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.

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Deidaa reviews the need for Vivid Sydney in winter

Why do we need Vivid Sydney in winter?

As the mercury dips and the beanies, puffas and mittens take hold of our lives, we inexorably drown in a sea of grey, charcoal and black. That is when we are hit with a craving for warmth and colour. Festivals like Vivid Sydney, have an intrinsic link with this universal craving for warmth and colour in winter.

what is vivid sydney?

Vivid Sydney simulates traditional pyrotechniques by streaming light on monuments and buildings via drones, notable among them being the sails at the Sydney Opera House. Supported by cutting edge music and mind blowing light art, Vivid Sydney is an audio visual sensory delight.

vivid sydney and The impact of colour on human psychology

Colour is known to have a deep impact on the human mind. Red is associated with warmth, energy and stimulation. Blue depicts serenity and trust. Green is restful and reassuring. Purple symbolises luxury, royalty and sophistication. Yellow and orange spell comfort and uplift the spirit. Nature covers nearly the entire spectrum of colour in spring, summer and autumn. In winter, however, nature withdraws its bounty, leaving the world listless and grey. We need to infuse colour in our lives in winter.

where do we find colour in winter?

We often commit the crime of cramming our wardrobes with grey, charcoal and black in winter. What we fail to fathom is that we must inject ‘ happy hormones’ into our winter wardrobe through induction of colour. A vivid red blazer or a rich purple duffel coat may do the trick. Are you a die hard black loyalist? You may opt for a black jacket embellished with gold print and beading. Still too intimidated to wear colourful blazers or floral print pants? You may opt for a pop of colour in your scarf. A red pashmina worn with a grey or black coat never fails to create an aura of warmth and colour. The roses in your garden may wilt, but they can continue to bloom on your scarlet rose scarf. A beaded clutch bag can be the highlight of your winter formal wear.

Most of us would like to wish the winter away. Sadly, it is not going anywhere till a month or two. Why not work around it, with a little help from Deidaa? After all, my Buddhism teaches me, winter always turns into spring.