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Can The Sugar And Shake Your Cravings…


There are times when too much of a good thing can be great and then there are times when it is simply excessive. The occasional Starbucks tea and ginger biscuit had become a daily habit. So it was that I found myself reaching for  Sarah Wilson’s ‘I Quit Sugar’ book and started on the program. That was ten days ago.

I Quit Sugar - Sarah Wilson (photo - worklondonstyle)

I Quit Sugar – Sarah Wilson (photo – worklondonstyle)

Recent health reports have shown a marked increase in earlier onset of diabetes type 2 and heart disease. Research suggests that sugar may be the culprit and that it may be as addictive as cocaine whilst being as harmful as tobacco.

Sarah Wilson, a former editor of Australian Cosmopolitan, wrote about her research and personal experience on a low sugar program to treat her auto-immune disease. Her e-book turned into the New York Times bestseller ‘I Quit Sugar’.

Sarah says, “Quitting sugar is about eating the way we did before the age of industrial sugar. A hundred years ago we ate 1 kg of sugar a year – now we eat 60kg a year.”

Crowd out added sugar by loading up on nutritionally dense foods. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Crowd out added sugar by loading up on nutritionally dense foods. (photo – worklondonstyle)

One teaspoon of sugar = 4.2g. The World Health Organisation has recently updated guidelines for daily intake from 40g per day down to 20g (5 teaspoons). What you are actively looking to reduce is fructose, which converts directly to fat. It inhibits the immune system, upsets the mineral balance and is linked to early ageing and dementia.

Get started now:
1) replace sugar with healthy fats and protein
2) use the right oils and spreads – avoid all polyunsaturated fats such as sunflower oil and switch to organic butter and coconut oil instead
3) drink lots of water – at least two litres a day
4) do some exercise every day – 30 to 60 minutes
5) learn to read labels – choose foods with less that 5g of sugar per 100g.

Sarah devised an 8 week program to kick the sugar habit for good. Foods that are particularly helpful include coconut oil, cacao, cheese, chicken, chai tea, chia seeds, cinnamon, coconut water and coffee.

I Quit Sugar for Life - Sarah Wilson (photo - worklondonstyle)

I Quit Sugar for Life – Sarah Wilson (photo – worklondonstyle)

What to expect:
I went cold turkey and suffered withdrawal symptoms with flu-like muscle aches and headaches for the first 3 days. I persisted and less than two weeks into the program I am enjoying heightened energy levels, radiant skin and a better night’s sleep. I eat exactly what I want with an emphasis on organic vegetables and protein and am happy to say that I no longer crave the sweet stuff.

This is not a diet, it is a way of living without processed food. Three years from when she first started, Sarah’s new book ‘I Quit Sugar for Life’ is released in the UK this week.

Celine’s New Flagship Store Opens At No.103 Mount Street London.


Phoebe Philo and her team opened the doors to their elegantly designed new flagship store on Mount Street today. Clear grey marmorino plastered walls and marbled floors inlaid with semi-precious stones, greeted eager customers. Danish artist FOS created specially commissioned artistic details including door handles, floor lamps and a chandelier.

Born in Paris and educated at Central Saint Martins in London, Philo won the ‘British Designer of the Year’ award in 2010 and the ‘International Designer of the Year’ award in 2011.

worklondonstyle shopping Celine's new flagship store on Mount Street on opening day. (photo - worklondonstyle)

worklondonstyle shopping Celine’s new flagship store on Mount Street on opening day. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Attention to detail includes beautifully inlaid marble floors. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Attention to detail includes beautifully inlaid marble floors. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Geometric shapes were integral to her accessories for the season. Bags featured square handles coupled with cubic bangles and chunky, rectangular platform shoes.

The Summer 2014 Campaign (photo - Celine)

The Summer 2014 Campaign (photo – Celine)

In a move away from her usual minimalism and understated elegance, Philo introduced bright colours and bold graphic prints for Spring /Summer 2014. The layered look and asymmetrical pleated skirts were teamed with coats and blazers.

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo - Showbit)

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo – Showbit)

Travel informed the Spring/Summer collections of many designers at Paris Fashion Week. It is represented by colourful tribal prints in the collection at Celine.

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo - Showbit)

Spring/Summer 2014 (photo – Showbit)

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)

I Can See Clearly Now.


Just in time for Valentine’s day and ahead of its release in the US, comes the publication of Dr Wayne W. Dyer’s latest book ‘I Can See Clearly Now.’ It is an intimate look at four decades of the key experiences and decisions that have shaped his life. At every fork in the road Dr Dyer shows how seekers on a personal path to enlightenment can choose love over fear.

Dr Dyer shares personal experiences from his childhood in orphanages, his time in the American military and his drive and ambition to study and succeed. He writes  “to inspire you to look back at your own life to see how everything you have experienced has led you to where you are right now.”

Published in March 1976 'Your Erroneous Zones' was. Dr. Dyer's first book written for the public. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Published in March 1976 ‘Your Erroneous Zones’ was. Dr. Dyer’s first book written for the public. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Wayne takes us with him on his journey as he decides to leave behind a life in academia and write and promote his first book aimed at the public: ‘Your Erroneous Zones.’

Quoting Thoreau’s “You will meet with a success unexpected in common hours,” Dr Dyer shows how you can gain success by staying aligned with the highest vision you have for yourself.

'Pulling Your Own Strings' published in 1978.

‘Pulling Your Own Strings’ published in 1978. (photo – worklondonstyle)

In ‘Pulling Your Own Strings’ Wayne shares his own life philosophy teaching self reliance and self determination. He shows how to stand up for yourself at work and in your personal life. This book sets you free from feeling like a victim and allows you to control the fears and negative feelings that are keeping you from reaching your life’s potential.

'There Is A Spiritual Solution To Every Problem' published in 2001.

‘There Is A Spiritual Solution To Every Problem’ published in 2001. (photo – worklondonstyle)

In ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ Wayne tells of his repeat visit to Assisi in October 2000. At San Damiano whilst awaiting a knee replacement operation due to running injuries, he finds himself up a winding staircase, having to carry John Graybill, who has braces on his leg due to muscular dystrophy. Struggling under the weight and panicking when his knee fails, Wayne experiences a miraculous healing when he sees an apparition of St. Francis.

The cover photo of ‘There Is A Spiritual Solution To Every Problem’ is the photo taken by Patricia Eagan, a member of their tour group. It shows Dr Dyer offering a silent prayer of gratitude to St. Francis on the balcony of the ancient building.

Dr Wayne Dyer's latest book 'I Can See Clearly Now' published in 2014 urges you to take off the mask and gain clear vision of your life's journey. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Dr Wayne Dyer’s latest book ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ published in 2014, compels you to take off the mask and gain clear vision of your life’s journey. (photo – worklondonstyle)

In ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ Dr Dyer shows that there are no accidents. Through sharing his own journey he helps us to discover our life’s purpose. This book sheds light on how important milestones carry with them the teaching to equip us for the future.

Dr Dyer is a New York Times bestselling author and has published more that 40 books. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker in the field of self-development. He holds a doctorate in educational counselling and was an associate professor at St. John’s University New York. ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ is available now at all bookstores in the UK and online. It will be published in the US on 25 February 2014.

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.

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)

Are You Sitting Down?


Sit! This basic command to the family pet is one often exercised for extensive periods by the rest of the family at home, school or the office. “Sitting is the new smoking”, says Anup Kanodia; physician and researcher at the Centre For Personalised Health Care at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Centre.

Reading, my greatest joy, can often keep me grounded for hours at a time. (photo -  worklondonstyle)

Reading, my greatest joy, can often keep me grounded for hours at a time. (photo – worklondonstyle)

An Australian study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in October 2012 stated that every one hour of  sitting watching TV, reduces a person’s life by 22 minutes, whilst every cigarette shortens a smoker’s life by about 11 minutes.

“The chair is out to kill us,” States James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. In the UK physical inactivity is responsible for 17% of early deaths. It is an international epidemic, causing 6% of deaths around the world, making it one of the top four global killers. It can shorten life expectancy by three to five years.

Striding down Regent Street, London. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Striding down Regent Street, London. (photo – worklondonstyle)

The cure for physical inactivity could be as simple as walking. It costs nothing and it’s health benefits are proven. It can reduce the risk from heart disease to breast cancer. All it takes is a little self motivation and determination. With some planning it can be done anywhere in all weather.

My sister's dog, Milo, taking me for a run on a recent holiday in Cape Town.

My sister’s dog, Milo, taking me for a run on a recent holiday in Cape Town.

Sitting still burns very few calories and can pile on the pounds over time. Levine States that a person with a desk job may burn 300 calories a day at work whilst the same person might burn 2,300 per day in a job that requires considerable physical output. Sitting can lead to insulin resistance and suppress the production of lipase, which is essential for turning bad cholesterol into good. Thus the link between prolonged sitting, diabetes and heart disease.

Saturday afternoon walking along the South Bank. (photo - worklondonsyle)

Saturday afternoon walking along the South Bank. (photo – worklondonsyle)

What to do if your job calls for many hours of staying seated? A study published in Diabetes Care last year showed you can improve your glucose metabolism with a two minute walk every 20 minutes. It is recommended that people engage in 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity physical activity. This is equivalent to 30 minutes each day, 5 times per week.

Sunday afternoon in Richmond park. Sunshine and the luxury of more time calls for a faster pace and longer distance. (photo - worklondonstyle)

Sunday afternoon in Richmond park. Sunshine and the luxury of more time call for a faster pace and longer distance. (photo – worklondonstyle)

Dr Hannah Bridges, senior information officer at Breakthrough Breast Cancer says, “Any activity that raises your pulse reduces your risk – so regular brisk walks are an easy and free way to get active.”