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Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Now that Spring has sprung, I’ve been sprucing up my house and office with some fresh plants. I like a lot of depth in my spaces but am not a fan of clutter — greenery adds a sense of dimension and makes a room feel alive without having a million little things to dust.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

One of my go-to places to pick up new plants is Solabee Flowers. They always have a great playlist on, the space is airy and welcoming and most importantly, the super friendly staff really know their stuff.

We’ve needed plants for specific spaces that don’t get a lot of light and they always have spot-on recommendations. As they say best, “We specialize in turning your interior space into a personal jungle.”

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Solabee has more than just plants — they also have a florist building custom bouquets in the back and little odds and ends like crystals and terrariums. If you just want to pick up a single giant tropical leaf instead of a bouquet of flowers, that’s cool too.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

Finally, their shop dog, Leia is so adorable. Can you tell I’m smitten? Rocky might have fallen in love with her, too. 😉

Want even more Solabee goodness? Visit their Instagram for tons of eye candy!

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Solabee Flowers

I wore: Forever 21 floral bodysuit, BDG pinup pants and Zara boots (sold out).

Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

Now that the weather is nicer, I’ve been getting out and rediscovering my city! There are so many wonderful new-ish places around Portland and one of my favorite haunts these days is Never Coffee Lab.

The simple white exterior is offset by a neon sign, of which each letter is a different color. Inside, the subtle color theme is carried through from the logo on the coffee machine to the sign of menu options to the bold green tiled floor. The real star of the space though is the colorful and abstract Belmont mural.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

If you feel like splurging beyond the usual latte, check out the signature drinks. My personal favorite is the Rich Kid (haha) which features rose water, saffron and cardamom. Yes, you could probably live a happy life without it…but once you’ve had one, you’re going to want more.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

I’m also a big fan of their line of merch (the heavy white coffee mug is especially good) and you don’t even need to be a local to get your hands on it.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

The little design details make this space really special — Juliet Zulu did an amazing job and if you’re curious about their process, they cover it here.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Never Coffee Lab

Here’s to always drinking NEVER!


Collage photos courtesy of Never Coffee.

Out & About: 10 Corso Como

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

When I asked for recommendations on what to do in Milan a few weeks back, the answer was nearly unanimous: visit 10 Corso Como. So, that’s exactly what I did.

Before we dig into what this place is all about, let me just say that there’s no way to do it justice in a blog post. There’s just too much to take in and I didn’t have a ton of time (you’ll need a minimum of an hour to get through all the complexes). With this being my first visit, I was a bit overwhelmed at the scale and detail of it all but I hope this gives you a taste of the brand.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

10 Corso Como was founded by Carla Sozzani in 1990, an Italian gallerist and publisher. She started small with an art gallery and bookstore but the cult secret spread fast and the brand quickly grew to include a boutique, mini hotel, restaurant and rooftop garden a few years later.

Carla’s love of design is immediately evident in every detail, down to the printed materials. As you walk through, it becomes almost comical when you realize how many variations of cards, menus and sugar packets there are. Trust me, this wasn’t everything! There’s an on-brand design for everything you can imagine. Artist Kris Ruhs has truly created an alternate, pop-centric universe.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

The complex is a bit hard to spot as you stroll down Corso Como and I nearly missed it. The entrance is covered in greenery and the tiled sign is fairly high. The mystery is part of the fun, though because as you enter the courtyard, you can’t quite tell what you’re walking into.

Is it a clothing store? A restaurant? A hotel? As you start exploring, you realize it’s all of those things…and much, much more.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

My favorite part of 10 Corso Como is the boutique. It feels like a show of tightly curated art installations where everything happens to be wearable AND for sale. There’s the in-house line featuring hand-illustrated patterns covering everything from perfume and shirts to tarot cards and pins.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

Then, there’s a killer selection of avant garde men’s and women’s designers, an area dedicated to the best shoes and finally, jewelry and accessories sprinkled throughout. If you’re in Milan with a stack of cash to burn, this is obviously the place to do it.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

The attention to detail trickles down to the restaurant. I ordered a coffee….and it came out with a specially wrapped chocolate and a basket of branded sugar packets. There’s a fantastic selection of organic, healthy options on the menu, too which is nice when you’ve been traveling across Italy, gorging yourself on pasta all week. Oh come on, I can’t be the only one!

This is a place where the art crowd and who’s who in Milan gathers. Everyone that was seated around us was stylishly dressed and if people watching is your jam, you know where to find it.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

I had to take a selfie to remember that yes, I was really here and yes, this place is real.

Nubby Twiglet | 10 Corso Como

In an age where everything can be ordered with a click of a mouse on Amazon, where everything feels rushed and lacking in imagination, it makes me happy to know that places like 10 Corso Como still exist.

Details do matter.

So does art, design and fashion.

I’m so glad there’s a home for it to all thrive.

Out & About: Bar Luce

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Hello from Milan!

Before I arrived, I asked around about what to do during my visit and Bar Luce was at the top of everyone’s list. After stopping by this morning, I can see why.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Commissioned by Prada’s art foundation, the cafe was designed by Wes Anderson in an effort to recreate the atmosphere of a typical cafe that existed in the 50s and 60s in Milan. The baby pink juke box plays classic 50s tunes, the bow-tied waiters offer impeccable service and the coffees and tarts are out of this world.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Even though Anderson is famous for his meticulously detailed film sets, he wanted the space to feel like a functional real-life hangout. Of Bar Luce, he said, “While I do think it would make a pretty good movie set, I think it would be an even better place to write a movie. I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in.”

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

The tables have formica tops and the soft colors throughout mimic the same palettes that were popular during the time period. I walked in shortly after it opened at 9 am and the two other people that sat down were older locals who were reading the paper alongside their morning coffees. Surprisingly, the place wasn’t overrun by tourists at all.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Bar Luce

Even with all the design-focused details and a famous pedigree, Bar Luce feels cozy, functional and welcoming. If you’re going to Milan, this is a must-visit.

Out & About #15: The Butcher’s Daughter

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

If you’re a creative that also loves juice, then The Butcher’s Daughter may just be heaven on earth.

I spent the last week in New York (yes, during the epic blizzard), and this place was at the top of my must-visit list. Due to that aforementioned blizzard, the normally fully-stocked shelves were nearly bare but I had to show you anyway because this place has that perfect balance of being ridiculously cute and having healthy, hearty food choices.

Design firm Wanderlust crafted the cozy space The Butcher’s Daughter calls home with an old school butcher shop feel. Think wooden counters, steel hooks holding hanging fruit baskets, plenty of subway tile and rustic brick walls.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

The name may seem counter-intuitive considering that The Butcher’s Daughter is meat-free but it does hold a distinct purpose as they explain below:

“At The Butcher’s Daughter, we treat fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat: We chop, fillet and carve fresh produce into heathy vegetarian dishes and press them into pretty juices.”

Around the corner from the picturesque cafe is a small juice and sweets shop, also owned by The Butcher’s Daughter. It’s full of fresh baked goods that are free of refined sugar and gluten and a wall of juices arranged by color.

The overall experience at The Butcher’s Daughter is one that’s full of simple pleasures, bright pops of color, an abundance of plants and the feeling of knowing that everything from the soups to the sandwiches to the sweets are free of the unhealthy additives that fill so many of our basic meals these days.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #15: The Butcher's Daughter

As I sat at a butcher block-style counter eating butternut squash curry soup and staring out at the slushy, slippery streets on Monday, I was happy I made the trek. This place is truly a ray of sunshine.


Featured: The Butcher’s Daughter.
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Out & About #14: Work/Shop

Nubby Twiglet | Work/Shop Portland

Nubby Twiglet | Work/Shop Portland

Nubby Twiglet | Work/Shop Portland

It all started with a candle.

A few weeks ago, I discovered a Portland made brand of soy candles by Aspen Summit at Darling Press and fell in love with a scent called Copper, described as “a warm drink, cozy sweater on & your favorite record spinning.” How could you not be intrigued by that?!

Wanting to learn more about the brand, I headed over to Instagram and realized that the owner, Heather had just opened a brick and mortar store called work/shop.

Nubby Twiglet | Work/Shop Portland

One I saw this wall on Instagram (impressively done in just a day with sharpies and a projector!), I knew I had to visit.

Nubby Twiglet | Work/Shop Portland

The store is so thoughtfully curated — I was impressed with the mix of affordable, gift friendly ideas, not to mention the really cool lineup of workshops.

The shelves are stocked with small plants (mostly succulents), notebooks, greeting cards, Aspen Summit candles and natural bath and beauty products. It’s a cozy, welcoming place that is also incredibly photogenic.

Nubby Twiglet | Work/Shop Portland

Nubby Twiglet | Work/Shop Portland

I loved chatting with Heather about her beautiful line of candles and checking out this great small business. It’s a pretty awesome feeling when you see people taking a chance, acting on their dreams and making places like this a reality. You can just see the love that went into it.


Featured: work/shop.

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Out & About #13: Liberty London

Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London

Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London

Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London

“Liberty is the chosen resort of the artistic shopper.” —Oscar Wilde

Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London

2Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London

Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London

Visiting Liberty is always a highlight for me when I’m in London. Built in 1875, setting foot inside this department store is like entering another world altogether. The tudor-style building is packed with the most eclectic mix of clothing, accessories and housewares sourced from around the world, not to mention its in-house line of prints. The care and detail taken for merchandising the inside of the store is pretty epic but equally amazing is the exterior which features timbers sourced from two different ships!

Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London

Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London

Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London

When it opened in the late 1800s, Liberty was immediately successful due to its penchant for importing exotic housewares. It was a place of fantasy and eccentricity, even back then.

Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London

Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London

Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London
Today, even though styles have changed, they have two upper floors dedicated to interiors and they’re packed with an enticing mix of styles, from very classic to full-on mod.

Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London

Another draw of Liberty is its large display of flowers by Wild At Heart. It’s the first thing you see before walking through the main entrance and even when these photos were being snapped, the florist was busy gathering blooms for a custom bouquet.

When you hear of Liberty, their beautiful line of prints probably comes to mind first. Most are floral-based and it’s pretty amazing walking through the third floor, seeing them up close and personal and thinking about their history.

Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London

In today’s world where everything feels rushed and thrown together, I’m intrigued by the thought Liberty puts into its own product lines, archives and in-store merchandising. It feels like a rarefied world were quality is valued and every detail is taken into account.

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Have you seen their in-house products before? It’s so cool to see how they apply their style to everything from wallpaper to jewelry. 1. coffee, 2. tudor piggy bank, 3. zip wallet, 4. cupcake set, 5. coloring book, 6. Theodora candle, 7. cuff, 8. radio and 9. wallpaper.

Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London

Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London

You may be wondering what the phone booths have to do with Liberty! As you know, booths everywhere are much more scarce now since everyone has cell phones but there’s still a large bank of these iconic red ones located outside the back of the store. Just beware if you plan on stepping inside for a photo op — they’re more commonly used as bathrooms now, which I learned the hard way. Ha!

Nubby Twiglet | Liberty London

Taking this trip down memory lane is making me wish I was in town to see the store for the holidays. Speaking of the holidays, Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. readers. Hope it’s a good one!


Photos: Lisa Jane Photography and Shauna Haider.
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