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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T-Shirt, Cross Body Bag, Scarf, Kaftan – Travel Essentials

Hi folks, back after a month of intense travel. I have a love-hate relationship with travelling within my country of origin. I am rattled by the delays and the crowds, but enthralled by its nature, crafts and cuisine.

If like me, you are bitten by the travel bug, these are a few handy tips for you. Continue reading T-Shirt, Cross Body Bag, Scarf, Kaftan – Travel Essentials

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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Valentine’s Day gift ideas Valentine’s Day 2017

Valentine’s Day is dedicated to the memory of St Valentine, who secretly performed weddings for Roman soldiers forbidden to marry. Valentine’s Day offers the perfect opportunity to woo your beloved with flowers, cards, gifts or candlelight dinners or a combination of all of these.  How do you make this day memorable for your loved one? Are you running out of Valentine’s Day gift ideas? At a loss, when it comes to buying Valentine’s Day gifts? With a little help from Deidaa, you will emerge a winner this Valentine’s Day. On Valentine’s Day 2017, you can be predictable and do the following:

Valetnine’s Day gift ideas buy flowers:

Flowers take the stress out of Valentine’s Day gift shopping. Unless your lady love suffers from hay fever, you are unlikely to go wrong with flowers. But have you tried buying flowers on Valentine’s Day? Chances are, you will fork out five times the amount you will normally pay. The flowers will be in full bloom. They will end up in a rubbish bin a few days later, taking with them the memories of another Valentine’s Day!

Organise a candlelight dinner:

You are unlikely to get a booking at a decent restaurant on Valentine’s Day, unless you have booked well in advance. You may have to pay extra surcharge on Valentine’s Day. Many popular restaurants do not take bookings. Valentine’s Day romance may vanish into thin air while you wait in serpentine queues before you can squeeze in. Once in, you may be so close to your neighbouring table that you may be able to eavesdrop into their romantic conversation and vice versa. And if the weather gods turn their wrath on you, your Valentine’s Day celebrations may have a soaking finale.

You can follow Valentine’s Day gift ideas from Deidaa and do things differently this Valentine’s Day:

Plan a romantic getaway:

You may hire a beachfront bach. There are several options available to suit different budgets. It will be wise to invest in a designer silk scarf with red roses printed on it. The roses on the scarf will last a long time and so will the memories associated with Valentine’s Day. Follow Deidaa’s Valentine’s Day gift ideas and place the scarf  in a gingham lined hamper along with a floral maxi dress. You may add a hand beaded clutch bag for special effects.  Do not forget to put a sprig of lavender and some pink ribbons. Place the gift hamper on a table decorated with soy candles and laden with cheese, wine and fresh fruits. You will be geared up for one of the most beautiful experiences of your life.

Depending on your lady love’s preference, you may substitute the beachfront bach with a mini cruise. You may like to swap the dress for designer silk kaftans and the rose scarf for beach bags with roses printed on them.

At the end of the day, what makes a Valentine’s Day memorable is the spirit of caring and thoughtfulness. Love defies age. It transcends barriers and conquers all. Let us celebrate love and romance this Valentine’s Day.

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Do you still have to do last minute Christmas gift shopping? It is not too late yet. Shop with confidence at Deidaa. On request Deidaa offers free express post from 18.12.2016 to 22.12.2016. In addition, Deidaa offers a free gift wrapping service. On request, Deidaa will wrap your gifts with free recycled, handmade paper and send it to your designated address. Deidaa takes the stress out of gift shopping this Christmas. Follow Deidaa’s giftopedia on http://www.facebook.com/deidaaforum or @deidaafashiononline on instagram to cure your giftophobia (fear of giving and receiving gifts). Read deidaablog for gift buying and wrapping ideas! SWtill stranded? SOS Deidaa at info@deidaa.com.au

Deidaatip – Overcome fear of buying gifts

Are you that auntie or uncle who turns up at the family bar-be-que with boring gifts wrapped in listless packages? 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?

Here are the top 5 tips to master the art of buying gifts

 Buying Gifts Observe:

Research the people you are buying gifts for. Observe their lifestyle, hobbies and interests. Your favourite aunt is Scottish, crafty and crotchety (pun intended). She is an active member of the lacemakers’ guild and loves all things handmade. Will she not love a paisley kaftan with a hand crochet yoke?

Mummy dearest is an avid gardener and roots for all things Australian. Deidaa’s Australia scarf, featuring Australian flora will be a tribute to her green finger and patriotism.

The colleague who sits next to you loves the neutral palette. However, she does wear a statement scarf when attending boardroom meetings. A digital printed scarf will add an accent to her understated elegance.

Listen:

Be a good listener. What has your bestie been talking about lately? The big wedding she has to attend shortly and how she is desperately looking for some beaded clutch bags to go with her spectacular outfits. Or how she can’t wait for the holiday in Bali, where she will do nothing but soak up the sun. This one could definitely do with the tropical kaftans and beach bags.

Encourage:

Your little niece is not that little any more. She is taking baby steps towards adulthood. She is experimenting with beauty and fashion. She will love the pompom and fringed scarves or the sequined beanies.

Cheer:

For your other half, who also wins the title of the ‘Barbeque King’ hands down, you may pick up some cooking aprons with funky slogans. If mini me usually accompanies the dad, you can buy the parent and kids apron.

Go by the stars:

Follow astrology. I am a typical Virgo and love organizers and memo boards, while my charismatic Libra friend loves flamboyance and colour.

You could do all of the above or take the easy way out by giving cash, gift cards or vouchers. These are practical and quick, but lack the personal touch. And most of these gift cards simply sit in our wallets, till they are past their use by dates!

If you are still in trouble over buying gifts, follow Deidaa’s giftopedia series @deidaafashiononline on Instagram, full of helpful gift buying tips. Watch this page. Our next post is about creative gift wrapping.

 

 

 

Paisley Deidaa Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf Introduction:

Is it fashion? Is it art? Is it wearable art? This is a dilemma nearly everyone faces when viewing the Dutch designer duo Viktor Horsting & Rolf Snoeren’s work. Viktor & Rolf are avant garde, provocative and rebellious. Yet their creative genius and technical virtuosity is overpowering.

Paisley Deidaa Viktor & Rolf:

Viktor & Rolf Fashion Artists exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria features 35 garments from the designers’ various collections. An entire collection, originally presented by a single model, is inspired by the Russian Babushka dolls. It begins with a hessian dress and culminates in an elaborate floral cape. What catches my eye is a double layered coat dress dotted with intricately embroidered paisley motifs. It is amazing how the paisley motif continues to inspire designers and craftsmen, be it Viktor & Rolf or be it Deidaa. This humble tear drop shape originated in Persia, traveled to South Asia and found immense popularity in the royal courts of Europe in the 19th century. The paisley is a fashion classic and regularly re-emerges on the fashion runways.

Viktor & Rolf Collections:

The Viktor & Rolf Fashion Artists exhibition features garments from the duo’s Cutting Edge Couture, Red Carpet Dressing and Wearable Art shows. The Cutting Edge Couture collection combined masculine structures with feminine details like pleating. Jackets were volumious and ball gowns sculptural with parts missing. Faced with economic downturn, Viktor & Rolf perfected the art of destruction – cutting corners and slashing budgets.

The Red Carpet Dressing collection was a sarcastic comment on the practice of stars getting paid to wear designers’ dresses at red carpet events. The coat dresses, capes and strapless dresses were fashioned out of heavy duty nylon carpets.

The Wearable Art collection featured garments that were fashioned out of fabric from broken picture frames on the runway at the Paris’ Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2015 fashion week. This collection completely blurred the line between fashion and art work.

The exhibition features the series of dolls commissioned by the duo on the occasion of their solo exhibiton at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. The dolls were dressed in replicas of their original work.

The wallpaper that adorns the walls of the exhibition hall is a digital collation of Viktor & Rolf’s working sketches.This wallpaper has been specially created for the exhibition and is available for purchase. Open till late February 2017, this exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to view the surreal and cerebral work of Viktor & Rolf.

Trends Spring Summer 2016

As we get ready to bid adieu to Winter 2016, we look forward to trends Spring Summer 2016 with a sense of anticipation and excitement. To many of us, summer means warmth, freedom and joy. We replace the dismal greys and blacks in our wardrobes with vivid floral prints and perky polka dots. What trends do we follow this spring summer?

Trends Spring Summer 2016 Tropical Wave

We are riding on a tropical wave this summer. Expect a profusion of palm fronds and pineapples, frangipanis and gardenias, flamingoes, macaws and hornbills. You see them on kaftans, dresses, scarves, bags and home ware . A complete tropical look may be too overwhelming for most of us. If you do not wish to look like you have stepped out of a resort holiday brochure,  combine any one item from the tropical range with understated neutrals.

Trends Spring Summer 2016 Embroider Everything

The sudden craze for Mexican peasant blouses and Ukrainian vyshyvankas stems from the folk theme. Tiered skirts and embroidered tops have been re – energised by fashion houses of Valentino and Gucci. Customers are giving ‘mass produced’ a miss in favour of the intimate feel of artisan made items from little known shops.

Trends Spring Summer 2016 of frills and flounces

Sleeves have sprouted frills and flounces this season. They are big, edged with ruffles, complementing the tiers of boho inspired skirts and dresses.

Trends Spring Summer 2016 Creepy crawlies

Insects have finally got the attention that was long overdue. Butterflies, dragonflies and beetles feature prominently alongside oversized floral prints.

Trends Spring Summer 2016 dots checks and stripes

Graphics and geometric prints are not going away. Polka dots, stripes and plaids abound in plenty and are clever tools to work around body shapes.

Trends Spring Summer 2016 sportify

A big event like the Olympics, leaves its imprint on everything when it happens. We can see athleisure emerging as a strong trend, inspired by the Olympics, lifestyle choices and comfort. Designers are opting for the middle path between leisure and athletics. This trend also acknowledges the shift towards multi faceted and versatile garments that service the needs of modern women.

Trends come and go. You do not have to follow trends blindly, but re – purpose fashion trends spring summer 2016 to suit your specific body shape, environment, lifestyle and preference. Need a helping hand? Do not hesitate to contact Deidaa. Deidaa offers styling advice that comes absolutely free with no strings attached.

 

Is the coral scarf the right colour choice?

What is the right colour choice for your complexion?

We covet what we do not have. We go under the knife, use spray tan and botox, to achieve what we aspire to be. However, you do not have to go to such extreme lengths. Using a few simple tricks to select right coloured clothes and accessories you can look good in your own skin.

Right colour choice – Colour is relative

Let us clarify at the outset, colour is not absolute. A shirt or top may look pristine white in broad daylight. Under fluorescent light it will acquire a tinge of blue. An incandescent bulb will impart a yellow tint to the shirt. If you wear the white shirt under artificial light, it may add a ghostly pallor to your face.

Right colour choice – Working with primary colours

As a rule of thumb, primary colours like fire engine red draw colour from the face. Red and white are advancing colours. They make you look bigger than you are. However, you can work around the primary colours by using the tints and tones of these colours. You may opt for a coral dress instead of a red version or an emerald clutch bag as an accent to break the monotony of a black dress. Pure black sharply defines your body contours, so stay away from black unless you are blessed with an hour glass figure.Charcoal or ivory are more flattering than stark black or pristine white.

Right colour choice – Working with pastels

Pure pastels like baby pink, lilac and powder blue are traditionally deemed right for girls with light eyes and hair. However, dusty pastels like peach, caramel and sage are flattering to most complexions and body shapes.

Right colour choice – working with vivid colours

It is high time we shattered the myth that girls with pale complexion should stay away from wearing vivid colours. Bright colours like rust, coral and tangerine add warmth to your cheeks and sparkle to your eyes. This summer, it is about colour and bling, so wear your vibrant kaftans and colourful maxi dresses with aplomb. Still a little diffident? Make small beginnings, start with a colourful beach bag or a fringed scarf and come back for more when you collect compliments by the bagful.

Go girls! Get your colours today!

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!!