We made it to May in one piece, the sun is kinda shining (“Gray May” as us Southern Californians call it) but here are all the things we have been chatting, DMing and emailing about this week.
Emily wants everyone to know about the new Target private sustainable cleaning line, Ever Spring. They just came out with 70 products that are said to be 20% cheaper than the competition. So better for the environment and better for your wallet. Plus the design is so good.
Arlyn saw this living room (pictured above) and audibly gasped. Annie Sloan, chalk paint queen, featured her beautifully colorful and eclectic French farmhouse this week on House Beautiful and looking at it just makes your soul feel happy.
After seeing this article on an Instastory from Tessa Neustadt, our previous photographer, the whole office is VERY curious to see what the future of Instagram “likes” will be. Will this new feature help, not make a difference, hurt? Only time will tell…What are your thought??
This week’s music recommendation comes to you from Veronica. The Band Camino is one of her favorite bands who she absolutely thinks deserves to be heard by everyone. They are a mix of rock and pop and describe themselves as, “your mom’s favorite band,” which she thinks is such an iconic bio, and it rings totally true—her mom, for one, loves their music. Very lovely and talented guys making genuine songs that you can blast your speakers out and drive with your windows down to, cry to, and everything in between.
Manrepeller FINALLY decided to show off their new office just as we were finishing this post. Like about to hit the schedule button. But honestly, it’s too good not to include as soon as possible, a.k.a today. It’s bright, fun and full of personality which is why we all love them so much in the first place.
It’s a really special day because we are serving up THREE “home” tours today. Jess also had a shortness of breath when it came to design this week. This home tour by Corinne Mathern is Southwest modernism at it’s finest.
Velinda is gearing up for summer which means amping up her stock of camping supplies. She found these pop-up trash cans and loves how easy they’ll be to travel with/store during the months they won’t be in use…though they’d also be great for parties. A solid $12 ‘garbage’ investment!
ANOTHER AMAZING CANDLE REC: Sara is OBSESSED with this candle from Tatine in Garden Mint. She says she is about to order three of them and already has one. She loves it so much she brought it up to the mountain house with her on a recent trip so she could have it in her room. “It’s the only gift I want to give from now on it’s GOOD, and it projects really really well, even when it’s not lit.”
Grace is sure that this is no surprise but half of Team EHD is very Harry Potter-obsessed (we have three Gryffindors, four Hufflepuffs, two Ravenclaws and once Slytherin in case you were wondering) so this episode on “This American Life” caught her eye—it’s about libraries and how it’s like a real-life Room of Requirement for us mere muggles! (She also used to read A LOT when she was younger so she loved the angle of people going to libraries needing something so specific, but not necessarily book-related and finding the fulfillment they need inside).
You may think this is so random but Michael can’t help it…he LOVES flavored sparkling water. And this Bubly blackberry one is his new discovery and tasty treat! Perfect for summer BBQs. Trust him, it’s so delicious, drop some fresh mint in it too if you want to be fancy.
Ryann loves horoscopes and all things astrology (she finds it fascinating and informative) so she uses this app, Co-Star, to see what the planets are up to. It’s so fun. She is a Gemini Sun, Leo Moon, and Pieces rising for anyone wondering. 😉
With all of Velinda’s sourcing for the book, she obviously reached out to the wonderful Louise Gray. And guess what?! They started a new personalization feature for their quilts. It’s the perfect gift for newborn babies, anniversaries, weddings, showers or any important milestones. All their quilts are handcrafted so are already so special but with that extra bit of personalization, it will be a timeless gift that will be treasured forever.
Jess was insanely impressed with these Target brand Up & Up white stripes. Normally, she is a “name brand” gal (which she knows is silly) but really didn’t want to pay the extra money for her teeth to only be a little bit whiter. So she bought the Up & Up brand and they worked like magic! Her teeth were noticeably whiter after the first use which was not her experience with the name brand.
And in the spirit of today being the last day of Sephora’s Beauty Insider Spring Event (that means up to 20% off your purchase), a few of the team picked some of their absolute holy grail beauty products:
Emily has talked about ExfoliKate before, but she recently started using it again and her friend stopped her to tell her how good her skin looked and begged her to find out what she was doing. It’s pricey but no more expensive than a facial (plus it lasts and lasts). Plus, it’s certified cruelty-free.
Arlyn has already included this in The Link Up before, but it’s so nice, she wanted to put it in twice. Anyway, she says: “I just feel like the Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic makes my face GLOW after a few days of using it. I use it morning and night, and it sloughs away extra makeup my cleanser didn’t get but also there’s a noticeable difference when I don’t use it because I’m being lazy. Also, your skin evidently needs to be at a pH of 3.5 or 4 to get it’s “natural glow” (who knew???) and this stuff balances your skin to get to that pH. What’s up glowy face??”
One more from Arlyn: She says she’d be remiss if she didn’t proclaim her long-held love for THE Beauty Blender. It’s the only thing she’s used for years to apply foundation and dab in concealer and while spending $20 on a sponge seems insane, it’s FAR cheaper than most makeup brushes, and as long as you keep it clean and cared for, it can last for months and months.
Sara has tried a lot of different face balms, and this one, FARMACY Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm, has been her favorite so far. Some are really oily and even when you’ve washed them away your face still feels like it has a film. Some are really hard and grainy. Some smell like Vaseline. This one has a nice gentle scent, a really nice smooth texture, gets off most of her makeup, and rinses right off with warm water (no film). She also double cleanses, so after she uses this she uses the BEAUTYBIO The Balance pH Balancing Gel Cleanser. It’s like rinsing your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher—the first wash breaks down your makeup and the second wash makes sure it’s all off so it’s not clogging up your pores.
Ryann wanted to share one of her go-to, ol’ faithful makeup products: Tarte’s Lippie Lingerie Matte Lip Tint. She says that she’s used this lipstick for five years and counting. She wears the color “exposed” and it’s her tried and true favorite nude lip.
Whew, that was a lot of links! Hope you enjoyed and please let us know that you found interesting this week. Happy Sunday and see you tomorrow!