I’ve been off work over the last week, laid pretty low with a bug. I’d hoped that would give me plenty of the usually-elusive time to spend writing a long blog to you all, but although technically the hours were there, I had no energy to use them. My mind seemed to be suffering as much as my body and I haven’t been able to put two coherent thoughts together, let alone write a few sentences. I’ve spent most of the time asleep! However, I’m now on the mend so although not an epic, here are a few of my musings.
First things first – I’m seriously hoping to be well enough to be back at QVC to join Carla Laszlo on Thursday to celebrate the second anniversary of my favourite range of shapewear: Vercella Vita.
Made in Italy, this stylish, flattering and – for me, most importantly – comfortable underwear range help your favourite fashions to look even better. And it can look good enough to wear as outerwear, say, as a camisole under a jacket or cardigan. There are lovely patterns woven into the fabric and gorgeous colours – not just the usual white, black and nude.
There are a number of things that set Vercella Vita apart from other shapewear labels – most notably the special machines that ‘knit’ the garments with no seams and can create specially-shaped panels of various strengths. These help to help mould our feminine curves in a flattering way, rather than just squashing everything flat in an attempt to look thinner and usually causing an ugly bulge where the garment ends. My favourites are the camisoles (I like this one in particular) and the cropped tops although I have my eye on the High Waisted Power Control Belly Slimming Pants (what a name!) to help disguise my squidgy tummy, and also the slip (109762) which I think would be brilliant under a Christmas party dress. We will have some special prices on Thursday so I may have to do some shopping!
The camisoles give enough shape and support that I don’t always need to wear a bra underneath – sometimes it’s bliss to not have digging in straps and underwires to contend with. And I always wear a crop top when I go to my regular yoga class. I get the comfort I need and the lovely colours mean that it doesn’t matter if the straps show – in fact, it’s a bit of a fashion statement if they do.
Because of the stretch and the soft fibres, wearing a Vercella Vita garment is so comfy this is a range for wearing all day, not just for glamorous evenings out. And we need confidence that we look our best all day, not just for special events. The origin of the name says it all really… ‘Vercella’ is from the Italian region Vercelli where the range is made – an area of gently rolling hills and lush valleys – while ‘Vita’ means not just ‘life’ but also ‘waist’. So let’s celebrate the curves of our bodies with just a little help from Vercella Vita – hope to see you at 1pm on Thursday.
Talking of beautiful landscapes, one of the things I love doing – and always improves my mood – is to walk our lovely bearded collie dog Barney in the stunning Buckinghamshire countryside near where I live. He’s getting on a bit now, at 15 and a half years old, but he still loves to chase squirrels in the woods. I don’t usually work on Mondays so you’ll always find us enjoying a quiet start to the week. I find it really therapeutic – I am learning to practice mindfulness meditation at the moment, where you focus on enjoying the moment you’re in rather than fretting about the past or worrying about the future. (If you’re interested have a look at Headspace.com.)
I find this particularly easy to do when I’m walking with the fresh air on my face, nothing but the birds to listen to and trees, fields or the River Thames to feast my eyes on. I’ve missed it over the last week or so while I’ve been housebound, but here are a couple of photos I took earlier on my phone in our local beech woods – the colours at this time of year are so gorgeous you can’t help but feel better when you see them. Colour and light therapy are underrated in my opinion, but you don’t need to pay for expensive treatments – just look around you.
The other way of course, is to put a Tiffany-style lamp in your home – we have six in ours. You can see from this photo how amazing they look when it’s dark outside. Our next on-air show isn’t until the middle of December but you can always check out what we have online – they make beautiful gifts.
I hope you’re getting organised for the festive season – don’t forget to let us help you with ideas and inspiration – we have plenty of both.