Bring Your BFF to Celebrate Our BFFs!

Hanky Panky 40th Anniversary Giveaway

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We’re turning 40 and we would love for you to celebrate with us! So we are giving away a prize to make that happen for one lucky winner and their best friend. The prize will include:

– a $1500 gift card to apply towards transportation to NYC
– 2 nights at a luxury hotel in the Meatpacking District
– 2 tickets to our 40th Anniversary Gala held at the High Line

We are not only celebrating 40 years of Hanky Panky, but also 40 years of best friends in business and life (a friendship that has outlasted fashion trends and so much more  😉).

The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

In 1966, a Barnard student named Marilyn, in the spirit of making new friends but keeping the old, introduced her college friend, Lida to her childhood friend from St. Louis, Gale. And that was how it all started. Initially friends-in-law, Gale and Lida hit it off, became best friends in their own right, and took their friendship to the next level to make history.

Gale & Lida, Hanky Panky founders & BFF in the 1970s

Gale & Lida in the 1970s

Fast-forward about 10 years, when Gale designed a lingerie set made from embroidered handkerchiefs for Lida’s birthday present. Lida absolutely adored the gift. From there, Lida and Gale went into business together to bring their original and unique idea for hanky lingerie to a larger audience.

Of course, they lived in the same building, because who wants to be too far away from their bestie? So, while getting the concept off the ground, they would meet in between their respective floors and hold “stairwell summits” to discuss business. For the first year, Gale, a designer by day, became an entrepreneur by night, while Lida dedicated herself full-time to their burgeoning business.

Their workspace consisted of a 475 sq foot studio with a foldout table in midtown Manhattan. During the day, Lida would write orders at the table. Once Gale showed up at night, they would unfold the table and lay out patterns, cut fabric, etc. to prepare the orders. Gale managed the creative end and Lida oversaw the business side, each giving their input on the other’s area. That is how it has gone until this day!

Drive, determination, vision and a strong partnership got them and all of us, the Hanky Panky crew, to 40 years. Lida describes it as the foundation to their success: their similarities in personality that drew them together some 50 years ago combined with their contrasting strengths that complement each other’s.

And whatever happened to Marilyn, who introduced them? She moved across the country and began her own company with her partner. Their story is one of successful adventures in friendship for everyone. Yay! So fittingly, we want to give the opportunity to two friends to embark on their own adventure in NYC!

Hanky Panky Lingerie c. 1980s

Hanky Panky Lingerie c. 1980s

That’s What Friends Are For

Now that we’ve told you a little about the history of Hanky Panky’s BFFs, here’s a little more information about what we have in store for you and your BFF at our swanky soiree. The big bash will be a garden party at an illustrious event space in the High Line, New York’s elevated park. You will get to say cheers to 40 years with the Hanky Panky team, editors, bloggers, influencers, VIPs and other notable personalities. Our founders, Lida and Gale will also make an appearance and you will have a chance to meet the ladies behind the lace! At the end of the night, walk a way with a goody bag and good times.

Gale and Lida celebrating Hanky Panky's 35th Anniversary

Gale & Lida celebrating Hanky Panky’s 35th Anniversary

We are giving you three weeks to enter. So enter now to be that amazing friend who gifts you and your BFF an unforgettable experience! After all, that’s what friends are for!

Hanky Panky Cross Dye & Signature Lace

You & your BFF in the hotel bathroom

Carla

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Thong Diary: Everyone Has Their Lucky Pair

Hanky Panky Kiwi Green Personalized Low rise Thong

The Lucky Pair

After our last diary entry, we knew we couldn’t leave you hanging for too long. So it’s time for another entry into the Hanky Panky Thong Diary. Today’s entry comes courtesy of our Danish Facebook follower, Josephine, who reached out to us for help:

Hi, I don’t know if I should write in Danish or English, so I’m trying in English. A few years ago you had a low rise thong in neon yellow. I was wondering if you still have them? Because I can’t see them on Danish pages or English pages. I really hope you still sell them and you ship to Denmark. Low rise thong neon and ship to Denmark 😄

Unfortunately, we do not carry the color anymore. After directing her to our newest neons and where to shop us internationally, she replied:

Thanks for the answer. It might seem stupid but the low rise thong in neon was my lucky thong. The last time I wore them I scored my ex boyfriend (5 years ago). I haven’t scored since we broke up because I don’t have my lucky thong. 😊
So I’ve bee looking for that thong a few years now. Haha
So I really hope I can find that color again. It’s easy to find any other color but that one…

After perusing our color library, we were able to identify the neon from 5 years ago as Glowstick. For every selected thong diary, the entrant receives a gift from us! Although we have updated neons (Kiwi Green, Sunset Glow and Lemongrass) for Josephine’s gift, we were determined to find her lucky color! So, our designer, Larissa and I went on a hunt to find the elusive, retired Glowstick. When we discovered what is probably the last pair in existence, they were promptly whisked away on a European adventure. First stop was in Sweden, where our kind distributor received the thong and ensured they were delivered happily (and luckily) to Josephine in Denmark.

And there you have it! A little detective work, a determined customer, a world tour, a stroke of luck, and dedicated customer service, all for that lucky pair (see ’em glow below).

Hanky Panky neon Glowstick Thong

Glowstick in all its glory

Enjoy, Josephine, and may your new Glowstick pair bring you much luck! 😉

PS: Also, a fan of Glowstick 👇🏽, just saying…

Gwen Stefani rocking Hanky Panky Glowstick thong (Photo ©AKM-GSI/Splash News) 

Gwen Stefani rocking Glowstick (Photo ©AKM-GSI/Splash News)

Got a lucky pair from us that has a tale to tell or another Hanky Panky story you’d like to share? Submit it to thongdiary@hankypanky.com. If it is featured in the diary, we will send you a complimentary gift!

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We’ve Got An Announcement…

40thanniversarylogoWe are over-the-moon, smiling-from-ear-to-ear thrilled to announce our Limited Edition 40th Anniversary collection! Now, catch your breath as we take you through this very special assortment that we are so excited to share.

How It All Started

If you have been with Hanky Panky and followed us through the years, you probably know the tale of:

“It All Started as a Gift. 40 years ago, in 1977, Designer Gale Epstein created a bra and panty set out of hand-embroidered handkerchiefs as a birthday gift for her friend, Lida Orzeck. Inspired by this ingenious concept, the friends became business partners and named their new company after the original design—Hanky Panky”

To celebrate 40, we have brought back the legendary hankies and distinguished hand-embroidery to create a Limited Edition 40th Anniversary collection. Inspired by our humble beginnings in an apartment on New York’s Upper West Side, this collection is a retrospective of where we began with influences of where we are now.  Launching over the next few months, each group in the collection will bear unique and special collectible-worthy details.

Catch 40 Winks

One thing about turning 40 is discovering we may need a little more shut-eye. With that, we are ushering in 40 with more sleep, oh, and sleepwear. And nothing says “beauty sleep” like our beautiful, ultra-soft interlock knit sleep set and night gown, available now.

Hanky Panky Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Interlock Nightgown

Hanky Panky Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Interlock Sleep Set

These styles are a nod to designs from the 80s and 90s, similar to the one below, with some modern updates. Feel cool and comfortable during your summer nights’ slumber, while you don the vintage trend. After all, who said you can’t be stylish 24/7 when it’s this effortless?

Hanky Panky Vintage Hanky Nightgown

Timeless As Ever

Next, we have a sneak peek of our 40th Anniversary daywear assortment. This group is an ode to the original handkerchief lingerie designs that Gale created for Lida in 1977. The multicolor hand-embroidered handkerchiefs are now out of production, and we purchased the last remaining units from the manufacturer to create this collection. So when we say limited, we mean limited. (Fun fact: one of the original versions is now in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum.)

Hanky Panky Bralette & Bikini c. 1977

The bralette, thong and bikini are made with hankies like the original iconic designs, but have been updated with our stretch signature lace trims for an improved fit. While the original line had a bikini in the lingerie set, the thong is another modern touch. To recall, we would later go on to be the creators of the World’s Most Comfortable Thong®, whom you now know us as today.

Hanky Panky Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Collection

The assortment also includes a camisole and tap pant, inspired by ones like the below from 1985. Each piece will be numbered, indicating the item is “1 of 150 units” ever made, such as the thong above, for example. The limited run will be available for purchase online and at select retailers.

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Peachy-Keen

Lastly, from the archives: we discovered a cache of vintage hand-embroidered silk jacquard to re-make a very limited edition of front-close bralettes and string bikini panties just in time for our 40th anniversary. The unsewn, cut garments had been tucked away in storage since the 1980s. We’ve finished them with new elastics and trims. These will be available exclusively on hankypanky.com in extremely limited quantities. Thus, be sure to follow us on social media or subscribe to our email list to stay up-to-date on the launch. Don’t miss your chance to own a part of Hanky Panky history!

Hanky Panky Limited Edition 40th Anniversary Collection

Now We’re Here!

Though we’ve far-outgrown that NYC apartment where it all began, we still design and produce all Hanky Panky merchandise in the New York/northeast area. To see one of the faces who helped make this collection possible, click here.

Thank you for celebrating 40 with us and show us how you wear the 40th collection by tagging us and using #HankyPanky40 on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Cheers to 40 Years!

Carla, hoping to look this good at 40

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Hanky Panky Mothers Day Gift Guide

Hanky Panky may not be the first place you think of when looking for a Mother’s Day gift, but think again… It’s been proven that moms love Hanky Panky and, really, all women who wear us do. However, we get it: picking panties for your mother may be a little too intimate. Lucky for you, we don’t just have lingerie!

Wrapped Up

Great gifts for mom that you can find in our assortment include our robes in jersey, flannel and chiffon. Our heather jersey robe, below, pairs well with other items if you want to make it a set!

Hanky Panky Heather Jersey Kimono Robe, Cross-Dyed Lace Cami and Boyshort

Heather Jersey Kimono Robe matches back to Cross-Dyed Lace Cami and Boyshort

Hanky Panky 2VR114 Short Cozy European Flannel Robe

Our snuggly knee-length robe is another great option.

Sleep Sound

Additionally, we have a sleep set and pajama options available, which make a popular gift. I have never been mad about receiving PJs. EVER. There are comfortable, practical and ours are made of soft, luxurious Supima® cotton. You can sleep sound with these great gifts.

Our Soft Supima® Cotton Pajamas are available in Forget Me Not Blue and White

Our Soft Supima® Cotton Pajamas are available in Forget Me Not Blue and White

If you are looking for something short and stylish, our heather jersey romper is one of my top picks and new colors are available.

Hanky Panky Heather Jersey Romper available in chambray and wine

Heather Jersey Romper

The Small Things…

Last but not least, sometimes it is the small things that take you a long way. With that, a refreshing, floral scent may make for a sweet gift and perfume is just that! Our fragrance is an intimate blend of luscious fruits, feminine florals, soft musk, and mysterious woods.

Hanky Panky Eau de Parfum

Eau de Parfum

Or if you want to play is safe and don’t know what exactly to get me, well then, we have the most perfect gift idea for you—a gift card! It’s an easy and thoughtful gift. Plus, every woman should try some Hanky Panky at least once in her life when possible and this is a great way to introduce mom to the most comfortable intimates.

For more ideas, head over to our Mother’s Day boutique and view the lookbook.

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Keepsake Gift Card

Whatever you decide to give to mom, have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Carla

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Gifting Lingerie: Something Old, New, Borrowed, Used?

Hanky Panky Porcelain Rose Bridal Set for Gifting Lingerie

Something New: Porcelain Rose Bridal Set & Something Borrowed: the Pearls

It’s National Tell a Story Day and we’ve got a good one for you. Are or were you bride-to-be? Have you ever been gifted lingerie? Are you considering gifting lingerie to someone you know? Well, if you can relate to the above questions or just want to hear this entrancing, hilarious tale, then gather around:

 

It’s a spring day with a bit of overcast, but decent weather.  My friends and I are gathered at a bridal shower for our friend, Hannah.  We sit around as the bride-to-be opens her gifts, expressing awe, joy, surprise and gratitude. There’s a dinnerware set, kitchen appliances, honeymoon package and what else, but lingerie. As some of us remark on the intimate nature of such a gift and whether gifting lingerie is appropriate,  Hannah shares that this is not the first lingerie-containing package that she has received…

Her mother-in-law (MIL), who couldn’t make it for the festivities, also bequeathed her with some very special lingerie, as she tells it:

My MIL sent some lingerie that was hers when she got married (decades prior)! But that was super weird and I didn’t hold on to it. She put some note in there, like, ‘since Cindy (her daughter) will never get married, here is this.’ Obviously an emotional move!

I replied,

Ooh, and obviously a burn to Cindy, but maybe Cindy doesn’t want to do that.

Hannah continues,

Yeah!  [laughs] I mean… Cindy doesn’t want to get married–she doesn’t and has made that clear. I think her mother is bitter and upset about it. But it’s her life… So the lingerie got me mixed up in all of that! I think bridal lingerie is a great gift idea, but as long as it isn’t a projection!

And there you have it from the bride herself. Gifting lingerie? YES. Gifting used lingerie out of spite? A big NO. While we are all for recycling those old threads, this is not the way to do it, if that wasn’t obvious.

Hanky Panky Annabelle Garter

Something Blue: Annabelle Garter

Lastly, if you are in the market for some intimate gifts, check out our 2017 Bridal gifts blog post and feel free to peruse our Bridal and Bridal Plus Size boutiques. You are guaranteed to find that something new and maybe a little something blue, just never go the route of intimates that have been used [said with a wink].

Carla, tale-telling

Note: I have recreated events, locales and conversations from my memories of them. In order to maintain anonymity, the names of individuals and identifying characteristics have been changed.

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Where Should Your Hanky Panky Undies Go to Retire?

Hanky Panky Earth Day Textile Recycling

Being an environmentally-minded individual and working at a company that also upholds these beliefs, I have been thinking about new ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Sure, I separate my plastics and paper, bring my tote bag to the grocery store and harass my neighbors and coworkers to do so as well (yea, I can get a little pushy, but it’s in the name of Mother Earth). Yet I recently have been asking myself, “what else can I do?” How can I further my efforts?

A New Discovery

I always feel terrible just throwing out old clothes, but is there a way to recycle them? Well, actually, there is. Textile recycling is a thing and most garments are completely recyclable, including—wait for it—your Hanky Panky undies. Gasp! Shocked? Turned off? Then keep reading, this is for you!

Yes, I too have banished my old undergarments to the waste bin never to be thought of again. However, there is no need to be put off by the idea; we all have old underwear as well as old t-shirts, sheets, jeans, and they all need to go somewhere. So instead of going to the garbage, let them go to a good cause. But before we head over, let’s talk about how those old undies will become new goodies.

Textile Recycling: A Brief Explanation

Depending where you take your old garments, the process, according to GrowNYC, is generally that they will be:

“sorted into different grades, with an effort to recover as much usable clothing as possible for distribution to second-hand markets. Material that is not suitable for reuse will go to recycling markets to be used as wiping rags or shredded for low grade fiber products such as insulation.”

So who cares if your insulation is made of an old, stained t-shirt or a pair of underwear that have taken you through funny, memorable moments? It’s no biggie and it’s better than a landfill. Recycling clothes is a great way to reduce greenhouse emissions significantly, create jobs and help non-profits raise funds to keep running.

Textile Waste Infographic from Tantone Industries

Textile Waste Infographic from Tantone Industries

One Man’s Trash…

Now back to the question that started this whole post: where should your Hanky Pankys go in their twilight days? You can find the answer here under the “How You Can Help” section for tips to extend their life and select the link to find a place near you. Also, the Council for Textile Recycling has an international locator for donation sites. Various organizations, businesses, stores, even farmers markets accept textiles for re-purposing. Recycling centers and thrift stores will sell the items that cannot be sold in their stores to industrial buyers and salvage brokers to support their organizations.

The Second Life of Secondhand Council for Textile Recycling

The Second Life of Secondhand

Last but not least, it is always best practice to donate or recycle textiles that are clean and dry. So are we over the stigma now? Textile recycling isn’t so bad, right? Whether you’re getting rid of some old pants or panties, don’t forget to employ the last of those three Rs: RECYCLE.

Happy Earth Day! What new habit/routine will you pick up in the name of Mother Earth? Comment below.

Carla

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Thong Diary: Hanky Panky Stowaways

Thong Diary

It’s time for another entry into the Hanky Panky Thong Diary! Today’s submissions come from two mothers whose undies went on accidental adventures, but (thankfully) made it safely back home.

Nap Time Thong

Nap Time Thong

This photo and note came from Alexis, @thewtfmom on Instagram.

A pair of my pink Hanky Panky undies took a field trip to my 3 year old son’s preschool with his pillow for nap and returned in his Superman lunchbox. Thank god I only wear Hanky Panky low rise thongs or boyshorts…Had they been anything else, this could have been a way more embarrassing situation!

Another mother, Rebecca L., shared a similar experience:

Mortifying parent moment…When you receive a note from your child’s preschool classroom entitled “laundry oops” with a pair of your recently laundered Hanky Panky panties tucked nicely together in a plastic shopping bag that was knotted tightly shut. The note read, “these fell out of his blanket and were found on the floor next to his cot”.
My 4 year old later told me that he found the panties stuck to his nap blanket, picked them off, and threw them on the ground next to his cot in the classroom. His teacher walked past him, saw the panties, and asked him if he knew anything about the panties on the floor. He proudly proclaimed, “those are my mommy’s.”

Luckily, both these stories have a happy ending—the undies made it safely home!

Do you have a Hanky Panky story you’d like to share? Submit it to  thongdiary@hankypanky.com. If it is featured in the diary, we will send you a complimentary gift!

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New Hanky Panky In the Studio & Giveaway

New Hanky Panky In the Studio styles have arrived and they brought some prizes with them too!

Hanky Panky In the Studio Anna Full-back Bodysuit

Anna Full-back Bodysuit

As you may have heard since it was kind of a big deal, Hanky Panky In the Studio is a recently launched collection for the barre-to-brunch crowd and really anyone looking for more versatile and sporty intimates. Check out the inaugural post here.

Now, meet the newest group to our Hanky Panky In the Studio collection, Anna. Anna is made of a moisture-wicking perforated fabric for extra breathability. The line is available in a two-tone hot fuchsia and black mix in our thong, hipster, bralette and bodysuit. The Anna bodysuit is a new silhouette and the bottom features a fullback panty that will do a fine job staying in place as you go through your sun salutations in yoga class. The Anna bralette is a new longline style that provides a little more length than some of our other bralette styles and lands above the waist. If you dare to go bare, the Anna bralette makes for a cute, unlined midriff-length top/cami. All styles in Anna and In the Studio are best-suited for lounging and low-impact exercise.

Hanky Panky Anna Bralette and Hipster

Anna Bralette and Hipster

Additionally, for an update to the Mia collection, check out the new coral/black colorway. Nice and bright for summer.

Hanky Panky Mia Padded Bralette and Thong in Coral/Black

Mia Padded Bralette and Thong in Coral/Black

And if that’s not enough, we have partnered with KORRES, Physique 57 and Sweat Cosmetics for a Break A Sweat Giveaway. Winners will get a prize from all the aformentioned brands including $260 worth of Hanky Panky In the Studio product from us!

Hanky Panky Korres Break A Sweat April Sweepstakes Giveaway

Potential Prizes

Other prizes include product from the KORRES Greek Yoghurt Collection ($278 Value), the Sweat Cosmetics Full Face Collection ($150 Value), and a Physique 57 On-Demand 3 Month Subscription ($90 Value). Click here to enter and get ready to sweat.

Hanky Panky Korres Brand Partnership Giveaway

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Carla, sporting that after-workout glow

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Introducing Signature Lace Everyday

We know how much you love our Signature Lace, like, we know. With us celebrating our 40th Anniversary, we wanted to do something special for all our #SigLaceFans. Thus, we are extending our collection with Signature Lace Everyday™.

If you are Signature Lace everyday, all day and about that life, you are going to love our line of everyday products done in our unique Signature Lace that created the World’s Most Comfortable Thong®. Now you don’t have to conceal your lace and resign it to being worn strictly under your clothes. Proudly show off your signature lace during your next Starbucks’ visit with our coffee cup sleeve! And next Superbowl Sunday, hand out a Signature Lace Everyday™ beer cozy to your guests, so everyone can share in the sig lace glory.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace April Fools'

Signature Lace Cup Sleeve & Cozy

Since our lace has stretch for extra comfort and versatility, you can get our beverage accessories to fit over a multitude of cup, bottle and can sizes! This feature is especially great for our next item: the Signature Lace Everyday™ backpack. Aren’t you tired of struggling to to fit that last piece in, then going back and repacking to make it work? Are you planning a backpacking trip across Europe this spring? Got a lot of books to carry? This backpack will get you there, all day, everyday, as we say.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace April Fools'

Signature Lace Backpack

Also, for the parent who wants the most stylish baby on the playground, try our Signature Lace Everyday™ diaper, available in solid colors and our graphic prints. If you are looking for a mother’s day gift, match mom and baby with one of our coordinating thongs and diapers and make it a special Mother’s Day.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Diaper April Fools'

Signature Lace Diaper

No matter who you are, Signature Lace Everyday™ is for everyone everywhere and dedicated to the #SigLaceFans, who have gotten us to a flirty and fearless 40 and want to take Hanky Panky outside their lingerie drawer. It is for the world traveler, families, at-home entertainers and so many more. Leave a comment and let us know if you have any ideas for product you’d like to see added in our Signature Lace Everyday™ collection. Shop the collection here.

Carla, a #SigLaceFan for life

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There’s Something About Melanie

Hanky Panky Melanie Bra & Low Rise Thong

Meet Melanie

So I don’t want to be a gossip, but can we talk about Melanie for a second? You might be wondering “who is that?”. However, she’s not a “who” but more of a “what” and a pretty big deal for us. Melanie is our new sized, underwire, spacer bra! “Enchante”, we say. For those who want more support and coverage than our wonderful, adorable bralettes can offer, Melanie is your woman.

What’s so great about all these qualities? Our spacer bra provides a more eco-friendly, padding-like experience, with a more natural molded fit that’s great under T-shirts or just about anything. The spacer is made from a lightweight, breathable, 3D fabric as opposed to the foam used in padded bras. Spacer fabrics are knitted all at once, reducing waste and resources necessary to make a typical 3-ply foam cup (outside fabric, foam, liner fabric, all glued together).  Typical laminated polyurethane foam bra cups can contain irritating adhesives and other potentially harmful substances.  Also, the spacer fabric allows air to pass through and keep you cooler, which is ideal for the warm summer days ahead.

Melanie comes decked out in our Signature Lace, so she easily ties back to many styles in our line and the lace makes her just as sexy as she is practical. She is available in black, chai, white and, most recently, tickled pink. The deep plunge neckline makes her a suitable companion for a variety of tops and occasions, and in no time, you and Mel (see, you already have nicknames for each other!) will be BFFs.

Hanky Panky Melanie Bra & Boyshorts

Melanie Bra and Boyshorts

And as if we couldn’t make her sound any better, her underwire is encased in a waffle liner for added comfort. The bra is available in sizes 32B-C, 34A-D, 36A-D, and 38B-C. In the back, there are 4 columns of hooks and eyes versus the standard 3 for more adjustability and a customized feel specific to you. After all, a good fitting bra is really the key to feeling the most comfortable.

Carla, desperately seeking Melanie

Bonus trivia: Melanie hails from the melting pot country: U.S.A!

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