Fiore Chantal Stockings with a Garter Belt

September 5, 2016 under Fiore

I went to a restaurant on top of the Calgary Tower with my cousin. She wore my Wolford stay up stockings and I wore Chantal by Fiore. Here are a few photos we managed to do when there were not too many people around.

Chantal stockings by Fiore

The food was good, so was the view. This photo is taken from the glass floor. The weather started to get colder and I realize this was one of my last few chances to wear a garter belt.

Wearing Luxurious Bridal Stay Up Stockings

August 14, 2016 under Fiore

Dalila white stay up stockings modeled by me close up (2)As you know, my cousin came over and wanted to wear some of my hosiery and shoes for photos. She put on her prom dress and white stay ups for photos.

Turns out, she likes all the Japanese dress up like cosplay. Let’s just say, after wearing these stockings she is not letting go of them and her friends are asking to bring them some too.

If you like these, here they are – Dalila stay up stockings by Fiore. There are only sizes S and M left and the price is reduced to $9.99 for clearance. I think it’s great for brides and for anyone who likes white lingerie in general.


Dalila stay up stockings in white, bridal style

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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

 

How many garter straps can you spot?

November 9, 2015 under Photoshoots

iryna in stockings legs garter straps iryna in stockings

This is my friend, Iryna. She is a model from Vancouver. I got these photos from one of her photoshoots that she did. As you see, there are a lot of garter straps on her stockings. Actually, these are stay ups with the sock part sort of hanging from the welt, but she attached a garter belt on top of it to make it look even more sophisticated. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts!

Stockings and garter belt before the cold begins – Vintage Aristoc

September 21, 2015 under Vintage

Yesterday I saw some red leaves on my neighbour’s tree and realized that for the whole summer I only wore pantyhose and no stockings. So I decided not to wait and make this day special. For no specific reason, I felt that it’s time to open that pair that I carried on so many trips in my suitcase and never managed somehow to find the right evening to actually put on.

I put on a new garter belt, some D&G perfume, and opened a pair that I had already intended to try for a few years – vintage Aristoc stockings sent to me by a fan. The shade was Brandy Snap. Just reading the name of the shade made me feel as if I was part of the Hemingway’s novel.

For my whole night out, these stockings were extremely durable and still look flawless. They have no seam on the leg, but there is a seam running from toe to ankle. However, they are not at all stretchy since they are made of 100% nylon and it was a little tricky for me in the restaurant to sit down and get up without worrying that my garter belt may go undone. Luckily for me, this garter belt turned out to be actually good quality and held on strong for the whole evening.

vintage English hosiery

vintage English hosiery

Aristoc vintage sheer stockings with Shareen micromesh seamfree

Aristoc vintage sheer stockings with reinforced heel and toe

I would like to thank a gentleman named James for sending me this pair of stockings as a gift. He is probably completely not expecting me to blog about it since it’s been a while, but he’s welcome to contact me for more photos.

In case you are wondering, Aristoc is a well-established brand from England and these stockings are made in England. They are advertised as sheer, stretchy, seamfree, and made of micromesh. They also had an insert in the package with washing instructions saying the following: “Remove rings and wash stockings by hand, squeezing gently in warm  lather, then rinse thoroughly. Dry by hanging from toes, avoiding all artificial heat. Stockings should be washed by themselves, and when wet must not be in contact with other garments as cross-staining may result.”

Hosiery at Vancouver Taboo Show 2015

January 27, 2015 under News

Just like last year, I got to attend the Vancouver Taboo Show, a yearly event for adults only. That convention centre used to be walking distance from where I lived, but now it’s a long way away since I moved to Calgary.  I decided to go for a more economical option and take the coach bus instead of flying, but later questioned that decision after spending 17 hours one way on that bus.

It was really nice to see a lot of my friends again and in general to experience the vibe of open-minded and positive people. I would ask people to take a photo and they would never say no, some would even pull up the skirt to show me better what kind of stockings they were wearing. Myself I wore a black dress with a frilly bottom with crinoline skirts underneath and fishnet stay up stockings. Maybe next year I’lll go for a wilder outfit.

Taboo show happens almost in every Canadian major city and every time there are plenty interesting things to see. This year there was a pole dancing studio, a fire fighters club, body paint workshop, BDSM workshop from fetish Noir club, tattoos, lingerie, accessories, and gifts.

I snapped a few stocking and pantyhose pictures for you to enjoy. Even though the show was not about just stockings, at least my eyes seem to be drawn to mostly that.

Legwear Photos from Taboo Show

Taya by Fiore in Grey tights

Exhibitor in Taya tights by Fiore in grey shade – Cool!

 

 

taboo show

This pin up girl is wearing vintage stockings from her mother!

 

hosiery taboo show

Worker at the Deadly Feitsh booth in mock stocking tights.

 

Cuban heel stockings

Finally some Cuban heel stockings on a pin up girl! Hosiery that turns heads.

 

Cuban heel stockings

Another sighting of Cuban heel stockings!

 

garter belts and stockings

Workers at Little Sisters booth are not shy to show off their legs and garter belts.

 

stay up stockings in Vancouver

This lady, a visitor, was glad to pull up her skirt and let me take a photo.

 

mock stocking tights

Beautiful mock stocking tights by Fiore – hot!

 

Fogal Hosiery Boutique in Toronto is Closing Down

December 11, 2014 under Fogal

fogal boutique in toronto is closing down out of business

Sad news! I just got an e-mail from Fogal in Toronto saying that they are closing down and having a great sale. Vancouver boutique already closed in the summer, and now Toronto location follows.

When Vancouver boutique closed down, I remembered bad service experience and the fact that Wolford is around the corner, and thought that it’s no wonder. But Toronto boutique actually had really good customer service!

One last boutique left in North American is in New York City. I have no news yet if it’s shutting down or not, maybe some New Yorker can tell me.

Someone told me that this is their strategy now to close down the retail stores and start to sell Fogal brand in other big upscale department stores. Fogal’s stay in Canada was quite brief (2012-2014), perhaps other legwear brands presented a lot of competition since not many people know even what Fogal is.

Below is a photo of Fogal seamless Una tights from that boutique.

Fogal una seamless pantyhose in black

wearing vintage Kayser stockings and garter belt

July 22, 2014 under Vintage

In a local shop in Vancouver I managed to find a pair of vintage Kayser stockings and I tried it on with a fancy garter belt. Here’s a sneak peak from a public parking lot when nobody was looking.

red garter belt and vintage stockings

This garter belt was acquired from Dolce Amore Lingerie. In case you are interested, they have the same one for sale, size S, on their site. Buy it HERE. Or ask me, I am best friends with the owner.

garter belt dolce amore red crescentini

Ukraine: Scandalous Graduation Outfit

July 16, 2014 under Weird, What to Avoid

Pavlograd Ukraine What you see here happened for real. This is a teenager, 17-year-old Anastasia Fomenko, at her high school graduation. She wore a lace dress and stockings, shocking her whole school.

However, her parents thought this was quite OK and were present at the occasion. This paid off in a sense, the girl got famous instantly and was invited to a bunch of talk shows.

graduation lingerie Ukraine scandal

Fantastic Visit to Wolford Boutique on Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles

May 24, 2014 under Wolford

Wolford store on Rodeo drive in Los Angeles On my trip to Los Angeles I really wanted to see that legendary Rodeo Drive. If there would be a Wolford boutique in that city, I was confident it would be there. I bet that this is where all the celebrities go to buy their hosiery.

I was really excited to go in for a visit. As I walked in, a really pleasant lady named Trystan greeted me and I asked her about the new styles for the summer. Right away I saw one that I liked, it was a pair of stay ups with a red welt. She told me more about that style, as if she had a telepathic sense of what I wanted to know about it.
The manager, Elizabeth, was also working that day. Both of them were dressed really nicely. I explained to them that I wanted to take a few pictures for my blog (please ask permission as there are some restrictions on photography there) and they even helped me to arrange the leg mannequins for a better angle.

In a small table there was a binder full of celebrity photos who enjoy Wolford. They even had some photographs there from Helmut Newton. Famous women like Rihanna, Kylie Minogue, and Katie Perry are known to wear Wolford for their performances.

If you are ever on Rodeo Drive, go ahead and visit Wolford. It’s a really nice atmosphere and friendly service despite posh neighbourhood. You’ll feel like a celebrity too!

Wolford store on Rodeo drive in Los Angeles  Wolford store on Rodeo drive in Los Angeles