The Bottom Line

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Okay, it’s high time we get a little cheeky and talk bum. More specifically, my bum, and how important it is for my backside to look damn fine from any vantage point. And let’s be honest, we’re all the same, aren’t we? We want people to appreciate our very best asset as we nonchalantly walk into the sunset. Until not so long ago, I didn’t spend that many hours thinking about my backside. Sure, I wanted great-fitting jeans but I didn’t bother much about how my posterior looked in shorts, slim skirts or fitted pants. Visible panty lines? Never gave them a second thought. But now, all of a sudden (and don’t ask me why), I care. A lot. I’ve starting to feel self-conscious about those little tell-tale creases and bulges that delineate the territory claimed by the underwear I am wearing. By Jove, shouldn’t a girl’s knickers remain anonymous?

No sign of VPLs with the Iris culotte!

No sign of VPLs with the Iris culotte!

So now I worry about VPLs, those pesky visible panty lines that my mother never had the decency to sit down and tell me about.

One friend has confided that she tolerates VPLs on the weekend but never ever during the week. Really? Yes, indeed. For this lovely chick, only the crew at her office gets to enjoy the view of her backside at its very smoothest. (This particular friend didn’t request anonymity, but I think it’s best for her sake given the controversial nature of her statement, wouldn’t you agree?)

And so let’s get to the bottom of the issue at hand here: given that VPLs are such a dire predicament for so many of us, how is one to avoid them? Going commando is an option. Then, there’s the great panty vs thong debate.

I myself am a good ol’ fashioned panty girl; I like a cute and cuddly panty that lovingly hugs my bunbuns. That being said, legions of you ladies out there are thong birds, singing the praises of the thong, tanga, g-string, butt floss, whatever you call it. Another friend, who shall remain anonymous, declared that she wouldn’t let any kind of thong near her precious parts for fear of the hungry bum syndrome. Hungry bum? I had to google it: for all intents and purposes, it’s one bad-assed wedgie and not something to be messed with. My. My. This is stirring the underwear pot, isn’t it? Friends, need we divide to conquer the curse of the VPLs?

Now this model can really rock the Sol thong, right?

Now this model can really rock the Sol thong, right?

What do you prefer: panty or thong? Join the discussion on our Facebook page.

You can bet your bottom dollar that this isn’t the last you’ve heard of this debate.

Sweet Summer Sprees

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Summertime is all about fun in the sun and easy breezy style. So, what do Miel girls do for fun and how do they look so hot while staying cool? Well, their secret is out: a little bit of Miel goes a long way no matter what you’re doing this summer!

As promised in our previous post, here are some pics of yoga teacher Yasmin F. Gow kicking off her summer with a bang by posing for Miel Sisters in the Nevada desert. Yasmin certainly did her best to crank up the heat and get temperatures rising as she stretched and lunged amongst the rocks. It doesn’t get much hotter than this!

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Yasmin in Nevada (all photos courtesy of Andrea Hausmann)

Others such as Miel Sister co-founder, Valeria, packed up the family and headed off to her native Columbia, land of magical realism and famed author Gabriel García Márquez, for some well-deserved R&R. Now, if like Valeria you need to spend any length of time travelling by plane (or car, boat or train, for that matter), you might think comfort first and style later when it comes to travel clothes. But why compromise? The NANA bra is sleek yet cozy enough to sleep in (just ask Valeria!) and the COCO camisole is another easy item to pack, for day or night, as it goes with shorts at the beach or with your favorite eyelet circle skirt for a museum tour. A sight for sore eyes in any suitcase!

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Valeria with son Miguel and daughter Alicia

For her part, Miel Sister Camila went the whole nine yards (or, in this case, the whole nine months) with her summer plans this year and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in late June. What sweeter way to bolster the Miel sisterhood! New mom Camila will certainly be wearing her MIMI bandeau to nurse; it just can’t get any comfier or easier than this, especially during the dog days of summer.

Perhaps you’re just staying put and hanging out at home. Summer is a great time to enjoy all the sights and sounds a city has to offer—in Montreal alone, festivals such as Nuits d’Afrique, Just for Laughs, Montreal Pride, to name but a few, provide entertainment opportunities galore—or the tranquility of a riverside picnic by the St. Lawrence River or a picturesque hike in the Eastern Townships. When it comes to dressing, go the easy route by pairing a MIMI bandeau with low slung joggers and a blazer for the evening. Now this look is sure to make a splash, whether you’re by a pool or not!

And what about you… how will you be spending your summer?

Striking a Pose with Yasmin Yoga

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Who better to embody the joy and spirit of sweet Miel undies than Yasmin F. Gow, yoga teacher and ayurvedic practitioner, owner of Yasmin Yoga Loft located in Old Montreal. Miel Sisters Camilla and Valeria have known Yasmin for about four years and when the opportunity to partner up with her presented itself, the sisters thanked their lucky stars, saluted the sun and were, quite simply, over the moon!

Read on to find out a little more about this inspiring yogapreneur. And don’t forget to check out her smoking-hot photo shoot in the Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest and largest state park. We’ll be posting the photos very soon… in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek:

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Photo courtesy of Andrea Hausmann

Suzanne: I recently read that you enjoy fashion and like to dress up. As a person who spends many hours in and around a yoga studio, what role does fashion play in your life?

Yasmin: I love and appreciate art in all its forms. Fashion for me is art you take with you on to the street. I’m not into labels, but have always been interested in things that are well made, tailored, unique, and one of a kind. I mostly like neutrals with wild accessories.

After a long and drawn out winter, the warm weather is finally here. What Miel items will you be wearing this summer?

The low rise SOL thongs, for sure, as they are the best for yoga and the MIMI bandeau under my tank tops. I also have a new sheer dress, which pairs perfectly with the nude color bandeau and the IRIS culotte.

In this day and age of high tech undergarments, what are your thoughts on wireless… underwear?

Thank goodness for wireless bras! They are more flexible, so good for yoga poses and better for deep intercostal breathing. Plus, they are more comfortable.

You always look so amazing. What is your daily beauty routine? Do you have a secret up that cap sleeve of yours?

Thank you! I sleep well, exercise daily, eat a plant-based diet according to my ayurvedic constitution, and take care of my skin. The skin is the largest organ in the body and its primary function is to breathe and detox. Very important. I am obsessed with Arbonne products, as they are vegan, toxin free and based on ayurvedic principles which I relate to.

You’re just back from Nevada where you posed under the sun in Miel accoutrements. Sounds like fun, and the pics are gorgeous. What was the coolest place you ever practiced yoga?

Valley of Fire in Nevada where we shot those pictures is pretty high up on the list. Another memorable practice was on a six-hour train ride across Germany. Stability is a really interesting challenge on a train or boat. But, really, my favorite place to practice is in nature—my toes in the soft grass, tall trees around me, a breeze, and, whenever possible, a view of the water. When I lived in Byron Bay, I used to practice on the cliffs facing the easternmost tip of the Australian mainland and that was pretty epic. Right now, I am enjoying practicing in the grass on De la Commune in the Old Port near my new loft. It’s pretty nice. Come join me this summer!

It’s June and many of us want to make the most of the long summertime days. What positions do you suggest to boost creative energy?

Standing poses like triangle, side angle, warriors, etc. Balancing poses like tree, dancer, eagle and half-moon. Arm balances are good too as they boost confidence and courage. Best practice for increasing creative energy are poses that open up the places in the body where one feels energetically congested. This is different for each of us, so I suggest people breathe and follow the flow of their own body’s needs and desires for movement.

Have you ever tried stand up paddleboard (SUP) yoga? Is this a craze or is it here to stay? In other words, need I start to worry about waterproofing my yoga shorts?

I have tried and enjoyed stand up paddle boarding, but not SUP yoga. For me yoga is about being grounded and stable, I imagine that is very difficult on a paddleboard. But I suspect that’s the point. I would be interested in giving it a try. After all, yoga on water sounds cool. Is it a craze? I don’t know. But I suggest everyone try it at least once and make their own decision.

You are a certified yoga teacher and ayurvedic practitioner, you have your own yoga studio in Old Montreal, you hold the Guinness world record for the longest yoga marathon performed by a woman, you’ve created a series of yoga DVDs, you write, you give lectures, etc. Heck, you’ve accomplished a whole lot. Do you have a bucket list? And if so, can you share an item or two with us?

Yes! I have a huge desire to swim with wild humpback whales. I have heard of a place in Tahiti that takes out small groups once a year. I have dreams about doing something like that. I also want to travel across India and learn how to properly toss pizza dough! Know any pizza chefs who would be willing to teach me? (Editor’s note: We’ll get right on that.)

What is your guilty pleasure? And please, don’t say dark chocolate. Let me get the ball running by sharing mine: condensed milk spooned straight out of the can. There. I said it. So, yours better be darn good.

Polish vodka and apple juice. Not just any Polish vodka—it has to be Żubrówka!—or just any apple juice—I prefer Hucks or a dark cider-like apple juice. Another treat: Guinness with a scoop of Coconut Bliss “ice cream.” This is a unique twist on an ice cream float that I take full credit for inventing two summers ago. Try it. It sounds gross but it’s amazing. I also love salty things like chips. Are you good with that? (Editor’s note: Oh yeah baby!)

Let’s wrap this up with a funny anecdote about yoga, travelling, underwear, whatever. Anything you care to share?

Rather than funny, let’s go deep… The purpose of yoga (and life) is about being fully united with yourself and understanding your value. The light, the sexy, the ugly, the innocent, the confused, the ridiculous, the jealous, and the dark are all parts of who we are. Obviously, there are many ways to work with of all this. Find your own way to gain insight—yoga postures, dance, conscious breathing, meditation, poetry, painting, martial arts, whatever. Being aware, accepting and appreciative of the various facets of ourselves is massively important if we want to experience freedom and make any impact in this world.

Going Wireless!

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Can you smell the lemony scent of spring cleaning in the air? Nothing says spring quite like a squeaky-clean house. Pardon the pun but isn’t high time to also do a little Maytime cleanout of your… uhmm, drawers? Spring fashions beg for fresh, lightweight undergarments that put your best curves forward. Personally, I like my underpinnings to be comfortable yet chic. With a contemporary twist. I love seamless underwear that breathes well and lets me stretch my limbs to new heights, whether I’m at the office, doing Pilates or seeing the latest Jim Jarmush flick. Case in point, I love my sweet new Nana bra so much that I’ve banished all my underwire support systems to the back of the cedar closet. So, goodbye hardware, I’m going wireless from now on. Let spring fever begin!

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Mother Nurture

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Allow me slip into my very best, most comfortable seamless bra as we bid adieu to April. Easter has come and gone and, I don’t know about you, but my little bunnies have tracked milk chocolate all over the new(ish) linen sofa. (I know, I know. Linen… What was I thinking?) Luckily, April showers bring May flowers, spring cleaning and lest anybody dares forget, the single most important day of the year, yes you heard me, Mother’s Day.

Celebrated the world over, Mother’s Day is the one day in the year when moms need—what am I saying, crave!—to be recognized, acclaimed, pampered, maybe even catered to. Because let’s face it, motherhood can be a bitch at times, it’s a long dry stretch of sleepless nights, dirty dishes and split ends towards recognition.

And don’t kid yourself: it’s the one day you cannot afford to shun your own mum. In my twenties, long before I logged my first 5 km at the helm of a baby stroller, I once actually dismissed the whole concept of Mother’s Day. And yes, my mom was alive and kicking. No phone call, no card, nary a wilted carnation in sight. Oh boy. Kudos to my mom, because she banged on my door and gave me a good ol’ fashioned dressing-down. (Mom, if you’re reading this, I really am sorry.) Now, I get it. So heed this warning. If you’re a mom, or expecting to be one soon, don’t be afraid to tell your loved ones that yes, a little gift, a little time off, a little pampering, will do just fine thank you.

Be shameless. Ask for that Miel yoga bra you’ve been coveting.

If you’re craving to try the new living food eatery that opened downtown—because the only raw food you’ve seen in the last six months was in the form of a carrot stick—then get your significant other to book the babysitter and reserve a table for two.

Perhaps you’re in the mood for a quiet day at home: exit lace, welcome wireless bra. Put your feet up, grab the latest mom sensation, Violet Gaynard and Kelly Stuart’s “The Glow: An Inspiring Guide to Stylish Motherhood,” and sit back while your partner and the kids whip up dinner or, better yet, order sushi.

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And just when you think you’ve had enough pampering for the day, curl up under a blanket with a chick under each wing and watch your favorite kid friendly movie. I know our household will be watching “The Incredibles.” I mean, as far as kick-ass moms go, you gotta love Holly Hunter as Elastigirl.

Mama. Now isn’t that the sweetest sounding four-letter word you’ve ever heard?

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Valeria’s little chick, Alicia

 

LINGERIE ROUGE SIGNEE MIEL

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Merci beaucoup  Catherine Robert  pour une super article dans SURMON360.ca

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Pour la Saint-Valentin, la marque de sous-vêtements haut de gamme MIEL ajoutera dès le 1er février de la séduisante lingerie rouge à sa gamme de dessous. L’entreprise montréalaise, qui propose de la lingerie à la fois sexy, chic et pratique, a pour objectif de simplifier et d’embellir la vie des femmes modernes. Ainsi, elle crée pour les femmes actives et occupées des articles design et high-tech, conçus de façon unique à l’aide de matériaux novateurs.

Beau et bien fait

En plus d’être jolies en toute simplicité, les créations MIEL sont l’exemple même de la finesse technique. En effet, les sous-vêtements de la collection sont confectionnés avec un grand souci de qualité et de confort : coutures plates ou sans couture, tissus souples formés de microfibres douces extensibles suivant la technologie de faible compression et procédé anti-microbien Guard-In offrant une protection respectueuse de l’environnement contre les bactéries et les odeurs.

Le cachet haut de gamme des pièces MIEL est le fruit d’un grand travail de recherche de la part des fondatrices de la marque, les soeurs Camila et Valeria Velandia. Afin de créer une marque unique, celles-ci ont parcouru la planète pendant trois ans pour trouver les meilleures technologies en matière de vêtements, les tissus parfaits et les coupes les plus confortables.

Du nouveau pour la St-valentin

L’offre de MIEL se décline en six articles essentiels : soutiens-gorge, bandeaux, camisoles, slips taille basse, slips bikini et strings. Tous sont offerts dans des couleurs de base neutres et classiques, tels que le noir, le blanc, le chair et le gris. Chaque saison, la collection s’enrichit de merveilleuses couleurs tendances, ce qui lui donne un souffle nouveau et élargit le choix. Ainsi, pour la Saint-Valentin, MIEL propose une nouvelle gamme de lingerie rouge radieuse comprenant un soutien-gorge, un slip taille basse et une camisole.

 

En plus de tout cela, les dessous MIEL sont abordables. Vendus entre 20$ et 45$, les sous-vêtements autant sexy que pratiques représentent des cadeaux parfaits pour la Saint-Valentin!

La collection MIEL est disponible à la boutique en ligne ainsi que partout au Canada dans les boutiques de lingerie, les studios de yoga et de danse, les spas et les boutiques de prête-à-porter. La liste complète des points de vente est accessible sur le site Web de la collection MIEL.

 

http://surmon36.ca/nouvelles/miel-lingerie-rouge-st-valentin

NATURAL ENERGY SMOOTHIES

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Energy drink (1)By day I am intern. By night I am interviewer.

For the past nine weeks I have been juggling two occupations, after a long 12 hour shift I would be lying if I told you I did not feel drained. It has been a challenging experience but as a result I have gained a new fond respect for individuals working multiple jobs just to keep financial afloat. I commend them! Nonetheless, my experience as an intern has been rewarding, learning new aspects of marketing and working with charming business, savvy women. Still, in order  to keep up with the demands of a real career job, I need loads of natural energy to sustain me throughout the day, when caffeine fails.  Since purchasing my magic bullet I have been experimenting and researching smoothies to try. So after a few taste test, here are my top natural smoothie recommendations for those  needing a daily dose of oomph during these hot and festive summer days.

  • GLOWING GREEN SMOOTHIE (recipe courtesy of Kimberly Snyder)

Ingredient: 2 cups of filtered water, 7 cups of chopped spinach , 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce 1 ½    cups chopped celery , 1 apple cored and chopped, 1 pear cored and chopped, 1 banana, 2 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.

Directions: Puree all ingredients in a blender.

  • CARROT GINGER SMOOTHIE ( recipe courtesy Martha Stewart)

Ingredients:1 banana, cut into chunks,1 cup ice cubes, 1/2 cup bottled carrot juice, 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 3/4-inch piece peeled fresh ginger, coarsely chopped

Directions: Puree all ingredients in a blender.

  • SUPER ENERGY SMOOTHIE( recipe courtesy of Montel Williams)

 

Ingredients:2 pints cut up pineapple,2 pints cut up watermelon,2 quarts coconut water,1 bag baby spinach,1 bag frozen blueberries,2 green apples or 2 bananas

Directions: Blend all of the ingredients together in a juicer, pour into 16 oz. servings. You can store or freeze extra smoothies to drink later. Enjoy!

 

  • HIGH ENERGY FRUIT SMOOTHIE (recipe and image courtesy of Rhonda Wylie)

 

Ingredients ¼  cup of water, ½  cup of blueberries, 1 orange, 1 mango, 2 kiwi, 8 cherry tomatoes, 4packets of Stevia sweetener( often sold as struvia), 1 cup of ice.

Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender beginning with water and ending in ice, Start blender slowly then increase with speed till all ingredients become a  smooth consistency.

 

  • CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY  SMOOTHIE( recipe courtesy of Emily M. White)

Ingredients: 1 serving chocolate flavored soy protein,1 cup vanilla soy milk, light,1 cup frozen raspberries,1/8 teaspoon orange extract, 4 ice cubes

Directions: Puree all ingredients in a blender.

 

  • Important To Know:  Fruit smoothies and fruit juicing are  beneficial to our digestive system as they are  rich in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, which ultimate help to sustain a healthy energetic life.
  • Tips: The ripest  produce are grown during the summer, so take advantage of buying fresh and or organic  fruits and vegetables from you local farmers market.

ENJOY!!!

Easily Distracted?

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At some point in our early academic upbringing we shared a classroom with a child or friend who exhibited clear signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Aside from being hyperactive, this friend may have been disruptive, had difficulty concentrating and completing tasks. These classic ADHD symptoms along with others have commonly been recognized in children, but of recent years these same symptoms have become increasingly present in adults, especially in women.

In the June issue of Women’s Health magazine they dedicate the  “Is Your Mind in Overdrive” article to the alarming trend of late ADHD diagnosis in women. The article address some of the leading factors contributing to the trend, like the irregularities in our key neurotransmitters: dopamine and norepinephrine, our genetic liaison to ADHD, and the most revealing factor to be, the social expectations place on women which aid at masking the disorder through *coping mechanisms (*seeking to master, minimize or tolerate the problem). The late diagnosis of ADHD can be far more harmful to the mental state of women than in men, and can negatively affect work, interpersonal and personal relationships. Fortunately, there are medications that can help reduce the symptoms in adults, however it isn’t a magical pill that will fix all the problems and relationship difficulties. That’s why it’s so important to also make lifestyle changes that include regular exercise and yoga, a healthy diet and sufficient sleep.  There are many natural treatments that are effective and a great option to treat ADHD in adults, the article suggests:

  • “Supercharge your brain with foods such as nuts, vegetables, eggs and lean meat. Protein provides essential building blocks for alertness-inducing brain chemichals.”

 

  • If you have you have a major task ahead write down the tasks in small steps. Avoid putting off assignments.


  • “If your mind wanders off during meetings, force yourself to pay attention by taking detail notes or keep your eyes on the person speaking.”

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

  • “Each time click to open an email, text or facebook notification your brain gets a temporary dopamine surge leaving you happy then distracted. Avoid excessively checking personal accounts.”

 

 


  • Touch has an amazing ability to help improve self regulation, so treat yourself to a rubdown.

 

To read the full length article, pick up the latest copy of Women’s Health Magazine or visit http://www.womenshealthmag.com

For more information on the subject visit  www.adhdaware.org/

 

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