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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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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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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Balmain a/w 2012-13 Fashionising for the Girl About Town…

Balmain -Winter 2012-13 Runway Show... 'It's over the top, I mean it's very very embellished. I don't know quite where you're going wearing those clothes, but if you have the life for it, I envy you.' Said Cindy Weby Clearly from Instyle Magazine at the Balmain's a/w 2012-13 runway show. As I begin to write this post I am realising how ironic and funny life can be...I am even deliberating the theory that life would have it that we are all literally walking talking contradiction – if you’re not, I know I definitely am. When I first began writing this post I had a future set out in front of me with my partner – marriage, children, a house in Sicily where I’d write my novel and buy beautiful clothes and a house in London where I’d come to see family and friends ...of course these are all ideals and I am summarising. Something happened in between the time I started writing this...
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Inspired by: Being Over Shopped or Under Paid!

  Sometimes you really do just have to see the silver lining...or gold in my case! So here's my story... This month I have been fluttering within the realm of social media more so than usual. This of course is fun! It's great to see what's out there, I love to be inspired and it's important to invest into the blogosphere, as I treasure it so dearly. Au contraire to what internet phobes and pre-historic anti social media characters might say...there really is some good stuff out there and so inspired have I been that much of this months fashion purchases have been enthused  by fellow bloggers. Most of my social media travels are concerned with fashion and style and I flit between blogs, Polyvore and Pinterest. On my journeys I discover new styling ideas and new looks that I want to try out...I pin them to my  Pinterest board, I blog about them on Charms of a Dandizette and then I look through...
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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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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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The Black Book

It is undeniable that the female fashion and lifestyle magazine reader of today is spoilt for choice. The abundance of women’s magazines gracing the shelves is phenomenal, sometimes even overwhelming. A visit to the local WH Smiths can last absolute hours and for the enthusiastic reader, can cost a small fortune, or at least a nice lunch. As readers we select our magazines in accordance to the publications that speaks to who we are, or more aptly, who we aspire to be.  A wealth of publishers, photographers, editors, writers, stylists and designers want to give readers the opportunity to see the world through their eyes. They are the vocal-chord of fashion, communicating the core ideals of the industry through their voices. With great creative manipulation they use the shiny pages of their glossy magazines to show us how beautiful, respectable, fabulous and glamorous the world of fashion is. These creatives, however, that assure us fashion is global, multicultural, powerful and...
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A Dandizette Trail – Chelsea Bun

A Dandizette Trail – Chelsea Bun

There are a number of places one must visit in order to consider herself a true Dandizette, or at least to be on the go and in the know of all things fashionable, stylish and cultural. On a Sunday morning I rallied up a driver (my partner) and some tourists (my trusted girls) and we hit the London roads and began our fashionably, stylish culture trail. It commenced on a horribly rainy and grey Sunday morning with a fashionable breakfast – well who knows if breakfast can be fashionable, but it sure as hell tastes good and sets one in good stead for the rest of the day. First stop, the Chelsea Bun – Kings Road. A minute little cafe tucked away on a Kings Road back street, the Chelsea Bun is my guilty pleasure of the week. Unlike the sticky and pretentious eateries that line the Kings Road, Chelsea Bun is as sweet and as comforting as its name. Walking...
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Naomi Parker’s Send Off – The Hen Weekend

Ciao Ciao London It started off with The Sicilian saying goodbye and pre warning me of my behaviour as I hauled my powder pink suitcase and Sicilian biscuit package onto the bus to Victoria. Accompanying me was one of my roommates for the weekend, Gi Gi Live – who was making a huge statement with royal blue nails and oversized Victoria Beckham style glasses. ‘I tried to buy some wine,’ Gi Gi says, her nails highlighting her sentences as she waves her hands about, ‘The woman in the shop looked at me as though I was crazy. We don’t sell wine before eight thirty the she told me – don’t you know that – she asked me. Why would I know that?’ Gi Gi laughed, ‘Everyone in the shop looked at me as though I was an alcoholic.’ Purchasing wine at eight thirty AM – this is a hen weekend with good intentions. McDonalds Calls Victoria station with an hour to kill, there was...
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