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The Link Up: Emily’s New Face Product She Loves (And Has Kept Her MIL’s Skin super Glowy), Jess’ Affordable Morning Drink, And A Nail Biting Read

Let’s kick this puppy off by saying Happy Mother’s Day! We hope that all who are celebrating are getting to have the day they deserve and for those not celebrating for whatever reason, we also hope that you are taking the time to do something caring for yourself. So again Happy Mother’s Day, Happy Sunday, and Happy Link Up<3

This week’s house tour is the actual perfect mix of new and old. Often when people attempt “Italian” or “French” or *insert European country* it lacks the age and soul of what they are striving to achieve. It’s usually not an easy feat without lots of funds and the right materials. However, when artist Yolande Gray purchased her two-apartment property in 1998 she wanted it to be Puglian-inspired. We’d say she nailed it (and used A LOT of recycled materials…like the 10,000 white bricks she got from a 1930s block in Bondi Beach). Go see for yourself.

From Emily: My Mother-in-Law has beautiful skin (she’s 75) without getting one thing done, so I finally bought these vitamin C/hyaluronic acid vials that she and a couple of her friends swear by (she has put them on every boomer gift guide we’ve written). And y’all they make your skin glowy and happy. It’s a clear difference. I put 1/2 on every morning (per the instructions – but you have to break the glass vial – it’s very scientific) and my skin looks fresh and stays glowy all day. I will say that I have very dry skin (even up here) and I’m not great at putting on multiple creams a day, but this feels effective and just controlled in a way I like. Maybe it just feels so rigid and serious, which makes me want to open and pour on that vial more than just another lotion/cream/serum.

Also From Emily:  I’m constantly impressed with my friend Joy for putting her efforts into projects that make the world a better, happier place. Her new kid’s book, A Kids Book About Confidence just came out and that subject is one that comes up a lot over here. How to raise confident, happy, and not empathetic kids is hard! This is a great book for your kids (and a great gift).

From Ryann: When you read this I will be in Rome, Italy (baby’s first trip!!). One thing I am SO happy we remembered to get before our trip is a good neck pillow. I famously have the hardest time sleeping on planes so a neck pillow is key and this pillow is top-notch. It’s 100% memory foam and shaped in such a way that it supports your neck at all angles. It feels really fancy but it’s pretty affordable at $20. I am a fan!

From Caitlin: OH MY GOSH. Stop what you’re doing, grab a little beverage (or a snack. Maybe even a beverage and a snack?) and settle in for this long read about a self-proclaimed serial killer expert who told folks his partner had been murdered, parlayed said tragedy into book deals and TV appearances and general fame, and who was then…well, you gotta read the rest, but it involves a group of determined internet sleuths discovering the REAL truth. (I bet you know where this is going.) SO GOOD, so interesting – it’s for sure my favorite long-form piece of 2022 so far.

Also from Caitlin: I’ve written about her before in this post about gel-x nails, but I literally do not understand how Nia, my manicurist-turned-friend, does not have a million followers. She’s incredible at nail art and her feed is so full of inspiration! This is my most recent manicure and here’s the one I got back in March. If you’re in LA, you should make an appointment (it gets better: her studio has a private parking lot, too!!!). If you’re not in LA, you should follow her anyway to see what she cooks up next – and then keep an eye out on her feed, because my May appointment is on Tuesday.

From Jess: I don’t know what prompted this shift but about three weeks ago I decided to kick my daily cold brew to the curb and started drinking iced oak milk matcha lattes. YIKES, that’s a mouthful to say. But spending $8 after tip daily, even for me, felt like too much of a luxury when I could easily make them at home. So I called my matcha-loving cousin to ask for her favorite matcha powder and she delivered. She loves this big 16oz can that’s only $25! And since you only use a teaspoon (at least with the recipe I use), it’s going to last me a while. So much $$$ saved. I also bought this matcha whisk and have been really enjoying the ritual of it.

From Mallory: I’ve always loved this marble bowl from CB2, but unfortunately, a $300 catch-all just isn’t a purchase I can get behind…so this dupe (that’s definitely not marble but looks pretty still) from Target is a really really solid option and the $300 turns to $30… I just saw it in person the other day and I love how lightweight it is!!

Opening Image Credits: Design by Yolande Gray | Architecture by Jose Garcia Negrette | Kitchen Design by David Whittaker | Styling by Tess Thyregod | Photo by Alisha Gore | via The Design Files

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Patricia
6 months ago

Is Ryann preganat?! Congratulations!

Kj
6 months ago
Reply to  Patricia

I imagine Ryann is referring to herself. It’s a good idea to never ask a woman if she’s pregnant…wait for her to tell you.
https://www.familyeducation.com/pregnancy/5-reasons-why-you-should-never-ask-a-woman-if-shes-pregnant

Patricia
6 months ago
Reply to  Kj

I agree about not asking, but i thought this was her way of telling us? I just misunderstood who the baby in question was referring to….no harm intended.

Kj
6 months ago
Reply to  Patricia

Of course – I just went straight to the Dirty Dancing reference 🙂

Alice
6 months ago

We want kids to be confident, happy, and not empathetic? What am I missing?

🥰 Rusty
6 months ago
Reply to  Alice

I’m hoping it’s a typo? 🥴
“How to raise confident, happy, and not empathetic kids is hard!”

B
6 months ago
Reply to  Alice

Definitely a typo. This website has always had an atrocious lack of copyediting. I don’t think they read posts before they go up.

Amanda
6 months ago
Reply to  Alice

My guess was “apathetic”. My whole family is dyslexic to some extent (including me), and I’ve mostly learned how to decipher intents =)

Alice
6 months ago
Reply to  Amanda

Ahhh…thanks, usually I can speak typonese but “apathetic” didn’t come to me.

Alyssa
6 months ago
Reply to  Alice

Copyediting is my favorite. Emily, if you want a copy editor for the site, call me!

Io
6 months ago

I rarely link on the merchandise, and I was really surprised that almost every purchase led to Amazon. Is that normal for this site? I am very surprised, since the blog frequently stresses supporting small makers, making sustainable consumer choices, and being a good boss.

🥰 Rusty
6 months ago
Reply to  Io

Amazon … bugs the bajeebies outa me too!! 😵

Aquagirl809
6 months ago
Reply to  Io

I was going to make this exact comment also! Enough with A! Let us make more sustainable choices, please.

beks
6 months ago
Reply to  Io

And is anyone really spending over $150 a month on a face oil?!! Hoping that is another one of the blogs typos…

Justina
6 months ago

If you want healthier and better quality matcha buy a small portion of higher quality matcha. For example from Tiesta Teas. I was horrified to see the Amazon stuff was brown compared to Tiesta and also tastes like dirt, who knows whether they test for toxicity. Matcha should be a bright green, like on the can photo. Anyway, glad you’re getting into matcha, enjoy! 🙂

Emma
6 months ago
Reply to  Justina

Agreed. Smaller quantities are the way to go. I keep mine in the fridge so it’s as fresh as possible.

6 months ago

I clicked on Amazon to order the serum featured as I have had horrible skin lately. I am trying to find remedies, foundations, and sunscreens with no toxins like Titanium dioxide. The Isdin Company making the serum has three different kinds of Titanium Dioxide listed in their foundations alone, which is very disappointing! Isdin is a Chinese company, so I would not trust their ingredients list. There is also an online Isdin Spanish brand with different items.
Supporting American brands that make an effort to produce pure and organic products should be essential.

beks
6 months ago

and over $150 for a one month supply? !!

6 months ago

Congratulations!!!

Laura
6 months ago

PSA ladies – Borage oil is amazing if you have dry skin, live somewhere dry, or, it’s winter. I take two or three before bed and improves my skin so much. The Ordinary also sells it in little bottles to put on your face (doesn’t clog pores). I’m not one to take supplements but this one is high in GLA and works like a charm. Recommend!

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