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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.

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.

Dot London – April 29


The launch of .london on April 29 confirms the growing power of London as a global city “brand”. Following in the footsteps of Berlin and Vienna, this will make London the third city ahead of New York and Paris, to launch its own web domains.

London's Financial district. (photo  - worklondonstyle)

London’s Financial district. (photo – worklondonstyle)

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson said,”It is hard to imagine that 25 years ago few of us had heard of the internet. Now we take it for granted: watching films on demand and buying weekly groceries.”

Boris Johnson - The Mayor of London

Boris Johnson – The Mayor of London

Johnson’s open letter in the Evening Standard newspaper, who made history by becoming the first business to adopt the new “Dot London” website name,  was signed by 40 prominent figures from culture, business and charity. Johnson said, “Twenty five years ago it was about connecting computer networks. Today it is about connecting with people, communities and customers – and being relevant to them.”

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From 29 April London businesses that until now defined their online presence with internet domains ending in .co.uk and .com, will have the opportunity to choose the .london domain. Web addresses are expected to go live by late August or the beginning of September and will cost from £40 per year.

An initial three month “grace period” will prioritise London-based applicants over those from outside the capital, when applying for the same name.

For information about Dot London go to http://www.dotlondondomains.london.

Parlez-Vous M&S? – Twenty New Food Stores To Open In France.


Marks and Spencer Chief Executive Marc Bolland’s announcement that the retailer is planning to expand its French footprint with 20 stand-alone Food stores, saw shares rise 2.2% to 469.90p at the close yesterday. At an Investor Seminar in Paris, he announced an ambitious plan to drive international growth by opening 250 new stores in Western Europe, India, China, Russia and the Middle East.

Marks and Spencer's Chief Executive Marc Bolland with two models at the opening of the Champs Élysées store.

Marks and Spencer’s Chief Executive Marc Bolland with two models at the opening of the Champs Élysées store in 2011. (photo – M&S)

Bolland said: “We are focusing on Flagship stores to deliver brand presence and stand-out. We also see great opportunities in fresh Food and Lingerie and Beauty concepts.”

The Champs Élysées Flagship store by night. (photo - M&S)

The Champs Élysées Flagship store by night. (photo – M&S)

The plans for Paris would make France it’s largest food market outside the UK. M&S hopes that the expansion will bring relief from the pain it has suffered in the over saturated UK market.

Whiskey and baked goods are favourites with French shoppers. (photo - M&S)

Whiskey and baked goods are favourites with French shoppers. (photo – M&S)

A new franchise partnership with SFH Invest will see three new on-street stores, trading from c.300 square metres, open this summer.

Model Rosie Huntington declaring the store open for business three years ago. (photo - M&S)

Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley declaring the store open for business three years ago. (photo – M&S)

Workers and customers were outraged when M&S shut its stores in France in 2001.

Workers and customers were outraged when M&S shut its stores in France in 2001.

Renowned for quality, affordable lingerie and beauty, it has also lined up 20 sites for expansion in emerging markets.

Noemie Lenoir, a former M&S lingerie model. photo - M&S)

Noemie Lenoir, a former M&S lingerie model. (photo – M&S)

The company will also expand internationally with a ‘bricks and clicks’ approach by establishing flagship stores in key cities, supported M&S Food stores and a full online offer. It has recently revamped its website.

M&S's current 'Leading Ladies' advertising campaign shot by Annie Leibovitz showcases it's food and clothing products. (photo - Annie Leibovitz for M&S)

M&S’s current ‘Leading Ladies’ advertising campaign shot by Annie Leibovitz showcases it’s food and clothing products. (photo – Annie Leibovitz for M&S)

M&S’s International arm made profits of £120 million on sales of £1.1 billion last year. The new French Food stores will offer customers convenient access to a range of up to 2500 exceptional quality, fresh M&S products.

The Paris Flagship Store (photo - M&S)

The Paris Flagship Store (photo – M&S)

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)

Ines de la Fressange Paris’ LifeWear Uniqlo Collection.


Hot on the heels of their 2012 collaboration with French basics brand Comptoir des Cottoniers, Uniqlo has done it again. Available in Paris since November 2013; their Ines de la Fressange Paris range is set to be ‘pret-a-porter’ in London from mid March 2014.

Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo (photo - Uniqlo)

Ines de la Fressange for Uniqlo (photo – Uniqlo)

An international top model since 1975, Ines became the muse for Lagerfeld, modelling regularly for Chanel from 1983 to 1990. She has been the brand ambassador for luxury shoemaker Roger Vivier for the last decade and is part of the L’Oreal “Dream Team.” Her French style guide “La Parisienne” published in 2010, became a bestseller available in 17 languages.

Carrying a Roger Vivier handbag prior to the Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013/2014 collection shows at the Grand Palais in Paris.(photo- Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

Carrying a Roger Vivier handbag prior to the Chanel Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013/2014 collection shows at the Grand Palais in Paris. (photo- Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)

Parisian Chic. (photo- Ines de la Fressange)

Parisian Chic. (photo- Ines de la Fressange)

Ines says, “After many years in the fashion business I learned a few things, and my wish is to give back a part of my experience in order to help women, such as the trick to mix casual and sophisticated for instance. Everything can be mixed in an easy way and worn at the office and on the weekend.”

Ines working with Uniqlo Design Director Naoki  Takizawa (photo - Uniqlo)

Ines working with Uniqlo Design Director Naoki Takizawa (photo – Uniqlo)

Uniqlo Design Director Naoki Takizawa said, “We talked regularly with Ines and exchanged views on a number of subjects including fabrics, design and fitting. Ines’ own lifestyle and approach to fashion closely mirror Uniqlo’s LifeWear and I am very pleased to be launching the new line that we have created together.”

Ines de la Fressange's collaboration with LIfeWear UNIQLO. (photo - Uniqlo)

Ines de la Fressange’s collaboration with LifeWear UNIQLO. (photo – Uniqlo)

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LifeWear aims to promote comfort, allowing customers to create their own style. With her attitude of ‘laissez-faire’ and clearly ‘bien dans sa peau’,  Ines’ collaboration with Uniqlo brings us a fun, wearable and affordable collection. French chic is available at uniqlo.com/uk.