We are so thrilled that this month's Gather&See Girl is mega babe and friend of the brand, Roxy Hempel. Roxy writes The Eco Edit, one of our absolute favourite blogs on all things ethical and sustainable. She is also mum to adorable twin girls with a third baby on the way. Read all about Roxy's inspiration and lifestyle here and be sure to check out her instagram for amazingly stylish snaps.
What or who inspires you?
There is a definite correlation between my energy levels and how inspired I am feeling, so a good sleep followed by some time alone listening to music is my best kickstarter. Acts of compassion always inspire me too, we are surrounded by kind people, even if sometimes it feels like the world is going mad…
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Be the change . It encapsulates everything and reminds us to look inward and take responsibility.
What advice would you give your teenage self?
Be yourself because everyone else is taken
What makes you angry?
Closed minds and hearts. Also, since I’ve been pregnant again - bad driving, really grinds my gears… (excuse the pun!)
What makes you happy?
Warm sunny days, hearing my little girls (I have two year old twins) giggle together at their private jokes, picnics, my hubby (to be), deep and meaningfuls, quality time with cherished friends, full moons, secluded beaches, compassionate people, good champagne, crackling fires, my dog (especially when he's fresh out of the bath!), candles, simple, delicious food …
What’s your favourite restaurant?
I might be biased because its my hometown, but the food at Terre a Terre in Brighton is always exceptional. For setting, Figueira Rubaiyat in Sao Paulo is really special, you dine at tables set around a 130 year old fig tree.
Where’s your go to place to relax?
I have a studio in my garden that I use as my den, for sewing mostly. I’ve been learning pattern cutting for the last couple of years and hanging out on my own in there, music on, creating things, that is bliss to me. Further afield - Ibiza. It has everything you could possibly need to unwind, let off steam, recharge - it is so much more than a clubbing mecca, the magic is in the ley lines…
Latest discovery at home or abroad?
Ecosia web browser was an awesome recent discovery - its a app for your computer and devices, that works exactly like other web browsers, but plants trees everytime you use it. Over 6 million trees have been planted in rural and developing communities and it is completely free to download and use.
Where is on your travel hit list for 2017?
Sardinia, Ibiza and Goa plus lots of trips back home to see family and friends in Brighton & London ( we are currently living on the Isle of man, a craggy rock in the Irish Sea!)
Which city in the world would you love to live in for just 1 year?
I spent some time in Seoul and Tokyo and felt a real connection to them both, which surprised me since the culture is incomprehensibly different to ours. A year would be enough for me somewhere so intense. I am paradoxical in that I love the vibrant and fast paced, but also the slow simple life, I need a bit of both to feel fully satisfied.
What are your favourite pieces on the G&S website at the moment?
What is your personal style?
With 2, (soon to be 3) very young children, I definitely feel like my personal style has taken a hit recently! I live in Monochrome, contemporary basics and I’m a sucker for a good jewellery and a good coat, it can give personality to an otherwise plain outfit. Since I was young I’ve had a thing for clothing with a rock & roll edge, studded jackets, faux furs, distressed denim… I think I’ll always love that look, its timeless.
Who is your fashion hero / style icon?
Its a cliche but Kate Moss has really been a fashion hero over the years. I love what Stella McCartney is doing, going leather-free and the linings of her bags are made from recycled plastic. I have a tassled bag by her which I adore!
I also have a couple of friends who are brave with their looks, I really admire that. Life is short, wear the outrageous outfit!
Which item of clothing do you most treasure?
A vintage faux fur coat with huge ornate gold buckles. I’ve nicknamed it my Golden Compass coat, Its incredible, a one off and I always get complimented on it when I wear it.
What is your 'can't live without' beauty product?
I get through a lot of beauty products, experimenting with new brands for my blog. But for the last 5 years my fragrance has been the same and I haven’t met anyone else who wears it yet, its Lys 41 by Le Labo.
Why is shopping ethical important to you?
It was after the Rana Plaza disaster that I started to pay more attention to where my clothing came from. It is estimated that 250 million children, some as young as 5 years old, work in the fashion industry (from the textile farming right through to packing/ processing.) That is unacceptable. Cheap, disposable clothing comes at a price to someone, somewhere, as consumers it is our responsibility to make sure we are not exploiting anyone. In addition to that, fashion is also the second most polluting industry after oil. In the way that the Vegan revolution has gained traction on moral and enviromental grounds, I believe the same will, and has to, happen with fashion.