Fashions Finest Contest – My experience

Fashions Finest Contest – My experience

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Fashions Finest / Peter Twiss – Hair Time

After my appearance Fashions Finest modelling for Peter Twiss at I really enjoyed the opportunity to attend an event also organised by Fashions Finest.  The contest was very nice and I enjoyed the evening accompanied by designer Peter Twiss. It was a great opportunity to see some wonderful designs judged by celebrity and fashion photographer and judge on Britain’s Next Top Model Nicky Johnstone, Bernard Connelly, Nicky Hamilton-Jones and Lola Royale and also to listen to Sam Lavery singing to close the event.

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Cute Red Mini Alligator Clutch Bag for Wheelchair Users

Cute Red Mini Alligator Clutch Bag for Wheelchair Users

red handbag faux leather samanta bullock I’ve always found small bags easy-to-use, thanks to their size and flexibility. I recently received a cute Mini alligator clutch bag to add to my collection of small bags. It’s perfect for spring, a night out or a simple outdoor walk. Some people tend to believe that wheelchair users can’t be all fashionable and chic. But that’s far from the truth. Wheelchair users can have outfits they love and that are ideal for the different seasons.  

Apart from being active, cheerful, and a fun-lover, I love fashion and everything that keeps me looking and feeling bold. And that’s what this beautiful little clutch bag offers. As for the “BITCH” wording on the front of the bag, it’s not literal as most people would think. It represents strength, style, and everything feminine. Bitch is bold, brilliant, and beautiful.

I got this tiny bag from Smash Marketing, and I’ve loved its size and colour ever since. This red handmade faux leather clutch meets my needs for something easy-to-carry and it is perfect for my phone, cards, lipstick, and other things I need to carry. You’ll also love the fact that it’s chic and stylish, and has got a really great size. So, it’s not only functional but wheelchair-friendly.

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Smash-Marketing Red Handbag

And as for the wording on the front, you can request a custom word of 8 letters (max.). Isn’t it nice to be able to customize your bag design with your favorite wording?     

With this clutch bag made from faux leather, you can move around with your essentials and not have to worry about forgetting things at home or leaving items outdoors. It’s tiny and cute, and perfect for keeping even your hand sanitizer, wallet, business card case, sanitizer wipes, mini-hairbrush and lollipops (if you like). 

You can follow Smash Marketing on Instagram @smash_marketing, and like Smash Marketing on Facebook. You can also leave a comment that says what colour of this Mini alligator clutch bag you prefer and the wording you’ll love. At $39, it is great value for money. It comes in red and black. So, you can request your favourite colour or shop for other lovely items on Smash Marketing. I love the red!

Wheelchair users will find this bag valuable because it’s tiny, easy-to-carry, and beautiful. It sure spells out elegance and comfort in BOLD letters.

And yes, you can follow me on Instagram @SAMABULLOCK for other fashion trends that boost your style and confidence. You’ll also love my other articles about summer outfits and the many other things that wheelchair users are capable of. I love being a wheelchair model and fashion blogger. Besides, a wheelchair changes nothing. So get your clutch bag and let me know what you think. 

If you love stylish, you’ll love this little bag as much as I do. Rock your accessories!

Inclusive Sport  – A personal Perspective ‘Get Out Get Active’

Inclusive Sport – A personal Perspective ‘Get Out Get Active’

As You know I love to be active and lead a healthy lifestyle. Here is a blog is written by my husband on inclusive sport and the activities that we do together. 

Statistics show disabled people to be the least active group in the UK and it would seem logical that this is the case around the world.

 

The ‘Disabled People’s Lifestyle Report’ from September 2013 found that there is clear untapped demand for physical activity and sport within the community in the UK with 70 percent of the disabled people surveyed stating they would like to be more active. The report also found that 64 percent of the disabled people surveyed would prefer to take part in sport and physical activity with a mix of disabled and non-disabled people.  However, at the time of the report, only 51 percent did so.  The UK research highlighted a clear mismatch between people’s preferences and the availability of opportunities. Over 60 percent of those surveyed claimed that either a lack of awareness of opportunities or a lack of available opportunities is what prevents them from taking part in sport and physical activity.  Get Out Get Active is a project aimed at addressing these issues.

 

Get Out Get Active is a programme to encourage more disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together and has been introduced by a consortium of partners led by the English Federation of Disability Sport. The £4.5m programme concentrates on ‘fun and inclusive activities’ over a period of three years.

 

As the husband of a T12 paraplegic and somebody who has been involved in disability sport in various roles from volunteer to coach to administrator since 1991 I can relate very strongly to the finding that many disabled people want to take part in physical activity with a mix of disabled and non-disabled people.

 

My wife, Samanta, is a former no 1 Brazilian wheelchair tennis player and very active but the majority of her current activities are with non-disabled family and friends.  In her wheelchair tennis career, the competition was with other disabled people.  Outside of the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Tour and since retiring the vast majority of Sam’s physical activity and sport is done with non-disabled people.

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Acroyoga X Wheelchair User

 

The list of activities and sports she has tried is extensive

Archery – Basketball –  Beach Tennis – Camping – Canoeing – Cycling – Dancing

Fitness classes – Golf – Gym – Netball – Roller skating – Snorkelling – Squash

Swimming- Surfing – Table Tennis –  Pushing/Walk – Trampolining – Yoga including Acroyoga

As a couple we want to do activities together and this certainly applies to our nieces who don’t see any barriers to the activities that we can do as a group.  When planning to go roller skating the question came up as to whether the venue would allow Sam to go round in her wheelchair. The younger niece who must have been 7 at the time said ‘Of course it will be ok as she already has wheels.’  Our nieces love to do activities with us as a group.  We cycle, run, push, attend fitness classes, go swimming and play tennis as a family.  We take part in these activities in the house, in the garden, in parks, in the countryside, in sports clubs & in leisure centres.

 

 

In the words of a 11-year-old niece ‘I like the challenge of going on cycling adventures with Sam and solving how we will get over and around obstacles like rough ground, up & down slopes, across narrow bridges over ditches & occasionally up & downstairs using teamwork.  When we go swimming I don’t notice Sam has a disability. She is such a good swimmer’

 

We believe strongly in the benefits of inclusive activity and sport but not just for the physical benefits.  Exercise and social interaction are beneficial for the wellbeing of all family members.  Exercise & sport for disabled people does not have to be in disability specific sessions.  People can go for a walk/push with non-disabled family and friends of a similar fitness level.  Some people may prefer to participate with people with a similar impairment.  Some may want a combination of both complementing time spent with family & friends with time with people with a similar impairment sharing thoughts and ideas.  The key is that the disabled person is in a position to make choices about the most suitable environment(s) for them to exercise and play sport.

 

To conclude everybody should Get Out and Get Active.  I am off for a run followed by some yoga.

 

Mai Theory is One of My Favourite Fashion Brands – Here’s Why…

Mai Theory is One of My Favourite Fashion Brands – Here’s Why…

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Mai Theory is One of My Favourite Fashion Brands – Here’s Why…

At the London Ethnic Boutique event that I attended recently, I was able to gather with a group of other like-minded people to explore a vast array of different fashion labels. There were so many stands displaying stunning pieces that it was hard to decide which ones I loved the most. But, one of the brands that definitely caught my eye was Mai Theory, or Mai The.o.ry as they’re also known!

Arguably, the main factor which drew me to their stand was the uniqueness of their items. All of their clothing was so gorgeous but was unlike anything I’d seen before. From their floral dresses and denim mini-shorts, to blue-galaxy jackets and sleek crop-tops, they truly cater for everyone. However, their speciality is in sophisticated clothing embroidery, and their standard, quality and designs are how they differ from other brands.

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Makes you happy!

Alongside the clothing, which is absolutely beautiful, they also offer contemporary handmade jewellery. If you’re looking for some jewellery that looks classy for a night out, looks elegant for a family dinner, or is casual enough to wear on a day to day basis, Mai Theory may be the perfect choice.

Plus, all of their items contain a lot of character and authenticity, due to the fact that they do handmake all of it. Moreover, the meaning behind the brand is very endearing, and it forces you to delve in deeper. You see, the meaning of the word Mai relates to clothing and accessories are more than just adornments – they’re things that represent our personality, reflect our beliefs and radiate our inner-being.

So, ultimately, the brand ethos coincides very well with the clothing and jewellery that they produce. When I was there at the stand, taking pictures and speaking to them, I could really sense a family feel; it felt like Mai

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Sparkle everywhere. Let’s shine!

Theory truly cared about the people that showed interest in their products, and felt proud when people adorned them.

At the end of the event, I was left feeling full of energy and excitement, just because I have such a strong passion for fashion. I’m so, so glad I discovered Mai Theory, and they’re a brand that I want to invest more time and effort into. Now, if you want to check out their range of clothing and jewellery, then you can either visit their site, or check out their Instagram page (both links will be below).

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