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The Week In Pictures: 4.18.15

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Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

First off, if you’re new here, The Week In Pictures is a column featuring photos taken throughout my week. As a self-employed designer, it’s all too easy to get wrapped up in client work and forget to take time out to experience the world around me. The blogs I enjoy reading most have a strong personal point of view and I want to do that once a week, essentially giving you a glimpse behind the curtain. Thanks for joining me…and you can check out the archives here!

Joey flew down to San Francisco this week so I spent a lot of time at home with my two fur-covered little ones, Rocky and Chubs. The above photo is the view from my couch — I’m waiting on a mirror to arrive and then I’ll give you the full tour. ;)

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Standard desks never have enough space. I was always stacking everything, trying to keep my coffee, flowers and other odds and ends from flying off. After searching around and realizing that I’d need two desks or to build something custom, I found an IKEA kitchen table which is not only the perfect height but can easily seat 2 to 4 people. We’re setting up a work station facing mine next week and there should still be plenty of room to spread out.

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On the weekends, I’m always walking through different neighborhoods, visiting new coffee shops, taking photos of houses I love. It’s a good way to keep even the most basic of routines feeling fresh.

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Big, white walls in my office equal the perfect place to tape up current obsessions.

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This week has been really up and down but there’s a lot I’m looking forward to including a trip to Capri over the summer (I’ve never been to Italy!) and also, some remodeling projects around the house. Joey and I are throwing a backyard party for our 5th anniversary in a few months and considering that we never had a gathering in the first place, I’m looking forward to getting my family and friends all in one place. We have a lot of work to do to get everything looking good before then!

In the meantime, I’m having some quiet time with Rocky cuddled up next to me and hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. xo

The Week In Pictures: 4.11.15

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I hope you had a good week! I love this time of year because as the weather is getting nicer, more of my friends are visiting Portland. Star was here this week to teach me some basic web development stuff — Branch has been launching 2 to 3 new websites a month and it’s important to stay current with best practices. Of course, we found plenty of time to eat out, too. Some of the places we visited this week included Grendel’s (the orange cardamom lattes are amazing), Foster Burger (order a boozy milkshake and truffle fries), Doug Fir (awesome happy hour menu and a photo booth), Roman Candle (gourmet pizza and gold scissors) and Grand Central (great for grabbing pastries for the office).

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Treat yo’self. Hired help is always happier when there’s pastries around! Also, IKEA is killing it with cool dishes lately. They have a new black and white collection covered in stripes and dots that’s worth checking out.

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Chubs wanted me to share his weekly glamour shot with you. Pretty handsome, huh?

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Fresh Branch orange flowers, just because.

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Whenever I’m on this corner in S.E. Portland, I snap a photo. The rest of this area is changing so quickly that I like to have images to look back on.

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I have so much more I want to share with you but the words aren’t flowing…and maybe that’s because I was up way too late, chatting with friends at an art opening and then awake very early to walk across town with Joey and Rocky. It’s a good reminder that when the words don’t flow, you don’t have to force them. That’s the beauty of blogging — you can tell a story in photos, video or any other format — your post doesn’t have to follow the standard conventions every single time. On that note, I’ll leave you with this quote:

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” —Edward de Bono

I hope you’re having a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 4.4.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? I’ll be honest, I felt pretty out of sorts (hence the lack of posts). Joey’s been in San Francisco which means that I’ve been home taking care of the little ones. I know that babysitting a dog and a squirrel doesn’t even remotely compare to having human babies but damn, it’s a lot of work! Stay-at-home moms, I have so much respect for what you do on a daily basis.

Staying at home for a change has been good in a way because it’s given me a lot more time to slow down and think, whereas when I’m at the office, I’m in 100% work mode. There were so many great articles I read this week that had me thinking about asking yourself what you really want and avoiding the comparison trap. If you have a few free minutes, dig in!

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Do you have a work uniform that you gravitate towards? During the warmer months, mine is usually a white t-shirt, black skinny jeans and sneaker wedges. Since the weather has finally gotten nicer, I just stocked up on some new tees — this one is my current favorite, which reminds me of the Prada Sport logo! And, it’s quite fitting since I still pepper my sentences with “rad” and “awesome” and “like” all the time, thanks to being in high school during the 90s.

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It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in the Branch studio space a solid six months now. It feels like just yesterday that I was moving in! I get nostalgic all the time and snap photos of the space because I feel like things are shifting really fast. Our lead developer Star is coming in next week — we met in 2001 on Live Journal (holla!) and she coded up my first-ever WordPress blog. Talk about going waaaay back!

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I just tried Alma Chocolate for the first time and just…wow. Their branding, their chocolate, their adorable little shop — it’s all so perfect. If you’re in Portland, stop in. Rumor has it that they also have some of the best homemade chocolate chip cookies in town, though I didn’t have a chance to try them. Go, go, go!

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Chubs loves being the center of attention and was begging me to post a photo of him here. ;) The truth is, everyone is clamoring for more squirrel photos but he’s nearly impossible to photograph. Imagine feeding your baby a dozen cookies and then having them wash it all down with 5 bottles’ worth of Kool-Aid. That’s basically Chubs at any given moment. Most of my photos are of a tail flying through the air!

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I can’t believe it’s April already. As I was sitting home this week, it started to sink in that a lot of the goals I’d set at the starting of the year had sort of fallen through the cracks because I’d been wrapped up in completing one project after another — or, in some cases, like this week, literally handing off three separate websites at once for development. It’s been that kind of pace since January 1st! I feel that for the most part, we are in control of what happens in our lives. We have a say in the people we spend our time with, where we decide to dedicate our time and what we decide is worth going after. There’s a lot of outreach, classes and digital products I want to be doing yet I’ve barely made a dent and it’s time to change that. If you have personal projects you’re wanting to do, it’s up to you to carve out the time, even if it’s 10 minutes here and there. The point is to get started.

I know this post is getting long…and you have a weekend to enjoy! These are just some things that have been on my mind lately. I hope you have some fun plans — Rocky, Chubs and I are hanging out around the house putting the finishing touches on my newly decorated room (I have a big reveal and fun giveaway happening soon — stay tuned!) and reading fashion magazines. :)

Sending lots of love your way. xo

The Week In Pictures: 3.27.15

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Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Hi everyone! How was your week? Mine definitely fell into the work hard / play hard variety — plenty of exploration but also plenty of leaving the office at midnight. With everything that happens in life, there’s always the opportunity to grow — I definitely felt myself getting pushed outside of my comfort zone this week but learned so much. It feels good to be evolving in both life and business.

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A highlight of my weekends is getting up early on Sundays when the rest of the city is still asleep and taking long walks through different neighborhoods.

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The Branch office definitely has a modern tropical theme going on! Keeping it bright and happy up in here.

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My musical obsession lately has been Cary Nokey so when I unexpectedly won an Instagram contest and a pile full of awesome merch landed on my doorstep, it felt fitting to dance through the office wearing these glasses. Check out Cary Nokey’s videos here and the newest album on Spotify here.

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Those of you who live in S.E. Portland will probably recognize this colorful corner!

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This week I’ve been helping Uncommon Goods out with their Instagram and sharing some of my favorite products of theirs — pretty much the most fun job ever! See, it’s possible for even the most random hobbies (like shooting still lifes) to turn into work. ;)

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Portland is in full-on bloom right now. Come visit!

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Weekend coffee run outfit: Zara coat, Silence + Noise skirt, Forever 21 shirt (I can’t find this one but they have many similar options!) and Marc Jacobs sneakers.

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More still life fun! I’m so into this Katz’s chocolate egg cream candle. It smells like the most delicious dessert….without any of the guilt! #winning

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This week felt like a roller coaster but as I said before, that’s where the growth comes in. Every day I feel like I’m learning something new when it comes to running a business. There’s no instruction manual that can prepare you for it — and that’s both exciting and scary. The biggest lesson I’ve recently learned is that it’s okay to ask for help as often as you need it. The worst that can happen is that someone says no! I needed another workspace in my office so I asked Joey to build me a custom desk. I was working too much due to not setting clear boundaries and was upfront about it with a few clients. I realized I needed more help with project management so I made a call. It’s all about getting real with what you need and reaching out.

Things are winding down on a high note — over at Branch, we just shared the Brand New Ways project and launched a new website plus 12 workbooks with Ellen Fondiler. So immensely proud of both of both of these ladies!

Before I sign off, I’ll leave you with this quote:

“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.” —Dennis Waitley

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 3.20.15

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Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

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How was your week? Every day over here seemed to have many calls / meetings / Slack chats / deadlines. Honestly? I’m glad the weekend starts in a few short hours!

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Some desktop necessities this week: Compartes chocolate bars, Byredo hand cream and a Darling Press neon-edged to-do list.

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Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Little moments from this week: taping up fresh inspiration, straightening up the office, an inspirational message from Luke Copping and more still life exploration, which I’m tracking in #stilllifefriday if you want to join in!

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Have a great weekend, everyone! I just launched a website for a client that’s been a year in the works (woohoo!) and now I’m off to a friend’s party. As much as I love my job(s), it’s important to take a break and live it up every once in awhile! On that note, I love this quote:

“Life is a song – sing it.
Life is a game – play it.
Life is a challenge – meet it.
Life is a dream – realize it.
Life is a sacrifice – offer it.
Life is love – enjoy it.” —Sai Baba

P.S. Happy birthday to the best brother on the planet!

The Week In Pictures: 3.13.15

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Hi, Everyone! How was your week? Mine has been very low-key since I’m hanging out mostly at home with Chubs, on squirrel sitting duty while Joey is away in LA. It’s quite the contrast from last week when I was running around Vegas, going to shows and working on my video poker skills!

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On our last day in Vegas, Kat and I went ring shopping at the Mirage gift shop on a whim. Because, when in Vegas…do the unexpected! I’m not much of a jewelry person but I saw this crazy ring with multicolor enamel and was like, “Why not?” Since I wear mostly black at the office, it’s a nice little boost of color.

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My friends over at A-Made just sent over the coolest media kit I’ve ever seen. Mark, who did the branding was my creative director at the last studio I worked at and I love what he’s done with this brand. It’s such a great concept, focusing on selling American-made products to a worldwide audience. Check them out and show them some love!

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Chubs is all grown up! It’s crazy to think that he’s 9 months old now. Remember when he was just a teeny tiny baby?

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I’ve been slowly but surely easing back into office life after a few weeks away. Things at Branch haven’t slowed down enough for me to share any new work lately (which I’m thankful for!) but I’m hoping that changes soon — we have so much cool stuff that’s been recently completed.

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I’m signing off to spend some time with my mom (and visit our new favorite lunch spot, Sen Yai.) Other than that, I’ll be hanging out at home this weekend and chillin’ with Chubs. I’m one of those people who get addicted to being on the go, always wanting to explore and sometimes, I have to stop and remind myself that a quiet week around the house is okay.

It’s okay to take it easy and to be still once in awhile and to give yourself the time and space to think clearly, uninterrupted. On that note, I love this quote:

“It’s the steady, quiet, plodding ones who win in the lifelong race.” —Robert W. Service

Have a great weekend!

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 | Hello From Las Vegas!

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 Las Vegas

Welcome to The Week In Pictures! How was your week?! Kat, Gala and I landed in Vegas on Monday so mine was full of glitter, magic, margaritas and palm trees. There’s so much more to share with you about places to go and shows to see but for now, here’s a highlight reel:

Pure, ridiculous fun.

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 Las Vegas

One of my biggest regrets is not going to see Siegfried and Roy live during my first trip to Vegas in 1998. I have their books and have read most of their interviews but that will never take the place of seeing them perform in person. Gotta love this bronze bust!

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I went a little crazy with gift shop purchases. The ultimate buy? This two foot tall statue from The Flamingo. I bought it without thinking about how I’d actually get it home and had to ask for packing suggestions.

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 Las Vegas

This time around, we stayed at the Encore and everything was on point including the floral arrangements. DAYAMN!

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 Las Vegas

A highlight of the trip was seeing Britney live from the front row. Back in my high school days, I was too much of a teenage goth to engage in such delights. Seeing her now was totally worth the wait — that girl still has all the moves, not to mention a killer selection of rhinestone-encrusted catsuits.

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The perfect place to sit down and rest after some shopping and gambling? On a ledge in front of this epic pegasus inside of Caesar’s Palace. Oh, the drama!

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 Las Vegas

One of my favorite hangouts is the Mirage. It’s Polynesian-themed with ample palm trees, a volcano that erupts every half hour and is the former home of Siegfried and Roy. Need I say more?!

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 Las Vegas

This was the first vacation in the last few years where I took a real break from client work and lived it up. Most people recommend that you never stay in Vegas for longer than three days but after five, Kat and I were wishing we had another week. There’s so much more to do than engaging in the the usual vices and I can’t wait to share the best finds with you! A few of you were asking where this dress was from — it’s by Nasty Gal.

The Week In Pictures: 3.7.15 Las Vegas

The real appeal of Vegas lies in the fantasy — it’s a place where anything goes. False eyelashes, a dash of sequins and a pull on the slot machine handle before noon? All good! Bigger is better, more is more and as Liberace would say, too much of a good thing is FABBBBULOUUUUS! When real life calls for a time out, Vegas is just a flight away, waiting to show you a good time.

I’m signing off for the weekend to spend some time with my family but I wanted to leave you with this quote as a reminder to stay true to who you are and live it up:

“Although they say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, do not copy anyone – be yourself and the whole world will love you.” — Roy Horn