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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Diwali Fashion Trends

Blue Cape Pakistani Outfit

// Outfit Wardrobe On Web //

Happy Diwali to you and your families! Diwali (Indian New Year) is my favorite holiday of the year. Growing up, we celebrated the festival of lights with diyas, fireworks, and sweets. Together with family, we would narrate the Diwali stories and the victory of good over evil. Today, we celebrate Diwali with cards, parties, dinners, sweets and traditional Diwali stories. For each celebration, it’s fun to get dressed up in our best desi wear. This year, I teamed up with Wardrobe On Web to share my favorite fashion trends this festive season! From capes to wrap jackets, there are so many styles that are comfortable and versatile. Keeping trends, affordability, and style in mind  – here are my favorite trends this Diwali!

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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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#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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#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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