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Monday, September 30, 2013


Many women find aging scary - I find it beautiful and graceful. How about you?

This little video made by a fantastic filmmaker Anthony Cerniello blew my mind. It’s not a traditional take on aging where you photograph a person year by year. It’s actually the opposite. It’s all about combining the faces of family members into the story of one single make-believe-person. Anthony and his photographer friend, Keith traveled to his good friend’s family reunion where they shot portraits of the family, from her youngest cousins to her oldest relatives. Then they began the process of scanning each photo with a drum scanner, carefully editing the photos to select the family members that had the most similar bone structure and then animate + morph the still photographs together so it would mimic a time lapse video of aging. The photographs became alive. It’s pretty remarkable if you ask me. What do you think? xo

P.S: Remember those sisters?
P.P.S: Also, the ageless fashion gene and the gentlemen edition.

(via Like Cool via Colossal)

On Togetherness...


Romantic relationships are a much talked about subject among friends. We give each other advice, we joke about the different habits, we tease the matching outfits some couples wear, but in all seriousness, we all cherish the togetherness two people share. It's a unique, very special and incredibly heart-warming bond two people create.

Well, the other day my friend and I had a coffee and out of the blue, she asked me to give her relationship advice: she's been in a tumultuous relationship for a couple of years, sometimes on and off, and now she's considering ending it - and she was waiting for me to nudge her one way or the other. That responsibility suddenly dawned on me, realising that she might actually make this big decision based on what I say next. I froze.

The reason was that I recently had this realization that every relationship is unique and different: what's worth it for me might not be worth it for somebody else; and also, we all have very different ideas about what a good relationship is, what relationship dynamics we are comfortable with; what expectations we have and how much we are willing to compromise. Eventually I told her what someone told me years ago: If it doesn't make you happy, make it work - but only if you care enough. Regroup and change it - or leave it and never look back

So on this gloomy Monday, here are a few of my favourite couples in love that ooze that special indescribable something on their own terms. Here is to togetherness no matter how traditional or untraditional it is :) 

Are you good at giving advice to your friends? What is the best relationship advice you ever got? How would you react to my friend's question? xo

P.S: How to stay happily married or have a great relationship?
P.P.S: Date-night moves:)

(Photos via/by dot coms for moms, Andrew Frederick, Katherine, Everyday I Show, Ryder Evans, Better Than Fine)

Yawning is contagious


Does looking at someone yawning next to you make you yawn as well? Supposedly yawning is very contagious and it becomes our social bonding habit around the age of 4. I don't think there's a better way to start this Monday than with a good old yawn. Those photographs by Julian Wolkenstein are just yawn-tastic, wouldn't you say so? Good morning, lovelies! xo

P.S: The burning house.
P.P.S: Going grey.

(via Louis & Co.)

Giveaway Winner

Drum rolls, please!!! 
The winner of the SimaG Jewelry GIVEAWAY is Jillian. Congrats!! xoxo
 
P.S: Thank you all for playing...New giveaway is coming on Wednesday.

 

Cheers to a relaxing weekend.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Oh boy, this week flew by, didn't it? What are you up to this weekend? Since it's a bit coldish and very autumn-y, I'm making banana and chocolate loaf tonight. Besides that, exPress-o Film Club is back in business from next Tuesday as we have a few films lined up to watch :) Have you seen anything awesome lately? Do tell so I can add it to the list. Anyway lovelies, have a wonderful next two days and as always here is a nifty bunch of cool links for your weekend blog-hopping-fun!

Eat your way to a better skin.

The perfect pumpkin trick! Who knew?

Yowza, 24 square meter flat?

Best sausage recipes! I really want to try no.14. You?

How about ankle-zip skinnies? I want a pair!

A brilliant and beautiful story.

A nifty guide to replacing eggs.

Woody on what he learned.

#Hashtag with Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake:)

Emerald city!

Giggle, dogfighters:)

I love the look of this homemade strawberry muesli, you?

Dancers among us is one genius project that I can't get enough of:)

Pie!

Autumn pants under $50!

And this pumpkin coffee cake:)

I really like this wallpaper!

What a beautiful farmhouse.

True!

Fancy a morning cocktail?

What a sassy outfit to welcome autumn:)

What a great spot.

Don't miss our beautiful and snazzy necklace GIVEAWAY! Only two more days left to enter.

Also, if you have troubles with your blog photos lately, it's because Google+ now integrates the Auto Enhance feature which automatically edits your uploaded pictures by adjusting the brightness and the saturation level. To disable this feature, follow this sweet lady's step by step instructions. I did it this morning and my photos are back to normal. Hope it helps you too as I noticed in the last couple of days many of you tweeting about having the same problem.

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

P.S: Fancy a bit of chit-chat? Join me on Twitter, Facebook or even Pinterest.

(Photo by Luke Stephenson via Rebecca)

This Week's Gems


Soft, warm and in plaid pattern - the 'it' autumn scarf!...

Swoon!...

Be still my heart, tweed coat perfection!...

Do you wear knickle rings? This one is simply adorable!...

Just ordered this duvet cover...

I am all over those plates. Aren't they beautiful?...

Necklace perfection -'be my missing puzzle piece':)...

Awww....The sweetest little pocket square I've even seen:)...

My kind of teapot:)...
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Beautifully charming gold name bracelet! It would make one totally special gift!...

Balazs and I so need those chalkboard speech bubbles for our door. A great little reminder before you are out the door. Plus, they look so cool!...

Cartoon nails = Genius!...

Pumpkin gutter = handy around Halloween:)...

Lovelies, happy Friday! What caught your eye this week? Any great buys of finds? xo

P.S: Fancy more gems?
P.P.S: Don't miss our snazzy GIVEAWAY!

Homemade Banana Bread Granola Bars.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Do you like granola bars? I’ve been having a love-hate relationship with them for the longest time. They are great for those "I’m starving" moments, but the store bought bars are often shocking in their content. Have you ever read the packaging? Tons of sugar, all the jiberish that I don’t recognize as food and soy protein isolate. So, when a week ago I spotted Laura’s homemade banana bread granola bars, I knew I found my match. I had that lightbulb moment of how I haven’t thought of it myself! They are just so good and I’ve been snacking on them daily and taking them with me as an after-meeting snack. Psst: they are also perfect for breakfasts with a cup of freshly brewed coffee - just saying:) Oh, and they are vegan! xo

P.S: Here is the full recipe and I also love those.
P.P.S: Plus, apple sandwiches with granola and peanut butter.

(Photos by The First Mess)

The 'it' Parisian jacket this autumn.



According to Harper's Bazaar, a camouflage pattern parka is the must have autumn jacket on the streets of Paris right now. It goes without saying that a good fitted parka is the perfect weather transition piece plus it goes great with warm cozy scarves, comfy pants, sweater dresses or even snazzy little skirts, snug tights and boots. I have an old army coloured coat that I adore but I kind of fancy the idea of getting this one in camo print this autumn. What do you think? Would you be brave enough to embrace camouflage? xo

P.S: Plus a bit of gentlemen's club style and a dash of autumn elegance at its best!
P.P.S: Also, a few other trends that you might fancy.

(Photos by The Blonde Salad, The Sartorialist, Diego Zuke, Stockholm Streetstyle and via Street Dressed, Punky.B)

Time Wasting...

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In January 2009 an artist Alyson Provax started a little project she called Time Wasting Experiment. Her goal was to document how she was wasting her time. Part of the intent of this project was an honest curiosity about where all of her free time was going. Pretty genius, isn’t it? After spending last night looking at the project with Balazs we both agreed that it’s mind blowing how many of her pieces relate to people we know. Plus, it’s crazy to think how much time we waste on worrying, anxiety and second guessing ourselves.  Simply brilliant, wouldn’t you say so? xo

P.S: Daily affirmations:)
P.P.S: Don't miss our snazzy GIVEAWAY!

(via The Jealous Curator)

Wednesday Giveaway.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Today’s giveaway is from a beautiful Colorado based shop, SimaG Jewelry. Sima is not only a super talented artist but she is also my dear friend. Her boutique is full of meaningful, unique, personalized and hand-stamped jewelry. Each time you'll wear one of her designs, you will feel very special. I own two of her necklaces that I love dearly.

Today, Sima is offering one lucky person a chance to win her new design, this little horseshoe necklace. It's a wonderfully delicate and super elegant everyday piece that would go great with all your autumn outfits. Besides being utterly sassy, a horseshoe is said to be infused with great energy and people believe that it's a powerful good luck charm. Awesome, isn't it?

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

For extra entries:
Follow exPress-o on Twitter, like Sima Gilady on Facebook, follow Sima on Pinterest, join exPress-o group on Facebook, follow Sima on Twitter, follow exPress-o on Pinterest, subscribe to Sima's blog or tweet, blog, pin about the giveaway 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:)

Best Friends For Life!


Le sigh, be ready to go aww! Who would think that an elephant and a dog can be the best of friends? Well, meet Bubbles, the charming 32 year-old African elephant and his best pal Bella, the 3 year-old Labrador. They both live in a wildlife conservation park in Southern California and their caregivers describe them as a match made in heaven. They love teasing each other, romping about and playing in the water where one tosses the ball and other one is fetching it. Supposedly, they are totally inseparable and incredibly fond of each other. I don’t know about you, but to me they are just the cutest pair ever. Best friends for life! What do you think? xo

P.S: Remember Nazroo and Rajan?
P.P.S: A beautiful GIVEAWAY Wednesday is coming up!

(via Where Cool Things Happen via Daily Mail)

New Beginnings.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

If you're in the need of a little breather this busy Tuesday, watch this short film by the New York City Ballet entitled New Beginnings. It was filmed earlier this month at sunrise on the 57th floor of 4WTC in lower Manhattan. It captures a mesmerizing performance by two fantastic New York City Ballet dancers and it's a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a tribute to the future of the city that New York City Ballet calls home. It gave me goosebumps and brought me to tears! xo

P.S: Ballerina's feet and legs.
P.P.S: Plus, desperately perfect and tons more ballet goodness.

(via swissmiss)

Stromboli + 5 min. Italian pizza dough


Have you ever had Stromboli? It's like a huge pizza pocket, much like a Calzone. It's a hard rascal to define but it’s mind-blowingly delicious!

Whenever Balazs and I feel like something soothing, we usually end up making this take on Stromboli. It's as comforting as pizza, but since it's made entirely from scratch, it's incredibly satisfying and special.

I know what you are thinking: pizza dough made from scratch takes forever. Well, no! A few months ago I spent 3 days mastering an easy-peasy pizza dough recipe and I came up with this killer 5 minutes Italian pizza dough. No resting time, no endless kneading, just 6 ingredients and 5 minutes of your time.

Ok, back to the Stromboli! You can mix and match the topping as you like. We usually go with ham, cheese and some veggies but if you prefer salami, seafood, eggs, chicken or turkey meat, you can add those too. It’s totally up to your imagination. Here is my take on it if you fancy something wonderfully autumn-y tonight for dinner. Enjoy!

Stromboli
(Recipe for the filling inspired by What Should I Eat for Breakfast Today. Recipe for the pizza dough by exPress-o. Makes one loaf).

Ingredients:
- homemade* or store bought pizza dough
- 7 oz. (20 dkg) of your favourite ham
- 5 oz (15 dkg) of mozzarella cheese
- 5 oz (15 dkg) of other yellow cheese of your choice
- one small onion, chopped
- 3-4 garlic cloves - grated
- 1-2 bigger tomatoes -sliced
- 1 smaller red pepper - sliced
- salt, pepper, oregano - to taste
- a dash of olive oil

*Recipe for 5-minute Italian pizza dough:
- 1 cup bread flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 6-9 tablespoons warm water, depending on how small or big your tablespoon is (start with 5 and add more if needed - one spoon at a time)

Let’s start with the dough, drop all the ingredients for the dough in a mixing bowl and knead until the dough becomes smooth and rubbery - about 5 minutes. Then, roll it out super thin on top of a baking paper and spread your toppings along the centre. Sprinkle salt, pepper and oregano to taste. Make sure to leave some space on the edges so you can cover the ingredients with dough. With a knife cut the edges of the dough in stripes. Fold the top end first, then criss-cross the stripes from both sides, then fold the other end. Drizzle the loaf with a dash of olive oil and sprinkle it with additional helping of oregano. Bake it for about 13-15 minutes on 350F (180C). Ta dah!

Tip: Balazs and I love to use corn starch for the bottom of the dough for that pizza-like crisp crunch. If you fancy trying it too, just spread a bit under your rolled out dough. It will stick by itself to the dough while baking.

Darlings, what do you think? Does Stromboli sound like something you would like to try? xo

P.S: Plus, baked brie bites.
P.P.S: And plenty more scrumptious delights.

(Photos and layout by exPress-o)

House of Windows.


Be still my heart! This must be one of the most romantic little stories ever. For their very first date Nick took Lilah on a walk in the mountains of West Virginia. While on that date they were chatting about random things. For example, one thing they wondered about was what it would be like to live in a house made entirely of windows. They loved the idea of sunset penetrating the whole of their living space without the walls limiting the swoonworthy light. Here is the awesome bit: less than a year later they quit their jobs and embarked on a road trip to collect dozens of windows from garage sales and antique dealers to start building their dream glass cabin in the exact same spot where they envisioned it on their very first date. That is one super special home, isn’t it? Aren't they adorable? Plus, I would live in this cabin any day. You?

P.S: Here is a little short about them.

P.P.S: Also, those Brooklyn windows that make me swoon.

(via The Jealous Curator via Colossal. Video by half cut Tea)
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