Home Décor on a Budget

Home Décor on a Budget

Economy’s been hit pretty hard and times are crazy and you’ve just moved into a new house. A new, unfurnished house. And you’ve only been married a few months and you’ve got no clue how to decorate this blank canvas of yours. You constantly look at home décor ideas on Pinterest, to the point of obsession. But stuff’s expensive and you want your home to be aesthetically pleasing but by the look of things, that seems impossible. Right?

Fret not, I’ve got you covered.

1. Set a price bracket to work with:

Modular kitchens in India start typically at 2L and can go up to anywhere between 10L and 15L. Wardrobes start at around a Lakh and can go up to 10L. Both the kitchen and the wardrobe are essentials, and sometimes you end up over-paying because you get overwhelmed by what your designer is trying to sell you. The best way to avoid this is to set a budget and tell your interior designer that this is what you are comfortable paying. Be flexible enough to stretch out the budget a little, but at the same time, do NOT go over the top. Get someone who is good at negotiations, someone who can talk prices with your designer without hurting sentiments or messing with the professional relationship.

2. Minimalism:

Less is more, and you do NOT need that expensive teak L-shaped teak couch with the chintzy cushions because – one, that’s going to collect a lot of dust and cleaning said dust is going to give you rhinitis, and two, clutter isn’t cute. Try to keep the space breathable. Plus, minimalism is kind of trending right now. Good for the economy and good for your soul, ha haha.

3. Use good and long-lasting materials:

I just mentioned that you don’t need teakwood furniture, because you can use other hardwood alternatives like acacia instead, for example. Or even shorea or eucalyptus. Acacia has the best price point amongst the three, which makes it the most sensible choice if you’re working on a tight budget. And if you’re getting your furniture custom-built, you can get the wood polished in whatever color you actually like. I don’t recommend mango or rubber wood, because they’re prone to a ton of damage. Don’t be tempted by the sweet prices you see on PepperFry. Nuh uh.

Ensure your kitchen and wardrobe and furniture are really well-made in case you won’t be changing up too frequently.

4. Buy stuff online:

Things like wooden tables for your bedside, accent chairs, garden décor and so on, come at great prices online. Smaller furniture is often cheaper online because it is all produced in bulk, and you can save money just by buying these online rather than having it all custom-built, where you end up paying nearly double in some cases.

5. Consider choosing second-hand furniture, or even thrifting:

Online stores like GoZefo.com sometimes have surprisingly good deals. If you have a thrift store around, you can buy home décor at legit throwaway prices. (I don’t recommend going thrifting given the present situation, but when and if things calm down considerably, this becomes a great option to buy odds and ends like hallway mirrors, throws, cushions, floor rugs and shag carpets.)

6. Go phase-wise:

I cannot begin to tell you about the sheer joy you actually find in doing things one step at a time, with your partner, especially if you’ve both just gotten hitched. Building a home together from scratch – for me, personally – has been such a great exercise because it gave me something to do and I love planning things. Plus, it’s actually helped the SO and me come together as a team.

7. Amazon all the way:

There’s nothing you don’t find on this website. Pick out cute trays, and china and dinner things, plus linens and everything else that you need to put the ALMOST final touches, and all at super good prices. Their contactless delivery system makes life a lot easier too.

8. Fresh scents:

Invest in good home fragrances, burn incense if you must. I recommend the three wick candles that are currently on sale (BOGO) at BathAndBodyWorks.in. Vanilla Bean and Mahogany Coconut are good ones to try.

Do you have any home décor ideas?

Bling it up with Blinglane!

Bling it up with Blinglane!

You know the excitement you feel when companies reach out to you asking if you’d like to collab? Well, it’s never happened to me before – not until Blinglane.com, very recently.

The CEO actually reached out to me on Instagram. I nearly bust a lung, y’all. I mean, I’m just this doctor that blogs on the side. Given a choice, I’d do this full-time, but you know. That being said, let’s get straight to the point.  

Blinglane sent over this cutesy pair of earrings that I picked out. I don’t like stuff that’s too big or chunky because I don’t like jewelry getting in the way.

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Just. Look. At. The. Packaging.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate how amazing their packaging is, shall we? I’ve bought stuff off a lot of websites but they never make sure, not really, that the stuff inside stays intact and doesn’t break. Which Blinglane does. They also send over a little Thank You card and another card that comes with tips on how to take care of your jewelry and their contact information. 

I chose these simple yet elegant and classy pair of earrings because working women need something eye catchy without being too much and turning into eyesores. The earrings are well made and they’re not flimsy, which is amazing. Plus they look great on.

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Just how pretty are they?

Do I recommend checking out their website? One hundred percent. (And not just because they sent stuff over.) You won’t be disappointed. AND THEY SHIP WORLDWIDE! Check out their Instagram page too, because they always have amazing giveaways going on all the time!

FAQ: “Where Do You Buy Makeup From?”

FAQ: “Where Do You Buy Makeup From?”

I get a ton of questions about where I buy my makeup from, (specially) from my Indian readers. So I thought I’d do a whole blog post about it. 

First things first, it is really easy to get scammed when you’re buying things off Instagram sellers. I remember being so mad I even told y’all to never buy anything from ANY Instagram seller. Well, I was wrong and there are stores that sell authentic stuff. I’ve checked personally. I recommend checking out these pages:

BeautyTales.In
The Makeup House

IMPORTANT TIP: DO NOT TRUST PAGES THAT ASK YOU TO PRE-ORDER. YOU’LL TOTALLY GET  SCAMMED.

I also buy makeup from three other actual websites:

Beauty Bay – they carry Urban Decay, Too Faced, Anastasia Beverly Hills, to name a few.
BeautyLish – they carry Jeffree Star, Charlotte Tilbury and RCMA, among many others.
Shop and Box – which puts you in touch with your own personal shopper, and you can buy anything, ranging from food to shoes. I cannot rave about this enough. Plus you pay thiugh PayPal. Win win.

There are a few Indie brands that deliver to India:

Makeup Geek
NeimanMarcus.com – which carries high end makeup like Tom Ford, Le Metier de Beaute and Kevyn Aucoin.

I hope this helps!

What To Expect When You’re Expecting

What To Expect When You’re Expecting

Having your order reach you late is kinda sorta like an emotional pregnancy. Hear me out. The due date is often delayed. You often get nasty shocks. You’re on the phone with your emotional pregnancy doctor (read: customer services) constantly, and you often bite their heads off.

Just like a woman who’s expecting.

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They should make music videos for songs like “missing you so bad it actually hurts my head” featuring restless and pacey girls waiting for the Amazon guys.

Who, by the way, rock.

And it would all be like, major hits, because girls like me love shopping more than we do people. And I’m not ashamed to admit that – shopping makes me happy.

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Obviously all good things come to those who wait, so even though this expecting is excruciatingly exhausting…

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Good things do happen. Right?

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…you actually get to live longer. Yay!! And I’m not even being sarcastic here.

Excuse my absolutely headless post. I’d had enough of whining and I thought y’all needed a break from that too.

Speaking of expectations, I kinda sorta lost my alcohol virginity, when I was least expecting it. My friend spiked my Sprite with some vodka while I wasn’t looking. (No wonder my lovely Sprite tasted like death.) How do people get so drunk? Bleeeeaaarrggghhhh. Acquired taste, I guess, like sushi.

Needless to say, I acted like a complete moron after my friend told me I had Sprite from a “dirty glass” – I’m sure ten mils won’t get people tipsy, and I’m hoping it was just a placebo effect. However, when I woke up this morning, I had a lump on my head. The size of a plum. Or a shriveled Clementine. And it bloody hurts.

Please tell me I haven’t been bitten by a mutant tarantula or something.

Have you ever had anyone spike your drink? Did you act like a clown?