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.

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.

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.

Happy 1st Birthday, Peonies & Pancakes!

I just can’t believe a year has passed by oh so quickly! As of last weekend, I’ve been blogging for a year. To be totally honest, when I started this lil blog, I never thought I’d make it past a few months. But I’ve been having so much fun. And though I thought I’d run out of ideas in a few months, I haven’t. Yay! Let’s take a walk down memory lane, shall we? A quick look back over the past year…Rimmel-Mascara-2Along with Michelle, we did a total of 13 make up and beauty reviews. It seems you guys just can’t get enough of these and we can’t blame ya. Better check it out before spending hard earned moolah buying it, right? And the most read product review is this
banana-muffin-with-honey-and-cinnamon-frosting-2I also talked about food! We satisfied the sweet tooth with these mini brownie butter cakes, banana cupcakes with honey-cinnamon frosting, salted fudge brownies and moist marble cake. Not a fan of sugar (who are you!?) – worry not. Try the creamy potato and carrot soup or delicious roasted tomato soup. As you can tell, we’re big soup fans.  jon-and-iWe spoke about relationships and discussed things like the best date you’ve been on, how to keep the spark alive in a long distance relationship, what to wear on your first date, what to expect on your first date and even who should paymad-men-2Plus, the 10 things we’ve learnt about mendenim-on-denim3And of course, we chatted about fashion, including nail art and hairstylespillow-covers-diy-1Let’s not forget home decor, like painting your walls black for drama,  DIY cushion covers and 5 unusual ways to beautify your wallsnoordin-mews-penang-3Travel, like our trip to Siem Reap, amazingly outrageous hotels around the world, 8 travel essentials and my favourite hotel in PenangRecommended-ReadingOf course,there were a bunch of random for-fun posts, like 73 questions with Sarah Jessica Parker, my 4 favourite books (have you read any?), civet poop vs elephant poop coffee (ahuh, you read right!), never giving up and an ad which will make you question how observant you are.

The past year has been wonderful! Writing posts is so much fun and I really hope you’ve enjoyed reading them : ) In the future, I’d love to post more original stuff – like DIYs and recipes but as I’m still putting the finishing touches on my phd and starting a business (more on that later), time is pretty limited. Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts since I very much want you to be a happy member of the Peonies & Pancakes community. So tell me exactly what you like, what you don’t and what you’d like to see more of here.

Favourite Links This Week

OMG! I’m just awful at this. This post comes a day late (again!). Looks like Sundays are just full full full for us. Note to self: Schedule these posts in the future. But in my defence, I have a really legit reason. My Mom flew back from America – for good! She’d been living there for the past three years but is now home : ) And we couldn’t be happier. A new chapter begins. The weekend was spent lounging about in my grandparent’s home with her. But what did you get up to my lovelies? Hope it was wonderful. And here are a few fun posts from around the web…

Link-Love-351. Woah! If you’re in need to really getaway from it all, the Amangiri Hotel is just the place. Absolutely beautiful.
2. When you’ve got only a few everyday blooms but want to make a dramatic piece, here’s how.
3. Create a wallpaper look with just geometric stencils and a lot a patience.
4. So I’ve read that washing hair often is bad – strips natural oils yadda yadda but I’m the kinda girl who can’t go more than two days without shampoo. This was an interesting read though.
5. Yummy! Cap’n Crunch chocolate chip cookies.

An Unlikely Note

floral-crownBack in 1924, the New York Symphony Orchestra played Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Carnegie Hall. Much to the delight of those who couldn’t attend the performance in person, it was broadcast live on the radio. A few days later, the orchestra received a stunning letter of thanks from the unlikeliest person: Helen Keller, a renowned author and activist who had been deaf and blind from a young age.

Here are just a few lines from her amazing letter…

“Last night, when the family was listening to your wonderful rendering of the immortal symphony someone suggested that I put my hand on the receiver and see if I could get any of the vibrations. He unscrewed the cap, and I lightly touched the sensitive diaphragm. What was my amazement to discover that I could feel, not only the vibrations, but also the impassioned rhythm, the throb and the urge of the music! The intertwined and intermingling vibrations from different instruments enchanted me.”

Doesn’t this remind you to be more grateful? You can read the full letter here.

(Photo from Burnetts Boards)

Favourite Books

Recommended-ReadingMy good friend asked me the other day for a list of some of my favourite books. And gosh! Do I have a lot. I’m always on the lookout for great books and it sometimes feels like even though so many new ones are being released each day, coming across a gem is tougher than you’d think. Anyway, here are four books that will forever be in my heart.

1. Glass Castle – “Those shining stars, he liked to point out, were one of the special treats for people like us who lived out in the wilderness. Rich city folks, he’d say, lived in fancy apartments, but their air was so polluted they couldn’t even see the stars. We’d have to be out of our minds to want to trade places with any of them.”

2. Middlesex – “I was thinking how amazing it was that the world contained so many lives. Out in these streets people were embroiled in a thousand different matters, money problems, love problems, school problems. People were falling in love, getting married, going to drug rehab, learning how to ice-skate, getting bifocals, studying for exams, trying on clothes, getting their hair-cut and getting born. And in some houses people were getting old and sick and were dying, leaving others to grieve. It was happening all the time, unnoticed, and it was the thing that really mattered.”

3. Haroun and the Sea of Stories – “There was once, in the country of Alifbay, a sad city, the saddest of cities, a city so ruinously sad that it had forgotten its name. It stood by a mournful sea full of glumfish, which were so miserable to eat that they made people belch with melancholy even though the skies were blue…”

4. The Signature of All Things – “You are still young, so you think only of your own self. You do not notice the tribulations that occur all around you, to other people. Do not protest; it is true. I am not condemning you. I was as selfish as you, when I was your age. It is the custom of the young to be selfish… But someday you will understand that nobody passes through this world without suffering–no matter what you think of them and their supposed good fortune.”

Favourite Links This Week

A day late! A day late! This post is a day late. I apologise. But yesterday was such a wonderfully hectic day. In the morning, Jon and I went out for breakfast. Lunch was at my dads and dinner, with my grandparents. As you can see, we went from place to place – eating yummy food and meeting amazing people. I came home late and tired and completely forgot that this lil post was sitting here waiting to go out and meet you : ) But here it is. Hope you had a wonderful weekend and here’s to a great week!

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1. This dessert has got it all. Literally! Chocolate, pretzels, butterscotch chips, flaked coconut, pecans, salted potato chips.. the list goes on. Check it out!
2. Need to master this gorgeous side braid. It’d be perfect for weddings : )
3. A simple and fun way to decorate Easter eggs. Don’they look pretttttty?
4. Ever wondered if shopping in sweatpants at luxury stores will get you better treatment? Read this.
5. I’m so gonna make this for the next party at home. Gold glam. Yay!

Favourite Links This Week

Hi dearies, what are you up this weekend? We’re going for dinner with my dad soon. Super fun! Hope you have a great weekend, and here are a few fun posts from around the web…

Link Love 331. A dinner party and sleepover out of a fairytale! Only, it really happened.
2. Such a touching portrait series of couples who have been together for 50 years or more.
3. Can’t get enough of Nutella but a salted Nutella latte takes things to the next level. Yum.
4. Human alarm clock. Rat catchers. An interesting read: 10 jobs that no longer exist.
5. Aww, don’t they look sweet? Kim and Kanye finally get their Vogue cover.