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The Link Up: Actually Flattering Shorts? + 12 Other Things We’re Into This Week

image via the design files | design by alex mccabe, architecture by mcmanus lew architects

Here’s a quick recap of the EHD team this week: vacations (Jess is living her dreams in Barcelona, Emily Bowser is at the beach on the east coast), HUGE photoshoot prep (shooting the mountain house for the big fall feature story all next week), actual shoots for the book (part of the production team was in New Orleans “working” between NOLA frolicking) and birthdays (happy birthday, Ryann!!). Even though we were divided up most of the week, we still managed to chit chat, mostly via Slack, about some things we’re into right now. Let’s get into it.

Emily (and the rest of the staff, really) are excited to see how Chris Love Julia’s new home—which they toured for their readers in this post—transforms with their great taste and vision. We’ll stay tuned.

Speaking of tours, though not new, the Melbourne, Australia, home of Kip&Co founders is a bouquet of inspiration and we stumbled upon it again this week. The way they use colors, textures and materials are wildly imaginative (I mean, did you see those brass cabinets and pink cement island?!?). Check it out on The Design Files.

Something that is new is this “dog-gone” good (ha, we couldn’t help ourselves) tour of what is probably the cutest vet offices we’ve ever laid eyes on, via Dog Milk (Design Milk’s pet content platform). If you’re a dog or cat lover, you’ll have quite the chuckle courtesy of some of the details throughout.

Arlyn just bought these shorts (after seeing them on Brittany Chinaglia’s Insta Stories) and she’s pretty pumped to try them. “I’m not generally a short-wearer but it’s already so hot here in LA and I figured I’d give them a try. They’re pull-on with a little slit up the side, a good length for not wanting my cheeks to hang out, and seem insanely comfortable. I’ll report back.”

Julie has two recommendations for us this week, both good for the soul (baked goods and books). First up is this recipe from Food52 she’s itching to whip together for her mom and sister when they stay up at the mountain house later this month (uh Julie…hook your coworkers up, mkay?). “They have like EVERYTHING in them that I love, I almost think I shouldn’t make them. #cantstopwontstop.”

Second is a new book she started reading called “When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times” by Pema Chodron. Julie is an avid believer in the self-improvement genre even when life is fine and you don’t think you need any new advice. “This is truly one of the best, sound and direct advice books that I have come across.” She is even giving one to both her mom and sister (maybe with those brownies?) ’cause everyone should read what Pema has to say.

A fun EHD blast from the past: Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge used Brady’s bed DIY to create her own version in the home she shares with her wife Julia. It came out AWESOME.

We all collectively love the home furnishings brand Industry West, and they just launched a new offshoot brand called Favor. It’s like a very curated, chic Etsy in that everything they sell (home decor and accessories) is artisanal and unique and just feels special. We can’t wait to see more from them. 

After over a decade of wearing the same perfume (Daisy by Marc Jacobs), Ryann decided it was time to change up her signature scent. “I switched to this perfume by Maison Margiela (per Sara and Jess’ recommendations) and I couldn’t love it more. It has a very soft, somewhat fruity, yet elegant scent.” 

This article really helped Sara overcome some CBD anxiety she was having about giving CBD products a try for her anxiety…

A long-time writer friend of Arlyn’s is releasing a new children’s picture book on June 18 called “Little Feminist” and she wants to give her a shoutout because it’s so, so cute and has a great message for little ones. “I have young nephews, and I find that so often, the main characters of their books are male, but ‘Little Feminist’ features inspiring women throughout history, and I don’t care if you have boys or girls, it’s an important message.” 

Jess has been non-stop listening to Phoebe Robinson’s podcast, Sooo Many White Guys. It’s very funny, educational and her guest lineup is so freaking good.

And for what to watch tonight to shake off the Sunday scaries, Veronica says run to watch Always Be My Maybe on Netflix. “Great movie, great soundtrack, that’s all I’m going to say.”

Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies and daddy figures out there today. See ya tomorrow for a BIG MOUNTAIN HOUSE REVEAL.




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4 years ago

Thank you for the shout out!!! Honestly the shorts are the best!

4 years ago

I almost never comment on blogs, and certainly not with constructive criticism — but am feeling an urge to pipe up here. You guys have been doing a lot of posts lately about things that “look like they might be good” (e.g. swimsuits, the shorts) without even bothering to try them. It feels disingenuous and a little lazy TBH (especially realizing that you make money off the affiliate links). I would much rather read fewer posts that contain things you’ve actually curated / tried and can truly recommend (and I’d be much more likely to click through and buy). Love your blog and your style, so hopefully this comes across as (like I said) constructive feedback. I know it takes a lot of work to put the blog together; just feel like this is an area for improvement. <3