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My Favorite New Finds from Australia and New Zealand!

Nubby Twiglet | Favorite Finds in New Zealand & Australia

Spending close to a month split between Australia and New Zealand, I came across some really special finds and discovered a whole bunch of new (to me) brands that are way too good to keep to myself!

• Ruby: I found this striped knit sweatshirt (now sadly sold out) at Ruby that was love at first sight — I’m always skimping on wardrobe basics but those are what I end up reaching for the most often so I’m trying to step up my game! Though Ruby’s pricing can seem high at first compared to similar U.S. brands, I was blown away by the quality and attention to detail. Manufactured in New Zealand, this sweatshirt has a gold zipper up the back and a perfectly slim (but not tight) cut. The brand does streetwear right, managing to keep it modern yet feminine.

Nubby Twiglet | Favorite Finds in New Zealand & Australia

• Mi Goals: To be fair, I didn’t actually buy this awesome set of notebooks (Mi Goals was a Blogcademy sponsor) but if I’d come across it in a store, I would have! Mi Goals stationery has goal-oriented sections with prompts to help you plan out your life and I especially love the no-nonsense design of the Get Shit Done booklet.

• MT Tape: I have an embarrassingly large stash of washi tape in my office but that didn’t stop me from going crazy at the pop-up shop inside Melbourne Central. Hundreds of varieties of the tape alongside crafting tables lured me in — I’ve always bought my rolls of MT Tape online so experiencing the brand in person was really exciting.

• Leonard Street: I nearly walked right past this Melbourne shop, quickly dismissing it as not being my style. But I am so glad Kat and Gala convinced me to stop in! Full of stylish and contemporary basics, I unexpectedly spotted my ideal dress, something I’d been dreaming of for years. Resembling a twill apron, the Braces Mini Dress in black fulfills my uniform fetish and is a great utilitarian, everyday basic. I throw it on over a black tee and skinny jeans and I’m ready to go!

Nubby Twiglet | Favorite Finds in New Zealand & Australia

• Glassons: I have to stop myself from reaching for these pants every single day. They’re my absolute favorites and best of all, they cost less than $30.00! I am obsessed with the perfectly narrow cut and ankle zips — they remind me of J. Crew but without the sticker shock. Glassons is an affordably priced chain store across New Zealand and I was drawn in by the deep selection of on-trend basics. Though these pants seem to be sold out, they have a lot of other great options! Now, if only they’d ship to the U.S.

• Typo: Being obsessed with office supplies, it didn’t take me long to discover Typo. Full of the coolest stationery and decor around, this place is a treasure trove if you’re in the mood to dress up your desk. I grabbed a bundle of the Pencil Pens which come in a rainbow of colors.

Nubby Twiglet | Favorite Finds in New Zealand & Australia

Grown Alchemist: Never in my life have I spent $20.00 on hand lotion. But that all changed when I came across this vanilla and orange peel scented concoction. Tired of having dry skin from too much traveling, I gave it a go. All I have to say is that it’s worth every penny. I’ve since done some more research on the line and between the stylishly minimal packaging, bio active organic ingredients and the lack of harsh chemicals, animal products and parabens, I am a super fan. It’s now on my desk at all times.

I loved wandering the streets of Australia and New Zealand and not spotting the same old American chain stores! Are there any other brands I missed that you’d recommend checking out?

A Giveaway with Crown And Glory and Rock n Roll Bride!

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride for Crown And Glory

A few months back, two of my friends, Kat and Sophie collaborated on a line of awesome hair accessories. The second I got a sneak peek, I pre-ordered a few for myself. After wearing them across Portland, London, New York and Palm Springs, I’ve fallen head over heels not just for the unique styles but also for the craftsmanship. These pieces are tough!

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride for Crown And Glory

A lot of thought was put into this line and I love how each piece comes with a branded linen dust bag to protect it. I may be slightly biased about the line since there’s a Shauna headband but I actually end up wearing the Emma most often!

Nubby Twiglet | Rock n Roll Bride for Crown And Glory

The Giveaway

Today is a big day since a new capsule collection was just released! I wanted you to have the opportunity to try out a Crown And Glory piece for yourself so we’re running a little giveaway. All you have to do is check out the shop and then leave a comment below telling us what your favorite piece is and why.

This giveaway closes on Thursday, October 24th at 12 a.m. PST. Two winners will be drawn at random and notified via email so please make sure to include a current one that you check regularly! The hair accessories will be shipped directly from the U.K. This is open to residents worldwide. Good luck!

I Found The Holy Grail Of Black Boots at Zara

Nubby Twiglet | Zara Black Boots

Why does it seem like the most basic staples in our wardrobe end up being the most elusive to find? I’d been on the lookout for a nearly flat pair of stylish black boots for awhile but kept coming up empty-handed. I have plenty of black boots but they were all a little too dressy — none of them were ideal for long walks with Rocky or rainy days.

Nubby Twiglet | Zara Black Boots

Then, for my birthday I got a Zara gift certificate so I figured I’d start there. And after a little digging, I found the holy grail of black boots: black leather, low heel height, great traction, cool hardware, a comfortable rounded toe and priced under $200.00. I ordered them and waited, not expecting much. These basics always seem to look better in their online photographs than in real life, right?

Nubby Twiglet | Zara Black Boots

But when they finally arrived and I slipped them on, they had a nice, roomy fit and were ridiculously comfortable. They’re now the pair of shoes I leave by the door to slip on and go.

Nubby Twiglet | Zara Black Boots

For Fall and Winter, I’m definitely leaning towards well-made, simple monochromatic basics. I’m at the point where my beloved staples including the coat and purse I use every day are wearing out after a few years of nonstop wear. I want things that can easily be dressed up or down and will last me a long time.

Nubby Twiglet | Zara Black Boots

These are some basics I’ve got my eye on: Saturday Buckle-over Dress, Kate Spade Literary Glasses Scarf and the Proenza Schouler PS11 Bag which would all go perfectly with the Zara Zip Ankle Boots.

Are there any attire basics that you’re currently on the hunt for?

H&M Home Part 2: More Wallet Friendly Finds

H&M Home Part 2

When H&M’s home line launched on their site last month, I rejoiced at all of their stylish offerings and went a little nuts, ordering a bundle of goodies. Best of all, everything that showed up on my doorstep looked exactly as it had on the website and was of decent quality, considering the ridiculously affordable prices. My favorite items in my last order? These subway ticket towels and this espresso mug.

At this point, after living in my house for four years, the major construction projects are nearing an end but overall, it still is lacking some style. There’s a reason why I tend to only show the same three rooms on my blog — the others still need some oomph and I’m no interior designer!

H&M Home Part 2

I’ve been looking for some odds and ends to spice things up around my place. Over the weekend, I took a peek on the H&M site once again and they’ve made a bunch of new additions. Here’s a few I’ve added to my must have list: 1. Egg Cup, 2. Tray, 3. Vase, 4. Tea Towel, 5. Plate, 6. Metal Tin, 7. Glass Vase, 8. Candle Holder, 9. Hangers, 10. Candle and 11. Table Runner.

Have you ordered anything from H&M Home yet? What did you think?

Latest & Greatest #21: Zara Jewels

Zara Necklace

Zara Necklace

I tend to not wear much jewelry. On an average day, I’m in front of my computer for at least 10 hours and the clink-clank of rings and bracelets hitting my desk and the keyboard drive me insane. When I’m going out though, I like to add some pizzazz to my basic dresses with a statement necklace.

Two weeks ago, when Kat, Gala and I flew in from Greece to London, we were running heavy on causal vacation clothes but lacking some dressier things for four straight days of teaching. Luckily, our next door neighbor in London was Westfield, an upscale mall. So with maybe an hour to spare before our dinner reservations, we hit it hard. I barely found a thing. Then, as I was feeling despair creep in, I hit the jackpot at Zara when I spotted this necklace dangling from the wall.

Zara Necklace

A little bit Coco Chanel, a little bit early Madonna, I knew it was the perfect way to dress up all the simple shift dresses I’d packed. All it took was one statement piece to turn things around. Needless to say, I’m completely, totally obsessed. I have no idea why it reads “Maybe” but it’s definitely a conversation starter!

Featured: Combination Pear and Chain Necklace, Zara.

House Industries and Uniqlo: A Collaboration Made in Heaven

House Industries Uniqlo

I’ve long admired the thought and attention to detail that type foundry House Industries puts into its offerings and its newly released capsule collection for Uniqlo is equally impressive. With a number of fresh patterns available in multiple color ways, there’s bound to be something for everyone and even better, the line is completely affordable.

Which design is your favorite of the bunch?

All featured designs are available at Uniqlo.

Add Some Style To Your Surroundings with H&M Home

H&M Home

I like nice, stylish house stuff that doesn’t break the bank as much as the next person but lately, I’ve been feeling completely, totally uninspired. Nothing has really spoken to me, style-wise. We finished remodeling the basement guest room months ago (I gave you a sneak peek on Friday) but it felt a little barren. Our kitchen towels were all stained and verging on threadbare but I was bored by everything I came across. We needed new mats for our bathrooms but I didn’t want another solid colored option.

And then, I was idly sitting on iChat last week when Bianca sent me a link to some gorgeous housewares. After clicking, my reaction went something like this: “Where is this from?! I need to know! Tell me more! NOW!”

I was suddenly dropped into a retail oasis of type-covered items, many of which were influenced by vintage New York themes. You know, the coolest subway tickets and maps. And it was all available from H&M. Wallet-friendly price tags for stuff I’d been dreaming about for ages?! That never happens!

Needless to say, the subway ticket-inspired hand towels will dress up our bathroom and (hopefully) distract from the fact that it really needs to be remodeled. And the map-covered duvet will add some oomph to our all white guestroom.

H&M Home

These a few of my favorite things: 1. soap dispenser, 2. soap dish, 3. bath mat, 4. guest towels, 5. duvet cover, 6. glass jar, 7. candle, 8. tray, 9. mug, 10. napkins and 11. hand towel.

H&M Home

I am so glad H&M has online shopping now because I’ve never seen any of the home line in our Portland location. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited to spruce things up around my house. And this time, there’s no remodeling required!

P.S. I am still working on the slow server issues with Dreamhost. Apologies if the load times are dragging on your end, it’s been a frustrating week trying to get it sorted and I appreciate your patience!