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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* http://www.rockmyvintage.co.uk/black-beaded-flapper-purse.htmRations2 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.

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“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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Evette Dubois…handmade with love. 

I am so pleased that my latest blog post involves an invitation into the luxurious lingerie and apparel department, and the chance to collaborate with Melissa; of Evette Dubois. Thank you for taking the time Melissa.  I am both grateful and honoured that you have agreed to chat with me.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C). Firstly I am sure that our followers would like to know a little about the person behind Evette Dubois.


Melissa @evettedubois (M). My name is Melissa, I live in Melbourne, Australia. I have always been interested in art, craft and fashion since I was 5. From that age I was also very opinionated about what I was to wear for the day. I have come from 3 generations of dressmakers and studied fashion design also. I love collecting vintage and in particular vintage lingerie.

(C). Please tell us about the name “Evette Dubois”.

(M). Evette Dubois is a fictional character. I wanted my brand to have a French name that is similar to those fashion houses in Paris during the 1930’s.

(C). You design and sew your own creations. We would like to hear about both your earliest designing and earliest sewing memories.

(M). I would say the designing memory was drawing, as when I was 6 my art teacher gave me an award for the best art of the year. My parents then also enrolled me in art classes from that point on. I stared sewing from the age of 8 making dolls clothes, and started sewing on the sewing machine when I was 12.

(C). Moving on from the previous question I am sure that our followers would like to know when you first started to design and sew professionally.


(M). I went to university and studied fashion design. I started making garments professionally from that point on. Evette Dubois is the first time I have gone out on my own to start my own label.  

(C). Evette Dubois provides lingerie and apparel, vintage inspired from the 1920s to the 1950s. Please tell me why you have selected these particular eras?


(M). I have selected these eras as I feel I have strong interest in the designs from these periods. I also adore very feminine and pastel colours which works back with the hues of those decades.

(C). Is there a woman, either current or from the past, who inspires you…and, if there is, why?

(M). I would say Mae West. She was such a strong character; her style was an extension of her personality. She was one glamourous woman.  


(C). I am proud that we connect on Instagram and I see much evidence of your passion for retro and vintage clothing. Do you make your own outerwear? 

(M). Yes, I do sew my own clothing. Although like anyone who sews, the list of designs in which I wish to create keeps getting longer.  


(C).  Of the decades from the 1920s through to the 1950s do you have a personal favourite for fashion and why?

(M). I Just love the WW2 years. Mostly because tailoring came back into Vogue then and the waist was starting to be defined once more. The evening gowns were feminine and just divine.


(C). Where do you see Evette Dubois moving forward? 

(M). As of current I’m changing Evette Dubois. I am focusing more on the Art Deco period. I shall have a ready to wear collection as well as introducing a bridal lingerie collection. Many exciting things to come in the future.


(C).  The best way to conclude is by asking where your wonderful designs may be found. 

(M). You can purchase my designs online at http://www.evettedubois.com.

Once again thank you for giving me an opportunity to talk with you. I send my best wishes to you for your future endeavours.

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When is vintage not vintage? 

Although I shall admit to knowing very little about cars and, even less about them mechanically, I should like to start this blog post with reference to the words “veteran” and “vintage”.

A “veteran” car is an old style or model of car, specifically one made before 1919 or (strictly) before 1905…well that’s clear!

More clear is the definition of a “vintage” car as an old style or model of car, specifically one made between 1919 and 1930.

I’m hearing whisperings from the unruly bunch at the back of class that they thought that they had enrolled on a fashion course and not a lecture on motor mechanics.

So let me explain the automobile analogy! 

Exploring fashion in preparation for my daily vintage style fashion pick I often come across garments that represent designs as late as the 1990s being described as vintage.

Let’s look at representations of each decade in the 20th Century.

1990s…

Early 90’s Vintage Checked Pinafore Dress priced at £24.95 from The East End Thrift Store (https://m.marketplace.asos.com/listing/dresses/vintage-90s-checked-pinafore-dress/3276104).

1980s…

Vintage 80’s Denim Pencil Dress priced at £25.00 from LuckyGirlVintage (https://m.marketplace.asos.com/listing/dresses/vintage-80s-denim-pencil–dress/3280024).

1970s…


Fringed black and gold disco era late 1970s mini dress priced at £35.00 from Candy Says Vintage Clothing UK (https://www.candysays.co.uk/collections/new-in-vintage-products/products/fringed-black-and-gold-disco-era-late-1970s-mini-dress).

1960s…

Bell sleeved black lace and pleated cotton 1960s maxi dress priced at £65.00 from Candy Says Vintage Clothing UK (https://www.candysays.co.uk/collections/1960s/products/bell-sleeved-black-lace-and-pleated-cotton-1960s-maxi-dress).

1950s…

Fifties Spring Floral Dress priced at US$79.00 (approximately £62.00) from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing (http://www.ballyhoovintage.com/product/38125.html).

1940s,,,

1940s Sheer Print Dress priced at US$128.00 (approximately £100.00) from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing (http://www.ballyhoovintage.com/product/38129.html).

1930s…

1930s Vintage Style Tan Tulle Sleeved Long Dress priced at $252.00 (approximately £197.00) from Unique Vintage (http://www.unique-vintage.com/clothing/shop-by-era/1930s/1930s-vintage-style-tan-tulle-sleeved-long-dress.html).

1920s…

1920s Style Seafoam & Ivory Wilshire Flapper Day Dress priced at US$78.00 (approximately £61.00) from Unique Vintage (http://www.unique-vintage.com/clothing/shop-by-era/1930s/unique-vintage-1920s-style-seafoam-ivory-wilshire-flapper-day-dress.html).

1910s…

Hand-embroidered linen walking suit, 1910s priced at US$1,275.00 (approximately £995.00) from Vintage Textile (https://www.vintagetextile.com/new_page_380.htm).

1900s…

B. Altman French satin tea gown, c.1900 priced at US$1,400.00 (approximately £1,092.00) from Vintage Textile (https://www.vintagetextile.com/new_page_41.htm).

To return to the question posed as to the latest era that may be regarded as vintage.

The dictionary defines “vintage” as “…something from the past of high quality, especially something representing the best of its kind”. Using this definition and interpreting it in the most strict of ways a item from “yesterday” could be described as vintage. I suggest that each individual will have their own interpretation of vintage without their interpretation coming under scrutiny.

To me I consider anything before I was born as vintage and hence the 1950s and earlier. Personally this nicely corresponds with my belief that 1950s fashion was the last era where “old-fashioned” elegance and glamour were the “norm”. The 1960s then brought a revolution in clothing. 

I would love to hear comments.

Thank you.

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Never make me fret Claudette. 

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick available from Evette Dubois @evettedubois (link below *).

The Claudette- tap pants (French knickers), 1920s style retro lingerie handmade to order from silk. Priced at £84.28 plus shipping (from Australia worldwide to selected counties). 

Lingerie is the foundation of every outfit and Evette Dubois offers luxurious lingerie and apparel; handmade and vintage inspired, from the 1920s to the 1950s.

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‪ * https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/499104055/the-claudette-tap-pants-vintage-lingerie?ref=shop_home_active_1‬

You’ll always be du jour mon amour; you’re timeless to me.

I stay with a dress theme in today’s vintage style fashion pick.

From http://www.revival-retro.com (link below *).

Stop Staring Dress Timeless combining elements of tailoring from the 1920s, 30s and 40s from the Art Deco detailing with the flat fan details, to the 1930s seam detailing above the waist, and the 1940s straight skirt silhouette. Featuring a simple scoop neckline with keyhole detailing. Priced at £185.00.

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* https://www.revival retro.com/collections/1940s-clothing/products/stop-staring-dress-timeless?variant=32647447041