How to Rock your ‘6-11’ Side Hustle with ReeMat Designs

Earrings by ReeMat Designs

//Earrings by ReeMat Designs //

I started Social and Style with two goals: gain experience launching a venture and help other female entrepreneurs fulfill their purpose. Flashing back two years, I was sitting in a grad school classroom waiting to hear about our class project. During grad school, I worked full-time and then spent my evenings / weekends in school. Intense and challenging, the program helped me discover what you can really accomplish when you focus on your time and energy. I also learned the importance of switching hustle mode off. My mind needed a break from the work-school-work grind. I knew I wanted my project to be something creative, fun, and that truly interested me. There in that classroom, the idea for Social and Style was born. Since college, I’ve been deeply involved in the South Asian community. Through my involvement, I realized that there was a lack of communication and ways for South Asian women to collaborate and share ideas. Sure there are Facebook Groups, Networking Groups, etc. but I wanted to create a platform to share and discover ideas. After doing some research, I realized that a blog was the best way to get started. Two years later, Social and Style has grown, evolved, and become a part of me. The blog has always been something I worked on during my ‘6-11’ or after (‘8-6’) work hours. Recently, I read an article in Forbes, How Millennials Can Find Fulfillment By Pursuing A ‘6-11‘. The article felt so spot on and I wanted to share my own experience pursuing on my ‘6-11’. For this post, I paired my outfit with earrings from ReeMat Designs. I am big fan of the company’s founder, Reena Mathur,  and just love how these earrings can be paired with just about anything from indian wear to western looks!

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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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