This Sunday feels different in a very good way! History has been made (GO MADAM VICE PRESIDENT!), unity is the central message, and real progress feels tangible. There’s still a lifetime of work to be done but at least we are headed in a hopeful direction. So to keep the good feelings rolling, here’s this week’s linkup:)
Today’s home tour is from The Design Files and they have yet again published a stunning home by Louella Boîtel-Gill that is both welcoming, wonderfully designed, and perfectly lived in. Go and enjoy all of the wonderful surprises this home has in store for you.
From Emily: Brian’s new favorite sweatpants might make you smile. We aren’t sure whose they are – I don’t think they are mine, but technically they are from Stars Above which is a technically women’s brand at Target. He found them in the closet, threw them on and every day is like, ‘do you know whose these are? They are so comfortable’. So the other day I said – ‘show me the tag we apparently need to get you more of these because you won’t stop talking about how soft they are’ and that’s when I saw they were Stars Above joggers in Medium. He thought it was hilarious and was like, ‘no seriously, order me a couple more while you are online’. So we did.
Also From Emily: I know I’m not alone in being completely BLOWN AWAY by Amanda Gorman’s performance at the Inauguration on Wednesday. Naturally, I wanted to know more about her and found out that she has two books that we can all preorder now! One for the older kids like us and one for kids. Basically, I am buying them both because preorders are SO important to a book’s success and getting on lists like the NYT Bestsellers list. I am sure that won’t be a problem for her after Wednesday but regardless, I think we and our children need these books:) ALSO if you are a middle or high school teacher PBS put out a lesson plan that discusses Amanda’s poem. Pretty awesome.
From Ryann: One thing I am committed to in 2021 is reducing as much waste as possible and right now I want to stop using paper towels. In the past, I’ve tried replacing them with reusable bamboo towels (which don’t last) and washcloths (which are annoying to wash and manage). I was pretty desperate for a new solution so when my friend recommended these Swedish Dishcloths I knew I needed to try them. Turns out they are super absorbent, crumbs don’t stick to them, they dry fast, and are easy to wash. I love them so far and if anyone has other product recs for replacing paper towels and other single-use items, please do tell!
From Jess: Olive and June just restocked at Target and if you are at all interested in trying their products DO IT. My friend and I were just talking about how it’s our favorite nail polish to use. And use it I do. I give myself a little manicure almost every Sunday to make myself feel fresh for the week (or as fresh as I can get). I do have to say though that this brush and this nail polish remover jar are the real game-changers! The first time I ever used a brush to clean up my little nail polish mishaps was in October when I got the full set as a birthday present. Now I won’t do a manicure without them. It’s what makes them look like they were maybe done at a salon.
Also From Jess: Armchair introduced me to ANOTHER incredible podcast from the only and only Common. First off their interview was the best and made my Monday. Then I listened to Common’s podcast Mind Power Mixtape on Audible (included in the app) and couldn’t stop. Yep, I listened to all 6 episodes in one day because I have zero self-control. From what I understand this is a limited series which makes me sad because I want more. I was going to pick a favorite but I don’t think I can. Just go listen and your day will be better I promise.
Also Also From Jess: Whew I’ve got A LOT to say today but this is the last one I promise. So you may know that candles were my 2020 epiphany. I know very late to the party. But my friend just turned me onto the more affordable version of the Fraiser Fir Candle and it’s at Target! It’s called Sugared Birch (it comes in a variety of vessels) and thank god for my friend because I would have never even picked it up with that name. Sugar to me equals sweet and sweet candles are not my jam. But alas it’s perfect and if you are happy to have your tree down but sad the smell is gone, pick yourself up on of these babies.
From Albie: Hello luxury! I’ve always had a love hate relationship with drapery hardware because, on the one hand it’s jewelry in the room, but on the other hand I certainly wouldn’t want my jewelry taking away from my outfit aka the drapery itself. This rod set is a win win — the acrylic keeps it low profile while the gold endcaps are just enough bling to make it matter. And I have to admit that these are a great alternative to investing in custom treatments, especially for renters who wanna elevate their windows while they’re in the apartment but also want to take it with them later.
From Mallory: My sister bought the Malibu Farm cookbook recently, and I didn’t think much of it as someone who has never been to the actual restaurant in Malibu (can I even call myself an LA resident??) but I was SHOCKED to see how insanely good the recipes are given there’s so much hype around it… but there’s literally a GRILLED chocolate cake in there and some INSANE looking dinners I’m dying to make. Plus the woman who started Malibu Farms, Helene Henderson (no her and Emily aren’t related) is such a boss ass lady and I want to be her. If you’re tired of cooking the same things, grab a copy and enjoy!!!
From Caitlin: I wanna share my all-time favorite podcast episode about a seemingly-normal man named Paul who started a website that fulfilled prescriptions online (without an in-person doctor’s appointment!) in the early ’00s. It obviously got very shady VERY quickly – and it was definitely abused – but after years of site growth, he was faced with a choice: get everything above-board OR keep it running as-is with the hope of not being arrested by the government. Paul eschews both of these options and instead becomes a full-on murderous kingpin who traffics drugs from North Korea and moves gold across Africa and SOMEHOW IT GETS CRAZIER FROM THERE. (The podcast also has a full transcription – it’s VERY long but if you made it through Ann Patchett’s essay, you will breeze through this while on the edge of your seat!!! The full book documenting the story is here and also SO GOOD.)
Also From Caitlin: Last week I learned that these uni-balls are Obama’s favorite pens. I was #penfluenced and they are, in fact, very good. (They come in purple too! With this link recommendation, I have solidified myself as the least-cool person on this team. “Do you guys wanna know what kind of pens this one man used between 2009-2017???” I’ll be in my room, attaching my own ‘kick me’ sign to my back.)
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