A Cotton Saree Gift from My Grandma-in-Law

This is not the first saree I have ever worn. I wore a fashion/designer saree to my undergraduate graduation in December 2016. It was a pretty faux georgette saree with heavy embroidery; the fabric, on the other hand, left me unimpressed and uninspired.

After that, I began looking at pictures of traditional-looking sarees from south India: Kanchipuram and other silks, cotton, even linen. I realized I wanted a genuine Telugu saree that was not a designer saree, but a wearable cotton one. As a non-Indian, it was easy to pursue flashy designer sarees. It was more difficult to accept that the better choice was a saree with more conservative designs that many Telugu women wear for work or everyday tasks. Admittingly, I suppose I sought a south Indian identity, in the hopes to be more accepted by my already-accepting in-laws. Superficially, I wanted to get my hands on some beautiful fabrics. Anvesh however never asked me to wear a saree, a bindi, practice Hinduism, or acquire any trait that would even partially transform me into a traditional Indian wife.

I asked my husband, Anvesh, to ask his grandmother, Kasturi, who lives in Telangana state, if she would be willing to find a good cotton saree for me to wear. I was nervous to ask because I did not want to inconvenience her. My dear Grandmother-in-law wasted no time beginning her search. She took her neighborhood friend (my husband’s “aunty”) along. She settled on a green saree that is mostly cotton and a little silk, has a golden border, and a pallu having a combination of violet and blue shades. Accompanying the saree was a packet of turmeric and kumkuma (red powder).

The Blouse

The saree arrived about 2 weeks before my 24th birthday. The green multi-color saree came with a separate unstitched blouse piece. I handed the blouse fabric to Himani, a talented seamstress in San Antonio who has stitched blouses for me before. I was concerned that with the fabric that was provided, sized for a slim woman, would not be sufficient for my measurements. My biggest concern was for the sleeves – I believed it would not be possible to stitch 3/4 sleeves with the little amount of fabric. Himani, as I expected, did a great job at utilizing all the fabric and included a strap onto the neck of the blouse to hold my bra strap in place. She gave me the blouse exactly how I wanted it.

Practicing the Drape of the Saree

I have watched an endless number of Youtube tutorials,  have had hours of practice, and I still mess up the saree every other time. On the instances that I do drape it correctly, it can be considered acceptable, but not good. The pleats are messy and not aligned to one another. And I don’t even know how to pin or pleat the pallu! My husband typically helps me to pin the pallu. 

The Completed Look

I applied a full face of makeup prior to putting on the saree. I did a smokey eye, contouring on my cheeks, and wore red lipstick. I found the combination of a red lip and green saree was a perfect fit for the holidays and reminiscent of a Christmas tree. I did the skirt pleats as neatly as I could and pinned tightly the loose fabric around my hips. My husband pinned the top of the pallu to my blouse and let the rest flow loosely.

The photos were taken with Nikon D-3400. In person, the saree is a true green and matte, but on camera, the saree has a stunning satin-y sheen and a blue-green shade. This cotton saree is the first of many. Next year I will ask my Grandma-in-law to buy me more. Before I do that, I better get her response to these photos and hear her thoughts on how I wore it and how I looked in the saree!

I wish you all a blessed Christmas and hope you can spend the holidays with friends and loved ones. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Kimberly Price is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio, where she studied communication/public relations and business administration. She currently works as a Marketing Coordinator. 

Kimberly resides in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, Anvesh.

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What I Eat in a Day (-2 LBS Each Week)

My Weight Loss Journey

I began my journey April of this year. Some weeks I would exercise and diet rigorously, others not. My routine has not been consistent, but nonetheless, I have shed around 21 pounds (as of September 1). Last month I managed to lose 7.8 pounds. The dieting method that deserves credit for my past and ongoing weight loss is the https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/calories/index.html” calorie deficit diet

My Weight Loss Regimen

As I am not a gym buff, I do not find it necessary to consume many calories. I try not to surpass 1500 calories daily. Some days I will consume the entire 1500, while other days of the week I’ll consume 8 or 900. I have started going to the gym again this month, but I am not doing high intensity training, yet.

I am sharing photos of what I ate yesterday, Sept. 19, so you can see an example of my diet. I do not eat the same things every day, but I do make at least one meal in a large batch to last me a week. For the last 3 weeks, my large batch of choice has been posole.

The food below was an approximate 1,030-1,080 calories.

diet pic 1

Green smoothie made with spinach and pineapple (approx 170 cal)

diet pic 2

Seedless watermelon (approx 100 calories)

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Entire bag of beef jerky (240 calories)

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2 Chips Ahoy! packs (220 calories)

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Posole with chicken (approx 350 calories)

For anyone seeking a support group for weight loss, I encourage you to join the Weight Loss Motivation and Support Group on Facebook.

Kimberly Price is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio, where she studied communication, public relations, and business administration. Her specialties are campaigns and strategic communication. She enjoys discussing with others topics in career and current events, beauty, plus-size fashion, and lifestyle. 

She currently resides in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, Anvesh.

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Duped by Pothys (Indian Clothing Store)

Late Tuesday night, June 26th, I submitted an order for a cotton saree on pothys.com. This was the first time I had ordered from Pothys. It was already around 10:30 in the morning (27th) in India. I was very excited to receive the saree in about 2 weeks so that I could learn to drape better and film a review. I never got to do that.


Please watch my video and share it. I didn’t intend to defame anybody, but simply offered my testimony. In the video about once or twice, I mistakingly stated I purchased the saree on July 27, rather than June 26th. This is quite a lengthy video, so I kindly recommend you grab a snack and enjoy. Thank you so much for watching.

OOTD Using Dressbarn Only (Plus Size)

I am very particular as to the kind of attire I wear. I like to dress conservatively to work or professional functions, and even in everyday life. My preference is contrary to what most women my age like. I never expose my arms–as it is an insecurity of mine and have a skin condition–but enjoy wearing skirts that expose my legs. My ankles can barely tolerate kitten heels and 2-inch wedges.

When it is time to go shopping, Dressbarn is at the top of the list for young professional women seeking a collection of attire which exuberates class and sophistication. The outfit shown in the pictures below was worn during a day out when I had to run a lot of errands. Some may think I overdressed, but dressing this way outside of the workplace shows your professionalism and class to the public. I used to wear jeans, camis, and hoodie wherever I went, but at the urging of my husband, who in turn purchased for me a lot of clothes, I knew this was the appropriate time I start dressing like the university-educated, professional woman I am.

Dressbarn OOTD

Outfit from Dressbarn (front) 

Dressbarn OOTD 4

Outfit from Dressbarn (back)

Dressbarn OOTD 3

Outfit from Dressbarn (side)

Dressbarn OOTD 2

Outfit from Dressbarn (side)

Dressbarn OOTD 5

Close-up of top

I couldn’t find the cardigan and top on Dressbarn’s website but managed to find the skirt and shoes. The cardigan is very airy and lightweight. The top is brand new and feels so soft. The pencil skirt is a bit worn because I wear it often but has a good weight to it and the pleats are flattering to larger figures. I purchased the shoes for my wedding in March and are so elegant and comfortable.

*This post was not at all sponsored nor did I receive any contact from Dressbarn reps. I just really love their store!


Thank you so much for reading. I hope you will share this post and keep in touch with me and my blog.

Kimberly Price is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio, where she studied communication, public relations, and business administration. Her specialties are campaigns and strategic communication. She enjoys discussing with others topics in career and current events, beauty, plus-size fashion, and lifestyle. 

She currently resides in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband, Anvesh.

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We Need to Stop Taking Weight Loss Advice Online

Announce to a few people of your desire to lose weight, and you will find yourself bombarded with a myriad of tips and diets people swear by. I have found myself and others following these recommended diets without consulting with their trusted physician first. Here is why we need to stop accepting weight loss advice from people online and what to do instead.

Trusting the Internet Most

It’s understandable to trust the testimony from a person who has tried and succeeded at a particular weight loss regimen, but don’t forget the person might not account for other factors attributing to their weight loss. They probably also have different dietary necessities than yours.

A recent trend is women attributing their weight loss wholly on drinking apple cider vinegar. Actually, Apple cider vinegar is mostly beneficial only for diabetics. It’s almost as though the ones who consumed APV during their journey believe their healthy diets and exercises didn’t attribute to the majority of their fat/weight loss. Somehow, Apple cider vinegar has received all the hype and credit.

You Think Gluten-Free and Organic Are Best

I do not understand how the gluten-free food fad came to be, but you don’t need to eat gluten-free food! Visit a clinic to determine if you should avoid gluten, otherwise, you can save time not having to search for GF labels at the grocery store.

The organic food fad has been around for quite some time. Even I get sucked into it every now and again when I’m grocery shopping. Fruit and vegetables are super healthy, regardless of whether it has the white and green label stuck onto it. Go ahead and prefer your food to be free of pesticides and GMOs, but don’t be fooled into thinking organic foods will aid in your weight or fat loss while the nonorganic ones will not.

Trust only reputable sites such as medical associations and peer-reviewed journals, as well as the opinion of your doctor.

Share Your Journey With Your Doc

Before you begin any diet, your doctor should be the second person, after you, to be aware of your intentions. Have bloodwork and a physical performed.

I understand doctors can be rude or humiliate us because of our size. Trust me, I’ve had more than one doctor look at my body with disgust. Select a GP or specialist. Speak to any doctor or medical professional about your intent to lose weight, and express the anxiety of being judged by them. A great doctor will appreciate the initiative you are taking and will want to be by your side during this testing time. Continue reading

Kimberly M. Price

June 5, 2017

Hello everyone. The first blog entry of Life of the Modern Girl launches June 19, 2017. You may read about me here.  In the meantime, please join me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Thank you and I look forward to getting to know you all.