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  1. Media and advertising are constantly putting pressure on young girls and women to look in a style or an image it wants. But why do women succumb to this pressure? When society is bombarded by images of size 8 women with tanned skin and white, straight teeth, it naturally or sub-consciously is led to believe that this is the image one must strive for. 

    But did you know that is not necessarily the same all over the world? In places likeBrazilor some countries in North Central Africa, bigger is better. Skinny women are looked upon as unattractive and local advertising gives off an image that large buttocks, well-endowed breasts and at least a size 14 or 16 represents an image of wealth, beauty and power.

    Not so, you might say, in the Western World.  Wafer thin models stroll down the catwalks of Paris, London and New York, some of whom look like they are about to snap in half should they trip and fall. The fashion industry is central to promoting the image of what is, and what is not beautiful, fashionable and in-vogue. Furthermore, it does not care if your confidence is shattered and your femininity is put into question because it focuses on profit.

    Its aim is to make money and create wealth by selling as many items of clothing/make-up/perfume as it can. As a woman begins to grow up through adolescence, she begins to feel the pressure on her femininity and her need to confirm to the magazine portrayal of “attractive”.

    In those integral teenage years, the media, led by the giant and corporate-driven fashion industry, targets them with accuracy.  It knows confidence in young girls is easily shattered. The industry promotes “that” look, assuring young girls that it is in their interest to conform through purchases, so they can boost their femininity and self-esteem. 

    The good news is that things are very slowly changing.  More and more firms are hiring normal body shapes to promote their products and more and more parents are becoming aware of the pressure their children face and educating them against it. 

    We are a small fish in the world of fashion commerce, but we strongly believe that woman of all body shapes and sizes are equal. 

  2. I do :)

    I love taking a look around to see what is on offer when I can.  From nice stories that give a warm fuzzy glow, to funny anecdotes to wise words.  Today I came across a blog on positivity and I thought I would share as it had some very good points.  

    There are also some lovely quotes in there, with my favourite being:

    “One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self- confidence is preparation.”
    Arthur Ashe

    If you have a few minutes, take a little look:

    http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2009/02/20/how-to-build-self-confidence/

  3. The most comprehensive UK sex survey "The Sex Census" has just been published by the joint partners of Relate and Ann Summers.

    This survey offers a "unique and detailed insight in to the sex lives of the nation"  As Paula Hall, sex therapist with Relate states, " It is important to remember that our sex lives do not exisit within a void. They're impacted by how we feel about ourselves, our partners and families, our day-to-day lives and the messages we receive from the media and society."  The survey provides facinating reading into how body image can directly affect our sex lives and relationships.

    To read the survey in full please see their site here.

    Our goal at Silicone Sally is to help you with your confidence, so that you can build your self-esteem and flourish in all areas of your life.  We can help with small/medium of large breast enhancers for everyday wear, party breast enhancers, enhancers and breast form prostheses in all sizes and shapes for mastectomy, lumpectomy and quadrectomy use and full breast forms that can also be used for role play within the bedroom.  Our products can help boost your confidence and how you view yourself quickly and easily. 

    Feel free to contact me whatever your needs and I will be happy to help.

    Jo xx  hellojo@silicone-sally.co.uk

  4. This week we will be making some great changes to our breast enhancer range.

    Style 1.  We haven't sold style 1 for a while as we found it too small to be of much use, so this week it will become our old style 2 - the 120g simple half-moon "chicken fillet" style.  Style 2 will then be new bigger versions to bridge the gap between it and style 6.  The new style 2 will be the same shape as style 1, but come in 2 great sizes for more oomph - 150g and 180g per pair. 

    Style 4.  This style is going through similar changes and is currently being manufactured in new sizes.  We have struggled a bit to get this shape to make nicely in larger sizes, but we have finally managed it and will get them on the site as soon as we can.  We are sure you will agree that they have been worth the wait once you see them.

    Jo xxx

  5. As you may have seen, we were on a show called "Are My Fake Breasts Safe?" on BBC Three on Monday 21st May.

    In the program Gemma, the presenter and Former Miss Great Britain, looks at the breast implant industry and considers the alternatives to it.  You can see her friend Carly trying on some of our products and absolutely loving our style 9 in the larger size. You can see the lovely Gemma talking about the show here:

     

    gemma

     

    You want to watch show itself? Oh go on then (blush)...

    iplayer

  6. We thought you'd like to know that we will be launching our new site this year, aimed as Transvestites and Transgender women. 

    We've loved serving you through the years, and will be launching this specific site so that we can offer more tailored advice and give you that friendly hug as you arrive so that you know you are most welcome.

    If you are in transition or growing your confidence, we will have the same great breast form store including the gel bra inserts of different sizes that are suitable for you, meaning you can increase the size as your confidence grows, or decrease the size as you transition.

    If it is some fun cross dressing or role play with a partner that takes your fancy, we will have the same range of subtle forms through to perky fun breast forms.

    We will let you know when we are up and running. 

    Until then....we hope you all enjoy the sunshine that is smiling down on us today.

  7. As we are sure you can see, our new site is here!  We've gone for a simple look and hope that you find it easy to navigate.

    We have 6 nice catergory images on the homepage for the breast enhancers, breast forms, single breast forms, premium mastectomy forms, nipple covers and tape.  We also have 3 handy image links at the bottom so that you can see our fitting/sizing guides.

    It will be evolving slightly over time, so if you spot something you think should be changed please do get in touch.

    Jo xxx

    hellojo@silicone-sally.co.uk

  8. Breast Form Prostheses and Breast Enhancers for Mastectomy and Lumpectomy Use

    Being told you have cancer is one of the worst things that can happen. Finding out you need to sacrifice one or both of your breasts in order to save your life can be, for many women, extremely difficult to hear. How we look to ourselves and to others is a fundamental part of who we are, and to suddenly face losing part of 'us' can be a horrible prospect.  We are here to help and can guide you through the process.

    Breast Enhancers for Lumpectomy Use

    If you have had a lumpectomy it can alter the appearance of your breast, making it sag more or just give the appearance of being 'less' than the other breast. In this instance we have a wide range of breast enhancers that can help fill out where the tissue has been taken, helping to give a more uniform appearance.  We can't guarantee a perfect fit, but we've grown our range to be the biggest in the UK so that we can offer more choice and options.  Send us an email to talk through your needs.

    Breast Form Prosthesis - For Mastectomy Use Without Reconstruction

    After a mastectomy, the first decision that is often made is whether or not to have reconstructive surgery. If you decide not to, then you will probably require a prosthetic breast, worn in the bra. Many women have turned to online sellers of mastectomy breast forms in search of a cheaper option than those prosthetic breasts available through hospitals. Browse our range or just tell us what size bra you wear, and we will endeavor to find you the best fit. Our new premium breast forms are light, comfortable, durable and comparable to the big brands such as Amoena.  Most importantly, they look natural and hopefully will allow you to learn to love your new shape in your own time. For those on a budget we also have our great value normal silicone breast forms in 5 different shapes.  Photographs of all the breast form prosthesis styles are in our shop, along with a size guide and helpful advice.

    Breast Form Prosthesis and Breast Enhancer Options - For Mastectomy Use With Reconstruction

    Even women who decide to have reconstructive mastectomy surgery may want to wait a while before taking such a big step. They may need time to heal after the initial major surgery, and may need to adjust to a big shock such as cancer before having more radical surgery. A silicone prosthetic breast is ideal for this transition period. It gives a great natural look, is extremely comfortable, and can help women get used to their post-mastectomy body. In addition, some women may require tissue expansion before they have breast reconstruction. This is a process where an inflatable breast implant is placed in a pocket under the skin and muscle of the chest. Over time, fluid is gradually introduced into the tissue expander to increase the amount of skin around the area that will eventually hold the implant after the reconstructive surgery. Even in this scenario, we can help thanks to our comprehensive range of breast enhancers. After the initial surgery, you may wish to use a larger style in your bra, and as the expander is increased in size you can reduce the size of the breast enhancer you use.

    We want you to know that you are not alone and you can rely on us to do our best for you.

    If you need advice or just a chat, send an email to hellojo@silicone-sally.co.uk or use the contact form.

    All emails are dealt with by Jo and you can be assured of friendly and confidential service.