The past 7 months have been about sleepless nights, a constant barrage of poopy diapers, business admin tasks/numbers, hormones, and a host of issues that come with managing it all. On my organic lifestyle journey, I have made the following positive steps the past few years:
– Introduced organic/natural hair & beauty products at FLOW Blow Dry & Beauty Bar to thousands of clients
– Changed my beauty routine & products to include organic/natural products
– Became a certified make-up artist, and created a make-up kit filled with organic/natural products
– Started NOVA Organic Lifestyle Facebook group
– Purchased organic formula for the babies (read about it HERE)
– Making all baby food at home myself
– Launched this blog to share my journey
Where I need to improve on is:
– Eating more organically and buying locally from farmer’s markets (for myself and my family)- grow a backyard garden
– Working out again and starting yoga
– Take daily vitamins
– Change all products at home (including cleaning) to organic & natural – eliminate toxins and chemicals from my life
– Get in tune with nature (walking/hiking/biking)
– Living in the moment
– Getting rid of “stuff” in my life that I have accumulated – boxes and boxes of clothes and things I no longer need by selling and donating
– Shopping less & recycling more – less consumption in life
These are my late resolutions for the year – let’s see how I do! I will be sharing the journey here!
Love and light,
I miss fashion design. The past few years I have been so focused on FLOW Blow Dry & Beauty Bar that I have not been able to design anything. Lately, I’m feeling uninspired by non-stop business and admin tasks – I’m missing the design process. I’ve been turning to Pinterest for visual inspiration, especially on these cold, dreary winter days. Some images move me and get my creative juices flowing again. This year, I have a new project I want to work on which will allow me to combine my fashion design skills with hair/beauty, and that will make me happy! Here are some images that inspired me today, and reminded me of the inner core of who I am as a designer since I have always been inspired by tribal embroideries:
The past few years, I moved from NYC to DC area, opened up two salons, had twin boys, am raising our 4-year-old girl, and juggling a mountain of tasks while trying to maintain my sanity lol. I’m on a journey to live a happier, healthier lifestyle – and to do it in style! Here’s a new Samira Styles video where I talk about my journey and where I would like to take it this year and beyond:
Two toned nail color has been a hot trend. Someone is trying to make this happen – but can’t imagine it will take off since lip color smudges so easily
Today, I’m inspired by these looks. I love bohemian and tribal looks – and have some neat things in store….stay tuned!
Two of my sisters live in New York City and Los Angeles, so once a year, we try to get together for a family portrait. This year, I decided it would be a good idea to have everyone wear traditional Afghan clothes for our pictures, since the red and green colors of Afghan clothes compliment the holiday season nicely. Plus it’s always nice to celebrate your diversity – wearing traditional clothes on Christmas celebrates both cultures. I had the idea last minute on Christmas Day, and within a couple hours, I was able to not only assemble the family together, but also get everyone to go along with the theme! The behind-the-scenes banter of this shoot deserved its own video since after a few minutes, the kids started to get antsy, and the babies kept spitting up their milk on their grandparents. The lighting isn’t perfect or professional quality, but I’m happy with the final results!
Our family! My sister Zohra sadly couldn’t make it for the shoot since it was so last minute :(. From left to right: my niece Iman in a black/silver Afghan dress, my nephew Amir wearing a striped silk “chapan”, my nephew Cameron wearing a silk eggplant colored scarf, my brother-in-law Jalil wearing a wool Afghan hat, my husband Kaiser wearing a silk Afghan scarf, my nephew Omar wearing a black cotton embroidered top with a wool hat, my niece Sophia in a red Afghan dress, my sister Mariam in a green/silver/purple/pink embroidered traditional Afghan dress, my sons Nik & Zaki wearing a red/black embroidered Afghan top, my father in a black 2pc. cotton top/tumban, my daughter Rumi in a red/green Afghan dress, my mom with a wool scarf, and my sister Alina wearing a red chapan and tribal Uzbek hat.
Thank you to my friend Mariam Wardak for gifting me with the Afghan dress and Afghan baby clothes for my kids!
Today, it’s too cold to do anything outdoors, and since we are stuck inside, I thought, “Why not make it a fun day and play dress up – what 4-year-old doesn’t love that”? Even though she has the sniffles today, Rumi was up for getting dolled up. I like to mix and match prints, colors, fabrics and textures. I pulled from her closet a lamb print purple knit sweater, a black/white tweed skirt, navy blue tights, gold sequined ballet slippers, and a white/gold polka dot headband. Rumi added the final touch herself: a gold beaded necklace she had in her room. The touches of gold are perfect for the holidays.
I curled her hair to give the look a retro vibe, and added some organic cream blush to her cheeks. I look forward to her seeing these pictures when she’s older.
Head to toe look: Gymboree
These days between managing the FLOW salons and my baby twins/daughter, I don’t have a lot of time to spend on make-up, and if I do – whether it’s for a meeting, going to FLOW, running errands – it has to be quick. But for this video, I show you one of my make-up routines (except I don’t usually contour my fae daily) – from start to finish including moisturizing, shadow, liner, mascara, brow fill-in, foundation, light contouring/highlighting, and lipstick. Except I know how busy YOU are, and don’t want to sit through 20 minutes of seeing me apply it. SO, here it is: my make-up in a minute!
PS: most of the make-up that I am applying here is organic or natural based.
Hi! Just posted a NEW video (see link below) from ‘Samira Styles, a new vlog where I will be covering fashion/style, beauty, organic make-up, before-afters, my lifestyle, running a business, travel, DIY, and more! It’s a follow-up to last week’s video, and in this one, I show you what I purchased at Buffalo Exchange. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a resale boutique that carries designer labels for amazing prices. My favorite one is in Willamsburg NYC, and I’m happy to share my recent purchases with you all. I will wear them in a future vlog or post as pics on the blog!
I designed the NEW logo for Samira Styles, and also taught myself video editing on IMovie! This is the FIRST video I’ve edited this way, so excuse the lighting, some of the choppy editing (such as my head being cut off in the beginning!). I’m excited because I was searching for a theme song to the vlog, and found that Azar Swan ‘s “OVER” is the perfect one! I look super tired in this video since I haven’t slept like a normal person in months, but hope you like it (and bc I was so tired, didn’t spell Swan right at the end of the video-oops)! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel, and follow me on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter (@samiraatash.com)!