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Oxtail stew, sunshine and coconut water: Shala Monroque shares her islandista flavoured beauty and nutrition routine

If you ever had any doubt that Shala Monroque was still an island girl through and through, check out her beauty diary in Harper’s Bazaar which is peppered with island flavor.

Asked about her meals, she notes:

 “I grew up on stewed codfish, smoked herring, pig tails, and chicken backs. I’m an adventurous eater, but I steer clear of anything processed or from a can.”

For lunch, she reveals that she brings back “tons of coconut water” whenever she goes home to St. Lucia and freezes it so that she has a long-lasting supply.

Dinner can be very West Indian, whether she stays in or treks over to Brooklyn to buy some Caribbean cuisine.

 “Recently I’ve been having friends over, and we make baked chicken or pan-seared salmon with a salad and potatoes. And I love Miss Lily’s for oxtail stew or curried goat and Gloria’s in Brooklyn for West Indian dishes.”

When it comes to beauty, you’d probably be surprised to hear that she “never” wears sunscreen though she admits she “probably should.” Instead, her beauty routine is straight out of our grandmothers’ playbook – coconut oil all the way she tells Harper’s Bazaar:

“When I get home to St. Lucia I slather on raw coconut oil from head to toe and sit on the beach until my skin turns a deep golden brown.”

Even her signature simple and classic haircuts have a Lucian link as she has a favourite hairdresser at home.

 “I cut my hair really short this past summer in St. Lucia. I went to a local stylist I’ve seen over the years. I wanted a new look, something easy,” she tells the mag.

By Me

island ~ ista
From Latin -ista via Portuguese -ista
one who follows a principle; an adept.

As an islandista I live, embody, exude the spirit of the Caribbean islands.

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