How to grow your own tea plant (from a teabag)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Speaking of tea, here is a random yet genius little idea to re-purpose your used tea bags as seed starters! Supposedly if you place a used teabag in a shallow dish and keep it moist like you would with seed starters, it will sprout in no time. After it grows tiny leaves, you then plant the whole thing in a pot! Brilliant and nifty, isn’t it? I’m going to try it tonight. You?

P.S: Also, use, regrow and repeat and all things pineapple plant.
P.P.S: Plus, how to create your own urban herb garden.

(Photo and how-to by Red Lotus Gardening via Kelly)

Plaid with plaid (and more plaid)

Seems that we all love wearing plaid with jeans or stripes or even on its own, but how would you feel about wearing two or even three different plaid patterns together in one fall uniform?

According to Madewell overabundance of plaid is actually a good thing and we should take full advantage of it. The key is to stick to one colour family and play around with scale. For every large-scale plaid, like a big buffalo check, add one tightly checked tartan - ta dah!

Sounds easy and wonderfully unexpected, doesn’t it? The question is, would you be brave enough? (I’m going to try the shirt + scarf combo at first). You?

P.S: How about stripes on stripes?
P.P.S: Plus, all things autumn denim and the 'it' Parisian jacket for fall.

(Photos by/via Angi Welsch , The Zoe ReportJugsMinweeMy ShowroomSportsanistaELLE  and Adoreness)

Tea Rituals Around the World.

Eastern Africa





The British Isles 


"Before steel, before oil, before cars or guns or Coca-Cola, there was tea - one of civilization’s first truly global commodities, as well as one of its most enduring and beloved."

Whether you're a tea drinker or not, we all love to indulge in a cuppa from time to time, don't we? It's more than just drinking a hot beverage, it's the whole comforting ritual of sitting down, slowing down and taking in the aroma. Each time I visit my mom in England, she always makes a point of going for a proper tea and though I'm not a huge tea drinker myself, I see the beauty, the elegance and the tradition in it.

Recently, CNT created a stunning series of tea rituals around the world (with amazing descriptions) showcasing its history. Just looking at those images above make me want to start drinking tea more often...

Do you drink tea? Which is your absolute favourite?

P.S: How-to 3-ingredient Vietnamese Longan tea.
P.P.S: Vanilla infused tea and coffee and those awesome blooming teas.

(Quote by Heidi Johannsen Stewart for CNT. Photos by Anna Williams and prop styling by Amy Wilson)

exPress-o Film Club: True Story

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Have you seen True Story? Sometimes it's refreshing to sit down and watch a film without any preconceived notions, reviews or spoilers of any kind. This was the case with True Story, and it made the experience all the more exciting, intriguing and sometimes baffling.

As with most films that are based on a true story, for me it doesn't end with the credits. That's when I start researching and reading all the background info on the real characters, the real events, and this part is just as exciting as the movie itself.

The story is about a New York Times journalist and a convicted murderer. It’s about their strange, co-dependent, yet totally fascinating relationship that all started with a simple phone call and a stolen identity. Throughout the film they seem to bond, help each other in a way, but you can’t help wondering whether it’s one-sided, if it's all just a game, or do they actually trust each other. The multi-layered, complex personality of these characters is the driving force behind this captivating picture. Through its twists and turns in the the end, the heart-breaking truth is revealed. Or is it?

So if you’re in the mood for a thought-provoking true story, this film is definitely for you.

Bit and bobs:
James and Jonah on the story.
- Jonah on actually disliking his own character.
The truth behind the 'true story'...
- And the real Christian Longo.
Love this, you?
- Balazs and I were playing this game last night - it's impossible:)
Hilarious - Felicity is so lovely. I want to be her friend.
Felicity on work, family and all that jazz.
- Did you know that Felicity is the female lead in the new 'Star Wars'?
Remember Seth...oh boy!

P.S: And 10 best scary films...
P.P.S: Plus, tons more film awesomeness!

(Photos via IMDb)

Succulent Garden

My friend Stella started a brand new job last week, so I wanted to do something nice for her since I knew how stressed she was about going back to work after having kids and staying home for a few years.

A couple of days before, I got a handful of cacti, succulents and a pretty bowl from Ikea and I recreated Kaylee’s succulent garden idea. We agreed to meet the morning of her first day for coffee (and a pep talk), so I took that opportunity to give it to her.

Over the weekend, she called saying that the plant bowl ended up being the perfect first day of work ice breaker. Everyone seemed to ask about it and the conversation just flew from there. I love how something so little can make someone's life so much easier.

Ah, I haven't worked in an office setup for years now, but I still remember how awkward those first days can be. Do you work in an office? Do you still remember your first day?

P.S: Also, the perfect gift for people who love food and a few sweet new mama and baby ideas you might like.
P.P.S: Plus, the universal family and ubuntu - I am because we are.

(Photos by The Blondielocks)

Les Prémas

Margot, born at 29 weeks
Noah, born at 32 weeks. His twin sister Victoria, left in the framed picture, died after living 1 month
Felix, born at 24 weeks
Chloé, born at 32 weeks
Theo, born at 25 weeks
Thomas, born at 29 weeks
Alice, born at 27 weeks

Be still my heart! Whenever I think of newborn babies, I always picture them all delicate and fragile. So when I spotted this moving series of premature children and what they have become, I literally teared up. Red Méthot photographed a group of kiddos who were born earlier than expected, holding a picture taken at the time of their birth. To me, this simple yet moving idea symbolizes perseverance against all odds. Incredible, isn’t it?

P.S: Baby faces.
P.P.S: One day young.

(via ufunk)

If you only buy one thing this season...

Monday, September 28, 2015 should be a tweed coat, jacket or a blazer. It’s incredible how something so understated like a tweed blazer can transform a simple outfit into a great work-wear look. I usually wear mine with tees or sweaters and jeans but I fancy trying it with a denim shirt this fall. Plus, not to mention, tweed is ideal for layering when it gets super cold in the winter. Oh boy, I’m swooning, you?

P.S: Those two are perfect!
P.P.S: Also, tweed and this trend = fall perfection!

(Photos by/via VogueFashion Gone RougeThe SartorialistThe Craftylicious CrafterZsazsa BellagioJamie BeckNote To Self)

Bang-licious Fall

I have a hairdresser’s appointment booked for Wednesday and I’m tempted to go back to full lush bangs. Eek, as always I’m struggling to make a decision! I have a love/hate relationship with bangs. I adore the look, but it can be a handful to maintain, can't it?

So, I'm going to spend the first part of the week trying to figure out what to do, while lusting over those bang-licious images above. Do you have bangs right now? What do you think?

P.S: Also, this low braided bun and those copper hair goodies.
P.P.S: Plus, tons more hair goodness.

(Photos via Design CollectorI Don't WantFashion TagRefinery29 and Madewell)

Giveaway Winner

Drum rolls, please! The winner of our Emmy Trinh jewelry giveaway is Kassie. Congrats!

P.S: Thank you all for playing...

Cheers to a jazzy weekend.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Ah, I love that Friday feeling, you? What are you up to this weekend? I’m going for a Pilates class this afternoon and tonight Balazs and I are going to play billiards with a few friends. (Btw: what’s your fall series line-up? I need to discover a new series to watch). Dearies, have a great autumn weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday morning. Fancy going down the internet rabbit hole? Enjoy!

How to make breakfast the best meal of the day.

I've been daydreaming of a Safari trip ever since I read this amazing post. Have you been?

Was it all worth it?

You have till Monday morning to enter this stunning GIVEAWAY! Don't miss your chance:)

This family went back to basics for a whole year.

The thing called slow living...

Brilliant: soup pots on the go!

For healthier skin...

...And this glowing skin brew.

Does summer sunshine make us happy?

This is lovely...

'Not having kids doesn't mean you're not a mother'.


Cooking is a joyous lifelong pleasure...

A few nifty ways to fall-ify your coffee.

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

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

(Photo via Ciao Bella!)

This Week's Gems

The prettiest cardigan for fall...

Great apron for weekend baking...

I love how classy yet sassy this necklace is...

Stunning wooden bench...

The 'it' stacking duo...

Well? :)...

Ah, look at this little beauty!...

Because you can never have too many tea towels...

A must have...

Aww...sweet tiny lotus necklace - love...



The prettiest take on stripes - especially worn with foxy red lipstick and a top knot:)...

Celebrate your right to love...

Big bags are my weakness (and this one is a keeper)...

Cheers to Friday! What caught your eye this week? Any great finds or buys? 

P.S: Fancy more gems?
P.P.S: Also, don't miss our swoonworthy GIVEAWAY this week!
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