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The Link Up: Jess’ Unreal Lemon Juice Hack, Mallory’s Awesome Target Find, and The Coolest AD House Tour An EHD Alum STYLED

Hello, happy Sunday, and welcome over to the blog. It’s been a busy week over here since we announced our newest project this last Wednesday: the river house new build (if you don’t know what we’re talking about then click here). And yes, the farmhouse is in full swing as well (a floor plan update post is coming for you soon!) So now that we’re all caught up/know what to look forward to, let’s get on with the link-up, shall we?

From Emily: THE WHOLE TEAM IS SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE TOUR BECAUSE EMILY BOWSER STYLED THE WHOLE THING. You might’ve seen it already on AD, it’s Daveed Diggs and Emmy Raver-Lampman’s LA home. The design is by Mandy Cheng and like we said, styling by Bowser 🙂 Bowser is so talented and I’m so glad more of the world gets to see her magic. If you missed it, be sure to check it out!

From Sara: I recently learned that someone in my associated circle is going through something inexplicably hard. Their younger sibling (who is only 18) was witness to a very traumatic act of racial violence by a police officer. They have been subpoenaed and will be at a loss of work during the entirety of the trial (as they will have to be present throughout). Their older sibling is also leaving their job and life to go and stay with them during the duration of the trial as their support system and advocate. As you can imagine, this is going to be an extremely draining next few months – both financially and emotionally – for this family. While we can’t do much to support this family emotionally during the trial, we are hoping to raise some funds to help support them financially as they experience loss of work due to the trial. I’ve created a GoFundMe page, for accountability purposes, where anyone can give anonymously. These are financially difficult times for so many, and understand that I’m not able to share much information (in order to protect the privacy of this family). However, if you are financially able to redistribute anything I assure you that any money collected will be going 100% directly to this family. Even $5 donations add up when a community comes together 🙂

From Jess: When I was living in Melbourne, I discovered Third Drawer Down and still love it as much now as I did then. They started out in 2003 collaborating with artists making tea towels that honestly should be framed and not used for wiping up messes but to each their own. Now have expanded with tons of funny yet thought-provoking homewares and accessories. One of my personal favorites, that I just replaced this week after 5 years because the original is on its last leg, was this key chain. It makes me laugh and ironically encourages me to create. Go check them out if you don’t know them!

Also From Jess: So since I haven’t really been buying a ton of new things lately (aside from those sweatshirts. I officially have FIVE now), I thought I would shout out one of my life essentials… my glasses. First off, they are from Warby Parker who’s honestly the best. Using them is almost too easy, they are affordable, and they give back. So a couple of years ago I was really wanting to try “clear” glasses but didn’t know if I could pull them off (this is a pattern with me…I remember so clearly how nervous I was to try a middle part back in 2006. Could I really pull it off? After15 years of sporting it, I hope so). Anyway, I went to Warby Parker, tried on their Chamberlain frames in Crystal and I decided to take the plunge. Guess what?! I’ve never looked back. The additional reason why I love these frames is that they aren’t too small. That’s my biggest hurdle with frames. If they are too small, (to me) they make my face look larger and rounder. I wear the larger Ray-Ban aviators for the same reason. SO if this speaks to you too and you’ve been wanting to get some hip clear glasses, try the Chamberlain. I really love them and without them, I am pretty blind. Our relationship is very strong and codependent:)

Also Also From Jess: This lemon hack blew my mind and changed my life.

From Ryann: My cousin is a teacher in Pasadena and one of her students was shot in a terrible and tragic drive-by shooting. He is recovering in the hospital from life-threatening injuries right now so if you are able to help in any way, here is his gofundme page. Anything helps!

Also From Ryann: I just discovered THE GREATEST waste-free online shop and I am never going back. It’s called The Wally Shop and they sell bulk dry goods such as snacks, baking ingredients, grains, pastas, cleaning supplies and so much more. Also, it is all shipped in reusable packaging that you return to prevent any waste!! They really make it SO easy to shop sustainably that I officially buy at least 50% of my groceries from them. I know you can go to a farmers market and bring your own bags and containers to further reduce waste from shipping, but if that isn’t an option where you live this is an amazing alternative.

From Caitlin: I’m not a particularly huge fan of rom-coms or romance novels or anything in that vein, but I just discovered the Our Love Story podcast and IT’S SO CUTE AND HEARTWARMING. I normally fall asleep to Kara Swisher’s Sway (it comes out twice a week, but it takes me a few nights to get through each episode since I conk out almost immediately every night) and now I’m discovering the joy of dozing off to something light and breezy!!! The stories are SO GOOD – even the ones that I’m like “ehhhhh not interested in this” after reading the description end up being so much fun to listen to. 10/10, very tender, guaranteed mood-booster!!

Also From Caitlin: There is some REALLY good furniture in Anthro’s sale section right now. My favorite is this almost-50%-off dining table, which I would buy in a heartbeat if I could fit an 80″ table in my dining room.

One Last One From Caitlin: SORRY, just enjoying a lot of media this week!!! I’m obsessed with this quick story on the last lost tourist – basically, this German guy deplaned in Bangor, ME in the 1970s and thought he was in San Francisco. My favorite part: “Within days, Kreuz became an honorary member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, had a folk song written about him, was thrown a 50th birthday party, and was visited by the governor of Maine. He was even gifted an acre of scrubland in northern Maine as an act of goodwill.” I laughed, I cried, and now I need to read a full book about this guy ASAP because this article was not long enough!!!

From Mallory: I bought this on an impulse buy and I’m OBSESSED with it. It’s small but cute and so great if you have the space for it! Plus it’s only $100 which is pretty good for a well-designed ottoman. 10/10.

That’s all for this week. We hope that you found some great new finds and if you can, any support for Sara and Ryann’s GoFundMe pages would be insanely appreciated. Thanks everyone for reading along and we’ll see you next week 🙂 xx

Opening Image Credits: Photo by Yoshihiro Makino | Design by Mandy Cheng | Styling by Emily Bowser | via Architectural Digest

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Molly
23 days ago

This has to be my favorite house tour ever!

Karla
23 days ago
Reply to  Molly

Agreed! I just pinned several images from it!!

Heidi
19 days ago
Reply to  Molly

I had so many tabs open!

Rubie
23 days ago

Just to add a reader recommendation to the link up. Beata Heuman’s new book “Every Room Should Sing” is out this week and SO stunningly amazing 🙂 I’ve been gushing over its scandi meets British meets maximalist-quirk style all week.

LouAnn
23 days ago
Reply to  Rubie

+1 — My copy of this book just arrived today. Beautiful book filled with interesting ideas.

Rusty
23 days ago

Man-D-y Cheng? The house tour is fabulous! So playful and full of colour, just my thing., And … go Bowser!!! Sara, good on you for making a difference. It sounds so unfair that by bearing witness to that awful hate-crime is causing ongoing trauma and grief by having to be a witness. Third Drawer Down looks like aso much fun! Mind you, tea towels are for drying dishes (hand washed) not cleaning up messes. Warby Parker glasses sound like a good company! Yaay! The lemon hack is genious! Gonna use that! I heard a quote tge othr day “If you gave to buy lemons, you don’t have enough friends!” Ha! Ryan, that’s terrible to hear about your cousin’s student. Yikes! The Wally Shop sounds terrific! I wish there was something lkke that in my neck of the woods. We only have shops where we go to fill our own containers, but for people who can’t go out, this is great! The Last Lost Tourist article is just so hilarious! Typical kinda Caitlin-type story. That ottoman is so good! Dang, I wish we had a Target like the US. Aussie Target is garbage and failing as a business. It’s SO heartening… Read more »

K
23 days ago

I’m always so bummed when anyone mentions Warby Parker. I get it. They look cute. But opticians work so hard to get certifications and take classes to be able to find the right pair of glasses for someone and for many of them it brings a lot of joy. Warby Parker is really impacting small eye clinics, optical stores, and frame manufacturers. Maybe think about checking out a store for similar styles next time!

Rusty
23 days ago
Reply to  K

K, being in Australia, I didn’t know they were a big organisation. Are they a huge business or something?

hickenack
23 days ago
Reply to  Rusty

WP is a smallish but growing company that is vertically integrated to keep prices low. Look up “Luxottica” to see why glasses are so expensive.

Rusty
23 days ago
Reply to  hickenack

Aaaah, okay. In Australia, OPSM is a massive optician. They’ve been bought by Luxottica!
I buy my glasses from a smaller company, but they aren’t a small, small company because the really small ones (independent ones) aren’t covered by my insurer.
Hhmmm….thanks for making me think outside the square.

hickenack
23 days ago
Reply to  K

The “right pair of glasses” as in “overpriced bc of the Luxottica monopoly”? No thanks! I heart WP.

Susanna
23 days ago
Reply to  K

If more independent shops offered affordable and stylish frames, Warby Parker would cease to exist. The small shop pricing model is the problem, not WP.

Rory
22 days ago
Reply to  K

I ordered a pair of cheap glasses from an online dealer (not Warby), and the lenses were totally wrong. Sometimes you get what you pay for.

Emma
22 days ago
Reply to  K

The cheapest frames my optometrist sells are more than my vision insurance will cover, even before lenses (and it only covers new frames every two years). I feel lucky to even HAVE vision coverage so I guess the solution is don’t be poor?

Cheryl
21 days ago
Reply to  K

This is why companies like Blue Nile and Charles Schwab exist. It’s to give people the option for a cheaper, direct experience. Keeping prices in check is a good thing for us as a whole, the competition benefits all. It’s our option to make the final decision. The independent, bespoke experience will always be cherished by those who appreciate it.

Brittany
23 days ago

I absolutely loved the house tour and actually sent it to my boyfriend because it felt very “us” to me! Anyone have any idea where those awesome chairs in their bedroom are from?

Kj
22 days ago
Reply to  Brittany

Those were from Anthropologie. Search patchwork or kilim chairs for similar.

Kate
22 days ago
Reply to  Brittany

They’re the kantha chairs from Urban Outfitters.

Leslie
22 days ago

I didn’t know that witnesses would have to sit through a whole trial. In fact, that seems counter to logic.

CJ
21 days ago
Reply to  Leslie

It’s not unusual, especially if it’s the prosecutions main witness. They can’t be in the room before they testify but they are often nearby in case the prosecution needs them for information, or to help refute information from other testimony. If the trial has been moved out of town, or the witness is in a dangerous situation they may be put up in a hotel (and by hotel & mean somewhere cheap since it’s on the taxpayer dime.)
Not to mention witnessing a violent crime, even if you are not one of the victims, is incredibly traumatic. I’m glad his brother can be with him.

22 days ago

Thank you for this nice sharing. Great post.

kw
22 days ago

Sara, your contact’s sibling should look for a free legal clinic in their area to advise regarding their rights and remedies with respect to the subpoena. Usually as trial gets closer, the attorneys will provide a specific day and even a time when the person is expected to testify so the person may be able to schedule around it. If that doesnt happen, the person should contact the subpoenaing attorney and the judge to explain their job impacts; the attorney or the court may be able to arrange for testimony to be given by phone or Zoom so the person does not have to travel to court and miss more work. But it’s really, really unlikely that the person will have to be present for the entire trial — it’s not like being a juror. Most jurisdictions do not allow witnesses to be present in the courtroom until after they testify, and witnesses are not required to view the trial after they testify.

Emma
22 days ago
Reply to  kw

Yeah, that seems very odd. Especially these days, it seems like doing it remotely (or at least scheduling around their obligations) should be totally reasonable.

Jeanne
22 days ago
Reply to  kw

Excellent advice. I’m worried for this kid and harassment they are going to get on the stand and afterwards by horrific people.

Kelly
21 days ago

Thanks for sharing the story of the last lost tourist. I’m from Maine and have never heard of it before. My husband and I enjoyed a good laugh with our morning coffee. We’ve been to both Bangor and San Francisco and cannot for the life of us imagine confusing the two!

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