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

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.

Side Swept Waves

Sandra-Bullock-Oscars-2014jessica-biel-and-kate-hudsonWas it just me or did you notice that many celebrities had the same hairstyle at the recent Oscars? Side swept waves are apparently the rave! And it really does suit the red carpet, don’t you think? It’s just so glamorous. If you’re keen to get the look yourself, watch this step-by-step video.

We saw stars riding the retro wave even at the many after parties.

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PS. Another cool hairstyle.

Favourite Links This Week

Sunday is almost over and I’ve been meaning to post this since 8am this morning. But the I can do it later attitude kicked in. In my defence, I had a good reason. I’ve spent every hour (save for that spent on breakfast and lunch) on patching up my thesis and I’m happy to report that it’s been a productive day. It’s always so fulfilling going to bed knowing you’ve had a useful day, isn’t it? What about you? What did you get up to this weekend? Something great, I hope. And as always, here are 5 fun links just for you.

Link Love 301. Cords! How pesky and ugly. Now you can get rid of cords safely and plop your lamp anyway with no worries.
2. Emma (of A Beautiful Mess) spoke so honestly about her struggles and of changing dreams. Truly inspiring.
3. Would you spend $1200 on pajamas? Does it help if its made of italian cashmere?
4. I’m going to whip up a delicious pasta using this recipe.
5. A fun DIY project: gold leaf art. Simple enough and so pretty.

Favourite Links This Week

Hello my dearies! How has the weekend been so far? I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen trying out a couple of dishes that I’ve always wanted to make. So far, I’m happy to report, the results have been awesome! Later, I’m going to attempt making this. It can’t be that bad – the recipe has got the word “easy” in the title. Oh and I have to ask, have you been following our Christmas Challenge? It’s not too late to start. Hope you have a lovely Sunday and here are a few finds just for you.

Link-Love-231. Isn’t this snowman nail art too cute? Follow the step-by-step instructions here.
2.  Whenever I’ve got a few moments to spare, I plan holidays that I’ll probably take in 5 years. Hey, don’t judge. It’s relaxing. And so, I know just where I’ll stay when I take that trip to Paris. I’ll be at the Marais House.
3. Have you heard? They’re making a Game of Thrones video game series. I’m psyched.
4. I’ve never tasted a smoked tomato chowder but this one looks absolutely delicious.
5. Try this Old Hollywood Party Look with Vintage Golds as taught by Lisa Eldridge.

Favourite Links This Week

Hello, my lovelies! How has your weekend been coming along so far? I’ve been having the most hectic yet wonderful weekend! My Mom is still visiting from America (she’s flying back on Tuesday – sob sob) and yesterday, my granddad had his book launched in the University of Malaya. How amazing, right? We’re all so proud of his achievements. It’s no small feat especially since he started writing it when he was 80 years old. As always, here are a few fun links from around the web…

Link-Love-211. This quiz, created in 1950, is absolutely hilarious. Thank goodness we live in another era.
2. Note to self: I’ve got to make this. I’ve got to make this. A salted caramel chocolate pecan pie. Four main ingredients I’m in love with.
3. As you can tell, I’m in the holiday spirit. Learn how to wrap your presents beautifully.
4. Another tutorial for Christmas. This would look perfect in your home.
5. The busy girl’s guide to a modern french manicure. Pretty!

Pink October: How To Do A Self Breast Exam

Following on from my previous post, I believe every lady should make a conscious effort to perform regular self-breast checks. Ask your gynae to teach you the correct way to perform it. Being young does not exclude you from getting this disease so don’t sit back and make the fatal mistake of thinking that it could never happen to you. In fact, you should start performing self breast exams in your 20’s. My sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 34. Thankfully she survived the ordeal and is cancer free now but I was told by her oncologist that it is getting more common for young women to be diagnosed with this cancer.

I have included a guide on how to perform your own check. Alternatively, you could get your partner to help you out. Let’s get started…

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Favourite Links This Week

What are your plans for this sunny Sunday my dears? We had the most relaxing Saturday – sleeping in, watching Agatha Christie’s Poirot and planning our upcoming trip (more details soon!). Today I’ve set aside time to edit my thesis (why does this process take forever, sigh) and later in the evening, we’re having dinner with family. What a lovely weekend! Hope you have a good one, and here are a few finds from around the web. Enjoy…

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1. Who knew that some of the most famous animated Disney characters were based on real-life actors. Interesting!
2. I’m forever ordering masala tea at local Indian restaurants. I love it and have tried replicating the drink at home several times to no avail. But! This recipe looks simple enough that I’m going to give it shot. Here’s hoping it does the trick.
3. What a cool decor item – Moss terrariums and other small worlds. These would make a perfect gift. (PS. Buy me one!)
4. Need I say more? Nail art inspired by The Great Gatsby. Watch the video to steal the look.
5. OMG! Emma of A Beautiful Mess painted her living room black. And it’s gorgeous. I would never have dared to take such a bold step but am really loving the results. More pictures here.

Favourite Links This Week

Hello lovelies, it’s the weekend again! What plans do you all have? I hope something fun! We’ve been having a really relaxing weekend – which we just love. And as usual, here’s a roundup of some of my favourite finds from around the web.

Link-Love-111. I’m planning a holiday in September (gosh, this month!) and these luggage tags would look so pretty.
2. Raven Symone was super cute in The Cosby Show. I laughed and laughed and laughed when I watched this clip. She explains where babies come from.
3. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of a good breakfast. At home, it’s always a choice between scrambled eggs or simple fried eggs. But! I would love to make poached eggs – so classy. Maybe now I can.
4. This ring would make the perfect engagement ring. A little different and unique… yet traditional.
5. Butterscotch vs caramel. What’s the difference? Deb of Smitten Kitchen explains.

Recipe: Marble Cake

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Ever since I started following Martha Stewart on Pinterest, I’ve been inundated with a gazillion yummy looking pictures of cookies and cakes and roasts and pies… the list goes on. So far, I’ve resisted. But when I saw her version of a simple marble cake, I gave in to temptation and actually made it. As it turned out, I made a beautiful cake.

People, this is a good recipe and goes to show that you don’t need to have amazing skills to prepare a great cake! I followed the recipe exactly apart from making my own cake flour and buttermilk (I’ll show you how below). I didn’t have any lying around in the kitchen. Actually, I don’t even know what cake flour is. Never heard of it! Never seen it in the supermarket either. Still, it all turned out perfectly. I couldn’t be happier with both texture and taste. I mean, who doesn’t love when vanilla and chocolate join forces?

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