Today on Chic and Effortless we launch our Women of Style series. Everyday Real women who may or may not be celebrities. They are stylish, elegant and beautiful. These women are not just beautiful but also are women with a sharp mind and brilliant careers. These women are entrepreneurs and mini Moghuls, dedicated Moms, writers, corporate honchos, artists, fitness focussed, fashionistas and more. They lead busy multi-dimensional lives yet they live in the moment savouring life and everything life has to offer. They live and lead their lives with passion and purpose while being effortlessly chic at the same time. These women inspire us and we ask them to share with us their style, fitness and career mantras, advice and more. I personally admire the women who appear in these posts and I find that I learn something from each of them. They embody the spirit of my favourite quote from the legendary Diana Vreeland – “You gotta have style. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life”


Being from Coorg I’ve always wanted to kick off this series by covering someone with their roots in Coorg and I got my wish. Delba Bestonso is a Woman of style and substance


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Delba Bestonso is gorgeous. Period. Once you catch your breath after meeting this fiery fashionista, you’re hit in the face literally by how sweet she is and for real. She is my true woman of style – stylish, a sexy super mom and a lovely, sweet and sensitive human being. I was taken with Delba after meeting her through my friend Divya that I just had to get her on the Blog and I’m lucky that she very graciously agreed to share with us a little bit about herself and the secrets to her gorgeousness.

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Palecanda Delba Ponappa has her roots partly in Coorg and partly in Goa. This Mumbai Based beauty juggles many roles. She is an Entrepreneur, Blogger at, a life coach, wife, super mom to a 17 year old hunk, a fitness enthusiast, model and stylist. Although Delba is a graduate of Fine Arts from the JJ School of Arts, she started her career in Aviation with Air India as part of the Cabin Crew team later moving on as Director Sales in the Hospitality Industry with Grand Hyatt followed by stints in  PR and Brand Management. She currently runs a High End Luxury Car Sales Company along with her husband Alberto Bestonso. She is a bonafide beauty queen, she placed in the top 5 in the Mrs India World contest and has over 70 Ad campaigns under her belt.

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Here is a peek into her life and style mantras.

What does a typical day in your life look like?  As a busy mom, there is the everyday household stuff to look into, seeing to my 17 year old, getting my workout done, at work it’s all about sourcing cars, following car trends. Post work every evening is family time.

Diet – I don’t follow one, I love food hence I work out 6 days a week.

What’s your personal style like?  My style is classy to casual, it depends on the day and occasion, but I always dress stylishly.

Favourite workout gear – Love Nike Clothing and Asics footwear.

Favourite Fragrance – Armani Prive and Coco Chanel

Beauty Products I cant do without – Lancôme genifique serum and visionnaire

What is your Fitness advice to women – As a fitness enthusiast I suggest walk as much as you can and always use the stairs. It’s a good way to lift your bottom ladies.

Style advice- Always wear your confidence, be neat and well turned out always from head to toe.

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For more on Delba Bestonso and her style tips  you can follow her on her blog at and via her Instagram feed @Ddivasdope