Looking Forward & My Magazine Feature

Pink Peonies Blog Essentials Magazine Feature

Wowie!  It feels really good to be back to blogging!  Towards the end of last year I was feeling very sluggish, and dare I say a tad ‘gatvol’ too (is fed up the correct word?).  I took a 3-week break from social media (and blogging) and it felt great to be ‘offline’ for longer than just a few days.  Neal and I went on holiday towards the end of December (ya’ll already know we went to Cape Town, where else?) and it was just what we needed!  We ate like little piglets, read like little bookworms (I read 5 books in like 9 days – side note: ‘The Girl On The Train’ was probably my favourite book of 2016), and returned to good ol’ Gauteng feeling very well rested.

For me, 2016 was a total rollercoaster of experiences and emotions…and yet, I can’t believe how quick the year flew by.  I’m very excited about what 2017 holds for Pink Peonies – I’m looking forward to getting to know my blog readers better, collaborating with all the amazing brands I worked with last year, discovering new brands and building relationships with them, and creating better  content more consistently.

First up, I’d like to tell you something: I’ve been featured in a magazine again!  YAY!  I feel both incredibly proud and humbled to have been featured in the January 2017 issue of Essentials magazine.  I tweeted about it towards the end of last year and announced it earlier this week on Instagram.  Did you manage to pick up a copy to read the article?  The February issue will be out on shelves on the 19th of this month, so you only have 3 days to pick up a copy of the January magazine!  If you would like to get to know me a little bit better (as a blogger, as well as on a more personal level), then I suggest you go grab a copy.  I had so much fun answering all the questions they sent me – plus as always my answers were open, honest and perhaps even a little bit quirky!  Huge thank you to Essentials magazine for giving me this opportunity – 2017 has definitely started off on a good note!

As a child, I used to look forward to the 1st of January because we’re conditioned to think that a new year means turning over a new leaf, and so I always thought I would feel completely different on that very first day of the year.  I’m sure most of it has to do with one’s mindset, but a part of me was always disappointed because I never felt like a new person.  Now that I’m all grown up, I know that there’s no magic involved when the clock strikes 12 – it’s all about what YOU make of it, and how YOU see the world at the start of the new year.

Around this time last year I set quite a few goals for myself, and looking back at my ‘2015 Reflections & 2016 Goals – A Very Personal Post’ blog post I realize that I didn’t do all that badly – I achieved quite a few of them!  *high five*  I’m a realist, I don’t really believe in this ‘New year, new me’ mumbo jumbo but I do think it’s important to take some time to really think about the path you’re on, where you want to be, and how to make this year the year you dreamed for yourself.

In the aforementioned blog post, I also reflected on the year that was – my achievements (both personal & professional), and my battles.  This year, however, I won’t be reflecting on 2016 – not because it was a terrible year (it wasn’t) but more because I want to look forward.  Onwards and upwards, as they say!

I feel like I’m all over the place with this blog post but in essence, what I’m trying to say is this: For the most part my goals remain the same as last year, I think my list of goals shouldn’t be limited to just one year.  Plus, achieving those goals (however many I do end up achieving) will help me to lead a happy, healthy and positive life.  For me, I find it’s best to not set goals that are too specific i.e. lose 8kg, or have 15k followers on Instagram.  Because if for whatever reason I don’t achieve these specific goals (some things you just don’t have any control over), I’ll probably end up feeling like a failure even though some of the goals might have been a bit unrealistic to start off with.  So, I like to set goals that are aimed towards improvement, and not a specific end result.

I’m definitely not saying I’m going to sit on my toosh and drag my feet this year (you know me better than that) but like a wise man once said: “The race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.”

And that’s all that she wrote!  Side note: Neal and I were talking about Jessica Fletcher and ‘Murder She Wrote’ a few weeks ago, and I kind of want to start watching all the episodes from Season 1 again!

I’d like to thank each and every one of you for continuing to support me & my blog.  Thank you for always being happy and excited whenever something positive happens on the blog front.  Thank you for motivating me and cheering me on whenever I’m going through a challenging time.  Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on the blog & social media, it means more to me than you will ever know.  And last but certainly not least, thank you for taking the time to read my blog posts.

Here are my wishes for you, dear blog readers: May 2017 be the best year of your life!  May you be able to distance yourself from negativity in any shape or form, and focus on the beautiful things in life.  May you have the bravery to accomplish anything you set your mind to, and may you free yourself of self-doubt.

P.S.  I know you’re eyeing those Unicorn Makeup Brushes in the photo…right?  Aren’t they just magical!?  They’re from Dupe Factorie – an online store based in South Africa, selling all kinds of makeup brushes and tools.  They also have a store in Durban, plus they’ll be opening up a store in Johannesburg later this year!  You can expect to see these brushes in action real soon…and I mean REAL soon (plus I’ll share my thoughts on each brush).  I can’t comment on the other makeup palettes and brushes / tools they sell, but the Unicorn brush set feels incredibly soft (the bristles are synthetic, which means they’re cruelty-free too).  I almost feel bad for using them to apply my makeup (they’re just so beautiful) but I do want to see if the nylon bristles pick up enough product (not just liquids & creams, but also powders) and blend them out without much effort.



  1. 16 January 2017 / 08:56

    Welcome back Luzanne! Wishing you a wonderful 2017 and so looking forward to more beautiful posts on Pink Peonies! XXX

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:27

      Thanks so much for your support, Cat! xo

  2. 16 January 2017 / 09:55

    Glad you are back feeling refreshed and ready for the new year!

    And congrats on the mag!

    Oh my, munder she wrote! What a memory! Makes me want to start watching it again.

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:28

      Thank you so much, Azraa! 😀

      Go check out ‘murdershelook’ on Instagram – super cool! Their latest video had me in stitches! x

  3. 16 January 2017 / 10:04

    Congratulations Lu. Glad to have you back and wishing you all the best for the new year xoxo

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:28

      Thank you, Nisa! xoxo

  4. Melissa ❀
    16 January 2017 / 10:31

    So so so happy to see you’re back to blogging again, I SERIOUSLY missed your blog posts!!! 😀

    • Melissa ❀
      16 January 2017 / 10:33

      Oh and congratulations on your magazine feature! I always buy the magazines and newspapers whenever you’re featured. I should probs start a scrapbook, but that would be a bit stalker-ish. 😉

      • 24 January 2017 / 17:31

        LOL! Not stalker-ish, just a fan! 😉 And thank you for always supporting me, I know you’ve been following my blog for quite a few years now. x

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:29

      Yay! Thanks so much for checking in on the blog, Melissa! 😉

  5. Qondiswa N
    16 January 2017 / 10:39

    YAAAASSSS youre back, thank God! 😀

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:31

      Thanks for popping by the blog, Qondiswa! 🙂

  6. Wendy H
    16 January 2017 / 11:26

    Hooray! You’re back!

    Congratulations on your mag feature, I will go get one this afternoon after work. x

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:31

      Thanks so much, Wendy! 🙂 x

  7. Roxy
    16 January 2017 / 12:03

    Gurl, you have no idea how much I missed your posts..been waiting for today since January 1st. 😉

    Well done on the mag feature, you definitely deserve it! #bestblogger

    Holy moly, I haven’t thought about Jessica Fletcher in probably more than a decade!!!

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:32

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you! 😀

  8. Hanneri
    16 January 2017 / 13:23

    Welcome back to your blog, Luzanne. I enjoyed a leisurely read of your blog post over lunch time today. Thanks for your honesty in sharing product reviews (and parts of your life) with us. Wishing you an awesome 2017. Congratulations on being ‘published’. It is well deserved because it is evident that you work hard on your blog. I’m looking forward to your first review of 2017.

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:32

      Thank you for always returning to read my blog posts, Hanneri – I appreciate it so much! 🙂 xo

  9. Paulina
    16 January 2017 / 13:43

    Best of luck for 2017! I am looking forward to reading your content and reviews.

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:33

      Thank you, Paulina! 🙂

  10. Yolandi Wilken
    16 January 2017 / 14:13

    Sjoe, maar jy het 2017 afgeskop op ‘n goeie noot! 😀 Ek sien baie uit na al die blog posts en hopelik videos wat jy hierdie jaar gaan create vir ons. En baie dankie vir al die moeite wat jy in jou posts dit, ons waardeer dit altyd so baie. XO

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:34

      Baie, baie dankie Yolandi! 😉 Ek gaan my bes probeer om videos baie meer gereeld te film, ek wil bitter graag meer tutorials film en reviews. xo

  11. Holly Morello
    16 January 2017 / 15:08

    Congratulations, Lu! you deserve all the success in the world! You know Im your number 1 fan xoxoxoxoxo

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:34

      Thank you, Holly! 🙂 I appreciate your support more than you know! xoxo

  12. Debra
    16 January 2017 / 18:14

    Awesome news, well done Luzanne!!! ♥

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:35

      Thank you, Debra! 🙂

  13. 16 January 2017 / 18:55

    Welcome back! So glad you are feeling refreshed:) looking forward to spending 2017 “with” you..

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:35

      Yay! I’m looking forward to spending it with you too! 😉

  14. Laurette
    16 January 2017 / 19:48

    Insanely happy for you about the mag feature! You deserve all the best things in life, L…

    Sending love from Potch x

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:35

      Thank you so much, Laurette! 😀 x

  15. Veronique
    17 January 2017 / 09:41

    Welcome back, L..I missed your posts. 🙂

    Congratz on the magazine feature, that’s amazing that a South African blogger can be featured in a magazine.

    Looking forward to what 2017 holds on Pink Peonies. XXXX

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:36

      Thank you, Veronique – I feel so blessed to have so many people support me in what I love to do. 🙂 xo

  16. Kelly
    17 January 2017 / 11:32

    Happy new Year!! Glad you’re back and feeling refreshed! Definitely can’t wait to see what you have in store this year. 🙂 Congrats on the magazine feature! 😀 When I had seen the brushes on your photo, a friend of mine and I had to go check the store out in Durban. Really cute dupes and at very reasonable prices. We were also happy to find out that the store is moving to another location, which is in Windemere in Durban. Happy blogging!

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:37

      That’s awesome! I can’t wait for them to open their store in Johannesburg, although my makeup brush collection is already ‘quite large’ and I don’t know where I’m going to store all the new brushes I’m going to buy! 😉

  17. 17 January 2017 / 12:02

    Happy 2017 to you Luzanne! So glad to see a post from you! I was having withdrawal symptoms!!! Can’t wait for you to dig into 2017 and see what you have in store for us.

    And Cape Town…of course…where else would you be! Was devastated to see that Bubble Tea closed down in PE already after a mere 1.5yrs 🙁

    Those brushes are so cute! It’s crazy seeing all the new brushes online…the mermaid and unicorn thing has got a whole life of it’s own.

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:39

      Hahaha!!! I can always count on you to put a smile on my face with your comments! 😀

      You won’t believe it – the Bubble Tea in Canal Walk also closed down!! So sad! I’m thinking maybe people aren’t that into bubble tea drinks anymore…although the one at V&A Waterfront is always packed. I don’t know what I’m going to do if that one closes down too…geez, I don’t even want to THINK about it! 🙁

  18. 18 January 2017 / 09:23

    Very good to hear you are feeling so positive. Here’s to a great year for you.

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:39

      Thank you for checking in on the blog, Ailsa! 🙂

  19. Marisha Naidoo
    18 January 2017 / 11:04

    Luuuurv the photo, you have a great eye for creative shots.. 🙂

    Congrats on your mag feature, that’s a very exciting start to the new year. All the best for 2017, Luzanne, may it be filled with joy and success!!!!!!!!

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:40

      Thank you so much for the amazing compliment, Marisha! 😀

  20. R Fourie
    18 January 2017 / 18:44

    May 2017 be the best year yet !!!

    • 24 January 2017 / 17:40

      Thank you, Reonette! x

  21. Lalannie
    30 January 2017 / 15:52

    Wishing you a year of amazing firsts, favour, miracles, joy, peace and love. May this year be happy. Go on out there and be the very best you can be. I’m cheering you on, Luzanne!

  22. Nadine
    30 January 2017 / 16:40

    soooooo missed you!!!! welcome back!

  23. Vanessa Christiane
    1 February 2017 / 11:07

    Wow, I loved Murder She Wrote – it was possibly my introduction into Crime/True Crime!

    I have probably read the majority of Ann Rule’s books which I have thoroughly enjoyed! Crime reading definitely a passion, True Crime more so though so I enjoy the Crime Channels on DsTV

  24. 29 March 2017 / 16:43

    “I like to set goals that are aimed towards improvement, and not a specific end result.” This should be me. I guess I get so much conflicting advice about goals and chasing dreams etc. I think I need to stick to aiming to be better than yesterday.

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