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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!

The Week In Pictures: 12.6.14 | Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

This week: Sydney > Melbourne > Auckland.

It’s been so good exploring this part of the world again after a year away. The best part of my trip by far has been meeting many folks I’ve known online for years during The Blogcademy workshops.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

After traveling so much this year, I’ve realized that it’s the little things that make my day — discovering a great coffee shop, a line of well-branded alcohol(above), and friendly Uber drivers.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

Last week was my first time visiting Bondi Beach — we stayed in a little rental right next to the water and though there were some unexpected antics (flighting off cockroaches in the bathroom, realizing my bed was on wheels after I woke up with it sideways one morning), it was a great adventure. The ups and downs are what end up making the best travel stories.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

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The Week In Pictures: 10.10.14 | Hello from Palm Springs, Washington, D.C. and New York!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It’s good to be back home with Joey, Rocky and Chubs….but a lot happened in the last week. The most exciting part was getting to visit Washington, D.C. for the first time but it wasn’t quite so easy getting there. When you have multiple places on opposite sides of the country to be in a very short period of time and planes, rental cars and trains are involved, things are bound to go wrong!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I left Palm Springs early Friday morning, bound for LA. As I was sitting at LAX, I noticed that my flight to Washington, D.C. was delayed by an hour…which was the exact layover I was supposed to have in the next city. There was no way I’d make it. In a panic, I booked a one-way ticket with a different airline right as my flight was boarding and raced over to that terminal. By the time I finally got to D.C. it was the middle of the night….and I had to teach at The Blogcademy the next day.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Lacking sleep, I was a little worried about how things would go but our class was so warm and welcoming. It couldn’t have gone any better — we had our youngest student ever (12 years old!) and a black pug named Harpo in attendance. The best!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Before class, our intern, Erica was extra gracious and showed us around Union Market and I couldn’t believe all the cool food booths and shops inside.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

We liked it so much that we went back another three times. A few personal favorites were Goshen for fresh juice, Peregrine Espresso for coffee and Salt & Sundry for a tightly curated selection of gifts.

I was bummed out that I didn’t have more time to explore D.C. but the small bits I did get to see left me wanting more. As soon as class ended, I boarded a train back to New York with Gala — another snag in my travel plans meant that I couldn’t fly straight home but I wasn’t going to argue with spending an extra day in my favorite city!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Ah. New York. I had just been in town the week before Palm Springs so it felt weird waking up there again. Unsure of what to do with the time, Gala and I just decided to go for it and spent the day without a real plan. I love that sense of spontaneity when traveling.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

We spent the morning walking around Soho and I really liked this facade for the new Stories store.

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Then, we walked along The Highline until we got to The Standard.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I’d been to The Standard a bunch of times for On Top at Le Bain (a club night complete with a hot tub and disco ball on the dance floor) but never for lunch. Gala and I had tasty hibiscus-infused drinks and relaxed in the back patio area.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

After that, we headed over to the West Village and stopped into CuRious Candy, a mysterious and magnificent little sweets shop by designer Cynthia Rowley. I couldn’t get any clear photos so please do yourself a favor and click through to their website now. SO GOOD.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

No visit to New York is complete without a stop at Dean & DeLuca — I loved their fall-inspired displays.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It’s always fun to discover new treats like this chocolate and also, raspberry lemonade.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

We also walked through the flower markets in Chelsea and I kind of fell hard for these faux lemons. After some time in Palm Springs, I was definitely tempted to buy a bundle!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This last week was intense, exciting, nerve-wracking and full of new discoveries. I wouldn’t change a thing! But now it’s time to get back to reality and catch up on work. Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 10.4.14 | Palm Springs Fun and Sun!

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Hello from Washington, D.C.! After a very full week of fun in Palm Springs, I arrived here in the middle of the night, getting a quickie tour of our national monuments from the freeway thanks to a very sweet cab driver.

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

I was in Palm Springs for Designer Vaca, an annual retreat for female creatives. Palm Springs is my happy place and the retreat is the ideal environment to unwind and make new friends — it’s the only workshop / conference I go to and I truly look forward to it every year.

I roomed with Star at the Ace and when I wasn’t in breakout sessions, I lounged by the pool till the wee hours, used and abused the photo booth, visited a rad tiki bar and made multiple stops at The Parker. Here’s my photo diary of the week with a dedicated post of more Palm Springs scenery coming soon!

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Have an amazing weekend, everyone!

A Mini Palm Springs Getaway

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Getaway

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Getaway

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Getaway

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs Getaway

Hello from Palm Springs!

I just flew in from New York yesterday morning and have been getting a few days of relaxation in with Joey and Rocky before Designer VACA begins. My birthday, Joey’s birthday and our anniversary all happened within 10 days of each other so this is our belated all-in-one getaway. We’ve been driving all over the place documenting exotic plants, dreamy midcentury modern homes and much of the landscape which I’ll share with you soon. I hope you’re having an awesome week!