"I used to be a couch potato, but now I love coming here"
Hello! I'm a London based journalist with over a decade of experience writing lifestyle articles covering health & wellbeing, fashion, travel, crafts and arts & entertainment.
I've been published in digital and print outlets including Prima, The Guardian, The Independent, The I Paper, Woman's Weekly, Mollie Makes, Londonist, Huffington Post, Online Money Advisor, gal-dem, Project Calm, Create and Craft, Net Doctor, and Asian Culture Vulture.
Senior positions I've held include Editorial Director, Asiana Wedding Magazine, Editor, Popular Crafts Magazine, Launch Editor Ethnic Restaurant Magazine, Digital Editor Asiana.TV and Digital Content Editor Barclays Bank.
As a digital writer and editor I use SEO to create content that ranks for my clients.
On the content creation side I've worked with global paint company Akzo Nobel (Dulux Paints) and have managed the social media for several independent brands including the London Indian Film Festival.
I've written and contributed to several books and am experienced in television presenting, radio, podcasting and live event hosting. My third book Hello Rainbow: Finding Happiness in Colour was published December 2021.
"I used to be a couch potato, but now I love coming here"
Pictured above: Heraldic Zoom by Rachel Mulligan WRITTEN & NARRATED BY MOMTAZ BEGUM-HOSSAIN The joy of colour goes far beyond visual pleasure. Momtaz Begum-Hossain meets two artists whose relationship with colour inspires their creative vision. Listen to Momtaz narrate her article: You can't escape colour.
Anyone can join - you don't even have to be able to swim.
The American quilting and patchwork doyen discusses his 50-year career and new exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum – The Power of Pattern
A potted look at the evolution and joy of collage.
Momtaz Begum-Hossain The Secret Psychology Of The Tube's Colours Does anything depict the capital's colourful side more than the tube map? A chromatic labyrinth of lines representing every hue of the rainbow - there's no escaping a serious dose of colour on a commute.
Get a head start on planning 2023 with expert tips on how to do bullet journalling
During the coronavirus pandemic, eBay UK reported that June 2020 saw the biggest year-on-year spike in new businesses joining the site, with an increase of 335% compared with June 2019. Fashion re-sale site Vinted, which has 30 million registered users across Europe, also saw a 17% increase in items listed on their platforms in the second quarter of 2020, which ties in with us being in lockdown.
If you're an art lover as well as a keen crafter, lino printing could be your new favourite hobby! Fans of papercrafting, can add the lino print process to their repertoire of card-making techniques.
Colour is my superpower. I use it to spread joy and positivity, especially in the face of bad news and seasonal misery. Even on Blue Monday, considered the most depressing day of the year, I can always rely on colour to give me a mood-boosting hit of good vibes, banishing the winter blues and replacing them with rays of sunshine.
Momtaz Begum-Hossain Who Are The People That Walk Around Spitalfields In Ridiculously Colourful Clothes? I've often wondered if I'm the most colourful person in the city, but who are the other contenders and where could I track them down? Stationing myself on Brick Lane to spy on who purchases rainbow bagels proved unfruitful.
Popping to a Greek island for the weekend may not sound like the typical way to spend a couple of days off, but with its prime airport location, guaranteed sunshine, clean beaches and delectable cuisine, Corfu is an ideal destination for a rejuvenating short break whether you're travelling on your own, with a partner or have the kids in tow.
Momtaz Begum-Hossain These Bangla Women Are Shaking Up The Brick Lane Foodie Scene "It began as a joke. He stuck colourful broccoli on the wall and drunk people would bite into them thinking they were real. It made me wonder what would rainbow broccoli actually taste like? So I made some."
While many of us are familiar with the benefits of meditation and the sense of peace, comfort and tranquility it can bring us, sound healing as a form of holistic therapy is less well known. Sound healing is useful practice that can help you to really switch off and relax.
Craft projects created for the shopping channel's customer magazine
Interview with four happiness ambassadors about how to live joyfully.
Travelling in a sensory experience, get inspired by sight and sound on your next trip
Video craft tutorial for Huff Post's Wear and Care series.
A personal account of my craft-based travels
Rolling back the curtains and seeing a grey sky can make getting out of a warm snuggly bed difficult, especially if it's cold and wet outside. The dull weather and short days make winter the least colourful of all the seasons, but what if you could change that, and make it just as vibrant as the rest of the year?
Knowing how to make an envelope is a handy skill to have. It's easy to take an envelope for granted until you can't find one in the right size! Envelopes are so versatile, especially if you're a card maker as it gives you the freedom to create cards in bespoke sizes and an envelope to match.
The great outdoors is filled with treasures like falling leaves, twigs in different shapes and sizes, colourful flowers and seeds. In the summer you'll spot things that you might not see in the winter, while the autumn looks different to spring.
There's a tantalising aroma in the air as bowls of lemon yellow cashew rice arrive from inside the kitchen, along with wafts of spice. Then come individual pots of slow-cooked lamb before plates of fried fish, fragrant slices of caramelised aubergine and strips of date and mango leather smothered in a fruity gravy.
I walked down the high street, swinging a carrier bag containing soap and a bottle of rose water. I passed the 24-hour grocery, the turning for the library and the derelict police station. I stopped when I got to the alley at the corner of the mosque.
Faith & Feminism: how to master both Maryyum Mehmood talks to AsianaTV about launching her own platform, smashing stereotypes, and revolutionalising the representation of Muslim women "It's time to dismantle the glass ceiling. Not just shatter it, but equip ourselves DIY style to make doors
A honeymooner's guide to these Polynesian islands
By Momtaz Begum-Hossain SO, HERE'S the thing, I adore fashion. I love star spotting and I'm always on the watch for who's wearing what, but oh how naïve I was. It wasn't until I attended Cannes this year that I realised what an extravagant circus the Red Carpet at the world's most glamorous film festival actually is.
By Momtaz Begum-Hossain WHEN THE TEASERS for ' Chhapaak ' (Splash) were released last year, showing Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone in an almost unrecognisable guise with a disfigured face, it was clear that this was going to be one of the most anticipated films of the actress's career.
Shut Up Sona is a shocking watch. As we follow Sona on tour, she regularly packs out venues of over 200,000 fans, on one side we see her strong, captivating performances and on the other, we're shown the everyday sexism and inequality she faces.
By Momtaz Begum-Hossain THINK ANITA DONGRE AND Bollywood Designer springs to mind. She's dressed countless celebrities from British royalty Kate Middleton to Bollywood stars such as Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, but it isn't the glamour that drives her. Her focus lies on running a sustainable fashion business that champions and supports heritage crafts.
By Momtaz Begum-Hossain LONDON FASHION WEEK MENS may not attract the same level of coverage as the main event, but it's equally as impressive. It's a fashion extravaganza in the capital that celebrates and showcases the creativity that goes into menswear design in the UK.
"Boot Camp Changed My Life!" Asiana Wedding Magazine's Features Editor Momtaz Begum-Hossain checked into NO1. Boot Camp to inspire her to get back to the gym but that was just the beginning... It's never too late When I rocked up at NO1. Boot Camp it had been
I slouched against the kitchen door frame as my Mother fried another batch of lentil piyazus . She was too deep in concentration waiting for the optimum oil temperature, anticipating that precise moment when the orange batter, browns to crispy perfection, to enquire what I was doing. She probably assumed I was hungry.
Seriously. What is it with people who do nothing on their birthday? It astonishes me when friends claim they 'don't bother anymore', 'they are too old', blah, blah, blah. The day you were born is an essential celebration in my books, after all; we've survived another year.
Interview with the actress 10 years on from winning Celebrity Big Brother
A review of THE Park Hotels
Just how romantic is the city that gave birth to the goddess of love? I find out...
Travel feature/hotel review Coco Bodu Hithi, Maldives
Advice from burlesque performer Sukki Singapora
Alternative ways to detox from juices to spa trips
Interview with the British actress Amy Jackson turned Indian movie star
Curated page of wedding planning ideas.
The woman who put Chinese cuisine on the Scottish food map
Case study experiences of the sinister world of stalking
Interview with the TV Presenter and model
Bridal trends for 2017
Exclusive with the A'list superstar: Kareena's first UK magazine interview, cover and makeover.
News pages B2B title
Alfresco experiences in Holland
Celebrity exclusive, multi-cultural gay marriage of BBC presenter
Essential need-to-know on openings, catwalk shows and events.
Interview with the Anglo-Asian British band
Meet the creative women set to reign in music, arts and literature.
Interview with the A'list movie star
Non-surgical procedures with results
The contribution of women in Indian cinema
7 classes to try over 7 days
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