Cheers to a dreamy weekend

Friday, July 25, 2014

Cheers to the last Friday in July! What are you up to this weekend? Our friend Abby is getting married tomorrow, so it's going to be a busy weekend for us. Btw: she ended up choosing dusty blue for her wedding dress and I can't wait to see her wearing it tomorrow. Lovelies, have a cool and relaxing weekend and I will see you Monday morning but in the meantime, here is a bunch of fun links to enjoy! xo

Ah, vintage ballet.

Need a little pick-me-up? Make this zucchini bread. Mine just came out of the oven:)

Shhhh...

If you are in the mood for some stinky cheese, fresh sea food or a box of salted caramel – you should check out the Fine Food Specialist! It will make you swoon!

Outdoor movie night - yes!

This lady really love Christmas:) Brilliant!

Fancy something sassy? Check out our Olive Yew jewelry GIVEAWAY!

The prettiest peach pie I have ever seen.

Simple rules of style.

Pretty farmer's market tote bag that you can make yourself.

Ah, love those room-changers.

Bekah on home, life and less-is-more.

How to wear blue.

Why you should never release 1.5 million balloons at once.

Brilliant date night idea!

Portraits in Creativity.

How to propagating succulents. Nifty!

Rachel McAdams re-watches her decade old audition tape for the Notebook. Giggle!

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

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(Photo of Midsummer Night aka Noc Kupały in Poznań, Poland via Laura)

This Week's Gems


Ah, perfect for a bedroom wall:)...

Best thing ever: A delivery of Frog Hollow Farm organic nectarines straight to your door:)...

Can't get enough of those dandy little infinity studs, you?...

Aren't those sandals sassy?...

Let's:)...

Aw...mini cheesecake cups perfect for a summer picnic. You just need those bowls, a bit of twine and little forks. Ta dah!...

Melts my heart! How about asking your best friend or your sister to be your matron of honor with this sweet little handkerchief?...

Oh my goodness, a bookstore scented candle! Must get it...

Ah, night sky picnic blanket...

And speaking of weddings, this floral patterned band is something special:)...

For good luck:)...

What a pretty monogrammed iPhone case, don't you think?...

Sweet!...

Love this little makeup bag. Great for travel!...

For your living room wall - a dash of summer!...

One each, please:)...

Swoon, this chambray apron couldn't be any prettier!...

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

P.S: Fancy more gems?
P.P.S: And don't miss our sassy Olive Yew jewelry GIVEAWAY this week!

Go-To Summer Pasta

Thursday, July 24, 2014


What’s your go-to dish when you feel blah?

In our house there is an unspoken rule that whenever one of us feels down, tired or simply low on energy, we make pasta for dinner to cheer ourselves up. I’m positive that pasta has no energy boosting qualities, but its comforting texture makes all the difference every time. Magically it makes everything seem so much better, doesn’t it? We made Phillys’ summer corn, tomatoes and garlic pasta twice this week, and it hasn't let us down. One of the easiest dishes out there, but so full of flavour! It's great for those evenings when the sun already set and the light evening breeze is finally making the air a bit more bearable. Just add a glass of wine and you got yourself an evening to remember - the simple things in life! xo

P.S: Full recipe here.
P.P.S: Our other favourite: one-pan + 10 minutes!

(Photos by Phyllis Grant for Food52)

Easy Side Fishtail Braid




Tonight Balazs and I are dressing all smart and heading for a dinner party. As much as I love mingling and getting to know people, the first few minutes in a room full of strangers can be a bit awkward, am I right? So, my plan for tonight is to charm Balazs' work-buddies with a slice of blueberry tart, wear a comfy (yet smart) dress with flats to look the part and jazz it up with this side fishtail braid. Ever since I (finally) mastered the fishtail technique, I can't get enough of it. Plus, this little do makes the heat kind of bearable, since it keeps the hair off the face.

How do you like to dress for a dinner party? What do you usually wear? xo

P.S: Here is the full how to if you fancy trying the do as well:)
P.P.S: Plus, tons more hair goodness.

(Photos by Barefoot Blonde and Jon Gurinsky)

Blossoming Beards



Does your boyfriend or husband sport a beard? Balazs goes though those phases of letting it grow, then suddenly he just shaves it off without a warning. It takes me always a day or two to get used to his smooth face again. It's like an adjustment period - funny! Anyway, lately I can't get enough of flower beards portraits. Have you spotted them already?  Guys all around Brooklyn, Portland, and San Francisco, are adorning their faces with blossoms for a sake of artistic expression and I like it a lot. There is something about garden beards that screams summer hipster:) xo

P.S: Girl's take on flower power and the ageless fashion gene.
P.P.S: Don't miss our stunning jewelry GIVEAWAY this week!

(Photos via Daily Mail, Chris Brinlee Jr. and Tumblr)

Olive Yew Jewelry Giveaway!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Today’s giveaway is from Olive Yew, a swoonworthy North Caroline based handmade jewelry boutique that makes me swoon! All of Angela's designs are beautifully delicate, understated, very feminine, timeless and extremely versatile. The type of jewelry that every girl and woman, no matter her style, would love to wear!

Today, Angela 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. I would pick one of those two necklaces or those earrings. Also, this little ring is a must have this summer, don't you think?

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

For extra entries:
Tweet about the giveaway, follow Olive Yew on Instagram, like Olive Yew on Facebook,  follow exPress-o on Instagram, join the exPress-o group on Facebook, follow Olive Yew on Twitter, follow exPress-o on Pinterest, follow Olive Yew on Vine or follow Olive Yew's Tumblr 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:)

Denim type of summer






Recently Garance Doré declared it the summer of the denim skirt and I totally agree! No matter where you look, they are everywhere. Short and distressed, long and high-wasted, midi and baggy or simply tight and chic! I especially love mine with striped V-necks or chambray tucked-in shirts, but I'm thinking about pairing it up with a simple denim top sometime this week. What do you think? What's your denim skirt of choice? xo

P.S: Also, denim shorts + don't wash your denim, just freeze it instead:)
P.P.S: A beautiful and totally sassy GIVEAWAY Wednesday is coming up!

(Photos by/via Tuula, Vanity Fair, The Street Muse, The Style Skinny, See Jane, Natalie off Duty, Moiology, Style Lovely, MiH Jeans, Garance Doré)
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