#DesignHouseSpotlight – Sue Mue

Photo Credit: NIN9 Studios Dress c/o: Sue Mue / Earrings c/o: Lustre / Balloons C/o: Celebloons

So many of you asked about the dress I wore for my maternity shoot. When I posted the dress on Instastories, I’ve received lots of messages asking about the brand, details, and how you can get your own! I am excited to share my experience with Sue Mue. I first heard about Sue Mue a few years ago through Instagram. From the photos, I could tell the Design House was unique in their embroidery, silhouettes, and styles. What I love about Sue Mue is that they are so on trend (hello bell sleeves!) yet maintain a beautiful Indian aesthetic throughout their designs. When I decided to have my maternity shoot, I knew Sue Mue would have the perfect dress for me. I worked with Mahima and team to select a be-spoke dress from their PRET collection. Sue Mue kindly suggested to change the color of the dress from blush pink to baby blue. Next I sent over my measurements so the dress would fit just right. When I received the garment, I was so pleased! The outfit fit great and the color was the perfect shade of blue. What I loved most were the details. The yellow birds and flowers adorning the front melted my heart. Also loved that the bell sleeves gave the look a romantic yet contemporary feel. When it comes to maternity shoots, I love flowy dresses that are comfortable for you and your bump! I’m so excited that Sue Mue is exhibiting with the The Boutique in Singapore on the 7th of September at the Holiday Inn Orchard. The dress I wore will also be exhibited in the original color! Find out more about Sue Mue below!

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#DesignerSpotlight – Janam Maternity Saris & Beyond!

Maternity Sari c/o Janam Maternity

4 more weeks to go! It’s hard to believe that I am 36 weeks pregnant and full term – meaning Baby B could arrive anytime. With each day, I feel more prepared for the little one’s arrival. With the kicks becoming stronger, I have a feeling Baby B is excited to meet us too! As I enter the home stretch, it’s amazing to think about how much my mind, body, and life has changed. In the last few weeks, I feel pretty fatigued (all the time) and my hands, feet, and face are constantly swollen. Accepting these changes and not trying to push myself has helped me understand what’s important and how to prioritize. These days it’s all about comfort. I focus on how to feel calm and comfortable in my everyday life. When I connected with Parul, founder of Janam Maternity, her passion for creating comfortable and stylish South Asian maternity fashion resonated with me. I couldn’t wait to try the maternity sari for myself. As you know, I love Indian fashion but that has taken a back seat during pregnancy since most of my outfits didn’t fit or were too uncomfortable to wear. Janam Maternity has changed all that with the genius patent-pending Maternity Sari! The Maternity Sari is different from normal saris in many ways. First, the sari comes pre-pleated which alone is such a brilliant idea since I have so much trouble tying my own sari. Most important, the Maternity Sari comes with an expandable belly band to be worn around or below the belly. The sari took me less than 5 minutes to put on and I felt so at ease. Janam Maternity also makes Maternity Saris that cover the entire belly and nursing sari blouses! I chatted with Parul, a lawyer turned fashion entrepreneur  to learn more about the inspiration behind Janam Maternity!

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#SummerStyle with Arya Trinkets & Threads

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// Clutch – Arya Trinkets & Threads //

Hope you all are having a great summer! I’ve been enjoying the California sunshine and my new home here in Sonoma. Since moving to Cali, I’ve noticed a few things about myself and fashion style. Honestly, I’ve been in a bit of a style rut these past few months. As a fashion blogger, I am always writing about trying new things and experimenting. Yet, I noticed from my Instagram feed that most of my looks have the same type of style and feel. The main reasons are that I gravitate to a lot of floral prints and coral / pink colors. After a while (and a closet full of flower prints!), I wanted to make a change.  My first experiment was styling a date night outfit.  I wanted something that was in trend, easy to wear, and different from what I normally wear – but still reflected my style philosophy. When I started Social and Style, I wanted to create a platform that reflected my values, passion, and South Asian heritage. Personally, I love adding South Asian touches to my outfits. For the date night look, I wore my favorite jeans with a tank and added a choker to give the look a bit of edge. To finish the style, I selected a gold clutch from Arya Trinkets & Threads.  After seeing Arya Trinkets & Threads on Etsy, I love how the brand derives inspiration from South Asian antique and contemporary pieces and injects their own little signature twist to it. Check out Arya Trinkets & Threads to see more of their fashion and accessories collection!

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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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Design your Diwali outfit with IndiaBoulevard!

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Diwali is my favorite time of year. I love the festivities, food, and fireworks! With all the celebrations, it’s easy to worry about how to manage it all and have fun. This year, I teamed up with BrownGirl Magazine and IndiaBoulevard to design a Diwali look that I could effortlessly wear from day to evening. I selected a beautiful powder blue anarkali with a contrast deep purple floral dupatta. I then added this season’s hottest accessory – a belt to style the look in two ways.

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