She’s into superstitions, black cats and voodoo dolls

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Any guesses why this Ricky Martin song title? The answer lies here:

Look at those cats!

It’s these cats!

Aren’t the cats adorable? Isn’t this top the cutest you’ve seen in a while? Note this is not a sponsored post so I’m not buttering anyone/brand and I genuinely feel this is good stuff.

Stylish Cats

Stylish Cats

I’m quite an online shopper for those who don’t already know. I tend to browse online shopping sites in my spare time. I even receive a lot of msgs regarding sales or special discounts as I’m registered with most of them. Recently while checking out Shopnineteen, I spotted this top. It’s quite attractive by itself and easily stood out from the lot they had. There are times when looking at something you know you just need to have it. This was one such time. I instantly fell for this catty top.

Catty Top

Catty Top

What’s not to like in it? It’s got cute cats (PS: I’m not a cat lover generally), it’s alive with umpteen colors, it’s got this satin like rich look and feel, and there’s a cute little girly bow at the neckline.

Usually at work we have a strict formal dress code so wearing jeans and a top like this would be inappropriate. Yesterday however we were given the choice to dress as per our wish as we celebrated our office Diwali party. I chose this top obviously, wore it on navy blue jeans, straddled on my bag and did a little cat walk at the office.

Posing with the stylish cats on

Posing with the stylish cats on

OOTD

OOTD

Have you ever seen a catty girl doing a a laughing buddha pose? Here, look:

Doing the Buddha pose

Doing the Buddha pose

Some of my colleagues, especially the girls loveeeeeed the top, one even informed me that some time in the near future she will borrow it as she’s very fond of cats. 🙂

OOTD Details:

Cat Print Top- Shopnineteen
Navy Blue Jeans- Jabong
Orange Ballerinas- Zovi
Bag- Esbeda
Bangle and Ring- Mom’s collection

I’m not sure if the pictures do justice to just how cute the top actually is. Let me know what you think.

Do you have anything this cute in your closet? Show me! I’m all for cute.

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Lots of love,

The Silent Hummer
Franchua D’Souza

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Quit Playing Games

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As promised in my last post, I’m here to share my experience of the IPL Match I witnessed live. Mumbai Indians v/s Royal Challengers Bangalore on 10th May ’15 at the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai.
Being Mumbaikars, Nol and me obviously rooted for MI. We went geared up for this match, it was our second time, the first being 2 years back. With our stomachs full after our heavy meal we braved the heat, did a little brisk walk from the nearest railway station to the stadium and made it for the 4pm match. The stadium was packed as expected. Cricket is really loved in India, in all forms.

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The pitch

As RCB batted first, we witnessed Chris Gale’s powerful sixes, Virat Kohli’s expressive reactions, and AB De Villier’s century like it was a cake walk.  The crowd kept cheering- for some reason Malinga was the most audible cheer, the Mexican wave at the stadium was beautiful to look at, and people’s phone cameras captured it all (since cameras weren’t allowed in) . The Cheer leaders danced with all their moves synchronized, and the crowd dressed in Blue did too. Nol looked cute with his blue Malinga wig, while I had my blue devil horns and blue illuminated specs.

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Malinga wig and light specs

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Big Bat
MI didn’t manage to make the required runs, no matter the effort by Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma or the very tall Pollard.
It’s bad luck that the previous time we saw the same teams play, even then RCB beat MI. None the less, it’s all about sportsmanship and it was definitely worth the experience watching the match with thousands of people around you! May the best team win the series.

Hope you enjoyed the post.

Lots of love,
Thesilenthummer
Franchua D’Souza

Paint my love

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Here my hair is my love. When it comes to pampering myself, I always look up to these- Hair style and a massage. This time I went with Hairstyle to celebrate.

Celebrate what you ask? Well, come 2nd May and I complete 4 years of working at the same International company. It’s quite a big deal looking at how many faces I’ve seen come and go.

In order to celebrate, I decided to treat myself to a haircut and hair color at the very stylish B Blunt at Bandra. I was pretty excited knowing what I was going in for and knowing I was in safe hands. I climbed the stairs to the Salon like a gleeful child after making sure there were no cameras around watching me. I looked with awe at the beautiful models in the frames put up at the reception. I even watched the fashionista-like male and female stylists parade up and down thinking – oh these guys must love their job. I grabbed a mint placed at the desk, so that the stylist wouldn’t know I ate prawns for lunch. And then I waited patiently for 40 mins.

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As the senior stylist Gayatri was discussing my hair texture and volume with another stylist, I overheard the other one say, “Great, She’s got Virgin hair”. Seriously that’s the term for hair that’s never been coloured before!

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Before

As Gayatri explained to me what look she thought would suit me, using all those typical “professional hair stylist words” I just replied with “I trust you”. Sure she knew she had some responsibility there.

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After a quick hair wash including a little massage, it went chop chop from there. I wanted to go with Mahogany brown, but she suggested some blonde streaks. Oh also, what most of us call highlights, they call it hair painting (that’s why my post title). After the painting was over, I waited for a little more than half an hour, and sipped on some coffee.

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After the final wash here’s what my hair looked like.

After

I never imagined blonde on myself before, but now I know it isn’t a big no no for the future. I’m happy with it as of now, I’ve been told it will get brighter with time.. Let’s see.. Not many have seen it yet so I’m still anxious about people’s reactions. Let me know what you guys think.

And that’s how my hair lost it’s virginity. 😉

Lots of love,

Thesilenthummer

Franchua D’Souza

If you just put pen(cil) to paper

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Working in a corporate environment, looking forward to Fridays is a very natural thing. But yesterday was one of the busiest I’ve had lately. I think it’s probably why my Monday was pretty chilled out.. In fact it was so chilled out, that I was able to make a decent phone cover for my phone’s almost broken case.
I’m not very good at letting go of things, even if it’s just a phone case. It was cracked a little, but somehow art and craft struck me when I saw this waste A/4 size sheet of paper lying around the printer at work. In fact it was there for days, probably just waiting for someone to put it to use. Everything needed to make this was at my desk.

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Apparatus:
Pencil, any paper you want as the cover, paper scissors, transparent cello tape and my cell phone case.

Method:
I immediately traced the case out on the blank side of the sheet, cut it out, got the tiny details cut out ( the best I could) , cut out long strips of tape and put them sticking to each other to give the paper a laminated look, cut out the extra tape around the edges of the traced paper, placed the sheet over the case and with some more tape I stuck it precisely on all 4 sides.

Time:
30 mins or less. ( I took much more time but that’s because I first made a matte one with matte tape which I didn’t quite like)

Observation:
If you look at it from a distance and do not directly feel it , you won’t be able to tell it’s paper. When I started doing it, it was just to pass my time. I didn’t realize it would look pretty decent 🙂

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Comments:
Some may argue it’s crappy but I’m partial to my craft work here.

People’s reactions so far are mixed really. Some appreciate the art and effort, some think the colors are too childish but I explain it’s from paper that was there already, my sister said she can afford to buy me a new case. My lunch pal at work realized why I kept my phone screen facing down. 😉

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All in all, I’m keeping it for a few more days until I think it’s time to change it with another print maybe 🙂
Will certainly keep you posted.

Oh also, the other day someone received flowers at work which is not a very common occurrence. Here’s a pic.

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Pretty, aren’t they?

Hope you all are enjoying weekend..

Yours Truly,
Thesilenthummer
Franchua D’Souza

Just another Manic Monday

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Hola!

As much as I hate Mondays (trust me I really do), there’s something that helps me get through it. It’s dressing up for work- oh and food off late, but let’s keep this post fashion oriented. I am not sure how the men will find this helpful, because they’ve got few options, especially in the corporate environment. But we women thankfully have a lot to choose from in the dressing department.

Though it may not help shaking off the grumpy/cranky/pissed off Monday mood totally, dressing up will actually make you feel a tad bit better. And this I say with experience. Here in Mumbai, with the current climate (heat + humidity), I find it easier to pick a dress/ skirt compared to trousers. If the dress is chosen correctly, it’s easy to make an impression, that of a serious-no-nonsense-smart-business-person. And no other colour does it better than black. Agreed black and the heat is a complete no- no, but the air conditioner at work does make it manageable.

Black dress

Black dress

Here is one of my black dresses that makes me feel all corporate and confident. It’s not one of those LBDs but is definitely a must have in any corporate woman’s wardrobe. A coat/blazer can conveniently be added onto it to give it a different look. Also those shoes are my staple shoes at work, they’re really comfortable. I haven’t accessorized much except for the black belt and a wrist watch. Make up is minimal with just an eye liner, some lipstick and nail paint (nail paint was really from the weekend before) 🙂 Black dress 3 Hope you liked the post, would love to hear from you. Would like to know how do you guys dress up to work on Manic Mondays, I’ll certainly give it a try.

Yours Truly,

Thesilenthummer
Franchua D’Souza

Friday Night and the lights are low

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Dressing up for the day and night I am humming the ABBA song- Dancing Queen in my head (and sometimes a little loud- Whoopsie). It’s Friday! It’s Valentine week! That’s enough of reason to celebrate I guess, especially for a young corporate woman!
This week has been crazy, both at work and otherwise. After office hours, I’ve been meeting with long lost friends, attending my regular choir practice on Tuesday, attending relatives’ B’days in the far off suburbs, meeting some friends with their office friends, even made some time for the ongoing Kala ghoda fest but hurried out in half an hour.. my point being it’s just been a busy busy week. Instead of letting myself be completely drained out as we reach the weekend, I decided I’ll do it differently.
So here I am, ready to party this evening as I’ll be meeting a colleague from my previous workplace after alomst 4 years! We’re heading to Elbo Room in Bandra. I’ve only heard of this place, but have never been to it, so I’m a little excited about it. Since I’ll be going there directly after work, I had to wreck my head and closet to know what exactly to wear. Initially I thought of carrying a pair of clothes to change from the regular corporate wear but then I decided I might as well just wear something that looks decent for work and the evening. I managed to put this together, take a look. Full pic To break the black and white monochromatic look, I added the bold red to my lips. I own a this brick red shade, but I think this is also a very good choice. Brick red lipstick Also I’m not much into accessorizing, in fact on a regular day you will see me with simple pearls or a fine chain around my neck, and just a watch. However today, I put on one of my favourite necklaces which I hardly ever get to wear, check it out. And don’t miss my mom’s black rose ring. Close up with accessories I’m sure I’ll have a great evening, Wishing you all have a great Valentine weekend. It doesn’t matter whether I’m a V’tine day fan or not 🙂 In the meantime that’s me getting back to to work. At work, on call Yours Truly,
Thesilenthummer