Belinda Earl is Style Director at Marks And Spencer and has taken the time to pass on some of her wellness secrets to Detox Health Beauty…
Belinda has worked in retail for many years and has enjoyed some incredible successes. She began her career at Harrods as a graduate trainee, followed by roles in fashion buying and merchandising. She moved on to Debenhams, where she held a number of senior positions and was eventually appointed as their Chief Executive in 2000.
She is now the Style Director at M&S and has been kind enough to give us an interview about wellness, health and beauty.
1) Belinda, please can you tell us about your beauty routine?
I use Clarin’s as my main brand, but I also like to try new formulae of cleanser, toner and moisturiser. One of my new finds is Antipodes Organic Skincare, which was recommended to me by a make-up artist. I have quite sensitive skin so I’m always careful with what I use.
2) Do you have any favourite ‘can’t live without’ beauty products?
3) As style director of M&S, I imagine that you have a very busy working week. What do you do to keep fit and how do you schedule exercise in?
I’m naturally very active.. I see a personal trainer once a fortnight, play golf and have recently started long distance walking, which is a great way to keep fit , catch up with friends and have a goal!
4) How do you relax and destress?
Shopping, dining out, meeting friends, walking, holidays … and nothing beats a long ice-cold gin and tonic!
5) As a mother of two teenage sons, with a successful career, how do you achieve a good work/life balance?
We are quite an organised family and tend to stick to our commitments. My online diary is my saviour along with copious lists!
6) Typically, what do you eat for lunch, especially if you’re on the go?
Sushi or a sandwich.
7) Where do you go in London for a healthy breakfast/lunch?
8) How do you keep healthy habits up while working in an office environment?
I spend quite a lot of time at M&S and we’re very fortunate to have a healthy choice of food in our cafes and restaurants. This includes Head Office too.
9) Where do you buy your ‘active wear’ from?
10) As a successful woman and with what you know now, what advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Take every opportunity as it comes, be confident in your own decisions and not worry too much about what others are doing. I would tell myself in today’s world where social media is so prolific to retain some privacy around your own life and achievements.
11) What’s your idea of a healthy diet?
My typical diet would be granola, yogurt and fruit for breakfast, sushi for lunch and stir-fry for dinner. I eat very little red meat and tend to favour fish. That said, my secret guilty pleasure is a Devon pasty!
12) Do you have a favourite healthy recipe book or recipe?