Match Made in Underwear Heaven

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From the time we step out of bed to the moment we tuck in for the night, myriad decisions affect the way we live and feel. Great big decisions like: thong or panty? Or the more devious and connotation-laden quandary of cozy pyjamas vs sheer nightie. The choices we make lead to definite actions… and consequences.

The career we choose. The people we choose to work with or for. The place we choose to live, work and play in. The smorgasbord of choices we make throughout our lives is vast and varied.

Take the Miel Sisters and Salua Lingerie, for instance. In a bid to create bits of magic for us ladies to wear, the two brands have decided to join forces. Not only do they share a cultural heritage (they both hail from Colombia), they also share similar values when it comes to dressing today’s woman.

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Opting to work together and base themselves in Montreal, Camila and Valeria, the designing sisters behind the Miel brand, chose to design alluring seam-free bras, panties and camisoles with today’s busy active woman in mind. Miel is designed to take a gal from the gym to a night out on the town in one giant seamlessly sexy step.


Miel in the Desert

Salua Lingerie

When Shadia decided to take on the Salua sleepwear made famous by her mother in Santa Marta, Colombia and set up shop in Seattle, she pursued the tradition of creating beautiful ethereal pieces in lace and soft breathable cotton. Pieces are designed in Seattle yet manufactured in Colombia, another important decision for the designer.


Looking pretty in Salua

Match Made in Underwear Heaven

Where Miel fits and flatters, Salua flits and flutters. Lucky for you, our exclusive DULCE NOCHE set doesn’t require you to choose between the two! It delivers a Salua boyfriend nightshirt and three Miel undies in one sweet bundle. Finally, a no-brainer!


Exclusively yours: the DULCE NOCHE set!

Turning Your Underwear into Outerwear

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Blame it on the stars. Not the ones in the sky, the glitzy ones on stage and in the tabloids. Celebrities have been wearing underwear as outerwear with varying degrees of success for many seasons now and summer is no exception. Sure, Rihanna can rock a sheer jewel-embellished bra on the red carpet but is this trend sustainable in the real world?

Then again, it’s summer for all of us. Time to dive into the cool laid-back atmosphere of picnics, street festivals and lazy afternoons by the pool. Summertime calls for easy looks that you can pull together in a cinch. And what’s easier than walking around in your undies?


The easiest look to pull out of your top drawer is the camisole with built-in shelf bra. You can dress it up or down and make it totally yours with various accessories. Try pinning a small brooch or a cluster of tiny ones near the strap for instant glam. Add colour to your neckline with beads or a scarf.

For a casual and comfy style, pair a neutral form-fitting stretchy cami with loose and flirty bottoms (anything trimmed in lace is red hot). Tropical prints are cropping up everywhere this season and a smooth camisole provides a great counterpoint to this style.

Itching for something romantic yet edgy? Indulge in a creamy lace top over a sleek black camisole. Very chic.


Fear not, we’re not suggesting you walk out of the house in barely a bra. Indeed, there are ways of hinting at one’s intimates without revealing too much.

Consider the sheer factor. Light and flowing see-through blouses are enjoying their moment in the sun on all the runways. Cultivate your devil may care attitude by wearing a brightly coloured bra under a sheer t-shirt. Or go for tone on tone. Navy is big right now. Get on board by pairing a sheer navy blue blouse with a navy bra.

Have fun! If you’re going for a flirty look, then it’s okay to show a bra strap… the more colourful, the better. And if you want to go that extra mile? Steal a page from Gwen Stefani’s stylebook and match your bra with your purse!


Bandeau-blackFor the young and restless, bandeaus are the quintessential summer garb. Who doesn’t love the sexy appeal of a bandeau peeking out from under a blazer, racerback camisole or blouse!

If you’d like to try out this look but prefer to err on the side of caution, wear a matching coloured bra with clear straps under your bandeau. Bandeaus with a stretchy ribcage band provide support and prevent slippage. Throw on a sheer blouse, light cardigan or blazer and you’re set for a glorious night under the stars.

A Few Rules of Thumb

When taking your bras, bandeaus and camisoles out for a spin, remember that this look works its magic in a relaxed and casual setting, not in the office or any other formal environment.

Another important thing to keep in mind: make sure your undergarments fit perfectly. You definitely don’t want any unsightly bulges or rib bands riding up.

See? You can make lingerie the star of your summer outfit in an elegant and eye-catching manner without resorting to see-through mesh shorts or fishnet onesies. Cheers to gracefully getting your underwear out of the closet!


Getting to the Bottom of my Underwear

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Dear reader, it’s time to pack up my panties and head south for a little R&R. Well, this might be an overstatement. Hubby and I are taking the offspring to the land of Mickey. Fact is, I don’t know how much relaxing I’ll be doing.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I’m looking forward to this little trip of ours. But I’m gonna need all the support I can get. And you know what this means, don’t you? My underpants better be up to snuff.

When I first started wearing miel®, I fell in love with their seamless design, bright colours and super soft touch. They look—and feel!—so good. But there’s more to them than just good looks. The Miel Sisters are quick to point out that their unmentionables not only are breathable and moisture wicking but also keep a gal feeling fresh from morning to night.

Breathable? Moisture wicking? Gosh, I just want a nice pair of panties.

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Moisture-Wicking Underwear

Miel® intimates are made out of a Spandex and microfiber blend with the power to wick away moisture. Neat, huh? Yes, but … what does this mean? My trusty Oxford partially helped by defining “to wick” as the ability to “absorb or draw off moisture” but I was too distracted by the expression “to dip one’s wick”(which you can look up for yourselves) to pay much attention to anything else.

So I turned to the experts. (How did people manage before Google?) To wick away moisture means that the fabric weave forces moisture out instead of absorbing it. Moisture is released to the exterior where it evaporates upon contact with air. So you always feel nice and dry in your knickers. That’s a plus when you’re having a long day. With a couple of screaming kids. At the world’s largest amusement park.

What About Feeling Fresh?

My miel® undies do keep me feeling fresh a lot longer than my old cotton briefs. And guess what? There’s actual science to back this up. Did you know that all miel® lingerie includes a built-in botanical antimicrobial protection against stains and odors? Derived from essential oils and minerals, Guardin™, an eco-friendly natural product, is added during the textile manufacturing process. It prevents the growth of nasty bacteria causing odor or stains so bras and panties remain clean and odorless for a nice long time.

Knowledge is key when it comes to dressing for a trip fit for a mouse. Looks like I’m all set for a fun-filled stay at Disney. Now, if only I could get my kids to be more like my underwear: fresh, odorless and stain free.

Hooking up for the Holidays

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Don’t you just LOVE this time of year? The tinsel, the mistletoe, the fur, the snowflake sweaters… My god, I even love the Christmas carols. Not only do I dig the season and its tidings, I also relish tackling the life-and-death matter of what to wear.

There’s more to an outfit than what meets the eye. Especially a holiday outfit. We spend hours looking for the right dress, the perfect pants, the prettiest top, but what about all the stuff that goes on underneath this finery? Shouldn’t we be hooking up with the right underpinnings for our holiday getup? I dare say, yes.

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Nana Bra in Smoke: Perfect under your LBD

Learning the Hard Way

Eons ago, when I was but a wee lass of 14, the roller skating rink was THE place to be on a Friday night. I’d go with my best friend who, on one particular occasion, looked like the cat’s meow in her tightest jeans and best white and red checked shirt. She was a fine skater, and I envied her grace as she glided around the rink. Yet, teenage tragedy struck. My little kitten suddenly stopped dead in her tracks as she noticed, all too late, a fatal flaw in her outfit: under the black light, her pristine white bra shone—well, more like, glowed—through the thin fabric of her shirt. Boys snickered. Girls giggled. Mortified, she rolled off and spent the remainder of the evening seething under the glaring lights of the concession stand. So much for her Funkytown (and, needless to say, mine).

Whether you’re 14, 24, 34 or more, wearing the right bra can make or break your night.

Cardinal Rules for Holiday Dressing

To make sure people notice you and your best clothes rather than your underwear, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Under a white, ivory or cream top, always wear a nude bra or camisole. This will ensure that your attire steals the spotlight, not your bra.
  • Choose neutral-coloured undies that will keep you feeling fresh from morning to the wee hours of the night. Opt for a soft fabric that wicks away moisture especially if you plan to kick up your heels on the dance floor.
  • Go seamless (bra and panty) when slipping into a luxuriously slinky garment.
  • When wearing form-fitting pants, skirts or dresses, remember: you can’t go wrong with a thong. Nobody wants to go on the naughty list because of VPLs.

‘Twas the Night before the Party

If, like me, you want to look and feel your best during the holidays, go the extra mile when it comes to dressing up: deck yourself with your finest undergarments. Trust me, you’ll have yourself a merry little Christmas!

The Art of Matchmaking

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Let’s do a show of hand, ladies: any matchmakers out there? … That’s what I thought. Not too many of us willingly admit to what my trusty Oxford defines as “scheming to bring couples together.” My own mother denies ever dirtying her manicured hands with matchmaking during my single days. And yet, she was the mastermind behind the single worst blind date of my life involving a grungy bar on Duluth St., bad wine and the company of said date who not only talked me deaf and dumb for more than two hours but also shamelessly flirted with pretty much every guy who came across our path, from the firemen cruising the Main to the vile drunk sprawled on the bar. Apparently, the fact that he was gay did not factor into my mother’s thought process… Nor his, it would seem. I ended up with the bar bill and a blinding migraine.

Sucky blind dates aside, what about matchmaking when it comes to getting dressed in the morning? Do you scheme to match shoes with handbag, lips with nail polish, left sock with right sock? Just how far are you prepared to go when it comes to pairing clothes? And if you don’t match, does this automatically mean that you’re mismatched?

Let’s dive a little bit deeper into the closet. Do you like to match your bra to your undies? Not necessarily my thing, I tend to fear the overly predictable.

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Coral and Blue… A perfect mismatch!

Having said that, there’s something undeniable about the cohesive appeal of a set: whether it’s by dint of color or cut, the pieces fit together like a match made in heaven. It’s the wow factor of the Brangelina couple, the “one-two punch” allure of a couple of fine looking specimens coming together. Speaking of which… Not to toot my own horn, but let’s just say that I scored high points with my significant other when I wore the NANA bra and IRIS hipster in Radiant Red. Yes, my friends, it takes two to tango and it doesn’t get any better than tangoing in red. Oh so perfect for the upcoming holidays.

Matchmaking doesn’t always work but, sometimes, magic happens. (Note to self: the NANA and IRIS will soon be available in Blue Denim. Time to meet my match!)

NANA bra and IRIS culotte in Radiant Red

NANA bra and IRIS culotte in Radiant Red


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?

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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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.