Cheers to a beautiful long weekend!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Yup, August is almost over! Can you believe it? I still remember pulling my favourite pair of sandals out of the closet like it was yesterday! I will so miss peek-a-boo toes:) Anyway, what are you up to this long weekend? Balazs' uncle flew in this week from Sydney, so we are planning a dinner and drinks with the whole family. Loves, have the best 3 days and I'll see you Tuesday morning but in the meantime, here are a few fun links to check out. Enjoy!

A whole lot of scrumptious goodness!

Jake's lake home.

Wow, 17-course dinner!

90 days, 90 reasons!

One amazing photographer.

The beautiful Duchess of Cambridge.

French laundry - yum!

Albert Einstein and his fuzzy slippers:)                                       

Jump!

It's all about fall denim.

A few secrets to properly washing + storing fruits and vegetables.

Solange Knowles has a cool blog!

How pretty are those rings?

Wear and enjoy:)

It's all in stripes.

I told you:)

How to frost a messy cake.

I'll miss summer, you?

That bathroom sink makes me swoon!

Cool!

DIY book tote - so cute!

What brilliant zodiac pillows!

Eight snazzy haircuts for men:)

(Photo via Note to Self)

This Week's Gems


Such a swoonworthy dress, don't you think? (And it would look stunning with a short stylish tweed jacket)...

Chocolate diamond + rose gold = a perfect combination!...

Such a great end of summer tea towel:)...

Striped wool loafers? Oh yes!...

I am so getting an apple peeler this autumn. Do you have one?...

Giggle, this must be the coolest bookmark I've ever seen!...

Such a beauty! Do you wear bracelets?...

Ha! A bicycle key rack - how clever:)...

Chalkboard US map - great for weekend daydreaming or mapping out the places you fancy going to:)...

I simply adore the colour of this vintage sweater. Just imagine wearing it with a pair of flared pants...

Oh so pretty and delicate!...

Loves, what caught your eye this week? Any great autumn buys? xoxo

Rolling Hills


Remember as a child playing rolling down the hill game? So why don’t we start this last Friday of August on a dreamy note, with those idyllic photographs of misty mornings in Tuscany and beautiful rolling hills in Czech Republic. They were all shot by a brilliant Polish photographer, Marcin Sobas who is totally passionate about capturing the beauty of landscape. Bravo! xo

P.S: Also, summer fields in Bulgaria, lavender goodness in Britain and rice fields in China.

(Thanks, Monica!)

Autumn with Emerson Fry

Thursday, August 30, 2012


Yippee, Emerson Fry just released her fall preview teaser today and what a tease it is! Everything looks super feminine, fresh and sassy. I fancy the look of those trench coats, the beautiful leopard V-heels totally tickle my fancy and the cobalt blazer is too pretty for words. (You can check out more here). What caught your eye?

P.S: Plus a few autumn trends you might like:)

exPress-o Originals: Hummus 2 Ways!


This series is all about the pleasure of cooking easy and (mostly) healthy food. I found out lately that being in a kitchen and mixing different flavours has an almost meditative feel to it and it became one of my "me times" when I put some Miles Davis on, kick off my shoes (I love cooking barefoot) and whip something up that I am in the mood for that day.

Having said that, last week I made hummus. Do you like hummus? Well, Balazs and I love it and eat it weekly with pickles, hot sauce and fried eggs or just plain with a roasted garlic pita.

It’s one of the easiest recipes in the world but it can take a while to make it if you opt for dried chickpeas (aka harder way) but so rewarding in the end.

Also, it's a wonderful and a very thoughtful 'pop-by' gift as there is always plenty to share! I usually pack it in a little plastic container with a sweet bon app├ętit tiny note and include a few pitas in a paper bag when I am on my way to visit a friend for a quick chat.

Homemade Hummus 2 ways
(Serves 2-3 bigger bowls)

Ingredients:
* 50 grams of dried chickpeas or canned (it’s up to you)
* ¼ cup of cooking liquid or the canned one
* Lemon juice of half of lemon
* 2 tablespoons of olive oil
* 2 tablespoons of Tahini
* 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
* Sea salt and pepper to taste

Extras:
* Sun-dried tomatoes
* Sweet red paprika powder
* Olive oil for the drizzle
* Chopped nuts

If you are using dry chickpeas, please follow the first step as well:

1. First, wash the chickpeas until the water is clear. Place them in a cooking pan full of cold water over night (10 to 15 hours)  with 1 tablespoon of baking soda or till the chickpeas feel soft. Next morning rewash them again and put them back in a pot full of cold water. Cook it until the grains are very easily smashed when pressed between two fingers - around 2 hours. When they are soft and ready, pour the water out while leaving a bit of it for blending.

2. Next, put your (dried cooked chickpeas or the canned ones) into a food processor with the lemon juice, tahini, olive oil, the cooking water, pepper and salt. Blend till the texture is smooth and creamy. Keep on tasting and adding spices while blending to your liking.

3. After you achieve the desired texture, transfer your ready hummus to two bowls and garnish them. One with chopped dried tomatoes and nuts. The second one with a spoon of olive oil and red sweet paprika. Ta dah!

Lovelies, any great recipes you tried this week? Fancy some hummus? xo

P.S: Also, rucola - avocado pesto and poached egg sandwich.
P.P.S: Plus a few more of my beloved recipes.

(Photos by exPress-o. Layout by Ana Degenaar - Blog Milk for exPress-o. Thank you Ana for your help with this series).

The Invisible Bicycle Helmet

By any means, bike helmets aren’t the most comfortable or stylish things in the world to wear, right? Do you wear one while biking? Well, two brilliant Swedish designers, Anna and Teresa are set to change our perspective with their clever idea of an invisible helmet that they worked on for the past 7 years.  I’m in awe of them, aren’t you? Isn’t it brilliant? xo

P.S: Here is more info if you fancy reading more.
P.P.S: Plus, going Dutch and Danish.
 
(via Design Mom. Photos via Cathie and by Shannen Norman)

Ooey Gooey Rocky Road

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I am terrible for teasing you and myself with those rocky road cookies this afternoon but how can I not?! They look scrumptiously chocolaty, irresistibly ooey-gooey and the mini marshmallows on top - well they fit right in, don’t they? (Can’t resist it? Full recipe here - including a video).

Are you a cookie monster? Or are you more into pies or cakes? xo

P.S: Plus, a few more takes on cookies!

(via The Ginger Snap Girl. Photos by Gloria and Joanna)

First Date Tips!


The last time I was on a proper first date was a whooping 12 years ago - eek! How about you?  So when yesterday night I met up with my single and gorgeous friend, Olive who I used to work with years ago, I was all ears to hear about the little dating tips that are popular nowadays.

Back in the day I used to follow two first date rules: never an intimate dinner, as it can get super awkward. I loved going for 'drinks and sides' - like a hummus plate and a cocktail or a cheese plate and wine. And the second: always meet at the agreed spot, as first time 'small talk' can get really uncomfortable, especially in a taxi!

Well, here are two of Olive's last night tips that I loved: always get drinks that you can drink with a straw as you have too much to worry about already and smudged lipstick shouldn’t be on that list. And the other one is that dinner at the bar makes first date less intense and more social. I like that!

Lovelies, your turn: what are your first date tips? When was the last time you went on a first-date with someone new? How was it? I’d love to know. xo

P.S: Also, a few dating moves and a snazzy date-night outfit:)
P.P.S: Plus, table phone talk and  how to avoid lipstick faux pas.

(Photo of Ashley and Zach by Andria and of Michelle Williams & Heath Ledger via Josh Padilla)

One Couple, One World And Thirty Weddings!

Alex and Lisa is a sweet British couple who over a year ago sold off all their assets and embarked on a travelling wedding adventure…


Their plan is to get married in each and every country they visit across the globe - but not officially. They want to experience the traditional or unique takes on wedding ceremonies in all those places including all the traditional customs, finding the perfect spot and of course the dress. At the end of the trip they will pick their favourite place, return and finally tie the knot - officially this time. Bravo, to them! What a brilliant way to travel, see the world and experience wedding ceremonies in all those different countries. What do you think? Would you do it? xo

P.S: Here are all the wedding locations so far: Seattle, England, Las Vegas, Mexico, Peru, Antigua, British Columbia - Canada, Belize and Hawaii)
P.P.S: Plus, more wedding goodness.

(via My Modern Met. Photos via I do, I do, I do)

The New French Manicure For Autumn

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Remember this fun neon manicure? Well, according to ELLE Magazine, autumn will be all about rebelliously sassy take on French manicure. The trend follows just one rule - no white polish. The base shade can be any colour you fancy and the tips are all about rounder edges and funky finish. I really adore the top colour combination as it seems perfect for autumn greyness, doesn’t it? (Btw: it would look stunning with this little number for a date night). Does it tickle your fancy? xo

P.S: Here is the how to - it look fairly easy.

exPress-o Film Club: It's Complicated


Have you seen the movie It's Complicated? What did you think? Since it came out I watched it about 5 times, including last Sunday night. For me Meryl Streep can not do anything wrong, the lady is incredible and Alec Baldwin is totally hilarious (and hairy) - remember his omg line? It’s one of those films that ticks all the boxes from being funny, heartwarming and extremely scrumptious (the Croque monsieur sandwich holds a whole new meaning to me now) to even a bit heartbreaking.

Bits and bobs:
- Btw: wasn't Meryl fantastic in Julie and Julia? And have you seen her in one of her newest roles as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady? I haven't yet.
- I read that she tries to lead as ordinary life as she can and she says: "you can't get spoiled if you do your own ironing".
- Here is more about the movie.
- John Krasinski has a tiny little role in the movie but he nailed it!
- Check out how he felt about meeting The President for the first time - so funny!
- Meryl kisses and tells.
- Alec was also recently featured on the new Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld.
- Steve Martin and Alec made a brilliant Oscars' duo, didn't they?
- Oh, we can not end this post without including Jack Donaghy's best lines from 30 Rock.
- And Nancy Meyers (the director) talks about the movie.

P.S: How about this one?

(Photos via IMDb)

Autumn Trend: To Blazer or not to blazer?


Another reason I’m looking forward to autumn is my navy-blue blazer with worn out elbow patches that is already peeking out of my closet. My friend Amy says that the best part about blazers is that when the evening comes you can just roll up those sleeves and hit the town. For me they are extra versatile but only if you find your perfect cut. Have you already? Fancy wearing a sassy blazer this autumn with a pair of cozy boots, a snazzy scarf and a great pair of pants?

P.S: And this one!

(Photos by/via A well traveled woman, Nicole Franzen, Erin Wilcox, The Daybook, Shannon, The Sartorialist & Vanessa Jackman)

Eight Awesome Doormats For Autumn!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Since I keep on spotting adorable doormats everywhere lately (even the little cake shop down the road), I've decided to get one myself that will bring smile to our guests' faces upon arrival on our doorstep. My mom always says that as insignificant as welcome mats might appear, they're one of the few first things your visitor sees in your home and it sets the mood. Good point isn’t it? So today I put together a list of eight welcome mats that are cute, stylish, some a bit cheeky and fun. Which one would you go for? xo

1. anchor, $25
2. bike doormat, $25
3. bone jour, $15
4. nice underwear mat, $24
5. please don't leave, $18
6. bonjour, $19
7. keep calm, $23
8. come in/go away, $39

P.S: Also, ten takes on picnicking:)

(Top photo by Maike, layout by exPress-o)

exPress-o Originals: Green Sun Tea (with lemon, lime, mint and honey)



No summer can be complete without an afternoon of ice-cold sun tea! Have you had one already? My take on it is pretty straight forward: Japanese green tea, sliced lime, lemon and a bunch of fresh mint leaves all chucked into a jar with cold water. On a good day it takes about 3 to 4 hours to get ready but it’s worth the wait. We usually top it off with ice cubes and sweeten it with honey! Btw: Each time I make this combo I feel like a little scientist who keeps on cheekily peeking into the window and checking the progress of brewing. Bliss!

Psst: Here is the how to if you fancy trying it!

Pour 3 glasses (or 1 liter) of water in a jar/pitcher. Next, add 3 teaspoons of green tea, 1 sliced lime, half sliced lemon and a bunch of fresh mint leaves into the water. Seal the jar. Place the jar for about 3-4 hours on a sun-filled windowsill or outside in your garden during the hottest part of the day. After the brewing process is completed, sieve through the tea. Let it chill for a bit in a fridge or drink it with ice cubes and a bit of honey right away. Ta dah!

Loves, what’s your favourite take on sun tea? (My friend does it with rose tea and vanilla). xo

P.S: Also,  this lemonade and a few more of my favourite recipes!
P.P.S: Plus, porch swing.

(Photos by exPress-o. Layout by Ana Degenaar - Blog Milk for exPress-o. Thank you Ana for your help with this series).
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