 32 to find that special fragrance but I am so glad it finally happened.


I’d love to hear: Do you have a signature scent? How did you discover it? And, how did you know it was the one?

Adventures In Budget Decorating: The Side Table Of My Dreams

Nubby Twiglet | Plum & Bow Side Table

I’d been on the hunt for a basic side table for our living room for ages when I came across this version by Plum & Bow. Up until this point, the tables I’d found lacked style or were just overpriced for such a small, basic piece.

This table only had one review on the Urban Outfitters site but it was good enough to convince me to add it to my cart. It arrived today and though it’s not quite as bright of a yellow as the photo on the site suggests, it was easy to put together, fairly sturdy and let’s be real — the dipped legs add that extra dash of charm I was after.

Nubby Twiglet | Plum & Bow Side Table

I think it would be great as a bedside table, too. It’s the right size to hold a stack of books and an alarm clock. And if pale pink is more up your alley, they have you covered there, too.


Featured: Plum & Bow side table in yellow.

The Perfect Addition To Your Kitchen Table: Llama Salt & Pepper Shakers

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Yes, those are indeed llama salt and pepper shakers. Yes, my life is now complete. I’m completely, totally obsessed with llamas so when my friend Mary Bee recently whipped these out of a bag of gifts for me over dinner, my jaw dropped. Who knew such a thing even existed?!

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Surely, these were molded off of the perfectly proportioned features of my handsome llama friend, Nigel.

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Someday, I’ll have a pet llama (or two) but in the meantime, this fetching pair will have to do.

The Ultimate Treat in Los Angeles: Bottega Louie

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

For as many times as I’d been to LA, I’d never stepped foot inside Bottega Louie until last week. Don’t make the mistake of waiting as long as I did — it completely lived up to the hype.

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Probably best known for its selection of rainbow-hued macarons (that every blogger who passes through painstakingly documents), there’s much more lurking inside the walls of Bottega Louie including a full restaurant, bar and gourmet market stocked with everything from canisters of hot cocoa to extravagant gift boxes.

The place has an old world glamour to it but completely lacks the stuffiness one would expect. The staff were extremely gracious, letting us snap as many photos as we liked and even cracking smiles at our mini dessert still life, complete with heart-shaped glasses.

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

I tried my best to absorb the atmosphere around me but truthfully, the scale of the place (absolutely massive) coupled with the ornate packaging and crowds of people just as obsessed with the attention to detail as I was made it hard to really capture it all. It’s classic French glamour completely modernized and that’s a hard one to nail.

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

I’ve only had macarons a few times before so I figured it was a good time to dive into as many flavors as possible and see what all the fuss was about. I walked out with a box all to myself and spent the next few days indulging in a few for breakfast. And yes, they were absolutely delicious.

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Bottega Louie oozes charm, charisma and beauty. And, in my experience, everything tastes as good as it looks. Need I say more? Get thee a box of macarons, stat.


Featured: Bottega Louie.
Photos: Shauna Haider.

Style Direction: Black On Black

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Black on Black

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Black on Black

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Black on Black

Over the last few years, I’ve gotten more adventurous with color and set the intention of working more of it into my overall wardrobe. But even with a closet bursting with color, I still have those moments where only black will do. And, I’m definitely having one of those moments right about now.

When it comes to rocking head-to-toe black, my teenage goth roots still ring true but I’ve never been a fan of frills, heavy lace or anything that’s overly tattered. I’m much more of a fan of the sleek and avant garde.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Black on Black

One of my favorite wardrobe treasures is this Rick Owens jacket. Found five years on Ebay for a total steal, it is my dream cyborg wardrobe staple come to life. It’s weird yet wearable and takes even the most straightforward basics from casual to spaceship chic. And that’s what I love about clothing the most — it has the ability to transform us into characters, even if those characters are just slightly more dressed up, more confident versions of ourselves.

On the subject of black, I’ve been drawn to the idea of different finishes as of late, especially when they’re mixed together like on my jacket. I’m especially loving matte black:

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Black on Black

Shown above: 1. FCTRY Kudu, 2. Kartell Sofia Boots, 3. Chanel Black Velvet Polish, 4. Larke Optics Glasses, 5. Tangiers Pendant Light, 6. Nixon Time Teller P Watch, 7. Bodum Bistro Blender, 8. Eames Chair and 9. Microbomata Laptop Bag.

Nubby Twiglet | Style Direction: Black on Black


I wore: Jacket, Rick Ownens via Ebay. Silk dress, vintage. Tights, found in Iceland. Boots, Proenza Schouler.

Designer Wish List #4: Stylish Gadgets and Tech Gear

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All creatives need some solid gadgets and tech accessories in their arsenal but it’s always an added bonus when they’re well-designed. I’m especially loving the old school stylings of the Fuji Instax and the Lomo smartphone film scanner! How about you?


1. Fuji Instax Mini 90 Classic Camera, 2. Megaphone iPhone Amplifier, 3. Nooka Mirror Watch, 4. FRENDS Taylor Headphones, 5. Crosley Floral Record Player, 6. Block Dock, 7. AirPort Time Capsule, 8. Venus of Cupertino, 9. Pentax Q7 Camera, 10. Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner, 11. Dracula iPhone Dock and 12. Rock Out USB Key.