How to make use of INSTASTORIES

When I first saw the insta stories emoticon on my insta feed I was like what on earth is that! Was bit reluctant on clicking through them! I was honestly clueless as to what they are and what am I supposed to do with them!

Once I plucked the courage to did click through I was like ummm… I was skeptical about the success of that feature. The things that really ticked me off were the rawness of the images! no filter!! no editing!!! I mean its like a home video what is up with that!!

But once I got into clicking!!! there was no turning back! I went on and on and on with it! jumping right off from one insta story to the other! Even looking forward to the stories that were coming every single day!

I have to admit I was wrong about them! And it took me a while to figure them out!! Here are some things that I have learnt about them and how you can use insta stories to relate to your readers as well!



STORY TELLING

Its story telling at its best!!!! We looooooove stories!! We are used to telling them through our well established and polised insta feeds and this time we are practicing with the unedited real ones!

LACK OF SOPHISTICATION

While we are hard at work creating beautiful images and creating gorgeous feeds. Insta stories come as a relief!!!!! We don’t have to painstakingly style anything!!!!!!!! Really!! And we can still gain our followers love out of it!!!! Really! Really!!

REMOVED BARRIERS

Insta stories has REMOOOOOVED barriers!!! I mean I am making design decisions with Emily Henderson!!!!!!!

How COOL IS THAT!!!!

Its something very personal very fun and very creative!! All at the same time!!

TASTE OF THE PLACE

I once saw the insta story of someone, while in my bed at night exhausted and just drifting to sleep! This insta story was of a person who went to a beaaaauuutiful place to hike. And she posted a short video of herself standing in the midst of the daisy field which were bolwing with wind and looking up at the mountain peeks where the rest of the hikers were!

And the experience was unbelieveble

It was as if I was transmitted to the daisy field

And was feeling the wind passing by!!!!!

It was that powerful

Moral of the story: Nature is very powerful and when you share it unfiltered through the lens of your camera it can be mesmerizing!

So never miss out on an opportunity to share nature with your readers!!

SHOUTOUTS

Some brands like ikea have used it like those power point slide shows to promote and to announce promotions! And there are different factors which make them work!! Like the creative use of cute emoticons! The font and styling!!



No matter how you use it! It is a very effective and powerful tool! And it does have the power to suck you in!!!!!!!!!!!

Verdict: I am going to treat my insta stories like my oolllld insta feed where I was shooting as I go! and having fun with it! I love that I dont hve to worry about glamourizing each adn every image. And I love that it is still powerful in that respect!

And the rest we all know our tastes and strategies change as we go, We are constantly figuring out what goes best for us. Its like we are tuned into getting to know where we have to go.

How are you dealing with your insta stories? What is your favourite part about them? Did they ring any bell with you or prefer your insta stroll more over them? Would love to know!!

Follow me on instagram if you arent already! 😉 @deeppurpleandblue and find out how I am using my insta stories!!

Take care!!!

Chai latte

 

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There is nothing in winters than a big pot full of bubbly creamy sweet chai latte simmering with cardamoms and smelling diviiiiiine!!!!!

I have many a fond memories associated with the sweet milk teas on cold winter nights with cracking peanuts!!!!

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There is just sometihing sooooo waaarrrm and cooozy about it

The whole idea just fills you up with warmth!!!

There are homes which are constatnly simmering these concoctions by the minute!!

After a long day nothing beats wrapping your fingers around the hot mug of steamy chai latte and chattering with your loved ones while cuddling in blankets…

Can I say it brings people together 😀 😀

And makes the world a better place?!?!?!?!? 😀

I don’t know about the rest of you but it makes MYYY world a better place!!!

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There are several ways of doing it. There is no particular right or wrong it’s all about preference. As far as I know evvvvveryone has their own version of it. Their own pressure point which they want to meet in each and every cup! And once they create the perfect cup! It makes their day bright and everything easy-ier!!!

Here is what you need to do to make a big pot! Yes I  say pot!!Coz it should be something like bigger like not just for the individual but for the friend dropping by or your spouse coming home after a long day!! Or maybe you need two instead of one!! Like all warmth inducing things we want them BIIIIG and plenty!!!! And to be able to share!!

You can certainly cut it down! With one tea bag one cup of water and milk about 1/2 cup!!

Okay back to the recipe

I use brown sugar for absolutely no particular reason. Plain white sugar would be just as fine! Milk should be full fat. There are skimmed milk version as well. But the traditional recipe calls for good quality full fat creamy milk, and I recommend not replacing it! My favourite ingredient has to be the cardamom pods!! The aroma is just overwhelming!! I love it!!! Some prefer to skip it! (I fail to see Y) and you most certainly can! But I would definintely recommend it always!!

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Ingredients

3 cups milk

3 black tea bags of your choice

2 tbs brown sugar

2 cardamom pods

3 cups water

Method

Step 1: Bring water to a boil.

Step 2: Add cardamom pods and tea bags adn let it simmer for a minute or two. You can add the sugar here as well. Or if not you can add it to your personal mug later.

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Step 3: Pour milk. Bring the pot to a boil and than turn the heat down to a simmer.

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Step 4: Pour it in mugs and serve with your favourite biscuits or cake!

I love mine with these date coconut oat bars!! Soon to be posted!!

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Here is to a warm winter and a cozy coming december!!!!

Painted ceiling reveal

Can I be the first one to say OHMYGOSH!!!!!!!!!!

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Can you see the transformation!!

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This has to be the easiest way to spruce up a room on a weekend!!

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You can take a look at the entire process here

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Here is what it looked like once the tapes were removed!!

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Love love love it!!!!!!

Hopefully I inspired you to add stripes in your life and to make your home the sweet place you hardly want to get out of!!!

Have a fantastic weekend!!