The Link Up: Julie’s WILD/Amazing Foot Mask, Malcolm’s Boutique Hotel-Esque Sconces, and The Bath Towels We Have Told Everyone We Know About

To say the last week was an easy week would be a lie. Between the fires raging down the west coast and the 19th anniversary of 9/11 (oh and not to mention the pandemic), our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the vast amount of tragedies surrounding our world. We are sending our love to each and every one of you –– we know we’ll all get through this together.

On that note, let’s bring a little positivity into this week. Let’s start with something we all have the hots for: interior design. This week’s house tour is brought to you by Architectural Digest, whimsical style, and mainly EHD favorite design firm ETC.etera. It screams fun so loudly, you’ll need earplugs. PSA: You’re gonna want to buy a lot of wallpaper after seeing this…

From Emily (and also Sara kind of): The candles that my real estate agent made me buy are definitely helping in the house selling process. This candle is SO GOOD (Sara wants you to know it’s from her favorite candle brand), this one is also amazing, and this one is collectively one of our favorites. If you’re not in the mood to blow $40+ on a candle (we get it), this one from Target is my favorite for fall.

From Caitlin: OK SO, potentially gross confession time: I bought some towels from Target before leaving for college in 2009 and I’ve never replaced them. They’ve lived through 3 dorm rooms and 6 apartments and they still work fine BUT they are also the same age as an American sixth grader (fall birthday, obviously) so I figured it was probably time to upgrade. Last week we ran a post with Boll & Branch and they extended a 20% off coupon to readers (20EMILYH), so I decided to try a spa bath sheet set and OH. MY. GOSH. You guys!!!!! I was kind of conflicted about spending that much on towels but the discount softened it and now I CAN NEVER GO BACK. This is totally #notsponsored but truly, the bath sheet is SO soft and large and I love the pewter color and I think it changed my life. It’s such a little luxury that makes a huge difference in my mood!!! How many more sentences can I write about towels??? (Also it shipped within an hour and got here within a week. Everyone in my life is getting an a la carte towel for Christmas. I’m serious.)

From Jess: This year has made me rethink a lot of my old habits… or lack thereof and sending physical notes is one of them (well, one that I never did). But I have a couple of friends that do often and it never ceases to make my whole day better. So when I saw this new stationery collection by EHD favorite, Minted, that was giving 100% of the proceeds to help support the World Central Kitchen, “a nonprofit organization that uses the power of food to heal communities and strengthen economies in times of crisis and beyond,” I was in. Plus Lindsay Shookus, who is an Emmy Award-winning Saturday Night Live producer, collaborated on the collection to bring in the much-needed humor we all need this year. I ordered this set and customized it a little because you can! So not only does this help the World Central Kitchen but it also helps the USPS (get your stamps here) which we all know needs our total support.

From Malcolm: Like most design nerds, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for small, boutiquey hotels. They typically boast very intentional design choices—from the furniture to the lighting-—and I’m always looking for ways to incorporate that mentality into my own home. With that in mind, I was SO STOKED to recently find these wall sconces at CB2. Their slim profiles have been great additions to my ever-evolving entryway, and the little leather details give me that classic boutique vibe I’m constantly striving to achieve. I’ve struggled with this entryway quite a bit, but these lights have set me in the right direction!

From Julie: WARNING: If you are squeamish skip to the next link now. Some of you may love this and others will be grossed out by it but recently I did a foot peel mask and the results were disgustingly amazing. Essentially, you put your feet in these booties that have a gel and leave them on for an hour. Every day after you should soak your feet for 10 minutes in warm water to help loosen the skin and then 3 to 5 days later then fun stuff begins. SO MUCH SKIN CAME OFF! And my feet are super calloused after years of dance, hiking, and now rock climbing so they are ROUGH. I usually have to exfoliate them almost every other day and moisturize them nightly to get them to feel semi-soft. BUT NOW…they are sooooooo soft! This will now be a part of my beauty regimen and I shall shed my foot skin monthly. Told ya it was equally gross and GREAT!

From Arlyn: I’ve recently discovered that the “house dress” is the only thing I ever want to wear while at home living/working/surviving so I went on a hunt and bought up a ton to test out. THIS ONE THOUGH, oof, I LOVE IT. It’s nothing more than a simple T-shirt dress, but it’s $15, comes in great colors, fits my petite frame perfectly, is insanely soft and I know that one day, when I leave the house again, I’ll be able to dress it up and down however I want. I’m off to buy 4 more…(and you should, too).

Also From Jess: If you aren’t a fan or don’t know who Lena Waithe is GET YOUR LIFE TOGETHER. The first time I (and most of us) were made aware of her was in Masters of None and let’s just say that was just a drop of what she is capable of. Fast-forward to now where she and Rishi Rajani, founders of Hillman Grad Productions, are bringing incredible BIPOC stories by BIPOC creatives to the forefront. Now if you are wondering what their office looks like, then wonder no more because AD just featured their bold and beautiful space this past week. While I am so grateful to get to work from home it really made me miss the beautiful flow of energy that can only come from working with your coworkers in the same (inspiring) space. So check it out here and go watch some of her work. I finally watched Twenties and loved it.

From Mallory: We were talking candles in the beginning, so I thought why not round this out by talking more about candles. I’ve been a Target candle shopper for quite some time now, so yeah you could say I’m an expert in the “cheap but nice” candle area (it’s an important field of life we all need to navigate). So here’s what’s good at Target right now candle wise…this lavender eucalyptus one is amazing, and so is it’s cousin candle the vetiver & ceadarwood. I also just bought this Project 62 one and am wildly obsessed (plus it has cute packaging which we love). Okay, hope that’s helpful!! BYE!

Lastly, if you are in a position help, here and here are articles that have a bunch of ways to donate to those most affected by these horrific fires.

Thanks for tuning in and we’ll see ya around here tomorrow for a VERY exciting reveal!!

Opening Photo Credits: Design by ETC.etera | Styled by Rod Hipskind | Photo by Laura Resen | via Architectural Digest

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