Fishing Time – Do Sheer Tights Protect from Mosquitoes?

August 18, 2017 under Seasonal, Travel
helene fishing in pantyhose

Helene wears pantyhose under leggings for her fishing trip.

by Helene, Mexico

Summer heat. I love water… any water, even if it is just a puddle after rain.

So, you can imagine how happy I was when my friends announced that they are going fishing. Tomorrow. Early in the morning, before the dawn. I am a night-owl, getting up in the morning for me is a torture, but…  fishing equals being near water, probably, a large body of water, like a river or a lake.

Have I mentioned by the way that I have a fishing rod? That’s a funny story; no, am not into fishing. I was coming home from a small trip in my car, when I saw something strange – many people, maybe a hundred of them, like ants, are crowding on a small bridge. I thought something happened, stopped and went to check if I can be somehow useful. And yes, something was happening there, right at the moment – they had a fishing tournament, in a small stream. I even asked to take a photo with them, and the organizers presented me a fishing rod.

So, I have a fishing rod. I unburied it from piles of things that are still loaded in the corner after moving, found my backpack that I was using for hiking in Norway – and am ready to the trip! Though…  Mexico is famous for its mosquitoes, those small ugly creatures that are able to spoil all the pleasure. But I had a solution! Sheer tights, I had read that they protect from insects, and I wanted to believe in that, as I did not have time to buy repellent.

After some hours, when we arrived to a sleepy yet mountain lake, I regretted that I had tights on instead of jeans as well as that I went to that trip at all. Mosquitoes were happy to see me, I had never seen so many of them before. They were flying around me trying to bite, and I was trying to remember what I know about malaria, zika and other illnesses that mosquitoes transfer: I was sure that I will get at least one of them. That lasted several minutes, though it felt like a year for me…

Then I noticed it.

Mosquitoes, they were coming, checking and… flying away. I thought that tights were helping till I noticed that those insects ignore me – I did not get a single bite: hands, arms, legs – nowhere! While my friends (none of them came to an idea to put on tights of even thin socks, all were wearing jeans or thick clothes to protect themselves from insects) were suffering badly. Mosquitoes were practically eating them up.

So, what`s wrong with me? Maybe because am not a Mexican, a “strange blood”? Do not know, but after the trip one thing became evident: local needle-nosed pests dislike me. The trip was good, the amazing mountain lake was worth writing poems about. But I am feeling offended.

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Where do flight attendants buy their tights?

August 10, 2017 under Practical

Satin Touch 20 pantyhose on the airplaneJust recently I returned from my trip to US and I wanted to write about two conversations I had with flight attendants on the way there and back about pantyhose. I was curious to hear whether why they choose not to wear compression hosiery even though it is fully covered by their work benefits and where they buy their regular ones.

On my way to JFK one of the flight attendants was very friendly to me and I asked her, out of professional interest, what hosiery she wears. She said that she actually buys her tights at the dollar store! Somehow whether she buys it for $2 or for $15 from the department store, she still ends up getting snags in them the first time she wears. Thus, she figured, why spend more.

When I asked about compression, she said that she has one pair that she got through the company. It helps her legs and she really should wear it, but it’s too much hassle. Compression hosiery needs to be put on wearing latex gloves and it has to be washed in a specific soap solution.

My suggestion to her was to buy a few more of those compression tights and alternate them, so she can wash them all at once. I also gave her my card and offered to give her some free Fiore hosiery to try out and review. There are moderately priced options out there that don’t have as high of a mark up as the ones at the department store.

On my flight back I asked another flight attendant about her tights and the story was almost the same. She buys her regular hosiery from Aldo shoes. Exactly like the lady before her, she also owns one pair of compression hosiery that she was specifically measured for. However, she lost weight and her compression tights no longer fit her properly.

For all the flights I wore pantyhose myself, it’s doesn’t look credible to ask someone a personal question, claiming you are from the hosiery industry, if you don’t look the part. On my flight to JFK I wore Wolford tights and on the way back out of Boston I wore a pair of thicker Taiwanese ones that were a gift from a friend. Fiore tights make up the majority of my personal collection, but I also like to try on different brands in order to be able to compare and give people good feedback in terms of benchmark brands.

#TakeYourDogToWorkDay – Did it Work For Me?

July 10, 2017 under Practical

By Helene, Mexico

#takeyourdogtoworkday fail, humour, fun, pantyhoseI have recently read on the internet that dogs at a work place help to relieve stress. I have a dog – Nise.  She is big and cuddly, and well, that day I had plenty of small but urgent things that were spoiling my life. Why not take Nise to work then? My colleagues seem fine with it, as well as my boss.

Early in the morning we set off to work. Nise was happy to go, she is usually happy to go anywhere even if she is not actually needed there. This time she was welcomed, running like crazy, testing all the puddles that were left after the rain, and a thought crawled into my head, that probably taking her wasn’t the best idea. Nise was supposed to relieve my stress at work, not necessarily on the way there.

Then, the moment of truth came.  When we arrived to our comfortable small office, the thought that was trying to crawl into my head became clearer: I should have left my dog at home, as I usually do! She disliked the idea of staying in a small room after running freely on the street and hid under the table of my colleague. Even cookies couldn’t convince her to come out, Nise was yelping and insisting on staying under the table.

Finally my boss arrived. Who knows what entered my dog’s head, maybe she mistook the poor lady for someone else, but Nise flashed to her happily as if asking to be saved, and jumped on her. At that moment, I understood that I will be fired… the expensive tights that my boss was wearing were torn with sharp canine nails. Also, I knew that today my boss had to go to an important meeting…

I will not describe here all that I had to hear out about my dog, myself, and my poor idea of taking the dog to the office. I was told to take her away, immediately. On the way home I was thinking what to do further, if I shall come to work today or I shall put all off till tomorrow. Or maybe better to look for another job?

In the meantime, Nise was running around like crazy testing rain puddles, happily wagging her tail. I was looking at her and feeling relieved. Yes, dogs really relieve stress, but not at work.

Should workplaces enforce a dress code?

July 9, 2017 under Practical

by Kate, Russia

Kate in nude fishnet tightsDress code: to have or not to have? As a sales manager I have been thinking about it a lot because my boss welcomes all possible styles out there.

 

I decided to wear smart casual clothes and sometimes mix styles (for meetings or trade shows), even though other employees are still changing their look every day. As for me, I like casual clothes, as I can relax and not think about all the discomfort a while blouse or shoes can cause.

 

I remember myself at school, when I liked outstanding bright colours, when I could put on pink tights and felt good about myself. But times change… as well as circumstances. What was good for a young girl doesn’t seem fine for an adult woman. What was good for school isn’t OK for an office.

 

Though my former habits haven’t died completely – I still like diversifying my smart casual with bright accessories. With tights, of course – I love fishnets, though they aren’t appropriate for all situations in life, just like some of my favourite fancy necklaces and purses.

 

During formal meetings with clients, I am wearing business clothes and nude tights. In general, dress code is a good thing as it brings order and gives the feeling of “belonging”, as long as it is not boring.

A note about pantyhose in my day calendar

July 8, 2017 under Practical

Veronica tights in navy blue on my hipsMy grandfather got me one of those calendars where you tear off a page each day, featuring a humorous little story or poem on every page. One of them was about pantyhose! Here what was in the category “from real letters”:

“What is the correct way to put on pantyhose: over panties or panties over pantyhose? We had a bet with the girls, but nobody knows exactly how to wear and in what sequence to put it on and take it off.”

I’d love to hear what you say! Some women put on panties over pantyhose to prevent it from sliding down, but that’s probably the case with only really cheap pantyhose that doesn’t stay up on its own.

 

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Pantyhose Wearers are More Likely to Get Searched by Airport Security

June 19, 2017 under What to Avoid

dark chocolate pantyhose in the airportI saw someone talking about this article online and decided to also share it here, originally this story appeared on Quora. A woman was flying to Miami for work, wearing black sheer pantyhose. She got stopped by the TSA officer as she was going through security got searched. Later, the officer told her quietly why most likely she got flagged.

A lot of times Pantyhose and Spanx or other compression type clothing make it look like you are smuggling things under your clothing. The scanner cannot detect them correctly. That is probably why it flagged you.”

How the golden ratio of body proportions can be achieved with proper clothing and styling

June 17, 2017 under Practical, Style

orly shay talking about golden body proportionsI just watched a very nice talk on body proportions and styling by Orly Shay from Tel Aviv. She actually created her own software called Mipso to help people choose proper glasses for their face and proper clothing to optimize their figure.

“Shay, a styling expert, will prove on the TEDxTelAviv stage that fashion and design is not subjective and not art – it’s completely math and exact science.”

One example she gave was about the length of her dress. It was just below the knee with a fitted waistline. She said that choosing a dress that length hides where her legs begin from and lets your mind imagine that she has very long legs. We can also see that she is wearing slimming black sheer tights and a pair of nice high heels.

It’s just our nature, golden ratio is appealing to the eye and we react positively to whatever our eye finds visually appealing. Orly says that choosing the right clothing can help to dress for success. If you want, you can watch her entire video here – Orly Shay, TED Talk, Tel Aviv.

Nobody in the world has the same body combination, let’s embrace our uniqueness, not even twins. Only one is yours! Bring it out and make it count.

 

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.

konmari-desk

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.