Hi…I’m Back!

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// Photo location: Westin Bali // Dress c/o: Rent A Dress SG

I want to start this post by saying I’m back and I missed you! Sometimes, you need to take a break from blogging and focus on what matters most in your life. More on that in upcoming posts… While I never expected the break to be this long, I am thankful that I took time to reflect, mature, and be thankful for what I have in life. As you may remember from previous posts, the move to Singapore went smoothly and I am proud of myself for adapting to my new home so quickly. Soon after the New Year, I went back to the US to meet my new baby niece. It was then that I realized I needed to pause and be more present in my life. Blogging had started to become a main priority rather than a creative outlet that I loved. Thank you for all your messages and patience during this time.  So many of you wrote to me checking to see if I was ok and that meant so much. Now that I feel rested, I am full of ideas to write about! While I was away, I learned I loved fuss-free healthy cooking, read a ton of books (I can’t wait to share with you), and most important – I want to get back to writing about topics that inspire readers. Relaunching the #PowerWomen series is something I am excited about, along with lots of travel posts (next up our trip to Bali)!

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Happy Holidays from Phuket!

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// Dress – Rent A Dress SG – Aijek //

Happy Holidays from Phuket. Hope you had a Merry Christmas with your family and loved ones. We are loving our relaxing vacation in Thailand. Beaches, pools, and Island adventures is just what we needed.  Staying at the Westin Phuket Siray Bay, our time in Phuket has been lovely. Yesterday, we visited a Tiger sanctuary and dined on the top of  Khao Rang Hill in Phuket Town at Tunk Ka Cafe. The view was amazing and so was the food! I’ll be sharing more of my favorite sites and places to eat in Phuket soon. On the outfit front, I loved wearing Singapore designer Aijek’s flowy white dress on the beach! Shop the dress on Rent A Dress SG  and use 15% off code ‘SOCIALANDSTYLE15’ for any purchases from Rent A Dress SG over $50. What are your plans for the holidays?!

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Singapore Holiday Bloggers Brunch!

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Dress // ML Monique Lhuillier – Rent A Dress SG // 

What I love most about the holidays is spending time with family and friends. When I first found out I was moving to Singapore, I was a little sad that I would be missing the holidays with my family and friends in the States. Thankfully, I have made a great group of friends in SG and we were able to celebrate the holidays together. My two favorite bloggers, Suhina and Richa,  and I decided to have a bloggers brunch near the iconic Raffles Hotel in Singapore. While we all have different styles, we picked outfits that represented our individual personalities and of course had a photo  shoot too (since that’s what bloggers do!) As you know, I love midi dresses and found the perfect ML Monique Lhuillier lippy dress at Rent A Dress SG. I asked my Instagram and Snap fam to help me pick which dress to wear – and everyone loved the Lippy Dress!  As a thank you, I wanted to share a 15% off code ‘SOCIALANDSTYLE15’ for any purchases from Rent A Dress SG over $50. On my end, I am getting ready to leave for Phuket on Sunday and look forward to a week of relaxation. We will be back in SG for New Years and I can’t wait to share our holiday with you on Insta Stories and Snap. Happy Holidays!

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#SingaporeSpotlight: Linen & More

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// Photos by Nin9 Studios // MAU – Gayathri Menon// Top – Linen & More //

2017 Let’s Do It! As we head into the New Year, I’m getting ready for an amazing 2017. While I shy away from resolutions, I decide on 3-5 goals to focus my thoughts and decisions for the year ahead. I typically spend the days before New Year’s Eve relaxing and spending time with loved ones. This helps me to clear my head and allow myself to think about my priorities, goals, and passion. During this time, I also reflect on the direction and purpose of Social and Style. Blogging is a part of my life that takes time and energy. I want to make sure I am using my time and energy wisely. When I started Social and Style, my vision for the blog was to be a platform to inspire readers. From the #PowerWomen series to supporting local businesses, my goal for Social and Style is to uplift others. In Singapore, I am learning more about the startup scene and local small businesses. Each founder I meet, always inspires me with their story and journey. I look forward to introducing you to these entrepreneurs in a new series #SingaporeSpotlight, starting with Manisha Gattani founder of Linen & More!

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The Perfect Holiday Gift: Stylish And Functional

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// Sunglasses – Spectacle Hut //

Gift giving is one of my favorite things to do. I love picking out the perfect present for my family, friends and loved ones. While some people stick to gift cards, I like to find something that the person will use, enjoy and remember. Personally, some of the best gifts I have received are presents that I use every day. For instance, my friend gave me a personalized mug for my grad school graduation that I use every day. Each morning, as I sip my morning chai, I remember my friend and her thoughtfulness. This holiday season, my blogger friends and I decided to have a holiday brunch at Raffles Hotel. To add to the fun, we had a Secret Santa. Since my Secret Santa gift was for a smart, talented, fashionista – my first thought was something fashion related! Since moving to Singapore, my favorite fashion accessory has been my sunglasses. With sunshine in SG, I never leave home without my sunnies! After a lot of thought, I decided sunglasses would be the perfect gift for my blogger bestie. Since sunglasses can be quite personal, I headed to Spectacle Hut to find the perfect pair!

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