Link Love: 42

Link Love The things designer Emily Henderson ignores in her home. I knew interior design photos were Photoshopped, but I love knowing even designers have weird home quirks.

How Pinterest almost killed my renovation dreams. Oh Pinterest, such an inspiration and so depressing all at once.

George and I have been talking a lot about container homes lately. All of these shipping container houses are freaking amazing, but #10 takes the cake.

Why it pays to be a jerk… great.

How to build an emergency fund.

Poor little rich women.

Chasing the right “likes.” I teared up over this one.

And similarly, Why I abandoned my popular social media presence.

Pause in the place that you are.

And just for fun… Key Lime Pie Jello shots! Key lime pie is my favorite! It reminds me of the beach and summertime and the warm sun on my face.

Also, I’m going to Niagra Falls and Toronto next week! I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments.


8 thoughts on “Link Love: 42

  1. Sarah

    I live in Toronto! I’m partial to my neighbourhood and love wandering the streets. Take a walk along Queen Street, from Bathurst to Ossington and then walk north on Ossington. There are tons of little shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, not to mention Trinity Bellwoods Park, a total hipster hangout. Let me know if you want more info, I’d gladly share 🙂

      1. Sarah

        I work on King St, just East of Yonge! Hmmm…what kinds of things do you like to do?

        You’re staying in the heart of the business district among the skyscrapers, nice to walk around but the stores and restaurants are on the pricey side. The CN Tower is very cool to look at, but I don’t think the trip to the top is worth the ticket price. Catching a baseball game with the Blue Jays is fun on a nice day and wallet friendly.

        There is some construction, but you can head south to the waterfront on Lake Ontario and take a stroll, you can also catch a ferry over to the islands which are a great big park with lots of walking paths.

        The Distillery District is a cool historic area to explore just east of the downtown core.

        When will you be here? I’d love to buy you a coffee or drink and welcome you to the city! Or maybe that’s creepy…anways, enjoy Toronto!

      2. melanie Post author

        This sounds lame but we don’t like to do much on vacation. Do you have any restaurant recommendations in the area? We’ll probably just walk around and eat a lot. Ha-ha. My husband also likes looking for records and vintage stuff if you know of any places in the area.

  2. Sarah

    A relaxing vacation, sounds nice! I don’t know much about records, but this website is a good place to start:

    As for vintage, there are a few stores in the Queen and Ossington area, and lots in Kensington Market which is fun to explore. China town is around the corner from the market and as always there is tons to eat there. We like King’s Noodle and Swatow.

    Restaurants? My husband is the pastry chef and baker of a an Italian restaurant called La Citta, which is on Fort York Blvd. I might be biased, but I think it’s damn good. The downtown Italian chain Mercatto is tasty and they make good coffee. Fresh is a Toronto staple, it’s vegetarian and really yummy. Prairie Girls cupcakes are to die for.

    Hope this gives you some ideas 🙂

    1. melanie Post author

      Sarah, all of those sound excellent! You’re the second person to recommend Fresh. I’m excited to just get there!

  3. australianClaire

    That ‘Chasing the right likes’ article was exactly what I needed to read this morning, I teared up too, thank you for sharing the link!

    This morning I was sitting in a coffee shop trying (and failing) to study for upcoming exams, and I caught myself thinking ‘man I wish I’d done some more interesting things recently, I haven’t posted anything on Instagram in over a week’. I stopped myself immediately realising how warped this was. I wasn’t sad because I was missing out on new experiences, I was sad because my online version of myself, which I try to make seem more interesting and carefree than my boring, exhausted law student actual-self, appeared to be missing out on new experiences.

    Reading this coincided with my little self-realisation moment, so thank you Melanie.

    Time to go delete Facebook and Instagram off my phone for a few weeks, and start looking after the actual-me, not the online-me.

    1. melanie Post author

      Claire, I totally understand. I get in that mindset too. I don’t get many “likes” when I post something real on my IG. The pictures of my fantasy life or my life when it is just looking really good get the most likes, but it is a total facade! I already deleted Facebook off my phone, but I definitely need to break my IG addiction. Thanks for commenting. Sometimes it’s nice to know we aren’t alone in our feelings.

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