Style File 1.3

Photo // Expat Living Singapore Street Style Feature!  Photographer Ken Tan 

Life in my third trimester has been full of changes! For the first time since February, I am feeling a lot more tired. By 9 pm each night, I am exhausted. Also – my hands and feet are constantly swollen, which make everyday tasks a lot more tough. Through the changes in my body, I am learning I need to slow down. Working in a startup is demanding and I’m trying to balance my blogging commitments as well. Over the last month, you may have noticed some issues with the format on the blog. About a month ago, there was a tiny formatting glitch which snowballed into my site completely going down! Since then, I’ve continued to have more issues, where I have to call my hosting provider during US business hours. As a result, I’ve spent many nights on the phone till midnight trying to get things sorted out. So far the site is back to normal, but I may have issues with updates I’ve been wanting to make. Thank you for your patience as I try to get the site back to normal. Also – I really appreciate your suggestions on article topics! Insta stories has been a great way to connect with you and hear what you are interested in. Keep the ideas coming. I am starting to work on posts in advance for when the baby comes and love hearing your ideas.

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Joining the startup world with Covetella!

Covetella Grand Opening Apex@Henderson

// All outfits and accessories c/o www.Covetella.com //

If you follow me on Instagram and Instastories, you may have noticed a few changes in my life lately that have a lot to do with fashion! At the start of my third trimester, I joined Covetella – Singapore’s #1 Fashion Rental Destination. As you know, I typically don’t talk much about my professional life on the blog, but so many of you have been asking about my new job! So I thought I would share a little more about my new role and how it all happened!

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A Better Florist – Every reason is the perfect reason for flowers.

Mom to be in White gown holding flowers from A Better Florist

// Dress c/o Covetella // Flowers c/o A Better Florist //

Every reason is the perfect reason for flowers. Flowers hold a special place in my heart. My mom loves flowers and spends hours in her garden tending to her beautiful blooms. My Grandfather, who worked in Ludhiana’s Agricultural University, grew up tending to our family’s farm and flower fields. My Grandpa instilled the importance of agriculture to his three daughters by teaching them about botany, flower arrangement, and gardening. My mom always feels close to her father when she is around flowers. Now that I am away from home, I too feel my mother’s presence around flowers. For me, fresh flowers light up a room and make our home feel cozy, especially when I miss my family and friends back in the US. When I moved to Singapore, I searched for places to buy flowers both affordably and easily. Thankfully, I found A Better Florist!

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Hi…I’m Back!

Babymoon Bali Rent a Dress SG 11

// Photo location: Westin Bali // Dress c/o: Rent A Dress SG

I want to start this post by saying I’m back and I missed you! Sometimes, you need to take a break from blogging and focus on what matters most in your life. More on that in upcoming posts… While I never expected the break to be this long, I am thankful that I took time to reflect, mature, and be thankful for what I have in life. As you may remember from previous posts, the move to Singapore went smoothly and I am proud of myself for adapting to my new home so quickly. Soon after the New Year, I went back to the US to meet my new baby niece. It was then that I realized I needed to pause and be more present in my life. Blogging had started to become a main priority rather than a creative outlet that I loved. Thank you for all your messages and patience during this time.  So many of you wrote to me checking to see if I was ok and that meant so much. Now that I feel rested, I am full of ideas to write about! While I was away, I learned I loved fuss-free healthy cooking, read a ton of books (I can’t wait to share with you), and most important – I want to get back to writing about topics that inspire readers. Relaunching the #PowerWomen series is something I am excited about, along with lots of travel posts (next up our trip to Bali)!

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#SingaporeSpotlight: Linen & More

Shop local brands in Singapore

// Photos by Nin9 Studios // MAU – Gayathri Menon// Top – Linen & More //

2017 Let’s Do It! As we head into the New Year, I’m getting ready for an amazing 2017. While I shy away from resolutions, I decide on 3-5 goals to focus my thoughts and decisions for the year ahead. I typically spend the days before New Year’s Eve relaxing and spending time with loved ones. This helps me to clear my head and allow myself to think about my priorities, goals, and passion. During this time, I also reflect on the direction and purpose of Social and Style. Blogging is a part of my life that takes time and energy. I want to make sure I am using my time and energy wisely. When I started Social and Style, my vision for the blog was to be a platform to inspire readers. From the #PowerWomen series to supporting local businesses, my goal for Social and Style is to uplift others. In Singapore, I am learning more about the startup scene and local small businesses. Each founder I meet, always inspires me with their story and journey. I look forward to introducing you to these entrepreneurs in a new series #SingaporeSpotlight, starting with Manisha Gattani founder of Linen & More!

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