Category Archives: Conservation

Brand You – Preparing For Success


When I was invited to be the keynote speaker for International Women’s Day, I decided to take a look at the strategies that have propelled me to success in key industries.  I spoke about the power of the individual: investment and return, self knowledge and attainable aspirations. You can see this special training video here

Delivering the keynote speech for International Women's Day at Carnegie Room. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Delivering the keynote speech for International Women’s Day at Carnegie Room. (photo – worklondonstyle)

With Aprils Dawn and Dr. Diepiriye Kuku-Siemons (photo - worklondonstyle)

With Aprils Dawn and Dr. Diepiriye Kuku-Siemons (photo – worklondonstyle)

 

A Winter of Travel: Freedom, Business, Lifestyle


Having just returned from my recent visit to Australia I was reflecting on how my life has changed in the last two years. It started with a decision to combine my years of diverse experience and study to serve women entrepreneurs all over the world, teaching them to combine Business and Lifestyle through my coaching.

Soaking up the sun with Carol at Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Soaking up the sun with Carol at Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia. (photo – worklondonstyle)

En route to the Sydney Opera House for a performance of Madame Butterfly  (photo - worklondonstyle)

En route to the Sydney Opera House for a performance of Madame Butterfly (photo – worklondonstyle)

Speaking to an international audience on Personal Branding and Style at the Shangri-La hotel in Sydney, Australia.

Speaking to an international audience on Personal Branding and Style at the Shangri-La hotel in Sydney, Australia.

Sunset walk in Sydney harbour (photo - worklondonstyle)

Sunset walk in Sydney harbour (photo – worklondonstyle)

With Gina De Vee at the Shangri- La in Sydney, Australia

With Gina De Vee at the Shangri- La in Sydney, Australia

Celebrating with friends at a Sydney Soirée. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Celebrating with friends at a Sydney Soirée. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Lunch at Moo Cafe Bondi beach with Lorna Sophocleous and Tracy Neely (photo - worklondonstyle)

Lunch at Moo Cafe Bondi beach with Lorna Sophocleous and Tracy Neely (photo – worklondonstyle)

Hosting an Intensive with a client at Hotel Carlton Lyon, France (photo - worklondonstyle)

Hosting an Intensive with a client at Hotel Carlton Lyon, France (photo – worklondonstyle)

Shopping in Lyon, France (photo - worklondonstyle)

Shopping in Lyon, France (photo – worklondonstyle)

Enjoying the freedom lifestyle 'workinglondon style' from anywhere. At Bill's in Richmond with a view of the Thames. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Back in London. Enjoying the freedom lifestyle ‘workinglondonstyle’ from anywhere. At Bill’s in Richmond with a view of the Thames. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Breakfast meeting at Bill's in Richmond in London. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Breakfast meeting at Bill’s in Richmond in London. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Next time I will see these ladies - second week in May in Paris, France. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Next time I will see these ladies – second week in May in Paris, France. (photo – worklondonstyle)

A Summer of Travel: Business and Pleasure


I was recently asked whether my upcoming trip to Miami was business or pleasure. “Isn’t that the same thing?” I asked.

My role as Transformational Coach and Professional Speaker sees me working with clients around the globe. This Summer I was privileged to coach in South-Africa, France, Prague and London.

IDRAC School of Business in Lyon, France (photo - worklondonstyle)

IDRAC International School of Management in Lyon, France (photo – worklondonstyle)

Musee Des Beaux Arts de Lyon (photo - worklondonstyle)

Musee des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (photo – worklondonstyle)

St. Remy de Provence, France (photo - worklondonstyle)

St. Remy de Provence, France (photo – worklondonstyle)

Prague (photo - Marissa Loewen)

Prague (photo – Marissa Loewen)

Mentoring is fun in luxurious surroundings. With Jean Thopson in Prague (photo - worklondonstyle)

Mentoring is fun in luxurious surroundings. With Jean Thompson in Prague (photo – worklondonstyle)

Time to say goodbye. Ready for the flight back to London. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Time to say goodbye. With Amanda Smith at the Marriott in Prague. Ready for the flight back to London. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Working London Style at the Corinthia Hotel in London (photo - worklondonstyle)

Working London Style at the Corinthia Hotel in London (photo – worklondonstyle)

West Coast Winter – South Africa


Mykonos mayhem (photo - worklondonstyle)

Mykonos Yacht Club (photo – worklondonstyle)

Pelicans At River Studio Velddrif (photo - worklondonstyle)

Pelicans At River Studio Velddrif (photo – worklondonstyle)

Early Spring flowers in Laaiplek. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Early Namaqualand Daisies in Laaiplek. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Milo (photo - worklondonstyle)

Milo (photo – worklondonstyle)

'Die Hel' Strandfontein (photo - worklondonstyle)

‘Die Hel’ Strandfontein (photo – worklondonstyle)

Water Wise a Gardening in Doringbaai(photo - worklondonstyle)

Water-wise Gardening in Doringbaai (photo – worklondonstyle)

Beach Cottage Yzerfontein (photo - worklondonstyle)

Beach Cottage Yzerfontein (photo – worklondonstyle)

Sushi at Bouzouki (photo - worklondonstyle)

Sushi at Bouzouki (photo – worklondonstyle)

Trusted Timberland's Mykonos (photo - worklondonstyle)

Trusted Timberland’s Mykonos (photo – worklondonstyle)

Sunset Run Langebaan (photo - worklondonstyle)

Sunset Run Langebaan (photo – worklondonstyle)

Woman On The Move – Anita Barr Joins Harvey Nichols


Five months since her appointment as global merchandising director at All Saints, Anita Barr is on the move again. She will be joining Harvey Nichols as its new group buying director at the end of March. She will be responsible for womenswear, menswear and accessories buying and report to new chief executive Stacey Cartwright, who joined Harvey Nichols last month.

Anita Barr

Anita Barr

Cartwright said, “I am delighted that Anita will be joining the senior management team. This is an exciting time for Harvey Nichols and her expertise and experience in this market will help strengthen our fashion leadership in the sector.”

Barr is moving to Harvey Nichols from All Saints where she is global merchandising director.

Barr is moving to Harvey Nichols from All Saints where she is global merchandising director.

Barr said, “I am thrilled to be joining Harvey Nichols in this transformative chapter in the long and proud history of one of the world’s leading luxury department stores.”

Stacey Cartwright former CFO at Burberry who was appointed new CEO at Harvey Nichols on 17 February 2014.

Stacey Cartwright former CFO at Burberry who was appointed new CEO at Harvey Nichols on 17 February 2014.  (photo – Harvey Nichols)

Barr previously held senior positions in buying and merchandising at Harrods and Selridges.

Harvey Nichols London (photo - Harvey Nichols)

Harvey Nichols London (photo – Harvey Nichols)

A French Affair


Forget the Presidential love triangle; the high street is in love with France. Bag your own bit of Gallic flair with le sac du jour – the bucket bag. Update your wardrobe with the bag created by Angele Lancel in 1925.

Lancel opened her store near the lively new Opera Garnier in Paris in 1876, selling smoking accessories. In 1925 she creates the iconic bucket bag renamed the Premier Flirt in 2006.

Brigitte Bardot with her famous basket in beloved St Tropez.

Brigitte Bardot with her famous basket in beloved St Tropez.

In 1987 the bucket bag is rereleased under the name Elsa. It quickly charms millions of women to become an international bestseller for the house. I succumb to its charms buying two in different sizes.

My big Lancel Elsa bag photographed during a 2003 stay at Ma Cachette chambres d'hotes in Arlanc in the Auvergne.

My big Lancel Elsa bag photographed during a 2003 stay at Ma Cachette chambres d’hotes in Arlanc in the Auvergne. (photo – worklondonstyle)

My small black Elsa bucket bag ideal for work and short trips. (photo - worklondonstyle)

My small black Elsa bucket bag ideal for work and short trips. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Lancel reinterprets its cult bucket bag in 2006 and rechristens it the Premier Flirt.

The. Lancel Premier Flirt 2006. (photo - Lancel)

The Lancel Premier Flirt 2006. (photo – Lancel)

Lancel expresses its proximity to the French cultural background with collaborations with French icons Isabelle Adjani and Brigitte Bardot. The design elements of the 2012 BB bag respected the actress’s strong conservation convictions as all materials were environmentally friendly and the leather look required no animal hides.

The curvaceous Brigitte Bardot bag created in 2012. (photo - Lancel)

The curvaceous Brigitte Bardot bag created in 2012. (photo – Lancel)

For Spring/Summer 2014 the slouchy bucket bag is the perfect accessory. Topshop, Next, H&M, Zara and French Connection amongst others, all have affordable versions of the bag, allowing for a balance between casual and chic.

The 2014 high street version of the bucket bag from Zara. (photo - Zara)

The 2014 high street version of the bucket bag from Zara. (photo – Zara)

Boris Johnson – ‘Mad Props To The Real G’


“London is without doubt the greatest city on the planet” said Boris Johnson after figures showed that the number of foreign tourists surged by 20% last summer. July to September saw 4.9 million visitors, making it the world’s most popular destination and setting London on course to welcome a record 16 million overseas visitors in one year.

Boris Johnson - The Mayor of London.

Boris Johnson – The Mayor of London.

The charismatic mayor known for his sense of humour and public pranks such as the high wire act during the 2012 Olympics, is London’s most passionate promoter. Outspoken on petty bureaucracy, bicycle thieves, the airports commission’s plans for Heathrow, tennis with Pippa and life’s general absurdities; he has now waded into the Southpark Skateboard development debacle.

The ‘long live Southbank, you can’t remove history’ campaign was set up by supporters of London’s world famous Southbank Skatepark in defense of development plans for a Southbank Centre that will see the park moved to an alternate site 120 yards away under Hungerford Bridge.

Summer on the Southbank

Summer on the Southbank

Mr Johson said: “The skate park is the epicentre of UK skateboarding and is part of the cultural fabric of London. This much-loved community space has been used by thousands of young people over the years. It attracts tourists from across the world and undoubtedly adds to the vibrancy of the area. It helps to make London the great city it is.”

Visitors of all ages enjoy the view from the Southbank. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Visitors of all ages enjoy the view from the Southbank. (photo – worklondonstyle)

The Southbank Skateboard Park. (photo - worklondonstyle)

The Southbank Skateboard Park. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Skateboarders were delighted to receive the Mayor’s support. Tommy Wright said: “We’re stoked the Mayor is backing us. Anyone down for preservation gets mad props. Boris is a real G.”

The Urban Dictionary describes a “real G” as “a robust individual who did not change course under rough circumstances”. “Mad props” means thank you.

The Creative Director of arts organisation UpRise, involved in the Long Live Southbank campaign said: “It is great that Boris recognises the importance of the cultural heritage that exists in this space.”

Catherine Croft, Director of the 20th Century Society conservation group said: “The proposed massive extensions to the Centre will overwhelm one of the best groups of brutalist buildings in the UK, if not the world.”

A skater showing off his skills at the Southbank Skateboard Park. (photo - worklondonstyle)

A skater showing off his skills at the Southbank Skateboard Park. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Boris who writes a column for The Telegraph was one of the most popular guests on the comedy TV program “Mock the Week”.

Boris - 'A real G' promoting London.

Boris – ‘A real G’ promoting London.