Archive for January, 2015

LOVE IS IN THE AIR…

Hear that? It’s my friend Cupid swishing through the air with his amorous bow and arrow in hand, readying himself for February’s month of love! To celebrate the season of Saint Valentine this year, we’re allowing naughty events experts, Killing Kittens, to hijack our Petits Bisous basement and host a series of risqué soirées. Or why not pop along to our February event at Bluebird, where we’ll be showcasing all of our most popular styles to induce passion when 14th looms? We’ve got cute chiffons, saucy silks, fun maribous and wonderful little pom-pom panties to bring out your playful side. All that in addition to our push-up bras, thongs, teddies and camis to suit every style and body shape. And for those who need a little helping hand? February is traditionally the month when we find ourselves inundated with men. Because as we ladies can vouch for, receiving some really heavenly lingerie on Valentine’s Day is a whole lot better than a wilting bunch of flowers! So my advice to the poor men folk who are often a little shy and clueless is…shake off those inhibitions and indulge your wildest fantasies – because there’s no better time to do it! I know it’s become terribly trendy to be cynical about Valentine’s Day, but I’m waging a campaign to put the romance and passion back into this dreary winter month with luxurious lingerie – and lots of love of course! Remember – romance isn’t about having the perfect bum; it’s about having the confidence to wear something fabulous and the desire to do something different – even if it’s just for one night. And after 40 years of marriage let me tell you, it’s never too late to make the effort. So what about me, I hear you cry? I’ve spent wonderful Valentine’s Days in Paris – that most romantic of cities. But really, what could be nicer than going out for dinner, exchanging a few little gifts – then going home to your own bed with your beloved? Let’s hear it for love this February!

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WHICH CELLULITE TYPE ARE YOU?

Orange peel, cottage cheese, dimply thighs, cellulite. Whatever you like to call it, it’s safe to say that this particular beauty conundrum is one of the most loathed of them all – and the trickiest to budge. And while it’s all too easy to think, ‘out of sight, out of mind’ while our thighs and buttocks are still cosily encased within our winter tights or trousers, a course of six to eight treatments, spaced a week to 10 days apart, is the key to blasting those fat pockets into oblivion – so now’s the time to start. The problem is that many salon treatments take a ‘one size fits all’ approach to cellulite. Yet as we know, the best things in life are likely to be tailored to you. Which means tackling the exact type of cellulite you suffer from is the only way you’re going to get the results you want. So which cellulite club are you in?

Hard cellulite

You have: Lumpy thighs that feel firm to the touch – this most commonly occurs in younger women.

The tailor-made solution: A Biologique Recherche and VelaShape III combination treatment to heat the layers of the skin and breakdown those stubborn ‘hard’ fat deposits. It can also help you lose up to a nine-inch circumference from your hips, thighs and buttocks – so it’s a win-win situation!

Soft cellulite:

You have: More common in older women who tend to have a greater level of fat around the thighs – yet it feels soft to the touch.

The tailor-made solution: A combination of Radio Frequency and Ultrasound to tighten skin, reduce water retention, and flush out that fat.

Either way:

Remember, that to get the best results, you need to take a multi-pronged approach. Which means cutting down on dairy (bye-bye cheese!) and sugar (and yes, I do mean that sneaky glass of wine). Try cooking in coconut oil for a dose of ‘healthy’ fat – and skip your evening meal every so often if you really want extra brownie points.

Cellulite is tough – but at EF, we like to think that we’re even tougher!

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NEW YEAR, NEW GOALS

Yes, it’s that time of year again. When we’re making resolutions, (thou shalt get fit, lose weight, drink more green juices etc etc), and planning our goals for the 11 remaining months of the year. And here’s what I’ve come up with…you can hold me to these come December!

Expand: 2015 is going to be the year of expansion – I can just feel it. My lips are still very much sealed right now, but let’s just say I’ve been searching for the next EF MEDISPA clinic sites – both in the UK and oversees. I’m also looking at incorporating more medical grade procedures into the existing clinics – so it’s going to be a fun-filled year of (fingers crossed) looking better than ever!

Travel: Paris, India, Spain…all trips I have planned – before April! Top on my globetrotting hit list is a friend’s 70th birthday in India. It’s guaranteed to be a multi-day affair but my friend has promised me some early morning yoga and chill time for some Ayurvedic massages.

Dine: Now this is a tough one, because I generally pride myself on getting to the latest places in town…pronto! But I still haven’t been to Aqua at The Shard – so I’ve made it a priority on my ‘must do’ list for 2015.

Lift: My jaw area, that is! In 2014 we brought you the Lace Lift, which requires inserting dissolvable ‘threads’ beneath the skin to defy the effects of gravity and activate new collagen and elastin production at the same time. This year, I’m looking at the Pinch Lift – a new procedure that will tackle that notoriously tricky jaw area.

Seek help from the stars: The fabulous astrologer, Linda Joyce has already given me my chart for 2015…and it’s all about business partnerships. As a self-confessed control freak, finding compatible people to work with can be a challenge for me. So now, every time I have a prospective partnership on the horizon, I’m going to run it by Linda first!

Here’s to a happy, healthy, beautiful and prosperous year ahead!

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