First I look at the purse.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick. For those whose vintage fashion heart pulsates to the beat of the roaring 1920s from http://www.rockmyvintage.co.uk (link below *).

Black Beaded Flapper Purse with silver trim and push clasp and intricate beading. This vintage shaped beaded purse in black features a petal inspired art deco design with black and silver carnival beads. The handbag features a silver tone frame with etched detail, and a button push clasp, together with a silver link chain strap. Inside the bag is finished with a satin material and has a small inner pocket. Measures:19 x22cm. Priced at £55.00.

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Red velvet with Roses and Romance.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://www.tigermilly.com (link below *).

Hearts & Roses Red Velvet Romance 50s Wiggle Dress; sold & dispatched by Maggie Ann Vintage, made of a stretchy soft velvet fabric with an upper portion flaunting a lace cut design. The knee length dress features a concealed side zip. Priced at £35.00.

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* https://www.tigermilly.com/c_9_wiggle-dresses

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With just a coat to keep you warm!

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://www.tigermilly.com (link below *).

H&R London Chrissette Vintage Style Faux Fur Beige Coat; sold & dispatched by Tiger Milly. The faux fur collar is removable (it is attached to collar of coat by elastic loop and button fastenings). Double breasted design with button fastenings. Pockets to front of coat. Fully lined. Priced at £84.99.

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* https://www.tigermilly.com/p_11195_hr-london-chrissette-vintage-style-faux-fur-beige-coat

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Sapphire I watch my luck turn round.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick from http://www.whatkatiedid.com (link below *).

Satine Bra Sapphire L6091. Full cup bra in deep sapphire blue satin; featuring black satin piping that trims the top of the cups that are lined with sheer lingerie net for support, black elastics and powermesh wings. Priced at £49.50.

Satine Knickers Sapphire L2069 high waist hook side knickers made from soft, stretch satin in deep sapphire blue. Fully opening on both sides. Priced at £39.50.

Sapphire Blue Stretch Satine Suspender L2071. Deep suspender belt in deep sapphire blue with contrasting black elastics and trim and 6 metal clip suspenders to keep your seams straight. A couple of the panels are backed with lingerie net. Priced at £39.50.

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Remember when it was just me and you and time.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://www.tigermilly.com; and featured with the party season in mind, (link below *).

Lindy Bop Seraphina in Violet Evening Dress; sold and dispatched by Fifi’s. 1950’s style prom dress in violet with black sheer polka dot fabric overlay featuring a fitted and lined bodice with sweetheart neckline, 3/4 length sleeves, sash waistband with bow detail in violet, flared skirt with pleats and concealed zip fastening to the side. Priced at £44.00.

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* https://www.tigermilly.com/p_11268_lindy-bop-serephina-in-violet-evening-dress

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She is clothed in strength and dignity.

From the earliest days of women striving for equality our fashion has not only evolved but has also reflected society and, particularly, our status within it.

The 19th Century saw the emergence of the bustle; used to expand the fullness, or support the drapery, of the back of a woman’s dress to keep the skirt from dragging.

(http://trulyvictorian.com)

Although the origin of the corset may be traced back to the 16th Century; and the women of the French court, the corset was still the foundation on which women’s fashion was constructed throughout the 19th Century.

(WARNER BROs CORSET ad.)

Despite organised campaigns for women’s suffrage starting to emerge in the 1860s the era was one where women were primarily viewed as mothers and housewives.

The restrictive nature of fashion mirrored the restrictions placed on women by Society.

(Poster by Hilda Dallas, c.1912)

As the United Kingdom suffrage movement evolved, and led to votes for some women in 1918, and all women in 1928 women’s fashion also allowed women a new freedom.

(Actress Norma Talmadge)

The flapper fashion of the 1920s, and it’s slim boyish silhouette, required lingerie to be lighter and less restrictive than earlier decades; including the ‘modern’ brassiere…whose ‘invention’ is usually credited to Caresse Crosby. Finding the ‘traditional’ whalebone corset to be unsuitable for her evening gown she asked her maid to ‘bring two handkerchiefs, pink ribbon, needle and thread and some pins’…and the rest is history.

With our focus on vintage style fashion we are both pleased and honoured to welcome Giada @DarlingLeGlam as a guest blogger.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Why is glamour and, in particular, vintage style glamour so important to you?

Giada @DarlingLeGlam (G). Glamour… honestly I’ve never thought about glamour or being glamorous myself until people around start complimenting me. I grew up spending a lot of time with my grandma as my mum was a full time worker. I have memories of her getting ready for the day in such an accurate way. It didn’t matter if we had to go to buy groceries or to meet someone. She looked perfect at all times. I think this is were I took my inspiration from. She taught me that you can still look good regardless what you have to do. In terms of vintage glamour, that came a little later. I started getting interested in old family stories, particularly about a far cousin that I never had the chance to meet. She was a singer and she was beautiful, looking stunning in each picture. That took me to start researching about the past, and I couldn’t stop loving it! I just felt that this is where I belong.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Which decade is your favourite, in terms of its fashion, and do you have one individual item of clothing that you especially favour?

Giada @DarlingLeGlam (G). My favourite decades are late 30’s and the 40’s. But to be honest it’s not only about fashion. To me those decades have seen the real strength coming out of women. Considering the crucial historical moment, with the war, with the rations, with losses, women rolled up their sleeves and started working to support their men. And despite that, they managed to look gorgeous.

Talking about a special piece, I don’t have a specific one! I love buying vintage pieces because of the story behind. I get lost thinking about who was wearing it, why, which occasion, was that a gift?! And this is why I love all of my treasures the same way.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Who is your vintage style icon and why?

Giada @DarlingLeGlam (G). Again, I’m helpless. I have at least 2 or 3 icons. I’d lie if I don’t admit that Rita Hayworth is my top favourite. She had everything: beauty, class, charm, glamour. “Gilda” has been my favourite movie since the first time I watched it! On the other hand, I always wished to live a love story as Lauren Bacall did with Humphrey Bogart…such a dream! And for style…well Hedy Lamarr is a huge inspiration. Style wise she definitely was and is an icon.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Do you feel that today’s women can learn from the fashion of our mothers and grandmothers?

Giada @DarlingLeGlam (G). I do feel that today, for many reasons, women have gone too far. Let me explain: I’m obviously proud of what we have achieved in terms of equality, rights etc. But at the same time I feel that we went a little too far in the way of fighting for it. I don’t know if this is clear yet…I don’t need to show my body off to obtain a good job, nor not to shave to demonstrate I’m strong. Women in the past were strong as we are, if not more. At the end of the day don’t forget that we have what we have because of them!

It was recently reported that, based on current projections, it will be a hundred years to achieve gender pay equality. To be honest @Rations2R_n_R promotes a neutral stance when it comes to any matter with a ‘political’ flavour. However we are very proud of our contemporary vintage sisters who recognise our past whilst being modern empowered women who freely choose fashion; whether it be contemporary or vintage. We thank and celebrate you all…with special thanks to Giada for her invaluable contribution. (Giada’s blog may be found at https://www.darlingleglam.com/ ).

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Five Element Acupuncture with Maire Weaver. 

Welcome to our latest blog post collaboration in which we are, once again, proud to support #womeninbusiness and feature Maire Weaver; Five Element Acupuncturist, based in Primrose Hill, London.

We would like to thank Maire and give special thanks to Kirstie Sivapalan; from @AstroRocksUK, for her fabulous enthusiasm and support in bringing this post together.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). I am sure that first of all our readers would like to learn a little about you personally. 

Maire @Maireweaver5e (M). My name is Maire Weaver and I have been an acupuncturist for the last 20 years. I initially became interested when I went for a treatment myself and I found that it was so incredible, so amazing that I decided that I would re-mortgage my house and go and study it! I studied at the School of Five Element Acupuncture in London and I have been practising in London, and in Cambridge for a short time, since then.


(C). A question that I’m sure is often asked…”What is acupuncture”? 

(M). Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine. It goes back about 3000 years and started in China. We believe that there are meridians, that is, energy lines running all over the body (a little bit like the London Tube Map I would say!) and there are various points along these meridians. We insert very fine needles into these points to help balance “chi” or energy. Sometimes in life we can become imbalanced and by taking pulses we can tell which of these meridians we need to needle, or use Moxa (Moxa is a herb), and that can help a person restore their balance so that they can reach their full potential.

(C). For how long have you enjoyed an interest in acupuncture? How did your interest start and how has it developed over time? 

(M). Prior to becoming an acupuncturist I had studied many things – neurolinguistic programming, various counselling courses- and I have always been interested in working with people, so I decided to go and study in Camden in the School of Five Element Acupuncture. It was a three year course. I can honestly say it’s the best thing I have ever done. It’s very interesting and I get to meet very interesting people all the time. I get to see how fabulous this form of medicine really is and how it can really help people transform their lives.

(C). Please tell us about The London Acupuncture Clinic.

(M). The London Acupuncture Clinic is my clinic in Primrose Hill which is in a little Mews just off Regents Park Road. We also do other therapies there. We have a homeopath, craniosacral therapist, nutritionist, child psychotherapist, osteopathy and of course acupuncture. Prior to this I worked in Camden Town and Wimpole St where I had a very busy practice until 12 years ago when I came to Primrose Hill.

(C). It would be interesting to learn about ‘Five Element Acupuncture’.

(M). I am often asked what is the difference between Five Element (5E) and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It’s very different in the sense that 5E is very much focused on the person, it’s very much focused to the individual. So we focus generally on what’s going on at the time. The first session takes around two hours, and we take a history of your life, your medical history, what is going on at the time, and why you have actually come for treatment. Then we look towards finding the cause, if you like the “weak link”, what has gone wrong, the source of the problem. We believe if you fix the source of the problem, the symptoms that you may have come for will get better and disappear. So it is different in that sense. We also don’t leave needles in, generally speaking. The first session we may do but normally we don’t. We do what we call “tonify” the points and then take the needle out. It is very much focused on the person. There is not a one size fits all. You don’t come with a condition where we have a set of points to do. We work out very much at the time what needs to be done for that particular treatment.

(C). Our readers would like to hear about some of the conditions that acupuncture is used to treat.

(M). I’m often asked what conditions we treat with 5E acupuncture. It’s difficult to quantify that as we treat people not conditions. So we are treating the person and what may have lead them to develop the condition. A lot of people come with stress, anxiety, infertility issues so there isn’t any one particular condition that we treat. People that have developed conditions over time due to stress, anxiety or overwork, bereavement, loss etc and a condition develops from that. For example because of stress they can’t conceive, or because of IVF they are feeling very stressed, or work is too tough, or they are at a point in their life where they need to change things and don’t know how. So we treat people.

(C). We would be fascinated to learn about the women; either past or present, that have inspired you.

(M). To be honest I am inspired almost daily by some of the women I treat. They come through amazing traumas, trials and tribulations and they get through. So every day people getting on with their lives, surviving and doing the best they can, bringing up children etc. I am inspired by people generally.

(C). How may you be contacted for an appointment?

(M). My website is http://www.acupuncturecures.co.uk and my phone number is 0207 1182882. You will speak to Sarah Talbot until 1pm Mon-Fri after which I am available on my mobile. 07581302238

(C). Where may Maire Weaver be found on Social Media?

(M). I am on Instagram @MaireWeaver, Twitter @Maireweaver5e and I have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/maireweaverwellbeing/

We have found Mairie’s insight into the world of Five Element Acupuncture to be truly fascinating. We wish her well and thank her, and Kirstie, once more for their commitment.

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