Snowy Kyoto

Thursday, January 19, 2017










Stunning! This past weekend the city of Kyoto in Japan got an unexpected, yet totally welcome treat in the form of a fresh blanket of snow, turning this beautiful place into a white wonderland!

Snow is a big deal in Kyoto anyway, but especially when it stays long enough for people to actually enjoy it. Now I totally fancy a trip there, you? Have you been to Japan?

P.S: Remember this deer city or that awesome gem?
P.P.S: Also, don't miss our beautiful print GIVEAWAY this week!

(via Red Magazine. Photos by/via Kyo Tours JapanDiana Stephanie Irma PermanaArk TuiGenta SekikawaKyotoToshimoLael and The Guardian)

Favourite Print Giveaway

Wednesday, January 18, 2017




Today’s giveaway is from Harry Diaz, a brilliant Guatemalan born illustrator and graphic designer who lives in Los Angeles. Harry's prints and illustrations are influenced by Maya weavings and his practice explores visual elements, including minimal geometry, patterns and graphic icons. He sees his imagery as a visual language, which can be interpreted differently by each person who views it.

Today, Harry is offering one lucky reader a chance to win their favourite print from the entire shop. How special is that? As a minimalist at heart I'm head-over-heels in love with this piece and this one too, while Balazs has his heart firmly set on this beauty.

For a chance to win, you should be a follower of exPress-o, please visit Harry's shop and tell us which print is your favourite. As always the giveaway is open worldwide. The winner will be chosen at random next Monday morning. Good luck! xo

For extra entries:
Re-tweet the giveaway, follow Harry on Instagram, tag a friend on instagram, follow exPress-o on Instagram, join the exPress-o group on Facebook, follow exPress-o on Twitter 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:)

Secret to a Happy Life


Meet Tao Porchon-Lynch, the 98-year-old yoga instructor who just became my new hero! She has been practicing yoga for the past 75 years and recently made a little video for Athleta where she shared her wisdom on happiness, yoga and life in general.

Besides the obvious, the incredible truth is that Tao is the true example of what our life can become if we make a conscious effort to be happy, healthy and balanced…

Here is a little yoga tip that she shared in one the follow-up interviews and it really stuck with me:

'If you do postures without the breathing you will never change anything...When people are known to breathe properly they can survive and do anything. Nothing is impossible when you are in tune with your breath'.

Noted:)

P.S: Have you seen her TEDx talk from a few years ago? Brilliant! Plus, tons more on this wonderful lady here...
P.P.S: A beautiful GIVEAWAY is coming up later today!

(via Red Magazine. Photos and quote via Huffington Post and Tao Porchon Lynch)

Make Your Home Smell Like a Coffee Shop

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Speaking of coffee...fancy making your home smell like a cozy coffee shop? Just fill a small saucepan with water, add a sliced apple, two cinnamon sticks, a few star anise and half cup of coffee beans, then simmer throughout the day.

The scent is magical...

P.S: Fancy more?
P.P.S: Hmm, thinking about making this tonight:)

(Photo and how-to by Lana Lurch and Claudia Herold via/for Glamour)

Coffee Niftiness


Ha! Did you know that adding a pinch of baking soda to your coffee grounds before brewing will make your morning joe much easier to digest? Especially if you have a sensitive stomach. Supposedly, most store bought coffees are naturally overly acidic and by adding a bit of baking soda, you easily neutralize some of the naturally occurring acid in the coffee.

Also, according to Meghan, the addition doesn’t change the flavour of your favourite drink whatsoever, so no worries there!

Will you try it? I definitely will:)

P.S: Also, this and that.
P.P.S: Plus, more here...

(Tip by Meghan Splawn via The Kitchn. Photo by Dan Derrett)

Herbarium Collages



Here is something for those of us who love flowers...

Ivan Knyazev is a Moscow-based photographer who recently created this beautiful collection of herbarium collages. Their rather subtle and romantic vibe makes me wish I could frame them and hang them all around our flat. Pretty, aren't they?

P.S: Mammasaurus :)
P.P.S: London bloom.

(via Trendland)

Weekend Jollies

Friday, January 13, 2017

Eek, cheers to Friday the 13th! What are you up to this weekend? We've just finished the first season of Westworld. Have you see it? Oh boy, it's a totally incredible show and something I'd highly recommend for those dark winter evenings of the sofa. Also, as I type this, our flat smells like a morning bakery, because I have a loaf in the over...literally :) Wishing everyone a jolly good next two days, I'll see you back here on Tuesday morning but before you go, how about diving into a few of those awesome links below? Enjoy!

What is love?

An hour without a phone is an effective way to figure out where you're going.

10 ways to challenge yourself in the New Year.

How to become a 'Superager'.

Awesome hot chocolate hacks you really should try!

How to do no-fail cool girl hair.

The story of Santorini’s coolest bookshop :)

Move over, Marie Kondo...

Ha!

5 things to know about coffee stains.

A bunch of kitchen habits worth trying this year.

Interesting...

'I wanted to show the soft beauty of kitchen culture.'

On 'office cake' culture.

What this personality test says about you.

Habits.

How to ground yourself when it's windy.

And fancy a blast from the past?
- Six years ago tomorrow.
- Five years ago today.
- 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.


(Photo from a book called Gathered by Mary Norden and Polly Wreford via That's Not My Age)
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