Happy Sunday. It was a shoot week up in Oregon at Anne and Richard’s (ARCIFORM) beach house and we can’t wait to see those beautiful photos. Oh, and we hope you liked that little farmhouse sneak peek this week. We are getting closer and closer to the first reveal:) So to help calm the anticipation, here are this week’s links…
This week’s home tour is a vintage-filled family home that is modern but packed with soul. The designer, Trung Tu, is actually a design-loving IT engineer. This home looks like a beautiful vintage showroom that you can actually be comfortable and relax in. Don’t you want to curl up on that sofa?? We sure do. Go check out the rest of the photos and his story on The Design Files.
We know that last week’s Link Up was filled with links asking those who can to help all sorts of different people in need. Now, in addition, our hearts are breaking to have to talk about yet another natural disaster, this time in Florida. If you’ve been paying attention to the news at all we don’t have to tell you how deadly Hurricane Ian is. So again, for those that can, here is an article with multiple ways to help.
From Emily: I got to shoot Anne and Richard’s house this past week and man it was incredible. And like for any shoot, there was lots of shopping to get styling pieces and candles are always a must. We picked up this Apple Chai scented one from Target that we all loved. It got us in the fall spirit and it was so pretty. The leather wrapping is such a nice detail and makes it look way more expensive than it is. Plus it’s big (14oz)! You can’t beat it for $15.
From Caitlin: Two weeks ago, I proclaimed that clutter could not be solved with bins and baskets alone (and for the record, I stand by that statement!!!). That said, if you are in the market for some organizational tools, please do not spend $20-40 on ONE branded container from an org store – there are some really overpriced products out there and I can enthusiastically recommend a few WAY more affordable alternatives. Here’s the exact stack I use in my house (after lots of trial and error!): these $8 wire baskets (I do towels and sheets in these); these big $9 bins with handles (perfect for craft supplies, small toolboxes, candles, etc.) these $6 bins (great for everything – they’re a perfect size for vanities and shelves); these $10 stackable trays (I use these for iPhone cables, charging bricks, and old phones/tech); these $2 storage trays (it’s a pack of 4 – I use mine for rollerballs of perfume, tweezers, etc.); and these long $2 trays (great for razors, hairbrushes, etc.). I know that sorting through all the options on the market can be kind of a pain (and I literally cannot understand how comparable products can go for like, 5x the price), so hopefully this can help someone out a little bit:)
From Mallory: You know the age-old question “what should we make for dinner tonight??” I got SO fed up with trying to answer it (specifically when it came down to quick easy weeknight meals), so I found an awesome solution. My boyfriend and I love to cook, but I was always forgetting the good recipes we’d already made and wanted to make again. ENTER RecipeBox!! It’s an app where I can add photos of our dinners and put in the ingredients + grocery shopping list (if you want to, sometimes I get lazy and just do photos). But it makes meal planning so much easier because I can just go through the Rolodex of meals we’ve already made in the past. I showed it to Emily while we were at the shoot this week and she said “it’s like a meal scrapbook!” I love my meal scrapbook and it’s free so I highly recommend getting it & trying it out too.
Also From Mallory: I’m a big fan of this $15 corduroy baseball cap!! I bought it in blush but they have some other fun colors too:)
From Jess: Ok last wedding-related link since I have no more weddings to attend this year! Now because my cousin is the coolest and most thoughtful, everything we got as gifts I actually want to use and wear. Number one on the list is this EcoSatin loungewear set from OddBird. When I say these were incredibly comfortable and cool I am not exaggerating. I put it back on as soon as I got home. I also got to meet the gal who owns the company and she couldn’t have been sweeter. She’s completely dedicated to being a sustainable brand that uses 100% natural, mostly raw, unprocessed fibers, or recycled fibers. What’s also really special is that she offers LIFETIME repairs to help keep the garments looking beautiful and out of landfills. I was really inspired by her. I got this top and these shorts (it was literally 106 degrees the day of the wedding) but I got to try on the pants too. It was a tough decision but I have more lounge pants than shorts. TBH I was nervous that the shorts weren’t going to look good on my body type but I was wrong! I loved them. So if you are thinking the same thing, I think you should give them a try:) I got a large but they size up to 5XL! I really can’t say enough wonderful things about them.
Also From Jess: SIKE! I have a hair product rec from the gals who did our hair and makeup. It’s this blow dry mist. When I asked what it did after seeing it on the table next to me all three of the hairdressers raved about it! Apparently, it’s great for all hair types, is a heat protectant, cuts your drying time dramatically, AND is only $15. Ummm you don’t have to tell me twice. Add to cart.
Also Also From Jess: We aren’t shy about our love of Madewell over here but mine just got bigger. I just saw on Instagram that a vintage shop I used to love going to in New York, People of 2morrow Vintage, is now selling on Madewell.com. First off, I didn’t realize they were selling vintage, and second I’m so happy for the owner. Go check it all out!
From Ryann: I’ve been using these teeth whitening strips for a week straight and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised with the results! They are non-toxic and enamel safe so they are really gentle and don’t hurt your teeth. If you have sensitive teeth or don’t have a high pain/discomfort tolerance (me) then I think these are for you. I definitely see results but since these aren’t as harsh as other whitening strips, I think the process for really noticeable whitening just takes a little longer. I will keep using them and report back!
Thank you for reading and see y’all tomorrow. xx