Going on a cruise this winter? Don’t waste time trawling around the high street for a costume….

Look just the part on your cruise this winter in any of our range of Jets swimwear.  Classic colours and beautiful shapes – a great investment to give you confidence.

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Post Surgery Support Bras

Just when you are feeling at your least attractive the wonderful breast care nurses present you with what can only be described as a workhouse corset to take home!

Two things to say about this – firstly wearing the right sort of support bra after surgery and also for ongoing activity post mastectomy and also post reconstruction is vital. Secondly it doesn’t have to be an off-peach coloured monstrosity designed to make you feel less attractive than a namatee!

lace rose mastectomy braTake a look at our lovely range of mastectomy bras suitable for post surgery and post reconstruction – they range from soft and feminine to lacy and sexy – designed to suit the new you with care and comfort in mind but with stylish looks that will make you feel great and quickly get you back to feeling feminine and normal. We recommend that even if you are just walking the dog you were the right sort of support, you don’t have to be running a marathon to take care of your boobs!

 

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Should swimsuits be my first choice?

Okay so I’m 55 years old have only one real boob following my mastectomy and reconstruction a couple of years ago, I’m not in terribly bad shape and most of the time I wear bikinis probably to maximise the tanning area but also because they tend to be prettier than most swimming costumes or even tankinis.

However, following my surgery for breast cancer and the resulting scars, irregular shape and general lack of a cleavage I am now much more cautious when I am getting active down by the pool or at the beach. So this year when we were in Turkey and I was dragged onto an inflatable sofa being pulled very quickly behind a speed boat sitting unfortunately between my 16 year old daughter and her second Joe of the holiday (no he was really called Joe and he was the second boy called Joe to have been stalking her since we arrived!) I had opted for my very comfortable and more concealing Jets Classic Boyleg swimsuit from our Caleya Cruise Swimwear Collection. Oh boy was I pleased with this choice – not only did I come away from the experience with all body parts still covered but as I crawled out of the sea I was greeted by Joe II’s mother looking very stylish in kaftan and matching nail varnish who promptly told me how brave I was and asked me where I got my beautiful costume from – success!

Sadly Joe II didn’t last long but I made a plan to wear my swimming costumes more often – not just save them for the more active moments of my holiday.

 

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Here’s to a Happy, Healthy and Fun-filled 2015

Every year that goes by that takes me further away from my diagnosis with breast cancer year I thank my lucky stars and I hope they stay with me throughout the next 12 months and hope that the lucky stars are shining on all of us for 2015.
The new year always starts for me with plans to get fitter, take more care of myself, slow down and smell the roses more often but it’s not always easy, I’m not a naturally zen sort of person even though I know how much sense it makes. Even after my mastectomy and reconstruction surgery I felt inclined to get up and get on with life at the usual pace I had always enjoyed and that is where Caleya mastectomy-swimwear came in – I thought if I could do something useful that supported all those of us who still want to look great on the beach, at the spa, and on the cruise ship regardless of breast cancer then the time and energy to incorporate another business into my life would be worth it.

It is – with my great mates Mel and Jen we have enjoyed every moment of making Caleya stand out from the crowd and if you have had a difficult year with breast cancer, are going out seeking the sunshine this January to celebrate the new year in style here at Caleya swimwear we hope you find the perfect costume, bikini or tankini to suit your style.

Happy holidays

Victoria

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So how do you dress to look good after a mastectomy?

So how do you dress to look good after a mastectomy? For any woman, undergoing surgery for breast cancer is a devastating experience. Not only are you confronted with the possibility of losing your breast but also a sudden and distressing change in appearance.

The sudden and enforced change to your body shape can lead to a loss of self esteem and confidence, which in turn affects your body image.

Many women, respond by covering up more, hiding themselves beneath dark, baggy shapes and layers. Clothes shopping for your new body shape can be a distressing experience. As for undressing in public, the very prospect of communal changing rooms is enough to deter some women from shopping altogether.

The key to regaining your confidence and feeling good about yourself is to stop focusing on your ‘problem’ area. Many women develop a distorted body image, believing that their breast loss is far more visible to others than it really is.

What you wear underneath your clothes is just as important as the clothes themselves.  A good breast form and the right bra are a great start. You shouldn’t feel forced to choose from dull ranges of hefty mastectomy ‘pocket’ bras with thick straps. You can select any normal bra style, as long as it offers good separation between the cups, encases your breast form and offers adequate support.

Fight the urge to shy away from revealing necklines and eye-catching accessories. If you’re concerned about high scarring or lack of breast tissue on your chest, then get a friend who you trust to take a long hard look at you in your clothes and give you an honest opinion. You may be surprised just how much of your décolletage you can reveal before anything untowards becomes apparent.

If you’ve fallen in love with a dress or top but feel the neckline is too revealing, don’t reject it, make it less plunging with a by wearing it with a vest top underneath or a brooch.

Look for dresses or tops with gentle draping, soft ruffles, asymmetrical designs or patterns. Embrace accessories. These can help camouflage, distract or just make an outfit pop.

Consider cutting your hair short before you start chemo, this will make any hair loss less obvious.

AND remember, The key to confidence is not to focus on your problem area but to show off your positives. Your breasts are way more obvious to you than to anyone else.

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Fitness, Breast Cancer & Sports Bras

When it comes to health, there are not too many things that everyone agrees on these days and the media are so fond of sensationalising stories surrounding cancer prevention that I am not sure from one week to the next if I should or shouldn’t have a glass of red wine, should or shouldn’t eat brazil nuts or even drink some brands of bottled water!!

One thing that everyone seems to agree on are the benefits of exercise. Here at Caleya – Jen runs marathons, Mel can’t be kept off her in-office running machine and I just love the countryside outside my house whether I am jogging, walking & chatting or trying to do some serious training, nothing beats watching the changing seasons.

I have however found it difficult to replace my gym work outs and keep my muscles toned so here are some hot tips from some people that really know their stuff: http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/fitness-fact-article/3320/exercise-for-breast-cancer/

And don’t forget that whether you have had a mastectomy, reconstruction or lumpectomy please, please, please make sure you have the right support bra – doesn’t matter how slow you are moving, even walking the dog can create discomfort if you don’t take care. Caleya have a whole range from super support to sexy support – take a look and enjoy your exercise whatever form it takes: http://www.caleya.co.uk/mastectomy-bras/ Here is my favouriteMastectomy or reconstruction - this is a perfect sports bra

 

Have fun

Vicki

 

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Luxury Mastectomy Swimwear

Caleya specialises in top end luxury mastectomy swimwear we have trawled the world looking for the very best designer mastectomy costumes, luxury mastectomy tankinis and the most beautifully designed mastectomy bikinis. It has not been easy, but we now have designers from Australia, Holland, Spain and the UK and are shortly going to be introducing a new mastectomy swimwear designer from Italy who has a very poignant family story to tell.

Our luxury mastectomy swimwear has many features; beautiful designs that suit all sort of shapes and sizes that also cover and protect all manner of mastectomy surgery scars, unbalanced breast reconstructions and suits for those that have chosen not to have implants. Our designs are made from beautiful fabrics and prints, have good support and slightly wider straps for comfort. A lot has gone into the design of our top of the range mastectomy swimwear and we are proud to be presenting it on our site.

We are sorry that we cannot compete with the prices on the high street but, as in most areas of retail, you pay for what you get and our margins, if anything, are much smaller than the big retail outlets due to the boutique nature of our offering. We hope you like our selection – we know what good value these costumes are and when you feel the material, see the prints and more importantly try them on – you too will understand the value and thank our special luxury mastectomy swimwear designers for their time and effort to look after those of us who are looking for something special.

The Black Floral JETS Designer Costume – is simply beautiful

Here is one of our favourites, this beautiful black floral JETS costume always attracts the most attention at our exhibitions and shows.

Do get in touch if we can help you

Regards Victoria x

 

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Navy & White – still the best choice for stylish swimwear

Here at Caleya we have just been getting organised for the Autumn season and thinking about all those lucky ladies who are planning their swimwear selections for winter sunshine, winter cruises or spa breaks.

We still think that the JETS navy and white or black and white swimming costumes, tankinis and bikinis are the most stylish around. Classic cuts, stylish details and simple elegance will help show off bodies of all shapes and sizes to their best advantage. These costumes are perfect for cruising – we know how the classic navy & white costumes cut a dash by the pool or on the sun loungers. The navy polka dot bikinis add a bit of fun to the poolside bars and for those who like to cover up a multitude of sins the tankinis are the perfect answer.

These costumes, tankinis and bikinis are all designed for everyone in mind but also work if you have had a single or double mastectomy. They are from the JETS classic range which is not specifically for those ladies who have had a mastectomy or reconstruction surgery.

We hope you like them  – Victoria xx

 

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Sabrina Ghayour’s butternut squash with pistachio, pesto, feta and pomegranate seeds

Sabrina Ghayour’s butternut squash with pistachio, pesto, Feta and pomegranate seeds

Butternut squash is often perceived as bland. Taking inspiration from an Asian pesto-and-squash dish made by my friend, the chef Tony Singh, I came up with my own Persian pistachio pesto, adding salty crumbled feta cheese and a handful of vibrant pomegranate seeds for a burst of flavour. The result? It has become one of my most popular supper club dishes of all time.

Serves:  2 as a main or 4 as a side dish
Preparation time:  15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

You will need
1 large butternut squash, quartered lengthways and deseeded
4 tbsp olive oil
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
150g feta cheese
100g pomegranate seeds

For the pesto:
100g shelled pistachio nuts
70g Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese, chopped into rough chunks
Olive oil
1 small bunch of coriander, leaves picked
1 small bunch of parsley, leaves picked
1 small bunch of dill, leaves picked
3 tbsp chilli oil
Juice of 1 lemon

Method
1. In a food processor, blitz the pistachios and cheese together, adding a generous amount of olive oil to slacken the mixture. Put all the herbs into the food processor with a little more olive oil as well as the chilli oil and lemon juice and blitz again, then add a handful of crushed sea salt and give the mixture one last blitz. Taste the pesto, ensuring it has enough salt and acidity, then allow it to rest in the refrigerator until you need it.
2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas mark 6. Once the oven is hot, rub each wedge of butternut squash with the oil, season generously with sea salt and black pepper and place it on a baking sheet lined with non-stick baking paper.
3. Roast the squash for about 45 to 50 minutes, or just until the edges have begun to char slightly. You want to blacken the edges a little – this gives them a nice chewy texture. To check the squash to see if it is properly cooked, insert a knife into the flesh – if it slides clean through, the squash is ready. If you feel resistance, return the squash to the oven for a few more minutes.
4. Serve each wedge of butternut squash on a plate, drizzled generously with the vibrant green pesto. Crumble the feta cheese on top and scatter over the pomegranate seeds to finish.

Recipe, Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour (Mitchell Beazley) 

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Greek Salad Recipe – healthy and delicious

Greek Salad Recipe

 

Jamie shows us how to make a classic Greek salad, great on its own or as an accompaniment to kebabs

Jamie: “This salad is known and loved around the world. Those of you who’ve been lucky enough to eat this salad in Greece will know that when it’s made well it’s absolute heaven. Hopefully this recipe will help you achieve the big bold flavours it’s known for. The trick is to pay attention to the small details that make it so wonderful: things like finding the ripest tomatoes, good Greek olive oil, beautiful olives, creamy feta and lovely herbs.”

Ingredients

  • 1 medium ripe tomato
  • 200g ripe cherry tomatoes
  • 1 beef tomato
  • 1 medium red onion, peeled
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 green pepper
  • A handful of fresh dill
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves
  • A large handful of black olives, stoned
  • Sea salt
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp good-quality Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 200g block of feta cheese
  • 1 tsp dried oregano

Method

1. I think it’s quite nice to have different shapes and sizes in a salad, so cut your medium tomato into wedges, halve the cherry tomatoes and slice the beef tomato into large rounds. Put all the tomatoes into a large salad bowl. Slice the onion very finely so it’s wafer thin and add to the tomatoes. Scratch a fork down the sides of the cucumber so it leaves deep groves in the skin, then cut into thick slices. Deseed your pepper, slice into rings and add them to the salad along with the cucumber.

2. Roughly chop the dill and most of the mint leaves, reserving the smaller ones for garnish. Add the chopped herbs to the bowl of salad, then squeeze your handful of olives over so they season the vegetables, then drop them in.

3. Add a pinch of salt, the vinegar and the extra virgin olive oil. Quickly toss everything together with your hands. The minute all those flavours start working with the veg is when the magic starts to happen. Have a taste, and adjust the flavours if need be.

4. To serve, pop the block of feta right on the top of the salad. Sprinkle the oregano over the top along with the reserved mint leaves, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and take it straight to the table. It’s confident and scruffy with a bit of attitude. Delicious.

P.S. I’ve been known to pop leftover Greek salad into a liquidizer with a splash of extra virgin olive oil and a few ice cubes, then blitz it up to a smooth consistency so it’s basically a Greek gazpacho. It’s not a classic thing to do, but it is very delicious, not to mention a great way of using up leftovers!

Recipe taken from Jamie Does… by Jamie Oliver

©Jamie Oliver 2010. All rights reserved

Photography © David Loftus. All rights reserved

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