Category Archives: cosmopolitan

The 10 Principles of Power


What does it take to be a true leader?

To start with you must be willing to embrace your strengths. Let’s take a look at the ten traits you need to become a power player.

1. Leaders keep the end in sight.
They’re aware of their company or business goals and they are self-aware. They let this vision guide their critical decisions.

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

Speaking to an international audience at the Shangri-La hotel in Sydney, Australia.

2. They collaborate.
They work with others to share resources and to fill the gaps in their own strengths.

3. They’re prepared to serve.
It takes personal security to be able to stand in a place of conflict, where people differ and still listen respectfully, question yourself and make decisions for the greater good of the business.

4. Leaders chart their own course.
They’re not afraid of the space between their dreams and reality. They believe in the power of their dreams and they take the necessary action to take a leap of faith.

Leaders read to inform themselves and take inspired action. (photo -  worklondonstyle)

Leaders read to inform themselves and take inspired action. (photo – worklondonstyle)

5. They reinvent themselves.
Leaders are demanding of themselves. They’re willing to invest in training and coaching and have the courage and determination to create a new reality for their business.

6. Leaders help others achieve.
They are inspired to share, mentor and uplift others by offering knowledge and resources that could springboard their success.

7. They take the initiative.
Leaders are self-starters who use their emotional intelligence, self-awareness, self-management, social skills and motivation to bring a project to fruition.

8. Leaders love to learn. 

Good leaders read everything, network with people at the level to which they aspire and go back to school for additional training.

9. They fight for a good cause.
Leaders find ways to use the resources and skills they have acquired to give back. They look for opportunities to do pro-bono work.

10. Leaders are change agents.
They expose their people to opportunities to refine their skills, recommend books, meetings and training sessions. They urge people to think about who they are, what’s next and who they are developing.

I believe power is about sharing leadership, working with mentors and coaches and cultivating others to get things done with a real sense of excellence.

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)

Nothing To Wear- Find Your Signature Style


An impression is formed of you within the first 45 seconds of meeting. Your style defines your life. You feel the way you look. Is your style holding you back? Does it influence your self confidence, costing you promotions, money and love?

Change your Look, Change your Life. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Change your Look, Change your Life. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Two things make you different: how you see the world and how the world sees you.

I know how going though the different phases of life can erode your sense of style. Having worked as a television news anchor, university lecturer and senior corporate manager, I now spend my time helping women succeed in their own businesses and careers. I teach my clients to take the doubt out of dressing by learning style strategies.

Owning Oxford Street

Owning Oxford Street

My clients continue to inspire me as I help them look slimmer, taller and younger. Style is about self-knowledge and attainable aspirations, investment and return.

Attending a conference in Kensington, London.

Attending a conference in Kensington, London.

I believe we are born with an innate sense of style but sometimes life gets in the way. Your busy schedule and the many roles you play leave little time for strategy planning on the image front. Every wardrobe contains it’s fair share of fashion mistakes, clashing colours and styles, impulse buys and disappointments.

Invest in yourself. When you do, you will wake up ready to conquer the world each day.“Change your Look; Change your Life.” – Engela Minshull

You Are The Brand!

 

The Eagle has Landed – American Eagle at Westfield London


Launching the first UK branch of American Eagle at Westfield London, Executive Vice President Simon Nankervis said, “The brand’s changed since 2011 and we’ve moved from being a US retailer to a global retailer.”

American Eagle Westfield London (photo - worklondonstyle)

American Eagle Westfield London (photo – worklondonstyle)

Launching in time for Christmas.

Launching in time for Christmas.

With more than 1,000 stores in the US and annual sales of $3,3billion, American Eagle is best known for its denim.

Denim (photo - worklondonstyle)

Denim (photo – worklondonstyle)

Nankervis said, “Our ranges will be differentiated because the guy in London wears his jeans tighter and the girls [follow] trends a lot quicker because of the proximity to Europe. It will be closer to what we do in New York than Middle America.”

The first UK store at Westfield London (photo - worklondonstyle)

The first UK store at Westfield London (photo – worklondonstyle)

The opening at Westfield London will be followed by another 10,000sq ft store over two floors, on the upper level at Westfield Stratford on Saturday. From next Wednesday Bluewater shoppers will be able to visit their own local store.

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)

Fabulous at Forty: Diane Von Furstenberg Wrapping Up At Galeries Lafayette.


Following on from her “Journey of a Dress” retrospective in Los Angeles, Diane Von Furstenberg will continue celebrating four decades of her iconic wrap dress by taking over 12 windows and the main entrance at Galeries Lafayette’s Paris Flagship store from September 3 to 30. She will present a capsule collection of 12 dresses in 6 heritage prints as well as bags and a selection of small leather goods.

Diane in her office  situated in the famous meat packing district in New York.

Diane in her office situated in the famous meat-packing district in New York.

From 25th of August, Diane will feature in an advertising campaign shot by Jean-Paul Goude. She is expected to attend an event at the store in late September to coincide with Paris Fashion Week.

Diane as she is set to appear in the campaign for Galleries Lafayette's  Autumn theme "Pop'timisme." (photo - Jean-Paul Goude)

Diane as she is set to appear in the campaign for Galeries Lafayette’s Autumn theme “Pop’timisme.” (photo – Jean-Paul Goude)

Diane launched her first line at 22 and the wrap dress based on a ballerina wrap at 26. She was motivated by the drive for independence and said, “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the women I wanted to be.”

Diane modelling the iconic wrap dress.

Diane modelling the iconic wrap dress.

Her dresses have been worn by the rich and famous for their style, iconic prints and comfort and are favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge. A dress from her 1975-1976 collection has been immortalised at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Duchess of Cambridge in DvF.

The Duchess of Cambridge in DvF. (photo – Getty)

An early adopter of new technology, Von Furstenberg has designed a range of eyewear for Google Glass.

Diane Von Furstemberg for Google Glass.

Diane Von Furstemberg for Google Glass.

Diane had her term as President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America extended through to 2016. CFDA CEO Steven Kolb said, “The board’s unanimous decision to ask Diane to stay on as president is testament to the great growth the CFDA has had under her leadership.”

Autumn/Winter 2014

Autumn/Winter 2014 (photo – Getty)

Autumn/Winter 2014

Autumn/Winter 2014 (photo – Getty)

Michael Hertz who previously worked with Bally, has been hired as Artistic Director to assist in promotion and design of ready-to-wear, accessories, aesthetic of stores and advertising campaigns.

Michael Hertz new Artistic Director at DvF.  (photo - Getty)

Michael Hertz new Artistic Director at DvF. (photo – Getty)

Diane Von Furstenberg and models celebrate the 40th anniversary of the DVF wrap dress. (photo - Getty)

Diane Von Furstenberg and models celebrate the 40th anniversary of the DVF wrap dress. (photo – Getty)

Her book “The Woman I Wanted to Be” will be available from Autumn.

Queen Bestows Damehood On Zandra Rhodes


“Personality and jewellery will conquer everything;” said  Zandra Rhodes and now it has. Queen Elizabeth has bestowed one of  her highest honours,  a damehood, on the British fashion and textile designer.

Rhodes received the title, equivalent to a knighthood, as part of the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Dame Zandra Rhodes (photo - Katherine Rose)

Dame Zandra Rhodes (photo – Katherine Rose)

The Queen's Birthday Celebrations. (photo - Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/Press Association Images)

The Queen’s Birthday Celebrations: Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Princess Eugenie, Sophie, the Duchess of Wessex, Prince Phillip, Prince Edward, Prince Harry, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William (photo – Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/Press Association Images)

Rhodes, born in Chatham Kent in 1940, is the daughter of a fashion instructor and graduated from The Royal College of Art in 1964. In 1968 whilst lecturing at art college, she opened The Fulham Road Clothes Shop in Chelsea with Sylvia Ayton. She set up on her own and designed her first collection in 1969.

Considered too outrageous by traditional British manufacturers she took her designs to New York where Diana Vreeland featured it in American Vogue.

On the cover of Suitcase magazine.

On the cover of Suitcase magazine.

Famous for her vivid prints and colourful hair, she is considered a pillar of Sixties and Seventies British fashion. Having kept samples of all her work she founded the Textile and Fashion Museum in Bermondsey in 2003.

She has designed for the rich and famous, actors and royalty including Diana, Princess of Wales, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Onassis, Freddy Mercury, Kylie Minogue, Paris Hilton, Bianca Jagger and Anastasia.

Raising Cancer Awareness (photo- Jeremy Selwyn)

Raising Cancer Awareness (photo- Jeremy Selwyn)

Known as “The Princess of Punk” Zandra has won many awards throughout her career including ” Designer of the Year” in 1972. She was made Commander of the British Empire in 1997 and holds nine Honorary Doctorates from Universities in the USA and UK.

Rhodes lost her mother to cancer  and  supports Mayor Boris Johnson as Breast Cancer “ambassador”  to raise awareness of the devastating disease.

Masterful combining of colour and design. (photo - Advanced Style)

Masterful combining of colour and design. (photo – Advanced Style)

Honoured with her was Hilary Mantel, author of celebrated Tudor-era novels “Bring Up The Bodies” and “Wolf Hall.”

Angelina Jolie, though not a British citizen, was made an honorary dame for her work toward eradicating sexual violence worldwide.

What Would Maya Angelou Do?


Dr. Maya Angelou renowned poet, professor, singer, dancer, novelist and actress; passed away at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina today. She was 86, but the woman I first met in her book ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’, was timeless. A peer of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and friend of Malcolm X, her voice transcended manmade barriers. Having never been to college, she received more than 30 honorary degrees. In 2011 president Barak Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Maya Angelou reading in her dressing room before a performance at  Village Vanguard in New York City.(photo- G. Marshall Wilson)

Maya Angelou reading in her dressing room before a performance at Village Vanguard in New York City. (photo- G. Marshall Wilson)

I credit Dr. Angelou for installing in me the belief that courage is the most important human trait. She also said; “Forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself” and “To know the end; look at the beginning.”

In times of great distress or challenges I would often ask: ‘What would Maya Angelou do?’

Dr Angelou during celebrations for her 83rd birthday.

Dr Angelou during celebrations for her 83rd birthday.

Oprah Winfrey said: “I consider it God’s gift to me – a Blessing Incarnate – to witness and experience Maya’s grand, open heart. Her willingness to serve.”

Maya's books on my bookshelf at the time of her passing. (photo-worklondonstyle)

Maya’s books on my bookshelf at the time of her passing. (photo-worklondonstyle)

I awaited eagerly each new instalment of her autobiography and took pleasure and instruction from her profound wisdom and spirit of dignity, grace, courage, determination, integrity and generosity.

She would say, “Don’t bring the negative to my door.” She projected attention to the positive and highlighted common ground in order to unite. I can hear her say: “In the Eye of the Storm, in the Heat of the Flame, say Thank You – for your faith that deliverance is coming.”

Dr Angelou with her mother Vivian Baxter about whom she wrote: 'Mum and me and mum' (photo-curtesy Maya Angelou)

Dr Angelou with her mother Vivian Baxter about whom she wrote: ‘Mom & Me & Mom.'(photo-curtesy Maya Angelou)

Born on 4 April 1928, Maya grew up between St. Louis and the then racially-segregated Stamps, Arkansas. She had a difficult childhood surviving rape at the age of 7 and giving birth to her son, the writer Guy Johnson at age 17, a few weeks after her graduation from high school. She toured Europe in the mid-1950’s in the opera production of “Porgy and Bess” and in 1957 recorded the album “Calypso Lady”. She joined the Harlem Writers Guild in New York in 1958.

Dr Angelou reciting her poem 'And Still I Rise' at the inauguration of president Bill Clinton in 1993.

Dr Angelou reciting her poem ‘On the Pulse of Morning’ at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton on January 20, 1993.

Combining the two things she loved best, writing and cooking, she published her first cookbook in 2004.

The jacket cover of her fist cookbook: 'hallelujah! The welcome table'.

The jacket cover of her fist cookbook: ‘hallelujah! The welcome table’. (photo-Brian Lanker)

Maya spent time working as a newspaper editor in Egypt and Ghana. She spoke six languages. It was here that she wrote the first part of her autobiography. Her son says: “I was raised as an only child, but because of my mother I have many brothers and sisters. I share her easily because one cannot own the dew, the snow, the wind , the rain. It is a force of nature.”

Maya, I am passing on your instruction to me; “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”