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
Newly formed Larkspur launches a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their start-up line of eco-friendly lingerie handmade in Los Angeles.
Larkspur has started a Kickstarter to raise funds to produce their start-up collection of lingerie handmade in Los Angeles in eco-friendly fabrics. Their products will be exclusively available through the Kickstarter reward option for the duration the campaign. To view the video and contribute to their campaign, visit:
After shopping for environmentally responsible and fashion forward under garments left the designers of Larkspur, Felicia Gaxiola and Amanda Bear, repeatedly empty handed, they were inspired to collaboratively design a 15-style collection of charming lingerie. Both designers have worked with companies that manufacture exclusively in Los Angeles, providing them with contacts for sourcing both materials and labor locally. Their experience with every aspect of manufacturing in Los Angeles, from dyeing and cutting, to sewing and packaging, has provided them with insight into how tangible and ethical manufacturing locally can be. Larkspur is committed to working only with manufacturers who treat their employees respectfully and value transparency in their business practices.
To watch the videos go to http://vimeo.com/65313991
Larkspur is the lovely, unexpected happenstance of Amanda Bear and Felicia Gaxiola fatefully crossing paths in a Fashion History class, only to collaborate in bringing their vision of comfortable lingerie with an understated sexiness to fruition in beautiful eco-friendly fabrics. Together as Larkspur, Amanda and Felicia create chic and flattering, yet cozy, intimates inspired by their shared love of vintage clothing, bohemian neighborhoods, and the occasional rock show, for an independent woman who follows her own sense of fashion. Seeing that their chic designs are produced responsibly, Larkspur locally sources soft eco-friendly fabrics to be lovingly hand sewn in Los Angeles
Amanda Bear or Felicia Gaxiola