#DesignerSpotlight – Meet Anaita founder of Lustre

Lustre - EARRINGS - CHALCEDONY & BLUE TOPAZ OVALS

// Earrings –  Lustre // Jumpsuit – KIRAN X PAWANA // Photography – Hoethdor //

Now that I’m a mom, I’m learning what it means to be a mother. Learning how to parent, raise a child, and pursue your passion is not easy. I always put my baby first and strive to give him the best life possible. At the same time, I’m figuring out how to balance motherhood and my own sense of self. When I was eight months pregnant, a friend introduced me to Anaita, founder of Lustre – a jewelry brand that designs high quality semi precious jewelry for the contemporary woman. After speaking with Anaita, her mission to create jewelry for women who have no age, knows no boundaries, and are stylish without having to try hard resonated with me. Anaita believes that women are unique and perfect in their own way. At first, I tried to shoot the earrings while I was (very) pregnant. My face looked puffy and I felt so huge that I decided to wait until after I had my little Aadhav. Three months later, I still felt like I was not ready. Soon I realized I would never feel “ready”. My body had gone through the most miraculous experience and I decided to embrace it. Even though I don’t look like I used to, I’m learning to be confident in the body and woman that I am today. I’m excited to share my first fashion shoot post pregnancy with you and Anaita’s beautiful earrings. Read more about Anaita and her design inspiration below!

From November 23-28, Lustre will donate 10% of its sales to Aseema. Also enjoy free shipping on all orders over $75 with code ‘#ThanksForGiving’.

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#DesignerSpotlight – Janam Maternity Saris & Beyond!

Maternity Sari c/o Janam Maternity

4 more weeks to go! It’s hard to believe that I am 36 weeks pregnant and full term – meaning Baby B could arrive anytime. With each day, I feel more prepared for the little one’s arrival. With the kicks becoming stronger, I have a feeling Baby B is excited to meet us too! As I enter the home stretch, it’s amazing to think about how much my mind, body, and life has changed. In the last few weeks, I feel pretty fatigued (all the time) and my hands, feet, and face are constantly swollen. Accepting these changes and not trying to push myself has helped me understand what’s important and how to prioritize. These days it’s all about comfort. I focus on how to feel calm and comfortable in my everyday life. When I connected with Parul, founder of Janam Maternity, her passion for creating comfortable and stylish South Asian maternity fashion resonated with me. I couldn’t wait to try the maternity sari for myself. As you know, I love Indian fashion but that has taken a back seat during pregnancy since most of my outfits didn’t fit or were too uncomfortable to wear. Janam Maternity has changed all that with the genius patent-pending Maternity Sari! The Maternity Sari is different from normal saris in many ways. First, the sari comes pre-pleated which alone is such a brilliant idea since I have so much trouble tying my own sari. Most important, the Maternity Sari comes with an expandable belly band to be worn around or below the belly. The sari took me less than 5 minutes to put on and I felt so at ease. Janam Maternity also makes Maternity Saris that cover the entire belly and nursing sari blouses! I chatted with Parul, a lawyer turned fashion entrepreneur  to learn more about the inspiration behind Janam Maternity!

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#DesignerSpotlight – Meet Tracy Smith – Founder of Miss Desi Couture

Custom Indian designer

One of my favorite things to do is design my own Indian outfits, inspired by the latest trends and my personal style. For my first Diwali as a newlywed,  I wanted to wear something that reflected the excitement and sentiment of the Indian New Year. Thankfully I found Tracy Smith – founder of Miss Desi Couture –  just at the right time! Tracy believes in traditional South Asian outfits with a modern twist! Together we designed a beautiful lengha with a flowing cape. After sharing the final look, so many of you wanted to learn more about Tracy and her design philosophy. I chatted with Tracy to learn more about what inspires her and what’s next for Miss Desi Couture!

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#DesignerSpotlight – LS Art & Illustration

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// Illustration by LS Art &Illustrations //

One of my favorite aspects of blogging is meeting creative and inspiring people. At the start of the year, I started noticing illustrations by LS Art & Illustration on Instagram. Lakshmi, founder of LS Art & Illustration, and I both share a passion for the arts, fashion, and South Asian culture. We soon connected and started chatting about ideas for a collaboration. I loved seeing  Lakshmi’s sketching of South Asian designers and muses. We soon agree that sketching one of my bridal looks would be the perfect way for Lakshmi to showcase her talent and share her sketches with readers. I love how she captured the design and flow of my sangeet outfit so vividly.  I also can’t wait to do a live sketching session when I back on the East Coast. I chatted with Lakshmi to learn more about her creativity and passion for sketching!

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#DesignerSpotlight – Indian Fusion with Pooja Fashion Trends

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// Outfit by Pooja’s Fashion Trends//

Over the weekend, we went to one of our favorite wineries, Paradise Ridge, and the Zakhir Hussian concert in San Jose. Since I wanted to wear something that would be appropriate for both events, I picked this gorgeous custom fusion outfit from Pooja Fashion Trends for the evening. So many of you loved Pooja Fashion Trends Anarkali I wore a few months ago and asked to see more designs! What I love about Pooja Fashion Trends is that the designer and founder, Pooja, can create unique one of a kind outfits from designs you provide. For instance, I saw this statement Nikhil Thampi outfit on Shilpa Shetty and shared the photo with Pooja on WhatsApp. From there, Pooja helped me select the color and how to best design the outfit to fit my body type. The outfit arrived in a few weeks and is now one of my favorites! Thanks to Pooja’s creativity, I can wear the fusion dress / tunic for both Indian and American wedding this summer.

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