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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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Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Less than an hour drive from Palm Springs, Joshua Tree is completely otherworldly and a must-see. Photos just don’t do the place justice. Named after the peculiar looking spiky trees that cover the landscape, the park is open year-round. It’s an absolutely massive place made up of the Mojave and Colorado deserts, covering a total of 794,000 acres.

Due to the heat, we made our way to Joshua Tree during the morning hours. The drive took us through rambling small desert towns full of trailers, shops and stands dotted alongside the dusty landscape.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Because the park is so large, if you’re unfamiliar with the place, I’d recommend pulling into the visitor center first. Next, as you make your way to the park, you’ll come upon an entrance where you’re charged $15.00 per car and the receipt is good for re-entrance for up to another week.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

From there, it takes a few miles to work your way deep inside the park. It’s easy to forget you’re in California — the place feels like another planet altogether with Joshua Trees stretching on as far as the eye can see. And, it’s quiet. So, so quiet. You might hear the occasional lizard scurry past your feet but that’s about it.

Besides animal footprints left behind in the soft, sandy ground, it’s easy to imagine the place staying nearly the same over the last 5,000 years, when the first inhabitants laid claim to the land.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

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While we only stayed for an hour, if you have a little more time, there are plenty more things to do in the park, including camping.

Ready to plan your own trip? Visit the Joshua Tree site for everything you’ll need to prepare.


I Wore: Nasty Gal LA Woman Dress and Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges.
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Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

Every time I searched Pinterest for things to do in Palm Springs, I was greeted with a stream of photos of this glam baby pink door. Curious about its popularity, I googled pink door palm springs and quickly learned that it’s the most photographed residential door in the city.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

It’s not unusual for mid-century modern homes in Palm Springs to have brightly painted doors — in fact, it’s a trademark. But the predominant hues are yellow, orange and turquoise. Pink? It definitely makes a statement. I knew there had to be a story behind it.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #7: The Pink Door In Palm Springs

It turns out that this famous house is owned by interior designer Moises Esquenazi and perhaps not surprisingly, has been honored as one of the “Best Homes in America” in the 25th Anniversary edition of Metropolitan Home.

And, if you’re wondering what resides behind those fabulous pink doors (because I definitely was!), look no further. Moises has such amazing taste — this is one house I desperately wish was available on Airbnb! Gotta love someone who isn’t afraid to take chances with their home.



I wore: Topshop laser cut dress and Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges.
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Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

One of the best kept secrets in Palm Springs is Moorten Botanical Garden. Founded in 1938, it’s since grown into a jungle of sorts, smack dab in the middle of the desert.

Nicknamed Desertland (hey, cactus-obsessed folks need a place to congregate, too!), this arboretum is a total trip with over 3,000 plant varieties weaving and winding their way through the grounds.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Upon entering Moorten, you pay a $4.00 fee, are handed a map and pointed in the direction of a “start here” sign. Then, the real adventure begins. You can go at your own pace, following the trails and reading the handwritten signs calling out plant life from seemingly every corner of the globe.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

The grounds are beautiful but the real gem of Moorten resides along the very back area — it’s the world’s first cactarium and it’s completely packed to the brim with rare varieties of cacti.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #6: Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs

Location-wise, Moorten Botanical Garden is just a few blocks from the Ace Hotel and it takes about 30 minutes to do a self-guided tour the grounds so if you’re in the area, this is a fun and easy stop. Just be careful where you lean and sit! 😉


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Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

When In Vegas…

When you’re in full-on vacation mode and the rules of the rest of the world simply don’t apply (because in Vegas, you can do whatever you want whenever you want), you’re bound to make some questionable decisions and purchases along the way.

With five full days stretched out ahead of me and nothing more on my agenda than a David Copperfield show and Britney Spears concert, I began to stop into gift shops as I strolled through casino after casino. The mix of merchandise I discovered was random, hilarious and kitschy. It was the stuff dreams are made of (or, at least mine are) — a wild mix of the tacky and bizarre.

Without further ado, here are t he top 12 purchases of my trip along with their sources in case you find yourself pining for a Sigefried and Roy picture book or flamingo statue of your own.

1. Flamingo Statue (above)
Source: The Flamingo

This beauty sure was a pain to fit inside my carry-on luggage but it was definitely worth the bulk since it’s now basking in all its salmon-hued glory inside the Branch office. It adds a nice Miami Vice vibe, don’t you think?

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

2. Glittery Postcards
Source: Caesar’s Palace

When you’re shopping alongside the glitter queen herself, Kat Williams, you start taking extra special notice to everything that has a little extra sparkle. These are perfect for still lifes and once you’re done photographing them, you can scribble a little message on the backside to send home and let mom and dad know you haven’t gone bankrupt at the roulette table (yet).

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

3. Flamingo Mug
Source: The Flamingo

Your morning coffee will never be the same! It’s impossible to be in a bad mood when this gem is sitting on the corner of your desk. As you can tell from the tattooed arm, Kat is responsible for this purchase!

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

4. Siegfried and Roy Keychain
Source: Mirage

It’s nice to dress up the things you reach for every day — make the mundane extra special for a change! My car might be 14 years old and un-fancy but now I’ve got the keychain of champions holding the key.

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

5. Bedazzled Bling Hat
Source: Starlight Tattoo at Mirage

Kat was responsible for this questionable late-night purchase and it was a good choice — when you’re in Vegas, rhinestones and false eyelashes before noon are fair game so you might as well live it up.

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

6. Donny & Marie Necklace
Source: The Flamingo

What’s better than siblings who have enough of a tolerance of one another to work together after all these years?! Gotta admire a strong family bond. Since I live with my brother, this gives me hope — maybe we can still get along and not want to kill each other well into our 50s?

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

7. Las Vegas Sign Keychain
Source: Planet Hollywood

Vegas is full of kitschy keychains — every gift shop seems to be swirling in a slightly different mix. This 1959 sign is a reminder of the golden years. Sidenote: that confetti in the background is courtesy of the Britney concert.

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

8. White Tiger Figurine, 9. Postcard and 10. Siegfried and Roy Picture Book
Source: Mirage

I’m a bit obsessed with the self-proclaimed Masters Of The Impossible and it’s not hard to see why: they had the most visited show of all time on the Vegas Strip full of tigers, magic tricks and flamboyant costumes. Even though their show ended over a decade ago due to Roy’s accident, their sanctuary full of exotic animals is still going strong, as is the gift shop inside that bears their name.

Nubby Twiglet | Viva Las Vegas: 12 Questionable Gift Shop Purchases

11. Cubic Zirconia Ring and 12. Magnet
Source: Mirage

When you’re on your final morning in Vegas, what better way is there to commemorate the best vacation you’ve had in ages than an over-the-top piece of jewelry? This baby set me back around $20.00 and would make Liberace proud. Totally winning in my book. And I’ve got a major love of the original Mirage logo with its peppy palm trees — this magnet makes my fridge a much happier place.

So, there you go! Five days in Vegas can really warp your sense of what’s considered a good buy.

And now, it’s your turn: What’s the most fun / strangest / eccentric item you’ve ever purchased during a vacation? Tell all!

What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

During my first time in Sydney, there were some must-see landmarks on my list: the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbor Bridge and of course, Bondi Beach.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Escaping the winter back home for some warmer weather in the Southern Hemisphere, I was inspired to trade in my bundle of black layers for something decidedly more….neon. A neon coral dress and tangerine nails were balanced out with sunglasses and ankle boots.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

We spent a windy day taking cabs around Sydney, hitting cafes, shops and the famous Bondi Baths. It was an experience of a lifetime seeing landmarks I’d only viewed online up close and personal.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

In a neon mood? Here are some of my top picks: ASOS Seamed Skater Dress, Lulu Guinness Neon Lips Clutch and Pop Nail Glam in Mandarin.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Sydney, it’s official: I love you.


Photos by: Janneke Storm.

A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Ah, Palm Springs. It has the ability to transform vacation into a full-time job centered around relaxation. The pace of life is slower. Rush hour is nearly nonexistent. The locals are incredibly friendly. If your goal is to chill out, zone out (and get a killer tan), this is the place for you.

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

The initial draw to Palm Springs is usually an event or a trendy hotel but there’s so much more to this desert city beyond the glam and kitsch. Today, I want to show you a different view — the Palm Springs that exists beyond the main thoroughfare. This side of Palm Springs is quieter and full of exotic foliage. The midcentury modern homes are so perfectly preserved it can feel as if you’ve walked onto a movie set. This is the Palm Springs I know and love.

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

10 Palm Springs Travel Tips

Finally, I wanted to share a few travel tips to make the most of your time and budget in Palm Springs.

1. Flights into Palm Springs are very expensive since it’s such a specific destination. It’s much cheaper to fly into Los Angeles, take a shuttle from LAX to a rental car place and drive into Palm Springs. It’s about a 2 hour drive in light traffic and your ticket and car combined will still probably cost less.

2. If you drive to Palm Springs, you can stop at the awesome Cabazon Dinosaurs on the way. Who doesn’t want their photo taken in front of a gigantic T-Rex?!

3. Hotels like the Ace are the go-to hotspots but also very overpriced. My trick is to stay at The Curve Palm Springs which is 1/4 of the price and then walk the 3 doors down to the Ace for drinks and dinner.

4. If you do need a cab, I highly recommend Yellow Cab Of the Desert. If Steve is available, request him! He’s a Palm Springs native and knows where all the best stuff is — he once drove me past Frank Sinatra’s legendary house!

5. While the trendy restaurants and shops are lined up along Palm Canyon Drive, the real exploration happens outside of this very long strip. My method is to drive to a new neighborhood each morning and walk Rocky. You get to see how the residents actually live and honestly, anything is possible. Last time we were in town, Joey and I were walking through a neighborhood at 7 am and the next thing we knew, we were getting a tour of a resident’s condo and checking out his art collection!

6. There are some great under the radar tourist attractions like Moorten Botanical Garden. Established in 1938, it’s full of more than 3,000 exotic desert plants.

7. If you’re on the hunt for the best possible hotel deals (and you’d like to book in advance), I’ve found them on Easy Click Travel. If you’re a little more adventurous and willing to roll the dice, download Hotel Tonight!

8. If you prefer to prepare your own food, there’s a great Trader Joe’s a few minutes from Palm Springs in Cathedral City. We always stop by to stock up on bottled water and snacks when we get into town.

9. If you’re searching for a great restaurant, LuLu California Bistro is the place. I’ve been there with groups of 50 and I’ve also been there with my vegan husband and dog and no matter what, there’s something on the menu for everyone. The service has always been spot-on and if you bring your pet, they can seat you along the outside patio.

10. If you want to get different perspective of town (and some great exercise), there are many bike rental places. I rented mine from Bike Palm Springs Rentals and quickly made my way through the city. Need some ideas on where to go? Check out Bicycle Palm Springs.

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Palm Springs has so much to offer and I hope this post gives you some new ideas for your stay!