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The Week In Pictures: 11.21.14

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I hope you had a great week! I’m packing for an extended trip with stops in Palm Springs, LA, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland. There’s been a lot of juggling going on behind the scenes this week with late nights filled with formatting report cards and packaging design files but it’s always that way…I’m trying to live up to my life’s motto of working hard and playing hard. ;)

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Sometimes I am powerless to random impulse purchases like this hand sculpture. I grew up watching a lot of Addams Family re-runs so naturally, it reminds me of Thing. What should it hold? Rings? Rubber bands? Business cards? Give me some ideas!

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One of the best things about this week was getting an inspiration board installed. I’ll be sharing more about how you can make your own on a budget next Tuesday.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Pulling together the inspiration board was a fun creative exercise. Digging through years of ephemera and magazine clippings unearthed a lot of gems.

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On Monday, I joined my aunt for some errand running and the next thing I knew, I had an orange Eiffel Tower in my shopping cart. Totally ridiculous…but right at home in my office.

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One of the perks of being a designer is getting to work with creative folks who inspire you to live a more full, adventurous life. Kitty Cavalier is one of those people and she surprised me with an autographed copy of the book we designed together earlier this year.

I’m off to wrap up some projects so I can join my grandparents for a night out on the town. They seem to out-party me every night of the week…and they’re in their 80s. I’m not worthy. ;) Have an amazing weekend! I’m going to miss out on Thanksgiving this year (I’ll be in Australia) so I’ll be living vicariously through all of you. I hope you have something fun planned with family and friends. Sending lots of love your way!

The Week In Pictures: 8.15.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures by Shauna Haider

It’s been an interesting week getting settled back into home life, to say the least. Last Thursday night, I flew back to Portland from New York and was met with a new bundle of joy. More on that in a minute!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures by Shauna Haider

Since I got back, I’ve been in full-on cleaning mode. There’s nothing like a few weeks away to remind you of how little you truly need in this life to be happy. After a night of rest, I flung open my closets and piled up all the unworn clothes and shoes I could possibly muster letting go of. Next, I went through my desk and flat files, making another giant pile of donations. My office feels so much bigger and relaxed now.

I’m a big fan of the mentality of “out with the old and in with the new.” Get rid of what no longer serves or suits you and fill your life with less, but better made things. One of those new-ish, better made things I’m liking are a pair of Tieks — the perfect jolt of color for my mostly black and white wardrobe.

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A lot of you have been asking how Chubby is doing. If you’re wondering who this little guy is, you can read more about him right here. When Joey found him stuck in our furnace last Tuesday night, his eyes weren’t yet open and he could barely walk. A little over a week later, he’s holding onto the syringe of formula when we feed him, walking pretty well and of course, climbing like a champ. I’ll let you know how things progress.

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I was in Amsterdam a week and a half ago and when I got home, this Anthropologie catalog, shot entirely in Holland was waiting for me. The photos are gorgeous and remind me of those few magical days. If you’re curious, that’s a Crown and Glory crown hanging on the edge.

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At The Blogcademy in London, The Bathory blended these limited edition bath salts for us and our attendees. Isn’t the packaging cool? I’m exited to finally be home where I actually have a bath to try these out. ;)

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Speaking of The Blogcademy, it’s been a busy week behind the scenes as we put the finishing touches on four new Home School segments. I’m really excited about the topics we’re covering and will share more with you next Wednesday.

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I have the biggest design crush on Jonathan Adler — his mid-century modern aesthetic is right up my alley (and he did the interior of my favorite hotel, The Parker) so when this candle arrived from his assistant, I about lost my mind. Such a strange, bold piece and I can’t get enough of it. Ahhhhh!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures by Shauna Haider

Have a great weekend, everyone. I’ll be catching up on work, squirrel-sitting, and helping my aunt celebrate her 60th birthday (she’s like a second mom to me so it’s an espeically big deal). It feels so good to be home.

P.S. Thanks again for all your sweet, helpful comments and advice about Little Chub-Chub, I really appreciate it.

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!

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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: 1.3.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

It feels good to be slowly settling back into regular routines including blogging after a nice, long holiday break. Over the last month, it’s been a little chaotic around these parts with half of our downstairs feeling like a disaster zone as Joey rebuilds our entire bathroom from bare bones to a subway-tiled masterpiece. He’s been doing all the plumbing, electrical and construction himself and I’m amazed watching it all come together. Progress shots are coming soon!

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The new year flew in at full blast. I’ve been tucked away in my office all week, taking a nonstop stream of client calls and sending out proposals. I can already sense that this is going to be a very busy year for Branch.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

When it comes to Christmas, I always think the best gifts are things that feel a little too special and luxurious to splurge on for yourself. Gala knows me well and sent me this amazing Jonathan Adler bowl emblazoned with lips. It’s the perfect addition to my collection of white ceramic body parts!

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Half the fun of putting together my gift for Gala was picking out all the little pieces.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

One of my resolutions for 2014 was to read more. I do read (on the internet!) but it’s never anything that meaty and I’m longing to dig into new business and design books. I picked up a stack of new titles and can’t wait to review them for the Look Book column.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. I’ll be off wrapping up the design of the new Blogcademy site (you can see a sneak peek here) which will be going live later this Spring. I hope you’re feeling semi-rested and ready to take on 2014!

The Week In Pictures: 11.22.13

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Good afternoon from freezing Portland! It’s been an interesting week trying to get back into the swing of deadlines, emails and client calls after nearly a month on the road. While I had the time of my life in Australia and New Zealand, I returned home Monday night with a stomach bug I haven’t been able to kick since. Those 10 flights caught up with me…traveling that much always does.

Getting back into a daily routine and posting on the blog has been tough this week because in a way, I’m feeling a post-vacation disconnect. Traveling to somewhere new means that there’s excitement around every corner, especially when your itinerary involves theme parks, beaches and rain forests. Posting about those experiences from your home office while wearing pajamas? Not so fun. Starting today, I gotta kick these blues — I’m just missing my friends, teaching and exploring new cities.

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Wandering around Melbourne last Saturday, I was blown away by all the amazing branding I saw on small, independent boutiques. I’ve been slowly sharing some of my best finds on the Branch Instragram with more to come. I loved the combination of black penny tiles and minimal type treatment on this sign in particular.

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One my favorite stops in Melbourne was Pickings & Parry. I loved this handsome mustached gnome…no surprise there!

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…and this stylish espresso machine! Plus, the staff was amazingly friendly.

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Even though the post-vacation blues hit me hard this week, I’m really looking forward to having the stretch of the next two months off. I have a lot of plans I’ve been mapping out across my businesses and it’s time to stop making excuses and get it all done. And I’m taking the time to organize my filthy office!

On another note, one promise I made myself when I started We Are Branch a few months ago was that I wanted to seek out more ways to give back. I had a lot of people help me out in the beginning of my career and it made a world of difference in my life at the time. This morning, I did a live video chat with a graphic design class taught by Danielle of No Plastic Sleeves, answering questions about design processes and how to carve out a successful career as a graphic designer. I’m hoping to do more design-related talks and portfolio reviews in the new year. If I can make it easier for one design student to find their way, I’ve done my job.

This post is starting to get long and mushy so I’m going to sign off now — have a great weekend and I hope you find time to do something that’s meaningful to you. For me, that means hitting the town tonight with my crazy family. I’m always the tame, well-behaved one of the bunch. ;)


Top scan: Polaroid by Janneke Storm, coaster from QT Hotel, Rocky necklace by Gabriella of Pixie and Pixier.

The Week In Pictures: 9.20.13

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It’s been one of those weeks — you know, the ones where you barely leave the house?! Even as recently as a year ago, I used to completely dread weeks like this but after doing so much traveling (Austin, Cannon Beach, Santorini, Mykonos, London and New York in the last month and a half alone), I actually look forward to waking up and having to be absolutely nowhere.

While I’ve been home, there hasn’t actually been any downtime though. I spent the week revamping my digital portfolio and clocking in at close to 25 projects, there was a lot to get through. Though I’ve shared a majority of the projects before and it all worked perfectly fine, I’ve always felt that “good enough just isn’t good enough.” I wanted everything to be larger in scale, to show more uses and to have a more consistent, polished feel. And, though it took 4 straight 12 hour days to get through, it feels so good to be done! I’ll share the results next week. :)

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September is a good month around here — my birthday was the 14th, Joey’s is the 24th and sandwiched in between was our anniversary on the 17th. We like to knock everything out at once! Of course, no anniversary is complete without a few silly photobooth rounds after a few celebratory drinks. Cheers to three years!

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On Monday, the travel starts up again. I head off to LA for some client meetings and in preparation, I’ve been digging through 10 years of magazine tears for an editorial project I’m going to be working on. I must have 500 pages saved in my flat files and having those physical references is so valuable. For as long as I live, I will continue investing in books and magazines!

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And with that, I’m signing off to conquer a big to-do list before my LA trip. Have an amazing weekend, everyone. I’ll be back next week to share the inside scoop of what I’ve been working on business-wise behind the scenes. xo

The Week in Pictures: 9.13.13 | London and New York!

The Week in Pictures: London and New York

The Week in Pictures: London and New York

The Week in Pictures: London and New York

I’d already been to London once before, back in January. But let’s be honest — going to Europe in the dead of winter wasn’t the best idea. While I really wanted to appreciate London at that time, I was too sick and too cold to really take it all in. I spent more time resting up in our apartment and avoiding the snow than exploring. This time, with a bit more experience, Kat, Gala and I planned our trip out much better and even though we had less days off, we managed to squeeze a ton of fun stuff in.

We chose to stay in Shepherd’s Bush because we found a great art deco apartment just a few minute walk from both the tube and Westfield. Westfield is a luxury shopping mall with a huge selection of restaurants and we knew that after long days of teaching, we could tuck away into dinner and make it back home with very little effort.

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But, back to our apartment — I loved it. Yes, it was convenient and affordable but the real selling point was this completely over the top wallpaper. The rest of the place was expertly curated as well. I could have easily moved in and not changed a thing with the decor (and I’m picky as hell).

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This tray, complete with a quirky set of salt and pepper shakers in our kitchen window made me smile.

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We even had a tiny little balcony overlooking the neighborhood. Cute, right?

The Week in Pictures: London and New York

The reason we were in London was to teach two back-to-back Blogcademy workshops. Getting off a plane from Greece last Wednesday night and rolling with very little sleep right into a 6 a.m. alarm Thursday morning was a rude awakening but once we got to our venue, Curtain Road Studios, the excitement started to flow.

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The Week in Pictures: London and New York

This time around, we had tons of beautiful flower arrangements by WildAbout Flowers that really livened up the space.

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One of our attendees, Fifi Scarlett handmade these amazing masks and I took full advantage of getting some photos in one during our break.

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Every morning, on our walk to class, we passed by this Fornasetti display.

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After our last night of teaching, we went out to Pizza East in Shoreditch. I loved the rustic tables, handwritten signs and of course, the tasty pizza selection.

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Gala introduced me to the wonders of ginger beer.

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The Week in Pictures: London and New York

The Week in Pictures: London and New York

On Monday, our only free day in London, we hit the city hard — but my favorite stop is always Liberty, a department store that was founded in 1875. Their stationery section is off the hook.

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After Liberty, we stopped by Sketch. I’d been obsessed with the place since it opened its doors 10 years ago and to finally see it in person was a dream — I have a full post coming next week about the experience but if you’re visiting London, put this restaurant at the top of your list!

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London was a blast but I wasn’t quite ready to head home yet! On Tuesday, Gala and I boarded Virgin Atlantic, bound for New York. I try to visit my friend Bianca at least once a year and it was the perfect time to tack on a few more days in one of my favorite cities.

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Within two hours of landing in New York, I was ready to head out to a new bar, The Dead Rabbit in the Financial District. This place (and its drink selection) was way too good to sum up here so expect a full review soon!

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Whenever I’m in Soho, I swing by Dean & DeLuca. They have the best food, flowers, and well…the best everything.

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Bianca’s apartment is on Wall Street so every time I walk to the subway, I get to pass by this handsome lad.


I’m now back in Portland, attempting to stay awake and ignore my jet lag while trying to remember what it’s like to not live out of a suitcase. What a whirlwind it’s been. And, tomorrow’s my birthday! Woohoo!

Thanks for following along with my adventures — have a great weekend, everyone! xo