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Movement: An Easy Way To Keep Your Breasts Healthy

Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and guest blogger Hilary Donaldson tells us how to keep our breasts healthy though movement and mindfulness.  Thanks Hilary!

We are all concerned about our breast health as women today. According to U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics, breast cancer will affect around 1 out of every 10 women during their lifetime. Our breasts are very important to us. They provide nourishment to our babies, make us feel beautiful as women, and give us pleasure. So let’s talk about how to protect these amazing breasts of ours through movement.

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Moving our breasts whether through massage, running, or foreplay is extremely important for maintaining healthy tissue and a healthy lymphatic system, yet as time has progressed, we have found more ways to strap our breasts down. From corsets in the 16th Century to sitting at a desk all day or wearing underwire bras to sleep, we’ve found many ways to keep our breasts from moving.

While it’s unrealistic to say that you shouldn’t work at a desk or wear underwire bras, I encourage you to utilize breast movement as an antidote. Daily massage of your breast tissue (don’t forget your armpit area) with organic oil such as coconut or sesame is an easy, yet effective way to maintain breast health. It just takes five minutes to do (do it while you’re in the shower!). Simply grab, rub and move your breast tissue. Work your way around the breast, moving to the armpit and down the upper arm. If you have a history of lumps or cysts, try using castor oil as it helps remove stagnation.

Another way to break up stagnation is to take off your bra for a few hours a day to allow for movement and circulation in your breasts. The more movement the better; do jumping jacks, go horseback riding, or jump on a trampoline. At night sleep in a chemise, t-shirt or in the buff.  If you feel unsupported you can try a loose fitting “sleep bra.”  Without this type of movement, stagnation can occur and stagnation is one of the main causes of cancer and ill health.

Diet and lifestyle choices are also very important to breast health. Ill health caused by obesity is linked, on many levels, to a stagnate lifestyle. It’s best to choose organic, GMO free, whole, local foods from your local grocery store or farmers market. Add flavors to foods that are fresh, seasonal and unprocessed through spices or herbs, and try to avoid processed and packaged foods and even leftovers. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself “is this what this food looked like when it came from nature?”

Another tip is to choose antiperspirant free deodorants. The chemicals in antiperspirant block the drainage of our lymph’s creating toxic build up which can move into our breast tissue. One of my favorite brands is Schmidt’s natural deodorant which keeps me dry and smelling good.

In addition to these tips, try to make time for daily movement or exercise and make sure to get enough rest.  Take some time each day or week to sit quietly or for a stroll in nature. It’s these simple principles that can maintain our breast and overall health.

In summation:

  • Move your breast every day.  Jump, shake, and massage the breast tissue.
  • Massage your breasts and underarms with coconut or sesame oil for five minutes daily.
  • Don’t sleep in your bras, especially ones with underwire. Sleep in loose clothing or in the buff; let your breasts move freely.
  • Switch to natural deodorant.  Schmidts makes a great one.  (Find it here)
  • Choose food that is as close to its original natural form as possible.
  • Take time for yourself through daily movement.  Even a short walk each day can work wonders for your health.

Hilary Donaldson is an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and Yoga Teacher in the Boston area. You can reach her at elementalayurvedayoga@gmail.com 

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Monday Moodboard: Birds of a Feather…


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Show Your Momma Some Love: Our Mother’s Day Picks

Stumped about what to get your mom this Sunday?  We’re here to help!  Behold our top 5 picks for making your mama happy this Mother’s Day.

Eberjey Short PJ Sets: 

Spruce up mom’s spring sleepwear with this comfy and cute PJ set! Comfy and practical, this button-down top and matching shorts are sure to please.

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Samantha Chang My Daily Slip:

This beautifully fitting slip can be mom’s go-to for under dresses and skirts. It’s also a lovely little nightie! The matching lace undies available in store make a gorgeous set.

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Mary Green Silk Chemise and Eye Mask:

Help mom get her much deserved beauty rest with this luxurious chemise in 100% silk. She’ll love the adorable silk eye mask she can flip for morning or night… after all, moms should sleep in style too!

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Eberjey Gisele Classic Robe:

Its soft, lightweight material makes the Gisele robe comfy all year long. It hits just above the knee; and the belt is sown on so it can’t get lost! This robe is perfect for the mom who likes to relax at home while looking elegant.


Lola Haze Vionnet Chemise:

From one of our favorite independent designers in New York, Lola Haze brings us a stunning white 100% silk chemise with a chiffon chevron pattern in nude, and black contrast straps. Your mom will love this modern twist on the classic silk chemise!

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We are happy to help you find a gift in store before Sunday. For online shoppers, we now offer free shipping and returns, which means we can send your gift straight to mom. Happy almost-mother’s-day to all!

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Monday Moodboard: Dream A Little Dream

Dreamy little shots are what I’m about this week.   I love how well lingerie fits into whimsical and lovely pictures like these…and I just can’t resist sharing the shot of that sweet little moth.  Here’s to a happy week! xoxo






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Monday Moodboard: What Moves You?

We all have imagery that speaks to us directly, that evokes a particular feeling in a really personal way.  This week’s Moodboard is made up of pictures that whispered to me this week. What images speak to you?

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Happy Birthday Forty Winks!

Four years ago today, we opened our doors and sold our very first bra.  It’s been such an amazing road and we’re so grateful to all of our dear customers for making the past few years so rewarding for us.   Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

-Rachel and Meredith


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Monday Moodboard: Back Details

There’s something so special about back detailing.  Whether worn under sheer shirts as a meant-to-be-seen statement or cloaked and revealed in private, back details are one of my favorite parts of lingerie wearing.


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Instagram Roundup: Spring Happenings!

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We’re on Boutikey!

We’re so excited to be a part of Boston’s newest shopping app, Boutikey!  Designed to bring news from local boutiques directly to your phone in an Instagram-esq design, Boutikey effectively brings exciting deals, new arrivals, and in app loyalty programs to shoppers through a sleek and interactive platform.


 What can you expect from Forty Winks on Boutikey?

Not only will we be posting pictures of our loveliest new lingerie, but we’ll be sending you real time deals, sales, and event listings.   Want more? For every $400 you spend at Forty Winks, we’ll give you $20 to spend at the store.  Just be sure to let us know you’re a Boutikey member and we’ll update your account right on your phone.

Your next steps.

1. Download the Boutikey App (available only on iPhone for now http://boutikey.com/

2. Follow Forty Winks (search “Forty Winks Lingerie”)

3. Make a purchase in store and show us your Boutikey app.  We’ll verify your purchase and you’ll be on your way to that $400 sweet spot.  Once you hit $400, your app will show that you have $40 to spend here at the store!   

4. Enjoy your free lingerie! 


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