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The Link Up: Two More Books Emily LOVED, A Bra That Comes In More Than One Skin Tone, & $25 Sandals Ryann Won’t Take Off

Hi hello and welcome! It’s Sunday and chances are if you are here, you know what that means. It’s Link Up time and the EHD team has some awesome product recs that we simply can’t wait to share. So let’s get right into it, shall we?

Today’s home tour is a modern traditional farmhouse located just north of Portland, OR. Sound familiar??? Its idyllic location and European inspired charm is SO good and makes us all want to follow Emily out of the city and into the Oregon “countryside”:)

From Emily: If you are looking for another great read try Reckless, by Selena Montgomery (aka Stacey Abrams). The fact that Stacey Abrams is ALSO a romance novelist is so impressive to me, so I had to give it a shot. I thoroughly enjoyed Reckless, about three orphans who commit some mysterious crime then grow up to have to deal with it. There is a fun romance between the protagonist (Kell, a high-powered defense attorney) and the sheriff. It took a minute to get into it but trust me, not long. It’s a series so it doesn’t have a conclusion re the mystery, but I’ve already started the next book that follows one of the other children, grown-up. P.S. this is what most romance novels do – the love story doesn’t continue but you start another character’s journey. This is why Shonda Rhimes didn’t understand why people were freaking out about Bridgerton not renewing the hot guy (Regé-Jean Page) for multiple seasons. Their story is ended and we are on to the other siblings  – so each book and each season is its own love story (and don’t worry – ALWAYS happy ending which I know can be annoying for some, but I find great comfort reading them). Anyway, Reckless is a fun romance thriller, but just more impressive is Stacy Abrams in every way.

Also from Emily: If you liked Beach Read by Emily Henry, you’ll LOVE The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. It’s a workplace romance, the usual where the two HATE each other and compete against each other only to, you guessed it, fall in love. This one you can’t put down the second you start. It’s fun, steamy, and with really good snarky dialogue.

From Ryann: Last weekend, I innocently went to Target to buy something that I actually needed (what that thing was has escaped me though. hmmm..) and what happened next was completely out of my control. I meandered through the shoe section and these sandals pretty much fell into my cart! So weird. Once I tried them on I realized it was fate because they are really nice, chic, and look expensive (but are only $25). I liked them so much I bought them in both black and yellow and I can already tell I’ll be wearing them with so many outfits.

Also From Ryann: I have a new hobby and it is more proof that the year 2020 made me even more of a hermit. It’s called PUZZLING and I look forward to working on my puzzles every evening. My fiancé and I recently finished this one which was super fun but now I am very into all the Piecework Puzzles and want to collect them all. We are doing the Spaghetti Western one currently and next up is this beauty. The only problem is we don’t have a good table for larger puzzles so does anyone know of any compact puzzle tables or good puzzle mats?? Please advise.

From Albie: Here is another bra from my haul that has blown me away — Third Love! I went with the classics kit so I could try more than one bra style & aside from being crazy soft, the shades of brown are so yummy! As a woman of color, not having to only choose between “nude” and black is a dream come true. I have sienna, espresso, and mahogany.

From Caitlin: I’m back on the East Coast today for my best friend’s bridal shower, but I decided to extend my trip a little bit so I could squeeze in some beach time with my mom! Last fall, she scooped this sun shelter on clearance and I’m excited to get it back on the beach – it’s kind of tricky to fit back into the little bag alone (cue to a scene of me yelling “I DON’T NEED HELP” while sitting on the floor in the entryway when we opened it up for a test run) but once you figure out how to de-assemble it (spoiler: it involves someone holding the tent AND someone zipping the bag around it), it’s quick and easy and the price is pretty unbeatable.

From Jess: I feel like every time I go out I wish I had a light jacket juuuuuust in case I want an extra layer but never have one that feels light or summery enough. I know I could have easily solved this long ago but for one reason or another just hadn’t. But then this past Monday I innocently popped into Target for a broom but per usual took a stroll through the clothes section. Then I saw this it! An easy-breezy, almost linen-like, light cream blazer. I love it so much and am probably going to buy the brown one too (looks more rust in person). It’s the perfect way to look like “you tried” without actually needing to. Highly recommend!

Also From Jess: In case you’re in need of a bop. I’ve had it on repeat for the past week.

From Mallory: I’m having a real candle moment over here so I bought these AWESOME candle holders from Food52 that I’m obsessed with. I paired them with these super overpriced but also awesome candles (in the ribbed green color) and I’ll say it again: I’M OBSESSED.

Also from Mallory: It’s PERFECT timing for us to have a special Madewell code for you because I just bought these sandals and I was about to rave about them this week anyway. Emily has them in the calf hair version which is also very cute, but I was in need of a simple tan summer sandal and boy oh boy do these fit the bill. I also love that they’re velcro but don’t scream “LOOK AT MY VELCRO SANDAL.” It’s a classy velcro. Man, it is so easy to get on and off.

As Mallory mentioned above, Madewell has extended a special discount for our readers!
Code: EmilyHenderson
Code Dates: June 22nd – June 29th
Details: $25 off purchases of $125+

That’s all she wrote, folks. See you tomorrow? Yay, It’s a date!

Opener Image Credit: Design by Jessica Helgerson and Yianni Doulis | Photo by Aaron Leitz and Lincoln Barbour | via Architectural Digest

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Julie Barrows
2 months ago

You lost me at Stacy Abrams.

Irene
2 months ago
Reply to  Julie Barrows

I most likely wouldn’t vote for her and I’m not a romance reader, but I certainly *will* buy and read the new book by Stacey Abrams, While Justice Sleeps. The U.S. Supreme Court with a justice in a coma … a merger between biotech and genetics firms … blackmail … a heroine with eidetic memory … chess … sounds amazing!

Karina K
2 months ago
Reply to  Irene

I read that one last week and it was really good!

Eileen
2 months ago
Reply to  Julie Barrows

There are plenty of other books to read, I would have zero desire to buy anything Stacy Abrams wrote. I’m done with this blog. They have made it clear they are targeting a very specific audience. Their constant political slant to the socialist left is not interesting anymore. This used to be a blog about design that I really enjoyed and got some great ideas from, but it has turned into a venue for this team to talk politics. Why would I care that Emily Henderson was very mad this past year because of Trump, and now is happy as a clam that dementia Joe is in office? They are such hypocrites with their posts about migrant children in cages when Trump was in office, and radio silent now that there is a far worse problem caused by Kamala and Joe. Zero credibility. I’m sure there are others like me who have left and Emily and crew will not miss us, that is for sure! LOL

Eileen
2 months ago
Reply to  Eileen

Oops, Stacey.

Andrea
2 months ago
Reply to  Eileen

this is a free blog. only read the design posts if you like, or unfollow. it really doesn’t matter. “socialist left” is hilarious. if taking care of citizens is socialist, sign me up!

K
2 months ago
Reply to  Eileen

Bye! ✌🏻

Ellen
2 months ago
Reply to  Eileen

It is not very mature, intelligent, or convincing to call names. One is left with the impression that you may just care only for Eileen.
Sorry you were triggered, and that you will miss all the wonderful content “Emily and crew” provide for free to all of us who read this blog.

Robin
2 months ago
Reply to  Eileen

BYE BYE

Marisa
2 months ago
Reply to  Julie Barrows

Do you mean that she lost you when she misspelled “Stacey”? Or she lost you because you’re a trumper?

Eileen
2 months ago
Reply to  Marisa

Why would you care if she is a “Trumper”? Is this a political blog now? Is this blog just for demential Joe voters? You’ve proven my point.

Emma
2 months ago
Reply to  Eileen

I feel like someone who thinks “demential” is a word probably isn’t in a position to be putting down others 😂 Best of luck to you lol

Rebekah Dascoli
2 months ago
Reply to  Julie Barrows

You won me at Stacy Abrams! None has done more for voting rights! The fact that she’s a romance writer is a real thrill!

Rebekah Dascoli
2 months ago

*no one
Dang it autocorrect!

Bre
2 months ago

My husband and I have done 2 of the 3 puzzles from Magic Puzzle Company and they are so fun! Highly recommend.

Cheryl
2 months ago

The houses on the Wild Goose property are stunning. Although when I read, “They are made of ebonized turned maple and were inspired both by Ted Muehling’s beautiful candlesticks and by antique Portuguese beds that we both love”, I experienced a HARD Portlandia moment. Thank God for that show, right?

And as a Floridian I scoff deeply at any sunshade that is a pop up tent when we live in the age of the Cool Cabana. It’s expensive as hell but lasts forever, can be handled by one person, and is a true respite from the sun. I highly recommend it!

DeniseGK
2 months ago
Reply to  Cheryl

The only thing I don’t like about those is the shade moves around. I like the ones that come all the way down on the back and sides so that the interior is always shaded.

Cheryl
2 months ago
Reply to  DeniseGK

I see your point. When the shade moves we just move our chairs. But the beach is so hot where I live we need fresh air on all sides, no obstructions. 😊

Meredith
2 months ago

Oooooh Albie, I’m with you on the Third Love train! I’ll never buy another underwire bran again. For me the killer thing is the half-cup sizes. After breastfeeding I’ll apparently never be a standard cup size again, and the fact that I can get something that really fits me is… well, why would I ever buy another brand again?! Love them!!!

Mary
2 months ago

Stacy Abrams is my hero. I don’t usually read fiction but I just might read this one!

Amanda
2 months ago

Mallory, I seriously considered getting those candles but couldn’t justify 12 bucks per candle to myself…. but found these from Amazon, which are 5 bucks apiece!

Erin
2 months ago

The Hating Game is SO GOOD. I’ve probably read it four times over the last few years, ha ha. I am on an endless quest to find another romance that I love as much, but it hasn’t happened yet.

Roberta Davis
2 months ago

I put the books on my list! Thanks, Emily!

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