5 Small Things That Make Me Happy

iPad and smarties resting on white fabric

If you follow me on social media, you may know I’ve been a bit of a grump this week due to feeling “a bit under the weather” as some of us like to say. When I’m poorly though, I don’t just say I’m “a bit under the weather”. I am DRAMATIC. Woe is me. Yes […]

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My Top Makeup Minis

Makeup Minis Collection

What is it about mini makeup that sucks you in and makes you want to buy them? For me it’s the fact that they’re much more my size, but also great to have in your bag instead of a massive make up bag. I also really like to use minis to try makeup, before I […]

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Why My Freshers’ Week Wasn’t What I Expected

Image of Gem in mid dance

In the first week of going to University, I saw online that there would be a Glee themed event in the Student Union I wouldn’t mind a bit of that I thought At this point, I hadn’t met any friends yet. I only had one other housemate on my floor who wasn’t interested in going […]

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Planning City Trips as/for a Wheelchair User

Azuma Train Ramp Entrance

Travelling for a lot of disabled people is hard work. The planning has so many more steps, the mental energy is A LOT and you’re living on the edge not knowing if each step of the journey (no pun intended) is actually as accessible as you are promised. Now, I’m no travel blogger – but […]

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Testing The StylPro Make Up Brush Cleaner [Gifted]

StylPro solution

If you’ve been here a while you will probably know I’m all about making life easier. So when StylPro gifted me their Make Up Brush Cleaner, I was so interested to see if it would be a staple piece of tech that I would add to my collection.  Usually when I clean my brushes, I’m […]

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Please Don’t Use My Life, To Make Yours Feel Better

Gem Turner wearing black floral dress and copper trainers

The picture above is me feeling on top form. I’ve got mi new dress on (included in my latest fashion favourites), the tassels make it feel even fancier. I’d curled my hair, contoured my cheeks and even put more than one shade of eyeshadow on. I’d put this picture on instagram obviously and was finally […]

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Fashion Favourites | July 2019

Gem posing in front of mirror with black vest and floral skirt

Here we are again, this is becoming a bit of a tradition isn’t it? In fact I wrote one around this time last year! It’s a short one this time as I just thought I’d share my favourite outfits (with links) of July as I did have a cheeky little spree (or two). Finding clothes […]

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5 Common Reasons People “Don’t Need Disability Training” (And Why You Probably Do)

Working in disability (and being disabled) is a funny one. I feel a bit like a sales person sometimes. Trying to change people’s negative assumptions and show we are actually like, you know – just average people. Not all ‘suffering’ and not all ‘superhuman’. I absolutely love that invisible switch that happens when someone seems […]

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How to make meetings inclusive for wheelchair users

Gem smiling in business outfit

Previously I have posted top tips for wheelchair users about networking. Unless you’re in a familiar setting, meetings can be difficult (at times) for wheelchair users, whether that’s getting there, getting into the building, knowing where to go – never mind the actual meeting. It’s important to make your meeting space as accessible as possible […]

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Explaining Disability to Children

Explaining disability to children, Gem Turner

One of my most read blog posts is one where I talk about parents reacting towards me as a wheelchair user when they’re with their children. This is something that we don’t really talk about because you don’t really prepare for it – then it happens and we all carry on with our day. But […]

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