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Anita Wellbeing Bra

Today we really wanted to talk about being comfortable in your bra!!  We are heading into the weekend and traditoinally that might the time we take things a bit easier, slip into some lounge wear instead  of our work clothes and generally let our hair down a bit. But how many times does your bra let you down in the comfort stakes?

We think we have found the answer. The Wellbeing Bra from Anita Care is great for relaxing in. It’s supportive enough to wear for light activities like yoga or walking and is the perfect ultimate comfort bra, even soft enough to sleep in. The one piece lining and seam free edges minimise pressure and chafing and for that reason it’s also ideal for use during or after radiotherapy.

So this weekend, dont put up with an uncomfortable bra, get the Wellbeing Bra from Anita and relax in style…

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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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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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What Your Underwear Says About You

The recent article on Good HouseKeeping.com about underwear choices made us laugh. It claimed that the diffferent styles of lingerie we choose can tell a lot about a person and there are some humourous comments in it. Apparently high waisted knickers scream old Hollywood Glamour, Boy Short wearers are usually running late, those who choose thongs are particulary ambitious while cotton bikini lovers are known to be happy. There are many more and its fun to see where you fit amongst the lingerie styles under scrutiny.

But it set us thinking about our own underwear drawers and what they actually DO reveal about us. We agreed that if we are feeling a bit down on ourseves, perhaps we have put on some weight, perhaps we are post surgery, perhaps we are going through some worries (goodness knows there are plenty of those) then we can tend to neglect our underwear drawers.We can be a bit less picky about matching our bra and knickers, we might choose plain nude instead of exciting brights and lets face it, we might not bother replacing that ‘ready for the bin’ bra that has stretched out of shape but feels super comfy when we wear it.

Conversly, when we are feeling good, energised and confident then suddenly we pay more attention to what we are pulling out of the cupboard in the morning. Suddenly it seems really important that our bra matches our knickers, that the colour is matched to what we are wearing. That it fits well and looks good. And we feel even better for it.

So it follows, we decided, that we could probably do a lot to lift our spirits when we are feeling a bit low by making sure we are wearing well fitting and attractive underwear. Instead of thinking,’I feel rubbish today so I’m not going to bother about what I put on’ we could say ‘I feel rubbish today, I’m going to dress well and give myself a boost’. This is even more important if you are post-surgery and feeling less confident that you did before your operation. And of course, our underwear is the foundation for the rest of the outfit. It all starts there.

So…what DOES your underwear say about you? If you think that yours needs a revamp then check out the beautiful feminine bras and knickers on Elosie.co.uk and treat yourself to some pretty and well fitting underwear. You will feel better for it!!

 

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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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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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What exactly is a Post-Surgery Bra?

 

A quick survey of our friends and family here at Eloise revealed that a surprising number of women don’t know what a post-surgery bra is.  We thought it was time to clear up the confusion and explain the purpose and the benefits of using one of these super comfortable bras.

Basically anybody undergoing breast surgery, be that for medical reasons or cosmetic, will find that the recovery period can take a good few weeks or more during which the patient is likely to find that their breasts are swollen and pretty sore. You need to treat them very gently during this period, as you would any other area of the body that you were operated on. Imagine having an operation on your big toe and then forcing your foot into a tight fitting boot. You just wouldn’t, you would slide it into a nice soft slipper until it healed. Likewise trying to put on an underwire bra after surgery would be very uncomfortable and wouldn’t offer your breasts the right support either. It would not be nice!

Enter the post-surgery bra. Often looking a bit like a sports bra they are front fastening and designed to be worn day and night during the recovery to keep the breasts nicely supported as they heal. Because of this it’s a good idea to buy two or three before the surgery as you will want to be washing and changing them regularly, only buying one could prove problematic (or a little unhygienic eek!)

We sell several post-surgery bras on the Eloise website, each has its own merits and all will serve to keep you super comfortable during your Post-Surgery period . Why not have a look at the styles available and remember that if you have surgery planned you should buy them in advance, you won’t want to wait till afterwards. The Salvia post-surgery/radiotherapy bra is one of our favourites.

You don’t need to worry about them being redundant after you heal either…another bonus of a good quality post-surgery bra is that they make a great sleep bra after you have healed. Sometimes there are days when you really don’t want to feel constricted and the post-surgery bra will be sitting there happy to oblige on those days when you just want to be comfy. They are also great to use for plane travel when the altitude can make you feel really swollen and your regular bra might be cutting in… Just choose your post-surgery bra for travel and you won’t even know you are wearing it!

 

So there we are, post-surgery bras explained. Please share this with any ladies you think may not be aware of what they are…after all, caring’s sharing!

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What to wear when exercising after surgery

 

It’s that time of year again and whether we like it or not the festive season is fast approaching. We’re beginning to think about trying on that little black dress. The big question being will it fit? So the thing to do is try it on, if it fits you can sit back and be smug. For the rest of us it’s time to don our trainers, sports gear and start running or at least walking. It can be daunting starting to exercise again after surgery especially knowing what to wear to feel secure and look good. Here’s somethings to keep in mind when choosing your prosthesis, swimwear and sports bras.

 Prosthesis

 As with bra fitting, each prosthesis is different so it is important to find the right one for you. There are different weight, colour and volume options to choose from and we can help advise you on which is most suitable. We would recommend you visit our Fitting Suite if possible for a personal fitting. If you can’t we have a fitting guide on our website which will help. Things to keep in mind are the shape, weight, style and what you are going to be doing. For example, our Active Ocean Swimform prosthesis is waterproof and designed not to be harmed by salt or chlorine and has vertical grooves for water draining, perfect for all water activities.

 Mastectomy Swimwear

 Our post-surgery swimsuits and bikinis have been designed with discreet modifications which are so subtle that they can be worn by anyone, whether you have had surgery, or not. All our swimsuits have pockets to accommodate your breast swimform or prosthesis. The slightly higher necklines and closer underarm fitting give good coverage, and the soft pre-formed cups provide maximum support and natural contour to flatter your figure.

 As well as your bra size, take into account your height and hip measurements. It is best to choose your swimsuit by dress size so that you know it is going to fit your entire body. If for example, you wear a size 36C bra but are a dress size 12, then you should choose a size 34 swimsuit which will give you the equivalent of a dress size 12. All of our mastectomy swimsuits are fitted with pockets to hold your breast prosthesis securely in place. As the pockets fit right into the front of each cup, like a lining, they are suitable whether you wear a full or partial prosthesis and if you use a self-adhesive form.

 Sports Bra

 A good fitting sports bra is a must for any sporting activity. It will help avoid pain and over stretching the sensitive connective tissues. Our sports bras such as the Vivana sports bra have pockets on both sides, soft breathable fast drying microfiber that keeps the wearer cool and comfortable.  The soft edgings and deep felt lined under band anchors the bra without causing pressure on the skin.

For more information, have a look at our fitting guides or call Julie Hardcastle on 01908 340 094 at our fitting suite for advice.

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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.