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The Link Up: The First New Shirt Emily Bought In 4 Months, Jess’s PERFECT Denim Jacket, and The Best At-Home Matcha Latte

HI and WELCOME! Sorry to yell at your first thing in the morning (or whenever you’re reading this) but we just wanted to greet you with a big, warm, internet hug. We’re happy you’re here. Now let’s talk links this week:

This week’s home tour was found via Sight Unseen (one of our favorites) and is a feature on Parisian designers, Hauvette & Madani. They go through 6 of their projects and each one is better than the next. Scroll through and enjoy their 1970s Parisian style (it’s SO good).

From Emily: Introducing my first new shirt in 4 months and it’s only $30 (on sale for $24 until Monday). Being up in the mountains, quarantined, means that A. I don’t go anywhere fancy and B. shipping up here is VERY difficult (no USPS and since we never know how companies ship we’ve learned the hard way that so often things never arrive so we’ve stopped ordering a lot online and just using what we have). It’s been SUCH a blessing, actually. All the kid’s clothes have holes. We wash our aluminum foil and I use every beauty product til it’s GONE. I wear the same sweatshirt every day and besides that, I mostly wear past seasons of The Great (it’s expensive but some of it is truly timeless – I have many pieces from 6 years ago when I first fell in love with the brand that I still wear frequently). But this week Emily Bowser brought me a Target wardrobe for our shoot and I loved SO much of what she bought. I’m going to do a whole post about which pieces I love before she donates what I don’t need (Pen and Napkin is doing a rummage sale with the EHD prop/wardrobe leftovers – stay tuned for that) but I wanted to call out this shirt as it’s SO CUTE. I’ve always been a proponent of ruffled and puffy sleeves as you know, and this one has great structure (it’s thick, not like a thin poplin that loses shape) and the stonewash is so fun and 90s. Again, more to come from what she brought me (she knows me VERY well) but it’s exciting to put on something new, even if it’s just around the house.

From Mallory: I was shopping at CVS for a long random list of stuff we needed and on that list was Olly Sleep Gummies for my boyfriend who sleeps horribly. Backstory: he started taking these natural melatonin gummies at night and they’ve significantly helped him I’ve tried them too and they WORK). So when I was grabbing some more at CVS I realized they had these stress gummies sitting right next to them (and no they’re not CBD gummies). I HAD to try it out because, like any normal person, I get stressed on occasion so I thought maybe this would help. I don’t take them every day but when I feel overwhelmed I take two and they taste VERY good IMHO. I’d probably equate it to the feeling of having a single glass of wine while you’re finishing up your workday (I definitely haven’t done that), but if you’re looking to cure anxiety or have a serious condition, see a medical professional!! Honestly, these stress gummies might be a placebo effect but either way, I really really like them 🙂

From Ryann: One of the many positives of working from home is how much I save by not buying 5 dollar iced coffees and lattes. It’s ridiculous I know, but I used to savor going to a coffee shop and getting any sort of iced caffeinated drink no matter the cost. It’s the little things. But now that I work from home, I discovered I can make delicious iced drinks at home. WHO KNEW? One of my favorite things to make is iced matcha lattes using this pure matcha powder from Golde. It’s the best matcha I’ve had and mixed with plain Chobani oat milk, it’s actual heaven.

From Jess: I found MY PERFECT JEAN JACKET! I’ve always labeled my body type as “can’t do boyfriend fit”. This gal has hips and boobs and clothes that aren’t made for the curvy female shape usually look comically bad on me. BUT this jean jacket, that I was for some reason inspired to buy, IS a boyfriend (well ex-boyfriend) cut and is the perfect amount of roomy yet still flattering. I got a medium so if need be I could button it up if I want to (even though I probably won’t). It’s my new go-to jacket and I am pumped.

Also From Jess: You’ve heard me sing the praises of Material Kitchen before with my incredible panknives, and cutting board. For their next venture, they just came out with a truly beautiful everyday tabletop collection in collaboration with Soil Baker, a Korean handmade tableware company. The owner of Material kitchen is Korean American so not only is this collaboration extremely meaningful to both of companies but until March 31, 50% of profits from the ceramics collection will be donated to #HateIsAVirus Community Action Fund. So if you are in need of some stunning and soulful tableware this would be a great time to grab some. Or you could simply donate to this fund. We need to keep the gas on the pedal if we have any chance of ever seeing a different and hate-free world.

Also Also From Jess: In my pursing of the internet (a daily habit of mine) I noticed that Bloomist is killing it with a bunch of organic yet high-end pieces. My favorites are probably the paper mache bowlsthese ceramic vases, and these stools. And since it’s spring (finally but also WILD), I want flowers that aren’t affected by my black thumb, this branch and this branch are calling my name. Do yourself a favor and go check out all their pretty things.

From Caitlin: This Planet Money episode, about a guy who invents a new shape of pasta and then spends 3 years and a ton of money to bring it to market, is SO FUN and fascinating. (You can pre-order it here and yes, it IS probably the best pasta shape I’ve ever seen).

Also From Caitlin: Mallory and I actually both got this wall hook this week!!! It has a unique shape, six hooks, and luxe finish (it’s resin, but looks ceramic) which makes it look pretty expensive, despite being super affordable. Would be a great entryway piece (it says it holds up to 11 lbs, which is a lot of coats!) but I’m using it in my bathroom to hold all my big terrycloth headbands and my necklaces when I’m showering. 10/10, love a look for less!!

Lastly, if you didn’t get a chance yesterday to read our newest contributor, Anita Yokota’s post about her experience as an Asian American and her extremely helpful resources to help fight against racism towards the AAPI community please do. With that said have a great rest of your day xx

Opening Image Credit: Designs by Hauvette & Madani | Photo by Cerruti Draime | via Sight Unseen

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2 years ago

So great to read about these thoughtful choices and donating excess.🌏 Yaaay!

The kids’ clothes have holes?? Ha! My t-shirts have holes in them, too … the perils of having roses and doing inspired, random, unplanned gardening.
Who cares?! 😹 Um, I also mend a few things here and there.

The matcha sounds good. Couldn’t find the jean jacket (*perusing* the internet?).

MALLORY, you might be interested in checking out:
A German company that’s been around forever and makes traditional herbal, organic, remedies for various ailments. (insomnia, anxiety, pain, rashes …. so many, specifically targeted). They’re readily available world-wide.
I have used their “Rescue Remedy” for years. (In drops, mouth spray and gummies). It’s safe for pets, too, so my scruffy dawg Rosie had the drops when she was overly anxious as a puppy.
They. Work.🤗
Most remedies come in all 3 forms and are freat for travelling, too, if and when that happens again.

2 years ago
Reply to  Rusty

Rusty, you reminded me that I need a new bottle of Rescue Remedy. I was always surprised at how well it works. The gummies that Mallory mentions have gaba and l-theanine, which were supplements recommended by my naturopathic doctor years ago. I do think it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before taking most supplements.

2 years ago

The hook is gorgeous, but coats often weight 3 – 5lbs, so it’s not a lot of coats!

Kelsey S.
2 years ago

Caitlin – Adding to your repertoire of intriguing pasta shapes, I submit this fascinating article about the great bucatini shortage of 2020.

2 years ago
Reply to  Kelsey S.

This article is brilliant, thank you!

2 years ago

For Mallory: One of the ingredients in the Olly supplements is L-Theanine, which my doctor prescribed to help me turn off my brain to sleep, so I think it’s legit.

For Emily: Can you get a PO Box in the mountains? I don’t have mail service at my country house, but I ship to my PO Box. Retailers that ship UPS or FedEx will usually say if they can’t ship to a PO Box, so that usually sorts out the issue for me.

Emily Neuberger
2 years ago

Have y’all seen that CB2 reproduced lamps, light fixtures, outdoor furniture, and more by Paul McCobb?!

2 years ago

Ooo, I need to check that out.

Emily Neuberger
2 years ago
Reply to  Suzanne

Let me know what you think Suzanne! There will be more Paul McCobb pieces coming out.
My fiance worked on the drawings for them so it’s a bit of a personal plug, but I know how much Emily likes Paul McCobb

2 years ago

Wow I am loving this weeks round up- thanks! This weeks home tour is stunning!! I love the mix of woods. And those staircases! Everything really.
Thanks for the gummy recommendation, I already put it in my cart.
It’s so satisfying when you find a new pasta that tastes yummy. Sometimes I peruse amazon for a new organic Italian pasta.
I’m so glad to hear that buying so many new clothes and new stuff has taken a back seat! It’s got to be a hard balance when you want to promote new designers and artists.

2 years ago

I love all the Olly vitamins. The Sleep ones, the Beauty, the Women’s multi… you name it, I love it.

2 years ago

This is the second time I have been surprised to read Emily say they don’t get USPS service. How can this be? The US Post Office has a “universal service obligation” to deliver mail to all communities. “39 U.S. Code § 101 – Postal policy (a) The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by Act of Congress, and supported by the people. …It shall provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities… (b) The Postal Service shall provide a maximum degree of effective and regular postal services to rural areas, communities, and small towns where post offices are not self-sustaining. No small post office shall be closed solely for operating at a deficit, it being the specific intent of the Congress that effective postal services be insured to residents of both urban and rural communities….” And per the Inspector General of the USPS’s website “The purpose of the Postal Service’s universal service obligation (USO) is to ensure that all postal users receive a minimum level… Read more »

2 years ago
Reply to  anon

I think she may choose not get regular mail service, and if you don’t, USPS won’t deliver packages either. Before I figured this out, I had some packages lost in limbo too.

My country house didn’t have a mailbox, so I decided it was easier to get a PO Box than to install one and sign up for mail service. It’s also nice, because packages also don’t hang out on the porch waiting to get stolen, but obviously we have to go get them.

2 years ago
Reply to  anon

There are some places where it’s a housing association and the association is technically one address, so the homes within don’t get individual service. The association may then operate a PO box system or direct their owners to use a PO box in the closest town.

It’s also common for vacation homes, which this was originally intended to be, to delist from mail service. I have a family home that does this – once or twice a month there will be a random mailer in the box, but we don’t want any important mail since it’s not consistently checked by a single person.

2 years ago

Wow, that pink squishy sectional looks so comfy. Can you provide info on who makes this? Thank you.

2 years ago
Reply to  Kristin

Looks like the Ligne Roset Togo line to me. They are very comfy to sit in but they are very low, with no arms so it’s not easy to get in and out of. I had my heart set on getting one and it would have looked great in my MCM house after trying it out in their showroom I knew my parents or older guests would have struggled too much…maybe me, too in a few years!

Kristin Loiacono
2 years ago
Reply to  Sheila

Thank you!

2 years ago

It’s a BLOUSE! My Mom used to shout at me. Women wear BLOUSES, men wear shirts. I still call them shirts.

2 years ago
Reply to  Nancy

Yes. True. And soooo funny!😹

2 years ago

We use the children’s Olly sleep gummies for our kids once in a while, and they are LEGIT. Much more effective than Zarbees, if anyone’s in the market for something. We give one to them 30 minutes before we put them to bed, and they fall asleep instantly.

2 years ago

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