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.

Website: http://www.chicstyleboutique.co.uk/

Cx.

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. 

From https://www.whatkatiedid.com.

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 https://www.whatkatiedid.com.

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.

From http://www.vivienofholloway.com.

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

From https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/capricornvintage.

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 https://www.etsy.com/uk – 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 http://www.absolutepearls.co.uk.

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

From https://www.beautiesfactory.co.uk.

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

From http://www.ebay.co.uk.

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.

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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.

From http://www.vivienofholloway.com.

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 http://www.vivienofholloway.com.) 

From http://www.starletsandharlets.com.

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 http://m.ebay.co.uk – birdiebuys4u(7182).

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

Total cost approx. £108.50.

Cx.

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.

From https://www.amazon.com/Orchard-Corset.

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).

From http://www.thehouseoffoxy.com.

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.

From https://m.johnlewis.com.

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.

From https://poshmark.com.

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.

Cx.