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Don\’t Wait Until You are 100 Years Old

 

May 2016 was Vogue UK magazine’s 100th birthday and to mark the occasion Harvey Nichols’ campaign featured Bo Gilbert, Vogue’s first 100-year-old model.  Bo was Photographed by Phil Poynter wearing bespoke Valentino glasses, a Dries Van Noten coat, Victoria Beckham top, The Row trousers and a Lavin necklace. She looks stunning and proves you can look elegant and stylish at any age. In the video about the photo shoot on Vogue’s website Bo tells us about her love of clothes, how fashion has changed over the years, and she bemoans the fact that people don’t wear hats anymore!  

 The article got us thinking about other centurions who haven’t let age get in the way of enjoying life to the full. For example, Eleanor Cunningham from Howes Cave, New York, celebrated her 100th Birthday with a sky dive and this wasn’t her first! She took up sky diving at age 90!

Fauja Singh from Ilford East London became the world’s oldest marathon runner when he completed the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2011 when he was 100 years old. He completed it in 8 hours 25 Minutes & 16 seconds. Like Eleanor he took up his new activity around 90.

 Georgina Harwood from South Africa celebrated her 100th birthday with a sky dive and cage dive, (swimming with sharks). If Sky diving, running a marathon or swimming with sharks seems a bit too much for you why not try writing your first novel?  Lorna Page become one of the oldest debut writers on record when she published her novel A Dangerous Weakness at the age of 93.

Why is it that we wait for a special birthday/occasion or retirement to do something wild & unusual? Isn’t it usually because life is so busy with work, family, housework and the school run. When we sit or fall down at the end of the day we find we fall asleep in front of the telly. We can’t be bothered to, or think we have no time to, fit anything interesting in. But it’s important we do. When you look at Bo, Eleanor, Fauja, Georgina & Lorna not only are they are still active mentally and physically they are happy enjoying life.

Doing something different is great for the mind, it keeps you alert & helps to keep your stress levels down. Number three in www.thementalfitnesscentre.com list of 10 benefits of keeping stress levels down is “Cancer Protection.Stress interferes with our immune system and is often blamed in the medical community for everything from colds to cancer. The sooner a person gets it under control, the sooner their immune system can get back on the job, protecting them from monsters they want no part of.”

So why wait until you are 100 to do that sky dive or write that book. Make time to do something you enjoy whether it’s preparing to run a marathon or just a leisurely walk around your local area. You will be surprised at the health benefits both mentally & physically. And you may well be Vogues next 100-year-old model.    

 

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Mastectomy Lingerie Frequently Asked Questions

Eloise Lingerie have been specialists in mastectomy lingerie since 1994. With 18 years of experience we are happy to provide advice on the best lingerie and swimwear for you, whether you have just had surgery, or you simply have concerns about your everyday bras or prosthesis. A few of the frequently asked questions which we have received over the years are below.

I’m about to have surgery, what bra do I need?

If you are about to have a mastectomy or a lumpectomy, then it’s important to have the right bra after surgery. It will allow you to heal, accommodate swelling and most importantly, feel comfortable. We recommend a special post surgery bra, that is soft against the skin and is front fastening, which you may feel is easier if you have impaired movement in your arm. All of our post surgery bras contain pockets or cup linings to insert a lightweight breast form, also known as a comfie. If you are having reconstructive surgery, a compression bra may be suggested as the best option.

What happens next?

About 6-8 weeks later after healing, you will be ready to wear a more supportive bra with a silicone prosthesis. We recommend you come and see us to ensure you are in the correct size and shape of bra. Eloise stock bras from Royce and Anita in our mastectomy bra range, offering an excellent choice of different styles. We are more than happy to fit and advise you on your lingerie and breast prosthesis so that it best matches your natural shape.

How many bras do I need?

We would recommend you have a small collection of different bras to suit different outfits. You may also prefer different bras and prosthesis for daywear, leisurewear and special occasions. Start with three different bras, one to wear, one to wash and one in the drawer. The average life span of a bra is 6 months so remember to replace your bras regularly.

Can I wear Underwires?

We would not recommend wearing an underwired bra immediately after a mastectomy as the delicate tissue around the scar needs time to heal. Usually you can wear an underwired bra approximately 4-6 months after surgery if you feel comfortable and you have the all clear from the doctor. It is important that you are fitted correctly for your underwired mastectomy bra to make sure the wires are not digging into to the delicate tissue surrounding the scar.

What about exercise, do I need specialist bras or swimwear?

Most nurses will encourage you to be active after surgery. We have sports bras for low impact sports such as yoga, and more supportive styles for high impact activity such as running, tennis or horse-riding. Once you have completed your treatment, swimming is one of the best low-impact forms of exercise. Therefore we stock specially designed swimming prostheses that allow the water to drain quickly away, and chlorine resistant mastectomy swimsuits with pockets inside to keep you secure and confident. We also have beautiful, fashionable pocketed swimsuits, bikinis and tankinis should you want to go away somewhere fabulous to get away from it all.

I don’t feel comfy in my bras or prosthesis. What can I do?

We are always happy to offer advice over the phone or through email, but to receive the best service we recommend you have a fitting, fittings for mastectomy wear. A one to one consultation will take you through the best bra and prosthesis styles for your shape and is invaluable for those ladies who don’t know where to start in their journey for comfort and style.

please do not hesitate in contacting Eloise for directions on where to receive a private, professional fitting. 

Please call 0845 22 55 080 

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The Great Outdoors

 

It seems that Summer is finally almost here. We are approaching the longest day, the shrubs are all in blossom and the birds are fledging from their nests. Everything seems to be telling us its Summer. So now is the time to stop hibernating, get off the sofa and get outside. There is so much to see in Summer.

Some of you may be thinking what is so great about being outdoors. It’s great for our health the perfect way to get our Vitamin D and helps reduce stress. Take walking as an example.

 

Macmillam.org.uk says

 

 “during treatment, even just spending less time sitting down and taking very short walks can help. Being active has many benefits and can help to:

 

  • reduce tiredness and some treatment side effects
  • reduce anxiety and depression
  • improve your mood and quality of life
  • strengthen your muscles, joints and bones
  • look after your heart and reduce the risk of other health problems.”

 

Walking for Health’s study on walking says 

 

“Why walking works

 

 For most of us walking is as simple as slipping on a pair of shoes and opening the front door. It’s perfect for people who have poor health, or don’t fancy intense exercise. Walking makes a great ‘gateway’ to the world of exercise because it often inspires people to try out other healthy activities.” 

If walking is not your thing then what about bird watching. It’s a great activity especially for a family with young children. Children are naturally inquisitive and love to learn new things. You could help them learn about the birds in your back garden by building a nest box or go bird spotting in the woods it’s a great way to spend time together as a family. 

 

If you want something a little more active what about going for a bike ride the NHS says cycling: “Saves you money, gets you fit and helps the environment”  

 

Sustrans look after the The National Cycle Network a series of safe, traffic-free paths and quiet on-road cycling and walking routes that connect to every major town and city.” You’ve probably seen their Blue signs with numbers on around your town why not have a look at their website and find a route near you?

There are so many other things you can do outdoors flying kites, treasure hunts, good old hop scotch, looking for insects, going for a picnic or just sitting under a tree reading a good book with a glass of wine.

So, turn of the telly put on your shoes and go outside. While the weather lasts or before you know it it’ll be winter again.

 

 

 

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Which Knickers should I wear?

 

We talk a lot about the importance of a well-fitting bra, especially when exercising. But what about your knickers? Knickers, pants, briefs whatever you prefer to call them are something we wear every day. However, unless we have a special occasion we tend not to think about them much. Some of us may go as far as making sure we always wear a matching set, just in case! (you know what mum always says) but often we find and put on the first clean pair we grab in the morning. So does it really matter which knickers we wear?

Recently we tried Anita extreme control sports briefs. And realised that it does make a difference when you wear something designed for a particular job. For example Anita’s extreme control sports briefs are not only comfortable but they stay up. It’s annoying when exercising particularly running to find you knickers have slipped down and every couple of minutes or so you have to stop to pull everything up and sort yourself out. If you’re wearing the right pair of knickers you don’t even know you’re wearing them. But there are so many different styles to choose from, thongs, high leg, midi, shorts and full briefs not to mention shapewear. What does it all mean?

 

Here’s a brief guide to some different types of knickers.

 

Full briefs (sometimes called granny pants) these are exactly what they say they are. They cover everything from high waist to low cut on the legs. They are good for minimising your tummy. 

 

Midi Briefs are good for everyday wear, they sit on your hips and cover your whole bottom. 

 

High leg briefs are cut high on the legs. They are great for creating curves and making your legs look longer. 

 

What about the dreaded Thong no surprise for guessing that they provide the least coverage. They are good for making your legs look longer and little or no VPL. 

 

It’s not just the style we should into consideration. There’s also the material they are made out. A lot of Doctors and gynaecologists recommend cotton knickers as they are more breathable. Sarah Yamaguchi, MD, a Los Angeles–based ob-gyn says in Vogue 

“Cotton is also better for women’s health: It doesn’t trap moisture, which synthetics like nylon and Lycra can do. “I recommend that all of my patients wear all-cotton underwear, because it breathes better,” 

 

Yes, there is a lot to think about when buying knickers, too big they fall down & spoil the outline of an outfit. Too small you get muffin top and bulge in all manner of places. But when you get it right you’ll look and feel amazing.  

 

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Water And Your Health

 

We’re always being told to drink plenty of water, 6-8 glasses (1.5 – 2 litres) per day which can seem like a mammoth task. How on earth do you manage to drink that much in a day? And why should you drink that much water?

The good news is that it isn’t as difficult as we think to fit 1.5 – 2 litres of water in a day because tea, coffee, milk, soft drinks, fruit juice, smoothies, (remember to be watch the sugar content) all count. Did you know that up to 20% of our fluid comes from our food? So, you’re probably nearer to your 6-8 glasses a day than you realised. 

Our bodies are about two-thirds water which is why we need to take in fluids to stay healthy and hydrated.

 

 The NHS says

 

“Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluid than you take in.

 

When the normal water content of your body is reduced, it upsets the balance of minerals (salts and sugar) in your body, which affects the way it functions.

 

Water makes up over two-thirds of the healthy human body. It lubricates the joints and eyes, aids digestion, flushes out waste and toxins, and keeps the skin healthy.”

 

Dehydration will affect your performance because of symptoms such as tiredness, feeling dizzy as well as headaches a general sluggishness. It can also causes some skin conditions.  

 

The British Nutrition Foundation asked 

How can I tell if I am getting enough water?
Your body has special mechanisms to make sure you stay hydrated. Feeling thirsty is your body’s way of telling you that you need to drink more. However, the easiest way to spot that you might not be getting enough water is if your urine is a dark yellow colour during the day. If you are getting enough water your urine should be a pale straw colour. So if it is darker than this or if you are urinating infrequently or passing very small amounts of urine, then you probably need to drink some more fluid. You also need to drink more if it is hot, or if your temperature is high due to physical activity or illness.”
 

 

We can see that water is important for a healthy and glowing body. But what if you don’t like the taste of water or are being careful about the amount of caffeine so don’t want to drink loads of tea and coffee. You could try flavoured water or to make sure you don’t have too much sugar why not add your favourite fruit to water and let it infuse in the fridge. It’s easier that we think to get our 1.5 – 2 litres of water a day but  unfortunately, that glass of red wine or Prosecco doesn’t count.

 

 

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Eloise Visit Bosom Pals

 

Jemma Barnes and Catherine Cuttriss from Eloise were delighted to be invited to speak at a recent meeting of the Bosom Pals support group in Bedford England. Bosom Pals Bedford is a support group for ladies who have undergone, are going through, or have been newly diagnosed with Breast Cancer. 

Meeting on a monthly basis the group is a lifeline for those who are struggling with treatment and those who have through this traumatic illness. They meet to support each other on the journey to recovery and the road back to ‘normal’ life, always striving to maintain their sense of humour and aiming to have some fun along the way.

Jemma and Catherine attended the meeting to introduce the group to some Eloise products, specialist bras, swimwear and breast forms and to show how they can help to restore curves and confidence after the trauma of a lumpectomy or full mastectomy. All Eloise staff are trained to fit post-surgical lingerie and swimwear as well as find the correctly sized breast forms.

The discourse focused on how ladies have differing needs as they progress along their treatment stages, the need for soft bras post surgery for instance and also bras to sleep in. There is an Eloise product for each stage of treatment ensuring optimum comfort at every stage. Some time was spent looking at the different products which Jemma and Catherine had brought along to the meeting with them and explaining how they each contributed to the recovery stage, playing their part as required.

Next the focus turned to every day needs after surgery is over and the all clear has been given. A good bra wardrobe would consist of several different bras including a sports bra, a sleep bra, a T-Shirt Bra, an everyday comfortable bra, a going out sexy bra etc etc… Again Eloise cater for all these situations and you can view the range here

Additionally for those who like to swim (and breast care nurses are recommending that exercise after surgery helps to aid healing) Jemma showed the range of swimwear and swim breast forms that are suitable for swimming after surgery.

Attention was given to the importance of being properly fitted on a regular basis as changes to the body through stress, diet, medication etc can all leave you with a poorly fitting bra which in turn will cause lack of confidence and could result in an uncomfortable wear.

The talk was followed with a general questions and answers session which was enthusiastically received and many in the group came up for a personal fitting afterwards with more asking where they could go locally for a fitting in the future. It was a very positive experience for everyone and Pauline Hooper from the Bosom pals group commented afterwards “Our members had such a lovely evening with your two ladies who came to show us some of  the Anita Care lingerie and to talk about bra fitting in general.  It was great to have such an opportunity to see and feel the texture of the bras and I was amazed at what a wonderful range of bras and breast forms that you can supply to ladies who have had breast surgery”

Eloise donated a bra and brief set on the night for the raffle to help raise money for this valuable support group and with them every success in the future.

 

 

 

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Why you should take your holiday quota

 

It’s hard to believe but not everyone takes their full holiday quota. While some of us have our 2017 holidays all planned, booked and are maybe even already thinking about 2018, Total Jobs says “according to a YouGov/Croner poll report, only one in three workers take their full holiday entitlement.”

 

There are many reasons that two thirds of us don’t take their full holiday entitlement, some may be worried about losing their jobs or love their job so much they don’t want to take time off.  Whatever the reason we should all take our holidays because they are good for us. We all know that a holiday in the sun is good for us especially because it gives us our much-needed Vitamin D. There are plenty of other reasons too, for example sleep. The Daily Mail’s “Why holidays are healthy” article tells us “Holidays provide the perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep. Sleep deprivation through stress or work can lead to poor mental performance, premature ageing and even illness.\”

 

While we are asleep our bodies undergo certain important processes – from repair and renewal to energy restoration. According to scientists, deep sleep – rather than length of sleep – is the time when the brain recharges itself so we can function effectively during the day. We always sleep better when we are on holiday because we are more relaxed and have less on our minds that could stop us drifting off.  

 

What about your holiday memories? The Daily Mail article goes on to say

 

 “Holidays often evoke happy memories. Harnessing memories can be used as an effective relaxation aid to alter wave patterns in the brain – similar to meditation. This is the stage when the brain moves into alpha waves – the stage just before sleep when your body is calm and relaxed.”

 

 They quote Clinical psychologist Ron Bracey“who believes conjuring up holiday memories can be used as an instant rescue remedy”.

 

Holiday memories can help us when we are feeling low especially during times of stress and when we’re ill. When we visit someone with whom we may have been on holiday how much better we all feel remembering the happy times or even the dramas that we had together.  

 

For some of us the enjoyment starts long before we arrive at our holiday destination, it begins when we start researching our holiday. Looking through travel magazines, or visiting websites to find the best cottage in the best location can be very relaxing if you enjoy the planning stage.

 

Whatever your preference if you want to spend hours looking for that perfect holiday destination or you want someone else to arrange it and just turn up that’s fine. The important thing is take a holiday, even if it’s a stay-cation its good for you.  

 

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Choosing the Right Bra

 

IF you have a special occasion coming up or perhaps you are going away for a romantic break with your other half there’s a good chance you might decide to treat yourself to some lovely pretty new lingerie to take with you.

 

 Something to remember however is that most women are wearing the wrong size bra these so if you are going to spend money on a new one yourself you want it to be right. There’s so many to choose from though so where do you start? What size do you get? Here are some of our tips for choosing the right bra. 

 

You are correct that most women wear the wrong size, its actually 80%! That’s a lot, and only 20% are getting it right! The fit of a bra is really important because it can change the way you look and feel in your clothes and we all want to feel confident, look fabulous and feel comfortable. We strongly recommend that you get correctly fitted and try on different bras not just pick them off the rack and hope they fit. Here’s a few things to remember. 

 

The band of the bra should be firm but comfortable. It should not ride up at the back at all; if it does it is too big and wont be giving you needed support. You will need to drop a back size, but remember when you do you will need to go up a cup size to compensate e.g. 36B too big, go to 34C. 

 

The cup should contain the whole breast, if you are protruding over the top try the next size up. If the cup is wrinkled, try a cup smaller e.g. if 34C is too big, try 34B

 

If you have had surgery it is particularly important to get the right fitting bra. You should consider the type of surgery you’ve had and which type of bra suits your needs and your breast form if you haven’t had a reconstruction.

 

 Just because you have had surgery doesn’t mean you cant wear pretty underwear.. . for example the Ella bra has lovely floral embroidery while still being supportive, or there’s the Versailles bra, which is one of our favourites, both come in a variety of colours and are perfect for a romantic weekend away. Don’t forget to get the matching knickers as well. 

 

A good tip to remember with a new bra is that it should be fastened on the loosest hook so when it stretches it can be tightened. 

 

A well-fitting bra should feel like second skin, so take your time and have fun looking for the right bra that’s supportive, pretty and makes you feel fabulous.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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A Good Night’s Sleep

It’s now February and hopefully we are all feeling fitter, lighter, happier, relaxed or all of them depending on our New Year’s resolutions. Hopefully we are keeping them up. The most popular resolutions we tend to make are usually to do with losing weight, eating healthier or organising our life and finances better, but one that is just as important, but tends to be forgotten, is sleep. Sleep is something we do every day but we don’t think about it until we’re tired or have trouble sleeping. The BBC’s article “Why do we sleep?” says 

 

“In broad terms researchers believe it is to enable our bodies and especially our brains to recover. “

It also says

 

“sleep is also an opportunity for the brain to be cleared of waste.”

 

That’s understandable because we all lead busy lives and throughout the day we a bombarded with so much information our brains feel full, then we get tense and stressed. Which can lead us to being unable to sleep, and a vicious circle begins.So how can we make sure we sleep well? The main thing is to have a sleep routine, going to bed and getting up at the same time every night as this will help our body clock to get used to a set routine. The Sleep Foundation says “Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual” because “a relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep or remain asleep.”

 

 Getting adequate sleep is especially important if you are undergoing treatment for cancer. Cancer Center.com tells us

“A good night’s sleep not only feels good, it has significant benefits for cancer patients. Dr. Laurence Altshuler says “patients need as much vitality and energy as possible to fight their cancer. Sleep allows the body to relax and recoup.” Dr. Altshuler is the head physician of the Sleep Lab at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Tulsa.

“Without sleep, the body becomes even more stressed, which can interfere with its ability to fight cancer,” Dr. Altshuler says. “In fact, lack of sleep can depress the immune system, as well as hamper recovery from major illness or injury.”

 

People are starting to see the importance of sleep. The big trend for 2017 is Clean Sleeping… endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow and the Goop team. Metro magazine explains “Clean sleeping is, essentially, just getting a decent night’s sleep on a regular basis. That means at least seven or eight hours of sleep a night (or more, if you fancy), free of interruption and distraction. It’s all about taking sleep a bit more seriously and dedicating the time to getting the sleep we all need. No excuses.

 

Another thing that can help us sleep is to wear a comfortable sleep bra at night which can stop sore or swollen breasts keeping us awake. You can try any of the post surgery bras on our site for sleeping in and you will be surprised what a difference it makes. 

So, sleep isn’t just something we do, it’s important for our health and wellbeing. All we have left to say then… is have a great night’s sleep!

 



 

 

 

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Saturday 4 February World Cancer Day

 Saturday 4 February is World Cancer day

 Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

 http://www.worldcancerday.org/about/2016-2018-world-cancer-day-campaign

 

How can you get involved? Worldcancerday.org suggests several ways such as

 

Join the ‘Support through Sport’ social media campaign

 

1. Simply take your ball, racket, frisbee, skis, helmet, paddle, hand or whatever your sporting connection and write the World Cancer Day hashtag on it – #WeCanICan

 

2. Take a photo of you, your team or your club with the #WeCanICan hashtag

 

3. Show your support by sharing your photo as far and wide as you can across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, including #WeCanICan and #WorldCancerDay in your post.

 

http://www.worldcancerday.org/about/2016-2018-world-cancer-day-campaign 

 

You could

 

JOIN THE WCD THUNDERCLAP CAMPAIGN

 

Thunderclap is a tool that facilitates the mass dissemination of messages via Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr by simultaneously posting to the accounts of those who support the campaign. This is a great way to give the campaign visibility and increase the chances of ‘trending’ on social media platforms.

 

For our Thunderclap to go live, we need the support of a minimum of 500 individuals for the message to be broadcast.

 

http://www.worldcancerday.org/about/2016-2018-world-cancer-day-campaign

 

Have a look at their website for other ideas.

 

You can also buy a Unity Band from cancerresearchuk.org or your local Cancer Research UK shop.

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/donate/world-cancer-day/unity-bands