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Ostomysecrets. Login to Mintel Reports - Mintel Group Ltd. Opinion: Online retail predictions for 2017 - Lingerie Insight. As we head in to the New Year, Bhavesh Unadkat, management consultant in Retail Customer Engagement Design at Capgemini makes his retail predictions for 2017. 2016 demonstrated a real shift in retailers executing more targeted and relevant content at scale. We also saw digital being used in stores to improve experiences through things like contactless payments and the use of tablets for ordering and engagement. Retailers demonstrated their versatility in finding interesting ways to adopt disruptive technologies such as Augmented Reality and the Internet of Things into their ecosytem.

I think 2017 will be a very exciting year in retail with brands competing for that share of wallet which is more diluted than ever before through the choice the customer has. Retailers are looking for ways to be more meaningful and relevant to their customers, to offer that extra bit more which is not just product and price but great service and experience. Story continues below Advertisement. Untitled. Irish woman behind Vanilla Blush's colostomy underwear business.

A DUBLIN woman has opened a new flag-ship underwear store in the east end of Glasgow. Married mother-of-two Nicola Dames suffered with bowel disease in her 20s and lived with the condition for many years before making the decision to have life changing surgery, which removed her large colon. Post operation, the underwear available lacked “femininity” and back in 2008 Nicola, now 37, embarked on her first business venture.

Since then she has developed a new line in underwear for men and woman who have suffered with similar conditions. The success of Vanilla Blush around Europe led to the opening of the first store in Glasgow. Speaking at the launch Nicola explained why the shop had an important social role in the city. “The east end is the best place for me to live and start a new business,” she said. When Glasgow secured the 2014 Commonwealth games, it was regarded as a means for change. “It’s a chance in a life time to regenerate,” she said. Choosing the right lingerie fabrics  |  Seamwork Magazine.

Stretch velvet: More of a novelty than most other lingerie fabrics listed, stretch velvet can be a fun addition to your lingerie wardrobe. The plush nap is soft and fun to wear, making great robes, leggings, or slinky slips. Be aware that stretch velvet does add bulk due to the pile, so opt to use it on garments that are not meant to be hidden beneath fitted clothing and that have minimal seams. Woven fabrics You don’t always want or need stretch when sewing lingerie. If the yarns of woven fabric are created with spandex, the fabric will have stretch.

Almost any lightweight woven fabric can be used to create gorgeous lingerie and loungewear. Chiffon and georgette: These sheer fabrics are incredibly light, flowing, and delicate. Organza: Organza is a magical silk fabric that is both light and sheer, yet stiff and strong. Charmeuse: Silk charmeuse is one of the most luxurious fabrics to wear near the skin.

Satin: Satin refers to a specific weave that results in high surface shine. Purple Wings Charity – Helping Sufferers of IBD with Ostomies regain confidence. Girls With Guts. Sara Ringer with Crohn's disease poses in her underwear with her 'poop bag' Lingerie. Picjumbo — free stock photos. Swimwear and Beachwear Market Trends. The global market for Swimwear and Beachwear is projected to reach 2.2 billion units valued at US$22.7 billion by 2022, driven by the growing affinity for active and healthy lifestyle activities like swimming, and the strong preference for beachside vacations. Also poised to benefit growth in the market is the launch of multifunctional cover-up swimwear and beachwear designed to double up as semi-casual wear for pool parties and outdoor venues such as shopping centers, resorts, and restaurants.

Emerging countries represent the global hub for growth, with Latin America led by Brazil representing the largest market worldwide. To view complete report details including the full table of contents (TOC) and to sign up for a comprehensive complimentary review of our research program including details on methodology, secondary and primary sources and summary of research findings, Crohn’s Disease | Crohn's & Colitis UK. If you’ve been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease (or even you’ve had Crohn’s for some time) you may be feeling uncertain about what it is and the potential impact it may have on your life. We’ve addressed some of the common questions about Crohn’s Disease below. You can find more in-depth information in our Crohn’s Disease booklet. If you’d prefer to speak to someone, we’re very happy to answer your questions via our Information Service What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn’s Disease is a condition that causes inflammation of the digestive system or gut. Crohn’s can affect any part of the gut, though the most common area affected is the end of the ileum (the last part of the small intestine), or the colon. The areas of inflammation are often patchy with sections of normal gut in between. Crohn’s is a chronic condition. What are the symptoms? Crohn’s is a very individual condition – the symptoms vary from person to person, and may depend on where in the gut the disease is active. Inflammatory bowel disease. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term mainly used to describe two conditions, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are long-term (chronic) conditions that involve inflammation of the gut (gastrointestinal tract). Ulcerative colitis only affects the colon (large intestine), while Crohn’s disease can affect all of the digestive system, from the mouth to the anus.

It’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference between the two main types of IBD. If this is the case, it’s known as indeterminate colitis. There are other, less common types of IBD called collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis. What are the symptoms? The main symptoms of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are similar. Pain, swelling or cramping in the tummy recurring or bloody diarrhoea weight loss extreme tiredness Not everyone has all of these symptoms, and some people may experience additional symptoms, including vomiting, anaemia and high temperature (fever). Meet Phlegm._'s Pip and Lib, the artists taking down the pressure to be perfect. 23-year-old Pip and 22-year-old Lib were fed up of being surrounded by adverts and pictures pressuring them to be perfect.

Instead of just moaning about it or feeling rubbish, they decided to do something: Phlegm._. You have to see the stunning images of the Sony World Photography Awards 2017 Phlegm._ is a collective dedicated to the idea of destroying perfection, and taking down feelings of unworthiness and imperfection as a result. It’s the creation of Pip and Lib, who want to encourage people to be who they want, not who society tells us to be. How, exactly, are they doing this? The same way we’re encouraged to feel terrible about ourselves: through words and pictures. Pip takes the pictures, Lib does the words. They met at uni, bonded over watching Prison Break, and discovered they were twin souls. Pip is a ‘bit of a hippy at heart’, working as a photographer and selling shoes on Oxford Street to make money.

‘We are just two girls who wanna change the world,’ Pip and Lib told metro.co.uk. VIDEO: 8 models with IBD prove you can still be sexy with a stoma. Nicola Dames, 37, from Glasgow, is the owner of Vanilla Blush – a shop that specialises in lingerie for people with ostomy bags. The shop, which aims to create fashionable yet discreet underwear to help people with ostomy bags to feel sexy and confident, was opened after Nicola underwent surgery for an ostomy herself. Nicola, who has suffered with ulcerative colitis herself, had dreamed of making women in a similar situation as she was feel beautiful again ever since having her own colon removed in 2006. As a result of having her colon removed, Nicola was given a stoma – where they bring the end of the small instestine to the outside of the abdomen, in order to release waste from the body. The waste is then collected by the ostomy bag, which sits over the stoma itself.

Nicola, who before she opened Vanilla Blush was a neuro-intensive care nurse, despised the big pants she was recommended to wear following her surgery. The video proves that you can still lead a normal, active life with IBD. Vanilla Blush launches "sexier" site for IBD Day - Lingerie Insight. Vanilla Blush, Europe’s first boutique specialising in ostomy lingerie and swimwear, has launched a new website for UK consumers and NHS patients.

The new site, launched yesterday to mark World IBD Day, offers everyday lingerie and swimwear for men and women who have suffered from Inflammatory Bowel Disease, such as Crohns and Colitis, and which has left them with a colostomy or an ilieostomy. Vanilla Blush also provides free ostomy and support wear for eligible NHS patients via the new website. Patients can order items online that are sent directly to their GP. Story continues below Advertisement CEO Nicola Dames has spoken of her excitement at launching the company’s "spanking new sexier website for World IBD Day". "I know only too well how IBD can have an impact on an individual, and the resultant body-issues and relationship-issues," she said. "And so it is both important and appropriate for Vanilla Blush to launch its spanking new sexier website for World IBD Day.

" Global lingerie market value exceeds $28bn: study - Lingerie Insight. The world lingerie retail market is now valued at $28.57bn (£22.67bn), according to 2016 figures from market research company Just Style. Europe accounts for $11.67bn of the total figure, and North America for $7.93bn. Together, they have a combined share of 66.3% of the world total. The percentage share held by Asia is 20.4%, and the combined share of South America and the rest of the world is 13.3%. Story continues below Advertisement The Global Market Review of Lingerie – Forecasts to 2022 also estimates that the world bra market is worth $16.42bn, accounting for 55.5% of the total lingerie retail sector.

Europe and North America together have a combined percentage share of 68.7%. The world briefs market, meanwhile, is valued at $9.90bn. These figures suggest that the value of the global lingerie retail market is on track to reach $30.65bn by 2020, as originally predicted by Just Style last year. For more information, click here. Login to Mintel Reports - Mintel Group Ltd. 60b64a1395e6. 60b64a1395e6. 60b64a1395e6. Nicola Dames Vanilla Blush lingerie expands to European healthcare. Nicola Dames has spent years helping people feel good in their own skin after traumatic and disfiguring surgeries. After launching a lingerie brand for ostomy patients in 2008, the vibrant entrepreneur set up her first shop in the east end of Glasgow last year.

Geared towards the four 'C's - cancer, Crohns, colitis and colostomies - Vanilla Blush garments not only concealed ostomy bags, they gave their wearer a new lease of life. And it's a concept that has now made its way into European healthcare. After celebrating the first anniversary of her Glasgow store, Dames - a former nurse - announced Vanilla Blush had secured contracts with healthcare systems in Portugal, Switzerland, Germany and The Netherlands.

It's a huge achievement that swiftly follows a win at the UK lingerie awards at the end of 2014. Pictured: Minister for External Affairs and International Development Humza Yousaf and Nicola Dames celebrate Vanilla Blush European expansion Their self-confidence. Nicola Dames. Irish woman behind Vanilla Blush's colostomy underwear business. Number of smartphone users worldwide 2014-2020 | Statista. 2017 and Beyond: How Digital Innovation Will Impact the World. | Share Digital Innovation: Disruption and Evolution Click through for the top digital innovation predictions that will affect IT organizations and users in 2017 and beyond, as identified by Gartner. The world as we know it is at a tipping point. From political, social and economic unrest to technological advances and the ubiquitous always-on connection to the entire world, numerous pressures affect our everyday lives.

Digital innovation is by far the biggest influencer, changing the way we do just about everything, from shopping to communication to running a business. "Gartner's top strategic predictions continue to offer a provocative look at what might happen in some of the most critical areas of technology evolution. In this slideshow, Gartner has outlined the top predictions for IT organizations and users for 2017 and beyond. Related Topics : Vulnerabilities and Patches, Resellers, Broadcom, Broadband Services, Supercomputing. Stephanie Monty designs colostomy bag for intimate moments. Graduate shows 2016: this prototype ostomy device by Brunel University graduate Stephanie Monty has been created as a more attractive alternative to traditional colostomy bags (+ slideshow). Monty has tailored the pouch towards "intimate occasions", inventing a less obtrusive and more appealing design.

Users can decide between a range of tattoo- and lingerie-inspired patterns, which are embossed on the appliance's silicone cover. "Inspired by my family's own struggle with Crohn's Disease, this appliance empowers people to feel more confident with their body and provides some freedom from an ostomy pouch," the designer explained. The flexible device adheres to the wearer's skin, and is covered with a waterproof membrane that creates a "natural, skin-like feel". The silicone can also be colour-matched to the user's skin. Monty designed an anti-bacterial flange to protect the user from inflammation and infection, and included integrated vents that release gas while containing odours. Victoria¿s OTHER Secret: Designer creates world¿s first lingerie colostomy bags as they often put partners off. By Bianca London for MailOnline Published: 12:08 GMT, 20 July 2012 | Updated: 16:05 GMT, 20 July 2012 A young designer has taken fashion into medical territory and created a line of lingerie-style colostomy bags.

James Shutt, 23, embarked on the innovative fashion task after realising how, contrary to popular belief, colostomy bag users are actually getting younger. Many of them struggle to relax in the bedroom so James set about designing a solution. The designs features jewels to help colostomy bag users dazzle in the bedroom The former Northumbria University student, from Hereford, spoke to teenage colostomy users before coming up with the ‘Myostomy’ product to get bags back in the bedroom. James said: 'People the same age as me and younger have to put up with having a colostomy bag attached to them everyday. The bag includes a jewellery stoma plug and seal that fits into the stoma to prevent faces coming out while a user is having sexual intercourse.

Irish woman behind Vanilla Blush's colostomy underwear business. Colostomy Bag Swimsuit Photo Helps Raise Awareness For Inflammatory Bowel Disease: How Colostomy Bags Change Lives. When 23-year-old Bethany Townsend uploaded a photo of herself lounging outside in her bikini, Internet users began to take notice, because lying on her stomach was a colostomy bag. The photo of Townsend, who suffers from the chronic debilitating condition Crohn’s disease, has since been viewed by more than nine million people.

"I didn't expect this kind of reaction at all,” Townsend told Caters News, according to ABC News. “The photo has been seen by millions of people and it's had 190,000 likes and over 10,000 comments on Facebook — it's just gone ballistic.” Bethany Townsend Colostomy Bikini Photo, Caters News Agency Bethany Townsend Colostomy Bikini Photo, Caters News Agency Colostomy bags are used to collect stools outside of the body. Since the bag sits on top of the abdomen, it can cause some serious lifestyle changes. Passing gas is also another hurdle many patients have to overcome, especially when they first undergo the surgery.