An Ode to The Half Tuck

This tucking phenomena has been around for some time now, but so in love with this simple garment manipulation am I, that I just had to commend the trend and write an ode to the Half Tuck! In my humble opinion the half tuck is the perfect and most simple way to manipulate almost any garment worn on the upper body, be it a shirt, t-shirt, jumper or whatever else we might care to wear. Unlike say, the embellished collar trend, that's dependent on many factors; it requires a shirt with the perfect collar,  a statement necklace - the necklace needing to be the right size to sit perfectly between the front band and point spread of the collar and it has to do this without dishevelling it, the half tuck doesn't require nearly half as much technique. It's merely a tuck! Having said that, there are many ways to wear the tuck and many reasons to do so; Those...
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Be On Trend, Dress for the Season and Keep Warm…

...in this cold British Spring 2013... The weather is said to be the most disengaging topic of conversations ever. It's definitely the most thoughtless and uninspiring of conversations, ideal for filling silences and the perfect small talk with people you don't really care about, but where fashion is concerned the weather is a big deal. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter; if there's one thing that fashion is dependent upon for its success it's these four elements.The seasons are indeed what keep the fashion wheel spinning and in turn keep us fashionistas from going crazy, because let's face it, we fashionistas depend upon change. In the winter we sit at our desks at work fantasising about balmy summer evenings after a day in the office spent on roof top bars overlooking the capital adorned in the latest spring summer trends, with Tom Ford sunglasses perched on our noses and polished toenails peeping out of strappy sandals. Once summer eventually turns to autumn we romantacise...
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A New Realm of The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby, a love story made extraordinary by the sad yet perfectly characterised Jay Gatsby... Last night F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby overwhelmed me once again, this time in a totally new realm. I have seen the 1974 Great Gatsby film, directed by Jack Clayton starring Robert Redford, watched those electric party scenes over and over again with complete awe - wishing myself there, reliving the novel I became enchanted by the first time I picked it up. And I've read the novel countless times, falling more and more in love with Fitzgerald and the world he penned so perfectly. Nevertheless,  that doesn't take away from how special I found watching The Great Gatsby on the big screen last night. No matter how many times I have read The Great Gatsby or, in fact, any of Fitzgerald's novels, long or short, without fail I am guaranteed to be ignited by his acute characterisations, his ability to materialise the human condition...
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Miranda Kerr Hangs Up her Wings

Miranda Takes Flight From the Runway... So, indeed, today is the day that Miranda Kerr announces her departure from luxury lingerie house Victoria's Secrets. Although we have enjoyed admiring Miranda work the Victoria's Secrets runway with her sweetly pretty face and her stunning body, wings and all, there need be no reason to be sad that the angel is leaving this runway behind. She's about to take flight in another aspect of life, that celebrates being a woman just as much as an Angel does, she's making this departure to prioritise her responsibilities as a mother to her two year old son Flynn. Kerr has been modelling since she was thirteen years old, now twenty nine and about to celebrate her 30th birthday on the 20th April, she felt it was the perfect time to hang up her wings. Miranda is such a fashion icon, with a style that mixes Parisian chic with just enough glamour to be perfect in its effortlessness,...
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My Thing About Stilettos…

  If you've picked up a Vogue magazine, scoured the Street Style pins on Pinterest or admired the spring summer 2013 ad campaigns of the major fashion houses in the last six months you will know that the stiletto is back and with a vengeance. These days you rarely spot the likes of Olivia Palermo, Kim Kardashian and the the recent addition to my fashion radar, Miranda Kerr, out and about without donning these ever so simple, ever so classic, yet suddenly ever so chic shoes. In my fashion lifetime, which consists of twelve years, defined by the period of time in which I have been a contributor and a consumer of fashion goods afforded by my own pocket as opposed to my parents - this is not the first time the stiletto has been coined 'chic'. When I say chic, I am not referring to the days when the stereotyped Essex girl claimed this pointed heeled shoe in white leather....
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‘I Love You’ Victoria’s Secrets Valentine’s Day 2013!

Oh Victoria's Secrets, Oh Angels and indeed, Oh Candice Swanepoel!  (It might be a little bit late,  but this is a post that couldn't be missed on Charms of a Dandizette and better late than never...) Barbara Palvin, Lily Aldridge, Karlie Kloss and Candice Swanepoel showcased the 2013 Victoria's Secrets Valentine's collection. There is no better way to say I Love You on Valentine's Day than with some very pretty, very pink  and very perfect Victoria's Secret lingerie from the Valentine's collection - even if you purchase it for yourself! Admittedly, all the Victoria's Secrets underwear I own has been purchased by me for me..., but who says there's anything wrong with whispering to yourself every now and again, ' I love me too.' Happy belated Valentine's Day Dandies...sorry it's soooo late...xx Be charmed, stay inspired! x...
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Redefining A Love Affair with Dresses and Statement Separates

So, first of all I should probably start by saying Happy New Year to you all! So, ' Happy New Year'. I hope you all celebrated in style, adorned in your very best. I personally had a small panic attack selecting the perfect dress to make a first impression on 2013. Because I have spent much of my Christmas holidays writing my novel, I've had very little time to shop, so thought New Year's Eve would be the perfect opportunity to don one of the many loved and forgotten dresses that hang patiently in my wardrobe awaiting their outing. After my said panic attack I opted for a Holly Fulton for ASOS black and yellow shift dress I bought a year and a half ago - which, in hindsight, is probably one of the most unique and expensive dresses in my wardrobe and pretty fitting for the occasion. But this dress was selected under the strict instructions of my ever...
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The Victoria’s Secret Angels…

For many a reason the Victoria's Secret Fashion show is a very special and unique kind of fashion show. The typical runway show is ultimately all about showcasing the design and craftmanship and style of a new collection, admittedly designers might put on a show with an elaborate set, think Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel with his motif of icebergs and crystals mise en scene,  or use the garments to tell a particular story, think Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton autumn winter 2012 runway show inspired by the golden age of rail travel. But let's be brutally honest - the Victoria's Secret show, although a beautiful show, is not about beautiful garments, imaginative sets or enthralling tales. The Victoria's Secret Show is about the enjoyment of being a woman and feeling beautiful and who embodies this? Well, we all know that at the heart of a Victoria's Secret show is an angel - the Angels, the celebrated Victoria's Secret Angels -  and...
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The Sweatshirt and the Kenzo Tiger Sweatshirt!

Trending #Sweatshirts It was winter last year that the grey sweatshirt became one of the key wardrobe items to for super savvy street style dressing. The sporty garment, a staple for the gym, once taken out of its context and paired with skinny jeans and strappy sandals or a tailored pair of trousers and brogues seemed risque and innovative. Although it would appear, as seen in these photographs taken by Tommy Ton, that the reign of the sweatshirt sill very much resides this winter 2012-13, we have become so accustomed to the sweatshirt trend, that for super savvy-ness and ultimate fashion manipulation we can no longer play it safe by simply nodding towards the sporty trend with the initial grey sweatshirt. This norm has been accepted and it's time to innovate once again and push the boundaries. Now the expert sweatshirt wearer creates a more stylised sweatshirt ensemble or selects a more statement making sweatshirt. Those of you that have adopted...
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