Budapest – The City Beautiful

Budapest – The City Beautiful

It's been just over a month since I have returned from my visit to Budapest. However, I could not allow such a magnificent experience and such a beautiful destination to pass without a devoted blog post - so here it is! I took my fiancé to Budapest, Hungary as a surprise for his 40th birthday. Admittedly, I knew very little about the destination before I booked our trip and had absolutely no idea what  kind of city break we might actually experience.  Most city break destinations don't need much more  than a good cityscape and some pretty bridges to justify itself as a city break destination. However, as it was a surprise for my fiance's birthday I really needed Budapest to be extra special. In all honesty, Budapest was not a destination I had romanticised over, like Paris, which possibly would always be my first choice for a European city break. Nevertheless, my fiance is not a big fan of Paris, we'd...
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The Only Boots You Need to be On Trend This Winter

The winter season does not pass without me purchasing at least one new coat and a new pair of boots. If you're reading this blog, you're likely to be the same. How could one possibly miss out on the opportunity to add to our wardrobes items almost as powerful as the handbag, but so much more protective? We don't!  Today, I want to talk specifically about boots. I love boots. I am guessing I own around twenty pairs. Most are black, a few tan and brown, some wedged, Chelsea, studded and over the knee. Ankle boots and booties, knee high riding boots or edgy biker chic -you get the picture. Nonetheless, regardless of how many boots I might own and how many varieties I might boast I have the option of choosing from, it recently became very apparent that the majority of the boots in my collection lack the true fashion clout one needs to demonstrate the attitude of the boot...
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Life…The Beauty is in the Detail

If blogging is an art form and this is art, then in this case, art imitates life...  It's been far too long since my last blog Dandies and I have been longing to get back here so I can do what I love to do the most - write. I am glad to say that what has kept me away has all been good stuff! The past few months have been crazy, productive and somewhat life changing. In fact, it's nice to have been so occupied with my life for productive  reasons, so that I can now sit here and write this blog feeling one hundred times more content than I did the last time I wrote for Charms of a Dandizette. Of course, I am always in a pretty serene and constructive place when I am writing my own blog.  However, the last time I blogged I wasn't completely immersed in these two very significant projects; the planning of my wedding...
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London Collections Men’s: 2014 – 15 in Pictures

Frequent Charms of a Dandizette readers will be shocked to see that I am covering the London Collections Men's fashion week - as I have never thus far. Admittedly this can be an event that can pretty much go unnoticed for me, but as my partner kicked off the week at the Dolce and Gabbana London Collections event on Sunday night and gave me a firsthand run down of the events that took place the following day, how could I couldn't not cover it? So here are my favourite looks of the people at the parties and on the FROW's of the London Collections 2014-15, needless to say there's a fair few of Mr David Gandy. But I'd like to take my hat off to Wretch 32. What a dandy he looks in that heritage check suit ensemble, with the floral shirt collar and those oxblood shoes - Perfection! Naturally, there were some bloggers there too... A closer look at the Dolce...
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Inspired by: The Boondocks Season 4

Welcome to The Boondocks Amongst the myriad of skilfully and intricately animated graphic novels and witty comic strips there is one that seems to literally be tearing the American public apart with its social satire on race relations in America.  Regardless of the constant disapproval, censorship, hate mail and rebuttal the comic generates, it is an undying success and continues to prevail. On the second of May 2010, the pioneering and revolutionary comic strip, The Boondocks aired the first episode of the third season on American TV channel, Adult Swim. The return of the show after a two and a half year break was heavily awaited amongst fans and just as much dreaded by those opposing. The opening titles read ‘an episode that takes us back to the election of our nation’s first black president...’ The episode acted as a documentary that explored the power of the electoral campaign amidst Woodcrest (fictional town) residence. The German interviewer of the episode remarkably...
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Drive 2011

Drive, a book by James Sallis, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Ryan Gosling An actor that is currently under my radar is Ryan Gosling. Not only because he was papped in a passionate lip lock with the stunning Eva Mendes a day or so ago, but because he appears to be the man of the moment right now. Last night, when everyone was queing to watch the special screening of The Help, I was sipping wine in the foyer, waiting to see Drive.  The night before, I had watched a narcisstic, womanising, hard bodied, handsome Ryan Gosling, with that unmissable and wonderful accent - which apparently has Canadian roots, star in Crazy Stupid Love. However, Drive is a very different film and Gosling loses all his gloss for a very different kind of role. Yet another book adapted for the screen, Drive was written by James Sallis, the film, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. By day Gosling works as a mechanic and a stunt driver for the movies, at night he is a...
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The Help 2011

Tate Taylor's film adaptation of Katherine Stockett's novel, The Help Yesterday, West India Quay's Cineworld had a special screening of Tate Taylor's film adaptation of Katherine Stockett's novel, The Help. Queues backed out of the door and spilled onto the, now freezing, London streets. Thankfully I had already seen The Help and was, in fact, queuing to see Drive. However, considering I enjoyed The Help so much, I thought I should dedicate some time to write about it. Set in 1960's Mississippi, Emma Stone, who plays aspiring journalist Skeeter, has returned from University, where she studied a degree in Journalism. She's inspired to write a piece that explores the relationships between white families and their black maids from the perspective of the maids, for the Jackson Journal. Skeeter, decides she wants to interview one of her friend's maids, Abileen, played by Viola Davis.  A number of events occur, mainly stimulated by the callous behaviour of Hilly, played by    Bryce Dallas Howard, towards her maid Minny, Octavia Spencer,  that causes a cautious and dubious Abileen...
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F.Scott Fitzgerald – A Love Story

I watch the infamous party scene from The Great Gatsby with the exact same intensity I watch a Lanvin show. With that bottled up combustible excitement. Each and every time I am completely bowled over. The amount of fabulousness all in one place is overwhelming and deliciously tempting. Oh how I would still do anything to be at that party, amongst all that glitz and glamour. To wear those dresses and pile them up with the fanciest of accessories, drink those cocktails, smoke from those cigarette holders (even if I think smoking is ghastly) and dance the Charleston in the Roaring Twenties. I learned and fell in love with the roaring twenties; the flappers, the slickers, the slang, the excess and the scepticism that came along with it through reading the literature of the man who wrote it to perfection. I can’t imagine this glittering era without my mind instantly painting a picture that has been conjured up by language as...
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Jazz Baby – Inspired by Gucci Spring Summer Collection 2012

Jazz Baby by Ayesha Charles Trumpets drone and Jazz music plays Flappers flick their legs, with a martini haze, They tap their T-bar shoes as they jiggle and shake In slinky tube dresses with low slung waists, Feathers and sparkles show opulent taste And bejewelled cloche hats illustrates an impertinent face, With lined doll like eyes that ignite the night They dance the Charleston with no end in sight, They embrace a gathering as it were a surprise And celebrate being a Dame like receiving a prize, Seeking attention from a Slicker’s roaming eyes They roll nude stockings half way up their thighs, They work the party like an actress on stage Wisecracks and sharp talking like their reading from a page These little flappers never fail to amaze. It’s 1920, it’s the prohibition, it’s the Jazz Age. Related articles Fashion Week Handbags: Gucci Spring 2012 (purseblog.com) Link Time: Gucci Opens a Museum, Rumors Swirl Around Alexander Wang, and More (fabsugar.com) Milan Fashion Week opens: Gucci spring/summer 2012 (stylistatlarge.wordpress.com) ...
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