#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.

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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.