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Hip Hip Hurray Kimmay!

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The Miel Sisters go sweet on Hurray Kimmay! Brainchild of NYC lingerie expert Kim Caldwell, Hurray Kimmay is a knowledgeable, entertaining and inspiring blog on all things related to underwear. Looking for what you should wear under summer skirts? Kim’s got the lowdown on what goes on down below. Hesitating between underwire or wire-free? Kim keeps you abreast (so to speak) of the latest bra models and styles. Despite knowing a whole lot about bras, panties and myriad underpinnings, this skivvy-savvy siren has her sights set higher still and encourages women to celebrate what’s inside, outside and underneath. In her own words, she doesn’t only blog about boobies, she motivates us to say hurray! And this is why we love her!

Read our Q&A with this entrepreneur who has many a title under her (garter) belt: marketer, writer and host, to name but a few, and find out about our special Miel4Kimmay promo!

Hurray Kimmay's Kim Caldwell looks red hot under the Mexican sun in our COCO cami! (Photo courtesy of Becky Yee of Around Digital Media)

Hurray Kimmay’s Kim Caldwell looks red hot under the Mexican sun in our COCO cami! (Photo courtesy of Becky Yee of Around Digital Media)

For women who lack the time or desire to shop or who simply don’t have access to many lingerie stores, online shopping often comes in real handy. When purchasing bras or panties online, what advice can you offer ladies out there?

Online shopping is super convenient, but it comes with its own challenges. I just wrote an entire article on this very topic on about.com, where I’m the lingerie expert. I encourage women to get a bra fitting at a shop first, if possible. And then, try out several brands and styles online and compare so you’ll be even better informed next time. Know your numbers (i.e., your measurements) and use the size charts and fit information on the site as a guide, but know that it takes a little trial and error before finding the perfect size and style for you.

The Miel Sisters are tickled pink that the miel® LUNA thong is featured in your list of most comfortable thongs. Thank you so much! In your opinion, are thongs well suited for every body type and every outfit? In other words, is there a right way and a thong way to plan one’s outfit?

You’re so welcome :D Thongs are awesome! But for me, comfort is key. Many women prefer thongs when wearing tight or sheer pants, so they can avoid panty lines. In addition, they can be great for working out or for active ladies who don’t want to deal with the back of a panty shifting around all the time. I prefer thongs under yoga pants or tight jeans, and panties under full skirts. Whether it’s for style or comfort reasons, wearing what suits you is always the best way to say hurray.

Kimmay taking a sweet vacay in miel! (Photo courtesy of Becky Yee of Around Digital Media)

Kimmay taking a sweet vacay in miel! (Photo courtesy of Becky Yee of Around Digital Media)

You propose a “soulful approach to personal bra shopping,” which is a far cry from many women’s experience in the dressing room. Do you know something we don’t?

I know a lot that you don’t. Ha! I’m only half-kidding. The real reason I have such a different approach to undergarment shopping is because I use bra fitting as a tool for something bigger. My big goal in life is to upgrade the way that women talk to their bodies and themselves. There are so many ways to do this, and a bra fitting is my sharpest, most efficient tool to do so. Shopping for bras, taking off your clothes, looking in the mirror, addressing your bust – these are all opportunities to really see yourself, and find ways to honor your body, love yourself, and say hurray.

Do you have a bucket list? And if so, can you share an item or two?

I love to travel and have been to some great places, like Japan and Mexico… but I have never been to Europe – can you believe it?!  That’s on my list, for sure.

Also on my list:

  • Ride an elephant in the jungle
  • Tour the country to teach young women about bras and their bodies
  • Be on the Today Show
  • Go to Puerto Rico (checking this one off soon!)

Last but not least, do you have a role model? Someone who inspires you to be a better person?

I’m so lucky to be surrounded by inspiring women all the time. Between my friends, family members, and the women in my circles… I’m on a constant receiving end of joy and motivation. I’m not sure I have a role model who I look up to for everything, but I do have some women who inspire me in many ways:

  • Chris Maddox, founder of The Wild Woman Project. I know Chris from college – she was my RA! – and now I’m a Wild Woman Circle leader, and a teacher at the upcoming Wild Woman Fest.  She is a beautiful example of diving deep into her soul and lovingly accepting the humanness in each of us.
  • Natalie MacNeil, founder of She Takes on the World and Soul Seconds. I love the way Natalie combines business and spirituality, and her genuine nature and hard work ethic are so inspiring!

For more insight, tips and info, head on over to Hurray Kimmay!

Miel Says Hurray Kimmay!

Because we’re such big fans of Hurray Kimmay, we’re offering a special 15% off all miel® bras, panties, thongs, and camisoles this summer! Simply enter code “miel4kimmay” at checkout when purchasing on mielsisters.com.

Offer valid until September 1, 2016.

Kimmay looking oh-so-cool in wirefree NANA bra in Tulum (Photo courtesy of Becky Yee of Around Digital Media)

Kimmay looking oh-so-cool in wirefree NANA bra in Tulum (Photo courtesy of Becky Yee of Around Digital Media)

 

Best Care for Underwear

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Nobody likes a saggy bottom. You don’t ever want to get caught wearing underwear gone bad. I have, and it’s not pretty. Let this be a tale of caution for all you ladies who don’t take proper care of your intimates.

91656487It was a dark and stormy night when I unexpectedly hooked up with the guy I’d crushed on for months. As luck would have it, I was wearing comfy old briefs (read: super stretched out after many spins in the washer and dryer). Did I care? No, for I was deeply infatuated with this man. Did he notice? You bet. Did he comment? Oh, yes. My saggy apparel was apparently quite entertaining. How does one turn the other cheek after this?

Lesson learned.

To maintain its elasticity, colour and shape, make no mistake: lingerie requires special care.

What is the best way to care for your fine apparel?

Hand washing is a must. I hear you groan but trust me, it really does make a difference in the long run.

  1. Hand wash in cool water using a mild detergent. You only need a tiny amount of soap in a small basin of water. We love soak’s no-rinse wash, but any mild soap will do.

If machine wash is your only option, use a laundry bag and select a gentle cycle.

TIP If washing bright colours for the first time, add a bit of white vinegar to water to prevent colours from bleeding.

  1. Gently rub fabric to remove dirt. Let soak for a few minutes.
  2. Rinse garment until water runs clear. Gently squeeze out excess water and wrap in towel to absorb moisture.
  3. Dry flat on clean towel or hang to dry. Thanks to its special blend of microfiber and Spandex, miel® underwear dries in a flash.Caring-for-underwear

Now that we are basking in the warm rays of the sun, there are no excuses not to hang your laundry out to dry. Not only will it keep your bras, panties and camisoles smelling garden fresh and looking as bright as the blooms in your garden, it will extend the life of your underwear.

 

About that wisecracking guy? Long forgotten. I was lucky to marry a man who not only does his own laundry but is smart enough to know when to keep questionable comments to himself.

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.

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Miel in the Desert

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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.

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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!

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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?

Camisoles

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.

Bras

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!

Bandeaus

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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