How to Shop Sustainably for the Holidays

In the next month or so, our days will be reserved for the celebration of love, gratitude and loyalty, to our friends and family, all of us spending time together over a feast and exchanging presents to express our appreciation and closeness. Could there be a better way, then, to use this opportunity to make ethical choices in every department of your celebrations?

From the locally harvested food, hand-crafted wrapping, to recycling everything there is to put to use once again, you can make a difference this season by making smarter, more eco-friendly choices. As for the famous holiday shopping spree – here’s how you can turn it into an Earth-friendly and wallet-appropriate adventure! Read more…

A Beginner’s Guide to Sustainable Fashion by Amy Mia Goldsmith

A Beginner’s Guide to Sustainable Fashion by our resident lifestyle blogger, Amy Mia Goldsmith.

Switching to eco-friendly clothes is definitely one of the best things you can do, both for your overall well-being and for your environment. If you want to know something more about the benefits of eco-fashion, make sure to stay with us and keep on reading. Here’s a beginner’s guide you simply know to know about!

Green is the new black

People are raving about green fashion these days, and we just have to say that it’s about time that happened! Even though the concepts of eco-fashion, ethical and recycled clothes, and fair trade still aren’t fully understood by the consumers, we can definitely notice the improvement when it comes to moving towards more sustainable fashion choices. Read more…

If they could see me now!

Ah, right now I think most of my friends think I am living it up somewhere glamorous, but nope – I am at home, preparing for one of the busiest Septembers in a while – we have our Red Carpet Green Dress winner coming over for a month-long internship at Vivienne Westwood in addition I am working on a long seven piece article and digging in with the researching. Days like this I wish people could see the hard miles that go into what we do because it’s not pretty – I am tired and anxious to see the month end. Of course I am looking forward to it all, and know it will be an amazing month to meet people, be inspired and all that good stuff, but I am definitely filled with a nervous energy too. So then again, maybe I am lucky people can’t see me as I am holed up at home working like a beaver…

This is more like my current situation…..

  1. Drink water
  2. Face mask
  3. Eat healthy food
  4. Do some squats
  5. Try to rest
  6. Working hard as standard between each of the above steps
  7. Whilst all the time wishing I was back here..

Samata x

THE TRIBE

I have decided to keep this simple for now, as the THE TRIBE is a brand new, evolving concept.  I wanted to share a simple post as the founder of THE TRIBE. Firstly, thank you to our sponsor Courvoisier ® for fully embracing the concept and helping to pull together such a special evening. Thank you to the women in our leadership circle – Aneeqa, Valeria and Deborah – for coming on board to celebrate our launch and grow this into something magical.

As a little bit of background, I have been in the fashion industry for a good few years now and whilst I truly enjoy my work, what has become painfully clear to me is that real growth of any kind – personal or professional – only feels good when I have had the chance to celebrate what has already been accomplished. These days we work like hamsters on a wheel and rarely get the opportunity to celebrate our ‘wins’ – personal or otherwise. It’s always “What’s next?”….THE TRIBE encourages you to celebrate who you are today, and not alone either, but in the company of other empowered and inspiring women. My desire is to provide a space for women to meet, get together, vibe, celebrate ourselves and encourage each other to do the impossible. Finally, since I am obsessed with the Studio 54 era it would not make sense if we didn’t make this evening an epic party too! One of the things I always loved about the Studio 54 days was that boy did they seem to know how to have fun, come rain or shine. THE TRIBE believes that women need something like this, a night like this, and I didn’t see one – so I started it. Each evening hosted by THE TRIBE, women representing a plethora of industries including Fashion, Media, Business, Law, Food, Drink, Art & Design, Lifestyle, Sport & Entertainment, Science and Public Life, will come together in a positive space to celebrate the now and be supported with the positive mindset needed to tackle the future. Read more…

#WhyITribe

Today ahead of a special event this evening, I am launching my hashtag #WhyITribe, a hashtag with which I encourage you to share something positive about yourself, something you want to celebrate today. Maybe you landed just completed a project, had a personal breakthrough, or maybe you were there for a friend when they need you. #WhyITribe is about digging yourself, and not buying into the myth that you are not enough as you are. You are enough! #WhyITribe is why it is OK to be proud of the person I am already, versus the person I will be. It’s not about bragging, it’s about having self-esteem.

I am asking my friends and peers to share a post – it could be a picture or a caption – sharing why they feel it is important to celebrate who they are today or even what they are celebrating about themselves today – with the #WhyITribe. Please share across your social media platforms – I am on instagram, Facebook and Twitter and would love to see the hashtag on there – my dream is to see it trending one day.

Here is mine.

I am dedicated to making my dreams a reality and not afraid to put the work in to create something memorable – #WhyITribe

Now is the time

Hello,

BREXIT and the EU Referendum have both sparked some global, local and very personal conversations all around me. I have started to think (even more) about how we spend so much time planning for tomorrow when in the blink of an eye, our tomorrow can be changed forever. These musings have me asking the direct question, if not now, then when? Yesterday? Well, that was Zen, this is Meow.

(T-Shirt – Sub Urban Riot | Skirt – Stoke Newington Mind Charity Shop | Photo credit – James Blite)

We are facing times of great uncertainty, but also of opportunity. I believe that we the people are becoming more and more aware that we must build the spaces and create the experiences we want with sincere intention, or we will never truly possess them. We need to come together, life is not about every person for themselves and never should be. It’s also about acting now, not lamenting over our tomorrow. For me, acting now is almost about basic survival, hope is part of our hierarchy of needs and your hope for tomorrow can also become your hope and realisation of the right now. If there is anything you are putting off for another day, I urge you, if you can do it today, do it today.

I remember something that happened when I was working on my first book (I am currently working on my second, hoorah); my agent and I received the first round of reviews back on my first edit, all a very new process to me at the time – 13 academics reviewed it from leading fashion colleges around the world and 12 gave it glowing feedback – everything from ‘must-have book – can’t wait for it to be published‘ to ‘unique idea, brilliantly executed‘. There was however one rotten review (pretty remarkable when you think about those stats), this one anonymous person was convinced that I should not be published by Bloomsbury because I was ‘far too young’, and as a result my voice would carry no authority.  Read more…

Be Vulnerable

Sometime you need to be vulnerable. This week I was booked to fly from Los Angeles to New York and THEN to London, but I had an experience in Los Angeles, which made me fly home early. I will be back again soon and can not wait to catch up with my friends in New York but coming home and starting a process of being vulnerable was actually more important than any meetings I was due to take or friends I was due to see. Because now, on the other side of it, I am actually better equipped for them. In fact, the ‘me’ I will bring to those face to face meetings will be even more effervescent, brighter and even more assured…everything will simply be more.

I’ve been working in fashion for a few years now and I really enjoy it, I mean thoroughly love it  – that much must be obvious by now right?- but it can be an isolating industry when you travel with work so often, as you don’t get as much quality time with people as you might like. Read more…