Karma Chameleon

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It’s summer here in India and it gets crazy hot during the day. I remember how last year it was impossible to shoot this post without perspiring which was a total put-off .

Summer or not, during the week I prefer wearing tops and dresses with sleeves to work, sometimes saving the sleeveless formal tops for Fridays. While at home, you will find me chilling in the shortest pair of cotton shorts and a tee or a super comfy loose shirt that lets me breathe. I happily borrow clothes from my mom’s closet sometimes just because they’re lose and comfy! She doesn’t mind.

Over the weekend while stepping out to visit a friend, I decided to go the simple yet chic way of wearing a tank top and jeans. Something I could lounge in for hours on end. What was meant to be just a visit to a friend’s place ended up being a photo shoot for this post. I loved the fact that the green tank top matched the environment around me, maybe even camouflaging with the grass and trees in some pics (Hence the post title).

Relaxing

There really were a lot of pictures, but I’ll share just these for now. I’m sure the rest will see the light of day on the blog soon too.

Lost in thought

Pushing boundaries

Carefree

Wind in my hair

Goofy

Happy

One thing I’ve come to realize about shooting pictures for my blog is, it’s very important to share a great rapport with your photographer as it let’s you just be yourself, totally natural and candid. There are some blogs I’ve seen online, where it’s easy to tell that the model/ blogger is not at ease as yet with the photographer. You don’t want your blog/ pictures to come across like that. It’s best you find someone you can be comfortable with and then go clickity-click!

OOTD Details:

Green Tank top: Mom’s closet (I said she doesn’t mind)
Denims: Tokyo Talkies
Orange Ballerinas: Zovi
Watch: Gift
Hairband: Hill Road, Bandra

Summer staples. jpg

How are you coping up with the weather out there? What is your go-to for summer? Any blogger/ photography tips?
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Photography: Nolasco Alphonso


Lots of Love,

The Silent Hummer.
Franchua D’Souza

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The Pink Panther

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Maxi dresses. I’ve often wanted to wear them and know if I could pull them off gracefully. The only thing that deterred me from doing so was the thought of where I would actually wear them. I do not attend many formal occasions anyway.

Pink Maxi 2

Last week as I browsed through Jabong , something that has become a habit now, I filtered my search specifically for maxi dresses just to see if my admiration for maxi dresses still existed. The next thing I knew, all the angles of this particular pink floral maxi by Athena were screened quickly and within no time it was in my cart, the credit card details seemed to appear automatically in my head and my fingers punched in the details like there was no tomorrow! It was even more exciting as they had a sale going on! We all love sales now, don’t we?

Pink Maxi 3

Pink maxi 5
If you’ve seen my previous posts, you’d know I’m not that much into the color pink. I mean it’s a beautiful color and the diverse variations of the color look yum. I just had my reservations about the color going with my skin tone.This time I couldn’t resist the attempt to break these mind blocks and decided to try this bright fuchsia pink outfit. Even on wearing the dress, I still wasn’t convinced and asked the people around me for opinion. What finally persuaded me was when I saw the pics myself. I absolutely love the maxi dress and have no qualms about the color anymore. Though I still have to figure out where to wear it or maybe create an occasion to wear it 🙂

Pink Maxi 1

Pink Maxi 4

Pink Maxi 6
For a hassle free online shopping experience, I definitely recommend Jabong.com .This is my second review for #Jabong, the previous one is here .

Let me know if maxi dresses are your kind of thing or you’ve got some inhibitions about them.

Hope you all enjoyed reading this post. I know I was delighted posing for the pics and drafting my experience.

Photography: Nolasco Alphonso

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Lots of Love,

The Silent Hummer
Franchua D’Souza

Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want

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We all know this peppy Spice girls song from the nineties, don’t we? Well, yesterday I went for lunch to this place called SpiceKlub at Lower Parel with college friends. Hence this special Spice Girls title for this post.

I’m glad a few of us college pals have managed to stay in touch despite us having moved onto different walks of life. Lately we’ve even been successful in planning a meet at least once a month, which is super great.

Franchua at Spice Klub

Franchua at Spice Klub

SpiceKlub, a Veg-only restaurant in Lower Parel boasts of modern Indian cuisine. While planning our monthly meets, we girls usually opt for restaurants that serve both veg and non veg food. It is safe to say that I love meat in my meals. So when SpiceKlub was decided, the restaurant per se didn’t get me all excited, even though I had heard great reviews of the place. We made a reservation 3 days prior as we were informed it’s really difficult getting a table. However, On reaching there at 12 noon (our reservation was at that time), there were many tables available. So I’m not sure if this reservation thing is just a strategy or it’s really that difficult!

Table set up

Table set up

Spice Klub pics

Spice Klub pics

As I reached before my friends, I had enough time to check the restaurant, the menu, the washroom, the ambience and few other things. I noticed couples walking in, families with children and college going crowd. The instrumental classical music played in the background seemed to be in sync with the overall arrangement at the restaurant. Waiting for others to join me even gave me the chance to look at the steeply priced items in the menu. To be honest, I rolled my eyes when I read the price of ‘Dahi chaat’. I mean close to 400 bucks, like really!!

Okay now the actual food bit. We called for some ‘Pav bhaji fondue’, something that I’m not very fond of usually. But my my.. was I surprised! This pav bhaji fondue was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! The whole presentation with the bhaji in a pot and a tea-light candle keeping the fondue hot was interesting. Even the bread was crisp and cut into small cubes to be dipped in the pot. Keeping presentation aside, just the taste of this Pav bhaji fondue was simply scrumptious

Pav Bhaji Fondue

Pav Bhaji Fondue

We then called for ‘Kesari Paneer Tikka’ and again, oh my! The paneer was beautifully barbecued, it was soft, tender and melted in the mouth. I’m not over exaggerating. Even adding those little cutely kept sauce dips on the table added to the dish’s flavours.

Kesari Paneer Tikka

Kesari Paneer Tikka

With these 2 appetizers , the 3 of us were so stuffed that we decided instead of ordering main course, we’d get just another appetizer and then keep space for dessert (which by the way was excellent!) Appetizer number 3 was Naanza. This dish looks like mini pizza slices topped with lots of cheese and spices. Each mini slice was extremely heavy and rich. It was a challenge for the 3 of us to finish 8 pieces! Had I not known that these were made with naan (Over baked flat bread), I’d easily believe these were pizza slices. In case I did not mention, this dish too was a hit.

Naanza

Naanza

I’m not biased in this review at all, it’s not even a sponsored post! Trust me, I did not miss meat at all in this meal. Every dish is worth the amount and can definitely fill at least 2 people’s tummies.

My favorite part of any meal- dessert was the best. Experience wise, Presentation and Plating wise as well as taste wise. I love chocolate is a well known fact to many. Among all those interesting options we ordered for ‘Soap Cake’.

Soap Cake!

Soap Cake!

Soap cake is actually cake in the form of a soap bar. It is placed on a dish that resembles a soap dish and even has dairy foam on it to make it look like soapy lather!! Super innovating I tell you. They serve it with a towel so that you can use it to wipe your hand after messing your hands (although it’s not all that messy). It tasted great, but full marks for the presentation.

As waiters took food to the other tables we saw some greatdishes there too. Dishes like Test-tube pani puri, de constructed dhokla and paan kulfi with liquid nitrogen looked extremely enticing.

Ambience and service was upto the mark, we didn’t have any reason to complain.

This meal made the pocket light by Rs 2000/- for 3, but the experience and food was totally worth it.

Oh I’ll even share with you my little embarrassment here at Spice Klub:
Due to being the first one to arrive, I didn’t want to look like I’ve been stood up on a date, so I decided to wait at the entrance for a while instead of sitting alone at a table. Just then 2 women walked in and mistook me for a hostess and were like “Hi, a table for 2”. Has that ever happened to you? I kindly told them they’ve got the wrong person and moved aside. I swear I wasn’t dressed like a hostess 🙂

Franchua- At Spice Klub

Franchua- At Spice Klub

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Lots of Love,

The Silent Hummer
Franchua D’Souza

All I need is a miracle, All I need is You!

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Working as a Front desk executive taught me some things that I will keep in mind always.You may call these things the basics. The obvious points in my role would be looking presentable and professional, always maintaining a smiling and approachable appearance, making sure the reception area is tidy and of course being efficient in the other admin jobs given. I’ve come to realise that this is one role that may be neglected most of the time. In this role, there are high chances that you may be the last one to know if it’s someone’s birthday or if someone is promoted. You may even not get to be a part of certain office events, well because “If you don’t take those client calls, then who will?”

Like other jobs, this role has it’s own positives and advantages as well. For one, mostly it’s not a stressful job (which means your hair won’t gray as soon as others) and you will have suitable fixed timings . Also, you will be far away from office banter, office gossip and negative vibes. And then if you’re lucky with not too many walk-ins, you can click some selfies with no one watching (but first make sure you don’t have office cameras).

Office employees and colleagues will be busy with their work and their teams. But remember, whenever they need anything for office use, they will first think of approaching you. Generally in offices, you will have things kept in specific storage spaces like cabinets and drawers. But to save you some time, energy and effort, I’ve compiled a list of things that you can always keep handy in your drawer. After all, all they need is a miracle, all they need is you. Here it is:

Stationary Items

Stationary Items

1. Basic stationary: This is the most basic thing your desk should have besides your desktop, keyboard and mouse. Stationary will include pens, pencils, erasers, white ink, stapler, punch, pins, scissors, post it etc. Keep in mind, since it’s not your house, you will require a simple and professional looking pen stand to keep these things in order. I can assure you that even though every employee is given stationary, they will keep coming to your desk to grab a pen/ pencil before rushing to that meeting they are getting late for. It’s obvious that you need to have pens that work!

Tissue box

Tissue box

2. Tissue Box: Again, this is a staple. You never know when your cup of tea spills all around your desk and keyboard making you a nervous wreck. Also, you will have colleagues who even though they vist the fresh room before leaving office for a meeting, they will grab some tissues from your desk on their way out.

Band- aid

Band- aid

3. Band-aid: It’s not possible to keep an entire first-aid box with you at your desk, but whenever someone approaches you with that sad boo-boo look, pull out your band-aid and hand it over. Look at that face turn into a smile as though you’ve just saved their life. If you’re not as petrified as me, you can offer to help if possible.
Also, with women and new shoes, blisters are nothing new. Band-aid always to the rescue.

Needle-thread and pins

Needle-thread and safety pins

4. Needle and thread / Safety Pins: I swear I’ve seen instances where employees are strutting out for a meeting and suddenly the slit on their skirt goes farrrrr (roll the rrrr to get the sound I’m making). It can be the most embarassing situation for the employee and she may just not know how to fix the issue. Here’s where you pull these out and save their day. I assure you, you will be thanked profusely, and maybe you may even get a treat.

Handmade Flowers

Handmade Flowers

Teddy snowball

Teddy snowball

5. Some personal touch to your desk: A colleague made these little flowers for me. The pink one is out of stocking and the green one is out of a wasted courier envelope.Adding these personal little things help me remember there are days when you are appreciated for who you are and what you do. Also, while you may have colleagues waiting for someone at the reception or while waiting for that band-aid, these will initiate conversation. One of my colleagues, even keeps all post-it notes, even though none of those are reminders.

It’s also a great idea to have a folder containing all near-by restaurant menus, have some sanitary pads, and some loose change for someone when they desperately need it.
I also suggest, since these are the very few occasions that people may come up to you, be approachable and warm. Make conversation with them so the next time they see you around, they will acknowledge your presence. It’s equally important to dress right and have your hair and make-up in place, as professionally talking “You are the face of the organization”.

I’ve summed up all that I could think of. If you would like to add any points or give me your comments, I’d love to hear back from you.

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Lots of Love,

The Silent Hummer
Franchua D’Souza