#MirameMuchacha of the Month

I'd like to share a bit of a personal story this month, or at least a topic that is close to home.  I grew up in a multi-ethnic family whose parents were immigrants from different continents.  My mother, Mabel, vowed that if things went well for her in the United States, she would return home to help a child from her native Honduras.  When I was two, my brother Alexander was adopted from Central America.  

Alex was a vibrant soul, vivacious and witty with a lust for life.  Around the age of two, Alex was diagnosed with a rare form of dwarfism that affects the body's ability to break down carbohydrates.  A number of other medical complications were a part of the prognosis.  Despite this, the family persisted, and Alex enjoyed a rich life of love, friends and family.

All of my siblings and I experienced the world differently because of Alex.  Leaving the house was always accompanied by people's gazes, questions, and sideways glances.  What the family learned was that self-love trumps all.  Alex was proud of who he was, and if people stared at him, he would smile or say hello.  Sometimes he would even stick his tongue out at them to get them to laugh.  

Alex taught us that our differences in fact are gifts.  Alex's gift was that of encouraging laughter, embracing our bodies and celebrating life.  When encountered with the colorful and festive Instagram page of @Mollyahiggins, I sensed a kindered spirit.  I couldn't help but reach out to this gorgeous women to ask her to share a little bit about her story.  Read on to hear it.

 Molly posing in our  Wrapture Top  and  Strappy bikini bottom

Molly posing in our Wrapture Top and Strappy bikini bottom

1.  Where are you from?

I'm from San Francisco but I live in LA now.

2.  What is your profession?

Besides from modeling and blogging, I am a student and a receptionist.  My favorite part about it is learning new things!

3.  What do you hope your work contributes to the world?

I hope being open with my struggles and vulnerabilities will show more representation of people with limb difference, because representation matters!

4.  Where do you see yourself in five year?

In five years I hope to have traveled all over the world and be settling into a creative career that fulfills me.

5.  What is your favorite beach destination?

Any beach is a good beach, but Mexico is pretty great!

6.  Do you have a favorite workout routine?

I love working out but it can be hard for me to make it to the gym often.  I like cardio, but swimming is the workout I most enjoy.

Want to follow Molly on all of her adventures?  Check her out of Instagram at @mollyahiggins

 

#whomadeyourclothes

Do you know who made your clothes?

This week marks the four year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh.   1138 people were killed and many more were injured on April 24th, 2013.  The building was constructed with substandard materials and in blatant disregard for building codes.  Despite this, factory owners urged workers to continue their duties.  Bangladesh is the world’s second-leading exporter of clothing, trailing only China.  Many people still work under these conditions today.

This tragedy could have been prevented if more ethical working conditions were maintained.  As a brand, we vow never to work with suppliers that subject their workers to these conditions.  Want to learn more about how your swimwear was made?...watch our video as we take you behind the scenes in New York City.

Mirame hits Norway

Mirame is a New York based brand.  The brand is influenced by multicultural voyages.  After all, New York is a microcasm of the world.

We were so excited to take the collection to Norway, for Fashion Night Out.  Mirame represented sexy one piece swimwear and full coverage bikinis for girls of all sizes.  Metallics are a great choice for your next vacation.

 The opening look.

The opening look.

 The Glamkini.

The Glamkini.

 The Jill One Piece

The Jill One Piece

Snowy Day: Vol. II

Try these 3 great DIY projects today.  They are perfect for keeping your snow day creative and fun.

                                                  1.  Homemade Face Mask  I don't know about you, but the cold weather tends to aggravate my skin.  To reduce redness and irritation, try this mask. The apple cider vinegar helps to stabilize the pH of your skin, while the oatmeal lessens irritation.  -1.5 tablespoons dry instant oatmeal  -2 tablespoons plain, unsweetened yogurt  -1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar  -1 teaspoon honey  -Strong-brewed green tea  Blend the first 4 ingredients in a bowl, and add 3 tablespoons hot, strong green tea to the mixture. Stir regularly for a few minutes, adding tea as needed until you’ve created a thick paste. Apply it to your face and let sit for 10-15 minutes, then wipe clean gently with a damp cloth. Rinse with cool-to-warm water, but do not use soap, and pat dry gently. Repeat twice a week for best results.  For more mask options, look  here .

                                                 1.  Homemade Face Mask

I don't know about you, but the cold weather tends to aggravate my skin.  To reduce redness and irritation, try this mask. The apple cider vinegar helps to stabilize the pH of your skin, while the oatmeal lessens irritation.

-1.5 tablespoons dry instant oatmeal

-2 tablespoons plain, unsweetened yogurt

-1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

-1 teaspoon honey

-Strong-brewed green tea

Blend the first 4 ingredients in a bowl, and add 3 tablespoons hot, strong green tea to the mixture. Stir regularly for a few minutes, adding tea as needed until you’ve created a thick paste. Apply it to your face and let sit for 10-15 minutes, then wipe clean gently with a damp cloth. Rinse with cool-to-warm water, but do not use soap, and pat dry gently. Repeat twice a week for best results.  For more mask options, look here.

 2. Make A Valentine  Valentine's Day is around the corner.  Today is the perfect day to whip out those art supplies and make Valentine cards for your loved one.  In the mood for some romance?  Try the poetry of  Hafiz  for some literary inspiration.  Below is one of his works.  All the Hemispheres  Leave the familiar for a while. Let your senses and bodies stretch out Like a welcomed season Onto the meadow and shores and hills.  Open up to the Roof. Make a new watermark on your excitement And love.  Like a blooming night flower, Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness And giving Upon our intimate assembly.  Change rooms in your mind for a day. All the hemispheres in existence Lie beside an equator In your heart.  Greet Yourself In your thousand other forms As you mount the hidden tide and travel Back home.  All the hemispheres in heaven Are sitting around a fire Chatting While stitching themselves together Into the Great Circle inside of You.

2. Make A Valentine

Valentine's Day is around the corner.  Today is the perfect day to whip out those art supplies and make Valentine cards for your loved one.  In the mood for some romance?  Try the poetry of Hafiz for some literary inspiration.  Below is one of his works.

All the Hemispheres

Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out
Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadow and shores and hills.

Open up to the Roof.
Make a new watermark on your excitement
And love.

Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
And giving
Upon our intimate assembly.

Change rooms in your mind for a day.
All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.

Greet Yourself
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
Back home.

All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire
Chatting
While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of
You.

 3.  Plan Your Living Wall    Start planning your Spring garden.  There are many plants that you can begin indoors, as well as various options that can remain inside year around. (for the urban dweller).  I am really excited to start my living wall - vital art that enhances any space.  The simplest living wall is a succulent wall garden.   To create this, you will need a frame, potting soil and succulent clippings. (You can purchase a preassembled frame from a home supply store, or you can create one yourself). Creating one yourself will require a picture frame, a wooden shadow box, planting fabric and potting soil.  After you add your potting soil to your planter, make sure that the wire is accessible. The wire is what will secure the plants in place. To plant the succulents, poke the ends through the wire and push them into the soil. After arranging the plants, let the frame lay flat in a sunny location so that they can take root. This will take anywhere from about 4 to 10 weeks. Once the plants take root, the garden is ready to be displayed on a wall.   Overwhelmed with where to start?  Buy yourself a  starter kit . *The instruction kit above was sourced from  livingwallart.com .

3.  Plan Your Living Wall
 

Start planning your Spring garden.  There are many plants that you can begin indoors, as well as various options that can remain inside year around. (for the urban dweller).  I am really excited to start my living wall - vital art that enhances any space.

The simplest living wall is a succulent wall garden.  
To create this, you will need a frame, potting soil and succulent clippings. (You can purchase a preassembled frame from a home supply store, or you can create one yourself). Creating one yourself will require a picture frame, a wooden shadow box, planting fabric and potting soil.

After you add your potting soil to your planter, make sure that the wire is accessible. The wire is what will secure the plants in place. To plant the succulents, poke the ends through the wire and push them into the soil. After arranging the plants, let the frame lay flat in a sunny location so that they can take root. This will take anywhere from about 4 to 10 weeks. Once the plants take root, the garden is ready to be displayed on a wall. 

Overwhelmed with where to start?  Buy yourself a starter kit.
*The instruction kit above was sourced from livingwallart.com.