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Out & About: Tusk

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Tusk Portland

I often get asked for Portland-specific recommendations and if you’re going to be in town and are looking for a great place to grab brunch or dinner, Tusk is where it’s at. I’ve been thinking about their food ever since I dined there two weeks back (always a good sign!) because it’s a really special mix.

The overall menu theme is Middle Eastern and stocked with the basics you’d expect (start off with a large hummus) but it’s produced with Pacific Northwest sourced ingredients and plenty of surprises (the Pistachio Gooey Butter Cake and Za’atar Biscuit with orange blossom and honey butter are absolute musts). The dishes are meant to be communal so order a mix of items.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Tusk Portland

Because the ingredients are seasonal, I’m not seeing a few of the items I tried off the brunch menu but let me put it this way: my table of 4 ordered around 10 dishes total and we liked all of them from breakfast sandwiches to yogurt topped with edible flowers. I mean, just check out all of these beautiful ingredients and colors!

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Tusk Portland

Beyond the delicious food and drinks, the service is super friendly — they even surprised us with extra dishes on the house to try!

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Tusk Portland

And, let’s talk about the unavoidable centerpiece of the bright white, modern interior — that massive photo of Keith Richards in a swimming pool above the bar! The second you walk in, Keith is there to greet you. It’s a hilarious, unexpected touch that somehow works.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About: Tusk Portland

I could go on and on about Tusk and how they got every detail right from the food to the scent of the candles they burn to the service to the art but really, you just need to experience the place for yourself.

The Week in Pictures: 10.25.13

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Over the weekend, we took a nice, long walk through the West Hills, which were coated in a heavy layer of fog. The overcast skies turned out to be the perfect setting for the Munsters-style house we ended up spotting (at the top of this post). Perfect soon-to-be Halloween weather, don’t you think?! And, I have a crush on this vintage Land Rover.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

My mom, Cathy was in town for Branch project management training — in between tasks, we took plenty of breaks so I could show her around to all the newest restaurants that have opened since she last visited. Her favorite of the bunch was Roman Candle Bakery. With white subway tile walls, a matching white espresso machine and some of the best baked goods in Portland, we were in heaven with every bite. For lunch, we had the Cheese Toastie with tomato soup and I highly recommend it!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

When you finish lunch and Salt & Straw is only a block away, you can’t say no to homemade ice cream. I’ve taste-tested pretty much every flavor but usually revert back to the almond brittle with salted ganache. Mmm.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week in Pictures

Of course, my mom’s mini Portland tour wasn’t complete without a stop at the Woodsman Market. All the goodies are always so photogenic.

I ended the week on a high note yesterday by spending the afternoon with my grandparents and now, I’m packing for my trip to Australia later today! EEK! Here’s to new adventures and living life to the fullest. Have a great weekend, everyone!

In Bloom: A Stroll Around My Portland Neighborhood

In Bloom: Portland Tour

At the end of March, the Made U Look girls, fresh into Portland after a 14 hour drive from Bakersfield, swung by my house for a pre-game hangout. When it came time to line up a photographer for The Blogcademy, they were at the very top of our list — their style has always stood out to me because the majority of their photos are shot on a variety of film cameras. I love that sense of mystery because really, you never know what you’re going to get and the results are always so varied. I always feel that sense of suspense creeping up, just waiting to see what they captured and it’s always even better than I could imagine.

Made U Look had perfect timing: when they arrived, my entire S.E. Portland neighborhood was full-on in bloom. That week, the usual drizzly Portland weather had decided to part for us and it didn’t rain for a record five days straight (haha).

In Bloom: Portland Tour

In Bloom: Portland Tour

Only one photography team could convince me to crawl into my grumpy neighbor’s yard and pose in his flowers: Made U Look, of course. As I looked on at Gala, there was a creepy undercurrent…an element of a dark Alice In Wonderland vibe permeated the shoot.

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The Week In Pictures: 11.10.12

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

Sometimes the shoes of your dreams appear when you least expect them to. Let’s back up a few weeks. After I returned home from New York, I was feeling stressed about having too much clutter so I went on a mad closet cleaning spree. The piles quickly grew as I made a pact with myself to choose quality over quantity and whittled my possessions down to only the things I loved or wore constantly.

With bags in hand, Joey & I headed to Buffalo Exchange last weekend to trade it all in. With a quick $100.00+ in trade, I circled the store and found nothing I wanted in return (which is rare for me). We got in line to cash out my ticket and as I made my way to the register, I spotted some white buckled heels way up on a crowded shelf. Intrigued, I asked to see them.

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

Louboutins! Wow. I didn’t own any of those. I’d tried some studded boots on in Vegas with Kat & Gala by my side but though they were beautiful, they were just too expensive. These shoes were amazing…I flipped over the tag and they were a 36. I usually wear a 37. Joey encouraged me to slip them on. They fit. I checked the price. $82.00! For Louboutins in mint condition! These shoes must have easily retailed for $800.00 to $1000.00 and now they were within reach — my trade-in amount was enough to cover them. So the cashier rings them up and they come up at $41.00. Another 50% off! I walked out on clouds, scoring my first pair of Louboutins for a mere $41.00 which I paid for in trade. When the style, size and price all align, that’s shoe karma, I tell you. Totally made my week.

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

With all the Blogcademy madness and additional projects I’ve been working on, I haven’t gotten away to spend as much time with friends and family as I’d like. On Thursday I caught up with my Aunt Shannon (Auntie Nubs!) and we had dinner at our favorite thai place, laughing, gossiping and just getting away from it all. It’s so important to have that away time from work, get a reality check and just exist away from our professions. I need to take that break more often because with creative fields, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in our own worlds and the smallest of details instead of focusing on the big picture.

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

I’ve been working on a lot of projects (I probably have at least 10 finished ones stockpiled to share!) and this week, my focus was split between two I really, really love. Both have a high abundance of pink accents. More soon!

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

I really wish this was another weekend of playing tourist around my hometown (I forgot how fun that is!) but instead it’s back to work and time to focus on some personal projects as well as some sweet new Blogcademy graphics for our announcement on Wednesday. Have a great weekend, everyone!

What I Wore: 11.5.12 | Playing Tourist

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

There’s nothing quite like being a tourist in your own city. Over the last few weeks Joey & I have been out an about in our S.E. Portland neighborhood as well as downtown, snapping key places we think non-Portlanders would be interested in learning about for an international magazine feature. The truth is that…I don’t get out much. And since I’m a native Oregonian, I feel like I’ve seen everything in my city over and over so it’s been a welcome excuse to view my surroundings with fresh eyes and think about why I like calling this place home.

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

I made one final trip downtown over the weekend and wore a a checked midi skirt which is a new silhouette for me. Because I’m petite (5’3″) I always figured that skirts below the knee were off-limits. But after I turned 30, I decided to throw all those rules I’d subconsciously made for myself out the window, accept that I was never going to sprout up a few more inches and just wear what I liked. And with temperatures quickly dipping, I’ve been reaching for this wool blend skirt constantly. Girls who wear longer skirts, I get it now!

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

Playing tourist meant that I got to try out all the places I always pass by. We stopped into Sizzle Pie and though I still really miss Rocco’s, the iconic pizza place that was in that spot before, Joey was happy to see that they have a nice selection of vegan pizza by the slice.

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

The Sizzle Pie signage and store design was done by Portland-based Official Mfg. Co.

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

I Wore:

Jacket, Rick Owens
Necklace, H&M
Sweater, Sonia Rykiel for H&M
Midi Skirt, Asos
Bag, Miu Miu
Tights, H&M
Wedges, Minimarket
Nail Polish, Pop Nailglam


I’m still on the School’s Out Forever style direction I put together for Fall:

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

1. Asos Check Midi Skirt (sold out in red but still available in white), 2. Acne Marlin Heels, 3. All Saints Harrah Pipe Skinny Pants, 4. All Saints Lour Roll Neck Pullover, 5. Derek Lam Bodin Cross-Body Bag and 6. Acne Trip Scarf.


Take some time to play tourist in your own town sometime soon. It’s been a great reality check for me, a chance to check out local businesses I’d been hearing about and have an excuse to consume a lot of coffee and try new food cart delicacies. All in all, a good time.