Diamonds for Summer 2021



Summer is officially around the corner! While I love summer vibes, the heat is an aspect of summer that I still struggle with, especially when it comes to fashion. When it comes to my summer style, less is always more.

I don’t know about you all, but wearing jewelry is so bothersome when it’s unbearably hot outside. Wearing bulky necklaces, big earrings, statement bracelets and watches – yeah, no thanks! Jewelry obviously elevates any outfit, and the heat should not be a reason we forego these basic style staples.

My favorite type of jewelry to wear during the hotter days is dainty diamond jewelry. Dainty jewelry feels as if you are not wearing any jewelry, yet it still is so chic and classy that it will bring any outfit together. Whether it’s a ring or necklace, as seen in this post, you will add a touch of shine to your outfit without feeling overwhelmed.

Here are some of my favorite ways to style dainty diamond jewelry for the summer:

  • Wearing flowy chiffon dresses (like the one I’m wearing below from Boohoo)
  • Bright statement pieces (like this dress)
  • Neutrals and white colored clothing (here are some examples)
  • Off the shoulder dresses and tops (like this)
  • For beachwear

Ethically sourced diamond jewelry is also the smartest way to invest in diamond jewelry. When you buy such pieces, you end up saving a lot. These pieces will also last a lifetime. You don’t get the premature rusting and color fades with ethically sourced diamond jewelry as compared to artificial coated jewelry. It never goes out of season as well, so you can keep wearing it all year round.

Don’t let the heat hold you back this summer!




Until next time,


Peace, love and good health to you all!


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A Fight for a Better America: Election Season 2020 Reflections



“Regardless of which side you were on in the election, regardless of whether your candidate won or lost, the sun would come up in the morning. And that is one bit of prognosticating that actually came true. The sun is up.[…] One thing you realize quickly in this job is that the presidency and the vice presidency is bigger than any of us. […] Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we're actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage. We're not Democrats first. We're not Republicans first. We are Americans first. We're patriots first. We all want what's best for this country. That's what the country needs -- a sense of unity, a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law, and respect for each other. […] That's the nature of campaigns, that's the nature of democracy. It is hard and sometimes contentious and noisy and it's not always inspiring. But to the young people who got into politics for the first time and may be disappointed by the results, I just want you to know, you have to stay encouraged. Don't get cynical, don't ever think you can't make a difference. As Secretary Clinton said this morning, fighting for what is right is worth it. Sometimes you lose an argument, sometimes you lose an election. You know, the path that this country has taken has never been a straight line. We zig and zag and sometimes we move in ways that some people think is forward and others think is moving back, and that's OK. […] The point though is [is] that we all go forward with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens, because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy. That's how this country has moved forward for 240 years. It's how we've pushed boundaries and promoted freedom around the world. That's how we've expanded the rights of our founding to reach all of our citizens. It's how we have come this far. And that's why I'm confident that this incredible journey that we're on, as Americans, will go on.”

These were some of the words from President Barack Obama the day after President Donald J Trump’s 2016 win. For the past four years, these words have continued to inspire and push me to never give up the fight for what is right. Although Election 2016 was a loss for the Democratic Party, the words of President Obama resonated with many Americans. One loss was not the end of it all. That one loss ignited the fire to fight for what is right for the next four years, and thereafter.

I am a child of South Asian immigrants. I am also a woman. I also belong to the upper middle class population.  Being an American with the demographics I identify with was not always easy. Asians were not allowed to naturalize as Americans until the 1940s and women were not even allowed to vote until the 1920s. That is the very nature of being an American. We push boundaries and we fight for the fundamental rights for all. Since the conception of our country with the words that “All men are created equal,” Americans have not stopped fighting until all men are truly treated as equals. As President Obama stated, “Americans, will go on.” That is what makes our country great – our drive to never give up and to keep fighting for what’s right.

The past four years have opened up the eyes of many Americans as to what is wrong with our nation. No country is perfect, but it can only be successful if, generation after generation, the constituents challenge the status quo and work to create a better nation. We have done this at many points of our history. Our ancestors challenged the status quo and upheld the fundamental roots of our democracy, which resulted in movements such as the Abolishment, Civil Rights Movement, Immigration Reform, Suffragette Movement and so on. As a member of the youth of our nation in this crucial period in history, I want to continue on the passion for a better America our ancestors sought.

This election, unlike others, has not been a competition for a difference in policies. It is a clear divide between what is right and what is wrong. We are in a fight to protect the fundamental basic rights of all Americans. We are in a fight to protect our Earth from environmental threats. We are in a fight to ensure that all LGBTQIA+ community members have their marital and sexual rights protected. We are in a fight to abolish systemic racism. We are in a fight to end religious intolerance. We are in a fight to create a safe and efficient way for people all across the globe to immigrate to America to live their own American dream. We are in a fight to protect the rights of women and give them the freedom to choose what to do with their bodies. We are in a fight to uphold the Constitution and safeguard our democracy from anything that threatens to break it down. That is what the Election of 2020 has at stake.

Following the 2016 sentiments of President Barack Obama, we will not give up. No matter what happens today, the fight is only just starting. No matter who becomes President, Americans have a lot to do to ensure a better America. When we vote, we take a big step into creating the country that is a great country for all its citizens. That is why it is imperative to be an educated and informed voter.

Whether our country is red or blue November 4, 2020, we still be Americans at the end of it all. As Americans, it is our job to protect the rights of anyone who lives on our land. Never give that up.


To all Americans, good luck.


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Love, peace and good health to you all!

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Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend: My Favorite Diamond Necklaces and How to Style them



As a little girl, I was always mesmerized by my mother's and grandmother’s diamond jewelry. There has to be some truth in the saying “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. Diamonds can elevate any outfit or look, and make you feel like you are getting ready for breakfast at Tiffany’s. Although evoking a feel of luxury, it can be quite difficult to style diamonds on a daily basis.

Minimalist jewelry is all the rage right now, and I am so glad diamonds are being used in the trend. So, I wanted to break down my favorite types of diamond necklaces and how I like to style them. These pieces of jewelry are also going to be an excellent addition to the upcoming Holiday season.

For me, I like picking pieces that are very simple yet elegant. When you choose pieces like that, your outfit is immediately elevated, but it is also not too extravagant and flashy. The key is to pick a diamond necklace in a finish that matches the other jewelry you wear on a normal basis. So, if you wear more gold jewelry than you would pick out a necklace in a gold finish. Or if you wear more rose gold, you would pick out a necklace in rose gold, and so on.

Dainty necklaces with a good diamond can be a style statement in any setting. Whether you wear it to work or to a fancy black tie event, it is sure to make heads turn. I love styling my necklaces with my office wear -  with a simple dress or pant suit -  and on my nights out. I also love to throw them on when I am wearing something simple or casual but just need a small wow factor to my outfit. It is quite difficult to purchase accessories nowadays since there are so many different styles out in the market. For that reason, I like to purchase pieces that will be everlasting. The classic look of dainty diamond necklaces will never go out of style. That way you never have to worry about not having any accessories to dress up your outfits.

It is also great to keep in mind that nowadays more jewelry retailers are switching to ethically sourced diamonds, which make the purchase of these necklaces even more worthwhile. Ethically sourced diamonds also are more reasonably priced and affordable, which means you won’t break your bank in purchasing them.

There are so many ways to style these necklaces!

Here are my top three favorite ways:

1.       1. With a business casual neutral colored dress and a blazer

2.       2. With a simple monochrome casual outfit (which is how I have styled it in these pictures)

3.       3. Any all black outfit or little black dress

So if you are looking to elevate your look, I would highly suggest purchasing your own.


Here I am styling my two dainty diamond necklaces with a casual off the shoulder dress from Boohoo.


Until next time,


Peace, love and good health to you all!


XOXO Shipra

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Why We Vote: Day 1



I was 8 years old when I realized my family and I were different than what was then considered an ideal American. The year was 2001, and the world had suddenly changed. For the first time, I realized the color of my skin was different than my peers. I realized my Indian heritage made me different than my WASP counterparts in my small New Jersey town. Back in 2001, different was not considered good. If you were different, then you had to work extra hard to find a sense of belonging – and for an 8 year old that was important. I spent the next decade growing up in Lawrenceville, NJ trying to forge an identity for myself that was built on false pretenses of wanting to belong. My family had started to immigrate to the USA since the early 60s, and my parents joined the others in the 80s. Although by 2001 my family had established a well settled life in the land of dreams, our neighbors did not look at us as their own. For me, in 2001, my family had already established their status as Americans. I knew I was Indian because of my family, but I identified as an American. I pledged my allegiance every day to the flag of the United States of America, yet I still was told I am not American enough. I knew in my heart and soul that I was just as American as the white people who lived in my town, despite all the ridicule and side remarks of my nationality. At 8 years old, that is all I knew. However, at every milestone of my life, I had to prove it. Existing as a “different American” rejected an identity that was my birthright. In school, they taught us that America was a melting pot - a country where it did not matter what religion, ethnicity, color, or sexuality you associated with because ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. Growing up, I realized the reality of that was far from the truth.

Being an Indian Hindu girl in New Jersey post 9/11 had its own set of challenges, but having to prove my worth as an American – that took gold in that race. Whether it was running for student class president or just trying to make friends with the kids in my swimming classes, I felt different and that was only because those in my community viewed me as different. In theory, we are told to celebrate diversity, but, in our daily lives, how much of that celebrated diversity do we enjoy? Practically none. 7 years later I realized why that was the case. Diversity was not celebrated because the individuals we elected to lead us were not diverse. It was 2008 and the first African American man was elected to lead our country. President Barack Obama accomplished what may have seemed like the impossible, but he did so nevertheless. His victory, although a monumental moment in American history, also opened the eyes of many millennials to the systemic racism running deep in our country. President Obama – a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, a successful Illinois state Senator, an energetic US Senator, and the first Black Man to be President of the United States. A man with such tremendous accomplishments was still criticized at every move during his presidency. From accusations of not even being born in the country to being degraded by the worst of racial slurs, the critique President Obama faced was undoubtedly racist in nature. There is no doubt in my mind that if his skin was white, he could get a lot more done without the constant backlash and resistance. His presidency was to herald in racial reform and justice, but the constant resistance of his political colleagues hindered that change. Decades after the Civil Rights Movement, Americans were finally becoming more “woke” and outspoken about the systemic racism existing in America. President Obama’s constituents relied on him heavily to be a champion for change. Although hope existed for the racial divide to be bridged within our country in his two terms, the reality of America’s deeply rooted inequal racial values overrode that hope. He may not have done everything necessary to solve the issues of race, but he surely reignited the conversation and the movement amongst the American people. His presidency also emphasized one important fact: diversity in race is strongly needed in politics and government. The hope and courage President Obama gave our country to speak about what matters allowed for voices to finally be heard – voices that were muffled before, and that is what his legacy consists of.

While President Obama’s presidency made me aware about race relations in the country, it was Senator Hilary Clinton’s campaign as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States in the election of 2016 that, in the words of Billy Joel, started the fire within me to advocate for change. Although the policies of Senator Clinton were not something I full-heartedly agreed with, I valued her drive, her success, and perseverance in this brutal man eats man world of politics. Extremely successful in her own regard, the former First Lady ran an honest campaign. Yet, like it came to racism in President Obama’s term, sexism and misogyny was blatantly consuming the election in 2016. Many political pundits and leaders during her campaign implied she could not be a good fit for President because she was a woman. She was subjected to a sexist rhetoric throughout the election season. Her looks and demeanor were highly scrutinized, whereas her competition did not receive similar commentary. It made me question why our country still looks at females in such a degrading light. The answer was quite simple – our country runs on the views of misogynistic white men. According to a US News report highlighting the Reflective Democracy Campaign, “Despite white men comprising only 31 percent of the population, 97 percent of all Republican elected officials are white and 76 percent are male. Of all Democratic elected officials, 79 percent are white and 65 percent are male, according to the study.” The United States of America is considered to be one of the most progressive countries in the world. However, the only population type to enjoy these luxuries in freedom are white men. It is innately unfair that the rights of women and the control they have over their lives is highly dictated by the white men who sit in Capitol Hill.

As a 27 years old engineer now, I have learned to realize one unfortunate truth – the worth of an individual in this country is largely dependent on the basis of sex and race. The past four years under the Trump administration have confirmed this notion. President Trump’s whole brand is built on a foundation of hate. He’s consciously been racist at many junctures in his life. One notable incident during his presidency has been when he demeaned a Black distinguished CNN political analyst and White House Correspondent, April Ryan, during a news conference by calling her a “loser” and “nasty”. Let’s not also forget how the beginning of his campaign and presidency rested on a wall being built on the Mexican – American border. His statements on that matter included Mexican immigrants being “rapists” who are “bringing crime” and “bringing drugs” to the US. He has outwardly shown support to many white supremist groups. President Trump’s administration has broken the homes of many American families and ruined the future of many immigrant children by detaining them in inhumane and cruel conditions. Trump at many instances, along with his staff, has referred to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus”. Trump has also expressed hatred towards the Islamic community, which was seen when he proposed a travel ban on those coming from several Islamic countries to the USA. He pushed the rumors of President Obama not being American. He has also made several derogatory comments towards women, such as “grab ‘em by the p****”. It does not stop there. His presidency has seen a severe increase in the violence against the Black community. Civil unrest has grown tremendously during his leadership; yet he has not spoken once about how he supports the victimized community. Instead, he has supported the oppressors and aggravators. Trump’s personification and implementation of hate in the United States of America has damaged our country in a debilitating way, wiping away the improvements and progress his predecessors made.

In 20 days, the next President of the United States of America will be elected. This election will single-handedly be the most important election of our generation thus far. There is so much at stake with this election, such as the rights of women, the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, the rights of Black people in America, the rights of Muslims, and many more. The rhetoric of our incumbent is that of hate, and there is no denying that. The very nature of our democracy has been corrupted severely the last four years. We may sit back and think that we don’t matter, but we do. Our voices matter. Our thoughts matter. OUR VOTES MATTER. If everyone voted, change would be inevitable. It’s 2020, unlike what Capitol Hill portrays, the United States of America is no longer a WASP majority population. Our incumbent may still execute his power as if it is still 1776, but his type of actions and ideals no longer match those of the greater American population. It is time we elected leaders who reflect the differences in the American people and celebrate that diversity proudly. At 27 years old, I look back to 8 year old me. I want to ensure the future of our country does not ever make another 8 year old question her identity and worth. I want to elect leaders who will listen and who will stand by me regardless of the color of my skin or my sex. If by simply voting I can ensure that the future for children in this country will be better than mine, then there is no reason to not vote. So, please vote. JUST DO IT. (and do it early)

As we lead into Election Day, I want to start a 20 day campaign to highlight the issues that matter to me and why I am voting this year.

Day 1: Women’s Rights

As I stated before, President Trump has ushered in a presidency that has not been supportive of the rights of women. Although we have crossed a century since the Women’s Suffrage Movement, women still do not have complete control of our own lives. In this day and age, women are just as, or sometimes even more, qualified than our male counterparts. However with the ideals and policies of President Trump, the quality of life and the rights of women are digressing from progress. During his presidency, President Trump has appointed two Supreme Court Justices, with a potential third appointment. Because of these appointments, the Supreme Court will hold a conservative majority and issues such as Roe v. Wade will most likely be affected. His appointment of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh introduced, again, white men to the bench who are pro-life and against institutions such as Planned Parenthood. In fact, Brett Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault, and despite that he was nominated. As a result of the allegations, President Trump ridiculed and rejected the #MeToo movement and called it damaging. As a young woman, I find that appalling. I refuse to let men who do not acknowledge the plight of women or men who do not respect women create rules for me to live by. It’s my body. It’s my choice. It’s as simple as that. In the last four years, policies attempting to completely defund Planned Parenthood have been introduced. Although he’s been unsuccessful in defunding it completely, he has still taken away some of the protections Planned Parenthood holds and has redirected its funds to anti – abortion clinics. Women’s access and coverage under their insurance for birth control has also been affected. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurances were required to include access to birth control, but Trump is supporting corporations that do not want to include that in their insurance policies.

The most concerning issue with his presidency and a continued term will be his appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. In an unconstitutional maneuver, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is determined to push for her appointment. Judge Barrett will replace the renowned Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In her tenure, Justice Ginsburg has been a champion for the rights of women. Up until her last days, she worked tirelessly to ensure that the basis of sex would not determine the lives of fellow Americans. By appointing Judge Barrett, the movement “Notorious RBG” propelled forward will be taken back several decades.  Her appointment to the Court will create a rightward shift in its decisions, which will be of concern when it comes to cases regarding the Affordable Care Act or Roe v. Wade. According to a study by FISCHMAN & COPE, Judge Barrett holds extremely conservative views when it comes to civil rights, gun rights, and rights of women. When it comes to abortion, her views can be detrimental to many women. She has tried to implement a state law that will ban abortion for women who even need it for life-threatening reasons. Her judicial approach is a strict interpretation of the Constitution, with no room for personal interpretation, which in this day and age is an archaic approach to the Judiciary. Times have changed drastically since the Constitution was first written. In one of the biggest landmark decisions in terms of constitutional law, Chief Justice Marshall famously penned in his McCulloch v. Maryland case of 1819, “we must never forget that it is a constitution we are expounding.” In 1819, a Supreme Court Justice recognized the importance of expounding the Constitution. In 2020, another Justice wants to come in and stop that.

So why am I voting this year? I am voting to ensure a strong future for all women in this country. I am voting to ensure that I and my future daughters/grand-daughters can live a life of equality. I am voting so that the basis of sex is not a determining factor in my worth as a human. I am voting because I am a woman and I want to be in charge of how I live. I am voting because I want my body and my reproductive rights to be protected and controlled by me. I am voting for me and I am voting for all the American women out there. I am voting so that America can move forward as opposed to turning a time table and digressing. 

Why are you voting?

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Global Warming || Wearing a Summer OOTD in Winter


I don’t want to get political because then I’ll just be another distressed Liberal Millennial talking about the outlandish phenomenon known as climate change aka global warming. For those who don’t believe in climate change and who do not want to look at the scientific proof around it, I’m hoping this post will be up  your realm of comprehension in understanding there is something up with Earth.

Here I am wearing an outfit best suited for Spring or Summer in New Jersey in February. Traditionally, February is a month where people are bundled head to toe because it’s supposed to be freezing. The past few Februarys, however, we hit temperatures in the late 60s/early 70s. It’s unreal I was able to wear this outfit in FEBRUARY. Something is definitely wrong with the planet – I wonder what it could be? Maybe if our President wasn't proposing the elimination of International Climate Change programs, we would probably be able to figure out what's going on with the weather. 

Details: Dress || BCBG Shoes || Kate Spade Bracelet || Jacket || Ray Ban Sunnies || Vintage Purse

Much love always, 


Womanhood || International Women's Day 2017


Today as I was driving to work, I was listening to NJ 101.5 FM, which is a daily routine for me. I don’t necessarily always agree with everything said on Bill Spadea’s morning show, but I do like to open my mind to the traditional conservative stance he usually takes on the matters that affect us today. If you couldn’t tell already, I am a modern day Liberal. I strive to fight for the rights of people that can’t fight for themselves. I fight for socio-economic equality for all genders and races. Don’t get me wrong – I am not saying that all Liberals are your society’s heroes and that all Conservatives are your enemies. The fight is the same on both sides; I just agree more with the solutions posed on the left. But today, I’m not writing about my validation for being a Liberal.

March 8th 2017 is International Women’s Day. As a very proud woman, I have chosen to celebrate this Day and stand in solidarity with all women across the globe. When I left my house this morning, I stood extremely proud in my red attire, and, even though I am well aware wearing a certain piece of clothing doesn’t solve the problem, I felt like I was part of this initiative. However, I was quickly disheartened when I turned on the radio and listened to Bill Spadea talk about today. He brought up the event “Day Without a Woman”, an event in which many American women are participating on this International Women’s Day. In reference to this, he asked one simple question – is this event really helping anyone? He argued that the driving reason for this event, inequality in the workplace in terms of pay, is a myth. He further tried to debunk this notion of economic inequality, while portraying this event for only “privileged feminists”. That sickened me.

On this day, when women join hands and rally for the equality of each other,  it hurt that such a prominent figure would degrade the events of today. Frankly, I don’t know if this one event or wearing red will help, but it’s starting the conversations of propelling us in the direction of change. Today is so much more than fighting for equal pay. It’s a day not only for American women and the problems we face, but it’s a day for all women across the globe. Today we aren’t only fighting for equality in the workplace, but we are also fighting to change a society that pushes women into thinking they are always inferior to men in the workplace. Today we are fighting for those women in the STEM industry who have to prove that they are equally competent of being engineers and scientists just as their male peers. Today we are fighting for all those little girls who had to cut their education short or who never received one because they live in a society where girls are only seen as housewives and mothers. Today we are raising our voices for women who are constantly put down or degraded because they are not as strong or smart as men. Today we are fighting for the girls who have had their childhoods stolen by becoming child brides and sex slaves. Today we are fighting for those women who are ridiculed for balancing families and their careers. Today we are fighting for those girls who want to play football in school but can’t because that is a boy’s sport. Today we are fighting against a society that limits the power of women to mere sexual objects created for the pleasure of men. Today we are also fighting for the women who own and are confident with their sexuality, but who are often told that women cannot be sexual. Today is the day we are fighting for all aspects of a woman’s struggle.

By trying to debunk the “mysterious” wage gap today, you are opening up a window for people to throw out the other causes women are fighting for today.  Just as the evidence sited in today’s show suggests the wage gap is a myth, there are many other case studies out there that suggest it is very real. I recommend you do your own research on this matter and come to your own conclusions.  Also, since today is International Women’s Day and not just American Women’s Day, we are fighting for equal pay for women in every country not just our own. Today is about so much more than just money. It’s about respecting all women no matter what. It’s about not degrading them. It’s all about women empowerment. Not all women will have the luxury to strike today; so those “privileged feminists” will be striking for the sisters who can’t. Today is our day. Whichever way you feel you can make a difference, take that route and keep going. Today women have increased equality compared to our ancestors who first fought for women equality, but there is still a long way to go. Just as our ancestors fought for our lives, we must stand up today for our daughters and granddaughters of the future.

To all the women of the world, keep fighting until every female can stand shoulder to shoulder with all men, confidently and proud. 

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