Inspiring Talk Show Host Beauty & Lifestyle Expert

Self Love Guru Spicy Indian Woman Soul Sister

I can be described many ways depending on the day. But, put simply, I’m a woman on a mission to inspire radical self-love.

I want everyone—including you—to fall in love with who they are; to recognize their inner and outer beauty with ease; and to finally experience the transformational power of self-care.

This mission of mine didn’t come wrapped up in a pretty little bow while I was meditating or sipping on a cup of masala chai tea; in fact, I had to experience a great deal of pain for it to come forth.

For 16 years, I suffered from a debilitating case of Psoriasis—a painful skin condition that left me unable to walk comfortably for nearly 4 of those years. My entire body was covered from the tips of my toes to the crown of my head in unsightly sores…not fun.

While other teenage girls were free to cruise around with friends, I could barely leave my bedroom. I ached to be “normal,” to have slumber parties, to lie in the sun, and to have true friends who loved me and who I loved back.

On the most difficult of days, self-care was my saving grace.

I treated myself to long baths with sweet smelling sea salts. I lovingly rubbed lotion on my skin to help soothe the pain. I put on my favorite shade of red lipstick and painted my nails. I collected pictures of everything that inspired me, ultimately creating a vision board of the life I always wanted.

In those moments, I felt compassion for my condition and myself. My perspective shifted from extreme despair to a deep faith that there was a better way. And, I started to realize I was meant for something much bigger than a life spent in solitude.

So I made a decision: to be more committed to my happiness than my suffering.

Today, I am living a life where every experience is truly relished. I’m surrounded by amazing women who accept me for exactly who I am. My skin is healthy and glowing. I savor everything I put into my body—from green juice to gluten free pizza. Above all, I’m eternally grateful to have the freedom to fully express myself through my work and to spread the self-love mission every single day.

Let me tell you, being an entrepreneur hasn’t been all rainbows and unicorns; I’ve worked my butt off big time. But the fruit of my labor has been incredibly sweet. I founded the online lifestyle magazine Bella Life back in 2010, which led me to become a go-to resource for young women around the globe. A few years later, the stars magically aligned and I became the host of Naturally Beautiful, a Talk Show airing on the holistic lifestyle channel Z Living. And most recently, I landed a position as a luxury skin-care spokesperson and regular expert on QVC.

Life has brought me so many gifts and I could not be more grateful for my journey here.

Why am I telling you all of this?

Whether you’re battling cancer or going through a divorce (I have one of those under my belt too), you’re desperate to find your purpose, or you’re living on your own for the very first time—I completely understand that the biggest challenge can often be the negative voices in your head.

Know that you’ve found a home here. Know this is a place where I won’t just slap an affirmation on your problem and call it a day. I’ll actually provide you with powerful (and fun) ways to feel the fear and live a beautiful life anyway. It’s courageous and messy, yes. But there really is immense beauty along the way.

So from this day forward consider yourself part of my “Love Entourage.” Get ready for uplifting heart-to-hearts, big perspective shifts, and a regular peek inside my real life—oh, there will also be lots of natural beauty products shared!

Stick with me and learn to love yourself to your very core.

15 things you never knew...

My favorite flower is a
pink Peony. Hint hint.
My favorite place to window
shop is in a stationary store.
It's my happy place.
I was divorced by the age
of 24. Woops.
I auditioned for American Idol
once. I didn't make it, clearly.
Goddess Saraswati is one of my spirit guides
and my absolute favorite.
There's almost nothing
that a warm cup of tea
can't soothe, it makes me
feel at home in
an instant.
I have an incredible community of friends
now but the truth is I didn't really have a true
group of friends until I was 27
In my world, there is no such thing as
too much bling.
My New Years Eve ritual for the past
5 years has been to create
a vision board with close friends.
It fuels my entire year and
sets the tone in a powerful way.
I used to live in Singapore & went
to Pluto….that’s what
preschool was called.
I am completely unapologetic
about my deep love and
adoration for Kris Carr.
She's the real deal and
I am inspired by her everyday.
My favorite essential oils are
lavender, sandalwood + rose.
They all keep me grounded.
I saw the musical Rent when I was
in high school and still have dreams
of playing Maureen one day.
I used to hate my name growing up
so I made everyone call me Niki.
So glad I got over that and learned
to love the name I was given.
For the most part, I don't really
drink alcohol unless I am
nervous on a first date.
Three sips and I am done.
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