Do you know the website Yoocan do anything? It is an inspirational website telling the stories of a lot of great people. You should check it out. I was happy to be featured this month. Below is part of my interview. For the full article please check their website: https://yoocanfind.com
MY ACHIEVEMENTS MAKE ME FEEL OPTIMISTIC FOR MY FUTURE
Before my injury, I was a model and very active, playing handball and tennis. Since my accident, I have worked in politics, played tennis at the highest level, and performed in the 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony among many other achievements. I can now look back proudly at what I have already achieved since my accident and have every reason to feel optimistic about the future. I love to travel, going to watch live music, visit family and friends and be as active as possible. I go to the cinema, enjoy eating out and exploring different restaurants and cuisines. I am on the books of Visable, an agency that specializes in the placement of disabled artists: http://visablepeople.com.
MODELING AT LONDON FASHION WEEK
I recently achieved a dream of modeling a collection at London Fashion Week. For more information about my work go to www.samantabullock.com. I am also using instagram to promote inclusive fashion and give ideas on what disabled people can wear. I also post content regularly on my You Tube channel demystifying life as a wheelchair user and giving insight into fashion and disability with a focus on inclusion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vfb3CRcnV8
To look beautiful and have confidence we want to have the best in our wardrobes.
Black jeans and white shirts never lose their appeal and with the correct set of accessories and a perfect combination of supremely comfortable shoes will make you look great. Here we have brought you ideas for you to add variety to the basic look…..
1.You can never overdo with red:
That is exactly right. Your white shirt and black jeans can be paired with an exotic bright red coat. Red makes a perfect combination of both white and black. Supremely comfortable Edgy moto boots and a silver necklace will do the rest. A chic bun or a low bun with small earrings will complete the look.
2. Printed scarves are always an option:
Wrap a nice warm cotton, silk or quilt knitted scarf around your neck over your white shirt and black jeans. Make sure you choose some bright colour to add spring look to your overall outfit. You can accessorize it with drop earrings whereas for footwear you can opt for dressy boots, riding boots or ankle boots to go with the look. Wear a hat and set all on fire!
3. Keep it dim:
Yes like that. Put on a puffer jacket over your white shirt and black jeans. Tie your hair in a high-and-sleek ponytail or messy-and-low ponytail. Put on riding boots and to add up a bit has small studs. That is it. Hola! Look at you!
4. Very dark ain’t bad:
Dark colours are never out of fashion. Therefore, you can match a trendy faux jacket with the white shirt and black jeans. Lock a choker around your neck. Give your hair a beach-wavy messy look or keep it french braided. And there you go with a beautiful look.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
I am often asked how I drive a car. I guess it is easy to assume that if I don’t have use of my legs then I am unable to accelerate, brake and change gear. Having an automatic vehicle solves changing gear. Braking and accelerating are made possible by the installation of a set of hand controls, which allow me to operate the medals with my hands. Hand controls are a set of levers attached to the steering column and the pedals. I push down on the hand controls to brake and pull up to accelerate. To assist with steering I have a ‘steering ball’ attached to the steering wheel that aids enable steering with one hand whilst operating the hand controls.
I transfer from my wheelchair to the driver’s seats by putting my hands on the top of the open door and the top of the car. I grab handle in the car can be useful but our current car does not have one. Once in the car I take the wheels of my wheelchair and put them behind the front seats. I then recline the driver’s seat a little and swing the frame of the wheelchair across my body and place it on the passengers’ seat. For safety, I use the safety belt in the wheelchair.
This is how I transfer and drive. Almost any vehicle can be adapted and other people will have different solutions to enable them to drive.
Modifications that can be made to a car include:
hand controls for braking and accelerating
seat belt modifications or harnesses
wheelchair stowage equipment
In the UK the ‘Motability Scheme’ provides an affordable way for disabled people to lease a car: https://www.motability.co.uk
Mobility is important as it provides independence and gives disabled people the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities.
I hope you’ve found this article useful, it would be great to know if you have any different methods to drive. If you do, please leave a comment below!