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Girl Boss Spotlight: Stella Simona

As I said in this post here, having such an incredible platform to speak to so many people from all over the world is something that I never thought I’d be able to have. So today, I wanted to talk to you all about something that’s very near and dear to my heart: female empowerment. I can honestly say that everything I am as a woman I have learned from the incredible females I surrounded by: my mother, my sister, my mother-in-law, my best friends, my team, and the truly amazing women I’ve met through work. I’m constantly in awe and inspired by the girl-bosses I meet, and today I wanted to introduce you to one of them! Everyone, meet the lovely Stella:

I was introduced to Stella a few months ago and instantly fell in love with her spirit. We bonded over running a business, being mothers, and being women. I was able to ask her a few questions about what she does, how she started and what female empowerment means to her:

What’s your official title?
I am creative director and Co-owner at Amarilo and Haati Chai

What’s the meaning of ‘Haati Chai’?
I am Bengali, and in my native tongue “Haati” means elephant and “Chai” means tea — I have a serious obsession with
elephants and all things tea. If you come to my home or office you will find tea and elephant related trinkets sprinkled
throughout the decor. The line pays homage to jewelry and other elements of my unique upbringing which is reflected in
the unique name.

How / Why did you get into jewelry?
I come from a culture that is defined by its jewels. Growing up, my grandmother Annie would go back home every year and bring me back unique pieces from India and Bangladesh. As I got older, I became more and more infatuated especially with the jewels she brought me back from her trips. When I was around 12, my grandmother began asking me to draw the jewelry I wanted and she would have our family jewelry smith bring my designs to life. I did not realize it back then but this was Haati Chai’s humble beginnings.

When you were a child, what did you want to grow up to be? What was your dream career?
I loved so many things. Oftentimes, it was animal related. I wanted to be a Vet, but even early on I always walked through life with a bigger vision. Oftentimes I spoke on being involved in charities or fighting world issues.


What does female empowerment look like for you?
Female empowerment starts with yourself. Whether you are a man or a woman, you have to believe in your core values and that energy will naturally illuminate others. By being the best you, someone out there will learn they too can be the best version of themselves.

How is female empowerment important to your business?
Female empowerment is a big theme in our company. Our core team consists of all women and we have some very young under 25-year-olds as well. We believe in supporting one another, we especially believe in the power of women when they come together. My partner Ali and I hope that we especially are setting an example for other similar businesses – to show them it can be done.

Name 1 – 3 females who inspire you.
I don’t have a specific person in particular. Every mother is my inspiration. From raising children to operating a household, and for some even shuffling a business – everyone is so lucky to be around mothers. In the last two years, I’ve viewed every mother I know with more respect than ever. They are incredible beings.

What philanthropic causes have you worked with / currently working with to help?
We have partnered with different organizations throughout the years from giving to world disaster funds, to battered women in need, and a variety of animal causes. Currently, we have partnered with Big Life Foundation, based in Africa, on all our animal themed designs. 10% of proceeds from each design sold will go towards protecting the animals.

You love animals, you advocate for animal safety and adoption of pets, do you use your brand to speak out about passions like this? If so, how?
Yes, we do. Aside from highlighting products, our newsletters cover a lot of information about Haati Chai as a lifestyle. Those who have been following us for some time now are aware of causes we are invested in as well as how they can be involved. For example, we shared a video on our YouTube channel of our visit to Burbank Animal Shelter where we worked with the shelter to share a day in the life at the shelter and how we can all be involved to help animals at the Burbank Animal Shelter or any shelter

What’s your son’s name and how old is? Any meaning behind his name?
Noah is a year and a half. Noah means comfort, calm. I had been in love with the name before I even knew we were having him and once we were pregnant I knew it was his name after learning the meaning. His little soul has brought and spread so much peace and meaning throughout our lives in just the small time he has been in this world.

How has motherhood changed you?
Sacrifice and patience have a new meaning now. You honestly don’t know what those two things are truly until you have a child. Prior to having Noah,  I was always on the go and engrossed in my business, taking no time to breathe or calculate my steps. Since becoming a mother I have learned to slow down, take things in as I go and be more patient and thorough in all my steps life and business related.

How has motherhood changed how you work?
In everything I do I know what drives me, I have constant inspiration from my new life as a mom and my passion keeps me driven.

What advice can you give to future working mothers?
Always remember why you are doing it. Stay inspired. Have a goal. And always remain true to yourself. The rest will take care of itself.

This is the first of hopefully many spotlights on the amazing women I have in my life. To me, the base of female empowerment is support. Support the women in your life, support female entrepreneurs, support female small business owners, support support support! It’s all about girl power and it all starts with you.

How many women in your life do you have that you look up to? Let me know in the comments below. Have a fantastic day, everyone!

sigxo_chriselle

29 Comments
  • Tanja says:

    Amazing post/interview! Love our new Category
    xo Tanja
    http://www.tanjabock.com

  • I absolutely love this new platform you’re creating. Amazing post/interview!

  • Rahissa Melo says:

    Oh I love this type of article, Chriselle! Please do continue trying to share with us some more amazing women out there, female empowerment is a great passion of mine. I am an young Architect who just started an Interior Designer office myself in Brazil (Instagram: rahissamelo.arq). I totally agree with you, the best way is to support each other and there’s no better way to do that than starting to get to know who’s there. Thank you so much for starting all this, for me it’s a great source of inspiration. Carry on! You’re an incredible mama and girl power!

    Sincerely,

  • Female empowerment is a great concept however I sadly have not come across many women that I could relate this to. I love reading about strong women like yourself or Stella. I could not agree more that the base of female empowerment is support but this is not something you find easily in the corporate word with everyone competing against everyone. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful interview. Keep them coming
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  • Hanna says:

    This post is so inspiring in many ways. I think that a lot of women are scared that having a child might slow down or even stop their career. But you beautiful ladies show that this definitely isn’t the case and you use motherhood as a drive to pursue your goals. Keep up the good work ladies. Don’t cease to inspire other women with your positivity. ♡

  • Love the topic on female empowerment. Very inspiring story!

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  • Jandrew says:

    As the rare beast a man in a woman’s world I am awed by the women I work with and the inspirational women I know . I am a feminist and am always in support of women. One of the greatest women I have ever known was my mother Stella .She not only taught me how to sew , design and craft beautiful clothing she taught me how to treat each person with respect and dignity !
    Jandrew
    Dress The Part
    http://www.jandrewspeaks.com

  • Katya says:

    Love reading it, so inspiring! Don’t stop encouraging, empowering and sinspiring others!

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  • I LOVE this series so much. Please do more and I am absolutely honored that you chose a brand with a background close to my heart and heritage. Thank you for introducing me to Haati Chai! x

    chevrons & éclairs – http://bit.ly/2f5HA2B

  • Perrine says:

    Amazing post and I hope for many more to follow! I keep a record of all those amazing women and working mothers that inspire me and you are definitely on this list! Although I’m not at this stage of my life, I have been so inspired by your ambition, family commitment while remaining committed to your passion.

    Perrine
    xxx

  • Enn Franco says:

    The photography on your website is always on top! Great article!

    http://www.ennfrancosays.com

  • Vivian says:

    Such a lovely interview, so inspiring to see women empowered!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_

    ~

  • Elizabeth says:

    Both of you ladies are an inspiration! Loved reading about this amazing girl boss! <3 🙂

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • Paul says:

    2 beautiful girl bosses

  • mainou says:

    Love this interview! Inspiring 🙂
    -mainou
    http://www.looksbymc.com

  • Alisha Ricki says:

    She’s beautiful and I LOVE her jewelry line xo, Alisha Ricki | Life(Style) &Travel,

  • Thanks for sharing stories of incredible women on your blog Chriselle, it’s so cool to see spotlights like this 🙂 Also, these photos are absolutely gorgeous, especially the one of Stella and Noah.

    – Michelle –
    MICHELLE X PAN | A surrealist fashion blog

  • Keri says:

    Wow, what a beautiful soul – inside and out! Loved reading this interview 🙂 I have been trying to do something similar on my blog!

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Mireia says:

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL
    https://thegoldlipstick.com/

  • Marienne says:

    Such a wonderful post! As a starting handmade jewelry designer and mother myself, I find this very inspiring and motivational. I agree that female empowerment is all about females supporting other female entrepreneurs and (small) businesses!
    Xo,
    Marienne
    http://www.genaradenis.com/blog
    GENARA DENIS JEWELRY • Fun-Classy Handmade Jewelry for a Fashion Statement and/or Spiritual Purpose. #ShopGenaraDenis

  • Fatou Diaw says:

    Stella Simona is just gorgeous! Love her
    xx
    https://www.closettostreet.com/

  • Jae says:

    What an inspiring post! Even though I’m not a mom, this post was still inspiring to me!
    http://www.allthatjae.com

  • Shloka says:

    This is so inspiring – I love reading about women who are all about empowering other women. It makes you feel like you aren’t alone but rather a part of something bigger. Plus I am so inspired by her story!

    x
    Shloka
    http://thesilksneaker.com

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Such a beautiful Lady and a wonderful spirit she has! Very ❤️ lovely! 🙂

    🌸🍃LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸🍃| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • LENA says:

    Ladies, you both look beautiful! Nice article! Team GirlBosses!

    -Lena
    L.E.N.A | Revealed

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