Tuesday, October 9, 2012


When asked, who’s your fave style icon. The insanely stylish, CHRISTINE CENTENERA who else? 

What I like most about Christine’s style is that it appears effortless; she looks comfortable and chic. There’s too many “icons” out there that think sexy should be what you keep in mind when designing your ensemble for the day and all it looks like to me is “I tried real hard, can you tell?”  I am a huge fan of doing boyfriend outfits with a feminine twist and this girl does them all the time and throws in a touch of sexy pumps. Her shoe collection is beyond enviable. I could just keep going. My fixation extends into the way she pairs strong lines and shaping with loose flowy free formless fabric --the perfect combo.

Her style is recognized among some of the biggest fashion blogs on the daily. You can find her on the Satorialist’s blog quite often. AND in case you have been wondering where the inspiration for Kim K’s new jaw-dropping style is coming from, Christine! My obsession with Christine made me a little upset when Kim’s fans/followers decided to remark about how amazing KIM'S choice of clothing is. No no honeys it was Christine.

Many of us in the U.S. just think all the goods are in Europe and NY. Christine’s actually from Australia, which if you haven’t yet realized is a prevailing scene of some of the best fashions right now. She’s the fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar Australia, freelances as a stylist in her spare time and she recently paired with Kanye West to design his line.  Yepp Kanye did very well choosing only the best. As long as Christines around his line will definitely leave a mark in the fashion world.


Monday, September 24, 2012

COCONUT OIL - the ins and outs


Coconut oil has been used for decades in Indian Ayurvedic practices. Our bodies convert lauric acid which is found in the coconut into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and evenHIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia. Coconut oil is 92% fatty acids.

How to apply to hair:

  • You may use the oil as often as desired. If you want to use it as a deep conditioner massage it into your scalp all the way down to your ends and leave it overnight or even longer and then wash out. If you have an overly oily scalp then only apply this oil the ends.
  • Leave in Conditioner. Apply a few drops to the palm of your hands and spread evenly throughout your hair. This helps curly hair particularly stay tamed in most weather climates.
  • Use as often as you would like. It does however vary from individual to individual. Your scalp may produce a lot of its own oils and you will want to apply it less often.

Benefits when applying to your hair

  • Coconut oil is known to make damaged hair healthier
  • Relieves dandruff caused by dry skin

How to apply to skin:
  • Apply straight oil or you may mix it in with lotion so it is not as oily. I do recommend you do not wear the oil when you are out in the sun. It is after all oil and your skin is flesh so it will burn quickly.
Benefits when applying to your skin:
  • It helps improve flaking skin
  • Prevents wrinkles & sagging of skin
  • Your nails will grow longer, thicker, and stronger over time from being in contact with the oil. (no need for acrylics!)
  • treats psoriasis, dermatitiseczema and other skin infections

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Benefits of BASIL

The purpose of many of my posts is to teach the everyday woman something we learn in my native culture -- maintaining your natural beauty. So many of us in today's culture pack on foundations and concealers in hopes of disguising our blemishes. Well what if you just did not have any blemishes?! Dry skin? Blotches? ...Awesome right?!

In my east indian culture there is an herbal cure for everything. We are all about growing into our beauty. Listed below is an all natural new remedy i've been onto lately. 

You will need:
- Handful of basil leaves
- 1 cup of boiling H20
- cotton ball

Basil is a blemish fighter. Add a handful of fresh basil leaves to 1 cup of boiling water. After the water cools down apply the solution to the affected areas with a cotton ball.


  • there are no chemicals or harmful products so the remedy should work even on the most sensitive skin types
  • these are all inexpensive household products. All available in your kitchen!

Natural Beauty

My thoughts on makeup, hair extensions, false lashes, and so on. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these things. A woman should indulge in beautifying herself and exploring herself. I feel everything is good but in small doses. The way I view beauty products/enhancements is that they are there to polish off your natural beauty. As long as you don't appear to be fake you are definitely doing it right.  Plus when you DO where makeup or use any form of extensions you dont have to worry about the covering up part. It is much harder to get that smooth skin look when your face is full of blemishes.


Very often I run into someone who hasn't tuned into one of the biggest makeup secrets right now - CONTOURING. This is the technique that defines your features more. No plastic surgery needed. Just thought i'd share. I cant begin to tell you how many times i'm talking to someone and theyre trying to convince me that so and so got plastic surgery. Ha no look close.

What I love most about contouring, well, when done modestly, is that you can achieve the look of a natural face but still make certain features pop more by giving your face definition. Too many women out there think buying a new shade of eyeshadow is going to make them appear different in hopes of giving themselves a mini makeover. Not really. All it does is change the color you are wearing on your eyes. Check out this video below!

I feel he definitely shows off how much these techniques can do for you the best.


Hey guys Ive been contemplating for some time now whether I should start a personal blog or not.  I am designer of Haati Chai jewelry(www.haatichai.com) and a photographer  (www.stellasimonaphotography.blogspot.com) as well . So with my busy schedule I wasn't sure if taking on blogging for personal beauty tips would be something I could make time for. Even though I hadn't started an official blog I have definitely been sharing tips via my personal Facebook and twitter and whatever other outlets I use daily. So today however is the day. This is my first post. I will of course be sharing with you my thoughts on business, fashion, design and so on. You are more than welcome to email me as well with personal questions.