Style File: Volume 1

Earrings c/o: Sangeeta’s Bazaar

Now that I’m in my 23rd week, I am feeling great. I hear I’m in the honeymoon period of pregnancy and it definitely feels like it! I feel healthy and strong and that’s what matters most. As you know from previous posts, I had a great transition to Singapore and felt truly welcomed by all the people I met. Over the last few months, I was way less social in person and on social media. I realized what I missed most was connecting to people. I am such a social and talkative person by nature and I love sharing what motivates and inspires me. I’m excited to start a new series on the blog where I talk about my favorite finds from fitness to fashion!

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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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Diwali Style with Miss Desi Couture

‘ Pink Indian Cape Lengha - Miss Desi Couture

//Outfit – Miss Desi Couture //

Happy Diwali! I hope you had a wonderful New Year. My first Diwali as a newlywed was even more special since I was back home in Maryland with my husband and family. My sister, Jiju (brother-in-law), and nephew were in DC for the week. Both my Jiju and husband had conferences in DC so it was the perfect time for the family to get together. We kicked off the week of celebrations with a staycation at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City. I can’t wait to share my experience with you next week. Friday, we celebrated my nephew’s 5th birthday. Followed by my sister’s baby shower on Saturday. I’ll be sharing all the details from the Garden Themed Baby shower soon! Sunday, we celebrated Diwali as a family with a puja and dinner at home. Lots of Indian sweets, diyas (candles), and fireworks made for a memorable Diwali. For the celebrations, I teamed up with Tracy Smith founder of Miss Desi Couture to design a custom outfit. By now, you all know how much I love the cape trend, especially with Indian wear. Meeting through Instagram, Tracy and I instantly connected with our love for Desi fashion. Together, we designed a beautiful cape lengha for me to wear on Diwali. After sharing the outfit on Snap and Instagram Stories, many of you asked me to share details on how we designed the outfit!

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A Beginners Guide to Daring to Dream with ReeMat Designs

ReeMat Designs x Social and Style part 39

// Weave Collar – ReeMat Designs//

Daring to dream. When I close my eyes and take a moment to be present, I can feel my dreams inside me. As I inhale, the dreams get bigger and I feel them expanding, becoming larger than life.  When I open my eyes, poof. The dreams quickly go back inside. Finally, I am taking the time to ask myself why. Why is it that I can feel my dreams so deeply, yet in the ‘real world’ they seem to disappear. With the business of life, these feelings get muted by daily tasks, to-do lists, errands, and social media. What I know for sure is that we all have a calling – a purpose. For me, the calling is clear yet seems so distant. During my two years of blogging, I’ve hinted at my calling by profiling South Asian female entrepreneurs like Reena Mathur (founder of  ReeMat Designs). Yet, I’ve never had the courage to share my dream – until today. Honestly, it’s not easy – daring to dream. It’s easier to think that a) the life I have now is fine b) my dream can’t happen because (insert excuse here), c) I don’t have what it takes / it’s to hard. When I see others achieving success, I get inspired for a few moments and then start comparing myself. I am finally taking a stand and learning to channel my energy into something more productive. That starts with putting my dreams out there. Deep breath – here I go. My dream is to start my own business that helps the lives of others. Exhale. It feels good to release what I’ve had stored in for so long!

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Introducing ReeMat Designs – statement Jewelry with a fusion twist!

ReeMat Designs x Social and Style 101

// Statement Jewelry by ReeMat Designs //

Can you believe Fall is right around the corner?! Here in Sonoma, the weather is getting crisper, the grapes are almost ripe, and I’m getting ready for the changing season. On the blog front, I ready for the next leap. While I’m thankful that I have grown and developed Social and Style – I want Social and Style to be THE leading destination for South Asian lifestyle. Normally, I don’t share my goals and dreams – but I’m learning if you want to make it happen you have to believe it and share it. One exciting project I am working on is developing a YouTube channel. Going on camera is not easy and I’m not sure how the videos will turn out – but I’m ready to give it a try. Can’t wait to share my first video in September!

Almost every week, I get messages from readers asking for advice on how to follow their passion, launch a start up, or grow a business. As you know from the #PowerWomen’s series, I am always inspired by women who make that leap and follow their dreams. One of these women is Reena Mathur, founder of ReeMat Designs. Meeting Reena in person, you can feel her energy and determination. A Stanford trained Civil Engineer turned entrepreneur, Reena’s journey and designs already have a huge fan following. I teamed up with Reena to style several pieces from her Fall collection. Stay tuned all week for our collaboration!

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