Do you believe in manifestation? (Mosquito in my Cloudberry Ikea Jam)

February 19, 2017 under Weird, What to Avoid

cloudberry jam in ikea with a mosquito in itDo you believe it that if you think of something negative happening to you, it will? I had a real manifestation experience in Ikea a few years ago when I went to buy a cloudberry jam.

In my life I got to see exactly one cloud berry, a single little berry in the middle of a northern forest. You can imagine, I was excited about the jam.

As I walked up to the cash register, I asked the lady there if this jam contains any mosquitoes. She looked at me as if I am out of my mind and told me that there are no mosquitoes.

Guess what, half way through the yummy jar, there it was – a big fat mosquito!

I took the jar back to Ikea and to the return area and told the lady that I specifically asked if there were mosquitoes and I’ve been told that there are none there.

To my surprise the customer service woman was completely not interested why there is a mosquito in the jar, but she was very much keep on how I knew in advance to ask about mosquitoes specifically.

Well, I got my $5 back. I don’t ask them about mosquitoes anymore and I continue buying that cloudberry jam, but so far they don’t have any unusual ingredients to them.

So my readers, please tell me, have I manifested a mosquito?

 

Konmari Method – Organizing Tights, Stockings, Lingerie

December 15, 2016 under Practical

New Year’s is almost here, time for me to clean up my house as I traditionally try to do every year. I watched a couple of decluttering / organizing videos and learned about a Japanese method called Konmari.

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Marie Kondo herself, wearing a dress and black tights. She wears a lot of tights!

At first I thought that any person following this method would toss out all the pantyhose except for 2 pairs or something of that sort… but I was wrong, turned out this method, even though highly admired by minimalism, is not about having next to nothing, but about keeping only those items that bring you joy and storing / folding them in a way that is easily accessible.

Konmari method was started by Marie Kondo, a Japanese woman obsessed since childhood with cleaning and organizing. She made a very successful living by teaching women how to clean their house and get rid of clutter despite that her parents initially thought she’ll simply be a good house wife. Keep this story in mind next time you hear someone tell their child that there is no way to make money with whatever they are into…

Marie Kondo shows how to fold lingerie in a video.

Marie Kondo shows how to fold lingerie.

Marie devotes some time to talk about underwear, socks, and pantyhose! She has a whole method of how to fold pantyhose and she says that tying stockings into a knot is a terrible thing to do because it will stretch them out and ruin them. Same applies to men who roll their socks up into a potato like ball.

To her, underwear is just as important as outwear. One thing you should throw out for sure is worn out and stretched out underwear that doesn’t bring you joy, she says.

For example, Kondo holds a great deal of respect for the home and honors that by never wearing anything schlubby, even to sleep. “If you are a woman, try wearing something elegant as nightwear,” she suggests. “The worst thing”—emphasis added—”you can do is to wear a sloppy sweat suit.”

My own attempt to fold my panties and thongs using Konmari method.

My own attempt to fold my panties and thongs using Konmari method.

I immediately thought about what kind of stuff I am wearing to bed and got somewhat disappointed. I wear long sleeves, long pants. But what can I do, I’ve got ice on my window frame! Calgary is really cold and I’ll freeze now wearing a silky negligee.

Marie Kondo is against folding clothes and piling it on top of one another like retailers do. She says it’s better to have it in a drawer stacked vertically, meaning that you’ll be able to pull out any piece without making the wile clothing tower fall apart.

Getting back to pantyhose storage, I may actually change my ways. I used to put everything back into its original packaging, but it does take up a lot of time and space. My main issue about keeping it out of the package is that I’ll forget what brand and what denier this is and then later wonder what it is that I am in fact wearing.  I handle many hosiery brands and it is important for me to have an ability to compare them in terms of fit and durability. I’m open to suggestions!

Cold Weather in Calgary

December 10, 2016 under Seasonal

If usually I can get away with wearing shorts and thicker tights in winter, but this week is extremely cold. I put on these shorts and fun tights, but then checked Calgary weather and changed into a more appropriate version – jeans and wool tights under.

Wanted to wear:

Wool tights under jeans

Ended up wearing:

wool tights under jeans, Aristoc

I can’t wait for warmer weather to finally be able to dress the way I want! Wool tights, by the way, were a gift from a fan. They are keeping me warm not the first winter already.

A story of how this TV host busted a pretense healer

November 14, 2016 under Weird, What to Avoid

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Someone forwarded me a link to this show about uncovering scams and swindles. On one hand I want to share this just because I think it is important to be aware that such things exist, but on another hand the host there wears such nice burgundy pantyhose. In general, almost in every one of her episodes she has some kind of tights on.

In this case there is a so called alternative healer who charges a lot of money for his sessions and at the same time sexually harasses his younger female visitors while at it. A woman who reported this pervert said that he gave her tea to drink during the visit and it made her almost pass out, so she couldn’t resist or even comprehend what’s going on.

kristina-elena-lebed-2-wearing-burgundy-pantyhoseLet me make it clear, this scam artist shouldn’t even be called a healer, prior to that they send an undercover patient with a real medical problem and the guy only took her money, telling her that she is actually fine.

This TV show host, Elena Kristina Lebed went to investigate it undercover and ended up with her skirt on her head by the end. Before she went in for a visit, she drank a neutralizing suspension that is meant to cancel out of the effects of most substances that she could be drugged with.
kristina-elena-lebed-3-wearing-burgundy-pantyhoseKristina came in saying that she hasn’t been feeling well and the healer right away told her that she has some horrible health issues that need some work. He said that the problem is in her genital chakra and asked how often she engages in sexual intercourse and even in what positions.

He said that there is an energy block and he needs to open the chakra. However, Kristina is too tense and it is hard to break through her aura, so he gave her some tea. Then some more tea again after he touched her knee. Kristina knew what the tea was for, even though the suspension she drank helped her not to get drowsy, but she pretended as if she is passing out on the couch.

kristina-elena-lebed-1-wearing-burgundy-pantyhoseThis scam artist reached for the top of her pantyhose and at that point she screamed out and the film crew broke in, pulling him off her with his pants still down. When questioned about what he is doing like this, he said that this is an alternative form of treatment. Finally, Kristina asked him what it was that he was planning to treat inside of her pantyhose and he got all quiet. One more pervert was out of practice.

Let me know your thoughts. Would you want to hear more stories from this show?

Pantyhose as a Gift – Appropriate or Not?

November 4, 2016 under Seasonal
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Some gifts from a fan. Yes, pantyhose were inside too!

Just recently a woman mentioned to me that she’s planning to give some fun pantyhose to her friends as gifts for the holidays. Is it a good idea?

Turns out that according to the European etiquette, pantyhose are not considered to be an undergarment. It is a luxury item. Thus, they are perfectly fine to give as gifts. I had that opinion all my life anyway!

When it comes to stockings / stay ups, I think it’s OK to give it to people you know pretty well. Strangers may see something sexual in it, contrary to the fact that a lot of women wear stay ups daily just to cover their legs at work.

Occasion also matters! I’ve read that queen Elizabeth II got 100 stockings as a wedding gift. That was a very luxurious gift, based on the scarcity of the garment.

I am going to a Christmas party in December and I thought to bring pantyhose for all the ladies there, but then I figured I’d rather bring knee socks and ankle socks instead. I have no way of knowing what size those women are and I’d rather not guess or ask the hostess to guess.

 

60% Off Fun Colours and Stripes for Halloween

October 20, 2016 under Seasonal

Here is the most colourful pair of tights on the whole site – Keisha by Fiore. It comes in yellow, orange, and turquoise. Which shade would you wear?

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Keisha by Fiore – Only $4.99 now!

Crazy hail today in Calgary and an opportunity for a rare foot massage!

June 30, 2016 under Seasonal, Weird

I saw bigger hail balls, but not so many at once. Today it just totally covered my whole porch. I looked at it and decided to jump out and do something fun. In the middle of the summer I wanted to feel what it’s like to stand and sit on ice. Here are some photos from my fun experience.

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Pantyhose saves me from a wardrobe malfunction

February 11, 2016 under What to Avoid

gabriella bella backseam cuban heelI wanted to share a story about how wearing pantyhose under pants actually saved me from an uncomfortable situation.

Last week I went to a spa in Banff, a city in the Rocky Mountains. I wore a pair of my beige backseam pantyhose underneath for warmth. At some point I was even wondering if I should or not, but I did it anyway and put a pair of thick warm socks over it.

When I got to the spa, I realized that my zipper got jammed and I had a few men and women take turns trying to open it without success. At that point when I managed to pull out my foot, I could only put it back inside without a sock.

If I wouldn’t have pantyhose underneath, I’d have to go home with bare feet in these boots and the thought of that makes me cringe. Wearing pantyhose that day saved me from having to run out without a sock in winter.

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Svetlana Volnova, Ukrainian fashion star, falls victim to a scam

January 17, 2016 under Famous, What to Avoid

Svetlana Volnova in black pantyhose geting out of a carDespite her bimbo looks, Svetlana Volnova actually has a programming degree. Somehow this didn’t help her to exercise some logic when she fell victim to a scammer while she was herself trying to avoid paying customs fees for importing her car.

She bought a car in United States to save some money. But when she brought it to Ukraine, turned out that the duties on that car were as much as what she paid for it.

The car was 30,000 USD when she bought it US and the same car would cost 84,000 USD.

So to avoid those customs fees, she got someone who promised her to arrange so she won’t pay. Of course, that was a scammer who simply just took her money – $9,000 USD.

Customs followed up by taking away her car and presenting her with a fine of $8,000. Eventually she managed to get it all settled, but it was a lesson for her.

Svetlana Volnova in stockings

 

My Challenges with Nutrition

July 28, 2015 under What to Avoid

Alice in Wonderland over knee socksHow many of you actually wonder if your diet is balanced? Recently I was surprised to find out that Health Canada covers consultations with nutritionists. I got a phone call from a nice lady who answered my questions and sent me some information in the mail.

So I tracked my intake for a few days and to my surprise I realized that I am eating enough of everything, except for grains. I only manage to eat about half the grain products (bread, rice, etc.) of what I actually require.

This makes me wonder why this is important. I used to think that eating less bread was a good thing, but now I am not so sure. If anybody can explain to me why we need grain products to begin with, IРІР‚в„ўd be happy to know.

P.S. Contrary to the image here for illustration, I wanted to say that I actually have complete apathy for sugar. I enjoy a little bit of good cake at celebrations and an odd chocolate truffle with tea, but sweets have never been of much interest to me.