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10 genius home tricks when you’re on a budget

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Looking for ways to give your safe haven a makeover without breaking the bank? Here are a few simple tricks that can help you hit refresh on your house’s interior without spending big bucks.

  • Give a makeover to a room without spending a rupee by rearranging the furniture and wall hangings
  • Try printed wallpapers to change the look of a room for less

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  • Spend big on the solid stuff (tables, cabinets) that lasts longer and less on the soft stuff (cushions, sofas, bed) that you will replace in a couple of months/years.
  • Spend less on the curtains so you can play with the fabric according to seasons (sheer, linen in summers and cotton, silk in winters).

 

  • Choose lighters colours such as white, lavender, mint green on the walls and darker colours on the roof to make rooms seem spacious.
  • Mix up patterns and textures, old and new, expensive and inexpensive to create a statement

 

  • Building a house? Pick the paint last to ensure it matches your furniture and upholstery
  • Go for quality over quantity when it comes to furniture
  • Go for vertical paintings when decorating to give the illusion of height and bigger rooms

 

  • Themed rooms are nice but can limit your options when you decide to refurnish. Mix it up!

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Safest places for solo female travelers

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If you’re a girl-on-the-go whose heels get itchy every 3 – 6 months for some globe-trotting, you’d know just how difficult it is to plan a trip. Weather, cost, visa, convenience are some of the things every traveler has to consider in detail before every trip. However, one factor that bothers most female travelers is the safety of travelling alone and what places are “female-friendly”. We list down 5 travel destinations that are safest for female travelers travelling alone along with a whole lot of fun.

 

Iceland

Iceland ranked #1 on the Global Peace Index, a report released by the Institute for Economics and Peace gauging the peacefulness of regions and countries around the world so obviously it had to be numero uno on our list too. If you’re a nature’s child, this place is the place with you with selfie perfect attractions such as the Blue Lagoon and Northern Lights.

 

Florence, Italy

Also touted as the hub of fashion, food and glamour, Italy has slowly but surely become the glamour capital of Europe. Walking on the cobbled streets of Italy lauded with culture and heritage gives a sense of empowerment and enlightenment at the same time. Florence, mainly known for its architecture (hello terracotta roofs) is an ideal and not to mention safe place for a solo traveler who also is an undercover history, architecture and culture lover.

 

Singapore

If you’re clean freak with hint of OCD, Singapore will be your playland minus the mess obviously. With futuristic buildings, clean and safe environment, this SouthEast Asian beauty is the perfect place for the girl who looks for art in architecture, loves shopping and never says no to delectable cuisines.

 

Montreal, Canada

Tim Hortons, Maple syrup and snowstorms, there are so many reasons Canada pops up on our newsfeed but not many people know that it’s also the safest place for solo female travelers. Experience Europe for less and head to Montreal. With its scenic riverfront Old Port, history museums, an array of restaurants offering cuisines from all over the world and old cobblestone streets leading to 17th-century buildings, Montreal is the European experience when you’re on a budget.

Auckland, New Zealand

Also known as the Land of the Kiwis, New Zealand is one of the most visited places by solo travelers. It is extremely safe, has breathtaking views and plethora of outdoor activities to keep your itchy toes satisfied.

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Life-changing books every woman should read

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You don’t read a book you have a relationship with it and there are some of these relationships that we keep going back to because they teach us something new every time, they inspire us to do better and more importantly, they help us realise our own feelings manifested so brilliantly into one of numerous characters. Here is a list of some of our favourites that we can’t seem to get over!

 

Complete stories by Dorothy Parker

Witty, crass and oh-so-funny, Dorothy Parker is the skeptic we all need in our life to take everything with a grain of salt and double question everything. If you’re looking for some motivation, you need to pick up this book today to embark on this journey of razor-sharp commentary on the ordinary lives of ordinary people. Parker’s beyond brash one-liners and clever rhymes are sure to make you crack up at the extraordinariness of ordinary.

 

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

“I’d rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at all,” says Gay and we couldn’t agree more. Roxane’s articles on modern feminism are hilarious as she tells all and comes clean about what it’s like to be a feminist who enjoys anti-feminist things such as hip-hop and reality TV. She is honest, she is aware and most importantly Roxane is funny and relatable!

 

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

We are assuming most of the female population on this planet has already read this book for the vicarious thrills and escapist kicks this book is loaded with. This mention, however, is for any girl who hasn’t read it yet! Seriously, girl come on! If you’ve lost someone close to you and feel like there will be no end to your plight, you will find that much needed comfort by reading how Gilbert fell to the ground, stood up and turned her life around because remember, you are the heroine of your story!

 

Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melodie Beattie

We have all been there. Expected more, loved more, cared more and the list goes on and so does the list of things that left us disappointed. So we found a book filled with no-mess strategies to overcome destructive behavior, dodge drama, and regain control over our lives we say, sign us up sista! Beattie explains why it’s so difficult but so important to love yourself through enlightening anecdotes and hand holds you through the journey to independence, self-fulfillment and eventually happiness.

 

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

This is the realest a love story can be. The constant ego match between Darcy and Elizabeth is the perfect definition of dislocated attraction, while the external factors and their own internal conflicts constantly tearing them apart coupled with Austen’s social critique will at some point make you go omg same! The book teaches us some important lessons such as that the adage first impression is the last impression should be thrown to the wolves and that sometimes we are so blinded by bias that we fail to see the person infront of us.

 

 

Special mentions:

  • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
  • A Fiery Heart by Charlotte Bronte
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Woman Code by Sophia A Nelson

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