Technology and Craft – Frenemies?

I may be a poster girl for all things handmade, but I do not reject new technology. New technology and artisan crafts are not mutually exclusive. They can complement each other. Their combined forces can combat environmental pollution and the decimation of communities.

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Fashionability and Sustainability – Is fashion becoming unfashionable?

“Fashion is made to become unfashionable. By virtue of being in style, a look must eventually be out of style…”, Coco Chanel. A multi-billion dollar industry rests on an ephemeral concept of what is trendy and what is not. We continue to buy trendy clothes. Last season’s discards end up in opportunity shops and landfills. The volume of waste is large. Many second-hand shops spend money to get rid of old clothes dumped in front of their shops.

Some of you would argue, that fashion is circular. Trends re-emerge every now and then. But they come back with a different twist. The original clothes do not match the current avatars.

Do we continue to splurge on cotton, leather, and polyester to the point of excess?

Do we discard fashion and focus on functional clothing? Can there be a happy marriage between sustainability and fashionability? Let us explore the options.

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Mother’s Day Gift – It is all about scarves

‘When I wear a silk scarf I never feel so definitely like a woman, a beautiful woman.’ Audrey Hepburn

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How Not To Commit A Black Friday Faux Pas

Black Friday Sale is a mega sale event in the USA. This pre-Christmas sale event is becoming popular down under. The idea is to grab consumer dollars when they want to spend it.
 
Are Black Friday Sales as good as they sound? Since the economic downturn, markets have never recovered. Retailers are capitalizing on every opportunity to declare a sale. Easter weekend sale, Anzac Day sale, Mothers’ Day sale, Valentine’s Day sale, EoFY sale, they have it all.
 
Before you flash your plastic fantastic, ensure the discounts are genuine. Many stores create a ‘seconds’ line for sales and factory outlets.
 
Follow a few simple rules to shop savvy at the Black Friday Day sales:

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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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Spring – Summer 2018 Fashion Trends

The wind has lost its bite, we are ditching the puffas in favour of lighter trenches. Is spring around the corner? Is it time for some Spring – Summer 2018 wardrobe mapping?
 
What are the defining looks of Spring – Summer 2018? How much can we re-vamp and what do we need to buy?
 
This, then, is the future of fashion:

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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

5 Fashion Tips to Rev Up Your Winter 2018 Wardrobe

Brrrr! The freezing weather is sending shivers down our spines! The frost queen is casting her spell with icy winds! If the grey skies are playing havoc with your mood barometer, here are some tips to add a zing to your winter.
 

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Fashion Lessons Learnt from the Royal Wedding

There was much anticipation. We waited with bated breath to see what the bride would wear on her wedding day. I am, of course, talking about the royal wedding of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to Meghan Markle. Come D- day and there she was, walking down the aisle, in a Givenchy gown, elegant in its simplicity.

Fashion lessons learned from the royal wedding, elegance prevails:

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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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