#hitrefresh: A Re-Fashioned Life for New Beginnings

This weekend I spent three and a half hours sorting through my wardrobe, rearranging, colour coding, trying on and deciding what stays and what goes. It wasn't so much of an 'out with the old and in with the new' type of activity. It was more of a preparation and organisation activity, for my new life - a better life. You see, I have a new job! Not just any old job. For me it's a life changing job, a game changer -  it's my dream job. After spending ten years reading, writing, studying and blogging about fashion and living alongside my fiance and his fashion family, I will finally be working in fashion, an industry I have concerned and surrounded myself with for years. So, although I am getting married in six months, my new life really starts with my new job, my first day just a week and a half away. In an ideal world I would have started my new...
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10 Sixties Chic Fashion Items Inspired by Mad Men!

Over the Christmas I became a box set night owl and watched endless episodes of Mad Men back to back over the holidays. Funnily enough it was the Gucci Autumn Winter 2015 collection that inspired me to take up watching Mad Men, which centres itself around a New York advertising agency set in the sixties. It dawned on me one day, when putting together an ensemble to wear for drinks with the girls on Christmas eve, that the culmination of Gucci's modern mod and the wardrobes of Donald Draper's ex-wife, Betty Francis, and his current wife, Megan Draper, has given my recent ensembles a distinctive sixties feel. One of my favourite ensembles at the moment is a retro print shift dress from Primark, patent knee high boots from Dune and my hair styled with a deep side parting, a la Megan. Although my ultimate favourite era will always be the Roaring Twenties, I have recently discovered a new found love for sixties...
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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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Cold Front by Laura Welsh – Inspiring

A year after its release, I have found, have become completely charmed and inspired by and will now treasure Laura Welsh's song 'Cold Front' and its visually stunning video for these reasons... Last night, in bed, willing the hours, minutes, seconds of a Sunday night not to pass too quickly and for Monday to stay as far off in the distance as possible I stumbled upon something that moved me. I was watching Season 2 of ABC's Mistresses, my new guilty pleasure that I  have been watching the evenings I spend home. Admittedly, Mistresses is more engaging than profound, more escapism than thought provoking, but it's addictive and it's all about women, sex and relationships - so therefore I kind of like it for whine down time. In the getting to know each other phase of a hot heterosexual couple, possibly the most heated of scenes in Mistresses thus far, this song (unknown to me at this point) starts playing. The man, an...
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Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

My readers will know that I have an undying love for F Scott Fitzgerald, his literature and the era he penned to perfection. The flappers,  the Charleston, Art Deco design and 'the whole shebang'! It came to my attention recently that I have none of the Fitzgerald quotes that have been charming me for so long on Charms of a Dandizette...so I though I should share some. It was my attempt to reread my Fitzgerald collection before the release of The Great Gatsby film starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Carey Mulligan. However, since finishing Tender is the Night I have been drawn to another book, the same book that possibly every other woman at present has been drawn to - E. L James' Fifty Shades of Grey - there's plenty to say about that but I shan't digress. So, I began my Fitzgerald journey with Tender is the Night. Tender is the Night is yet another of Fitzgerald's devastating and gentle tales...
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Analyze This

Analyze This 1999, starring Robert De Niro, directed by Harold Ramis.... I have spent the day recovering from my New Years Eve celebration watching films back to back. It started with Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Richie Rich, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ratatouille and now, one of the films I can never watch too many times, with the actor who never tires, Robert De Niro in Analyze This. Because I absolutely adore this film, and am always amused by De Niro's right hand man Jelly, I just had to make a note of this quote. Jelly: I'm gonna get a bite to eat. You wanna sandwich or somethin'? Guard: What kind of sandwich ain't too fattening? Jelly: A half a sandwich....
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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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Inspired by Leon: The Professional

Is life always this hard or is it just when you're a kid...Leon: The Professional 1994, written and directed by Luc Besson. Starring Jean Reno, Natalie Portman and Gary Oldman. After returning from dinner last night, slipping into PJ's and hanging out in the bedroom,  my boyfriend asked me, 'What film do you want to watch tonight?' This is the habitual question that one of us asks the other each night we spend at home. The other always answers,  'I don't know - do you fancy something old? Something funny or...?' It can go on like this for a while, till eventually one of us loses interest. Last night my answer was, 'I want to watch something that moves me.'  And, well, I most certainly was. 'Allora, come stai Leone?' 'Bene' The opening line said. Yes! Last night I watched Leon:The Professional and yes, ashamedly, it was the first time I'd seen it. Leon, starring Jean Reno and Natalie Portman was made in 1994, written and directed by Luc Besson. Those very...
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