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What I Wore: Palm Springs and Palm Print Forever

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Palm Springs and Palm Print Forever

Palm Springs and palm trees, let me count the ways I love thee.

My obsession with palm prints is still going strong — and there’s so many great new items out there that are covered in them!

When I was recently in Palm Springs, I was walking through a neighborhood in my Billabong palm print rash guard (I always wear it as a shirt in hot weather since it’s cropped and super breathable) and spotted this beautiful corner right as the sun was beginning to set.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Palm Springs and Palm Print Forever

I’ve told you time and again how beautiful Palm Springs is….and this is the proof. Seriously, if I had this collection of beautiful foliage right outside my door, I would be so incredibly happy. The ultimate dream!

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Palm Springs and Palm Print Forever

A few of my favorite things: phone case, book of palms, record player, pillow, art print and sneakers.

Speaking of dreams, though our adventure in condo land has been slightly delayed, having that goal dangling out in front of me has kept me super motivated. Normally, as this time of year sets in and the sun comes out, I just want to be out exploring (all those years of school with a built-in summer break are hard to forget, right?!) but knowing that our goal is to buy in 3 to 6 months, I’m pushing through some late nights and weekends, focusing on the payoff that could very well be a long winter vacation in my adopted mecca.

Having palm trees in my office and having palm prints around keeps the dream alive while the hard work continues. Always surround yourself with visual reminders of what you want!

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Palm Springs and Palm Print Forever

P.S. I wasn’t going to include this photo since it’s so blown out but I wanted to give you a real life visual of what Palm Springs is like as the sun begins to set. So intense and cool, right?!

I wore: Billabong rash guard, Zara zipper pocket skirt, Dries van Noten sunglasses and Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges (all old).

What I Wore: A Tattooed Dress In The Desert

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree is about a 40 minute drive from Palm Springs and is named named after the Joshua trees (yucca brevifolia) that cover the park. It’s a popular destination for camping, hiking and climbing but I’m happy to keep it simple and drive on through, stopping along the way to admire the otherworldly landscape.

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Ever since I visited Joshua Tree last year for the first time, it has been on my mind constantly.

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

I probably couldn’t stop thinking about it for two reasons: 1. It seems to be popping up in every fashion brand’s lookbooks and plenty of magazine spreads right now so it’s hard to avoid. 2. It was like no other place I’ve ever seen. I totally get the allure and why so many creatives feel inspired to create after visiting.

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

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Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

I stopped by a few days ago, wearing my favorite new dress embroidered with tattoo-inspired patterns paired with these gray platform boots that feel like the right balance between goth and Stormtrooper.

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

I wore: Nasty Gal tattoo dress, Anita K rose gold collar, The Horse rose gold watch and Vic Matie platform boots.

Nubby Twiglet | Joshua Tree

P.S. I just posted this little video to show you what Joshua Tree is like and you can learn more about the history and all the great things you can do when you visit here. Enjoy!

What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

Built in 1962, The House Of Tomorrow was an architectural marvel of its time, landing on magazine covers for its futuristic design and amenities. Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac in a Palm Springs, it’s still a sight to behold, further drawing attention to itself with a plaque out front (more on that in a second).

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

The house took an even more famous turn when its owners tragically died in a plane crash and Elvis snapped it up soon after as a rental. He loved the house so much that after he married Priscilla in Vegas in 1967, they spent their extended honeymoon there.

The House Of Tomorrow is as eccentric as its name suggests — there are three stories in four concentric circles and not a single room is square! And if you want your own look inside, there are guided tours of Elvis’ honeymoon hideaway.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

Back in October, Joey and I visited Palm Springs for our 5 year wedding anniversary and invited Made U Look to commemorate the occasion. Those photos of my wedding dress look will be featured in the March 2016 issue of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine but in the meantime, I can share these snaps we took as the day came to an end.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

After we took our vow renewal photos, Joey and I wanted to unwind and show Made U Look around our favorite neighborhood in Palm Springs. Ladera Circle is full of beautiful mid-century modern homes but even so, Elvis’ one-time hangout still draws the most attention.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

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Taking photos here was really special because Priscilla Presley was the inspiration for my original wedding day. I’ve always loved her look during the late 60s when she married Elvis so it felt fitting to shoot in front of her brief home.

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Made U Look uses a variety of vintage cameras and films so the results are always unexpected and magical. Having photos to remember my 5 year anniversary was really important to me — now the memories can live on forever.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Day In Palm Springs at the House Of Tomorrow

The second these photos were finished, I kicked off my heels, changed into something more comfortable in the car and we went out for Mexican food where we spent the night laughing and chatting. It was a great reminder that even though dressing up and taking photos is fun, real life is just as awesome.

I can’t wait to show you the vow renewal photos next year!

To be continued….


Photos: Made U Look.
I wore: Love and Lemons Luau skirt, Forever 21 tank, Forever 21 choker and Camilla Skovgaard heels.

What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Has the freezing cold, wintery weather hit where you are? It sure has in Portland! While it’s great for getting work done (who wants to be outside?!), I am really missing Palm Springs. As you know, I have a serious love affair with the place and Joey and I are buying land there next year to start building our eventual dream home.

Until that happens, I’ll be here dreaming of clear, sunny skies, palm trees, fresh-picked lemons and beautiful sunsets. I hope these photos cheer you up!

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Whenever I’m in Palm Springs, I head over to The Parker for brunch at Norma’s and a walk through the lush, tropical grounds complete with hammocks, a lemonade stand and a human-sized chess set. The surroundings feel like a midcentury modern take on Alice In Wonderland.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

One of the biggest draws of The Parker is that the property was revamped by Jonathan Adler in 2004. His kitschy design style can be spotted around every corner but the most recognizable element is the DRUGS sign you’ve undoubtedly seen pop up in your Instagram feed more times than you can count. The first time I visited in 2012, I was plotting out the launch of my own design studio and it’s easy to see the direct influence the styling had on Branch. The bright, citrus hues accented with modern touches influenced everything from the branding to the color palette.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

When I’m in Portland, I stick to a very graphic, black and white color palette but when I hit Palm Springs, I love slipping into bright colors and modern silhouettes. Aren’t the grounds around the hotel beautiful?

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Citrus and Stripes at The Parker Palm Springs

Cheer up with these citrusy hues: 1. ASOS flared-sleeve dress, 2. Kimchi Blue backpack, 3. Birkenstock sandals, 4. and 5. Floss Gloss nail polish, 6. Ed Sheeran LP, 7. Binchotan toothbrush, 8. Saucony Grid 9000 sneakers and 9. Out From Under maxi dress.

Thanks for joining me on this journey through my home away from home!


Location: Parker Palm Springs.
I wore: Dress, ASOS. Sneaker wedges, Marc Jacobs (no longer available but check Ebay!)

What I Wore: The Cape Dress

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

All hail the cape dress.

These days, I’m all about owning a capsule wardrobe. I’m gravitating towards pieces in black, white and stripes that I can mix, match and wear constantly. My new style mantra is more wear, less waste.

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Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

With that mindset, earlier this year I invested in a cape dress. Now, I know what you’re thinking….how is this even practical? Well, let me break it down for you: this dress has made a seamless transition from meetings to photo shoots to yes, even the goth club (surprise, surprise). As a matter of fact, I wore it to Necrocomicon alongside a basement packed with vampires for my 34th birthday! It’s a look fit for any occasion, whether it’s day or night.

The cape dress a simple yet dramatic piece — the silhouette is loose and basic yet the addition of the cape ups the glamour. Best of all, it rolls up super small for easy packing.

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

I love, love, love this dress and best of all, it was under $100.00. Let’s face it — while I adore the Valentino version, it’s just not in my budget!

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

A cape is always a good idea: 1. Valentino, 2. Nasty Gal, 3. Vamp Magazine, 4. Reem Acra and 5. Nasty Gal.

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

While capes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, they are a simple way to reconnect with my inner teenage goth which is still alive and well — I don’t believe in conforming or losing your sense of style, just because you get older.

Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” —Edith Head


Photos: Shot in Los Angeles by Kristin Cofer.

I wore: Nasty Gal Catherine Cape Dress, Dries Van Noten sunglesses, H&M hat and Steve Madden platform boots.

What I Wore: Beach Goth

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Beach Goth

What’s your take on wearing all black to the beach?

I say the more, the merrier! Since I wear head-to-toe black on a near daily basis, it might as well cross over to my fun, games and vacation, too. Why all the black? It’s classic, it never goes out of style and truthfully, when you take long trips like I do, it’s nice to open your suitcase and not be faced with a pile of clashing colors and patterns that don’t work together (which I used to fall victim to more times than I’d like to admit).

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Beach Goth

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Beach Goth

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Beach Goth

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Beach Goth

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Beach Goth

Some of you long-time readers might be nodding at the familiarity of this neoprene dress — that’s because it’s the long-lost relative of good ol’ Zipper Hips, an old-school favorite that still lurks in my closet. The neoprene makes it beach-ready but the accentuated silhouette adds a bit of drama, which I know you fellow beach goths love!

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Beach Goth

Get the look: 1. neoprene dress, 2. zip-front maillot, 3. mesh midi cover up, 4. mesh rashguard (I own this and the fit is awesome), 5. straw boat hat, 6. cage bikini top, 7. lost weekend shades and knee-high sandal.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Beach Goth

This photo sums up the way I feel every time I’m in LA. Hey, beach goths can be happy, too! 😉


Photos: Made U Look.
I Wore: Nasty Gal dress, Crown and Glory ears and Dries Van Noten sunglasses.
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What I Wore: An Afternoon In Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

I liked Auckland the first time I visited but the second time, that blossomed into full-blown love.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

A love affair with a city is multi-layered and many factors added to the experience:

I enjoyed really having the opportunity to walk around town and explore independent shops along Karangahape Road. Biz Dojo, our venue for The Blogcademy was fantastic (and if you’re interested, they have co-working spaces available). The cute apartment we rented was directly across the street from an awesome grocery store loaded with local products. The hilariously branded Hell Pizza wowed me with their Purgatory pizza (and it was so good that I had it two nights in a row.) And finally, friendly Kiwis made me feel right at home — I talked creative biz stuff with Sian and got to meet ladies I’d known online including Sophie and Steff Metal.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

I was already in love with the place — and then I met Steph of Bubblerock, a photography duo that splits their time between New Zealand and France (envious? I am!) Within a few minutes, we were like old friends, chatting about our recent stays in Palm Springs. And, I may have invited myself to her home in the French countryside (can you blame me?)

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

After meeting Steph and shooting these photos in quick succession over two 10 minute breaks between my Blogcademy sections, I came to the realization that while there are oodles of talented photographers out there, what really sets the good ones apart from the truly great is personality.

Steph was so warm, welcoming and brimming with creative ideas that I was immediately at ease. To me, it felt like we were casually hanging out as we explored a nearby arcade and parking garage — and she just happened to have a camera. I wish all professional photos felt this natural….and fun!

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

During our impromptu shoot, I wore:

Clover Canyon dress (past season).
Steve Madden boots (past season).

While my dress is from an older collection, Shopbop always has a great selection of new and sale pieces. The sublimated prints are applied to scuba fabric so their pieces are super stretchy and comfortable.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Bubblerock in Auckland

Auckland, thanks for welcoming me with open arms. I can’t wait to come back….and stay longer next time!


Digital and film photos: Bubblerock.
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