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What I Wore: The Golden Hour In Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Golden Hour In Palm Springs

I have a total obsession with Palm Springs and a big part of that is because of the light. Yes, the light. I am fascinated with the golden glow of the desert — it’s the compete opposite of the usually overcast, cool light we get in Portland for most of the year.

Nubby Twiglet | Golden Hour In Palm Springs

While I was in Palm Springs with The Blogcademy, we worked with Made U Look, a trio of photographers who shoot primarily with film on vintage cameras. The way they picked up the light was unparalleled. We’d spent the day shooting and made it to The Saguaro just as the sun was beginning to set.

Nubby Twiglet | Golden Hour In Palm Springs

The light was still bright and clear out on the balcony but as we moved inside the room, the sun started dipping behind the mountains, creating deep, pronounced shadows. Even though it only lasted for about 10 minutes, it was so beautiful.

Nubby Twiglet | Golden Hour In Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Golden Hour In Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Golden Hour In Palm Springs

I love the variety of outcomes from just this set of shots and have such an admiration for photographers who still shoot with film. It’s always exciting working with Made U Look because truly, I never know what to expect until I receive the download link.

Nubby Twiglet | Golden Hour In Palm Springs

I Wore:
Dress with embroidered flowers, ASOS
White lucite buckle heels, Quelques Shoes De Plus


All photos: Made U Look.

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!

What I Wore: Neon Morning in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Style

Hello from…Palm Springs! I’ve been working on being more spontaneous in my everyday life and embracing that led me back to the desert this week. On Monday, I had a client meeting in Malibu and after that was finished, my calendar cleared up for a few days. With no other immediate commitments, Joey, Rocky and I hit the open road bound for The Ace.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Style

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Style

We arrived yesterday and settled into my new favorite home away from home. Even though it was only 8:30 am this morning when these photos were taken, it was already blindingly bright.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Style

I love this mural on the property by Erin D. Garcia.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Style


I wore: ASOS zip-front skater dress in fluro coral, Kate Spade Saturday neon belt and All Saints boots.

What I Wore: Poolside In Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Poolside in palm Springs

It’s true that I was camped out in Palm Springs for a boatload of work but I was determined to get that work done as quickly as possible…because right outside my bedroom door was a glistening pool, torturing me at every side glance.

Working from sunrise to sundown, Kat, Gala and I finished our project two days ahead of schedule and I wasted no time slipping on a slightly ridiculous look to enjoy the 80 degree day (while my Portland friends texted me photos of the so-called snowpocalypse happening right outside their front doors).

Nubby Twiglet | Poolside in palm Springs

You’d think that based on my ghostly pallor, I hate the sun, pool and beach but I actually love all three — I just rarely make it outside because my job calls for me to be chained to a computer most of the time. But when I do make it poolside, I try to live it up!

I’m all for overdressing, even when I’m perched by the pool. The best part is that a glam look doesn’t need to break the bank. My swimsuit and kimono were each under 50 dollars a piece.

Nubby Twiglet | Poolside in palm Springs

My poolside look consisted of an ASOS swimsuit (sadly sold out), an ASOS striped kimono (now on sale), an H&M wool hat, lucite buckle shoes from Quelques Shoes De Plus and some very fancy Cutie Dynamite sunglasses.

Nubby Twiglet | Poolside in palm Springs

Palm Springs feels like a million years ago as I sit in my office in Portland, bundled up with a blanket draped over my lap, clutching a cup of piping hot coffee. Take me back!

Do you have any fun getaways planned? Where are you dreaming of going next?


All photos: FX Media.

The Week In Pictures: 2.28.14 | Snippets Of Venice & Goodbye To California

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures


After spending three and a half weeks in various parts of California, I am now back home. Home in Portland, settling back into my office chair, juggling many, many projects and freezing my ass off. Ha! For my first week away, I was working in Palm Springs and then moved onto West Hollywood. Following that, all last week was spent in Venice (and I loved every second of it).

If you’re interested, all three places I stayed in on this trip were booked through Airbnb — I’m a fan of staying in places that have a little more charm and personality, not to mention cool locations that don’t feel too corporate. Plus, depending on the amount of people you have with you, going the Airbnb route can be substantially more affordable than a hotel. In Palm Springs, there was a larger group of us so we stayed here (the photo above was shot in front of this house!). Then, in West Hollywood, I stayed here. And finally, in Venice, I stayed here. I highly recommend all three — let me know if you have questions about any of them in the comments!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Though I’d been to Venice a number of times, it was always for a quick afternoon of exploring the shops lining Abbot Kinney or an entertaining stroll along the boardwalk but I never really got to stay long enough and let my surroundings sink in. This time, I had seven days to do that and really fell in love with the place. I’m not big on driving and I LOVE the beach so the small-ish neighborhood feel coupled with the beach being just a five minute walk away was my dream scenario.

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I don’t know why I hadn’t been told sooner about the Venice Canals! What a hidden treasure! On my second to last day in Venice, Joey mentioned them offhandedly in a conversation — we immediately walked over the next morning and it was honestly one of the most beautiful spots I’d ever seen. There’s a wide mix of house styles, bridges and skinny little sidewalks lined with colorful boats surrounding the canals and it’s pure magic. I’ll be sharing more photos soon!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I had a lot of fun window shopping in Venice — I don’t recall the name of this store on Abbot Kinney but the displays were really unique.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The oversized floral rug in our all-white Venice loft was ridiculously awesome.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I loved all the greenery cascading up the buildings in Venice.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

There are some majorly lush, overgrown sidewalks in the city. We walked down this one every single morning — I wish I had something similar in my neighborhood. So beautiful.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

As soon as I got home, I laid out all my California treasures. Whenever I travel, I like to pick up business cards, postcards, treats and photo booth strips to remind me of that time. A few things included above: an empty macaron box from Bottega Louie, a business card from Chateau Marmont (no name needed), a hangtag from Kelly Wearstler, a postcard from the Ace and a photo strip from Le Labo (they have a free photo booth in the back of their store).

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Traveling and changing up my surroundings always reminds me to notice the little details and to find contentment in the everyday. A coffee from a new place, a small bunch of flowers, a photo strip with a friend, a cool business card, a piece of street art, or even just talking a detour from the way you normally walk can make all the difference. It’s good to be back home, unpacked and ready to get back to work but in the back of my mind, I’m still California dreamin.’

Have a beautiful, energizing and inspiring weekend, everyone.


Top photo: Made U Look.

Out & About: Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Recently opened in Downtown LA, the Ace Hotel was at the top of my places to visit. I’d spied the round brass tabletops and checkerboard floors across the Instagram accounts of my LA friends and wanted to see it for myself.

Tucked inside the historic United Artists building which was built in 1927, the space still features much of its original trimmings and details. If you don’t have plans to stay at the Ace, at the very least stop in for a meal like we did. And if you do, climb the staircase to get a better view of the restaurant below — it felt so cinematic as I looked down on Gala sitting at our quaint little table.

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

The Ace always has the best design details and I appreciate how they customize them for every one of their properties.

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Can you see the pencil illustrations on the wall behind me? They’re scattered throughout the entire space and hilariously random. Magic Johnson, then a cluster of palm trees followed by Michael Jackson. Definitely a conversation starter!

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

The entrance to the restaurant is pretty grand. If you don’t have time to stay for breakfast, grab a coffee and pastry on the go!

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

My friends and I ordered a variety of things and honestly? It was all good (and I should know because I snuck bites of nearly everything). The food at the Ace tends to be more along the lines of comfort with a few gourmet twists thrown in. Here’s the all day menu though they have a dinner menu as well.

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

Of course, no stop at the Ace is complete without checking out their merchandise. This location had a tightly curated gift shop with a lot of LA-specific goodies. I especially loved their canvas totes.

Nubby Twiglet | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

What I love about the Ace is their attention to detail. They’re not afraid to draw on the quirky and unexpected, like this stenciled hotel directory. Delicious food, great service and unparalleled ambience make the Ace Downtown LA a must-see.


Location: Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.
All photos: Shauna Haider.

What I Wore: A Casual Weekend In Venice

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Casual Weekend In Venice

Normally, when I’m traveling, I’m lucky if I have a few days in one place. It’s usually go-go-go. So, spending an entire week in Venice has given me a chance to really explore the city, from the boardwalk to the canals to the coffee shops.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Casual Weekend In Venice

The creative atmosphere full of vibrant colors and street art has left me feeling very energized and inspired. It felt fitting to post these photos from the weekend as I say goodbye today.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Casual Weekend In Venice

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Casual Weekend In Venice

While I’m not normally drawn to 50s silhouettes, my friend Mary Bee surprised me with this dress a few days ago and I can’t get enough of the comfortable, easy fit that seamlessly transitions from day to night (with a change of accessories and shoes).

And with that, it’s time to sign off and zip up my suitcase. This has been a really fun, eye-opening adventure and I have much more to share very soon!


I wore: Dress, vintage. Belt, Kate Spade Saturday. Boots, All Saints.
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