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.

Cx.* https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/public/search.php?fes_recent_additions=1Rations2 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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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/ ).

Cx.

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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.

Rock the girls…it’s crystal clear. 

In a continuation of my desire to support #womeninbiz, and with special reference to yesterday’s blog post ‘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/, I have looked further into Ella Vine’s lovely lingerie collection.

Of fascinating interest is… https://ellavine.co.uk/products/black-bra-with-semi-precious-rose-quartz-the-stone-of-love

Black Bra with large semi-precious Rose Quartz; the Love Stone, softly padded bra with hand-sewn large semi-precious stone, healing crystal rose quartz, with underwired cup and decorative metal studs. 

Rose Quartz, The Heart Stone is also called the Love Stone, is used as a powerful aphrodisiac and is being used for bringing love, romance, tenderness, sensuality, for strengthening relationships, connection with others, happiness, compassion, empathy, peace of heart, healing, maturing and comforting.

Regular price £35.00 – Priced at £15.00 in Sale. 

The bra is also available in white… https://ellavine.co.uk/products/white-bra-with-large-semi-precious-rose-quartz-the-love-stone


https://ellavine.co.uk/products/black-bra-with-semi-precious-tigers-eye-the-vitality-stone

Black Bra with semi-precious Tiger’s Eye; The Vitality Stone, softly padded bra with hand-sewn semi-precious stone. 

Tiger’s Eye is a stone of energy, vitality, strength, courage, strengthening relationships, insight, clarity, seeing through, luck and good fortune, stimulating wealth and business, focus, creativity and fertility.

Regular price £35.00 – Priced at £15.00 in Sale. 

The bra is also available in white… https://ellavine.co.uk/products/white-bra-with-semi-precious-tigers-eye-the-vitality-stone

The benefits of semi-precious stones and crystals is not a field in which I have expertise; but I know a lady that has. 

In my blog post ‘Life’s a party. Dress like it’ I had the opportunity to chat with the lovely Kirstie from AstroRocksUK… https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/lifes-a-party-dress-like-it/ …in which I asked Kirstie about her enthusiasm for crystals.

Kirstie @AstroRocksUK “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.”

Ella Vine, whose website may be found at https://ellavine.co.uk/collections/all , says “…that it is good to raise awareness…and bras look so pretty with the stones on! Why hide such beautiful precious little things in the bra? It also avoids the fuss of taking the bra off…and a handful of stones rolling out.”

Kirstie from AstroRocksUK may be found at https://crystallisingdream.wordpress.com/ , advises “I am always recommending to ladies to wear crystals in bras.”

Interviews with the wonderful #womeninbiz with whom I have had fabulous opportunities to collaborate may be found on my Links and collaborations page… https://rations2rocknroll.wordpress.com/links-to-those-with-whom-we-have-engaged-in-blog-post-collaborations/ .

Cx. 

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

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

@Rations2R_n_R has a passion for supporting #womeninbiz and we are especially excited about Ella Vine and the innovative ‘Clip and Go’ poppy stockings and poppy suspender belt.

Attaching suspender straps to stockings; especially those at the back, can be problematic, with the wearer often having to become a specialist in the art of contortion. 

To help stocking wearers all over the world lingerie designer Ella Vine has developed a suspender belt which attaches to stockings by way of magnetic fastenings on both the suspender strap and stocking welt.

The Ella Vine website https://ellavine.co.uk/ showcases a variety of delightful lingerie sets including the lovely ‘Royal Blue Bra & Suspender Belt Set’. 

The gorgeous mix of satin-like rich royal blue with cream lace does not disappoint as it is as lovely in the flesh as it looks above. Bra and suspender belt set priced at £39.00.

The accompanying 10 denier Ultra Gloss stockings feature a pretty lace welt. 

Priced at £12.00.

Presentation of lingerie is vital to add an extra dose of sparkle and Ella Vine does not let down with your selection arriving in a pretty box featuring the fabulous Ella Vine logo.

As for the world’s first magnetic suspender belt as Ella herself says, and I can only agree, it is both very fast and very easy to attach to the stockings…just ‘Clip and Go’.

Ella Vine may be found on Twitter @EllaVineBrand, Facebook Ella Vine Lingerie and Instagram ella_vine_lingerie.

Cx. 

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

In her footsteps. I want to be Kate.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

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


Longline Cone Bra Kate L6101 with conical 1950s cups, satin cups and front panel with single layer powermesh, adjustable straps, hook and eye fastening at front and spiral steel boning. Also available in peach. Priced at £49.50. 

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

Panty Girdle Kate L2077. Firm control Panty Girdle designed to be extremely tight, flattening your tummy. Made from black satin, strong stretchy powermesh with wide elastic to cinch your waist. Hook and eye fastening at front. 4 detachable suspenders for wearing with or without stockings. Priced at £49.50.

Cx.

* https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/product/1043/longline-conical-bra-kate

** https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/product/1044/panty-girdle-firm-control-kate

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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. 

The only truth I know is you. 

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

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


Kathy balconette bra with black satin side sling, semi sheer purple georgette cups lined with lingerie net and black satin piping triming the top of the cups. 3 piece cup construction designed to give a natural looking balconette uplift. Priced at £59.50. 

Kathy high waist knickers for a smooth line under clothing. Designed to sit high on your natural waist. Featuring a purple georgette tummy panel with black satin detailing. Priced at £38.00. 


Suspender Belt Kathy featuring 2 flashes of purple georgette with black satin detailing. Georgette is lined with 20 denier lingerie net for strength. Featuring 6 suspenders to help keep your seams straight and a hook and eye fastening at back. Priced at £42.50.

Cx. 

* https://www.whatkatiedid.com/products/209/kathy-lingerie


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. 

I still hear you sing my sweet love Evelyn.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

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



1950s Bra Evelyn. Vintage inspired bra in black Swiss dot lace layered over deep red with a soft cup designed to give a natural shape and smooth line under clothing. Priced at £39.50.

1950s Knickers Evelyn. High waist knickers for a smooth line under clothing featuring Swiss dot lace layered over semi sheer deep red. Designed to sit high on the natural waist. Priced at £29.50.


Suspender Belt Evelyn. Medium depth suspender belt in lace and powermesh designed to give an smooth line under clothing with 6 adjustable metal suspender clips and hook and eye fastening at back. Priced at £42.50.

Cx. 

* https://www.whatkatiedid.com/en_gb/products/210/evelyn-lingerie

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.