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What I Wore: Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

When I’m working from home in Portland, my daily uniform always reverts to the basics: black skinny jeans, black ankle boots and t-shirts. Yes, it can be boring but comfort is key when I’m focused on getting work done.

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

Whenever I travel though, I use the opportunity of being in a new atmosphere to reinvent my sartorial style and create new characters. I embrace the chance to try out different looks and push myself outside of my comfort zone.

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

By nature, I’m drawn to modern, avant garde silhouettes but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown more comfortable with trying new things. I picked this dress up over the summer for a shoot in New York and part of the reason I chose it was because it was such a marked departure from my standard go-to looks. Fitted and romantic, it felt more Dolce & Gabbana than Rick Owens (my design idol).

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini

As we wove through the rocky paths of Santorini early one morning right as the sun was rising, I felt completely overdressed — we joked that I was the Monica Bellucci of Santorini. But in a way, that was the beauty of it. I was playing a role very different from my daily existence and you know what? I had a great time owning it for a few hours…before reverting back to the uniform of a black tee and jeans.

Nubby Twiglet | Overdressed and Owning It in Santorini


I wore: Floral body-conscious dress, Paper Dolls and sandals, Moma.
All photos: Shell de Mar.

What I Wore: Keeping It Simple With Travel Attire

What I Wore: Keep It Simple

When I sat down awhile back and counted up how many flights I’d be catching over the next three weeks, they added up to 10 in total. That’s a lot of time spent crammed onto a plane! With a travel schedule this crazy, I knew it was time to find a way to embrace comfort full-on while criss-crossing Australia and New Zealand.

Planning ahead, I picked up a stretchy full-length black dress at H&M that feels more like a nightgown and I will be pairing it with my Zara boots during each leg of my journey since they easily slide off for trips through security.

What I Wore: Keep It Simple

What I Wore: Keep It Simple

This is the most simple look I’ve ever posted on my blog — flat footwear and absolutely no jewelry is a rarity for me! I gave it a test-run over the weekend during a walk with Joey and Rocky. Though, it was much cooler in Portland than Australia so I wore my Rick Owens coat over the top which I’m definitely not packing! Security would have a heyday with the built-in hip panels, don’t you think?

What I Wore: Keep It Simple

I wore:
Maxi dress, H&M
Boots, Zara
Coat, Rick Owens

It’s nice to finally have a go-to travel uniform that doesn’t involve leggings, t-shirts or sweatpants but feels just as comfortable.

What I Wore: Sailing In Santorini

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As I’m sitting here at my desk, glancing outside my office at rainy Portland, these photos taken a few weeks back in Santorini, Greece are providing me with a great sense of comfort. Traveling has always been a huge passion of mine but if you’d told last year that I’d have the opportunity to be on a sailboat cruising through the Aegean Sea, I’d have responded with, “there’s no way in hell.”

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But, it happened and I loved every second of it. When you’re soaking up island life, it’s necessary to hit the water at least once — and no, hotel swimming pools don’t count!

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On our first full day in Santorini, we began researching boat trips. Most of the ones we came across were 1. 80 to 120 euros on catamarans and 2. completely sold out for days in advance.

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Not content to just give up, we kept searching, walking up and down the main street in town where all the travel agencies were clustered. Finally, we wandered into one and found the deal of the century: a five hour ride on a sailboat for only 25 euros! We’d actually been hoping to find a less modern-looking boat anyway and this was right up our alley.

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Our time on the boat was priceless: the looping soundtrack of smooth disco-inspired dance beats was taken up a notch by lyrics sung by the equivalent of a deep-voiced Greek Barry White. We made the most of it, dancing across the top deck, spinning like maniacs. This trip was in honor of Gala’s 30th birthday and I wanted to make sure she didn’t forget it for as long as she lived!

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As we cruised along the Aegean Sea, sipping champagne and watching the sun set, I felt grateful to have the opportunity to travel to places I never thought I’d see. This year has been pretty imbalanced when it comes to how much I’ve been traveling and working but I wouldn’t trade any of these experiences for anything.

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A little over a week after this boat trip, I turned 32. These photos will always remind me of this time of big changes mixed with a whole lot of adventure.

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I Wore:
Stripe Skater Dress, ASOS (it fits true to size and the quality is fantastic!)
Sunglasses, Dries van Noten (very old)
Lace-up sandals, MOMA (very old)
Hat, borrowed from our villa!


Photos: Shell de Mar Photography
Co-conspirators: Gala Darling and Kat Williams

What I Wore: 9.9.13 | Hello From London!

What I Wore: London

Hello from London! Last Wednesday, we flew straight from Santorini into town and awoke at 6 a.m. Thursday morning to begin our four day stretch of teaching two back-to-back workshops with The Blogcademy. After wrapping up our time at Curtain Road Studios, we had Monday off and made the most of it — we visited Selfridges, Liberty, Topshop, Sketch (which deserves a proper post of its own), Illamasqua and more.

Around the corner from Liberty, I beelined towards a gaggle of phone booths and made the most of being a tourist.

I Wore:
Wrap Dress, DVF (San Marcos Outlets, Texas)
Necklace, H&M
Boots, All Saints
Umbrella, H&M

What I Wore: London

I’m flying from London to New York this afternoon to spend a few days with friends before heading back to Portland just in time for my birthday. I’ll have much more to share from my time in both London and New York on Friday. xo

Posing With Patina Part 3: A Bouquet of Balloons and a Killer View of Brooklyn

Posing with Patina: Bushwick

Over the handful of hours we’d spent shooting with Patina, we thought we’d seen it all. A new, elaborate set of vintage goodies met us around multiple corners but they had one more surprise waiting for us: the rooftop.

Posing with Patina: Bushwick

As we climbed the narrow metal staircase in heels and excitedly ran out onto the roof, a gust of wind suddenly blew the door shut behind us. We hadn’t thought to put the cinder block behind it and we glanced back and forth at one another, realizing that nobody had a key.

The roof was blazing hot and we started to shoot but it was hard to be carefree when we weren’t quite sure how long we’d be up there. Luckily, within a few minutes some of the crew climbed up to check out the shoot and we squealed with relief when we saw them.

Posing with Patina: Bushwick

The roof was the ideal spot to let go of our bundle of balloons. Up, up and away they went. We watched as they floated through apartment buildings, past water towers and then completely faded from sight.

Posing with Patina: Bushwick

Gala wore:
Ears, ASOS
Dress, Shareen Collection
Heels, Alice + Olivia

Posing with Patina: Bushwick

I wore:
Dress, Zara
Headband, H&M
Jules Boots, All Saints

Posing with Patina: Bushwick

Kat wore:
Necklace, H&M
Dress, Biba for House of Fraser
Boots, All Saints

Posing with Patina: Bushwick

The whole day had felt slightly surreal and ending it standing on the edge of a silver roof overlooking the Brooklyn skyline just felt right.

Even sweeter, we were given a video that commemorated the whole experience, from beginning (giggling and makeup-free) to end (watching the balloons drift away). Not a bad way at all to spend the day with two of your BFFs. Courtney of Love + Brain Films is so talented!


Thank you to the following team for making this shoot possible:

Photography: Chellise Michael Photography
Film: Courtney Arcese
Furniture and props: Rent Patina
Floral arrangements: Tinsel & Twine
Hair: Kristin Jackson
Makeup: Regan Rabanal

P.S. In case you missed them, check out set 1 and set 2.

Posing With Patina Part 2: Colorful Confetti and Disco Balls

Posing with Patina: Bushwick

It’s pretty obvious that our friends at Patina are old pros when it comes to orchestrating photo shoots. We’d spent the weekend in their warehouse and witnessed their attention to detail firsthand when it came to building sets. But, I don’t think we’d quite gathered that we’d be cavorting with them (alongside the largest collection of disco balls I’ve ever seen) on street level! Needless to say, we were met with surprises at every turn — the the first set was a vintage-themed vignette complete with a velvet couch and crystal goblets and the second was rounded out with a wall of quirky art and paper umbrellas.

Posing with Patina: Bushwick

Posing with Patina: Bushwick

After a quick change, we squealed as we were led to a third sidewalk set brimming with confetti, trophies, piles of disco balls, a beautiful cobalt sofa and an extravagant side chair.

Posing with Patina: Bushwick

We definitely had the most fun on this set as we scooped up piles of jumbo Knot and Bow confetti from a hollowed vintage trophy.

Posing with Patina: Bushwick

Posing with Patina: Bushwick

After the confetti had run dry (which didn’t take long!), we grabbed a bouquet of balloons along with a vintage metal arrow and marched down the street. I wondered how Patina could possibly top this set but as usual, they had one more trick up their sleeves…

Posing with Patina: Bushwick

I wore:
Ribbed Skater Dress, ASOS
Belt, ASOS
Headband, H&M
Jules Boots, All Saints

Gala wore:
Dress, Nanette Lepore
Alice + Olivia Heels

Kat wore:
Celina Dress, Kate Spade
Full Bloom Belt, Kate Spade
Boots, All Saints

Posing with Patina: Bushwick

Keeping your composure is difficult when you’re handed a bunch of blazing yellow balloons. Tune in next week for the grand finale and an exclusive video!

Posing with Patina: Bushwick


Thank you to the Patina team for making this shoot possible:

Photography: Chellise Michael Photography
Film: Courtney Arcese
Furniture and props: Rent Patina
Floral arrangements: Tinsel & Twine
Hair: Kristin Jackson
Makeup: Regan Rabanal

What I Wore: 8.11.13 | Zipper Hips

Zipper Hips

On Saturday, Joey, Rocky and I took off for our annual trip to the Oregon Coast and I packed a dress I’d been obsessed with since the spring, a futuristic neoprene number from the Nasty Gal Collection. I’d worn it once before in New York a few months earlier but in my mind, it belonged on the beach. With that in mind, we awoke early before the crowds hit and walked along the windy shoreline of Cannon Beach.

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With large zippers cutting through the exaggerated hips, I was first drawn to the cut because it reminded me of this jacket. And because of it, I’ve dubbed this look Rick Owens goes to the beach.

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I wore:

Light Curve Dress, Nasty Gal Collection
Sneaker wedges, Lacoste
Nail polish, Pop Nail Glam in 8 (orange)

Zipper Hips

Getting out of the city was just what I needed (even if it was only for a day) and I have many more photos to share with you on Friday. I hope your week is off to a great start!