The Link Up: Julie’s Mind-Freeing Vacation Read, A Killer Sara-Tested Pasta Recipe, & Ryann’s New Jeans Obsession
Welcome back, friends, to another installment of The Link Up. If you’ve been hangin out with us this week, welcome back. If you are just joining, here’s a quick recap: Bowser’s Bedroom Reveal went live on Thursday (and we are all obsessed), we celebrated two very special people’s birthday’s (Sara’s and Mallory’s), and Caitlin blew our minds with Friday’s very informative post on furniture buying and dealing. In other (perhaps) less important news, the team implemented a squat challenge into our daily office routine where we do squats (or wall sits) for one minute on the hour every hour. We’ve accomplished this three days in a row, so it is safe to say we are all extremely healthy and fit now. You know what they say…an office that squats together stays together. ANYWAY, as always we are here to share all the things that have been on our minds and in our shopping carts, so let’s get to it:
What Link Up is complete without a house tour that makes your knees buckle, and this one comes to us courtesy of The Design Files (one of our favorite Aussie shelter sites). If you’re into the warm yet minimal thing, head on over to check out this home.
Julie just recently bought The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself for her vacation read and she says it is amazing and will change the way you think. The author, Michael Singer, talks about freeing your mind from the constant thoughts that arise which distract you from the life that is actually in front of you. Do yourself a favor and prime this to your doorstep.
For whatever reason, the topic of deodorant comes up quite a bit around the office. I guess you can say we are a group of gals who like smelling nice (especially after squats, duh). From Arlyn: “I exclusively use natural, aluminum-free deodorant, but as a self-proclaimed ‘stinky’ person who is basically constantly sweating, there are a lot of products out there that just don’t cut it. One that does? Schmidt’s Charcoal & Magnesium deo. Yes, it kind of turns my armpits black, but I never wear sleeveless tops, so I don’t really care because it keeps me fresh smelling ALL DAY (even after a workout) with no need to reapply (my husband uses and loves it, too).” Evidently, Veronica also concurs with this rec.
This video is one minute long, but Velinda and her wife Katie watched it on repeat…turning it into 10 minutes of laughter.
Veronica stumbled upon this Instagram account recently and loves it so much she can spend hours scrolling through it. It’s a beautiful curation of trippy and psychedelic imagery from loads of different artists all around the world.
We can all agree that graphic Tees can be SO difficult to find because they need to be comfortable, baggy yet form-fitting, and also say something that doesn’t make you feel like an angsty teen. This one from Topshop is Mallory’s new fav.
Caitlin has a bad habit of ACCIDENTALLY spoiling like, every episode from every Bachelor-related series, BUT she has actual PROOF that spoilers help people enjoy things MORE! Here’s an NPR writeup that sums it up, but Caitlin’s argument is that it’s way more fun to watch a crazy movie the second time around once you can actually pick up on all the nuances. (Fun fact: Alfred Hitchcock also agreed.)
Carolina has recently been OBSESSED with watching anything “tiny homes” related and just discovered Tiny House Nation on Netflix. It’s safe to say she binge-watched the entire season in one day.
Bowser’s friend Stevie makes these Pocket Mantras (that are best-selling on Etsy). They are “a box of 52 little affirmations to inspire and spread positivity.” She does all the art and each card is different! Get them for yourself, leave random ones for your waiter with your check, or buy a deck as a gift for a friend. They are the perfect size for stocking stuffers (obviously already shooting holiday content over here—HOW?!). For $20 you can’t afford NOT to spread positivity AND support an independent artist.
Ryann bought these jeans from Madewell to quell her seemingly never-ending denim cravings. She typically is a Levi’s loyalist (she mostly buys vintage Levi’s because the quality of the denim is better) BUT these jeans are really comfortable, good quality, and classic looking. She wants to wear them every single day.
One of Sara’s favorite things to do each month is cook her way through her new copy of Bon Appétit mag, and she just made this recipe from this months issue last night. It was KILLER.
That’s all for today, folks. As always, drop your comments, questions, and concerns below. See you around these parts tomorrow.