{Video} Love Yourself, Love Your Business Interview with Genavieve Shingle

Damsel in Defense

Have you ever started off on one path, only to realize later that you’re calling is for something completely different? Sure happened to me. I started in musical theater, wound my way through the boob world, and now started my own media company. What a journey!

Another entrepreneur who got her start in musical theatre, I’m proud to introduce you to Genavieve Shingle (who recently became Genavieve Shingle Jaffe – Hurray and congrats on her recent wedding!) Gena is a lawyer for entrepreneurs. Wait, what? That’s right. After following her intuition and meeting the love of her life, Gena found a new profession and purpose.

Now, Gena is everywhere. She’s been featured in the NY Times, Cosmopolitan magazine, Entrepreneuer.com and has her own law expert columns in The Huffington Post and Daily Worth. WOW. Plus, she’s one of the sweetest, smartest (and shortest) NYC gals I’ve ever met. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Gena in her Upper East Side apartment (with her new puppy and wife keeping quiet in a nearby room and her cat, Gray, snoozing nearby) to discuss staying grounded, role models (get ready to cry), and her top 3 tips for protecting your business for entrepreneurs. She truly believes it when she says Love Yourself, Love Your Business. Watch it below (and keep scrolling for a special offer!)

Damsel in Defense

BONUS TIME: Interested in protecting your business and investing in yourself? I am 100% glad that I signed up to take Genavieve’s Damsel in Defense Course. She has already helped me protect my business and given me that sense of security I was craving. Starting a business was one thing, but getting on solid legal ground was quite another. Now? I’m feeling so loved and protected.

She provides legal love and support and is now offering a course called Damsel in
Defense™: a legal course for entrepreneurs with sparkle, that is wildly valuable
and provides you with lifetime access to a community of other entrepreneurs
just like you. This program, valued at $32,500 just for the first year and is
offered at an incredibly low rate!
It comes with the following:
* Four legal templates: client agreement, product purchase agreement,
terms and conditions, and a privacy policy.
* PowerPoint presentations with audio to educate you on what these
documents are all about
* Two live Q&A calls per month,
* Expert interviews on trademark law and employment law,
* A private community to connect with other entrepreneurs in all
industries, and
* Tons of other surprises that Genavieve has in store.

OK OK OK it all sounds amazing, right? Trust me, her course and the community is so worth it. In fact, I met one of my new favorite people in Gena’s Facebook group and that very person is going to be a guest teacher at the first Say Hurray event. HURRAY! I wholeheartedly believe in Gena’s program and am now a proud affiliate. To celebrate, I’m offering anyone who signs up for Damsel in Defense through my link a complimentary ticket to Say Hurray in NYC on October 26th. Don’t live in NYC, you can gift your ticket to a friend and make her day. Hurray!

Say Hurray inviteLearn more about the Say Hurray event here. It’s a $125 value (price wise, but far more soul wise) and a whole day of saying hurray. Make sure you use the links above to sign up for Gena’s course, and email me once you do so I can send you the info to sign up for your complimentary Say Hurray ticket. Space is limited, so don’t wait to sign up!

 xoxo Kimmay blog signature

Healthy (And Tasty) Bean Salad Recipe

Healthy Tasty Bean Salad Hurray KimmayLooking for an easy, nutritious, recipe to make in a snap? You’re in luck!

I made this tasty side dish for a choir bbq this past Sunday (nerd alert!) and had so many compliments and even a request for the recipe on Instagram that I decided to post it here. It’s SO easy, and it’s easy to make your very own. Bonus: Gluten-Free and Vegan. HURRAY!

Hurray Kimmay’s Bean Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 Can Garbanzo Beans
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 1 Can Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 Can Southwest Style Corn
  • 2 Limes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Red Onion
  • Two Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup chopped Cilantro
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 Tsp Chili Powder
  • A dash of Onion Powder and Paprika (optional)

Ok, let’s make this thing:

  1.  Open, drain and rinse each can of beans and add the contents to a large serving bowl. 
  2. Open and add the can of Southwest Corn. If you can’t find the Southwest kind (it already has a little lime juice, beans and some red peppers included) just use a can of corn and add in a little extra lime later. No worries, lovely.
  3. Chop up the tomatoes, onion and cilantro into small pieces and add into the bowl.
  4. Before cutting the limes, roll them around on a hard surface so they get good and juicy inside. Then, cut in half and squeeze the juice directly into the bowl. Next, turn each half inside out and use the blunt end of a knife or (my style) your fingernail to squeeze the extra juice and pulp out of each section in the lime. Get it all in there, girl.
  5. Mince or press the two cloves of garlic and add ‘em in.
  6. Sprinkle the bowl with a good amount of salt and pepper. Use your judgement here.
  7. Lastly, add in about 1 Tsp of Cumin and 1/4 Tsp of chili powder. Mix it up in the bowl and taste your concoction to make an informed decision on adding more spice or not. It’s totally up to you and your taste buds.
  8. Optional: I added a dash of Paprika and Onion Powder just for kicks and giggles. Did it make a difference? No clue. But it ended up tasting delicious. So. There’s that.  
  9. Eat. HURRAY!

Notes:

  • I used organic and Non-GMO when I could – that’s always a good idea.
  • The Southwest corn was from Green Giant. FYI.
  • I like to refrigerate the salad and let the juices soak in, like a good marinade, before serving.
  • Lots of healthy benefits to this salad, so this is ideal for someone watching their weight, on a journey to better health, or those of us maintaining good nutrition.
  • At the party, instead of putting my pulled pork on a (dairy-licious) bread bun, I followed a friend’s lead and mixed it in with the bean salad. Amazing. Seriously.
  • Have fun mixing and making your own version of this salad. You can swap out different beans (some like to add in cooked green beans) or onions (choose white or Spanish for a sweeter taste) or even add in things like cucumbers or peppers for a cool or spicy kick. It’s really up to you!
  • This also serves well as a chip dip. Why not?
  • This recipe serves quite a few people. For a smaller crowd, cut everything in half.
  • Sorry there isn’t a photo of the final product. I wasn’t planning on sharing this with anyone other than the choir kids – So I’d love to see your photos! Share them on the HK Facebook page!

Let me know how you tweak this recipe and how you decide to serve it! Leave a comment below, on the HK Facebook page, or in a Tweet!

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

Why I Don’t Own a Scale

Happy Labor Day, lovelies!

Why I Don't Own a Scale Hurray Kimmay ::This Scale by Emily McDowell::

I was recently chit chatting with a friend and client about her goals for getting healthy. She and I had very similar stories. We were pretty conscious about what we ate, and weren’t looking to “lose weight” but rather to get healthy, lose the bloating, and up our energy. Then, I saw a Facebook post from a colleague about losing x amount of lbs and how she had a goal to lose x amount more. While I know weight loss goals are good, and quantifying them with numbers is a great choice for some, that’s never worked for me. One big reason is because I’ve never really had to lose much weight. Blah blah blah I know that sounds like a lucky problem to have… but it’s actually caused a lot of quandries in my life. Bare with me.

Growing up, I was pretty tall. I hit 5’7″ early on, and most of my friends topped out at 5’5″, with the majority rising up to the 5’3″ or less line. We were all in shape, active and vibrant. But compared to my petite friends, I felt big. In fact, I felt fat. Every time we’d discuss weight – which came up shockingly often for girls in their teens – my numbers were always higher. It never occured to me that I had a terrible body image problem. I was confident, smart, well liked, and loved eating. But whether or not I had an OK relationship with friends and food, I did not have a good one with my body. I kept trying to control it, to suppress it, to keep it little … to make it match my friend’s bodies. So I kept an eye on the scale. I tried desperately to get down to the low numbers that my friends were discussing.

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What I wasn’t paying attention to was my actual health. So while I tried to match someone else’s number, I was forgetting that I was taller, probably had more muscle, and had a very different shape than my friends. I was also pouring low fat, low caloric foods into my body, assuming that was good, and forgetting to fuel a growing 17 year old, active, athletic, changing body. It wasn’t good, folks. At my thinnest, I was about 115 lbs, sick all the time, stressed, and feeling pretty low. Now, I’m proud to say that I flutter between 20 and 25 lbs heavier and 12 years older … and I’m so much happier with my body. It’s because I am finally listening to my body and giving it the nourishment, fuel, exercise and rest that it so deeply craves.

All of the images above and below are untouched and unedited. And while the photos below were taken by a professional and I’m wearing makeup, I provided my own glow. Thank you very much.

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When my doctor recently told me I’d lost weight, I didn’t know. I’ve never bought or owned a scale. Partly because it just takes up too much room in a cramped NYC apartment (there’s seriously zero floor space in my bathroom) but mostly because I’ve stopped paying attention to numbers. I’ve learned that I will always be taller, weigh more, and have a larger pants size than many women. And that’s ok. Because I finally feel great, have more energy, and look damn good in my clothes. The numbers matter less than how I feel. No bathroom scale for me.

And this goes for other numbers, too. Our clothing size, our waist measurements, our age, and even our bra size.

I’ve been a bra fitter for over 10 years and learned long ago that a number and a letter have no power over your self worth. Being a DD does not mean you’re a bimbo. Wearing a G cup doesn’t mean you’re a freak. Fitting into an A cup doesn’t mean you’re inadequate. And whether you wear a 30 band or a 54 band, you’re still a precious human being who matters and should be adored.

In fact, becoming a bra fitter at age 19 was what kick started this whole thing. As a musical theatre student, I was surrounded by thin bodies and the pressure to look a certain way if I wanted to “make it”. But in my very first week of seeing naked women in the NYC bra fitting room, my ideal of the female body changed. I realized that even the women who I thought were pretty, in shape, and thin had something negative to say about themselves. I saw what age does to the body. I discovered the way pregnancy changes the female form. I learned how cancer affects women’s breasts. It was … eye opening. And I realized what a waste of time it was to constantly belittle my body. I realized how important it is to protect it, nourish it, and be thankful for the wonderful gift we were given.

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I understand the goal of losing weight or dropping inches. For many women and men in America losing weight is an important step to getting healthy. But here’s a “hurray” for the rest of us, who have less weight to lose and need to focus on getting healthy, happy, and saying hurray!

I’m still on the journey. I won’t lie. I got a jolt of “hurray” when my Doctor told me I’d lost weight. But when I think of the girl I was 12 years ago, and who I am today – I’ve come a long way. Now I appreciate the weight loss as a side effect to living a healthy life, not as the main goal. It’s my vision and mission to help other women along this same journey. I hope that this post inspired you to look less at the numbers and more on the quality of your health. Because without your health and happiness, what do you have?

Have you ever felt the same way? What’s your experience with health and numbers been? Share in the comments, send me a tweet, or share on the Hurray Kimmay Facebook page.

Want to join me? Email me at kimmay(at)hurraykimmay(dot)com. I’m here to help you say hurray on the inside, outside and underneath it all! From nutrition to bra fitting, style and and your soul – let’s talk.

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

Smoothie Operator: Healthy Smoothie Recipes

Hurray for HealthHurray for smoothies! No. Really. I loooove them. In fact, I have a smoothie almost every single morning. They’ve become my go-to for a nutritious, delicious start to my day – or sometimes even a quick, balanced lunch or dinner on-the-go.

As part of my Hurray for Health campaign, and because I know it’s so important to start with feeling great on the inside, I’ve put together a few of my favorite smoothie recipes, and a few tricks and tips.

————–The Basics—————————

My favorite smoothie mix is Shaklee 180. Of course, you can substitute your own mix, but I love Shaklee because their products are always safe, always green, and always work. That’s why I chose them as my Hurray for Health partner. I started using the smoothie mixes about a year ago, and I’ve had them almost everyday since. They are made with all natural ingredients, no artificial flavors, sweeteners, GMOs or additives, are lactose free (hurray!), have a great balance of protein (24 grams!), carbs and fat, and contain leucine to help maintain my figure. Another reason I love Shaklee 180 smoothies is because they taste great on their own. You don’t NEED to add in other stuff to cover up the taste or add in nutrition. They’re already awesome. All you need is…

  • 1 packet or 2 scoops of Shaklee 180 Mix
  • About 1 cup of milk. I opt for Unsweetened Vanilla Almond or Coconut milk (or a mix) which is easier on the digestive tract, very healthy, and down right tasty.

Mix it up using a blender, food processor, or a blender ball container. You’re good to go!

If you DO want to add in a few things (I mean, I have a shake for breakfast EVERY day, so I like to mix it up a bit) here’s what you’ll need…

  • 1 packet or 2 scoops of Shaklee 180 Mix
  • About 1 cup of milk. I opt for Unsweetened Vanilla Almond or Coconut milk (or a mix) which is easier on the digestive tract, very healthy, and down right tasty. If you’re adding in more items, you may need to adjust the amount of milk.
  • Frozen or fresh fruit
  • Ripe fresh or frozen bananas*
  • 2 or more ice cubes
  • Optional add-ins for taste and extra health benefits: Kale, Spinach, Chia Seeds, Cinnamon, Oats, etc.

*TIP: Bananas are VERY sugary so they add a lot of sweetness to the smoothie and to your diet, so don’t go overboard. The riper, the sweeter. They also give the smoothie a thick consistency, and if frozen, give it a creamy, milkshake consistency. If freezing, peel first (I made this mistake the first time. Duh!) and chop or tear apart into 3-4 pieces each so they are easier to blend. When using frozen bananas, you may need even more milk.

Mix it up using a blender or food processor.**

Healthy, nutritious smoothie recipes from Hurray Kimmay

**TIPS: While a $20 blender will do the trick, you may want to invest in a good quality blender if you plan on blending every day (like me!). I own a Cuisinart blender/food processor combo with a glass pitcher that has been awesome. It is about 1/3 or 1/4 the price of the expensive Ninja or Vitamix models, but also more powerful and reliable than a drug store model.

When using ice or frozen foods, always pulse the ice crush button several times to get started, then start on low and slowly increase the speed. If the blender keeps whirring and nothing is churning, add a little bit more liquid and try again.

I love using a straw in a tall mug with my shakes and I always take my Vitalizer and other Shaklee supplements along with it! It’s the perfect morning combo!My favorite way to say Hurray in the morning! Shaklee Smoothie recipe from Hurray Kimmay

—————Specialty Recipes—————

The below recipes are a few of my favorite ways to mix it up! Remember, you can mix and match the mixes, milks, fruits and add-ins as you see fit. Tell me what you decided to try, and what you changed at Kimmay@hurraykimmay.com or send me a tweet @hurraykimmay! I’d love to hear. And I’m always here to help if you have questions or want to set up a call to learn more :D

Peaches and Cream smoothie recipe from Hurray KimmayPeaches & Cream

Shaklee 180 Vanilla Mix

½ or 1 full banana

¾ cup frozen peaches

½ tsp cinnamon

2-3 ice cubes

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond or Coconut Milk

Optional: ¼ cup oats, 1 tsp Chia Seeds

Healthy Blueberry Muffin meal smoothie from Hurray KimmayBlueberry Muffin

Shaklee 180 Café Latte Mix

½ or 1 full banana

½ cup of frozen blueberries

½ tsp of cinnamon

2-3 ice cubes

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond or Coconut Milk

Optional: ¼ cup oats, 1 tsp Chia Seeds

Tropical Paradise smoothie from Hurray KimmayTropical Paradise:

Shaklee 180 Vanilla Mix

A combination of frozen mango, fresh/canned pineapple, and frozen peaches to add up to about 1 – 1 ½ cup of fruit

2-3 ice cubes

Unsweetened vanilla or regular coconut milk

¼ – 1 cup of Kale or Spinach (optional)

Strawberry Fields Smoothie via Hurray KimmayStrawberry Fields:

Shaklee 180 Chocolate Mix

½ Banana

½ cup frozen Strawberries (or berry mix)

¼ -1 cup cup of Kale or Spinach

1 tsp of Chia Seeds

2-3 ice cubes

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Hurray! Are you ready to feel and look your best from the inside out? Try a smoothie, talk to me about Shaklee (shoot me an email at kimmay (at) hurraykimmay (dot) com, and say Hurray for Your Health!

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

Review: Easy Canvas Prints (And Our Anniversary!)

Easy Canvas Prints Review Header hurray kimmayThis August 5th marked a wonderful milestone: my second wedding anniversary! HURRAY! To celebrate, we went to one of our favorite restaurants in Queens (and where we hosted our rehearsal lunch, instead of dinner), The Astor Room, and dined outside to the hum of 1940′s tunes.

Because Mr. Hurray and I are both in between jobs and not exactly raking in the big bucks while we decide what our next moves will be, we didn’t exchange gifts this year. So I was so thrilled that Easy Canvas Prints emailed me with a complimentary 8×10 offer to review their online print product. Right away, even though this was months before we’d be in our current financial situation, I knew I wanted to order a print from our wedding day. Our wedding photographer, Mallory Berry of MGB Photo, took such gorgeous shots from our special day . . . and we still have yet to order any prints. D’oh! So now that there was no excuse, I chose my most favorite photo for an 8×10, of my honey and I dancing in front of the Bronx Zoo Center right before our ceremony. It was like he and I were the only two in the entire zoo. It was a magical moment. And now I have a beautiful canvas print of it in our home.

Canvas review 3 Hurray KimmayThe process of ordering was really simple. The website even gives you an idea of how the size of the print will compare to a 7 foot sofal. I thought that was pretty handy.Easy Canvas Review on Hurray Kimmay

Because I was using a very large file of super high quality, I wasn’t concerned about the pixelation at all. But if you are using smaller photos, the website automatically lets you know how the printing quality will look for the size print you’re ordering. Bonus: You can actually import photos from Facebook or Instagram! Hurray! (Instagram addict here. Follow me!)Easy Canvas Review on Hurray KimmayNext, you have some handy options to choose from. The complimentary option for display is a wall hanging canvas, but for less than $10 more you can have a sleek back added so you can display the canvas on a desk or shelf. Because my photo was large enough, I chose to have the sides wrapped in with the remainder of my image. Easy Canvas Review on Hurray KimmayAnd finally, options to use a black and white or sepia filter and to add retouching. Fancy! Easy Canvas Review on Hurray KimmayFrom the emails I’ve received since my order, and from the instant promo when I finalized my order, it looks like Easy Canvas Prints has a lot of great promotional offers. So if budget is a concern for you, take a look online or sign up for their emails :)  Easy Canvas Review on Hurray Kimmay

So the ordering process was super easy! The shipping process was a bit harder for me. Any time something is shipped via FedEx or UPS, I have to put a note on my apartment building door and have the driver call me. Shipping via USPS is waaaay easier. Oh, the hardship of living in a building with no buzzer and no doorman. C’est la vie. It was strange, however, that there was no packing slip or information inside the package with the canvas print. I’d say that Easy Canvas Prints may be trying to save our environment by using less paper, but the giant box that was used to ship a small 8×10 order says otherwise. It did arrive safe and sound, however.

I took a few photos of the canvas print in three locations: in a window, on the back of the couch (above) and hung up on the wall. The window option allows light to shine through the back, which actually looks kind of cool, but may not be a great option for all prints. The couch and wall option are probably better, and the built in wall hanging teeth are a great plus – no need to add anything yourself. The canvas itself is pretty lightweight so there’s no need to worry about it falling.

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Even without a frame, I think it looks great on the wall! Aren’t we just the cutest, dancing in the zoo?

My only less-than-hurray review of the actual product is the back. While I’m sure the easy “cut here and staple there” instructions make it easy for the staff, it’s a little tacky looking. I know, I know, I know – no one will even see this. But if I were giving this as a gift, someone would. In the grand scheme of things, this is no big deal, but it was worth noting.

I presented this print to my honey a few days after our anniversary (partly my fault because I ordered it too late, partly the whole UPS shipping issue noted above) and he thought it was darling AND loved the light coming through the back when it was placed in the window. Hurray!

There are a LOT of photo and canvas printing places on the web these day because canvas prints are a great way to add a little personalized charm to your home decor. They make great gifts for parents, friends, bridesmaids, grandparents, and your special honey. If you need a site that’s easy and user friendly, with just enough size and style options (and not too many to confuse you) then Easy Canvas Prints is a great site for you!

Pssst! Want more from our wedding? Here’s my post from our first wedding anniversary, including MGB Photo’s stop-motion movie of our day!

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

Top Three Tips for Creative Entrepreneurs {Video}

Top three tips for creative entrepreneurs Hurray Kimmay TV .jpgThis year has been a real whirlwind. I did not know that I would start my own business, be my own boss, or totally change directions. Yet, here I am doing it, and it feels amazing! One of my favorite things about being an entrepreneur is meeting other young boss ladies like myself.

One such lady is Elisa Pupko, the founder and lead teaching artist at Treasure Trunk Theatre. You may recognize Elisa from a few of my Braducational Videos and press appearances (looove that bathing suit she’s wearing from Seafolly!), because I first met Elisa when I hired her as a model. Flash forward and here we both are with our own businesses! Elisa is still a performing artist, actress, and model but her children’s theatre classes unexpectedly grew this summer because of her resourcefulness and a little known movie called “Frozen.”

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In this episode of Hurray Kimmay TV, I ask Elisa how she got the idea to start her business, why she has changed her classes and offerings based on her customers’ needs, and for her top three tips for other entrepreneurs. It’s all here – just press play!

Are you an entrepreneur, too? What are your tips? Want to meet up so we can create a strong network of us boss ladies? Let’s connect! Email me at kimmay (at) hurraykimmay (dot) com or @hurraykimmay!

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

Let’s Go Wild

Hurray for big changes and big plans! Recently I’ve have been making huge strides in my life – especially in the business department. I’m really going for it, folks. And I’m thrilled :D

Wild Woman Fest 2014

In my quest to be my own boss, to help women feel great on the inside, outside and underneath it all™ I am swapping my hours in the bra fitting shop for hours focused on Hurray Kimmay and Hurray Media LLC. That’s right – I’m now my own boss, and I’m working for myself 100%! HURRRRRRRAY! As part of my new found freedom, I have the time to travel, learn, connect and reach out…and WORK. In August, I’ll be going to Long Beach, CA (my first time EVER in California) to the Shaklee global conference for learning, growing and connecting. And next weekend I’m attending the Wild Woman Fest!

You may remember my second ever Hurray Kimmay TV episode was interviewing Chris Maddox and Limor Hakim. Chris is the founder and leader of the Wild Woman Project, and Limor is a Wild Woman Moon Circle leader. Now the project is expanding to the first ever Wild Woman Fest – a four day extravaganza in the Berkshires to soak in nature and connect with each other and with our own wild selves. As they state “Our aim of this festival is to give women the opportunity to experience a different part of themselves – a part of self which is perhaps more free, more raw, more connected to the rhythm of nature.”

I’m looking forward to yoga, vision boarding, fresh air, female empowerment, and a good old fashioned time out from the city life. I’m looking forward to expanding, to growing and to starting this new chapter in my life. Want to join me?

Wild Woman Fest tickets

Here’s how you can learn more about the Wild Woman Fest:

Wild Woman Fest 2014

Want to go WILD with me? This song is very loosely related (I mean the title is Wild, Wild Love and it’s Friday and I’m ready to DANCE!) but it’s fun for the weekend! Join me next weekend at Wild Woman Fest 2014!

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

Want a little free Hanky Panky?

Hurray for the 4th of July!

I feel like I already got my Independence Day fix with a trip to Robert Moses Beach along with great friends on Sunday and a gorgeous fireworks display in Astoria Park on Monday night. Despite the heat and an unfortunate run in with a giant wave (the bloody knee was nothing compared to my salt-logged nose and mouth) I had a fantastic time!

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So with today’s rainy, cloudy forecast, I’m happy to stay in, work on some projects and do a little online shopping and giveaway entering. What’s on my list? One of my FAVORITE underwear brands in the world: Hanky Panky. It’s no secret that I love hanky panky . . . both with and without the capital letters, if you get my drift. (In fact, you may remember my post in my Hurray for Lingerie column on Lingerie Briefs about trying out crotchless Hanky Panky underwear. No? Read it and tell me if you’d ever try them!)

I recently shared my Hanky Panky love affair and how fabulous, comfortable and fashionable they are in my Hurray for Lingerie post on Lingerie Briefs, so I thought I’d share a friend’s view on these sassy little thongs. Here’s my friend Britney’s point of view:

As a plus size woman, I was completely skeptical about even trying something (let alone thong underwear!!) that was “one size”.  ”One Size Fits All” usually translates into “One Size that Will NEVER Fit You”.  But so many of my friends and clients (I used to work in a well known bra salon) RAVED about them, so I finally broke down and gave them a try.

I went with the Original Rise Thong and now, I AM COMPLETELY OBSESSED!!  Not only did they fit (shocker!!) but they don’t dig in and they don’t leave lines!! Oh! and they come in a ton of different colors, so I can get them to match everything.  They are literally the most comfortable pair of underwear that I have ever owned/ worn.  I even wore them on my wedding day because every other pair of underwear I tried drove me nuts.  I am a total convert!

Hurray! Brit and I are not just friends and lingerie aficionados, but we both wore HP’s on our wedding days. She opted for a black original rise, and I went with a light blue low rise (my something blue!). As the proud owner of over 100 pairs of low rise Hanky Panky thongs (seriously) you’d think I just don’t need another pair, right? Wrong. When I got the chance for a complimentary pair from Bare Necessities with crystal personalization, I immediately chose the letters H-U-R-R-A-Y. Here they are:Hurray Hanky Panky Thong Hurray Kimmay Hurray for Lingerie.jpg

Want your own pair of free, personalized Hanky Panky underwear? Enter the Bare Necessities giveaway here, starting today July 4th and ending July 14th and you could be one of ten winners! Check out the whole HP selection here and tell me in the comments or via a Tweet which style and color you’ll choose to personalize.

HURRAY Hanky Panky Sweeps

Here’s a great 4th of July bonus: Hanky Panky underwear is MADE IN THE USA. Hurray!

How are you enjoying your Independence Day? Have you ever tried Hanky Panky underwear? What would you like your personalization to say?

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

 

Lingerie Post Round Up

Hurray it’s Friday the 13th! I’ve had a very lovely day working on projects for clients, enjoying a lunch date with one friend in a pretty little Brooklyn neighborhood, reviewing my designer’s mood board for the new Hurray Kimmay, shopping and fresh organic lemonade with another friend, running in a rainstorm, and more!

And HURRAY a guest post that I submitted to the The Lingerie Addict went live today! Its founder, Cora Harrington, and I met up this past Wednesday for dessert at my favorite vegan restaurant, Blossom Cafe while she was in town in NYC. I had such a great time chatting about marriage with her, discussing the current industry beauty standards, and learning how to be my own boss. In honor of my post on TLA, here’s a round up of my most recent lingerie posts and goodness. Enjoy!

How to Showcase or Hide your Headlights Title

How to Showcase or Hide Your Headlights – my guest post on The Lingerie Addict is a list of my favorite methods for keeping your nipples hidden or showing them off. Working with different kinds of women in my many years as a bra fitter, I’ve heard both sides of this debate but there’s one request that I get most often. Read on to find out!

Tasteful-ways-to-show-or-hide-your-bra-straps-hurray-kimmayShowing Bra Straps: Tacky or Tasteful - this is my very first VIDEO episode of Hurray for Lingerie! I popped by the Van de Velde office to discuss this topic with Jen Conselyea, AND get a sneak peek at the Fall/Winter Marie Jo collection. Check out the coolest decorative straps and decide for yourself if you want to flaunt them.

Squeeming with Joy by Kim Caldwell hurray for lingerie

Squeeming with Joy – OK before you judge, this little rubber corset is a game changer for my friend Caitlyn Becker, who gives it a go, says YES to the dress, and becomes Squeem obsessed. Would you try this shapewear sensation?

Should you wear a longline bra with your wedding dress hurray for LingerieShould You Wear a Longline Bra with your Wedding Dress? - Thanks to wedding season and my cousin Steph, I dive into the popular “what the heck should I wear under my wedding gown?” question. Plus, I show you what I wore under mine… which and included my “something blue”.

crotchlesspantiesIs Crotchless Crazy? – Ever wonder what it’s like to try out crotchless underwear? I did. So I tried them. Find out what happens when I test drive a little black lace number AND where you can find Ryan Gossling crotchless panties on Etsy. For real.

When to say goodbye to your bras via Hurray Kimmay (Kim of Linda's!)When to Say Goodbye to Your Bras - If you’re not sure if your bra drawer is full of dead bras, here’s a video and a few guidelines for you. Because, let’s face it: bras don’t last forever. Sarah Bernard gets some tough love and learns to let go and say goodbye to her dead bras!

Braducation 101 with Better TV and Kim Caldwell of Linda's on Hurray Kimmay BlogBraducation 101 on Better TV – Speaking of Sarah Bernard, here we are with my bra model, Megan, braducating the world on Better TV! This informative video contains some key facts about bras, bra fitting, and feeling fab.

Have a lingerie or bra fitting question? Send me an email at kimmay (at) hurraykimmay (dot) com and your question may be featured in an upcoming Hurray for Lingerie post! I’m happy to help you and help you feel your very best – underneath it all.

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay

 

 

 

Feel Fantastic in Five Days

HURRAY!

There are SO many great, wonderful, exciting, stressful, time consuming things going on in the Hurray Kimmay office (read: my Queens apartment). I am working like crazy to build a BRAND NEW hurraykimmay.com – including a new layout, new logo & branding, new columns, a fancy newsletter, exciting offers, and more. Just you wait – it will be worth it. I am about to burst at the seams with the goodness that is to come and just how great you are going to feel on the inside, outside, and underneath it all (TM). 

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Don’t want to wait for the big reveal? Don’t worry! I’ve got a great dose of hurray for your day right now.

Recently, I joined a group of healthy, active, savvy women and men who are aiming to create a greener, cleaner, and healthier world. Because of them, I went from seeing the doctor every few months, taking loads of rx medicines, and suffering through sickness and stress all the time, to feeling the best I’ve ever felt. I’m proud to say that my new & improved HurrayKimmay.com will include an entire column of Hurray for Health, chock full of resources, recipes, tips and real medical data to help you feel your very best from the inside out.

Why I feel so darn good

Want to get started now? I just finished a 5 Day Body Reset Challenge with the Urban Detox Club and Shaklee and it was JUST what I needed to kick off the warm weather months right. And GOOD news for you: there’s another one starting up June 23rd! Sign up by June 16th, 2014 so you can get all of your provisions, resources and instructions and get ready to feel great. Seriously. Great. Here are the details:

The Results Are In: 

“My body feels so light and clean. No bloating or that stuffy feeling in my digestive tract. I also haven’t gotten on the scale yet, but I can feel there is less “fluffiness” around my waist”  - Newelle

We had such a great response from our first 5 day reset program this past week that we are offering it again. You will not believe the results that some of our resetters are getting in just 5 short days! The next round begins on Monday, June 23rd and will last ONLY 5 days. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join our group that is losing inches, gaining energy, and feeling their best! 

You will be armed with:

  • 1 cannister of Shaklee 180 Smoothie mix (3 meals per day for 5 days) (my favorite shake that keeps me full and energized. I LOVE the cafe latte flavor, but the vanilla and chocolate are close runners up).
  • A full month’s worth of Shaklee Vitalizer to keep your healthy habit going (my favorite vitamins that I take every day!) 
  • Snack list
  • Shopping list
  • Private accountability group on Facebook

How do you get involved? 

Email me at kimmay@hurraykimmay.com by June 15th so that we can make your order by June 16th together and you can get started on June 23rd with the rest of the group. The basic investment is $121 and 5 days – but the vitamins & supplements, the network of like minded people, and the healthy habits last much longer.

Bonus>>> Since we’re friends, I’ll share a few of my favorite shake recipes and secret ingredients that aren’t included in the reset materials. You can enjoy the very same delicious and nutritious meals that I made (think cinnamon peaches & cream, and tropical breakfast shakes) after a bit of trial and error. Whatcha waiting for? Email me today :D

*All new orders will need to be placed by Monday 6/16 in order to get started by June 23rd.

Here are a few photos of the deliciousness and healthy meals I made throughout my body reset: 5 day Body Reset Challenge is here

” I have loads more energy and I have radically reduced my sugar cravings. The best part is that I don’t feel hungry at all. Yesterday I ran 6k in the park! I am looking forward to using all thi extra energy on my hike this weekend.”  - Anneka

Here’s to feeling happy and healthy!

xoxo Kimmay via hurray Kimmay