Monthly Archives: October 2013

Bobbi Brown – First UK Standalone Store At White City


Growing up in a small village with a personal preference for the natural make-up look, I first had the opportunity to purchase Bobbi’s products during a visit to the Konigsallee in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Konigsallee Dusseldorf Germany (photo Wikipedia)

Konigsallee Dusseldorf Germany (photo Wikipedia)

After graduation from Emmerson College in Boston with a degree in theatrical make up, Bobbi launched her first line with 10 natural coloured lipsticks in 1991, at Bergdorf Goodman in New York. Estee Lauder bought the company in 1995 but Bobbi retains creative control of the brand. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show and contributes how-to segments to The Today Show.

Her make up celebrates individuality and she believes in beauty from the inside out. Clean eating includes a regular coconut and kale smoothie, small portions of dark chocolate and coconut milk espresso.

Bobbi Brown (photo Alice Gao)

Bobbi Brown (photo Alice Gao)

Bobbi lives in New Jersey with Steven Plofker, her husband of 25 years and their three sons. She is an avid fan of Kanye, Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Jagger and Flo Rida. On days out of the lime light she wears worn – in jeans, Vans, motor cycle boots and sweaters but cleans up beautifully in sky high heels, bigger jewellery and sequins for events and photo shoots.

Bobbi is the author of six books on health, beauty and lifestyle. She says, ‘Knowing what you can do at any given time to look and feel better is pretty powerful’.

Bobbi's latest book 'Pretty Powerful' followed on from 'Makeup Manual'.

Bobbi’s latest book ‘Pretty Powerful’ followed on from ‘Makeup Manual’.

Everyday essentials worklondonstyle.com

Everyday essentials worklondonstyle.com

Bobbi explains,  ‘Women still need to understand what they put in their body is as important as what they put on their face’.

Earlier publications included 'Beauty Evolution' and the inspirational 'Living Beauty'.

Earlier publications included ‘Beauty Evolution’ and the inspirational ‘Living Beauty’.

Bobbi Brown White City (photo - worklondonstyle)

Bobbi Brown White City (photo – worklondonstyle)

Bobbi Brown opened its first UK standalone store, covering 927sq ft, at Westfield London in November 2013.

Postcards From Paris


Paris holds a special place in my heart. The annual Lycée book haul can prove less than glamorous unless combined with a brief visit to some favourite shops and stops. Journey with me.

A central place to stay.

A central place to stay.

Beauty boost from Sephora

Beauty boost from Sephora

Louis Vuitton - Champs Elysees

Louis Vuitton – Champs Elysees

Lunch at Cafe de Flore

Lunch at Cafe de Flore

Lycée book shop done. Tuileries garden.

Lycée book shop done. Tuileries garden.

Shakespeare and Company

Shakespeare and Company

A walk along the river.

A walk along the river.

Sunset on the Seine

Sunset on the Seine

Joan Collins – A Passion For Life


World famous actress and Dynasty television star, Joan Collins signed the latest instalment of her memoirs, ‘A Passion For Life’ at Selfridges in London today. Joan OBE, Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominee has sold more than 50 million books worldwide.

A Passion For Life

A Passion For Life

‘A Passion For Life’ follows on from ‘Second Act’, ‘Katy: A Fight for Life’ and ‘Past Imperfect: an Autobiography’. It is an illustrated guide to the life of the British Icon. It includes childhood pictures, images from film sets around the world and the story of her marriage to Percy Gibson.

Joan's autobiography 'Second Act' published in 1996 and her light -hearted look at modern life ' The World According to Joan' published in 2011.

Joan’s autobiography ‘Second Act’ published in 1996 and her light – hearted look at modern life ‘The World According to Joan’ published in 2011.

Joan has written 17 books including beauty books and guides on style. Joan returned to the stage in 2013 with her acclaimed one woman show ‘One Night With Joan’. She is a regular contributor to The Spectator.

Style and Beauty advice from Joan.

Style and Beauty advice from Joan.

The Thames Path – Europe’s Most Spectacular City Walk.


On any given day I will set out on a walk, regardless of the weather. I have done this in many cities around the world from Cape Town to Vancouver. It restores harmony with nature, clears the mind, provides aerobic excercise and puts you in touch with the local community.

The past few years my walk takes me along the Thames. I cover about 12 miles passing by historic buildings, ancient battlegrounds and breathtaking scenery; immortalised in famous paintings.

As I walk in any circumstances, I draw inspiration from the words of the great South African leader, Nelson Mandela; ‘I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.’

Walk with me; I walk alone.

The All Saints' Church in Isleworth dates back to the 14 th century.

Low tide on the Thames river. The All Saints’ Church in Isleworth dates back to the 14 th century.

Two famous pubs needs sidestepping if pne is to reach your destination; The London Apprentice followed shortly by  friendly greetings of the locals at The Town Wharf.

Two famous pubs need sidestepping if one is to reach your destination; The London Apprentice followed shortly by friendly greetings of the locals at The Town Wharf.

Twickenham footbridge provides beautiful vistas down the river and a panoramic view onto Richmond.

Twickenham footbridge provides beautiful vistas down the river and a panoramic view onto Richmond.

Catching up on local news from one of the regulars.

Catching up on local news from one of the regulars.

The view from Richmond Hill; the subject of many famous paintings.

The view from Richmond Hill; the subject of many famous paintings.

The Gloriana used at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, passing under Twickenham Bridge.

The Gloriana used at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, passing under Twickenham Bridge.

The return journey past The London Apprentice adjacent to Syon Hpuse and Syon Park. The Thames now at high tide.

The return journey past The London Apprentice adjacent to Syon House and Syon Park. The Thames now at high tide.

Solvitur ambulando — “it is solved by walking.” For entertaining and insightful further reading see this link to The Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/hemingway-thoreau-jeffers_b_3837002.html

Tea And Sympathy – Mariage Freres


In 2005 finding it hard to adjust to my newly adopted country, my friend Sandra comforted me with a cup of ‘The Sur Le Nil’ from ‘Mariage Freres’ and some of her best baking.  Somewhat later she presented us with a selection of their beautifully packaged teas as a wedding gift.

The Sur Le Nil - Fruity & Lemony Green Tea

The Sur Le Nil – Fruity & Lemony Green Tea

The Wedding Gift - A selection of tea from Mariage Freres

The Wedding Gift – A selection of tea from Mariage Freres

Around 1660, Nicolas Mariage was dispatched to Persia, the East Indies and the Moghul Empire by King Louis XIV, whilst his brother Pierre travelled to Madagascar; both on behalf of the French East India Company. A 100 years later, Jean-Francois Mariage still traded in tea and spices and taught the business to his four sons in Lille. In 1845 two of the sons Aime and Auguste, founded ‘Auguste Maraige & Company’ in Paris. Having learned the trade from their father, Aime’s sons Henri and Edouard founded the Mariage Freres tea company in Paris on June 1, 1845.

Mariage Freres sells more than 500 high quality teas grown in 35 different countries. They uphold the fine art of serving tea by design and reproduction of beautiful tea services, teapots and utensils.

'The fragrance of adventure and poetry endlessly pervades each cup of tea' Henry Mariage.

‘The fragrance of adventure and poetry endlessly pervades each cup of tea’ Henry Mariage.

Mariage Freres tea is now available in the basement of Selfridges, Oxford Street, London.

Tea: Passion, Savoir-Faire And Tradition

Tea: Passion, Savoir-Faire And Tradition

The It Sweater


The ordinary sweater has morphed into the trophy knit. This season’s most coveted sweater is Givenchy’s Bambi Knit.

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci

This status buy has drummed up waiting lists normally reserved for It-bags; the sky high price tags ensuring they remain sartorial trophies.

With this season’s focus on day wear, team your sweater with a swishy skirt for work or dress it down with favourite jeans for the weekend.

Cable knit from Oaktree

Cable knit Oaktree

Photo Jay Ahr

Photo Jay Ahr

Photo worklondonstyle

Photo worklondonstyle

Oasis Westfield

Oasis Westfield

Galeries Lafayette Returns To Beijing, China.


Fifteen years after its first foray into China, French Department store Galeries Lafayette is officially reopening in Beijing tomorrow. The chain opened a store in Beijing in 1997 but closed a year later as the market was not mature enough. Thierry Vannier, director of the international department says “we are planning to open 16 outlets in China in the coming 5 years.” Hong Kong based I.T. limited owns a 50% stake in the new store. The store is about half the size of the boulevard Haussman store in Paris, in the 9th arrondissement.

Galeires Lafayette Paris Flagship on Haussman.

Galeries Lafayette Paris Flagship on Haussman.

Theophile Bader and his cousin Alphonse Kahn opened the store in a small haberdasher’s in 1895 on the corner of rue La Fayette and Chaussee d’Antin. A year later they purchased the entire building at No 1 rue La Fayette. In 1905 they expanded by aquiring no 38, 40 and 42, boulevard Haussman as well as no 15 rue de la Chaussee d’Antin.

The stores unique Belle Epoque architecture by Georges Chedanne features and ornate coloured glass dome and Art Nouveau staircase.

The store’s unique Belle Epoque architecture by Georges Chedanne features an ornate coloured glass dome and Art Nouveau staircase. (Photo worklondonstyle)

The store is a Paris heritage site. The company also owns stores in New York, Berlin, Dubai, Casablanca And Jakarta.

Lafayette Homme connect to the Coupole through a covered passegeway.

Lafayette Homme connects to the Coupole through a covered passegeway. (Photo worklondonstyle)

Vice and Virtue! To buy or not to buy?

Vice and Virtue! To buy or not to buy?

My favourite spot in Galeries Lafayette Paris - the view of the rooftops from the books store window.

My favourite spot in Galeries Lafayette Paris – the view of the rooftops from the book store window.

The new Beijing store is located in the Xidan commercial district and comprises 47,000 sqm floor space, located over 6 floors.