T’was the link up before Christmas, guys! Welcome, welcome to this week’s list of random products, articles, and general things we love and love to share with you. We’re glad you’re here. We want to thank everyone who joined our blog brainstorm zoom/happy hour chat this last Thursday –– we had a blast and hope you enjoyed! We’d love to hear any feedback you guys have so feel free to comment below. Also, if you have no idea what we’re talking about, then check out our Insider Community where you can get some more info on what’s goes down around there. Alright, enough blabbering, let’s dive in:
Haaaaave you heard the news?? Our favorite person Orlando Soria (who had an awesome guest bedroom reveal on the blog last week btw) designed Gus Kenworthy’s house and it was featured on Architectural Digest!!!! AH. Not to mention it looks AMAZING so we had no choice but to make it our featured home tour for the week. We can’t stop talking about the dining room…specifically that park studio pendant above the table (@park studio please release this pendant so we can all buy it). We also love Gus Kenworthy so this whole project was just a treat to see. You must check it out.
From Emily: It’s been a while since I read a novel in 24 hours. I started Dark Matter Saturday morning at 10 am and was done by noon on Sunday (fine 26 hours). Obviously, I had to ‘parent’ and cook/clean the house but every second that I could get away to finish it I did (with Covid we are lucky enough to not leave the house so I have way more lounging time if I get my ‘chores’ done). It was thrilling from the first page so no ‘it took me a while to get into it’, no it just flew. I read a lot of ‘easy to read books’, and this one was no exception however it still felt I was learning and it was thought-provoking. It’s a thriller that you might call sci-fi, but it’s about time, identity and yes, some love and posed a lot of questions about life, purpose, satisfaction, fulfillment, etc. I immediately started one of his other books (by Blake Crouch) Recursion and it’s also really good. Warning – Recursion is adrenaline-inducing so there was one night where I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. My heart was pounding, I was kinda creeped out and HAD to read it so be warned about that one.
From Mallory: There’s a tool that I had no idea existed that’s literally changed my life. I was complaining to my sister about this sweater that I had just bought from a neighborhood boutique that was getting pill-y REALLY fast. She waltzed to her room upstairs and handed me what I first thought was a sex toy, then she turned it on and rubbed it all over my sweater and the little pill stragglers got sucked up and it looked good as new. I was SHOOK, so now I need to get one for myself. NOTE I’ve tried it on a bunch of sweaters now and it works better on some than others, but regardless it will take away SOME sweater pills and make it look better than where you started. I’m a big fan.
From Arlyn: Okay, we’ve all heard Sara (and Brady, #throwback) sing the praises of the Thymes Frasier Fir candle but I’m here to tell you that the Thymes Frasier Fir essential oil is EVEN BETTER. The smell fills my entire 1,400-square-foot apartment and I don’t have to stress about leaving an open flame flickering if I leave the room for a bit. I’m a convert.
From Albie: I honestly don’t know how I have survived as a wine drinking adult without an electric wine opener but after accidentally breaking our manual one, both my husband & I felt like it was time for an upgrade. Best $13 spent…maybe ever. I am not above a twisty cap wine bottle, but for the ones that come with a cork, this has been so clutch! Did I know what I was doing at first? Nope, not a clue. I made it way more complicated than it actually is and now it’s my new fav kitchen gadget.
From Jess: Since I’m 99.9% my brother has never read this blog without me sending him a link, I feel pretty safe saying what I got him for Christmas. Let me first say that my brother LOVES to work out. We are different:) So when I asked his fiancé what he wanted for Christmas she said that these trainers were at the top of his list. If you also have a gym living person in your family I feel that my brother loving this brand means it’s a really good one. The man likes to research.
From Ryann: Guys. I’m in love (with my new duster) and I don’t care who knows it!!! My home gets so incredibly dusty because A) we have a dog who sheds an absurd amount and B) we have a lot of shelves and crannies that collect heaps of dust. But all that is no match for this duster and my home is 10000x cleaner because of it.
That’s all from us folks! Wishing everyone safe and happy holidays. We are so grateful for all of you! See you next week xx