Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Wonderbra Push In, Push Up

We've added a couple of new Wonderbra styles, the "Shape of Hot Push-In Bra" and the "Shape of Hot Push-Up Bra." These are well suited to your special needs - the Push-In is designed to enhance deep plunging V-necks, blouses and wrap dresses, while the Push-Up is great for square necklines, tanks and scoop neck tops. Here they are:

Wonderbra Shape of Hot Push In Bra

Wonderbra Shape of Hot Push Up Bra

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Cape Cod in '66

Found a few old Cape Cod family pictures while sorting through some stuff. Cape Cod has always been a great family destination. Our family first vacationed on the Cape in 1966. We only vacationed here for three years (66-68) but those are three weeks I’ll always remember. We stopped going after ’68 because my oldest sisters were off to college the following year. It’s funny, but back then I always thought of my oldest sisters as old, kind of like fill-in moms when my mom wasn’t around, but geez, they were only like 15 and 16 back when these pictures were taken….seemed old to me then…

Monday, July 21, 2008

Shapewear in the News

Nice article today in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the necessity of girdles in being authentic to the early 60's era in the TV hit "Mad Men." It's great that Rago is brought up in the article. Besides making a product that really does create classic curves, they are a great company to work with. Mad Men & Girdles

Friday, July 18, 2008

Monument to President Bush

Washington and Lincoln have their memorials, other presidents have ships or libraries named after them, so what about W? Well, San Francisco has taken the initiative and hopes to name their sewage plant after him. Check it out HERE

Thursday, July 17, 2008

MacMillan Wharf

I had to go to Provincetown again today. Weather-wise it was hot (87 degrees) but not as humid as previous days. I grabbed a slice of pizza for lunch and ate it while snapping a few photos from MacMillan Wharf. I've been good about carrying along a camera lately, even though it's my cumbersome, mega pixel-challenged old Olympus. We discarded this camera twice before, including once when we gave it away, then swapped it back for the camera we had replaced it with. We also have a Nikon D80, but it's too big and heavy to carry around for casual snapshots.

Monday, July 14, 2008

On the Harbor

We ended the weekend by loading up our Radio Flyer with a couple of folding chairs and a picnic basket of cheese, crackers, french bread and wine and wheeling it down to the harbor where we watched a Shakespearean play. It wasn't a formal professional production, but we still enjoyed it and the atmosphere.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Friday, July 11, 2008

Dressed for Success

In addition to being in the lingerie business, we both have backgrounds in employment services. When it comes to interviewing for a job there’s an old saying “you only get one opportunity to make a good first impression.” You should make the most of it. With our economy in a near-recession, it’s becoming more and more an employer’s market (that is, when they’re actually in a position to be hiring and not laying off). If you’re looking for a job right now, chances are that you’re competing against a greater number of other candidates for the same position, as compared to, say 8 years ago. Every little thing that you can do will increase your chances of landing that job – changing your resume on the fly to better suit the job you’re applying for, having an astute friend proofread your cover letter and resume, finding out information about the company you’re interviewing at, figuring out how to best explain any gaps in your employment history, and on and on. Appearance is obviously very important. What do you wear to a job interview? If you’ve done your homework, you should have the answer, and that applies whether you’re interviewing for a landscaping job or for a top management job with a Fortune 500 company. One topic that comes up often on forums and blogs is whether you should wear pantyhose (or thigh highs or stockings) or go bare-legged to a job interview. One thing is for sure. You never want to be underdressed or more casual in appearance than the person who is interviewing you. Not only might you be in non-compliance of their dress code from the get go, you’re also not giving the employer their proper respect. There is a lot of bad advice out there on the Internet. Remember, you might be getting dress code advice from a thirteen-year-old for all you know! This is where knowing a little about the company ahead of time will save you embarrassment. If you’re still not sure, always opt for more rather than less (disclaimer – this rule does not necessarily apply to makeup). In the case of pantyhose, if you’re not sure, then you’ve answered your question – wear them. If you go into the interview and the interviewer is wearing a tank top and torn jeans, well it still won’t hurt your chances. But if you go in bare-legged with sandals and the interviewer is wearing a three piece suit, or a dress with hosiery, then you’ve probably lost some points and possibly the job. While we’re at it, don’t forget about shapewear either. Again, every little detail that you can touch on will increase your chances of securing the job. That’s not to say that wearing a girdle will land you the job, but that in the end, if an employer was having difficulty deciding between two qualified candidates, it could come down to something as simple as your physical appearance or posture. It’s the little things that add up.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Afternoon in Provincetown

I had to see a client up in Provincetown this afternoon, so Patricia tagged along and I dropped her off on Commercial Street. I caught up to her later and we hung out for a while. P-town's signage is always entertaining, so I brought along a camera and took a few pictures. Actually the first one is of Patricia. She's the one in the distance in the little pink dress....

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Mini Golf

A story in the Sunday Boston Globe noted that a miniature golf course on Route 1 in Saugus just celebrated their 50th anniversary. A story in the Cape Cod Times today noted that the miniature golf course in Sandwich, built in the early 50's did a booming business over the 4th of July weekend. Our miniature golf course here in Hyannis, dating back to the late fifties? All gone.....dug up.... replaced with a flip flop float shop....the irony is that there are relatively new signs as you enter Hyannis, "Welcome to Historic Hyannis." Huh?

Monday, July 7, 2008

3/4 Longline Bras

If you are full figured, petite and/or short-waisted, a full length longline bra might not fit correctly. The answer is a 3/4 length longline bra. We carry two styles; the Carnival 710 and the Rago 2201. Both are soft cup bras. The Carnival comes in black, white or champagne in sizes up to 44D. The Rago is a part of their Lacette line of shapewear, so you can match it to any number of Lacette shapers or girdles. This combination makes for a good alternative to a body briefer if sizing is a problem for you, especially torso length. The Rago comes in white only, with sizes up to 48DD.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Weekend Activity

Patricia and I did another quick getaway to the North Shore Saturday. We took mostly back roads, with the exception of Boston, where there are no back roads. Plymoth had their Saturday morning Farmer’s Market. They even had entertainment – a flutist / harpist duet. They were good too. Then it was up through the South Shore, through Boston and into Salem. The Salem photo is of a beautiful schooner. From there it was on to Gloucester and Rockport. We spent the night in Rockport, then we were off to Ipswich and Newburyport. We got home around 3:00 this afternoon, walked downtown, did takeout at Wimpy’s, watched an episode of the Vicar of Dibley (a BBC DVD from our local library), then back to work! Hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July weekend.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Playtex "I Can't Believe it's a Girdle" woes

We continue to get many calls and emails from customers looking for Playtex "I Can’t Believe it’s a Girdle" girdles and body briefers. This line began circa 1971 and ended in January 2006. The brief was reintroduced in August 2007 and is still available. Not sure why Playtex dropped this line, given the demand we’ve seen. Playtex doesn’t even make a body briefer or thigh shaper for US sales anymore. The "I Can’t Believe" range is apparently still made by Playtex of South Africa, although it’s hard to tell whether it’s exactly the same as the American version. Playtex UK still makes 18 Hour shapewear products. When we’ve made inquires to these subsidiaries, we’ve been told we have to talk to Playtex USA. Now ordering inventory from Playtex USA is extremely quick and easy. They are always well stocked and they ship right out. However, if you have a question to ask them, forget it. They auto-reply their email, and if you can actually get a hold of a person, it’s like they don’t even know what a girdle is.
When customers reluctantly ask about alternatives, we tell them that we do not know of any "Tweave" material girdles (it’s a very thin, very lightweight yet very supportive spandex/nylon material). A few companies such as Warner’s and Strouse Adler used a similar material in the past, but none that we know of now, here in the states anyway. However, we do direct them to some of our many body briefers and long leg shapers that we do carry. While we have some general recommendations on the site, if you have questions, it’s best to call or email us. Factors to consider include firmness, torso length, under-wire or soft cup briefer, garter options, colors, and of course price.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Bra fitting

Being in the lingerie business I obviously have access to a vast array of selections for personal wear. Now I’m like a majority of our customers who, once they find something that’s really comfortable, they stick with the style, sometimes for years and even decades! For me, my favorite bra has been the Bali 3820 Double Support, while I’ve also found the Grenier 8576 (super comfortable, not as supportive) and the venerable Playtex 18 Hour 20/27 to be to my liking. I recently tried the Carnival 620 and didn’t like it. It kept riding up my back. A week or so later I grabbed a new 3820 and that did the same thing (and no, I haven’t had a weight change). I mentioned it to Marty who said that there must be a problem (i.e. with me) if the 3820 doesn’t fit right. In my usual haste, I tend to tighten the straps too much and then end up using the last row of hooks on the band. Once I loosened the straps and tightened the band a notch, it was fine. That made me go back to the Carnival and do the same thing. It fit fine also, and now I’ve added that one to my rotation of faves.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Cosabella and Sex and the City

Well, now that Sex and the City, the movie is out, I occasionally overhear conversations about it. I have never watched the show, although have glimpsed snips of it at my sister's house in passing.
I may catch the movie this summer, preferably at the drive-in. I love to get to the drive-in at least once a summer.
Until then I am enjoying introducing Cosabella to the Brabarella inventory. It is a beautifully made Italian product line noted for its celebrity fans and sightings on shows (like Sex and the City). It's also an affordable indulgence that is feminine and versatile as some of it can work as outerwear.