Lipgloss & Lace: Exercise Like A Jellyfish!


               by Mandie Mutchie

As you know, one of my passions outside of lingerie is fitness, also known as helping people look and feel better in their lingerie.

When I came across this article, I couldn’t pass it by – it’s about fitness, but not just for a better lingerie body – for better sex!

Most people in this industry are probably familiar with Kegel exercises, and that if women do them regularly, they can improve their quality of sexual intercourse! These exercises, which strengthen the pelvic floor, also have medical benefits – supporting the spine, keeping your internal organs in and supported (keeping your
organs in is always a plus), and maintaining continence.

But what I was surprised to discover was that most people who do kegels do them incorrectly! The author of the article recommends that they are done in a standing position, and that you focus just as much on relaxing the muscles and contracting them. I highly recommend that you read the article for more information if this is
something of interest to you!

I want to take a moment to reiterate why fitness is so important to me, and why it should be important to you, too.

When I write that I want people to look and feel better in lingerie, it’s not because I think that there is a specific ideal body for lingerie.
Honestly, I feel that anyone who is confident and comfortable in their own skin has a sexy lingerie body!

But I firmly believe that the healthier your body is, the more confident and comfortable you feel. I believe that fitness and great nutrition builds confidence, for so many reasons beyond their physiological effects. Selecting a program and sticking to it gives people a sense of accomplishment, which builds confidence, too!

I know that beginning a fitness journey, or nutritional journey, can be confusing, intimidating, and overwhelming. There are lots of different conflicting pieces of advice and “wisdom” that can be difficult to navigate.

I want you to know that if you ever have any questions, or if your customers ever bring up a fitness need, that I can be your go-to source of information and FREE help. Just send me a message on facebook or an email through my website, and I will be happy to help you achieve your goals, and feel more confident in lingerie (or with it off)!

xoxo,

Mandie

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, 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 fitness professional, and is completing her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

For more information on Mandie go to www.MandieM.com,  email Mandie at mandelicious@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter & Instagram @mandelicious. Don’t forget to “like” her pages on facebook, too!www.facebook.com/MandieLM  & www.facebook.com/FaceScapeArtistry
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picture by Michael Coakes – www.coakes.com 

via McPete Sez Newsletter.

Lipgloss & Lace


               by Mandie Mutchie

Last year, for the “day after Valentine’s Day” installment of Lipgloss & Lace, I posted a collection of dating horror stories people shared with me. If you recall (and you can check out this link if you don’t), they were, for the most part, relatively amusing, and I felt like they would be good entertainment for anyone who didn’t necessarily have an amazing Valentine’s Day for whatever reason (and were still funny for those who had great Valentine’s Days)!

I still plan to do the same thing this year, and make it a tradition, provided I get enough submissions (please help if you can! My contact info is always below!), but I thought I would take it a step further this year.

First, I want to share a collection of how many of my friends (well, let’s be honest… Some are “facebook friends”) met their significant others. Some stories are entertaining, and some provide hope for anyone single that you can meet your true love anywhere!

Many met traditional ways – school, work, through friends, blind dates, and a way that it becoming traditional – online, whether it’s via dating sites like match.com or Facebook, or even online video games! My friend Jessica and her boyfriend are a great example of that! Here’s her story:

“I first started playing World of Warcraft with my ex-boyfriend, but when that relationship ended, I went on with playing anyway.

A few months later (this is November 2009), I got accepted as a recruit by the guild Arnaud was already in (a guild is like an in-game family, and you are supposed to be playing with the guild’s members most of the time). I started getting friendly with a guy who was living in Brussels as well (one of Arnaud’s best friends) and we ended befriending each other on Facebook.

That’s when Richard (the friend) realized we had a friend in common:
Arnaud’s sister Aline. The coincidence was funny and when I told Arnaud, he suddenly realized he knew who I was (because I was in his sister’s class in high school, and also I was one of the school’s teachers’ daughter).

Few weeks later (this is January 2010), we (Richard, Arnaud, me, and some other members from Brussels) went for a drink to meet everyone face to face. We hit it off immediately. I had just gotten out of a pretty unhealthy relationship and he was dating someone from another country. His relationship was suffering a lot and I wasn’t looking for anyone at the time.

In February, we planned a whole weekend with the members of the guild in Lille, France, where we met most of our in-game friends (people from Paris, Lille, Belgium, some from Switzerland!). That’s where he kissed me for the first time, on the parking lot of the hotel, getting our stuff from the trunk of the car. For the rest of the weekend, he would take my hand under the table at the restaurant or play footsie with me, kiss me on the forehead…

It took another few weeks for us to officially be together, the difficult part being that he had to let go of his girlfriend to be with me. Being such a nice guy, he flew over there to let her know (that was May 2010), and we’ve been together since!

Isn’t that a sweet story?

Some other non-traditional examples that I read included a bowling alley, a highway, and Best Buy! It just proves that it could happen anywhere and at any time!

But once it does… What do you say?

I thought I’d close out with some good ol’ fashioned pickup lines.
Some I found via web search, and others I found during my most recent giveaway on my Facebook page… And for those, please come and vote starting 2/5! The entry with the most likes and shares by 2/11 gets $50 worth of goodies from V.Sweet Dessert Company! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

























That’s it! Don’t forget to go to www.facebook.com/MandieLM and vote between 2/5-2/11, and watch me all over social media for more giveaways (hint: an Instagram giveaway starts tomorrow, and my username is @Mandelicious)! Oh, and if you have any dating horror stories, please send them my way!

xoxo,
Mandie

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, 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 fitness professional, and is completing her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

For more information on Mandie go to www.MandieM.com,  email Mandie at mandelicious@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter & Instagram @mandelicious. Don’t forget to “like” her pages on facebook, too!www.facebook.com/MandieLM  & www.facebook.com/FaceScapeArtistry
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picture by Michael Coakes – www.coakes.com 

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Lipgloss & Lace: Q&A with Rebecca Szymczak of BEX

by Mandie Mutchie

Hello, everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic 2014 so far! I know that I sure am!

One of the reasons that my 2014 is so great so far is that I am currently the BEX Kitten for January! What is that? Click here to see!

And this inspired me also to feature Rebecca Szymczak, the woman behind BEX, in an email interview for Lipgloss & Lace… I mean… I love Madonna, Lucille Ball, AND Morticia Adams, so what’s not to love about BEX? Read on for more details!

How long have you been in the industry?
I have been in the fashion industry for 14 years. I started as an intern at NIKE in the apparel design department at age 17 and have continued working in the industry since then, later moving to NYC to work as a designer for DKNY. I have also designed for Everlast and eventually became the Creative Director and Vice President of Design for Playboy.

How did you become a lingerie designer?
I always loved lingerie as a consumer and owned a large personal collection. I designed a bit of knit intimates at DKNY and was initially hired as the Lingerie Director at Playboy before being promoted to Global Creative Director. I fell in love with the category and eventually started my own line.

How did BEX come to be, and how did you select your name?
I had continued to climb the corporate design ladder from the age of 17 and last year I hit a turning point. I turned 30, I no longer had the desire to continue in corporate America and around the same time I lost one of my best friends and mentors, Jason Phillips to Cancer. He was 41 years old and had always wanted to start his own line and got sick before seeing it through to fruition. That really shook me and made me realize there is never an ideal time to start but life is too short to NOT start. That is how BEX began. The name comes from my Nickname “Bex.”

What inspires you as a designer, and your design for your line?
I am inspired by all that is unapologetically sexy and empowered. That being said I am inspired by New York City every single day. I love the diversity in styles, the confidence New Yorkers have to dress as they please without any regard for “fitting in”. I’m also very inspired by pop culture. I am a huge Madonna fan and definitely draw inspiration from her style and performance art. My current muse is musician Ivy Levan who describes her style as “Lucille Ball meets Morticia Adams”

What sets you apart from other lines?
BEX is more than just a lingerie brand but an all encompassing luxury lifestyle brand. The core of our line is lingerie but we also design what the unapologetically sexy, empowered female would want to wear outside of the bedroom as an extension of the line including accessories, hats and statement pieces. We also partner with Fashion Fights Cancer on key items, donating a portion of the proceeds to the charity (this season the Naughty Nighstand Giftset)
In edition to our product what sets us apart is creating a really creative, fun, inspiring and positive workplace for our team. After spending a long time in corporate America I experienced some great and not-so-great corporate cultures. At BEX we have an 8 pt manifesto that really comes down to: creating great product, being good people and having fun.

What do you love best about this season’s line?
This season, I love the juxtaposition of classic menswear details like bowties, pinstripes and tuxedo pin tucks designed into extremely sexy women’s silhouettes.

What can we expect from BEX in the future?
BEX will continue to push boundaries in both our designs and brand campaigns. We are excited to be shooting our next lookbook this month which will include stunning ergonomic and bondage-inspired silhouettes and accessories. We will also release a digital video lookbook in addition to our print/still image book.

Where is Bex sold?
www.bexnyc.com, Henri Bendel, Sugar Cookies NY, Showcase, the Boutiques at Canyon Ranch.

For Wholesale Inquires please email anne@bexnyc.com

Do you exhibit at any trade shows?
Not currently.

Is there anything else that you would like the readers of Lipgloss & Lace to know about your collection and brand?
BEX is worn by various celebrities including : Emma Roberts, Anna-Sophia Robb, Kelly Osbourne, Lauren Conrad, Ivy Levan, Countess LuAnn DeLessps and was also recently featured at Lady Gaga’s ArtPop album launch.

I don’t know about you, but I found all of that fascinating! While I am sorry for Bex’s loss of her friend, I admire that she used it as inspiration to live each day like it could be her last! One thing that I love about lingerie is its versatility – that some lingerie is sassy and leather, and others soft, silken and lacy. There’s definitely something for everyone! Here are some images from BEX, including those of me from the BEX Kitten for January shoot!







If you recall, last year for the “day-after-Valentine’s Day” issue of Lipgloss & Lace, I shared some pretty brutal date stories. I am hoping to do that again, so if you have any, please send them my way! I should have something pretty entertaining for the February first issue, too, so please stay tuned!

xoxo,

Mandie

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.comwww.facescapeartistry.com, email Mandie at mandelicious@gmail.com 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 
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picture by Michael Coakes – www.coakes.com 

via McPete Sez Newsletter.

Lipgloss & Lace


               by Mandie Mutchie

In my last edition of Lipgloss & Lace, I explored body issues (again), specifically with the focus being on the drama between “Fit Mom,” and “Curvy Girl.”

I want to take a look even further, and to illustrate my point in a much stronger way than I could with words, please check out this video before continuing reading.


Wow. If you’re anything like me, you may need some time to process that. You may need the time to grab a tissue and dab away a tear.

Now… First of all, how beautiful! I thought it was such an amazing project, and one that really hit me hard. Why, you might ask?

I felt that it was SO BRAVE of the people in the video to do what they did. In fact, I thought to myself “I am not even sure if I would want to see that of me!”

A friend and I had a feeling that we had distorted ideas of our own body images, and set out to find each other’s body double, which we never successfully found. In fact, the closest to my body double was actually a drag performer, since I am on the muscular side. Can you imagine having a mannequin made with your measurements?

I think there should be. What percentage of people are shaped like store mannequins? I bet it is under 5%.

Mannequins as representation of how clothes are supposed to fit are just another way that fitting in with an ideal (and a nearly impossible to reach one, at that) is perpetuated.

Here’s another video that I thought was a great summary of how the media affects our self-esteems.

We’re all familiar with the photoshopping and such, but what can we do about it? I thought it was so profound when she said that the first thing she said is that we need to recognize it. This is a big challenge for me, too! I need to stop comparing myself to images I see in magazines. Even Cindy Crawford wished she looked like Cindy Crawford! While I love the photoshopped version of myself, and I love my unretouched self, I need to learn to love the latter more (say that ten times fast)!

A while back, I said that I needed to make a commitment to spreading positivity in my own media and social media, and I am going to do that now by recognizing a magazine that has a no-photoshop policy that I love!

Here’s an article and some pictures to go with it!

I have to say that I love that white suit, and it looks way better Realway than on the Runway!

As a designer, or as a boutique owner, or press, or whatever your role is in the industry, what can you do to help the self esteem of your customer? If you’re a woman, how can you empower yourself? How can you empower other women?

Before I conclude, I want to give a taste of things to come, as well as an invitation.

First of all, I wanted to invite you all to take part in a 30-day goal setting and organizational challenge that I will be leading on facebook starting Wednesday, January first. If you are interested, please contact me! My info is below.

Secondly, if you aren’t already, please follow me on social media, as I will be making a big announcement in the next couple weeks. I am super excited! Plus, I love connecting with people and would love to dialogue with you all!

Finally, let’s make a commitment to positivity in 2014! Who’s with me?

xoxo,

Mandie

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.comwww.facescapeartistry.com, email Mandie at mandelicious@gmail.com 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 
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picture by Michael Coakes – www.coakes.com 

via McPete Sez Newsletter.