Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

My lovelies, happy, happy Thanksgiving! This afternoon we are meeting a whole bunch of friends for a huge Thanksgiving feast and afterwards everyone is coming over to our place for drinks, wine and pie. And since tomorrow it's Balazs 39th birthday, we are planning to make it into a whole weekend of playing board games, listening to Miles Davis, watching a few classic films, drinking cocktails with those ice cubes and eat, eat, eat ourselves silly!

If you are in a post-reading-type-of-mood in the next few days, please feel free to browse through exPress-o! Here are a few scrumptious ideas including those festive spoons, the 'it' panini for Friday (we can't wait to make it again this year), some pie goodness and if you feel a bit chilly, this hot chocolate with wine will make you feel all warm and happy in no time. Promise! Also, for those who like their wine cold, here are 2 last minute wine chilling tricks and a nifty tip on saving leftover wine. Next week I'll continue with our gift guides and I am so pleased that you're enjoying them so far. Also, don't miss our beautiful Keecie GIVEAWAY!

And here are a few cool discount details for your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping fun!
- Petitor: 15% off on all designs (no coupon necessary)
- Scarlett Jewelry: 10% off with the code: BLACKFRIDAY10
- Crave Jewelry Design: 15% off on orders of $20 or more with the code: WHOOHOO
- Elisabeth Michael: 20% off with the code: BlackFriday + 50% off on Cyber Monday
- ShopCuffs: has a cool contest of shop to win $100 gift card with the code: ShopToWin
- Upper Metal Class: 30% off with the code: ThankYou30
- Swedish Inspirations: 10% off with the code: 10OFF
- Gwen Delicious: 15% off with the code: EXPRESS15
- Garnish: offers free shopping on all orders over $75
- Andrea Bonelli: 30% off on select pieces
- Minetta: 10% off with the code: ESTYSALE

Darlings, I'll see you all Monday morning (miss you already). xo

P.S: If you fancy a bit of chit-chat, you can always catch me on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

(Photo of a group of girls holding turkeys as they practice singing Christmas carols on the 29th of November 1929 by FPG)

This Week's Gems

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My new favourite sweater:)...

This turquoise bar necklace is simply irresistible. A great little accessory to add a dash of colour to your winter uniform:)...

Ha! Sassy apron in a jar. Genius...

How cozy does this blanket look?...

I am totally smitten with antlers right now and those little notecards would come in super handy when you want to write a little note to someone special :)...

Found: the perfect little black dress + pockets!...

This diamond beauty would make the most swoonworthy engagement ring, wouldn't it?...

Because you simply can't have too many adorable socks...

The most beautiful winter napkin:)...

Moon and star - the perfect pairing! Sassy everyday studs....

Genius Christmas idea: cookie dough favours! You will need those containers and those labels. Ta dah!...

Ah, how amazing are those pants? They would go oh-so well with a simple grey tee this Holiday season. Wouldn't you say so?...

For all the Nevada fans out there, a sassy little knuckle ring shaped like the state. Love!...

Giggle! Such a fun print:)...

The sweetest gift idea = personalized anniversary bracelet....

Lovelies, what caught your eye this week? Any great buys or finds? xo

P.S: Also, planning Christmas shopping? Here are our gift guides so far.
P.P.S. And don't miss our sassy trio GIVEAWAY!

Christmas Gift Guide 2013: *Part Four* For Avocado Lovers

Say avocado, avocado, avocado three times - are you smiling? Yup, they somehow magically make everything better. Like chocolate or pickles, they are incredibly addictive but much healthier. A few weeks ago I read that statistics show that every single person in today’s world probably knows someone who is utterly smitten with avocados. If that is true those 10 nifty little avocado gadgets will make Christmas shopping easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy for us all. Right?

So without further ado, here are 10 gift ideas for those moms who make avocado hair-masks from scratch; husbands who eat avocado toasts like it's their job; sisters who will take 2 different subways just to pick up the freshest avocados in town for dinner - and yourself, the nut who can't get enough of this pear-shaped green goodness. Le sigh! Here we go:

1. Fresh pod avocado keeper, ($7.39) - because sometimes a whole avocado it too much for one little person:) This way she can store it for later.

2. Beeswaxed organic muslin food wrap, ($17.95) - for the mom or sister who loves all things organic, reusable and anti-bacterial. Plus it will keep your avocado wonderfully fresh till dinner.

3. Avocado hand therapy cream, ($8 - $20) -  for the best friend who loves the smell of avocados and always complains that her hands are way too dry. This baby will do the trick!

4. Absolutely Avocados cookbook, ($15.39) - this gem will make any avocado fan freak out. It's that amazing! Plus, you can always be sure that an avocado dish will be served on the next dinner party:)

5. 3 in 1 avocado slicer tool, ($9.95) - it's magical and super nifty. What else would he want?

6. Avocado and olive oil triple milled soap, ($15) - to make her feel special during those early morning showers. The scent is incredibly stunning!

7. Avocado salt & pepper shakers, ($45) - because salt always tastes better from avocado-shaped shaker:)

8. Avocado apron, ($37.95) - to show the love.

9. Guacamole recipe print, ($30) - A stunning watercolour that will brighten her kitchen. Plus, guacamole is her favourite dip anyway:)

10. Fresh California avocado basket ($27.95 - $124.95) - so you can make him his favourite avocado toast with salt and olive oil every single day from now on.

Lovelies, what caught your eye? Do you like avocados? xo

P.S: Also, here are six 2010 gift guides,  five 2011 gift guides, seven 2012 gift guides and this year's gift guides so far.
P.P.S: Plus, my favourite rucola and avocado pesto and those yummy roasted wedges:)

(Layout and design by exPess-o. Ode to the Avocado by Anne Emond via Wit+Delight)

Sleeping on Strangers on the Subway

Back in the day when Balazs and I used to be in a long distance relationship, I spent countless hours on planes and cabs. We used to fly to each other or meet somewhere half way just for a bit, a little time to have a dinner or a chat that didn’t involve holding a phone :)

Anyway, during that time I had a routine of catching up on my sleep during the flights and on countless occasions I might have snuggled unknowingly to a passenger or few next to me. Most of them didn’t mind or weren’t bothered I guess, since they never said anything. So when I spotted this video my heart melted. On October 21st this year a photo of a guy named Isaac went viral after he allowed a stranger to sleep on his shoulder for over half an hour. After spotting it, Charidy decided to see how many people would let a random person sleep on them. Here are the results, and the valuable lesson they learned. So if you have 2 minutes and 18 seconds to spare this morning, watch it! It will make you smile.

Psst: Would you let a stranger to sleep on you on the subway? Has anything like that ever happened to you?

P.S: On love.
P.P.S: Also, do you remember this sweet lesson on patience?

(Thanks Thelma)

exPress-o Film Club: Admission

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lovelies, have you seen Admission? What did you think? It’s a heart-warming comedy/drama with the ever amazing Tina Fey. It’s a story of second chances, change, hope, realization and happy ever after. It’s funny because I wasn’t sure if Tina can pull off a more serious role of a prestigious University admission officer who looks very put together on the surface but she’s incredibly vulnerable underneath - but despite my initial doubts, she nailed it! Also, the chemistry between her and Paul Rudd is full of fireworks. It’s one of those films I will surely re-watch over and over again. So if you are in the mood for some easy yet sweet watch that will make you rethink what’s really important in life, this film is totally for you:)

Bits and bobs:
- Paul Weitz directed this film and he also directed In Good Company and About a Boy.
- Yikey, awkward kissing - so hilarious:)
- Tina and Paul dish on Admission - so funny!
- Tina's newest hobby.
- Tina and Paul unscripted - oh yes!
- Here are 30 things you didn't know about Tina Fey.
- Paul Rudd prepping for Anchorman and some sexy talk:)
- Paul on Tina.
- A very sweet and so funny little video of Amy Poehler honoring Tina.
- Tina and the 2013 Golden Globes - genius!
- One of my favourite films with Paul was Anchorman and I can't wait for the new one. You?
- Do you remember him in Clueless?
- There is also Wallace Shawn, Michael Sheen and Lily Tomlin.
- A few of my favourite films with Tina are Baby Mama and Date Night (I've seen that one over 5 times already).
- Fancy knowing what Tina was doing at 25?
- Giggle!
- Paul on who and what makes him laugh + tons more.

P.S: And a few other films that rock my world right now.

(Photos via IMDb)

Christmas Gift Guide 2013: *Part Three* For Boys Of All Ages

Let's not forget about our boys, shall we? So without further ado, here are 14 cool, sassy, nifty and plain awesome gift ideas for beardy and cuddly husbands who give the best smooches. Dapper fathers in-law who always look the part. The sweetest dad on the earth who's eyes always light up when he sees you. Wonderful, hilarious and a bit nerdy brothers. The boys we want to impress and our crushes that we haven't yet had the courage to talk to, just for a bit! Ready? Here we go:

1. Steel ice cubes set, ($25.95) - for the dad who has the sweetest little ritual of having a glass of whisky on the rocks every Sunday while looking through old family photo albums.

2. James Bond Archives book, ($130) - the complete fifty years of Bond for the husband who secretly wants to be as cool as the man himself:)

3. Gold arrow tie bar, ($35) - for the suit-wearing-cigar-smoking father in-law who has like 50 different ties in the closet and no tie bars, till now, that is:)

4. Beard oil, ($28) - because you are so proud that he embraced Movember, if only for you.

5. Sea salt soap, ($8) - for the brother who is crazy about all things Swedish and has a thing for minerals:)

6. Bottle key, ($11) - for the boyfriend who loves his beer.

7. Touchscreen gloves, ($28) - to keep his fingers toasty all winter long while browsing on the-go!

8. Anchors chambray pocket square, ($25) - for the dapper boy you have a crush on and he also happens to be your Secret Santa this Christmas.
9. Big Business bag, ($324) - so he can fit in all his little gadgets for work and still look the part.

10. Chairs game, ($75) - for those nights with a glass of wine, cheese and jazz. He will love this game!

11. Riding Hoodie, ($40) - that has a nifty little pocket on the back so he can store his phone or keys in it while taking his usual Monday evening bike ride across the bridge:)

12. Mason shaker, ($29), so your dad can show off his cocktail-making skills in style this Holiday season.
13. Sfoglini Pasta Club membership, (between $75 and $260) for the husband who can't get enough of Sfoglini's pasta dishes and especially their Everything Bagel fusilli:) This way he will get a delivery of it every single month for a year. Happy days!

14. Dads are the Original Hipsters, ($8.19) - They truly are - enough said!

Darlings, which one caught your eye? What are you planning to get your husband, boyfriend, dad, friend, crush or secret santa? Do tell:) xo

P.S: Also, here are six 2010 gift guides,  five 2011 gift guides and seven 2012 gift guides! Plus a few more ideas for gents.
P.P.S: And for those sweet stargazers and tomboys in your life.

(Layout and design by exPess-o. Quote by Bob Marley. Image via A Well Traveled Woman)

Festive Fun With Bobby Pins

Last Wednesday I treated myself to a haircut and a scalp massage after months of growing out my bangs. It’s officially gone for now but I am positive, I will change my mind by next spring. Anyway, my hair is a lot shorter, but still considerably long, so I can play with different hairdos. I usually like unfussy solutions, so when I spotted this little triangle ‘do’ made totally out of simple bobby pins, I was sold and I wore it like it’s my job for most of last week. I even got a few compliments while out and about from total strangers. I also tried the 2 x-s' and tomorrow I am planning to ask my friend Sofia to help me make the chevron pattern for my low French bun as we are going for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner party to Balazs' work-friend. Ah, bobby pins, you are so darn awesome:) Would you try any of the bobby pins dos above?

P.S: Here are a few others you might like (the star tickles my fancy).
P.P.S: And more hair goodness including this messy French twist that I am planning to wear on Thursday:)

(Photos by/via Mucho Mucho Bueno Bueno, The Doppelganger, The Glossy Life, Free People, Style)

A 3 Piece 'Keecie' Set Giveaway

Monday, November 25, 2013

Today’s giveaway is from a swooworthy Amsterdam based handmade leather goods brand, Keecie. All their stunning designs are made from real leather, which means that your new bag, a sassy wallet, a sweet clutch or a cool little case will get more and more beautiful with years to come. Their snazzy collection will surprise you with their unique take on shape, original print and fun colours to choose from. If you are lucky to own one of their beauties, I promise it will become your go-to bag that will serve you well, add a bit of sass to your everyday outfits and it will be your reliable companion for years to come.

Today, Klaartje, the sweet owner is offering one lucky person a chance to win not 1 but 3 of their amazing pieces. Yup, the winner will get a 3 piece set of: this Backing Vocals purse in ink blue colour, this Listen up, iPhone 5 sleeve in cognac colour and this Mini Me wallet in gold colour. Total value of over $140 (or 104.50 Euros)! How awesome is that? I am incredibly smitten with all their pieces. Psst: and I totally hinted to Balazs that this bag would be very welcome under the Christmas tree this year:) Giggle!

For a chance to win you should be a follower of exPress-o, please visit the Keecie webshop and tell us which piece is your favourite. As always the giveaway is open worldwide. The winner will be chosen at random on Sunday night. Good luck! xo

For extra entries:
Follow exPress-o on Twitter, like Keecie on Facebook, follow Keecie on Pinterest, join exPress-o group on Facebook, follow Keecie on Twitter, follow exPress-o on Pinterest or tweet, pin, blog about the giveaway and please make sure to leave a separate comment for each. Also, please include your email address, so I can contact the winner. Thank you:)

(3rd image by Beeld Steil)

Update: The winner is Marieken.

Are You Afraid To Fail?

The thing about us adults is that we are scared of failure. Kids just go for things with no fear whatsoever. If they don’t succeed, it’s really not a big deal to them. They just keep on trying. Remember those times? But when the teenage years hit, we get self-conscious, afraid to look unsure or uncool. And that’s when we stop trying as much, become more careful and more set in our ways. By the time we’re full-fledged adults, the word “new” can sound as scary as “defeat,” so we play it safe and stick to what we know instead of just breaking free like kids do. You know what they say, right? Kids truly hold the essence of life.

Well, this video will not only make your Monday morning wonderfully smiley but it will also prove that the statement above is true. Unstuck asked a bunch of kiddos a few questions about failing, like if they were afraid of it, what it means to fail and how to just go for it. It’s incredible how smart, factual and truthful they were. What are we so afraid of? I have no clue but I know one thing, next time I am faced even with the smallest challenge, I will take in on like the little boy in the grey tee and shake off that excessive worry and go for it like back in the day on that playground swing:)

P.S: I forgot my phone.
P.P.S: A sassy GIVEAWAY is coming up!

(via Uunstuck)

Giveaway Winners

Drum rolls, please!!!
And the winner of the A Matter Of Choice necklace GIVEAWAY is Lauren. Congrats to both! xoxo

P.S: Thank you all for playing. A new giveaway is coming later today:)

Cheers to an amazing weekend

Friday, November 22, 2013

Darlings, I am so pleased that you are enjoying the gift guides so far. Thank you for all your sweet notes and emails. Two new ones are coming next week. What are you up to this weekend? Any great plans? Balazs and I are planning to get a few things organized for Thanksgiving and meet friends for dinner tomorrow night. How about you, sweets? Have a cozy next two days and as always here is a bunch of cool links for your weekend-blog-hopping-fun! Enjoy.

Mind blowing - honey bees can be trained to detect cancer 'in the minutes'.

Ah, Julia Child.

It is the perfect time to jazz up our business cards for the New Year, isn’t it? Those totally tickle my fancy as they are darn clever, and this one is simply genius!”.

How to set the ultimate Holiday table.

Sassy everyday smoky eye.

One of those posters would look so cool in a living room.

Yum, yum, yum!

We had this yesterday. So good!

I so want my Thankgiving table to look like this.

What a perfect little outfit!

This season is all about gift toppers. Aren't they cute?

What a beautiful home! Psst: did you spot the plate clock in the kitchen?

Donna Wilson is simply wonderful.

Sweet little advent calendar idea!

Brilliant - unexpected type:)

Fun little idea: chemex + fresh flowers.

Did you start looking for a 2014 calendar already?

I'd love to go mushroom picking. You?

Also, don't miss our two sassy GIVEAWAYS this week!
1. A Matter Of Choice necklace giveaway.
2. And the $65 UncommonGoods gift certificate giveaway.

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

Darlings, see you Monday morning. xo

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

(Sunrise photo via Anne Louise)

This Week's Gems

This must be the sassiest Peter Pan collar dress I've ever seen. What a beauty!...

Because festival lights make every room feel so much cozier...

How adorable is this tiny little ring?...

A sweet wallet for all your bits and bobs...

Is there anything better than stone fox pencils? :)...

What a snug little sweater. I just adore the short sleeves:)...

The 'it' tea towel to coffee lovers:)...

Aren't those fox canister jars awesome?...

Oh yes!...

Speaking of gifts, this name bracelet would make someone you love very happy!...

London, baby!...

The perfect good luck charm:)...

Picture those studs, a top knot and a white shirt = work-day outfit perfection!...

Must have for dads: this gold arrow tie bar!...

Just dandy:)...

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

P.S: Also, planning Christmas shopping? Here are our gift guides so far.
P.P.S. And don't miss those two sassy GIVEAWAYS this week!

Festive Ice Cubes

Thursday, November 21, 2013

This year my turkey might be a bit dry, my pies might be smaller than last year and my stuffing might be classic but boy, oh boy, I am going to blow everyone's mind with those sassy little festive ice cubes dipped in Holiday cocktails (or water if they prefer). Balazs and I are planning to test drive them tomorrow night - you know, just to make sure that they fit the drink - *wink*! xo

P.S: And jazzy take on water.
P.P.S: Plus, chocolate ice cubes heaven.

(Photos by Funky Time)
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