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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#PowerWomen – Meet Sumaira Nabeel Founder of Indus Threads

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//Outfit – Indus Threads //

From Coke Studio to serials such as Humsafar and Zindagi Gulzar Hai, I love Pakistani influenced arts and culture. For me, Pakistani fashion is a work of art. From the detailed embroidery to the silhouettes, I love the attention to detail. While I strive to support next generation designers, I also have to keep my budget in mind when deciding on pieces to invest in. So many of you messaged me about how my previous post on Indus Threads resonated with you. I’m sure we can all relate to spending quite a bit on our South Asian outfits only to wear them once or twice. And then they likely go out of style. Indus Threads provides access to a wide range of Indian and Pakistani high-end designers from established design houses to up and coming artists. I learned about designer Ayesha Hashwani on Indus Threads’ website and couldn’t wait to try this royal blue kaftan suit. The outfit is so unique and it was so fun to try something out of my comfort zone. I added a gold Clutch from Arya Trinkets and Threads and a statement bangle from H&M to complete the look. I sat down Sumaira, the founder of Indus Threads to learn more about how she started the company and her vision for the future.

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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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#WeddingSeries – Newlywed Bridal Shoot with Indus Threads!

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// Sari Sabyasachi from Indus Threads //

“How’s married life?” is the first question I get from family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and almost everyone I’ve met since our wedding day.  While I usually answer with the typically “it’s great” response, I always wonder how to truly answer this question. Life as a newlywed is full of emotions. A new home, responsibilities, family, friends, location are just a few of the changes that you experience. It’s a time when you mature, grow, and find yourself like never before.  There are of course ups and downs, but through these moments you discover what marriage is truly about. This time as a newlywed is a celebration of discovery and love all at the same time. I wanted to capture this time as a newlywed and found just the right team to make it happen here in the Bay  area!

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