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  1. I always think that people should be celebrated, especially those flying under the radar.

    I recently heard about this amazing woman and I just wanted to share.  Yoky is a Japanese Neurobotics engineer and an absolutely wonderful role model for young women especially.  She has spent her life researching neuroscience and robotics and combining the two to create the most phenomenal prosthetics and especially a prosthetic hand.

    Yoky Matsuoka

    She played tennis when she was young and was semi-professional until she was forced to retire due to a repeated ankle injury.  She dreamed of creating a robotic tennis opponent for herself right back when she was young and this is something that she carried forward when she moved from Japan to the US when she was 16.  

    She has worked on so many projects during her life and is now in the hands of Apple, but she came to my attention with the prosthetic hand she created.  It is an absolute work of art.  It is robotic but modelled bone by bone on the human hand with multiple motors each corresponding to muscles and with strings playing the role of tendons  along each digit.  Her knowledge of the use of a hand in tennis, merged with her knowledge of neuroscience as well as robotics has created something revolutionary.  As Matthew O'Donnell, dean of the U.W. College of Engineering states, she is "a mechanical engineer, neuroscientist, bioengineer, robotics expert and computer scientist, all in one… [with] …the ability to see what is possible by combining all these disciplines." 

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    It's a wonderful achievement for a woman to rise so high in so many many dominated fields.  She is an inspiration and I salute you Yoky.

     

  2.  Well it certainly has been busy lately!  You may have seen it in the news, but Amazon managed to patent the white background product photo.

     

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/has-amazon-really-patented-one-of-the-most-basic-ways-to-take-a-photograph-9452807.html

     Granted, they have made it very specific in how it is lit etc, but with their new patent under their belt they have decided to enforce white backgrounds on their site.  I completely understand as a white background can make things very clean and simple, but it's been a nightmare for me!  I do have a shop on Amazon as many of you know and with the new requirements I had to retake all of my main images so that they fulfill the new policy.  This is time consuming enough, but my clear breast enhancers have of course been somewhat of a challenge.  After failing a few too many times and trying to convince Amazon to allow me to use contextual props (a bra) in order to help buyers understand what the product is I then managed to get some shots done.  They then disheartingly said to me that they do not have a pure background, and therefore require a whole load of editing.  As you can tell, this has taken a huuuuge amount of my time and I'm not fully there yet.  If you ever visit a seller's store with a clear image on a white background you can appreciate the effort that it took to enable you to see it in the first place :D

    Is that really you style 8?! Are you there style 8?!

    That's a little better,

    but now I've got to make you really white!

    We can just about see you now

    In better news I've got some new extra sticky fashion tape strips in. I was pleased with my new tape factory but there seemed to be the odd application that the adhesive wasn't strong enough for.  It's a tough line of course to make sure that they are safe to use on skin, but I think I'm there with the new perfect level of stickiness.  Check them out here:

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    Until next time, wish me luck with my last lot of white background photos and of course HAPPY HALLOWEEN

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  3. As you may have noticed, I took a week off this summer to head up to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival.  I had no idea what to expect but I loved it so much that I just have to tell you about it.

     Darren did a great job on our picture!      Darren, a street artist, captured us brilliantly! 

     

    I am not good at taking time off as I run my little shop on my own, so when I do get away it makes it extra special.  I asked my daughter where she would like to go and "SCOTLAND" fired out of her mouth faster than even requests to stay up late.  With her explanation that she wanted to learn to speak as if she was from Scooootland, I just knew that we had to go.  We booked a few nights in the city, sorted out our flights and eagerly awaited her summer holiday from school.  We were not disappointed.

    The city was amass with people giving out flyers to all sorts of shows and I wish I could have visited them all but as I had my 7-year-old with me, we stuck to the instant gratification of the street acts.  We were treated to circus performers, world music, illusionists, magicians, singers, bagpipe players, artists, comedians and so much more.  I could easily have stayed there so much longer as there is just so much to see and do.

    The electric energy in the city was fantastic with professional performers from all around the word heading over to show us their skills.  People crowded around, huddled in, gasped, cheered, clapped and sang.  It's not often that you get that kind of feeling in a city and notice so many nationalities coming together to both perform and watch.

     

    Edinburgh Edinburgh Circus Acts Camera Obscura Museum Illusion 

     

     

    If you ever get the chance to go, please do.  Edinburgh is my favourite city at the best of times (besides my lovely Brighton of course!), but add the festival sights and sounds and you are in for a real treat.  

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  4. At last some new stocks are here!  You've been snapping up the new breast forms and style 11 breast enhancers so they went down much quicker than I thought.  At last the new ones are here and I shall be restocking the site today.

    The new stocks/options in are:

    • All breast form styles and sizes fully stocked.
    • Style 11 back in - both 400g and 500g sizes and they now come without nipple due to popular demand.  I've made them available for sale with new images coming asap.
    • Triangle breast forms now in smaller sizes.  I shall get the descriptions written up asap but they are just smaller versions of the ones I already have and the same sizes as style 11.  The big difference is that they have a concave back so these will be great for ladies needing a bigger boost to the front than style 11 who find the 300g/600g triangle pairs just that bit too big.
    • Special orders are now in for those customers who requested them.  If you ever need a special order just let me know and I can arrange that for you.  Special orders this time included a 2500g teardrop 2 breast form pair and a 250g pear single breast form.  
    • Style 9a and 9b are now available without the raised nipple.  This will be added to the checkout options later today (if the flow of coffee continues!).

    If you have any ideas for future site products or need some help choosing from my ever growing range, you know where I am :)

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  5. ...I've been busy!

    I could blurb on about all the details, but these are the highlights:

    I've started working with my new factory for the breast forms which has been really exciting.  It took a lot longer than I thought as it involved working out new moulds and changing the shapes slightly.

    Most are are very similar to the way they were, apart from Teardrop Style 2 which is now wider.  They are all however softer to help you on the way with that jiggle factor you all love

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    I hope you love the new versions as much as me so please do send me your feedback.  

    I've been working hard to update the descriptions and images on the site this year as a nice refresh ever now and again is always good.  By adding bras to some images it helps you see the items in context so I hope that really helps.

    I've also been able to bring in a great new style, so say hello to style 11.

     

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    I've also brought tape strips back, currently with a lower tac for sensitive skin.  Arriving next week will be a stronger version which will not be suitable for all skin and fabric types, but for those who need strong sticking power, this will be the tape for you.

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    The rest of the year will still bring some great new changes:

    • I shall continue updating all the images and descriptions for you
    • Style 4 from the breast enhancer range is on my list to be looked at.  I am hoping to make some tweaks and have it back in ready for when you jet off somewhere warm in our cold winter months.
    • New guides and information to be added to my help centre to help you with your experience when on my site.

     

    I hope your year is going really well and you are all loving the wonderful ever-changing British summer!

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  6. This year I have some great changes that we can look forward to!

     

    • I shall be changing my breast form factory shortly. This will enable me to produce softer breast forms and importantly different skin tone breast forms.  It has been a goal of mine for quite some time to be able to offer darker skin tones so I am very excited about this.  The styles may change slightly, but only in positive ways as I have so many years experience now that I know exactly what elements work best for you the customer.
    • I shall be working hard to blog more and find information that you will love.  I will be learning how to do infographics and do some to help you choose from my range.  I shall also do some more visual versions of my help guides, how to work out your bra size, check your bra fits well, fit your breast enhancers in your bra etc.
    • I shall be getting you some videos done on the breast forms so that you can see them in a 3D way and get some images of the breast forms styles together so you can better understand the styles differences.  
    • I shall be working hard to design and find a factory that will produce a larger cleavage booster that is nice and wide for wider framed ladies.
    • I shall be looking to bring a few new products in all categories.
    • Producing a newsletter a couple of times a year to let you all know about product changes, sales etc.

     

    If you have any thoughts about any of these or anything you'd love for me to consider, please do get in touch!  hellojo@jothornton.co.uk.

    I wish you all a fabulous year and hope that the year of the ram is a great one for you. 

    Jo xxx

  7. This is a more personal post today.  I've not been able to blog or social media much lately so I thought I'd do a little post to let you all know why.  

    I have struggled with my health in the 6 months or so, feeling so tired no matter how much sleep I get (falling asleep whilst typing emails!), experiencing a lot of joint and muscle pain, a lot of discomfort in my digestive system and headaches and migraines.  It has meant it has been very difficult keeping up with my little company and I've found it very frustrating that I couldn't get back to all your lovely customer emails as quickly as I'd like or dispatch products throughout the day as before.  

    As you may or may not know, I run the company on my own.  It's a little business, with my Mum helping out packaging products and freelancers helping me when I need graphic design work etc.  I love it that way as I have grown the business slowly and have been involved in all aspects of it.  To be unwell is frustrating on so many levels though and working on my own means there isn't anyone to pick up the slack.

    I now have a diagnosis however, so hopefully I shall be back on track soon.  I have a rare auto-immune disease called lupus.  It is one of those diseases that affects people differently and is very hard to diagnose, but now I have the diagnosis I can move forward and I am starting on medication to help.  It basically means that the antibodies in my body attack the healthy parts of me, rather than the unhealthy parts like they are supposed to.  This unnecessary war within me causes the symptoms and will flare up throughout my life and it could flare on a day by day basis, or I may have months without symptoms.  It's an odd one to get my head around! 

    I want you all to know that I remain full dedicated to my little shop.  I shall work extra hard when feeling well and have to rest when not, but day-to-day wise I shall always aim to get back to your emails in 24 hours and dispatch your lovely purchases every day as before.  Life is for living and this disease will help me to remember that. 

    If you have a family member or suffer from lupus yourself please feel free to get in touch as I'd love to learn more about it and how it affects them/you.

    Jo xxx

  8. We all do it, I certainly do.  

    I sit on a busy train not talking to the person next to me, but why?  Conversation enables us to learn, teaches us empathy, opens us up to the lives of others, makes a tedious train journey fly by, boosts our confidence and self-esteem, acts as vital stress relief and a multitude of other things.

    There are reasons against it of course - not wanting to annoy the person next to us, not wanting to come across badly, wanting to catch up with the last episode of Downton, wanting to act like everyone else.  It's good to take time out on our own to reflect and chill, but sometimes we should just start a conversation and see where it takes us.

    Peter Sharp makes absolutely inspirational videos about this and other social topics.

    Take a few minutes out to watch his amazing train dance party in Perth.  I should imagine this train ride was the best one these people will ever have:

    Next time you sit next to someone you think looks interesting and have some spare time, maybe say hello and see where it takes you.

    Jo xxx 

  9. Hi everyone 

    Not such good news for this post I'm afraid...I can't get hold of the lovely black boxes at the moment.

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    Those of you who are familiar with my breast forms may be aware that I normally like to give the option of a lovely luxury magnetic closure storage box to keep them in.  Some of you don't like to keep them in a box, but instead in with all your other goodies directly, but I know a lot of you love the boxes and I always have it as an option for you when buying the breast forms.   

    I tried many companies and in the end I found a lovely company that makes boxes worthy enough to keep them protected and cosy.  They really are a lovely luxury strong box and they are eco friendly, fitting in with my Jo Thornton business values.  They are however currently out of stock of the size box that most of the false breasts need, and are unsure when they will get them in.  I shall keep checking for you, but for now I've had to remove them as an option at the checkout until I can get hold of them again.  

    I do have some large ones still that house the very big forms, and you are welcome to purchase one should you wish (they are big enough usually to hold the breast forms and a few bras or a couple of sizes of breast forms in together.   If you'd like one just send me an email before purchasing and I can sort that out with you.  You can also buy the forms now and purchase the smaller box from me later should you wish.  

    In the meantime I am very sorry and I shall get them back on the site as soon as the nice box people can supply them.  

    Jo xxx

  10. Breast enhancers/chicken fillets can be daunting.

    I've been working with them for 7 years now, and after having a chat with a friend I've realised just how daunting they can be.  I forget sometimes how overwheming it can be as I know what styles work best for each woman, what size would be best, what result you might get, what the positives and negatives of a style might be by just looking at it for a second.  I forget that it is hard for you the buyer to be able to work out if it will be right for you and it can be hard for you to see how my styles compare to those available in stores.

    So, I thought I would do a little blog focusing on a style that one of the High Street stores sell. Every store I visited always offered two styles, and they were always the same shape - a small one and a medium one, but there were small differences and I will look at those.  Hopefully that will help you see the differences between their products and mine.

    This week I shall look at the two styles that Ann Summers sell - The Cleavage Creators and Glitter Push Up Pads.  

    The Cleavage Boosters

    Ann Summers cleavage boosters Ann Summers Cleavage Boosters 2

    Simply packaged in a plastic zipper, I found these in the middle of the store.  They are quite wide and would not suit AA or A, and some with B cups and those with small band sizes of around 30-34" and just came in a translucent colour. 

    They are most like my style 6 mixed with my older style 5.  I'd say they are a good push up cleavage boosting shape, but only work for those with larger cup sizes and a wide enough body frame to be able to take them. 

    • Price £20 plus delivery in 5 days,total £22.50, 1st Class total £23.50. Free delivery to store in 3 working days.
    • Weight 210g approx
    • Similar to my Jo Thornton Style 6 and 5 priced at £12.50 and £13.50 with Second Class delivery included. First Class £0.50 extra.
    • Not suitable for narrow body frames or small cup sizes as they are very wide.

     

    Glitter Push Up Pads

    Ann Summers Glitter Push Up Pads  Ann Summers Glitter Push Up Pads 2

    These are a new addition since I last popped into Ann Summers.  They are a small style and felt like a very tough outer cover with a more liquid feel gel.  They did not feel like a traditional silicone which stays together just as breast tissue does.  This has its pros and cons as a more liquid gel does flow nicely and can mould well to the breast, but as it is so soft it does not give so much push or enhancement.  The gel just moulds against you and the bra, rather than giving something a little firmer for the breast to push against which is what it needs if you want it to be lifted.  The cover was also quite thick giving a thick edge seam, which may aggravate the skin if worn for a long time.  They are a lovely colour - I like a breast enhancer that looks a little different and these certainly were like no other I saw in the shops.  They are of course like my style 6 glitter style.

    Style-wise, they are most like my style 1 and probably around the same size of about 100g.

    • Price £10 plus delivery in 5 days,total £12.50, 1st Class total £13.50. Free delivery to store in 3 working days.
    • Weight around 100g
    • Similar to my style 1 priced at £10.50 including 2nd class 3-5 day delivery. Including First Class Delivery £11.
    • Slightly different to my silicone ones - more of a runny gel inside.  
    • Suitable for the smaller cup sizes that their Cleavage Boosters don't cater for, so a good second pair for them.
    • A lovely glitter colour like my style 6.

    So there you go!  I hope that helps.

    I would of course like you to buy from me, your little specialist, rather than the commercialised store, but that's not to say that shouldn't.  Their products suit some buyers and are handy if you need some to wear in 2 hours time, but if you are reading this you are well aware that it isn't your only choice.  There is a lot more out there than the two styles the High Street sell, there is choice, personal service and knowledge (and my great wit!).  Ann Summers stocks two good main styles there, but they will only give around a cup size boost for those sizes that they suit.  If you need more of a boost or would rather boost yourself out rather than just lift your breasts up with a greater cleavage look, then see my range to see what else is out there.