Tag Archives: cosmopolitan

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

Winelands Marathon – Making A Run For It!


It was a last minute decision to take part. It would be the 36th Winelands Marathon and the 16th Half Marathon. It would be a difficult and hilly route, undulating through the vineyards and strawberry farms of Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape of South Africa. One international phone call later my plane ticket and place were booked for the race. I am a keen walker but had not done any running in my London lifestyle in the past few years. It sounded like fun.

Winelands Marathon Stellenbosch (photo Runner's World)

Winelands Marathon Stellenbosch (photo Runner’s World)

The race serves as official qualifier for the 2014 Comrades and Two Oceans marathons. The cut off time for the marathon is 5h30 and 3h30 for the half marathon. There would be medals for all finishers.

The Langebaan West Coast team consisting of myself, my sister and her running partner Shoneen.

The Langebaan West Coast team consisting of myself, my sister and her running partner Shoneen.

The route started in rain near my old Alma Mater, Bloemhof Girls’ High and crossed the Eerste river taking us down towards the Strand and Somerset West. So far so good. Then we hit the gravel stretch. The road turned up towards the mountain, with the next 7 km a corrugated, muddy gravel road.

Happy, but exhausted medal winner. (photo-worklondonstyle)

Happy, but exhausted medal winner. (photo-worklondonstyle)

From here it was almost all down hill. I finished in a respectable well under 3 hour time, just ahead of my team mates, which enabled me to grab a West Coast Team photo finish.

Bravehearts-Hendrika and Shoneen

Bravehearts-Hendrika and Shoneen

Langebaan Running Club. West coast marathon taking place 15 March 2014. Entries open December 2013 at Weskusmaratjon.co.za. (Photo worklondonstyle)

Langebaan Running Club.
West coast marathon taking place 15 March 2014. Entries open December 2013 at Weskusmarathon.co.za. (Photo worklondonstyle)

Oxford Street Christmas Lights.


This year’s Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch-On set for Tuesday, 12 November, will be hosted by the iconic Selfridges store. The lights are always spectacular and this year will be sparkling with a new ‘snow flake’ inspired theme.

Photo: New West End Company

Photo: New West End Company

Christmas lights switch on at House of  Fraser 2012. (photo worklondonstyle)

Christmas lights switch-on at House of Fraser 2012. (photo worklondonstyle)

Robbie Williams hosted the 2012  Christmas lights switch on. (photo worklondonstyle)

Robbie Williams hosted the 2012 Christmas lights switch-on. (photo worklondonstyle)

Most stores have been sparkling with Christmas cheer since October.

Warehouse Christmas window (photo worklondonstyle)

Warehouse Christmas window (photo worklondonstyle)

Singer-songwriter Jessie J will be performing some of her greatest hits before switching on this year’s ‘snow flake’ inspired Christmas lights. She will be joined by X-factor winner James Arthur and international pop star Conor Maynard.

Jessie J will be performing and switching this year's Christmas lights. (photo New West End Company)

Jessie J will be performing and switching on this year’s Christmas lights. (photo New West End Company)

The event with a specially built catwalk stage outside Selfridges’ main entrance, starts at 5pm with the ‘switch-on’ at 6.15pm. Capital FM presenters Lisa Snowdon and David Berry will be hosting the event.

Snowflakes Theme Christmas 2013

Snowflakes Theme Christmas 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.

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