We had the good fortune of connecting with Stella Simona and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stella, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Optimism is key, and in everything I do I make sure to look at the positive that can come out of every situation. Not overextending myself and learning to delegate. Time management is very important, I keep a strict calendar and make sure to commit to the tasks I understand will benefit me most for the time. In addition partnerships and having a good support system is key.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Creative Entrepreneur and founder of 2 fine jewelry brands Amarilo and Haati Chai. Much of my career as a professional and my strengths lie in visual storytelling and evoking emotions surrounding art, particularly in the digital space. For me and my co-founder our brands and everything we touch there is definitely a pattern — we work on projects that we are very passionate about. We launched our lines at a time that very little lines were offering pieces that spoke to women like ourselves. Our designs are for women by women, and our brands each reflect values of real women around the world. As a minority – being a POC and woman this journey has not been easy but definitely worth it.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Adventure for me always involves food and R&R. I would take my friend to downtown LA and also LaBrea and honestly go restaurant hopping. Some of my favorites are Little Sister, Badmaash, Bestia, Zinc, Jon and Vinnys, and Fat Sals. To make the most of their stay which I assume would be too short to cover all my faves I have this thing where we do 2nd dinner which is when we eat dinner a second time the same night and to properly execute it we eat dinner early at 5pm or so and then again at 8pmm — this allows us to squeeze in as many spots in a quick trip. Most of the spots I chose have perfect ambience and make great for hanging out in and catching up for a few hours. For R&R a trip to the K-Spas in Koreatown or the Now Massage is ideal. My top choice is the K-Spa since there are a lot of communal areas to relax together and loose track of time.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Servant by James C Hunter is a great read on leadership, I would highly recommend it for everyone. I am extremely grateful for my husband’s support and the love of the strong community of women in my circle.

Website: www.chaitime.me
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stellasimona/

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