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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Mean criticism or blunt truth?

November 17, 2014 under News

“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.”

appearance, women, lookThis is a translated fragment from a Russian talk show doing a brand comparison on pantyhose. The host of the show, Sergei Stillavin, seemed to be joking around and criticized another member, Victoria, for not being like the rest of the women.

I haven’t uploaded this part of the show yet, only managed to get part 1 up on the blog. This show chooses a product or service to review and compare, anything from renovation materials to candy brands.

Maybe because the host was so blunt while on air this show no longer exists as there were some complaints. Maybe it’s because there are already many resources online that people prefer to read instead of listening to radio shows, like Groupon, Trip Advisor, Deals4Home.co.uk, and lots of themed forums.

After I read it, I thought it was a mean thing to say out loud, but right away thought that I am not too far away from how he describes Victoria. Yes, I was wearing pantyhose, but I had no nail polish and no lipstick. Only some powder, just like her.

I got a sense of discomfort deep inside, I don’t even know why. So after I took a nice bubble bath I put on some pink nail polish on my toes. Am I now closer to being like the rest of the women according to Sergei’s comment?

For past few weeks I’ve been quite stressed out. I jump out of bed and think of all the work I need to do. Sometimes I forget about nail polish. Sometimes I even forget that I have nails to begin with. It never gets to a point that I’ll show up in jeans and runners somewhere in the city, but for styling like hair and make up I may not have any time. While reading  Sergei’s comments I got a bit of wake up call.

In a strange way I agree that small touches like polished shoes, neat hair, make up, and properly sized and pressed clothing can make a big difference.  I can totally see some feminists say that it doesn’t count, but we do get judged and therefore treated based on our appearance.

Moving to a Colder Climate

November 12, 2014 under News
Nessa pantyhose

A rare glimpse of snow in Vancouver from last year.

Many of you know that I am currently in Vancouver, Canada – a city practically without winter. But at the end of this month I`ll be relocating to Calgary. This is a cold city not too far from the Rocky Mountains.

I don`t even have winter clothes! When I moved out of Toronto, I thought I was done with snow forever. But life has its surprises and here I am, going to a city known for its low temperatures in winter.

On my trip there when I went to scout the location I was wearing fleece lined leggings one day and warm wool pantyhose (actually it was a present from a nice fan named Marty) the other day. With some tall boots it was alright and I didn`t feel cold.

Looks like I`ll get to wear my pantyhose under pants for half the year. No more sheer pretty ones in winter as it seems. In Vancouver the weather is quite mind, so maybe only 2 months of the year I actually pull out my thicker 60 den and 40 den tights.

Being always an apartment dweller and now actually considering to move into a house, I begin to wonder what additional problems such harsh climate will bring. Shall I change the roof more often? Is it more likely to develop cracks in the walls? I think I am looking at a lot of new expenses. I`d like to find some local sites similar to Deals4Homes in UK that offer discount pricing for home owners.

A friend of mine lives in Edmonton, about 3 hours away from Calgary. Once I came to visit her when it was cold and I was surprised that people actually have a plug running from their car to the garage so that their battery doesn`t freeze. I never saw anything of this sort before.

On a brighter note, people are much friendlier in Calgary and there is lots of sun. I`ll most likely enjoy it after all.

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