Weekend Jollies

Friday, October 20, 2017

Cheers to the weekend, what are your plans for the next two days? Tonight we are meeting friends for a movie and dinner, and tomorrow I'm hoping to make myself go for a yoga class. Besides that no big plans, how about you? Wishing everyone a great weekend! I'll see you back here on Monday morning, but before you start weekending, don't miss out on the awesome links below.

What happens when you workout every morning.

This melts my heart...

This courgette, pistachio and orange loaf is a must this weekend!

Wow, one Japanese hospital's daily menu!


'So there you have it: two things and I can’t bring them together and they are wrenching me apart. These two feelings, this knowledge of a world so awful, this sense of a life so extraordinary - how am I to resolve them?'

A minimalist’s thoughts on meaningful relationships.

5 smart tips on managing your grocery budget.

10 busy parents share how they make coffee in the morning...


'I got lost in music, riding one sonic magic carpet after another, and it was transformative.'


This place is pure magic.

This :)

'I write more easily, more comfortably, with less anxiety if I’ve got my various magic bits on the table.'

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 today.
- One year ago today.

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(Photo by Viktoriya Demidova)

This Week's Gems

My new go-to sweater...

Those winter flats = the 'it' shoes for colder seasons!...

My go-to necklace. It's one of my all time favourites...

Tote bag made for exploring the world!...

The most special ring. (Plus, SimaG is having a great deal right now: save 40% off  using discount code: LOVE40 Code is good till the 30th of October for a minimum order of $31)...
Nothing beats an understated glass tea infuser. Stunner!...

The only bracelet you'll need this fall...


This print needs to be on my wall as soon as possible! I'm totally smitten with it. You?...


Such pretty soap that smells like a dreamy combo of grapefruit, mandarin and rhubarb...



My newest treat...

Round hangers for the win!...

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

P.S: Fancy more gems?

Fall Food Memoirs

Thursday, October 19, 2017

If you've been reading exPress-o for a while, you're certainly aware of my unconditional love (some might even call it an obsession - looking at you, Balazs) for food memoirs. In my opinion, there is nothing better than a good story about food and life, is there?

So, here are eight new gems that are hot off the press and ready for you to enjoy this season:

From the top: 1. 'Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook' by Alice Waters - 2. 'I Hear She's a Real Bitch' by Jen Agg - 3. 'L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home' by David Lebovitz - 4. 'France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child' by Alex Prud'homme and Katie Pratt.

From the top: 5. 'Food in Vogue' by Vogue editors - 6. 'Eat, Live, Love, Die: Selected Essays' by Betty Fussell - 7. 'Feed the Resistance: Recipes + Ideas for Getting Involved' by Julia Turshen - 8. 'Nourished: A Memoir of Food, Faith & Enduring Love' by Lia Huber.

Which one tickles your fancy?

P.S: Fancy more?
P.P.S: Cake, cake, cake...

(Top photo by Eat. Date. Drink. Layout by exPress-o)

People Matching Artworks

So brilliant! France-based photographer, Stefan Draschan loves spending time in museums. So a couple of years ago, he decided to put a spin of his favourite classic paintings by patiently waiting for a visitor to come that matches a particular piece of art and then snap a photo. The results are not only spot on, but also pretty fun too. I just love the unexpected harmony between the two.

P.S: This.
P.P.S: That.

(via Bored Panda)

Yay! It's Wednesday Cake!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

You know what day it is today, don’t you? Yup, it’s cake day and to quote my Balazs: it’s the best cake Diana has ever made:) Yup, Balazs loves all things apples and custard, and those fluffy French apple squares are like your grandma's autumnal clafoutis x 100! We were both surprised by the beautifully light texture that made the whole cake feel totally unique. So, if you love apples, crave something special and enjoy custardy goodness, this is totally for you.

Custardy Apple Squares
(Recipe by Dorie Greenspan from Baking Chez Moi cookbook, slightly adapted by Nicholas Day for Food52. Makes one 8-inch square cake)

- Butter for the pan
- 3 medium apples (juicy, sweet)
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- Pinch of fine sea salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons whole milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled (but still liquid)
- Confectioners' sugar (optional)

Heat the oven to 400° F. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

Peel the apples. If you have a mandoline, slice the apples thinly, turning when you reach the core. (The slices should be thin but not transparent). If you don't have a mandoline, simply core and slice as thinly as you manage.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and salt for a couple of minutes, or until the sugar dissolves and the eggs become pale. Whisk in the vanilla, then the milk and the melted butter. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. With a spatula, gently fold in the apples until each slice is coated. Scrape the batter into the pan and roughly even out the top.

Bake the cake for 40 to 50 minutes or until golden and uniformly puffed. A skewer in the middle will come out clean. Transfer to a rack to cool, then slice and dust with the optional confectioners' sugar. Ta-dah!

P.S: Speaking of apples.
P.P.S: Plus, 10 fall soups.

(Photos by exPress-o)

Saucy Fall Nails

Uh-oh, I'm totally smitten by this rather saucy duo of rich ebony red and this go-to classic. Something tells me it's the perfect fall manicure. Don't you think?

P.S: This...
P.P.S: Plus, that.

(Photo by Paintbox)

Up Close

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

If this Tuesday feels more like a Monday, and you simply need a little escape from it all, check out Louise's feed. This incredible Stockholm-based self-proclaimed flower girl has an eye for capturing those beauties in the most unique way and full of details. I'm mesmerized!

P.S: Pocketed flowers.
P.P.S: My flower epiphany.

(Photos by Louise Ljungberg)

10 Fall Soups

I'm so happy that the weather is finally cool enough to make a hearty pot of soup! Besides, the abundance of apple or pumpkin pies, falling leaves and pumpkin spiced lattes, for me, this season is all about creamy, rich soups that comfort my soul and have the power to fix all my problems:) So here are ten recipes that I will be making on repeat, starting with the delicious apple and celeriac soup above...

Comforting Thai chicken noodle soup...

Creamy fall soup in acorn squash bowls...

Mushroom and brie soup...

Healing soup...

Chorizo sweet potato soup...

Pumpkin Miso broth with soba...

Roasted garlic, parsnip and white bean soup...

Thai curried butternut squash soup...

And a rustic Nordic pea soup...

Which one tickles your fancy?

P.S: Also, those...
P.P.S: And this one.

(Photos by Jamie OliverLittle Spice JarMinimalist BakerThe View From Great IslandGolubka KitchenThe Almond EaterMy New RootsYummy BeetCookie and Kate and My Blue and White Kitchen)
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