Racewear Trends 2018 Style Tips

What are the racewear trends for Melbourne Cup 2018? How will you ace the racewear trends 2018?

The trick to getting it right is about adding a central focus to your outfit. Accessorise a  flamboyant frock with muted accessories. A bejewelled clutch should be offset with minimal jewellery. A statement hat should be worn with an understated dress.

Monochrome Musings:

The inaugural event of Melbourne Spring Racing Festival, Derby Day is a traditionalist’s delight.  Derby Day is set in the classic mode, with strict etiquette and dress code to follow. Derby Day is about monochrome,  tints and tones of black and white. 

Black and white, in all its avatars, took over the city on Derby Day 2018. The sea of monochrome seemed to complement the grey skies. Men veered towards tints and tones of grey, ranging from silver to charcoal. Women wore lace dresses – white lace on white – black lace on white. Polka dots, big and small, were visible on swinging wrap dresses. Some women shimmered in head to toe silver. There were solid black dresses or white. Colour blocking on dresses, alternating between black and white, made bold statements. Clutch bags in black, white and silver completed the Derby Day outfits. Hats ranged from fascinators to the more versatile tiaras, boaters and sun hats. Some brave racegoers defied tradition and chose to dress as colourful as the Rosellas.
 
What are the racewear trends for Melbourne Cup Day 2018?

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Men’s Fashion 2018 – Deidaa Offers Styling Tips

Guilty as charged… I have been procrastinating. I am getting requests from male members of Deidaaratti (Deidaa Mail Club), for a post on men’s fashion 2018. I have not risen to the occasion so far. Not that I am sitting quietly. My notebook is filled with jottings from several fashion shows. I am following the fashion pundits with the fervor of a keen fashionista. I have, now, collated the nuggets from several sources. Below is the gist of my research… 5 major trends that are emerging in men’s fashion 2018. Continue reading Men’s Fashion 2018 – Deidaa Offers Styling Tips

How to Ace Mother’s Day Gifting in 2018

Guilty as charged! My Mother’s Day 2018 post is late. Thanks in advance to the loyal readers of deidaablog for your patience. Members of Deidaaratti (Deidaa Mail Club) have been particularly kind to us this Mother’s Day. We are working overtime to meet the deadline. Deidaateam is busy wrapping the orders with handmade paper made out of fabric waste. Cards with handwritten messages are accompanying the gifts for mums across Australia. A few have left the shores for overseas destinations.
 
After all, Mother’s Day gifts must have that personal touch.
Most mums do not look for expensive gifts or elaborate rituals. They look for thought and action that reflect how well you know them and care for them.
 
How well do you know your mum? Is she a traveller or a crafter? Does she have green fingers? Is she a domestic goddess? Does she belong to the pearls and twin set club or is she the ’70s wild child? Here are a few tips that will help you ace Mother’s Day gift buying in 2018.

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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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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

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?
The following trends emerged from:
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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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EoFY Sales – are you getting the right bargains

‘Sale’ is the magic four letter word that leaves us salivating for more. We love to splurge at the EoFY sales, picking up clothes, shoes and bags with the speed of lightning. We brave long queues in front of trial rooms and shrug off the indifference of shop assistants. But is it worth it? How do we get real value out of the EoFY sales?

Since the economic downturn, sales have become a dime a dozen. Retailers are trying to squeeze the last dollar out of a customer’s pocket. EoFY sales have lost much of their sheen. Nonetheless, it is a good time to buy, as most stores like to minimise inventory before tax time.

How do you shop savvy at the EoFY sales:

EOFY SALES Buyer beware:

Make a list of things you need and stick to the list. Inspect the goods at the point of sale. Unscrupulous sellers use sales to bump off defective pieces. It is illegal for retailers to sell defective goods unless stated at the point of sale.

Know your rights:

Most shops put a ‘no refunds, no exchange disclaimer’ on sale items. In reality, the same refund policy should apply to sale items as full priced ones. Do not shop at stores that put up notices like ‘no refund, no exchange on sale items’. Shop at Deidaa or like-minded stores who offer ‘no questions asked’ refund, even on sale items.

Avoid herd mentality:

Do not be a fashion victim and jump into the fray. Ask yourself three questions. Do you need it? Does it suit you? Will you wear it? Do you need half a dozen cheap t- shirts that will end up in a clothing bin – unused or should you invest in a few key pieces?

Get a shopping buddy:

Do not shop alone. Hire a personal shopper. At the very least, take a friend, sister or daughter who can give you an informed opinion.

Do not shop on an empty stomach:

It is a time – honoured fact that an empty stomach has a nefarious connection with shopping disasters.

Do not shop when angry or upset:

Retail therapy is like chocolates. It has the ‘feel good factor’. If you are having an emotional downturn, chances are, you will do binge shopping.

Do not shop in a hurry:

Take time to try on garments and footwear.  The right fit is critical to garments and footwear. If a garment is too tight or too short or the fabric is not comfortable next to skin, it is not a good buy. Shoes that look good in the store may end up giving you blisters, bruises and broken ankles.
Be relaxed while shopping at the EoFY sales. Enjoy the experience. Take a break at mid – day. Have lunch with your BFF. Who knows, at the end of the day, you may have unearthed a few hidden gems.

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Things to do around Melbourne Deidaa tip

A big shout out to all members of Deidaaratti who responded so warmly to Deidaa’s recent post – Things to do in Melbourne.  ‘Things to do in Melbourne’ deserves a sequel i.e.,  ‘Things to do around Melbourne’.

There are many unsung nuggets around Melbourne that are perfect for weekend getaways.

A little over an hour’s drive from Melbourne, nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, is the spa town of Daylesford. With over 65 mineral springs in the region , Daylesford is the ideal place to get away from the hustle bustle of city life. There is something for everyone.

Things to do around Melbourne Convent Gallery

With my deep interest in art, crafts and textiles, my first stop in Daylesford had to be the Convent Gallery. This gallery is a treasure trove of international and Australian art and artefacts. The artworks are on display by rotation. Most are for sale, with the prices and the artist’s statements clearly displayed. An erstwhile convent, as the name suggests, this gallery has a carefully preserved chapel with some of Australia’s oldest stained glass windows. The vivid colours and geometric patterns of stained glass windows have often influenced Deidaa’s digital printed kaftans, especially the ones with beading around the neckline. At the convent gallery, a roof top infirmary and a nun’s cell have been left urestored to provide a rare glimpse into the lives of those who lived in the gold rush era. The Bad Habits Mediterranean restaurant at the gallery offers breathtaking views of Daylesford township. The gallery shop has an eclectic mix of jewelry, scarves, knitwear, candles and soaps on sale.

Things to do around Melbourne Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa

For those seeking spiritual upliftment and relaxation, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs have several day spas, healing retreats and yoga ashrams. Make sure you pack a few flowing digital printed kaftans as the right attire for your karmic salvation. Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa has been opertaing since 1895. Surrounded by greenery, this bathhouse draws water from Hepburn mineral springs. It offers private bath, spa, relaxation pools, steam and salt therapies. Pack your spa essentials in one of Deidaa’s roomy beach bags and head towards the bathhouse for a couple of hours of absolute bliss. Alternately, you may book an accommodation with a private spa. We stayed at the Mahala apartments. Conveniently located, these apartments are decorated with crewel embroidered cushions and hand embroidered block printed throws. The in-room spa, with a view of the lily pool and falling maple leaves, is an added bonus

Things to do around Melbourne Lavandula Farm

Tucked away in the hills, is the Lavandula Swiss Italian farm. This European style lavender farm is a feast for the senses, with rolling hills covered in lavender, herb and veggie gardens. The historic barn hosts a quaint shop that sells lotions, potions and pot pourris for you and your furry friends. The La Trattoria cafe sells lavender scones, lavender tea and even lavender champagne! Celebrate the colour purple this winter with a few lavender sprigs pinned on Deidaa’s lilac wool scarf interspersed with chantilly lace.

Things to do around Melbourne Boathouse Restaurant

Daylesford Lake is a haven for birdwatchers (of the feathered variety). You may have close encounters with a variety of ducks, geese, peacocks and coots. Do not get too close. They can become quite aggressive, especially if you feed them. You may do paddle boating or grab a bite at the iconic Boathouse Restaturant which was burnt down but has since been rebuilt and is open for business. Another hidden gem is the Book Barn, the second hand book shop that specialises in selling rare and unusual books. If you want a bird’s eye view of Daylesford, you may go up the spiralling staircase of the tower at the nearby Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens. The gardens boast of walkways and a good selection of firs, pines and begonias.

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Celebrate Australia Day 2017 Deidaatip

Are you in love with Australia’s sunny beaches, its unique flora and fauna, its laidback lifestyle? Celebrate Australia’s larrikin spirit on Australia Day 2017 with recommendations from Australia’s leading online store, Deidaa.

Australia Day 2017 chuck a shrimp on the barbie:

Like a true blue Aussie, round up friends and family and have a backyard bar be que. Needless to say, this is the perfect occasion to flaunt your culinary skills and statement apron. You and your mini me can wear a coordinated parent and child bbq apron and chef hat and be  neighbourhood bbq celebrities.

It the weather man predicts sunshine, you can head to the beach on Australia Day 2017. What could be better than a good swim to shed the extra kilos gained over the festive season? Wear a poppy print floral maxi dress, feel the sun and sand on your face, carry a lightweight kaftan in your beach bag to throw over bathers and a cotton pompom scarf to wear as a bandanna. Barely 40 klometres from the CBD, the Mornington Peninsula is dotted with spectacular beaches.

Head to the bush:

If you would rather be in the bush, pack your worldly possessions in a sturdy canvas tote and pitch your tent at a regional camping site.

Pack a picnic:

Have you decided to do the right thing and not ‘chuck a sickie’ on Friday to make a long weekend of the Australia Day holiday? You can still take a day trip to nearby hotspots. Wear a pretty floral dress, pack some freshly baked scones in a retro print shopping bag and have your Jane Austen moment at Werribee Park or Carlton Gardens.

Do nothing:

At times doing absolutely nothing can be refreshing. Grab a good book, wear a kaftan lounger and lie in a hammock in your backyard with a pot of freshly brewed tea by your side.

Present day Australia embodies the spirit of friendship and diversity. Let us embrace this spirit on Australia Day 2017.