The Link Up: Em’s $28 Striped Shirt Dress, Caitlin’s #1 Summer Must Have, And The Craziest Vintage-Related Craigslist Story


It happened!!! The Real Simple team came to the farmhouse, got a ton of beautiful shots, and now it’s all done. We couldn’t be more excited about it! Ok, Emily might be the most excited/relieved but we are really pumped too:) That means we can really start publishing the reveals of whatever rooms aren’t being held for the September issue. See? EXCITING!!! So as we wait for August to roll around (when the magazine comes out) let’s link…

This week’s house tour might be one of our favorites…which makes sense since it belongs to the owner of one of our favorite fashion brands, Sezane. This vintage-filled, mint green French paradise is about to make your Sunday a whole lot better. ENJOY!

From Emily: I found this super cute striped shirt dress at Target last week for the Real Simple shoot. The thicker stripes make it look expensive and there’s a cute shoulder detail. When I want to give myself a little more shape, my new thing is to just tie a sweatshirt around my waist. Also, it’s not thin like poplin, it holds its shape well. But the shape is definitely oversized so don’t size up! Such a good spring/summer dress!

From Ryann: I needed some new throw pillows for my sofa and was delighted when I spotted this one in Target a few days ago. I love the olive green color and subtle stripe pattern. They have it in other colors too and it’s such a solid, affordable pillow that’s timeless and looks more expensive than it is.

From Caitlin: I’ve finally found it: the little white dress that’s PERFECT for all summer outings. It’s that dreamy mix of summer silhouette-meets-structured execution – it really highlights your waist but the skirt construction is SO flattering. (It’s actually the shorter version of the blue and white dress that Em wore in this post, so you can get an idea of the shape – just imagine that one shorter!) I put a lot of time and energy into finding my go-to white dress every summer and am SUPER jazzed about this one – it’s perfect for picnics, beach days, grocery shopping, antiquing, walking around the neighborhood…you name it:)  (PS. It also comes in black and coral if white isn’t your go-to color!)

Also From Caitlin: As a side note, I literally would not be able to wear any dresses/skirts/shorts in the summer without my trusty anti-chafe stick. I am not joking when I say that this thing is transformative: it’s made being outside and walking around SO much more comfortable and manageable. One stick lasts me all year and it’s literally been life-changing – it’s so much easier to say “yes” to things when your thighs don’t feel like they’re sporting a pair of open wounds! (That’s not just me being hyperbolic, either – you can read the same sentiment in every review on their site! Best $14 I’ve ever spent).

From Jess: My dear friend is having a Baby Sprinkle next month so I want to get on top of my gift before I procrastinate and it’s way too late. While she isn’t really asking for gifts, diapers and onesies never hurt (and they said were ok to bring). Looking for baby clothes might be one of my favorite things to do. Look at this sweet little summertime set! But for a newborn, onesies are great to get because you know babies go through those things fast (one burp and it’s game over). I really love this set of three but I think my friend likes a bit more color, so this set is a very cute option too. I am tempted to buy this one because Emily (and all of you) have raved about the quality of this brand! Plus it’s super cute and on sale. Any thoughts or suggestions??

Also From Jess: I like movies as much as the next person but when I saw the trailer (which is above) for Past Lives (an A24 film:)) I was counting down the days until I could finally see it (which I did last Sunday). Here’s the official description but do yourself a favor and watch the trailer above because it’ll be at the top of your must-see movie list: “Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrest apart after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea. Two decades later, they are reunited in New York for one fateful week as they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life, in this heartrending modern romance.” From what I’ve read it’s now in select theatres but will be available nationwide by June 23. If you’re in the UK it says you have to wait until Sept. 8th. It’s such a beautiful film and I hope y’all love it too.

From Mallory: Imagine buying a chair for $50 and selling it for $85k. WELL, THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO JUSTIN, YOU GUYS. The story is so wild, if you haven’t been following along, it’s time. His Instagram is here and his TikTok is here (he’s so entertaining and so fun!!!) Be prepared for this to be one of your favorite follows. xx

Also From Mallory: I’m on a quest to have better pajamas (the janky t-shirts aren’t cutting it anymore), but I’m also a very hot sleeper (so no flannel button-downs for me). My main struggle was finding something that was sexy without being full-blown lingerie, but also comfortable. I found this set for $25 (originally $60) and it’s so comfortable but also sexy which I love. Highly recommend if you’re in the market for some steamy but comfy PJs 🙂

From Arlyn: They said it couldn’t be done (no one said it) but I found the perfect summer robe. Lightweight, cooling, and soft on the skin, mid-length so you still feel covered in all the right places but aren’t sweating by 8 am, and it’s nearly half off. I’ll accept my award in the form of comments of gratitude. But for real, I LOVE the WonderKnit Mid-Length Robe from ThirdLove and glad I took the chance on a print I wouldn’t normally buy. The colors are very cute in person and it’s a pleasure to wrap around myself in the morning and after a hot shower at night. I opted for the XL because I wanted to make sure it had enough fabric to fully close around my goods, and sadly the larger sizes are sold out, but if you’re looking for a tiny nugget of self-care in the form of a lightweight robe, this is it. 

Hope that you have a wonderful rest of your weekend and see you tomorrow. xx

Opening Image Credits: Design by Jess Bunge | Styled by Emily Bowser | Photos by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: Jess’ Communal Patio Reveal – Beautiful Outdoor Furniture, Some Great Flea Finds, And Of Course… A DIY Dad Project

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