Cheers to a jolly good Thanksgiving weekend!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

My lovely ladies, cheers to a relaxing long weekend full of delicious food, tipsy evenings and festive chatter all around! As each year, this afternoon we are going over to a friend's house for a huge feast. Plus, since it's Balazs' 40th birthday weekend, I have a few surprises for him in store that include a little getaway.

I will see you all back here on Monday, but in the meantime, please feel free to browse through exPress-o, maybe you'll find a post or two you have missed. Also, if you haven't already, swing by our Edor jewelry giveaway and our Christmas gift guides :)

And here are a few discount details for your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping fun!
Sora Designs: 15% off discount code: CYBERSORA15
- Crave Jewelry Design: 15% off on everything except custom pieces. Coupon code: ETSYHOLIDAYSALE
- The Stray Arrow: 15% off discount code: CYBERWKNDSALE
- Olive Yew! Jewels: 25% off discount code: 2014OY25
- Andrea Bonelli: 20% off discount code: blackfriday20
- Rilla: 40% off discount code: CYBER40
- I Adorn U: 30% off discount code: IWEARBLACK

P.S: If you fancy a bit of chit-chat, you can always catch me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or even Instagram. See you:)

(Photo by Rachel Joy Baransi for the kitchn)

This Week's Gems

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A pair of pants + this top = everyday uniform perfection!...

Understated and beautiful morse coded bracelet - a must have!...

How would a box of those pie tarts sound right about now?...

Found: the perfect everyday studs...

Totally fancy getting this Notting Hill houses print for our flat...

A lovely mug for your morning coffee...

Sassy rings for every finger...

My kind-of pocket square:)...

How pretty is this little necklace?...

Ha! This no-spill gravy separator would come in handy tomorrow, wouldn't it?...


I think I found my go-to hat for winter...

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

P.S: Fancy more gems?
P.P.S: Also, fancy a sassy necklace or a swoonworthy ring? Don't miss our GIVEAWAY this week!

The Perfect Gift For People Who Love Food

Over the past few years, I realized that food memoirs make one of the best gifts for all occasions from birthdays, anniversaries to Christmas treats or even hostess gifts. The rule of thumb is that people who love flipping through cookbooks will most probably love a good food story. So if someone just popped into your mind, you most certainly found yourself the perfect gift for that person. Here are the 14 of my favourite food memoirs that won't disappoint.

1. Delancey - a funny, frank and tender story about a man, a woman, a restaurant and a marriage written by the brilliant Molly Wizenberg.
2. Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table. A Collection of food essays from the New York Times - edited by Amanda Hesser.
3. Mastering Art of French Eating by Ann Mah. The memoir of a young diplomat’s wife who must reinvent her dream of living in Paris - one dish at a time.
4. Garlic and Sapphires: The secret life of a critic in disguise by Ruth Reichl.
5. Born Round: A story of family, food and ferocious appetite by Frank Bruni.
6. A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg. A brilliant coming-of-age story after a loss.

7. Alice, Let's Eat by Calvin Trillin is a hilarious odyssey in search of "something decent to eat".
8. My Life in France by Julia Child. (You will want to re-read this over and over again).
9. Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table by Ruth Reichl. A witty and compelling chronicle of a culinary sensualist's coming-of-age.
10. My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss. A delicious story of the search for happiness.
11. Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger by Nigel Slater is a tale of a childhood remembered through food.
12. The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten.
13. When French Women Cook: A gastronomic memoir with over 250 recipes by Madeleine Kamman.
14. Cooking For Mr Latte: A Food Lover's Courtship by Amanda Hesser. A story of two loves: food and Mr Latte:)

P.S: Also, our Christmas gifts guides so far this year.
P.P.S: Plus, don't miss our sassy jewelry of your choice GIVEAWAY!

(Top photo by A Sweet Spoonful. Layout by exPress-o)

The Icelandic Red Dress

Aren't those photos dreamy? Recently, Elizabeth travelled to Iceland for a personal project. Her goal for the trip was to become braver. As an introvert, she wanted to step out of her comfort zone, so she put on a red sassy dress, stepped in front of the camera and became a simple yet meaningful extension of nature. She said it was the best way to let go of fear or doubt and just enjoy the moment. Brilliant, isn't it? What a perfect place for a change.

P.S: It reminds me of the little red traveling skirt project.
P.P.S: Iceland - the land of giants, and do you remember this place?

(Photos by Elizabeth Gadd)

Tucked-in Winter Hair

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Have you noticed girls sporting the tucked-in hair trend lately? Basically it's all about tucking your hair into your sweaters, coats or scarves to achieve that sassy yet a bit messy and tomboyish winter vibe. I love it! What do you think: thumbs up or down? xo

P.S: Plus, this awesome autumn style tweak.
P.P.S: Don't miss our jewelry of your choice GIVEAWAY!

(Photos via Vogue, Who What WearHonestly wtf, They All Hate Us, The Cut, Models Jam and The Sartorialist)

Christmas Gift Guide #4: Cat Lady

Any cat ladies out there? Today's gift guide is for all those wonderful cat loving girls in your life. From your beloved aunt who wears cat slippers, your work-desk buddy who drinks her morning coffee from a cat mug, to your mom or sister who's eyes light up around their purring pets.

What caught your eye?

1. Ring dish ($22), 2. Cat eye mask ($24), 3. Vintage cat locket necklace ($32.50), 4. Cat flats ($60), 5. Paul & Joe lipstick and their lipstick cat case ($27), 6. Cat chase wallet ($74), 7. Cat print pyjama set ($52), 8. Leah Goren cat tee ($45), 9. Cat Lady notebook ($5), 10. Best friend hoodie ($46), 11. Love cats ring ($32), 12. Car Lady tote ($20), 13. Meow stud ($154), 14. Custom pet portrait pendant ($35).

P.S: Also, a gift guide for a person who loves all things organic and natural and the honey lover in your life.
P.P.S: Fancy a beautiful necklace, a pair of earrings or a bracelet? Don't miss our Edor GIVEAWAY this week!

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Symmetry Breakfast

How do you like your breakfast? Michael and Mark from London like theirs symmetrical :) One cold morning last year, Michael made omelette with avocado and salami for breakfast and noticed it was perfectly symmetrical, so he snapped a photo and posted it on Instagram. Ever since that day, it became his routine to create beautiful breakfasts, photograph them and post them exactly at 7:30 am each morning. Besides the obvious scrumptiousness, Michael hopes to inspire others to be more adventurous with their food and maybe even swap their usual bowl of porridge for something different from time to time. I love that, you?

P.S. Undone and date night winter style.
P.P.S: French omelette á la Julia Child.

(via The Guardian)

Edor Jewelry Giveaway

Monday, November 24, 2014

Today’s giveaway is from Edor, a swoonworthy California based jewelry boutique that I truly adore! All of Edor's designs are beautifully understated and full of minimalistic charm while in tune with the modern style. Cindy, the owner hopes that every piece she creates will make the wearer feel like their true self.

Today, Cindy is offering one lucky person a chance to win one of her designs. The awesome part: the winner can choose their favourite piece from her entire shop. As for me, I'm swooning over this balance necklace and the triangle and dot necklace is on my Christmas wish list. Also, those studs would make the perfect everyday earrings and the personalized dash bracelet would be the most heartfelt gift to a friend or a mom.

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

For extra entries:
Tweet about the giveaway, like Edor on Facebook, follow Cindy on Pinterest, follow exPress-o on Instagram, join the exPress-o group on Facebook, follow Edor on Twitter, follow exPress-o on Pinterest, follow exPress-o on Twitter or sign up for the Edor newsletter and please make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. Also, please include your email address, so I can contact the winner. Thank you:)

Update: The winner is Janee.

Breathtaking Polish Fall Foliage

Blimey, isn’t Polish autumn breathtaking? Meet, Kacper Kowalski, the genius photographer who loves exploring his own background, the Polish Baltic Coastline, while flying his little plane and capturing the beauty with his camera. Supposedly, this part of Poland is known for its swoonworthy rich landscape and endless, lush forests. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind getting lost in there one afternoon, would you? xo

P.S: Fancy more Polish beauty?
P.P.S: A swoonworthy GIVEAWAY is coming up!

(Photos by Kacper Kowalski)

Cheers to a relaxing weekend

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cheers to the weekend, lovelies! What are you up to? Besides catching up on sleep, we have no plans what so ever. It comes in handy since next weekend will be super busy anyway. Darlings, have a jolly good next two days and I will see you back here on Monday morning, but in the meantime, here is a bunch of cool links for your weekend blog hopping fun. Enjoy! xoxo

Starting off with our this year's gift guides so far.

Steph's photos make me swoon. This canvas print is one of my favourites.

A modern guide to Thanksgiving etiquette.

A few nifty pie tips.

Have you been to Athens?

"Can we just be real about motherhood for a second?"

You're getting old :)


Honey is the new shampoo.

How to sprout microgreens at home.


A short guide to a happy life.

The importance of being at ease.

A few essential oils for clear skin.

The power of habit.

All you need Thanksgiving guide!

What makes a great photo.

Fancy making your own moisturizer?

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

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

(Photo via Elorablue)

This Week's Gems

I'm utterly excited for Sézane's new collection (available next Sunday) - especially that sweater above...

Be still my heart, how beautiful is this necklace?...

Swoonworthy little duo: soap and a dish :)...

This little Garnet beaded bracelet would look amazing with a little black dress...

Brilliant and funny tote...

The perfect everyday ring...

Foodadz cutlery packs are perfect for hosting Thanksgiving feasts...

2015 stir and shake calendar...

Top knot, those earrings and a sassy sweater dress - weekend uniform...

Ha, scrumptious and genius!...

For a pop of colour...

Such a beautiful gift for a new dad...

A pair of boots to swoon over, don't you think?...

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

P.S: Fancy more gems?
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