Weekend Jollies

Friday, November 17, 2017

Cheers to the weekend, what are you up to? We're taking it slow before next week's Thanksgiving festivities. You? Tonight we are going to visit a festive street market and tomorrow I'm planning to indulge in some baking. Wishing everyone a jolly good weekend, I'll see you back here on Monday morning, but before you go, don't miss out on those jazzy links below.

How to take good care of yourself...

'Out of office.'

Secret to the always-put-together home.

Making a pie this Thanksgiving? Make this one - it's so good!

Ha, is your gut microbiome the key to health and happiness?

Fancy making your own laurel wreath this season?

Ghost bikes of Brooklyn.

'How I hosted Thanksgiving in my 195-square-foot apartment.'

Wow!

What to eat when you're feeling anxious.

Life hack to try.

So impressed with this girl.

Why you should cut a corner off your sponge.

Power of ten.

What do you think? Could you do it?

The prettiest floral sun-catchers.

Yum!

How to make the best pizza at home.

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

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This Week's Gems


The comfiest dress around...

On my wish list: those sassy fishbone earrings....

London calling:)...

 The prettiest boots...

Mmm...

Fancy a little pop of colour?...

Pretty apron...

Stunner!...

Your new coffee mug, right here:)...

Speaking of cat ladies, this bracelet is something special!...

Jolly...

What a great print!...

Pretty awesome rucksack, if you ask me...

Cozy...

Great cream for winter...

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

P.S: Fancy more gems?

Christmas Gift Guide #2: Cat Lady

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Next up are 14 quirky, cheery, jazzy and awesome gift ideas for all those amazing cat ladies in your life. The coworker who drinks her daily coffee out of her go-to cat cup. The sweetest friend who has just adopted a little kitten and the mom who collects cat figurines in memory of her beloved pet.

Any favourites?

From the top: 1. Cat pack t-shirt ($22) - 2. Kittii cat leather crossbody bag ($195) - 3. Ginger cat mug ($15.74) - 4. The New Yorker book of cat cartoons ($12) - 5. Itty bitty kitty stud ($36) - 6. Antique rare cat ring ($411) - 7. Cat print trousers ($50) - 8. Fred egg mold ($8) - 9. Mog mitts ($47) - 10. Harry Pawtter cat pin ($11) - 11. Kitty bud vase ($12) - 12. Cat candle ($33.99) - 13. Tabby cat scarf ($82.16) - 14. Bonus: Qoobo aka the coolest tailed pillow that heals the heart - available only from next year.

P.S:Fancy more? Here are our cat lady guides from last yeartwo years ago and three years ago.
P.P.S:Plus, all our Christmas gift guides so far this season...

Christmas Tweak: Dried Orange Eucalyptus Wreath




I love a good festive wreath, but only when it's a bit understated, a dash rustic and not overly kitschy. So this year, I'm making my own using a simple wire coat hanger, dried orange slices, fresh eucalyptus and Juliette's brilliant tutorial. Look at that beauty! Fancy making one too?

P.S: And this...
P.P.S: Plus, all our Christmas gift guides so far this season...

(Photos by Juliette Laura)

Yay! It's Wednesday Cake!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Guess what? Today I present you the most scrumptious & healthy date breakfast bars - guaranteed! It's super easy to make and once you see the ingredients, you'll realize, its pretty much guilt-free - which is always a plus, when it comes to an indulgent dessert :)

So here is the recipe, check it out, get all the bits and bobs on your way home from work and let the magic happen. Cheers!

Date Breakfast Bars 
(Recipe by Smitten Kitchen, adapted by Reading My Tea Leaves)

Ingredients:
For the filling: 
- 1 1/2 cups of pitted dates
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest

For the crumbs: 
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar (I used maple syrup instead)
- 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (I used maple syrup instead)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (or butter)
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon course sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- a dash of fresh nutmeg, grated

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease bottom of an 8×8-inch pan with butter. In a small saucepan, combine dates, water and orange zest over low heat. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, until the mixture has thickened.

Set aside while you make the crumbs.

Mix together the sugars and oil. Add oats, flour, spices, baking soda and salt and stir to combine into a course crumbles. Press half of the oat mixture into the bottom of your prepared pan. Dollop the date mixture over it and spread the mixture smoothly over the crumbs. Sprinkle the remaining crumbs over the layer of dates and press lightly to cover. Bake bars for 25 minutes, or until the edges are light brown. Cool in pan and cut into squares. Ta-dah!

P.S: Fancy more?
P.P.S: Plus, 5 takes on chocolate bark glory!

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Go-To Uniform



I'm usually not one for bold statement uniforms, but there is something so autumn-y about a mustard and red duo, isn't there? I love how a loud red pair of pants can look very wearable when paired with a cozy knit and a snug blanket scarf. I'm a fan...

Fancy recreating this look? Here is what you need:
Trousers or those - sweater - gingham wool scarf - bra - tote bag - flats - lipstick - fragrance - set of stacking rings.

P.S: This.
P.P.S: And our full go-to uniform series.

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Christmas Room Spray

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fancy making your home smell like Christmas? Just make this super easy room spray. It smells like the warmest mixture of cinnamon, orange and cloves...It's actually pretty dreamy, if you ask me!

Plus, you can print out those pretty tags, attach them to the bottles and share them with your family and friends too...

P.S: Miracle travel spray.
P.P.S: Remember this French tip?

(Photo by Swoonworthy)

Home Tweak: Velvet Armchairs







Speaking of coziness, there is a shop I often pass by, that recently had this mustard-coloured velvet armchair standing in the window. It looked so beautifully elegant that everyone seemed to stop and make a mental note about it. So after a little research, I realized that velvet armchairs are a 'thing', and I think I've just found mine...:)

Would you get one of those beauties for your place?

P.S: This...
P.P.S: And, that.

(Photos by/via Real SimpleThe Blue Remembered HillsA Beautiful MessThe White Buffalo Styling Co.Apartment TherapyLauren WilliamsLa La Lovely ThingsB.C. SmithMG&OMDomino and Anna Liesemeyer)

Christmas Gift Guide #1: Lagom

Monday, November 13, 2017

As promised, here is the first gift guide to kick off the festive season! This one is all about living your life the Lagom way: 'not too little, not too much, just right'. It's perfect for all those amazing friends or family members who want to start living simpler, embracing the life they have instead of constantly striving for something unreachable. It's for the husband who prides himself on cooking homemade meals for his family every single night. For the friend who's just cleaned out her closet in hopes for a fresh start, and the mom who is always there for you...

What caught your eye?

 From the top: 1. Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living by Linnea Dunne ($12.71) - 2. Kaufmann Mercantile porcelain tea pot 'pebble' ($50) - 3. D.S. and Durga portable fireplace candle ($65) - 4. Version originale hand balm ($28) - 5. H&M blanket ($49.99) - 6. Toast sheepskin rug ($158) - 7. Brook Farm General Store hedgehog table brush ($26) - 8. The Future Kept lambswool mittens ($44.50) - 9. Terrain wild cotton wreath ($98) - 10. Branda beanie ($36) - 11. Bushwick Kitchen trees knees coffee maple syrup ($13.99).

P.S: Fancy a look back?
P.P.S: Plus this...

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Gifting...


Hey, have you started your Christmas gift shopping already? Since this jolly season can get a dash overwhelming and pretty frantic, I say let's embrace the madness together, what do you say?! This way we will actually have the time (and energy) to find those true gems for the people we love!

So, today is the day when the exPress-o gift guide goes live with a bunch of gift guides for all budgets, tons of different interests, sass factors, uniqueness and niftiness. Some gift ideas will be dashing, functional and a bit quirky, while others will be heart-warming and memorable. I hope you will find 'that something special' for every single friend and family member.

Ready? With the next post we'll kick-start the shopping frenzy with a very special compilation, and in the next six weeks, you can expect a few gift guides popping out each week.

But before all that, tell me: what's your budget for a single gift? Who is the hardest to buy for? Or who are simply impossible to shop for - women, men, kids, teens, grandparents? Do tell!

P.S: Fancy a look back?
P.P.S: Yum!

 (Photo by Ariele Alasko)

Weekend Jollies

Friday, November 10, 2017

Cheers to the weekend! What are your plans for the next two days? I'm excited for next week's start of our annual Christmas gift guide series. I hope it will inspire you and help out during the frantic shopping season. Besides that, not big plans what-so-ever, just curing a cold that I've been struggling with all week and catching up on reading. You? Wishing everyone a jolly good weekend, but before you go, don't miss out on the awesome links below.

Busy morning breakfast cookies...

This.

Ha! The coolest English pub.

How this stuff-loving psychologist became a beginner minimalist.

Ha!

Yes, yes, yesss...

'Everything happens for a reason.'

Nifty.

The anatomy of a $60 t-shirt purchase.

Oh-so pretty.

What are fat balls, anyway?

How to dress like a Scandinavian this winter.

Lovely.

'We gave up meat and dairy for 30 days, here is what happened.'

A few TED talks that will change how you work forever.

'Why my week always includes a pizza night.'

5 colours you need for a happy home.

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


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This Week's Gems


Oh là là - coat perfection!...

This engraved gold coin necklace will make you (or someone you love) feel special every single day...

Giggle, meet the sleepy bottle stopper...

Those pretty earrings and a messy head of hair - go-to autumn look...

Swoonworthy!...

The only ring I want to wear this season - stunner!...

The loveliest glass bowl...

This cinnamon, clove soap must smell divine...

Coziness on a totally new level...

 :)...

Popcorn on the cob, anyone?...

How stylish is this pair of socks?...

Genius!...

The prettiest cake stand...

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

P.S: Fancy more gems?

Polka Dot Type of Winter

Thursday, November 9, 2017





Have you been to Zara lately? Polka dots are 'a thing' and I am thrilled about it! I love the idea of wearing a playful dotty silk blouse with a pair of jazzy pants and loafers for our Thanksgiving feast this year. How about you?

P.S: Also, a bit of that and all things dotty jumpers.
P.P.S: Plus, this.

(Photos by/via Modern Girls and Old Fashioned MenNatalie Off DutyWho What WearMadewellFashion Gone Rouge and Real Simple)
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