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‘Restore Your Curves and Confidence’

 

 

Have you struggled to find well-fitting bras following a mastectomy or do you know someone who has? Have you got a favourite dress or top that doesn’t seem to fit as well since your surgery? Bring it along to the Eloise Breast Cancer Fitting Suite on Oct 26th between 3 and 7pm and we will help to restore your curves and confidence by showing you how a correctly fitted bra can transform your silhouette.

In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month Eloise is throwing open its doors to welcome post-surgical ladies from across the region for an evening themed ‘Restoring Curves and Confidence’.  Whilst enjoying a complimentary glass of Bucks Fizz and canopies visitors can take advantage of a Bra fitting by specialist fitters from Eloise, a bespoke ‘Eye Brow Bar’ with Clarins make-up experts who will be transforming eyebrows that may have been damaged or lost through chemo, a demonstration of important exercises to undertake after surgery from Pilates instructor April Tarabella of AT sports injury clinic  and a charity raffle in aid of Bosom Pals, a local  Breast Cancer  charity which will include a fabulous Spa Day kindly donated by Champneys Henlow Grange.

The Eloise suite for post-surgical lingerie and swimwear was opened by the Mayor of Milton Keynes earlier this summer and has already proved popular with Beds, Herts and Bucks residents. With referrals each week from Luton and Dunstable, Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals as well as a constant stream of visitors from the surrounding areas; the Eloise team have been busy restoring the curves to post-surgical ladies by fitting them with bras and swimwear suitable for use with breast forms (prosthesis) since they opened back in June this year.

Eloise look forward to welcoming you along to the ‘Restore Your Curves and Confidence’ open evening on October 26th 3-7pm at 23 Shirwell Crescent, Furzton, Milton Keynes MK4 1GA

To register for your place please contact Julie Hardcastle on 01908 340094

 

 

 

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Autumn Leaves

 

You can fight it as much as you like but there’s no getting away from it. Summer is almost over and Autumn is just around the corner.  We know this because the roads are a nightmare as the kids have gone back to school, (on the bright side the shops are quieter) those long summer evenings are not as long AND the Weatherman told us.

 

Not only is Autumn one of our favourite seasons, Autumnal is our favourite word. There is so much to see and do in Autumn, the colours are amazing, it’s not too hot or too cold. All you need to wear is a pair of ankle boots, jeans and your favourite jacket finished off with a scarf, and of course… don’t forget a properly fitted bra. A properly fitted bra not only gives you the correct support but it also helps you look good. It can be daunting trying to find the correct bra to wear especially after surgery so why not have a look at our fitting guides for help and advice.

 

Once your outfits sorted you can choose your trip? The V&A museum has an Interesting Exhibition, Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear which explores the history of underwear from the 18th Century to the Present day. It includes post-surgery bras. The exhibition runs until the 12 March 2017.  Or you could visit The York Castle Museum their new exhibit Shaping the body: 400 years of fashion, food and life looks at how our bodies have changed over the last 400 years.

 

Autumn is a great time to be outdoors. Trees become a blaze of colour and those crisp mornings of late autumn are a joy to see. One of our favourite place to visit is Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury Gloucestershire, it has a beautiful collection of Japanese Maples. For the autumn colours you could visit Grizedale Forest in the Lake District or Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest in Kent.

 

Forests and woods are great places to visit as a family. There are heaps and heaps of beautiful autumn leaves to kick through or bring home for various crafting activities. Or why not visit the coast? The blustery autumnal weather brings a whole new perspective to the seaside. 

 

Do you find that autumn feels a bit like a new term? That new term feeling never seems to leave us even if we left school many moons ago. It’s the time we restart our new year’s resolutions. With the weather being a bit cooler it’s a good time to complete that exercise regime we planned. Perhaps it’s the Couch to 5 K or just going out for a 20 minute walk each day. If you start now you may be able to get into that little black dress for the festive season.

   

So there’s no need to feel down now summer is over. Embrace the Autumn, put on a warm woolly jumper and visit that pub with the roaring fire.

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Interesting facts to impress your friends with

 

It’s supposed to be summer so can someone please tell us what happened to “Flaming June?” Someone said to us the other day, “What do you expect? Summer doesn’t start until 21st June.  Does it?   We thought it was the 1st June. To win the argument we did some investigating ourselves and discovered that there’s not a straightforward answer… There are three methods:  meteorological, astronomical and phenological, to help us decide. 

Meteorologists say it’s to do with the weather & they say Summer starts 1 June. Astronomers say it’s to do with the planets & equinox’s and they say Summer starts between 20 & 22 June. Phenological is a new one on us however, this is to do with plants & animals and we are not sure we really understand it to be honest!  So it seems that it’s up to you to decide when summer begins. If you want a little more information have a look at the BBC’s “When do the seasons begin and end?” article which we found very interesting.

In any case and whichever method you subscribe to the Summer has now officially begun so we thought we’d give you some more interesting facts you can amaze your friends with at the pub on those long summer evenings: –

Have you ever wondered why the Queen has 2 Birthday’s?  According to royalmint.com “Her Majesty the Queen celebrates two birthdays every year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June.”

“Official celebrations to mark a sovereign’s birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer. King Edward VII, for example, was born on 9 November, but his official birthday was marked throughout his reign in May or June when there was a greater likelihood of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour.”

Did you know that The War of the Roses started in St Albans outside the door of the Old Boot pub in Market Place?

About 2,500,000 Mill & Boon books were acquired during the construction of the M6 Toll road. The novels were pulped at a recycling firm in south Wales and used in the preparation of the top layer of the West Midlands motorway.

The most popular tube journey is Leicester Square to Covent Garden Tube station even though it is quicker by foot  Being the shortest also makes it the most expensive!

We know that 2016 marks 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death but did you know that he has been credited by the Oxford English Dictionary with introducing almost 3,000 words to the English language!

This is our favourite fact “The Statue of Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) in Parliament Square has a mild electric current running through it to stop pigeons perchingor snow forming on Churchill’s bald head.”

Our final fact is this: if you choose your swimwear carefully and make sure it fits properly there is no reason that you can’t swim after breast surgery. Check out the new collection of Anita Care swimwear for post-surgical swimming here and don’t forget that there is a new fitting suite in Milton Keynes if you live nearby!

Have fun showing off to you friends with these facts and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.

 

 

 

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Eloise Breast Cancer Fitting Suite Opens

Eloise is delighted to announce the long awaited opening of its very own Fitting Suite at Furzton Milton Keynes for post surgical ladies looking for bras, prosthesis and swimwear. Until now Eloise products and services were only available online however with the opening of this purpose built suite ladies can now book a private one-to-one appointment for a bespoke lingerie, swimwear or prosthesis fitting in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

The Eloise fitting suite will officially open on Friday June 24th 2016 and will offer ladies the chance to choose from a fabulous array of lingerie and swimwear. The centre will also be offering advice on fit, choice and best styles for each lady according to her individual requirements all in the privacy of a beautifully decorated suite with a trained post surgical bra and prosthesis fitter.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Milton Keynes will be attending to cut the ribbon on the new centre and say a few words on the impact of the new fitting suite for those who have previously struggled to find this type of advice and bespoke service outside of a medical environment.  A representative for Eloise said of the opening “It has been our dream for several years to be able to have a bespoke fitting suite, tastefully decorated with relaxing and calm surroundings for ladies to come to at a convenient time for themselves to be fitted for lingerie, breast forms and swimwear. We are absolutely delighted to have made this dream a reality and look forward to welcoming our post-surgical ladies through the door very soon”

Ladies wishing to make an appointment for a fitting at the new Eloise fitting suite should contact Julie Hardcastle on 01908 340094 to arrange a convenient time.

Please share this with anyone you know who might benefit from this new facility.

Address

Eloise Fitting Suite

23 Shirwell Crescent,

Furzton,

Milton Keynes

MK4 1GA

For appointments please call 01908 340 094

 

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Why Do We Mix Up Our Loved Ones Names?

 

Do you find your family, especially your children, grandchildren and sometimes your siblings getting increasingly frustrated with you because you can’t get their name right? You call them everyone else’s name and sometimes even the dogs. You shouldn’t take it personally or as a sign of old age.

 

This article from the Daily Mail “Why we sometimes mix up the names of our loved ones” tells us why we do it.

According to a new study from Duke University researchers say \’misnaming\’ is a common cognitive mistake that follows predictable patterns and can even indicate what relationship category you consider your loved ones to be in.

 

When a person calls a close friend or family member by the wrong name, they aren\’t just blurting a random name. And despite what many believe, it isn\’t a question of aging, the researchers explain. People in the same relationship category are often called by each other\’s names. This means that friends\’ names are mistaken for others\’, or family members are called by the name of another family member.

\’It\’s a cognitive mistake we make, which reveals something about who we consider to be in our group,\’ said David Rubin, a psychology and neuroscience professor at Duke, and one of the authors of the study. \’It\’s not just random.\’

 

Researchers conducted five separate surveys of more than 1,700 respondents to determine the many ways people mix up the names of their loved ones. The findings even apply to the family dog. Participants in the study reported that they frequently call their family members by the name of their dog, while no other kinds of pets were associated with this type of slip.

\’I\’ll preface this by saying I have cats and I love them. But our study does seem to add to evidence about the special relationship between people and dogs,\’ says Samantha Deffler, a PhD student at Duke. \’Also, dogs will respond to their names much more than cats, so those names are used more often. Perhaps because of that, the dog\’s name seems to become more integrated with people\’s conceptions of their families.\’

 The researchers also found that phonetic similarities play a role in misnaming, while physical similarities mostly do not. Names that begin or end with similar sounds, like Michael and Mitchell, are more likely to be confused for each other, as are names that have a common vowel sound, like John and Bob. But, parents will still mix up the names of their children even if they look nothing alike and are different genders.

While this cognitive mistake is often attributed to aging, researchers say that college undergraduates are guilty of misnaming as well.

 So if you do mix up your friends and family names it’s not because you are getting old, it’s because you love them.

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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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Top Tips for Packing

 

We found these great packing tips on Trip Adviser * and wanted to share them with you straight away. These are especially handy if you are planning a short haul trip where the luggage allowances are so tight. Budget airlines are great for last minute getaways but the fees can be very expensive if you go slightly over the rather meagre weight allowance. The below tips will give some great ideas for ways to beat the fees.

Pack light to travel light. If you can manage with a carry-on, do it. Try taking half of the things you need and twice the money. You can make buying a few new items a fun part of the adventure.

We like this one… Pack a sleep mask and ear plugs. These can come in handy on a plane, train or in your hotel room. We use these a lot, especially the ear plugs!

Capitalise on empty suitcase space. Roll your clothes, instead of folding them. Stuff socks, underwear, and accessories inside of shoes. Leave no space unused.

Keep a sarong or pashmina in your carry-on. They can be used as a blanket on the plane, a scarf if it’s cold or a shawl on an evening out.

Bag it. Kitchen sandwich bags can be used to hold your accessories, vacuum pack bags can be space savers, and bin bags have multiple uses (laundry bag, shoe covers).

Skip airport snacks and bring your own. You can save yourself a bit of money and keep your hunger at bay in case you have a delayed flight.

Create compartments. Two words: packing cube. If you are visiting more than one city during your trip, packing cubes will keep your suitcase organised and save you from having to pack and unpack.

Share your packing space. Travelling as a couple? Split your clothes between two suitcases on the off chance one of them gets lost during the flight.

Bring a multi-socket extension cord. Although newer hotels have USB ports in rooms, it’s best to have an extra outlet to charge all of your electronics at once.

Make photocopies before leaving home. If you’re travelling out of the country, make two photocopies of your passport. Use your smartphone to take pictures of your car in the airport’s car park and do the same for your luggage and its contents in case it gets lost.

Wear as many of your outer clothes as you can comfortably manage to save on space in your case. Don’t forget that a jacket with deep pockets is also perfect for popping smaller items into like socks, books or phone chargers etc..

Once you are there, remember that if you have forgotten any travel essentials (like toothbrushes, toothpaste or razors) then many hotel receptions offer complimentary emergency toiletries if you ask.

Also don’t forget if you are swimming to rinse out your swimsuits before hanging up to dry as chlorine from the swimming pool and salt from the sea (if you are lucky enough to be swimming in the sea ) can damage the delicate lycra fabrics that costumes and bikinis are made from.  

So all that’s left to say now is “have a fantastic trip!!”

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TripNews-a_ctr.traveltipsUK

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What to Wear to the Beach this Summer?

 

Holiday season is well and truly underway. All the travel agents have their ‘dream holiday destinations’ and ‘last chance to book for summer discounts’ on display and we can enjoy a leisurely afternoon browsing through them… all the while worrying about finding that all important swimsuit or bikini that we would wear if we travelled.  It can be daunting for those who have had a mastectomy, especially if it’s your first holiday since your op.

That’s why were so happy to see Carol McGiffins post a few weeks back.  

The former loose women presenter is a real inspiration, the 55-year-old looked happy and healthy posing in a bikini earlier this year on a well-deserved holiday. After being diagnosed with cancer in June 2014 Carol had a mastectomy, underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy.  She didn’t consider her illness a battle though. She told Closer magazine in September 2015 \”It can become a fight if you think you might lose it but, for me, it was always just about getting better.\”

Carol was on holiday in Phuket, Thailand with her fiancé Mark Cassidy. She wore a little black bikini and sunglasses. With a glass of champagne in hand she tweeted. “Look at me getting on the Champers @DreamHKT Beach Club! See, us mastectomy girls can still do bikinis! @cassola21,” We think she look’s amazing.                                                                                    

And she’s right there is no reason why you shouldn’t feel confident and look amazing on the beach. The Spring Summer 2016 Post surgery swimwear collection from Anita care has some beautiful swimsuits bikinis and tankinis which have pockets for prosthesis.  The new lines will be up on the site shortly so check back for pics of what’s available.

 

 

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Is Sugar the Real Enemy?

 

New Year is typically the time that we make all sorts of resolutions for the coming year relating to our physical and emotional well-being. We take out expensive gym memberships and promise ourselves we will attend no less than three times a week. We decide to lose weight by joining one of the weight loss classes in our area and clearing our cupboards of all junk food and alcohol and generally start the month full of good intentions. Its all good…  

But fast forward a fortnight or so and the majority of us have fallen off the wagon all together and the gym membership is being used more for the spa facilities than the treadmill if it’s being used at all. The realities of life have settled back in and our day to day lives often don’t hold the time needed to make these resolutions work. So what can we do then to encourage a healthier lifestyle?

Something we have all been talking about a lot recently at the Eloise office is sugar. Media headlines like the one below from the Daily Mail have really caught the attention of many of us who are concerned about healthy eating and lifestyles. The headline “Sugar in fizzy drinks and junk food increases chances of breast cancer and its spread to other organs, scientists claim.” was based on studies performed over six months on the effects of sugar fed to mice measured against a non-sugar and higher starch diet fed to another group over the same period. US academics fed mice a sugar-rich Western diet and claim they found increased levels of tumour growth in the breast and more potential for that cancer to spread to the lungs. You can read the story here  http://dailym.ai/1JudPk1

The headline is not the only one in recent months to have identified sugar as the real baddie in the cupboard. Many nutritionists such as Zoe Harcombe (http://www.zoeharcombe.com/  have spoken extensively about the need to reduce our sugar intake and also about the hidden sugars in our food that we are probably not even aware of.

A quick check through the store cupboard reveals sugar included the list of ingredients in just about everything we buy from the supermarket in a box, tin or packet. If you check your cupboards you will be shocked to discover that there is sugar in breakfast cereals (even the so called healthy ones), bread, tinned foods, packet ham and cooked meats (could be listed as dextrose, fructose etc…), tomato sauce, soups, pickled onions as well as the obvious culprits  like fruit juices, biscuits cakes etc.

Sugar is a relatively new ingredient for human consumption as Zoe Harcombe quite succinctly puts here If we have been eating food in the form that nature intended for 24 hours, agriculture (large scale access to carbohydrates) developed four minutes ago and sugar consumption has increased twenty fold in the last five seconds. I wonder which food is more likely to be responsible for obesity, diabetes, or indeed any modern disease…”

With scientific research increasingly linking sugar consumption to cancer perhaps a better and more realistic New Year’s resolution for us all should be to reduce our ‘hidden sugar’ intake. This can be easily achieved by checking in the ingredients list of everything we buy, take an extra hour as you go round the supermarket to check the labels on everything, and be very wary of any processed food. Even stock cubes can contain sugar!!!!

Let us know how you get on.

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Thank you to all our customers in 2015

Eloise would like to say a big thank you to all of our customers in 2015. We never forget that it is you wonderful ladies, all of whom have been through so much,that continue to support us in supporting you. In an ideal world there would be no need for a post-surgical lingerie site like this one but sadly, until breast cancer is defeated once and for all, we will continue to need post surgical lingerie and here at Eloise, we for one are determined that it need not be boring!!!

There are some exciting new styles coming later in 2016 like the featured image of Fleur which is also available with a co-ordinating lace bandeau panel and the best selling Josephine in a lovely new silver mint for spring. We also have Ella, another popular choice, ready to pop in cayenne pepper while new on the scene Miss Ribbon and a special bra – Valentina, will also make their bow.Keep checking back to see these exciting new styles and colours as they are loaded up to the site early in the new year.

So whatever you are doing over the holiday season, relaxing at home, staying with friends or family or travelling abroad to warmer climes make sure that you enjoy yourselves and have fun and from everyone here at Eloise we wish you a healthy and prosperous 2016.

 

See you in the New Year!

From all at Eloise xx