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The Week In Pictures: 12.19.14 | Happy Holidays!

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Welcome to the very last Week in Pictures of the year!

Like many of you, I’m in a sprint to the finish line to wrap up lots of projects and obligations…and then take a major break. My holiday party is tomorrow night and I’m looking forward to catching up with family and friends and also sampling Joey’s famous boozy fruit punch. He changes the recipe slightly every year so it’s always bit of a surprise.

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We’ve put up our tree and stockings up and in case you were wondering, Chubs has a stocking, too! So far, he’s just asked Santa for a big stash of nuts. ;)

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This week, there were a lot of photos taken in my office…because I spent most of my time there. It’s all good, though because I’m wrapping up three branding projects and sites for super savvy, inspiring women (and hey, I met them all in San Francisco! Holla!) that launch on the 1st of 2015 and watching my clients step into new lives (literally quitting jobs, going out on their own, giving it everything they’ve got) is inspiring me big time. I still remember that same scared / excited / adrenaline-pumping feeling I had when I launched Branch a year and a half ago. It feels good to be in this spot on the other side now, cheering them on. I can’t wait to share all these new projects with you (and the women behind them!)

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I’m always flipping through my magazine subscriptions (these days, it’s W, Elle, Lucky, Bazaar and Marie Claire) and looking for fresh inspiration. Since I spend my days designing, I try to look in different sources like fashion and skate / surf magazines to get a different perspective. Without fail, fashion magazines usually lead me down the rabbit hole of shoes and more shoes. Haha.

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My suitcase home from Australia was stuffed to the brim with packaging references like this beautiful bottle from Greene St. Juice which is doubling as a fabulous vase now.

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Rocky is all ready for Santa! Happy holidays and thanks for (virtually) hanging out with me this year. It’s been awesome getting to know so many of you both here and in person at The Blogcademy. Thank you for all of your comments, emails, tweets and being the best audience in the known universe. Sending lots of love your way!

The Week In Pictures: 12.13.14

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How was your week? I just got home from New Zealand on Monday and am still settling in. It’s so nice to be back, though. I missed Joey, I missed my pets, I missed my family and I missed my office. As great as it’s been getting the opportunity to travel and see the world this year, it’s always nice to come home. Home really is where the heart is.

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While I was in Australia and New Zealand, I picked up piles of mementos — there’s a stack of business cards, photos and other odds and ends in the corner of my office that I need to organize. One of my favorite finds was this series of Australian maps with illustrations on the covers.

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Australia has the best chai lattes…pretty much everywhere. I probably sampled a dozen different ones and, well, I didn’t have a single bad one. This was from Cafe Vue in Melbourne.

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After a week and a half split between Sydney and Melbourne, I flew to Auckland last Friday. I was completely blown away by all the great branding in New Zealand.

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I spent the weekend in Auckland teaching at The Blogcademy with Kat and Gala — this was snapped right outside of our venue by Steph, a photographer who I adore.

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After class, we went to Hell. Literally. All I can say is that the Purgatory Pizza is ridiculously good.

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After a solid night’s rest, it was time to make the journey back home in the Northern Hemisphere. Auckland to Sydney. Sydney to Los Angeles. And finally, Los Angeles to Portland. 20 hours of flights was brutal…but coming home to my boys made every second worth it.

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I was definitely having withdrawals from all my old hometown haunts so my mom took me out to lunch at Roman Candle. Pizza and ginger beer for lunch…and homemade granola to go!

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Being back home, I wasted no time putting our Christmas tree up. This is the first year we’ve had Chubs and every time I tried to hang up an ornament, he’d steal it from me. The only way to distract him was to give him a piece of bread. I told him to pick up his crumbs afterwards but he wouldn’t listen. ;)

Have a great weekend!

The Week In Pictures: 12.6.14 | Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

This week: Sydney > Melbourne > Auckland.

It’s been so good exploring this part of the world again after a year away. The best part of my trip by far has been meeting many folks I’ve known online for years during The Blogcademy workshops.

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After traveling so much this year, I’ve realized that it’s the little things that make my day — discovering a great coffee shop, a line of well-branded alcohol(above), and friendly Uber drivers.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

Last week was my first time visiting Bondi Beach — we stayed in a little rental right next to the water and though there were some unexpected antics (flighting off cockroaches in the bathroom, realizing my bed was on wheels after I woke up with it sideways one morning), it was a great adventure. The ups and downs are what end up making the best travel stories.

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The Week In Pictures: 11.28.2014 | Hello From Palm Springs, LA and Sydney!

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This week has been consumed with a lot of time on airplanes and in rental cars…and major jet lag. But, it’s also been full of beauty, new discoveries and palm trees. These are my favorite kinds of weeks where I am able to share photos and links to new places with you.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

On Sunday morning, Joey, Rocky and I landed in LA and immediately grabbed a rental car to Palm Springs. By noon, we were hanging out in our home away from home (this is the fourth time we’ve been this year), getting some much needed sun.

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As I walked through a neighborhood, I spotted a nautical themed house….complete with a mailbox made of a tiled tentacle and treasure chest. Pretty amazing, right?!

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Our stay in Palm Springs was much too short but we headed back to LA to pick up Gala, who was arriving from New York Monday morning.

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On Monday, Joey, Gala and I hit all our favorite LA haunts. First up: Cafe Gratitude. If you’ve never been, their menu is made up of affirmations. It’s a pretty cool concept — see for yourself!

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Next, we paid a visit to the brand new Nasty Gal store on Melrose, complete with branded black balloons.

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I was a big fan of these gradient shelves.

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I figured I’d be on Bondi Beach soon so I grabbed the brightest citrus-hued nail polish I could find. This is by Pop.

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At midnight, my Sydney-bound flight took off. 14 hours later….

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I was staying at Bondi Beach. So, so gorgeous.

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I was obsessed with all the foliage along the beach. So many great textures.

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I chose this room in our cozy little beach house because of all the Branch orange accents. My view every morning is of the sea — so much different than my usual reality!

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I thought this sign was especially hilarious.

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As we were walking along our street, I fell in love with this black, slightly Bavarian-looking house — it looks a lot like my home back in Portland!

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As we were walking through Sydney, we stopped by the QT Hotel, knowing that they always have the best style. And of course, they didn’t disappoint.

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Their decor is unique to every location. Last year I stayed at the QT Port Douglas and QT Gold Coast.

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Yesterday was really fun — we took a cab to the Sydney Opera House to shoot with Janneke Storm and then headed over to Bondi Beach.

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It was so interesting walking along the beach because they also have these salt pools that line up against the ocean. Pretty surreal looking.

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Have a great weekend, everyone. I’m off to teach Blogcademy and meet all our new students. If you’d like to join us in Melbourne or Auckland, we still have a few seats left — book in here!

The Week In Pictures: 11.14.14

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Hey, how was your week? It’s been freezing here most of the week so I’ve been hiding out in my office next to a space heater, digging myself out of piles of client work….but that’s okay because Australia is happening in 10 days! I’ve never been to Sydney before and that’s our first stop. Seriously can’t wait.

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Over the weekend, I walked through a new neighborhood and spotted this beauty of a car. If Blogcademy was in need of a company car, this would surely be it…though I can only imagine what a bitch parking would be. ;)

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I’ve been in my office nearly two weeks now and I never knew how much of a difference having a dedicated space could make on my outlook. I’m excited to get out of bed every morning and go to work. It’s not that I wasn’t before but now, just having the routine of actually getting ready every morning (instead of looking like a creepy recluse) shifts my whole day. Pulling myself together, walking down the street and opening the door to my own space where I can watch the city go by gets my creative juices flowing.

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The highlight of my weekend was sitting in the lounge at Heidi’s, eating breakfast with my grandparents, Betty and Sharky. It’s hard to believe that they’ve been married for 65 years…and there’s no signs of them slowing down. My grandpa sipped a bloody mary as we all caught up on family gossip (always a good time). My grandparents are truly the sweetest people and I treasure each time I get to see them.

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Over on the Branch-stagram, I started a new feature yesterday called #branchbooks where I’m sharing a must-read pick every week from my bookshelf. I hope you’ll follow along!

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. I’ll be huddled under blankets wrapping up last-minute Blogcademy things (we’re in the midst of redesigning our website AGAIN) and beginning the packing process. I hope you have something far more eventful planned!

The Week In Pictures: 11.7.14

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How was your week? Mine was full of transition — over the weekend, I moved into my new office space and after one big trip to IKEA (and a whole lot of late night shopping online), it’s finally starting to feel like home. I always thought that needing a separate space to work away from home, especially when you already had a designated spot was full of clichés— really, how much more of a difference could it make? Was it really worth the extra rent, especially if you already felt super productive in your home surroundings? Well…one week in, I can tell you it’s made a world of difference. If you’re thinking of expanding / getting a space outside of your home, I’m working on a post for you about the benefits!

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Getting to the office early is my jam — I love settling in with a hot cup of coffee, lighting a candle, going over my list for the day and digging in.

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With the cooler weather setting in and the leaves changing color, I’ve been drawn to more autumnal colors. I love shades of mustard, olive and burgundy — they soften up my closet full of black and graphic patterns. This J. Crew cardigan was a total steal off a rack at Buffalo Exchange, my go-to place for clothes these days.

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Over the weekend, my mom and stepdad took me out for a belated birthday lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory. The views of the river are always so beautiful and it’s one of the first memories I have of going out to eat 25+ years ago! An oldie but goodie.

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Back to the office — I’m fine tuning all the details before the big reveal. I found these sturdy magazine organizers at IKEA and they’re great for sorting out my collection of catalogs and print reference materials.

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These Zara heels are feeling right at home inside Branch HQ!

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In Chubs news, he’s moved onto stealing all my makeup. I heard some rustling the other day and peeked in to find him running off with my MAC lipstick called Kinda Sexy. Hahahaha! He also grabs my compact of Studio Fix and kicks it around. All of this is much more welcomed than his antics of trying to hide toast and nuts in my hair!

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Have an awesome weekend, everyone! I’m taking off tomorrow morning to meet my grandparents for breakfast and that’s the highlight of my weekend since I don’t get to see them as much as I’d like. Do you have anything you’re looking forward to?

The Week In Pictures: 10.31.14 | Happy Halloween!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Do you have any fun plans? This year, I’ll probably slip on a pair of sparkly ears and call it good. I’ve been prepping all week for my big move tomorrow so honestly, my mind has been elsewhere. I’m not really focused on dressing up so much as…dressing up my new office!

There’s a lot to do — small things like art have shown up but I’m still waiting on a big piece of furniture to arrive and Joey is building out custom shelving so the space is going to be at a very in-between stage for the next week or so. Isn’t that how moving always goes?

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I’ll be sharing much more as things progress and you can also follow along on the Branchstagram. Have a great Halloween (and weekend)!