Black seams and ivory pearls.

Welcome to today’s vintage style fashion pick.

In yesterday’s blog post we featured a wonderful ‘Vintage Style Black 3/4 Sleeve Peplum Fishtail Hem Bodycon Pencil Dress’.

To beautifully accompany…

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Fully Fashioned Stockings Point Heel H2033 made on vintage Reading knitting machines. Sheer 15 denier nylon with sewn seam and finishing loop. Made in UK from 100% non stretch nylon. Priced at £22.50.

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Vintage Style Ivory Pearl Necklace With Round Clasp made with a traditional sterling silver clasp and freshwater pearls. Pearls measure approximately 6-7mm, necklace length is 44cm. Priced at £28.00.

Finish off with heels and ready to go.




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

Since I arrived on Twitter in December of last year I have encountered many wonderful people that have made me feel welcome. One person’s support has shone and, today, I am pleased to say “thankyou’ and announce my first blog post collaboration in which I would like to introduce Chic Style Boutique (@chicstyleboutiq).

Christine @Rations2R_n_R. Thank you for talking with me. I am sure that everyone would love to get to know the person behind Chic Style Boutique. Please tell us about yourself.

@chicstyleboutiq.  Hi, I’m Persia.  

For a number of years I travelled – a lot! Brazil, America, Dubai, Dominican Republic, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bahamas, Jamaica, plus a lot more! In more recent years, I lived in the US, where I had my son. However, I returned to the UK in March 2013, to figure out what I wanted to do. Having already worked in TV, Film, Commercials and Corporate Videos as an unknown actress, and modelled burlesque style, as well as pinup/retro with an amazing photographer more recently, I wanted to move on to my next challenge. After pondering for a few years (I can be quite indecisive!), and trying to figure out how I could work around my toddler son, I decided to start up my online store, Chic Style Boutique (CSB).

C.  It takes inspiration to start a business. Tell us about the inspiration that led you to start up Chic Style Boutique.

P.  I didn’t really have inspiration – I just took the leap! I’m spontaneous like that!

C.  From who do you take personal inspiration and motivation?

P.  There are a number of individuals I take motivation, but in particular, inspiration from. Most are iconic women, not necessarily from the fashion side of things; from Maya Angelou to Audrey Hepburn. I live by their quotes. They gave so much to those who really needed it.

C. Please tell us more about Chic Style Boutique and it’s philosophy.

P.  CSB will offer women of different sizes chic, yet affordable fashion. No one should be ashamed of what they look like, nor their size, which is why I was, and still am determined my store will continue to offer a range of sizes; UK 6-32. Also, as a vintage style enthusiast, I am pleased to confirm retro/rockabilly/1950’s style clothing will be coming soon too! Retro bags are already available, but I am currently looking for fabulous dresses to add.

C.  What products do you currently stock?

P.  The current stock consists of dresses, skirts, tops, bags, accessories and a few pieces of jewellery. Some of the clothing can be classed as a little causal but they are still chic.

C.  Are there specific reasons for your selection of the items that you stock?

P.  I selected these items because they are in line with what I consider as ‘chic’. Some clothing can be worn to the office/work, whilst others can be worn on an evening/night out with friends. They are all items I would wear myself – something I think is important when choosing stock.

C.  We would love to know your ambitions for Chic Style Boutique.

P.  I hope to expand CSB to worldwide, but we’ll see. For now, I will concentrate on the UK. I will also be running competitions soon, and a Hall of Fame style feature/noticeboard, so customers can send in images of themselves wearing their lovely items. 

C.  You seem to thrive on positivity! Do you have a mantra by which you live your life; both personal and business?
P.  I certainly do! Look after yourself, there’s only one of you. Exercise. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but you sure feel good afterward. Laugh as much as possible. Smile. Pass that smile on to a stranger as you are passing them on the street, for that smile could very well make their day. Try not to dwell on your troubles/struggles; they won’t last forever. Live as if tomorrow is your last day. And be good. Always try to be good; “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou.

Thank you so much for chatting with me Persia. I’m sure readers will enjoy your comments as much as I have. I wish you every success with Chic Style Boutique.



And pink like the dress you wear to prom and you wear a white one and man she’s gone.

In the latest of my vintage style outfit picks I have selected a complete ensemble, that I hope you love as much as I do. 


Olivia Bra. 

Vintage inspired bra in soft pink georgette featuring 1950s style stitching on bottom of the cup.  Priced at £55.00.

Olivia Pink French Knickers.

Soft and floaty French Knickers made from semi sheer light pink georgette and featuring one button fastening at centre back and pink satin trim at waistband. Priced at £39.00.

Olivia Suspender Belt.

Lightweight 6 strap suspender belt made from delicate pink georgette and lined with lingerie net, featuring 6 suspenders and hook and eye fastening at back.  Priced at £41.50.

Also from

Fully Fashioned 100% 15 denier Nylon non stretch Stockings Point Heel – Champagne made on vintage knitting machines and featuring a sewn seam and finishing loop.  Priced at £20.00.


1950s Halterneck Pink Duchess Satin Circle Dress with boned bodice and full skirt.  Priced at £99.00.


1950s vintage “White Glamour Marilyn” pointy toe stiletto leather shoes with white lacquer heels. Priced at US$27.00 (approx. £22.00 – sadly no longer available). 

From – misseileen.

Vintage 1950s white leather clutch handbag featuring a curved frame with a cupid’s bow, brass clasp and optional chain handle. Measurements: 9 inches wide across the top, 10.5 inches wide across the bottom.1.5 inches wide. 5 inches deep.  Priced at £10.07.

Not vintage items but I should like to accessorise this outfit with; from

14K White Gold White Pearl necklace and earrings set fearturing 6.5-7mm pearls.  Priced at £249.00.


Essie Nail Polish – “Good Morning Hope”. Priced at £9.97.


W7 Butter Kiss Lipstick Candy Floss. Priced at £2.45.

Total cost of outfit, accessories and make up a little short of £550.00 so not for those of us on a budget.


We made it mauve, so as they say a brand new day and make it mauve.

Welcome to today’s vintage style outfit pick in which I return to my much loved circle dress.


1950s Halterneck Mauve Satin Wasp-waisted Circle Dress, featuring a supportive bodice that moulds the bust into a pin-up bullet shape whilst nipping the waist.  Priced at £39.00.

(Accessories (petticoats, belts, flowers) are not included, but are also available to buy from 


White Patent Mary Janes Swing Dance Shoes – Pleaser USA Inc.

1950’s Swing Dress High Heel Shoes with 4″ Heel.  Priced at US$59.95 (approx. £49.00).

From – birdiebuys4u(7182).

Vintage 1950s White Milk Glass 15″ Choker Bead Necklace.  Priced at US$24.99 (approx. £20.50).

Total cost approx. £108.50.


A different shape every step I take.  A different mind every step of the line.

Today’s vintage style fashion pick takes a very small detour. 

Bettie Page; one of the most well known of pin-up models, first found fame in the 1950s. Like other women who have chosen pin-up and/or burlesque as their form of artistry the corset would have been an integral part of Bettie’s wardrobe.

The corset; whose history may be traced back many generations (reaching the peak of its popularity in the Victorian era), is not a garment that I specifically associate with either the 1940s or the 1950s.  I have, nevertheless, selected it as part of today’s outfit.


Orchard Corset – Overbust Satin Corset.

Steel boned longline corset in high shine satin featuring 24 flat & spiral steel bones.  Dimensions: 15.5″ Front / 16.5″ Center Bust/ 13″ Back / 14″ Side.  Priced at  US$59.43 (approx. £48.00).


50s Capri Pants – Black.

1950s style high waisted capri pants made in stretchy black bengalene fabric that hug the figure. Capris crop at mid calf and feature a split on each leg.  Priced at £50.00.


Whistles Cornel Stiletto Heeled Court Shoes, Dark Red Suede with a full leather lining and heel height of 9.5cm (3.74″). Priced between £112.00-£124.00.


VINTAGE 1950s Black Jet Bead Double Necklace.

Jet black graduated faceted beads separated by smaller beads.  Double layer with brass clasp. Approx. 16″ long.

Priced at US$30.00 (approx. £24.00).

Total cost £234-£246.