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Crikey! What’s happened to Downton?

Crikey! What’s happened to Downton?

Downton Abbey Ladies

"Downton Abbey Ladies"


I enjoyed the first series of Downton Abbey but feel the second series has become somewhat of a parody of itself (maybe it is supposed to be like this). Why has it gone downhill? The actors playing the characters all seem reasonably well suited to the parts they play and the premise is there for a good yarn But this series is lacking. Perhaps it is the way in which we hop from scene to scene, there is too much going on, too many individual story lines being covered, and all of them without satisfactory endings.

In the last few episodes an injured solider turned up who could have been the legitimate heir to Downton but was physically unrecognisable due to his injuries. Now this story had potential for intrigue, drama and full blown confrontation. Instead the character wimped out and scuttled off (we didn’t even see him scuttling), presumably never to be heard of again.

What is the point of “Ethel’s” story? Yes it shows how difficult life was for single mothers with illegitimate children, but then why is there a new maid in residence who is also a single mother but who is a war widow. (we now know, she is likely to be naughty with Lord Downton) We’ve never seen her child and she puts a pained face on whenever it is mentioned. (I’m desperately seeking skullduggery of some kind in this small story)

Richard Carlisle From Downton Abbey

"Carlisle"

The only character with a hint of proper devilment is Mr Carlisle who issued a threat with some menace to Lady Mary who didn’t really bat any eyelids at all. Oh, and Matthew seems set to recover, his wheelchair went over a bump on Sunday night and low and behold he clearly feel something downstairs, and no it wasn’t a maid. Most of all I have felt some dismay for Lord Downton, Granville or whoever. He has had to strut about in a uniform at home for weeks and he didn’t even have anyone to have Luncheon with this week. He also appears to have lost any real story lines as does the whole programme.

What of the youngest daughter, Sybil (aka Lady Florence), what on earth is she doing with the Chauffeur? Nothing, absolutely nothing, for weeks, mind you he did put a hand on her waist this week. (shocking). Anytime there is potential for drama they snuff it out straight away, what about the tractor driving Edith kissing the farmer? Bang! Letter from the farmers wife telling her she is no longer required. Story over. Instantly, she was demoted to concerned librarian for the next two weeks.

Mr. Bates from Downton Abbey

"Bates"

What about BATES, and Anna. Anna seems ok and has the odd good line or two. But BATES seems to have overdone it with the Botox, he’s permanently canted over to the right with a look on his face that implies he has recently sat on a very large blunt thumb tack. Oh, and who the heck buys arsenic and leaves it lying about in the kitchen?

It is such a shame, this series is not a patch on the first and all it goes to show is that ITV cannot manage period drama in quite the same way as the BBC even though I’m pretty sure Julian Fellows is an excellent writer – he doesn’t seem to be allowed the freedom to develop story lines properly over the series. The costumes remain excellent (I don’t know how authentic they are to the period) but it all goes to show that window dressing is nothing without the story.

Update from last weeks episode!!

Did you see it? Matthew’s miraculous recovery, he sprang from his wheelchair to catch Lavinia to prevent her falling. He did this after months of not being able to move his legs and with no rehabilitation. Yes I know it’s television, but really some of it is so far fetched! It lacks the sense of space and time that would make it anywhere near credible and detracts from the reality.

Its the last episode of this series tonight, will there be a third? I fear it is too late to properly conclude any of the current story lines. Oh and there is a Christmas Special coming… maybe that will be better. Mind you I did like some of their jewellery!

Joanna

Joanna Davis | Vida Moda | Couture for Curvy Women

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Plus Size Clothing at Vida Moda | Beige Striped Tunic

Vida Moda Special Offers

Ladies we’ve got 4 special offers on Vida Moda for you this week.

We have a beautiful check jacket by Bitte Kai Rand that is perfect for work or slightly more formal casual occasions. This jacket is on special offer right now at 60% off it’s normal price and is available to fit size 16 to 18. We only have a few of these left so take advantage of the offer now.
Plus Size Clothing at Vida Moda | Bitte Kai Rand Jacket

We also have a pretty tunic by Bitte, it’s a lovely colour, a checkered blue and ash grey. This tunic is on offer at 70% off it’s normal price and is also available to fit size 16 to 18. Again we only have a few of these left, so take advantage now.
Plus Size Clothing at Vida Moda | Bitte Kai Rand Ash Blue Tunic

We have the perfect waterfall cardigan by Heteroclite for Autumn, it is a lace textured and pattern bias cut cardigan which is perfect for everyday activity and looks wonderful. You’ll find it perfect for work or a home if you’re not quite ready for a full winter sweater! We still some of these in the following sizes, 16, 18, 20 and 22. Best of all they are on offer at 50% off the regular price.
Plus Size Clothing at Vida Moda | Waterfall Cardigan

If you are lucky enough to be heading off somewhere sunny for a short break then we also have a stunning little tunic by Heteroclite for you. This little beige and white striped tunic is unbelievably soft and very stylish. We still a few of these in Size 18, Size 20 and Size 22 and they are also on special offer at £27.50.
Plus Size Clothing at Vida Moda | Beige Striped Tunic

Don’t forget our Autumn / Winter collections are now online along with our jewellery collection. All our collections are quite exclusive so you can be assured of wearing high quality designer fashion that is quite rare when you buy from us. Joanna is committed to bringing you a choice of great quality designer clothes for curvy women.

Take advantage of our special offers today as they don’t last long!

Vida Moda | Designer Fashion For Curvy Women Size 14 to 24

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Vida Moda Jewellery Collection

Vida Moda’s New Jewellery Collection

After much debate and evaluating suppliers I finally found the kind of jewellery I wanted for Vida Moda’s jewellery collection. I wanted something expressive, stylish and not too expensive. Jewellery that would look good on a special occasion but which could also worn on an everyday basis to make the wearer feel good. We also faced an additional challenge, that of size. (I had a similar challenge when sourcing our belts). Most jewellery manufacturers seem to assume that all women have long slender necks. This is not the case at all so we’ve carefully checked the length of the chain on every necklace to make sure they are long enough to be comfortable. We do have one or two items that are designed to be worn higher up the neck and in those cases we’ll point that out clearly in the description.

Colour is also a huge factor for me, I love greens and so I’ve chosen one or two pieces in shades of green! I love green jewellery I hope you like the choices I’ve made. We’ve hopefully got something to suit all tastes. In fact some of the comments I’ve seen on Twitter have made me go “Yes I can definitely see you wearing that”. Colour is such an important expression of personality and if we don’t always want to wear clothing with a strong colour then we can accessorise with some beautiful jewellery to add a splash of colour. I don’t know about you, but there are days when I wear a lot of black but I still like my jewellery and use it to offset the black.

I’ve also selected some earrings to complement the necklaces, they are often designed to go together but can be purchased separately.

We’ll be adding more pieces to the store and as we get feedback from you I’ll find additional suppliers and add more ranges over time. So I do hope you like what we are starting with. Take a look at the jewellery collection and add a comment here to let us know what you like or don’t like, or email me at joanna@vidamoda.co.uk to share your thoughts. Over the next few weeks we’ll feature a few of the pieces on a blog post or two.

Joanna

Vida Moda | The Online Designer European Clothing Store for Curvy Women

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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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Hattie Said "Don't Dress Quietly!"

Hattie Jacques said “Don’t dress quietly to minimise your size”

I recently read the authorised biography of Hattie Jacques in which she reportedly said she had no idea what her statistics were. She could not buy clothes to fit her off-the-peg and employed a dressmaker to make all her clothes. In later life she managed to find a shop in New York that catered for outsize ladies where she shopped regularly. Apparently she received regular letters from women asking to buy her old clothes from her as they couldn’t find clothes to fit them. It just seems outrageous that such a large proportion of Customers was completely ignored by the fashion industry. Although ladies statistics are increasing globally at the moment, back in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s there must have been a sizable population of women that just were not catered for.

Hattie Said "Don't Dress Quietly!"

Hattie reportedly said

“don’t dress quietly, just to minimise your size. If you are big, you are going to look big anyway. And if you have a colourful personality, then for heaven’s sake play up to it.”

Well said Hattie!! That’s exactly our philosophy at Vida Moda. Hattie thought it was difficult to be fat and feminine at the same time. I think the clothing industry in Britain has moved on since then but it has been very slow and has along way to go. It is easy to understand why someone like Hattie was made to feel that way. In my opinion she was a beautiful woman who did dress femininely in beautiful silks and velvets but the majority of women would not have been able to afford a dressmaker.

While things have changed and progress has been made it is still challenging to find beautiful clothes if you are large and that’s why I opened a shop online, to give women like me the opportunity to have some “designer” choice!

Joanna

Excerpt taken from “Hattie” The Authorised biography of Hattie Jacques by Andy Merriman ©2007

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"Big Sexy" plus size reality TV show

A “Big Sexy” Date For Your Diary

"Big Sexy" plus size reality TV showOn August 30th TLC channel launches a new reality TV show which follows the lives of five plus size ladies trying to break into the fashion industry. The objective is for the five belles (all New Yorkers) to alter the preconceptions of the size obsessed fashion world, challenge stereotypes and make plus size sexiness more mainstream. The show is also balanced with a look into the their personal lives and examines their relationships as plus size women.
At this stage of course it’s impossible to comment on the show as I’ve not seen it yet, but I am interested to see whether it will go anywhere near to achieving it’s objectives and to reading your opinions. Even if it doesn’t, well done to those ladies and the programme executives for taking on the challenge.

Joanna

Don’t forget it is the last few days of the summer sale at Vida Moda – If you are a “curvy bird” we’ve got a designer bargain for you! – Click Here to view our sale items.

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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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