Are you traveling this Easter?

Are you traveling this Easter? Easter holidays are the first big break of the year. Most of us look forward to putting up our feet and chilling with family and friends. How will you relax these Easter holidays? Some of us may go camping and pitch a tent in the wild. Others will head to the beach and soak up the last remnants of summer. Whatever you do, if you follow five cardinal holiday rules, you will not go wrong.

Traveling this Easter? Plan ahead:

Caravan parks, hotels, motels, sea side resorts get full quickly, especially the good ones. Book early, if you are looking for hired accommodation.

Pack light:

Traveling with a truckload of luggage is no fun. After all, you are trying to get away from everyday, humdrum life. Pack lightweight clothes like kaftans. Kaftans fold into nothing and fit into the nooks and crannies of your bag. Caftans lend themselves to layering and can be worn across seasons. Digital printed kaftans can be dressed up and down. Kaftan dresses can be worn across cultures and geographical boundaries. Select crease free fabrics like polyester georgette.

Do your research:

If you are visiting a place for the first time, get some prior information about local weather, law and order, culture. Does your accommodation come with heating/cooling? Does your caravan park provide fresh linen and towels? Speaking from personal experience, I have had to sweat it out without a fan, with the mercury touching high 30 degrees. Pack some scarves. Scarves or shawls are the most versatile travel accessories you can think of! They offer protection from winter chill or summer heat. They can be worn as headscarves or sarongs over bathers. Scarves are handy if you have to cover your head or shoulder when you are visiting religious places.

Don’t be caught unawares:

Pack a dress or two, especially if you are going on a cruise. You may have to attend one or two formal events and a light silk dress accessorised with a clutch bag or designer silk scarf will ensure you are dressed for the occasion.

Travel safe:

If you are traveling this Easter, carry your essentials like passports, credit cards and phones in a secure cross body bag. Replace your precious jewelry with fake trinkets, pompom scarves or colourful beach bags. Do not be a sitting duck for criminals in unfamiliar surroundings. Moderately priced, colourful fashion accessories can add to your travel wardrobe as much as precious baubles, without disturbing your peace of mind.

Last but not the least, have a blast traveling this Easter. Make the most of these Easter holidays.  After all, most of us  may have to wait till Christmas for another good sized break.

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Fashion Edit Oscars 2017

La La Land got it… nearly! A monumentous mix up at the Oscars this year. Finally, it was not La La Land but Moonlight that took away the Oscar for best picture. It is time, however, to put the controversies aside and take stock of the frocks. Deidaa brings to you – fashion edit Oscars 2017.

Fashion Edit Oscars 2017 maxi Dresses:

The red carpet at Oscars 2017 was awash with red maxi dresses.Ruth Negga, the Ethiopian Irish actress, is known for her eclectic style. She shone like a freshly minted coin in a red Victorian Valentino maxi dress with high neck and long sleeves. Supermodel Karlie Kloss combined a sleek white Stella Mc Cartney maxi dress with a Mughal choker. Leslie Mann, the comedienne, knows how to rock yellow. She did full justice to a voluminous yellow dress. Colours like primrose and yellow are ruling the runways in 2017. If you are intimidated by the yellow palette, you may wear it in accessories. A yellow printed floral scarf adds a dash of colour to grey winter mornings. A tote bag splattered with yellow livens up a drab outfit.

Fashion Edit Oscars 2017 Metallics and Fringes:

Resonating the ’80s theme, gold and silver were everywhere – on dresses, handbags and jewelry. Jessica Biel wore her gold and silver Kaufman Franco dress with a fringed gold choker. Emma Stone took home the best actress trophy for La La Land, dressed in a fringed gold spaghetti strap maxi dress. Octavia Spencer, the very talented Hidden Figures actress, wore a dress with intense feather fringing. Wish to wear fringes casually? You cannot look beyond Deidaa’s animal printed cotton scarves with contrast fringes.

Fashion Edit Oscars 2017 Beading and Embroidery:

Oscars 2017 bore testimony to the popularity of handcrafting and beading. Australia’s own Nicole Kidman showed up on the red carpet with husban Keith Urban, wearing an Armani Prive’ hand beaded halter dress. Rumour has it that the dress gave her a rash! Singer – actor Cynthia Erivo wore a fully embroidered floral dress created by Adelaide based Paolo Sebastian.

Fashion Edit Oscars 2017 Beaded Clutch Bags:

Talking about accessories, hand beaded clutch bags like boxy minaudie`res emerged as strong contenders, as did cuffs, chokers and drop earrings.

Fashion trends to take away from Oscars 2017? Maxi dresses in many avatars, halter neck, spaghetti strapped, colours red, metallics and monochrome, hand beading and embroidery, lace, satin and velvet, statement fashion accessories like beaded clutch bags and jewel encrusted minaudie`res. You may not embrace it all – take your pick and adapt the fashion trends from Oscars 2017 to suit your style. Do not forget to reach out to Deidaa if in doubt!

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Fashion Trends 2017 Natural Handmade Multicultural

Fashion Trends 2017 Natural Handmade Multicultural

The end of year holidays and New Year’s eve festivities have made way for a new dawn. We are in the new year and looking forward to new beginnings.

What is your fashion mantra in 2017? Follow 5 simple tips and you will be in sync with fashion trends 2017.

Go green:

Think organic.  Look at your veggie patch or the neighbourhood beach for inspiration. Colour your world with kale, sage, cobalt, azure, primrose and tangelo in 2017.

Embrace handmade:

If organic is making headlines, can handmade be far behind? Opt for artisan made – crochet kaftan dresses for women, macramé bra tops, beaded plus size kaftans and maxi dresses.

Earn your stripes:

Bold stripes rule the runways in 2017. This is good news for fashionistas. Stripes are naturally flattering. They add height and subtract weight. If you are already tall, you may minimise the linear effect with a combination of narrow and wide black and white striped kaftan.

Reinvent the ‘80s:

Flaunt the baubles. Drown in ruffles and flounces, sparkle in spandex leggings and neon sweaters.  Carry beaded clutch bags unabashedly adorned with sequins and super sized rhinestones.

Go pint size:

Talking of bags, the other bag that is making waves is the ‘mini’. This ‘mini’ bag barely has room for a lipstick or two. It is the minimal accessory with the maximum effect.

So what is out? Go easy on skinny jeans. Replace white sneakers with flamboyant athleisure shoes. Kitten heels make a comeback. The cold shoulder look makes way for cut away sleeves or the one shoulder silhouette. Corsetry takes a backseat. Relaxed elegance makes its presence felt.

Stay tuned for exciting posts on fashion trends, events, party wear, race wear and beach wear tips. Are we missing something? Can we do better? Don’t forget to send in your suggestions and comments.


Are you being size bullied?

Are you being size bullied? reinforcing fashion stereotypes

Recently, a popular television network did a story on how plus size women are sidelined by clothing stores. If you are anywhere above a size 14, you have little choice when you are shopping for clothes. This is a sad commentary on a society that celebrates and reinforces fashion stereotypes.

Are you being size bullied? who defines a plus size?

Who defines what a plus size is?  A bunch of self –proclaimed fashion gurus who wear blinkers and have a narrow tunnel vision? Isn’t it time we saw the rainbow at the end of the tunnel? We are living in a globalised world that has little room for narrow fashion stereotypes. Beauty means different things to different people. In many emerging markets, a woman with curves is considered to be feminine and beautiful.

Are you being size bullied? dispelling the myths

While extra flab makes you predisposed to certain illnesses, it is a myth that all plus size women are unhealthy and all skinny women are fit. A woman may be naturally curvaceous or have a big bone structure, but may be otherwise fit. On the contrary, resorting to extreme measures and fad diets to look like some of the high priestesses of fashion can be outright unhealthy.

An ex Miss World was ridiculed by the media because she had committed the ultimate crime of making an appearance at an international fashion festival without shedding the extra kilos post childbirth. The media failed to notice how resplendent she looked, basking in the glory of motherhood. Why this unrealistic urgency about getting back to size zero, again to comply with the so called fashionable body proportions?

are you being size bullied? getting it right

If you elect to go under the knife or go on a diet, please seek professional help. Alternately, you can play with floral, animal and geometric prints, colours and necklines to create an optical illusion of a desired body shape. Kaftans in mid-weight fabrics like georgette and receding colours, flowing maxi dresses, tunics with box pleats that hide the mummy tummy can be flattering to a plus size silhouette. There is abundant choice in plus size maxi dresses and kaftans online.

Let us be comfortable in our own skin. Let us use fashion to our advantage … with a little help from professional stylists and plus size online stores.