Real men wear tights

So, you find your man eyeing your sexy undies, your cute thongs, your darling little boy short bottoms. And not in any homosexual way but in a metrosexual “god those look cute and comfy” kind of way. He’s jealous. He’s a bit put out. I mean, what are his choices, right? Boxers, briefs, or thongs while we ladies get an eclectic array of undergarments to hold us in, make us feel hot (physically and psychologically) and even accessories our outfits.

If it’s undies he craves, send him over to read Jenny Hansen’s Undie Chronicles for a couple of ideas on an undie makeover that will leave him speechless.

But for the very fashion forward man in your life, why not hook him up with some mantyhose? Yes, you read that right. Mantyhose: pantyhose for men!

Mantyhose by Emilio Cavallini
Thanks to Kathy Owen for turning this little ditty my way!

Mantyhose haven’t really made it to mainstream fashion quite yet but according to the news pieces on Web (and we all know anything we read on the Web is true), they are gaining quite a following of men who like to wear hosiery to layer, stay warm, and be stylish. Think long johns…on speed.

Yes, Italian designer Emilio Cavallini unveiled his unisex line of hosiery in June of 2009, and it has turned out to be a success. He claims that purchases from guys makes up 2 to 3 percent of the million tights he sells each year. Well now?!?!

And although basic black is the bestseller, Cavallini offers an array of funky patters and style for that adventurous man in your life.

He can pair them with a pair of shorts or surprise you just before bed when he unveils his secret style as he strips off his business suit. Maybe he can channel his inner Robin Hood and you can be his trusted side kick.

Better yet, buy you and your guy a matching pair and make a real statement about your couplehood.

Couples who wear tights together; stay together!

To my male readers, think this is something you’d give a whirl – why or why not? Ladies, think you’ll buy your man a pair? Better yet, will he wear them? (Be sure to take some pictures…all in the name of fashion of course!!!)

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

More blog deliciousness here:

  • Kait Nolan wrote a fantastic post on learning to trust yourself AND your writing!
  • Do you treat your writing like a job? Is that how seriously you take it? When I read Trish Loye Elliott’s post on Wordbitches about taking my writing seriously, I had an “aha”.
  • Have you heard of Kindlegraphs? Susan Bischoff gave us the low-down. Sooo cool. It’s a way to give readers of your e-book a signed copy!

Spreading the luv. Posts you MUST read! Seriously…I have great taste!

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Blog Out Loud:

  • Ok, so we all get a zillion articles with “how to write great blog posts” over and over again but how many of them are really, truly useful. Susan Bischoff hits the nail on the head with her post on how to use your fiction skills to write more “engaging” blog posts. And isn’t that the key: to engage! What I liked was her suggestions are practical and I could see how I could apply her ideas – give it a try!
  • Our resident technical expert, Carrie Spencer, brought WordPress Woodie back for another fantastic article on users and contributors (basically permissions you can give to people who you might want to post on your blog). I had no idea! And today, Woodie delivered a fantastic post on WordPress screen options. Who knew?!?

Write Out Loud:

  • Ok, I could just fill this entire headline with articles by Kristen Lamb. She has been just pumping out knock-out must-read articles all week! If you haven’t seen them yet (I can’t imagine) be sure to check out her post on whether successful writers are lucky (actually gives me hope). LOVED this one on how writer’s need to KEEP it simple (phew…I am guilty of always trying to make it too complicated so this was a FAB read for me). And another BANG on article on ways to develop your unique author’s voice (…perfect timing for me…).
  • Speaking of finding your author’s voice, Nicole Basaraba did a great article with a really practical and easy way to find your raw voice. I LOVE the idea and am definitely going to give it a try!
  • Point of view is something I hear a lot about and I think Jennifer Eaton did a fantastic article on how to find and keep the appropriate POV at all times!
  • I have always wanted to be a Jedi Knight. To have the power to lift a lifeless boat out of the wrenches of a deep, ugly swamp using only the power of my mind! Who wouldn’t want to be able to do that?!?!? Well, Kathy Owen wrote a great article on how we can be the Jedi Knight’s of our writing with the power of Yoda-isms!

Laugh Out Loud:

  • Ok, I know most of you have likely read Jenny Hansen’s recent addition to the Undie Chronicles since y’all subscribe to her, right? But just in case….just on the OFF chance you haven’t…You have to read this week’s edition: an epilogue….”man-style”! RIOT and be sure to check out the comments cause they are half the fun! Can you guess what hubby is getting for Christmas?!?!?
  • Lani Wendt Young is embarrassing her children. I mean, isn’t that what they are for?! LOL! And before that she did a HYSTERICAL post on naked confrontations that kept me in giggles for about an hour. (Note to self: when losing an argument with hubby, use Lani’s “want me to get naked” diversionary tactic!)

Life Out Loud:

  • Do you let the negative voices in your head run your life? Elena Aitken did a great post on how they are LIARS (LOVE THAT Elena!) A definite motivational read!
  • I cried. My heart swelled. My heart broke a little bit. Tameri Etherton shared with us an incredibly painful story about a miscommunication that’s had a detrimental impact on her relationship with her Mom. Wow – gut wrenching. Go read and give her your support!
  • Three strikes and you’re out. Diana Murdock did a fantastic post about how the one time she ignored her inner voice, it came back to bite her with a terrible vacation (being chased by tornadoes no less). Where do you draw your line?

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…

Thursday’s love fest! Uber stuff to check out….

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Blog Out Loud:

  • Social Media Savvy Pets offers us 8 tips for writing the perfect blog post. Who couldn’t use that? Love how they suggest keeping posts to 400-800 words. I think my “typically” fall into that range but I know I can get a wee bit wordy. Gonna have to try to keep things a bit tighter so I don’t lose y’all to yawns and click mania.
  • Here’s a little technical ditty that might help you take your WordPress (or Blogger) blog from bland to BAM. Carrie Spencer’s Woodie Knows WordPress editions are step-by-step, easy-to-understand technical tips and tricks. Check out her tutorial on basic HTML for some helpful hints!!
  • I am sure we can all relate to Trish Loye Elliott’s struggles with the art of blogging. She’s gearing up to take the blog plunge but has reservations – go give her some encouragement!

Write Out Loud:

  • Loved that Jenny Hansen brought us all 5 bits of wisdom from New York Times Bestselling author, Susan Mallery. Jenny had the opportunity to hear her speak recently and graciously shared the wealth with some fabulous motivational tips for writers. It came not a minute too soon as a lot of us embark on ROW80 – Round 4. I loved it!
  • I know…I know…you likely have all seen it (and are tired of hearing about my hero worshiping of Kristen Lamb) but I can’t help it if the woman writes such damn fine posts with loads of uberlicious material for writers that I feel compelled to share JUST IN CASE you missed it. I could link to…well…just about every blog post she writes but one in particular stood out to me recently. Susan Bischoff swung by Kristen’s blog to give her unique perspective and experience about learning to blog on topics that will increase book readership. If you didn’t get a chance to check it out, do it! It’s a light bulb moment post!

Laugh Out Loud:

Just recently it occurred to me that…well…maybe we don’t allll share the same sense of humour?!?! GASP!!! So…if you don’t find any of these funny…well…my apologies! You’re on your own! I can’t save you.

  • Ok, when I saw Piper Bayard’s post on one upping invisible art with invisible porn, I had to go check it out. You guys often write me “where do you come up with this stuff???” well go visit Piper’s blog post. I nearly died. Where does she come up with this stuff? Brilliant!
  • Whenever I need a dose of funny, I know I can always count on The Bloggess to deliver in spades and last week was no different. I just about died reading her post on bulletin board sign drama in her neighborhood. Be sure to read the first post, she links to it but you can also find it here, so you have the background. OMG – I think tears streamed down my face! RIOT!
  • Like The Bloggess, anytime I am looking for a sure-fire funny treat, I just swing over to Catalog Living and I am giggling away in no time. Check out Pardon my French. I laughed out loud. In my office. While alone.
  • Lani Wendt Young wrote an uberlicious blog post about how she used to be a luxury lingerie lover until she had children. Sooo good and I am sure a lot of us can relate! LOL!

Life Out Loud:

  • I know it got around Twitter quite heavily so a lot of you may have already seen this but just in case, I had to highlight it. Justine Musk wrote an uberlicious post on the so-called rules for the badass creative woman and I LOVED it! Definitely go check it out!
  • Then I discovered Claire Legrand’s post on getting outside your comfort zone, also a must read. I loved it because it reminded me that in taking risks and stepping beyond our usual zone, we stretch, grow, and expand which is all good!
  • And last but certainly not least, JUST this morning, I discovered Liza Kane’s uber guest post at Courage 2 Create. I absolutely loved her writer’s guide to a healthy and happy marriage (…shoulda called it the everyone’s guide…) because when people ask me and hubby “what our secret is,” her key points are the ones we refer to: individual happiness, shared values, and mutual respect (all in ACTIONS not in words only)! Sadly, I am always sooo surprised how many still don’t get it. I have an overload of friends still out there searching for “inner happiness” in the arms of a partner never realizing, it’s actually the mirror they need to connect with. So well said Liza!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…

Thursday’s Links Out Loud…

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Blog Out Loud:

  • When I saw Roni Loren’s post “Is Blogging Dead?” I will admit, I nearly had a heart attack. What? It’s dead? But I just got to the party?!?! In essence, she actually points out that yes, the blogosphere is crowded. And yes, the blogosphere for writers is a wall-to-wall crowded room. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start a blog or keep going with your own blog if it’s something you enjoy! Phew…good news cause I really didn’t want to give all THIS up quite yet!!

Write Out Loud:

  • Yesterday, I was at the dentist office listening to CBC Radio. One of the things I love about CBC is the nice, drawn out interviews that allow you to be distracted while someone shoves pointy instruments into your mouth. And low and behold, I got to hear a great interview with authors Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith who were there talking about whether young-adult fiction is intolerant of gay characters. These two caused a stir this month with an open letter calling on their colleagues to speak up about an unspoken rule in their corner of the publishing world: that gay characters aren’t particularly welcome. What’s your experience?
  • Jenny Hansen is rocking out over at her blog cause she knows the party is coming! She’s talking about how, in less than one week, the #ROW80 hashtag is going to light up like the stage at a rock concert. If you’re scratching your head, wondering what the hell ROW80 is, check out her blog and JOIN in the fun. I am!
  • Marcia Richards is excited because K.M. Weiland just released her new book, Outline Your Novel…Map Your Way To Success, and she’s having a contest to make the launch successful! Woot woot – who doesn’t love a contest! You could win a Kindle and over $100 in writing craft books. Sweet! Now, as a Canadian I don’t qualify (boohoo!!!) but that didn’t stop me from buying her new book anyway. Given that I am joining the ROW80 party and one of my goals will be to do an outline, this is what I like to call, perfect timing!!

Laugh Out Loud:

  • This week Piper Bayard decided to step up to the plate in a big way. In her post, Ok. I’ll do it. I’ll run for President, she spills the dirty deets on her campaign platform. My favorite line of the entire post: “And remember, great things grow in dirt and manure.” WAHAHAHA!!! Loved it and I am totally going to use it!!! And Piper, I’d vote for ya!
  • Have you visited the ever charming and hilarious Tawna Fenske lately? I nearly died when I read her post on her cat being a filthy pervert. Having been a cat owner for a number of years I can attest that they are all filthy perverts!
  • You all know that I’ve put my foot in my mouth a couple of times. Well Jenny from the blog makes my little “mishap” look like child’s play! She had the Freudian slip of all slips…in a VERY PUBLIC place….in front of children no less! SHE’s my freaking hero! LOL!

Life Out Loud:

  • Ever take on a major home renovation on your own? HGTV meet Jillian Dodd! She’s been working night and day to make her 17-year-old daughters dream room that included requests that it be comfortable, ethnic, casual, trippy, beachy, Asian and bohemian influenced room with black lights and a disco ball that looks grown up (who is this girl…I love her already!) And let me tell you, Jillian delivered in spades! The room is uberlicious and every teenage girl’s DREAM come true – way to go Jillian – you rock!
  • Ever felt overwhelmed by everything on your to do list? How do you make sure you get it all done AND write? Susan Bischoff wrote a great post this week on how a control journal worked for her in the past. I am in awe. I love it. This is totally something that would work for me (cause I am a wee bit of a control freak…I know…shocking?!?!?)! I mean, the name alone…control journal….come on…I must have one!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…

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