Urban Jungle

Thursday, December 14, 2017











Wow, what a talent! Tatsuto Shibata is a Japanese photographer who has an eye for capturing the true essence of urban culture, and his photos of Tokyo, Hong Kong or Shanghai make me swoon on so many level! Honestly, I want to plaster my walls with them :)

P.S: Remember this?
P.P.S: Or that?

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Festive (Homemade) Hostess Gift


Speaking of all things delicious, here is a super simple, yet incredibly impressive homemade hostess gift idea that you can pack in a simple weck glass jar, with a sweet note attached.

Yes, those beauties are the most delicious festive pomegranate chocolate squares with notes of  tangy orange, cozy cinnamon, salty peanut butter and refreshing pomegranate. Julia says that every new bite feels like a little explosion of Christmas-y fireworks in your mouth, which I totally agree with. Plus, they are ideal for a cheeky midday coffee break or late night indulgence.

Here is how to make them: melt 100g (a whole bar) of your favorite chocolate and stir in 1 tbsp of slightly salted peanut butter, orange zest from 1 small orange and a generous dash of cinnamon. Fill little chocolate molds with the mix and press down some pomegranate. Keep them in a fridge and snack whenever you want!

P.S: Plus, this...
P.P.S: And that.

(Photo and recipe by Morning Temptations)

Yay! It's Wednesday Cake!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Happy cake day, how is everyone's week going? If this pre-Christmas craziness is slowly getting to you, tonight after getting home from work, make those deliciously-healthy power bars to restore the balance in your universe...:)

Those goodies are truly the most indulging good-for-you guilt-free treats that you can snack on while on the-go. But don't be fooled, they would also make the most thoughtful and heartfelt homemade Christmas gift bundles to someone who is into all things health...

Convinced? Here is the recipe, get cooking:)

Nutty Quinoa and Chocolate Bars 
(Makes around 16-18 bars. Recipe from Green Kitchen at Home cookbook by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl)

Ingredients:
- 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
- 10 fresh soft dates, pitted
- 1 cup / 250 ml / 250 g nut butter (you can make it yourself or just buy a jar in your local store)
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
-  1/2 cup / 80 g raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup / 40 g almonds, chopped
- 1 cup / 30 g puffed quinoa

Chocolate topping:
- 3,5 oz / 100 g good quality dark chocolate (70%)
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut (unsweetened)

Melt coconut oil in a medium size sauce pan on low heat. Mash the pitted dates with a fork and add to the sauce pan together with the nut butter and freshly grated ginger. Stir around until it all comes together and cook for just a few minutes on low heat.

Remove from the heat. Add pumpkin seeds, puffed quinoa and chopped almonds.

Line an 8 x 10 inch / 15 x 20 cm baking pan with parchment paper and scoop the batter into it. Use the palm of your hands to press everything together tightly into an even rectangle, roughly 2/3 inch / 2 cm high. Put in the fridge or freezer while melting the chocolate on a double boiler / water bath.

Pour the melted chocolate over the bars and use a spatula to distribute it evenly. Sprinkle with desiccated coconut and put back into the fridge or freezer until cold and firm.

You can store the bars in the freezer and they will last for months - just thaw them slightly before serving. Or you can also store them in the fridge, if you plan on eating them within a few days. Ta-dah!

P.S: Fancy more Wednesday cake goodness?
P.P.S: Plus, all our Christmas gift guides so far this season, if you need a bit of help choosing gifts while snacking on those bars tonight:)

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Festive Lippy


One of my favourite little Christmas traditions is hunting for a festive lippy that I wear over the Holidays. This season I am totally smitten with the 'new whip' hue from Milk. I wore it already a couple of times during a few Christmas parties and I'm positively impressed by the texture and the irresistible and a bit saucy colour that makes me feel all jolly and sassy. Oh, and it's good for you too! Try it:)

P.S: This.
P.P.S: That.

(Photo by Alexandra Nataf)

Christmas Gift Guide #9: Babies and Kids

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

We all have those adorably-clever and strong nieces, cheeky and cool nephews, jolly grandkids, kind daughters, gentle sons and those irresistible babies that we want to steal from friends - if only for a day :)  So, here are 19 gift ideas for all those cuties: from a tiny little newborn, to a big kid who knows more about the moon then you do...

From the top: 1. Everything Is Mama by Jimmy Fallon ($9.39) - 2. Tops Malibu deluxe surprize orange (ball) ($19) - 3. Sunny Life rainbow neon light ($66) - 4. Fawn Shoppe panda money-bank ($87) - 5. Teddy bear ($40) - 6. Color slinky ($9) - 7. Donna Wilson's 'hi 5' gloves ($40) - 8. FDNY 5-piece vehicle set ($19.95) - 9. Donut cushion ($19.95) - 10. Jerry Seinfeld onesie ($20) - 11. Rubiks cube ($14) - 12. OYOY dog cushion ($57) - 13. Winter Water Factory French terry blanket ($36) - 14. Accordion ($35) - 15. Mattel basketball electronic handheld game ($23) - 16. Heart to Heart crayons ($3.95) - 17. Atmosphere illuminated globe ($160) - 18. Sphero Star Wars force band ($200) - 19. Oeuf NYC 'feminist' onesie ($78).

Which one caught your eye?

P.S: Fancy more?
P.P.S: Plus, all our gift guides so far this season!

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Festive Take on Your Morning Coffee


Here is a simple trick to make your pre-Christmas coffee or tea festive and jolly! Add an orange peel and a piece of a cinnamon stick to your coffee grounds before brewing. I promise you, it will make your regular everyday cuppa taste and smell all jolly...

Mmm, it's the little things in life...

P.S: This is delightful too:)
P.P.S: Coffee desserts, anyone?

(Tip and photo by/via The Miniature Moose)

Christmas Gift Guide #8: The Minimalist

Monday, December 11, 2017

Up next are 18 Christmas gift ideas for those understated minimalists in your life. The friend who has 'a work uniform' and rocks her 30-item closet to perfection. The mom who only keeps things that 'spark joy' and loves everything made of wood. The sister who is all about clean lines and simplicity in every area of her life, and the workmate who has just read this book and craves a change...

From the top: 1. Ă–lend backpack ($102) - 2. Christmas rotary candle holder ($11.70) - 3. Andrea Bonelli Luna necklace ($168) - 4. Old Faithful Shop massage brush ($23.31) - 5. Andrea Bonelli silver beaded cuff ($88) - 6. The Future Kept - natural beeswax honeycomb candles ($13) - 7. Gourmet Print Shop rhubarb poster ($24-$36) - 8. Boxwood live wreath ($69) - 9. Hi Wildflower 'Midnight at Joshua Tree' nail lacquer ($14) - 10. Edor's gold twist ring ($18) - 11. Tradlands' Chamois shirt ($179) - 12. Kordal Studio seed stitch wool hat ($77) - 13. ag. Jc. N°7 line hoop earrings ($51.20) - 14. Abramey Alba shoes ($209.25) - 15. Essence and Alchemy candle club: 3-month-subscription ($113) - 16. Brookfarm General Store French grocery bag ($35) - 17. Cape Cod wool-cashmere throw ($248) - 18. D.S. and Durga 'radio bombay' perfume ($260). 

What caught your eye? 

P.S: The winner of our SimaG Jewelry Giveaway is...
P.P.S: Plus all our guides so far this season.

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A Little Reminder


Oh boy, Rachel's story is in equal measure heartbreaking and heartwarming. It's something that brought tears to my eyes, made me realize, even more so, that life is oh-so fragile and that dogs are incredibly therapeutic, even if we don't acknowledge it as much...

'My husband had a sudden heart attack a few months ago. It was just a few blocks from here. They called me in to identify his body and then just let me walk right out onto 7th Avenue. I felt so lost. My friends were wonderful and supportive but eventually everyone moves on with their lives. I don’t have children. And I’m not a workaholic. So I was left with this intense loneliness and void. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t sleep. Then one day I started researching dogs that are good for grief and depression. And ‘poodle’ kept popping up. But when I went to the rescue fair, all the poodles were gone. There was this one old dog in the back that nobody was looking at. She was skin and bones. She was trembling and scared and mucus was running out of her eyes. She seemed so fragile. She reminded me of myself. I named her Grace because I think my husband sent her to me. She’s my first dog. She’s been pure joy. We spend all our time together. She’s gained her weight back. She comes with me to therapy. We’re getting better together.'

P.S: Drowning world.
P.P.S: 40 days of dating.

(Photo and quote by/via Humans of New York)

Weekend Jollies

Friday, December 8, 2017

Cheers to the weekend, what are your plans? We're in a midst of Christmas preparations over here with crossing off to-do lists and trying to have everything done on time. It doesn't mean we are not planning anything fun. Tomorrow night I'm having a few girls over for wine and cheese. Wishing everyone a jolly good weekend, I'll see you back here on Monday morning, but before you go, don't forget to enter our sassy giveaway this week and check out those lovely links below.

'I wore a black dress every day for a week...'

Giving up carbs - are you out of your mind?

Boston through the lens.

Wow.

'It was not grey. I was not grey. To me grey signified shriveled ovary eggs, rolling around, collecting dust in my fallopian tubes because they can’t find the exit due to poor eyesight.'

On being...

The silence breakers...

This is everything...(I cried reading it).

Ha!

10 minutes, $10 bathroom tweak.

So cool.

Such a lovely idea, isn't it?

A simple trick to kick your multi-tasting habit.

So simple yet totally jolly.

Mmm...

Love!

Brilliant little project.

Four great apps for women.

I'm totally going to try this, you?

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

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(Photo of Prague, Czech Republic by Vetrana)

This Week's Gems


What a snug coat...

The prettiest stacking ring set!...

All I want is a carrot pillow for Christmas:)...
Boots perfection...

Be still my heart...

Mark your calendars for the upcoming April, this cork beauty is coming our way...

Saucy:)...

I totally need a set of those cool sacs...
What a great crossbody bag...

Sounds amazing, doesn't it?...

Dotty!...

Mmm...

This shaving brush has my dad's name all over it...

For all your bits and bobs...

Awesome gift idea for someone who loves to cook...

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

P.S: Fancy more gems?
P.P.S: Plus, don't miss out on our GIVEAWAY this week!

Go-To Minimal Earrings (For the Holidays)

Thursday, December 7, 2017



Being a creature of habit, I love wearing minimal, super understated and unique jewelry pieces over and over again. My favouirtes are those that I reach for without even thinking about it. Those tiny little gems that almost feel like an extension of me, no matter what I do or wear, making me appear put together, prepared for the day and sassy in a way.

So let's talk about our favourite earrings today, shall we? I'm always after something that will fit every single uniform I wear, and those teeny tiny rose gold hoops (above) are my latest go-to! They feel like second skin and make me smile each time I look in the mirror. Plus, they are pretty much the most comfortable earring I've ever own.

So, if you fancy treating yourself to an early Christmas gift-y, here are 18 understated and sassy earrings that will add that tiny bit of je ne sais quoi to your everyday...

From the top: 1. Tiny endless silver hoops ($17). The same as mine just in silver - 2. Geometric tiny stud earrings N°42 ($27.93) - 3. The tiniest studs with Rubies ($210) - 4. Satin ball studs ($12) - 5. Marie 1 earrings ($30) - 6. Diamond open hoop ($238) - 7. Trio beaded studs ($168) - 8. Gold U earrings ($14) - 9. Bar studs ($25) - 10. Triangle mini earrings ($15) - 11. Moon and star rose-gold earrings ($19) - 12. Black rose cut diamond studs ($220) - 13. Stardust studs ($178) - 14. Asymmetrical dots earrings N°38 ($39.57) - 15. LEI earrings ($42) - 16. Tiny rose studs ($16.61) - 17. Hammered disc diamond stud ($194) - 18. Tiny champagne diamond studs ($235).

Any favourites?

P.S: Go-to uniform...
P.P.S: Have you entered our GIVEAWAY yet?

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Winter Hair Fix



If your hair gets unmanageable and frizzy during winter, here is a great little mask to turn your dreary locks into smooth and luscious head of hair!

You just need 3 tablespoons of corn starch, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, 1 cup of milk and juice of 1 lemon - bring it all to simmer until it gets thick. Let it cool. Apply to your hair and leave it on for about an hour before washing your hair, as usual. Ta-dah!

I've tried it twice so far and my hair feels better than ever. Will you give it a go?

P.S: Nifty (scent) tip.
P.P.S: Plus, don't miss our snazzy GIVEAWAY this week!

(Photos and recipe by/via Susana Machado)

Jewelry Giveaway

Wednesday, December 6, 2017






Today’s giveaway is from the gorgeous Colorado-based boutique, SimaG Jewelry. The shop is full of personalized and hand-stamped jewelry pieces that are as unique as beautiful.

Today, Sima is offering one lucky reader a chance to win this lovely "one prayer at a time " cuff. You can keep it for yourself and wear it daily, or treat someone you love to it as a sweet Christmas treat.

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

For extra entries:
Retweet the giveaway, tag a friend on Instagram, follow Sima on Instagram, like the SimaG Jewelry Facebook page, follow exPress-o on Instagram, follow exPress-o on Twitter or join the exPress-o group on Facebook 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 Laura. xo

Pie-tastic!










Wow, now that's what I call a drop-dead gorgeous pie! Lauren calls her master pieces happy accidents, but one thing is undeniable: this girl has the talent for making pies look like little pieces of eatable art :) Wish I could dig into that blueberry one right now. More here...

Which one do you fancy the most?

P.S: Remember those or these?
P.P.S: Plus, stay tuned for a snazzy GIVEAWAY...

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