How to tie a headwrap – Part 2
Here is my second headscarf tutorial video, as requested by my Instagram followers…

I tie this style for drama and ease – all your hair away from your face and a pretty cool statement. If this headband tutorial is easy to follow then I’ll keep going, so let me know in the comments please. If you have a favourite style you would like me to recreate, comment under the pic (browse #SamatasHeadwrap on Instagram to see them). This gorgeous headscarf is from  luxury British fashion house Lily and Lionel, I actually met the founder at Tom Dixon  dinner last year – she is incredible and talented so do take a look at what the brand creates by clicking in the link about my look here.

Giving this a go as I was asked to do some headwrap guides for ya. I filmed this very quickly but hope the gist is easy to get? I need to keep it simple when I’m busy and have hair off my face when I’m having ‘a day’. Recently had some allergies and hair needed to be off my face for that reason too. If this headband tutorial is easy to follow then I’ll do some more complicated ones, so let me know in the comments please. Started with a simple one >>> flip over…sorry lighting went crazy, did this by a window and the sun surged! If you have a favourite style you would like me to recreate, comment under the pic (browse #SamatasHeadwrap to see them). _______________________________________________________ #HeadWraps #Guide #HowTo

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Take a look at my first video tutorial above by hovering over the image and clicking the right arrow (on the right side of the picture) which appears in a circle.
Chop Jollof En Vacances with Frost & Onyx

Founded by by Funmi, a British-Nigerian lawyer based in New York and London, Frost & Onyx offer an easy collection of luxury Tops and Tanks with bold African statements – I’ve worn their ‘Melanin Chic’ and ‘Chop Jollof’ tees and have to say the fit of the latter is gorgeous – delicately draped, it has a slight crop to the body which gives  a sexy laid back silhouette.

WEAR THE LOOK: T-Shirt – Frost & Onyx  | Shoes – Opificio V Milan | Sunglasses – Rokit Vintage

They keep their collections super tight and streamlined, focusing on simple originality. Made in the Netherlands, these t-shirts also feel lush, fit comfortably and are the epitome of  casual-lux inspired by the ‘modern African girl’. Designer Funmi wanted to create a brand which captured the essence of her British African friends, women she knew to be conscious, well-travelled, intelligent and most importantly, proud of their African heritage.

The newest addition ‘I Go Accra’ is on my wishlist – as you all know, I love a good statement t-shirt. The ‘En Vacances’ instalment is part of the new ’Travel the World’ collection of T-shirts which reveal the philosophy at the heart of the F&O, global wanderlust champions.

Shop the brand here – t-shirts start from £15.

Solange Wrote the Most Powerful Letter to Her Teenage Self

Solange Wrote the Most Powerful Letter to Her Teenage Self…

I keep reading and re-reading it. It’s so good and resonated with me. Trying to apply these words right now! Here is a quote from the interview, click image to be re-directed:

there will be pain, there will be doubt there will be beauty, there will be the unknown. there will be so many moments of joy and delight that the whole universe will feel painted in hues of amber and wonder. there will be times you are so sad you can’t lift your head. and there will be times you are so happy that the sensation of life knocks you down. but most importantly, there will be you. a whole, whole lot of it. and you will feel good about who she is and who she is still becoming.

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Headwrap Guides…Coming Up!

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I have been asked about how I tie my headwraps a few times…so stay tuned. The one in this is a double fabric style which was fun create…take a look at headwraps I have worn in the past here or browse my #SamatasHeadwrap.

Stay tuned…

What I’m reading to stay Woke Part 1

In this thought-provoking book, Tanisha C. Ford explores how and why black women in places as far-flung as New York City, Atlanta, London, and Johannesburg incorporated style and beauty culture into their activism. Focusing on the emergence of the “soul style” movement – represented in clothing, jewelry, hairstyles, and more – Liberated Threads shows that black women’s fashion choices became galvanizing symbols of gender and political liberation.

Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul spans four continents, eighteen countries and the socio-historical planes of black liberation struggles in the black diaspora, and in Africa to a lesser extent, to explore the ways in which black women’s resistance has been visible and concentrated not only in actions within political movements but also in the realm of style and fashion.

Pick up a copy here.

NOW IS THE TIME TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE ARE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT

Anyone else have a dropped jaw from reading Chimamanada Adiche’s New Yorker piece? It went live a few hours ago and is called ‘Now is the time to talk about what we are actually talking about’…it’s epic. Here is a snapshot of some of the best bits…

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‘The case for women is not that they are inherently better or more moral. It is that they are half of humanity and should have the same opportunities—and be judged according to the same standards—as the other half.

Read more…

Anne Lowe – #SheInspiresMe

Ann Lowe was responsible for designing the ornate silk tafetta wedding dress worn by Jacqueline Bouvier (better known as Jackie O) when she married Senator John F. Kennedy and became one of the most iconic and influential first ladies America has ever seen. Whether we like to admit it or not, I think everyone likes to see someone in an industry they love and respect who makes them feel that there can be a space for them. For me, Ann Lowe is that woman, which is why today on International Day of the Girl this late great is my first #GIRLHERO. Lowe was ballsy and controversial, leaving her first husband because he was opposed to her having a career and wanted her to stay at home. Her second husband left her because he 'wanted a real wife, not one who was forever jumping out of bed to sketch dresses.' Still, she knew what she wanted and was picky about who she designed for, working on commissions for stores such as Henri Bendel and Saks Fifth Avenue, Lowe even had a store on Madison Avenue. Though she designed the dress Academy Award Winning actress Olivia de Havilland wore on Oscars Sunday Lowe was not credited for the dress. She was a best kept secret – willingly and unwillingly. Her clients often did not pay the asking price and her career ended with Jackie O rumoured to pay her outstanding debts – still she left an indelible legacy. If I could have a conversation with anyone who has passed away today, it would be her. _______________________________________________________ #InternationalDayOfTheGirl #GirlHero #DayOfTheGirl #AnnLowe #SheInspiresMe

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