Art by Ekaterina Yastrebova – Woman and Pantyhose

I would like to introduce you to 2 of my favourite works by Ekaterina Yastrebova, a very unique and modern Russian artist.  I got to ask her some questions about these drawings.  You can visit her official site here.

http://eng.yastrebova.com/

http://yastrebova.com/

What inspired these paintings?

– Every day life.  Those were real life situations that created this artistic image.

I would like to know why the woman in the painting is putting on pantyhose and not stockings, since from my experience most artists prefer stockings. 

– Stockings are indeed more popular among artist (especially males), but I relate more to pantyhose.  What I wear is what I draw.

 

ЕкÐ°Р“‘‚ÐµР“‘€Ð¸Ð½Ð° ЯстрÐµР“С’±Р“ђВѕГђВІГђ° - Гђ¶Р“С’µР“ђВЅГ‘‰Ð¸Ð½Ð° штопÐ°Р“С’µР“‘‚ ГђВєГђВѕГђ»Р“ђВіГђВѕГ‘‚ки ГђВё ГђВѕГђВґГђµР“ђВІГђ°Р“С’µР“‘‚ их.

Painting available for Sale.

This painting is already sold to Germany.

LoveEncore is back on Youtube!

One of my favourite channels on Youtube is by Karen who is a single lady (she was married, but her husband tragically died) and she runs a fun and flirty show about how to start dating again for the 2nd time.  That’s why her channel is Love Encore – meaning Love Again.

Karen is a self-proclaimed Cougar and she shares ideas on sex and dating on her blog, Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter.  I admire her confidence and resilience.

Youtube for some reason had a different opinion about Karen because she was sending out too many videos, so they deleted her original channel without notice.  Please subscribe to her new channel here:

 http://www.youtube.com/karenleepoter 

In the episode below Karen speaks to women who run a lingerie shop about why it is important to wear nice undergarments and she also tells a story about how she got tangled up in her stockings and garter belt.  They also touch up on a new bedroom trend – body jewellery!

First Newsletter is Coming Out Tonight at Midnight by Pacific Time

Hi, friends, just a reminder that the very first newsletter by Fantasy Stockings is scheduled to come out today at midnight by my own time. 🙂

 

Topic:  Wolford cosmetic shade Neon 40 and my story of trying it on for the first time.

Sign up for the newsletter if you’d like to receive it, there is a window to your left.

 

Men and Lingerie Stores – response to Hosiery Advocate’s blog post

This is a response to the blog post by Hosiery Advocate – Should (lingerie) stores be required to hire men?

Situation re-visited:

If a man applies to work in a lingerie store and gets declined because of his gender, is this wrong?

I called Employment Standards BC, they said “possibly” and refused to say anything else.

I called Human Rights BC, they also said “possibly”, and told me that if Eugene wants an answer, he should take this case to court or at least submit it for review.

So as you see, it’s a grey area.  However, most likely stores would suffer because some female clients would not feel comfortable shopping there.  I did a post on that before where I asked some women I knew about their comfort level.

Vanessa Beecroft creates pantyhose art – vb55 series

I would like to thank a boy from England who sent me this information on this conceptual artist that I didn’t even know existed.

Vanessa Beecroft is an Los Angeles artist who used pantyhose for her art multiple times.  These ladies, semi-nude, would stand on high heels for 3 hours in Berlin in 2005.

You can find very beautiful photos if you search for it online of women even in sheer pantyhose, but keep in mind that it has a degree of nudity to it, so don’t search for it at work.  This project was called vb55.

Do you think that Vanessa would agree to an interview?  I’ll ask!  I’d love to know more.

*Friends, please notice the sponsor advertisement, as it is the main source of funds for this blog.*

“Blue Stocking” – isn’t it time for a new definition?

I am posing in a styled outfit and blue stockings with the Science World Dome in the background.

Historical Meaning of “Blue Stocking”

In some languages this is quite a common phrase, it usually refers to a completely unattractive woman who only cares about her studies or work and nothing else.

Let’s look back in history to see where this figure of speech came from.  It seems that at least all around Europe this is usually directed at a highly intellectual woman to ridicule her a little bit for her nerdy outfit.  The meaning of this expression is quite vague, depending on the country or era.  This term in German is known as Blaustrumpf, in Dutch as blauwkous and in French as bas-bleu.

Falbala stockings are beautifully decorated with gold and silver studs and ribbons.

Even though this phrase is used to describe a woman, it originated in Europe as a nickname for Benjamin Stillingfleet in the 17th century who was a botanist, translator, and an author from England.  He was a very intellectual man and without him there was no more interesting discussions.  However, he paid no attention to fashion, wearing blue stockings instead of silk black, as it was common back then.  Other sources may say that silk was too expensive, so he wore blue worsted stockings instead.

The "lack of fashion" idea was later emphasized by a French painter Honore Victorin Daumier in the mid of 19th century who painted humorous series called Les Bas Bleus to mock the blue stockings society. These paintings had a satiric nature to them, showing women in a repelling and androgynous way, completely immersed in philosophical discussions and oblivious to the mess and dirt around them.

 

Meaning of "Blue Stocking" in different countries

Germany:  This was a way to tease those who tell on others (snitch or tattle teller), thus making a reference to street policemen who wore blue stockings.

Italy:  Probably this is the only country with a positive meaning for this expression.  InVenice in XV century blue stockings were only reserved for scientists and academics.  It was an attribute of an educated person.

France:  For French this expression would be a synonym of being a slob.  It implied that one would be so immersed in intellectual development that would not pay any attention to fashion and household chores.

Eastern Block:  In former USSR this is a way to call a woman without any charm who only focuses on her work or academics.  But this is probably all coming from the French.

Could this be the reason why navy blue hosiery is so rare these days?  Could it have the negative connotation dating to the middle ages in Europe?  It is time for an upgrade.

Blue Stockings Lounge is a place to visit for unforgettable cabaret shows in South Wales.

Have you seen women wearing these at all lately?  This is 2012 and when I look at educated women, they are rarely in stockings to begin with!  There is even rarely a dress code in science-oriented companies and most women come in blue jeans, not in blue stockings.  Why can’t a woman in blue stockings be a smart and trendy lady who knows how to present herself well?

Let me share some responses here that I got from people about blue stockings.

Falbala:  There is also a UK online store called Falbala that offers hand made decorated stockings and a lot of them are blue, Karen, the owner admits that blue and gold is her favourite combination.  Their products are actually very unique and trendy, thus re-defining blue stockings as a modern fashion accessory.  I asked her how to wear blue stockings in a stylish way and this was her reply " I wear them with black denim shorts, patent black heels and a royal blue top with a gold necklace".

 

Bluestocking Lounge:  This is in fact quite a trendy burlesque lounge in South Wales and for sure they are not lacking any style.  To answer my questions about why they chose this name, this is what they had to say on Twitter about this:

"This exactly what we are about – going against the norm and doing the unexpected.  Our guests feel like they’re a secret society!  A name is just a name until you fill it with meaning by however you use it.  I took it (the name) from Bluestocking Society, the 1400s society founded in Venice by erudite men and women."

Tricity Vogue photographed by Gavin Mecaniques

Tricity Vogue :  Another interesting personality is a jazz and cabaret singer, Tricity.  She is also the co-founder of the Blue Stockings Society cabaret and burlesque sorority in London, UK.

I asked about what this expression means to her and this was her reply on Twitter: "To me blue stockings mean a combination of clever and sexy, with a healthy dose of rebellion thrown in."  What a perfect way to put it!  She wrote the best detailed history article of what blue stocking really means and where it came from.  You can read it here.

 

Links

Thank you to those who contributed to this post:

Falbala Stockings – a source of crafty and fashionable stockings in many fashion colours, including blue.

http://www.falbala.co.uk/ (UK online store)

Blue Stockings Lounge – a dynamic burlesque and alternative cabaret lounge offering a variety of shows, events, classes/workshops and custom parties.

http://bluestockinglounge.com/ (South Wales)

Tricity Voque – one of a kind vintage jazz and cabaret singer, ukulele player, co-founder of the Blue Stockings Society in London.

http://www.tricityvogue.com/ (London)

Blue Stockings Society –  London’s cabaret and burlesque sorority, founded by a cabaret performer Tricity Voque and an international burlesque clown Audacity Chutzpah.  They are a regular Time Out Critics Choice and their nights have been dubbed "London’s most celebrated sorority" with "the best line-up in town."

http://bluestockingssociety.wordpress.com (London)

 

*Friends, the only funding for this blog is from the shop.  Why not see if there are any fancy stockings that catch your eye?*

Magic of Pantyhose in Eastern Europe

Malboro model in pantyhose in Ukraine

Malboro promotion in Ukranian duty free shop

I had an opportunity to spend a couple of weeks of summer in multiple Eastern European countries and observe at least one third of women proudly wearing pantyhose.

In general, in that region women put more effort to look their best even if they are going to do their daily chores.  Looking good is an expectation.  Maybe not explicit, but it’s always there.

Ukraine: beautiful Barbie is wearing nude pantyhose

Borispol airport in Ukraine seemed to be the hottest place throughout my trip, temperature wise and fashion wise.

As an example, I’ve seen a beautiful brunette model
promoting Malboro cigarettes at the duty free store.  She was very friendly and gladly posed for a photo.  Her sporty outfit looked stunning with a pair of shiny pantyhose.

Again, at the same airport, I saw a beautiful Barbie Girl who was catching a flight to Sofia, Bulgaria.  She was wearing nude pantyhose with her pink outfit despite the hot weather.

Ukraine: airport female staff were wearing skirts and pantyhose.

I remember hearing results of a survey why Arab men prefer to date Eastern European women.  One thing from the responses that shocked me was “these women look after themselves even after marriage”.  I was surprised to realize that this statement implied that some women don’t.

For the record, I noticed that the Barbie girl had a ring on her finger.  Yes, such beautiful women don’t stay single for long.

Chopin airport in Warsaw was not far behind.  There were a lot of fancy women there, both staff and tourists, wearing pantyhose.  Considering that in most airports photography is not allowed, I had to be quite careful in order to get a few sneak peeks for you.

Poland: blond flight attendant is wearing chocolate colour pantyhose

In Poland I was pleased to see a beautiful blond woman checking boarding passes while wearing chocolate pantyhose.  What a rare sight!  I think it’s only possible in Eastern Europe.   Brown is a very rare colour these days and somehow it doesn’t get recommended for fair skinned people.  I remember how in our Vancouver Wolford boutique staff were just adamant about me expressing an interest in a tan shade darker then my own skin tone.

In LED airport in Russia I also saw a lot of pantyhose, but with their tough security I decided not to play with the rules.  Of course, that vast country is full of women of all ages and sizes in pantyhose.  Teens, grandmothers, young moms… they all wear it.  Fashion stores have great hosiery selection, including brands like Falke.

Some curious bullet points here about Eastern Europe:

Russia: even young moms go out in sexy outfits!

  • reinforced toes are frequently worn even with sandals
  • plain pantyhose greatly outnumber patterns
  • nude seems to be the most popular colour for plain hosiery
  • black is the most popular colour for patterns
  • pantyhose commercials on TV and banners for brands like Conte
  • layering is OK, i.e. wearing beige fishnets over sheer nude pantyhose
  • even plus size ladies wear it (I saw a mature woman in bright orange tights)

Russia: size and age are no obstacle to wear hosiery!

So friends, if you would like to make this summer full of nylon legs, book a flight to Eastern Europe for an unforgettable pantyhose experience!

*Considering that the only funding for this blog is revenue from pay per click Google advertisement, I would like to ask you to please remember to notice them.*

 


Race on High Heels in Russia – Pantyhose Not Ripped in Vain

Run on High Heels

Maria Gridina, on the photo above, dressed in the spirit of the high heel competition, so she wore beige pantyhose and funny striped socks.  She really tried hard, but she fell and ripped her pantyhose, scraping her knees.  No worries, doctors right away took care of her injury at the finish line.

She still however found the courage and strength to pose for photos and smile and her efforts were not in vain.  She got a prize for her “Determination to Win” for her strong will.  The prize was a gift certificate for a beauty salon.

Not all contestants were young, there was even a woman who wan the prize “Most Gracious” at the age of 55.  It’s never too late to be fun, sporty, and feminine!  The race on high heels brought out all ages.

Barnaul Race on High Heels

In Barnaul city though there were some restriction – only blondies (or brunettes in blond wigs) could compete and they had to wear pink clothing.  The distance was 100 meters.

race on high heels

Karina Barbie is came to run on high heels.

The heel length requirement all over Russia seemed to be consistently at 9 cm.  The winner was a 27 year old accountant who admitted to practice for the whole year to run on heels.  She went to run at the stadium on high heels for practice and also researched information on how to walk properly on such tall shoes online. 

Moscow Race on High Heels

This run was organized by Glamour Magazine.  For this run more then a hundred women were required to go 50 cm on high heels.  Many of them even taped their shoes to their legs to prevent losing them.

Karina Barbie was one of the contestants.  She is a fun character, full of confidence and desire to be known as the “living doll”.  She wears almost everything pink.

Along with Karina Barbie, there were other local celebrities present at that event, like Russia’s Eurovision contestant from 2011, mostly probably for promotional purposes.

The winner of the race was a professional runner.  She was wearing black leggings, maybe about 60 den, but overall her outfit for some reason was more sporty then sexy even though she had beautiful heels on.

So, when is such competition coming to North America?  I am sure that I’ll take the prize for Best Pantyhose, but for sure not speed.  One of my teachers used to say that it’s not the winning that matters, but participation.

Гђ·Р“С’°Р“С’±Р“С’µР“С’Р’С– ГђВЅГђ° Г‘Л†ГђВїГђВёГђ»Р“‘Е’ГђВєГђ°Р“‘… - Гђ·Р“С’°Р“ђВјГђµР“‘€ ГђВєГђ°Р“С’±Р“С’»Р“‘Ж’ГђВєГђ°

Race on High Heels

 

*Friends, the only funding for this blog is from the shop section.  Please indulge your pantyhose obsession and show some support for my work!  Your purchases make this blog possible.*

A legendary woman who’s femininity lead to her success

Mary Kay and Pantyhose

Disclaimer:  in this article I am showing my respect for a female entrepreneur and her success, but I am in no way promoting any product here or recommending to join this company. 

Some of you may know that I have a lot of friends from the Mary Kay circles.  One of them gave me a book to read on Mary Kay.  I didn’t expect much from it, but started to read it out of respect for the woman who gave me that book.  It turned out to be one of the best biographies that I’ve ever read.

Mary Kay believed that God made women feminine for a reason and instructed her sales representatives to always look their best.

Even though pants were already acceptable, she told women not to wear it and aim for the most well groomed professional lady appearance.  In her opinion, even men would respect a woman more who behaves and dresses like a lady.

Even though this woman came from a totally different time, her advice for women is very progressive even in these days.  For example, she says that you can’t afford NOT to hire a cleaning lady if you are planning to have a family and a career.

There were times when Mary Kay would be the only woman present at business meetings.  She’d walk into a room full of men and all the sudden they would become quiet and more polite in her presence.  Her feminine look, with diamonds and fancy hair, even though that she was already a grandma, would send the message that this is a lady and one should behave accordingly around her.

I truly admire this woman for having the courage to start her own company when she was already retired and make it against all odds.

*Friends, the only funding for this blog is from the shop section.  Please indulge your pantyhose obsession and show some support for my work!  Your purchases make this blog possible.*

Crossdresser?

Women wear men’s clothing – it’s a norm.  Men in women’s clothing – a comedy.  Why?

I’ve read an interesting note recently that some men secretly desire to try women’s clothing.  Of course, research confirms this and it’s a very common interest.

If a woman wakes up in the morning and takes her husband’s shirt, it’s OK.  If she wears his scarf and sprays it with her perfume, it’s also fine.

However, a guy in his girlfriend’s frilly pink night gown would most likely cause a laughter attack.  Or, perhaps he would be perceived as a crossdresser.

What if a man wants to try pantyhose?  It only seems to be acceptable for a Robin Hood costume or for a bank robbery.  Also, a pink women’s night gown on a man would also probably just cause laughter.

So women wearing men’s stuff is OK, it’s equality after all here…  one time a girl at my work even admitted that she wore her boyfriend’s pants because her own were in the laundry.  But a woman is never called a crossdresser.

Men wearing women’s clothing – funny or worse.  Could this be time for a change?

Here is a fun picture that I found online, not sure where this is from, but these people obviously are open-minded about clothing and self-expression.

*Friends, the only funding for this blog is from the shop section.  Please indulge your pantyhose obsession and show some support for my work!  Your purchases make this blog possible.*