My Weekend At Hammered- featuring Sushi

A quick heads-up: I’m turning into a full blown food-enthusiast. That DOES NOT mean that i’m a food blogger now, relax. I find that fashion cannot exist alone- it is gracefully accompanied by it’s swanky counterpart- lifestyle. For me lifestyle is as important as fashion. In a city clogged by cosmopolitan pubs, bars and restuarants, i attempt at picking out a few favourites and zoom into their standout features while colour-complimenting with my food. ( You will find below that i’m wearing a salmon pink wrap dress keeping in mind that i was going to eat salmon nigiri that day; I also had the bartender turn the colour of the drink into one that complimented my outfit)

Aesthetics, are important.

I was absolutely gutted that i could not make it to the launch of Hammered, the new multi- cuisine pub off Cunningham Road serving not just great food, but alcohol and shisha as well. A few weeks later, i learnt that a Teppanyaki counter was underway. Teppanyaki counter also means a Japanese chef who makes sushi. And this, needed my approval.

While my sushi was being meticulously prepared, i had the time to taste their much talked-about Rainbow sliders. These sliders are, to be honest, for people like me, who prefer small-but-tasty bites and that which look visually inspiring for our phones to capture. I can’t do burgers unless i’m having the munchies when i’m at home sans lipstick. We all know the pain of eating burgers with lipsticks.

The classic sushi maki/nigiri – long a stronghold of a few Japanese restuarants in the city has now made it’s presence felt at this popular hangout. I always judge my sushi on the basis of it’s simplicity, authenticity and freshness of the meat. And any restuarant that serves me a simple salmon nigiri taking due care that the sticky rice is not too mushy, wins for me.

I am generally not a fan of veg maki rolls (especially with avocado) but that’s just me. I much much prefer a simple tuna maki (with no garnish) and salmon nigiri.

What, however, really did impress me was that when your means are frugal to satisfy your sushi cravings, Hammered is the right place to be. The price starts at Rs. 229 and goes upto a little over Rs.500. Besides the fact that that the preparation time is a little slow, i have no complaints. I am absolutely in awe, of both the sushi and the chef’s magic card tricks!

    

Please excuse the below-average phone-camera quality of this picture, i was too busy relishing the dish so i didn’t give my photographer an opportunity to take a well-framed picture

With the food happily settled in my belly, it’s time for the chosen outfit(s) for the day. I chose a salmon pink number paired with a gold choker. The rationale behind the outfit stemmed from the decor and aesthetic of the place-reflecting an urban woman with western sensibilities (so is the decor and the cuisine)

{ Wrap dress and choker- both Forever 21}

My second outfit of choice was a hot pink high-neck,flowy number paired with a delicate Maang Tika. The theme was of course, Middle-Eastern, owing to the shisha and my drink which resembled a genie-bottle, not to forget the chandelier that hung precariously over my head.

A quick introduction to this booth, most aptly and thoughtfully named as the ‘Lie Booth’- it is designed specially to aid you in all your lying endeavours. It cuts down nearly 70% to 80% of the noise outside so you can effortlessly pick up those calls that you’ve been ignoring and lie to you parents/ friends/ girlfriends/boyfriends/pets about your whereabouts.

Drink- Midnight With Mary

{ Dress- Missamore; Headgear- Eristona; Belt- Splash}

Hammered has replaced former F-bar, by making a few too many changes. It is a VAST space with a ground and first floor, with ample natural lighting and a relaxed atmosphere. It has both indoor and outdoor seating facilities on the ground and first floor. In my observation, the ground floor is more sophisticated while the atmosphere on the first floor is vivacious, contantly bustling with youngsters in large groups and happy conversations. They have a separate DJ console both inside and outside with the resident DJ belting out some latest commercial tracks and deep-house numbers.

Although the staff is extremely courteous and well-aware of the menu and it’s contents, service could get patchy during peak hours. I was in fact, surprised to find that a lot of people poured in even at 10 am, when the place had only just opened it’s shutters. So i guess it’s peak time all the time.

Overall, the ratings for my Hammered experience are-

Ambience – 10/10

Food – 7/10

Shisha – 9/10

Value for money – 10/10 (the drink in the pictures above is priced at a modest tag of Rs.275/- despite its grandeur)

Service- 7.5-8/10 (really friendly staff, but slow at times)

Presentation- 9/10

Location- 10/10

Before long, i’m hoping to see organized Sunday brunches here. And those days are not far off! Just me who’s looking forward to it?

How did YOU like Hammered? I’d love to know!

Photographs by Vasanth Photography

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My Jean Claude Biguine Experience + tête-à-tête with Tanya Mukherjee!

        My hair care regime is literally nil. So why do I pontificate about hair-matters, you ask? Because when there comes something that nullifies your frail argument, you have got to step a few paces back and take due notice.

I am (was) more of a shampoo-conditioner person until i realised hair-care is necessary, if not mandatory. With due consideration for this very thought, i immediately made an appointment at Jean Claude Biguine. I needed a haircut- my humble no-nonsense blunt cut wasn’t doing me any favour, i learnt. To my great luck, JCB’s Hair & Makeup style director Tanya Mukherjee (who has worked to the likes of Lauren Gottlieb among many) was in the citayy- which means makeover time!

I walked into the Lavelle road branch of JCB ( Indiranagar, Koramangala and Whitefield are the their other locations), warmly welcomed by the lady at the front-desk, life-size mirrors, a glitzy chandelier and a well-lit place buzzing with customers. I was lurching around the salon deeply scrutinizing all the products they had on board- read: De Fabulous, Professional Sebastian, SP, Nioxin, Thalgo– and i was greeted by the hairstylist Tanya, who vowed to give my hair some body and definition- i obliged, gladly.

Mandatory ‘BEFORE’ picture. And yes, my hair has a tendency to get frizzy

My journey began with a careful (relaxing, if you may) hairwash, after which Tanya took over.

While she swiftly went about doing what she does best, i seized the opportunity to ask her some hair-related queries as i sipped on my green tea. She’s been a hair stylist for 13 years, surely she’d have valuable advice. Thus was the conversation-

ps. I’m going to indicate our names with our initials

 

FM : I’m going to start with my problem area first. I have super fine hair, what would you suggest to make it appear voluminous?

TM:  I suggest, work with strategic layers, they add volume and character to your hair. When it comes to hairstyles, start off with texturising products to add body ( the Sebastian Volupt spray and the Sebastian Texture Maker are both fantastic products for this purpose). focus on hairstyles that make your hair look fuller- like beach waves and blown-out hair. But if you are looking for long term results, i strongly recommend Nioxin Diaboost, it basically increases the diameter of each strand of hair and makes it appear a lot thicker.

FM: Are there any key hair-care routines that everyone should follow?

TM: Identify what you want to focus on and use products accordingly. if you need volume use volumising products, for chemically treated hair use products that are specially made for the purpose, use colour-protective serums for coloured hair, if your hair is severely damaged use damage-control products. When you do this, half the problem is already solved. Also, always use a heat protecting spray before blow-drying or using heat on your hair to avoid damage.

FM: But lately summer heat and humidity have been giving everybody bad hair days..

TM: There are specialised products to counter the effects of heat and humidity. Post wash it would be wise to use the SP luxe oil, it not only moisturizes and smoothens hair but also cuts down frizz. When it is humid, people with curly/wavy hair should apply a bit of mild curl cream to tame the curls. Similarly, people with straight her should use humidity resistance products since their hair falls easy prey to excess moisture. Products like Sebastian Zero Gravity do not let moisture penetrate.

FM: Great! Although do you suggest any hairstyles for bad hair days and to keep the summer heat at bay?

TM: You could always tie your hair up into a slick ponytail. I am currently loving braids- loose braids, milkmaid braids, french braids..they are so trendy and so apt for the weather. A new hairstyle has emerged- shaving off the hair at the nape of the neck and creating interesting designs and patterns on it, like aztec patterns while tying the rest of the hair into a top knot. It’s great for people who love experimenting!

{ She massages a few drops of Nioxin Diaboost onto my scalp before blow drying my hair}

FM: Speaking of haircuts, do you favour simple haircuts or dramatic ones?

TM: See you can never go wrong with long hair. But it would be ridiculously boring if everyone had long hair. Change is good. Change in the form of dramatic haircuts is even better! But these haircuts require time and care investment. You need to use the right products to keep them in place and learn ways of styling them. Like i always say, work with your natural texture. And comfort is key, how great your hair looks depends on how comfortable you are and how you carry off your hairstyle with elan!

FM: And what about hair colour? We’ve been seeing a lot of rainbow colours,lots of icy blue, lilacs and greys all over our instagram. Do they work well with Indian skin tones?

TM: Spring Summer ’16 brought with it a lot of smokey colours. Although the colours you mentioned are not limited to any particular skin tones, i’d say copper and bronze tones are the safest for wheatish skin tones.Blend them with gold and honey caramel highlights and they bring out the gorgeous colour of the skin, the colour of our eyes and basically just accentuate our faces. Hence i place emphasis on contouring colours that frame the face and compliment different face shapes.

 

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{ She sprays some Sebastian texture maker and i flip back my hair ready to take on the world with my well-done curls}

Important footnotes:

1) I learnt about their one-of-a-kind dry manicure and pedicure which is fuss-free, effective and takes just 30 mins! Which means, do expect a review of the same soon. I’m a sucker for great pedicures.

2) I also think everyone deserves to sit on their grand queen-sized black quilted chair and get their pedicures/ manicures done.

3) They have a vast range of products that cater to hair care and skin care. A skin/ hair consultant can be made available on request

4) You get to sip on coffee/ green tea while watching people from the glass panes, and take a couple of pictures of yourself cos GREAT LIGHTING.

To paint a better idea in your head, this is the vast range of products they have. Plus, you can find ALL the products that Tanya mentioned at any Jean Claude Biguine branch.

I really hope you found this post as helpful as i intended it to be. And like i always say, i do not endorse/ speak about products/services that do not satisfy me in the first place.

Share with me your JCB experience/ Hair care suggestions/ Pictures of your new haircut or haircolour..anything really! You know where to reach me farah.6inches@gmail.com 

Meanwhile, this is where you can follow them for constant updates and offers-

https://www.facebook.com/BiguineIndia/

Instagram: @jeanclaudebiguineindia

Google + : +Jean Claude BIGUINE

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Beauty Services at home courtesy Beautyjoy.in – a Review

In this post I attempt to answer atleast 5 queries with regard to Beauty services at home that most of you face and which makes you step back and think before going ahead with this concept.

Mind you I had my doubts. And when it comes to my beauty services these doubts double up. I prefer my same old beautician who knows my skin and hair and who does her best to accentuate it. And I also know how frustrating it is when your beautician plucks too much hair off your eyebrows and misses a spot while waxing- we’ve all faced these issues and perhaps this is why we look past the entire idea of getting professional beauty services done at home.

But here is what I learnt throughout my beautyjoy.in experience-

1) Time-saving


February was an excrutiatingly (in a nice way) busy month for me. I barely had any time to rejuvenate my undernourished skin and hair. Not a great thing considering my birthday was around the corner and I couldn’t afford to end up looking dead at my own birthday party. So I set my appointment exactly a week prior to my birthday (Tip: Always get your beauty services done atleast 3-4 days before a important day/event). I scheduled it for 1pm and I kid you not, my trusty beauticians were bang on time. While one catered to my Pedicure, the other nourished my hair with some hairspa and i carried on with some of  my pending blog work.

2) Wide range of services

 When I saw the  variety of beauty services mentioned on the app, i was taken aback- Massage, mani-pedi, body polish,facial, hair cut and colour; you name it. Besides this, the packages interested me- there’s the Bridal package, Valentine’s package,Festive packages and monthly beauty packages.

I chose 6 services out of the lot- Shahnaz gold facial, Cristine Valmy Spa Pedicure, French nail paint manicure, Hair spa treatment, Body polish and a blow dry.

3) Professional Beauticians

 This was definitely my biggest concern. Would they live up to my expectations? Let’s just say I was beyond surprised. My beauticians for the day were Sunita Subba and an accomplice. And both carried out their duties skilfully and with techniques i can only expect at professional salons. My pedicure yielded the highest result plus a great technical leg massage. The hair spa+ head massage made me feel so nourished. I particularly loved the Body spa as they used de-tanning crystals generously on my entire body to give it the much needed glow.

4) Products

 The thing about these services is that i am aware of each and every product being used on me and all of which are high-end professional level products. I also enjoyed the abundant but not excessive use of products.

5) Affordability and Reliability

 All of this and more comes with reasonable pricetags, in fact, a lot lesser than what I would pay in salons. You can expect high quality service, in the comfort of your house and affordable prices. I rate the services high on value-for-money. The staff is also very reliable and friendly. They call you if they are unable to detect your location and are very nice to you throughout. In fact, we also took a couple of selfies! And no jibber-jabber on part of the beauticians (we all know the rant)

Say hello to my lovely beauticians who got me all glowing. Scroll down to see the results! (No make-up, I promise)

What followed was an entire day of stopping by mirrors.

So go ahead and install the Housejoy app on your mobile device. The app is easy to use and the process to book a service is very simple. Besides Beauty you can check out the wide-range of services they offer- Fitness (for the lethargic in you who doesn’t want to travel all the way to the gym), Laundry, Appliance repair/set up, Home cleaning, Pest Control, Drivers, Automobiles, Plumbing, Electrical, Painting, Carpentry, Mobile and computer repair.

P.s. Notice my cute french manicure in the above picture on strategically placed fingers.

Also notice the cracked screen, it’s the gorilla glass chill, I will get it repaired through the Mobile repair section on the Housejoy app as well.

Literally making life easy.

Here’s how you can follow them:

I hope you guys liked this review/ Lifestyle post. And do know that I will always post about brands/companies that satisfy me before referring or suggesting it to you guys. 

Let me know about your Housejoy experience. I’d love to know x 

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