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Nigella Lawson – The Taste of Success.


British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson is returning to British television screens in January In ‘The Taste’. The show aired in its original format in the US on ABC in January 2013. As in previews shows, Nigella will be seen tasting and enjoying great food. She says, “At my age, being thin is not a good look. Eating is my anti-aging remedy”.

Nigella

Nigella glamorous in curve-hugging purple for the show ‘The Taste’ in the US. (photo – AP)

Her first book established her as woman with a passion for life and food.

Her first book introduced her as a woman with a passion for life and food and helped start a cupcake revolution.

'Nigella Bites' accompanied the. Channel 4 series that established her as a sensual cook adored by men and women globally.

‘Nigella Bites’ accompanied the channel four series that established her as a sensual cook adored by men and women globally.

The reality style show is described as a mix between a talent show and a cooking competition. Each of the experts coach a mixed team of amateur and professional cooks and at the end of each episode the judges sample the dishes blind without knowing who cooked it or even what the dish is.

The US version of 'The Taste' Ludo Lefebvre, Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Marcus Samuelsson. (photo - abc)

The US version of ‘The Taste’ with Ludo Lefebvre, Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Marcus Samuelsson. (photo – ABC)

‘The Taste’ airs on Channel 4 in the UK, on Tuesday 7 January at 9 pm.

Nigella as mentor and judge on  '. The Taste'. (photo - XPUSJP)

Nigella as mentor and judge on ‘The Taste’. (photo – XPUSJP)

Nigella doing the taste test in a scene from the new show.

Nigella doing the taste test in a scene from the new show.

French Women Don’t Get Facelifts


Mireille Guiliano first came to our attention when she famously invited Oprah to come stay with her to learn the secrets of why “French Women Don’t Get Fat.” This former CEO of Veuve Clicquot, the LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned Champagne house, launched a new genre of French ‘savoir faire.’

Mireille Guiliano's new book

Mireille Guiliano’s new book ‘French Women Don’t Get Facelifts’. (photo – Grand Central Publishing)

Subsequent publications included the “French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook”, “French Women For All Seasons” and her business sense and sensibility guide, “Women, Work & The Art of Savoir Faire.”

Mireille Guiliano

Mireille at a signing for “Women, Work & The Art of Savoir Faire.”

Guiliano shares her time between Manhattan, Paris and Provence. The 60-something writer attributes the youthful staying power of the French to their individualistic style and attitude. She says, “The difference is the U.S. is a ‘youth’ culture. France is not. Literally, here you are old after 30 and not in France. There is still respect for women in their 50’s.”

She writes, “Certainly in France, a woman in her forties and fifties is still alluring and seen as an object of desire and acts the part. She feels it and acts it, but doesn’t pretend she is ageless.”

#bookshelfie - Mireille in her apartment in Manhatten.

#bookshelfie – Mireille in her apartment in Manhatten.

A few tips from her book: 1. Attitude is key – Mireille calls attitude ‘the magic pill’ responsible for the major difference in youthful appearance of French women. Love and laughter save the day. 2. Dress for the age you are now. She says “Girlish looks for matue women are not something French women are keen on. With today’s choices, one does not have to dress old at any age.” 3. Less is more for makeup. “Once your face has noticeable wrinkles, don’t even think about makeup and moisturizers with glittery particles that draw attention. C’est tout.” 4. Eat “face friendly” food. This includes lots of vegetables, good protein, honey and a little bit of what you fancy; including chocolate and a glass of champagne. 5. Respect your skin. Moisturise religiously. France is a country of creams and treatments, often bought from the local chemist. Use preventative measures like UV protection to slow down the clock.

Mireille Guiliano

Mireille Guiliano

“French Women Don’t Get Facelifts” is published by Grand Central Publishing on 24 December 2013. It has already been named a Wall Street Journal best book of the year.

Mulberry – The Delevingne Factor


British handbag and clothing brand Mulberry has set its sights on international expansion. Established by Roger Saul in Somerset in the south west of England in 1971, Mulberry has built a reputation on its dedication to craftsmanship and tradition. This balanced with a nose for high fashion and practicality has ensured it cult status when it launched the now iconic Bayswater in 2002. Named after the leafy West London neighbourhood, it was originally available in Oak, Chocolate and Black. Its success has seen new colours and finishes sent down the catwalk year on year.

The Mulberry Bayswater (photo - worklondonstyle)

The Mulberry Bayswater (photo – worklondonstyle)

With 123 stores and a market cap of £604m The Rookery, Mulberry’s original factory, could not meet demand. The second factory in Somerset has been completed and will run to full capacity by mid 2014. The Rookery has been the only leather goods factory of its size in the UK.

The Bayswater requires 12sq ft of leather. (photo -Mulberry)

The Bayswater requires 12sq ft of leather. (photo -Mulberry)

Bags are designed in the London studio. The entire process from pattern making and prototyping to fine tuning can take up to 28 weeks. Considering material qualities, it takes one skin to make one handbag. The Bayswater requires 12sq ft of leather. All off-cuts are used in smaller projects and recycled. Bags are handmade. Cutting, skiving, handle making, splitting, spraying, inking, ironing, stitching and folding are overseen by largely locally sourced and trained craftspeople.

The launch of the Alexa, named after British model, TV presenter and style icon, Alexa Chung, drew A-list stars to Mulberry’s catwalk shows. The design is derived from the Elkington, Mulberry’s Classic men’s briefcase.

Alexa Chung with the Alexa bag and the original Elkington which inspired it. (photo -Mulberry)

Alexa Chung with the Alexa bag and the original Elkington which inspired it. (photo -Mulberry)

American singer Lana Del Rey inspired the Del Rey bag featured in the 2012 Autumn/Winter campaign. Cara Delevingne, British model of the year for 2012 is the current face of the brand.

Mulberry launched the Cara Delevingne range at Claridge’s in London on 16 February 2014. It is hoping to revive it’s flagging bag sales; drawing on the model’s millions of international followers.

Cara Delevingne photographed by renowned British photographer Tim Walker (photo - Mulberry)

Cara Delevingne photographed by renowned British photographer Tim Walker (photo – Mulberry)

Chief executive Bruno Guillon has said plans to open 15 new stores were on track. A flagship store is set to open on Paris’ Rue Saint-Honore in 2014.

Guillon has repositioned Mulberry from an affordable to a luxury brand, with 36% of sales derived from bags priced over £1000 compared to 4% in 2012. Creative director, Emma Hill’s departure has left room for new direction.

Vintage Mulberry - The Roxanne. ( photo - worklondonstyle)

Vintage Mulberry – The Roxanne. ( photo – worklondonstyle)

Investment in prominent tourist destinations such as Asia and North America saw pre-tax profits down by 28% to £7.2 million, in the six months to 30 September. Revenues were up 2.1% to £78.1m with like-for-like growth of 4%. International retail sales were up 29%.

Research has shown that Asia Pacific is posed to be the biggest market for luxury goods by 2018. In readiness for the harvest, now is the time to invest. It is a costly process, but with the local market close to saturation, the promise of rich pickings may well justify investment in multinational expansion.

The Cara Delevingne backpack. (photo-Reuters)

The Cara Delevingne backpack. (photo-Reuters)

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.


Victoria’s Secret’s 2013 show aired on American television channel CBS on Tuesday, 10 December. Sales topped $6.12billion last year, easily justifying the $12million it costs to produce the spectacular annual show. Last year the show drew a viewership of 9.3 million as it was screened in 185 countries worldwide.

Six themes were showcased: ‘British Invasion’, ‘Birds of Paradise’, ‘PINK Network’, ‘Parisian Nights’, ‘Shipwrecked’ and ‘Snow Angels’.

South African born Victoria's Secret Angel, Candice Swanepoel wearing this year's 'fantasy bra' valued at $10 million. (photo - Victoria's Secret)

South African born Victoria’s Secret Angel, Candice Swanepoel wearing this year’s ‘fantasy bra’ valued at $10 million. (photo – Victoria’s Secret)

British fashion editor, Sophia Nephititou is the stylist for the aspirational brand, with London cobbler Nicolas Kirkwood’s stilettos, a firm favourite of the Angels. This year’s ‘Royal fantasy bra’ was designed by jeweler Mouawad. Previous years have seen Angels Miranda Kerr, Gisele Bundchen and Adriana Lima wearing the covetable bra.

Brazilian model, Adriana Lima wearing red for this year's catwalk show. (photo - Reuters)

Brazilian model, Adriana Lima wearing red for this year’s catwalk show. (photo – Reuters)

Adriana Lima is a Brazilian actress and model and has been a Victoria Secret Angel since 2000.

‘Model of the Year 2012’, Cara Delevingne made her second appearance for the brand in this year’s show.

Cara Delvinge on the Victoria's Secret catwalk. (photo - Reuters)

Cara Delevingne on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk. (photo – Reuters)

The snowflake segment of the 2013 catwalk show. (photo - Reuters)

The snowflake segment of the 2013 catwalk show. (photo – Reuters)

worklondonstyle visiting the Victoria's Secret Bond Street London flagship store.

worklondonstyle visiting the Victoria’s Secret Bond Street London flagship store.

Taylor Swift headlined the entertainment at the 2013 show. She was supported in serenading the angelic models by Neon Jungle, Fall Out Boy and A Great Big World.

Taylor Swift serenading the models. (photo - Reuters)

Taylor Swift serenading the models. (photo – Reuters)

What sets Victoria’s Secret apart from its competition in the lingerie industry is the superior customer experience. It starts outside the store with the exceptional window displays showcasing merchandise from previous shows. A red carpet welcome awaits the customer at the entrance. The beautiful interior, superb merchandise and inviting fitting rooms are complimented by friendly, informed staff. Customers trust the brand and easily pay a little more as Victoria’s Secret make their lingerie purchases feel like investments.

Dutch model Doutzen Kroes is a veteran of the show. (photo- Reuters)

Dutch model Doutzen Kroes is a veteran of the show. (photo- Reuters)

Churchhaven – West Coast National Park South Africa


On the drive to Kraalbaai, part of the Langebaan Lagoon, you pass a signpost for Joanne’s Beach Cottage. This is the entrance to the sanctuary that is Churchhaven; a hidden, beautiful little fishing village with white washed fisherman’s and restored holiday cottages.

The lagoon is one of only three in the world that is fed by the sea and not by a river. (photo - Hendrika Blignaut)

The lagoon is one of only three in the world that is fed by the sea and not by a river. (photo – Hendrika Blignaut)

The Flamingoes at Churchhaven are protected birds. Joanne’s Beach Cottage is a fully equipped self-catering cottage near Churchhaven within walking distance of the lagoon.

The signpost to the hidden village of Churchhaven.

The signpost to the hidden village of Churchhaven. (photo-worklondonstyle)

The village is just outside Postberg Flower Reserve, a part of the park that is only open between August and September. Only 120km outside of Cape Town on the R27 it provides a beautiful glimpse of the magnificent Namaqualand spring flowers. Daily guided walks depart from Abrahamskraal Waterhole at 10am and 1pm.

Churchhaven (photo-worklondonstyle)

Churchhaven (photo-worklondonstyle)

The area forms part of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR) designated by UNESCO in 2000.

The unspoilt lagoon teems with wildlife.

The unspoilt lagoon teems with wildlife.

Only descendants of the original inhabitants of Churchhaven are allowed to own property here. It does not appear on the official map of the West Coast National Park. This adds to its desolation, mystery and beauty.

Churchhaven is a holiday destination to the chosen few descendants of the original inhabitants.

Churchhaven is a holiday destination to the chosen few descendants of the original inhabitants.

More information on the West Coast National Park is available at http://www.sanparks.org.

Blue Sky Thinking – Enjoying South African Hospitality


Early Morning  - Langebaan Lagoon

Early Morning – Langebaan Lagoon

Fun Friends - Steve Hofmeyr

Fun Friends – Steve Hofmeyr

Getting There Is Half The Fun.

Getting There Is Half The Fun.

Blue

Blue

Jacobsbaai - Wilde Magrietjie

Jacobsbaai – Wilde Magrietjie

Slim And Strong For Life – Unleash Your Potential.


Diets don’t work because they do not last the distance! Not even my French heritage could safeguard me from the inevitable weight gain associated with pregnancy and changes in metabolism over time. Seventeen years ago after the birth of my daughter Angelique, I set out on the quest to find a healthy way to regain my figure and to unleash the power that lies in every body to maintain great shape for life.

Summer fun. (photo-worklondonstyle)

Summer fun. (photo-worklondonstyle)

Working as a university lecturer, retail manager and business and lifestyle coach demands many hours on my feet. I wanted to be slim and strong with energy to spare for exercise. After many trials and errors, I discovered that holy grail of great nutrition in the form of Herbalife.

Herbalife head office UK.

Herbalife head office UK.

The answer lay in personalised protein to support muscle maintenance. Whereas before I was constantly hungry and craving empty calories from simple sugars, the correct amount of protein rebalanced my blood sugar and I have not needed to diet a day since. Through regular use of the product range I lost 25 kg and have maintained a healthy, energetic weight effortlessly.

Attending a conference in Kensington, London.

Engela Minshull Business and Life Coach at a conference in October 2013 in Kensington, London.

I use the Herbalife range of products in my work with many clients who approach me to assist them with weight loss or who want to regain energy and vitality. I have found it easy to incorporate these easy to mix shakes in my travels around the world and have made Herbalife friends for life in many countries. One such inspirational group calls themselves the ‘herbaheroes’

Gerrain Jones and the Herbaheroes.

Garrain Jones and the Herbaheroes.

Founded by Mark Hughes in 1980, Herbalife is listed on the NYSE and now available in 90 countries. Based on the latest science, this range of products have helped many to lose, gain or maintain weight. Herbalife is the Global Nutrition Partner of Christiano Renaldo, international football superstar.

Christiano Renaldo drinking Herbalife for a healthy, active lifestyle.

Christiano Renaldo drinking Herbalife for a healthy, active lifestyle. (photo Herbalife)

Fit on holiday South Africa.

Fit on holiday in South Africa.

If you are looking for financial independence or to reach your health and weight loss goals; contact me at engelaminshull@gmail.com.