How to pick Indian Jewelry that you can actually wear again!

Earrings c/o Sangeeta’s Bazaar

If you followed this blog for a while, you know I love Indian fashion and accessories! Sometimes I think back to when I was a child who refused to wear her Indian clothes in public. I remember one time when I was 10 and my mom wanted to go grocery shopping after a morning puja at our Temple. I refused to enter the store in my salwar kameez. My mom, being the strong mom that she is, would not let me say in the car alone. I finally agreed but only after I put on a jacket – in 90 degree heat! Since then, I’ve come a long way in accepting and embracing my Indian culture. It wasn’t easy but finding a South Asian American community in college that I could connect with helped. Now I love everything Indian from movies to fashion. When I first started blogging, I was into to the latest trends in South Asian fashion and designer wear. While I still am interested in trends and designer wear, I prefer outfits and accessories that will last more than a season. That is why I love finding jewelry that is classic yet contemporary. When I met Sangeeta, founder of Sangeeta’s Bazaar on Instagram, I loved her designs. I  teamed up with Sangeeta to put together our tips on how to pick Indian jewelry that you can actually wear again!

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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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A Beginners Guide to Daring to Dream with ReeMat Designs

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// 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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#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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#IndianJewelry – East Meets West with Treasures in Vogue Part 4

Social and Style Treasures in Vogue Chandbalis 2

//Chandbalis from Treasures in Vogue //

Holiday season is here! I am loving all the holiday dinners and get togethers. Over the weekend, I went to a holiday themed high tea and had a blast catching up with old friends. As you may have noticed, I am loving the cape trend and wore a white cape dress from Asos. Since it’s the holidays, I am bringing out my Indian jewelry to add a bit of sparkle to my outfits. I paired the dress with the Chandbalis I wore over Thanksgiving break from Treasures in Vogue! It’s been awesome to collaborate with Treasures in Vogue. I am excited that December will be a month for baubles. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement on December 15th!

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