Strap Tamers Review

Product: Strap Tamers

Problem: Wayward bra straps

Marketing Claims:
“Strap Tamers® consist of a clip (to hold the bra strap) and pin which is fastened to the inside shoulder seam of a garment.

You can leave Strap Tamers® on your clothing while laundered again and again. Whenever you wear that garment, the Strap Tamers® are already in place, waiting for you.”

Materials: They are made from durable high-tech plastic (Polycarbonate, the same material used for “bullet proof glass”) and fine gauge stainless steel (which won’t leave rust marks or large pin holes on fine clothing.)

How to Use:

Rating:  2 Pins out of 5

Review: Unless you are wearing a sleeveless shift or a tank with very wide straps made of a thick material, don’t bother!

The product does conceal bra straps, but it also creates noticeable lumps underneath the garment where the Strap Tamer is connected to your shirt. Thicker fabrics, like tweed or wool, would help conceal the lump by softening the profile.

Also, You are limited by the width of the product. Your shirt straps must be wider than the Strap Tamer (1″ wide or wider) or the product is clearly visible.

Falling Models, Tumbling Talent, and Slippery Shoe Solutions

Bless their Hearts,

…these runway models are not alone in experiencing slides, slips, and falls.  Underestimating the power of a polished floor, we have all found ourselves flat on the floor, humiliated, and looking for the closest piece of furniture to crawl underneath.

I use one or both of these methods to prep slick, new shoes that will be worn by on-camera talent.  These very simple stylist tricks can prevent both talent tumble as well as personal embarrassment:

  • Sandpaper: Lightly scuff the bottoms of new shoes with sandpaper. Be careful not to scuff the sides of the shoes or any area that will be visible to camera. I keep both 80 grit and 120 grit sandpaper in my kit.
  • Hairspray: Spritz the bottoms of the shoes with strong hold hairspray and let the spray dry for about a minute until it’s sticky to the touch.  Spray as needed.  I keep Nexxtacy by Nexxus in my kit because it is super sticky and alcohol free.

★ Make sure the hairspray will not damage the flooring surface. If you are uncertain, ask the art department, location manager, or props.

SIMPLY BRILLIANT GRIP HUMOR

So there I was, lurking in the sound stage shadows like a light-sensitive mole. This particular stage typically provided padded folding chairs for the wardrobe department and H&M (Hair & Make-up) to use during filming.  Unfortunately, all of the chairs were being used in video village to accommodate the large number of clients and gawkers on set.

In lieu of standing for hours on concrete floors, an apple box would have to suffice.

I sat perfectly quiet perched on my wooden applebox, diligently watching the monitors for any wardrobe malfunctions, wedgies, or sweat through. Then out of the darkness a hand holding a foam cushion appeared from behind me.  Forever burned into my comedic memory banks, two simple words were whispered into my ear,

“STOOL SOFTENER ?”

BRILLIANT!

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Cordarounds: Horizontal Corduroy Pants

ImageCordarounds are horizontal corduroy pants by crowd favorite, Betabrand.  These pants are cut from corduroy fabric running horizontally instead of the traditional vertical run.

Cordarounds’ horizontal whales create a cooler, more comfortable corduroy pant. Marketing literature cites scientific data comparing fabric C.H.I. levels and Cordarounds have proven an impressive 22% reduction in C.H.I.  Curious what C.H.I. is exactly? That would be Crotch Heat Index of course!

Cordarounds hilarious product literature below:

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