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The Link Up: Em’s Tall Boot Dupe (That’s Affordable), Jess’ HIGHLY Reviewed Nail Care Hack, And An Umbrella That Is Too Cute To Miss

Happy Sunday! It’s been a pretty nice week with 3 reveals (this one, this one, and this one) and a fun visit from Em. The gang was back together and it was glorious. We hope you all also had some nice moments this week that will only be made better by these nice links:)

In honor of Caitlin’s birthday week and her love of maximalism (and this designer who just happens to also be a Caitlin) check out this wildly cool nursery tour by Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design. It’s happy, modern but incredibly whimsical. Oh, and the one and only Sara Ligorria-Tramp shot it!

From Emily: A lot of you responded to my Mille boots because yes they are very good — but while shopping for a Target shoot I found some dupes that are surprisingly excellent and comfortable because they have a memory foam sole. So comfort is a definite check. Is anyone interested in a fall boot post?

From Ryann: I spend an unholy amount of time browsing Etsy, usually looking for new vintage shops where I can find weird one-of-a-kind pieces that will bring personality into my home. But at times, searching for decor on Etsy is tough because there is SO much to sift through, and if you don’t have a specific search term for what you are looking for you can spend hours looking through hundreds of pages. That is why I always refer back to this post, which has all of our favorite Etsy shops in one place! It’s a great resource if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for and just want to browse curated vintage finds from all over the world. I’d also add this shop to the list, which has a ton of eclectic pieces from kitchenware to furniture and lighting.

From Caitlin: PSA that Lulu & Georiga’s anniversary sale ends on 10/19! You can grab 25% off sitewide (as the person who makes all your holiday sale roundup posts year-round, I’m confirming that this is a SLAMMING deal) with code CELEBRATE. Some EHD tried-and-true favorites: Emily’s go-to coffee table, a dreamy demilune side table (the semi-glass smoked top makes it a DREAM for avoiding fingerprints), this hearty statement tray, and this absolute stunner bed by the supremely talented EHD alum, Ginny. We also LOVE this rug from the new Nina Freudenberger collaboration – eyeing it for a few projects we have in the works! BIG SAVINGS, GUYS.

Also From Caitlin: My all-time favorite white popover top (business casual approved for those of ya who are back in office!) is somehow only $14.99 at Madewell right now!!! You may have seen me in it on the blog before – it’s a go to whenever we contribute to fashion posts because it’s just so easy to slide on – and I love it, especially on those days where I need to look put together but I want to feel super comfortable. It looks great french-tucked and it’s a dream to layer under other sweaters or coats, especially at this time of year. I don’t know why it’s so cheap right now (if they’re discontinuing the style, I WILL WEEP) but boy, what a total steal!!!

From Mallory: In need of a good new book? I’m halfway through Greenlight by Matthew McConaughey and I LOVE IT SO FAR. His perspective on life is so fun and refreshing. If you want to cuddle up with a good book by the fire in the near future, I highly recommend.

Also from Mallory: In need of a good, affordable “layering” kind of denim jacket?? I found this bad boy at Target for $30 and have worn it almost every day since I got it. It’s certainly more of the “oversized” fit which is fun because you can comfortably wear a sweater over it and I know it’s going to last a super long time in my closet because these never really go out of style (my last denim jacket was $15 and I’ve had it since freshman year of HIGH SCHOOL and I still wear it – no joke).

From Jess: I found the most perfect faux plant (for $15!!) that works for all seasons! It’s this one and when I saw it I knew it had to come home with me. These are impossible to kill, right??

Also From Jess: For my birthday, I finally dove into the world of Gel X. This is my first time getting any sort of “fake nails” despite my desperate plea to my mother in middle school because “ALL the girls had them.” Honestly though, it was for the best (okay mom, you were right!) and for the health of my nails. Now Gel X is suppooooosed to be better for your nails than acrylics but I want to stay on top of it if I’m going to continue (and honestly I LOVE them so this is likely). The other week I was listening to a Forever 35 podcast mini-episode and Kate (one of the hosts who says she has weak nails) was recommend Hard As Hoof nail cream by a listener that SWORE by it. And with a 4.5 star rating from 45,596 reviewers (WHAT?!) I think it’s the move. So once I get this first set off, I’m going to take maybe a week off, hoof it up then Gel X it u again. I’ll let you know how it goes!

From Albie: In case you didn’t know, I live in the Pacific Northwest, and while I do think the stereotypes of how often it rains here are slightly exaggerated (I’m from NYC) it does rain often, especially in the fall. With the mini in school now, I thought it high time she get her own umbrella. I used to always want my own clear bubble umbrella way back when, but I never got one. Something about them was always just so attractive to me + living in NYC, a wide canopy umbrella was a pain in the butt to navigate on the crowded sidewalks, and a bubble umbrella just seemed like it could be a way better option. All these years later, I decided may mini’s first umbrella would be — you guessed it — a clear bubble umbrella… except hers has rainbow polka dots on it because why not. It’s the perfect size for her, so she’s not struggling to hold on to it & keep it steady like she would with even the smallest adult-sized umbrella; and she feels super grown up with it while I get the satisfaction of knowing it’s keeping herd dry. Who knows… I may just finally get one of my own (in the adult size of course) because the quality is pretty impressive. 

Ok that’s it! See you tomorrow for another very exciting EHD reunion;)

Opening Image Credits: Design by Black Lacquer Design | Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | via Domino

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Holly
1 month ago

Uh yeah… is it even October without a fall boot roundup? 😉 Please and thank you.

Christine Uliassi
1 month ago

Emily, I got the “dupe” Tetiana riding boots a couple weeks ago and I LOVE them. I’ve had a myriad of toe problems, so I usually steer clear of anything heeled. The comfort foam makes a world of difference. There still not all day boots for me, but I’ve worn them to events and get lots of compliments. I feel super cool that I actually bought something BEFORE you posted about it. Thanks for that😃

Christine Uliassi
1 month ago

And yes to boot round up!

Alice
1 month ago

I just have to toot my own horn because this is the first, and will probably be the last, time that I already own something in the weekly lineup (the Target fern which really does look nice).

Roberta Davis
1 month ago
Reply to  Alice

I have a couple of these plants from Target- not exactly the same one, but just as nice and affordable. Nice for a bathroom that doesn’t have a window.

Kj
1 month ago

READ Finished a collection of short stories “A Place Like Home” by Rosamunde Pilcher mostly set in the 70’s or 80’s. Listened to a collection of short stories “Dear Life” by Alice Munro mostly set in the 40’s or 50’s. Over the years, I forgot how much I love reading (…thanks work, kids, life…) and made this my personal “year of books”. After reading (and listening) nonstop, I have finished 75 books this year. My 100 book goal for 2021 is still a big stretch but maybe I can do it. WATCHED Sucked into the 9 episode violent global sensation “Squid Game” on Netflix, on track to be their biggest hit ever. Finished hoarse from screaming at the players and with cramped fingers from holding my hand in front of my face with my fingers spread to block the carnage (I think it’s bad for your brain to watch blood/gore). Finished the last 2 Emmy nominated television movies “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia” (from Lifetime but couldn’t find it anywhere and had to buy it on Apple) and the winner “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” on Netflix. OTHER Here’s a “real life” home that shows something never seen before in any… Read more »

Kj
1 month ago
Reply to  Kj

Oops, here’s the working bird link: https://www.audubon.org/lights-out-program

Kj
1 month ago
Reply to  Kj

Sorry, links that don’t link aren’t much help.
House Tour: http://www.fashionmamas.com/blog/2018/3/23/mama-cribs-jo-situ-allen

DeniseGK
1 month ago
Reply to  Kj

If you like birds, check out Cornell Uni’s Ornithology lab online. I’ve signed up for a couple of zoom seminars lately that have been fantastic. One was with their on-staff scientific illustrator and they sent us a print of one of her paintings and an art kit- she taught us how to paint an egg to look like a real Avocet egg.

Renee
1 month ago

Mallory, love the jacket too but I think you meant that you can comfortably wear a sweater ‘under’ the jacket?

Char
1 month ago

Mallory, if you get a chance to listen to even a part of Greenlight, go for it! It’s so much fun to hear that familiar voice with all his introspection, humor, and great life lessons.

brenna hesch
1 month ago
Reply to  Char

I was going to say this! The audio version is so so so good.

Susan
1 month ago

I don’t understand the nursery at all. I mean at ALL. I can’t for the life of me figure out the connecting elements in the space so it feels chaotic and stressful. I guess I need lessons in understanding maximalism vs other decor styles and what goes into it, why it works. I would love a post on it.

Beth
1 month ago
Reply to  Susan

I didn’t understand it because I was imagining a sweet little baby’s brain totally overwhelmed!!!

Susan
1 month ago
Reply to  Beth

Exactly the same way I felt. My degree is birth to 3. For some kids that would be wayyy too much sensory input. My middle child would have been seriously stressed out in there. Babies and toddlers take in so much new info every day, they actually need a space with reduced noise of all kinds to give their brains a chance to recover. That said, my girlfriend’s son was definitely a more is more toddler, and created maximalist spaces for himself by bringing in as many toys as he could that made lights and sounds and movement and he wanted them on all the time. You do have to know your child. But in general, babies rooms are designed to be soothing because it’s a developmental need they have for their brains to take a break

Beth
1 month ago
Reply to  Susan

I can’t believe I’m back to comment on this again, but here I am! I have come back here to look at the nursery now 4 more times just to be more surprised every time. For the baby, as Susan says, you want something with less stimulation. Sort of like you can focus on something longer when there is less distraction around you.

But for the Mama, too! Can you imagine being up on and off all night and feeding your baby in there? Holy stress!!!!

I can’t remember ever being so viscerally put off by a design!

S
1 month ago

Can’t wait to read about the nails. I also keep hearing about dazzle dry products (I think oh happy day’s Indra)? Do you know anything?

Milo
1 month ago

Really curious if the hard as hoof works! Let us know, please! 🤔😃

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