Project Behind the Scars on Daily Mail

Project Behind the Scars on Daily Mail

The stories behind their scars: Brave men and women share how fires, abuse, and illness altered their appearance forever in deeply personal revelations

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Behind the Scars Project

Revealing imperfections can be intimidating in a society obsessed with photo filters and social media selfies.

… Speaking to FEMAIL, London-based photographer Sophie Mayenne explained she launched her project ‘Behind The Scars‘ to give people a chance to share the stories behind their scars – and how they learned to embrace them. 

Each person featured has a personal story which they’ve lived with and transformed into a way to empower themselves. Here, some share their story with FEMAIL…

To see more people that got involved please read the full article on:

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5259409/Would-share-real-story-wounds.html#ixzz54SCSQayj
All the best Sam x

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!

Soups

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…

Fedora

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Fedora

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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Beanie

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

How to Improve your Posture 

How to Improve your Posture 

Unfortunately, being in a wheelchair for an extensive period of time can cause its fair share of problems. One that has a huge impact on your body as time progresses is posture issues. Now, even though I used to frequently do ballet dancing and modelling before my accident, both of which require an almost perfect posture; I still need to remain vigilante on any unnatural curves in my spine.

Throughout my 25 years being in a wheelchair, I’ve picked up some excellent tips on how to maintain a healthy posture. Some of them are quite simple, and others require you to increase your heart rate a little. So, here they are…

Use an exercise ball

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Stretch with a Ball

 

This is one that I’ve used for a very long time, and I’d like to say it’s helped an awful lot. It isn’t too demanding on your body, and it takes just 5 or 10 minutes a day. Simply get an exercise ball, place it on the floor and lie down on it, with the ball positioned in the middle of your back. As you’re on the ball, you can roll up and down it to hit different parts of your back, and this should help iron out any imbalances.

 

Get your wheelchair fitted correctly

It sounds obvious, but this one is very important. Considering you’re going to be in your wheelchair 99% of the time, it needs to be comfortable. The back support needs to match the curvature of your spine so you’re in a natural position and you need to have enough leg support. Without these, you’ll be at risk of getting posture issues because you’ll be too far back, too far forward, or too cramped up.

Do some yoga

Yoga is a brilliant way for everyone to keep their muscles, joints and spine healthy. But, the reason why I love it so much is because you can literally do it anywhere and still receive the benefits. Most of the time, I either do yoga with a theraband at home or at the local park.

Go to the gym

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Back Exercise

I strongly advise going to the gym. Not only will it keep you fit and healthy, but you’ll also be able to complete exercises that are beneficial to your core. After all, a robust core is essential to maintaining a great posture. So, exercises that you should utilize if you are aiming to improve your posture would be, weighted back exercises, ab exercises and various stretches. You don’t need to go every day, but try to make it a regular occurrence.

Choose a better sleeping position

It may sound strange, but I actually choose a sleeping position that isn’t as comfortable as others but allows me to fully stretch out. This position is sleeping on your stomach. It enables your spine to be fully elongated, and therefore keep your posture intact.

Extra tip: Stay in tune with your body, and notice when it isn’t feeling right or your posture isn’t straight. Then, make sure you keep correcting it to prevent any long-term damage.

Here is the Video where I explain everything:

Enjoy.

Best

SBx