Archive for : January, 2015

The Annual No Pants Subway Ride

January 11th, 2015, was the day of the annual No Pants Subway Ride. This novel event, started for the first time in 2002 with just seven participants in New York City, has grown to incorporate more than sixty cities worldwide.

The premise of the event is that transit passengers ride trains without wearing anything but undies on their lower halves. The top half must be as if they were going about their normal day. No acknowledgement of pantslessness is to be made.

Growing over four years from seven riders to one hundred and fifty in New York City in 2006, but 2013 sixty cities had people coordinating the event.

The event was the brainchild of Improv Everywhere, which is a New York prank collective, whose motto is “We Cause Scenes”.  Their aim is to create joyful chaos in public places. The fact that many participating cities are shivering through winter does not dampen enthusiasm!

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This year, tens of thousands of people participated worldwide – with four thousand in New York City alone. The oldest registered participant was eighty four years young, and the youngest was just seven months old. Other cities which participated include Chicago, Tokyo, Bangalore, Madrid, Copenhagen, London, Jerusalem, Hamburg, and even a pantsless ride on a ski gondola in Fukushima, Japan.

Even Australians jumped on this bandwagon (and let’s face it, our climate is much more conducive at this time of year!) Trains and trams from Bondi to Adelaide had pantsless riders.

The founder of the event, Charlie Todd, has stated that the event is now an “international celebration of silliness”.

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Missed The No Pants Subway Ride for 2015? Don’t despair. World No Pants Day is still to come – held in numerous nations of the world on the first Friday in May. This previously informal, college event became official in 2000, and has been embraced in colleges and universities in the US, Canada, Sweden, Finland, the UK and Australia.

Best get some nice undies!

Your Guide To Wearing Shapewear In Style

We all want that perfect ’10 on 10’ figure at all times, but sadly, despite the best of efforts, some dresses and clothes don’t fit in. This is precisely where the need for shapewear comes in, and even with the great range of choices available, many women actually shy away from the choice of having smoother curves and a better appeal. Take a look at the complete list of things you should remember while wearing shapewear.

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Understand your goals: Shapewear is all about how you want the body to look, and the needs are different with different women. Some want a tummy tuck; others want to trim down the thighs, so the goals define what you would be buying from the store. There are different options starting from the minimiser bra to the full body shaper, so depending on what you are wearing and what you need, you can take a stand.

Always insist on quality shapewear: If you are someone who intends to wear the shapewear all through the day, quality is the key here. Always insist on wearing items that are essentially of high quality. It is also pertinent to understand that wearing shapewear means being under control for the entire day, so that calls for comfort check as well. Quality and branded shapewear last for years at a stretch so you can always trust them for ensuring your figure stays stylish.

Buy after you try: For those who are trying the shapewear for the first time, it is very vital to try the shapewear out. You can click here to know the options available, or else, head straight to a store and find the different styles that can suit the body type you have. Shapewear often goes wrong because women either end up buying a size smaller than theirs or buy a size that’s bigger and doesn’t add any value to the purpose.

Be realistic: The main purpose of shapewear is to better the shape. Sadly, most women buy stuff thinking that a simple shapewear can help them slip in a size smaller than their regular, which is a bland idea to begin with. Shapewear cannot transform or change your body completely, but it can do wonders in hiding the extra flab in some parts of the body with ease.

Care well for your shapewear: Shapewear comes with care instructions, which need to be followed. Usually, you will find such products to be made of rubber, silicone, and spandex, and these things can damage with heat and extensive laundering. Always check what the product demands and stick to the same. Low-quality products even need extra care, and if you are wearing the item more than often, hygiene and cleaning is equally important.

The good thing is shapewear can change your figure, but as expected, it is no substitute for losing fat. Always maintain your body weight and if you need to lose weight, stick to the age old formula of dieting with exercise.

 

Author: Suzy Walsh is the chief editor of The House of Elegance Fashion and authors many blogs and magazines. She is known for her clear thoughts and her sense for fashion trends, style ideas and more.

Japan’s “Boob Goddess”

We all love our beautiful bras, and as such we should all want to look after what goes into our bras. We all know this involves wearing well-fitted, supportive bras and regularly checking the breasts for anything abnormal. But what about breast massage?

A novel invention has recently come out of Japan (where else?). Invented by Japanese midwife and founder of the Wellness Life Institute, Takiko Shindo, aka the “Boob Goddess”, this is a modified “rake” which is claimed to firm a woman’s breasts – and to even make them bigger by up to three centimetres.

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Called the Oppai Taisou Hand (which translates as “Boob exercise massage”), it is a pink hand-shaped plastic rake which is used to stroke and brush the breasts. Modelled on Shindo’s own hand, it looks a little like a blunt back scratcher. Shindo claims breast massage to be not only effective for enhancement of breast size and shape, but also to improve shoulder stiffness, menstrual cramping, menopausal symptoms, and overall breast health.

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There are claims that there is “science” behind this strange invention. According to Shindo, the breast’s supporting ligaments need to move so that the naturally occurring breast fats don’t settle amongst the chest wall musculature, hence causing the breasts to sag.

Modern medicine and cosmetic surgeons tend to disagree with this theory. The fact is that ligaments do stretch over time – but unlike muscles, they never bounce back. Once they are stretched, they are stretched forever.

It’s not all bad news for this invention, though. Using the “rake” to massage and lift the opposite breast, the pectoral muscles are being massaged and exercised. These muscles lie under the breast tissues, and with exercise, they can be tightened and enlarged – providing better shape to the upper torso. It is also scientifically considered that stimulating the breasts mechanically can encourage breast growth. And better circulation is encouraged, which promotes better overall breast health.

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Does it work? Who knows? But it has to be a cheaper, healthier option than getting breast implants!