DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas Christmas 2017

We are ten sleeps away from Christmas. Your gift buying has gained momentum. Buying gifts is only a part of the game. Presenting gifts in an interesting manner, completes the package. You have two options. You can get a shop assistant to wrap your gifts in nondescript wrapping paper. You can put some tender loving care into DIY gift wrapping ideas.

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Gift Shopping for Christmas 2017

Does the thought of Christmas gift shopping give you the heebie-jeebies?  You are suffering from giftophobia and you are not the only one. Giftophobia is common around this time of the year – the fear of giving and receiving the wrong gifts? We know it is the thought behind the gift that matters. However, won’t it be nice if your near and dear ones actually find your gifts useful?
 
The top 5 tips to master the art of gift shopping are:

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Melbourne Cup Day 2017 Racewear Fashion Tips

We are five sleeps away from the big day, Emirates Melbourne Cup Day. Melbourne Cup Day is the jewel in the crown of the Spring Racing Festival. Like a jewel, the Melbourne Cup Day is about glamour and sparkle. It is colourful and flamboyant. There is room for adventure and experimentation. Here are the top 5 fashion tips for Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, 2017:

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Derby Day Racewear Fashion 2017

Goodbye Caulfield Cup, Hello Derby Day…
Fashion at Caulfield Cup 2017 saw a profusion of ruffles, colour and florals. Pinks and corals were cheek by jowl with cobalt blue and emerald green. Cut out dresses were popular, as were the strapless avatars. Headbands co-existed with turbans, traditional racewear, wide-brimmed hats and fascinators. Caulfield Cup does not have a strict dress code. Relaxed and eclectic choices in dresses and accessories abounded.
Derby Day is the inaugural event of Melbourne Spring Racing Festival. Unlike Caulfield Cup, Derby Day is a traditionalist’s delight. It is set in the classic mode, with strict etiquette and dress code to follow. Derby Day is about monochrome, about tints and tones of black and white.

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Caulfield Cup – Racewear Fashion Tips


Curtains rise on Melbourne Spring Racing season 2017 with Caulfield Cup . The atmosphere at the Caulfield Cup is relaxed and youthful. There is a dress code, though, that rules out shorts, denim, parkas, pullovers and thongs.

What to wear at the Caulfield Cup 2017:

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Dior and Deidaa: Lessons Learnt

“We were leaving a period of war, of uniforms, of soldier women with shoulders like boxers”. “I turned them into flowers, with soft shoulders, blooming bosoms, waist slim… and skirts opening up like blossoms. ” Christian Dior, thus summarised his ‘New Look’. Continue reading Dior and Deidaa: Lessons Learnt

Art and Craft 7 benefits – Deidaatip

I visited the Royal Melbourne Show at the Melbourne Show Grounds this weekend. I was hoping to do the rides, pet farm animals and come away with a couple of show bags. Little did I know, I would stumble upon some amazing works of art and craft at the Spotlight Makers’ Pavilion. Crochet flowers, hats, embroidery, and quilts had me transfixed.

And here I was, thinking, art and craft were losing ground to mechanization in today’s world. That’s when it struck me, art and craft are more relevant today than ever before!

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Brownlow Awards 2017 5 Fashion Trends

I will let you into a secret. I am very ‘unsporting’, and yes, the pun is intended. I have no interest in sports.The only game I play with a degree of skill is a game of chess. Why do I, then, await the Brownlow Awards night? No prizes for guessing. It is the WAGS, of course! The AFL Brownlow awards night has an aura of anticipation. This sense of anticipation and excitement is not far removed from the Oscars or Emmys.
 
What will the wives and girlfriends of footballers wear? Who will make it to the best-dressed list and who will the critics demolish? What trends, emerging from the Brownlows, will rule local fashion in the coming months?
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The Brownlow awards 2017 – larger than life:

The silhouettes of the red carpet dresses were larger than life. Meringues, trains, pleats, frills and ruffles dominated the red carpet. Tiers of tulle were cheek by jowl with beaded lace. Sculpted pleats rivalled oversized sleeves. Deidaa’s Mimi skirt replicates this trend of tiered lace. This skirt requires 40 metres of lace. Lined with soft voile, it is available in blush or black.
 

Pretty in pink:

Every second person wore pink. The entire palette of pink was on show, ranging from candy floss to oyster to coral. Marsala, emerald, yellow and fire engine reds were the other popular colours. Deidaa has included the pink palette in her silk and wool pashminas. These pink scarves, known for their warmth and soft feel, are flying out of Deidaashop.
 

Score with a clutch:

Almost every WAG was carrying a boxy minaudière or an envelope bag. Deidaa’s clutch bags are popular on the red carpet and as racewear. That they come with a side sling is the icing on the cake. The sling allows the hands-free option as you nibble on canapes’. The sling goes into the bag, when not in action.
 

Shake a leg:

The WAGS took a leaf out of Angelina Jolie’s fashion book and wore dresses with sky high slits. Sheer overlays shimmied over short shift dresses giving a glimpse of ample derrières. Wear Deidaa’s sheer floral maxi dress or kaftans over short dresses to achieve this look.
 

A bun in the oven:

Several WAGS sported baby bumps. You have to get that on your own! Deidaa’s kaftans are, nonetheless, very popular with would be mums. They are free flowing, easy to wear and have room for growth. Some have zips down the front and are ideal for breast feeding.

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Sustainable Fashion – How Deidaa Protects the Environment

Sustainable fashion – the phrase is much used and abused. What does Deidaa understand by sustainable fashion and how does she embrace it?

‘Sustainability’ is a generic word for preserving natural resources for future generations. Fashionability and sustainability have an inherent conflict. Fashion is one of nature’s worst offenders. Discarded clothes are choking our landfills. Carcinogenic dyes used in textile factories are polluting our waterways. Man-made fibres and fast fashion are escalating carbon footprints to draconian heights.

We, the flag bearers of rag trade, owe it to the wider community to make fashion sustainable. To be sustainable, all we have to do is to take a few simple steps.

SUSTAINABLE FASHION – Use organic fibres:

Fibres like bamboo, viscose and organic cotton are not free of controversy. They, nonetheless, use less water, pesticides and fertilisers. They are superior to cotton and most man-made fibres. Deidaa will unveil its range of athleisure garments very soon. Eco fibres form the basis of this range.  Deidaa works with weavers of peace silk. Peace silk is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It sustains the forests and communities.

Embrace classic styles:

Stay away from fads. Design clothes that are on trend from season to season. Deidaa’s kaftans are examples of a classic style that seldom goes out of fashion. They suit all women, irrespective of size, ethnicity or location. Kaftans are versatile and can serve as casual or formal wear.

Minimize sewing:

Garments that need less sewing minimise the use of electricity and curtail waste. Opt for reversible scarves, clutch bags with side slings, clothes with different functionalities.

Recycle waste:

Use shreds and off-cuts. Deidaa’s packaging is made of recycled paper. Fabric shreds and offcuts from Deidaa’s factories re – emerge as recycled paper gift wraps and bags. Deidaa uses this paper to offer free gift wrapping to customers on request.

Foster communities:

Sustainability is not only about the environment. It is about communities as well. Incorporate artisan input in your clothes, scarves and bags. Handcrafting translates into a livelihood for the artisans. It saves communities and crafts. Deidaa has, since long, worked with artisan communities in Asia and Polynesia.

Adopt fair work practices:

Work with partners who practise fair work. Ensure the workers receive decent wages and have reasonable working hours and conditions. Ask for certification from fair work agencies like SEDEX. These agencies have stringent criteria for certification. Deidaa’s factories are GOTS and SEDEX certified. You can rest assured you are not supporting a sweatshop when you buy from Deidaa.

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