An Aussie Take on Fish and Chips

Monday, August 21, 2017

I'm telling you, you simply can't say goodbye to summer without making those delicious lemon fish cakes! It's a mind-blowingly scrumptious Aussie take on the British classic and when served warm with mayonnaise, french fries, and lemon wedges - makes for the most indulging end of summer meal. During our last week's staycation, we made it three times, because that is exactly how irresistible it is. Go on, treat yourself! (Here is the recipe).

P.S: Lobster rolls, anyone?
P.P.S: Ready for soup-season?

(Photos by China Squirrel for Sweet Paul Mag)

Bug Sculptures

Creepy crawlies usually give me the chills, but Raku Inoue’s series of insects actually makes me like them, for once. He uses an assortment of freshly-cut blooms to create colourful bug sculptures that are literally like little ethereal works of art. Aren’t they spot on?

Missed you all last week! So glad to be back...

P.S: A boy, a girl and a baby sparrow.
P.P.S: A chance encounter.

(via My Modern Met)

Weekend Jollies

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cheers to the weekend and my 35th birthday tomorrow! Balazs and I are taking some time off to mark a super busy summer so far. So, I'm signing off a day earlier and treating myself to a week-long staycation! We're planning to sleep in, rumble around local cafés, people-watch, read books on the balcony till very late, eat breakfast for dinner and just be. So while I'll be doing that, feel free to browse through exPress-o (and the links below) maybe you’ll discover a post or two that you missed previously. See you on the 21st! (Miss you already).

Why making friends as a grown-up is scary - and how to do it anyway.

Have you been to Stockholm?

Press play.

Have smartphones destroyed a generation?

Your body is already a bikini body, and here is why...

The Japanese art of repair.

Which one trickles your fancy?


One reason you should wash your kitchen linens separately.

This list...

Why can't we be this happy at work all year?

How to wear your white t-shirt.

Tea-towel goodness...

A few nifty ways to improve indoor air quality.

Why I stopped counting calories...

Motherhood isn't sacrifice, it’s selfishness.

The totally free super cleaner you're not using.

'Why I'm saying goodbye to toxic friendships.'


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

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

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

(Photo by Susan Tuttle)

Psst: the comments are switched off during our staycation. But if you want to drop me a little hello, you can always reach me via email - :)

This Week's Gems

Yes to wide-leg crop jeans for fall, are you with me?...

The loveliest gift for a new mama...

Beautifully understated bag lamps...

Which of those tiny endless hoops tickles your fancy? Rose gold for me!...

What a beautiful rug...

This necklace is all kinds-of-stunning...

Plant mister goodness..

This perfume oil is magic!...

Turquoise beauty....


The most comfortable skirt...

A must have...

Look at those amazing planters!...


Ha, the coolest bookends...

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

P.S: Fancy more gems?

Late-Summer Tootsies

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fancy a heatwave distraction? Paint your nails with this candy apple red hue. Believe me, this colour is magical, incredibly sassy and totally mood-lifting. Try it!

P.S: Plus, this...
P.P.S: Fancy more?

(Photo by Brittney Surles via côte)

Travelling Coffee Cups

Berk loves coffee, has a passion for drawing and a huge travel-bug. He goes everywhere with a bunch of plain coffee cups and when inspired by a specific place, he draws it onto his cups. The results are magical, if you ask me.

He has been in places like France, Slovakia, Belgium, Italy and even Denmark and I just love the uncomplicated simplicity of this project. You?

P.S: Food in the air.
P.P.S: Oh yes!

(via Bored Panda)

The Sweetest Wedding Day Advice

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

If you are getting married or know someone who does, here is the sweetest advice you can give them or yourself:

'Buy a brand new perfume to start wearing on your wedding day. Maybe get used to it on the day of your bridal shower, or at the rehearsal dinner. Then wear it on your wedding day and through the honeymoon. When you get back home and settle into your new married life, stop using the perfume. This is where there really sweet part comes in: keep the perfume somewhere safe so it can last for years, and wear it on every anniversary.

I promise you that upon smelling it, you’ll be taken right back to your wedding day or honeymoon and have the fondest memories.'

Basically it’s all about tying a fragrance to a memory. Oh so special, don’t you think? Btw: I bet this could work for a number of other occasions too, like a birth of a baby, engagement, special trip or an important date…

Would you try it?

P.S: Shinto-style bride in Tokyo.
P.P.S: Around the world in 38 weddings.

(Advice and quote by/via Kate - The Small Things. Photos by/via Olivia PonceletRiley and Grey and The Knot)


Have a pair of espadrille sneakers that need a bit of loving? Do what Erica did and jazz them up with a few cheery tassels that you can easily make yourself. I've been itching to get into a fun little project and I think this is the one! Fancy giving it a go too, here are all the instructions...

P.S: Seeing red...
P.P.S: Go-to uniform.

(Photos by Honestly Wtf)

4 Months Old

Monday, August 7, 2017

This little rascal turned 4 months over the weekend and I can't believe how much she grew over the past two months. Yesterday, I read something that melted my heart and I bet it will melt yours too, if you are a dog person...

"We know that when dogs and humans make eye contact, that actually releases what's known as the love hormone, oxytocin, in both the dog and the human. It turns out oxytocin, the same hormone that helps new mothers bond with their babies, is released in both dogs and humans when they play, touch or look into one another's eyes. What we know now is that when dogs are actually looking at you, they're essentially hugging you with their eyes."

Sweet, isn't it? Do you have a dog? Tell me about her/him...

P.S: Cuties...
P.P.S: Remember this?

(Photos by exPress-o. Quote by Brain Hare, 60 Minutes: The Smartest Dog in the World via A Piece of Toast)

The Reader

Dairo Koga is a bookseller, writer and brilliant photographer in Tokyo. He believes that everything is an expression of beauty, and he stunningly proves that with this little series of readers shot in his bookshop holding their favourite read. Love!

P.S: Parisian bookshop (you can sleep in).
P.P.S: Books with a view.

(Photos by Dairo Koga)

Weekend Jollies

Friday, August 4, 2017

Cheers to the weekend, what are your plans? Tonight, Balazs is making burgers and we are planning to eat dinner on the balcony while enjoying the summery breeze for as long as possible. Wishing everyone a beautiful next two days, I'll see you back here on Monday morning, but before you go, how about diving into some of those juicy links below? :)

A few shopping mistakes a nutritionist wishes healthy people would stop making.

Fancy a pair of rainbow sunglasses?

'You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you'.

Vote for ugly.

What affects your hormones...


'I thought I was important too.'

Are you a carboholic?

5 'French women' strategies for a healthy home.

Be the light.

Why you should never throw old clothes in the trash.

'I was depressed and anxious until I started doing these four things.'

The life-changing magic of Jenny Slate.


Ha! The easiest way to remove cherry stains from everything.

'Sometimes feminists do things because they’re fun, because we like them, because we’re influenced by factors in our lives other than our feminism, or because we just bloody want to...'

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.

P.S: How about a bit of chit-chat? Join me on InstagramFacebookTwitter 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 Left-y)

This Week's Gems

Ah, the prettiest seasonal-transition dress, if you ask me...

Yes, yes, yes...


Adorable and cheeky...

Totally smitten with this set...

How pretty are those custom state pendants?...

South Kensington beauty...


So smitten with those wing earrings!...

Brilliant wild swimming guide...

The perfect date-night sandals - comfy, snazzy and look great with flowy dresses...

I am so ready for tea-time days and cooler weather. You?...


The jazziest hanging lamp...

Hello there:)...

Beautiful double bicycle bag...

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

P.S: Fancy more gems?
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