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Adele – A Down To Earth Celebrity With Plus Size Style

I happened to catch a little of Jonathan Ross’ new chat show on ITV on Saturday, it was exactly the same format as he had on the BBC albeit with a slightly more robust and expensive looking set design! His three guests were Sarah Jessica Parker, Lewis Hamilton and Adele. I didn’t see the interview with Sarah Jessica Parker as I tuned in (such an old fashioned expression!) too late. She did look glamorous but appeared to have extra hair and teeth, and dare I say it very thin, and bear in mind that TV cameras make you look about 10lbs heavier than you actually are. I don’t know a lot about Ms Parker as I never watched her TV Series “Sex in the city” so I can’t really comment further.

Lewis Hamilton seemed like a nice chap but God the interview was shallow and a bit boring, couldn’t “Wossy” have asked him a more probing question or two other than his driving habits when he is in the company of his celebrity girlfriend? Well maybe not, maybe their lives are not that interesting….

The third guest was Adele and what an impression she made! She was like a breath of fresh air. Adele looks to be a size 16 or 18 and she is tall. She was simply dressed in a black velvet dress that suited her perfectly, it was stylish and understated and she made it look glamorous. She combined this simple dress with her big hair and large false eyelashes a la Dusty Springfield to create a powerful but feminine look. Importantly the dress was the correct size for her. She hadn’t tried to pour herself into a size smaller and as result she looked wonderful, to the extent I’m guessing at her dress size. It is amazing how many women think they have to squeeze into a small dress to look small. In actual fact all that does is make them look bigger. One of the key factors key to dressing well if you are a plus sized woman, is to wear the correct size so the item of clothing flows as opposed to being very tight.

Adele might now be a celebrity and according to “Wossy” “Huge in the States” but it doesn’t appear to have affected her too much at all. She was very down to earth, no airs and graces, no celeb simpering or fawning, just honest with a “take me as you find me attitude” an infectious laugh and sense of humour to match. Quite a change from the glitzy, smiley dolly birds we normally see on these sort of television shows. It’s so good to see an honest “projection” of a personality on TV, if that wasn’t her real personality then she is a fine actress.

Mr. Ross did ask Adele a real question or two about her song writing and it was clear she is an artist feeding on her emotions for her artistic output, I’m not convinced we get to see too many of these kinds of artist on television today. More often than not we see “manufactured acts” solely geared to generate money for a record company, ultimately they are a short shelf life product. Adele appears to be the opposite, she is natural, a real musician with soul, who likes performing but doesn’t like touring, such a pleasant change from the female “singers” we normally see promoting an album. She went on to sing and unsurprisingly sounded fabulous. I look forward to hearing her new material and hope that she continues with her successful career for many years, she is truly a rare talent in a sea of mediocrity.

Joanna – Vida Moda | Designer Clothes For Curvy Women

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Help us Save the boobies of the world!

This is the engaging tag line of a friend of Vida Moda’s who is organising a charity event tomorrow night July 15th, 7.30pm in Huntingdon to raise money for the fight against Breast Cancer. Hazel Cotterll has been working tirelessly with colleagues from Huntingdons Rotaract Club to organise the event, sell tickets and find sponsorship, no mean task to fit in with her normally busy day! Hazell is hoping to raise £2,000 for the BreakThrough BreastCancer Charity

Breast Cancer as we all know is devastating illness for individuals and their families and is indiscriminate in the age ranges it affects. So if you are in Huntingdonshire or a neighbouring county, village or town and feel like a good night out then get in touch with Hazell and buy a ticket. Tickets are only £10 and she has a fun evening lined up. You can contact Hazel on twitter @HazelLCottrell to talk to her about purchasing tickets or you can look at the facebook page for the event for more details.

At the beginning of July we were in Cambridge shopping and it was Race for Life day in Cambridge. The number of ladies participating in the event was amazing, all generations were represented, often in family groups, grandmothers through to Granddaughters. The were all in pink and there were thousands in the race. It was very inspiring and made us marvel at the power of a collective of people to change something. So while we have our erstwhile politicians grubbing around in the dirt with the powers that be in the media over goulish phone hacking we’ve got real people on the ground taking action and working together to effect change to benefit millions.

Which is more important and more worthwhile?

In our mind the answer is the ordinary person in the street working to do something positive to benefit others. So full marks to Hazel and her colleagues at Hunts Rotaract for organising tomorrows event. We are pleased to be able to sponsor Hazel’s event in a small way with some prizes for the raffle. If you can go tomorrow night then please contact Hazel and support her efforts.

Joanna & Philip (Vida Moda)

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Summer Dresses – a further option – Strawberries and Cream!

Its the second week of Wimbledon and things are hotting up, literally! We are in the midst of a mini heatwave and as I write this we are due a storm that might take the humidity away! On court it has been a hot day too, spare a thought for the poor players charging around in this heat. Ladies be well aware that Rafa may well require numerous shirt changes especially if he has another tough match in the heat like the one today. Andy Murray won too. In fact the top of the men’s draw is still intact but the ladies draw threw up two very surprising exits today. The Williams sisters both lost and while neither were seeded in the top 4 you’d always expect them to feature given their impressive past performances in the tournament. The Ladies singles is anyone’s title this year, could this be the year that Maria Sharapova comes back and wins a second title? One or other of the Williams sisters has won The Ladies Singles Title at Wimbledon 9 times in the last 11 years, Maria Sharapova and Amélie Mauresmo were the winners in the remaining two years. Only one of the last 11 finals did not feature a Williams sister so 2011 is definite break with recent tradition for the ladies.

So what of one of Wimbledon’s other traditions? Well of course you need some contrasting colour to really bring out the greenness of Wimbledon and what better colour than Red. Strawberries and Cream, the sweet side of Wimbledon, perfect for a sunny day and as English a tradition as the tournament itself. To celebrate the tradition of Strawberries and Cream at Wimbledon we are have a beautiful Red and White Plus Size Summer Dress for you. We also have some Plus Size White Linen Trousers that will complement it and leave you feeling cool and comfortable on court!

Plus Red and White Summer Dress with Plus White Line Trousers

Red & White Summer Dress and White Linen Trousers

As the weather is hot if you are going to Wimbledon you need to dress appropriately. We recommend some nice cotton or linen, sunscreen and possibly a large floppy hat! Unfortunately Vida Moda does not have a collection of summer hats, but we do have some wonder full summer dresses. You’ll love this Plus Size Red and White Print Summer Dress with a scooped neck, wide shoulder straps, slit pockets on the side seams and a beautifully deep handkerchief hem. Available in size 16 to size 22 and made from 100% cotton. This dress is perfect for an outing to Wimbledon or indeed to take on holiday and it is on special offer at £48. You may like to wear it as a tunic with some Plus Size White Linen Trousers which you can also find at Vida Moda on special offer at £35.

Enjoy your tennis!

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Carole Vorderman Rear of the Year 2011

Does my bum look big in this? – and isn’t it ok if it does?

The title of this post is perhaps a common question, but we do wonder if it is ever uttered out loud! We are sure many of you mentally ask this question, but perhaps only quietly to yourselves. Why? Are you frightened of the answer? or perhaps you don’t wish to be ridiculed by your spouse, family or friends. Well fear not, it is perfectly OK to have a “big bum”, indeed fashion history shows that at points in time a large rear was de rigeur. In Victorian times (1870′s and 1880′s) we had the “bustle” a built up area of cloth at the rear of a dress to accentuate a ladies rear! This combined with rib crushing corsets and a resulting exaggerated bust meant that Victorian Woman while being prim and elegant was also encouraged to massively exaggerate her body shape.

Carole Vorderman Rear of the Year 2011

Carole Vorderman Rear of the Year 2011

In the modern era we have “Rear of the Year”, an award of some 30 years standing that is typically awarded to celebrities who then get to pose themselves and their award winning rear in the sponsors garments. It is awarded to both a male and female each year. The Rear of the Year website makes a very valid point around the way the fashion industry influences the perception of how women perceive the size of their bums and how acceptable that size is. It goes in phases, so one year we will be in “athletic” mode where bums are trim and toned and maybe even masculine, then there is a reaction where the trend moves back towards the more voluptuous derrière.

This explains why Fiona Bruce won the award in 2010 (trim and athletic) and Carole Vorderman (more rounded) won it in 2011, beating Pippa Middleton into second place – well done Carole! The more rounded and full derrière is in fashion at the moment as it was a few years ago when Jennifier Lopez seemed to catch the “rear” limelight. Clover Stroud covered this subject in her well written article “Better from Behind” in the Sunday Times Style Magazine last weekend. Her article was humorous and Clover rightly encourages women to embrace their generous bums and to be proud of them.

Pippa Middleton came in for some commentary at the Royal wedding about how she looked in her dress (very pretty) but dare we say a little ordinary from behind? We can but wonder what the reaction from the commentators would have been if it was Kim Kardashian following Kate Middleton up the steps. We fear that some of the older male commentators would have had to reach for emergency BBC or ITV oxygen supplies while younger colleagues may have been verbally flabbergasted. These days we are lucky that cameras for this type of event are on good solid stands or the picture may have wavered somewhat too!

So on a more serious note ladies, while you may wish to shed an inch or two, be proud of your plus size belle derrière, embrace it, have fun with it, look after it and if you’ve got it flaunt it!

Of course we’d love to hear your opinions, do you have a big bum, are you proud of it? or do you wish it was somewhere else? Can you help us get to the bottom of the issue? :-) Add a comment, share the article and let’s hear other peoples views!

Vida Moda

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What are you wearing to Wimbledon?

Wimbledon starts next week so what are you going to wear if you are going?

One of things we love about Wimbledon is the fact that the players have to wear White, it’s a competition rule and advertising on the court is also kept to a minimum. White looks so good against the green background of the grass and the court surroundings.

We hope you are lucky enough to be going! If so what are you going to wear? Will you stand out on Centre Court? Will the TV cameras catch sight of you and be forced to linger because you look stunning? We hope so! At Vida Moda We’ve got a few options that will help look really good at Wimbledon this year. One of our recommendations would be for you to attend in a stunning white outfit perhaps accessorised with some lovely jewelery, something silver with a splash of colour that works well for you. Everyone can wear white and look good and the colour choice of your jewelery will depend on your skin and hair colouring. So its most important you choose your jewellery carefully!

Plus Size White Linen Clothes For Wimbledon

Vida Moda - Are you wearing white for Wimbledon 2011?

If you are going to wear white why not consider combining these pieces from our Bitte Kai Rand collection. Bitte is a fabulous designer and always produces wonderful collections which are subtly modern. You’ll look really good if you wear some or all of the following items to Wimbledon

First up we recommend some beautiful white linen trousers . To go with them we recommend this gorgeous White Linen Tunic. Alternatively we can offer a flexible white cotton top with 3/4 sleeves to go under a truly beautiful White Linen Jacket with a tailored waist. You’ll feel special wearing these clothes and you’ll look beautiful. Click on each image to view more detail about the item in Vida Moda’s online store. Don’t forget the White Linen Jacket is on special offer at the moment!

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Vida Moda Special Offers – June Week 3 – Extended for an Extra week!

This week Vida Moda has great special offers. We’ve got colour and style for you this week at a special price for this week only. There are not many of these items left!

Anathea by Parakian Brown Trousers

First up are some very comfortable trousers. These viscose and nylon trousers from Anathea by Parakian are very comfortable to wear and look fabulous. Ideal as part of a smart evening outfit. If you go on cruises these are wonderful for wearing for evening functions on board! Vida Moda stocks these trousers in size 16 to size 24.

Heteroclite Lavender Waterfall CardiganSecondly we have a beautiful Lavender Waterfall Cardigan for you. This bias cut cardigan from Heteroclite is a stunning colour and is wonderful for combining with a variety of other pieces. It is very versatile and is good for everyday wear and won’t look out of place if you keep it for that special occasion. Vida Moda stocks these cardigans in size 16 to size 22.

White Linen Jacket by Bitte Kai RandOur final special offer choice for you this week is a stunning White Linen Jacket by Bitte Kai Rand. This is a really elegant jacket with a tailored waistline has two buttons and two pockets and can worn for work as well as social occasions. This white linen jacket is available in a single size covering size 16 to size 18 only.

Don’t forget, all of our items are from niche European designers, they are special and quite rare. You won’t find too many people wearing these brands in these sizes so we are pleased to have been able to find them for you. Vida Moda is offering you something quite special at great prices so take advantage of these offers so you can look good and feel great in designer clothes made for real women!

These are this weeks special offers, how would you wear them? and what would you wear with them?

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The Wimbledon Championship – A British Tradition

The All England Lawn Tennis Club

Image ©Tom Vander Well 2009

One of the milestones of British summer is approaching fast. Yes it’s time for The Wimbledon Championship, held at the All England Club, where we see the game of tennis presented in a quintessentially British fashion. This is the time of year when millions of British people tune in to see a player from the British Isles lift either of the singles trophies at Wimbledon. We think The Wimbledon Tennis Championships are the jewel in the crown of World tennis. Of the four Grand Slam Titles it is perhaps the one that all players wish to win the most. The Lawn Tennis Association make a valiant effort every year to make sure the championship is beautifully presented and well run, not withstanding the weather!. Henman Hill will be awash with hopeful fans all watching the big screen with a fervent desire to catch a glimpse of a potential British Champion. Will we be lucky this year?

So ladies the most important question is are you lucky enough to be going? Do you have a ticket or are you having to join the queue for tickets on the day? Over the course of this week we’ll be celebrating Wimbledon with some blog posts and special offers highlighting our choice of what to wear from Vida Moda if you are going to Wimbledon this year. We’ve got some very nice summer clothes to help you look fabulous at Wimbledon!

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John Lewis and the value of “Beigeness”

India Knight has written an excellent piece in her Sunday Times column today. It’s all about John Lewis thinking about changing it’s image to broaden it’s appeal, to shake off it’s “fuddy-duddy” image. Craig Inglis who is Director of Marketing at John Lewis is reacting to the accusation of John Lewis being “beige at times”. John Lewis is embarking on the biggest revamp revamp of it’s marketing and advertising in 147 years according to an article in Marketing Week Magazine. India is somewhat aghast at the notion that John Lewis is going to change it’s approach and lose it’s “Beigeness” to compete with the likes of Tesco and other large supermarkets. India presents a good set of arguments for not making such a change, all of which I agree with.
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If john Lewis did greatly change it’s approach I would be somewhat dismayed. John Lewis is not that “fuddy-duddy” or indeed that “Beige” yes I’m sure it needs to revamp and update many of it’s stores. We have a lovely John Lewis store in the Grafton Arcade in Cambridge, it is modern, well stocked and very popular and not just with “ladies of a certain age”. John Lewis in my mind occupies an almost unique position in British retail, it has a personality, this is expressed really well through their staff whose attentiveness and ability to provide excellent customer service is well documented. I cannot think of single other high street retailer that currently has such an effect. Marks & Spencers is an obvious direct competitor to John Lewis and Waitrose, but even though they are good, they don’t have the same level of personality that John Lewis has.

John Lewis has managed to maintain it’s retailer dignity rather than be consumed by the retail commerce conveyor belt and the shallowness of celebrity glamour and instant satisfaction that others seem to suffer from. People buy from people. John Lewis is all about people. You go to John Lewis because they represent in no particular order; quality, top products, fabulous customer service and reliability. Its not a shop to rush around in, it is a lovely browsing experience and you’ll always discover or spot something new that you didn’t know they stocked. They don’t get everything right but they are streets ahead of other retailers on actually having a personality.

Tesco is totally soulless, it represents a core function, the weekly shop – which we all need – and that is fine, it has it’s place too. They are very good at what they do, they are cheap, obviously lots of people like that. However they don’t have the best quality produce and they’re not great at customer service, that may be fine for their customer base. So I hope Mr. Inglis knows what he is doing, I’m not saying don’t change anything, change is proactive and should be happening all the time BUT be very careful about changing the personality of the retailer, especially one with such a unique reputation. If John Lewis has to stoop to the level of Tesco to compete on the high street at the expense of it’s personality then it will be a sad day for British retailing.

In setting up our online business we have modeled our philosophy on certain elements of a number of retailers, elements that we admire and feel are important to customers. John Lewis is one of the retailers that we admire. Tesco’s isn’t.

So next time you are in John Lewis, have a little think about why you’ve gone in there, how you feel while you are there and what you like about shopping in John Lewis. Appreciate it because it may not be the same in a year’s time. Please feel free to add your comments to this post so others can read your thoughts about the importance or not of British retailers having a “personality” and don’t confuse this with “brand” or “marketing” because it’s not actually the same thing at all.

This post is inspired by India Knights Sunday Times Column on Sunday 5th June 2011 titled “Sing – nice and softly, mind – if you’re glad to be beige”

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