Meet our youngest Muchacha of the Month, Fatu. Fatu is a high schooler who lives in the Denver area. She had been dancing most of her life, having been born into a family of accomplished dancers and performers.
We would like to share a short video depicting Fatu's recent performance at the Spotlight Dance Company in Thornton, CA. This solo was choreographed Brian Young, owner of Sweatshop Dance in Denver, CO.
We love how Fatu customized her Susanne suit, which works well both for swimming and performing. The splash of gold really sparkles on stage!
Get ready to have your breath taken away...
Stay tuned to see what Fatu is up to in the future. Maybe we will see her on World of Dance with J. Lo and company!
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.
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.
Grab your bikini, and don't forget that coat
As much as we loathe being cold, we love the stillness the cool weather brings. There is something magical about Spring morning dew, fresh air, and birdsongs. The crisp weather has a way of awakening the senses.
We know Spring Break is around the corner, but somehow the days still feel cool. Luckily, there are some beautiful cool weather getaways that invite a warm dip. Here is a list of our top three favorite cool weather excursions. There are choices for the nature lover, and one for those who favor the city.
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Strawberry Hot Springs is lush oasis in the Colorado pine lands. It is somewhat remote, reached by car (weather permitting) outside of Steamboat Springs. Even into May, chains on tires are required, as snow can fall hear year around. There is something magical about soaking as the fluffy white flakes surround you.
This hot springs is for the adventurer, as lodging options include a train car, covered wagon, rustic cabin, or camping. You won't find luxe amenities here - but nature's bountiful beauty more than makes up for it.
Underground hot spring? Sounds exotic, right? This subterranean grotto in Utah offers the only warm weather scuba diving in the continental US. With temps ranging from 90-95 degrees, and waters rich in minerals, Homestead Crater is the ideal spot to both relax and explore the world below.
Besides the soaking, there is opportunity to roam the cave, along the way learning about the geological changes that created the crater, and discovering what archaeologists have uncovered below the surface over the years. The resort even hosts events.
Barton Natural Springs Pool
For those of you who prefer urban delights, Barton Pool is a fabulous option. Fed by a natural spring in Austin, Texas, this watering hole is fun year around. At 3 acres, the pool is large enough to splash around in without worrying about offending another patron. Because the pool is fed from below, the water remains a constant warm temperature of between 68-71 degrees Fahrenheit. And with an admission of $3, you really can't beat it!
Want more tips before visiting Barton Pool, check out Trip Advisor.
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Every February we find ourselves amidst a flurry of football fanatics. Although we are not ones to go plunging head first into another person, we admire the physical prowess that goes into the game. That's why it never ceases to amaze us that the big day, aka Superbowl Sunday, is filled with gluttony. We get it that these larger than life athletes need lots of calories to power their pizazz, but do we really have to follow suit? We think not. Here are some healthier options for game day.
This lighter and vitamin packed version of cheddar popcorn leaves the fatty-filled cheese behind, and replaces it with nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is a parmesan-cheese like condiment that is often used as an alternative to it's dairy cousin. It is a form of inactive yeast made from sugarcane and beet molasses, or sugars. Nutritional yeast contains complete protein, which can often be difficult for a vegetarian to find in a single food (usually achieved through combining foods, like rice and beans). It is also rich in B-complex vitamins.
To give it whirl, you'll need the following (serves 2-4):
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Cracked pepper to taste
First, pop the corn, either on a stovetop using about 1/4 cup canola oil, or with the old-school air popcorn maker like this one from West Bend. Melt the butter and sprinkle onto the still warm popcorn, tossing every now and again. Add the nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper.
Grilled Zucchini Nachos
While we love nachos, all that deep-fried goodness can sometimes leave use feeling sluggish. For that reason, we were super excited when we discovered this recipe for grilled zucchini nachos.
Start by cutting a small/medium size zucchini into silver dollar size portions. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a cast iron pan. When the oil is hot place the zucchini in the pan in one flat layer. Slow cook them over low/medium heat until browned on one side. Then flip them over to brown the other side. When all browned, take the zucchini off the heat and place on a large plate lined with a paper towel. This will absorb any excess grease.
Top the slices with all of your favorite toppings, including black beans, sour cream (or try the Central American Crema, which is much lighter in consistency), and jalapeños.
Coconut Date Balls
This supremely sweet treat has only two ingredients and will take only ten minutes to prepare. The main ingredient is this delicacy is dates, preferably Medjool dates (creamier, richer flavor). Dates are packed with minerals and vitamins like fiber and iron, which help your body to regulate itself and improves the flow of oxygen in the blood. Needless to say, the date rolls also do more than enough to satisfy the sweet tooth. For this simple recipe you will need:
3 cups unsweetened coconut flakes (try for the varieties without preservatives)
2 cups pitted dates
Place two cups of the coconut flakes along with the dates into a food processor or blender. Process for 3-4 minutes, periodically stopping to scrape edges and ensure even blending. Once soft, remove from blender and shape into little balls (or footballs to be festive). Take the remaining 1 cup of coconut flakes and spread evenly on a plate. Roll the balls in the coconuts, covering the surface with a light coconut drizzle. All ready to go!
Many of you will be debuting your swimsuit bodies during the upcoming Winter Break season. We find it the perfect moment to have a toolkit of healthy options on hand. Perhaps most important of all, is the notion that health equals wealth. Bon Apetit Futbolistas!
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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 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.
Here are some new tunes for your weekend
Take a listen with us!
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Try these 3 great DIY projects today. They are perfect for keeping your snow day creative and fun.
Our newest mixtape, English beats, American feet is ready to go. It takes you from British sounds of the 80s, to modern America, with a stop or two in-between.
For your listening pleasure while you wait on those holiday shopping lines.