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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9 Fashion Tips To Help Define Your Trans-seasonal Style

How to fashion yourself now... For most, September is the hardest month to dress oneself. Of course this makes sense – it’s the time of uncertainty for dandies and fashion concerned clothes wearers. We have been so busy honing and compiling our summer wardrobes, taking to Pinterest and Tumblr for street style inspiration and then shopping accordingly, that we haven’t even given much thought to the 2014-15 autumn/winter catwalk shows that we watched back in February. I personally feel like, just as I truly got into the swing of my fashioned summer self – lots of shorts, printed trousers, Birkenstocks, camisole tops and a general laid back Celine inspired approach - were the shops displaying winter garb too warm to wear and the magazines discussing new coat trends far too early to invest in. Yet, in London, August just gone, it was far too chilly to be sporting shorts and camisole tops, however, not quite the season for tights and boots. And, here...
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7 Fashion Items You Need to be Trending this Spring!

The Pastel Coloured Coat or Coatigan And it does have to be pink! The coat is an instant game changer - so an easy way to adapt your wardrobe to the spring summer 2014 trends is to start with the coat. And although any pastel coloured coat nods itself to the trend - the real trend here is pink and in my humble opinion, the pastel coloured coat needs to be a pink coat. Just Google it and check out the uptake! This is a massive trend for the season and with your perfect pink coat you can be on trend every day! Fringing/The Slip on Sneaker Eva Chen ticks two key spring/summer 2014 trends on the list with this amazing ensemble that includes some fringing and the slip on sneaker, oh so a la mode, oh so Celine slash Givenchy! The slip on Sneaker - again! God love fashion, Celine and Givenchy for making this slip on sneaker an absolute key item this spring. The...
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An Ode to the Black Leather Skirt

An Ode to the Black Leather Skirt

All hail the black leather skirt... Although this garment is hardly breaking new ground, it has found its second wind and seems to be the new go to  leather item after the much loved leather trousers we've all been rocking since last winter. It's a fact, the black leather skirt will revolutionise our wardrobes this winter which is why I want to write an ode to it, so it might find itself beneath my tree this Christmas. Although I own two pretty impressive leather skirts already, a wine red knee length skirt and a black leather tasselled shorter skirt, both from Zara, neither of these skirts quite have the 'je ne sais quoi' the black leather mini skirt has. You see the wine red skirt and the black leather tasselled skirts mentioned above are game changers, statement makers that need very little styling to look impressive. Whereas the black leather skirt is impressive because of its massive impact albeit its simplicity....
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An Ode to Anna Dello Russo – The Queen of Street Style

An Ode to Anna Dello Russo – The Queen of Street Style

So, we are in the midst of Milan Fashion week! And whilst the fashionites, like Anna Dello Russo and BFF and fashion partner in crime Giovanna Battaglia flit around the Milan attending runway shows to seek out the emerging trends for spring/ summer 2014 - Anna Dello Russo wowing street style fashion photographers with her ever so 'a la mode' ensembles, the rest of us are still trying to style our way into winter 2013/14. For the fashion concerned functional girl or guy about town, the change of the season leaves us hanging momentarily in style limbo. The pages of Vogue are covered in winter coats and boots and all things in deep and dark hues - too soon to be worn just yet, models strut the runway adorned in floatier, lighter, brighter materials for the summer season, whilst we are left pounding the pavements in a combination of last year's winter wardrobe and this year's summer trends - still trying...
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Is Your iPhone Looking Fabulous?

  We would once be considered on trend and stylish just by the mere fact of owning the latest lifestyle gadget, be it the latest MP3 player, tablet, mobile phone, e-reader  and so on and so forth. These little technological devices were once a worthy testament to our fashion savoir faire - particularly any device designed by Apple and predominantly the iPhone - because everyone needs a phone and any fashionista knows it needs to be an iPhone. Such a staple have these little pieces of technology become and so dear to us they are, that we are no longer merely protecting our iPhones in functional cases, we're embellishing and adorning them like we embellish and adorn ourselves. I think of my Biba iPhone case as an investment, with massive cost per wear value, like a statement coat, a belt or pair of sunglasses. And like anything that has massive cost per wear, the iPhone embellishment offers big fashion kudos. Admittedly, embellishing...
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Goodbye to the Maxi and Summer 2012…

An Ode to the Maxi skirt and summer 2012... Source: via Ayesha on Pinterest As the mornings remain darker for longer and daylight leaves us that bit earlier the unfortunate fact is looming...summer is over and out with it goes the summer wardrobe. This summer I fell in love with the maxi skirt, a white linen shirt and maxi skirt ensemble became my go to look for the season, to mix up the look I even took inspiration from my ultimate style icon Olivia Palermo and wore my maxi's with heels. I will be sad to pack away my super comfortable, effortlessly glamorous maxi skirts and even more so to say goodbye to Summer 2012..But whilst the temperature remains in its double figures in London and it's just warm enough to don my maxis I will... Here's my ode to Summer 2012 and the Maxi Skirt... Source: 5th-avenue-fashion.tumblr.com via Ayesha on Pinterest Source: fashionfinder.asos.com via Ayesha on Pinterest Source: greyandscout.com via Ayesha on Pinterest Source: thenativefox.blogspot.com via...
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Inspired by Bangles: Relish to Embellish…

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” Cecil Beaton quotes I am currently in the process of building my accessories collection. Although I continuously purchase new earrings and rings, I couldn't help but notice that my bangle collection has somewhat fallen by the waist side. Instead of creating a wonderful pile up of bangles and bracelets, cuffs and chains made of leather, metal and mesh. I find myself slipping on the same bangle each and every morning - with no attention to aesthetic creativity at all. I have come to notice that my bangle collection hasn't been updated with any statement pieces in (ashamedly so...) years. So I thought I'd share with you what's inspiring my journey to updating my bangle collection... Relish to Embellish... by ayeshadandizette featuring a cuff bangle There truly is an art to the perfect pile up,...
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Inspired by my Marrakech Wardrobe!

Inspired by my Marrakech Wardrobe, the SS2012 trends, Carrie Bradshaw  and the Sex and the City 2 wardrobe... Up until three or four blog posts ago I had been slightly reluctant to post photos of myself on Charms of a Dandizette - I suppose because this blog isn't really about what I look like. Having said that, as well as being concerned about fashion,  Charms of a Dandizette is also about my personal style. So, I thought my next Marrakech inspired post, this one,  should be about my wardrobe approach to my week in the Moroccan city. I set myself a little fashion task for my trip, which was to implement as many of the season's trends into my holiday wardrobe as financially, physically and tastefully possible. So neatly packed away in my powder pink Marrakech suitcase was a white Broderie Anglaise top, of course inspired by Marc Jacobs' sweetly designed spring summer 2012 Louis Vuitton collection. Bravely I purchased three bra-lets, borrowed from...
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Inspired by Paris…J’adore Paris

J'adore Paris Inspired by a recent visit to Paris... It's been a while Dandies and I am feeling somewhat guilty for the length of time that I have been away from my much loved and treasured blog. In my absence I have celebrated my birthday, been to Paris, started reading a new book, which has managed to crawl beneath my skin and has claimed me entirely (indeed I am reading Fifty Shades of Grey), have begun to write my own novel with more urgency than I have the past few years that I have been writing it (yes, I said years!) and have just returned from Marrakech Morrocco! So, I suppose I should start with Paris... There are so many reasons that I adore Paris. I generally tend to love cities, but there's something about this beautiful city that agrees with me so well. The first time I went to Paris I met a French woman at the Cuban Compagnie Cafe in Bastille, she spent...
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