More music your way

Hey there people,

Okay, so my post for today wasn’t supposed to be related to music but I couldn’t help it. If you have read my previous post, Outfit of the day/Outfit of the night, you would have known that I had gone out with some of my friends last night. As per usual, we were aimlessly driving around town in our friends car, when I happened to hear an amazing cover of Whitney Houston’s How Will I Know.
Now, if you go on YouTube you’ll be able to find a plethora of Whitney Houston covers and some of them are really good. But this was by far the best cover I have heard in a long time. And of course, who else should sing it other than my current favorite artist, Sam Smith.

I know what some of you might be thinking; can Sam Smith do a good dance-pop cover? And the answer is, “I don’t know”, because he didn’t stick with the original genre. The singer/songwriter put his own spin to the number by slowing down the tempo and making it more soulful and melancholic. And I just love it!

Check out the cover he did for Sirius XM and let me know what YOU think about his rendition. Hopefully, you will enjoy it as much as I do.

P.S: If you have something nasty to say, spare me.

BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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Outfit of the day/ Outfit of the night

So, this isn’t my blog post for the day, but I thought I might as well post this now because tomorrow it will be irrelevant (forget the fact that it’s almost 01:30 am here in Sydney, so technically it’s a new day but whatever).

This is my first OOTD and OOTN post ever. Hope you like it.

For my OOTD I chose to wear my ASOS Pumpkin Jumper (I know it’s not Halloween but, Halloween and autumn don’t exactly go together here in Australia). I paired it up with my black Lee Cooper jeans and my metro shoes zip-up converse that I purchased from India 2 years ago. For the finishing touches I slung my ASOS messenger bag across and tied my scarf from Arrow, around my neck.

This was my house-hunting look!

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For my OOTN, I wore my black drape neck sweater from Tarocash and layered it with my maroon ASOS cardigan that I got on Boxing Day last year. I teamed this up with my blue stretch skinnies from Topman and my metro shoes. I accessorized this with my Pulsar watch in stainless steel and my Love Conquers Hate wrist band from the HRC store.

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This is a semi-casual look, perfect for a mellow night out with your friends. I had an amazing night with some of my besties. Pictures soon to follow!

BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Beat them Blues!

Good Morning good people,

I hope you had a great weekend. Mine seemed to have gone by too quickly. I guess that’s probably because I spent the whole of Saturday recovering from a hangover!

Anyhooo, we’ve entered yet another week in our lives and as much as we’d like to be thankful and cheery, it is simply impossible to do so on a Monday morning. So I’m here to help you out.

Below is a list of songs that I think would help you beat the Monday Blues and put you in a much better mood for work, uni or whatever else you may have lined up for the rest of the day. Most, if not, all of these are on repeat on my playlist every morning!

First up is a track called Together by Disclosure, Nile Rogers, Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith. My current favorite; this song is just 2 and half minutes of pure sexy awesomeness.

The second one would most definitely have to be Say Yes by Michelle Williams ft. Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. It is so good to see the trio together again, this time supporting Michelle’s gospel number. Regardless of what your beliefs might be, this song will definitely put a positive spin to your day with its peppy beats.

Next is a song that I’ve been obsessed with, for a while now. Hence it’s only fair that I put it on the list. Here is Like the Morning Dew by Laura Mvula. I honestly believe that she deserves more popularity.

Okay, so I might be a little late to the party with the fourth one but, better late than never right? This is Rather Be by Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glyne.

I’m not late with this one though. This is their most recent single titled Extraordinary ft. Sharna Bass.

Who doesn’t like a bit of Ariana Grande? This one’s called Problem by Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea.

Speaking of Iggy Azalea, my list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include Fancy by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX. How funny is the Clueless inspired music video!

Since I started the list with Sam Smith, I thought it would be appropriate to end it with another one of his tracks. This ballad titled Stay with Me shows just how good Smith’s vocal skills are.

So, hope you guys enjoy my Monday morning playlist! If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them. It’s always great discovering new music.

Till next time,
BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Check Please!

Mornin everybody!

Hope ya’ll are doin mighty fine this Friday morning (I have no idea why I’ve suddenly gone Texan on you)! I’m feeling extra chirpy this morning and I am going to send out positive vibes to all of you, no matter where you are!
Today, I am going to do a review on a restaurant I visited recently. It is the Essenza Italian on Surry Hills.

Disclaimer: This is not a professional review but merely me sharing my experience at the restaurant, with some awesome readers. Also, I am not being paid by the restaurant to do so.

Hope that has helped put a lot of suspicious minds at ease. Now, moving on…
I happened to stumble upon Essenza’s Instagram account after they liked one of my pictures (obviously involving food!). I was just blown away by their pictures of yummy Risotto Marinara, Calamari Fritti, various meatball dishes and what not! Now those of you that know me well know that I have a weak spot for anything Italian, especially their food! So it was only obvious that I wanted to give Essenza Italian a try.

Wednesday night, my friend and I decided to catch up for dinner and I of course suggested we go to Essenza. Hardly a 15 minute walk from Broadway, the restaurant is comfortably nestled in the corner of Crown and Devonshire Street in Surry Hills. The restaurant isn’t very imposing architecture- wise, neither does it have a huge sign, which may cause a little difficulty in spotting it right away (especially at night). But once you find it, you will only be pleased to see that it in fact has a very cozy feel; both from the outside as well as the inside, as I found out later.

We were greeted to a very warm and romantic setting with dozen dimly lit candles all around. I did feel a little awkward being there with one of my closest-friends instead of a date, but then I realized I have way more fun with my friend anyway!

From the moment we were seated I was excited to go through their menu and see what they had to offer. However, when it finally arrived I must say I was quite disappointed. I couldn’t find many of the dishes that I saw on their Instagram page, on their menu. Maybe I was there at the wrong time? Or perhaps they have a different menu for larger groups where the other dishes are? In any case, I was quite bummed out.
They did however have some interesting items like Roast Lamb Rump with Caponata, Veal Involtini & Parmesan Polenta etc. After deliberating for what seemed like half an hour (we’re indecisive and talkative so, go figure) we finally decided to start off with some garlic bread for the table and then, I proceeded to opt for the Essenza Meatballs in Polenta (which is actually an antipasto :P) while my friend settled for the Spaghetti Marinara.

While we were waiting for our food to arrive, I noticed larger groups of people starting to come in and I was actually worried that it might get too noisy. Although the restaurant extends to an outdoor area at the back, the weather conditions were not exactly motivating enough for anyone to use it. I was however, pleasantly pleased that the atmosphere hadn’t changed despite the increase in customers. It seemed like everyone was respectful of the decorum of the restaurant as well as of other visitors. This gave my friend and me the opportunity to talk endlessly about completely random things, as we always do.
I wished I was sipping on some red wine while waiting but my throat wouldn’t have any of it, so I asked for some warm water instead. Now, one of the things that annoy me when I go to restaurants in Sydney is that most of them do not offer warm/hot water (which I will never understand!). However, not only did these guys offer to bring me hot water, but they brought it in a cute little tea-pot.
We were then served our garlic bread which came on a wooden serving board. The bread looked absolutely yummy; nice and crisp with a beautiful golden color. The downside to it was that we only got three slices of bread, which I thought was quite unfair considering that it tasted so good hahaha. They should probably consider increasing the portion to an even four!

Next we were served our main course (well in my case, antipasto). I was very content with my Essenza Meatballs in Polenta. I hadn’t tried the combination of meatballs and polenta before, but I loved it. The polenta was soft and had an almost buttery texture. The meatballs were cooked to the right amount and the sauce had a delectable tanginess to it. And for an antipasto, I must say it was quite filling.
My friend seemed pleased with her Spaghetti Marinara as well. I liked the fact that they sprinkled a generous amount of Parmesan and pepper on top while serving it. For those of you who are not cheese fans, do not worry, they ask you before-hand if you would like it or not. So you do have the option of skipping it.
I finished my meal with some hot peppermint tea (they do have quite a bit of options to select from, in the tea department). Although I would’ve loved nothing better than to indulge in some decadent Tiramisu or Panna Cotta, my throat like I said earlier, was being a stubborn jackass!
The tea helped a lot though. So for those of you out there with a scratchy throat, I recommend some hot peppermint tea.

At the cash register we were given bite-sized desserts (I forgot the name of it) which I thought was a pretty clever and innovative move of extending their customer-service till the exit. The price was not as fancy as the restaurant, which was definitely a plus sign.

All in all I was happy with my experience at Essenza Italian. The food is absolutely delicious; kudos to the chef! And the staff seemed nice and friendly. The atmosphere like I said is perfectly set for a romantic dinner. I’d definitely recommend this as a date place. However, if you’re single like me you can always rock up with your friends and have a good time. If you plan on going with a large group on a weekend, I would recommend booking in advance.
The only major drawback I found was the lack of choices on their menu, especially after you’ve looked at their Instagram account. Next time, I hope to clarify that with them.

Yes, there definitely is going to be a next time. And when that happens, I pray that my throat doesn’t act up so I can devour some yummy tiramisu!

I hope you guys enjoyed my little review of Essenza Italian. I give them a huge thumbs up and I recommend it to all of you that are looking for a new restaurant to head to.

With that thought, I bid you goodbye.
Have a Happy Friday! If you’re having a particularly tough day, just power through because the weekend is not far away!

Till next time. BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT!!!!!!!

Sooooo guess who’s back from nearly a year’s hiatus! Yep, it’s your very own sporadic blogger.

First of, let me apologize for going under the radar all this while. As some of you may know I’ve been working and studying in Sydney for the past two years. And I’m happy to say that I’m finally free from half of the pressure, ie studying. I wrote the last of my exams yesterday and I had never felt more satisfied leaving an examination hall, for the sheer fact that I would never have to write an exam ever again!

Second of all, I’d like to thank everyone who has stuck by me and my little blog since the beginning. I started out with 20 odd followers, most of whom comprised of supportive family and friends 😛 But after almost a year and a half of little or no writing, I came back to a whopping 600 or so followers! It is truly heart-warming! And it is this love and support that has motivated me to come back.


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So that being said, I’m happy to announce that starting this week, I’m going to post a lot more for you guys. As of now I’m hoping to write at least two days a week and be consistent at that. I’ve also got a few other things in mind for my blog but it’s too soon to talk about it. So keep a look out for more updates 🙂

And finally, if there is anything you would like me to write about, do let me know. I love hearing from you and expanding my horizon on topics to write about. You can always reach me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (the links are on the Homepage). 

Have an amazing day wherever you are! KBYEEEEEEEE