Tyne O'Connell

January 4, 2015

Suffragettes, Chic Even In Battle

by Tyne O’Connell

Suffragettes – Dandizette Heroines

The suffragette heroines epitomised the qualities of the feminism of Dandizettes by retaining their elegance and humour even in battle. Their movement was not just about votes for women. The suffragette’s defined what it meant to be a modern woman – elegant, intelligent and pure of heart but most decidedly not submissive! read more

December 31, 2014

New Year Resolutions of a Mayfair Eccentric – 2015

Resolution: My dedication to Salon Life shall remain as unshakable as a Papal Bull when it comes to my writing. My body may ail, but the Inky Scribe within is as lively as a Spaniel on the grouse moors of August.

Confined to an invalid’s bed – Living the life vicarious of the Ailing Inky Scribe, requires the discipline of Sis. Concilio, the patience of Our Lady, the humour of that jewel of the Restoration; Aphra Behn, the mind of Mde De Staël, the imagination of Cristine De Pizan, the memory of Proust & the bed of George Sand or perhaps CoCo Chanel? read more

November 5, 2014
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The City of Ladies

Christine de Pizan A Dandizette Doyenne

by Tyne O’Connell

The first Dandizette to take up charms by using her pen to counteract misogyny was Christine de Pizan who was born in 1364 in Venice. Her greatest work, The City of Ladies is a true dandizette call to charms.

Christine de Pizan was not only a rhetorical genius who brought great women in history back into prominence, but she exposed crude and vulgar language as another weapon used to slander women while simultaneously denigrating the sexual act itself. read more

October 4, 2014

Elinor Glyn

HAVE YOU GOT IT? Elinor Glyn the Quintessential Edwardian Dandizette

By Tyne O’Connell, “A modern day Elinor Glyn” The Daily Telegraph, UK

“What is IT – this subtle magnetic quality that makes you want to look at someone even when you wish you could stop. Do you have IT? Or if not, can you acquire IT?”

Elinor Glyn was born on 17th October in 1864 in Jersey in the Channel Islands. It is difficult to describe the enormous scale of her success as best-selling author, scriptwriter film director, columnist and international personalty and public speaker. In the words of Mark Twain: “She has come to us upon the storm wind of a vast and sudden notoriety. read more

August 1, 2014
Avoiding Conflict Diamonds

Avoiding conflict diamonds

By Tyne O’Connell ©

If one is feeling poorly or in the doldrums there is no greater pick-me-up than bedecking oneself with jewels: bracelets, chokers, necklaces, rings and earrings – on they go and an aura of light creates a bright armour against all doubt and depression.

When diagnosed with a brain tumour in January this year, I swathed myself in diamonds and packed the LVT luggage with period dramas and rosebud nighties before turning myself over to the medieval horrors of the 21st Century hospital experience. read more

August 1, 2014

Girls in Pearls

by ©Tyne O’Connell

There’s a Girl In Pearls inside every woman. She is the part of us that loves cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off. She adores cup cakes and anything with a rosebud print involved. She loves the feel of cashmere against her skin and if you get close enough to her, she smells of fresh linen.  read more

July 30, 2014
Tyne O'Connell Dandizette

English Eccentrics – The Dandy & Dandizette

by Tyne O’Connell©

The English have always been tolerant of eccentricity, particularly amongst the aristocracy. The word was coined by the Ancient Greeks, ékkentros which meant “not having the earth as the centre of an orbit” – an outré idea to the Ancients who were certain the earth was at as the centre of all. read more

July 27, 2014

Discovering Your Signature Champagne

The Champagne you serve symbolises you in your purest form.

It’s a statement and not one to be made lightly. Think of champagne as your signature, it not only represents you but you represent your champagne. Initially choose a house you can commit to and then when as you hope your fortunes improve you can select your favourite vintage.

Remember when choosing that each glass of champagne you imbibe becomes part of the river that runs through your life. Champagne is how we commemorate hatches matches and dispaches (births marriages and deaths). We commemorate all our triumphs and drown the sorrows of our disappointments with our signature champagne. It will be with you through good times and bad and one day hopefully far in the future your friends and family will have to drink it at your wake so it is imperative that you choose your champagne with due solemnity and care. read more

July 26, 2014
Gentlemen Are Never Bad Form

Gentlemen Are Never Bad Form

Etiquette & Grace in a post feminist age. 

by Tyne O’Connell ©

A gentleman is never unintentionally rude.” Oscar Wilde

I’ve yet to meet a woman who doesn’t appreciate gentlemanly ways. I have two husbands – one is my ex, but he is still very much part of my life as the father of my two sons, and as a wife and mother it’s saddening that a man behaving like a gentleman could be viewed as “sexist” or worse, old fashioned. read more