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The Week In Pictures: 4.18.14

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Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nothing beats this time of year in Portland. I spent so much time this week wandering the streets of my ‘hood with friends and here are a few snippets of what I saw and did:

Hot cocoa sipping at Stumptown Belmont. • Admiring cherry blossoms in every corner of Portland. • Beautiful urban art near 34th and Belmont. • Pastry obsessing at Saint Honoré Boulangerie on S.E. Division. • Pizza eating at Roman Candle. • New / old cardigan purchase at Buffalo Exchange. • Flower sniffing all over S.E. • Finishing hot cocoa and remembering how awesome Stumptown’s saucers are.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It’s been good to get out, walk for miles alongside friends and remember why I love this city so much but now, it’s time to get back to work. Have a beautiful, inspiring weekend!

The Week In Pictures: 4.11.14

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Oh, Portland! This time of year in the city is the best. Sunny but not too hot. Everything is in bloom right now and I can’t stop taking cliché flower shots. Last year Kat and Gala were in town around this time and I remember us walking through Portland, rolling around in my poor neighbor’s yards trying to get the perfect shots (sorry, guys) and living it up. After a particularly gloomy few months where I barely left the house except to travel, everything is feeling alive again. If you’ve never been to Portland this time of year, please come visit!

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Now that I work for myself, I live for the weekends. Even if I still have projects to get through, I slow down and read fashion magazines, dust off favorite reads from my bookshelf, get in a call with my mom and visit a few new places around town for food and drinks with my dad. The nail polish in this photo is Morange by MAC. I picked it up last year and it’s been a nonstop favorite since. It’s warm and poppy but not neon — great for everyday wear.

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Last night, right before the sun set, Joey, Rocky and I took a nice, long walk. I always like stopping in front of The Woodsman Market (sandwiched between the original Stumptown and The Woodsman Tavern) to snap a few photos.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I find some of the best design inspiration in vintage type specimen books. This is a Chartpak one I found at a thrift store.

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This week I had a great mail day when Branch client Olivine Atelier sent us product samples. Getting to hold and try out the product that I’d designed branding and labeling for was really exciting. It’s now being sold at Anthropologie!

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The next exciting bit was getting to see this hair mist we just finished. That’s my handwriting in gold! I love that Olivine uses glass bottles instead of plastic. The hair mist smells like a day at the beach — I’m in love.

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Okay, confession time: I’ve been putting off doing a legit media kit for Nubby Twiglet for YEARS. My clients’ media kits always came first and then both Blogcademy and Branch needed them, too. Mine was always at the bottom of the list. I felt guilty for a long time because I preach about the importance of media kits…but my other two businesses needed them the most. Well, it’s time to finally get over the guilt and get this baby together. I’ve been squeezing in time on it all week and it’s finally shaping up.

Earlier in the week, I Instagrammed this but it was partially a reminder to myself, too. No more excuses!

Enjoy your weekend. Sending lots of love (and nice weather) your way!

The Week In Pictures: 4.4.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Happy Friday! How was your week? Over here, it’s been a whole lot of work and no play but it will all be worth it. I’ve been working ahead as much as possible on projects because it’s going to be a busy late spring and summer traveling with Blogcademy and relaunching our website. Last year, I didn’t plan very well at all and pretty much ended up working through every trip. This year, I’ll be visiting Berlin and Amesterdam for the first time and I want to be present. Really, truly present. So, it’s time to plan better. Live and learn!

My current paper inspiration: a combination of the latest DWR catalog (sign up here) and Marie Claire, which has been extra awesome lately.

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My dad is seriously the best. He always makes plans to take me out and on Saturday, we visited a few bars I’d never been to. The first was the Lutz, which I completely fell in love with. Opened in the late 1940s, nothing much has changed, except owners — the original curved turquoise countertop is still intact, the burgundy vinyl bar stools have never been recovered and the dark paneled walls are still full of photos from many decades ago. Things are scuffed, chipped and…charming. I can’t wait to go back.

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Joey walked into my office a few mornings ago chatting about Boy George, who happens to be one of my all-time idols. I was reminded of his autobiography on my bookshelf. Such a good book! It was one of my favorite teenage reads (besides The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, of course).

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Back to Saturday night…my dad had another great place in store! This bar in Sellwood, Cosmo Lounge is also a retro gem. The dark walls are completely covered in velvet paintings and a smattering of mismatched lights are draped from the ceiling. The waitress convinced us that we needed to try green Jell-o shots. Hey, there’s a first time for everything!

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Having Shien’s lookbook that I’d just finished show up in my mailbox was the cherry on top of an intense but rewarding week.

Here’s to an inspired weekend full of adventures. xoxo

The Week In Pictures: 3.28.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Woohoo, it’s finally Friday! I’ve been feeling really restless this week, jumping from project to project, to chatting with friends online, to trying to recover from post-tax shock (things didn’t go as well as I was hoping, we’ll just leave it at that!), to revamping the Branch media kit with new photos and services to setting up design files for the San Francisco and Chicago Blogcademy workshops (we do custom totes and documents for each).

When I was in LA last week, my friend Mary Bee surprised me with two bags of clothes over dinner (she happens to manage one of the best vintage stores in the city) and this suede hand-painted top from the 80s was lurking in the bottom. When I’m at home, I tend to default to black skinny jeans a lot so throwing this number on is my way of dressing things up! Also, freckles! I used to hate them so much when I was younger but now I don’t really mind — thanks to the Palm Springs sun for bringing them back out. ;)

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I can’t believe these flowers are still alive and kicking! They were a gift from a Branch client a few weeks ago (hence, the blazing orange!) and they’re thriving —- like a lot of you, we’ve got Spring going on inside right now because outside it’s been a raining mess allll day, every day.

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I always say that snail mail is the best mail! My week was brightened up when Kat surprised me with a beautiful quartz necklace. Kat may be my business partner and design client but even more than that, she is one of the most thoughtful, dependable, giving people I’ve ever met.

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Remember how we had a massive black bear in the corner of our living room? Well, he’s since relocated to my brother’s room (quite a shock if you’re visiting him for the first time!) so we put a palm in that place (if you’re wondering, it was under $30.00 at Home Depot). Our living room has been in shambles post-bathroom construction so we’re slowly trying to freshen things up. Drop cloths and dust, be gone!

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Last year, I bought my first espresso machine and I’m proud to say that since then, we’ve used it almost every day since! It needs a good cleaning but that’s only because it gets used so much — it felt like a lot to plunk down at the time but has since more than paid for itself. When I’m in town, I rarely go out for coffee anymore.

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For me, weekends are the time to clean my office and go through stacks of magazines (I subscribe to a lot so there’s always something new showing up in my mailbox). All these pages were taken from the newest issue of Marie Claire. Beautiful layouts, right?

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This week, we finally unveiled our new bathroom. It’s pretty hard to fathom how much work went into such a tiny space. Yes, I’m temped to take photos every time I walk by!

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Remember this newsprint post from a few weeks ago? Well, Luke Copping’s piece is finally finished and the texture and paper on this is so awesome — you can see more of it here!

Enjoy your weekend! I’m off to design the brand new Blogcademy backdrop. ;)

The Week In Pictures: 3.21.14 | Palm Springs…Again!

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I just got back to Portland this morning (after coming uncomfortably close to missing my flight). I had to head home earlier than I wanted to finish my dreaded taxes — all you entrepreneurs out there know the pain of tax season!

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Let’s back up a bit…on Monday, I had a client meeting in Malibu — our project, a photography book is nearly finished and we were making some last minute tweaks before it goes off to print. It’s going to coincide with an art show and I’ll have MUCH more to share once things wrap!

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After that was done, I realized that though I had work to get done, I could do it from the road and my schedule was actually pretty open for a few days. We made some last minute hotel reservations and headed over to Palm Springs.

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Joey and Rocky had visited the Ace but never stayed there so we checked in for the night and I showed them around.

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I had the most random suitcase of stuff packed — nothing made much sense together since we were in a mad rush to finish the bathroom and get the house back in order before we took off for the week. It was fun to dust these old Dries wedges off, though.

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Palm Springs is my happy place. I have a thing for midcentury modern architecture and I love visiting because the buildings make me feel like I am walking through a magical time warp. Can you even imagine if this was your apartment building?!

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After our early morning walk, we had breakfast next to the Ace pool and peeked around the grounds — it was pretty quiet considering it was mid-week. So relaxing.

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We had such a great time in Palm Springs that we ended up booking a second night at The Curve. A little tip: It’s literally three doors down from the Ace and if you search out online deals, a third of the price. We actually loved it here and it’s a great budget option if you’re okay with less trendiness and the internet being on the slow side. ;)

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I hope you enjoyed my peek into Palm Springs. It’s time for me to sign off and finally conquer those taxes once and for all. Enjoy your weekend!

The Week In Pictures: 3.14.14

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Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures
I feel like I’ve barely left my desk this week but flipping through my photos, I’m reminded otherwise. Lunch with grandma! Drinks with auntie! A lot of virtual chats with Star (okay, that was at my computer but still.) I’m feeling a little dazed between finishing a flurry of client projects and trying to get my taxes together before I hop on a last-minute LA-bound flight at the crack of dawn Monday morning.

The really big news this week is that we are finally, legitimately done remodeling the bathroom on the main floor of our house. When you see the before and after photos next to each other, you won’t believe that it’s even the same space. It’s gone from the bathroom we hid from guests to by far the nicest room in the house thanks to Joey’s handiwork. Clocking in at three months, I never thought we’d see the light at then end of the tunnel with this project. I’ll have a lot more details (and photos!) to share next week.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Running Branch full time, I’ve had the opportunity to not only meet a great group of clients but also make some wonderful friends. Their thoughtfulness at times astounds me — Star and I tag-teamed virtually all Wednesday night, pushing Kitty Cavalier’s new site live and just a few hours after waking up Thursday morning, the most beautiful bunch of flowers was waiting on my doorstep. Totally made my week.

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I live about 10 minutes from Harlow but had never given it a try until a few days ago. With a gluten-free menu, tons of vegan options and a juice selection like no other, I was already excited when I walked in but then I spotted vegan mac and cheese. Not quite believing it, I read through the ingredients twice. It was seriously the best non-dairy mac and cheese I’ve ever had. Craving it now as I type this. ;)

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Isn’t this the best faux swatch name ever? This table runner that sits along our coffee bar is so much fun.

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In the middle of the week, I had dinner plans with my aunt but we got a little sidetracked and ended up at one of my favorite Portland bars, Backstage. Best detour ever?! I always end up staring up at the chandeliers dangling from the ceiling, which is a solid 6 stories high.

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Back to Wednesday — I snuck out of the office for lunch with my grandma and on our way back to the car, I stopped in the middle of the sidewalk, laughing hysterically and pointing. “Look grandma, look! That tree has a face!” Grandma: “Huh? I don’t see it.” Me: “RIGHT THERE! A FACE.” Grandma: “Ohhhhh!” Hahahaaaa.

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Have an amazing weekend, everyone. It finally feels like spring has legitimately hit and I’m itching to get outside.

P.S. I’ll be Instagrammin’ from LA all next week if you want to keep up in real time. xoxo

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.14

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Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Since I got home from LA last Tuesday, I’ve been consumed a whole lot of catching up around the house, on the blog and with work. One of the coolest projects I just wrapped is a newsprint piece for Luke Copping and it was really fun researching printers. I now have a stack of newsprint samples I collected along the way and I’ll be sharing some printer information next week on the blog if you’re interested in doing a similar style piece!

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Eating breakfast at my desk every morning, even if it’s really simple always gets my day off to a great start. I love that early morning solitude as I put the finishing touches on a blog post and work out my to-do list.

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I’m kind of obsessed with this metallic coffee mug that mysteriously showed up in our kitchen cupboards one day. I felt like I’d hit the jackpot! Haha. Turns out that it was a gift my brother got while on a business trip and he shoved it in there without a second thought…good for me!

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When I need to take a time out from work, I like to put together mood boards in my office and just see what flows. This is what came out this week.

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I’m missing the abundance of citrus trees in Southern California so much! Our fix has been to fill the bowl on our kitchen table with lots of lemons.

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One of the projects I enjoyed working on most this week was an updated media kit for Kat. We doubled the size and basically turned it into a mini magazine. I’ll share more peeks into it on the Branch blog soon.

And now it’s time to get ready and head out for an early movie with my cousin Matt. It’s been a long week and I’m looking forward to a few hours of hanging out in one of my favorite neighborhoods and unwinding. Enjoy your weekend! Joey’s putting the finishing touches on our new bathroom and I can’t wait to show you!