Travel Lust: Buddhist Academy in China

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Blimey, there are so many hidden gems out there and this (largest in the world) Buddhist Academy is no exception! It’s located in the remote part of the Larung Gar Valley in China, where over 40,000 monks and nuns enjoy the simpler things in life.

A few months ago, Wanson took a 20-hour bus ride from Chengdu just so he can spend a few days in this incredible place and take part in the lectures that are ran at the academy. He said, it’s one of those very remote locations that people can’t stay away from. Not only because of its spiritual calling but also the amazing beauty that surrounds it.

Wow, incredible, isn't it?

P.S: 8 million petals over Costa Rica.
P.P.S: Also, Phugtal Monastery in India and this park in Japan:)

(via Daily Mail)

Cheers to a relaxing weekend

Friday, April 17, 2015

Cheers to the weekend! What are you up to? On Monday it's our 13th anniversary with Balazs, so we are planning to celebrate the whole weekend with dinners, movie nights out and countless glasses of wine:) It's funny how time flies, but it's best when it's with someone you like a lot!

Also, thank you for such an amazing feedback on our new series! I'm so happy you enjoyed Katie's story and I'm totally overwhelmed by all the sweet emails I got about it. Next one is coming up on Tuesday!

Wishing everyone a jolly good next two days. Enjoy the amazing spring that finally decided to join us and I'll see you back here on Tuesday morning. Fancy going down the internet rabbit-hole?

Let's take a spring walk London-style, shall we?

Red lips, stripes and a great hat - love it!

How do you form your good and bad habits?

Oh boy, homemade mascarpone cheese. Yes!

Ode to a white tee.

10 clever ways to clean with lemons.

Fancy a solo trip this summer?

Black sesame cappuccino - what do you think?

The best proposal ever...

Surfing in a concrete jungle Munich-style!

Bring spring into your space.

Interesting: understanding 'why?' before considering 'how?'.


'I drank warm honey-lemon water every morning for a year'.

Forget calories.

Artists and their cats.

Thrifty tips...

15 books to cure your spring fever.


6 successful women and their morning routine.

Swimming with jets.

The world of dads on paternity leave and their babies...

And fancy a blast from the past?
- Four years ago tomorrow.
- Three years ago today.
- Two years ago today.
- One year ago today.

P.S: How about a bit of chit-chat? Join me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and even Pinterest.

(Photo taken this morning of the blooming tree in front of our building by exPress-o)

This Week's Gems

Swoon! Have you ever worn a dhoti? This sideswept chambray denim piece is on my spring wish list...

Swoonworthy hair accessory for a future bride...

Those pyramid studs are the perfect amount of all things understated and sassy...


Little snazzy everyday bracelet to adore...

Ha! How clever is this hanging linen laundry bag? Great for tiny flats with little space:)...

The best kind of dress for summer - love!...

Refreshing dead sea bath salts? Yes, please!...

Speaking of all things understated, this ring makes me swoon on so many levels...

I cant get enough of fresh flower crowns. You?...

One for you and the other one for your soul sister...


Who doesn't love giant balloons with a fringe?...

What caught your eye this week? Any great finds or buys?

P.S: Fancy more gems?

Lilac Water.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Have you ever sipped a glass of cool lilac water?

A few days ago, I ordered homemade lilac water in a restaurant. It was so refreshing, that as soon as I came back home, I immediately started researching for recipes. Supposedly, it’s perfect when you need a bit of uplifting.

So if you fancy making some this spring, here is a nifty how-to:
Take a few sprigs of fully bloomed lilac flowers, and soak them in a bowl of water. Next, place the washed sprigs in a glass jar full of cool filtered water and pop it in the fridge for 12-24 hours. Afterwards strain it, and enjoy! Ta dah!

P.S: Also, this iced green mango tea.
P.P.S: Plus, this scrumptious green sun tea.

(Photo and recipe by Good 4 you herbals)

Minimalist take on work uniform

Could you wear the same outfit to work every single day? Would you want to?

Meet Matilda Kahl, an accomplished NYC art director who wears the same ‘uniform’ to work every single day. Yup, about 3 years ago, Matilda had one of those typical Monday mornings when nothing she put on fit just right. Finally she settled on something, but when she hit the subway platform, she regretted it immediately!

By the time she arrived to the office, she felt uncomfortable and paralyzed by the fact that she was not only late and unprepared, but also because she realized her sweater was inside out. After that dreadful meeting, she came to the conclusion that she had enough of those unnecessary panic-filled mornings. There and then she decided she needed a change and find a solution to simplify her morning struggles. 

So here is what she did: she came up with the idea of a work uniform wardrobe that consists of 15 silk white shirts, a blazer, a jacket for cooler months and a few pairs of black trousers. She also incorporated a handful of personal details including a custom-made black leather rosette for her neck. 

What she said really stuck with me:

"The thought of reclaiming the driver's seat can feel overwhelming, but even small changes can make a huge difference. The simple choice of wearing a work uniform has saved me countless wasted hours thinking, "what the hell am I going to wear today?" And in fact, these black trousers and white blouses have become an important daily reminder that frankly, I'm in control. Today, I not only feel great about what I wear, I don't think about what I wear."

In a world where most people try to express their personality in their individual style, it's refreshing to see someone who is able to say it's too much and takes a simpler path!

As for me, I love this idea. You? I'd love to know your thoughts.

P.S: Minimalism and spring reboot.
P.P.S: How to have a great life full of simple pleasures.

(via Harpers Bazaar. All photos by Matilda)

How He Asked

"I started to get down off the rather steep rock, but Andrew turned around and began talking about how this beautiful hike reminded him of our relationship – exciting... tough at times... yet unimaginably beautiful. Even as he started to talk, I had no idea what was going on, but then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. With shaky legs and so many tears in my eyes, I said yes."

"We reached the intersection of West Cedar St and Acorn St, where I recited a poem that I wrote for her. The surprise and happiness I saw in her eyes when I asked her to marry me is a moment I’ll never forget..."
"We were in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by snow-covered mountains and rolling white plains, miles from the nearest person. Connor had one of the photographers (my Christmas present) tell us to hug and close our eyes so that he could take closeup pictures of us (while also handing off the engagement ring to Connor). When I realized Connor was hugging me with only one arm, I immediately asked, “Where is your other arm?!” All of a sudden, he got super teary eyed and started to shake..."
"On the way, we happened to pass Tiffany & Co. My nerves had started to build so I thought having a little fun might help calm them. I asked Megan if she wanted to go in. She thought I was joking but I said that she could show me what kind of engagement rings she liked. We did a little browsing and she showed me what style she wanted (luckily, I already had the same thing in my coat pocket). We left the store and strolled a few more blocks to our final destination...."
"Connor grabbed my hand, we walked out on the rock, turned and smiled for Connor’s brother. As I was looking at the camera Connor tugged my hand for me to look, when I turned around he was on one knee holding my beautiful ring. The request was simple, no poems or fluff, he just looked at me and said “Kourtney will you marry me” he had watery eyes and I was frozen. I was shocked, the first thing I said out of my mouth was “are you serious?” I couldn't express the joy, surprise, and all other emotions I felt."
"We had been to Vegas and went in their version of the Eiffel tower. I decided I wanted to take Ashley to Paris and propose to her in the “real” Eiffel tower but wanted it to be a complete surprise and something she would remember forever."
"This year we went on a 5 day expedition to Hang Son Doong, the world's largest cave in Vietnam. Underneath a sunbeam below Doline 1, I dropped to one knee and asked my girlfriend of 6 years, Alesha, to marry me. Inside one of the most beautiful places on the planet, she thankfully said yes!"

Have you seen this sweet instagram account called HowHeAsked? Their whole feed and their website is full of the most beautiful proposal stories accompanied by heartfelt photos. Honestly, I could spend my whole day reading those sweet stories - above are a few of my favourites.

Now I’m curious, how were you proposed to? Was it a surprise? Did you expect it? What would be your ideal proposal?

P.S: On top of the world and 10 feel good films of my 20s.
P.P.S: 15 takes on life, love and happiness.

(via Bored Panda)

Dean's Blue Hole in the Bahamas

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Holy Moly, have you heard of Dean's Blue Hole? It’s the world’s largest and second deepest underwater sinkhole, plunging 663 feet to the ocean floor in a bay west of the Bahamas. It’s one of those places that will take your breath away and make you feel invincible... or really small - one or the other :)

Anyway, one of the few who dared to take the plunge was world champion freediver, Guillaume Nery. Luckily for those of us, who would never be brave enough to go down there, he created this amazing video (below) where he takes us on a trip of a lifetime. Have a look!

Would you dare?

P.S: Plus, world's deepest indoor swimming pool.
P.P.S: Remember this?

(via Daily Mail. Photos via SarahNational GeographicHeatherJoJo and Igor Liberti)
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