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Beach, Please.

Nubby Twiglet | Beach, Please

After a very long Winter and Spring with months on end of hibernating indoors, I just returned from Miami last week, inspired to upgrade my beach necessities.

I’ve lined up some summer vacation plans covering Las Vegas, the Amalfi Coast, Milan, Marrakech and Palm Springs and with all that sun (and hopefully plenty of pool / beach time coming up), I’m thinking about some of the items that would be nice to have on-hand.

Nubby Twiglet | Beach, Please

My Summer Must-Haves

1. Big, floppy hat. An absolute must to protect your face from too much direct sunlight. Plus, they look so glam paired with a simple swimsuit.

2. Basic black footwear. I always pack the wrong kinds of shoes for the beach which end up full of sand. Keep it simple with something that washes off easily! I also like my sandals to have a little extra height since I’m on the short side (5’3”).

3. Eccentric pool float. These are so much fun! I’ve seen everything from pizza slices to donuts but especially love the added drama of this black swan. Might as well make an entrance to summer pool parties, right?!

4. Neon nails. Since I tend to pack mostly black and white basics, I love an extra pop of color on my nails. Neon Nacho (gotta love that name!) is my absolute favorite and I wear it all the time. Even better, the Floss Gloss line is free from the usual list of toxins found in a lot of mainstream brands.

5. Fun swimsuit. I’ve always stuck with basic black when it comes to swimwear but when Victoria’s Secret put all their styles on mega-sale, I had to jump on this color blocked design! Ignore the dramatic poses in their photos (haha) because their swimwear fits like a DREAM and I love that you can buy the tops and bottoms separately.

6. Statement sunglasses. I tend to rotate the same basic styles of sunglasses but I’m craving something a little more fun. Cool accessories can go a long way and I’m loving these Quay sunglasses because they are right on trend in a marbleized pattern but don’t break the bank.

7. Dry shampoo. When traveling and hanging by the pool / beach, your hair can get oily when you’re outside having fun all day. I pack dry shampoo so I’m not constantly washing it and stripping it of its natural oils and No Drought by LUSH is fantastic with a clean, citrusy scent.

8. Copper pineapple. When Gala and I were in Miami last week, our favorite bar served drinks in these and I was immediately smitten. The pineapple opens to hold your drink of choice and once you’ve closed it, there’s a a spot for your straw. It takes any drink to the next level — and I want one badly!

9. Unique beach towel. Towels were always an afterthought to me but then I found this grid version on sale at Urban Outfitters and loved how it worked as a great backdrop in photos, not to mention it was more comfortable to lay on than the standard issues at hotels. Worth it!


Your turn: What are your summer necessities? What sunscreen do you swear by? What’s your go-to brand for sunglasses and swimwear? Let me know in the comments!

Tripping Through Melbourne’s Psychedelic Vintage Clothing Wonderland: My Delirium

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

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Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

I love a good vintage clothing shop but nothing has ever had such a dizzying effect on my senses as My Delirium. A psychedelic rabbit hole of sorts, it manages to wow visitors with decor that’s just as interesting as the clothing lining its racks.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

With a blazing yellow exterior and a handful of mannequins beckoning from the window who are so overdressed that they give Liberace a run for his money, this store isn’t a place you can casually pass by without a reaction.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Inside, raspberry shag carpet competes with paisley wallpaper.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Kitschy, big-eyed animal kick-knacks stare out from every flat surface.

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Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Kat tried on a handful of sequined pieces but her real moment to shine was when she poked her head out from the dressing room curtain….er, carpet.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

After flipping through the racks of clothing, I’ll admit that I was feeling completely overwhelmed. So much color. So many embellishments. So much leather, lace, sequins and fur! I took a little break, leaning against an ornate dressing table.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Then, Gala casually walked up the stairs decked out in the most ridiculous / fabulous jacket, resembling the offspring of Big Bird. I wanted in on the action. After a few glam twirls, I slipped it off her shoulders and onto my own.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

My new daytime look? I wish.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Most of the time these days, I do the majority of my shopping online. It’s just easier. But when I come across a store as magnificently unique as My Delirium, I’m reminded of the sensory experience that a thoughtfully curated retail space can offer. It’s an art form in itself and the passion that went into this vintage mecca is absolutely inspiring.

If you’re planning to visit, note that the store hours can be slightly irregular — you may want to call ahead to make sure it is open first.


Featured: My Delirium, Melbourne.
Photos: Corey Sleap (he is the sweetest guy around — hire him to shoot your wedding!)
Co-conspirators: Kat Williams and Gala Darling.

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.

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?

Baby, I Got Your Number

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Yesterday morning, I got quite the surprise when I was digging through my sock drawer and came across this amazing scarf. Long forgotten, I have no idea where it came from or how long I’ve had it! But wow, what a score. The scarf is vintage but reminds me very much of one of my all-time favorite collections. Now, I just need to figure out some new and creative ways to tie a scarf because this one is surely going to get a ton of wear.


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Readers: Are there any scarf-tying tutorials out there that you swear by?


Hello, Sunshine.

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Yellow and I normally don’t get along. I don’t think I’ve owned anything yellow until a week ago when these shoes showed up. When I want to wear something bright and cheery, I stick to white. But, I am all about embracing change. When I first spotted these heels, I had the typical reaction that I normally have with anything Margiela-related. At first I thought they were weird, then intriguingly architectural…and finally totally unique and amazing! When you’re scrolling through Yoox and there’s one pair left in your size for a total steal, it’s meant to be. I plan on wearing these with everything (as long as it is head-to-toe black).

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martin margiela fashion style nubby twiglet

martin margiela fashion style nubby twiglet

martin margiela fashion style nubby twiglet

martin margiela fashion style nubby twiglet

martin margiela fashion style nubby twiglet





Style Essentials

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

Do you have a reliable arsenal of wardrobe basics that you depend upon, day after day? I know that I do. I started thinking of the tried and true pieces that are necessities in my wardrobe and compiled a list. Some have been in my possession for as little as two weeks and some as long as nine years but they are all equally important. The watch, the jacket, the bag, the shoes and belts that all play a part in my overall look are listed below. It’s never too late to build your own collection of style essentials!

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

Studded Belts. A few weeks ago, I bought two super skinny belts with mini rows of studs at Forever 21 and have been wearing them nonstop ever since. Besides the one shown, I have a solid black studded version as well. To me, they add a dash of hard-edged glamour to any outfit and work equally well with dresses and pants.

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

A Great Wallet.

For four years, I carried around a cheap vinyl wallet that I had bought at a mall somewhere in California. Finally in February, I was sitting in Hawaii on vacation and realized that every time I opened that old wallet, it reminded me of my past. It was time to never look back. So, I walked into the YSL boutique and bought this black beauty on the spot. Think of how many times you open your wallet in a day; isn’t it worth it to have one that you love? As a side note, that really is Yves Saint Laurent’s handwriting on the front! How cool is that?!

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

Non-Black Shoes. Of course we need black shoes in our lives, but a more neutral option should be close by as well. I dislike brown so I usually settle for grays for neutals. These Dries Van Noten wedges from Fall 2007 are my absolute favorites. Besides being nearly indestructible, they’re pretty comfortable as well (thanks in part to a hidden platform).

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

An Oversized Bag. Admit it; sometimes you really do need to lug around everything but the kitchen sink. There are some days when I need to pack a lunch, a book, camera, sweater and god knows what else. This bag saves me from having to carry around a tote. All-in-one and worth every penny! I bought this back in April and have used it nearly every day since.

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

Everyday Black Shoes With a Twist. We all need black shoes but that doesn’t mean that they need to be boring! My Camilla Skovgaard ankle boots work well with skinny black pants and leggings, add some major height and the treads are perfect for rainy Portland winters. The extreme wedges do take some getting used to but by my third day of wearing them, it was like second nature. Invest in good shoes! Always!

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

A Reliable, Basic Watch. I absolutely swear by the Nixon Chalet. It’s solid, simple, tough and sleek all at once. And, it goes with everything.

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

A Shockingly Bright Burst of Color. We should all make room for the occasional ridiculously over the top accessory to liven things up. I love wearing these Dries Van Noten heels with an all black ensemble for an unexpected burst of color.

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

Basic Black Jacket. This Halogen zipper jacket is like my security blanket. My mom bought it for me during my first semester of college back in 2000 and it’s made it through major moves, travels and career changes without getting lost. The sleeves and bottom half (not shown) zip off. I’ve owned dozens of other coats since but nothing has quite captured my heart in the same way.

nubby twiglet fashion style essentials

Readers: What are your style essentials?

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