We hope everyone had a wonderful week filled with love and laughter. This link up has lots in store including some fun articles, a mother’s day gift idea, and a very very good house tour (as you can see from the opener image above). So let’s dig right in, shall we?
The verdict for the Derek Chauvin case was announced early last week and was finally held accountable. Here is a great article on what to do next if you’re looking for resources. Also, our hearts are broken over the completely unnecessary death of Ma’Khia Bryant. So while Derek Chauvin was held accountable, it’s clearer than ever the system that needs to be changed.
We’ve been talking about this home tour all week and once you click on it it’s not hard to see why…Troye Sivan’s Melbourne home is like walking through a well-designed, warm hug. It’s perfectly blends texture with pieces of interest and is soooo easy on the eyes. Amazing work, Troye and Flack Studio.
From Emily: The necklace I bought myself a few years ago is still available (and on sale). I wore it on stories last week, so thought I’d share it here too because it would make a great mother’s day gift if you’re looking 🙂
From Mallory: Ya know how girls often love wearing their boyfriend’s clothes?? I’ve taken it to a whole new level because I discovered that I love wearing my boyfriend’s SOCKS even more. And, no not the thick ankle or taller kind of socks, I’m talking men’s no-show socks specifically. Chase has been wearing these vans socks for YEARS and I recently discovered that they are so much better than women’s no-show socks. They’re thick, soft, wonderfully lucious and since they’re men’s socks they’re a little big so they don’t slip off your foot. Honestly, I don’t know why I’ve been buying those horrible thin women’s no-show socks because they ALWAYS end up slipping off your heel while in your shoe and it’s SO annoying (now we fight over these socks). Seriously, everyone go get yourself a pair of these no show socks and experience the luxury.
From Jess: For probably a bunch of reasons, both known and unknown, I’ve been feeling pretty down the past couple of weeks. And while “things” in no way solve your problems, sometimes they can help lift your mood. So lighting these candles (both the Palo Santo Suede and Wild Fig Vetiver) while I work and painting my nails this happy pink colored nail polish (color: SE) have done just that. Walking is also a massive help and I highly recommend it too:)
From Ryann: I was just introduced to Good On You thanks to a commenter on my last post (shout out Suzanne!) and it is an amazing resource to search for ethical and sustainable clothing brands. They do all the research and give each brand a rating so you can be confident in your purchases plus they have tons of articles on the fashion industry as a whole and it’s all so fascinating and informative. I just spent over an hour searching every brand I love and it’s VERY eye-opening but I feel so much more informed because of it. I can’t recommend them enough!
From Caitlin: My eyebrows basically flew up and off my face while reading this piece about American tree brokers who cater to the super wealthy. I, someone who is rarely lost for words (as many of you know), am lost for words. Really wild and quick and surreal read. (Also, this isn’t the point of the story, but look at that book-matched marble behind the Tuscan-imported olive tree!!!)
Also From Caitlin: It only took a FULL YEAR of trying to find a litter box solution that didn’t make me want to claw my eyes out (remember this treasure trove of awesome feedback?), but I FINALLY DID IT. And it’s AMAZING. It’s like freakin’ Apple made a litter box (and I was FaceTiming with Jess when I opened the shipment, so she can confirm that it’s also packaged like Apple made a litter box). Here’s why I love it: the shape is so nice and modern, the optional “shelter” adds height and prevents litter from flying everywhere, the built-in tools are actually stunning, and best of all: PEE DOESN’T STICK TO IT. I was originally drawn to the aesthetics but now that I’ve used it for a month, I can confirm that it’s beautiful AND functional. I know I’m screaming, but cat owners, hear me out: I never have to chip at any cake-y corners anymore!!! It has 13 pages of 5-star reviews from similarly-enthused folks because this thing is ALL THAT and so worth it. Like, truly, it made cat ownership about 80% less frustrating. I LOVE THIS BOX. (Most importantly, my kitty does too! :))
One More From Caitlin: My favorite Madewell bandana is only $4.89 right now!! It’s navy – so it works great as a neckerchief with most outfits – but it’s also astrology-themed, so it’s like a fun little secret. (There are a ton of others available, too, but this one is my favorite.) Highly recommended for anyone looking to spice up their wardrobe without spending on all-new pieces!
Thanks, everyone for reading –– we’ll see you first thing in the morning. Xx
Opening Image Credits: Design by Flack Studio | Styling by Joseph Gardner| Photo by Anson Smart | via Architectural Digest
I have never in my life clicked on an affiliate link so quickly as I did for those Vans socks. Can’t wait for them to arrive. Thanks Mallory!
The BEST no show socks are from Bombas. I’ve tried the Vans, these are better. Go for the cushioned ones. Expensive, but so, so worth it.
+1 I had no idea I could feel so strongly about socks
IN LOVE with this week’s house tour!!!
I dunno about Troy Sivan’s comment “There’s a strong affinity between Melbourne and L.A. in terms of climate and architecture. “There’s a strong affinity between Melbourne and L.A. in terms of climate and architecture.”
Um, Melbourne is known for its drizzle and four seasons in one day weather – not like LA at all. Sydney maybe, Perth, yeah, but not Melbourne!
Very cute and snuggly house though. I love the connection between the inside and outside!
I got my no-show socks at a basic place. They’re all cotton and have the rubbery thingos on the inside heel that stops them being eaten by shoes. I had others that were great too! I think, as long as you have the rubbery thing, they work. I don’t buy them if they don’t have that. Simples.
‘Good on You’ sounds like a great resource. I wonder if it works for Aussie brands. I’ll have to look when I have time and space.
The litter box link didn’t work, but it sounds amazing.
Looking forward to what EHD has in store for us this week.😊
Good On You started in Australia, so yes, lots of resources for you, Rusty.
Hey, thanks! That’s brilliant…I never knew.😊
LOL I just thought… Aussie = Good On Ya!
I don’t think he meant “climate” in that sense; more in a way having to do with people, culture and the like (at least that’s how I read it!).
This is worth a look-see:
I’m a Smartwool enthusiast when it comes to socks, but they have three different styles of no-shows, and the only I like are the sneaker ones.
I love the house tour, but I love them every week. My favorite part of the link up, and I love the variety it introduces me to.
Ryann, I’m so glad your enjoying the deep dive into sustainable shopping options on Good On You. It has made my life so much easier when buying new, rather than vintage or used clothing. I need to review their shoe recommendations next, because I need new walking shoes. It does take time to find more local companies, but it feels good knowing who I’m buying from.
I also have that litter box (saw it on Instagram) and can confirm that it is worth every penny. Was originally thrown by the price but I would buy it again in a heartbeat now that I’ve tried it.
Would you please do a round up or two of your findings from Good on You? It can be so overwhelming to sort through it, much as I love that site. Bonus points for a post of kids’ clothes
LOVE GoodOnYou! So glad you’re spreading the word on that! Used it to look for athletic shoes. You would think finding ethical shoes would be easier.
I diye’d that same litterbox with my sawsall and a large lidded plastic storage tub and it has lasted 3 years so far. . Just saying, if you don’t need to look at it your litterbox you can get the same idea of the high sides rectangle with large capacity for a lot less by cutting a door in a tub. . Just make sure to sand the doorway edges down for maximum pampering of the kittehs.
That sounds like a great DIY!
I’ve been interested in making better fashion buying decisions so had a look at Good on You. Hmmm I did a bit of searching and didn’t find it all that useful. I filtered by the affordable category for women’s tops that shipped to Australia and had a look at a few of the stores that were rated ‘great’. They were based in Europe. Firstly, I’m not sure how something that has to ship from Europe to Australia is going to be great for the planet. I know that is not something that the rating would take into account, but consumers should. Secondly, ‘affordable’ is apparently EUR30 for a basic kid’s t-shirt and EUR60 for a woman’s. Yikes. I know buying better costs more, but I didn’t even bother looking at the next two price categories up. Surely there must be better resources out there??
I haven’t looked yet, but thanks for the heads-up! Sounds a bit skewed from providing relative Aussie assistance? Hhmmm….
Once I changed the location to Oceania (and not just shipping location) that helped, but there was very little in the ‘affordable’ category. I think there could be some good stuff in there, it will just take awhile to go through.
Thank you for the Good On You tip. I’ve been trying to be more responsible & thoughtful & there is so much misinformation out there. I’m always up for tips on sustainable clothing & home brands. Also on getting rid of items–I’ve had boxes full of clothes & books & home goods & a corner full of furniture that’s overrunning my small apartment & I can’t find anyone who wants the donations, even really nice never used items with the tags attached! (Yes, I had a few misfires I couldn’t return the last year, I’m not proud.). I think a lot of nonprofits were overwhelmed when people stuck at home started purging.
So if anyone knows of some smaller organizations (I’m in Los Angeles) that perhaps don’t get the attention & could use the donations, please let me know!
What about the place Emily sends stuff to? Gah! Can’t think of the name of it right now… anyone remember it??????
Here in Washington we have a FaceBook group called ‘Buy Nothing’ It is by neighborhood, and an amazing way to give away so much stuff!
Can you repost the link or brand of the litter box? It isn’t working but would love to check it out!