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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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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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What inspired you today?

Last night I attended a local networking group Cam Creative to pay tribute to the memory of Bonnie Cotier who died in a tragic accident on April 23rd. In honour of Bonnie’s memory people were asked to tell the group about something amazing they had done recently or something that inspired them. Bonnie was highly regarded by the people in the various networking groups that she was member of and she was heavily involved in Cam Creative. I hadn’t yet got to know Bonnie really well but I had spoken to her often enough to realise she was a person that stood out because of her personality and her approach to life, business and people. She was a dynamic person who had a hand in many different projects some of which we heard about last night and clearly had an abundance of energy and enthusiasm to participate and contribute 100% to the projects she was involved in.

So those who wanted to, could stand up and say a few words about what had inspired them. Personally, I struggled with this, after some reflection I didn’t feel I could stand up and tell people about something obvious or spectacular that inspired me. I’ve worked very hard to achieve whatever amount of success I’ve had in life. But again I suspect that’s a common story for a lot of people, I’m just an ordinary person doing ordinary things.

However things have changed in the last 12 months or so and thinking back over that time I realised I stumbled across a source of inspiration I never expected to find. Its not loud and explosive, or in your face. Its rather quiet and subtle but it is insistent and nurturing. It played a big part in my decision to start a business 6 months ago. The business an online store selling plus size clothes to larger women. It’s very early days and it’s a risk, there’s no real telling at this point whether it will succeed or not. The point is, I had the idea to set up this business more than 12 years ago. I did nothing, instead I pursued a career in a discipline in a corporate environment which has gone well for me over the years. Despite being difficult it was still a “safe” option.

The question is why did I start my venture now and not 12 years ago? The answer is of course complex and like a lot of people I can easily come up with a list of why I didn’t start it years ago. Coming up with the list of reason why I started it now is less easy. One of the influencing factors is that I got involved in a local networking group, initially to learn more about social media but pretty soon my thoughts turned to my dormant business idea and I decided to give it a go. I was inspired by simply talking to the people around me at these groups. They are from all walks of life and are running all manner of businesses and I found their energy and positive vibe (often in the face of difficult trading conditions) very inspiring and it helped me get up and do something about my idea. Every time I go to one of these events I make some new contacts and I always come away with something new to apply to my fledgling business.

A number of people I’ve met in the networking group have helped me set up and their efforts are woven into the fabric of my venture and I’m grateful for their contribution. While I wasn’t lucky enough to work with Bonnie she certainly is an exemplar of the type of person I’m referring too and I know she provided inspiration to plenty of others as they sought to develop their business or idea. In fact if you want see how Bonnie inspired and helped someone else then please read the previous post on this blog about an exhibition that Bonnie was instrumental in organising in Cambridge starting on June 7th.

So if you are an entrepreneur starting up or are already well established take a good look around the people at the next networking event you attend. Seek out the ones that like Bonnie, might inspire you and help you do something amazing. They are out there and they will help. In return you may find you can also provide some inspiration to others.

Please add a comment telling us about people that have inspired you, or if you have a story about how Bonnie inspired you please feel free to share it here, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

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