In the hustle and bustle of the lead up to and the occasion of Christmas, it is easy to feel a bit overwhelmed by everything going on. Most of us emerge from Christmas feeling well fed but potentially pretty knackered, having spent the last few weeks running around as we prepare for the holiday season.
This year, we're trying to build a bit more calm into the chaos and a bit more breathing into the bustle. Here are three tricks we've discovered that can help you step back and take a breath during a busy moment (whether that's last minute Christmas shopping, trying to cram the last bits of work into 2017 or whizzing around on Christmas morning frantically looking for the potato peeler).
Our Founder Rosie has a handy app on her phone which prompts her to do this twice a day and it's an incredible way of resetting the clock and taking a pause in the midst of a busy moment. With or without app or technology reminder (we acknowledge the irony there), mindful breathing simply involves taking a moment to sit down and focus on breathing in and out for sixty seconds. Taking deep breaths, trying to relax your muscles and really focusing on your breathing, the sound and the sensation, helps you to disconnect from the many thoughts and distractions in front of you and to just reclaim sixty seconds of calm. Even the busiest amongst us can manage this one!
Whether it's washing your hands, stirring a pot or chopping vegetables, single repetitive tasks (and there are many during the Christmas break) are a great opportunity to allow your brain to relax and slow down. Try to focus on the task in hand in precise detail, use all of your senses - look, listen, hear, smell and feel the actions as you perform them. Allow your brain to wander and lose itself or to zone out as you complete your activity. (ps. Worth keeping this trick on the downlow or you'll have all the family competing to chop the veg.)
Often the easiest way to unplug from a stressful or busy situation is to literally physically exit the situation. Use a short walk to change your scenery and to step back from busy moments. During your walk, think again about your breathing, about what you can see and hear and try to focus on the walk itself.
Don't forget - one of the few places that you can avoid your work emails, the frantic Christmas shoppers and too much time with distant relatives is the swimming pool. Most pools are open throughout the Christmas period (excluding Christmas day).
Have a wonderful Christmas!
We've developed our unique Muse Measurement sizing system to offer a comfortable, sleek and sculpting fit, whatever your shape or size.
We know that no two “size 12” bodies are the same, so our sizing is tailored to three different body shapes:
Step One: Pick your usual UK dress size from 8-20.
Step Two: Pick your bust size based on our Muse Measurements system:
|BRA CUP SIZE||AA - B||C - E||F - HH|
So if you typically wear a UK size 14 and wear a 34A bra, you’d order a 14 Hepburn. Likewise if you’re a UK size 10 and wear a 30F bra, you’d order a 10 Hendricks.
All our pieces are designed to offer stretch. However, if you’re in between sizes we recommend sizing up.
If you are very long in the body, we also recommend going up a dress size to offer additional length.
Our Swimbras & Swim Crops are designed to fit snugly so that you feel 100% secure as you move. We have developed a precise Bikini Sizing System to help you identify your correct size.
|BIKINI TOP SIZING||Cup Size|
Band Size (inches)
|26-28||8 Hepburn||8 Monroe||8 Hendricks|
|28-30||10 Hepburn||10 Monroe||10 Hendricks|
|30-32||12 Hepburn||12 Monroe||12 Hendricks|
|34-36||14 Hepburn||14 Monroe||14 Hendricks|
|38-40||16 Hepburn||16 Monroe||16 Hendricks|
|42-44||18 Hepburn||18 Monroe||18 Hendricks|
All our knickers come in standard UK dress sizes from size 8 - 18.
We currently offer all bikinis in sizes 8-18 and all swimsuits in sizes 8-20.
We are very aware that our size range is still relatively limited. We’re a small independent brand, and have focused initially on offering a highly comprehensive and effective set of products to women who wear dress sizes 8-20.
However we are very responsive to demand. If you would like to see more sizes in different types of products please get in touch at email@example.com - we'd love to hear from you.
For example, when we first launched back in June 2017 we tested customer demand for our products in sizes 8-16. So many of you got in touch to say that you were interested in our swimwear but needed larger sizes that within six months we expanded our size range up to UK size 20. We're really listening to you.
Any questions or want to check your size in more detail? Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.