So long, farewell Auf Wiedersehen, adieu. Adieu, adieu to you and you and you.

@Rations2R_n_R recently announced on Twitter that we felt that our blog had “run its course”.

After experiencing a monthly increase in visitors, that peaked in October of last year, we have since seen a decrease in views in excess of 40%; despite an increase in Twitter followers surpassing 20%.

Starting as a platform for sharing our love of all matters vintage and vintage style with an emphasis on fashion. Whilst this is still our primary ethic we have been enthused by many inspirational women in business. As such we also see ourselves as a conduit for a community of women supporting women.

It takes commitment and enthusiasm from both parties for a successful collaboration. Whilst we have made many friends it is fair to say that at times it has been challenging.

By way of a thank you; to both the wonderful women with whom we have collaborated and our enthusiastic and supportive readers, we would like to countdown our collaborations in increasing order of popularity/views, with links to each post…

At number 20 Maire Weaver…

‘Five Element Acupuncture with Maire Weaver’.

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/11/08/five-element-acupuncture-with-maire-weaver/

At number 19 The Beehive…

‘Introducing “The Beehive”…for honeys.’

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/introducing-the-beehive-for-honeys/

At number 18 Honey Bee Burlesque…

‘honey Bee burlesque’…in the spotlight.’

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/honey-bee-burlesque-in-the-spotlight/

At number 17 Evette Dubois…

‘Evette Dubois…handmade with love.’ (Sadly no longer in business).

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/evette-dubois-handmade-with-love/

At number 16 Essex’ee Legs…

‘Stepping out with Essex’ee Legs.’

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/stepping-out-with-essexee-legs/

At number 15 Persia Anderson…

‘Feel the rhythm, check the ride. Come on along and have a real good time.’

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/03/28/feel-the-rhythm-check-the-ride-come-on-along-and-have-a-real-good-time/

At number 14 Lu’s hands…

‘Let’s all stand and applaud “Lu’s hands”.’

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/3830/

At number 13 Honey Bee Burlesque…

‘honey Bee burlesque’…a baby in the burlesque scene.

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/honey-bee-burlesque-a-baby-in-the-burlesque-scene/

At number 11 = Vintachic Roma…

‘Per autentici abiti e accessori vintage vi diamo il benvenuto a Vintachic Roma.’

…available in English…

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/12/28/per-autentici-abiti-e-accessori-vintage-vi-diamo-il-benvenuto-a-vintachic-roma/

…and Italian…

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/12/31/per-autentici-abiti-e-accessori-vintage-vi-diamo-il-benvenuto-a-vintachic-roma-2/

At number 11 = Heels and Toes…

‘Stepping out in style with Heels and Toes Inc.’

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/stepping-out-in-style-with-heels-and-toes-inc/

At number 10 Doris Hobbs…

‘Rich in Love…Rich in Glamour.’

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/rich-in-love-rich-in-glamour/

At number 9 Ella Vine…

“‘The only way is poppy’ with Ella Vine Lingerie.”

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/the-only-way-is-poppy-with-ella-vine-lingerie/

At number 7 =…

‘She is clothed in strength and dignity.’

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/she-is-clothed-in-strength-and-dignity/

At number 7 = Miss Joanne…

‘Miss Joanne…up close and personal.’

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/06/27/miss-joanne-up-close-and-personal/

At number 6 Vintage Maud’s…

Introducing Maud and her Vintage Emporium.’

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/introducing-maud-and-her-vintage-emporium/

At number 5 Room Forty…

I just want to be your cup o tea.’

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/i-just-want-to-be-your-cup-o-tea/

At number 4 Sparkle O’Hara…

‘Life’s a party. Dress like it.’

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/lifes-a-party-dress-like-it/

At number 3 Sally Coomber…

“‘I Can Craft’ with Sally Coomber.”

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/i-can-craft-with-sally-coomber/

At number 2 Rebecca Dodman…

‘Introducing Rebecca Dodman.’

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/introducing-rebecca-dodman/

Sitting pretty at number 1 Ella Vine Brand…

‘The adventures of Ella Vine and her poppy stockings and poppy suspender belt.’

https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/the-adventures-of-ella-vine-and-her-poppy-stockings-and-poppy-suspender-belt/

To be honest I have always looked to support others above myself; a philosophy that may work in real life, but undoubtedly is difficult to achieve on Social Media. People have come. People have gone…and for a variety of reasons.

A valued friend offered the following advice…

“Blogging should primarily be for your own enjoyment, in my opinion. Being reliant on others, even whilst giving them exposure, means that you are forever waiting for content.”

With this wise advice we move on…in a different direction; and one not reliant on others, as that has proved too challenging when our blog is written for entertainment and fun.

We would like to end and link to someone who has been particularly supportive…and that is Sammie @sammiefeasting whose wonderful food blog may be found at http://feastingisfun.com/ . We are sorry that we didn’t have the opportunity to work together to further showcase her talents.

Thank you friends.

So long, farewell Auf Wiedersehen, adieu. Adieu, adieu to you and you and you.

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I want to see the world with you. Come on and take me by the hand.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

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

Collectif 40s WW11 Style Riley Vintage Green Wool Coat; sold & dispatched by Cherry Red Vintage, with full length sleeves, a fabric covered waist belt with black metal eyelets and spoke, and an open neck collar. She fastens at the centre of the coat with six shiny black buttons, and her full swing skirt has handy side seam pockets. Riley is made from a soft green wool blend fabric, with contrasting black woven trims at the collar, cuffs, and hem. Her open neckline is perfect for highlighting a beautiful scarf or necklace. Fit is slim cut for a pin-up silhouette .

The Riley is available in Charcoal Grey and Olive Green.

Priced at £134.55 (reduced from £149.50).

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* https://www.tigermilly.com/p_11156_collectif-40s-ww11-style-riley-vintage-green-wool-coat

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Are you getting the cold shoulder?

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick; the first of the New Year, and one in which we hope to raise spirits by looking forward to the Spring.

From prettykittyfashion.co.uk (link below *).

Yellow Floral V Neck Bardot Wiggle Pencil Dress with shoulder straps and cold shoulder capped sleeves. Measures approximately 30-31″ from underarm to hem. Priced at £49.99 with free postage.

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* https://prettykittyfashion.co.uk/collections/bardot-dresses/products/yellow-v-neck-cold-shoulder-bardot-wiggle-pencil-dress

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@Rations2R_n_R neither owns the copyright to the images nor much of the written content included herein. We use our blog to showcase retro and vintage fashion and, where we can, credit the copyright owner of any content by way of a link to their website. Please email rations2rocknroll@outlook.com if you are the owner of any content included and would like us to either change or remove anything that we post.

Per autentici abiti e accessori vintage vi diamo il benvenuto a Vintachic Roma… Versione italiana.

Benvenuti al nostro ultimo post sul blog in cui ci godiamo una visita virtuale in Italia; un paese che incarna l’eleganza e l’eleganza e ha il piacere di parlare con Esterita Di Cesare, fondatrice di Vintachic Roma.

Grazie per aver dedicato del tempo a chiacchierare con noi Esterita.

Christine @ Rations2R_n_R (C) Saremmo interessati a conoscere le donne dietro VINTACHIC Vintage.

Esterita @VintachicRoma (E) Le donne dietro a Vintachic sono quelle che vogliono distinguersi dalla massa, contro gli oggigiorno troppi stereotipi globalizzati, e che amano l’annata di classe in perfette condizioni e con quel delizioso ‘fresco umore’.

(C) Per quanto tempo ViNTACHIC Vintage è stato in attività?

(E) Vintachic esiste in via non ufficiale da quando ero bambino e formalmente dal 2011.

(C) I nostri lettori vorrebbero conoscere il tuo background prima di VINTACHIC Vintage.

(E) Come ho detto, amavo l’annata da quando avevo 12 anni, iniziando a collezionare le cose di mia nonna. Ero innamorato degli abiti delle mie bambole Barbie, ispirato come al solito dalla moda dei momenti; soprattutto abiti da sera, che è dovuto alla mia selezione di maxi abiti anni ’70 e ’80. Inoltre, qualsiasi film o foto del passato attirava la mia attenzione per lo stile degli abiti di ogni decennio.

(C) Si vendono abiti e accessori vintage dal 1880 agli anni ’80. Hai un’era preferita per la moda?

(Shantung puro di pura seta nei toni del bronzo e avorio del 1950).

(E) Non ho un’era particolare che mi piace meglio di un’altra. Adoro tutti i miei vestiti, tutti i temi, scelti per alcune caratteristiche, ma mi sento dentro i vestiti degli anni ’70; soprattutto maxi-gonna e maxi-dress.

(C) VINTACHIC Vintage è un fornitore ufficiale RAI (Radiotelevisione italiana SpA). Ci piacerebbe conoscere alcune delle produzioni in cui sono comparsi i tuoi vestiti e accessori.

(E) In realtà ho iniziato a noleggiare 10 abiti dagli anni ’20 agli anni ’70 ai famosi “Davide di Donatello Awards” nel 2011 e molti altri seguiti. Fornisco anche il cinema, come per esempio “In Guerra per amore” di Pif; un famoso regista e molti altri, specialmente quest’anno.

(C) C’è un’icona stile vintage che ti è stata d’ispirazione?

(E) Ogni decennio ha un’icona per me, a partire da Louise Brook, Veronika Lake, ovviamente Rita Hayworth, Sofia Loren, tanto quanto Twiggy e il mito di Charlie’s Angels.

(C) Ci sono piani futuri per VINTACHIC Vintage che puoi condividere con noi?

(E) Un’anticipazione? Sto pensando di aprire “Vintachic Home” prima o poi, con una collezione esclusiva di mobili.

(C) Qual è stata la parte più gratificante della tua attività?

(Abito in satin beige degli anni ’40 rivestito in prezioso pizzo chantilly).

(Abito da sposa in raso avorio degli anni 1920. Foto di Gianluca Serrago).

(E) La parte più gratificante della mia attività è sicuramente la sezione nuziale, in quanto è un lavoro completo. Dalla delicata parte di trovare “The Dress” per le future spose per l’abbinamento con gli accessori giusti; preferibilmente nuovo, al fine di creare il giusto equilibrio per il look perfetto. Poi per ricevere i complimenti della nuova sposa per il successo avuto dal vestito, spesso onorato da una foto per il mio “Vintachic Brides Album” (visibile sulla mia pagina fb).

(C) Che consiglio daresti alle donne che cercano di avviare un’attività?

(E) Il mio consiglio per qualsiasi donna che pianifica di creare un’impresa sarebbe iniziare solo con una conoscenza del commercio e farlo passo dopo passo, al fine di valutare lo sviluppo.

(C) Dove si trova VINTACHIC Vintage?

(E) Vintachic si trova nel centro di Roma, in una strada storica, Via di Ripetta, perché questo è l’unico posto giusto per essere. Frequentato soprattutto da persone di classe, sconosciute e acculturate a livello sociale pubblico, che comprende e ama vintage.

Grazie per aver parlato con noi Esterita. Vi auguriamo un buon futuro.

Vintachic può essere trovato su: http://www.vintachic.it e sui social media

Instagram: @vintachic_roma

Twitter: @Vintachicroma

Facebook: @Vintachic Roma – Vintage nuziale e formale

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Per autentici abiti e accessori vintage vi diamo il benvenuto a Vintachic Roma.

Welcome to our latest blog post collaboration in which we enjoy a virtual visit to Italy; a country that epitomises chic and elegance, and have the pleasure to talk with Esterita Di Cesare, founder of Vintachic Roma.

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us Esterita.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C) We would be interested to learn about the women behind VINTACHIC Vintage.

Esterita @VintachicRoma (E) Women behind Vintachic are the ones who want to stand out from the crowd, against the nowdays too many globalised stereotypes, and who love classy vintage in perfect condition and with that lovely ‘fresh mood’.

(C) For how long has ViNTACHIC Vintage been in business?

(E) Vintachic exists unofficially since I was a child and formally since 2011.

(C) Our readers would like to hear about your background before VINTACHIC Vintage.

(E) As I said, I loved vintage since I was probably 12, starting to collect my granny’s things. I was in love with my Barbie dolls’ dresses, inspired as usual by the fashion of the moments; especially evening dresses, which is due to my 70s and 80s selection of maxi-dresses. Beside that, any movie or picture from the past was attracting my attention for the style of the gowns in any decade.

(C) You retail vintage clothing and accessories from the 1880s to the 1980s. Do you have a personal favourite era for fashion?

(Pure silk pure shantung in shades of bronze and ivory from 1950).

(E) I don’t have a particular era I like better than another. I love all my dresses, anyone of theme, chosen because of certain features, but I feel myself inside 70s clothes; especially maxi-skirt and maxi-dress.

(C) VINTACHIC Vintage is an RAI (Radiotelevisione italiana SpA) official supplier. We should like to learn of some of the productions in which your clothing and accessories have appeared.

(E) I actually begun renting 10 dresses from the 1920s to the 1970s to the famous “Davide di Donatello Awards” in 2011 and many others followed.  I also supply cinema, as for expample “In Guerra per amore” by Pif; a famous director and many others, especially this year.

(C) Is there a vintage style icon that has been an inspiration to you?

(E) Any decade has an icon for me, starting from Louise Brook, Veronika Lake, of course Rita Hayworth, Sofia Loren, as much as Twiggy and the myth of the Charlie’s Angels.

(C) Are there future plans for VINTACHIC Vintage that you are able to share with us?

(E) An anticipation? I’m thinking about to open ‘Vintachic Home’ sooner or later, with an exclusive collection of furniture.

(C) What has been the most rewarding part of your business?

(Beige satin dress from the 1940 ‘s covered in precious chantilly lace).

(1920s ivory satin wedding dress. Photo by Gianluca Serrago).

(E) The most rewarding part of my business is certainly the bridal section, as it is a complete work. From the delicate part of finding ‘The Dress’ for the brides-to-be to matching with the right accessories; preferably new, in order to create the right balance for the perfect look. Then to receive the compliments by the new bride for the succcess had from the dress, often honoured by a picture for my “Vintachic Brides Album” (visible on my fb page).

(C) What advice would you give to women looking to set up in business?

(E) My advice for any woman planning to set up a businesss would be to start only with a knowledge of the trade and make it step by step, in order to evaluate the development.

(C) Where is VINTACHIC Vintage located?

(E) Vintachic is located in the very centre of Rome, in a historic street, Via di Ripetta, because this is the only right place to be. Frequented mostly by classy people, strangers and acculturate social level public, who understands and loves vintage.

Thank you for talking with us Esterita. We wish you well for the future.

Vintachic May be found at: www.vintachic.it and on Social Media

Instagram: @vintachic_roma

Twitter : @Vintachicroma

Facebook: @Vintachic Roma – Vintage Bridal & Formal

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Rations2 Rock “n” Roll…A Top 100 Vintage Blog. (http://blog.feedspot.com/vintage_blogs/). 

@Rations2R_n_R neither owns the copyright to the images nor much of the written content included herein. We use our blog to showcase retro and vintage fashion and, where we can, credit the copyright owner of any content by way of a link to their website. Please email rations2rocknroll@outlook.com if you are the owner of any content included and would like us to either change or remove anything that we post.

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear.

I was fortunate to attend ‘Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear at the Victoria and Albert Museum’ that ran until 12th March 2017. I was equally fortunate to pick up some wonderful reading material including ‘Underwear Fashion in detail’ by Eleri Lynn.

Whilst there is much informative reading; and an abundance of delightful photographs and illustrations to admire, I would like to focus on the chapter entitled ‘Fastenings’.

More specifically I would like to focus on the following: ‘Suspender belts were introduced in the 1870s…They remained a common feature of foundation garments into the 1960s, when the invention of tights and elastane (spandex) rendered them obsolete.’ The author goes on to say that ‘Suspender belts and stockings are now generally seen as sexy, seductive items…They add retro glamour to modern undressing, and an element of performance.’

Whilst there is an element of truth in these statements I would like to firstly challenge the use of the word ‘obsolete’ (defined as ‘no longer produced or used; out of date’) and propose that this is factually inaccurate.

(Suspender Belt Harlow Nouveau L2137 priced at £37.50 from https://www.whatkatiedid.com .)

Secondly; although stockings may be regarded as ‘sexy, seductive items’, the tone of the statement suggests to me that their modern day place is generally limited to the bedroom.

In a recent Twitter poll by @PoppyStockings 50% voted that they wore stockings on a daily basis with only 16% saying that stockings were limited to ‘sexy nights’.

Whilst the poll was limited; and we are unable to determine its accuracy as a representation of the population, I would suggest that the results are more attuned to today’s wearing of stockings and suspender belts than the above book suggests.

As a lover of vintage and vintage style clothing I concur with the following quotes.

Thank you for reading and supporting my blog.

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@Rations2R_n_R neither owns the copyright to the images nor much of the written content included herein. We use our blog to showcase retro and vintage fashion and, where we can, credit the copyright owner of any content by way of a link to their website. Please email rations2rocknroll@outlook.com if you are the owner of any content included and would like us to either change or remove anything that we post.

Flora Daisy Cardigan from Chic Style Boutique.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://chicstyleboutique.co.uk (link below *).

Flora Daisy Cardigan (Collectif) with a square neck, cropped body, short sleeves and six embroidered daisies. Fabric 100% cotton. Approximate total length 18 inches. Priced at £30.00 (with free UK delivery).

Chic Style Boutique may be contacted by:

– telephone number 0333 050 1985

– Email admin@chicstyleboutique.co.uk or

– via the contact form on http://chicstyleboutique.co.uk .

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* http://chicstyleboutique.co.uk/flora-daisy-cardigan-805-p.asp

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