Where to find this #MADIstyle:
-Dress: Shop Hearts
-Necklace: Kendra Scott
-Bracelets: Alex and Ani
April 24 Pillow Pilates 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join us for an evening Pilates practice to prepare your mind and body for a great night's sleep. Each participant will receive one luxurious, bamboo MADI Apparel sleep top and MADI's non-profit will donate a pair of underwear to a woman in repair.
June 11 Panty Pilates 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
This class will be designed for the female body. Lauren Thompson, owner of Thrive Pilates, has specialized training in working with women's fitness and will utilize her knowledge to develop a series that strengthens and lengthens in unique ways that are healthful for the female body. Each participant will receive a pair of fast-wicking, soft bamboo MADI undies, which happen to be perfect for a pilates workout! MADI's non-profit will also donate a pair of underwear to a woman in repair. Additionally, guests will receive a discount on brunch for June 11th at Westside Local.
Want to attend both classes? Get the 'Complete Set' for a discounted rate of $27.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, so we reached out to one survivor to share a bit of her story with all of us, and here it is:
I think we all have an idea in our minds of what a perpetrator looks like; he's a scruffy, dirty, "creepy" man who hangs out in alleyways and drives a van--that, of course, has no windows. Part of this mentality is that we like to think we can tell just by looking at someone whether or not they are dangerous. We like to think if we know what to look out for, and if we know how to be safe, nothing bad will happen to us. Ahh, if only, if only...
This false image of perpetrators played a big role in keeping me quiet after I was raped on a date on November 14, 2009. After it happened, I was confused and so angry. I was embarrassed and blamed myself entirely for not having recognized a rapist even when standing face to face. When I considered coming forward, I thought to myself, "Who is going to believe a guy as successful, handsome and charming is capable of raping someone? And who is going to believe someone would rape someone on a date?" He doesn't fit the image society has of a perpetrator, or even my image of a perpetrator, and that terrified me. The fear of not being believed overshadowed my desire to be heard or validated. Never having felt more lost and alone, I kept it to myself.
My healing was full of hiccups. I made a lot of bad choices, and in between those bad choices was courage to keep pushing forward--despite all the "two steps forward- one step back" progress. The journey was painful, and trying, and beautiful--and mine. Every victim and survivor is going to heal in their own way. What they need and deserve from the people around them is patience, validation, sensitivity, and empowerment. They deserve for us as a community to stand up and say, "We believe you. It wasn't your fault." It's not a pretty subject. People don't like to think about how often it happens and they certainly don't want to talk about it. It's awkward. But survivors aren't going to feel comfortable coming forward when we as a community are terrified to talk about something that happens every day.
My story went public for the first time for MADI Apparel's #HerSuperPower campaign.
Since then, I've been public speaking all over Kansas City and making short, educational videos on YouTube to help raise awareness.
I wasn't ready to have a voice for quite some time, but now that I do, I hope I'm able to be a voice for the voiceless. I hope the world hears me and chooses to treat survivors with compassion instead of criticism. I pray my voice reaches all the men and women who have been impacted by sexual violence, either directly or indirectly, and it motivates them to keep faith. I pray they hear me when I say, "It may not seem like it now, but I promise healing is possible. You too, can feel whole again."
This week we are featuring our NEW Sybil black sleep top, and showing you how to wear it not only to bed, but out on the town! And of course a pair of MADI underwear! Friday is quickly approaching and that means date night! This outfit is perfect for dinner and a movie with your man or your girls! Wow them with this chic and edgy outfit!
We're starting with one of our favorite basics, The Diana- Black Wide Lace Thong. Up top we're doing The Sybil-Black Sleep Top with a black bralette under, and pairing it with a pair of black leather leggings. We're accessorizing with a small black cross-body bag and leopard loafers. For jewelry we're doing a long layered gold necklace and gold ear crawlers!
Where to find this #MADIstyle:
-Top: MADI Apparel
-Leggings: H & M
-Bralette: Free People
-Shoes: Sole Society
-Necklace: Stella & Dot
Easter is quickly approaching, and that means we get to wear pastels and eat a wonderful brunch with our family or friends! This outfit is perfect for brunching, sitting outside, Easter egg hunting, taking family photos or going to church! It's a perfect way to show your spring spirit!
We're starting with The Kaydee- Ivory Wide Lace Brazilian underwear and topping them with a mint green off-the-shoulder dress. We're accessorizing with a pair of nude espadrille wedges and a light pink fold-over zip clutch. We're finishing off the outfit with a simple pearl necklace, pearl studs and a beautiful pearl and gold bangle.
Where to find this #MADIstyle:
-Dress: H & M
-Necklace: Eve's Addiction
-Bangle: Neiman Marcus Last Call
"Streets: Charitable Heart
We met Miss Hayley when we visited MADI (Make a Different Intimates), because MADI was her brainchild. She came up with this wonderful store as a result of hearing many stories of the great need for underwear. (Underwear is the most under-donated item of clothing). Hayley started MADI to change that fact. For every pair of underwear you buy, she will donate a pair of underwear to a woman in need. Such an amazing, inspiring lady! You should definitely go support her store located in the Westside neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri (next to Westside Local)!
On Hayley: Top, Bottoms, and Booties: Forever 21, and (I’m sure she’s sporting MADI)
“Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of // People living in poverty // Children sold into slavery // The thought disgusted me // So, I shook my fist at Heaven // Said, “God, why don’t You do something?” // He said, “I did, I created you”” -Matthew West, Do Something"
(This content was taken from Kansas City Chronicles blog)
The Sybil Slouchy Sleep Top is silky and breezy to the touch. You'll want to wear it to bed and out on the town! AND YOU CAN! :). This top is designed to cover a bra and serve as a bedtime comfort and outerwear staple.
We love these pictures by Rick Andersen, showing The Sybil Slouchy Sleep Top as a day time piece as well!
For all MADI intimates purchased, we donate a pair of underwear to a woman in repair.
The Sybil Sleep Top is part of our Bamboo Collection - Stretch Knit Viscose from Bamboo: 95% Bamboo 5% Rayon
Another awesome picture by Rick Andersen!
Our Bamboo Collection was created with comfort, quality and style in mind with the ultimate goal of appeasing the curves and tastes in uniting our unique women across the globe.
Not only is viscose from bamboo organically sustainable, but the fabric is self-wicking, odor resistant and dries super fast! That's important for women receiving the undies donations who'll be able to wash and hang dry their pair overnight.
MADI's impactful intimates are MADE IN KANSAS CITY!
Our styles are named after individual women who’ve made a difference in the life of our founder and who symbolize the kind of impact MADI can make in the world!
Another great shot by Rick Andersen, of founder Hayley, and all of our awesome models!