Confidence & Clothes

*See the original post on Instagram*

In retrospect this outfit was beautiful. But I honestly felt so ‘extra’ wearing it until I reached the area by the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Near FIT, everyone was wearing the most creative things and you almost stuck out more plain old clothing.
I asked my friend Lauren about how she is so darn confident and one thing she taught me was how when picking between a safe sunglass look and a bold one, she chose the bold one. Part of confidence meant being okay with sticking out.
As a minority and as someone tall-ish, I always feel seen and rarely try to attract more attention. Everyone knew the one of ten brown kids in school.

But I’m learning now that it’s okay to stick out, it’s okay to be noticed and be seen if it’s for reasons that are authentic to you. Time to try out bold outfits more often I guess. 😅

📷: @mallariproductions

 

Sari Sunday- August 23, 2015

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As much as I love dressing up and having my picture taken, I love taking pictures of others even more. This week the beautiful Liz is featured. She is wearing a sari from north India that we reworked with some of my mom’s sari wrapping magic. I think I might do a post explaining how to wrap a Sari like this. Comment down below if you’d like that!

As always, have a great Sunday! 🙂

Sari Sunday- June 14, 2015 (K-pop inspired)

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This week Keziah and I switched roles! I became the photographer and she became the model. Keziah was so convinced she would be awful at modeling but she was amazing (as you can see).

This post was “desi” and “k-pop” inspired. I hope you enjoyed. 🙂

Leave a comment if you’re into “k-pop” style photos!

Sari Sunday- May 3, 2015

image image imageI saw this “gingham” print crop top on the Forever 21 website but refused to pay shipping for one shirt. Luckily, I ran into Forever 21 this past Friday to buy headbands and saw this same crop top in person!

My mom picked the sari above to accompany this crop top “blouse” by matching the dark blue hues in the gingham pattern to the color of the sari as a whole. I’m also actually wearing croc sandals which are so much more comfortable than I imagined.

It was hard to get good pictures today for some reason. It was a beautiful day but the lighting was weird. Plus someone parked in front of our usual photo shoot spot! Granted, we take our pictures in a parking lot… 😉

Photographer: Keziah Babu, accompanied by Shaina Mathew

Day 26: Your Dream Wedding

I think most guys have heard that girls plan their wedding day from as far back as they have enough cognitive reasoning to think.  I’m not one of those girls.  So many times I’ve been tempted to let my mind imagine and delve into all the wonderful possibilities.  But I stop myself because I know that a wedding is just one day.  And that the marriage that comes from it is far more important.

However, there are some things I need in order to have my dream wedding, hopefully my demands aren’t crazy.

1.  God fearing man

I find it so funny how some girls will go on for hours about the location, colors and ambiance of their wedding and forget to marry someone good!  I remember telling one of my friends that I just wanted to marry someone completely in love with God.  She looked at me kinda weird and said that I should be careful of those guys, they may be a little crazy. But the way I see it, God is the center of my life.  He is my moral compass and my everything.  So why not marry someone who loves God as I do?

2.  Simplicity

I’ve always loved the colors red and white because it looks so classy and simple.  I wish I could have a small wedding but I have way to many relatives to ever wish to do that.  But I can keep things simple.

3.  Lace wedding dress

I don’t know what is about lace.  It just looks so refined and so classy.  I would of course need a sari too, but maybe a lace dress for the actual wedding itself would be nice.  And white looks really nice against my burnt chocolate complexion.

4.  People I love

I want to be around people who actually care about me and my well being.  People who smile and pictures and are actually really happy.  People I’m happy to spend my day with.  I promised my aunt I’d get married in India if she couldn’t come to America.  I want her there.

5. Prayers

I want to start off my married life draped in blessings!  Is that a little selfish?

 

Nina

Day 21: Favorite Picture of yourself ALL TIME Why?

I love this picture so much and for so many different reasons.  One because it’s a picture of me and my brother.  Trying to get a picture with my brother can sometimes feel like THE hardest thing to do in the entire world.  But he took this with me.

I also love the fact that I was drenched right before this picture and was walking around in wet clothes dried by the sun.  I straightened my hair but went down a  water slide and I thought that my hair would be super frizzy and disgusting in this picture.  I was certain that I looked horrible that day.  But I got this picture emailed to me and I loved it.

I love that my hair is straight and then rolls into curls.  I love the fact that I’m smiling with my teeth.  I love that my brother and I look like we’re at the premiere for a Veggie tales movie and that even the back decorations look epic.  Even that my brother is looking up and that I’m looking straight at the lens.  I love it all.  Even the filter added to it.  And every single time I look at this picture I smile.