Lipgloss & Lace
by Mandie Mutchie
Green Your Routine
Those who know me or follow me on twitter know that I celebrate a different holiday every day and tweet it. Those who follow my
blog know that my mom and I are all about sustainability and "being green."
Well, today, November 15th, these two worlds collide, in an awesome way. Today is "America Recycles Day," as well as NBC's green week
in which they are showing programming about sustainability and where the network is providing tips on "Greening Your Routine" on their website. I figured this would be perfect timing to share tips on being green to you all, so that you can save money and the earth at the same time!
1. Use "green" packing materials: Re-use boxes, avoid styrofoam, re-use packing materials, etc. Rather than shipping items in a brand-new box each time, use boxes a second time, and perhaps include a note (on recycled paper, of course) explaining that the packaging is being re-used in your company's attempt to live sustainably, and encouraging them to do the same!
2. Be mindful of your waste - If you have fabric scraps or overstock, donate it - don't throw it away! Try to think of multiple uses for items (either for yourself, or for someone to whom you could donate it) so that anything your operation doesn't need can get a second life from someone else, rather than piling up in a landfill. The old adage "One man's trash is another man's treasure" is true! Even old pieces of ribbon or thread could be a treat for an Elementary school Art teacher, girl scout troop, or nursing home craft department.
Remember - useless to you doesn't mean useless universally!
3. Use both sides! - As long as the information on one side isn't confidential, why not use the other side? Make it standard on your packing slip to read "Disregard the reverse side of the paper - We're trying to be green!" or something to that effect (unless you can use both sides productively from the beginning)! You can even cut up envelopes and use the blank insides as note paper to record phone calls, or anything you'd use a post-it note to do!
4. Pack in reasonably-sized containers - It drives me crazy when I order a small item and receive it in a huge box. Avoid that! Use the large box for a large item, and wrap smaller items up!
5. Recycle and Upcycle - Since it's now 2010, I feel like the first part goes without mentioning, but I still know that many people don't recycle. Break that habit! Recycle things that can't be reused, and re-use things that can!
6. Buy locally - When you can, buy items from sources that are as local as possible. This decreases the carbon footprint immensely, because your items are not polluting the earth by being shipped all over the globe when you could buy the same thing from next door!
7. Use "green" cleaning products - Try using products made with natural ingredients instead of harsh chemicals. When you rinse whatever you're cleaning, these chemicals go into the water. If you're reading this, then you are probably someone who has access to abundant clean drinking water, and you may not know that globally-speaking, clean water is more precious than oil! If we're not careful, we may see the day when it is also more expensive! It's imperative that we take care of what we have! Also, buy products in their concentrated forms. Most cleaning products in stores are large bottles that are filled with mostly water, which means that part of the cost of the product is a bottle you'll only use once, and for the company to ship a bunch of water all over the place before you get it. Why do that and pay for that when you have water coming from your faucet! Stores like
A Different Shade of Green
sell cleaners that you can buy a large empty bottle and then a smaller bottle with several full bottles' worth of the cleaner that you can mix yourself (just fill with
cleaner to the line) and then add your own water, which saves you money and helps the earth!
These are just a few of the infinite ways that you can save money and save the earth by being green, and they can be used both at home and in any workplace. If you have any tips you'd like to share, please email me with them. I would love to hear from you and share them with everyone else. Every little bit counts!
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 her FaceScape Artistry. Now she works with incredible photographers, models, brides, and other clients to create glamorous as well as natural makeup looks. By day, she is also a middle school Math and English teacher, and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
For more information on Mandie go to www.mandelicious.com,
www.facescapeartistry.com, email Mandie at
firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @mandelicious
*Photo by Rafal Krolik of Seville Media
Eucalan and Benatex Team Up
Eucalan Inc. has a lot to celebrate right now. In it’s 21st year of business, this family-run
Canadian company has enjoyed record sales in Canada and the US for the past two years,
has been asked to participate in several high profile gifting events and has most recently
teamed-up with a well-known distributor of lingerie in Canada, Benatex.
Eucalan manufactures an eco-conscious laundry product that is a No Rinse Delicate
Wash. This “rinse and spin” formula is scented with essential oils of eucalyptus,
lavender, grapefruit and is also available in natural (unscented). By hand or machine, this
lanolin enriched concentrate provides natural conditioning and static protection to
fibers, while it gently cleans. Perfect for all delicates like lingerie and hosiery, swim and
workout wear, cashmere and woolen knitwear, silk shirts and hand-made items;
Eucalan’s no rinse formula keeps garments looking like new. Free of phosphates, bleach,
synthetic fragrances and dyes, Eucalan is biodegradable, non-toxic and uses only half the
water required for typical delicate laundry products.
Benatex is an accomplished and well-known lingerie distributor based in Laval, QC and
is headed-up by Daniel Gendron, President. Having contacts with both independent
boutiques and corporate giants like HBC proves how well established and respected
Benatex is in the lingerie industry. Benatex not only manufactures its own private label
intimate apparel and sleepwear lines, but is a national distributor for Wacoal, B.
Tempt’d, Seven Till Midnight, Annette and now Eucalan. “We are proud to be associated to
Eucalan, the best fine laundry product available. Eucalan greatly complements the
excellent range of lines we are offering in Canada” says Daniel Gendron.
Benatex and Eucalan first met while attending the CurveNV lingerie tradeshow in Las
Vegas, NV in February 2010. Fast forward a few months and Eucalan is pleased to be
announcing their new relationship with Benatex. Eucalan’s Managing Director, Jennifer
Edgar expressed her thoughts “Daniel Gendron is a well-respected and market savvy
entrepreneur. We are excited to have Benatex representing Eucalan to retailers all across
Canada. Although we have been growing our presence in lingerie and intimate apparel
stores to-date, our relationship with Benatex will raise awareness of Eucalan to a whole
Customer Service, Benatex, Laval, QC. 877-873-4555 X 221, email@example.com
Tabatha Fronchak, Eucalan Inc., 800-561-9731 x 145, firstname.lastname@example.org
The International Lingerie
Bob Fearn holds a sexy boot with a gun shaped heel by
The Highest Heel.
Sydni models Intimate Attitudes.
Lucky Singh holds an item by Kookie International where
you can find quality
fetish and bondage wear.
Sanna Nimmo and Sherri Ali of Vx Intimate work with a
Lauryn and Melissa model Stacy Ashley Collection while
standing on either side of Stacy Ashley and Hal Hayman.
Models wearing Fantasy Lingerie. email@example.com
Shawna James and Todd Hulbert of Precious Curves.
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Pink Bunny Pleasures
By Serene Martinez
Sex, shame, and guilt are three words that should never be used
together. However, in my many years as a sex educator, I have helped
countless women who still feel uncomfortable or embarrassed talking about
intimacy. Although you can now find lubricant commercials and vibrating
enhancement ads on TV at all hours of the day and night, these ads don’t
address the true depth of women’s desires.
My name is Serene Martinez. I
am a sex educator and the Founder/CEO of Pink Bunny. Pink Bunny is my
“Best of,” edited selection of intimate accessories.
The FDA does not regulate the manufacturing of most adult products.
Therefore, the great majority of these items are made from toxic
materials, many of which are known carcinogens.
Since federal regulations do not provide for the safety of those who use
intimate accessories, I have stringent standards for Pink Bunny products.
I sift through thousands of products every month to find sexy, fun, and
healthy toys. If it’s plastic and smells like a tire, I promise I
won’t carry it. I choose toys made from medical grade silicone,
stainless steel, or even eco-friendly hardwoods. This commitment to
healthy, non-toxic, luxury toys, makes the company unique in the market
About 10 years ago I started working in an upscale adult boutique. I loved
the customers and the open friendly environment. As the toy buyer, it was
my job to research new products, evaluate customer feedback and connect
with manufacturers to discuss trends in the industry.
One afternoon I was straightening up the store and I found two display
products melted together. I was baffled by this. Yes, it was a warm
afternoon but the air conditioning was on and I could see no way these two
plastic toys could melt together with no heat. I asked my boss if she knew
what happened. She didn’t. I asked the owner if he knew. No help there.
Not being the type of person who settles for, “I don’t know,” I
called the manufacturer. The answer I got from them? “Sometimes they
just do that.” I found that answer to be entirely unsatisfactory. I
decided to do some research. The more I learned, the more appalled I was
at what I found.
The reason those two toys
melted together is that they were made from cheap, toxic plastics which
chemically react to each other. I learned how the majority of adult
products on the market are made of “mystery plastics”. I found these
products on almost every adult website, in every adult retail store, and
even in mainstream mall stores.
I tried to convince my boss to
discontinue these products, as they may be unsafe to our customers.
Unfortunately, his response was, “We need to carry them, they’re great
sellers.” I would have quit and gone to work for a retail store who only
sold high quality, healthy products. But I couldn’t find one.
I realized I needed to provide safe and healthy toys for people who are as
conscious about the health of their bodies as I am. I wanted to have
answers to questions people were afraid to ask, or didn’t even know they
should ask. It was then that I created Pink Bunny.
When I first began my company, I thought my biggest challenges would be
those faced by anyone starting a new business. I worried about my business
skill, about advertising and developing a customer base, and about money.
I was so surprised when my biggest hurdle turned out to be finding healthy
products to offer my clients. Time and time again I have contacted
manufacturers and distributors to push for safer products, only to be
told, “There isn’t a market for those toys.” Or, “Good materials
make the products to expensive.” I couldn’t disagree more. My
customers are smart, adventurous, and more sex savvy every day. In my
conversations with them, I find they gladly put a premium on their health,
happiness, and sexuality. I will continue to strive to provide them with
the safe, healthy products they want and deserve.
I will help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming world of intimate
accessories. From toy reviews
to cleaning tips, I try to make the toy buying process fun and engaging.
And, for my esteemed co-buyers and business owners, I will show you
how the adult industry is growing, changing, and becoming more mainstream
every day. You won’t find gold vibrating necklaces in the old dirty book
store, but in today’s upscale boutiques they’re a must.
The adult retail industry generates well over $8 billion in revenue
annually, with women being the largest growing demographic. We deserve a
safe and healthy place to shop. I want you to feel good about your body
and feel good about what you buy.
Pink Bunny is an elite selection of the world’s sexiest toys. All
products must meet the highest standard of excellence.
Shop with confidence at www.PinkBunnyShop.com,
or just pick up some sexy new tips on the Pink Bunny Blog at blog.pinkbunnyshop.com.
Pink Bunny Home parties serve the San Francisco Bay Area.
Your Satisfaction is our
A new line of high-end lingerie from the Parisian underwear designer Lingerie Dement includes bras, panties and other undergarments held together with teensy magnets that are practically invisible.
Style watchers say the $100 panties and bras could be a fun – if expensive - and alternative to regular lingerie.
The frilly garments, created by Laetitia Schlumberger of Lingerie Dement, a former costume designer, come in delicate fabrics and resemble top of the line French lingerie. They're sold online – though the website is in French.
Celebrity stylist and fashion expert Sam Saboura, who's based in Los Angeles, says he sees it as a novelty that most likely won't go mainstream.
"It brings a little bit of theatrics into the bedroom," he says. "There's kind of a fun quality to undressing someone in an intimate way, and this would give that tear-away effect."
"At first thought, it seems kind of gimmicky," says Elayne Rapping, a pop-culture analyst and professor of sociology at the University at Buffalo. "But there may be women who'll buy it thinking it will make them sexier. It's really geared to that demographic of young women. They will buy it thinking that it will get their lovers more excited."
An elderly man and woman, both in their 70's, walk into a sex therapist's
The doctor asks, 'What can I do for you?'
The man says, 'Will you watch us have sexual intercourse?'
The doctor raises both eyebrows, but he is so amazed that such an elderly couple is asking for sexual advice, that he agrees.
When the couple finishes, the doctor says, 'There's absolutely nothing wrong
with the way you have intercourse.' He thanks them for coming, wishes them
good luck and charges them $50.
A week later the couple returns and asks the sex therapist to watch again. The
sex therapist is a bit puzzled, but agrees.
This happens several weeks in a row. The couple makes an appointment, has intercourse with no problems, pays the doctor, and they leave.
Finally, after 3 months of this routine, the doctor says, 'I'm sorry, but I have to
ask, just what problem are you trying to find?'
The man says, 'we're not trying to find out anything. She's married and we
can't go to her house. I'm married and we can't go to my house.
The Holiday Inn charges $98. The Hilton charges $139. We do it here and Medicare pays all but $7.
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