I tried these nice micromesh tights today, Spot by Fiore. They seem to be pretty durable because of the weave. I only brought these in nude shade because it looks so much more summery than black.
One of these was recently sold and I wanted to check out the pattern closer. What a cool style for spring, that yellow and black band really brings out joy, reminding me of sunflowers and bumble bees. As many of you already know, I moved to Toronto, but the weather here is still unusually cold, making me wish for those summer days when I can indulge in sheer hosiery. You can view this striped style here.
What exactly it is that they are doing still eludes me, but let’s give them some credit – they are using seamless pantyhose for their game! No gussets, no seams, no waistbands, this for sure looks prettier on Kelly’s face than a regular cheap drug mart pair.
Here is the link to the video in case you are interested – LINK to Yahoo Entertainment.
Recently I’ve been listening to a talk on fetishes by Mistress Lotta, a Russian BDSM club owner. She was saying that no colour like black has that much impact on people’s mind. Only white maybe can get somewhat close to it. What is your opinion?
Our psychological appreciation of colour has to do with the many perceptions of our lives. We have associations, so called connotations, with certain colours.
It turns out that for black the common connotations are that it is sophisticated, expensive, severe, mysterious, stark, and simple. There are also people out there who would describe it as glum and sneaky, but I am certaintly in the first category!
I remember Tim Ferris (the author of the 4 Hour Work Week) talking in one of his videos about the joy of NOT wearing black. He was sitting there dressed almost like a parrot, frankly, in something orange and a bunch of other shades that simply looked like something a only a person with a poor taste would choose.
I do like other colours in my wardrobe too, but I try not to wear too many because otherwise it looks overwhelming. Naturally, at least half of my wardrobe is black.
It sure extends to my pantyhose preferences! I remember the very first wholesale batch that I imported and I was surprised to hear from my friends that they wish I would bring some more colours other than black. It didn’t even occur to me at the time that someone would want a different colour. As you know from this blog though, I have expanded my hosiery preferences and I now experiment with many other shades too.
I am noticing that I am only roughly 700 followers away from hitting the big 20K mark! This is so exciting. Thank you so much for believing in me and subscribing to what I post.
Twitter is the only open-minded platform that hasn’t flagged my non-nude pantyhose images as somehow “too sexy” and hasn’t deleted any of my accounts because of that.
My twitter handle is @FantasyStocking. Please follow me if you aren’t already and I appreciate all the comments and retweets. I am very close to my milestone!
I just arrived back from Boston two weeks ago and I brought back a souvenir – a pair of Wolford Fatal Seamless 50 den tights that I bought at one of the two Wolford boutiques there.
Both locations offered a luxury experience. My first visit was to the Wolford boutique at the Copley Place where I was warmly greeted by Linda. She welcomed me and started off by telling me about the brand and all the cool specials in store that day on dresses and swimwear.
I chatted with Linda about a few things that interested me. Turns out that Wolford now has special uniform for their staff. If they wear pants, they don’t have to wear hosiery, but with skirts they should. I also was offered a bottle of water, it was a very nice gesture considering how hot it was outside.
Then I headed to the next location and I was greeted by Mindy, the manager. She was wearing a skirt and tights and looked very professional. Again, customer service was simply excellent. I told her that I’d buy something, but I already bought a pair of Wolford that day. Usually if I get good service, I make a purchase just so that I am writing a review as an actual customer.
I would like to thank both of those Wolford locations for welcoming me so warmly and representing this high end brand in the best way possible.
Today is July 28, exactly 5 years since one of the greatest contributors to the hosiery community has passed away from cancer – Sharri Ratcliff, otherwise known as Sweet n Pantyhose. She’s been cremated and part of her ashes were spread in some of her favourite spots and the rest are kept by her husband.
Let’s spend a minute of silence together, remembering her.
I asked her husband, Robert Ratcliff, a.k.a. Outlaw, if there is anything he would like to mention. Here is what he said:
“…(July) 28th 3:40pm EST she passed over peacefully with me and all 5 of our children around her. She regularly contacts me in dreams and through psychics. She starts off mentioning that she will be the first one I see when I pass over.” Robert Ratcliff
I also wanted to share a few beautiful comments I got on social media when I informed my audience that this day is coming up. Here is what they had to say:
“I remember her work. It was so sad and is still so sad to think about. She fought hard, but cancer is a horrible miserable bitch. I still have her review page saved on my eBay account. Thanks for making this post. I hope her widower is doing okay. They seemed like a very happy couple.” Matthew Wilson, via Facebook
“I had several conversations with her, she was truly a sweet lady who had the pantyhose gene.” Dom Oregon, via Facebook
“She was such a wonderful and genuine person.” Nylons99, via Twitter, who met her in Las Vegas in person
“She was a beautiful woman with great legs in pantyhose. She is always missed and I enjoyed her work very much.” Joel Barber, via Twitter
“Her name said it all. She always managed to have mischievous fun in her hose and was a tireless promoter of women’s embrace of them.” David, via Twitter
“She was the first pantyhose girl I found who embraced it. I sure was sad for her husband. They had a really good thing going.” Shawn, via Twitter
“Oh no, where have I been. I didn’t even know. She was a very lovely lass who had a great passion for tights.” Linda, via Twitter
A few months ago Alan from Canada wrote to me the greatest compliment of all. I was pretty moved by it because for me to be seen somewhere near the level that Sweet reached is a big accomplishment.
“Do you remember the lady who went by Sweet N‘ Pantyhose? I always viewed you as her successor after she sadly passed away from cancer. Like Sweet, you fill the role of non xxx rated pantyhose appreciation that both women and men can enjoy.” Alan, Canada
Disclaimer: I love all the festivities of the Calgary Stampede, with exception of the horse races and rodeo. My Stampede experience did not include cheering over cruelty.
I wanted until the last day of the Calgary Stampede to post whatever photos I got from there. It was a lot of fun this year and I enjoyed all the crafts shows, art shows, and farm animal exhibits. I even got to watch some beautiful Clandestine horses all dressed up.
I went there 3 times and I got to see only 5 women in pantyhose. As you see, 3 of them I managed to photograph and the shot without shoes beside saddles is of my own legs in ultra sheer pantyhose.
Candid Photos of Women from Calgary Stampede
I saw this girl actually outside of the Stampede grounds, she was at a shopping mall and she said that she was dressed up for the event. I ran into some salon after her, complimenting her on how nice she looks in her denim outfit. She was very happy to pose for a photo.
Here is a photo of a young woman wearing all black despite the heat. She had a particular clothing style that she didn’t part with regardless of all the gingham shirt and ripped denim shorts hype around her.
This shot was taken of the sales girls at the Stampede, they had some art booth and both of them were happy to show off their cool legwear. As you see, one was wearing cool bi-denier tights (with a small run in them unfortunately) and the other one put on mix & match knee socks. A lot of these sales staff were not even from Calgary, I spoke to several who flew in from Toronto just for the event.
My Own Legs & Calgary Stampede Pedicure
My own legs, of course! If you look closely, I even did a Calgary Stampede pedicure with the CS letters. There are better close up shots of that in an earlier post. I wore 5 den pantyhose and flats just because I knew I’ll be doing a lot of walking and I wanted to be comfortable.
Compression Hosiery on a Calgary Woman
On my last day of the Stampede I saw a mature woman in some really nice shiny tights and I immediately thought to be Wolford Neon 40. My curiosity had no boundaries and I willingly ran into a “miracle” beauty cream sales booth after that lady and had to hang out there a little bit until I could find a moment to ask her, while an awfully rude and pushy Israeli sales person was circling me like a shark.
Finally I couldn’t wait anymore, and since any kind of rudeness seemed to be quite common at that booth, I interrupted another one of those sales sharks who was putting on some cream on that lady in order to ask my important question – “I am so sorry, are those pantyhose you are wearing happen to be Wolford Neon 40? They look expensive.”
That lady confirmed that those are in fact expensive, but those are not Wolford. She pays $30/pair for compression hosiery. I was really surprised actually that compression pantyhose could look so good because somehow I wouldn’t think that something medicinal could be also glamorous.
I had to leave and I couldn’t talk to that nice woman any longer, but I do wish with all my heart that she didn’t in fact proceed and buy anything at that booth. While I was waiting they smeared something under my eye to show “how the miracle cream engaged the muscles and the hyaluronic acid in it smoothes out the skin”, but in fact it was something like glue that started tightening on my skin and I had to wash my face later to get rid of that peeling layer. This is a cut throat industry and the sales staff make no money unless they get you somehow to buy something, regardless of the method used.
… and the Lack of Compression Hosiery
Yesterday I went to a Stampede Breakfast in my community with my neighbour. There was a realtor there at her booth and I got to see her legs, the part showing under the hem of her dress and the start of her cowboy boots. I said that she has hairy legs to my neighour and he had a look and said that her legs are just simply blue. I went to have another look and both of us were right – black unshaved hair and varicose veins together! Why go like this to an event where you are trying to market yourself? She’d look perfectly fine in jeans like the rest of the crowd.
In conclusion here I’d like to say that the whole point of the Stampede wear is to embrace the cowboy lifestyle and dress up like a farm girl. It’s unfair to even expect anyone to think about city clothing like pantyhose and heels when this is the spirit of the event, hence here is the reason for such a few sightings. There is a place and time for everything.
I decided to make it special this year and I got my nails painted red and gold, with CS letters standing for Calgary Stampede. My Korean nail technician put some creativity into this one and even looked up ideas online.
Today was an extremely hot day, so I wore a loose knee high skirt, open toe shoes, and 7 denier pantyhose (those were a gift from a fan). I spotted two more women at the event in fancy pantyhose and they even agreed to pose for photos. Eventually when the Stampede is over I’ll do a blog post to summarize all the hosiery trends I’ve seen there.
Since I am leaving Calgary, this will be most likely my last Stampede. I got myself a pass for the whole duration of the event. I want to make it special! So far I got to do some shopping and I enjoyed watching some heavy Clandestine horses compete.
Even though I don’t know that many people Calgary, I once again managed to run into a person I know from Vancouver. Small world, really!