Buying lingerie can be really exciting, but it also can be expensive at times. Whether you’re buying a bra that you’ll wear every day or a baby doll that you’ll wear on special occasions, you’ll want to be sure that you take care of it correctly. Failing to do so can take the life, color and support right out your sexiest wears and you don’t want that, now do you?
No, I didn’t think so.
So use this little lingerie how-to as your guide to keep your lingerie(bras, Adam & Eve bustiers, panties and thigh highs included) looking fresh and sexy. And perhaps you can even use it as an excuse to a buy a few more items–you know, just so you can prove to yourself that you can take care of your lingerie.
When you first buy a new garment, make sure you wash it before you wear it. You may be thinking, “but it’s new, it’s clean, what’s the deal?” But you’ll want to do this to ensure two things: that it is actually clean and that you’ve washed away all of the chemicals the manufacturers put on the garments to preserve them.
When washing them you will want to make sure that you wash them all by hand. I know it’s kind of annoying and takes extra time, but it’s definitely worth it. It’s up to you to figure out how often you want to watch your garments, but when it comes to daily wears, you should wash your bras every two to three weeks and well, your panties every time you wear them.
When washing them, you will first want to sort them out by colors. Washing darker garments with lighter ones can cause the lighter ones to look dingy, so separate accordingly.
Then make as many cold water baths as you need to take care of your loads. You will want to make sure you use cold water because it will protect the fabric and color.
Next, add detergent that’s made for delicate clothing, like Woolite,Soak, or Eucalan. Using any standard detergent could potentially damage your garments. So if you’re going through all this trouble to wash them, make sure you don’t skimp here. Dissolve the lingerie wash in the water bath and throw in your lingerie. You’ll want to let them all soak for a few minutes.
Once they have soaked, take each item and gently rub them together to get the detergent to really soak in. Be sure not to distort the shape of any bra padding or underwire.
Thoroughly rinse each item with water once you feel like you’ve scrubbed them sufficiently. Make sure you get all of the detergent out, otherwise you could end up with a rash or irritated skin. No one wants that in their sexy time areas.
Then you an either lay each item out to dry, you can hang them or place them in a lingerie bag and throw them into the dryer. Your best bet will be to lay them out in their shape. Avoid throwing anything with metal, plastic or spandex into the dryer.
Finally, be sure to put them away neatly and in their actual shape. This will keep them looking perky for years to come.
by Mandie Mutchie
Self-love is the best love… So where is it?
Ha, in this industry, one may believe that I am referring to toys, but not this time! I am talking about self-image. Self-esteem. Self-confidence.
Why do we all have such a tough time loving ourselves?
If you haven’t already seen Dove’s latest feel good “love yourself” campaign, they hired a forensic artist to sketch women based on their own descriptions of themselves, without seeing them. He then drew them again based upon the description a stranger gave… My explanation does not give it justice – check it out here! (Warning – you may want tissues!)
Were you surprised? I am guessing not.
However, if you put yourself in the shoes of the women who were drawn, I bet you would be.
But why? Why do we seem so focused on the negative? Is it just about our appearance, or everything about us. The old adage says “We are all our own worst critic.” Why?!
I challenge you this May to write a compliment about yourself on a post-it and stick it to your mirror, or on a strip of paper, and put it in a jar. It will probably be harder at first, but hopefully it’ll get easier! Find me on social media or email me, and let me know how it goes.
And don’t do it for me. Don’t even do it for you! Do it for your family and friends, for those around you! As the very wise Ru Paul says – “If you don’t love yourself, how the hell are you going to love somebody else?”
Amanda Mutchie began her professional modeling career nearly ten years ago, and has appeared in many national and international publications, and commercials. Over the course of her modeling career, she worked with many acclaimed makeup artists, learning from them along the way. She eventually became a makeup artist herself and started FaceScape Artistry. Now she works with incredible photographers, models, brides, and other clients to create glamorous as well as natural makeup looks. She also channels her passion for fitness and nutrition and desire to help others into her work as a beachbody coach, and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
For more information on Mandie go towww.MandieM.com, www.facescapeartistry.com, email Mandie at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @mandelicious. Don’t forget to “like” her pages on facebook, too! www.facebook.com/MandieLM &www.facebook.com/FaceScapeArtistry www.lipglossnlace.com
*Photo by Rafal Krolik of Seville Media