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Scoping Your Project by: Joseph D. Phillips Business Editor

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Projects fail at the beginning, not the end. As a project management consultant, the biggest problem I’ve seen in organizations is a lack of understanding what the project is to achieve. I don’t mean just the big picture of the project, I mean the specific things that will need to be created, implemented, and configured in order for the project to be done. These little things pile up. And piles get ignored. And the deadline isn’t moving. If you want your projects to be more successful, and I know you do, then you need to define exactly what the project is to achieve and then go do it. I’m really talking about defining the project requirements and the project scope as early in the project as possible. The project scope statement is a document that defines what the project is, the project deliverables, and the work that the project team (and likely contractors) will have to do in order to create the identified project deliverables. The major purpose of the document is to communicate with the project team, the project customers, and the project stakeholders a common understanding of the project’s purpose, goals, and objectives. The project scope statement, as I’ll dive into one moment, also serves as a launching board for additional Page 13

planning by the project team and the project manager. The project scope can be a large document or a simple one or twopage manifesto. So how big does this thing have to be? Here’s a heuristic you can rely on: larger projects typically require more detail than smaller projects. In other words, the bigger the project the longer it’s going to take to create the project scope statement, and the more information you’ll need to include in the document. I admit I’m painting some large brush strokes here. Most organizations are going to have project scope statements available from past projects – that’s part of your organizational process assets. There’s nothing wrong with using a past project’s documents as templates for your current project – work smart not hard. And if your organization has never, ever completed a scope statement before? You’ll need some additional planning time to create the project scope statement. Don’t be surprised if your project scope statement goes through several rounds of revisions – it should. So what exactly does a project scope statement include? I’m glad you asked, otherwise this list would be just silly.

Here’s all the stuff that a project scope statement should include: • Project objectives. Objectives are the goals of the project – the measurable, quantifiable goals of the project. Think of time, cost, quality, technical requirements, blueprints, and product acceptance criteria. I stress the word quantifiable – avoid loose terms in your objectives such as fast, good, satisfaction, and other subjective terms. What’s fast to you may be slow to your customer. If you can attach a metric to it you need to. • Product scope. Remember the product scope – the vision of what the project will create? The product scope and all of its features and functions are included here. • Project requirements. Let’s face it, your project will have some requirements. You can identify a project requirement as anything that “must” be met, kept, or deliverabled. The project must not exceed $750,000. The project deliverable must be able to interface with SQL, Oracle, and Access. The project deliverable must be blue. Requirements are often, if not usually, tied to the product scope and the project objectives. • Project boundaries. These are things that are considered out of project scope. For example, we’ll create and compile the new software for you, but we will not create the CD image and ship the

software around the world for you. A project boundary may also identify areas where the project should not overlap with other lines of business or projects. For example and electrician may have a boundary created for him to install the high-voltage wiring, but not the lowvoltage wiring – such as network cable and home security systems. • Project deliverables. Isn’t this obvious? It’s the product that the project will be creating. But wait a minute professor, there’s also ancillary deliverables – the project documentations, the project management plans, the project communications, contracts, and all the other historical information the organization reaps as a result of the project. Bonus! • Product acceptance criteria. You want it when and it has to do what? Easy enough – it’s the criteria the project manager and the project customer both may use to determine the success of the project. • Project constraints. A constraint is anything the limits the project manager’s options. You must be done in two years. You must not exceed four million dollars. You must use COBOL. You must use Indiana limestone. Anytime you see the word “must” or “demand” then you know you’re dealing with a project constraint. Technically, all projects have at least three constraints: time, cost, and scope.

• Project assumptions. An assumption is anything that you believe to be true, but you haven’t necessarily proven to be true. For example, in construction an assumption is often made that summer months are better than winter months for building. Or you may assume that the software you’re creating will work just peachy with Windows Vista. Or you assume that all of your project team members are happy to working on your project. As you can imagine, assumptions can become risks. • Initial project organization. Who’s who in your project. This portion of the project scope statement defines the project manager, the project team, the project customers, and any other project stakeholders. You may also identify the reporting structure in this portion of the project scope statement. • Initial defined risks. A risk is an uncertain event or condition that may have a negative (or sometimes a positive) effect on the project. I’ll talk a bunch more about risks later in this section. Hold your horses! • Schedule milestones. A milestone is a non-timed condition or event that shows that the project is making progress. For example, finishing the foundation could be a milestone. Milestones often end a phase of the project and allow the next phase of the project work to begin. • Fund limitation. Unless you work for some wonderful organization, your project is going to have a funding limitation and a reconciliation process to identify where the monies for the project have gone. Page 15

• Cost estimate. Everyone wants to know how much your project will cost. The cost estimate and the supporting detail for that cost estimate is included in the project scope statement. I’ll address the process of creating a cost estimate in just a bit. I promise. • Project configuration management requirements. Remember the phrase “features and functions” and the product scope? This section of the project scope statement defines the level of control the project manager (and often by proxy the organization) will place over the project change control requirements. Changes to the product scope will result in changes to the project scope. • Project specifications. This section of the project scope statement identifies any of the specification documents such as regulations, requirements sheets, blueprints, or the like that the project must comply with. • Approval requirements. Someone, an individual or a committee, must sign off on the project when it’s completed. This section of the project scope statement defines the requirements for the project to be approved.

The project scope statement is a cornerstone of the project. It serves as a guide for all future project decisions, and the project manager and the project team must protect the scope from unapproved changes as the project moves through execution. The project scope statement is the written version of what’s commonly called “the project scope” or just “scope.”

Author Bio Joseph Phillips is a leader in the project management and adult education community. He is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional, a Project+ Professional, and a Certified Technical Trainer. Phillips has consulted on project management, business analysis, and adult education for hospitals, architectural firms, manufacturers, and information technology consultancies. He’s consulted organizations on project management framework, process engineering, change management, and the principles of project management. As a leader in adult education, Phillips has taught organizations how to successfully implement project management methodologies, information technology project management, risk management, and other courses. He has taught more than 10,000 professionals through seminars, conferences, and presentations in the United States, Belgium, Germany, France, and the Netherlands. He is a member and of the Project Management Institute and speaks often for chapter meetings throughout the world. He has taught for Columbia College Chicago, Vincennes University, and Ball State University. Phillips is the author of several top-selling books, including IT Project Management: On Track from Start to Finish, PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide, CAPM/ PMP Project Management Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Project Management for Small Business, Vampire Management, The Lifelong Project, and others. Contact Joseph Phillips

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Prince Harry was caught on camera playing strip snooker in his Las Vegas hotel room. Best comment across the media outlets? Our hat’s off to Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who told the BBC, “I think it'd be disgraceful if a chap wasn't allowed to have a bit of fun in Las Vegas. The real scandal would be if you went all the way to Las Vegas and you didn't misbehave in some trivial way."

Madonna is said to have called for an end to the long-standing ‘feud’ with Elton John, making a special dedication at her concert in Nice. This, following comments allegedly made by EJ about her ... ahem ... scant attire.

Reality TV star “Snookie” reportedly had a baby boy this month, Lorenzo. No word on his spray tan as yet. Page 17

by Sukh Pabial Careers Editor

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At Work?

There’s been a lot of work done around persona’s we adopt when at work, how it differs to the home environment, and how it differs when we’re with friends. Some people will pretend to be someone in order to fit the environment they’re on. Some people will not know how to act in a certain environment and display behaviours which are either atypical of them, or atypical to others. Some people enjoy their environment and go on to be who they are naturally.

to have a career, a proper job and learning about themselves, what they’re good at, and what they’re bad at. They have little awareness of what any of this means, yet. We will all know that this is an ever continuing journey, and is a constantly changing landscape.

Ask someone who has been in a job for life, like many civil servants, and the vast majority will be in roles that have served them well in order they can live a happy life of some description. Self-development may have happened along the way, and Recently, I was part of a discussion progression may have happened along the way, but by and large it’ll be where the question was raised keep your head down type attitude “how do you help the quiet people be heard in organisations?” It was a and get on and do a good job. good question, which made me think about what we’re trying to get Consider when someone goes from the question. It brought me to through a change in their personal life. This changes their outlook actually consider a different dramatically. They forget who they question, which in turn addresses are, let alone what they’re coming to this question. How do you be your work for. People die, houses get authentic self at work? damaged, personal items get stolen, marriages break down, it’s all a big That, for me, is a very different mess. And it screws with your head question with quite a few something chronic. How in the world considerations to bear in mind. are you meant to operate normally In a recent exit interview, I asked when all this happens? the question, have their personal You remember when Bob got talents been utilised and developed? The person in question promoted above Bertina? That started with us as a junior, and after caused a whole host of politics at 3 1/2 years has decided to move on work. Unexpected stress for one collective, unexpected joy for to a different company for a another. Somewhere in between, different role. For them, they are just starting their journey of learning friction and challenges that in some Page 19

cases helped work to happen, in other cases acted as a direct barrier. Ugh. So my initial question becomes quite difficult to answer. How do you be your authentic self at work? And what does it mean to be authentic? And who cares if you’re being authentic? And does being authentic mean you’re actually working at your best? And is being authentic actually beneficial to the company?And what responsibility does an organisation have to help you be authentic? What responsibility does an organisation have to help you be authentic? Interesting. We (as in organisations) will try to help you have a good recruitment experience. We will try to ensure you are onboarded well (read this post by @JulesJ85 for a good account of where this goes wrong). We will try to have good performance management systems in place. We will try and think about how we reward and recognise your efforts so that you can feel motivated to do more work for us. Isn’t this enough? If we’re able, we may try and offer some learning and development so you can feel like you’re being invested in. Are we now also meant to try and help you be authentic? What personal responsibility is there to be authentic at work? If I’m a generally positive person, and all Page 20

smiles and sunshine, why is this a more acceptable set of behaviours to display? What happens when I’m down, feeling grumpy and generally angry at the world? That’s me being authentic too, so why should I have to play down the set of accompanying behaviours? And what if I don’t agree with the way projects are being managed or the way a team is doing their work, am I not meant to comment and contribute? How about when I’m actively supporting a change to happen, regardless of how it seems it will be received by others? Now, I’m all bought in to the idea that we should be authentic at work. The problem is, very few of us understand what this means. Further, few of us will make the efforts for it to happen genuinely. Most will just carry on and do work, because that’s all they need to do. I’m mindful the self-help books will espouse that authenticity is the key to success. There are, though, a set of behaviours which enable authenticity to happen. So, my take home message? Be yourself. At your peril.

Working with Sukh I’m available for consultancy and associate work in the field of learning and development and positive psychology. Read on for more details… Learning and Development. My chosen career path for the last ten years, and I’m not stopping yet. Designing and developing solutions to make workplaces successful through the skills and abilities of their people is the core role of any L&Der. I take this seriously and am actively involved in being a key part of the continuing thoughts and developments in this field. I’ve done everything from interpersonal skills training to management training to leadership development to basic behavioural skills like time management. It’s all interesting, but importantly it’s about getting it right for the business. I’ve developed L&D strategies, been involved in culture change initiatives, delivered whole programmes, and more. Raising self awareness. This is what I live and breathe. We can all learn about ways to influence and encourage others to do things, but until you learn about your own style and what this means for you, how can you expect to do the former? In learning about your strengths, and your weaknesses, you gain strength of mind and conviction that you have a clear path ahead of you. This is what I will help with, and I’m qualified in the MBTI and 16PF to help you. Conversation. That’s what I help to enable. I’m a collaborator, facilitator, and interested in the challenges you’re facing. Through bringing people together, ensuring the right conversation is taking place, and bringing to front of mind better ways of working with others, I want to be part of making it happen. Making things happen. That’s what I enjoy too. People can achieve great things, either on their own or with the collaboration of people around them. I will use what I know to help you make things happen. There are good ways of achieving your goals and ambitions, and there are bad ways. The good ways mean you enjoy the work you do, you have a reason to be motivated, and the output you produce will be better. The bad ways mean none of that happens, and generally things are very selfish. I’m in the camp for doing things the right way. I can be contacted for consultancy and associate work on any of the above. Have a look at the About Sukh page for contact details.

Sukh Pabial is a learning and development professional and if you like what he says, he writes a regular blog. Page 21

By: Amber Hamilton Henson Home & Garden Editor

What Amber


Let’s accomplish a few tasks all at once with this article. I’m going to tell you a little story about how a couple (my husband, Mitch, and I) bought a house for $37,500 and sold it for $255,000. My friends and family that have kept up with us for years through Facebook have seen and heard this story, but knowing roughly what our annual income is, Mitch’s new co-workers recently wondered aloud as to how we can afford to live in the house in the neighborhood that we do, now. I’ll answer that with this post. Second, I’m seeing A LOT of blog posts linking to other blogs linking to other blogs that show home improvement, restoration, DIY projects, real estate transactions, and more. I thought that having already gone all the way through the process once, our story and what we did may be of some value to others currently going through the process. Basically, we bought an old house (built in 1902) that was a few blocks beyond the borders of the “Governor’s Mansion Historic District” in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. Mitch and I were newly weds. I was 18. He was 22. We saw the huge space and had a dream. Page 22

Overall, the neighborhood was pretty rough (high crime, condemned houses, etc.), but there were these little dots of inspiration, too. Within a block or two, one or two houses were newly remodeled/rehabilitated houses, a couple were under construction, and few dilapidated ones had “for sale” signs. So, even though the condemned houses and old-homes-that-became-boarding-houses still outnumbered us by far, there were indicators that a change COULD be possible. Our friends and family openly said that they thought we were crazy to choose to buy such a rough house in such a rough area. We knew we weren’t. While simultaneously attending college full-time and working as a receptionist full-time, I started planning and tackling projects. Mitch, with the help of his dad, brother, and my brother, worked tirelessly. My grandmother was a saving grace, gifting funds multiple times. Among the very first projects we tackled were to take down all of the metal bars on the doors and windows in order to give the house a “friendlier/homier” feeling, having a professional security system installed, and putting a pretty new roof on the place. The house was structurally sound, but every surface of the interior needed

to be replaced. Interior plaster, floors, ceilings, and fixtures had to be replaced, the second story had been stripped all the way back to just the framing beams, for the most part, and the big front porch was about to completely fall off, it seemed. The yard was barren and empty, except for one lovely, mature pecan tree in the backyard.

For many years, we really didn’t have any sort of hobbies or spare money to spend on anything other than updating our old house. See, while lots of people took out big construction loans, refinanced after every project and kept their projects fully mortgaged, we didn’t. We saved and paid for each project one at a time, acting as our own general contractor and hiring professionals as needed for central heat/ air conditioning, new electrical breaker boxes, and rough plumbing. Mitch and I insulated, hung new drywall, painted, installed floors, built closets, built bookshelves, installed all of the outlets/ switches/lighting, installed all of the tubs/ sinks/toilets, re-built the front porch, built fences, installed landscaping, and more. Page 23

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(Above) The Henson’s former home, restored When we bought the house, we thought we would tackle it all in a year or two. However, since we took a pay-as-we-go and DIY approach, it was actually a decade before it was all done. Interestingly enough, the more changes that we and the few others kept making were encouraging to the rest of the neighborhood and potential buyers. One by one, almost all of the houses in the area began to change. Real Estate prices went up. Crime went down. The boundaries of the “Governor’s Mansion Historic District” that were/are controlled by the Capitol Zoning District Commission were extended to include our house!

Did I mention that during those years spent renovating, Mitch worked full-time and took on automotive restoration projects for profit, I graduated with two degrees, we had two daughters, and were expecting a third daughter when we decided to sell it? The addition of a third child soon to arrive and the needs of our growing daughters who wanted neighborhood pools, bike paths, room to roam, access to a newly constructed public school, and so forth are what ultimately necessitated the sale of our beloved house downtown. Important message here. See the photo that shows the floorplan of the house and Page 25

so forth? I believe that in a “buyers’ market” you have to do whatever it takes to help sell your house, if you’re truly motivated to sell quickly. In Arkansas, most online real estate listings do not include a floor plan, but in the event that a buyer might see our house on the internet first, we wanted it to be memorable and for them to be able to envision the spaces. Seeing how the rooms actually connect and flow from one another is very

different than using just photographs and trying to imagine how it may be laid out. It paid off. Our buyer was from out of state, saw it online, wanted to see ours specifically, even though it was a cluttered market with several other homes similar to ours, he chose to visit ours and wrote an offer. I never had the opportunity to ask, but I’d guess that being able to see the floor plan was a tremendous help and a deciding factor as to which houses were worth taking the time to visit.

(Dear Readers, Include a floor plan of your home with your photographs when you are selling your home online. Taking the guesswork out of it all for your buyers and real estate agents instantly creates a degree of familiarity and comfort with a piece of property compared to those that forget to include the floor plan. I used Adobe Illustrator to create ours, but a simple sketch to scale by hand would get the job done, too, or you can probably hire a local graphic artist or college student inexpensively to visit the property, measure, and create an illustration for you. Having an illustration of the space plan/layout of the house is also a useful reference for other agents that show your home! When we were buying our new home, we were astounded at how few listings included floor plans on their marketing materials. Online, it was impossible to guess how much square footage was wasted by hallways or what sort of distance existed between bedrooms and bathrooms. Furthermore, without a copy of a floor plan in hand, going to an “open house” where potential buyers outnumbered agents can be like walking around in a maze sometimes. Rooms get overlooked or viewed twice, etc. Include a floor plan. If you’re in central Arkansas and looking to buy or sell, I recommend the services of Scott Heffington. Having him represent our house as a selling agent was fantastic. We will be using his services again in the future.)

Okay; Mitch, my husband, just read my draft of this article and isn’t convinced that my descriptions of the work we did adequately portray how dramatic the transformation of the old house really was. So, on that note, I’m adding a few before/after photos. It would be nice to have more “before” pictures, but we don’t. We were so focused on improvement, we just didn’t think to take many “before” photos. (Dear Readers, TAKE BEFORE PHOTOS! You’ll be glad you did!) The next picture shows the old house in the beginning, then when it got a new roof, then years later after it was painted, storm windows added, landscaped, fenced, new slate pathway, etc., etc. The right side shows the upstairs interior views as it was when we started versus how it was when we finished the master suite level of the house. I miss my house. I absolutely love my new house and new neighborhood, but even if I say that I PROFOUNDLY miss my old house, old neighbors, and the friends we made along the way downtown, it is an understatement. It was a great house, with great memories inside, and a style that was completely of my own design. We’ve been in our new house for almost two years now. It is a fantastic house. It is primarily a brick and stone exterior, which means a lot less maintenance than our old painted

wooden house. It has a great familyfriendly floor plan, the craftsmanship of the finishes are great, and for the most part, we really like the fixtures throughout the house. The previous owners were the ones that commissioned its construction, so as a result of being a custom home, it came equipped with lots of bonus features and meticulous attention to detail. I’ll start showing you some of this in future posts. We’ve made a few changes, too. We’ve painted most of the interior, built a wall of bookshelves, swapped a few fixtures, changed bedroom carpet for new wood floors, etc. It’s still a work in progress. I’ll post photos of these new projects soon and tell you about a few major projects that we still have planned! Stay tuned! Last photo shown is a photo of our new house in our new neighborhood. Thoughts? Questions? Please, visit my blog or email me directly

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Suzanne Perry, Loving Life! beach volleyball. From 1996 until 2003 me and my partner were reigning Central American champions traveling in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour across Europe and South America. Beach volleyball was my passion, but design 1. Tell us a little bit about yourself? was equally as inspiring and important to I think it is fair to say that I am a multime, I had learned that since my school tasker extraordinaire. I went to a private days, so I never ceased to do either. It German School in San Salvador where I wasn’t easy as it meant waking up at 5am was raised (strange thing I know, but it every day for practice so that I could was only a block away from my parents have a full day of study, while I was house.) My peers in school always finishing college, or designing, while I remember me painting greeting cards was managing my design studio. Then in with a full set of large-format paper, 2003 I moved to London to study a brushes and temperas displayed on my masters degree in communication design desk while paying attention and in one of the most prestigious design participating in a lesson about heavy German, Bertolt Brecht-type literature–all schools in the world: Central Saint at the same time. I was attracted to both: Martins College of Art & Design sponsored by the government of El art and sports since I was a little girl. Salvador through a sister fullbright From five until fifteen I was a gymnast scholarship programme. I had already representing my country at international lived on and off in London and the west events. I then moved on to indoor volleyball where I was part of the national coast of England while I was completing team for five years and finally settled with a bachelors degree in Graphic Design at Frida Larios , International Indigenous Design Network (INDIGO) Ambassador, designer and creator of a new pictographic language.

a bachelors degree in Graphic Design at University College Falmouth,but this time I was to live the full London life-changing experience.

greeting cards for valentines and mothers day to my school mates. I knew I wanted to become a graphic designer then, but never knew I would be taken beyond that initial call and become so passionate 2. What was the inspiration behind your about my culture and its application in different disciplines. Some people take New Mayan Language Art Project? It was London that inspired me. Being far time to find out their intent in life, some people never find out, and I feel incredibly away from my home country, but at the grateful that I have always been guided to same time being so close to one of the mecca’s of contemporary art and culture do what I love. brought me close to my own roots. My mother has been a flower designer Central Saint Martins College of Art & and artist, she has always had an eye for Design was two blocks away from the what is aesthetically enhancing in her British Museum in Holborn, which holds environment and a love for nature. My the most beautiful carved lintels in the Maya world from the Yaxchilán site. Being father is a master in fito pathology (study in touch with both: thousands of years old of plant diseases) who researched the natural balance between insects and and at the same time the most crops. I think this is why I have a contemporary art expressions sparked systematic and organic way of the idea of reviving the dead Maya approaching design. I can actually say I hieroglyphic language. do come from a family of artists and sporties. Gabriela Larios the sister who There were other important motivations follows me, is an illustrator and surface too. As an educator to first year Graphic Design students in San Salvador in what designer living in London. She is also a former national El Salvador team was my first Professor position at the representative in cycling. My "little" sister young age of 26, I discovered that they Andrea Jeffcoat lives in Nashville, TN. She were tending to imitate northern graphic styles. Like in many design disciplines the studied ceramic jewellery art and is a Zumba instructor. norm is to look to what is fashionable in the western world, rather than sourcing 4. What was your discipline in Art from your own native background. Au contraire, natives have been discriminated School? Like I mentioned above, my in the Meso American region (modern bachelors degree was in Graphic DesignCentral America) for centuries since my thesis at University College Falmouth Spaniards’ colonial times. When a was also a culturally rooted project. My teenager wants to say to another that masters degree was in Communication they are being “uncool” they say: “No Design with an emphasis in typography seas indio! (don’t behave like an and historically relevant wayfinding. My indigenous.)” This tells us a lot of the masters thesis was my New Maya inner sentiments towards our native Language project which was originally ancestors. I am hoping my project is a inspired by the content of a UNESCO humble inspiration to those young World Heritage archaeological sitee in El designers so that they too start looking Salvador buried under volcanic ash for inside their local heritage for innovation. 1500 years and unearthed in the 1970's-similar to the Pompei in Italy 3. When did you know that you wanted archaeological park. to be an artist? Ever since I was in masters middle school. I would sell hand-painted After our Central Saint Martins Page 31

After our Central Saint Martins masters exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London, I continued to evolve my project--like many of my talented peers who have also been awarded for their own unique projects.

I taught Digital Surface Design for Textiles as part of different fashion related courses. Because of my graphics background and Adobe Creative Suite software knowledge I was able to guide their digital creative process. I was always impressed by their innate ability to It's been eight years now since I express patterns using crafted or digitally conceived the New Maya Language and it generated visual resources. You can see has certainly developed into a multiple some of my students surface designs avenues project that has life in: sign, outcome in this video on my YouTube typography, surface, fashion, accessory, channel. and educational toy design. It even has the potential to become an iPhone app to 6. How do you currently define the teach children about the Maya language. relationship between art & fashion. All the art and design fields are blending In my vision: It has no limits. I am willing these days, there are no boundaries as to expand it as far as my imagination brands look to provide their audiences takes it with the intent of making my with unusual ideas. Collaborations culture (or a part of it) known to the world, between bloggers and fashion designers to my fellow Meso American citizens, and or between actors and musicians, for to the living Maya themselves. example, are at the order of day. It would be nice to see even less common 5. What kind of classes did you teach at collaborations that brought awareness the London College of Fashion? about cultural, social, health and

environmental issues to the mainstream public. Only major brands have the power to access a truly worldwide audience and they need to be even more conscious of their role and how they influence even the youngest minds these days. 7. Where can we find your book on the New Maya Language? The 115-page, 100% hand-bound New Maya Language book is printed on thick 160 gsm water-colour paper, and translated in four languages: English, Spanish, Maya, and visually. It beautifully compiles and decodes the New Maya Language project. The first chapter explains the complex original Maya hieroglyphic language. The second chapter's large illustrations provide the formula for each New Maya Language pictogram. And finally, the third chapter showcases various design applications used by governmental and private entities.

Renowned Peabody Museum, Harvard epigrapher Alexandre Tokovinine describes the works in my book with these words: “Even though there has been a growing body of scholarly works devoted to the subject of Maya calligraphy, few artists systematically sought their inspiration in Maya letters beyond mere reproduction of certain glyphs and glyphic patterns, usually in the context of contemporary indigenous art. Frida’s project stands apart as an attempt to explore and reinvent Maya calligraphy as a symbolic and aesthetic system from an artist’s viewpoint.  The New Maya Language creates its own world that blends Maya imagery and symbolism with Frida’s unique vision in a series of artworks which would make an ancient calligrapher proud.” The book can be found at the Centre for Typographic Research at the Central Page 33

Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing; at the White House in Washington DC, at the Embassy of El Salvador in London and Paris; at the Museum of National Identity in Tegucigalpa; and in the hands of private collectors in Chicago, Paris, London, etc. It was the only Latin American typo-work selected for exhibition with 80 other from around the world, at Beijing Typography 2009 at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, China.

artist today can claim to master all these disciplines. 9. How can people learn more about you and your artwork and where to purchase? The homepage on my website showcases the whole collection of pictograms. This is the series applied to paintings, prints, fashion, accessories and toy products.

I have a permanent gallery and Frida It can be purchased at Hacienda San Larios boutique with my original artworks Lucas in the Copan Maya archaeological at Hacienda San Lucas located in the site in Honduras and be custom ordered major Maya archaological site of Copån online through my website: Ruins. Online, Pinterest is becoming a www.fridalarios.com/book.htm. good place to view and purchase my paintings and products too: http:// Libros San Cristobal, a fine press located pinterest.com/fridalarios. Photos of in Antigua Guatemala, will be crafting by artworks displayed on collectors’ homes indigenous hands and publishing a limited around the world can be viewed on my edition of my book with movable type in blog http://fridalarios.wordpress.com. 2013. This edition will be sold in various When you want to order people contact solo exhibitions I will be holding starting us directly through the contact form on this November and on my Facebook page my website. so keep following! 10. Tell us more about the INDIGO 8.Do you have artist that you look up group? to? If so, please tell us? Frida Kahlo, and INDIGO is the International Indigenous not because of the name! But because Design Network a branch of ICOGRADA she developed a visual surrealist the International Council of Graphic movement that has indirectly influenced Design. INDIGO is an open platform that Latin American literature (Gabriel Garcia connects both Indigenous and non Marquez, Isabel Allende et. al) to date. Indigenous designers worldwide in an effort to explore traditional design and its And of course: the Maya artists. They contemporary interpretations. INDIGO were renaissance men. Surely comparable facilitates discussion, initiates to Leonardo, Rafael, Michelangelo, who collaborative projects, exhibitions and were not only fine artists, they were conferences but also showcases other architects, sculptors, interior designers, relevant initiatives from all over the world. poets, and even engineers. In other It seeks to understand design that is words: liberal innovators. And so were the inspired by or rooted in Indigenous Maya artists who were Royal scribes and culture, traditions, imagery, lifestyle, etc. book keepers. In being so they held the knowledge of what they had to write We believe indigenous design should be a about: history, politics, astronomy, present and future reference to designers mathematics, and art in general. Their who look to produce sustainable design beautiful calligraphic works are quite concepts. Contemporary designers need unknown to a non-Mayanist audience. No to consider his or her local heritage at the Page 34

time of designing窶的NDIGO encourages and reinforces this notion. My role as an Ambassador for INDIGO is to create an environment for the exchange of knowledge and ideas. I offer the network local access and insights, help shape projects and initiatives. I am very active within the network of Ambassadors. I am currently a member of the Sarawak, Malaysia International Design Week 2012 programming committee and other committes key to shaping the vision and future of INDIGO. 11. When did you know that you wanted to use your art to help people? My projects, not only New Maya Language, have always had a cultural component. We used to run a design agency in San Salvador and London with my sister and our projects were used as case studies in various publications because they represented the Central American graphic spirit and style. 12. What are your future project plans? Any more language projects? As always, I am multi-tasking galore. I just had a baby (two months old today!) and I have another wonderful three-year old. That would be enough for anyone, but not for Frida. I spent 2011 coming up with nine (yes only nine, but each one could be a whole thesis) new pictograms inspired by the Maya concept of the universe: the sky, the earth, and the underground. That is all I can say about them because they are still confidential and under a special key locked website. From this series I am woking on a collaboration with Pattern People to create surface designs. Potential clients interested in this collection should contact us. I am also working on prototypes for a new jewellery collection based on this same concept. Collaborations seem to be what is driving my 2012 and 2013.

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One of the most exciting projects coming up is a collaboration with my sister Gabriela Larios, Alexis Rodríguez (a Cuban graphic designer) and Latinotype.com to release two new Central American feel typefaces. We have a series of exhibition engagements with my talented photographer,husband Tyler Orsburn. The exhibition is called New Maya Life and shows both his intimate portraits of living Maya people and my New Maya hieroglyphics. It will be shown from November 2012 - February 2013 at the Honduran Museum for National Identity (Museo para la Identidad Nacional) accompanying a major University of Pennsylvania Maya exhibition called Maya 2012: Lords of Time; at the Embassy of Mexico in Guatemala; and at the John James Audubon Museum in Kentucky in 2013. And lastly, yes, I actually have a new language project. This one in collaboration with Zelda Harrison, a fellow INDIGO Ambassador. We will be hosting a workshop titled: Reinterpreting Malaysian Iconography into Contemporary Design Products during the ICOGRADA [International Council of Graphic Design] International Design Week in Sarawak, Malaysia from October 15 -21, 2012. For those interested in attending this fabulous INDIGO event you can sign up here:www.sarawak.icograda.org. Thank you Frida for taking the time to let us know all about yourself! Be sure to follow Frida and all her ventures via the following sites: Browse: http://www.fridalarios.com Subscribe: http://fridalarios.wordpress.com  Follow: http://twitter.com/fridalarios  Like: http://facebook.com/LariosFrida Interest: http://pinterest.com/fridalarios

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NOTE: "It has been conventional for linguists to use "Mayan" with final "n", while archaeologists, epigraphers, and historians usually use the term "Maya". I shall use these distinctions in this online Maya Dictionary. The term "Mayan", therefore, refers to a Mayan language, be it a modern language, a reconstructed "proto-"language, or the language of the hieroglyphs (which is now commonly referred to as "Classic Mayan"). "Maya" refers to such things as Classic Maya civilization, Maya writing, Maya ritual, etc." Source: FAMSI.org: The Classification of Mayan Languages by Peter Mathews

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Spotlight: Women Shelly Lazerus Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide chairman Shelly Lazarus has been working, as she would say, ‘In the business I love,’ for more than three decades, almost all of that time at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. Joining the organisation at the tail end of the fabled Mad Men era in advertising on Madison Avenue, New York and rising through the ranks of account service, Shelly has held positions of increasing responsibility in the management of the company, including president of O&M Direct North America and Ogilvy & Mather New York; chief operating officer of Ogilvy North America; and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. Shelly serves on the boards of several corporate, philanthropic and academic institutions: General Electric; Merck; New York Presbyterian Hospital; the American Museum of Natural History; the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy; the World Wildlife Fund; and the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School, where she received her MBA in 1970. Shelly is the wife of Dr George Lazarus, a New York paediatrician, and mother to their three grown children. Page 38

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Significant milestones in the industry ‘I think the thing that strikes me about the era portrayed in Mad Men is the role of women,’ she says. ‘The fact that women were only present in those days as housewives, help maids, secretaries and sex objects is striking when you contrast it to today, where I’d say most marketing and advertising organisations are probably 50% male and 50% female. There has been an extraordinary change that has happened over the last 20 years.’ The paucity of women CEOs at Fortune 500 / FTSE 100 companies With regards to the lack of women serving as CEOs at Fortune 500 / FTSE 100 companies, Shelly states: ‘Of course you have to be concerned when you just look at the figures but I think it’s also fair to keep some perspective. When I first came into the business world in the early 1970s I used to be the only woman in the

room – a long way away from conversations about women CEOs! ‘The amount of progress that I have seen just in my professional lifetime has been remarkable. But you still have the issue of low women leader numbers so I think it’s good to be impatient as well. Keep life in perspective – but continue to be impatient.’ What can be done? She feels that for things to improve further more talented women must be prepared to fight hard for the opportunities to rise through the ranks. ‘It is a bit of a numbers game and you have to have a big enough pool of women who are willing to stay in, play the game, fight the fight and put in the time and the travel, etc, but we have to get the numbers up,’ she says. ‘If there is anything that concerns me it’s the number of extremely talented and capable women in their 30s who are choosing by their own will, and happily, to leave the Page 39

workforce to go home. ‘It’s wonderful women take a break but the more go home the smaller the talent pool’ ‘On one hand I think it’s wonderful that women feel free enough to make these choices because that’s the ultimate freedom, to say: ‘I understand that I could be a CEO, but what I’d prefer to do is to go home and take a break now in my professional career and spend time with my children.’ I think it’s wonderful that women feel free to do that. ‘On the other hand the more women who opt to go home the smaller the pool is going to be. When you are thinking of a pool of potential CEO candidates it’s not that large so we have just got to figure a way of getting women to want to stay in the game.’ Balance between work and family life Balance between the two great priorities of work and family life is, Shelley, believes, something not easy to attain, but she states: ‘I don’t think boards should be sympathetic to balance. That’s not a board issue. The board issue is retaining talent and making sure that the environment in which the talent works is as conducive to success as possible.’ ‘I’m positive that unless you are passionate about the work that you do, you’re never going to achieve balance’, she continues. ‘You have to find something that you love to do, that you can be passionate about. You’re going to love your children, you just know that, so Page 40

professionally, if what you do is anything less than scintillating, exciting, fulfilling, your life is never going to be in balance. If, in fact, it’s frustrating, tedious and not engaging then the balance will never be right and you’ll resent every minute that you’re away from what you love: your children. ‘You need to trust people to do what is necessary to deliver’ ‘One of the things I have found is that you can fit into your life all those things that you love to do, but you can’t fit in so easily what you find tedious. If you love your children and you love your job it all becomes do-able, you just have to figure out the balance day to day. I think many people who are challenged in finding balance and who are unhappy with how their work-life balance pans out don’t like their work life particularly.’ Employer policies to support female advancement Shelley believes in creating a meritocracy in the workplace, judging people by the results that they achieve and by the contribution they make. ‘It’s not a question of hours, it’s not a question of ‘did you work last night and tonight’ or ‘are you free to work on the weekends?’ she says. ‘I think if you want women to be successful you have to trust the person to be able to figure it out for herself. ‘I think you need to continue to trust people to do what is necessary to deliver what you need from them and stop paying attention to things like how many hours people are in the office for or whether they are available for a 7am conference call.

If you start to introduce these, what I think are extraneous evaluation criteria, it’s going to make it hard for people who are trying to juggle a lot of things.’

Being a role model for businesswomen: a burden?

She may be held up a role model for businesswomen everywhere, but Shelley modestly states she is ‘pretty non-plussed’ by the fact. ‘One of the things that made it easy for me was that there were no role models. When I came into the business I just had to make it up! So there was a self-conscious aspect to what I was doing because I was never trying to live up to what anybody else was doing. Everything I do just kind of comes naturally and right out of what I value and what is important to me.

‘I knew I was going to that school play: it was important to me’

‘I’ve said to women for years that I’ve never snuck out of the office when I’ve had to do something with my kids; I walked right down the centre aisle, always. That’s who I was; I knew it was important to me. I knew I was going to that school play at 11.05 on a Thursday morning. The school play never lasted more than 25 minutes though! I could be back in the office by noon and what difference did it make? You don’t have to hide. ‘I think you need the self confidence to say ‘this is who I am, this is what I do and if you want me to keep on working here you need to trust me enough that I will get done what needs to be get done, but I’m going to do it on my own time.’

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Held in check by children?

One reason often cited for the relative lack of women in senior executive roles in large companies is their potential absence from work in order to have children. Research from the Cranfield school of management in 2008 suggested that there are not only fewer women in senior roles in financial services compared to other parts of the industry, but those women that did rise to high positions were also less likely to have children. Does this mean that in order to rise to the top in banking as a woman it is necessary to put a family on hold or forgo it altogether? For Weir, the answer is a definite ‘no’. She has children herself, and believes that maternity leave can be managed successfully with the right planning, although she understands that having a key decision-maker absent from a business for an extended period does bring challenges. ‘Having children needs better planning and compromise. When I had my last child I was on the board of Kingfisher, a FTSE 100 company, and I was off for only four months. Any longer might have been problematic,’ she observes. ‘It requires give and take. It is harder to take maternity leave at middle management level, before you get to the board, as you may come back to the company in a different role. ‘Life is about compromises and tradeoffs. In middle management now more men take time off to have kids, so increasingly it is a non-gender issue. It is more about work-life balance, which is an issue for any executive. 20 years ago it might have been acceptable for male Page 42

executives to see their family very little, but that is not so now. ‘To be a senior executive you have to make trade-offs. You can’t have everything. You may not be able to get home to pick up your kids from school, especially if you manage a large number of people.’

Work-life balance: a challenge for men too

It is sometimes said that women have to become more like men to succeed in many industries and get the recognition they deserve. Whether or not this is true – and opinion is divided on this matter – it is certainly true that male executives are now also expected to be more involved on the home front, no matter how senior they are. Balancing work and home life is a challenge for any executive, regardless of gender.

‘Boards are interested in what an individual can do for the business’ ‘Senior roles require commitment, so you can’t have an expansive work and personal life, but it is a choice. In my view, it is misleading to think that you can have it all. Do women have to give more at work than men? Perhaps, but it may be intrinsic to them rather than because there is pressure from their organisation. I work long hours, but so do my male colleagues, so increasingly it is not a gender issue,’ says Weir. ‘There must be give and take. You can’t miss meetings because the nanny hasn’t turned up. Boards are interested in what an individual can do for the business. If you bring a lot to the business then it can be more flexible.’ Overall, she notes, ‘In my experience, employer policies should support all executives to have a better work-life balance. Valuing what an

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by Patricia Bayne Opinion Editor

AskPatti “Hi Patti, I'm 25 and we live in Nantucket in the summer right near the beach. It's beautiful. I also love swimming. But I also want my nails to look nice in the summer, too, along with a great tan of course. I was just wondering if you have any cool ideas about nails. I don't use acrylic nails, I hate the smell and I think it ruins your nails after a period of time. So, any ideas?”  Nails in Nantucket Dear Nails, I think it's great that you don't use acrylic nails. They can cause problems for your nails including dangerous infections. A girlfriend of mine, tragically lost her aunt from a Staph infection just two days after having her acrylic nails changed.  Page 50

Back to your question. Keep up on your pedicures. A good tip is to match the color of your pedicure and manicure. Pink shades of polish are good colors for summertime. Even if you choose pink, you still have a wide range of selections with dark shades, light shades or even those with glitter. Here are some great ideas to experiment with on your trip!


Reverse French Manicure & Two Color Applications You can literally go to town picking your two colors, but like when designing a room or choosing an outfit, be sure to choose colors from the same palette. In my opinion, black and gray polishes that were all the rage this year are better suited for fall and winter.

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“Hey Patti, We’re taking advantage of some early Autumn flights and that means we’re hitting the beach at a cheaper price! However, that means that I’ve got a month to tone up for the vacation I didn’t expect to be having this time of year! I' have a fairly decent body. But I really would love any tips you may have to tone up fast for a quick beach body. My girlfriends and I are taking an all-girls getaway in about a month, and I want to look as good as I can on the beaches of Cabo San Lucas. PLEASE help!”  Ten pounds Trulie

Dear Trulie, Don't worry, as you said, you HAVE a good body. We have a month to work with!! I know you have seen in many magazines, especially the “Fitness” types, ways to work out with hand weights….so if you have those, you are set in that area, follow their instructions!  Ok, some other ways: 1. Drink lots of water, it hydrates the skin, which makes it appear more supple. 2. Have oatmeal in the morning with fresh strawberries or bananas. I prefer strawberries, less fattening. The oatmeal WILL hold you over until lunch. 3. Eat a light yogurt for lunch, a salad, and you can sprinkle cheese and nuts on it for taste, if you wish. 4. Eat fish and a dark vegetable for dinner. Cut out as much fat as you can. Page 52

5. Do 30 minutes of aerobics a day. NO, you do NOT have to join a gym. Just put on your favorite walking/jogging shoes and walk quickly. You can even break it up, 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes in the evening. 6. Crunches are great for women who LOVE their bikinis, so do crunches every other day. 7. A week before your vaca….buff your body in the shower, use a good buffer and body scrub (can be bought at Target, some stores in the mall sell them). 8. To look as though you have been tan, get a self-tanner at the drug store. Put it on like lotion to moisturize your skin. Make sure you get the right color to match your skin tone. 9. ENJOY AND HAVE FUN! (SEE, EASY PEASY!)

Patti Patti is a former guidance councilor, and a graduate & post graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. Readers may submit questions to content@HatTrickMagazine.com with the subject “Ask Patti”

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by Cherie Brooks DeBurger Opinion Columnist

Musings From A Life Lived Well Back To School

Well summer has come and gone especially in the lower grades, and it is once again the start of a which in turn result in some of the new school year. For some best stories about our kids. parents this, not Christmas, is considered the “most wonderful A teacher was helping one of her time of the year”. With five students get ready to go home at children of my own my house the end of the day when she changes from a three ringed noticed a problem with his shoes. circus to an eight hour oasis of “Your shoes are on the wrong feet,” peace and quiet. she told him. The boy looked up at As the children file into the her and smiled saying, “You can’t classrooms, some for the first fool me, I know these are my feet”. time, the teachers take over the In one kindergarten class all the shaping and molding of their little kids were sitting in circle time on minds. Teachers sometimes get the first day of school. The more than they bargained for, Page 54

teacher was explaining how they would be doing things and some of the routines they would have. She told the children if any of them had to go pee just to hold up two fingers. One of the little girls in the class promptly asked how that was going to help. One of the funniest stories I have heard is about a pre-school teacher. She was pregnant but decided not to tell the children in her care because they were so young. Another reason she didn’t tell them was to avoid getting into a conversation of where babies come from with some of her more curious students. None of the kids paid any attention to her increasing belly size until one day near her due date when one little boy was leaving and he asked her why her belly was so big. Hoping he would not want any more detail she informed him there was a baby in her belly. The little boy looked at her and walked out without saying another word. The next day when his mother was dropping him off he started to cry, this was very unusual for him and his mother pulled him aside to see if she could find out what was bothering him. The boy informed his mother that his teacher had eaten a baby yesterday and he was afraid if she got hungry again she might try to eat him. Sometimes it's better not to know what your child says, one of the rare times when I consider ignorance to be bliss. A few years ago I was with my son Leo on a field trip with his second grade class. Four mothers (including myself), the teacher and twenty-five seven year olds entered into the local museum.

For the billionth time they were told not to touch anything as we passed by glass cases of irreplaceable antiques. We entered into a section that displayed many items they had been made by the local glass factory. This establishment was one of the first factories in our town and was one of the main employers for the people who lived in and around our area before it's door closed in 1999. I could feel my muscles tense as twenty five sugar high, rambunctious children swarmed into the area. There were glass tumblers, gavels, guns, almost anything you could think of beautifully crafted, polished and placed so that the lights could magnify the exquisiteness. We came upon a very large wine bottle that had obviously been made for decoration because of its unusual size. As the children oh'd and ah'd about how big it is my son enthusiastically said "Wow that could get my mom a lot more drunk then regular!" What made it even more hilarious was that I didn't even drink alcohol and as I heard myself informing the other mothers of this I realized I was only making it worse. Can someone please direct me to the nearest hole so I can jump into it? Oh to be a fly on the wall and just be able to listen all day to the crazy things these teachers must hear. Sometimes I wonder, or should I say worry, about what my kids say in school but it can’t be any worse than what the other kids say ‌.. I hope. Page 55





89 Causewayside, Edinburgh (Scotland) EH9 1QJ Eva Hammerson is a Spanish professional interior designer based in Edinburgh, with a passion for lighting, vintage finds, and mid-century-modern iconic design. After the successful launch of Kandabi, her quirky brand of statement lighting wall luminaries, Eva was itching for the right space to branch out onto every aspect of home interiors including lighting, furniture, accessories and wall art. Destiny, for the shop ‘found’ her, not the other way round, put the most perfect environment and opportunity in her hands to painstakingly and lovingly restore a jaw dropping Georgian space into a dream retail space in a sought-after and ‘left-bank’ area known as Causewayside in the South side of Edinburgh, Scotland. “After pealing 7 layers of vintage wall paper, I came across the original wall plaster and found the most incredible luminescent turquoise swirls of colour ever imaginable. I nearly cried with joy for it is precisely what gives my shop a highly distinctive and unique signature look. Next, I found an antique original stone fireplace in the back room no-one knew existed, which will provide a warm live fire in the winter, adding extra cosiness and much needed warmth in this northern climate”. Eva Hammerson’s shop is not really a shop, it’s a ‘private world’ where everything on display is up for sale, including its owner whose services as a professional interior designer can be put to the very best use. “Being Spanish, I wanted to create a true ‘Mi casa es su Casa’ (My home is your Home) welcoming feel-good factor. I think I have succeeded judging by the number of clients who sit comfortable in the sofa playing the guitar, taking inspiration from artfully displayed objects or having fun with my Spanish maracas”. Eva’s goal is to encourage people to be far more adventurous and have fun when decorating their homes, with a ‘no rules’ instinctive approach to putting interior schemes together. “I believe that if you only buy what you absolutely love, your home will somehow come together, pulled by the invisible but powerful thread of your personal taste. My mantra is follow your instinct and be brave for your house is an extension of your persona, and thus a blank canvas waiting for you to put your own unique stamp on it. The most successful interiors are always those with an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary furnishings, which results in a more relaxed and authentic aesthetic, and avoids that ‘too studied’ and contrived show-home look”.


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Shasie’s Picks by Shalanda Turner Fashion Editor

Hi Everyone! Fall is upon us! To some of you this may be sad, but to me, I relish it! Fall is my favorite time of year because I LOVE Fall Fashion. Something about boots, sweaters and cute outerwear really does it for me!! From color palettes to apparel, here’s what’s trending this Fall/Winter 2012. Burnt Orange — Don’t just wait for Halloween to wear your orange garments and accessories. This color is hotter than ever in a darker hue than normal. Eggplant — Shades of eggplant will be taking front and center. Variations of this shade will be everywhere, in every store, on everything. Royal Blue — I like to call this shade electric blue. This is a FABULOUS color this fall. Blue is everywhere, it’s the new black.  Peach — Yes, we’re still neutralizing with khaki’s, soft pinks, and peach. Though the darker jewel tones will dominate peach will still be around. Deep Teal — Not ready for electric blue? Try teal, a classic jewel tone shade. Primrose Yellow — Distancing from neon yellow, this darker or mustard-yellow falls right in line with burnt orange as one of the warmer jewel tones for the Fall. Venetian Red — What would Fall be without red? You’ll see darker hues of red on garments from coats to dresses, to accessories and makeup. Cerulean — Another shade of blue you say? Yes! Blue might be the second most popular color this Fall, in all shades.  Page 58

Venetian Red

Burnt Orange

Primrose Yellow

Deep Teal


Royal Blue



Autumn 2012

Color Palette

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Picks & Trends Winter White



Big Coats


Jewel Tones

Body Contouring



Full Skirts



Black & Floral


Winter White


1. Michael Kors Chesterfield Melton Wool Coat 2. Winter White Kitten Heels, Ann Taylor 3. Houndstooth Ponte Peplum Dress, Bebe 4. Pleated Bodice Dress, Express 5. Fantasy Skirt, Zara 6. Ella Dress in Floral Brocade, JCrew 7. Rebecca Taylor Pleated Leather Mini Skirt 8. Michael Kors Grayson Large Logo Satchel

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Chic Days, Fierce Nights For women on the go, the hardest choice in the morning can be selecting clothing which is professional and smart during the day, yet easily converts into sexy and chic at night. Calvin Klein has long been known for his streamlined shape and simple palette, which compliments and enhances a woman's figure, but leaves plenty to the imagination. A perfect example for a classic ‘day into night’, this black and white shift dress will have admirers following your every move in the boardroom and long after you’ve left work behind. Photojournalist: Semant Jain, PhD Fashion writer: Dara Avenius Page Page 64 64

If you’re looking for an option which is just a bit more ‘swanky’, yet still classic night (into mor ning?), newcomer designer Daisy has got you covered. With a perfectly ‘on trend’ one-shoulder sleeveless top, with a bit of sparkle and slinky, figure hinting fit, a woman in this dress can't help but captivate the room without saying a word!

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Posh Brats Brittany Harper-De Staedtler Beauty Editor

Teeth Whitening Naturally T

here was a time when if you wanted whiter teeth, it seemed that the only option was to go to the dentist and have the teeth bleached. Now there are numerous tooth whitening products on the market that you can use at home. But both of these options involve using potentially dangerous chemicals, and they can even make teeth very sensitive, replacing one problem with another more serious one. Not only are you looking at the expense of these treatments; many of them just don’t work. I personally have a basket FULL of products for teeth whitening that just didn’t live up to all the hype. You see, I am a coffee drinker and when I say ‘coffee drinker’ I mean that I can pretty much have a cup of coffee in my hand from morning until night. Therefore you can just imagine how much all this evil bean consumption can stain the teeth. I spent hundreds looking for the best products to whiten my teeth and always ended up tossing the product into the basket under the bathroom sink. As a Cosmetic Chemist by trade I finally did what I should have done all along......look for natural and effective ways to whiten my teeth. Below you will find a few natural, inexpensive and highly effective ways to achieve that brighter smile! 1.) Some fruits are excellent tooth whiteners. Strawberries, for example, can be rubbed directly on teeth or mashed up and brushed on. The inside of an orange peel is also great for whitening. You can rub it directly on your teeth, or make a paste of dried orange peel and ground bay leaves to brush on. A mixture of lemon juice and salt also works well. *Using fruits should only be an occasional treatment as overuse could causes teeth sensitivity* 2.) Use baking soda. Many of the toothpastes on the market include baking soda in their ingredients because it is so effective. But you don’t have to buy a special toothpaste. You can mix baking soda with a dash of salt and add a little hydrogen peroxide or vinegar to make a homemade tooth whitener. Page 66

3.) There's a growing body of evidence indicating that eating a small amount of cheese after a meal can potentially help to prevent tooth decay and promote enamel strength, Glosman says. Along those same lines: "Milk and yogurt keep teeth sparkling and cavity-free because they contain the minerals calcium and phosphorus, which promote the remineralziation of tooth enamel," says Lisa Drayer, M.A., R.D., author of "The Beauty Diet: Looking Great Has Never Been So Delicious." 4.) Snack on lots of crunchy vegetables and fruits, like celery, apples, carrots, and such. These foods will help to dislodge plaque and keep food particles from sticking to your teeth and staining them that way. This is more of a preventative measure. 5.) Coconut oil (solid oil or fractionated liquid) is a super way to whiten your teeth very quickly. Make it part of your tooth cleaning regime. Take a mouthful of coconut oil and swish around your mouth like mouthwash. Pull it through your teeth and really take your time. It’s best to do this for a full 2-5 minutes. Once you spit it out then clean your teeth with a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide/vinegar. Add a drop or two of peppermint oil to really freshen your breathe and don’t forget to brush your tongue too! Coconut oil can be found in some grocery stores, most health food stores or many places online. Whitening your teeth does not have to be expensive, and you don’t have to use harsh chemicals. By using preventive measures and natural remedies, you can make your smile brighter without harming your teeth in other ways.

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2 tablespoons coconut oil 3 tablespoons baking soda 1/2 small packet of stevia powder (opt.) 20-25 drops of peppermint essential oil*

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Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl, using a fork. *Add about half of the amount of peppermint oil to start, and test the toothpaste to see how much you want/like. * You can also use essential oils like cinnamon, spearmint, clove and lemon. Always start with a few drops and then taste to see if you prefer more. Don’t make it too strong as you wouldn’t want to irritate your gums and over sensitize your teeth. ** As long as you keep this in a sealed container it should keep very well as there are no ingredients in it that could cause bacteria growth. All of the ingredients are naturally anti-bacterial!

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Eyebrow Shapes

The perfect eyebrow shapes can create such a huge impact on your face. Keeping your eyebrows neat and well-shaped will contribute a great deal in framing it. With your eyebrows, it can help draw attention to your eyes and can also accentuate the features.

That is why most women prefer to have it done professionally. Let's face it, not all of us are gifted with the talent to properly shape our eyebrows so why don't we just give in and let the professionals do their magic? It won't hurt and it'll be worth it in the end. To Watch Click Here!

Pin up models are beautiful but they even look more beautiful because of their well-shaped eyebrows. It just shows how they take care of themselves and they clearly evoke the idea of being a beautiful and seductive woman. Next to the eyebrows, their cat eyes and their red lips are included in the three main features that is always emphasized on their faces and these features made their trademark. Page 68

The Contenders...

Over-Plucked Eyebrows

The Big ‘M’

Too many women go for this shape! As you can see, this shape is very thin. This not very ideal and sometimes this shape occurs when the plucking is not done correctly. Sorry to be blunt...reminds me of a hooker look :(

This particular shape is named big ‘m’ because of its arch which is the same shape as the letter ‘m’. Additionally, it is more raised, unlike the normal eyebrow shape which is a bit lower than this.

The Clown It is called the clown because it has its similarities with the clown's eyebrow. It gives a woman a surprised look! Reminds me of some scary cougars I have seen out and about...

The Downhill

Straight Edge

Triangle This eyebrow makes women look really harsh. Balls of steel (hehe)...not sure that is such a good thing...

Why is this considered as the best shape of eyebrows? This is because it is very proportioned, has the right amount of thickness and curves and can match any face shape. So, for women out there, THIS MUST BE YOUR EYEBROW INSPIRATION! Now, are your eyebrows flat, downhill, triangle, clown-like, over-plucked or resembles the Macdonald's golden arches...? Or do you have the best shape of eyebrows? If you don't...get them professionally looked at. You must. I have been there too thin, too thick and finally after studying pin ups managed to get the perfect pin up eyebrow...

The name for this shape perfectly described the look of this eyebrow. It is downhill because as you can see, it starts high and at the very edge, it is not proportion anymore because it is resembles a kiddie slide. Why look so sad for all the time, lady?

Its minimal curvature gives the name straight edge or flat. Noooo expression...ever.

I can't tell you enough how much it has made a difference to my look...and people notice the difference...massively. Oh and one more hint...it's preferable that you pluck rather then wax because if you wax too much, the elasticity in your skin decreases and you will get droopier eyes sooner. Oh and one more thing...eyebrows are sisters - not twins. Don't try to match them exactly the same. Most of the time this is not The Best Eyebrow possible and this pursuit for perfect symmetry will drive you to insanity. Page 69

Align and Focus This Fall: Fresh Starts, Fit Habits, Fat Loss & New


Maybe it’s because I’m a Virgo (yeah Virgo’s!) or perhaps it’s because as a kid I was always such a keener to start a brand new school year, but I’ve always,always loved Fall. It’s the crisp air, bright autumn skies, vibrant colours and palpable energy. Fall means a fresh start. It’s time to focus, organize and align your actions with what you most want to accomplish by the end of the year. For most people, summer fun means a little more relaxation around your eating and exercise habits, a little less structure than your normal regime.  And that’s okay, life is meant to be cyclical.   However, if summer fun starts to slide into Fall, you aren’t doing yourself or your potential any favours. So how do we ensure that doesn’t happen?  Let me introduce you to the Power-of-3 Sleek & Sexy Success System: Simplify your system!  The Power-of-3 Sleek & Sexy Success System uses no more than three techniques or actions at a time, allowing you to master them and move on.  Any more than three causes overwhelm and inefficiency.  Proven strategies drilled down for you to the basics of what works – simply and successfully! 1

Meal ideas with no more than 3 ingredients and a 3-minute prep time; 2 Exercise combos with 3 moves performed in 30 minutes per session 3 times per week; Page 70


Setting 3 small yet powerful goals each week that keep you Committed, Motivated and Inspired to performAccountable Action – the 3 keys to success!

Follow me on Facebook, as I share Powerof-3 meal ideas and exercise combos with my Facebook friends. Knowledge vs Practice: As you head into Fall, you’ll see many, many promises of diets, programs and memberships that will get you fit. If there are so many answers out there, why are there so many people who haven’t found success with their goals? Why are there rising rates of obesity, depression, debt?  The answers are out there – the knowledge, info and expertise but what we haven’t mastered is the application of this knowledge into our daily lives.  We’re not ‘doing it’.  We aren’t practicing what we need to on a daily basis to get what we want.  How can we keep this practice so simple, easy, fast, effective and seamless that it becomes a habit not an effort?   Master these three keys to success and you’ll be well on your way.  Without them, it will be yet another failed attempt: 1. Understand the WHY:  Getting clear on the nucleus of your motivation exponentially multiplies your chance of success.  Goal-setting is great but most people fail because they aren’t clear and passionate about the WHY. 2. Keep It Simple:  Simplify your system!  Use no more than three

techniques or actions at a time, master them and move on. Any more than three causes overwhelm and inefficiency. 3. Reconnect and Recommit Daily:  In order to filter and focus on what you most want and keep it a priority in your life, you need to reconnect and recommit to it daily. EFFECTIVE EATING:  The Simple Structure Here are the Top 3 Habits to master in terms of eating effectively to produce goals.  Once you master these 3 principles, then move onto The B List. The A List: 1. Drink more water:  Minimum 1 litre per day.  If you’ve been drinking 1 litre, double it. 2. Eat smaller meals more often:  Ask yourself, what’s the protein in this meal?  What’s the fibre?  Follow the ‘never hungry’ rule. 3. Cut the crap:  Allow yourself one cheat meal per week and 1 treat (ice cream, candy, chips, whatever your ‘junk’ is).  Other than that, cut all the empty calories.  And yes, sugar is the devil.

My FREE Gift to YOU this Fall: Simply follow me on Facebook and let me know you’d like a copy of my CSJ’s Top 10 Fat Loss Tips.  You’ll be glad you did.  Also, one of the new Facebook followers this Fall will receive a complimentary enrollment in my 12-week online fitness transformation, the Sleek & Sexy Success System.  It is by far the most convenient and straight-forward way to get yourself focused, aligned and organized for a successful Fall starting with your physical goals but going so much further from there.  To be drawn early October. All the very best!

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The B List: 1. Replace 1 meal per day with 1 protein shake. 2. Start vitamins. 3. Eliminate ‘fluffy’ carbs and focus on ‘fibrous’ carbs.

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Classic Southern American Recipes by Tanya Jackson Food Editor

Sweet Iced Tea

A classic Southern beverage which is both inexpensive and refreshing, and one the whole family will enjoy. s the one thing that makes a meal truly southern. If you go to a restaurant and ask for tea and they don't ask "Sweet or unsweet?" Get up and walk out. Southern Sweet tea is the best thing for those hot days, (you know what I mean at 100 degrees and 80 percent humidity)  to really refresh your body.

Ingredients ✓1 container to boil water ✓1 container to steep tea ✓1 to 2 quarts of water ✓1 family size tea bag( 7g of Orange Pekoe and Pekoe cut black tea) ✓1 1/2 cups of sugar ✓Lemon slices or wedges ✓Gallon size pitcher or container Page 72


Pekoe Tea: A grade of black tea consisting of the leaves around the buds.[Chinese (Amoy) pek ho : pek, white + ho, down, fine feathers.] When used outside the context of black tea grading, the term Pekoe (or, occasionally, Orange pekoe) describes the unopened terminal leaf bud (tips) in tea flushes. As such, the phrases "a bud and a leaf" or "a bud and two leaves" are used to describe the "leafiness" of a flush; they are also used interchangeably with pekoe and a leaf or pekoe and two leaves. Wikipedia  If this is too much info for you then just enjoy what years and years of investigating and businesses have put together as Iced Tea Mix.

1. Begin with Me!od: fresh cold water. Bring to a rapid boil. Do not, and I repeat, do not use an aluminum pot to boil your water. I use my teapot because it can whistle and let me know it is boilin' hot. When we go to Hot Springs, Arkansas to visit relatives, I always get large 10 gallon jugs of the hot water. My son likes the cold water, but I think the original hot water makes a better tea. When you see your water in a rolling boil or hear the whistle of your tea kettle, it is time to make the delicious brew. I use a family sized tea bag, 7g of Pekoe tea, because it makes the strength I like: really, really strong. 2. Place your container in the sink, where your tea will be prepared. I use a plastic pitcher, because it won't shatter when you pour the boiling water into it. (Guess you can figure out I have done that foolish stunt at least once.) Pour the water in first-then put in the tea bag. 

3. Remove tea bag out and stir in 1 1/2 cups of sugar. The hot water will melt the sugar. Stir and stir until you don't feel the granules anymore.Fill up the 2 quart pitcher with cold water. 4. Add warm water in a gallon pitcher, especially if it is glass to prepare it for warm liquid. Pour your steeped sugared tea into the container/ pitcher and fill to top with cold water. You can keep this in the fridge, for about a week. (But nothing is as fresh as fresh.) Your brew should be clear as beer. You should be able to see through it. 5. Add ice and a wedge of squeezed lemon and you have the best thing yet for hot summer days.

➡ To avoid that tin-flavor you get in some restaurants, never store your tea in a metal container.

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Health Matters

by Mina Muirhead, R.N. Health Editor September is Childhood Obesity Awareness month. As a Registered Nurse and mother of 2 young children this topic is very important to me, as it should be to all of us. The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period. This means that 23 million children and teenagers in the United States are either overweight or obese. That staggering number makes it an epidemic. Overweight and obesity are the simple result of “caloric imbalance” – too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed. But this epidemic isn’t simple at all. Childhood obesity is affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors. Page 74

In 2010 Michelle Obama launched the “Let’s Move” national campaign. The program focuses on four main areas of concern: getting parents informed about nutrition and exercise, improving the quality of food in our schools, making healthy food more affordable and accessible for families and focusing more of physical education. When I was a kid my dad would limit our TV time to 1 hour a day. I remember how awful and mean I thought this was. But there is some merit to the idea. Today children 8-18 years of age spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media, including TV, computers, video games, cell phones and movies. Studies have shown a direct correlation of increased media time with increased risk of obesity. My 11 year old son is an avid computer gamer. I will admit it can be easier to just let him play his games rather than dealing with the frustration that

comes with the constant battles of limiting his screen time. Some days I am better at this than others.

price tag associated with obesity is enormous. As health care and insurance costs continue to rise the added cost of I am happy to see increased illness related to obesity will have accountability with our schools. We a substantial effect on what we all are a long way from having perfect pay. Overweight and obesity are food presented at our school associated with increased risk for cafeterias. But at least it seems we many types of cancer, including are heading in the right direction. breast, colon, and pancreatic to This past year I have seen name a few. It also increases your improved food choices in my kids’ risk of heart disease and diabetes. school. But more than half of public Right now it is costing us $150 billion schools in the United States still a year to treat obesity-related offer sugar drinks and less healthy illnesses. foods for purchase. Most importantly, we all want our I feel having healthy food more children to grow up healthy and affordable and accessible is one of happy. We want them to be active the main problems facing the and have confidence. I encourage obesity epidemic. In some lowereach of you to make thoughtful income, rural or minority decisions regarding your health and neighborhoods there may not be a the health of the children around you. supermarket selling healthy foods Become educated about what is in nearby. It makes choosing healthy your food. Ride your bike food difficult when the most instead of walking. Start with the accessible place to buy food is small choices in everyday life; teach either at a convenience store or those choices to the small ones fast food chain. around us. They will listen. Most kids fall short of the References: recommended 60 minutes of U.S. Department of Health and physical activity a day. In fact, only Human Services. 2008 Physical 18% of students’ grades 9-12 met Activity Guidelines for Americans. this guideline. Several factors could Washinton DC: U.S. Department of contribute to this problem, lack of Health and Human Services; 2008 exercise programs in school, no safe or appealing place to play or Centers for Disease Control and be active. Also when you are Prevention. State Indicator Report on watching TV you are not moving Physical Activity, 2010. your body. I often think of Mina graduated with honors with her BSN Newton’s Law of Motion, an object that is in motion tends to from the University of Northern Colorado stay in motion, an object at rest in 1997. She is a member of the American tends to stay at rest. That Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. includes us! Have a question for Mina? Please write to content@HatTrickMagazine.com and The obesity epidemic will include “Mina” in the subject field. eventually affect all of us. The Page 75

The Olympics Are a Reminder That To Achieve Our Goals, It’s EVERYTHING to do with training, stamina, drive, and most of all, the belief that it is possible. Page 76

A Bit Quackers by Andrea Valentine

Two blondes walk into a bar chanting "51,51." A few moments later a group of blondes join the others, also chanting "51, 51." By this time, the bartender is getting curious. Two more blondes enter the bar and join the others, "51, 51." One blond is holding a picture frame and sets it on the table as the blondes gather around it, still chanting "51, 51." So finally the bartender goes to see what's going on. He asks, "Why are they are chanting "51, 51?"  One blonde showed him a 24-piece Cookie Monster puzzle and said, "We put this together in 51 days when the box says 4-6 years!"

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B AKING ~ DECORATING ~ S H A R I N G Hello everyone, welcome to our August newsletter! For those of you who don’t know, this is what I look like... and for some of you who do know - I hate having my picture taken, so you won’t find many of me on my page! Anyway, enough about me. Following on from the feedback we received from our last newsletter, we have decided to move away from the basic “school newsletter” format to a more glamourous magazine type format. We have spent a lot of time on the design and presentation of this issue, and hope you like the more modern, fresh, updated look. Baking ~ Decorating ~ Sharing is the Cake Masters motto, and we aim to deliver onDONEC each of these elements ARCU RISUS DIAMinAMET everything we do through SIT. our CONGUE Facebook TORTOR page CURSUS and magazine. RISUS NISL, LUCTUS AUGUE

The aim of our monthly magazines are to highlight all cakey news over the last month; showcase your amazing cakes; include informative features and above all, sharing caking and baking knowledge! See this newsletter as a bit of a round up, incase you might have missed something on Facebook- let’s face it, I am not sure Facebook works all the time anyway- I am still having problems seeing my own posts let alone other post from pages I follow- boo! I am in awe of all the caking and baking skill out there and I will do my best to “shout out” all the amazingly talented cakers by featuring you in my magazine. Enjoy leafing through the featured wedding cake pages in this issue as there are some beautifully designed pieces and I really enjoyed putting this part of the magazine together. Special thanks to all our contributors this month, especially Manisha Parmar from the Great British Bake Off, who gave us an exclusive interview for all Cake Masters fans. Let me know what you think of our new look, I would love to hear from you!

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The Great British Bake Off



Every Tuesday evening at 8pm the TV is mine for my GBBO fix. There is nothing that gets in my way, and the most central spot on the sofa is reserved for me! I am sure I am not the only one that behaves like this on Tuesday evenings, and I am positive that when each episode is over, a small void appears in your life, that not even a slice of cake could fill! I love watching the contestants baking under immense pressure, producing awesome flavour combinations and gorgeous looking cakes. Not sure if it is something that I would do...not sure that I work so well under that much pressure, and piercing blue eyes! Over the next few pages we have gathered the details of the current contestants and have included their Twitter, Facebook and Blog links so that that you can stalk them online too :p 84


Introducing the Contestants Stuart Last year he made his own three-tiered wedding cake, much to the surprise of his mother-in-law. He’s a fan of creating new flavour combinations. His wife admits he reads recipe books in bed at night. Twitter Facebook Website DONEC ARCU RISUS DIAM AMET SIT. CONGUE TORTOR CURSUS RISUS NISL, LUCTUS AUGUE

Manisha She came back to live in in Leicester when she was 13. Her passion for baking passion began when her mum showed her how to make a Victoria sponge. Her strengths are classic English biscuits, cakes and pastry, but she also makes some Indian biscuits and cakes too. Twitter Facebook

Brendan To date, the 63-year old has made 90 of them and is still going strong. He always dreamt of pursuing a career in baking and now, semi-retired, bakes as a hobby. Twitter



James He started baking with his granny and is currently studying medicine in Scotland. To James, medicine is similar to baking as it involves marrying science and nurture. Aside from his studies, he’s reached grade eight in classical double bass. Twitter Website


His love vengeance three years ago, when he left home to study. His love of French patisserie is his main inspiration. Twitter Facebook Website

Natasha She admits that she has a vast baking portfolio because she gets bored of making the same things over again. VOTED OFF: Week 1 Twitter Blog



Peter His love of baking is well known at his children’s school and, with a reputation for excellence, the requests flood in for everything from school fetes to wedding cakes. VOTED OFF: Week 2

Ryan He loves fusing Western baking with lesser known Asian flavours and new techniques he’s garnered from his travels. Twitter Website Blog


Sarah-Jane She mainly makes cakes, biscuits and desserts and so admits her family’s waistlines suffer for her hobby. Her husband is a vicar, so his congregation also benefit from Sarah-Jane’s talents. Twitter Blog



Danny She exercises several times a week to work the baking excesses off. She says that she’s taking part in the Bake Off because she really wants to test herself. Twitter Blog


Aside from knitting and things you can share with others. She’s a fan of different shaped bakes like square or rectangular tarts and loves a good excuse to buy a nice piece of baking equipment. VOTED OFF: Week 3

Cathryn She once promised a friend an 80th birthday cake, but had forgotten that she’d arranged a girl’s night out the night before. She arrived home at 1.30am, and was baking till 4am to get it done in time. She’s also a messy baker - her husband can tell when she’s been baking because of the trail of floury footprints to the kitchen Twitter Blog



Win tickets to the

Cake & Bake Show 2012 We loved the first episode of the Great British Bake Off and want see your cakes with hidden designs for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show in London. Please send your entries to bookings@cakemasters.co.uk deadline is the September 9th 2012. Below are some of your entries so far...


The Cake & Bake Show 2012 22nd 23rd September what to expect...



Manisha Parma Great British Bake Off Series 3 ~ Contestant Tell me  a  bit  about  your   passion  for  baking

Other than  baking  what   are  your  hobbies?

“Baking is  like  floa7ng  on  clouds,   I  find  it  so  relaxing,  even  when   working  with  the  most   complicated  of  recipes!

“I love  baking  with  children  and  I   love  going  out  with  my  friends   and  spending  7me  with  family.   I  am  a  lover  of  wine  and  all  cake.”  

Baking has  become  a  passion  for   8  or  9  years  now.  I  remember   when  my  mum  showed  me  how   to  make  my  first  vanilla  tray   bake,  and  from  then  onwards   I’ve  been  baking  something  every   weekend,  ranging  from  very   small  items  like  biscuits  or   something  huge  like  a  yummy   chocolate  tart.”

Tell me  a  bit  about   yourself  background  and   family “In  my  family  there  is  my  Dad,   two  brothers  and  my  sister  who   is  now  married.  My  mum  past   away  4  years  ago...  so  life  has   been  difficult  and  a  bit  lonely.   This  is  where  baking  has  turned   my  life  around  -­‐  it  just  brings  me   so  much  happiness  even  if  it   doesn’t  turn  out  absolutely   perfect.”

What made  you  apply  for   the  great  Bri7sh  bake  off   TV  show?  

“Umm I  actually  don’t  know  why   I  applied!  Maybe  because  I  had   seen  the  programme  before  and   thought  I  could  do  some  of  the   bakes  shown.  At  the  7me  I  felt   quite  confident  and  friends  and   family  encouraged  me  so  I  was   able  to  pluck  up  the  courage  to   apply.”

Did you  ever  think  that   you  would  make  it   through  to  the  end   stages?   “Oh  my  cupcakes!  Never  in  a   million  years  did  I  think  that  I   would  be  one  of  the  12  finalists   out  of  7000  people  who  applied. It  was  an  amazing  feeling  that,   YES,  I  am  actually  good  at   something.”

Even though  the  days  were  really   long,  I  loved  every  minute! Standing  side  by  side  with  Mary   and  Paul  was  such  a  delight,   wai7ng  in  an7cipa7on  for  their   replies  a_er  each  bake  was   exci7ng  but  very  nerve   wracking.”

Most people  like  to  bake   DONEC RISUS DIAM to  ARCU relax,   how   did  AMET you  find   SIT. CONGUE TORTOR CURSUS it  baking  under  pressure   RISUS NISL, LUCTUS AUGUE and  interroga7on  of  the   judges?   “I  love  baking  under  pressure,   however,  some  of  the  bakes   were  disastrous.  The   interroga7ons  was  quite  nerve   wracking.  It  is  like  your  heart  is  in   your  mouth  and  you  can’t   swallow! However  when  they  gave  good   comments  it  felt  great,  but  when   the  bad  comments  came...  you   felt  very  sad...”

Con7nued >>>

What was  the  most   exci7ng  part  about  being   part  of  the  show? “I  thought  the  most  exci7ng  part   of  the  show  was  the  filming.  I   absolutely  loved  it! Manisha’s Mum



What was  the  hardest  part   about  being  in  the  show?  

I am  very  fond  of  Ryan,  who  is   one  amazing  baker  with  a  lovely   funny  personality.”

“The hardest  part  of  the  show   was  when  things  went  wrong  and   not  really  being  able  to  do   anything  about  it.”

What are  your  current   plans  for  now  and  the   future?  

What did  you  think  of   Mary  and  Paul?  

“My current  plans  are  to  finish   my  childcare  degree.  Although  I   would  like  to  work  for  a  famous   well  known  chef  as  a  baker.

“Mary was  lovely  she  really   KNOWS  her  stuff,  very  warm  and   loveable. Paul...  well  he  was  just  adorable!   He  was  very  honest  and  knows   what  he  is  talking  about.”

I would  also  like  to  open  up  a   Baking  School  for  children,  which   would  be  great  as  baking  can   have  a  great  influence  on   children.” DONEC ARCU RISUS DIAM AMET SIT. CONGUE TORTOR CURSUS RISUS NISL, LUCTUS AUGUE Manisha and Ryan

Which contestants  did  you   get  on  with  the  most?   “I  got  on  really  well  with  all  the   contestants.   John,Cathryn,  Sarah-­‐Jane  and  I,   had  a  few  nights  together  with   the  friendly  help  of  Prosecco.

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From Allison at Let’s Eat Cupcakes

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Special thanks to Allison from Let’s Eat Cupcakes for being one of our contributors!



Let’s eat cupcakes tutorial

Step 1 Roll out your fondant thicker than usual and cut out a disc using a cookie cutter.

What u n eed: * Rejuve nating sp irit or vo * Small dka art brush * Textur es lace w raps from Edible C reators L td * Sugar flair whi tener * Rolling pin * Cookie cutter * Cupcak e

Step 2 Place your fondant disc on a texture RISUS DIAM AMET mat from DONEC EdibleARCU Creators then roll SIT. CONGUE TORTOR CURSUS very firmly. This will leave you an RISUS NISL, LUCTUS AUGUE imprint.

Gorgeous lace imprint!

Mats from Edible Creators



Let’s eat cupcakes tutorial

Step 3 Use your cutter to reshape the imprinted fondant and place directly on to your cupcake gently shaping as you do not want to stretch the impression!

Step 4 Mix your whitener and rejuvenating spirit(of vodka) together and lightly brush over your fondant which will bring the lace imprint to life.


If you would like to include one of your tutorials please contact us at bookings@cakemasters.co.uk


This technique was SIT. CONGUE TORTOR CURSUS RISUS NISL, LUCTUS developed by AUGUE Carinas Cupcakes using sugar veil mats. Allison from Lets Eat Cupcakes adopted it to use texture mats from Edible Creators as a cheaper alternative.



COMPETITION TIME! Win 2 sets of lace texture mats In association with Edible Creators

Win 2 sets of lace texture mats A massive 7 mats in total by emailing us your best vintage cupcakes! Please enter into one of the following two categories:

Bake for Fun DONEC ARCU RISUS DIAM AMET This category is for people who do not sell cakes at all. SIT. CONGUE TORTOR CURSUS

Bake for Business


This category is for people who have their own cake Facebook pages and sell cakes, even if it is not your main source of income. The reason why we have two categories, is so that we can give everyone with all abilities a chance to join in. -Please send only one photo of your entry -Please email your photo to bookings@cakemasters.co.uk -Please ensure you give us your name and business name, and Facebook page name so we can place these details next to the chosen entries in our next magazine! -All entires to be sent to Cake Masters by Sunday 16th September -ONLY ONE ENTRY is allowed

Good Luck!



Scroll moulds feature!


So pleased  with  my  sculpted  scroll  moulds  from  Marvelous  Molds.   Purchasing  just  a  few  of  the  flourish  moulds  allow  you  to  make  fantas7c   designs  and  are  so  quick  and  easy  to  use.   Our  video  tutorial  can  be  viewed  here! Have  a  look  at  the  huge  collec7on  at  The  Cake  Decora7ng  Company.

Scroll Moulds  Collec7on




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GypsyWed$ng Cake By PETER  ROBERTS  of  Centre  A2rac5on  Cakes  2   Remember  of  Liverpool  and  St  Helens  

“It was  quite  a   challenge  when  I  was   asked  to  do  a  seven   foot  tall  cake  by  a   travelling  family.      

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up and  finish  off  at  the   venue.  The  customer  was   very  happy  with  the   proposed  idea  and  were   JANICE & TOM very   excited!

We agreed  on  a  price  and  I   then  set  to  work.  Fruit  cake   The  customer  originally   wanted  the  cake    eight  foot   was  for  the  base  as  sponge   tall    and  four  foot  wide!  My   cakes  around  the  base   head  started  spinning  and  I   would  be  too  so_  and   said,  “I  don’t  think  that  will   would  simply  not  hold  the   fit  through  our  door”,when   weight  of  cake  above  it.   Sponge  cakes  were  used  for   the  customer  simply   (9YEA RS) the  top  L7E ers.   replied,  “Can’t  you  7lt  the  ANNABEL cake  upwards?”,  I  just   Every  one  that  knows  me,   looked  at  my  mum  in   knows  how  organised  I  am!   disbelief!  You  can  imagine   I  phoned  all  the  relevant   the  visions  going  through   suppliers  and  ordered  all   my  head  at  this  point.  I  said   the  equipment,  boards  and   that  I  was  sorry,  and  that  I   icing,  leaving  nothing  to  go   cake  that  large  would  not   amiss  -­‐  everything  was   work.  Instead  I  suggested  a   checked  and  double   seven  foot  cake(!),  where  I   checked! would  do  it  in  stages  and  set  



Firstly I  had  to  bake  the  fruit   cakes.  The  problem  was  that  I   didn’t  have  a  oven  in  the  shop   large  enough  to  fit  the  cakes!    I   asked  a  friend  who  I  went  to   college  with  if  I  could  use  his  oven   in  his  bakery,  he  was  only  too   happy  to  help.  

also wanted  a  spacer  on  the   boiom  of  the  cake  so  that  she   could  have  flowers  around  the   board  where  the  cake  was  simng.

I used  a  number  4  tube  to  pipe   swags  under  each  rose,  I  then   over  piped  with  a  number  3  tube.   Most  of  the  other  designs  on  the   cake  was  using  a  number  2  piping   tube  in  order  to  give  a  more   delicate  look.

I then  had  to  make  all  the  roses.   As  this  was  such  a  big  cake,  the   roses  had  to  correspond  with  the   size  of  all  the  cakes.  I  thought  that   five  inch  roses  for  the  boiom  7er   and  four  inch  for  the  remaining   7ers  would  be  the  best.   I  found  covering  the  cake  to  be  a   challenge  as  it  was  so  deep  which   made  it  very  awkward,  but  a_er  a   bit  of  delibera7ng,  I  knew  the   icing  would  not  cover  in  one  piece   so  I  came  up  with  the  idea  to   cover  it  in  stages,  rolling  out  strips   of  icing  and  placing  the  icing  on   the  cake  and  carefully  smoothing   it  out.  I  am  a  terrible  perfec7onist   so  it  had  to  be  right  as  I  hate   seeing  joins.  It  took,  would  you   believe  65  kilos  of  marzipan  and   ivory  coloured  icing,  guess  you   can  now  say  I  am  now  officially  a   body  builder!   A_er  three  extremely  wide  and   high  cakes  I  needed  a  cup  of  tea!   My  arms  were  like  jelly  a_er  all   that  rolling  out.  The  boioms  of   each  of  7er  were  polystyrene   dummies  with  cakes  placed  on   top,  this  helped  keep  the  weight   down;  I  also  baked  a  lighter  fruit   cake  which  also  helped  with   keeping  the  overall  weight  of  the   cake  down. I  had  three  specially  made  drum   boards  reinforced  to  take  the   weight  of  the  cake.  The  customer  

There were  five  addi7onal  sponge   cakes  to  be  placed  round  the  base   of  the  cake,  Hazel  ,  my  sister  and  I   worked  together  to  get  them   covered  with  icing,    

Luckily we  have  a  large  sugar  cra_   shop  and  we  have  designed  our   own  style  of  spacers,  that  have   hard  tops  and  so_  enough  sides   to  place  wires  in  them.

“I did  most  of  the   decora5ng  in  the  shop,   using  royal  icing  for  a   lot  of  the  finishings,   trying  to  keep  it  from   looking  tacky!  The   design  itself  was   mostly  my  input...  you   don’t  want  to  know   what  she    originally   wanted...  I  tell  you,  it   was  tacky  galore!”

The part  I  enjoyed  the  most  was   the  top.  I  loved  doing  the  top  vase   as  it  was  completely  made  out  of   JANICE & TOM had  le_   sugar  and   the  customer   me  to  create  it  in  my  own  way.  I   love  it  when  the  customer  says   this,  and  I  can  allow  my   imagina7on  run  wild.  I  was   originally  going  to  opt  for  just   roses,  but  as  I  was  half  way   through  pumng  the  spray   together,  I  wrapped  some  sugar   paste  around  it  and  hey  presto   L E (9YEA RS)how   there  ANNABEL it  was,  I  can’t   tell  you   pleased  I  was  with  the  end  result. The  day  arrived  for  me  to  take  the   cake  to  the  venue  and  it  really   was  all  hands  on  deck.  As  I  was  so   busy,  I  got  my  mum  Joan  to  dust   the  rest  of  the  roses  green,  she   looked  like  the  jolly  green  giant   when  she  had  finished!   Jayson  and  Josh  from  the  shop   helped  me  carefully  load  the  cake   in  to  my  van,  it  was  so  heavy.    I   needed  two  vehicles  to  carry   everything  as  we  had  a  lot  of   equipment  and  all  the  cakes,   including  the  five,  12”  round   sponge  cakes;  all  the  iced  roses   and  petals,  including  the  extra   large  reinforced  drum  boards. 98


When we  arrived,  we  set  to  work   at  once.  First  I  set  the  largest   drum  board  which  had  flowers  all   they  way  around  it.  We  then   placed  the  first  7er  on  top  of  this.   Next  we  placed  the  second  7er  -­‐it   was  so  heavy,  I  was  lucky  to  have   Jayson  and  Josh  there  to  help.  The   top  7er  was  placed  by  myself.    I   really  thought  the  cake  might   collapse  with  all  the  weight! All  that  was  le_  to  do  was  finish   the  cake  with  decora7ons.    We   had  a  good  rou7ne  going  while  I  

stood on  the  table  as  Mum  and   Jayson  passed  me  the  finished   flowers  and  the  crystal  pearls.     Once  finished,  the  customer   agreed  to  view  the  cake  at  the   venue.  She  was  completely   delighted  with  the  cake  and  all   the  7me  and  effort  I  had  put  into   crea7ng  her  cake.  I  got  a  hug  and   was  told  she  wanted  another  cake   in  two  years  7me  if  the  price  was   same,  I  NEARLY  FAINTED!“  




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Stencil tutorial ~DUSTS

It is really easy to stencil on cakes to make fabulous designs. Follow our easy tutorial to have a go yourself!

What u n eed: * Fondan t * Soft pa int brush * Rolling pin * Trex * Sugar flair dus ts * Stencil * Cookie cutter

Step 1

DONEC ARCU RISUS DIAM AMET Soften some fondant and roll it out SIT. CONGUE TORTOR CURSUS to about a NISL, pound coinAUGUE thickness RISUS LUCTUS

Step 2 Place the stencil on top of the fondant and roll over the stencil to secure it to the fondant



Stencil tutorial ~DUSTS

Step 3 Take a tiny amount of Trex and rub over the stencil

Step 4 Take some edible dust on a soft brush and lightly dust over the stencil



Stencil tutorial ~ DUSTS

Step 5 Gently peel away the stencil

Step 6 Cut away excess fondant using a cookie cutter and place onto a cupcake ~ SIMPLES!



Stencil tutorial ~BUTTERCREAM

Step 1 Soften some fondant and roll it out to about a pound coin thickness. Place the stencil on top of the fondant and roll over it to secure the stencil to the fondant.

Step 2 Take a small amount of buttercream and spread over the stencil.



Stencil tutorial ~BUTTERCREAM

Step 3 Apply only a very thin layer of buttercream to the stencil, scraping off any excess buttercream that is not required

Step 4 Taking one corner of the stencil, peel away from the fondant


Step 5 Finally cut away any excess fondant with a cookie cutter and place on top of a cupcake!





Chandelier Stencils set of 3 £9.99

Damask Stencils £12.99

Scroll Stencils set of 5 £19.99 105


Snake Cake Craze! So you must have seen this awesome cake from North Star Cakesincredibly realistic, superb attention to detail and even a tweet from the Ace of Cakes man himself! Is there anyone out there who hasn’t seen this cake!? Photos of this cake have been shared right across the globe and we caught up with Francesca Pitcher, the creator to find out more.



Meet Francesca... Tell us  about  North  Star  Cakes... North  Star  Cakes  is  a  bespoke  baking  business,   my  client's  tend  come  to  me  if  they  are  looking   for  something  unique  and  personal  to  them.   I'm  very  par7cular  about  the  ingredients  I  use  as   I  firmly  believe  that  great  ingredients  produce  a   great  tas7ng  cake.    The  cakes  not  only  have  to   look  beau7ful  but  the  flavour  is  equally   important  and  should  meet  with  expecta7ons.    I   also  cater  for  food  intolerances  and  some  of  my   clients  come  to  me  specifically  for  that  reason.   I'm  very  lucky  to  have  a  loyal  clientele  of  repeat   and  referral  business.

Tell us  more  about  the  cake  and  who  it   was  for...  

Tell us  a  bit  about  yourself... “I  trained  as  a  fine  ar7st  with  a  specialism  in   pain7ng  and  sculpture.  A_er  leaving  university  I   worked  for  a  private  art  collector  before  moving   into  fine  art  auc7oneers.  I  feel  privileged  to  have   worked  for  a  couple  of  the  top  fine  art   auc7oneers  in  the  world  based  in  London.   I  le_  the  art  world  behind  when  I  had  my  first   child,  a  daughter  Claudia  who  is  now  six,  and  I   have  since  had  a  son  Dylan,  three.  During  those   late  night  baby  feeds  I  used  to  watch  'Ace  of   Cakes',  a  fabulous  TV  cake  show  based  in  the  US   and  wished  I  could  have  that  job.  I'd  always   made  birthday  cakes  but  it  wasn't  un7l  last  year   that  I  started  to  take  my  cake  making  more   seriously  and  tried  to  make  as  many  cakes  as  I   could  to  prac7ce  my  skills,  in  fact  my  daughter's   Rapunzel  birthday  cake  last  July  was  my  first   proper  cake.  

The snake  cake  was  made  for  my  daughter   Claudia,  her  birthday  was  on  29th  July  and  she   wanted  to  have  a  Halloween  themed  party  and   she  wanted  a  cake  to  match  the  theme.  I  was   racking  my  brain  as  to  what  I  could  make,  then   on  a  recent  visit  to  the  zoo  I  suggested  a  snake.   She  loved  the  idea,  and  when  we  got  home  we   looked  at  images  online  and  decided  on  a  yellow   snake  -­‐  the  Burmese  that  everyone  now  knows.   The  interest  in  the  snake  cake  really  took  me  by   surprise-­‐  there  was  so  much  discussion  about  it   and  so  many  shares,  I've  no  idea  how  many   blogs,  posts  and  newspapers  its  been  in  all  over   the  world,  I'm  s7ll  trying  to  find  them  all.  The   buzz  about  the  cake  was  overwhelming  and  the   comments  have  been  brilliant  but  the  real  high   point  for  me  was  when  Duff  Goldman  of  Charm   City  Cakes  -­‐  the  owner  of  the  bakery  in  the  'Ace   of  Cakes'  TV  show  tweeted  out  a  picture  of  my   cake  on  7th  August  to  his  40,000  followers  with   the  word  'AMAZING!!!'  -­‐  I  joined  twiier  just  to   see  it  for  myself!

My company  North  Star  Cakes  began  trading  in   October  2011. Photo credit: Kerry Ann Duffy Photography




Oven thermometer £5.79 Most ovens are not really ever at the temperature that they are displaying- they tend to be several degrees out. This problem can be easily fixed with a cheap and cheerful oven thermometer which can be hung on your oven shelf.


Blue Union Flag Apron £7.49 With the Paralympics starting it it going to be Olympics fever all over again! We are so looking forward to it and even have closing ceremony tickets- so exciting!

Set of three dove cutters £8.50 Buy a set of three PME dove cutters, perfect for vintage and wedding cakes!

100 disposable savoy 21” piping bags £3.50 These are the piping bags that I use for piping buttercream on my cupcakes. Good quality and100 on a roll which lasts you ages- cheapest we could find are on good old ebay!




Oven thermometer £5.79 Most ovens are not really ever Isomalt sticks £10.99 atClear the temperature that they are displaying- they tend to be Easy melt isomalt several degrees out.which This can be poured can intobe moulds problem easily creating fixed with clear sugar decorations. a cheap and cheerful oven Awesome stuff! thermometer which can be hung on your oven shelf.


Pink Cupcake Courier £24.99

Blue Union Flag Apron £7.49 Pale pink cupcake courier which officially holds 3x12 cupcakes With the Paralympics starting it but I manage to squeeze in an it going to be Olympics fever all extra 18 cupcakes in between over again! We are so looking the spaces! forward to it and even have closing ceremony tickets- so exciting! Set of three dove cutters £8.50 Buy a set of three PME dove cutters, perfect for vintage and 10 Gourmet Food Pens £18.99 wedding cakes and cupcakes! A set of 10 pens that can be used for finishing touches to 100 disposable savoy 21” piping sugar decorations. Best used on bags £3.50 dried fondant. These are the piping bags that I use for piping buttercream on my cupcakes. Good quality and100 on a roll which lasts you ages- cheapest we could find are on good old ebay!



The Battle of the MIXERS


KitchenAid vs. Kenwood 110


Our opinion.... I am still deciding which mixer to buy. Can you believe it...I have never owned a stand mixer because I simply don’t know which one I want. Before carrying out the research for this article, I felt that if I bought the Kenwood over the KitchenAid I would be disappointed when I got home...and vice versa! Yes, I drive myself insane when going shopping! I am one of those people that will think about purchasing something...but then wont buy it- come home and be so annoyed at myself for not getting it! So enough about my weird shopping habits and back to mixers. I scoured the internet for hours looking through many different reviews and reading through what seemed like thousands of testimonies on Amazon regarding personal customer experiences. Having gone through so much content, it appeared to me that one mixer did come out slightly on top each time. I was on a mission to find out some of the differences and here is a summary of things that might help you choose which one you will go for, and YES ,I will be letting you know my final decision on the Kenwood vs KitchenAid debate.

KitchenAid - Available in 28 colours - Retro look - Mixer bowl comes with a handle - Blender attachment needs to be bought separately - Used in pretty much all cooking shows on TV- just good product placement marketing though? -There are said to be complaints about after sales service with KitchenAid - Power cable sticks out of the machine - Expensive

Kenwood - Mainly silver although the KMix is available in approximately 11 colours -Sleek modern design - Mixer bowl has no handle - Blender attachment comes included - Better customer services and easier to find parts for machines, even the ancient ones! - Power cable runs through the machine - Cheaper

So from the above, there isn’t really much in it. There isn’t really anything there that makes one machine stand head and shoulders above the other. A lot of the reviews said that the first machine you start with, tends to be the machine you stay with forever. However, the thing that pushed me more towards one machine over the other were the MANY reviews regarding people using Kenwood machines dating back to the 70s and 80s - even the 50s and were still going strong making the odd replacement for parts which are amazingly still readily available. I think design is a big thing as the machines look so different. There was a lot of love hate going on in the reviews that I read and it is just down to personal preference. I personally feel you get more value for your money with Kenwood, and I like the modern design over the retro look. Also that face that so many ancient machines are mixing away gives me some comfort of reliability. Overall, I feel a sense of relief that I have made up my mind that it is KENWOOD all the way. 111


Some of you and your mixers...

Jess Moss

Emma’spongecake Constant

Mamma Jamma Cakes

Mon Cottage Cupcakes


Kelly’s CakeAway

My Cake Away

Suhaav 112


Some of your mixers...

Sweetie’s Cakery (Cake of Trowbridge, Wiltshire)


Lynda’s Celebration Cakes

Thanks for letting us share some of your mixer pictures!!! 113


OUR CLASSES Recent student cakes from Rochelle!


M么n Cottage Cupcakes

Cupcake decorating classes ON ANGLESEY Learn to decorate beautiful cupcakes in our classes suitable for all skill levels. We run lots of different themed classes and would make the perfect gift for someone. *Kids parties and groups catered for too*







Hello everyone, welcome to our August newsletter! For those of you who don’t know, this is what I look like- and for some of you who do know, I hate having my picture taken, so you won’t find



Cakes by Minel


I have been following the stunning bespoke wedding cakes from Cakes by Minel for some time, a worthy cover photo for our feature. These cakes have been clearly made with careful thought, combining detail from wedding



'e li(le Cherry Cake Company Stunning simple design with bold peacock colours cascading delicately down three deep tiers of cake. The Little Cherry Cake DONEC ARCU RISUS DIAM AMET SIT. CONGUE TORTOR CURSUS RISUS NISL, LUCTUS AUGUE



**W#h upon a cupcake**


Pretty in pink, with perfectly perched beautiful bold roses. Wish Upon a Cupcake



Sweetcheeks Bakeh$se


Lovely beach related three tier wedding cake. Just the right number of shells dotted around, with delicate royal iced piped nets cascading all three tiers. Beautiful work! 119


%e Hazelnut Bakery


One of my all time favorite wedding cake designs. Love the use of deep purple for the flowers and clothing detail for the groom. 120


Bella To&a


Beautiful hand painted floral design, on top and bottom tiers of cake. So elegant and beautifully sophisticated.



Cakes by Nina Camberley I love different designed weddings cakes, especially this one. Focal teapot with hand crafted teacup cakes. Beautiful work! Cakes by Nina Camberley


Iced Dreams DOWNHAM Elegant and sophisticated three tiered cake with beautiful pink blossoms decorating the tops of each tier. Iced Dreams Downham

One of my all time favorite weddings cakes.Love the use of deep purple for the flowers flowers clothing detail for the groom.


Scrumpti$s Cakes



Beautiful chocolate wrapped layered cake decorated with fresh berries and flowers. Scrumptious Cakes



Ka'ryns Cakes


Beautiful and elegant three tiered cake, decorated with a fantastic spray of sugar flowers. Lovely! Kathryns Cakes



Roxy Rara


Chocolate wrapped cake, adorned with beautiful fresh berries. Gold detailed chocolate rose finishes off this fantastic cake!



Rosebud Cakes

My favourite indian inspired wedding cake. A beautifully decorated saree cascading down three tiers of cake. Love the gold detailing around the cake and 126


Fancy Cakes by Linda

Action packed and fun James Bond themed wedding cake. Love the One of myplane all time favorite crashed in the side of the weddings cakes.Love use just of cake. Another favorite the of mine, deep purple for the flowers fantastic! Fancy Cakes by detail Linda for the flowers clothing groom.



Fancy Cakes by Linda

Another cake by Linda, superb design- bride and groom combined cake. Clever and beautifully created, I just love the way the board has been decorated and incorporated into the design of the bottom cake-


Coco Blossom Chocolates and Cakes


Chocolate and fresh fruit combination with transfers used for detailing the corners. Lovely alternative to the usual chocolate wraps! 129


Cupcakes by L$#e

Beautiful shades of blue pastels with gorgeous vintage sugar pieces and beautiful ruffles cascading down four tiers of deep sponge.


PetiteSweet ~Cake B)tique



Love the colour combination on this cake. Beautiful green hand painted leaves with deep garnet coloured painted flowers and sugar roses - just a stunning cake.




Three tiers of white chocolate cigerellos finished with chocolate fans and roses. Uniform colour creates a beautiful finished cake!



Doro’s d (cup cakes)

Something different but refreshingly simple- NAKED sponge decorated with fresh fruit and flowers, finished with a dusting of icing sugar. I love this! Doro’s d. (cup) cakes



'e Chocolate Strawberry

Last and by no means least, one of my favourite wedding cake designs with beautiful words adorning the sides of a three tier wedding cake. Love all the work from this



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BREAKING: The Rock Vault Dozen will see twelve jewellers invited to design a ring created from up to an ounce of the precious metal, Palladium. These rings will be showcased, as well as their full collections, in a dedicated exhibit as part of the BFC’s Rock Vault, sponsored by the International Palladium Board and curated by Stephen Webster, during London Fashion Week this September. Read full press release. Spring/Summer 2013 Dates | Shows & Exhibition Friday 14th September - Tuesday 18th September

SHOW TICKET REQUESTS Tickets to catwalk shows and presentations are issued at the discretion of each designer. Please contact the designer's press or sales contact directly for tickets. Contact information can be reached in the links below. DOWNLOAD: Show contacts | Mail merge for buyers | Mail merge for press www.londonfashionweek.co.uk | www.britishfashioncouncil.com

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Situated over two floors of Somerset House, the London Fashion Week Exhibition takes a curated style, with a focus on creating a tailored and visually merchandised feel to the showcase. See the list of designers confirmed so far, including 20 new designers. Exhibition Opening Times 10.00 - 19.00 (early closing at 18.00 on Tuesday) Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA The provisional show schedule for SS13 is live. Philip Treacy will be joining Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and rag & bone as new designers on the schedule. Anya Hindmarch, Moschino Cheap and Chic and Richard Nicoll will now all be showing in a full catwalk slot. New presentations on the schedule include Lucas Nascimento and Marques'Almeida (as part of NEWGEN), Huishan Zhang and Willow. See the schedule | Print the schedule Page 139 Copyright Š British Fashion Council, All rights reserved.

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