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Experiencing NYC in a Wheelchair.

Hi guys, last week was a pretty exciting one! I went to New York for the Voge Fashion Runway show during NY Fashion Week which was such a dream come true for me. I also decided to stay a few extra days to enjoy the city and work in other projects about inclusion, empowerment, etc, in the place that never sleeps.
I wanted to share with you my experience, the amazing collaborationss I did, the places I went to, the Fashion Show and accessibility in the city.

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View of the Show

I stayed at Wyndham Garden Chinatown Hotel in Soho, it was very nice and pretty accessible! They have lift to the lobby and wheelchair friendly rooms.

Mariana travelled from Brazil to there to meet me so we could film for the new youtube channel is coming soon called: gowomenplay. She is an entrepreneur with a dream of empowering women and also a great friend of mine. We explored some cute coffee shops and talked about the change we want to bring into the world. I can’t wait for you guys to see it! I also had the pleasure to work again with Kyle and Liam (from the Share Your Stroke of Genius project). I filmed for my Youtube channel and we got some pictures around the city and decided on a few new steps, so there is much exciting content coming up and I know you guys are going to love it!

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Share Your Stroke of a Genius

I travelled all around New York. I went to Times Square where you feel like everything is possible and  I also visited the Statue of Liberty. It was great; the boat that takes you there has a big space for wheelchairs. It is super accessible and I really recommend it! And you cannot go to NYC without going for a roll in Central Park. I must say a big thank you to Junior for being the guide/photographer and friend on this trip.

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Statue of Liberty NY

I went to Central Station to take photos and ended up having a great unexpected collaboration with W Magazine!! How crazy is that?!  I can’t wait to see the pictures from this one too.

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Collaboration with W Magazine

I crossed the bridge to Brooklyn for a collaboration with GV @gv_bkent and met his producer James @atruthmusik for a podcast with them, it was my first experience in a studio and it was a pleasure to meet him and share experiences. This type of experience are very constructive.

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Recording with James – GV producer

Let’s talk accessibility! In general the level of accessibility in New York is similar to London, you have some stations that are accessible but others in between that are not.  One thing that I can’t go without saying is that the signage inside the stations is just not great. You may easily get lost in there which is not acceptable. Street crossing is not perfect, one side is accessible but on the other side has a step which makes it very dangerous as also does London.

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Tube station NYC

About the Fashion Show!! I was modelling for Vinnette Grant, I absolutely loved the dress and all the pieces she designed. This fashion show was a part of an event held by Voge Fashion Runway. Thanks to everyone involved. Special thanks to Mariana and Kyle for their friendship and positive thinking in making great changes in the world, Liam Alexander and Junior for the many amazing photos, and to Gunda Hafner, Rua Luja and Caroline London for the amazing outfits I wore on this trip that kept me comfortable and fashionable.

Samanta Bullock Voge Runway NY
Samanta Bullock Voge Runway NY

Now I am moving towards the nexts goals and I hope you are doing the same, nothing can stop you from doing something you love. Work hard and you can accomplish anything! I am putting a vlog on on my youtube channel very soon. Keep tuned. Any questions you might have about accessibility feel free to ask in the comments or on my social media.

Transition lenses at Eye Works London

Why I Chose Eye Works & Transitions Lenses

Transition lenses at Eye Works London
Transitions lenses at Eye Works London

Everyone desires natural 20/20 vision, but millions of people around the world require glasses or contact lenses to see clearly. Glasses are probably the most common, though. Now, if you’re a part of the unfortunate percentage that need them, you probably have concerns over your appearance.

You see, people often assume that wearing glasses dents your fashion and beauty, especially the younger generation. But, believe me, glasses can really complement your look and obviously aid your vision, which is the most important thing. If you’re prescribed them, make sure you search around for a pair that truly matches your unique style and feel comfortable.

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Transitions lenses at Eye Works London

I’m someone that has needed glasses for many, many years. As I’ve got older, the frequency of my checks has increased to ensure that my eyes are healthy and I have the correct glasses. So, on the latest occasion, I chose to book an appointment with Eye Works – an independent optician based in London.

One of the factors that attracted me to them was that they utilise fully modern equipment to guarantee your eyes and vision are well looked after. Of course, as with any eye check, it includes thorough testing to assess absolutely everything. Once my examinations were finished, I was informed that everything was perfectly fine. Phew!

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Transitions lenses at Eye Works London

Then I was led to the glasses and sunglasses section of the store, which is my favourite part. Why? Because I get to upgrade my glasses and choose a brand-new style. But, the most exciting thing about the Eye Works glasses is that they manufacture their glass using the latest Transitions lenses.

I selected a pair that suited me best and was amazed when I noticed the colour of the lenses change depending on the lighting. The Transitions lenses are actually available in a variety of different colours to begin with though, which is brilliant. On top of that, the lenses are adaptable to work effectively with both near and far vision. 

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Transitions lenses at Eye Works London

Not only was I super-impressed with how phenomenal they look, but I also appreciate how beneficial they are when it comes to my vision. It’s fair to say I’m making the most out of them.

In terms of my overall experience with Eye Works, it was a great one. All of the staff – including the optician – were extremely friendly, positive and dealt with me wonderfully. So, if you’re looking to enhance your glasses with Transitions lenses or you’re in need of a quality opticians in London, check out Eye Works.

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Transitions lenses at Eye Works London

If you want to find either of them on social media, here you are:

@transitionsopticaluk    https://www.transitions.com 

@eyeworks_london

I hope you have a fantastic year. Much Love Sam

Talk with Marcela Turnage on Fashion and Representation

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Gunda Hafner
Pict by Piotropacki

Marcela was here in September and we did a photo shoot for Gunda Hafner with @Piotropacki. I think I talked about this  in a previous blog. It was a fun day and we captured some amazing pictures for the launch of Gunda’s new collection. Marcela, known  as ‘The Journey of a Brave Woman’ on Instagram, came to Europe to give a talk at the Rewalk conference in Germany and we decided that she should come a few days earlier so she could spend time with me and get to know London as my house is accessible. It was so fun to have her around. I could show her around and it looks like we are old friends and not only Insta followers. On the last day we decided to sit and film for you guys about the Rewalk and her experience ( I launched this film last month – Check it out) and we also decided to talk about fashion and representation. I put a film together of this talk that we did specially for you.

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Photo shoot team

Yesterday was Marcela’s birthday so I would like to share this blog to congratulation her on that. Marcela, you are doing great work. Keep being real, keep being  your authentic self and inspiring others. We love you hun.

I really hope you like it and please share for someone you think will like it and leave your comments, that are always welcome.

Much love. Sam

Illustration. samanta bullock wheelchair model serena sis johnston

An Illustration to Improve SCI Awareness- by Serena Siu Johnston

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Samanta Bullock – Wheelchair Model by Serena Siu Johnston

Hi Guys

I don’t know if you saw my open letter, but I say: “There are people like me all over the world growing up without any reference to their part or place in society, without seeing others, like themselves, living a full and fulfilled life. Still, it is as though have a disability is to be invisible- to have the full spectrum of who you are and who could potentially became, ignored.” Because of that Serena and I have been working together this last month to improve SCI awareness.

She is an illustrator and painted me so we could spread the word about inclusion. It talks deep to her heart as she lives with this on a daily basis through her husband that likewise uses a wheelchair. It was an honour for me as I am a big admirer of her work. If you see it on Instagram you will be mesmerised with the quality and diversity of her drawings. Her handle is the_miss-s that a more personal one there she also shares her experience on inclusion with her husband.

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Serena Siu Johnston

They travel around the world showing accessibility and spreading awareness of inclusion. Her other account is serenasartto that is mainly her professional work. We connected over our mutual belief in inclusivity and fashion.

What can I say? I had the honour to be portrayed by her to make people aware about disability and how we can live our lives to the full.  Her passion and talent came from the inspiration of music, interesting people and people with a great message. I couldn’t wait to share with you the picture. Let me know if you like the illustration and what you like most about it. All comments are welcome.

I strongly suggest for you to follow her on Instagram or to order your custom illustration on www.serenasart.com 

Wouldn’t be great if in all aspects of life you were portrayed some how?

Love Sam x

 

Illustration. samanta bullock wheelchair model serena sis johnston

Illustration. samanta bullock wheelchair model serena sis johnston