You’re so warm in a world so cold. That is why I love you so!

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick and one continuing the party season theme.

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Collectif Vintage Akiko Velvet Maxi Wrap Style Dress with cross over bodice and skirt sewn in place to ensure she remains closed. Fastens with a back zip and featuring wide kimono-style sleeves Akiko is made from emerald green stretch velvet. Priced at £75.00.



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“Who is your vintage style icon?” Tell Sparkle O’Hara to have a chance of receiving a personal dose of sparkle. 

My blog post collaborations have given me a number of wonderful opportunities to connect with many energetic and fascinating #womeninbiz. 

A question that I like to ask is about the women; either contemporary or historically, that have provided inspiration. 

I am therefore delighted to see that Sparkle O’Hara are running a competition; running through to 11pm 29th September 2017, in which they ask “Who is your vintage style icon”?

In an event that will be filled to overflowing with sparkle Fiona; from Sparkle O’Hara, has provided a selection of the fabulous items that can be chosen by the lucky winners.

FIRST PRIZE – A private and personal shopping appointment “Sparkling Sparkles” at the Sparkle O’Hara boutique in Willesden Green, London and a vintage/vintage inspired dress worth up to £100. This includes a private showing of all Sparkle O’Hara dresses, fitting and selection with a bottle of Pink Prosecco or Sparkling alcohol-free alternative.

We have a large selection of dresses for occasionwear – silk..hand-beaded…vintage from 1950s onwards…new vintage inspired…glamorous…elegant…cocktail dresses…prom dresses..ballgowns…the list goes on! A number of these dresses are priced at £100 or under. Upon visiting the boutique, the first prize winner will be shown a number of dresses at a private and personal consultation. They can then select their perfect dress.

Navy satin halterneck evening gown with pleated skirt – £95. 

Short silk hand-beaded cocktail/party dress – £90. 

50s style party dress, swan motif with sweetheart neckline – £65.

We have a number of dresses priced above £100 up to £300. If our first prize winner would like to select one of these we would deduct £100 from the price.

Silk pleated gown and shawl perfect for cruises, holidays or a special party – £120. 

Jovani crystal encrusted ball gown with train – £165.

SECOND PRIZE – A pair of vintage inspired semi-precious gem earrings worth up to £50 to be selected at the boutique.

Sparkle O’Hara also offers a wide range of vintage inspired jewellery to go with your perfect outfit. The jewellery is sterling silver and set with semi-precious gems such as topaz, ruby, sapphire, citrine, and emerald as well as some stunning polished crystals such as rose quartz, carnelian and chalcedony. Second prize will be a pair of semi-precious gem silver earrings priced at up to £50. The second prize winner can choose from a range of earrings at their visit to the boutique.

Stud silver earrings set with citrine – £50. 

Topaz, citrine and amethyst silver drop earrings – £50. 

Stud silver earrings set with sapphire -£50.

THIRD PRIZE – A £25 gift voucher. 

This can be redeemed in a number of ways. Our third prize winner could use this to deduct money off a dress or jewellery of their choice and we also have some beautiful accessories such as hats, gloves and 100% tibetan wool scarves.

100% Tibetan wool shawl – £25.

Entry is via Twitter @SparkleOHara, Instagram @Sparkleohara, or through Sparkle O’Hara’s Facebook page with full terms and conditions available on 

Sparkle O’Hara tell us... “We will announce our Prize winners on 1st October 2017. We will contact prize winners directly and
arrange a mutually convenient time and date for them to visit us. Ideally we would love to host our winners at the boutique however we are mindful of those that might not be able to make it or may require special assistance. We will endeavour to support people to visit or select a suitable dress
remotely should they need.”

@Rations2R_n_R sends our best wishes to each entrant and thank Fiona and Kirstie of Sparkle O’Hara for allowing us to share details of their fabulous competition.


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Chic and stylish…Charm the birds out of the trees. 

With days that are sweltering and evenings that are only a touch cooler we are all searching for the ideal summer dress.

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Evie Summer Flamingo Dress featuring a full 1950s style flared skirt, a flattering cross-over bust and small capped sleeves, with a concealed zip fastening at the back. Manufactured by Lady V London and Made in London she can be worn with or without a petticoat. Priced at £55.00 with free UK delivery. 


@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 if you are the owner of any content included and would like us to either amend or remove anything that we post. Christine Ashbeck (founder of @Rations2R_n_R). 

Introducing “The Beehive”…for honeys!

I love the opportunity that @Twitter gives me to share my love of retro and vintage. I love more the opportunity that I have to chat with entrepreneurial women and, especially, those that are embarking on their journey. I am enthused by their passion and spirit. Launching in January 2018 I’m so grateful to be able to chat with Lynne from “The Beehive”.

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C) I am excited to learn, as our followers will no doubt also be, about the services that The Beehive will provide. 

Lynne @LynneThom1 (L) So initially, I’ll be providing vintage hair and makeup makeovers, I’ll offer this either in my caravan ‘the Beehive’ which will be a mobile salon or I can downsize and bring my kit. I’ll be promoting myself at wedding fairs to provide wedding services as well as vintage events. I’m selling products from the ‘vintage cosmetics company’ and I have a few items handcrafted on etsy which I’d like to display in the beehive. I would like, in the long run to look at other services I could add.

(C) As a mobile vintage hair and make up artist please tell me the area in which you will offer your services. 

(L) When attending vintage fairs I’m looking forward to travelling country wide, and again with regular services I don’t want to limit myself in terms of distance… I think I’ll have to look at this realistically though.

(C) You are taking delivery of a caravan; that I understand will undergo refurbishment. Tell us more!

(L) Yes that came recently and work is under way… very exciting! We bought a really cheap one to gut and renovate to be ready for January as a working mini salon. 

(C) I would like to ask about the person who is about to embark on an undoubtedly exciting journey. Our followers would love to know about you. 

(L) Ok so I’m a mum of 2 step mum to 2 and having my own vintage wedding in Whitby this July. I currently work in mental health and have a psychology degree, however vintage is my passion and I’m looking forward to going for it. I do burlesque dancing for fun as well as vintage shopping and watching old movies.

(C) Who, or what, has inspired you to set up your venture?

(L) I wanted a career change that meant I would be doing something I truly loved daily, I also wanted this to mean spending more time with my family and be working from home a lot more. My family have been really supportive and encouraging, my partner is helping me with the caravan as well as with ideas, the kids are excited and my parents and friends are offering to help in any way they can. So with support like that I couldn’t have a better motivation really.

(C) Please tell me about your personal motivation.

(L) I think I probably covered that but yes I think to be in a career I love that also allows me spend more time with my family really.

(C) I am sure that our followers would like to know the reason that you have a love of vintage hair and make up.

(L) I’ve had a love for the styles of different eras as long as I can remember really, I do love history and I’ve always been drawn to the styles of many eras. I love the 1940s how it looked and what it stood for, the attitudes and determination.

(C) Where can The Beehive be found on Social Media and how can you be contacted?

(L) I have a website I have a Facebook page The Beehive mobile vintage and of course my Twitter. My number is 07783409141.

Thank you Lynne for taking the time to chat with @Rations2R_n_R. I so look forward to following your journey and catching up with you soon. I send my best wishes for your success.


Rich in Love…Rich in Glamour.

Today’s blog post is one of which I am both immensely proud, and sincerely grateful to Doris Hobbs of “Rich in Love Fashion”, who has kindly taken time to speak with me. 

Christine @Rations2R_n_R (C).

“Luxury spokesmodel. Entrepreneur. Creator of Rich in Love. VRAI Magazine Contributing Editor. Diabetes Advocate.” A list that many would find daunting. Please tell me about the woman that faces these challenges with an openly evident passion.

Doris @doris_hobbs (D).

The greatest enemy for anyone’s future success is being in a state of comfort. I find those who are comfortable live in a trypophobia of fear which includes both mediocrity and regret. Over the past years as an Entrepreneur, Author, Model, Diabetes Advocate and Creator of Rich in Love Fashion I’ve found that one of the keys to personal growth is surrounding yourself in the most uncomfortable situations life can provide you. 

During the first year of my diagnosis as a type 1 diabetic my business mentor had me explore several uncomfortable situations in my life, in those experiences I learned why I would react the way I do, how to create a clear vision, important networking tools and more importantly how to live a life of being authentic.

I find each day a blessing and another day to fulfill my mission to inspire those in need of a dose of glamour.

(C). I am sure that our followers would like to know who has inspired you on your journey.

(D). The self-respect, class, appreciation, and etiquette – women of the 1940-50s. I find these women had by far much more self-respect for their self in the way of confidence and not settling for anything that doesn’t serve them. Too many times, we settled for what we think we need, rather than making bold advancements to greatness. Why would anyone settle for a quality of life that is less than what they are capable of? This also goes for the classic women in our culture. If a woman could see herself in the mirror for the true beauty she possesses and simply play off those attributes she’d feel a sense of confidence that would in return create certainty. I call it the “one zip fix,” it starts with a sheath dress and where it takes you is style beyond words.

(C). Photographs of you display a clear appreciation of vintage style elegance and glamour. I would love to know what and/or who has influenced your attraction?

(D). There’s a sentimental spot in my heart for the timeless style of the 1940s. Perhaps it’s due to growing up in a family enriched with a vintage lifestyle, film noirs, or the countless Sunday afternoons exploring my grandmother’s well-curated collection of costume jewelry. From these memorable experiences, I knew as a little girl one thing to be true; I’d transform one day and possess such glamour as well.

(C). Is there a specific area of vintage style fashion that is of particular importance to you?

(D). Christian Dior’s “New Look”, an image that took a vivid shift during the post-war fashion from the late 1940s. Gathering the same fundamentals that Dior displayed in 1947 as Carmel Snow, Editor-in-Chief of Harper Bazaar was quoted stating, “It’s such a new look!” after her initial viewing of Dior’s spring/summer collection.

(C). Please tell me a little about Rich in Love Fashion including the philosophy on which it is based.

(D). Through the empowerment, I share on Rich in Love Fashion with wearing vintage garments among sharing my unbinding strength, I’ve found each garment to metaphorically represent a shield of armor providing me courage and confidence. My style journey has consisted of many moments: failure and beauty, while I’ve gravitated to obtaining a grammarian, yet glamorous life as an aspiring Spokesmodel, Diabetes Advocate & Writer. Just like a security blanket a child latches onto for many years of their youth, I’ve taken hold onto vintage as my sanctuary knowing I am authentic and fearless.

(C). Many of us will know a person with diabetes and I understand that you were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as an adult. I am sure that you have been asked about this many times but I am also sure that you are more than happy to spread information and knowledge. Please tell me how you effectively manage your diabetes; especially with regard to your hectic professional life.

(D). For me, that moment came on October 22nd of 2014, weeks prior to my 33rd birthday as I was formally diagnosed as a type 1 diabetic. During this unpredictable moment in my life, I, of course, wanted to do what many might have felt to be therapeutic which was to live in sympathy, self-pity, and even doubt. Instead I decided to go beyond the autoimmune disease not wearing it as a sympathy garment; instead seeking a way to refashion how others perceive such a life altering disorder. With only two days after the news was given, I (by choice) found myself conducting an on-location photoshoot for a previously contracted client. That decision was the first of many to never label a setback as “failure” instead I embrace each tragedy as a setup to promote self-growth, in addition prove that my capacities are without measure.

Moreover, the key of taking control of any situation directed into our path is a proper mind-set that consist of victory rather that lack. In addition to mindset I’ve found healthy eating habits such as the Paleo Diet, daily fitness routines mixed with morning sessions of gratitude all help me to balance my work schedule and personal life.

(C). Is there a specific motivational quote on which you base both your personal and professional lives?

(D). Thank you for asking, I trademarked a quote I created that is the epitome of everything I believe and stand for – “Every Setback is a Setup for the Glamour in Life™” This quote is evident to never label a setback as “failure;” instead I embrace each tragedy as a setup to promote self-growth, and in addition prove that my capacities are without measure.

(C). Please tell our followers about your aspirations for the future.

(D). To motivation the world, in glamour.

(All images are by, Rich Fisher of rf_fisher_photography.)

Doris is undoubtedly inspirational when it comes to vintage style elegance and glamour and the empowerment of women. Once again I should like to convey my thanks and send my best wishes for every success in the future. Rich in Love Fashion may be found at

Thank you also to my followers for their loyal support of @Rations2R_n_R.