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The Link Up: Em’s Two “Can’t Put Down” Novels, Arlyn’s Trunk Organizer, And A Great Oil Cleanser

Happy Sunday everyone! Can you handle how wonderful the Farmhouse’s guest bathroom turned out?!! All of us (well, the LA gals) can’t wait to see it finished in person. Aside from that, we have another exciting shoot happening this coming week so only good things ahead over here. Ok, link time!

This week’s house tour, by the great Arent&Pyke team, was a VERY happy surprise when it popped up on our Instagram feeds. It’s full of subtle patterns, lots of textures, crazy special details (look at that kitchen!), and Jess’ 3-D wall art trend prediction strikes again!! Go check it out here.

From Emily: Two books that I couldn’t put down: Maybe Once, Maybe Twice. This book is a rom-com in multiple timelines (first love + love triangle = two of my favorite tropes). It’s so well written, with really good dialogue and characters that I LOVED so much (set in New York, in the music and entertainment industry). Just an overall feel-good love story that is hard not to enjoy and I looked forward to it every night. #2: Yellowface. This is an inside publishing thriller that I FLEW THROUGH. If you read American Dirt and followed the controversy around it (white author, whose novel was about the Mexican immigration experience) then from what I’ve read, this book was meant to be a response to that (in the AAPI world). It was so good, thought-provoking, very entertaining/fast, and yes, cringy. So cringe. Brian and I both flew through it (he did audio, I read it) and loved it. We are moving on to Demon Copperhead next, finally!

From Jess: It’s now been seven weeks since I officially started my “hair journey” and I can happily report it feels better than ever. Even my hairdresser noticed the improvement before chopping off nearly 4 in. While that amount of hair may be nothing to some people it’s a pretty devasting amount to me. But I also hadn’t cut my hair in a year, while simultaneously not taking any extra care of it, so that’s what I get (and needed). Historically, my hair grows sloooow but I’m hoping that can be a thing of the past with my new regime. However, with a decent amount of research, I’m now adding in a hair serum which is something I can use more than my weekly oiling/mask routine. This is the serum I decided on if you want to join in. I’ll report back in 3 months!

From Arlyn: My car’s trunk and I have a long, complicated history. It’s either my personal dumping ground or it’s a pristine temple. There is no in-between. Lately, I’m sad to report it’s gotten quite messy, with small things and reusable grocery bags and toddler books and umbrellas and bubble wands tumbling around back there. I bought this trunk organizer that hangs off the back seat’s headrests and didn’t install it for a while. Well, I finally did this week (it took literally 30 seconds), and I already feel SO much better about the space. Organizing messy things makes me happy, especially when I’ve been putting it off for weeks…months…years.

From Caitlin: Okay, I’m converted. Never thought that using an oil cleanser would be for me, but IT ROCKS! I grabbed this Hanskin oil with PHA (basically suitable for folks with dry or rough skin, like me – it’s a gentle exfoliator) back in October and it’s been AWESOME over the past 5 months. I’d assumed oils would leave me feeling greasy, but the hydration melts into my skin like butter AND it cleans, too! When I wash it off, my skin feels bright and clean and moist instead of stripped and taut (you know the feeling!). I grab mine here (or from my local market – shoutout Ktown!), which I’d recommend – Amazon doesn’t have the best reputation for shipping authentic Korean products, so it’s nice to guarantee that I’m getting what I paid for. (And if you’re new to Korean skincare, their website is SO simple and easy to understand. It’s what I used to build up some product vocab and knowledge before heading into my own local K-beauty storefront!)

From Mallory: I have a couple of old sweaters that I love which are lookin like they’ve been through the wringer so my mom told me about this sweater shaver device. You glide it over your sweater and it gets rid of all the little bally things that pile up over time and it leaves them lookin brand new. Check it out if your sweaters need sprucing!!

From Gretchen:  Every time I scroll through Instagram, the same guy comes across my feed–and I’m not mad about it! His videos have me in a chokehold and I always find myself watching to the end. An easy follow for me! His account is @hansloreidesign and on it he shares a plethora of interior design tips and insights. The information is clear, beautiful and easy to follow, plus there is something about his delivery that is so calm and convincing. Usually green screening in front of a collection of stunning inspiration photos, he’ll share larger design concepts or shuffle through his favorite pieces and explain why they work, leaning heavily on great visuals to get his point across. A really great feed for those of us who can’t get enough of all things interiors!

Thanks for stopping by and see y’all tomorrow. xx

Opening Image Credits: Design by Emily Henderson and ARCIFORM | Photo by Kaitlin Green | From: Our Guest Bathroom Reveal – A Jewel Box That Makes Me So Darn Happy

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Katie DiSano
23 days ago

Thanks for the post! Do you know when the larger sizes of the Merrick rug from your collaboration will be back in stock? I missed it on the release!

23 days ago
Reply to  Katie DiSano

Wayfair has the 8×10 and 9×12. Or do you need a 10×14?

Katie DiSano
23 days ago
Reply to  Juni

Thank you!!

23 days ago

Two easy things used to fix annoying problems: Ezyglide Tape (stops curtain rings from catching on our curtain rod cracks) and Uber Goop Dishwasher Paint and Caps (fixed a rusted tine on our top rack). We found both on Amazon.

23 days ago

I’m coming from an old post that wont allow comments anymore… YouTube tv. I don’t know specifically about the integration with peloton but I have it and use it. Think of YouTube tv like the original DVR system. You have to add things to “record” to be able to fast forward. I hope that helps! I too can not stand to watch ads/commercials anymore either

23 days ago

I read over 100 books a year, many just for fun escape, but others like Demon Copperhead will stay with me forever. What an amazing book and what a talented author!

23 days ago

If anyone has sensitive skin/scalp, the Ouai scalp serum Jess is trying might give you a hard time due to the preservative phenoxyethanol (and/or due to the “fragrance,” which falls under proprietary info the brand doesn’t have to disclose but can contain FDA/government banned ingredients—true story). If that’s the case for you, I love The Mane Agent by Maya Chia to avoid those irritants!

Pamela T
23 days ago

Another here who loved Demon Copperhead. Yellow face was indeed cringe and that’s all I’ll say.

23 days ago

Were there past posts about Jess’s “hair journey” that I missed? I’m curious regarding the regimen!

23 days ago

I used to work with Hans’s wife, and they are truly great people! It makes me so happy every time his account gets press!

22 days ago

I LOVE that guestbathroom!

21 days ago

I love that you linked to Soko Glam’s site for the oil cleanser! I have been using that same product as part of my double cleanse for years, and I always purchase from Soko Glam. When I lived in NYC I got to visit their office and get personal skin care recommendations from a staff member. I love that it is a small business owned by a Korean woman in NYC. They curate the best of k-beauty products and are so knowledgeable – try out their free skin concierge email service for specific product recommendations!

21 days ago

Hi Caitlin! I was excited to go look at this oil cleanser, but noticed that it has tea tree oil as an ingredient in it which, if you have sensitive skin like me, it could/may give you an bad allergic reaction on your face ( Tea tree oil is super strong and pungent!) I had a bad allergic reaction even on my scalp when a hairdresser used a shampoo without telling me it had it in it at at the salon! It will clear up your zits, but because it’s so strong I can literally only handle using it with a Q-tip dipped in water to dillute the strength, then putting a tiny drop of it on the Q-tip and dot it onto a zit on my face! LOL! So, sensitive face peeps beware or know that you could have a bad reaction before ya try it! I will look and see if there are others that may be better suited for my skin type from this Co. though!

19 days ago
Reply to  Eve

Oh my word! If you have sensitive skin or skin conditions, you should never EVER use tea tree oil by itself or merely with a bit of water. It should always be diluted with a *carrier oil*, and the recommendation I have always heard is 1:20. As in 1 drop of tea tree oil + 20 drops of the carrier oil. This is from the dermatologists and allergists we go to for my daughters’ severe eczema and dog allergies (that aggravate the eczema). A salon worker may not be legally required to know that kind of thing, but they should be proactively pursuing such established info before they begin recommending tea tree oil. Carrier oils do not need to be expensive, hard to get, oils either – almond oil and olive oil work very well for many many people with sensitive skin or skin conditions. You can still occasionally get a “boomerang reaction” from using the tea tree oil to often or over to large an area of the body – just stop using it for a couple weeks to let the reaction naturally fade away. Using a carrier oil to dilute the proper amount makes your risk factor go… Read more »

17 days ago

I couldn’t get 100% on board with Yeklowface. I loved the premise and probably ly the first two thirds but I felt like it languished at the end. I had just read some more Pearl S Buck novels tho so the bar was probably pretty high.