Hi From Singapore!

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Hi from Singapore! We moved on Sunday and so far the transition has been wonderful. I feel so blessed for all your support and love. Moving isn’t easy but thankfully Singapore already feels like home. While I miss my family and friends in DC and Santa Rosa (Sonoma) so much, the move to East Asia has been smooth so far. Currently, we are living in a service apartment on Orchard Road, right in the heart of shopping district! Besides shopping, there is a lot to do within walking distance and all the other neighborhoods are a short MRT (subway) ride away! I’ve already tried bootcamp, kickboxing, cafes and of course exploring Little India. The welcome to Singapore has been so heart felt and fellow bloggers and entrepreneurs have welcomed me with open arms. Today I had a lovely lunch with Richa from Urban Mantra and tomorrow I am attending a trunk show with designers Pankaj and Nidhi. While I was in Maryland before the move, I couldn’t wait to try Fall’s hottest trend  – velvet. As you all know, I’m obsessed with midi skirts and fell in love with this one from TopShop. At first, I couldn’t find a top that worked well with the skirt in my closet. Rather than buy something new, I wore the skirt over an off shoulder dress from H&M and was just $20! I’ll be sharing more of my outfits from my trip to Maryland over the next few weeks on the blog (It’s def not sweater season here in SG). I can’t wait to share more of Singapore with you as I get settled into our new home. Love you all!

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Big News – Singapore Here We Come!

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Happy Monday! I am excited to share some big news….We are moving to Singapore next month! My husband’s work is relocating us in early November and we’re excited for our next adventure. It feels like yesterday, I was moving to Sonoma and starting our life as a married couple. Five months ago, I packed up all my belongings and moved to the West Coast. Today, we are packing our entire home and moving around the world! With our relocation less than a month away, there is a lot going on. Most important, we want to spend time with our family and friends. Our friends here in Sonoma made me feel so welcomed. We have such an amazing circle of friends here in Santa Rosa who are our family. I’m going to miss our dinners, weekends at the vineyards, and of course our afternoon chai meet ups (more on that in an upcoming post!).

I am also spending the last two weeks of October in DC with my family. I am super excited to be back home soon.  While we transition, I’ll be sharing our experience and adventures here on Social and Style. Blogging has become such an important part of my life and I will still be blogging in Singapore (SG)! As a major hub in South East Asia – there is so much going on in SG that I can’t wait to share with you! While we are excited about the move, I am going to miss Sonoma and our friends here. Cheers to all the beautiful memories in wine country! Thank you for your support during this time <3

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Jasmine + Marigold – a South Asian inspired clothing line for women and kids

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//Tank – Jasmine + Marigold (discount code for readers below)//

One of my favorite things is finding the perfect gift for my family and friends (and myself!). With so many gift options online, I was excited to find Jasmine + Marigold – a South Asian inspired clothing line for women, children and babies! Jasmine+Marigold carries designs that reflect South Asian culture and are fun and personal. With tanks, tees, and onesies for both Indian and Pakistani cultures, J+M has designs for South Asian (Desi) holidays, families, and life events such as weddings. I can’t wait to wear the Dulhan tank on my honeymoon! After connecting with Sidra, founder of Jasmine+Marigold, I was excited to try one of the designs. I selected a lounge tank, which was so comfortable to wear. The “But First Chai…” was perfect for me since my day starts with morning chai. Since the tank arrived, I’ve worn it every morning for the last week while having my chai and following my morning routine. For the last ten years, my morning is always the same. I wake up, say my prayers, have my morning chai, and then finish with yoga and a run on a good day. The tank is now my go-to lounge wear! I also love all the super cute baby clothes too. Learn more about Jasmine + Marigold and check out the Esty shop today – Social and Style readers get a 15% discount with code ‘SocialandStyle!

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#DiningSpotlight – How we Brunch – Ritz Carlton Pentagon City

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// Sunday Brunch – Ritz Carlton Pentagon City //

Last Monday, I found out I would be traveling back to DC for a business trip! I booked my tickets and was so excited to go back home to Maryland. As most of you know, I lived in the DC area my whole life and was so happy to see family and friends during my trip. What I love most about DC is the energy and people. There is a buzz of excitement that keeps me energized. I feel so blessed to have been able to meet so many loved ones on such short notice. Two of these people are my blogger besties Nikki and Sophie (@Damselinthatdress, @ADashofSophie). One of my favorite things about blogging is making connections with people who you click with instantly. Blogging can sometimes be lonely and kind of self-involved with so many photo shoots, events, and always being on-the-go. I’m thankful to have found people who love blogging, but also understand that relationships, meaningful connections, and supporting each other are way more important than the number of followers you have or the number of likes on a post. One of our favorite things to do when Nikki, Sophie, and I get together is try the amazing food scene in DC! Personally, brunch is my favorite way to hang out with my girlfriends and eat delicious food.  Having heard about the brunch at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City for years, I couldn’t wait to try the Sunday Brunch. From the buffet spread to the yummy menu options, we loved every detail about our brunch. With impeccable flavors, food options, desserts, mimosas, champagne, and ambiance – we can honestly say the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City Brunch is one of the BEST brunch spots in DC! Here are a few highlights from our blogger’s brunch!

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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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