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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.

2Nubby Twiglet | The Cape Dress

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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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.