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Summer Dresses – Our first option

We are now in the month of June! Traditionally this is a “proper” summer month in the United Kingdom. Sunny days, warm air, gentle breezes a time of year when the country side looks really beautiful and nature shows her pretty and colourful side.

The evenings are longer and social live moves outside. The English sports world switches it’s focus to the summer sports of tennis, cricket, polo, and horse racing. The weather draws bigger crowds to sporting and social events during the summer months. Therefore it’s a chance to go out and be seen looking rather beautiful!

The summer dress is staple part of our wardrobes, and what a truly wonderful garment! The summer dress can be bold and brash, subtle and soft, sensual or elegant a perfectly versatile garment to share your personality. Over the next few weeks we are going to feature some summer dresses from Vida Moda. They’re all different and will suit different personalities. A summer dress is the perfect way for you to make a statement about you, whether you are walking down the street, attending a big event, socialising with friends or simply spending some time out and about with your family.

We start this short series with a simple summer dress that is a bold but beautiful print. It’s vibrant, it’s happy, it will help you make a tasteful statement, it will turn heads! But… it needs you to bring it to life!

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Vida Moda’s two models Jo and Nina both loved this dress. They are both plus sized models, and both have different body shapes and the designer has come up with something that works really well for both of them.

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Their different body shapes make it look like they are wearing a different dress. It looks fantastic on both of them. It will look fantastic on you.

Buy this summer dress to make your statement this summer!

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QR Quilt

Nancy Feve – Recombinant Art Quilts – an exhibition organised by Bonnie Cotier

Bonnie was an inspirational person and the exhibition detailed below is a fine example of how she used her skills to enrich and promote someone’s talent.

The content in this post is courtesy of @Lindsay_Abbott and Michelle French @designer_tweets who like Nancy were both close friends of Bonnie.

QR Quilt by Nancy Feve

Text by Lindsay
“The late Bonnie Cotier was struck by the patterns of QR Codes and encouraged her friend and colleague Nancy Feve, a quilt expert, to design a quilt that is a functional QR Code.

The quilts will be on show at Williams Art, 5 Dales Brewery, Gwydir Street, Cambridge on Tuesday 7 June 5pm-8pm. Tel: 01223 311687. http://www.williamsart.co.uk

Bonnie designed Nancy’s website and was helping Nancy to organise the event and act as media contact. Her friend and colleague, Michelle French, has stepped in on behalf of Bonnie to make sure that the event is a success.

Further information can be found here: Nancy Feve Quilts: http://www.fevequilts.com/news-media-coverage/

There is also a Twitter hashtag #fevequilts to follow Nancy’s work.

Michelle French: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/michellefrenchdesign

Text by Michelle
“Bonnie did an experiment with Cam Creative last year using QR Codes. At the time there were very few people in the group who were aware of them. I had become intrigued with them when the design firm in London, Moving Brands, presented a case study in a lecture at London College of Communication.

Bonnie and I both have backgrounds in sewing and the cultures of the Southeast US and I was very excited about the combination of low-tech, craft art with the high tech application. (“High Tech/High Touch” example for a John Naisbitt enthusiast.)

While the circumstances of my most recent involvement in pushing this show forward have been among the saddest of my life, I have been very glad to contribute.

Nancy is accepting commissions should you want your own QR code stitched into a quilt.”

Please make others aware of the exhibition and if you’re in Cambridge please go and view the exhibition.

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The joy of thanks and the benefits it brings

Today was an interesting day for me. It culminated in four people recommending me on twitter for providing them with a small amount of knowledge in relation to something they had a problem with or were working on. It was an unexpected and pleasant surprise particularly as they all recommended me at almost the same time simply because I helped them out in a small way.

It really brought home to me what a wonderful thing social media can be. It is instantaneous and reactions flow freely, sometimes they are positive and sometimes negative. People who use social media in a positive way stand to benefit massively, and I think the benefit works in different ways. Obviously the recipient of a recommendation or thanks feels appreciated and you do get a glow from helping someone. Equally the person providing the recommendation feels good about making a positive recommendation about someone who has added value to their day. Both parties end up with a small enhancement to their online reputation because one is recognised as a contributor and the other is seen to publish a genuine recommendation. When that happens it’s very powerful.

For example it goes beyond the realms of #FollowFriday recommendations. It is not enough just to list people as #ff you need to give a reason for doing so, to add value both to the individual you are recommending and to yourself. I rarely do #FollowFridays but when I do them I do one per tweet and I give a clear reason why I’m recommending the individual, that’s what we do in real conversation isn’t it?

Consider how a #FollowFriday or #ff could play out in the physical world. The two physical equivalents of the myriad of #ff that we see could be

A: To go and stand in the middle of the road, like a town crier and yell “Follow Friday” at the top of your voice and then proceed to list the names of your top 20 twitter friends. Will anyone notice? perhaps not, other than to think you are a little odd. Will they whip a notebook and write down the names you’ve called out? I doubt it :-)

Or

B: You you could be at some social gathering or networking event in conversation with different people, at some point you are guaranteed to recommend someone you know who is good at something that might benefit one of the people you are talking to. Will they take listen and take note? I think so.

Which of the two approaches is more valuable?

I think B is more valuable, its personal, its well qualified and it is genuinely delivered. The beauty of it is that if you apply this approach properly it in the Twitter world lots of people will see it and possibly benefit from it as you may unwittingly provide them with some help. In turn both of your online reputations will certainly benefit from this as described above. In the physical world the people immediately impacted by the recommendation will benefit and word might spread some way but there is a time lag and the reach of the recommendation is short. Online it’s a different story, the spread of a good recommendation is instant and that potentially has more impact, it might not last as long but it will be visible to more people in a short time.

So readers perhaps you can think about how you recommend someone and give a clear reason, after all you want them to benefit, don’t you? If so it’s worth doing well and you will also be seen in a positive light.

So thanks to @hr_katherine @AnnHawkins @Lindsay_Abbott and @arillustrate for their kind words today and as a result being the inspiration for this post :-)

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