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The Week In Pictures: 8.2.14 | Hello From Holland!

Nubby Twiglet | Hello From Holland

Hello from Holland! How was your week?

Nubby Twiglet | Hello From Holland

Let’s back up a bit…I spent the first half of my week in Berlin (and I’m already dying to go back) but that’s a topic for another post because I literally have a few hundred photos to dig through! I have a Berlin travel post coming very soon but in the meantime, I’ve been hanging out in Amsterdam for the last few days. And boy, it’s been quite the adventure!

The highlight of my trip to Amsterdam so far has been visiting Inntel Hotel (see above) which features the facade of 70 traditional Dutch-style houses. Completely insane!

Nubby Twiglet | Hello From Holland

Of course, no trip to Amsterdam is complete without visiting the canals that wind through the city. Many have baskets of flowers hanging nearby and are lined with parked bicycles.

Nubby Twiglet | Hello From Holland

After strolling along the canals, I stopped into the world famous flower markets. It was interesting to see such a variety of blooms, many that I don’t come across in America.

Nubby Twiglet | Hello From Holland

When I travel, I tend to skip the tourist filled main streets for the side alleys — there always tends to be great cafes, street art and shops lining them.

Nubby Twiglet | Hello From Holland

One thing that gets overshadowed by all the other Amsterdam “must-sees” are the amazing doors. This one in particular grabbed my attention — that’s one serious door knocker, don’t you think?!

Nubby Twiglet | Hello From Holland

I once heard a fact that 1/3 of all the inhabitants of Amsterdam own a bike. After spending a few days here, I believe it. There are often groups of a few hundred clustered in parking lots at the train station and it’s quite the sight — I’ll share more photos soon.

Nubby Twiglet | Hello From Holland

These are a few odds and ends from my European travels. I found a photo booth in Berlin (there are TONS of original ones from the 60s scattered around town), picked up a rad coaster at a cafe and nabbed this classic necklace at Zara in Amsterdam.

Nubby Twiglet | Hello From Holland

Have a great weekend, everyone. I’ll be teaching with The Blogcademy in Amsterdam over the next two days, flying to London on Monday and New York on Tuesday so the next few days are packed. Enjoy yourselves and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xo

The Week In Pictures: 7.18.14 | Hello From London!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures London

Hello from London! I have spent the week staying in the attic of a 1930′s English manor with a massive back yard and garden. The weather has been absolutely beautiful. By day, I’ve been filming videos and by night, enjoying lively dinners with friends.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures London

This is my view from the kitchen every morning.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures London

I just finished filming a new Blogcademy Home School video all about still lifes. That meant packing up piles of ephemera to haul across the ocean. Haha. I’m really happy with how this module came together and will let you know when it’s available!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures London

Filming gets easier every time around. My backdrop this time around was a tangled mix of greenery that felt like it went on forever.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures London

Our nights have been spent here with good wine and great friends, telling embarrassing stories and laughing until we’re crying. Just the way I like it!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures London

I’m pretty excited to be checking out Gala’s Radical Self Love Salon this afternoon. My studio, Branch did the branding and this is her third-ever event. With that, I’m off to repack my suitcase and then heading off to a new place in Central London to teach the first of two workshops starting tomorrow morning.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Follow The Rainbow in Vancouver!

Nubby Twiglet | Follow The Rainbow in Vancouver

Hopping, skipping and jumping through a rainbow crosswalk was a definite highlight during my stay in Canada.

Follow The Rainbow in Vancouver

Follow The Rainbow in Vancouver

Over its 35 year history, the Vancouver Pride Parade has grown to be the fifth largest in the world. In 2012, to commemorate Pride, temporary rainbow crosswalks were installed across the city.

They were such a hit that many have since become permanent. We visited the crosswalk painted at the intersection of Davie and Bute streets and it was an amazing site to behold.

Follow The Rainbow in Vancouver

Our photographers instructed me to do by best “Avedon hop” off the curb which seemed to entertain these onlookers. And, as if the colors streaming across the crosswalk weren’t enough, rainbow-hued picnic tables lined the side street as well. People constantly stopped to snap photos and enjoy the installation.

Follow The Rainbow in Vancouver

If you’re ever in Vancouver, take the time to visit it for yourself!


Photos: Diane + Mike.

Northern Exposure: Adventures In Canada

I had so much fun exploring Canada with Kat and Gala and this video shows some of the more colorful times we had as we worked our way from Vancouver to Calgary.

Between jumping up and down in a rainbow-colored crosswalk to late night dance-offs to Mark Morrison and rocking wax vampire fangs (!!!), we definitely made our own fun. And, as the days rolled on, our antics definitely got wackier. Haha.

P.S. I am still laughing about the fact that we had to sweep up our confetti! Oh, Canada!

The Week In Pictures: 6.13.14 | Hello From Canada!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Though Vancouver is just an hour flight from Portland, I’d never spent any time there until last week. It was definitely time to get acquainted with my northern neighbors.

Kat, Gala and I stayed on the edge of Gastown and when not teaching, spent our time grabbing dinner at Nuba with Danielle, admiring the bizarre yet awesome succulent / lighting setup at Tacofino Commissary (above), gorging ourselves on homemade waffles dipped in white chocolate pistachio rosewater sauce (yes, that’s a real thing) at Medina Cafe, manically playing the bongos, getting beautified at Sugarbox (I’m rocking my first-ever gel manicure!) and ending one fateful night covered in silver stars.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Getting out of my very Virgo-fied office and back out on the road where things are a little less polished and I’m constantly faced with the unexpected? It’s been the best of times.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

The ultimate highlight of our time in Vancouver was visiting the rainbow crosswalk. We spent the evening with Diane and Mike as we hopped, skipped and jumped across it. An audience of onlookers gathered, trying to give our poor photographers pointers. The best interaction though was when a guy rolled up on a bike behind us and yelled “BABES!” at the top of his lungs.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

After dozens of jumps, I retreated to the neighboring section of rainbow-hued picnic tables.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Exhausted, I took a rest on the surface of a lavender table and threatened to never move.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I loved having dinner at Pizzeria Ludica — I forgot how fun a game of Jenga can be (they have HUNDREDS of board games, too!) Kat was a fierce competitor, sliding out all the bottom pieces and leaving me with a leaning tower. It was fun until I lost and the pieces nearly landed in my pasta. Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Our favorite dining experience though was definitely Medina Cafe. We knew it had to be good when we arrived mid-week and the wait for a table was a half hour. The breakfast and lavender lattes were out of this world. Everything tasted as good as it looked.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Yesterday, we packed our bags and flew into Calgary. Green rolling hills and friendly locals immediately won us over. After dinner at Una (the 4-magi was unbelievably good), we visited the coolest candy shop ever, Freak Lunchbox and went crazy, dropping 60 bucks on gummy vampire fangs, oversized chocolate Canadian gold coins and bags of chocolate. Oops.

This Canadian adventure has been so much fun and I’m a little sad to see it come to an end on Monday. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Living It Up In San Francisco At The Haunted Mansion

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

I always say that there’s nothing like a brand new set of surroundings to make you feel inspired once again. This badass Victorian house in San Francisco took that sentiment to a whole new level.

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

I flew into the city by the bay last month to gear up for The Blogcademy and as my cab rolled up to the equivalent of a modern haunted mansion, I couldn’t quite believe that it was going to be my home away from home for the next few days. Coated from the rooftop all the way down to the front stoop in a pristine coat of black paint, this 1885 era beauty stood out in the best possible way. I felt as if The Munsters had matured, became very wealthy and settled in San Francisco.

While this glorious place isn’t for everyone, if you’re traveling in a group (it comfortably houses up to 4) and looking to splurge, it doesn’t get any better than this. Located in the heart of the Liberty-Hill Historic District, it’s next to loads of great coffee shops, restaurants, independent shops and bars. We barely had to leave the neighborhood the whole time we were there — and since parking is so difficult within the city limits, it was nice to have everything we needed nearby.

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

In my opinion, the real showstopper of the house is the dining room. With a row of matte black lights featuring gold-toned interiors, stacks of art books, a gallery wall full of fascinating art and faux taxidermy, we did plenty of entertaining and hanging out in here. It’s no surprise that this place was voted the “best of the Bay Area” by SF Magazine in July 2012, and featured in Dwell Magazine in April 2011.

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

The attention to detail that Supernatural put into this space gave me a lot of ideas for my own house — I loved that they weren’t afraid to get a little weird. Vintage glove molds, very busty salt and pepper shakers and more livened up the space.

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

The room we spent the majority of our time in was the bright and airy living room which had the best sound system around. The art and furniture combinations were all a little unexpected but worked perfectly in the space — I especially loved the foot stool which resembled a jumbo ball of yarn.

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

I stayed in the back office / guest room which had the most amazing book collection lining the walls. It was located right off the super modern, pure white kitchen and faced a decent-sized back yard complete with a fire pit. No shortcuts around this pad! Having a legit backyard in the city is such a luxury.

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

The Lolita poster in the master bedroom was perfectly on cue. Not shown: A marble bathroom complete with a jacuzzi and walk-in closet. Yes, this house literally had everything that dreams are made of.

Nubby Twiglet | The Modern Haunted Mansion in San Francisco

If you’re looking for something special for a honeymoon, anniversary or want to explore the city in style and not be confined to a hotel room, you’ll fall in love with the perfect mix of old grandeur and new technology tucked inside this grown up goth masterpiece.


All photos: Shauna Haider.
Featured place: Exquisitely Modern and Victorian in San Francisco.

The Week In Pictures: 5.17.14 | Hello From San Francisco and Chicago!

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Hello from Chicago! How was your week? After three solid months of being cooped up in my office in Portland, it’s been so nice to get back out on the road again, meet new blogcadettes, see new sights, try new restaurants and take pleasure in walking down unfamiliar streets. It’s true that the best inspiration hits when you leave your comfort zone and step away from your routine.

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I spent last week in San Francisco and finally got to see the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time. My friend Kristin Cofer drove Kat, Gala and I up a winding road to a lookout point so we could take it in up close and personal. We braved the wind and inched out of our car as the doors blew shut behind us and our dresses and hair blew everywhere. But, it was totally worth it — just look at that view!

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We also stopped by the beach which was also incredibly cold and super windy….but I can never say no to sand and waves and kites!

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The one must-see spot on my list for San Francisco was Lombard Street, the crookedest street in the world. Eight incredibly sharp turns later, we were at the bottom, taking selfies.

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Two things I picked up in San Franscico: Rodin lip balm and a Zara necklace.

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We held our class at Makeshift Society, a co-working space in the heart of Hayes Valley. Our class was such an eclectic bunch and I’m still buzzing from the wonderful ladies I met. A full recap is coming next week!

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While hanging out in Hayes Valley, we visited the Juice Shop truck. The best selection of juices, killer branding and a big green truck? Perfection.

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On Monday, we packed our bags, headed for Chicago. It was my first time in the Windy City and it got off to a dramatic start. Right as we landed, a storm hit and we were stuck on the plane for an extra two hours as lightning struck all around.

The next day, we visited the famous Chicago Theatre sign. How amazing is that typography?!

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And, no stop in Chicago is complete without snapping shots of your reflection at the Cloud Gate.

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We’re staying in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago and loving the mix of independent shops and restaurants.

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When we landed in Chicago, everyone was raving about the food and recommending tons of restaurants but the true gem by far has been Frasca. We’ve been here multiple times…all I have to say is garlic focaccia and skillet cookie. #heavenonaplate

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I love all the old signs in our neighborhood including Dinkel’s Bakery.

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I passed this house in our neighborhood and wanted to move in immediately. That mask! That red door!

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When we were out and about, we stopped into the Anthropologie store and I fell in love with this painted firewood wall.

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Fizz is in our neighborhood and I’m hoping to stop in before we leave on Monday.

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And with that, I’m off to teach at Blogcademy Chicago. Enjoy your weekend!


Top and bottom photos: Kristin Cofer.