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The Link Up: The “New Year’s Lights” Emily’s Kids Are Obsessed With, Jess’ Vegan Moisturizer, & The Hack Every Small Space Needs

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday. We still have one more holiday coming up (New Years wahooo!) and I think we’re all excited to bid 2020 adieu. Hope everyone stays safe & merry this week! Now let’s get to it 🙂

This week’s home tour is a VERY fun one brought to us by Lonny Mag. When we saw it, it totally reminded us of Caitlin, so we had to share. Corrin Arasa, founder of Patina Rentals, is NOT afraid of color in the best way. Her approach to using strong pops of color is just so good. So do yourself a favor and check it out (you don’t wanna miss this one).

From Emily: The kinda dumb but super fun ‘new years lights’ that the kids are obsessed with (and admittedly I love them, too). They are $30 for 8 and they each need 2 AA batteries, but once they are on you can hang them like mini chandeliers around your house (doorways, over your island, etc). We might hang a few outside since we are doing a scavenger hunt. Like the curtain string lights that I convinced a lot of you to buy, I was skeptical, but they are fun and reusable (you just comb them all back straight). The only bummer is that A. they have remotes that make them do 8 crazy settings that the kids are OBSESSED with and some of them are seizure-inducing and B. they are battery operated which means of course you can put them anywhere, but not sure how long the batteries will last. Regardless 3 of them hanging over our peninsula between the kitchen/living room is giving us a nice shift from “Christmas” to “new years” because nothing else is going to this year!!!

From Caitlin: If you’re trapped inside with family and unsure of what to watch now that the holidays are over, might I suggest Ted Lasso? This was HANDS DOWN my favorite show of the year, so I forced my mom to sit down and re-watch it with me a few weeks back. For context: Brenda and I are both blessed with very good sleep genes and we’re usually conked out on the couch by 8:30 most nights (like mother like daughter), but we stayed up til midnight and cranked through all 10 episodes in one go. HIGH PRAISE FROM TWO SLEEPY LADIES. There’s so much heart, it’s laugh out loud funny, and Jason Sudeikis is a national treasure (though I guess it’s probably PG-13ish, just to be safe).

From Albie: Every small space needs a retractable clothesline — whether it’s because you have a small laundry room like me but still want to have a place to hang things or you need more hanging space for your plant babies in your studio apartment. It’s super chic, super cute, and super compact. The triple super C’s. I was torn between the brass & the black for the laundry room, but if I could justify putting one in every room, I would make a case for every single color they offer. I may or may not currently be eyeballing the white for the mini’s room.

From Ryann: I am going through a phase where I want everything to be linen. Does this happen to anyone else??? I want linen sheets, tablecloths, napkins, clothes, EVERYTHING. I love the natural look of it and the fact that linens are always a bit wrinkled. It’s so romantic! Anyway, what started this obsession is this etsy shop. They make really simple yet elegant linen basics and I basically want to swap all my clothes for everything they sell.

From Jess: I keep seeing this AirPods chain and I want it more every time it pops up. It’s the 2021 version of the reading glasses chain but WAY cooler. Plus it’s just practical! Keeping those Pods together is a daily struggle. Has anyone tried these?

Also From Jess: In my quest to find the right skincare routine, I was told to not combine too many “active ingredient” products on my face at once. So when I apply my retinol serum at night, I use this moisturizer. It’s highly moisturizing, clean, and vegan. I’m still learning about all the ins and outs of skincare but all in all my sensitive skin really loves this product. Plus it’s made in California!

From Arlyn: What I’m about to say is going to sound obnoxious, but stick with me: My hair is already pretty smooth and shiny (BARF), but I’ve been spotting tons of people talking about this “Wonder Water” and I couldn’t help but try it. Okay, they were right. They were allll right. Application is a little strange but it’s fast and you’re left with silky, glossy tresses once you dry your locks. Anyone else use this before?!?

From Mallory: 2 things. I went to Ulta recently (I had a gift card that I accidentally left at home and didn’t realize it until I was at checkout paying…what’s new), and I finally gave in and bought the self tanner Em always talks about. The verdict is: IT’S GOOD. I also got this 1 hour tanning kit too that came with the tanning mitt (because you really do need the tanning mitt) which is great when you wanna be tan but don’t have a lot of time on the clock. I’m wildly impatient so I value an express tan a lot hahaha.

That’s all we got for this week, folks. Thanks for sticking around and we hope everyone has a very happy new year!! MERRY ALMOST 2021!!!

Opening Image Credit: Design by Corrin Arasa | Photography by Angel Tucker for Lonny | via Lonny Mag

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3 years ago

Oh my gosh – Ted Lasso. It is just such a wonderful show!!

3 years ago
Reply to  Mimi

SO GOOD! I feel like it flew under the radar, like why weren’t more people talking about this show? Hands down the best of 2020.

3 years ago
Reply to  kiki

ditto. THE BEST

3 years ago

Speaking of linen gear … anyone tried ROSELINLIN or NORACORA (not all linen, but dang cute clothes! IMHO) ? ? ? ?
I get hit with ads for them via here (EHD), so I was wondering?
I’m tempted coz their stuff looks great … but … is it?
Oh, and they obviously ship to Aussie too! Yaaay!

Emily/Brian you need to get a BATTERY RECHARGER!
And rechargeable batteries, which cost a smidge more, but last for yearrrrrrs!!
I use mine all the time. Most of my battery powered gizmos have rechargeable batteries in them and this system works, saves so much money, is fast, and best of all, it’s great for the environment! Win, win, win…

That house! Not all my kinda furniture, though a lot could be?, but it’s ratger fabulous! Those windows!!! The colour! The space and scale!

Oh, and thank you sooooo much for still bringing us content when all the others are shut down!
See?! You guys are kickin’ it!

3 years ago
Reply to  Rusty

Roselinlin is a scam –

I got suckered into it because they use photographs from legitimate clothing sites, such as Sundance, but the clothes are a horrible cheap material similar to what you get with cheap Halloween costumes.

3 years ago
Reply to  Nancy

I’ve been close to buying from them coz the stuff looks good.
You saved me!
Any recommendations for legit, similar styles???

3 years ago

I have been meaning to watch Ted Lasso! I will start it after I finish Bridgerton on Netflix. Highly recommend to this crowd – it’s Jane Austen x Shonda Rhimes and it is GOOD!!

veronica crawford
3 years ago
Reply to  Brittany

oooh I put Bridgerton on my list this week! glad to see someone else watched it and loved it. 🙂

veronica crawford
3 years ago

can’t wait to watch now!

3 years ago

Every time I see a airpod chain I laugh (as a devoted old school wired headphone user). Hehehe!

3 years ago

Great link-up! Love the house tour. Such a great use of color.

Emily – I did buy a light curtain, and now, I may have to buy those light balls. The only deterrent… batteries!

Caitlin – Yes, Ted Lasso was on my top watched list, too, and recommended it in my annual holiday letter. We can all learn from it and feel the joy it exudes!

Abbie – How did you know I needed a retractable laundry line?! I haven’t shopped for one, so thank you for taking the work out of it for me.

Ryann – I went through a phase where all I wanted was linen. And there certainly has been a resurgence, even as it remains a classic fabric for clothing and decor. I have wrap top in my favorites from the same Etsy maker. So much cute stuff!

3 years ago
Reply to  Suzanne

Sorry, Albie! My phone autocorrected your name!

3 years ago
Reply to  Suzanne

Buy rechargeable batteries and a charger.
I’ve saved $$ and have had them for yearrrrs.

Lisa N
3 years ago

I bought the New Years lights for Christmas decorations and love them. Can be used for so many purposes!

Can you guys PLEASE write about ways to incorporate string lights or holiday lights in a year round look? We are desperate to find ways to justify keeping our lights on our large mantle because it really looks great in our living room…

veronica crawford
3 years ago

TED LASSO !!!! so. dang. good. watched it in one day, and cried so many times.

3 years ago

AirPods chain is the definition of a solution in need of a problem.

Aleta Hagman
3 years ago

Jess – can you share your retinol pick?

Arlyn – thanks for sharing a shiny hair resource

3 years ago

I feel like you all need to know about this super cool print! Literally everyone has had more than one of these chairs at some point in their life. Such a great conversation starter!×16-ink-and-watercolour

3 years ago

Wonder Water is THE BESTTT. I don’t understand why everyone isn’t talking about it? So cheap too!

3 years ago

Loved this week’s home tour! What a bright and beautiful home.

Also, I agree with Caitlin that Ted Lasso is fantastic! My husband and I really loved it. We cracked up in every episode but were also pleasantly surprised with how endearing the characters are. It was so great.