If you follow me on instagram (@kayleighjcouture), you may remember me posting about a treatment called ‘Cellfina’ I was heading for at Klinik - a state of the art clinic offering a whole range of innovative treatments in Wilmslow.
Now before I get started, I want to do a little disclaimer. I know I shouldn’t have to but I know any kind of treatment that involves changing ones appearance in some way can attract some negativity. Please be aware before reading this post that I’m not in any way saying that cellulite is something we need to be embarrassed about - most of us have it. In fact, it’s been proven that 85% of women between the ages of 25-60 have cellulite so it’s certainly not something we should feel ashamed of. However, it is something that can leave us lacking in confidence when wearing swimwear or short skirts and shorts in the Summer months. Cellulite is something women of all shapes and sizes suffer with, and although there’s many lotions and potions out there claiming to reduce the appearance of cellulite, they’re usually a gimmick and don’t provide any real results. Trust me, I’ve tried most of them, with little success.
Before the treatment
For me personally, cellulite is something I’ve always had – predominantly on the back of my legs and bum, and no matter how much exercise I did or how healthily I ate, it was always there. It wasn’t something that made me feel terrible about myself, but doing the job I do means I’m often in bikinis or having photos of myself taken. In those situations, it's something that bothered me.
With this being said, when I was contacted about an innovative new treatment that is said to significantly reduce the appearance of cellulite, it caught my attention. This new FDA approved treatment is called Cellfina (https://cellfina.co.uk/) and is minimally invasive and involves minimal pain, meaning you can go about your day as normal afterwards. The treatment itself also only takes 45-60 minutes and results can be seen in as little as 14 days. Sounds too good to be true right? Well actually it isn’t, and unlike other cellulite treatments that claim to reduce it’s appearance, Cellfina treats the root cause of cellulite and therefore alleviates it completely.
Now you’re probably wondering what’s involved - how do they do it, does it hurt and who is eligible to get this treatment done. Well, without getting too scientific and confusing you all, Cellfina technology is based on a procedure called subcision and uses a device the size of a needle to break up the connective bands just under the skin’s surface. These connective bands (medically known as ‘fibrous septae’) are woven through fat which pull down the skin, creating a dimpled effect on the surface, which we know as cellulite. Cellfina precisely targets these tethered bands, causing them to fully release. Similar to a rubber band under tension, once released, the treated skin bounces back to become smoother - hence the reduction in those dimples known as cellulite.
Prior to the treatment, I went to aesthetic and wellness clinic, KLNIK to meet with Cellfina clinician Dr. Rosh for a consultation to ensure I was an ideal candidate for the procedure. To find out if I was eligible for Cellfina, I was asked to fill out various medical questionnaires and also one about my mental wellbeing. This is something I loved about KLNIK - they talked everything through with me and asked why I wanted to have the treatment, to ensure I wasn’t doing it for the wrong reasons. After lots of chatting, it was time for Dr. Rosh to actually look at the area to ensure I had enough cellulite dimples to be treated. Cellfina is suitable for those who have cellulite dimples on their bum and/or thighs, between the ages of 25-60 and with a BMI of under 35. Now I knew my BMI was way lower than this and that I did have cellulite dimples, but having next inspected it closely myself I wasn’t sure if it would be severe enough for me to get the treatment. Thankfully Dr. Rosh informed me that my cellulite dimples were treatable, and whilst not severe, he assured me that I’d still get significant improvement and the results I was hoping for. Once confirmed, I booked in to come back to KLNIK for the actual Cellfina treatment two weeks later, which meant I would be treated in plenty of time for my trip to Ibiza!
I must admit, when I first heard there would be a needle-like device (officially known as a microblade), involved I panicked. I thought it was going to be really painful, and as someone who virtually passes out every time I get my blood taken, I did question if this treatment was for me. However, before the procedure began, they reassured me that the area would be numbed with local anaesthetic and that I wouldn’t feel much, other than the initial needle to numb to the area. I felt better after being told this and got myself prepared for the treatment. They gave me a paper thong to put on (much like those you get when having a spray tan) and I was then asked to stand so that Dr. Rosh could use a marker to identify exactly where the cellulite dimples were, and the areas they would be treating. After this, it was time to lay face down on the bed and get going with the procedure. With great relief, they were totally right about the level of pain and, other than some slight discomfort (let’s say a 3 on a scale of 1-10), I could barely feel a thing. I was actually lying on the bed chatting away to the nurse about my wedding plans while the procedure was being performed - it didn’t feel scary at all. When they said ‘we’re almost done’ I was totally surprised as it went by so quickly- it seemed like they’d only just started!
When the treatment was finished, the area was cleaned by the clinician and I was asked to step off the bed whilst the nurses popped some bandages on and compression garments to help with any swelling or bruising. As you can see from the photo I’ve included, there was a LOT of padding -I could have given Kimmy K a run for her money haha. The reason bandages are added is because you can expect some fluids to come from the treated areas in the first 24 hours after treatment, so this is to soak them up and ensure you don’t wake up fearing you’ve wet the bed! As I said, the compression garments are to help the swelling and bruising and I was advised to keep these on for a few days following the treatments and as often as I could for up to two weeks after. They do feel slightly odd at first, but I soon got used to them.
In terms of side effects and healing time, I was a bit tender in the treated area for a few days after the treatment, but it wasn’t anything unbearable and I could continue with my normal day to day life. I was back in work the next day so there was no down time at all. I kept the compression garments on for as long as I could (for around 3-4 days), only taking them off when needing to shower. The bruising did develop significantly around one week after the treatment, however it’s probably worth me noting that I do bruise really easily anyway so I was expecting to have a lot of bruising. As with all bruises, they fade in time, and I’m now at a stage where there’s only a few marks remaining. In a few more weeks, these should be gone completely.
After (there's still a slight bit of bruising which will improve over time)
In regards to my results from Cellfina, I’m thrilled! I can see a noticeable improvement in the appearance of my skin, and studies have shown the results get better with time. I recently went to Ibiza and have never felt more confident in my swimwear. I’ve been working out a lot recently, so this combined with the Cellfina treatment have given me so much more confidence in myself. As I said at the start of the post, there’s nothing wrong with cellulite and the majority of women have it, but for those of you who feel it’s an issue for you and your confidence, Cellfina is life changing! Prices start at £2,500 depending on the person and is available at Cellfina accredited clinics nationwide (see https://cellfina.co.uk/find-a-clinic-2). This may seem pricey but with proven long-lasting results (maintained at 3 years), this treatment isn’t a gimmick – and is the only clinically effective option to alleviate cellulite that provides real results, boosting body confidence and helping women to feel their absolute best.
*Sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own.
I was recently contacted by DayBreakHotels about trying out one of their new DayBreak rooms in London. As I’m sure you all know, I’m constantly heading to London for shoots or events so when I heard about this new concept, I thought it was an absolutely genius idea. If you’re a fellow blogger, I’m sure you can appreciate just how annoying it can be to be walking around all day with multiple outfit changes and needing to use random coffee shops to change in. Having a base for the day where you can change, freshen up and nap (who doesn’t love a power nap?!) is SO ideal and quite frankly a bit of a game changer.
Even if blogging isn’t your thing and you don’t need somewhere to do approximately 10 outfit changes in one day (seriously, no exaggeration), this is still such a useful service to have access too. DayBreakHotels seeks to shine a new spotlight on day-rooms and services in day use hotels at amazing rates. The concept aims to overcome the idea of hotels and motels by the hour by completely revolutionizing their use. If you’re someone who is often travelling for business and has lots of time waiting around between meetings or flights, what better way to spend your time than lounging around in a plush hotel room for a few hours using your own personal coffee machine. Beats sitting in a crowded coffee shop if you ask me?!
As I mentioned earlier, I recently gave the service a try for myself and honestly I was SO impressed. Myself and my friend Victoria had been to an event in London the night before and the following day we had a whole day to kill before our trains home that evening so this couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. We decided to start the day with brunch because lets face it, London is full of the most amazing brunch spots and if I could spend a whole day eating my way around them all, I probably would. We decided on a new place called Drunch which is situated just off Oxford road - the perfect location to take a break after shopping, another of London’s top attractions.
After brunchin’ and browsing the shops in Mayfair (again, this was only a short tube ride away), we checked in to the beautiful St.Ermin’s hotel, one of the DayBreakHotels partners, for an afternoon of wining and dining in the sunshine. Seriously, what better way to spend the day? We arrived at Westminster tube station and walked a short distance to the hotel where we were greeted by the most welcoming staff and checked in to our day use room. We’d been shooting images all morning and doing lots of walking so were ready for a break and honestly, I couldn’t fault the room. The bed was so comfortable and the decor had a really homely and comforting feel to it. There was tea and coffee making facilities available, a lounge area with huge TV on the wall and a bathroom with all the essentials. Basically everything we could need for an afternoon freshen up was there. We crashed onto the sofa as soon as we arrived and it was so nice to get comfy and have some down time during a pretty hectic day.
After some chill time we headed to the hotels beautiful restaurant to enjoy lunch and a few cocktails. I opted for the lobster with garlic butter which was absolutely divine! The food, drinks an service were absolutely impeccable and we felt so spoilt. After lunch we headed to the hotels roof terrace bar as the weather in London was glorious so it was nice to sit outside with a drink. Again, I can’t fault anything about our experience at the hotel and it truly was the perfect way to spend a day in London.
Wether you’re looking for somewhere to relax for a few hours in a beautiful room, take a dip in a hotel pool, spend an afternoon getting pampered in a hotel spa or just enjoy a beautiful meal and drinks, all whilst having a base to drop off your belongings and freshen up, I can’t recommend DayBreakHotels enough. Not to mention they’re available at amazing rates so it won’t damage your bank balance too much. Win win!
Do you like the sound of this concept? How would you spend your day at a DayBreakHotels? Let me know in the comments section below.
For me, and probably the good majority of women, the right underwear is key when putting an outfit together. Whenever I'm shopping (which is quite often, let's be honest, oops!), I always think about the underwear needed to wear the pieces before I buy it and quite often, it's the make or break between buying and removing it form my virtual shopping basket. A bra has got to be the right texture, colour and style to compliment my outfit or it's a no-no. Nobody wants a black bra showing through a white top, a textured fabric making their new dress look lumpy or unsightly straps on show with their new bandeau. That’s why Wonderbra should be an essential in your underwear drawer.
Wonderbra are all about making women of all shapes and sizes feel sexy, fabulous and confident in the clothes they're wearing and I'm all for spreading this message too as we all deserve to feel fabulous! Even in your most daring and unique outfits, Wonderbra have designed pieces that will be your best friend and ensure you're rocking any outfit with the support and comfort you need! It’s all about finding those key pieces that will take that babein' new outfit to the next level and compliment our bodies.
I was recently sent some of Wonderbra's key styles and have been completely blown away by how amazing they are. How have I got by thus far without them?! I've been trying out the Ultimate Strapless (Nude), Ultimate Full Effect (Black)and the Ultimate Plunge (Nude) styles and they're all bloomin' brilliant. Firstly, the quality is second to none and in my opinion, good quality underwear is seriously underrated. If it's something you wear every day, it's worth investing in. At first touch you can tell that they’re well made, sturdy and are going to give the lady lumps all the support they need. Secondly, I love that the smooth and seam free fabric help give us that flawless silhouette I talked about earlier. Think t-shirt bra but so much better. Pretty lace bras are lovely and all but they're not ideal when you want to wear a figure hugging dress and you can see the fabric underneath. Ain't nobody got time for that!
I'm pretty sure there isn't a single outfit you can't wear them with either. How many times have you bought a new outfit and then thought 'damn, how am I going to wear a bra with this' - I know I've done it myself way too many times. However, with Wonderbra, there's so many styles that there really is no outfit that's off limits. Take the Ultimate Plunge for example. I'm a big fan of a plunging dress or bodysuit but it's not something you can wear with a bra as the strap would be on show. Now if you're a big boobed girly or just a little bit self conscious about going braless then you'd probably avoid these styles all together but with the Ultimate Plunge you can rock your plunging pieces without a worry.
As you can see in my before and after photos, these bras also make a huge difference to the cleavage. I'm pretty sure my boobs look at least 2-3 times bigger in the after photos - crazy or what?! I'm a size 32DD so my boobs certainly aren't small to begin with but the difference this bra makes is insane so if you are a small boobed gal and want a boost, these bras work a treat. I've popped some before and after photos below where I'm wearing a normal bra and then the Wonderbra bra's - as you see, they make a huge difference to the size and shape of of my cleavage. I'm so impressed!
Make sure you check them out for yourselves girls, they're all linked on the above product names. For reference, I'm wearing the Ultimate Full Effect (Black) on the images below.
I don’t know about you guys but I am so ready for some nice weather here in UK now. That little taste of sunshine we had a couple of weeks ago was so lovely but in typical UK style, it didn’t stick around for too long! Please come back soon sunshine, I miss you!
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been adding lots of new pieces to my Spring wardrobe and I just cannot wait until I can ditch the knitwear, chunky coats and boots. As much as I love all of those items and getting wrapped up warm, I am so ready for floaty dresses, denim skirt and lightweight coats.
A couple of pieces I’ve recently added to my wardrobe are from House of Fraser who I must say have the most amazing range on their website at the moment. I’ll be honest, it’s a place I often forget about when online shopping but since having a browse recently, I’ll be ordering from them a lot more often!
I picked up this beautiful floaty floral dress by Oasis and I’m so so so in love with it. Everything about it screams Spring from the beautiful floaty fabric to the pastel colours and the floral print. Not to mention I loved swishing around in it - I felt all kinds of lady like!
I just know I’m going to get so much wear out of it as it’s the perfect style for so many different occasions. I have quite a lot of christenings and weddings that it’d be perfect for dressed up with heels a clutch but it can also be dressed down with sandals and a big pair of sunnies for BBQ’s or a day out. I’m also thinking it would be a great dress for the races paired with a fascinator.
Alongside the dress I also got this amazing trench coat from HOF's huge selection of coats and jackets. I don't know about you but I personally find it really difficult to find a suitable jacket for Spring time. Other than denim jackets which don't always go with every outfit, I really struggle finding something I can wear with virtually any outfit that's lightweight enough to keep me cool when the weather warms up but something that will also keep me warm in the evenings when the temperature drops. Does anyone else understand the struggle?! Well, I may have found the answer - a duster jacket.
I’ve seen a few people wearing this style of jacket recently and I've always been a fan of how they look but have never come across one I loved enough to justify a purchase - until now at least. This Navy duster from the brand Mint Velvet is absolutely perfect in every way. Firstly I love that it's a colour that will go with everything, secondly it's insanely comfortable (seriously the most lovely soft fabric) and thirdly it's super flattering. It's a great length as it can be worn over pretty much any outfit including midi dresses like the one in this post and the tie waist synches you in creating a lovely silhouette. It reminds me of the kind of jacket you'd see Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle wear - super chic and classy, if I do say so myself!
Also, to all you fellow bloggers out there - one of these jackets will be an absolute life saver when shooting street style outfits. There's been so many occasions when I've had to shoot a more dressed up outfit in the middle of the day and have felt a right idiot walking around in a mini dress and heels with no appropriate jacket to cover myself up. However, this one is a dream because you can pop it over anything and you can instantly go from dressed up to the nines to day time chic in a matter of seconds, haha! The small things!
I hope you enjoyed this post! Are you loving shopping for Spring pieces at the moment? I'd love to hear what you've been buying in the comments below!