2014 - Let's Do This!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ah, what a wonderful year it has been and I simply can not believe it's over. Can you? Somehow I really enjoyed 2013 with it's ups and downs, but I am also very excited for the New Year! Fingers crossed for a few little changes and amazing 'first times':). Lovelies, thank you so much for reading exPress-o daily! All your sweet, hilarious and heart-warming comments and emails make my days so wonderfully cheery. Thank you for inspiring me each day, making me laugh out loud in random cafés after I read your comments or getting teary over your beautiful notes. I couldn’t ask for more amazing readers and it's such a pleasure getting up each morning to share my little world with you. Here is to a jolly good 2014 around the exPress-o dining table! Let's do this, shall we? x

P.S: I'll be back to regular posting on Thursday morning :)
P.P.S: Here are a few great hangover remedies if by any chance you need them tomorrow morning:)

(Photo by Kinfolk)

15 Sassy and Snazzy Girly Tricks

Monday, December 30, 2013

In the spirit of New Year's Eve and all things festive, here are 15 most loved beauty and fashion exPress-o tips or tricks from the past 4 years. They might just come in handy during the preparations for those end of the year parties. Have fun!

Starting with nr. 1 above, the always stylish and sexy 60s winged cat eyeliner look...

2. A tip to looking effortless while wearing a simple grey tee this party season...

3. How to get that sassy glowy skin in no time...

4. How to wear layers like a true French Mademoiselle, including texture layering...

5. Two nifty tricks to avoid a lipstick faux pas...

6. How to rock the sprezzatura state of style...

7. Modern rules of red lips + my new favourite red lipstick...

8. Three ways to va va voom...

9. How to look flowless with golden eye makeup...

10. How to achieve a romantic halo braid...

11. Tips on cuffing your sleeves J. Crew Style...

12. The it toner for under $5 that I use every single day...

13. On going grey...

14. Four super easy tricks to beautiful hair. Tried and tested!...

15. And lastly, how to get smooth legs in under 3 minutes...

15 Scrumptious Takes On Avocados

Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy Friday, darlings! Hope you had a jolly good Christmas! Speaking of all things delicious, I know how much you love avocados and since it's the end of the year, it's only fair to give a little spotlight to our favourite fruit. What do you think? Plus, what better way to give ourselves a tiny little break from all the festive food than with 15 of exPress-o's most loved avocado posts from the past 4 years. Enjoy!

1. Avocado bowls above. The super-duper salad with superb homemade dressing, a bit of lemon zest, tons of mint and plain toasted bread with garlic on the side.

2. Baked avocado fries with a dip or solo, however you fancy.

3. Green goddess grilled cheese sandwich with spinach, goat cheese and avocado.

4. Roasted avocado wedges dipped in yoghurt-garlic sauce.

5. Avocado fingers sprinkled with a bit of lemon juice, topped with a serving of goat cheese and wrapped in a slice of prosciutto.

6. Rucola and avocado pesto with a slice of fresh morning bread.

7. A nifty tip on how to use avocado as butter substitute for your next baking night.

8. Avocado and poppy seed cake with a dash of lemon. Perfect with a cup of hot tea.

9. Chocolate pudding with avocado for an easy and healthy snack on the go.

10. Avocado booster, the it morning drink!

11. Fancy knowing how to speed up the ripening process of your avocado in no time?

12. Or how to prevent avocados from turning brown after cutting them?

13. Breakfast pizza with avocado drizzled with a bit of lemon and topped with a sunny side up egg.

14. Avocado and goat cheese tacos for a weekend lunch.

15. Nifty trick to making sure you're buying an avocado that is ready to be eaten right away.

Darlings, have a dazzling weekend! xo

Cheers to jolly good Christmas!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Sweet darlings, how are you spending Christmas this year? Are you traveling, hosting or taking it easy? Balazs and I are spending the next few days with most of our family and friends that we haven't seen for a while. I am so looking forward to all their smiley faces, lazy mornings together, spontaneous naps, evenings of drinking wine and playing board games till the dawn and just simply sharing a meal with everyone at one big table while catching up.

Darlings, Balazs and I’d love to wish you all a jolly good Christmas filled with stolen smooches under the mistletoe and full bellies. Let the next week be merry, festive, and full of love and warmth. Be safe and happy!

I’ll surely pop in next week with a few fun posts, so make sure to check in once or twice, but in the meantime, feel free to browse through exPress-o. Maybe you’ll discover a post or two that you missed previously.

Merry Christmas!

Love,
Diana & Balazs

P.S: Fancy a bit of chit-chat over the Holidays? Join me on Twitter, Facebook or even Pinterest.

(Photo via Alyson)

This Week's Gems


Checked wool coat - yes, please!...

Gasp, how beautiful is this French dot constellation table runner?

What a dashing little necklace, swoon!...

Cozy!...

This amazing portable humidifier cap turns any water bottle into a humidifier. Genius!...

Those ankle boots would go great with the cozy coat above, wouldn't they?...

What a sassy and fun striped bag, don't you think?...

Totally swooning over that pillow cover...

My hat of choice...

Aww...Reindeer blanket...

Christmas slippers perfection!...

Great little stamps...

Sweet little personalized anniversary bracelet:)...

Lovelies, happy Friday! What caught your eye this week? Any great buys or finds? xo

P.S: Also, if you are still planning some last minute Christmas shopping, here are our 2013 gift guides.
P.P.S: Fancy more gems?

(1st photo by Collage Vintage, 6th photo by Oh Mai Darling)

New Year's Snack: Indoor S'mores

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Darlings, any fun plans for the New Year’s? If you are thinking about throwing a little party in your home or just having a quiet night in with your family, those indoor s'mores would make the perfect little treat for the last night of the year. Wouldn’t they? Balazs and I will be testing them between the Holidays while having friends over and I can't wait since you just need 10 minutes, 3 ingredients and a cast iron skillet. Layer it and pop it to the oven till it's toasty and ooey-gooey and ta dah! It's that easy. Yum! (Here is the full recipe). xo

P.S: Plus, the giant chocolate chip + s'mores cookie, this s'mores stuffed pizza cookie, that ooey gooey goodness and yummy s'mores ice cream.
P.P.S: WOW!

(Photos by Christina - Dessert For Two)

Would you dare?


Loves, would you be brave enough to try winter swimming in Finland? I totally would, mostly because I wouldn’t want to miss out on something so unique and incredible. You? I read that ice hole swimming is currently having something of a renaissance in Finland. Supposedly it’s very healthy and in Lapland people start their day with a quick dip after their morning sauna session. Ha! They also say that there is nothing more relaxing than a dive into ice cold water. But the main thing happens afterwards, because as soon as you come out, your circulation kicks in and your body starts to warm up, which results in a huge energy boost that lasts for the rest of the day. Brilliant, isn’t it? Would you dare? xo

P.S: How about this or this?
P.P.S: Aurora Borealis.

(Photos by Hanna-Kaisa Hämäläinen via Matka Maalle, Takk, Tero Maaniemi and Tessa Bunney)
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