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Latest & Greatest: Overose Candles

Nubby Twiglet | Overose Candles

Okay, so let’s talk about candles. They may be one of the most overly indulgent ways to blow your budget ever….and for the most part, I burn IKEA vanilla candles in the office to keep it smelling fresh.

But! If you’re looking for an extra special thrill and want your space to smell like an upscale boutique (haha), I have a new brand to share with you: Overose.

Nubby Twiglet | Overose Candles

Nubby Twiglet | Overose Candles

I found out about this mysterious French brand a few weeks ago at Spartan, a housewares boutique here in Portland. They had a few of the candles on display and I immediately gravitated towards Guaiasilk (and still have no clue what that means). The scent smells like nothing I’ve ever encountered before and maybe that’s part of the appeal — it’s oddly luxurious and bizarre and addictive with a woodsy, unisex scent.

The candles themselves are beautiful in their uniformly colored simplicity and I am really into the styling of their most recent campaign — the mix of florals and textures makes me want to have a dedicated photo studio space to experiment with props and lighting.

Nubby Twiglet | Overose Candles

Nubby Twiglet | Overose Candles

So, that’s my latest obsession when it comes to candles. What about you? What are your favorite brands?


All photos courtesy of Overose.

Latest & Greatest: Please Pass the Wine!

Nubby Twiglet | Please Pass the Wine!

I’ve always thought of wine hues as being tied to fall but that’s started to change ever since I tracked down these velvet ankle boots on sale. While they do work great with black (see here), I’ve been mostly pairing them with dusty rose and sandy neutrals this spring for an added punch, like the exclamation point at the end of an outfit!

With the change of seasons, the natural light has gotten much better in my office so I’m also trying to get back into the swing of taking breaks from work to shoot photos and experiment with flat lays. These were taken on my desktop with a white foam core board set behind them.

Nubby Twiglet | Please Pass the Wine!

Besides the boots, I found an affordable pair of wine-colored sunglasses at Free People. This slight cat’s eye shape is so flattering!

Nubby Twiglet | Please Pass the Wine!

Here’s some more inspiration: 1. Botanical print. 2. Bite lipstick. 3. Again graphic. 4. Still life. 5. Steve Madden boots. 6. Forever 21 belt. 7. Free People sunglasses.

Nubby Twiglet | Please Pass the Wine!

I love it how the discovery of a single item can set off a flurry of style inspiration.

More wine, please!

Latest & Greatest: Not-So-Basic Black Swimsuits

Nubby Twiglet | Latest & Greatest: Not-So-Basic Black Swimsuits

It’s that time of year again where the sun is peeking out and I’m starting to pull together travel plans with family and friends. On the list so far: Palm Springs in April with Joey and a bunch of Italian cities plus Marrakech with my Aunt Shannon in October. Inevitably, as I think about traveling and what to pack, swimsuits are on my mind.

Swimsuits are that one piece in my wardrobe that I never think about in daily life (I’m in Portland and don’t have a pool, after all) but when I travel, there’s usually a hotel pool or beach nearby.

Wherever I go, I always throw a basic black swimsuit in my suitcase, even when I think I won’t need it. Any time I have forgotten to pack one, I’ve always regretted it! Case in point: that time Gala and I went to Iceland in Winter (hey, the tickets were cheap!) and caught a tour bus to the Blue Lagoon during a snowstorm. I’d forgotten my swimsuit and had to squeeze into her spare too-small, brightly patterned Forever 21 bikini while the more prepared women in our changing room slipped into solid black, practical one-pieces. I took one look in the mirror and it was hilarious and awkward all at the same time!

Even though I know a basic black swimsuit will serve me much better over time and always goes with whatever wacky accessories I pair with it, let’s get real here: it’s so easy to get shiny object syndrome as you’re scrolling through websites and end up with a suit covered in a garish galaxy print, neon patterns or ironic slogans (please tell me I’m not the only one). In contrast, a black swimsuit is sophisticated, works in any environment and never looks dated.

Nubby Twiglet | Latest & Greatest: Not-So-Basic Black Swimsuits

Here are a few of my picks of the season:

1. Mesh rash guard, 2. mesh panel swimsuit, 3. cut-out swimsuit, 4. plunging back swimsuit, 5. fishnet cover-up, 6. mock-neck bikini top, 7. stripe trim bikini top and 8. Warhol palm swimsuit.

P.S. See that swimsuit in the top photo? It was a total score from ASOS a few years back that I sadly forgot in a Palm Springs hotel room! Still searching a replacement…let me know if you spot something similar!

Latest & Greatest: Blush Pink

Nubby Twiglet | Latest & Greatest: Blush Pink

Pink is one of those colors people either love or hate. I’ve never been a fan of bright, in-your-face bubblegum pink but there’s something about blush / rose / this nondescript pink that’s seemingly everywhere these days that I like because in its softest forms, it works as a great neutral.

Nubby Twiglet | Latest & Greatest: Blush Pink

Blush or whatever you may call it also reminds me of the desert, especially spots like Joshua Tree and Red Rock Canyon where there’s warm, dusty hues everywhere. The color has gained such mainstream appeal that The Cut picked up on it, saying: “A cohort raised to distrust pink has turned contrarian and embraced a muddied, faded version of the color…we’re conspicuously reading Sweetbitter, drinking a matching glass of frosé, and Instagramming it all with our rose-gold iPhones.”

Yep. Guilty as charged.

What’s your take on the color?

Yay or nay?

Nubby Twiglet | Latest & Greatest: Blush Pink

Top image: socks. Middle image: bodysuit. Bottom image: coat. watch. shoes. rose water.

Latest & Greatest: Chad Wys

Nubby Twiglet | Latest & Greatest: Chad Wys

My favorite artist for the past year has been Chad Wys and after having a total of 5 of his pieces decorating both my office and rooms at home, I figured it was time to dedicate a post to his work because guys, it’s on another level of cool (and if you’re curious, here’s the newest piece that’s getting hung in my office!)

I’m pretty simple when it comes to art — I know what I like when I see it. Chad’s work has an eclectic mix of color, composition and humor that feels at once steeped in history but also thoroughly modern. It’s everything I love in visual form.

Nubby Twiglet | Latest & Greatest: Chad Wys

Not to get too off-track, but I’m also obsessed with this clothing collection he collaborated on with Lulu & Co. Ugh, I want it all.

Chad has a passion for art history along with a fascination with the impressionists so it’s been a natural evolution to see his work mix this aspect with touches of graphic design and painting to create beautiful, thought-provoking outcomes. While his brighter, color blocked work is probably best known, he has done moodier, more mysterious series like Nocturne as well.

Of his art, he explains it best when he says, “At its broadest point, my work concerns the examination of visuality: of images and objects, decorations and art and how the manifestations of the reproductions of these materials come to influence our everyday experiences.”

Nubby Twiglet | Latest & Greatest: Chad Wys

Someday, I hope to be in a position to buy original pieces of work from the artists I admire but in the meantime, I’ve purchased all of Chad’s pieces from his shop on Society 6. It’s super affordable and you can get it pre-framed (because we all know what a pain it can be to find frames in the right sizes). Here’s a few shots of the ones I own. You can see all of the options currently for sale here.


All art courtesy of Chad Wys.