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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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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Only Anna Dello Russo – Fashion Week A/W2014

Anna Dello Russo is queen of the zeitgeist. She is my go to street style superstar when trying to gauge the key trends of the coming season. She might be extreme and conspicuous with her fashion, but that's what makes the trends so easy to decipher. So, if like myself, the coming of Spring and the glorious freak weather we're having in London is making you start to ponder your new Spring wardrobe, use Anna Dello Russo's Autumn Winter Fashion Week 2014 street style looks inspire you. And just look at how much fun she makes fashion look! Be Charmed, Stay Inspired! x...
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The One – Oscar Winner Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey most certainly is the One ('...and only true gentlemen'- in the words of Dolce and Gabbana) this year. With his incredible performance in Jean Marc Vallee's Dallas Buyers club, an incredible award season has followed and rightly so. Having already won the Golden Globe's Best Actor, the SAG and Critic's Choice Award for his portrayal of character Ron Woodroof, the sexy southern actor is now the proud owner of that ultimate gold statue. Last night Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role, in a very tough category, up against the likes of Wolf of Wall Street's Leonardo di Caprio, American Hustle's Christian Bale, 12 Year's a Slave's Chiwetol Eljifior and Nebraska's Bruce Dern. And of course, the Dolce and Gabbana gentlemen accepted his Oscar dressed head to toe in Dolce and Gabbana, from the New Bond Street Dolce and Gabbana boutique concept store in London. This was McConaughey's first Oscar nomination and his first win,...
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Dolce and Gabbana Milan Fashion Week AW 2014

Once Upon a Time in Sicily... There's only one way to describe Dolce and Gabbana's A/W 2014 collection and that is a beautifully told fairy story. With such a decadent and indulgent colour pallet, a beautiful mixture of fabrics and textures, bejeweled, embroidered and adorned, with lots and lots of brocade looking - royal in gold and refined in black, you wouldn't be wrong to assume yourself thumbing through the illustrated pages of a giant fairy tale book. Maid Marion meets Little Red Riding Hood immediately comes to mind as you imagine outer -wear made spectacular embellished with giant golden skeleton keys and sumptuous hoods made from velvet and fur, in that ever so striking blood red or the deep and sensual purple. For those a little less intense, billowing floor length dresses that fluttered were dreamy, sheer midi length corseted dresses were ever so damsel in distress and chic shift dresses were toughened up with metal boots of armour. How could we help but...
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A Social Media – Existential Crisis…

So today I woke up with a desire to write. I mean, I live with the dull ache to write, everyday.  Ayesha, why aren't you writing that book? Leave Twitter and Tumblr and Pinterest and LinkedIn and Charms of a Dandizette alone - stop digitising and just put pen to paper and write that book. OK, so I am not putting pen to paper now either and I have turned to Wordpress to pour out my soul this morning. But the beautiful thing about this digital world, which, ironically, is heavily dependent upon one of the greatest elements of the human condition, is how simple it is to share and self express. I am not talking about the over sharers whose only dealings with social media is to put cringe worthy or tasteless narcissistic posts on Facebook. I am talking about artists and illustrators, poets and playwrights, the - creatives that use social media as a tool to offload, as...
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Kim Kardashian’s Style, Improved?

Whilst reading through my list of favourite blogs this morning I came across a post on Style Snooper Dan's site, in which he refers to Kim Kardashian's style evolution of 2013 as the 'Most Improved'. Of course style, like beauty, is subjective. Whilst the general consensus would have it that, since the reality TV star has been linked with Kanye West, her style has seen many better days, the fashion world appears to be embracing her more so than ever. Needless to say, having a 'Fashion God' as a fiance, who has a very special and personal relationship with the likes of hash tag worthy Givenchy designer Ricardo Tisci, won't hurt your fashion career and presence in the industry. Let's be honest, Kim's beauty, body and sex appeal are what put her in the face of the media. She's no Miroslava Duma or Anna Dello Russo or any other street style star papped to popularity by street style photographers because of...
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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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Sicily, Dolce and Gabbana and Papini

Sicily, Dolce and Gabbana and Papini

The 2013 Winter Visit to Catania, Sicilia If there's one thing I know fashion lovers absolutely adore, as well as everyone else, it's the opportunity to travel. So I am going to deviate from my usual fashion writing to share with you some memorable moments from my recent trip to Sicily. Needless to say, my four days in Sicily was not completely void of fashion and fabulousness - how can it be when in Italy? My partner and I went back to Sicily last week to celebrate his birthday with his family and friends - frequent readers of Charms of a Dandizette will know that my partner is Sicilian and I have been travelling to and from Catania, Sicily for the past eight years. No matter where in the world I travel, no matter how inspired and rejuvenated I feel on my escape and on my return, there is something very special about the way I feel when I am in and have returned from...
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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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