Quick Summer Snack

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Yum, fancy a speedy, healthy and totally indulging summer snack? Make a banana boat with peanut butter and your favourite toppings like frozen berries, chocolate and even shredded coconut, for that extra fancy touch!

P.S: Speaking of bananas...
P.P.S: And food...

(Photo and how-to by Jose)

Summer Hat Tip

Quick, before summer is over, and we have to put away our beloved straw hats, let's give them a snazzy update by jazzing them up with snazzy pom-poms. My mom is flying in on Friday for a weekend stay with us, so I'm thinking about trying this out then. What do you think: thumbs up or down?

P.S: And the 'it' summer hat hairdo.
P.P.S: Plus, that little (insignificant) thing I love!

(Photos by The Effortless Chic)

Summer Wedding Tweak

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ah, there is nothing more romantic than a summer outdoor wedding, is there? We've been on two in the last month and both brides wore baby's breath fresh crown. I spent the whole ceremony thinking about how perfectly it complemented the brides, despite their different gown choices. One of them wore a midi-style white dress and the other one sported a floor-length ivory backless gown. This whole thing made me realize that simplicity really works and it actually makes everything more beautiful and special...

What do you think, would you wear it?

P.S: Here is how you can make one yourself.
P.P.S: Fancy more?

(Photos by/via Style Me PrettyAdore the WorldWedding ChicksCosmopolitanSwooned MagazineJunebug Weddings and Vour Du Jour)

Life Is Too Short To Be Busy

Some time just before our trip to Spain, I spotted this quote on Jacqui's feed. Without realizing it at first, those few lines made a huge impression on me. Somehow, unconsciously, it gave me the green light to re-evaluate my own busyness and see it for what it really is. By giving myself the permission to make small changes towards things I cherish, I've been able to make tiny new pockets of space for the things that matter more, and toss the things that don't work anymore.

Like everything, it's a process, but let's face it, life is really too short to be busy all the time. Don't you think? Hope this will do some good to you too...

P.S: Proof that perception is everything.
P.P.S: And, this.

(Photo by The Broad Place)

My Favourite Food Podcasts

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Do you listen to podcasts? They are a big part of my morning coffee-brewing/email-checking routine. Lately, I've been diving into food, because there is nothing more satisfying than the smell of freshly made java, summer sunshine, a puppy wiggling under my feet and background chatter entirely devoted to food! Ah, heaven!

So, here are a few of my favourites:
Party in My Plants - The Splendid Table - The Sporkful - Burnt Toast - Spilled Milk - Sustainable Dish - Bite - Serious Eats - The Slow Melt - The Dinner Party Download.

What are yours? Do share...

P.S: Are you into food memoirs?
P.P.S: Plus, 10 must see food documentaries.

(Photo by exPress-O)

Summer Tip: Wine Wraps

Next time you're invited for an impromptu summer barbecue, wrap your favourite bottle of rosé into one of those beautiful fabric wine wraps that Jen cleverly came up with. I promise, they will make the most thoughtful and personal little summer hostess gift. Here is the full how-to.

Pretty, aren't they?

P.S: The wine debate...
P.P.S: And how to pack wine in your suitcase.

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

12 Awesome Summer Reads

Monday, July 17, 2017

What is on your summer reading list? Are there any books that you're dying to dive into? Recently, I asked a few friends to give me some recommendations, and they delivered! So, I thought to share them here too, in case you're looking for a superb summer distraction...

From the top: 1. The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor - 2. The Idiot by Elif Batuman - 3. All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg - 4. Beautiful Bodies by Kimberly Rae Miller - 5. Tin Man by Sarah Winman - 6. My Not So Perfect Life: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella...

From the top: 7. The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs - 8. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel by Gail Honeyman - 9. Too Much and Not the Mood: Essays by Durga Chew-Bose - 10. When You Find Out the World Is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments by Kelly Oxford - 11. The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy - 12. What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah.

P.S: Plus, a few new and awesome food memoirs that you might also like...
P.P.S: Parisian women reading on the metro - oh la la!

(Top photo via Red Magazine. Layout by exPress-o)

Thai Tea Pops

Lately, I’ve been living on popsicles (and salads) and I am not even sorry! So, if you're feeling all summery, try making those Thai tea pops tonight. It is one of my new favourites that has only 4 ingredients and take very little effort to whip up, but tastes cream-licious! Here is the recipe...

P.S: Also, those...
P.P.S: And those.

(Photos via/by A Cozy Kitchen)

Weekend Jollies

Friday, July 14, 2017

Cheers to the weekend, what are your plans for the next two days? Balazs and I are sooo ready to open a chilled bottle of rosé, sit back on the balcony and enjoy the sunset. Tomorrow, we are having friends over for a pizza night and on Sunday I'm going for a swim with a friend. Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. I'll see you all on Monday morning, but before you go off weekending, how about diving into those cool links below? Enjoy!

How to find the perfect pair of denim shorts.

Through the back streets and the mews...

The art of leaning back.

Life balance...

What it really feels like to love yourself.

Let's go to Wales, shall we?

How to enjoy life fully.

This clay wind charm is beautiful...

How to match your mood to a workout.

Use berries in abundance.

Wow, this is nifty!

Choosing to renounce a mother tongue.

Nine simple ideas to thin out your closet.

The slow food experiment.


Floral imprinting...

Totally on board with arzak eggs, you?

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

P.S: How about a bit of chit-chat? Join me on InstagramFacebook and even Pinterest.

P.P.S: Sign up for your daily dose of exPress-o in your mailbox! (In the right side column).

(Photo via That Kind of Woman)

This Week's Gems

Print dress of my dreams...

This hand of Fatima necklace is something special...

The most beautiful coaster...

My favourite minimal everyday studs this summer...

Unique and gorgeous tea lights...

Oh la la...

This sassy twist ring is ideal for layering!...

Those sandals are the 'it' summer-dress-shoes! (And they are on sale too!)...

One of each, please!...

Tassel house slippers...

The most beautiful 'wishing bracelet'...

Wooden desk boat for your sticky notes...

I know a 5-year-old who would love this bear...


How pretty are those floral paper straws?...

This vintage Moroccan rug makes me swoon...

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

P.S: Fancy more gems?

Summer Healing Mask

Thursday, July 13, 2017

If the heat is making your skin feel or look blah, tonight before bed, try this 3-ingredient blackberry-basil-honey mask. It will heal it in a niffy - it's such a treat!

Ah, the little things in life...Here is the full recipe.

P.S: Fancy more?
P.P.S: Capturing time.

(Recipe and photos by Kale and Caramel via Floating Kitchen)

Seeing Red

What's your swimsuit preference? I'm all about flattering, comfortable and minimal one-pieces. I have a few black and navy favourites, but recently, after seeing tons of girls sporting all shades of red during our Spanish trip, I'm thinking about giving the scarlet hue a go too! I love how bold, yet wearable red can be, and if anything, summer is the season to get adventurous, right?

Here are a few that I love:

From the top: 1. Boohoo high leg swimsuit - 2. Farrah one-piece - 3. Peep hole one-piece - 4. Scoopback one-piece - 5. Tropicana one-piece - 6. Lila one-piece.

Which one tickles your fancy?

P.S: New York swimming hole
P.P.S: Plus, this sunburn trick.

(Photos by/via Lauren PowellPiper and Scoot, NeestJ.Crew and Elsa's Wholesome Life. Layout by exPress-o)

Spot The Difference

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What's your favourite manicure this summer? I'm all about minimal and understated dots right now. I love how just a bit of nude nail polish and a cheeky little spot randomly placed on each nail makes for the most wearable, unfussy and elegant daily nail art. Try it by applying the dots with your everyday cotton bud dipped in nail polish, Ta-dah!

P.S: Remember this?
P.P.S: Swoon.

(Photos by/via ELLEHB Beauty BarEva TornadoA Beautiful MessColine and Frédérique Olthuis)
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