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The Week In Pictures: 2.21.14 | West Hollywood and Venice

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

I’ve been on a working vacation in LA for the last two weeks, taking in as much of the sights and sounds as I can. While I’ve visited LA many times in the past, my stays were never for very long and I barely ever made it outside of Hollywood. This has been a nice change of pace.

Joey, Rocky and I spent last week in West Hollywood but this week, we’ve been taking it easy in Venice. I really love it on this side of town — I keep mentioning to Joey that it reminds me a lot of S.E. Portland, just with a whole lot more palm trees…well, that and a beach close by!

We’ve been staying in a place that normally belongs to an architect and to say that I’ve fallen in love with it is the understatement of the century. It’s what I dream of for an office space for Branch and it’s given me a lot of ideas of what to look for when the time is right.

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

Intelligentsia isn’t too far away and I have long been an admirer of their branding.

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

For me, one of the coolest parts about being in Southern California is taking in all the different trees, plants and flowers — it’s such a departure from what we have in Portland (where we barely have palm trees — though Joey’s attempted to plant two in our back yard!)

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

Calling this place home for the week has me feeling really inspired to step it up with our house. We have a long ways to go…but seeing how other people put their spaces together makes me realize that it’s those bold, simple touches that make a big difference.

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

Big hats forever. Need I say more? I scored this at H&M right before I left for my trip and it’s served me well.

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

This is where I’ve been spending my days working. That table has my heart.

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

I absolutely love the acrylic sign for All Things Fabulous.

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Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

My LA dinner spot of choice has been Lemonade. Served cafeteria-style with plenty of healthy options (and of course, amazing lemonade — blood orange has been my top pick so far), I’ve been there with a few different friends…and hope to make it in for one last fix before it’s time to leave.

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

More (future) office inspiration: this rug.

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

We’ve been taking long walks all around Venice every chance we get — I’m feeling a bit spoiled this week with having the beach so close.

Nubby Twiglet | Week In Pictures: LA

Have a great weekend, friends. I’m trying my best to soak up the last few days before re-entering reality…

The Ultimate Treat in Los Angeles: Bottega Louie

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

For as many times as I’d been to LA, I’d never stepped foot inside Bottega Louie until last week. Don’t make the mistake of waiting as long as I did — it completely lived up to the hype.

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Probably best known for its selection of rainbow-hued macarons (that every blogger who passes through painstakingly documents), there’s much more lurking inside the walls of Bottega Louie including a full restaurant, bar and gourmet market stocked with everything from canisters of hot cocoa to extravagant gift boxes.

The place has an old world glamour to it but completely lacks the stuffiness one would expect. The staff were extremely gracious, letting us snap as many photos as we liked and even cracking smiles at our mini dessert still life, complete with heart-shaped glasses.

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

I tried my best to absorb the atmosphere around me but truthfully, the scale of the place (absolutely massive) coupled with the ornate packaging and crowds of people just as obsessed with the attention to detail as I was made it hard to really capture it all. It’s classic French glamour completely modernized and that’s a hard one to nail.

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

I’ve only had macarons a few times before so I figured it was a good time to dive into as many flavors as possible and see what all the fuss was about. I walked out with a box all to myself and spent the next few days indulging in a few for breakfast. And yes, they were absolutely delicious.

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Nubby Twiglet | Bottega Louie, LA

Bottega Louie oozes charm, charisma and beauty. And, in my experience, everything tastes as good as it looks. Need I say more? Get thee a box of macarons, stat.


Featured: Bottega Louie.
Photos: Shauna Haider.

The Week In Pictures: 2.14.14 | Palm Springs and Los Angeles

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

This has been an epically weird week with plenty of twists and turns…but that’s just the way I like it. Never a dull moment in sight! My trip to Palm Springs was for work but Kat, Gala and I were determined to knock that all out as fast as possible so we could unwind and explore the city beyond the confines of our mid-century modern compound.

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Working from sunrise to sundown every day, we wrapped up our project two full days early, just as the weekend hit.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

We used the break to venture across the city, stopping into book shops, galleries and boutiques stuffed to the brim with amazing, colorful mod furniture. It was toasty enough to go coatless and bare-legged, a marked difference from Portland, where a massive snowstorm had hit! I wore this neon coral dress every chance I got.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

There’s art everywhere in Palm Springs. I love it.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Back at our pad, we goofed off and did some just for fun photoshoots with Richard from FX Media.

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Kat found these Wonka-esque shades for less than 20 bucks at a local boutique!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I celebrated my day off with a very dramatic look, complete with a Crown and Glory flower crown. This is the dress I wore.

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As daylight quickly faded, I knew we had to finally put our turquoise fire pit to use. I talked our group into engaging in the ultimate All-American night-time activity: making s’mores. Gala, Kat and Richard had never done it so I gleefully explained all the steps. With no paper plates in sight, we carefully stacked our finished s’mores on a silver platter.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

As our stay in Palm Springs wound down, Joey and Rocky came by for a visit. As we walked Rocky around the neighborhood, I was completely bowled over by its beauty. A lot of people envision Palm Springs as one big, never-ending desert but this view tells a different story.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

After Palm Springs, I headed off to LA with Gala. On our way, we pulled off the freeway to see the Cabazon Dinosaurs. A perfect Monday afternoon activity. ;)

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

As we settled into West Hollywood for the night, Gala and I took a long walk across the city, peering into gallery and boutique windows. I was totally enamored by this portrait of Liz, complete with glittery hair.

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The Week In Pictures: 2.7.14

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Hello from gorgeous Palm Springs! I’ve been in town since Monday for work but I’ve been determined to squeeze some fun in whenever possible. That affirmation has been made all the easier ever since we met Steve, a cab driver and lifelong resident who has taken us on a few special jaunts. So far, we’ve gotten to see a yard full of alien and robot sculptures, Frank Sinatra’s old pad and the famous Marilyn statue.

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Whenever I’m in Palm Springs, it’s a great excuse to pull out all of my brightly colored clothing. I’ve been finally getting the chance to wear this Nasty Gal top. The large brimmed hat was found at H&M.

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For our stay, we rented a mid-century modern dream home. Being surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, a pool in the back yard and even having our own lemon tree has been quite surreal.

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There’s also a bar. But, work comes first so we haven’t gotten a chance to put it to use yet!

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Kat, Gala and I have been rocking these insanely awesome Cutie Dynamite sunglasses every chance we get. Can you blame us?!

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There’s been a flurry of action at the house including a photo shoot with Made U Look. I love this look that Kat was wearing earlier in the week.

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One of my favorite activities in Palm Springs so far has been riding bikes through town.

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My idea of heaven: pulling inspiration and creating real life mood boards. Also, I’m loving this fluorescent coral dress from ASOS.

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Workin’ it on a balcony at The Saguaro in an ASOS flower dress.

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The most attention-grabbing yard I’ve ever seen: this artist has filled every possible space with dozens of brightly-colored sculptures.

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Thanks for tuning in! Every time I visit Palm Springs, I fall a little more in love. Is there anything else that’s an absolute must-see before I hit the road in a few days?

Have an amazing weekend. I can’t wait to share more with you!



Photos:
Shauna Haider and FX Films.

Tripping Through Melbourne’s Psychedelic Vintage Clothing Wonderland: My Delirium

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

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Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

I love a good vintage clothing shop but nothing has ever had such a dizzying effect on my senses as My Delirium. A psychedelic rabbit hole of sorts, it manages to wow visitors with decor that’s just as interesting as the clothing lining its racks.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

With a blazing yellow exterior and a handful of mannequins beckoning from the window who are so overdressed that they give Liberace a run for his money, this store isn’t a place you can casually pass by without a reaction.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Inside, raspberry shag carpet competes with paisley wallpaper.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Kitschy, big-eyed animal kick-knacks stare out from every flat surface.

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Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Kat tried on a handful of sequined pieces but her real moment to shine was when she poked her head out from the dressing room curtain….er, carpet.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

After flipping through the racks of clothing, I’ll admit that I was feeling completely overwhelmed. So much color. So many embellishments. So much leather, lace, sequins and fur! I took a little break, leaning against an ornate dressing table.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Then, Gala casually walked up the stairs decked out in the most ridiculous / fabulous jacket, resembling the offspring of Big Bird. I wanted in on the action. After a few glam twirls, I slipped it off her shoulders and onto my own.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

My new daytime look? I wish.

Nubby Twiglet | My Delirium Vintage Clothing Shop, Melbourne

Most of the time these days, I do the majority of my shopping online. It’s just easier. But when I come across a store as magnificently unique as My Delirium, I’m reminded of the sensory experience that a thoughtfully curated retail space can offer. It’s an art form in itself and the passion that went into this vintage mecca is absolutely inspiring.

If you’re planning to visit, note that the store hours can be slightly irregular — you may want to call ahead to make sure it is open first.


Featured: My Delirium, Melbourne.
Photos: Corey Sleap (he is the sweetest guy around — hire him to shoot your wedding!)
Co-conspirators: Kat Williams and Gala Darling.

Facing My Fears: Jungle Surfing Through The Daintree Rainforest

Nubby Twiglet | Jungle Surfing Through The Daintree Rainforest

We all have fears, some irrational, some not. One of mine has always been a fear of heights. I am fine in enclosed spaces like on planes (and that’s a relief since I just did a 13+ hour flight to Australia a few months back). But being outside and dangling from ropes with nothing underneath me?! Well, let’s just say that the idea left me scared shitless. At the same time, I didn’t want to be the only one sitting this adventure out so I put on my best pokerface and climbed in the van headed for the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest in the world!

Nubby Twiglet | Jungle Surfing Through The Daintree Rainforest

When we arrived at Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours, our first order of business was to pick out a helmet. Safety first! We each grabbed the one that most closely matched our likenesses: Kat went with Cat Woman, Gala took Tank Girl and I grabbed…Mini Me. Haha. Next, we were strapped into full body harnesses which made us walk like we were wearing very stiff diapers. Glamorous!

Nubby Twiglet | Jungle Surfing Through The Daintree Rainforest

After hiking a quarter of a mile up to the platforms, we were given a safety talk. You can bet I hung on every last word of what our instructor said! With a total of 5 platforms, you’re given the opportunity to take in a bird’s eye view of both the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. It’s the only place in the world where two World Heritage sites bump up next to each other!

Nubby Twiglet | Jungle Surfing Through The Daintree Rainforest

As you can see, I was a little apprehensive on the first run. The tour guides could sense it and made every effort to fill me with fear. And being gullible, I believed it all! When we were instructed to wear comfortable clothing, I figured that it was still an opportunity to be stylish. Maybe to impress a few monkeys? Who knows. I wore a Vogue shirt, Forever 21 windowpane leggings and Zara motorcycle boots. Hey, you’re only going to live once so you might as well overdress every opportunity you get!

Nubby Twiglet | Jungle Surfing Through The Daintree Rainforest

Gala and Kat were much more zen about the whole concept of flying through the trees attached to a pulley system.

Nubby Twiglet | Jungle Surfing Through The Daintree Rainforest

Me? Not at all. There I am, sizing up the next platform.

Nubby Twiglet | Jungle Surfing Through The Daintree Rainforest

Can you spot me up there? As the we moved along to each platform, a new twist was introduced. On one, we were flung down the line as fast as we could possibly go, only to be stopped a split second before we hit the wall. Ahhhh! And on the final platform, we flipped upside down and inched along with no hands. I managed to do that one and it was pretty magical — I felt like a superhero. Did I mention that this all took place on Halloween?!

Nubby Twiglet | Jungle Surfing Through The Daintree Rainforest

We were rewarded for surviving our jungle surfing adventures with three scoops of tropical fruit-laced ice cream (including wattle seed!) at Daintree Ice Cream Company.

I don’t have a so-called bucket list and needless to say, jungle surfing was never on my radar of things to do. But looking back, I am so glad I did it. Facing those fears and just going for it leaves you feeling exhilarated and thinking, “Wow, that wasn’t so bad after all.” If you ever get the chance, just go do it! If I can, you can. Truly.

Nubby Twiglet | Jungle Surfing Through The Daintree Rainforest



Location: Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours.
Photos: Janneke Storm.
Special thanks to Tourism and Events Queensland for making this post possible.