Everybody’s cup of tea. 

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

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

Classic Navy Blue and Floral Print Pin Up 50s Style Swing Tea Dress featuring a vintage style shirt collar with decorative fabric buttons detailing diagonally on front of dress, cap sleeves, floral print on a navy blue backdrop and a full flare skirt. The dress measures approximately 34 inches in length from underarm to hem. Priced at £37.99 with free UK postage. 

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* https://prettykittyfashion.co.uk/collections/vintage-tea-dresses/products/navy-floral-pin-up-tea-dress?variant=39066721411

@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. 

You’re gonna find me, out in the country. 

After the amazing success of yesterday’s collaboration with @SparkleOHara and @AstroRocksUK…https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/lifes-a-party-dress-like-it/ welcome to today’s blog post. 

Today I return with a vintage style fashion pick.

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

Lindy Bop ZsaZs Green Countryside Wiggle Dress & Bolero, sold and dispatched by RetroEsque; featuring a digitally printed countryside design, adjustable 2.5cm wide straps, sweetheart neckline with cross-over tape detail to the bust and a concealed zip fastening to the rear. Priced at £42.99.

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* https://www.tigermilly.com/p_9959_lindy-bop-zsazs-green-countryside-wiggle-dress-bolero

@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. 

“Life’s a Party. Dress like it”.

I am pleased to be able to publish my latest blog post collaboration and honoured to have been able to chat with Fiona Ainslie, owner of Sparkle O’Hara, and Kirstie Sivapalan, Social Media for Sparkle O’Hara and owner of Astro-Rocks. 

Thank you for finding time to introduce yourselves to our readers. 


Fiona Ainslie- Owner of Sparkle O’Hara 

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C) Please tell our readers about the woman behind Sparkle O’Hara.

Fiona @SparkleOHara (F) Ever since being a little girl I have loved fashion. In particular, like most little girls pretty sparkly frocks! As I grew older my favourite film was Gone with the Wind where the gowns and the romance that went with it began to influence my style and my wardrobe choices.

I had a passion for history and loved different fashions from the past now referred as vintage. I loved the old-fashion glamour of the 40s and 50s with the classic black and white movies. This was my perfect idea of romance.

(C) Sparkle O’Hara…I’m sensing a “Gone with the Wind” influence. Please tell us about the name.

(F) My friend came up with the name as she always used to laugh at the amount of sparkle in the shop and it seemed a natural progression from there.

(C) I love the tag line “Life’s a Party. Dress like it” and would like to know more.

(F) This is a classic quote from Audrey Hepburn and it just fits in with our style and my view on life. I also love this quote from Mary Quant “Fashion is not frivolous. It is a part of being alive today”.

(C) Our readers would be fascinated to learn about the Sparkle O’Hara shopping experience.

(F) We like to find our customers the perfect dress for them that suits their personality and, above all gives them the confidence to shine. Customers often come to us looking for a dress for a special event. With my knowledge and understanding of the dresses and what looks good on people (which people refer to as my “eye”) we can provide the customer with a number of different options for them to try rather than spend their time looking for the dress themselves. We do this by either customers stopping by during our opening hours or we can book an appointment where the customer can have privacy and comfort, often this involves opening a bottle of bubbles!

(C) You stock both vintage and vintage inspired dresses. I would like to know the inspiration that led to Sparkle O’Hara and, in particular, why this style of fashion is so appealing to you and to so many women.

(F) Vintage fashion appeals to me because whatever your shape you can usually find something vintage to suit. When you put on something that makes you feel really good and glamorous you can feel like a different person. You feel more confident and even empowered.

After being made redundant at the age of 53 I thought it was time to follow my passion and do something for myself. I started with jewellery based on old-fashioned designs in the famous Portobello Road. I then decided to sell some of my own ball-gowns which went so well I decided to select and sell dresses for special occasions.

(C) Please tell us more about the items that you stock. Do you also retail vintage and vintage inspired accessories.

(F) We have a wide range of dresses and two-pieces for special events be it weddings, proms, summer and winter balls, a day at the races or work conferences. We also have provided a number of outfits to singers and actresses for performances and red carpet events.

Our dresses are mainly vintage from 1960s to 1980s or vintage inspired from 20s Jazz Age to the 50s RocknRoll and always glamorous! We also sell a selection of silver and gold jewellery set with semi-precious gems, a number of vintage brooches and pendants as well as some fun vintage inspired costume pieces. 


(C) Our readers would love to hear about the women that have inspired you.

(F) There are too many to really feature out but strong women that have always followed their dreams and passions have inspired me such as Joan Collins, because of her love of glamour, Adele who is a great modern role model for beauty and elegance, Maya Angelou for her incredible and powerful words and of course Coco Chanel for rising to iconic status by following her own inimitable style.

(C) How do you envisage the future development of Sparkle O’Hara?

(F) We plan developing our website sparkleohara.strikingly.com to offer an on-line shop and are planning an event for the autumn. Last year we had a fashion show and a number of open evenings so we will carry on this tradition. We also have a surprise in store for September so watch this space!

(C) Where may we find your wonderful products?

(F) We are based at 4 Queens Parade, Willesden Green, NW2 5HT. We are less than a 2 minute walk from the Jubilee Line and only 15 mins from central London.

(C) Please tell us how you may be contacted.

(F) Our website; sparkleohara.strikingly.com, is the best way to contact us. We are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I am further pleased to have been able to talk with Kirstie Sivapalan – Crystal Lady at Sparkle O’Hara. 


Kirstie Sivapalan – Social Media for Sparkle O’Hara and owner of Astro-Rocks 

(C) Please tell us about yourself Kirstie and, particularly, about your enthusiasm for crystals.

Kirstie @AstroRocksUK (K) I work with and sell crystals for healing and the home. Crystals have been in my life since I was a child in some form or other as semi-precious stone and finding curious rocks on various beaches, until about 20 years ago when a friend introduced me them to help me with my symptoms. (I have M.E). Being of a scientific mind I was blown away by the sensations I could feel from these pretty rocks such as amethyst, rose quartz, citrine and jasper and something deep inside was triggered. My intuition. I then trained in Crystal Healing to deepen my understanding in 2003 whilst still in my career as an HR professional, teaching and sharing my love for crystals along the way. Now, I divide my time between Sparkle O’Hara and my own business, Astro-Rocks where I sell and teach others about crystals, and provide Astrology readings. I am also planning on writing a book about my experience with crystals and how crystal can support our personal growth and our evolution.

(C) Your Twitter bio tells us that you are a proponent of vibrational medicine. I’m intrigued and would like to know more.

(K) Vibrational medicine works on the key premise that everything is energy. Everything is in a constant state of flux and we, ourselves, are an energy system including what we call our physical form. Vibrational medicine such as crystal healing, acupuncture, reiki and homeopathy work on this principle of assessing and changing our vibrations which through our lifestyles, thoughts, environment and other factors may not be “in tune”, to help us find the optimal healthy vibrations that works for us. It is individual as everyone is unique and has their own specific vibration patterns.


(C) You provide astrology readings and guided meditation. Please tell us about this and how you may be contacted.

(K) Astro-Rocks is the name of the consultation that I do. It is based on analysing a person’s birthchart, looking at the position of and the relationship between the planets and what astrologers call “angles”; specifically their sun, moon and ascendant which are the main (but not all) components of our character. The Sun indicates our desire, essential self, where we shine, Moon indicates our instincts, our emotions, where we are comfortable and the Ascendant our first reaction and how we approach the world. Most of the time the Sun, Moon and Ascendant are in different sometimes conflicting signs. By exploring how this manifests for the client I am able to recommend certain crystals to help integrate the conflicting energies or to enhance qualities they want to bring out. This can support them in making different choices with more information and awareness.

I also run a group where we work with crystals and I conduct a guided visualisation meditation to deepen the group’s work with crystals.

I can be contacted through my website crystallisingdream.wordpress.com where I have also written extensively about my own spiritual journey. I also have a Facebook group Astro-Rocks where people can join and share their work with crystals.

Once again I would like to thank both Fiona and Kirstie for their enthusiasm for providing such fascinating responses that I know our readers will enjoy. I wish them both well for the future. 

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Seams the way to classic elegance. 

From the eternal question when guys feel compelled to ask if you are wearing stockings, by way of a compliment on ones summery looking hosiery, to a look of horror that anyone could have the audacity to display seams in public. 

There is little doubt that seams provoke comment. They provide a focal point on the legs that draws the eyes towards them. They add a classic and timeless look to an outfit.

For those that wish to step out in seamed stockings for the first time it is interesting to note that not all seams are the same and that heels come in a variety of delightful shapes.

Traditional nylon fully fashioned stockings are made by knitting the material into flat sheets that are cut to the shape of a leg, folded in half, with the two sides sewn together to form a seam. 100% nylon stockings will contain no Lycra and therefore have little or no stretch.  The top of the seam where it meets the double layer of nylon at the top of the stocking; known as the welt, is completed by the welt being turned over and a finishing loop applied. This process is needed to allow the needle sewing the seam to be withdrawn. 

Fully Fashioned Stockings Full Contrast Cuban Heel H2027. Priced at £26.50. 

(https://www.whatkatiedid.com/product/918/fully-fashioned-stockings-full-contrast-cuban-heel?fes_pva_id=158937&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIldKJ86DZ1QIVxbztCh2ClAVpEAQYASABEgIrM_D_BwE).

Reinforced Heel and Toe stockings (RHT) are also made from nylon but have distinct differences from fully fashioned stockings. There is no keyhole in the welt, and although RHTs with seams are available, the seam is solely for decorative purposes as the process of circular knitting the stocking on barrels removes the need for a seam.


RHT Seamed Stockings. Priced at £12.95.

(http://www.touchable.co.uk/shop-pages/product-stockings-reinforced-heel-toe-rht-seamed-15820.html).

Most stockings that we wear today are a composition of nylon and Lycra (elastane); that allows their stretch, with the seams and heels being decorative to reproduce a vintage style. 


Seamed Stockings Red Glamour H2039. Priced at £10.00.

(https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/product/1348/seamed-stockings-contrast-red).

As mentioned earlier there are also a number of styles of heels (photos http://www.vintage-legs.com). 

Cuban Heel – where the reinforced part is squared off above the back of the ankle, rather than tapering to a point.

Similar to the Cuban heel, the reinforced part of the stocking comes to a wider square above the back of the ankle, with the width above the ankle being similar to that on the bottom of the foot.

A mix between the Point and Cuban heels with the inclusion of a thin outline that traces the entire heel design.

Sometimes referred to as a French heel the reinforced section tapers off to a point that helps to accentuate the length and shape of the leg.

I should be pleased to answer any questions that anyone may have through the comments function or by email to rations2rocknroll@outlook.com.

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@Rations2R_n_R does not own the copyright to the images 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.

Like a leaf on a breeze you blew away.

With thoughts of autumn in mind welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

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

Circle Skirt Tropical Leaf Brown featuring a high waist and back button with fasten zip the cotton skirt is 28 inches in length and made in the UK. Priced at £55.00 and also available in Tropical Leaf Blue.


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* http://www.vivienofholloway.com/women-c70/skirts-c13/circle-skirt-tropical-leaf-brown-p2832

@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 amend or remove anything that we post. 

Blossom & be pretty in pink. 

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

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

‘Rhonda’s Revenge’ Magnolia Orchid Vintage 50s Style Limited Edition Pencil Dress designed & manufactured in the UK and featuring an off-the-shoulder Bardot style neckline with classical angled sleeves and a straight bateau back neckline. The dress is made from stretch cotton with a satin lined & front boned bodice and a concealed zip at the back. There is also a 8 inch vent at the back of the skirt. Priced at £58.00.

Yesterday I was wearing from What Katie Did…


…Seamed Stockings Sky Glamour that come in an array of delightful colours including (and featured before)…

15 denier Seamed Stockings Pink Glamour H2049 (link below **) featuring a shocking pink seam with a translucent champagne leg and pink point heel, seam and welt. Made in Italy from stretch nylon and elastane for ease of fit. Priced at  £10.00. 

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* https://www.britishretro.co.uk/product/rhondas-revenge-pink-floral-vintage-50s-style-pencil/

** https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/product/1425/seamed-stockings-contrast-pink-glamour

@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 amend or remove anything that we post. 

That’s when I’m lost in you. Let me get lost in you.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://www.revival-retro.com (link below *) and ideal for wearing with yesterday’s vintage style fashion pick from  www.vivienofholloway.com (https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/pick-yourself-up-dust-yourself-off-start-all-over-again/).

Emmy Cardigan in a variety of colours and available on pre-order for delivery early September 2017. 1940s style cropped cardigan featuring a cable knit and made from mercerised 100% wool that is machine washable. Priced at £139.00.

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* https://www.revival-retro.com/products/emmy-cardigans-fab-1940s?variant=35891183425

@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 amend or remove anything that we post.