Curious to know who’s behind Koco Travels?
Hi, I’m Kalpana Ravulapati – Travel Influencer, Entrepreneur, Event Planner, Professional Makeup Artist, and Beauty Fashionista, determined to speak positivity into the world and help women like myself live their best life.
Enter, Koco Travels – a blog dedicated to inspiring women to conquer their dreams, venture beyond the borders of their comfort zones, and look fabulous doing it through tips on all things beauty, lifestyle, style, and travel. It’s my mission to empower you to get out, have fun on new adventures, create extraordinary memories, and experience the unique journey to discovering yourself – even if you’re traveling solo.
I guess you could say I was destined for this calling. Born into a traditional Indian American household, makeup, beauty, and fashion is something I’ve been fascinated with since I first discovered my mom’s makeup at the young age of 2 years old. Growing up, whether it was watching my mom apply makeup in the mirror as she got ready for work, shopping with my dad through Nordstrom as he taught lessons on how to “look like a lady but think like a boss”, or sitting patiently as a child before my mom while she prepped my sister and I’s faces for family events with powder, Kajal (Indian eyeliner), and the Indian staple of bright red lipstick, beauty and fashion has always been an integral part of my life. Even my name, Kalpana, means “creative”, “imagination”, and “fantasy” when translated in Sanskrit.
It was always love at first sight, and a love that grew with age as I earned my MBA in Accounting to better equip myself for entrepreneurial life, while learning from the best in the beauty industry by enrolling at London Eye’s International Academy of Makeup, where I was awarded 3 professional certifications.
And yet… while makeup and fashion is more than just a routine, but an artform to be recreated every day, enhancing your unique natural beauty and building your personal aesthetic… as cliché as it sounds, I believe that true beauty is found within. To me, imperfection is beauty. A radiant personality is beauty. Being bold, daring, true to yourself, your style, and your culture is beauty.
But I know I’m not the only one who’s been held back by fear, societal standards, and comfort zones.
So, go on! Be Bold. Be Daring. Be Different. The beauty and power is yours!
Cheers to your next adventure,
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