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

Design Your Perfect Look with Caroline London UK

Design Your Perfect Look with Caroline London UK

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Caroline London –
Pict by Ange Harper

Sometimes the combination of being in a wheelchair and loving fashion can be a bit tricky, simply because not all clothing items are accommodating. Simple tasks can be extremely difficult when you’re wearing certain things, which can make shopping tremendously frustrating. Just imagine finding clothing that captures your heart but knowing it doesn’t suit wheelchair users! 

So, to find a brand that produces awesome items that are also perfect for wheelchair users is so exciting. One that I’ve managed to discover is Caroline London UK. Back when I was at the London Organic event, they were there trying to give their brand some exposure. I instantly became fascinated by their vision going forward; it’s a completely unique idea. Since then, they send me their terrific items through the post for me to try out.

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Caroline London
Pict Ange Harper

Essentially, their ethos is to allow people to mix and match, so you can design the look which you’ll love the most. But, the hallmark of their brand is a jump suit which utilizes a zipper mechanism down the middle. It’s split into two parts – the bottom half and the top half – which means you can mix and match between the two.

You can either keep the trouser aspect and switch out the top, or vice versa. In terms of being inclusive towards wheelchair users, the outfit is simple to adorn and allows you to unzip as and when you need to. For instance, during the winter months when the weather is freezing cold, you can go to the toilet without having to remove the whole outfit. It’s so convenient!

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Caroline London
Pict by Ange Harper

Moreover, for those that are severely disabled, such as individuals that are quadriplegic, it’s so much easier to get dressed when there’s a zipper straight down the middle. A wonderful fashion brand that creates outstanding items that look gorgeous, while priding themselves on being inclusive towards everyone at the same time is so refreshing.

Out of all the brands that I choose to represent, Caroline London UK is one of those that I have absolute belief in. I love the quality of their items and the flexibility in the way you select your outfit. Oh, and the range of choice is excellent too, because you’re empowered to play around with casual and luxury items, so you can source an outfit for any occasion.

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Caroline London Jumpsuit
Pict by Ange Harper

I’d highly recommend checking out their brand, which you can do by heading to their website – carolinelondon.co.uk.  

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Caroline London
Pict by Ange Harper

Sailing for Wheelchair Users – A New Experience for me

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Sailing

Hello guys.

How are you doing? A few weeks ago I tried a new sport. I filmed it all so you could understand how I did it.

It was challenging to go on the water and transfer to the boat. They have volunteers to assist and they make your life much easier. I have friends from tennis that invite me all the time but it was through Fiona G that sent a message to my husband on Linkedin and made us very interested.

It is an open session that takes place every Thursday at Queens Mary Sailability here in London. I didn’t know they had that facility. What a great place.

Please take a look at the video and let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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With Fiona G.

 

 

My Transformation with Evidence Beauty, Max Hair Salon & Jessica Favaro

My Transformation with Evidence Beauty, Max Hair Salon & Jessica Favaro

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New hair.

Life goes by and sometimes we enter into the routine of doing the same thing over and over again. The routine overtakes us and everything stays on automatic. We may need to stop there and make a change…a new start, a diverse way to see the world, to act and to interact. On this point I am happy to count on wonderful professionals that always help me to connect and rediscover my inner self, bringing me to life and to my point of excellence.

wheelchair model hands high light samanta bullock max hair salon Evidence Beauty looks after my nails, with it a great manicure that not only makes my nails perfect but also looks after my hands, and you know how a wheelchair user’s hands look as we have them on our wheels all the time to move around. We need to take a break and look after the parts of our body that takes us everywhere. Sheila, you are an amazing friend and an amazing professional. I am happy to have you in my path. She always brings me the best chimarrao ( Brazilian Herbal Tea) that makes me feel at home.
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Max Hair Salon

For a full change I opted to change my hair colour a little and I left it to Julio Rosario, ‘The Wizard of Hair’. Max and Julio are looking after my hair now for the past year.  They did my hair for Fashions Finest in February this year and they always make sure I have a trendy hairstyle for the catwalk. They use the best products and always have lovely smiles on their faces. Even when they are very busy they will find a time to look after my hair. This time he opted to leave me with a special glow in a golden honey style. I would not give my hair to anyone, especially to do highlights that is a process where we need to always be careful as it can damage the hair very badly, but with these guys, I would trust with closed eyes. I also cut it to give more balance.

After I am done Julio won’t permit me to leave without a completely new look and that is where Jessica Favaro comes in. She gives classes for makeup artists and she makes a canvas on our face and transforms it into the most beautiful portrait ever. Every detail counts to her. At the end it is perfection.

I hope you can see all of this in the video and make your own conclusions.  Love you guys and thank you for looking after me with such care.

 

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Evidence Beauty & Max Hair Salon & Jessica Favaro