This Week's Gems

Friday, October 31, 2014

Ah, this blazer is made for chilly autumn days:)...

Swoon - how stunning are those diamond rustic stack rings?

Ha! The coolest spoon ever!...

Imagine wearing this bag with your favourite autumn uniform - perfection!...

Stunning bulb vase since it's never too early to start thinking about growing Paperwhites...

A key ring to adore...

How beautiful are those yarn ball hair pins?...

The prettiest porcelain spoon...

My new coffee-love...

The perfect everyday necklace...

Cactus print perfection! A must for a work desk:)...

Bit under the weather? Try this mustard soak detox bath...

Cheese markers for those amazing Friday nights with friends...

Happy Friday! What caught your eye this week? Any great buys or finds? xo

P.S: Fancy more gems?

(Top photo by Polienne)

The 15-minute rule to a less-distracted life.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

How are you with your house chores? Do you prefer spreading them throughout the week, or you'd rather do everything in one day?

Last year, after reading Jodi's post, I adapted her 15-minute rule to my everyday house chores to live a less distracted life. I'm not the type that would spend a whole day cleaning the house, and since I work from home, I get easily distracted if the kitchen floor needs mopping, or the pile of laundry that I've been avoiding is getting bigger and bigger. So taking 15 minutes each day to do one thing like laundry, cleaning the bathroom, organizing the closet or dusting makes my life smoother and keeps the distractions to a minimum. Works great for me. What works for you? xo

P.S: Your happiness makes your friends happy, too.
P.P.S: For a good night's sleep.

(Photos via mrs washalot and Minnie)

24 Years, 215 Countries, 1 Car.

Blimey, meet 77-year-old Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine who just returned from a 24 years long road trip! Yup, they spent all those years covering 556,000 miles and visiting 215 countries - all in their trusted car that was adapted to fit in a mattress, storage for their gear, a set of clothes and some basic kitchen utensils. They went everywhere from Africa, South and North America, Asia, Australia, the whole of Europe, even to the base camp of the Mount Everest which is 5,200 meters above the sea. Ah, what an adventure!

Can you imagine the amazing memories they brought back? Have you ever taken a road trip? Would you?

P.S: Let's travel!
P.P.S: Plus, tons more travel lust.

(via Sho & Tell via Daily Mail. Photos by SWNS)

Let It Go...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In the world that gives us countless opportunities to be in control of the smallest things, like how many steps we take while walking, it's no surprise that everyone wants to be immaculately accurate about every decision they make. Yet, I find myself wanting to have less control and keep going back to Kiki Smith’s words for comfort.

"Just do your work. And if the world needs your work it will come and get you. And if it doesn't, do your work anyway. You can have fantasies about having control over the world, but I know I can barely control my kitchen sink. That is the grace I'm given. Because when one can control things, one is limited to one's own vision."

Each time I read it, I realize that knowing everything, planning ahead and being fully in control of the giant that is life is simply impossible. No point trying to tame the beast…just do what you do and you will be just fine.

Thoughts? Do you feel in control? xo

P.S: How to have a great life full of simple pleasures.
P.P.S: High five New York :)

(Photo by Luca Bortolato)

Clean Eating: Banana Nut Porridge

Do you like porridge or oatmeal? As a child I used to eat it all the time for breakfast. Nowadays, I much prefer making a hearty bowl of porridge for dinner on those slow, lazy nights when Balazs is working late and I'm having the flat totally for myself.

Here is the thing about this particular porridge, it's without a doubt the healthiest and yummiest bowl of breakfast goodness around. It doesn't contain cow milk or sugar or oats or yoghurt - it's made entirely from nuts, banana and coconut milk.

Have I convinced you? I hope so:) xo

Banana Nut Porridge
(Serves 4. Recipe adapted from Danielle Walker – Against All Grain)
- 1 ½ cup of raw nuts like cashews, almonds, pecans or any other you like
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1 table spoon of hemp seed* or hemp powder (optional)
- 2 cups of coconut milk
- 1 teaspoons of cinnamon
- A dash of sea salt for soaking water

Place the nuts in a bowl full of water and sprinkle the sea salt over them. Cover the bowl and soak overnight. Next morning, drain the nuts and rinse 2 or 3 times, until the water runs clear. Blend the nuts with the banana, coconut milk, hemp seed and cinnamon until smooth. Next, put all of the porridge in a pot on the stove and heat over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. When ready, serve with raisins, chopped nuts or dried fruits and an extra splash of almond milk if desired.

*Here is why I add hemp seed.
**If you are making the full recipe, you can store your leftover porridge in the fridge for up to 3 days.

P.S: My dear breakfast.
P.P.S: A breakfast club.

(Photos by exPress-o)

Fly Over Earth.

Fancy a quick trip around the earth with the International Space Station this morning? Go here and scroll, scroll, scroll! Crikey, isn't our planet breath-taking and pretty neat? Now go on and have coffee. xo

P.S: Tweeting astronaut.
P.P.S: Botanical space flight and a bit more of space dazzle.

(via Tina Roth Eisenberg. Photo via Scribol)

exPress-o Film Club: Begin Again

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A few days ago, Balazs and I watched the 2013 romantic comedy Begin Again and I still can't stop thinking about the way it made me feel. Have you seen it?

It's not your typical comedy - it's a cooler, more grown up, deeper take on a light-hearted love story. It's about two people bonding over song-writing, loneliness, heartache and betrayal that results in them rediscovering who they are, who they want to be and what's truly important to them. So if you're in the mood for some amazing tunes, incredible views, drunken song-writing and heartfelt emotions -  this film is totally for you!

Bits and Bobs:
- I can't get enough of the film's soundtrack. Pretty awesome, isn't it?
- My second favourite tune from the film.
- Adam Levine plays the ex-boyfriend.
- Next time a boyfriend cheats on you, sing him this song.
- Everything you might want to know about this film.
James Corden on the film.
- Now I really want to see him in One Chance. Have you seen it?
- Plus, he is starting a Late Late Show on CBS in March.
- Psst: I really enjoy his twitter feed.
- The amazing Keira Knightley sung all the songs herself.
- The moment Keira's and Mark Ruffalo's characters meet for the first time.
- She seems so lovely, doesn't she?
- Mark is probably best known for his role in Avengers Assemble or Zodiac but I loved him in 13 going on 30 and The Kids Are Alright.
- Keira played in films like Anna Karenina or Pride & Prejudice but she totally nailed this more light-hearted role as well. (And her dresses were something I'd wear any day).
- Here are all the tunes from the film if you fancy checking them out.

P.S: Plus, a few other films that I love right now.
P.P.S: And 10 best scary films.

(Photos via IMDb)
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