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The Week + Links: 12.2.16

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THE WEEK

It’s Friday and I’m working from home today, sitting in my black-walled bedroom with Rocky snuggled up next to me. Chubs is in the next room over, listening to Christmas music. What’s new with you? Here’s what’s new with me:

1. Short But Sweet NYC Trip: I just booked a very last-minute flight to New York for Bianca’s Christmas party. I’m also excited to meet Gala’s new dog, Cleopatra! I just texted her and told her to add “pet Cleo 500 times” to our to-do list next Friday. 😉

2. Editorial Design Times: Work-wise, I’m balancing a few large editorial design projects at once but thanks to an ongoing obsession with magazines, those never really feel like work. To be honest though, I’m ready to wind down for the year after next week and take a legit break. Yessss.

3. Car Search: Joey and I are looking at cars and thinking about buying a Kia Optima — everyone we know with a Kia says they’re super reliable and I’m at that point in my life where I view a car as a way to get from point A to point B — practicality is everything. Do any of you own a Kia and have feedback on how you like them?

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4. Kitchen Remodel: We’ve been putting off the biggest renovation job of all in our house, a new kitchen. There’s a reason why I’ve never shared a single kitchen photo during the seven years we’ve had this house: it’s a legit hot mess. Time to rip it out this Winter!

I’m off to talk to Erika and find something new to watch on Amazon Prime (anything you’re obsessed with? With all the choices, I’m never sure what to watch next.)

Have a great weekend!

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THE LINKS

• If you only have time to click one link this week, read this beautiful piece by Alexandra Franzen: On hiding, censorship, and the impossible task of trying to please everybody.

• Ready to fuel up on a bunch of random statistics and facts? Check out 52 things I learned in 2016.

• The year-end lists are coming! The best books of 2016.

• Do you talk about your debt or is it a well-kept secret?

• Spending too much time sucked into the same sites online? If your media addiction has taken over your productivity, here are 5 tips to curb it.

• Take a look at the 10 most beautiful libraries on Earth!

• What do the oldest people on the planet eat and drink every day?

• Esquire Magazine rounded up their list of the 25 best podcasts of 2016.

• In your daily life and work, find ways to stay curious.

• Ahhh, I’ve been there so many times. What should you do when a client suddenly goes silent?

• The New York Times shares its most popular recipes from this year.

• Random but really cool: overhead photos of street vendors taken in Hanoi.

• It’s never too late to learn how money works and take control of your finances.

The Week + Links: 11.19.16

Nubby Twiglet | The Week + Links

THE WEEK

This year has been a weird one, huh? As November winds down, I’m usually wrapping up most of my projects for the year but lately, things have been speeding up. I have a few Black Friday deadlines including a 400 page book (!!!) due this week and then, it’s time for a quiet Thanksgiving at home with a big order of Thai food. Here are a few things I’m super excited about right now:

1. Palm Trees and Christmas Vacation: For the first time in my life, I’m considering skipping holiday gatherings and leaving town for a getaway with Joey in Palm Springs. No decor, no cleanup, minimal gift shopping and a few cozy nights in a rented mid-century pad? Sounds like heaven to me. After turning 35 earlier this year, I’m ready to break with the usual traditions and make my own.

2.Goodies from The Line: I desperately need photos for the new Branch site I’m designing and picked up some props from The Line. If you’re new to what they do, they set up their stores like actual living areas but everything inside is for sale. The Hay selection is especially good.

3. The Toffee Club: I kept hearing about a new-ish bar in Portland called The Toffee Club. It’s an English football pub….with a wall of House Of Hackney Palmeral wallpaper. My dad and I checked it out and the staff is amazing, that wallpaper is ace and one drink turned into a two hour hangout. Highly recommended!

4. Spotify Weekly Playlists: I always have Spotify playing in the office and one of the features I especially love are the Discover Weekly playlists they put together based on your musical tastes. It’s automatically done for you once a week! I’ve discovered so many cool artists along the way. When you open Spotify on your desktop, click Browse, then click the Discover tab and your list is waiting for you.

5.The Warhol Exhibit: If you have a chance to go to the Portland Art Museum to view the Andy Warhol exhibit before it closes in January, make it happen. A week later, I’m still thinking about it and feeling the buzz of inspiration. I’ve seen his work at museums before but this is the best by far. I have a full post of photos coming up next week if you can’t make it in person!

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THE LINKS

• Career advice: be unapologetic in what you want.

17 amazing movie scenes that were actually improvised!

5 ways to get over your fear of failure.

• Having a small dose of loneliness in your life can actually be beneficial.

• I’m not into the traditional green and red of most Christmas decor so this white and gold winter wreath DIY is right my alley.

• This set of emojis made from Old Masters paintings is the best.

• I’m looking forward to checking out Erin’s new book, Chasing Slow. It’s beautifully designed (of course) but also, her writing always feels warm and relatable.

This Japanese calendar is beautiful!

• Photographer Chris Porsz has been taking candid shots of people in an English city since the 1970s and recently recreated the photos they’d taken decades before. So cool!

• The extreme global weirding continues. Scary stuff.

• During Obama’s 8 years in office, photographer Pete Souza has snapped nearly 2 million photos of him. These are his 55 favorites.

The 4 secrets to healthy team building.

• Post-election, this makeshift grief wall covered in an array of handwritten sticky notes has gone up in a New York City subway.

This is the best mannequin challenge I’ve seen yet!

The Week + Links: 11.11.16

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THE WEEK

How’s everyone feeling as this week comes to a close? I’m ready for a long, quiet weekend at home with plenty of cuddling with Chubs as well as a trip to the Portland Art Museum. The Warhol exhibit is on right now and I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews. Have you been? I can’t wait to look at more of his work up close and get away from the weight this week post-election has brought.

The last few days have been full of introspection and also full of reaching out to friends, clients and family members to let them know that we’re all in this together. I will always believe that we’re better together.

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Take care of yourselves and I hope you enjoy the list of links below — it’s a big one this week!

Photos: 1. Spotted this rad paint job in Venice Beach last weekend. 2. This New York Magazine cover showed up in my mailbox pre-election. 3. My designer Sam surprised me with this Barbara Kruger postcard and made my week. Love her art!

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THE LINKS

• If you’re looking for ways to give back, these organizations need your help now more than ever.

4 ways to fight for routine when life feels out of control.


• The man behind the classic AOL “You’ve Got Mail” voice is now an Uber driver in Ohio!

• If you’re thinking of collaborating on a project, read this post of tips from RowanMade.

• Im so inspired by what Joanna Waterfall is doing with Yellow Conference and she shares a step-by-step process of how to move from idea to execution.


Gala’s post about what we can do now post-election is fantastic.

• That sudden moment when Facebook tells you that you’re dead? Yep, it just happened.

• Designers, it’s time to get paid what you’re worth.

• Interestingly enough, many online retailers are moving towards opening brick and mortar stores.

• I admire Paul Jarvis because he’s never afraid to just be himself.

Wear a safety pin as a symbol showing the vulnerable that you’re with them in solidarity.

• David Bowie, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen are with us in spirit to help navigate through the darkness.

• The 21 best documentaries from the 21st century everyone should see.

• A look back at the NY Times profile of the Notorious B.I.G. from 1994.

• I love Parks and Recreation Leslie Knope’s letter to America.

• What would happen if we all chose love over fear?

The Week + Links: 11.6.16

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THE WEEK

Hey guys, I missed you! After many days away from my computer and work, I’m back at the office, catching up on emails, texts, magazines, projects and definitely feeling the post-vacation blues. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I was at Designer Vaca in Palm Springs — and this year was better than ever.

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Like a lot of you, between work and family I don’t have a lot of free time to go out and connect with many new people at once so I like the focus of specific events that can bring us together in one place to bond for a few days. While I’ve never enjoyed the overt pressure of more classic networking events, I LOVE Designer Vaca because it focuses on authentic connection and has a sense of community that prides itself on lifting teach other up, not competing.

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This year, I’ve been in the midst of many transitions with my business and that’s normal after 3 years of going full-speed ahead. I walked away after those 3 days with the clarity I needed, a bunch of new friends and the momentum to make the changes I’d been mulling over as soon as possible.

That sounds like a lot to happen in just a few days but when you get away from your day-to-day life, take a break from the noise of the internet and focus 100% on being in the moment, everything you need starts to appear because you’ve given it room to actually happen.

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While I had a bundle of big lightbulb moments, sometimes the littlest ones are just as meaningful. On our final night, I brought in s’mores making supplies and a group of us sat around a fire pit at the Ace Hotel, roasting marshmallows, breaking apart chocolate bars and grahams and just chatting about life. It reminded me how important it is to stay open and share who you are — because being genuine and vulnerable means that like-minded people have the opportunity to bond with the real you.

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I know how hard it can be to open up and be comfortable in social situations, especially big groups. I’m a huge introvert and look forward to any day on my schedule that allows me to be by myself in my office for a solid 8 to 10 hours. Flipping the switch to your social side and engaging with people you don’t know can be exhausting! The thing is, it doesn’t feel so monumental if you just show up as you are. What I’ve realized over the last 5 years of attending Designer Vaca is that we are all struggling with the same things. We are more alike than we are different.

If you’re unsure about where to go in your life or career, remember this: being more of who you are brings in more opportunities.

That’s the most refreshing thing of all.

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THE LINKS

David Bowie’s reading list of his 75 favorite books is eclectic and awesome!

• I can’t get enough of the most iconic Halloween costumes of 2016.

• Never be so busy that you don’t have time to celebrate in your business. Taking time off to recharge and have fun is so important.

• New York City just became the first city in the US to protect freelance worker rights against client non-payment. Yay!

• I love this behind the scenes look at what it takes to make a compelling magazine cover. The examples and stories of the New York Times Magazine are so interesting.

25 famous women talk about what it’s like to deal with anxiety and depression.

• The error page on Hillary Clinton’s site made me laugh — this has been me sooooo many times!

• If you want to learn more about how climate change is affecting us all, watch the National Geographic documentary Into The Flood. Truly scary stuff.

• More and more female breast cancer survivors are saying no to reconstructive surgery and implants and saying yes to going flat.

• What does it take to build a business that lasts?

• OMG, I love this so much. Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg are regular dining companions and will be hosting a show together on VH1. Yes!

• Sabeena Karnik makes the most beautiful paper lettering.

9 reasons why all freelancers should build an email list.

• It’s time to dump daylight savings time AND time zones for good and here’s why.

The Week + Links: 10.29.16

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THE WEEK

I hope you had a good week! It’s an overcast Saturday morning here in Portland and there’s so much to be excited about and thankful for.

1. Picture Perfect. I switched over to Samsung cameras a few years back after two of my friends swore by them. One of my just-for-fun daily hobbies is taking photos and I finally upgraded my older model to the Samsung NX500. I am already loving it. If you need a stylish, compact DSLR that comfortably fits into your purse but has the photo quality of much larger cameras, this is for you.

2. Vacation Anticipation. This Fall has been much busier than I expected so I’ve been feeling lower energy than usual. A mini break is needed and I am excited to get some relaxation time in Palm Springs next week. No matter how packed your life feels, it’s important to slow down and take care of yourself because without your health, nothing else matters. If you’re visiting Palm Springs soon, check out my guide.

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3. Jumbo Jewels. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry but sometimes, I see a piece that stops me in my tracks like this lion’s head that is the size of a door knocker. Not for the faint of heart! It’s very….Liz Taylor. The best part? It was only $28.00!

4. Marrakech Flashbacks. I’m finally getting back into the blogging groove and feeling really excited about the content I have lined up. At the top of my list is a Marrakech recap. It’s monster-sized because there’s so much I want you to experience, from camel rides to climbing a mountain! Good times.

5. Llama Mama. Okay, so this is one of the weirdest things I’ve ever posted about but I’m now the proud mom of a beautiful white llama named Pearl! My friend Paul and his wife Lisa stopped by for dinner a few weeks ago and as a thank you, a packet arrived in the mail with llama adoption details! Their friends run the StillPointe Llama Sanctuary in Washington and I can’t wait to visit my new baby. Ha!

And with that, I’m off to get a few inches chopped off my hair. Enjoy the links below!

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THE LINKS

• Before you check your phone, ask yourself this one question.

• What’s the best career advice you’ve ever gotten?

• Wow! Google Arts & Culture lets you take virtual tours of museums around the world.

• With the topsy-turvy U.S. presidential race nearing the finish line, I’ve been nervously checking The New York Times polls often since it’s updated constantly.

• These Stuart Weitzman boots designed by Gigi Hadid definitely have my heart beating a little faster. Hiking boots from the future, for real!

• What personality type are you?

• I love reading about other women’s beauty and makeup routines. Kate’s product recommendations are great.

• What’s it like running your own business as an introvert?

• This photo pillow DIY is beyond cool and features one of my all-time favorite Palm Springs houses!

• Is it actually possible to find joy in 3 seconds flat?

• I have a bar cart that needs some organization so I’m digging this post with 3 ways to style one.

• Um, you may not be able to afford a New York City brownstone for yourself but at least your cat can live in style!

• You can’t got wrong with common sense money advice.

• The 19th Amendment gave US women the right to vote and this group who remembers that iconic moment is still going strong in 2016!