How to use dry mascara

USE DRY MASCARA

To understand the agony of every woman when they try to scrape out the maximum from their mascara wand; is my duty. What I mean to say is that I got you covered on this.

Having a huge stack of mascaras is not just a mere dream but has moved to reality. I have personally 8-9 different mascaras and I use them everyday. But sometimes, I usually forget to use a mascara for a long time; probably when I found a superbly volumizing one that I cannot stop using. Well, when my mascara dries, I follow these following steps:

Mascara
Mascara
  • Step1: I take up any lens solution present in the market and put 3-4 drops of the solution in the bottle of dry mascara.
  • Step 2:  Put the mascara wand inside the bottle, close up the bottle and shake the bottle in the palm of your hands. (Do not shake the bottle in upward-downward position)
  • Step 3: Shake for 1 minute.
  • Step 4: Open the bottle and run the wand on your hand. Check to see if your solution is black. If it is clumpy, repeat the steps 1-2-3 till you get good consistency.
mascara
mascara

Below is the Video tutorial to show you the steps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8IHGIIPm_A

Tips to make your Sofa look rich

The centre point of attention in any home is the living room. It is where the family revolves, the guest sit, the children play and it is the living room that hears most of the laughter and cheer. It is a spot that makes an important area for day-to-day happenings. It is therefore, essential to address this area with some due diligence. The main point of attention in the living room is the sofa / couch. One can have any type of sofa, leather, fabric, velvety finish, love-seat, 3- seater, L-shaped, etc. the crux is that the sofa needs to be welcoming.

Apartment furniture and decor
Apartment furniture and decor

When I was putting together the pieces together for our living room, my first buy was the Sofa. I originally wanted a navy blue colored velvety finish sofa as it would have given an accent color and a deeper tone finish to the room. Most colors would have complimented the navy blue color. But there were some problems in inventory and therefore, we (my husband, Peeyush and I) decided to get a brown colored one. We went in for the velvety finish in the fabric of the sofa.

sofa
sofa

Now came the main task – ” How to make your Sofa look rich”. Rich here would imply warm and welcoming. I had to do the following:

Step1: Use (Aesthetically pleasing) Cushions

Cushions add color to the room as well as speak about your style. Here is what you need to keep in mind for decorating your sofa and what I kept in mind as well.

  • Do not use the cushions that are of the same color or pattern as your sofa.
  • Try and use a contrast color pattern when choosing cushions.
  • You can opt in for ready to stack cushions or go the traditional way– buy the plain white cushions and then dress them up with cushion covers.
  • Try and choose the colors similar in a color palette. For example- pink and oranges go together; whites, silvers, creams and black go together.
  • Try and choose one dominant color when choosing cushions.
  • Use the principle of odd numbers when deciding on the number of cushions on a sofa.
  • Always remember : there are never enough cushions!
  • You can also use a dominant pillow to grab the attention.

Step 2: Use a throw or a blanket

There are many stylish throws in the market. All you gotta do is to find one that matches your living room. It is key in selection of a throw, it should compliment your color scheme.

Use a throw to match your color scheme
Use a throw to match your color scheme

Step 3: Work on the background

If you are a more neutral toned lover, you can always work with the background.

  • Hang in a huge artwork to grab attention.
  • You can drape a boho-styled cloth to give a different dimension all together.
  • Paint the main wall in deep-toned colors like deep reds and matte black.
Wall color and paintings
Wall color and paintings

And here’s a shot of how our sofa looks.

Sofa at my place
Sofa at my place

Hope this was helpful.

xoxo

-B

Handbags every girl must-have

haute stuff penny the piñata bag

Whether its going to class, to a party, for dinner, or just shopping; every girl needs one- one for all the events I just listed! Yes girl, I got you a list of all the bags that each one of us must have in our closet. One can-not do with these bags. Not only in terms of functionality, but a handbag is a girl’s way of accessorizing the look.

  1. The throw – everything – in bag; TOTE!!
Street Level Moc Croc Sudette Tote Bag in Stone from asos
Street Level Moc Croc Sudette Tote Bag in Stone from asos

I love the totes! They have been my favorite for most occasions. They are spacious, come with a single pocket so one does not need to look into separate pockets to find things.

2. The sling bag- Cross body bag

Glamorous Tile Print Metal Cross Body Bag from asos
Glamorous Tile Print Metal Cross Body Bag

The cross body bags are extremely useful if its a shopping trip to the grocery or going to a gals brunch on a Sunday. Pair them with your comfy slippers and you are good to go.

3. Clutch for the party

ASOS Grid Box Clutch Bag
ASOS Grid Box Clutch Bag

I carry clutches on a romantic dates or attending an Upper East Side event. Clutches are your statement pieces and should compliment your jewelry and heels. Try to match the colors of these statement pieces and you will have heads turn.

4. Your Work bag

Leather hobo bag
Leather hobo bag

If you are a working woman, you know this is an absolute necessity. The job demands so.

5. Statement Pieces

haute stuff penny the piñata bag
haute stuff penny the piñata bag

Carry this statement piece with any ordinary clothing and you go from ordinary to extra-ordinary. And the best thing is they can be taken anywhere.

This is not a sponsored post. Links are from Asos, Mango and Kate Spade websites. 

xoxo

-B

DIY- An IKEA nightstand HACK for TARVA

Hey folks! Since we are a newly married couple, a lot of our time is currently going in setting up the house. Getting the furniture in, setting up the kitchen, etc. you know the drill!

To begin with we got our bed for us have to a space to sleep in. We got ourselves the Dakota black bed from in Queen size black color and a memory foam mattress . We needed matching nightstands but we just did not want to order directly from store. We wanted to first survey the market. So our first stop was IKEA and I had previously looked at a few nightstands online. We had measured the height of the bed and so keeping the measurements in mind, we started checking for the nightstands.

We finalized the TARVA nightstand in wooden brown. Wooden brown was our first choice because we wanted to customize the nightstand. So the next stop was Home Depot. We got:

Tarva Nightstand

To work on the nightstand, we did the following:

STEP 1: Sand the nightstand lightly on all sides using 3M Sanding Sponge

STEP 2: Paint the nightstand completely with Varathane Stain + Poly using brushes

STEP 3: Leave for drying overnight

STEP 4: Spray or Paint with Lacquer to maintain polish-like look

STEP 5: Spray paint knobs from Target in Metallic Gold

DIY Nightstand finished look

Once assembled, this is the finished look!

xoxo

-B

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Things to consider before getting a cat

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Hey folks, so cats are my favorite topic- one reason being I  have stayed with one and developed fondness over time. So with this blog the title makes it very clear- ” Things to consider before getting a cat.

10 Things to buy before you a cat home

Having a cat is an important decision as they also need human attention and care. So, just to save you the trouble, let me put it really straight- before getting a cat you need to consider:

  • Any allergies that you are having or anyone in the family?
  • Will you commit at least 2-3 hours of your time with the cat in a day?
  • You will not leave the cat alone for more than 10 hours in a day
  • The medical bills and insurance for your cat
  • Taking time to take your cat to the vet at the right times
  • The space for free movement of your pet in your home

If you have thought about the above things and are ready to take responsibility, then lets get into the Things to be considered !

Cats cuddling

The felines are surely one of the less demanding animals but they come with their own set of responsibilities. Before I list down the things for the market; one must consider looking into pros and cons of having a pet. Be it less demanding, they are living beings and need love and care with ample amount of playtime. So one should consider if they are ready to be committed to the cat for a very long time.

Secondly, one must look into the personality of cat one wants- playful or dignified; indoor or outdoor. A lot depends on the lifestyle one has as that would not be changing for a pretty long time. Playful cats tend to demand a lot more attention and love from their humans. They require 3-4 hours of dedicated play time at different times of the day. If you are planning on getting a kitten, be ready to be doing a lot of surveillance as they have high amounts of energy at that age. A dignified cat on the other hand, would want to play at their own times. They are comparatively less demanding. Female cats fall more in this category.

On account of getting an indoor cat or outdoor cat; many prefer to keep their cats indoors as their parents have been always indoors and therefore the kitten or cat has far lesser immunity. If taken outside, they have chances of getting sick and catching other ailments. Since, a cat has always had a wild streak, its natural for them to have their time outside. Some cats prefer to stay outside and come home for food and shelter. In case of others, their humans leave them outside for a couple of hours so that these cats do not miss out on their natural skills. If you decide to have an outdoor cat, be sure to have the cat micro-chipped for safety.

Thirdly, a decision on long-haired or short-haired cats is importantLong haired cats need a little bit more maintenance than the short haired ones to keep their coats looking amazing. A long haired cat will require daily brushing of their coat to avoid matting. They also shed a lot more hair in the shedding season. Also, grooming for the long haired tends to a tad bit expensive as they need proper bathing once in a while. The short haired ones require combing once a week and most of them do not require proper bathing as they are good with their own grooming skills.

things to consider before getting a cat

Once, the personality and the coat is decided, the sex of the cat – male or female is an important factor. Males are more active, while females are generally good with children. Males are demanding mostly while females want playtime at their own leisure. Both develop their fondness in the house. The males mostly have their attention with one main human, whereas the females tend to have their attention for the entire family.

Also, one needs to see if they want a pedigree or adopt. I would always vouch for adopting a cat rather than buying from a breeder unless one is clear on the kind of cat one wants and one made ample visits to the animal shelter. If adoption is the route one intends to  take then the next step may not be required in most cases, but if one decides to buy from a breeder, it is important to choose the breed of the catClick here for a list of cat breeds.

Deciding and choosing the cat becomes a much more easier process with the above guidelines. But, I would say, always let the cat choose you. That way it works out better.

I hope my first blog helped you in deciding the cat for you. Please subscribe for more blogs. 
Take care
xoxo
-B