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The Link Up: Em’s New Under $100 Cute Jeans, Jess’ Modest But Flattering Swim Top, And A Great Le Labo Candle Dupe

Y’all we made it to spring. The time of floral dresses, cleaning, and if you can, a warm-weather holiday. So while we are all looking forward to warmer days, this year is already flying by. So take a minute today to slow down. It is Sunday after all:) Here are this week’s links…

This week’s house tour is so good! Jennifer Bunsa did such an incredible job creating a calming space that is still full of pattern and color. It’s all about negative space:) Please go enjoy all of the happy patterns, very special kitchen hardware, and a lot more.

From Emily: I forgot how much I love jeans with big utility pockets (I think it does this illusion that is very flattering). So I finally ordered these because I wore my pair this week also from the same brand, which I loved. I’m excited to try them. 

From Emily: First, there was Lego Masters. Then Blown Away. Then The Great Pottery Thrown Down, then Making It, then Magic For Humans BUT THE BEST ALL FAMILY-FRIENDLY CREATIVE COMPETITION SHOW HAS JUST BEEN INVENTED. And when I say “all family-friendly” I mean Brian AND I, Charlie AND Elliot. We all are obsessed with it. It’s called Making Fun and it’s HILARIOUS and so impressive. The premise is four macho builders have a wacky invention for whatever kid who gets selected (from the audience). The guys are legit hilarious (and they “hate” kids), they are crazy skilled/talented, and the producers are having the best time behind the scenes. It’s by far the best-produced reality competition show Brian and I have watched in this genre. We laugh hard and we just LOVE IT.

From Jess: I just discovered this black-owned athleisure brand from TikTok creator, Cindy Noir. I’ve really been wanting bright red leggings and these look so cute. Plus they are size inclusive and the red ones, in particular, are on sale!

Also From Jess: I’m on the hunt for a black bathing suit because I need one for a bachelorette weekend. It’s required. Naturally, I went to Target and found this one. I’m don’t think it’s the right vibe for the trip but I really liked it! It’s full coverage (the girls aren’t going anywhere), supportive, but is still a little sexy.

Also Also From Jess: Has anyone else started watching Minx on HBOMax?! Here’s the very short overview: “In 1970s Los Angeles, an earnest young feminist joins forces with a low-rent publisher to create the first erotic magazine for women.” It’s funny, heartfelt, and Jake Johnson and Lennon Parham are in it! If you loved Nick in New Girl, this is a very happy TV return. FYI there is A LOT of full-frontal nudity so if that’s not your thing then this may not be for you. But it’s seriously great and I can’t wait for more episodes.

From: Mallory: My favorite blue jeans are 25% off right now (use code SHOPSPRING). I love wearing them with a striped turtle neck or they would look SO cute with a sweater like this (that blue color omg).

Also from Mallory: I found a Le Labo Santal candle dupe and it’s honestly pretty good. Urban Outfitters is selling “Santal Supreme’’ now and honestly for $14 it’s super similar and is a really great deal. I highly recommend if you’re wanting to be boujee on a budget 🙂

From Caitlin: OMG. Is anyone else listening to the Twin Flames podcast? It follows how far some folks will go for true love – with the help of two YouTube-famous gurus, of course – and it’s ASTOUNDING. Prison time! Cease and desist letters! Complete transformation of identity! Each episode is ~30 minutes and the final one comes out tomorrow – I can’t wait. (Levity-wise, it’s like an Investigation Discovery show. It’s serious but easy to listen to.)

Also From Caitlin: Calling all folks who want the Reformation look on a budget – this long-sleeved linen dress from J. Crew is lightweight AND breathable AND perfect for spring AND available in everything from an XXS to a 3XL. The slit is even better IRL, too. Highly recommended (especially in the French blue).

From Ryann: I did it. I found the most comfortable sweats. I know I know, hold for applause. But honestly, these sweats are the ones I will dig through my laundry basket for every time. They have the softest inside but also have a wide leg and waistband that is not constricting whatsoever. And they are cute! Definitely cute enough to wear out and about and not feel frumpy. Now that I am thinking about it, I might buy another pair just in case Target is ever are foolish enough to stop selling them.

Ok, see y’all tomorrow xx

Opening Image Credits: Design by Jennifer Bunsa | Photo by Nicole Franzen | via Clever

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🥰 Rusty
3 months ago

Aaaah, that house tour is like a cozy, deep breath!
I love how fresh snd open it is, yet it still has so much coziness…the natural materisls, lovely wood, it’s a snuggly house!🤗

Um, “Boujee”? Word mangle?
No offence Mallory, only “The “boujee” variation commonly refers to middle-class or upwardly mobile BLACK PEOPLE.”
Bourgeois – in it’s truer sense might be more appropriate (as in Russian communist origins)? Maybe?
It kinda makes me wonder if it might be misappropriation?
Wonderin’ what BIPOC think about this?

3 months ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

I just looked it up. I think it’s become enough of a popular slang word that Mallory is using it correctly, especially the way she spells it. 😀

🥰 Rusty
3 months ago
Reply to  Dena

Dena, thanks for responding to my question (LOL, I just saw there are 5 question marks! 🤣)

I live in Australia and the spelling made me query, because English isn’t the same in all English-speaking countries. You say flip-flops, we say thongs, whereas a thong in the US is a knicker here, yet accepted as being one’s underpants in most English-speaking countries and panties are fancy, posh ones.

I looked it up on Google and got multiple answers on my results page with reference to my quote
about BIPOC.
Glad you helped me realise it wasn’t a racial misappropriation as per the results of my Google search, but a really on-trend colloquialism of the original word.
Mallory, I hope my questions didn’t upset you. I genuinely was ASKING. I sincerely apologise, just in case. For real.
Rusty xx

3 months ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

There is something majorly lost in translation here. It is neither a “word mangle” nor some kind of racist gotcha. This is a common slang word used in the US and Canada cross-culturally. Spelling and context contains nuance but it has been in use in some form for over a 100 years. Here is an excellent history of the use of this word:

🥰 Rusty
3 months ago
Reply to  Jessica

Thanks for tge history lesson that supported what I said in mh reference re: Russia.

3 months ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

The article I linked to clearly & correctly identifies Karl Marx as a German philosopher and the concept of bourgeois as an insult as French in origin.

🥰 Rusty
3 months ago
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🥰 Rusty
3 months ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

*1917 Russia. Sorry, numb fingers.

3 months ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

it’s great because the french word for candle is bougie, which UO has listed dead center on the product.

3 months ago

(I think it does this illusion that is very flattering)–this doesn’t make sense to me, what are you trying to say?

3 months ago

Is it a requirement that you have a black swimsuit for the bachelorette weekend? Or just a swimsuit? Because a bride who is specifying the colour of a swimsuit for a weekend that you’ve presumably had to pay for yourself is um, a bit much in my book! Anyway, hope you have a fun weekend!

3 months ago


3 months ago

I think you have the wrong podcast link.

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