Favourite Links This Week

Hope you’ve been having a wonderful weekend. We just got home from lunch with my Mom and Grandma and a little grocery shopping for the week. Am planning on trying out a new recipe for a zucchini soup (will share if it’s yummy!). And in the meantime, here are few posts from around the web…

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  1. 5 things you need to know about weight training (and yes! you should be doing this).
  2. If you need to do a little decorating but are having a hard time getting started, ask yourself this question.
  3. How to write a condolence note.
  4. My new favourite lipstick shade. Flat Out Fabulous! That’s its actual name.
  5. Frozen hot chocolate. Need I say more?
  6. These scientists just got a $4 million grant to study the world’s nicest humans.
  7. This is fun! Find the #1 song the day you were born. Mine is When Doves Cry by Prince.
  8. Last of the sea nomads. What an interesting read.
  9. A fool-proof method on how to grow, learn and get better at just about anything.

5 Ways To Make Your Perfume Last Longer


How often have you faced this problem? You spend hundreds of dollars on an expensive bottle of perfume only to have the scent vanish in an hour or two. Spraying on pulse points seems to be common practice but is that the best way to do it?. I recently sat down with Prachi Saini – the beauty and brains behind Je t’aime Perfumery Singapore – over a cup of coffee to talk about perfumes. Saini was happy to share her knowledge about perfumes, creating your own signature scent and the many steps involved in perfumery.

Here are a few things I learnt about how to make perfume last longer.

1. Be wise when choosing scents
Perfumes are found in different groups. Look out for for descriptions like woody, spicy or oriental as these last longer. Citrus and floral scents, while brighter and more feminine than the above, need to be refreshed more often.

2. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
Fragrance lasts longer on moisturised skin, so make sure you skin is hydrated. You could also use an unscented body oil.

3. Store it well
It’s best to keep your perfume bottles in a cool, dark place away from any humidity. The scents of precious oils become altered when exposed to extreme temperatures. Also, this goes without saying – make sure the lid is on securely!

4. Where to spray
If it’s cold where you are, go ahead and spray perfume directly onto moisturised skin. However, those of us living in the tropics will be better off spraying perfume on our clothes. This is because the perfume spritzed on our skin will evaporate quickly due to our higher body temperature.

5. Layer Fragrances

It’s a good idea to layer fragrances. Start with a scented body wash followed by a body lotion and finally, the perfume. My only warning – don’t layer too many fragrances. Stick to complimentary scents or to be safe, use the same scent. Many companies offer sets such as this so you can’t go wrong.

And there you have it. What is your favourite perfume? We’d love to hear…

I’m Back!

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Hello my darlings! I can hardly believe I’m back again. It’s been over a year (time flies!) and while taking a hiatus from the blog was necessary at the time, to tell you the truth, I’ve missed this. Missed sharing things that caught my fancy. Missed the little community we built here at Peonies & Pancakes. And so, I’m writing again.

So much has happened over the course of this past year. For starters, I finally (can’t stress that word enough) finished my PhD and will be graduating this November. Phew. They say that when one chapter closes, another opens. The chapter I’m talking about now is my business – Lovesprk.

The idea behind Lovesprk is simple really. Our aim to put the fun back in dating! We do this through our website which offers a wide variety of exclusive one-of-a-kind dates (sometimes luxurious, sometimes a little quirky) but all lovingly handpicked for couples to choose from. All you need to do is sign up, purchase a date from our website and we take care of the rest. We handle all the nitty gritty details like planning and making reservations. Want to take it up a notch with a fancy personalised gift or bouquet of flowers? No problem. Our concierge service is just the thing for you. No hassle! Our focus is on providing a wonderful experience for two. Oh and did I mention that all our dates come at a discount? Make sure you sign up for our newsletter and like our FB page so you don’t miss out on all the goodies!

Lovesprk is definitely keeping me busy but this blog was my fun space. My creative outlet and I’m glad to be back. So look out guys – daily posts are coming your way once again.

How To Cook Bacon Perfectly

baconWe’ve been forgoing meat for a long time now and while I still think reducing the amount of meat we consume is important, we’ve recently had the urge to treat ourselves to a little bacon for a Saturday morning big breakfast at home. Sadly, the result were shrivelled pieces of crunchy bacon. Not good. Not good at all. A quick Google search later and now I know the trick to cooking perfect bacon. Just had to share!

How genius!

(Photo via Martha Stewart)

Favourite Links This Week

Hello lovelies! What did you get up to this weekend? I hope you had an absolutely wonderful time – be it enjoying a lil solo time, hanging out with friends/family or simply sleeping in and watching old movies in bed : ) If you’re in the mood, here are few fun posts from around the web. Enjoy!Link Love 371. Would you have foot surgery just to fit into those Manolos and Louboutins? Apparently, many woman are.
2. I love a good quiche. It takes just a short time to whip up and always comes out yummy. I’m making this one next.
3. For all those obsessed with Kate Middleton: Everything she wore Down Under. You’re welcome.
4. Beautiful music for your Sunday afternoon.
5. 21 social media tips you’ll want to know. Trust me. Read this.

And The Most Beautiful Woman Alive Is…

lupitaIn case you haven’t heard already, People magazine just named Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o the Most Beautiful Woman Alive. The gracious actress is excited for the honor because of “all the girls who would see me… and feel a little more seen.”

Known for her flawless skin, you’d think Lupita was simply blessed with good genes. In fact, she says this wasn’t the case and shared with Madame Noire: “Growing up I had really bad skin. I had a skin disorder. Yes, I did. And my mother went to great lengths to try and find something to remedy it. I remember she took a trip to Madagascar and came back with all these alternative, medicinal herbs and stuff. They didn’t smell so good but I think they worked some magic.” Now, she uses lots of natural oils – like avocado oil and Hawaiian kukui oil – and drinks loads of water.


A Wedding For Writers

wedding-in-bookstore-1 wedding-in-bookstore-2I simply had to share this beautiful wedding with you. It’s a writers dream come true. Darn it! It’s so beautiful I bet anyone would love to have their wedding in an old bookstore. wedding-in-bookstore-3Check out the brides style! A polka dot blouse and all those bangles! Who’d have thought it would all go so perfectly together? And did you notice her bouquet made out of book pages? Ahh… I’m loving this.wedding-in-bookstore-4 wedding-in-bookstore-5 wedding-in-bookstore-6(Via Powells)

Recipe: Thai Basil Chicken Fried Rice

thai-basil-chicken-fried-rice1If I had to pick just one type of cuisine to eat for the rest of my life, Thai food would be it! Not a doubt about that. I fell in love with it years ago when my mom was living in Bangkok. No matter where you go in Thailand – the hawker stall by the street or a fancy restaurant – you’ll end up having the most amazing food. A few of my favourites: Tom Yum, Pad Thai, green and red curries plus the many types of fried rice (like this one and pineapple).

Luckily, getting delicious Thai cuisine in Malaysia is easy. And so I never bothered even attempting it at home. But! All this changed when my sister and I tried a Thai basil chicken fried rice in one of her our favourite restaurants in Singapore. It was deeeliiiiicious. I was soon craving for it back KL and just had to give it a go.

thai-basil-chicken-fried-riceI checked out a few recipes online, tweaked it a lil to suit my taste buds and voila… we’ve got a yummy dish. This really is so easy. Try it for yourself. You’ll love it : )

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Favourite Links This Week

What are you up to this Sunday, my lovelies? We’re meeting family tonight for dinner but for now, I’ve got a stack of pharmacology papers to grade before Tuesday. So I better get started. In the meantime, in case you’re interested, here are a few fun links from around the web. Have a lovely weekend!

Link-Love-361. Carrie’s best shoe moments in gif. Fun!
2. My good friend and I used to sneak out late at night in Melbourne to grab this dessert from a nearby cafe. We loved it. Have to try this at home now.
3. The Airbnb office in Dublin makes me feel like moving there and applying for a job.
4. Sian shares three of her favourite new business apps. Very helpful indeed.
5. The full lookbook is out. Loads of beautiful pieces. My picks: for partying and for hot summer days.