Is your summer wardrobe beach and travel ready?

Is your summer wardrobe beach and travel ready?

Thirty Four sleeps to Christmas!! The holiday season is nearly upon us. After working hard throughout the year, we are ready to spend a few days soaking up the sun at the beach, catching up with friends and family at backyard barbeques or packing the bags and traveling to exotic locales.  Are our wardrobes keeping pace with our holiday plans? Is our summer wardrobe beach and travel ready or festive enough?

Summer wardrobe – beachwear

Australian beaches are pristine and Australia is famous for its beach culture worldwide. Beach culture goes hand in hand with beachwear. Beachwear should be flirty, floaty and feminine. Lightweight and breathable fabrics like cotton, chiffon and georgette are ideal for beachwear. Silhouettes like wrap dresses, drawstring tunics and kaftans in floral, graphic and animal prints are on trend this season. Quick to dry and water repellent beachwear dresses can double up as cover ups over bathers or swimsuits.

summer wardrobe – travel

If you are traveling, pack lightweight clothes. Blended georgette dresses and tops are sturdy, crease resistant and take the rigours of travel well. If you are heading off to Northern hemisphere you may want to carry tops and dresses that can be paired with cardis, worn over pullovers or under blazers.

summer wardrobe – maxi dresses

Maxi dresses can double up as casual daywear and beachwear. They come in a wide variety of fabrics ranging from floral cottons to georgettes in vibrant colours. Maxi dresses can be dressed up and down and are ideal for poolside bar be ques.  Accessorised with hoop earrings, stacked bangles and espadrilles maxi dresses make that easy transition from casual to party wear.

summer wardrobe – scarf

Carry a lightweight scarf. Scarves can be worn as sarongs over bathers, can be wrapped over bare shoulder or tied around the neck for some added warmth.

During the holidays, your little ones can be quite a handful. Why not try something different this season?  Replace the usual toys with eye catching kids’ apron sets as stocking fillers and your little will soon be engrossed, decorating the Christmas cake or roasting corn cobs at the bar be que, leaving you with some ‘me time’.

Last but not the least, if you are planning the great outdoors experience do not forget your slip, slap, slop kit – a box of wet wipes, a spritzer, a lip balm fortified with UV protection, a sun block and moisturiser. Carry a floppy hat. Complement your sexy summer clothes and beach wear with comfortable flip flops and have a blast!!

 

Deidaa reviews masterpieces from the hermitage exhibition

Masterpieces from the hermitage exhibition – background

Masterpieces from the Hermitage exhibition from the National Gallery of Victoria featured a unique collection of paintings, sculptures, cameo jewelry and filigree artefacts, from the collection of Catherine the Great, the tsarina of Russia from 1762 – 1796. Catherine the Great believed that decorative arts had a civilizing effect on society and fostered international diplomacy. We may take a leaf out of her book, in these trouble times.

Catherine the Great collected European masterpieces, especially the works of Flemish and Dutch painters. She acquired a Leonardo da Vinci painting from the collection of Sir Robert Walpole, England’s first prime minister. Her interest in art was not confined to Europe alone. She had deep interest in Oriental art and had collected an exquisite selection silver filigree and enamel work.

Masterpieces from the hermitage exhibition – textiles

What are interesting from a textile enthusiast’s point of view are the glimpses into the elaborate clothing, the rich fabrics and the different forms of embroidery techniques used to embellish the garments and furnishings.

In one of the paintings, two girls are working on what appeared to be the precursor to tambour embroidery as it is practiced today.

In another painting, crewel embroidery adorns the elaborate robe of an obviously wealthy man.

There was a very engaging painting of a group of card players. What caught my eyes was the table cloth that was reminiscent of embroidered textiles of South West and Central Asia.

Several paintings including one of Catherine the Great herself, offered an insight into the elaborate silhouettes of the garments, the fine fabric – rich silks and lush fur and fine detailing on the garments.

Such exquisite craftsmanship is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Deidaa makes every effort to keep traditional craftsmanship alive. Handcrafting does not come cheap, but would you rather buy half a dozen disposable t- shirts or an exquisite handmade piece that may become an heirloom in due course. The choice is yours!