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The Link Up: Jess’s $25 Linen Summer Pants, Caitlin’s Non-Clumping Mascara, and ACTUALLY GOOD Faux Plants

Hey everyone and welcome to the link up. We’re here to chat about some fun random things we’re loving this week, so if you’re interested stay tuned because here it comes…

This week’s home tour is so so special. I mean if this ping pong/dining table doesn’t clue into how cool it is I don’t know what will. The masterminds of Workstead and Matiz Architecture & Design just did the most beautiful job. We don’t want to give anything away so go look now!

From Emily: Hilton Carter partnered with Target (two of my favorites) on a new faux plant line and FYI they’re ALL VERY GOOD. Good faux plants are hard to find, so if you want to be a plant person but can’t keep them alive… these are for you.

From Caitlin: It feels like everyone I know has asked me for a recommendation on a good weekender or carry-on bag over the past few weeks, so I just want to make a formal declaration that I live and die by this travel backpack. I got mine in 2018 and I have two anecdotes to illustrate how functional it is: it’s the only piece I brought when backpacking Europe one winter (cold) AND it’s the only thing I brought when doing MOH duty at a best friend’s wedding cross-country from my house (needed to bring everything I’ve ever seen just in case). I am VERY CONFIDENT in the Mary Poppins-like packing quality of this bag. You unzip it for the first time and you’re like “shoot, I’ve goofed, this can’t possibly fit that much” and then BOOM, you’ve suddenly packed a capsule wardrobe (or like, 2 weeks of summer clothes). I know hardshell suitcases and monogrammed duffels are cuter, but this thing is a workhorse that is super comfy to wear and it can be jammed under an airplane seat if necessary. People are always amazed that I can travel with one bag and I swear that it’s just because this one is SO GOOD. If you’re planning a little summer vacation and in need, this is your keep-forever, always-looks-brand-new backpack!!!

Also From Caitlin: AHHH! This mascara is also SO GOOD. I’ve always read about other folk’s holy grail makeup products and have just thought, “yeah, I mean, it’s all kinda the same on me,” but after a few months of using this one I have been CHANGED. This brush like…GRIPS??? And it’s perfectly shaped to get the inside lashes? And I really only need one coat? And there’s no clumping?!?! One billion stars from me.

From Ryann: Last week I went to the Glendale Galleria (Valley Girl anyone??) and walked into Zara not really expecting to find anything but feeling excited about shopping IRL again. Well, jokes on me because I found the perfect pair of shoes that I have been searching for, for months and even waited 45 minutes in line just to purchase them. These clogs are so cute and comfortable because of the platform and I wear them with everything. They are truly perfect for summer so if anyone wants to invite me to a summer soirée, this vaccinated gal is ready to strut her stuff.

From Jess: I’ve deemed this summer, THE SUMMER OF SLOUCHY PANTS. Look I still love my skinnies and my leggings, BUT the more I put on pants that let my legs breathe, the happier I am. Enter these $25 linen pants that actually feel like a vacation on my body! I was innocently making an early morning Target return when I stumbled upon them. They only had my size in the gray so I grabbed them to see if I liked them. Well, moments after I put them on, I ran to my computer to buy the tan ones. They are just the ultimate dress up or down pant that also feels like pajamas. FYI the models on the site are wearing them more fitted but I wanted a slouchier look so I went up a size which was a 12 for reference. They are still high enough waisted but are way roomier:)

Also From Jess: So I maybe didn’t just hit the clothing section of Target… I obviously took a gander in the home section too. And boy did I see some things I’m trying everything in my power not to impulse buy because I don’t have a place for them yet. But you might. So here if you need a beautiful oval mirror, a truly awesome moody painting, or the cutest round stone container you are in luck. Enjoy them for me!

From Mallory: I went to this cute little store in Malibu a while back called Glamifornia and met the nicest lady there who told me about this really cool tanning product…it’s basically an instant self-tanner oil that’s made with henna and I’m a HUGE fan. Now that it’s starting to feel like summer I’ve been using it A BUNCH. Basically my problem with regular self-tanner is that it smells bad and I never plan far enough in advance for when I wanna be tan. Insert this lovely lady where I can just slap it on anywhere I wanna pretend like I’m tan and voila! Plus it makes you not smell like a tanning addict, which is a plus.

Also From Mallory: You know when you’re at a salon and your hairstylist pulls out some magical smelling bottle of god knows what before blow drying your hair?? Well, I recently got my hair done (THANK GOD), and this time when that happened I took a photo of the product my hairstylist was using. HELLO HERE IT IS. THIS SMELLS AMAZING. I’m buying it and using it every single time I blow dry my hair now.

That’s it for this week! WE LOVE YOU ALL. xx

Opening Image Credit: Design by Workstead and Matiz Architecture & Design | Photo by Matthew Williams | via Architectural Digest

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karen
21 days ago

OOOh that home tour has a floral couch in the library room. Lovely house, unique design.
The target moody art is really good.

Lisa
21 days ago
Reply to  karen

That’s exactly what I came here to say!!!! 😀 that couch is GLORIOUS!!

Lisa
21 days ago
Reply to  Lisa

and the entire house is just beautiful! 🙂

Susan
21 days ago

Went to an art show for my friend who had been toiling away at her art school for 2 years. First post pandemic event and I wore a dress. I would have liked a lotion like the self tanner mentioned, just to cover my legs. Is it REALLY not streaky and orange? At that price, I’m hesitant to try it..

Jessica Jenkins
21 days ago
Reply to  Susan

I’ve been using this since Dec & both the scent and the price is great. And never streaky nor orange.
https://saltyface.ca/collections/frontpage/products/gradual-face-tan

Molly
21 days ago

Thanks as always for all the recs. But guys: “impeccably” hard to find?! I don’t think that word means what you think it means!

Susan
21 days ago
Reply to  Molly

Impossibly, but for sure not impeccably

Rusty
21 days ago

The mud room photo in the house tour seems to be a perfect fit for Emily’s farm house! So gorgeous, warm and homely.
Shaker, clean lines, pegs, cozy.

Oopsie, a couple of links don’t work.
Um, did anyone proof-read this post? Bit clunky.
Also: tan vs tanned?

Ann
21 days ago
Reply to  Rusty

I think you mean “homey” not “homely.” A single letter really changes the meaning!

kate
21 days ago
Reply to  Ann

It’s only in the U.S. that we have a negative connotation w the word “homely”. In the rest of the english speaking world it means something closer to how the U.S. defines “homey”.

(impeccably, otoh…. only means one thing! and not what these ladies think it means!)

Rusty
20 days ago
Reply to  kate

Thanks Kate. 🙂
Yup, global blog and I’m in Australia, so connotations and spelling is not always the same.

Rusty
20 days ago
Reply to  Ann

Nope. I meant homeLy. 👍

Ann
20 days ago
Reply to  Rusty

Cool!

Roberta Davis
21 days ago

Been using Kerastase products for years- love them. Emily, I also bought and quickly read Beach Read! That house is beautiful! Didn’t know they had neighborhoods like this in NYC.

Jen
21 days ago

Did anyone notice the little birds on the bookshelf? I so want those, what a fun addition to that already beautiful room!

Lisa
21 days ago
Reply to  Jen

Thank you for pointing those out – what a great detail!! I would not have noticed them otherwise but so charming!! 🙂

Jasper
21 days ago

hello I’m here to do the most petty Gen X thing ever and I’m sorry but I can’t hep it but Valley Girl was *actually* shot at the Sherman Oaks Galleria (RIP), where I used to take the RTD to blow my allowance on Contempo Casuals (RIP) lewks. Please forgive me! love you guys!!!!

Suzanne
21 days ago

I pinned just about everything in the home tour. So good! And the gorgeous stained cabinets again are tempting me to choose them for my kitchen remodel. The ping pong dining table is so fun, but my husband says no. Thanks for continually finding amazing and unique design resources.

KK
21 days ago

Heyo, sometimes links (especially Sephora) don’t work for your international readers. Any chance that moving forward you’d consider identifying the products in the text so we’d know what’s referenced? I’m so intrigued by the mascara + hairs recs but can’t see what they are…

Ethel Alderson
21 days ago

what is the hair product??? Link doesn’t work!

DeniseGK
20 days ago
Reply to  Ethel Alderson

Kerastase brand pre-teatment for blow drying damaged hair.

Amy Curtis
20 days ago

One of my favorite houseguest gifts is this set which let’s tou turn any table into a pingpong table SYLISHLY!
https://store.moma.org/kids/toys-games/corknet-ping-pong-set/116943-116943.html

Amanda
20 days ago

Ooooh Mallory we need before and after pics of that tanning stuff! I searched online and couldn’t find any, and I’m suuuuuper curious about how it looks.

DeniseGK
20 days ago

I’ve been living in my Old Navy linen pants that I got in fall of 2019. I got them in black and natural. They have an elastic waist, but how do you say this? It’s only a little bit elastic, so they don’t bunch up much. And they have a drawstring which is really what keeps them up. They are a straight cut, but not quite as breezy as palazzo pants, and hit right at the ankles. They do have two real pockets. I look put together even when I wear them with a t-shirt and sandals.

Laura
20 days ago

Kérastase styling products are the best. They are super $$ but! I find they last forever.

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