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The Week In Pictures: 7.10.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Happy Friday! How was your week? It’s been full-on over here as we crack into the design of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. If you’ve been around these parts for awhile, you’ll remember that I designed the original three issues and at that time, it was a yearly self-published publication. Then, it went big-time and a full team at a publishing company took the reigns. Just last month, Kat realigned, starting her own publishing company and brought the magazine back in-house. With that shift, Branch picked back up the design and it’s been a massive yet awesome undertaking as we freshen up the look, redesigning much of the 160 page magazine from scratch.

The studio walls are getting more covered by the day. My design assistant, Samantha has been camped out with me as we output each finished spread on the new laser printer (highly recommend it!) and watch it come to life. It’s been really exciting to do a project on this scale — I always dreamed of working at a magazine and it’s a welcome surprise to find myself on the other side, managing the design.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

After long days at the office, I’ve been coming home to chill out in my room which you may remember from the tour earlier this year. I took this photo yesterday and it’s held up pretty well — with new spaces, sometimes you except a lot more shifting but I’m still pretty happy with how it came together.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Here are some coffee table details — I have the sister pair of these shoes in my office colors below. Hey, who says shoes can’t double as art?!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Thoughtful clients make my life! It’s those thank you cards, sweet emails and Instagram comments that can really turn a bad day around. This week, I came home to a large box and thought to myself, “I haven’t been shopping. AT ALL. Really. REALLY!” Ripping it open, I found the most amazing vase from Celeste over at The Devil Wears Flip Flops (and I promise, I’ll spill the beans on this project soon. One of my most favorites, ever.) A white vase just screams for bright flowers, right?

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On a more personal note, the last two weeks post-vacation have been challenging but I know that with challenges also comes growth and breakthroughs. With so many large projects hitting at once, my energy has been focused 90% on client work and 10% on revamping Branch — I just handed off our new site for development and the fresh (square!) business cards arrived yesterday! With all this going on, it’s made fitting in blogging harder and honestly, I miss having a more regular routine. Fourteen years in (and nearly eight years here), I still love it. It’s a part of who I am and I’m working on trying to carve out more time. It’s important to make time for those personal projects you love — life isn’t all about money and accolades. Your personal creative pursuits are what will feed everything else so give them the love they deserve.

“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.” -Rita Mae Brown

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 7.3.15 | New York

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

Hi, everyone! How was your week? I’m looking forward to a long holiday weekend here in the U.S. for the 4th of July and hope you’re managing to squeeze in a little break from the daily grind, too. To be completely honest, adjusting to a regular routine after a few weeks abroad has been much harder than I expected. It’s been nearly 100 degrees every day since I got home to Portland (finally broke down and bought an air conditioner for the office!) and the intense head coupled with major jet lag has completely wiped me out.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

New York was the perfect place to end my travels last week — I lived it up for the two nights I was in town, hitting a silent disco, doing themed shots at Barcelona Bar with friends and squeezing in a few coffee dates. Even with all that action, I had invites to a vampire-themed karaoke night and a rave at a Chinese restaurant that I didn’t make it to. And, that’s precisely what I love most about New York — it’s full of randomness and adventure is lurking around every corner.

On another note, I keep hearing fantastic things about El Luchador (above) in the South Street Seaport. Plus, the outdoor area features a vintage Airstream trailer you can eat in. Adding it to my must-do list for next time.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

A new discovery for me was Le District. French-themed, it’s full of delicious booths, groceries, a restaurant and bar and best of all, a crepe stand…which didn’t go so well for Gala!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

It’s always fun to browse through Kirna Zabete — they have awesome pop art on the walls and plenty of colorful fashion and jewels to ogle.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

Whenever I’m in town, I stay with Bianca on Wall Street and always enjoy this view when walking to the subway.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

Jetlagged, I woke up early and did some weekend browsing through Soho with Gala including a stop at Kartell. So much great furniture, so little time!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

I’m always up for photo booth fun with Kat. She’s like a sister I never had….though if you have a sister, I don’t recommend choking her! Haha.

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After a few days of living it up in New York and trying to forget about my lost luggage (stuffed with the most amazing Moroccan blankets — wahhh!), it was time to head home. It’s really, really good to be back. I’ve been making more of an effort to reach out to people I admire and have inspiring conversations. Skype is a wonderful thing! Just this week, I brainstormed on two new projects I’m super excited about. One is a digital course and the other is focused on giving back to the community in really unique ways — I’ll have more to share on both as they develop.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: New York

I’m signing off for the holiday weekend but I wanted to leave you with this quote on the topic of collaboration:

”As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” —Amy Poehler

The Week In Pictures: 6.26.15 | Rome and Florence

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Oh, Italy. Where do I even start? My parents visited when I was young and had nothing but great things to say so in the back of my mind, it was always a place I wanted to visit. Even with just a week allocated between Rome and Florence, I got a good feel for the place and am already planning a multi-stop train voyage back next year.

Once I landed in Italy, the biggest draw for me was the passion for a full, vibrant life. The Italians have a level of sophistication and attention to detail that translates to everything they do including their food, cars, design, clothing, art and coffee. It was so nice to be in a place where small businesses were thriving, history was left intact and quality was paramount.

In America, we get caught up on the premises of things being bigger, faster-paced and cheaper and while none of those concepts are necessarily bad on their own, together they can chip away at the quality of life. In contrast, simple pleasures took precedent in Italy. We were content with our tiny apartment, eating handmade late night dinners, walking miles through markets and historical sites and just enjoying a slower-paced existence.

These are some of my favorite moments from Rome and Florence and I’ll be doing a more detailed travel post later on — enjoy!

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

You know you’re in the right place when you turn a corner and it’s so beautiful that it resembles a movie set.

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Every time I passed this fountain, all I could visualize was the face of Mark Twain. 😉

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

Nubby Twiglet | Italy

The scale of the colosseum in person completely blew my mind. it is the largest amphitheatre ever built and dating from 72 AD, it’s hard to imagine how such a behemoth was even constructed.

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The Week In Pictures: 6.22.15 | Marrakech

Nubby Twiglet | Marrakech, Morocco

Hello, how have you been?! I’ve been traveling across Morocco and Italy for the past two weeks and for a big chunk of that time, I’ve taken a major break from being online — it’s been so amazing spending my days wandering through unfamiliar cities, taking hundreds of photos, sitting at cafes, window shopping and having plenty of time to catch up with two of my best friends.

Nubby Twiglet | Marrakech, Morocco

I spent last week in Marrakech and wanted to share some of the scenery with you. Marrakech is the fourth largest city in Morocco which is located in northwest Africa. Founded in 1062 AD, the layers of history are apparent around every corner.

Nubby Twiglet | Marrakech, Morocco

Nubby Twiglet | Marrakech, Morocco

Nubby Twiglet | Marrakech, Morocco

We stayed at El Fenn, which is owned by Richard Branson’s sister, Vanessa. A knack for hospitality and a sense of humor runs in the family — her attention to art and even the smallest details made it the perfect retreat after encountering the hustle and bustle of the winding medinas.

Nubby Twiglet | Marrakech, Morocco

These are some of my favorite moments from the last week…

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The Week In Pictures: 6.12.15 | London!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Hello from London! I just arrived yesterday morning and Kat, Gala, Sophie and I hit the ground running, catching the tube to Notting Hill by day and exploring Shoreditch by night. The last month has been a little disorienting, going from Palm Springs to Seattle to London in quick succession but I’m loving the change of scenery.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

London in Summer is so beautiful. It’s the little things here that I appreciate — beautifully kept flower boxes, welcoming small business owners, independent coffee shops, colorful street art, charming accents and of course, afternoon tea and scones with clotted cream.

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Meet Brontë, the official mascot of Farmgirl Cafe. What a beauty!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Selfie time at the Ace Shoreditch.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London
Stopped in Pitfield London this morning for breakfast. They have a cafe, a home interiors shop and even orange trees for sale!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Taking a raspberry lemonade break at Le Pain Quotidien.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Some scenes are set up so perfectly that you wonder if there’s a prop stylist secretly hiding out around the corner.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Gotta love Summer in London!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: London

The interior of Farmgirl Cafe is covered in custom dark green tile. If you’re in London, this is a must-visit. They just opened last week and have such attention to detail, down to their custom-made ceramic cups.

And with that, I’m off to do some exploring before kicking off The Blogcademy on Saturday. Feel free to follow along on Instagram for real-time updates. Have a great weekend!

“There’s nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere.” —Vivienne Westwood

The Week In Pictures: 6.5.15

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? Im gonna keep this short and sweet — I’ve got a late night at the office ahead of me before heading out to a family gathering tomorrow but I wanted to thank you for stopping by. It means the world to me to be able to share photos and stories with you on a weekly basis. Blogging is such an important part of my life because it allows me to connect with you. I get to know you through your comments, emails and lately, I’ve met a handful of you as you’ve traveled through Portland. It’s pretty cool how we’re able to continually connect though this space.

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I don’t think I mentioned it here but some of my work from Branch is featured in How To Style Your Brand. It’s a fantastic book full of beautiful imagery and solid branding advice and if you’re curious, you can read more about it here.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week was pretty special because my grandma turned 85. Her and my grandpa have been married for over 60 years and I love these vintage photo booth photos of them from the 40s — everyone who meets Betty and Sharky adores them!

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The view from the right side of my desk — now you can feel like you’re right here with me! 😉

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week, I kicked off a very special collaboration with Rock N Roll Bride. Kat is one of my favorite clients to partner with because she’s so organized and always open to pushing the design boundaries. We have an announcement on June 15th and I’ll share more then!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I just found this photo that was taken in LA from my favorite photography duo, Made U Look. Their creativity knows no bounds.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

My brother Carey stopped by the office over the weekend. He has the best style and I’m so glad that after all these years, we still get along and share a house together. Family is forever!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’m so proud of my BFF Gala — I’ve watched her work so hard over the last 7 years to make her dream of being an author a reality. Her first book, Radical Self Love is now available and it was an honor to design it. Go, Gala!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Time to sign off for the weekend — I hope you get some rest and relaxation in! I’m going to be home excitedly packing for adventures in London, Italy and Morocco. After spending so much time staring out my office window, I’ve been craving some serious adventure. On that note, I’ll leave you with this quote:

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” —Confucius

P.S. I’ll be in London teaching with The Blogcademy next weekend. Wanna come along and learn how to step up your online game plus get tons of personalized feedback? We’d love to have you!

The Week In Pictures: 5.29.15 | Seattle!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This week blossomed into something completely unexpected but beautiful. I threw out my to-do list and took a last-minute trip to Seattle to meet up with some clients. Even though I’d been there at least a dozen times before, it had been a few years since I’d properly explored the city. Joey lived there 10 years before moving to Portland so having a local show me around completely changed my perspective — the little bits of design and architecture I’d never noticed, the smell of the ocean, the adorable cafes and the best design-focused bookstore I’ve ever seen all added to the awesomeness. Walking around the Space Needle every morning instead of my same old neighborhood path was so inspiring — it reminded me of my childhood when we’d visit Seattle every summer and always leave with the best memories.

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Backing up a bit, over the weekend, my dad took me to a store he’d been raving about for months called Fox Trot Vintage which had amazing stuff at even more amazing prices. I walked out with this tiny vase that says City Of London which I promptly planted a tiny cactus in.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Also, I thought I’d give you a little Chubs update since everyone always asks how he’s doing. He’s still loving his house (completed with front steps!) and eating everything in sight from avocados to Brazil nuts. He’s a big, happy boy.

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A little selfie action in my favorite room before hitting the road.

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Ah, Seattle. I missed you.

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This was a super quick trip (less than 48 hours total!) but I squeezed in a few fun things like hanging out at Mama’s which is a well-known restaurant with touches of Elvis decor but sadly, it will be closing down soon.

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There was so much great typography in Seattle. The amount of signs and displays I stopped to photograph was bordering on ridiculous.

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I always walk past the first-ever Starbucks in Pike Place when I’m in town — to me, it’s a reminder that big things can grow out of small, humble beginnings.

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One side effect of having the best clients around — they gift you with things you’ve designed! This is the You Are Loved box set Branch did a few months back for Olivine — and you can also find it at Anthropologie.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

When the opportunity first arose to go to Seattle, I started falling into the old routine of wondering if I should because I was afraid of falling behind with work. And then, I asked myself which was more rewarding: sitting in my office and toiling away or getting up, getting out of my routine and meeting two clients face-to-face while getting inspired by a different city? When I reframed the situation, it became much more clear that shutting down the computer was the way to go.

Routines are meant to keep us on track…but they’re also meant to be broken. On that note, I’ll leave you with this quote:

“After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” —Sophia Loren

Have a great weekend, everyone!