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Caring for your Skin – 7 Speedy Facial Tips for Women

In an ideal world, we’d all be able to stick to our skin regime religiously for healthy looking skin but modern life isn’t that simple. If you can grab 30 minutes in the bath, you can give yourself a mini-facial which can repair a multitude of skin errors from your busy week.

7 Speedy Facial Tips

Facial Tips 1.

While the bath is running…….remove make-up with a cleanser & cotton wool pads. Using wipes may not remove all make-up and dirt, so try and cleanser which you need to remove after applying. Grab some clean flannels and line up plenty of cotton wool pads by the side of the bath. 5 minutes

Facial Tips 2.

Get in, relax and breath…….bath foam or salts with citrus, tea tree or eucalyptus base are particularly de-stressing and perfect for a 5 minute yoga style breathing exercise with eyes closed to clear your head. 5 minutes

Facial Tips 3.

Cleanse your face with a foaming wash that balances out the skin but doesn’t strip it entirely of your natural oils. Skincare is personal to our own physiology, so make sure you ‘try before you buy’. Once you have rinsed thoroughly, pat face & hairline dry to get rid of excess water. 2 minutes

Facial Tips 4.

The #1 rule of good skin care….exfoliate. Find yourself a decent facial scrub that suits your budget and skin type. Rub slowly delicately over the skin using two hands, focussing on areas where dirt builds up more heavily (e.g. side of nose, chin). 5 minutes

Facial Tips 5.

Drink it up….use a face mask that rehydrates the skin. If you didn’t have chance to slice up the cold cucumber, dip two cotton wool pads under the cold tap and place over the eyes. 10 minutes

Facial Tips 6.

Setting the tone…..using a toner can remove excess oils and residue from a facial scrub plus they can help absorb moisturisers. 2 minutes

Facial Tips 7.

Hop out and smooth on……once out of the bath, dried and relaxed, sit for a few minutes and smooth some moisturiser on the face. Try and find an oil-free type which will plump up the skin but not leave residual grease. Try before you buy, places like Origins, Body Shop and most reputable cosmetics counters in department stores will have samples you can take away. Don’t be scared to ask. A good moisturiser can be a clever and valuable investment and smart companies know that if you‘re hooked, they have a repeat purchaser for a long time.

Women of all ages can have great skin, and despite the daily buffeting our skin gets from the outdoor elements and heating systems in buildings it is easy to maintain your skin with these simple facial tips which you can work into your daily routine. It just takes a little care and attention, and why not use these speedy facial tips as part of a relaxation routine for yourself, you’ll feel good and look great!

Fashion Models use facial tips like these to keep their skin fresh

Models tend to have great and the ladies who model our collections at Vida Moda certainly do. They both work extremely long hours and do varied jobs and spend a lot of time standing under bright flashing laights during their working day. They have to look after their skin in order to look good and they will use daily routines like these facial tips that they use to maintain their skin.

Joanna

Vida Moda | Designer Fashion and Plus Size Clothing For Women With Curves

Image courtesy of: Ahmet Guler / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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Adele,Vida Moda's favourite Female Artiste!

Adele Sweeps The Grammys With 6 Gongs And The Best Frock!

Fashion statements at The Grammys

While the stars at this year’s BAFTA ceremony largely opted for a more subdued, refined take on glamour and fashion in monochrome and nude styles, across the pond at The Grammys, it was a very different story – bold colours were being splashed about fearlessly, flesh was being flashed, and the fine line between high fashion and just plain bizarre was almost nonexistent! The Grammys seem to attract a more glitzy fashion statement which can be spectacularly successful or which can be a poor choice and end up being a fashion disaster!

Fashion clangers at The Grammys!

In our opinion, there were quite a few clangers – such as Fergie’s bright orange Gaultier gown (We love that she loves her curves – but we’re not sure that a see through lacey/crochet affair with magic pants was the best way to show them off!) and Nicki Minaj in her little red riding hood meets The Pope style Versace ensemble (A little too obviously attention seeking & controversial for the sake of it, for our liking), but there were plenty of hits too.

Bold Fashion at The Grammys!

Katy Perry has divided opinion in the fashion round-ups, but we loved her sparkling Ellie Saab gown in bang on trend pastel blue. The matching hair may have been a step too far, but we think she pulled it off! Kelly Osboure also had dyed hair to blend with her outfit to create a fashion statement. Katy and Kelly both made a bold fashion statement and pretty much carried it off.

Kelly Rowland opted for pastels too and looked great in a beautifully detailed dusky pink column dress by Alberta Ferretti – we give her extra points for embracing her natural hair too – bin the extensions Kelly, it looked gorgeous!

Classic Fashion at The Grammys!

Gwyneth Paltrow & Rhianna dared to bare in classic strappy black gowns by Stella McCartney & Armani – and rather than have a fashion diva strop on seeing their frocks were pretty similar, Gwyneth tweeted a picture of them together - quite classy!

The Fashion winner at The Grammys and The Brit Awards!

Our favourite of the night though, was definitely Adele – not only did she sweep the boards by picking up no less than six awards, but she also looked beautiful in a stunning Giorgio Armani gown.  The classic black shape, a fashion statement in itself, embellished with a mesh overlay and sparkling sequins, looked fabulous.  Timeless elegance with just enough sparkle to mark the occasion. Perfect!

Adele glamorous fashion at The Grammys and the Brit Awards 2012

Adele wore the same dress when she sang at The Brit Awards last night plus a dress by Burberry when collecting one of her two Brit Awards. Despite her surgery she’s had outstanding couple of years and is not only a singing superstar but is also becoming a style ambassador for naturally curvy women. We don’t mean celebrity curvy women, we mean ordinary women, Adele’s body shape reflects that of many women today, not that of the rarified atmosphere of shallow celebrity.

We hope Adele stays true to herself and doesn’t distort her appearance to suit her new stellar status. Adele has a glorious opportunity to be a style ambassador for ordinary women, right now we get the impression she dresses well because she wants to look good for herself and she doesn’t have airs and graces and we hope she never loses that part of her personality.

The media should focus on Adele’s fabulous voice (a gift), her personality and style rather than focus on whether of not she has lost weight. That is her business and should be hers alone, journalists should be talented enough to focus on Adele’s gift. After all we listen to her because she sings beautifully, not because she has gone up or down a dress size.

Joanna

Vida Moda | Designer Fashion and Plus Size Clothing For Women With Curves

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Designer Fashion Plus Size Clothing Patterned Tunic By Vetono

Ladies! you can help choose our designer fashion collections for Autumn Winter 2012

Designer Fashion For Women With Curves

We’re on a mission to bring a choice of designer fashion to ladies with curves and at this time of year we are busy viewing plus size clothing collections that are going to be available later this year in Autumn and Winter. We are looking for well designed fashion that makes a statement, is beautiful, well made AND available in a range of sizes that go well beyond size 16! That is not as easy you might think. As independent retailers we have to choose what we want to stock in the Autumn and Winter and order it now so it can be manufactured in time. This is quite difficult we as retailers are totally dependent on a designers impression of where a trend is going or we could be at the mercy of their artistic whim and as fashion taste is subjective, one person’s heavenly vision might be horrific for someone else!

Designer Fashion Experiment

Because of this dilemma we carried out an experiment last weekend. We attended a large designer fashion trade fair and we posted pictures on our facebook wall of various pieces that caught our attention and we asked for friends/fans/ followers opinions. Plenty of people ventured their opinions and we asked a few more questions about colour, pattern, style etc and again people responded. It was really helpful for us to have a direct live interaction with potential customers to allow us to get a perception of their needs and desires. See below for sample image of the designer fashion pieces that we posted on our facebook wall.

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We tested our own taste designer fashion choices by including pictures of pieces that we didn’t particularly like (but we didn’t say this on the posts) to see what your opinions were. On the whole we were pleased to see that our tastes largely reflected your tastes. i.e. generally where people indicated (often in volume) they didn’t like something we agreed with them.

Your Feedback About Plus Size Designer Fashion

There were other things we picked up from your feedback too.

1) We need to stock a better range of plus sizes covering a wider selection of pieces in our designer fashion collections (which we want to do), currently we go to size 24.

2) There was a general comment that there is too much grey and people would like to see more colour, including brighter Autumn shades. Our pictures at the these events will always be taken with a cameraphone in lighting that’s not really suitable for photographing designer fashion items. Therefore colours may not be so accurate, browns, beiges, light greys and blues can all turn out “grey” in these type of photographs. Nonetheless it was wonderful to receive this feedback because “grey” is one of standard colors in a fashion designers palette for Autumn and Winter Collections. Because of your feedback we’ll be looking for pieces spanning a wider colour palette this weekend at the next designer fashion trade fair we’re attending.

3) Your also gave us your views on types of pattern, garment shapes and embellishments that you liked or didn’t like which again will help us shape the designer fashion collections we choose for next season.

Maybe it is a little unusual to inform the selection of collections in this way but we think this is particularly useful for us as an online designer fashion retailer as it enables us to engage directly with potential customers. Designer Fashion trade shows and fairs present us with bewildering choices covering all fashion spectrums and make no mistake it is difficult to choose what is right for our customer base. That’s why feedback through a forum like facebook is so helpful.

We face considerable challenges in operating a designer fashion led business, not least because we are relatively new, in a recession and because we are focused on a core market that could be better served by the fashion industry.

Amongst all the challenges we face we’d most like to provide our potential customers with something that appeals to them. If we don’t do that, there is no point to our business. Finding a way to do that at a particular point in time is quite difficult which is why last weekend was so enjoyable, getting your views live on the day and over following days was so helpful and we hope you enjoyed participating too!

Give Us Your Feedback Live This Sunday

So we are going to do a lot more of this to help bring you designer fashion that you’ll love.

We’re attending another show this weekend (on Sunday) and we’ll post “snapshot” pictures of pieces from various designer fashion collections and seek your views on whether you like them or not. We’ll also post questions relating to style, colour, patterns and textures to help us understand what you like.

Look out for us on facebook through much of Sunday. We’ll be delighted if you can join us now and again and comment on the posts and share your views with our community and hopefully encourage some style debate!

Joanna

Vida Moda | Designer Fashion and Plus Size Clothing For Women With Curves

Images ©Vida Moda 2012

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Gorgeous Long Purple Cardigan by Bitte Kai Rand at Vida Moda

Cardigan Chic – Definitely not just for grannies!

When it’s as cold as it has been these last few weeks, every girl needs a cardi – or two!
Forget any misconceptions about ‘granny style’, or looking too ‘mumsy’, a well chosen cardigan can be as flexible as your favourite little black dress, and with the right styling, is a wardrobe staple for many a fashionista!

 

This gorgeous wrap by French label Parakian is the sort of ‘must have’ piece we’re talking about.  The classic black colour way means it will go with everything and the waterfall shape makes it super flattering to all figures.

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For a daytime look, team it with jeans, layer on a couple of bright vest tops for colour and interest, add the wrap for warmth and extra style & rock some cosy chic.  For the office, it’s a great alternative to a more formal suit jacket, and will look great over a simple shift dress with opaque tights and boots.  Try adding an over sized brooch or corsage to the lapel as a fun, colorful twist.  When it’s time to hit the town, the beautiful sleek fabric lends itself perfectly to a more glamorous look too.  Think it’s too chilly for a strappy frock?  Add your wrap and you’ll look fabulous while still keeping warm.

 

Gorgeous Long Purple Cardigan by Bitte Kai Rand at Vida Moda If you like to stand out in the crowd, have a look at our fabulous long cardigan by Bitte Kai Rand, in a stunning, vibrant purple.   Again, this perfectly proportioned piece will go with just about everything, and happily take you from day to night.  For a day out shopping, or lunch with the girls, why not keep it simple with jeans, a plain tee, and some cute leopard print pumps for a playful pop of pattern.
In short, to keep you on trend and snug at the same time, a cardigan is what you need – the only problem, is which is your favourite?!

 
Joanna
Vida Moda | Designer Fashion For Women With Curves Images ©Vida Moda 2011

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Do You Love or Loathe Red Carpet Opulence?

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The film and television industry award season is in full swing. It’s the playground for designers and fashion queens to make a statement and, in some cases, make history with that all important strut down the red carpet. The main event being, whether we like it or not, the Academy Awards, 26th February, 2012.

Everyone remembers an Oscar fashion story. Usually it’s the big mistakes, Björk’s unfortunate swan outfit, Cher’s several attempts to show us she’s defied age and gravity not to mention Helena Bonham-Carter’s apparent lack of a stylist (or at least a good one). There are some important lessons to be learned. But when the stars of the moment get the glamour right, they can define an era and set the high street on fire with replicas. In reality, none of us dress like that every day, some of us only dress like that a few times in our lifetime. So why do some of us subscribe to this extreme theatre of chic? It would be totally unrealistic to get the sewing machine out and sport a floor length chiffon number à la Michelle Williams in the local nightclub but the colour inspired a whole range of orange for Spring/ Summer 2012.

For those of us who are red carpet junkies, it’s not envy making us drool over the conveyor belt of gowns floating down the runway (well maybe a little). It would be totally unrealistic to get the sewing machine out and sport a floor length chiffon number à la Michelle Williams in the local nightclub but the colour inspired a whole range of orange for Spring/ Summer 2012. are the fashion choices the film and television professionals have made in the hope they may be picking up a prize on the world stage. A well crafted, well styled dress and overall look can make careers. Not only for the actress or designer but for stylists, publicists and just about everyone who had a hand in putting together the look. Collectively, these teams of fashionistas are artists in their prime and an insight into their creative world is fascinating. It’s not totally unreasonable to pick up nuances of style for ourselves, things most of us can pull off, a bejewelled clutch bag, nude patent heels, the latest ‘up do’ for our hair.

The trends on the red carpet this year, so far, have been slightly understated. As in Kate Middleton’s style choices, the colours are neutrals or dark, the cut’s simplistic. This is most likely to emulate the precarious economic times we are living in, vulgar displays of luxury would appear distasteful. Which begs the question, what will the Oscars bring? Maybe someone will revive the ‘safety pin’ dress to demonstrate thrift.

Vida Moda
Vida Moda | Designer Fashion For Curvy Women

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Go glow! Complete your look with spectacular skin

The secret to a great look is healthy looking skin. Winter is a cruel season, icy winds, central heating and fatty comfort food. Spring is round the corner, so here’s some tips to kick the winter look and bounce into a better season. Continue Reading →

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Harvey Nichols “Walk of Shame” Video or as we see it “Insulting your customers to sell to them”

Harvey Nichols are currently running an advert on YouTube called the “Walk of Shame”. On the immediate surface it appears to be aimed at helping Harvey Nichols sell more party wear for Christmas and New Year parties. An innocent enough desire on the part of any business you might think.

It goes much deeper than that. The advert is called “The walk of shame” and depicts various young women making their way home in the early hours after a party or a night out, all wearing party wear consisting of generally short and skimpy dresses.

The end of the advert blatantly implies that A) these young women are badly dressed B) They are not capable of making a good fashion choice and need it spelt out in a patronising manner and C) they can avoid “The Walk of Shame” by shopping for a more appropriate party frock at Harvey Nicks! Maybe this is supposed to be tongue in cheek but this strong message has had 535,000+ viewings on YouTube at the time of writing, (we are deliberately not publishing a link to it)

All this advert does is insult women for their fashion choices, their right to dress how they want and their right to have a good time. Worse still Harvey Nichols are running a competition for the best “Walk of Shame Story”, 5 winners will receive a “Stride of Pride kit” (if you read Facebook) or 10 winners will receive a “Walk of Shame Kit” if you read the terms and conditions of the competition. So does that mean there is a choice? Dress well (courtesy of Harvey Nichols) for your after party walk home or dress really badly, but with style! (again courtesy of Harvey Nichols).. confusing to say the least.

The advert also plays on the topic of beauty and size. The subtle message being that if you buy your party frock at Harvey Nichols you’ll be beautiful and slim with goddess like hair and a spring in your step. Oh, and a glamourous smile that will knock early morning postmen clean off their feet. Dressing in this manner may also allow you to live in beautiful flat in a classic city building. The actresses all enduring “The Walk of Shame” were no less beautiful than “Miss Glamourous Pride” at the end of the advert but they nearly all appeared to be wearing dresses that were too small for them thus portraying larger women as being less attractive and perhaps even more prone to “The Walk of Shame”.

If you read the comments on YouTube you’ll see this is exactly the image picked up by viewers. In truth there is nothing wrong with the way any of the women dressed in the video and while we are used to the Fashion and Retail industries portraying the “Glamourous Sylph” image it is insulting to rubbish one’s customers in the same breath.

This advert sparked a short online debate between two of my friends a couple of days ago. They had very different views of the advert, one was horrified by the hypocrisy of advert and the other didn’t really see much below the surface of the advert until it was pointed out to them. The interesting thing about my friends reactions is that both of these individuals are different ages and genders, both are informed by their obviously different life experiences. One is very mindful of the hard won achievements for equality and respect for women while the other perhaps takes them for granted.

The advert is very clearly targeted at a certain demographic, namely young women in party mode with some money to spend. Visually, from a technical point of view the advert is well made and it is a clever but dangerous play on a theme. I’d bet the advert is made by people from a younger generation who didn’t think twice about the deeply negative message they are giving about young women enjoying themselves. They also haven’t considered the responsibility they carry with respect to the audience engagement they can generate. Even more sadly there are plenty of people who will not even see the negative message, and will flock, patronised and sheep like to Harvey Nichols to buy that all important party frock.

Joanna Davis | Vida Moda Designer Fashion for Curvy Women | Create your style and walk with your head held high.

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Dawn French

“The Ones Who Like Chocolate”

Shane Watson’s article in the Sunday Times Style Magazine last Sunday “Wise to the size lies” certainly gave me plenty of food for thought. I agreed with some of what she says – like Dawn French letting down the side having lost weight after years of presenting large women as having a big appetite for life. A newly  slim Dawn French I’m sure Ms French has her reasons for seriously losing weight after all these years and I’ve no doubt it was not easy for her.

The media reports her having lost 4 stone, to be honest I’d say she has lost a lot more than 4 stone. But that does not necessarily mean that all large ladies who decry the media’s obsession with skin and bone are hypocrites or liars.

Ms Watson describes Nigella’s as one size over voluptuous. (sounds a little bitchy!) Can she mean the same Nigella Lawson whom men desire and women admire? I have to disagree with Ms Watson. There are many women who are really happy with their size and shape, oblivious to the media, illusion and the cheap condescending articles in fashion magazines.

A slimmer Nigella Lawson

Larger people do get treated differently and probably much less positively than skinny people. People always state the obvious about size, we all have lots of reasons why we might try to lose weight so it is dangerous to make assumptions about why people are driven to lose weight. There is huge pressure from the media and fashion world about what looks good.

These industries glorify and parade waif like teenagers modelling and selling a look to women buyers a lot older and with vastly different body shapes to the models.

This creates far more peer pressure to “conform” than the odd whimsical reference to chocolate by Dawn French or the enthusiastic beating of something glorious in a mixing bowl and raiding the fridge at midnight by Nigella Lawson. Perhaps you could take this fact into your reasoning next time Ms Watson.

Who am I to comment? I’m not a celebrity, just an ordinary person with a business selling designer fashion for larger women. Like everyone I like to buy clothes that fit me and that I can look good in and that’s the service I’m trying to give to my customers.

Joanna

Vida Moda | Designer Fashion For Curvy Women

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