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The Link Up: The New Cookbook Emily is All About This Spring, Jess’ New Clean Beauty Finds, And 3 Books Ryann Couldn’t Put Down

Well, we had a pretty good week over here. Did you see Rashida’s dining lounge plans and that she’s asking you a BIG favor? Did you catch Sara’s everyday version of her kitchen? How about Erin Hiemstra’s unreal beach house? Like we said, GOOD. We hope yours had some highlights too and if not let this be your treat to yourself. Let’s link up!

This week’s hour tour is an INCREDIBLY charming farmhouse. Artist Philippa Jeffrey and her husband brought this 18th-century farmhouse back to life. It’s full of color, pattern, texture, and pure coziness. Enjoy!

From Emily: If you’ve never made a salad from an actual cookbook you could be missing out. I started doing this during lockdown (with fresh dressing, interesting nuts/ingredients) and it took my salad game to the next level. I sound so boring and basic writing that, but I LOVE a good salad. So when this book, SALAD FREAK, came out and I read about it in a magazine I immediately wanted it in my repertoire. It has over 100 recipes from Martha Stewart’s personal chef. MOVE OVER SOUP.

Also from Emily: Y’all, I live in Portland now and you don’t walk around SW without a swoosh on…or else. Plus I have many friends who have worked there so I like to support. But I’m more into their lifestyle gear than intense athletic gear, so I found these which have the edge that my checkered Vans did (I can’t find one of them, putting a warrant out for shoe-napping arrest now) and are way more comfortable. At first I was worried about the laces (all the effort!) but I can slip them on and off real fast. They look cool with most outfits and give me a tiny bit of a lift which I like.

From Ryann: I am finally getting back into reading and since I have this rare disease where if I finish a book I have to tell someone or I’ll explode, I figured this would be a good place to share. Last week I read 3 books: 1. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing, a thriller about a husband and wife who become serial killers with a pretty shocking twist at the end. 2. My Year of Rest And Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh, about a privileged, miserable woman who decides she wants to sleep for a year (it’s funny and dark and I could not put it down – Ottessa is a great writer) and 3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, a thriller about a psychotherapist who tries to get his patient to speak about her crime after shooting her husband 5 times in the head with seemingly no motive. They were all entertaining, fast reads that I would recommend to anyone who is trying to enjoy reading again. Oh, and I couldn’t have finished them without the help of my trusty rechargeable book light.

From Caitlin: I have a wedding and/or baby shower every month from April 24 through the end of the year (great for traveling and seeing longtime friends, not awesome for someone who’d like to save enough to buy a home in this millennia). If you’re in the same boat and on the hunt for something to wear, I just wanted to call out my all-time favorite event-appropriate dress destination. I bought one of these dresses on sale when the Anthropologie at The Grove was closing like 4 years ago and it’s been a total mainstay since (here’s a glimpse of mine from a wedding in 2019, and I just wore it again at a wedding last month!). The prices are great, the cuts/patterns are all super appropriate, the quality is SUPER high, and it hits the ideal balance where I have never felt under- or over-dressed. I also always feel excited about rewearing mine and never like an ~outfit repeater~, which is the best. 🙂 HUGE FAN.

Also From Caitlin: “Don’t cross me because I will get my revenge by being marginally less pleasant the next time we meet” – INCREDIBLE. I feel like this is kinda all of us, no? (This part is definitely me: “You’ll be devastated to see I only included six smiley faces when there were clearly seven smiley face opportunities.”)

From Mallory: Chase and I made this pasta al limone for dinner the other night and OMG was it good – we used pappardelle instead of spaghetti because we found a really legit noodle at a local market. The recipe is in the video at around 4 minutes 15 seconds and you gotta watch the tension between that very attractive Italian chef and the host. If you try this let me know! It was delicious

Also From Mallory: Need a vase for some spring florals?? This is literally the only vase I put fun flowers in (because it’s equally as fun as the florals and might be one of the only vases big enough for large bouquets) it’s no secret that I love Jonathan Adler and while it’s splurgy, I love how it makes my space feel 🙂

From Jess: I’m really in a vacation mindset… actually I am currently on vacation and feel a bottomless amount of gratitude about it. But these are the last few things I bought. First off, you should know that I’m at a bachelorette and needed a black swimsuit, it was on our itinerary as a requirement. So I headed to J. Crew and bought this “1993 Underwire Bikini Top” and these simple, cute cheeky bottoms. I love that the top is supportive and reminds me of the tops my mom would wear to the beach and the bottoms fit great with just a hint of cheek:) I feel really good in it which is all I can ask for! Mission accomplished. Then I was influenced by Julia from Chris Loves Julia and bought these $25 tortoiseshell aviators. These Ray-Ban aviators are my classic go-to’s. BUT I really don’t want to take a chance losing them, so these are a very cool version that I absolutely plan to keep a very close eye on but won’t be as bummed if something happens to them.

Also From Jess: Since there’s still a little bit of time before the Sephora sale is over, these are the things I bought and why:

  • Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation (in Diaz): I wish I would have bought this a long time ago. I had the Kosas Tinted Face Oil Comfy Skin Tint but it ended up making my dry skin even drier which was such a bummer because I loved the coverage. However, this one has SPF and actually seems to moisturize my skin! 10/10
  • Ilia The Necessary Eyeshadow Palette (in Warm Nude): My neverending quest to be a glowy goodness continues with this eyeshadow palette. It’s so beautiful and I love how it looks. Summer better be ready for Bunge.
  • Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara: Yes, I went on an Ilia shopping spree but when a brand is good, it’s good. I remember Mallory raving about this mascara. And let me tell you that woman knows how to sell a product. The good news is that she’s always right. So I decided to try a sample of this and of course loved it immediately. Naturally, I picked up the full size in the sale.

That’s it from us. Happy Sunday and see you all tomorrow! xx

Opening Image Credits: Design by Philippa Jeffrey | Photo by Malcolm Menzies | via Homes & Gardens

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2 months ago

I love that Ilia serum too, but does anyone else have massive problems with their packaging leaking everywhere? There products are impossible to travel with or keep in a drawer.

Cassie Bustamante
2 months ago
Reply to  Jillian

Was popping on to say how much I adore Ilia. I have not had that problem, so just wanted to reply! Every time I use their serum and the rose gold multi-stick combo, people tell me my skin looks amazing. At almost 44, that’s more than I can hope for. Swear by this stuff!

Rebekah
2 months ago
Reply to  Jillian

I wanted to love this product, but could not get past the smell – is this just a “me” thing? I am so curious!!

Maria
2 months ago
Reply to  Rebekah

I felt this way, too! It smelled like cat food. Nice product but the smell was terrible!

Jas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jillian

Love the serum, packaging is ok but I have the concealer and I feel like there’s more product on the outside then on the inside. It got dirty very quickly and have to keep a paper towel around in my drawer and when I travel. Will not be repurchasing!

wally
2 months ago

RE: This week’s home tour: THANK YOU for showing a kitchen that hasn’t been painted green! So tired of the green kitchens everywhere!

mouseface
2 months ago
Reply to  wally

Hmmm I bought a house with kitchen cabinets in a lighter version of that near mauve-y cabinet color. It was OK in some lights for a bit – until BAM it just looked vomitous. (And I’m someone who loves 80’s wild colors! ) “Luckily” mine is latex painted over oil paint so I can peel it with a credit card.. This summer I’m scraping and repainting the cabinets cream and the walls warm celadon green. Don’t @ me for a green kitchen LOL , I live in the woods, green workd and I love a 30’s vibe… Speaking of paint color I find the very cold white color they chose for the walls in that house tour to be jarringly out of step with the home. An older home needs a much warmer white….

🥰 Rusty
2 months ago
Reply to  mouseface

I’m considering green/aqua-ish for my kitchen, not coz it’s a trend, but coz it’s a classic!👍

🥰 Rusty
2 months ago

3 things:
1. That people-pleaser article via Caitlin is hil-ar-i-ous!!! 🤣🤣
2. The revitalized farmhouse tour is certainly eclectic and interestinh, but tjose kitchen knobs?!? Wot the hell is going on there?!? Nope! 🤐
3. Best sentence in the post: “Summer better be ready for Bunge.” Classic! 😀

Karen
2 months ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

Ha! I rather liked the scale of those kitchen knobs. I think they’re fun with the rounded edges of the cabinetry

🥰 Rusty
2 months ago
Reply to  Karen

Really?! Wow! 🤣🤣

Deborah
2 months ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

The knobs were a big “nope” from me too. They look clownish and not aligned with the vibe of the kitchen. Smaller scale white painted wooden knobs maybe, though I think white porcelain would be a lovely choice in this kitchen which I really love.

Rusty, I love green in kitchens too, such a classic, soothing vibe in tune with nature. I may be painting my lower cabinets a medium dusty sage this summer, with pale warm pink walls and handpainted (by me 🙂 ) chinoiserie inspired accents (with cockatoos, I had a Moluccan who heartbreakingly passed away last Aug 23rd) on a few walls. That’s been the plan for a few years now, hopefully I’ll be able to do it.
~Deborah

🥰 Rusty
2 months ago
Reply to  Deborah

Oh, Debprah, I’m sorry for your loss.💓
I love ypur creativity.
I’m planning to only paint my lower cabinets too, leaving the uppers white.

🥰 Rusty
2 months ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

I’m sorry, *Deborah

Deborah
2 months ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

Thank you Rusty, she was my pink feathered daughter and I miss her so much, we were together 21 years, she had just turned 22 a few weeks before she passed away.
No worries, I mistype all the time too! 🙂
I haven’t decided on what to do with my upper 2 cabinets, maybe refinish the wood? Paint the same as the lower, or white or the pink of the walls….. just not sure what I’ll want to do with them. 🙂

L
2 months ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

Another fan of the knobs here! This being a UK home tour, those oversized white porcelain knobs
are actually quite classic. You often see them on beautiful antique English pine furniture. Lovely!

🥰 Rusty
2 months ago
Reply to  L

Yeah, I know, but these are out of proportion.

Krista
2 months ago

I always love to see new Nikes, but Emily’s link just takes me to the main Nordstrom page (maybe because I’m in Canada?)

Kelly
2 months ago
Reply to  Krista

Same here! Also in Canada. I’ve had that happen with a few links lately. Some sites automatically link to the Canadian site which maybe doesn’t carry the same product? I’d love to b able to see the product regardless because we might be able to find it elsewhere if we love it too. It’s hard to get excited about what we’re going to see and then not getting to see it, haha!

Erin
2 months ago
Reply to  Krista

It’s the Nike Daybreak – I have several pairs, super comfortable, lightweight and a slight lift. Emily’s link was for Nordstrom’s but they are available via other sites as well.

Krista
2 months ago
Reply to  Erin

Thanks, Erin!

Maya
2 months ago

Dress link isn’t working

2 months ago

WHere is the recipe for the salad pictured on the cover of the book?

Sheila
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary Crone

It’s on page 40 of the book. That particular recipe is called Mandarins and Cream

Sheila
2 months ago
Reply to  Sheila

It’s just segments of mandarin oranges topped with burrata, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with flaky salt

DeniseGK
2 months ago
Reply to  Mary Crone

Lol! That cover turned me off of getting the book. It looks just like what my ballet major friends ate every single day for lunch during college so they could have “good lines”: Mandarin orange slices and cottage cheese. All I can think of is disordered eating and a bullying professor when I see it.

Deborah
2 months ago

For salads, Emily and many of you may want to check out https://www.instagram.com/kat_can_cook/ and her ‘Hungry Lady Salads” they are wonderful, healthy and filling! 🙂
~Deborah

Sarah
2 months ago

I love ilia’s face scrub! Smells soooo good and my face feels so clean and smooth after. I love it. Was pricey but I like that I got it locally at shop good 👌 you can find them online too!

And Jess, sweet mom memory ☺️

Patricia
2 months ago

Caitlyn; I’m the person who apologizes to lamp posts when I bump into them. You are my people.

🥰 Rusty
2 months ago
Reply to  Patricia

🤣🤣

Kara
2 months ago

Yeah, about the swoosh: they are the biggest paycheck for designers doing contract work in town, and they know it, and they exploit this by refusing to pay you until the absolute last legal day, while passive aggressively squeezing all the extra, not-agreed-upon work they can out of you. Their stuff is still made with sweatshop labor, they discriminate against pregnant employees at the corporate level, they annexed part of Portland into Beaverton so they wouldn’t have to comply with city ordinances, and their CEO just donated a massive amount to a nightmare gubernatorial candidate. You can skip the swoosh and stick with skate sneakers from the consignment store.

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