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

5 Ways to Lose Weight

5 Ways to Lose Weight

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Back Exercise at Gym

Some many assume that it’s difficult to keep your weight in check while in a wheelchair, but losing weight actually revolves heavily around your diet. Of course, staying active and exercising is a key component, which is why I always try to get to the gym each week, but nutrition is the main factor.

There’s a common saying that you can’t out-train a bad diet, and that’s why I focus on eating a healthy diet. Other than being dairy and meat-free, I try to keep everything as balanced as possible, because that’s what allows me to perform at my best. In fact, I don’t eat this way to lose weight, I eat this way as it benefits my body.

Ultimately, you should only attempt to lose weight if you truly want to. If you don’t, then be happy with yourself and love your body, because beauty comes in ALL shapes and sizes. These tips are just to give you some help for improving your diet if you wish…

Courgette Pasta

Pasta is loved by millions across the world, including myself, but excess carbohydrates are stored around the body as fat. So, to keep your carb intake low, then you can make some delicious vegetable pasta with courgettes. Slice it into strips, spiralise it in a pasta machine, and cook it. Then, just top it with your favourite sauce, and you’ll have a lovely meal.

Green Juices

It’s no secret that a lot of people hate vegetables. However, vegetables are a terrific source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, which will allow you to maintain your good health. Therefore, why not try to consume all of the goodness from vegetables in liquid form instead? You can add vegetables, and accompany them with fruits and other things to improve the flavour.

Banana Ice Cream

Ice cream is one of those things that I love to snack on while watching a great movie or a binge-worthy TV series. Although, traditional ice cream is full of fat, and isn’t recommended for a healthy, balanced diet. But, there are ways to increase the nutritional value of ice cream, and a way that I love is to make my own banana ice cream.

Fruit for Dessert 

There’s no denying that having a dessert to finish off your meal is popular, but devouring a chocolate sponge or a sticky toffee pudding won’t do your weight any flavours. So, why not substitute those common, unhealthy desserts with a scrumptious bowl of fresh fruit? You’ll get the same sweet flavours, but without all of the fat!


One of the best ways to satisfy your appetite, and curb any tendencies to snack in between meals, is to enjoy a hot soup. When it comes to soup, its extremely quick and easy to make, and you can choose whichever ingredients you desire. For instance, you could have a basic tomato soup, or you could choose to fill it with tons of different vegetables.

Use these tips for your diet, and they’ll help keep your weight at a level you’re comfortable with. But, remember, you should always be happy and confident with your body no matter what!


Four Different Hats to Give you Four Different Looks

Four Different Hats to Give you Four Different Looks

When it comes to beauty, the majority of people will tell you that hair is a significant component. So, you could assume that wearing a hat would hinder your overall look. But, in actual fact, something that covers your head can actually enhance your appearance, as well as serve more practical purposes. Nowadays, there is an endless variety of hats to choose from, so you’re bound to find one that suits you, no matter how introvert or extrovert your style is.

However, today I’m going to focus on providing you with four different hats to give you four different looks. They’re all going to be extremely popular pieces of headwear, and all of them could look amazing depending on the scenario. Anyway, here they are…


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The wonderful thing about a fedora is the fact that it’s incredibly versatile. All you have to do is alter your clothing and footwear, and a fedora could look gorgeous in spring, summer, autumn or winter. For instance, if you harmonized one with a trench coat, jeans, and a jumper, it would work brilliantly in the lower temperatures. But, if you used one to top off a maxi dress and some sandals, you’d be well dressed for when the sun comes out.


Cadet Cap

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Cadet Cap

I personally feel that when cadet caps are involved, it ultimately comes down to the hairstyle that you provide as to what look you’ll achieve. So, if you have long hair like me, then you could let it flow behind the ears. But, if you have shorter hair, then why not frizz it up and go for the covered-ears look?

However, it also depends on the weather, like with any hat. If you cover the ears and go for a large coat and some well-fitted jeans, then it would go nicely in the winter or spring. Alternatively, a light top and a skater skirt would work stylishly in the summer.

Beanie Hat

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When it comes to those bitterly cold winter months, beanies are going to be the perfect option. Now, although you’re mainly going to be worrying about keeping your head warm, they can also complement the rest of your attire. I personally love the cashmere beanies from Everlane or Uniqlo. But, I also appreciate the stylish qualities that those colorful knitted ones or those with pom-poms can offer.

There are a few different ways to wear a beanie, but for women, I love the idea of pulling it partially over the ears and forehead and letting the hair flow freely out of it. This way, you can combine both style and functionality.

Flat Cap

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Flat Cap

With the flat cap, you can be flexible with what you’re trying to go for. By this I mean, if you want to match it with your professional attire, then you could keep the cap forward and straight like you can see above. But, if you want to follow the trends and amp up your style at the weekend, then implement a slight tilt. For women, that’s usually to the left, but try to go with what direction your hair is naturally flowing.

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

Warm wishes

Sam x

Fashion Is Embracing Change

Fashion Is Embracing Change

For models with disabilities, a fashion week with the name of ‘Runaway of Dreams’ is held. This fashion week was established in 2014 by a designer, Mindy Shayer and it gave different disabled models a platform to turn their dreams into reality. For Mindy, the main purpose of Runaway of Dreams was to make clothes for people with different disabilities. She herself, has a son who was born with a disability and that was her inspiration to make something for people who cant dress themselves. The clothes that are displayed during this fashion week are purely made for people with disabilities so that they don’t require a lot of help dressing up. Many different models collaborate with Runaway of Dreams and promote this cause.

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Louise Linderoth Collection

One of the main reasons for growing awareness of diverse models is the fashion designers. Many different fashion designers and famous brands have taken strong action in promoting models with disabilities by giving them a platform. Some of these designers include the world-renowned fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger. Tommy Hilfiger is best known for his brand ‘Tommy Hilfiger Corporation’. Mr. Hilfiger has designed clothes for men and women with disabilities. He collaborated with Runaway of Dreams to design and promote clothes for adults with disabilities.

Every person who is passionate modeling, dreams of walking on the catwalk for some popular designer. Why should people with disabilities not get a chance? British Vogue gave a platform to disabled models to showcase themselves and feel as glamorous as any other model. Designers, Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones, collaboratively known as Teatum Jones, were ones of the pioneers who showcased the work at London Fashion Week and for this, they choose disabled models. They promoted models with different disabilities and gave them a highly professional platform to show their work.

It’s not just fashion designers that are promoting disabled models, but fashion stores such as ASOS have also used disabled models to promote their brands. ASOS has joined BDF (Business Disability Forum) which make clothes for Paralympic athletes. By partnering with them, they’re not only making clothes for disabled people but have participated in creating awareness among people that there are more than 6.9 million disabled people in the United Kingdom. Their promotion of this cause has also led them to make it easier for disabled people to shop online. They have used numerous disabled models to walk on the ramp.

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Samanta at LFW

Many disabled models have been given an opportunity to be in the runaway with confidence and pride. American horror story actress, Jamie Brewer, is the first model with Down’s syndrome to walk on the ramp in London based models of diversity fashion week. Other than that,  British personal trainer, Jack Eyers, became the first male amputee model to walk on the catwalk. Jack Eyers was picked by celebrity fashion designer, Antonio Urzi, who is known to design clothes for Beyonce and Lady Gaga.

Many people and designers have expanded their horizons and thought out of the box to make fashion look more glamorous and nothing is more glamorous than beauty displayed in every shape and size. Due to the awareness caused by these designers, people are now becoming more and more concerned with expanding the definition of fashion and the way people think. Fashion is not about the beauty anymore, it is so much more and that itself is beautiful.