4 Party Outfits

4 Party Outfits

I had the opportunity to do this photo shoot with amazing brands like Paul Magen, Valdenize

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Blue Dress from Valdenize Soares. Picture by Sikandar

Soares, Judith Leiber represented by Sangeeta Assomull and with the fantastic photographer Sikandar. The stylist was Saskia Rowlans and the makeup was by Hanna Soraya.

The outfits are amazing. It was a very cold day, around -1 degrees Celsius and we were taking the photographs outside. I think you will agree that the results are stunning. Special thanks to Saskia for putting everything together.

The lifestyle of a model is not all glamour. It requires a lot of hard work sometimes in extreme temperatures.  It was a great pleasure to work on this project with such great people.  We had great fun working as a team and the results you can see in the video below.

If you would like to follow any of these brands or professionals on Instagram here are their addresses.

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Makeup by Hana Soraya Hand bag Judith Leiber – Sangeeta Assomull

 

 

Sikandar – Photographer- maccanoniphone
Saskia Rowlads – Stylist – saskiarowlans21
Sangeeta Assomull – Judith Leiber Couture – saengeeta_assomull
Hanna Soraya – Makeup Artist – hanasoraya
Valdenize Soares -Designer – valdenizesoares
Paul Magen – Jewellery – paulmagenjeweller

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Judith Leiber Handbag Jewellery by Paul Magen

Elegant Regia London Jewellery

Elegant Regia London Jewellery

I personally feel that fashion styles are an extension of our personality, which is why every style should be seen as the beauty that it holds. Now, a huge part of an outfit these days is

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Silver Bracelet – Regia London

jewellery, and that’s due to its ability to complement the individual that is wearing it. Typically, people wear jewellery because it not only looks amazing, but it also represents something, such as a wedding ring, a friendship bracelet, or a family necklace.

 

Although, some people that just enjoy the sparkles. Moreover, there are plenty of types of jewellery, and throughout my life, I’ve tried out a fair few of them. But, recently, I’ve fell in love with Regia London, which is a unique brand that focuses on a less common form of forging jewellery.

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Pict by Ana Karine

All of their products are made using the crochet technique, whereby silver or gold wire is constructed into wonderful jewellery. Everything is made in house, and the designs aren’t usually planned or influenced. So, the items are created using on-the-spot creativity, and I feel that’s why their jewellery won’t be affected by trends; the lovely designs could truly look phenomenal for a lifetime.

Nowadays, Regia London is my go-to store for all of my jewellery, and waking up each morning to put it on really brightens up my day, and puts a smile on my face. It could do that for you too, and here are three reasons why I admire this brand so much:

Handmade:

Earrings from Regia London

The fact that they’re all handmade enhances the jewellery in my opinion. Essentially, you’re not getting an item which has been mass produced, you’re getting an item which has been crafted carefully, with thought and passion. This adds an element of charm to the jewellery, and instead of viewing it as a product, you view it as something which is full of character. Plus, you get to feel like you’re part of something special!

Appearance:

Crochet jewellery is relatively rare, but the intricacy and skill make each item extremely beautiful. In addition, the visually pleasing design, plus the originality, means that I adore wearing it every single day. It enhances any outfit I wear, which means my confidence subsequently improves.

Versatile:

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Picture by Ana Karine

Regia London jewellery is very versatile and can be paired with any style of clothing, and any appearance that you desire to obtain. Whether I go out for a fancy dinner, grab a coffee with my friends, or do the weekly shopping, I always opt for my crochet jewellery. I genuinely wouldn’t swap Regia London for anything!

Ultimately, if you’re searching for something different that still looks absolutely gorgeous, then check out Regia London. They offer a wide variety of jewellery, all at affordable prices. But, the best factor, is that a crochet expert within the tight-knit Regia London team has taken the time to handcraft a stunning piece of jewellery.

Visit their website: [enter website link]

Take a look through their Instagram:@regia_london

 

Why Fashion is So Wonderful at Creating Inclusion

Why Fashion is So Wonderful at Creating Inclusion

There is a common misconception amongst the general public that the fashion industry is full of stereotypes, social stigmas, and ostracism. Now, while it could certainly improve on all of those, fashion is definitely much better than it is made out to be. In fact, it can actually have a hugely positive impact on society, as the universal love of beautiful clothing, applying makeup and styling hair can bring people together.

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Take a look at my Interview for London Fashion Week Scout

This is especially the case for minority groups, and as a woman in a wheelchair myself, I know how included fashion can make you feel. Life can often be difficult for disabled people; some people simply don’t know how to approach someone in a wheelchair, and that can become quite challenging. So, the fact that fashion gives everyone, regardless of disability, ethnicity or gender, the chance to feel valued, is amazing.

Although, some people will still disagree and wonder how exactly fashion creates such inclusion. Well, that’s why I’ve put together a short list, to show that fashion is more than just a focus on appearance!

Boost Self – Love and Confidence

One of the most obvious ways that it helps is through the enhancement of self-love, and the increase in confidence. If you’re happy with what you see in the mirror, then you’re going to feel great about yourself. Once you acquire that sense of self-love, you won’t fear to talk to new people anymore, and that’s when you’ll realise that ninety-nine percent of people are open to getting to know you.

Gives You a Reason to Socialise 

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London Fashion Week Project

If you love dressing up, getting your make up on, or styling your hair, then it just gives you that extra motivation to go out and showcase all of that. Therefore, if you keep socialising, and getting out the house, you’ll feel included more and more, and won’t feel like you’re isolated at home.

It’s Empowering

The fact that you can express your personality through the style of clothing that you choose, or the appearance that you go for, is very empowering. It highlights that every human-being is different, and that’s why the world is such a special place. The moment you feel so included, is when you recognise that everyone is in the same position, and we’re all just trying to display originality through our fashion choices.

Feel Comfortable with What You’re Wearing 

Fashion is one of those things that truly gives you the opportunity to feel comfortable in your clothes, no matter who you are. Typically, being in a wheelchair is a struggle when it comes to comfortable clothing. For instance, jeans often limit mobility and hurt due to the hard materials. So, being able to find fashionable clothes that fit well, and allow you to feel comfortable, is a real empowerment.

Creates Healthy Discussions

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Saint Martins Talk

One of the ways that people don’t see fashion as positive, is the way that it always creates discussions. No matter who you are, you could easily chat to someone about the latest fashion trend, or the newest piece of clothing that is dividing opinion. You see, that’s a great thing, as it means no-one is excluded from conversations, as we can all have our opinion on fashion.

I hope you’ve found this article useful, and it would be great to know. Please leave a comment below!

 

5 Things That Make Your Bladder Angry

5 Things That Make Your Bladder Angry

No-one likes feeling under the weather, but wheelchair users are unfortunately prone to bladder infections which tend to occur suddenly. These are extremely uncomfortable, and the burning sensation when urinating, along with all the other symptoms, are very unpleasant. 
Considering I’ve been in a wheelchair for many years, I’ve picked up on a few things that either cause the infection or aggravate it even further. So, I’m going to provide you with 5 things that make your bladder angry, to ensure that you don’t pick up any nasty infections. 
Lemon Tea
Many people believe that lemon tea is great for the diet, and in most cases, they definitely are. But, I’ve found that it actually upsets the bladder if you drink too much of it. Now, this isn’t just relating to lemon tea; there are plenty of acidic fruits, such as pineapple, grapefruit, and lime, that will have the same negative effect. 
Therefore, I recommend that you don’t drink too much lemon tea, or incorporate too many alternative acidic fruits into your diet.
Caffeine 
You’re probably wondering how caffeine has ties to bladder infections in wheelchair users, right? Well, as you probably know, anything with caffeine in dehydrates the body a lot, which doesn’t allow the bladder to perform optimally. 
This could be things like coffee, green tea, and energy drinks, so it’s best to monitor how much caffeine you’re consuming. If I do consume caffeine, then I’ll make sure to drink plenty of water to compensate for the dehydration. Usually, this will be twice as much as my usual intake, so around four liters throughout the day.

Alcohol

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5 Things that Make your Bladder Angry
Again, alcohol is another one of those substances that quickly dehydrates the body as you drink it. Of course, we all like to enjoy ourselves and have a glass of wine or bottle of beer from time to time, but it’s important to consume enough water to keep your system hydrated. If not, you’ll most likely notice an infection the next day. 
So, I’m not saying you need to restrict yourself from living your life, but to prevent a bladder infection, have some water with you as well.
Public Toilets
Generally, public toilets are tremendously dirty, even if they may have a clean appearance. You see, there is a multitude of people that use public toilets, and it only takes one of them to pass on bacteria for you to pick up a bladder infection.
If you can wait till you get home, then that’s the best option. But, if you desperately need to go, then just make sure it’s clean because if you hold it in for too long, that could also cause infection.
Catheters 
Wheelchair users often use catheters to make it easier to go to the toilet. But, as you’re inserting it into your body, it’s crucial that you ensure it is clean before you use it. This includes disinfecting the catheter itself and also making sure your hands and body are spotless as well.
EXTRA TIP:
One last thing that can really help, is turmeric. Arguably, turmeric is the most powerful natural inflammatory in the world, and if you’re travelling, it can be convenient to just mix some turmeric into your drink. This will have a positive impact on your body, and you’ll notice the difference in your urine.