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The Link Up: How Arlyn Stops Thigh Rub, Sara’s New Hair Must Have & A Better Than “The Real Stuff” Ice Cream

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We hope you all were into yesterday’s team shorts review post. If you missed it, head here to check it out (we found a pair that worked for ALL of us, FYI…a true miracle). And because we’re an office full of women with tons of recommendations, we’re back with another edition of The Link Up where we blab about all the things we’re…blabbing about to each other. Let’s go:

You may remember when Emily, Velinda and team did our first Flash Makeover with Pen & Napkin. This was a part of a larger collaboration series that they are doing with a bunch of LA designers. Next up was the extremely talented Justina Blakeney (of The Jungalow) and no surprise here, she killed it. Emily obviously loved her reveal and wanted to make sure everyone also sees it and spreads the word on the awesome work of Pen & Napkin.

As you probably noticed on Emily’s Instastories, part of the EHD team was in Salt Lake City, Utah, for our Velux Brighten Up Any Room giveaway. What you might not know (but could probably guess), the production team is all about turning up the music during long project install days. Julie bought this small but mighty speaker to bring with the team and it’s perfect for traveling or summer outdoor adventures. Emily Bowser has the same one which she uses to listen to her sleep sounds every night.

Caitlin’s knowledge of life insurance begins and ends with podcast ads, so she actually really enjoyed reading this article on Cup of Jo where a real-life expert answers big questions about what life insurance actually IS and when you actually need to buy it. (She also feels way smarter because now she knows the difference between term- and whole- life insurance, which is like, a pretty adult thing to know about. And unlike some of her coworkers who need coverage, Caitlin learned that she can safely put off worrying about it for a few years.)

It’s getting really hot here in LA and while Jess loves her apartment, she does not have a good air-conditioning system. She just bought this white tower fan and loves it. It’s aesthetically pretty great, has a few different setting options and comes with a remote. All that for $50.

Chandler just bought the Glossier Lash Stick this weekend, and, so far, she’s really happy with it! “The formula is light but the color is dark, which works really well on my fine and very light eyelashes. It isn’t dramatic but leaves you with really natural summer lashes. And to top it off, it is reasonably priced and the packaging is quite nice on the eyes. If you are local to LA, go to the store on Melrose. You won’t be disappointed!”

As someone who really pays attention to sustainable food options, Bowser has been using Butcher Box (which delivers 100% grass-fed and -finished beef, pork and free-range organic chicken) for a year and has found that it pretty much covers the protein (for 2) for the month. If you missed her Podcast call out, the founder, Michael Salguero, was on Bulletproof radio and talked about “Why Quality Meat Matters for You and the Planet.” It’s a fascinating take on why farming animals ethically is important not only to our health but also our soil.

This week’s house tour is from the one and only Amber Lewis. This particular home is not only beautiful but has a pretty great serendipitous story that you should definitely read.

Ryann has been following Otherwild on IG for a while now and just loves their general ethos—but she recently discovered that they launched Otherwild General, a zero-waste shop (they even have a brick and mortar in LA!) and now she is even more obsessed. All their products are so cute and affordable and she cannot wait to stock up.

Velinda got this dairy-free ice “cream” for her wife who has a severe dairy allergy. She got “the real stuff” for herself but ended up begging Katie to share half of her’s. It’s. So. Good. 

Sara has been using this Kristin Ess hair mask and it REALLY makes my hair so soft and shiny. Plus, she loves that all of Kristin’s stuff is cruelty-free, affordable and available at Target.

Mallory wants to talk about the simplest (and FREE) little thing that actually changed her life. It’s called Google Momentum and if you don’t have this on your computer, you must download it. It’s basically a Google Chrome extension that you can set as your homepage whenever you open up a new tab. All it is is a beautiful screen with GORGEOUS photos that change daily, a to-do list you can customize, your daily goal, and a comforting “Good morning, Mallory” (or afternoon, or evening). It brings her so much joy every single day and she’s making everyone in the office get it on their computers so we can all share daily quotes.

Veronica recently bought two pairs of these shorts from Zara (in denim blue and black) and she wears them basically every day. She loves a good “mom fit” (meaning something not super tight) and these are super comfortable and great for every occasion whether it be a day at the beach, lounging around the house, or running around doing errands. “These are like the yoga pants of jean shorts. Highly, highly recommend but maybe size up.” 

Speaking of shorts, Arlyn’s thighs have touched since she was basically in the womb (her words), and she’s always been so jealous of women who can prance around all summer in a dress or shorts without worrying about raw, chafed thighs. She typically wears the affordable shorty Spanx brand at Target, less for the “suck in” power and more to prevent irritated thigh skin in dresses, BUT NO MORE. Megababe’s Thigh Rescue anti-chafing stick is fantastic and she highly recommends it. Also, their Bust Dust to prevent swamp boobs in the hotter months.

Okay bye until tomorrow! xx

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3 years ago

Obsessed with Amber Lewis’ work! However, she mentions where to find everything except the modern wicker stools in the kitchen. Any idea where those are from? Great link up today!

3 years ago

Trader Joe’s has an amazing soy ice cream I will actually sneak into the kitchen fridge and eat (and I’m not lactose intolerant). Soy Creamery Cherry Chocolate Chip! They also have vanilla. My husband almost weeps with happiness when I bring some home.

PS don’t tell anyone else. I don’t want them to run out..

Velinda Hellen
3 years ago
Reply to  Patricia

For sure adding this to the freezer today! Thanks for the recommendation.

Tiffany H.
3 years ago

Dear Caitlin. Get life insurance now. It only costs more as you get older. Besides, who will pay for the burial should you happen to pass away? I’m not a licensed insurance broker, but I process life claims. You never know what tomorrow holds. There is nothing worse than telling family the deceased was uninsured/under-insured. I always recommend having at least $15K in coverage. When you’re young, you can purchase term life for probably less than your daily takeout. Food for thought.

3 years ago
Reply to  Tiffany H.

That’s definitely great information, Tiffany! Something to noodle on for sure. Thanks 🙂

Lynn W
3 years ago

Ok….I’m saying this out loud and in print …..(deep breath ) you mention the Megababe’s bust dust for Summer Swampy boobs. I live in the Phoenix area and work outside in a garden center. I have and joke about with my husband, swamp butt. ?. I’ve been taking his truck to work lately because he has cooling seats and trust me it feels great after an 8 hour shift, mostly outside in extremely hot heat ???
Any ideas to help this HOT chick out?? Cotton undies for sure because they breathe best and shorts and tons of sunscreen but what about the swampiness?? Help!!

3 years ago
Reply to  Lynn W

Hi from Philly where the temps aren’t as high, but humidity is crazy. For summer, I now pretty much wear *only* tencel, lyocell, rayon, or linen. Old Navy has some great pull-on shorts in these fabrics, and you can also find other options at fancier brands like Amour Vert, Uniqlo, etc. All of these are natural fabrics that feel even more breathable than cotton to me.

3 years ago

Saying goodbye to your blog. It is a bummer after following for years and buying some beautiful furniture and decor on your recommendation. The lifestyle content is just a huge bummer.

3 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

Leaving is your prerogative of course, but can you not just skip over the posts you’re not interested in? Skipping over uninteresting posts seems a lot easier than flouncing in a huff.

3 years ago
Reply to  Carrie

I find it very funny when comments left on posts get replied by other readers.

I agree with Lisa and *I* personally think commenting here for Emily & her team to read is better than simply “skipping over” -> this is valuable feedback any business owner would welcome. Since Emily herself mentioned that they just started tracking traffic recently (quantitative) – feedback via comments (qualitative) should actually be very helpful in understanding this blog’s readers (both, those who are happy with lifestyle content and those who aren’t).

I recently posted similar comment as Lisa above and other readers replied to my comment asking me to “move on” if I didn’t like the post. I never comment usually, and when I do, it’s solely for the blog owner/team. Please don’t attack readers comments if you don’t agree with it. When someone takes time to comment == they care. It’s very easy to skip over to a different blog.

3 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

Hi Lisa, I’m sorry to hear that. We’ve been publishing The Link Up on Sundays for the last seven months (and fashion on Saturdays) where prior to this year, we weren’t delivering any new posts on weekends and our lifestyle content was intermixed in the week (which honestly meant we were doing even less design content as a whole). We aim to have a good balance of design during the week with Emily’s personal life and fashion sprinkled in. Again, sorry you feel like you can no longer find the types of stories here you found and liked in the past. We hope you check back in in the future!

3 years ago

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams who makes the best ice cream ever (in my opinion anyway but I might be biased since they started in my home state) has a few dairy free options now, which I’ve not tried but I can’t imagine they’d be anything less than awesome.

3 years ago
Reply to  Carrie

Ooooo, thanks Carrie. I haven’t heard of that company and will definitely look into this treat!

3 years ago

Ben & Jerry’s dairy free ice cream and the Hagan Daaz bars are also addictive.

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