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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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What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

During my first time in Sydney, there were some must-see landmarks on my list: the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbor Bridge and of course, Bondi Beach.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Escaping the winter back home for some warmer weather in the Southern Hemisphere, I was inspired to trade in my bundle of black layers for something decidedly more….neon. A neon coral dress and tangerine nails were balanced out with sunglasses and ankle boots.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

We spent a windy day taking cabs around Sydney, hitting cafes, shops and the famous Bondi Baths. It was an experience of a lifetime seeing landmarks I’d only viewed online up close and personal.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

In a neon mood? Here are some of my top picks: ASOS Seamed Skater Dress, Lulu Guinness Neon Lips Clutch and Pop Nail Glam in Mandarin.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: A Neon Day In Sydney

Sydney, it’s official: I love you.


Photos by: Janneke Storm.

What I Wore: The Basics | A Seasonless Closet

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Basics | A Seasonless Closet

I’ve always felt weird about shifting out my entire closet for the season. I remember growing up and hearing friends and relatives talk about how they had a Spring / Summer wardrobe and then a Fall / Winter wardrobe. I buy new pieces of clothing because I really love them and when it comes down to it, I’m dedicated to finding a way to make items like my favorite “Summer dresses” work in Winter. It just takes a little imagination (and a lot of layering).

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Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Basics | A Seasonless Closet

This Dusen Dusen dress is a great example. Over the Summer, I wore it bare-shouldered and bare-legged and paired it with cut-out sneaker wedges. To make it work for Winter, I added thick black tights, boots and a longer length jacket.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Basics | A Seasonless Closet

Layering means that shorter, sleeveless dresses and lightweight skirts can remain in rotation, even when the Winter chill sets in.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Basics | A Seasonless Closet

My method for dressing in layers goes something like this:

1. Add a basic tank, tee or slip over your underwear. A good foundation is necessary!

2. If it’s really cold, add opaque tights or leggings.

3. Throw on your favorite outfit (dress / jeans + top / skirt + top).

4. Add a layering piece like a cardigan or sweater.

5. Add a warm jacket.

6. If necessary, add a hat + scarf.

Yes, that’s a lot of layers but they’re easy to peel off and you’ll be ready for anything from a boiling office…to an unexpected blizzard.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Basics | A Seasonless Closet

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: The Basics | A Seasonless Closet

Your turn: Do you embrace a seasonless wardrobe or do you switch your closet out with the change of weather?


I wore: Jacket, Zara (a few years old). Dress, Dusen Dusen (sold out). Tights, H&M. Boots, XPERIMENTAL.

What I Wore: Sheer

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Sheer

When I’m home in between Blogcademy and business trips, I always revert back to my “work uniform” of black skinny jeans, a black tee and black sneaker wedges. Depending on the weather, I’ll layer on a scarf, sweater and leather jacket but it doesn’t veer much from these basic staples. My days are long and since my clients are all remote, there’s never really a reason to dress up.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Sheer

When I hit the road, my style completely shifts. Skinny jeans are traded in for dresses and adventurous looks because my days change from sitting in my design studio to exploring cities, teaching classes and taking photos for my blog. It’s a great excuse to get out of my very uniform-focused wardrobe routine.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Sheer

I’m always looking for new ways to mix my wardrobe up while staying true to my personal style so when Kung Katherine, a New York City-based fashion label offered to let me try out a piece from their new collection, I immediately gravitated towards this sheer top. It has some great visual interest with the varying panels and is form-fitting but not constricting. Best of all, it fit right in with what I already own — a Zara pencil skirt, Wolford tights and Steve Madden boots. What a welcome step up from my usual black cotton H&M tees!

I always forget how much dressing up changes my mood — I feel more confident and prepared for whatever comes my way, whether it’s a meeting, lunch date or drinks with my husband.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Sheer

Here’s to taking the time to experiment with your personal style and trying out new things.


I wore: Top, ℅ Kung Katherine. Boots, Steve Madden. Tights, Wolford Crazy Maze. Pencil skirt, Zara.

What I Wore: Olive

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Olive

To me, there’s nothing better than Fall fashion. Maybe it’s because the change of seasons reminds me of all those years of going back to school (I didn’t officially graduate from college until I was 27). Chunky, cozy knits and wool blends are great, as are all those very Fall (and Winter-centric) hues like olive, oxblood, pumpkin, mustard and navy.

Back in the late 90s in high school, I desperately wanted a bomber jacket but all the styles I found at my local army surplus store were just too baggy for my frame. I’m glad the trend has had a recent resurgence — this Zara version is perfectly cropped and basic enough to move from dressier looks to jeans. I’ve been wearing it everywhere lately, including this look to the Reed College campus.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Olive

These are some of my favorite olive-hued items right now:

1. F21 waffle-knit sweater, 2. F21 utility jacket, 3. Zara parka, 4. Zara bomber jacket, 5. Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses and 6. F21 knit beanie.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Olive

I wore: Zara bomber jacket, Banana Republic wool wrap skirt (very old), H&M socks and Dries van Noten wedges (2008).

Have a great Monday!

A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam: The Ultimate WTF Moment in The Netherlands!

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

When I visited Amsterdam, my first day was spent doing the usual touristy stuff — walking along canals, eating cheese and snapping photos of the gaggles of bikes. That day of sightseeing, while beautiful, also felt a bit cliché. I wanted more.

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

That night, I went home and keyed Amsterdam into Pinterest (my favorite method for figuring out what’s cool in a city — for those of us that are more visual, it’s a goldmine of must-see sights). I knew there had to be something out there that was slightly wacky and not too far outside of the city. I only had to scroll for five seconds before the answer was in front of me: The Inntel Hotel in Zaandam.

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

This wasn’t just any hotel, though. Located in Zaandam, a town just twelve minutes from the center of Amsterdam, the façade was made up of 70 stacked traditional Dutch houses. Completely mind-boggling. The hotel was right next door to the train station (convenient!) and featured a restaurant that overlooked the canal. Though we didn’t stay there, the rooms are gorgeous, featuring scenes of Dutch history across the walls.

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Nubby Twiglet | A Facade Of 70 Stacked Houses in Zaandam, The Netherlands

Yes, it was absolutely worth the tram ride to visit this architectural marvel. If you’re making a quick trip like I did, there are tons of restaurants and shops surrounding the train station so it’s ideal to tie it in with lunch or dinner. And when you run out of ideas for posing in front of this crazy place… just dance.


I wore: ASOS striped scuba dress, Crown and Glory Rachel floral ears and Marc by Marc Jacobs sneakers.
Photos: Kerry Murray.

Location: The Inntel Hotel in Zaandam.

What I Wore: Flower Power In Berlin

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Flower Power In Berlin

Ah, Berlin. Our beautiful all white apartment in Mitte had a set of french doors that opened to a balcony overlooking a massive courtyard. It was the ideal spot to spend our mornings. But, perhaps even better than that were our late nights propped up on the couch sipping rosé and singing along to a Spotify playlist crammed with dozens of yacht rock tunes. I’m positive our neighbors were reaching for the ear plugs to avoid our off-tune Michael McDonald renditions.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Flower Power In Berlin

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Flower Power In Berlin

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Flower Power In Berlin

I’d found this shirt emblazoned with You Only Live Once in a very YSL-inspired type treatment just a few days before tucked away on a rack at H&M. Aint that the truth. Traveling so much this summer has really opened my eyes and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. Knowing that I can survive with just a small suitcase and my laptop for three weeks has made me realize how little I actually need on a daily basis. When I pack, I stick with mostly solid black basics including shoes and then throw in a few bright, lightweight dresses and accessories to keep things interesting.

I wore a Crown and Glory Oversized Rococo Headband (not the most subtle piece!), an H&M shirt (I can’t find the link on their site but it should still be in-store), a J. Crew skirt I found at Buffalo Exchange and All Saints boots.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Flower Power In Berlin


Photos: Shell de Mar with special thanks to Go With Oh.