Several months ago, I had the rare opportunity to examine the lingerie archives at The Putnam History Museum in NY with my friend Gale, Creative Director and owner of Hanky Panky.  Gale was doing research for a special vintage inspired collection she was planning that pays homage to Lingerie’s beginnings.  Her muse was the original handmade bra and panty set that launched the Hanky Panky business in 1977 and is now part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection.Integrated into the museum’s current exhibit titled, Summer Afternoon: Fashion and Leisure in the Hudson Highlands, 1850–1950, are six limited edition Hanky Panky styles. Designed with vintage hand-embroidered hankies, silk ribbon, delicate lace trims and cotton batiste, each one is a celebration of the summer lifestyle of fashionable society in the Hudson Valley at the turn of the century.

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The past few weeks have been particularly challenging for me.  I won’t bore you with the unpleasant details.  But, I will share that circumstances have required long days of travel, living out of suitcases, multi-tasking while enduring more than the norm of stress and generally not being very focused on myself or my attire.  During this time, I’ve been truly thankful for my Montelle Absolute Plus bra. It’s been a godsend of comfort, support and durability.  When I was first introduced to this brand and their Plus size choices, I was a bit resistant.  Who needs another bra alternative?  And as far as this plunge style is concerned, I had never tried this sexier silhouette  for fear that it would not sustain a 12 hour wear test. Frankly, as you might imagine, I have a slew of bras at my disposal. However, it seems that … Read more

Last weekend I was eating at the Red Hat Restaurant in Irvington, NY with my daughter Kate, when it occurred to me that casual summer dining can be a form of art.  Perhaps it was the symmetry of white linens, white orchids and a full-on view of the sun setting over the Hudson that set the mood.  More likely it was the excellent white wine we were drinking while waiting for our table, relaxed in Adirondack chairs stationed at the water’s edge. 

It was one of those summer nights, when the river’s breeze gently mitigates the July heat. There is an easy comfort, a quiet letting go to the evening’s grace.

The candlelit restaurant which seemed to be embraced in a soft, luminous ambiance, made me think of the beautiful whispery light sleepwear that defines the Priamo Designs Lingerie brand.  There is a sensual elegance … Read more

By Margaret Shrum

Bridal showers and bachelorette parties: that special night to bond with your closest girlfriends before tying the knot. And what says bonding better than what’s closest to your skin – lingerie? Luckily for New York area brides, lingerie designer and expert Laura Mehlinger of Lola Haze™ is now lending her fanciful designs and expertise to spice up your bridal shower or bachelorette party in a unique, sexy, and above all fun way. Treat your guests to a Lola Haze™ Lingerie Party, and you might even score some free silky something’s for yourself.

I recently spoke to Laura Mehlinger about her Bridal Lingerie Parties and got to find out more details:

How did you come up with the Bridal Lingerie Party idea and what can brides & guests expect?

For some blushing brides, unwrapping boxes and boxes of lingerie at a bridal shower

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There has been a lot of history in the media about the American Declaration of Independence this week and I am always in awe when I hear how this evolutionary and ultimately revolutionary event occurred.  Even though I knew the basics, when I read the autobiography of John Adams by David McCullough several years ago, I was moved to another level of perception.  A consortium of individuals, led by a small group of men, with very diverse talents, came together to create the greatest political product known to mankind.   In an era where communication was limited to letters carried by horseback, they managed to set aside their differences, and combine their skills to form a more perfect union.  It was the ultimate expression of cooperation and the results prove the power of brilliant collaboration.

When I learned that the Eveden Group would be joining forces … Read more

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