Guest vs Roommate Dilemma

February 7, 2015 under Boys

roommate boyfriend conflictHave you ever been in a situation where someone in your household would bring their boyfriend / girlfriend over so much that it was as if you acquired an additional tenant?

Today I was watching Judge Alex show where one sister was suing the other for rent. These sisters lived together and had an agreement not to bring their boyfriends over too frequently, but one of them fell in love and had her guy there all the time. So hence with the second sister felt as if she ended up with an extra roommate and no privacy, so she moved out before the lease was up.

This reminded me of a few situations that I’ve been in when I was a university student. Looking back at those times, I have no idea how I lived like that. For about a year I rented a room in a house with 5 other young female students. It was 6 of us in a house, with only 2 restrooms and 1 kitchen to share. If some of you know Toronto neighborhoods, this was an old house in the heart of Kensington market.

Our landlord was a nice Chinese lady from Hong Kong. Despite her polite appearance, when I just came to view the room she told me very bluntly “I don’t want this place to turn into a whore house!” and said that boyfriends were not allowed in our bedrooms. It was OK to bring a boyfriend to the common area to socialize, but not to have them overnight.

Let’s just say that the girl who was in the room next to me had a different interpretation. Her boyfriend started coming over almost daily, sleeping overnight, cooking in our kitchen, and using our shower.

At one point I heard a noise from her room and thought she came home, but turned out he was lounging there alone. She flew for the weekend to Vancouver, but he figured to stay in her room anyway without her.

Another time late at night I carelessly walked out from a shower with a towel on my head and another towel wrapped around my body, colliding head to head with him. Let’s just say I didn’t expect a guy to be walking around what was supposed to be an all women residence.

Well, I was stuck in a rent agreement and it’s not like I had another place where I could move during the school year, so I just had to put up with the situation. I felt quite uncomfortable with this.

I want to ask all the males reading this, would you say that this is an issue that women are the only ones who can feel strange when there is a person of opposite gender appearing excessively in their residence without their consent? I wonder if gender has anything to do with this conflict, or if it is equally undesirable both ways.

Hosiery at Vancouver Taboo Show 2015

January 27, 2015 under News

Just like last year, I got to attend the Vancouver Taboo Show, a yearly event for adults only. That convention centre used to be walking distance from where I lived, but now it’s a long way away since I moved to Calgary.  I decided to go for a more economical option and take the coach bus instead of flying, but later questioned that decision after spending 17 hours one way on that bus.

It was really nice to see a lot of my friends again and in general to experience the vibe of open-minded and positive people. I would ask people to take a photo and they would never say no, some would even pull up the skirt to show me better what kind of stockings they were wearing. Myself I wore a black dress with a frilly bottom with crinoline skirts underneath and fishnet stay up stockings. Maybe next year I’ll go for a wilder outfit.

Taboo show happens almost in every Canadian major city and every time there are plenty interesting things to see. This year there was a pole dancing studio, a fire fighters club, body paint workshop, BDSM workshop from fetish Noir club, tattoos, lingerie, accessories, and gifts.

In general, I think that trade shows are a good spot to find unique items for presents such as plaques and awards with a twist, ex. “best wife”, “best lover”.

I have seen a couple of engraving services that provide personalized plaques, even for the most humorous occasions. Perhaps any custom awards service can do it, but it’s so much more convenient to get it done at trade show without having to go back and forth or to just simply order a memorable piece like that online.

I snapped a few stocking and pantyhose pictures for you to enjoy. Even though the show was not about just stockings, at least my eyes seem to be drawn to mostly that.

Legwear Photos from Taboo Show

Taya by Fiore in Grey tights

Exhibitor in Taya tights by Fiore in grey

 

 

taboo show

This pin up girl is wearing vintage stockings from her mother!

 

hosiery taboo show

Worker at the Deadly Feitsh booth in mock stocking tights.

Cuban heel stockings

Finally some Cuban heel stockings on a pin up girl! Hosiery that deserves an award plaque for sure.

Cuban heel stockings

Another sighting of Cuban heel stockings!

 

garter belts and stockings

Workers at Little Sisters booth are not shy to show off their legs and garter belts.

stay up stockings in Vancouver

This lady, a visitor, was glad to pull up her skirt and let me take a photo.

 

mock stocking tights

Beautiful mock stocking tights by Fiore

 

Russian Radio Show – Pantyhose Battle of OMSA and Filodoro brands, Part 2

January 20, 2015 under Brands

Isn’t it rare to hear a good show on the radio? Official Russian radio station Mayak (means Lighthouse) had this show (Top Russia) out with Sergey Stillavin as a host. They would review some product each week and even do voting competitions. For whatever reason this show no longer exists. 

I personally disliked how Sergey addressed his colleague, Victoria, about her not wearing pantyhose and thus not being like the rest of the women. There is a reference to that here (Mean criticism or blunt truth?). The caller Alla from Moscow also in a sense disappointed me, she is a typical Muscovite who almost caught up to all the American women. Women from other parts of Russia do whatever they can in order to keep their man happy. 

Read Part 1 – Pantyhose Brand Comparison on Russian Radio Mayak – Sisi, Filodoro, Omsa, Golden Lady, and Glamour

 

Now only 2 brands made it into semi-finals — OMSA and Filodoro. 

 

Stillavin: Last week we had 5 contestants and now we are selecting the finalists. We were talking about pantyhose and stockings too. Out of 5 contestants the ones that made it to the finals are Filodoro and OMSA. Please express your opinion. Women and hosiery sales people are especially welcome. Which brand out of the two is best?

 

Stillavin: A week ago we found out that Victoria Kolosova doesn’t use pantyhose, they are too tight on her.

 

Victoria: They are not too tight, they are itchy.

 

Stillavin: Could that be because you don’t shave your legs, Victoria?

 

Victoria: Sure, Sergey. Do you think I should walk around hairy like an orangutan?

 

Stillavin: Now we are choosing at TopRussia the best brand of hosiery in Russia. OMSA against Filodoro. Left behind are Golden Lady, Si Si, and the last place is for the most non-glamorous brand called Glamour. Who should win today, OMSA or Filodoro? Ladies, please voice your opinion and explain, is it the price that matters or some kind of durability? I remember one week ago a lady called and said that she wears one pair of pantyhose for 3 weeks. This resulted in lots of comments from women, they don’t believe her, say it’s impossible.

 

Vahidov: Listen, today I found official classification of pantyhose in Russia.

 

Stillavin: Let’s listen to Alla for her expert opinion and then the classification. Good morning, Alla! Tell us, Filodoro or OMSA? What’s better?

 

Alla (caller, 27 yrs old, Moscow): Neither! Sorry, but I am with Victoria on this one. You said that pantyhose itch and for me they itch too. Even if they don’t itch like OMSA Velour, they fall down, their elasticity is not good enough. What is the point of all these new technologies? For this reason I don’t like pantyhose.

 

Victoria: Correct!

 

Alla (caller, 27 yrs old, Moscow): But if I would be to choose between Filodoro and OMSA, I’d say OMSA. There are some that I use when I need to wear a skirt.

 

Stillavin: Wear it purely for the man? Like let’s say on New Year’s Eve?

 

Alla (caller, 27 yrs old, Moscow): No, I don’t agree to such sacrifices for a man.

 

Vahidov: Listen (about classification), pantyhose is classified by the type of finish, such as bleached, evenly coloured, fast-knitted. Classified by the type of knitting – smoothly knitted, plastic knitting, platinized, fleece, jaccard, or pressed method. Depending on the structure, such as pantyhose with briefs and without briefs. I don’t even know what it is!

 

Victoria: Briefs support part of the buttocks.

 

Vahidov: There are winter pantyhose, fishnet, shiny. Even in the classification there is a type called “sexy”.

 

Victoria:  “Sexy”? Is that with holes in them?

 

Stillavin: Just with a word “sexy” written on them.

 

Vahidov: And even a more interesting point, there is pantyhose that is machine-knitted and hand-knitted. I can’t imagine, how can someone knit pantyhose by hand?

There is also classification by occasion – regular wear, sporty, medical. Regular wear pantyhose can be either for daily wear or for dressy wear. Listen, that’s a nightmare!

 

Stillavin: We have only 4 minutes left until the end of the voting. I am so sad that Victoria is not an expert in pantyhose. She is not like other women, you see. She’s got a squeaky voice and an owl’s glance.

 

Victoria: But you still can’t leave me alone. … “owl’s glance” …

 

Stillavin: So they ask me why I treat Victoria like this. But how else can I treat her? She doesn’t wear pantyhose, doesn’t put on nail polish, doesn’t wear lipstick. She only puts on some powder in the morning and goes straight to work.

 

Vahidov: (towards Victoria) Your husband doesn’t like pantyhose?

 

Victoria: I haven’t noticed him wearing it.

 

Vahidov: Victoria, pantyhose is synthetic, correct?

 

Victoria: Of course!

 

Vahidov: Well, if it’s synthetic, will it absorb women’s sweat?

 

Stillavin: Women don’t sweat at all.

 

Vahidov: Usually they sweat only behind their knees.

 

Vladimir Pastuhov: By the way, about sweat and buying pantyhose before winter there are some recommendations. Pantyhose should contain wool, cotton, and lycra (without it pantyhose will sag). Today microfiber pantyhose are very popular – these are polyamide threads consisting of a huge number of thin threads. Such pantyhose are soft, smooth, and velvety. They are warm and durable, but their price is higher. Acrylic pantyhose are not expensive, they are soft and warm, but they fringe fast and lose their good appearance. Such pantyhose are ideal for wearing under pants.

 

Vahidov: Just got a message from Samara. She says both brands are so-so, cheap and not durable. This is about OMSA and Filodoro that ended up in the semi-final. She prefers stockings instead of pantyhose when she wears a dress or a skirt. In the middle of cold winter only tough Russian women can wear pantyhose. Is this true?

 

Stillavin: All the rest wear leggings!

 

Vladimir Pastuhov: And lastly, when choosing pantyhose it’s important to see if they look clean and if the package is intact, if all the information about the company / denier /size / colour is present. Also, pay attention to the smell of the product. (Maybe they mean to avoid second hand pantyhose?)

 

Victoria: Pantyhose don’t emit any smell through the package.

 

Vladimir Pastuhov: Pay attention to the seams, they must be flat and when stretched they should almost disappear.

 

Stillavin: OK,guys, today OMSA is winning and Filodoro is losing! We can already congratulate OMSA brand! Or, whoever produces OMSA brand…

 

Vahidov: Golden Lady produces OMSA!

 

 

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Roller Derby Girls in Pantyhose

January 13, 2015 under News

roller derby girls in pantyhose

I found this picture of roller derby girls posing in their shirts and fancy legwear at a local competition. So far I`ve seen roller derby only twice, but it was a lot of fun! These girls really put an effort to dress up. On the photo above they seem to be limited with clothing, but amateur participants wear all different colours and really fancy tights. This is probably the only pantyhose-friendly sport that exists out there!

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Merry Christmas to all the Hosiery Fans!

December 24, 2014 under Seasonal

Christmas AD Fantasy Stockings

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My new Facebook account!

December 21, 2014 under News

pantyhose and heels Dear friends, as you know, my old FB account got shut down and turned into a fan page. Not my idea, but FB insisted.

I created a 2nd one under the name of Jessica Calze.

Add me  –  JESSICA CALZE ON FACEBOOK.

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Wearing Delmina Tights

December 11, 2014 under Fiore, Seasonal

pantyhose pantyhose with bows and backseam in brown

As I am adjusting to my life in Calgary (yes, it’s very tough for me), I decided to participate in a social event and go to decorate the Christmas tree in the lobby with other tenants from my building. I thought that these Delmina tights by Fiore would look best! These bows at the back make my legs look like one big present.

Fogal Hosiery Boutique in Toronto is Closing Down

December 11, 2014 under Fogal

fogal boutique in toronto is closing down out of business

Sad news! I just got an e-mail from Fogal in Toronto saying that they are closing down and having a great sale. Vancouver boutique already closed in the summer, and now Toronto location follows.

When Vancouver boutique closed down, I remembered bad service experience and the fact that Wolford is around the corner, and thought that it’s no wonder. But Toronto boutique actually had really good customer service!

One last boutique left in North American is in New York City. I have no news yet if it’s shutting down or not, maybe some New Yorker can tell me.

Someone told me that this is their strategy now to close down the retail stores and start to sell Fogal brand in other big upscale department stores. Fogal’s stay in Canada was quite brief (2012-2014), perhaps other legwear brands presented a lot of competition since not many people know even what Fogal is.

My Facebook profile is getting shut down

November 30, 2014 under News

I just received a bunch of messages like “are you mad at me?” and “did you block me?”. No, I don’t block anybody unless it really gets bad and usually people know what’s coming.

Facebook decided that my profile account is actually a business, so they are asking me to convert it to a fan page. I haven’t done it yet, I am not sure if there is a way to get out of it, but doesn’t look like it.

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eBay Clearance on Rare Brands

November 18, 2014 under News

Go to http://www.ebay.ca/usr/fantasystockings to see all styles!

Brands: EGEO, Gatta, Mona, Sesto Senso, some Fiore

egeo breeze pantyhose

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