On my trip to Cuba I couldn’t help but notice how many maids and waitresses were wearing pantyhose! Of course, not every single one. Somehow in the hotel where I was staying pantyhose became optional and so did customer service in many instances (let’s just say we had a few issues at front desk).
I took a photo of these two lovely people on the morning of my departure. The maid was holding such beautiful flower arrangement that I just couldn’t resist and asked her for a photo.
As some of you already know, I went on this trip with my parents. The waitress that served us each dinner was really sweet. We gave her some used clothing and my suitcase that I no longer needed (with all the poverty in that country they really appreciate any kind of used items), and in exchange she brought us some Cuban souvenirs. We really didn’t expect anything in return. She also brought photos of her family to show us.
I also saw the guards at the airport in pantyhose. They even had patterned pantyhose on! That was really nice to look at. I must admit, I was afraid to take photos there though. Who knows what their rules are, I don’t want to find out the hard way.
Do you notice though how short the skirts are for the guards? I saw them even shorter! There was one guard at the airport in black pantyhose who had such a sexy walk, I wish I could film her, but I didn’t want to get in trouble because there was another guard right next to me.
And lastly, the tour guide was wearing pantyhose too! Here is a picture of my own leg sticking out in pantyhose and our guide standing in the background. She had a run in hers though, so I wonder whether she should consider carrying an extra pair around. It was really hot that day, but I don’t want to feel cold from the air conditioning, so I wear some kind of hosiery. I mean, I can always take it off if I get too hot.
On Wednesday I got a chance to visit Toronto Fogal store with my pantyhose friend, David from Toronto. He is that Canadian gentleman who sent me some Wolford pantyhose to try out. Up to this point we only exchanged messages online, so I it was the first time that we got to see each other in person. Both of us were excited to meet and check out Fogal.
As we walked in, we were greeted by a young lady named Melanie who was wearing fun tiger-print pantyhose. She asked what we were interested in and pointed out that some of the summer collection items were on sale. With her help I picked out to try 2 pairs – seamless low rise UNA pantyhose and backseam pantyhose with a Cuban heel called Belle Epoque. I also tried a shiny sheer pair, but it wasn’t quite enough shine for my concept of “shiny”.
In total I tried on 3 pairs and I got Melanie’s and David’s opinions on how it looks and on what colour is best. I think that for probably half of my visit I was spinning in front of the mirror and checking out the perfect fit.
The service was great! Melanie answered all my questions with enthusiasm. I learned a lot about the brand and I was especially amazed to see that they still have one style there that is 100% nylon. Turns out that some ladies wanted to have the same pantyhose that they bought decades ago and fell in love with. Melanie also gave me their fall catalog and a booklet with some history of the brand. Turns out they’ve been around for 90 years!
I must admit that the service at Toronto location was much better than in Vancouver. Even though they had only one person working there, she handled everything very well. Melanie told me that she has a lot of Fogal hosiery at home and she buys multiple pairs of her favorite limited edition designs. To me it is important to see that staff are in love with the product themselves.
It was a very nice visit and I walked out of there thrilled! It was very nice of David to get me the perfect “Welcome Back to Toronto” gift – 3 pairs of Fogal pantyhose. (Maybe some of you know that I used to live in Toronto for many years before I moved to Vancouver.) I now have 2 pairs of Una and one pair with the Cuban heel. Since then my hands were all over the package, but I didn’t open it just yet because I want it to be special.