Posts from June, 2008

Things that annoy me…

…companies which attempt to pass off other brands as their own, “private” label.

Yes, StockinGirl, I’m talking to you.

As you know, I’ve raved about StockinGirl in the past. I just ordered a pair of stockings from them other day in fact. But I keep noticing, with increasing (and disturbing) regularity, that they are calling quite a few items their own when they simply aren’t.

For example, their printed tights, leggings, and thigh highs come from Celeste Stein Designs. What’s wrong with acknowledging the manufacturer?

A second example, much of their shapewear is made by Rago and Lady Marlene. Why imply that it’s your exclusive design when anyone with any familiarity with retro lingerie is going to know you’re lying?

A third example is how much of their regular lingerie is made by Jezebel. I was in the mall just the other week, and I recognized four of the lingerie sets they carry, all for much cheaper than StockinGirl prices.

I have no idea as to what companies make their stockings, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t StockinGirl.

I mean, really, is all that deception necessary? I shop StockinGirl because I like the selection, and because it’s cheaper to have everything shipped out of one company than out of half a dozen. There’s no reason to claim products as your own (and even go so far as repackaging them in StockinGirl wrappings) when they’re anything but.

Secrets in Lace, while you’re not as bad as StockinGirl, I have to call you out too. True, you credit the Rago line, but I see a girdle or two manufactured by the Custom Maid line and you don’t even acknowledge that.

Other popular lingerie sellers, like GirdleBound, credit the manufacturers for their products. StockinGirl and Secrets in lace should do the same. To me, it’s business ethics, plain and simple.

With that, I’m off to bed.

500 readers!!!

So I was checking my profile views today, and I have 500 readers!


In celebration, I’m going to have a giveaway. It might be a garter. It might be a pair of stockings. It might be a suspender belt. But, whatever it is, I promise it’ll be something really cool.

All you have to do is comment on this entry. All comments must be received by July 7, 2008. After that, I’ll put all the names in a hat and randomly draw someone.

I’ll have the drawing regardless of if there’s one comment on my blog or one dozen. So comment away!

Review: La Perla Stay Up Stockings

It turns out La Perla hosiery really is quite nice.

Are they worth the original price of $47.00? No.

Are they worth the 30% off sale price of $32.99? Not quite, but they come pretty close.

There’s a lot to like about these sheer thigh highs. The 82% Nylon/18% Elastane blend feels nice on the leg, pleasantly snug but not uncomfortably tight. At 15 denier, they have a nice, subtle sheen which is very flattering without being too obvious. Furthermore, the high elastic content makes these stockings feel surprisingly sturdy. I don’t think they will tear easily, and that makes me very happy.

Best of all, though, is the 6.5 inch lace top. These are stockings that can make anyone’s legs look good, even if you don’t happen to be a 6 foot tall model. The elastic bands inside in the welts are also extremely comfortable. I wore these around the house for hours and had no problems whatsoever. La Perla seems to be the rare brand that works just as well in the boardroom as in the bedroom.

Still, I have a couple of points of note…these stockings come up very, very high on the thigh. I ordered a size large as I usually do, and I probably would have done just fine with a size medium. The lace top pretty much reached the bottom of my underwear, which was almost too high for me even though I like tall stockings. If you prefer your stockings at midthigh or so, then you definitely need to make sure you order the appropriate size. If you’re on the border between two sizes (as I was), you probably want to order the smaller size.

Second, these stockings are perfumed. That may not seem like a big deal, but if you have allergies or are sensitive to fragrances, be wary. Though La Perla probably intends for the fragrance to be a sophisticated, chic touch to their high-end hosiery, I found the scent annoying, distracting, and even a little bit offensive. Good stockings don’t need gimmicks. Quality speaks for itself.

The La Perla sheer stay-ups and other La Perla hosiery is on sale here.

farmgirl chic

I just received an announcement from Dollhouse Bettie saying that they will soon release an exclusive, custom, handsewn design created entirely (after much painstaking labor) by the owner, Michelle.

I think the garter apron/button bra set is rather cute. It reminds me of a cross between a country girl and a 1950’s housewife. No word yet on the price or if it will be available online as well as in stores, but I’ll update readers here as soon as I know something.

how exciting

I’m getting close to 500 profile views. I’m sure that doesn’t sound a lot to more experienced bloggers, but it’s about 499 more than I ever expected.

As a sign of my appreciation, I may have to do something special to thank my readers. Stay tuned.

For now, though, enjoy the kinky pinup art of Tyson McAdoo.

Hosiery Gloves: a necessary accessory

You need to buy a pair of hosiery gloves. Now.

There. You can skip the rest of this entry if you like, but at least you’ve been told.

Hosiery gloves are like preventative medicine for your stockings. The very last thing you want to do after spending money on quality hosiery is snag it with a hangnail. Believe me. I know.

For years, I practiced Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It’s a grappling-based martial art, so I had some pretty rough hands. Hosiery gloves have saved my stockings from any number of rips, tears, snags, runs, and ladders.

The pair shown here is only $3.95 and is available from Stocking Showcase in sizes small, medium, or large. For that price, you can pick up two pairs: one for home and one for travel.

Cabaret Casual: On the Inside Garter Panty

My first two tries with garter panties have been more than a little disappointing. Nevertheless, they say the third time’s the charm, so I threw caution to the wind and bought the pair above from Etsy seller On The Inside.

Details are scanty on her web store, but she says the panty is made from red mesh with black lace trim, and has four satin loops with detachable garters. They’re available in sizes XS-XL. Unlike the other two garter panties I reviewed which were more of a boyshort style, this one is like a hipster. I’d purchased other items from her (namely the Forget-Me-Not boyshorts) so I was eager to give these a try.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed again.

But let’s start off with what’s right about these panties. Because the seller is a one woman show, she was able to custom craft a pair of panties to fit my unique measurements (28″ waist and 41″ hips). The panty not only fits well, but looks good with the sheer front and back giving just the right dose of scandal. To me, they feel like a modern interpretation of the classic cabaret. In fact, I liked everything about these panties up until I tried to wear stockings with them.

On The Inside’s garter panty, while a good idea in theory, just doesn’t work out in practice. The garters were much too long to hold my stockings at anything approaching a reasonable height, even after I tightened them all the way. I won’t even talk about the plastic adjusters and fastening clips.

Worst of all, however, the red mesh and black lace, while cute, is simply too flimsy to support the tension from nylons. I made the mistake of putting these on with a pair of fishnets just before going to the grocery store, and halfway through my shopping my panties were slipping off my bum and my welts were down around my knees. Not a good look.

I’ll likely just remove the garters and wear these as a regular pair of panties. They’re more than nice enough for that.