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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Christmas Gift Guide #7: Your Favourite Vegan

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Up next are 17 goodies for all those awesome vegans in your life. The friend who makes the best vegan curry each time you pop by for a chat. The brother who is a master in urban gardening and managed to grow a whole bunch of tomatoes, literally on his balcony. The mom who cares about the environment dearly and the sister who gets excited about natural soaps, reusable bags and zero-waste alternatives, like kids do about candy...

From the top: 1. The Mindful Vegan: A 30-Day Plan for Finding Health, Balance, Peace, and Happiness by Lani Muelrath  and Neal Barnard ($12.29) - 2. MCMC Fragrances hunter perfume oil ($45) - 3. Axiology Beauty lipstick in 'true' ($30) - 4. Rebecca Mir Grady Mitla cuff (from $95) - 5. Barry M coconut infusion nail polish ($6.70) - 6. Girlfriend high-rise legging ($58) - 7. Eba Totes Herringbone tote ($195) - 8. Society B toasted oak and vanilla candle ($25) - 9. Pressed Juicery gift card ($25 - $150) - 10. Chickpea Magazine subscription ($15) - 11. Moon Juice brain dust chocolate ($25 for a six pack) - 12. Klean Kanteen wide mouth water bottle ($36.35) - 13. Click & Grow indoor smart fresh herb garden kit ($59.95) - 14. Kombucha brewing kit ($48.95) - 15. Na-Ked poppyseed tea tree soap ($6.65) - 16. Herbivore Botanicals Moon Fruit night treatment ($58) - 17. Set of 5 stainless steel and reusable straws ($7.55).

Which one tickles your fancy?

P.S: Plus, all the gift guides so far this season!
P.P.S: Vegan before 6pm?

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Festive Little Updo



If by any chance you have a festive Christmas party to attend this week, wear this gorgeous yet super easy triple braided updo with your sparkly dress and snazzy pair of heels:) I'm planning to test-run this pretty little do tonight for a coffee date with a friend. Can't wait!

What's your go-to style for the Holidays?

P.S: And speaking of Christmas, here are all our gift guides so far this season...
P.P.S: Plus, fancy a little festive challenge?

(Photos by Katie Jameson for/via The Effortless Chic)

Jolly December Simmer Pot

Monday, December 4, 2017


With only 20 days till Christmas, our flat is decked out, the new cozy sofa is smashing - so I'm feeling jolly all around. Since Balazs will be away tonight, I'm going to kick off the Festive countdown with this homemade simmer pot, brew myself a 3rd cup of coffee and watch Love Actually with Jenny snoozing by my side...

I can't imagine a better way to spend a December evening, you?

P.S: If you've been reading exPress-o for a while, you know that I'm bananas for simmer pots. Here are a few more that rock my world!
P.P.S: And that.

(Photos by/via A Beautiful Mess)

Homemade Granola Top Tip


This past weekend I made 2 new batches of homemade granola. I wanted something nutty, cinnamon-y, festive and crunchy. So I tried Viola's tip of swapping maple syrup or honey for nut butter or jam and it worked like a charm! I used this recipe and added an extra helping of jam and it made the oats, nuts and seeds stick together so much better than ever before. Plus, the extra flavour of the sweet fruit makes the whole thing even more indulging. Win-win!

Try it!

P.S: Plus, this...
P.P.S: And this.

(Photo and tip by/via The Sunshine Eatery)

Weekend Jollies

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cheers to December and the weekend! What are you up to? We are having our new sofa delivered tomorrow morning, so I'm excited to get it all set up. Besides that, we are planning to check out a chocolate festival and meet friends for a drink or two. How about you? Wishing everyone a jolly good next two days, I'll see you back here on Monday, but before you start weekending, don't miss out on those cool links below.

The beauty of being a misfit.

Those cookies are a must this weekend.

Meghan Markle shares why 'being enough' changed everything.

'Something in me remained, some capacity for joy. Some desire for joy. It had been dormant a long time, and there it was.'

How to take care of yourself during the Holidays.

Memories of meals past.

'I'm going grey...'

A world in black and white.

YUM, 31 healthy muffin recipes to try...

Great news for people who have dogs.

And this...

Brilliant!

Saying NO with grace.

Sara's home is oh so lovely, isn't it?

Why canceling plans is so satisfying.

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

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(Photo by Ana Markovych)

This Week's Gems


 Yes, yes and YES, please:)...

Pretty and functional doorstops...

A beautiful necklace with a special date - mine would be April 20th...

Because we all could use a bit of calming help...

Happy floral print for a gloomy day...

Totally swooning over those minimal half moon studs...

This organic sea sponge is something else...

The sweetest little bracelet...

The coziest arm warmers around...

Simple table runners are my favourite!...

Sketchbook perfection!...

Everyday beauty...

'Sparkling leaf, cubeb, green pepper, & cracked Ukrainian coriander seed. Cool spices & Mediterranean sea breeze  - like the hills above Odessa'...

Sweet!...

The loveliest handmade ornaments...

Jenny's dream bed:)...

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

P.S: Fancy more gems?
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