MAY 2020 - Ballito.Umhlanga

Our May mag is packed with feel-good stories, inspiring personalities, the most dreamy bridal feature, home-made spa recipes that work, special spoils for mom and gorgeous giveaway competitions!

Our May mag is packed with feel-good stories, inspiring personalities, the most dreamy bridal feature, home-made spa recipes that work, special spoils for mom and gorgeous giveaway competitions!


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LIVING<br />

Let’s stay in!<br />

Spa spoils<br />

in your abode<br />

Mama Wanda<br />

changing lives &<br />

improving health<br />


REVAMP<br />


Big and bold or small and intimate . . . inspiration for every bride-to-be<br />


<strong>MAY</strong> <strong>2020</strong>

13<br />

YEARS<br />



Sea views from every angle of this family home which is easy living at its best.<br />

R8 500 000 3 3.5 3 350m 2<br />


Beautiful communal gardens, 2 swimming pools and braai facilities - a short<br />

walk to the beach.<br />

3 2 1 157m<br />

R1 999 000<br />

2<br />



Filled with light, this home offers easy living with a good flow for modern living.<br />

R4 850 000 3 2 2 252m 2<br />

Fiona Crago<br />

082 551 2607<br />

fiona@fionacrago.co.za<br />

Janelle Maritz<br />

083 694 6338<br />

janelle@fionacrago.co.za<br />

Jackie Futter<br />

083 326 7958<br />

jackie@fionacrago.co.za<br />

Invest. Intelligently.<br />

032 946 1439 | www.fionacrago.co.za

GET IT<br />

Editorial<br />

Phone 032 946 0276<br />

Email leah@getitnc.co.za<br />

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National Group Editor and National<br />

Sales Kym Argo<br />

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kyma@caxton.co.za<br />

Distribution<br />

20 000 copies monthly<br />

Get It <strong>Ballito</strong> • <strong>Umhlanga</strong> is distributed<br />

free of charge in <strong>Ballito</strong>, Salt Rock, Umhlali,<br />

Umdloti, <strong>Umhlanga</strong> Rocks, <strong>Umhlanga</strong><br />

Ridge and Gateway<br />

Published by The North Coast Courier<br />

Competition rules<br />

The judges’ decision is final. Prizes cannot be<br />

transferred or redeemed for cash. Competitions<br />

are not open to the sponsors or Caxton<br />

employees or their families. Get It Magazine<br />

reserves the right to publish the names of<br />

winners, who will be contacted telephonically<br />

and need to collect their prizes from Get it <strong>Ballito</strong><br />

branch within 10 days or they will be forfeited.<br />

Prize winners’ names are published on our<br />

Facebook page monthly.<br />

Cover: Pamela McNeil<br />

Shot by: The Shank Tank, www.theshanktank.<br />

com,083 233 9962, @theshanktank<br />

Make up: Pamela McNeil, @_pamjam_<br />

Dress & studio space: Julia Ferrandi<br />

Bridal,juliaferrandi@gmail.com, @juliaferrandi<br />


WHY DON’T YOU…<br />

2 Stay at home and . . . learn to cook, taste some wine, dig in your<br />

garden or enjoy a fabulous read!<br />


6 Floral works of art, gorgeous jewels and comforting treats - spoil<br />

mom this month of May!<br />


8 Celebrating 40 years of success with AMC Hunter<br />

9 Classy Cameron James Real Estate opens up at Simbithi Office Park<br />

PEOPLE<br />

10 Harley-riding mechanical and aeronautical engineer Sonia Gonzalez<br />

breaks all the stereotypes!<br />

12 We talk #momlife in lockdown with 6 North Coast social media<br />

influencers<br />


22 Natural beauty inspiration . . . in the comfort of your home!<br />

FOOD & DRINK<br />

26 Mama Wanda inspires us to keep eating healthy at home . . . try one<br />

of her yummy recipes!<br />

29 Meet your health and wellness needs with the goodness that<br />

comes from Harvest Table<br />


30 Working from home and need a home office revamp? Meet the<br />

dynamic ladies from Dandelion Designs!<br />

32 Add some calm and serenity to your home with shades of indigo...<br />


36 Meet KZN wedding planning guru and owner of Oh Happy Day,<br />

Joelene Botha<br />

38 Inspired by Autumn hues and textures . . . have a look at this<br />

charming, exquisite bridal shoot for dress, floral and makeup ideas!<br />

42 Make sure the shoe fits . . . and that it’s beautiful and on-trend!<br />

44 Capturing the moment is one of the most (if not the most)<br />

important things on your wedding day<br />

TRAVEL<br />

48 If you, like us, adore a good bush escape, then the Kruger Explorer<br />

app is the ultimate must-have accessory!<br />

<strong>MAY</strong> <strong>2020</strong><br />

19887 copies distributed (October - December 2019)<br />

May <strong>2020</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> 01

A hot date!<br />

You don’t have to go out to have fun<br />

Get digging<br />

Get your garden into tip-top shape<br />

before winter with the help of SA’s best<br />

known gardening guru. Gardening<br />

with Keith Kirsten is the latest edition<br />

of this super-helpful book and this one<br />

includes more indigenous species,<br />

locally bred hybrids and water wise<br />

plants. R350.<br />

Play the game<br />

We love a game that’s fun and After Dinner Amusements has a whole<br />

heap to choose from. In Family Time there are 50 thoughtful and playful<br />

questions about the past, present, and future, which should inspire great<br />

family conversations. Other games include Riddle Me This, Name That<br />

Word and Love Trivia. All under R200 each from Exclusive Books, where<br />

you’ll also find other fab choices ... how about Dog Bingo (R385), Dungeons<br />

and Dragons Starter Box (R402), or the old favourite, 30 Seconds Junior<br />

(R584), which is always hugely enjoyable for the whole family.<br />

02 Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> May <strong>2020</strong><br />

Pop the corn ... a trio of box office thrillers<br />

The Informer is about an undercover special ops agent whose life takes a<br />

dramatic turn after he agrees to go to jail to protect his identity and save the lives<br />

of his wife and daughter. Except that things don’t exactly go to plan once he’s in<br />

jail… A solid, entertaining action-thriller.• Golden Globe and Emmy winner, Bruce<br />

Willis, and Chad Michael Murray star in Survive the Night. This film follows a<br />

disgraced doctor and his family who are held hostage at their home by criminals<br />

on the run when a robbery gone awry requires them to seek immediate medical<br />

attention.• Game of Thrones star, Emilia Clarke features in Above Suspicion, a<br />

crime thriller that’s based on the true story of a newly married FBI agent who<br />

starts an illicit affair with an impoverished local woman. She sees in him her<br />

means of escape – instead, it’s a ticket to disaster for both of them. This scandal<br />

shook the foundations of America’s top law enforcement agency, ending in the<br />

first-ever conviction of an FBI agent for murder.<br />

Netflix and chill<br />

‘On June 18, 2019, the Federal Government announced the creation of a 6th major<br />

division of the United States Armed Forces. The goal of the new branch is ‘to defend<br />

satellites from attack’ and ‘perform other space-related tasks’ or something. This is<br />

the story of the men and women who have to figure it out’. The big Netflix comedy<br />

series of <strong>2020</strong> is finally here with Steve Carrell returning for his first TV sitcom<br />

since The Office, in Space Force. Throughout the first 10 episodes, he’ll be<br />

joining up with Greg Daniels in creating another workplace comedy, this time<br />

aimed at the US Space Force regiment. This series receives our one-to-watch of<br />

the month with a huge line-up of stars.<br />

Get your poker face on<br />

Poker. Gin rummy. Cheat. Solitaire. We’ve found the<br />

chirpiest cards ever. These 52 playing cards feature<br />

illustrations of beautiful birds ... from the cheerful red cardinal<br />

to the majestic white swan, the flamboyant great blue turaco<br />

to the imposing California condor, the cards are organised<br />

by colour. Buy them online for R215 from pezulainteriors.<br />

co.za. And for ideas, visit playingcarddecks.com, where you’ll<br />

find a list of more than 40 card games, with links to clear, easy<br />

instructions. A brilliant way to spend an evening.

Invite your friends<br />

over for a wine tasting<br />

May 21 is International Chardonnay<br />

Day ... so why not have a Chardonnay<br />

tasting? Make it fun. Have a blind<br />

tasting (pour the wines into decanters<br />

and label by number, or wrap the<br />

bottles in foil or brown paper bags).<br />

Make sure there are palate cleansers<br />

– water crackers or some lovely fresh,<br />

unbuttered white bread is all you<br />

need. We know you’re meant to sip or<br />

spit ... these are so lovely we’d suggest<br />

the sip route. After the tasting, make<br />

something delicious to enjoy with<br />

your favourite. Here are some to try.<br />

The Christina Chardonnay is a<br />

full-bodied, oak matured, serious<br />

wine to accompany fine food – we’re<br />

talking good shellfish, rich chicken<br />

dishes and creamy pastas. R139.99<br />

• All lime and nectarine, passion fruit<br />

and peach, Zandvliet Chardonnay<br />

is a rich wine that’s lovely with fish<br />

or pork dishes, soufflés and cheese<br />

platters. R125. • A lighter style of the<br />

cultivar can be experienced in the<br />

unwooded, medium-bodied Van<br />

Loveren Chardonnay. It’s delicate<br />

and refreshing, bursting with fruit<br />

flavours. Enjoy with sesame-crusted<br />

chicken strips served on a bed of crisp<br />

salad, cucumber, cherry tomatoes<br />

and a honey balsamic dressing.<br />

R69.99 • Also light is the Tangled Tree<br />

Chardonnay. Only lightly wooded<br />

it’s creamy and full and perfect with<br />

creamy pasta dishes, roast pork, grilled<br />

fish or chicken. R49.99.<br />

Learn to cook ... online<br />

You don’t need to leave home to<br />

become a domestic goddess. Learn to<br />

make sweet treats with Sarah Graham.<br />

Or quick and easy dinners with Kamini<br />

Pather. How about mastering meat<br />

with Peter Goffe-Wood, or being<br />

shown how to whip up indulgent<br />

chocolate creations with Lindt master<br />

chocolatier Dimo Simatos. The<br />

YuppieChef Online Cooking School<br />

offers all these and many more.<br />

Through a series of video tutorials,<br />

you can learn to master the kitchen<br />

from the comfort of your own kitchen,<br />

and at your own pace. Costs vary, but<br />

some come in under R100, many are<br />

in the R285 ballpark, and a few are<br />

free. Details: yuppiechef.com<br />

Bake away<br />

the afternoon<br />

We’ve found a pud with<br />

health benefits. We kid you<br />

not! You’ll find the recipe for<br />

this Roodeberg Rosé Guava<br />

Pavlova on getitmagazine.co.za.<br />

It’s easy, loaded with healthy<br />

guavas and seriously delicious.<br />

May <strong>2020</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> 03

Book club<br />

Mothers, murderers, and raising men this May<br />

Mensa wines are just<br />

perfect for book clubs.<br />

This novel range has been<br />

made to enjoy with a good<br />

read ... just look at the label<br />

and you’ll know we’re right.<br />

This month we’re drinking<br />

the Sauvignon Blanc 2019<br />

– all citrus and tropical<br />

fruit, it’s just lovely. You can<br />

get it for round R80 from<br />

mensawines.com<br />

If you’re a fan of chick lit, you’re obviously a fan of Katie Fforde – so A Springtime<br />

Affair will be a perfect read for May. Revolving around Helena and Gilly, it’s all about<br />

a season of new beginnings ... particularly in the love department! Gilly runs her<br />

own B&B business from her much-loved family home, which she doesn’t want to<br />

part with – at any price. But then she meets handsome estate agent Leo, who soon<br />

has her wondering whether it’s finally time to sell up and try something new in life.<br />

Her daughter, Helena, is also embarking on a budding romance. A talented weaver,<br />

she’s becoming very close to her new landlord, Jago, who’s offered to help her at an<br />

upcoming craft fair that could give her dream career a major boost. With spring in full<br />

bloom, Helena and Gilly begin to ask themselves the same question ... could their new<br />

loves lead to their happily ever after? Light romance ... just lovely. R290 • As the wife of<br />

retired ship’s doctor Dr Henry Parker, Evelyn is living out her twilight years aboard the<br />

Golden Sunset. Every night she dresses for dinner – gown, tiara – and regales her fellow<br />

passengers with stories of a glamorous life travelling the world in luxury, and shows off<br />

her superior knowledge of ships’ customs. When Henry goes missing, Evelyn sets off<br />

to search every part of the grand ocean liner ... from the casino and nightclub to the<br />

off-limits areas. Misadventures are had, new friends are made, scandalous behaviour<br />

noted – all news to Evelyn. If only she could remember the events of the night before<br />

as clearly as she can recall the first time she met Henry on a passage from England<br />

to Australia in 1953, when she fell in love and abandoned her dreams of become a<br />

midwife to be a wife instead. Why, she wonders, is it so hard to forget some things and<br />

so hard to remember others? And where is Henry? Love, memories and a life well lived,<br />

The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker by Joanna Nell is marvellous. R330.<br />

04 Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> May <strong>2020</strong>

A lifetime of love. Six months of<br />

silence. One last chance. For six<br />

months, Maggie and her husband,<br />

Frank, have lived under the same roof,<br />

slept in the same bed and eaten at<br />

the same table. All without words. In<br />

all those months, he hasn’t spoken<br />

to her. She has plenty of ideas as<br />

to why her husband’s gone quiet,<br />

but it will take a heartbreaking turn<br />

of events before Frank finally starts<br />

to unravel the secrets that have<br />

silenced him. With lovable, believable<br />

characters, The Silent Treatment by<br />

Abbie Greaves is about the power of<br />

love and the importance of leaving<br />

nothing unsaid. A really wonderful<br />

weekend read. R299.<br />

As a specialist in palliative medicine,<br />

Dr Rachel Clarke chooses to inhabit<br />

a place many people would find too<br />

tragic to contemplate. Every day<br />

she tries to bring care and comfort<br />

to those reaching the end of their<br />

lives and to help make dying more<br />

bearable. Rachel’s training was put<br />

to the test in 2017 when her beloved<br />

GP father was diagnosed with<br />

terminal cancer. She learned that<br />

nothing – even the best palliative<br />

care – can sugar-coat the pain of<br />

losing someone you love. And yet,<br />

she argues, in a hospice there’s more<br />

of what matters in life – more love,<br />

more strength, more kindness, more<br />

joy, more tenderness, more grace,<br />

more compassion – than you could<br />

ever imagine. For if there’s a difference<br />

between people who know they are<br />

dying and the rest of us, it is simply<br />

this: the terminally ill know their<br />

time is running out, while we live as<br />

though we have all the time in the<br />

world. Dear Life is an amazing book<br />

about the vital importance of human<br />

connection, by the doctor we would<br />

all want by our sides in a time of crisis.<br />

It is a love letter – to a father, to a<br />

profession, to life itself. Around R333.<br />

For more than a decade, international<br />

specialist parent psychologist Megan<br />

de Beyer has held Strong Mothers<br />

– Strong Sons courses ... courses<br />

designed to help those mums (read<br />

all of us!) who find parenting a teen<br />

boy stressful, challenging, confusing<br />

– and sometimes downright<br />

frightening. Now Megan has put her<br />

knowledge, advice and lessons into<br />

How to Raise A Man – the modern<br />

mother’s guide to parenting her<br />

teenage son. It’s crammed with<br />

everything from how to have better<br />

parenting conversations to mistakes<br />

we may be making to respecting<br />

the bro rules, along with handling<br />

anger (his and ours), things all boys<br />

must learn and how to change our<br />

parenting style. There’s info on all<br />

the issues we have to face – sex<br />

and alcohol, addiction and porn,<br />

sexting and defiance (and for all of<br />

those who’re thinking ‘not my boy’ …<br />

you’re probably wrong!). If you’ve a<br />

teen, or an about-to-be-teen son, we<br />

guarantee this will be the one book<br />

you won’t regret buying. R230.<br />

Rose Gold Watts believed she was sick for 18 years. She thought she needed<br />

the feeding tube, the surgeries, the wheelchair. Turns out her mother is a<br />

really good liar. After five years in prison, Patty Watts is finally free. She’s keen<br />

to put old grievances behind her, reconcile with her daughter and care for<br />

her new infant grandson. When Rose Gold agrees to have her mum move in,<br />

all appears to go well. But in truth, Patty wants her daughter back under her<br />

thumb. Rose Gold want’s her mum gone. Forever. In Stephanie Wrobel’s The<br />

Recovery of Rose Gold, it’s mother against daughter. Who’ll win? R290.<br />

May <strong>2020</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> 05

Wish list<br />

We’re wishing for ... a magnificent Mothers’ Day<br />

Daisy plates and dahlia tart trays ... floral works of art<br />

Whimsical. Joyful. Works of art. We’re besotted with these handcrafted<br />

ceramics from Bordallo Pinheiro, each produced using traditional<br />

artisanal techniques. Established in Portugal in 1884 by Raphael Bordallo<br />

Pinheiro, an iconoclastic artist and sculptor, the company has long been known<br />

for its irreverent and bold nature-inspired designs, and what started as a humble,<br />

family-owned business has since flourished into an internationally renowned cult<br />

brand. Now the first dedicated Bordallo Pinheiro store outside Europe has just<br />

opened in Cape Town, but ... yay ... we can order online! And we’re struggling to<br />

know when to stop! We’re obsessed with this Maria Flor Collection – inspired<br />

by the beauty of spring flowers it’s all daisy desert plates and dahlia tart trays,<br />

hollyhock bowls and cosmos cake stands – but there are others that are<br />

equally delightful. The Cineraria Collection features colourful birds perched<br />

on intricately detailed leaves, the Countryside Leaves Collection includes<br />

sweet little leaf-shaped plates adorned with ladybirds, bees and dragonflies.<br />

Visit bordallopinheiro.com ... give yourself a while to browse ... everything’s simply<br />

wonderful. Hint: Start your collection this Mothers’ Day and add to it each year.<br />

Compiled by KYM ARGO<br />

06 Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> May <strong>2020</strong>

Pink quartz Megan<br />

Drops earrings, R350<br />

from della.co.za<br />

For the mum who shouts ‘I’m counting ... One. Two. Three’ ... a Pastel<br />

hourglass, R295 from zarahome.com/za • We’re not always fans of faux<br />

plants, but there are some really realistic ones popping up .... perfect<br />

for a dark corner where fresh just won’t thrive. This artificial ficus pot<br />

plant works well. R260 from Woolworths • Sitting pretty ... we fancy<br />

this blush Tassels linen cushion cover, R479 from zarahome.com/<br />

za • Scent your room with this hand-poured frosted pillar candle,<br />

R75 from Woolies • All in Good Taste is Kate Spade’s completely<br />

charming entertaining guide ... with tips on how to throw chic, stylish<br />

get-togethers. From the drinks and the flowers to the music and the<br />

food, this book throws out stuffy rules and invites in unpretentious<br />

ideas that are easy and fun, but with deliberate polish. Filled with<br />

how-to’s, anecdotes, menus, tips, recipes and a massive dash of style,<br />

the book covers all the essential lost arts, from how to shuck an oyster<br />

to curating a stellar guest list, from dinner-table topics to food photo<br />

etiquette (if there’s no IG, was there even a dinner party?). R474 from<br />

exclusivebooks.co.za • Fresh, whimsical, flirty ... Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau<br />

So Fresh is a firm favourite. R1300 from woolworths.co.za • When we’re<br />

housebound and can’t get fresh flowers, this artificial Isabella orchid<br />

keeps us happy. R 250 from woolworths.co.za<br />

May <strong>2020</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> 07

Toasting<br />

success<br />

Property and commercial law<br />

stalwart Karien Hunter recently<br />

celebrated 40 years of success<br />

with her business AMC Hunter<br />

at a cocktail party at their <strong>Ballito</strong><br />

offices. Guests, including many<br />

of AMC Hunter’s loyal clients and<br />

close friends, enjoyed drinks and<br />

culinary delights created by Karien’s<br />

sister, Elsa Buys.<br />

Loryn van Rooyen, Sandy Manyali, Gail Farndell,<br />

Manuella Botha and Ingrid Meulenaere<br />

Karien Hunter and Elsa Buys<br />

Melody and Gary Russouw<br />

Timia Windvogel<br />

and Kirsten Nobbs<br />

Neels du Plooy, Hennie Lamprecht and Marius de Bruyn<br />

Franz Wimmer and<br />

Tisha Jean-Louis<br />

08 Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> May <strong>2020</strong>

Class &<br />

expertise<br />

Butch James, Ryan Pechey and Peter Cameron<br />

Well known North Coast property<br />

expert Peter Cameron and his<br />

business partner, former Springbok<br />

rugby player Butch James,<br />

opened the doors to their new<br />

property business, Cameron<br />

James Real Estate, at the Simbithi<br />

Office Park recently.<br />

Veloshnee Moodley<br />

and Andrea Drews Vern Vogt and Craig Harris Peter Mills and Maria Merckel<br />

Richard Chennells, Butch James and Peter Cameron<br />

Sarah and Ndaba Mkhize<br />

May <strong>2020</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> 09

Sonia Gonzalez loves spending time on her Harley Davidson<br />

10 Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> May <strong>2020</strong>

In a (wo)man’s world…<br />

She breaks all gender stereotypes and has proven that whatever a man can do, a<br />

woman can do just as well (if not better). Sonia Gonzalez is beautiful with long, curly<br />

hair. She is also the perfect example of a woman making her mark in what is often<br />

considered a ‘man’s world’.<br />

The <strong>Ballito</strong> resident arrives at our<br />

meeting on her sexy motorbike. She<br />

removes her helmet and releases<br />

her long, red curls. The motorbike, I<br />

learn, is a Bonneville Salt Denim Fat<br />

Bob Harley Davidson – a special and<br />

quite rare ride that Sonia bought in<br />

Bloemfontein last year.<br />

“I wasn’t allowed to get a bike<br />

growing up because my dad is a<br />

plastic surgeon and often saw what<br />

bike riders looked like after they had<br />

an accident, if they survived,” says<br />

Venezuelan-born Sonia. But that didn’t<br />

stop her from sneakily completing<br />

her motorcycle licence while living in<br />

France many years later and buying<br />

herself a Honda Shadow. “Being on<br />

a motorbike is total freedom for<br />

me. Knowing that your life is in your<br />

hands and just going for it is a real<br />

adrenaline rush.”<br />

While she was nervous to get a bike<br />

in SA, Sonia couldn’t resist the Fat Bob<br />

and now enjoys slow cruises through<br />

the Midlands and long, scenic drives<br />

to Clarens with her partner, Jacob.<br />

“Being on the open road really allows<br />

the bike to work. You feel the power<br />

of the machine in your hands and<br />

there is a direct connection to the<br />

engine…it’s such an energising<br />

feeling.”<br />

But it’s not just her passion for these<br />

powerful steel horses that sets her<br />

apart from the ‘average’ woman. Her<br />

job is definitely non-traditional for the<br />

fairer sex. “I have loved machines from<br />

a young age. Understanding how<br />

they work fascinates me. Growing up, I<br />

always took things apart and basically<br />

destroyed everything,” she laughs.<br />

When Sonia matriculated at the age<br />

of 16, she went on to complete her<br />

degree in mechanical engineering<br />

I wasn’t allowed to<br />

get a bike growing<br />

up because my dad<br />

is a plastic surgeon<br />

and often saw what<br />

bike riders looked<br />

like after they had<br />

an accident, if they<br />

survived.<br />

and obtain a diploma as an<br />

aeronautical technician. Then, she<br />

set off to England to do her masters<br />

in aerospace proportion and gas<br />

turbines. She landed a job with an<br />

oil and gas company in Europe and<br />

travelled the world working on oil rigs.<br />

Working in such a male-dominated<br />

industry meant Sonia was always met<br />

with surprise, regardless where she<br />

worked. “For Europeans, it is curious to<br />

see a woman in this job. Often, when<br />

I arrived on site, they would look at<br />

me and tell me they were waiting for<br />

the mechanical specialist. They were<br />

always shocked when I told them I<br />

was the specialist! Latin men are quite<br />

‘macho’ and expected me not to be<br />

able to handle the job. Working in<br />

Africa is also different. Here you have<br />

to earn the men’s respect.”<br />

Being the only woman also meant she<br />

felt more pressure to perform, as her<br />

colleagues often expected her to fail.<br />

At times, she had to get creative to<br />

keep up. “Guys are stronger physically,<br />

so I got a mechanical system that<br />

multiplies your strength to help me<br />

work with the heavy machinery. When<br />

they saw how much easier it was to<br />

work with this system, they all wanted<br />

my tools!” Her male colleagues also<br />

know how difficult it is to resist a<br />

pretty lady. “The guys would send me<br />

to go flash my eyelashes to get a job<br />

done faster! We joke about it, but it<br />

works!”<br />

Sonia had her first taste of South<br />

Africa in 2004, when she worked on<br />

a platform offshore of Mosselbay.<br />

While she only got to see the shore<br />

of SA, she was intrigued and wanted<br />

to return. As fate would have it, she<br />

fell in love with a South African and<br />

moved to <strong>Ballito</strong> four years ago. With<br />

both she and her partner working in<br />

the same industry, being on call 24/7<br />

for four weeks at a time and working<br />

all over the world, Sonia decided to<br />

take a much-needed sabbatical a year<br />

and a half ago. “I miss the adrenaline<br />

rush of working on the oil rigs. Always<br />

solving problems and working against<br />

the clock, as time is serious money.<br />

We work under a lot of pressure<br />

because the smallest mistake can end<br />

in catastrophe. Now, I’m keeping busy<br />

with less stressful things.”<br />

With the luxury of having more time,<br />

she hopes to also travel more on her<br />

bike and explore the country. “I would<br />

really like to do the Garden Route,<br />

cruise around the Western Cape and<br />

maybe even go up to to Namibia. It<br />

is such a big, beautiful country and I<br />

hope to see a lot more of it soon.”<br />

May <strong>2020</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> 11


There is no doubt that we are all spending a lot more time on social media these days. In light<br />

of this, and the fact that it is Mother’s Day this month, we decided to find out what some of<br />

our favourite North Coast social media influencers got up to during social distancing.<br />

Text: LEAH SHONE<br />

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@katelovemore<br />

1. Tell us about your family and<br />

your pre-lockdown life? My little pod<br />

consists of myself, my hubby Grant<br />

‘Twiggy’ Baker (current three times<br />

big wave surfer world champion) and<br />

my little girl Billi Bo who is 4 years old.<br />

We are an ocean-loving family and<br />

enjoy lots of time swimming, surfing<br />

and travelling. I am an electrologist<br />

and own Lovemore Aesthetics. Prelockdown<br />

life was pretty ‘normal’,<br />

school run, gym and seeing clients.<br />

Then after school activities or a beach<br />

visit.<br />

2. What has been the biggest<br />

change in your daily life? Learning<br />

to take each day as it comes. My<br />

emotions have been different every<br />

day. Some days I have all the patience<br />

in the world and other days I feel like<br />

a ticking time bomb. When you are<br />

busy it’s just ‘get up and go’, not much<br />

time to think. A lot of feelings have<br />

come up during lockdown. I’ve also<br />

really battled with not being able to<br />

go to the beach for a swim.<br />

3. What role do you think you play<br />


@ka_jillofalltrades<br />

1. Tell us about your family and<br />

your pre-lockdown life? I’m an<br />

optometrist turned stay-at-homemom.<br />

Days usually consist of taxiing<br />

kids to and from their respective<br />

schools and extra murals. A large part<br />

of my day is also allocated to cooking.<br />

Of course I try to keep fit and then<br />

squeeze in shopping and homework!<br />

2. What is the biggest lesson you’ve<br />

learnt through this process? That<br />

we have much more than we really<br />

need, and that we have so much to<br />

be grateful for. But mostly that I can<br />

overcome anything I put my mind<br />

to and that I’m more resilient and<br />

resourceful than I thought.<br />

3. What role do you think you play<br />

as an influencer for other moms<br />

trying to survive this challenging<br />

time? My husband is a doctor and has<br />

been isolating from us because of his<br />

high exposure risk at work. Sharing<br />

this, I see myself as an ‘interactor’,<br />

rather than an influencer. I thrive<br />

on the connections and I hope I’ve<br />

as an influencer for other moms?<br />

First off, I never really considered<br />

myself as an influencer, so thank you!<br />

I hope to drop a little humour into<br />

helped moms stay grounded by<br />

delivering facts and dispelling anxietycausing<br />

myths and untruths. I also<br />

someone’s day. It’s okay to laugh<br />

at yourself or lift someone’s day by<br />

letting them have a laugh at you. I<br />

also like to keep it real!<br />

pride myself on being able to laugh<br />

at myself!<br />

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@the_housewife_diaries<br />

1. Tell us about your family and<br />

your pre-lockdown life? We are a<br />

family of three: my husband Graham,<br />

our 3- year-old son Benjamin and<br />

myself. I am a housewife and stay-athome<br />

mum. My days revolve around<br />

my husband and our son. After the<br />

morning school run I usually hit the<br />

gym, then household errands and<br />

school run again. I make and take<br />

my husband a fresh lunch every day<br />

and we eat together at his office.<br />

Afternoons are for extra murals or play<br />

dates and we end most days with<br />

a drive on the golf cart around our<br />

estate.<br />

2. What has been the biggest<br />

change in your daily life? The first<br />

change I made not to wear a watch<br />

and be too aware of the time. That<br />

has really helped. We have coffee and<br />

rusks in bed in the morning, which<br />

I love. Our days are still productive,<br />

with a workout and run up and down<br />

our driveway with our dog Ollie and<br />

then breakfast and learning and craft<br />

activities with Benjamin whilst my<br />

husband works from home. Between<br />

cooking three meals a day (and<br />

making umpteen snacks), washing<br />

dishes and cleaning up, I am yet to<br />

clean out the cupboards and spring<br />

clean the house like I had visions of<br />

doing!<br />

3. What is the biggest lesson you’ve<br />

learnt through this process? Not to<br />

take anything for granted . . . a simple<br />

smile from a stranger, hugging a<br />

friend hello and even a quick trip to<br />

the grocery shop. I always knew that<br />

quality time was my love language,<br />

but this time together at home has<br />

reinforced that.<br />



@being_maddies_mom<br />

1. Tell us about your family and<br />

your pre-lockdown life. I am a digital<br />

marketing specialist and my husband<br />

Brett is a software developer. We have<br />

a four-year-old daughter, Maddison.<br />

I am also a professional blogger and<br />

social influencer, with over 18 500<br />

followers across my social media<br />

platforms. Our pre-lockdown life was<br />

all about routine. We work full time<br />

and Maddie spends half the day at<br />

school and the rest with our full time<br />

domestic. Brett and I and take turns<br />

taking her to extra-murals. We love<br />

family date nights at restaurants and<br />

braais with friends.<br />

2. What is the biggest lesson you’ve<br />

learnt through this process? Grace!<br />

To accept it, extend it and relish in it.<br />

The massive shock that has been our<br />

new reality has been frightening for<br />

us all. Life as we knew it changed in an<br />

instant and the fear, anxiety and panic<br />

settled in. Amidst it all though, I keep<br />

reminding myself to extend grace<br />

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towards my husband, my daughter<br />

and most importantly, myself.<br />

3. What role do you think you play<br />

as an influencer for other moms?<br />

Moms are spending more time on<br />

social media than ever before, seeking<br />

comfort and looking to relate to<br />

other moms. I believe it is hugely<br />

important not to portray an unrealistic<br />

state of being. It is okay to admit we<br />

are failing, we are scared, we aren’t<br />

coping...because chances are we are<br />

all feeling the same way and can find<br />

comfort in knowing we can relate to<br />

each other.


@domi.roux.yoga / @<br />

ourafricanfootprints<br />

1. Tell us about your family and your<br />

pre-lockdown life. We are a family<br />

of five: my husband Brett, our almost<br />

3-year-old son, Roan and our two<br />

French bulldog children, d’Artagnan<br />

and Bijou. Brett and I run a travel<br />

business called Our African Footprints,<br />

curating travel into Africa and the<br />

Indian Ocean Islands. My days are a<br />

balancing act between my two roles!<br />

Late afternoons are sacred family time<br />

for us, with long sunset walks with our<br />

frenchies. After Roan is asleep Brett<br />

and I end our day with a meditation.<br />

2. What has been the biggest<br />

change in your daily life? We design<br />

travel for a living and with both the<br />

travel ban and lockdown our business<br />

(like many others) has been put on<br />

hold. Instead of curating travel, we are<br />

making arrangements for our current<br />

travellers during this unforeseen time,<br />

as well as being playschool teacher<br />

and home-maker. I try to remember<br />

that it is not about the need to always<br />

‘do’, but rather that it is important to<br />

just ‘be’.<br />

3. What is the biggest lesson you’ve<br />

learnt through this process? I read a<br />

quote recently which really sums up<br />

one important lesson: ‘Sometimes the<br />

fastest way to get there is to go slow’.<br />

This resonated with me. Sometimes<br />

life slows us down because it is<br />

exactly what we need in order to<br />

re-focus, decompress and to prioritise<br />

what is truly important for us as well<br />

as the collective.<br />


@magssouthafrica<br />

1. Tell us about your family and your<br />

pre-lockdown life. Our daily life was<br />

all about routine and deadlines. Rush<br />

from 5.30am with school run and<br />

gym and then off to interior design<br />

meetings, site meetings and supplier<br />

meetings. Voicenotes while driving,<br />

answering school WhatsApp’s and<br />

then changing caps and my role at<br />

East Coast radio. Home to my son for<br />

bed and story time and then finally<br />

settling with a glass of wine and a big<br />

fat sigh!<br />

2. What has been the biggest<br />

change in your daily life? So<br />

much! And I know it’s the same for<br />

other parents . . . simple things like<br />

not being able to jump in your car<br />

and having to navigate your way<br />

around getting food and essentials.<br />

Homeschooling and working at the<br />

same time (HOLY MOLY!) and figuring<br />

out video meetings and being patient<br />

with those who are not tech-savvy.<br />

Easter weekend hurt for us. We are<br />

a huge family who love to hug and<br />

fight all the time, and we are always<br />

around each other. Not being with my<br />

family has been hard.<br />

3. What is the biggest lesson you’ve<br />

learnt through this process? That<br />

we become extremely self-centred in<br />

our lives (I’m talking about myself too).<br />

Often I have had to sit myself down<br />

and look outwards, realising its not a<br />

‘me, me, me’ situation. Everyone is in<br />

this and there are families without<br />

food and even kids in my son’s class<br />

who cannot do work due to lack<br />

of resources. I have been forced to<br />

stop being so damn self-centred and<br />

put my eyes on those who support.<br />

Ultimately, lockdown has taught me<br />

to be a lot less selfish and a lot more<br />

patient!<br />

May <strong>2020</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> 15

Posh pooch<br />

portraits<br />

If you believe your bougie<br />

poodle is a reincarnation<br />

of Marie Antoinette, or<br />

your dashing Doberman is<br />

the spirit animal of Game<br />

of Thrones hero, Jon Snow,<br />

then you better sign your<br />

furries up for a pet portrait.<br />

Text: ELANA WAGNER<br />

<strong>Umhlanga</strong> musician Bruce McNabb<br />

(formerly a member of a heavy metal<br />

band called Become the Watcher) left<br />

the corporate world to start an online<br />

work wear company, while being<br />

a single father to his four-year-old<br />

daughter, Morgan.<br />

He is also the founder of Pet Portraits,<br />

a quaint, online business that started<br />

as a quirky birthday present for his<br />

brother. “My brother refers to his<br />

dog, Billy, as Sir William of Everton.<br />

I decided to do a portrait of Billy<br />

that represented his name as a<br />

birthday present,” says Bruce, who has<br />

brought his handsome<br />

companion, a twoyear-old<br />

Schnorkie<br />

(Schnauzer cross<br />

Yorkie) named<br />

Duke along<br />

for our coffee<br />

meeting.<br />

Never<br />

did Bruce<br />

imagine that<br />

he would<br />

suddenly be<br />

flooded with<br />

requests for<br />

similar ‘pet portraits’.<br />

After doing a little<br />

research Bruce realised that<br />

no one in South Africa did these kinds<br />

of portraits and this was a gap for him<br />

to take. “I have always wanted to start<br />

a fun business as a hobby and this<br />

was the perfect opportunity.”<br />

Luckily, having a portrait made does<br />

not require your pet to sit still and<br />

majestically stare into the distance<br />

while being painted. Instead, you<br />

simply pop to their website, choose<br />

the body style that you think best<br />

suits your pooch’s personality, submit<br />

the name and send through three<br />

different head shots of your pet. “I<br />

work with two designers and together<br />

we create the digital artwork. We like<br />

to make each portrait unique, so we<br />

sometimes tweak the body a bit and<br />

then choose the head shot that we<br />

feel best represents your pet.”<br />

The next step is the frame – an<br />

important feature to complete the<br />

look. “You can’t have a renaissance<br />

painting with a modern frame. I highly<br />

recommend going for a vintage frame<br />

look.” Once the portrait is complete,<br />

it is packaged and sent to the doting<br />

dog owner or ‘cat servant’, as<br />

Bruce says refers to them<br />

after having done a<br />

portrait of two elegant<br />

cats, transforming<br />

them into a king<br />

and a knight. They<br />

even did a portrait<br />

for a celebrity pet,<br />

Bowie, whose mom is ECR presenter<br />

Jane Linley-Thomas. A second portrait<br />

has already been commissioned by<br />

the extra-ordinary radio personality.<br />

“It’s really great to see clients returning<br />

for more portraits. We are currently<br />

working on new themes to keep the<br />

experience fresh and exciting. Our<br />

new Game of Bones theme has been<br />

quite a hit. We have already done a<br />

Cersei Lannister and a Jon Snow.”<br />

What he loves most about the little<br />

business is how happy it makes his<br />

clients. “People love their pets and<br />

seeing how much they enjoy the<br />

portraits of their pets is so satisfying<br />

for me. It is a real feel-good little<br />

business. It is often quite emotional<br />

too, especially if people have made<br />

the portrait as a tribute to their pet<br />

once they have passed away. It<br />

immortalises them in the home.”<br />

Details: www.petportraits.co.za or<br />

Instagram: @petportraitssa<br />

17 Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> May <strong>2020</strong>



LOCK DOWN.<br />




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A youth orchestra of our own<br />

Music brings people together. It gives hope, lifts spirits and opens up a world of<br />

possibilities. What more could we ask for then, than for our youth to have their very<br />

own Dolphin Coast Youth Orchestra? <strong>Ballito</strong> composer, conductor, orchestrator and<br />

songwriter Kelsey Rogers is making this happen.<br />

he Dolphin Coast Youth<br />

Orchestra (DCYO) is an<br />

opportunity for musicians<br />

within the community to<br />

come together, learn and<br />

share their passion for music.<br />

This is according to its founder, highly<br />

experienced musician Kelsey Rogers,<br />

who grew up on the North Coast. As<br />

a former Umhlali Prep and Crawford<br />

North Coast pupil, Kelsey says she<br />

knew from about the age of 16 that<br />

she wanted to make a career out of<br />

her music.<br />

“I was lucky enough to be given<br />

the opportunity to study at the<br />

prestigious Berklee College of Music<br />

in the USA. I pursued my music career<br />

and graduated in Composition and<br />

Conducting at Berklee in the US<br />

before going on to attain my Master’s<br />

Degree in Composing Music for<br />

Film, TV and Interactive Media at the<br />

Berklee Master’s Campus in Spain.”<br />

A full-time composer, Kelsey works<br />

with international clients from around<br />

the world, but says she now wants to<br />

share her passion for music with the<br />

Dolphin Coast youth.<br />

“Our vision is to create a space for<br />

music to be played and experienced<br />

together. Playing in an orchestra, for<br />

every young musician, will enhance<br />

their cognitive abilities and provide<br />

them an opportunity to perform and<br />

improve on so many levels. My desire<br />

is to share my knowledge with the<br />

musicians and show them the endless<br />

possibilities within the music industry.”<br />

The main purpose for starting the<br />

orchestra, Kelsey says, is to provide the<br />

opportunity for local musicians to get<br />

involved and come together. “After all<br />

the hours and dedication they spend<br />

alone practicing on their instruments,<br />

they can now come together and<br />

experience a new aspect, purpose<br />

and direction for their playing.<br />

And while it may seem like the<br />

current global crisis and need for<br />

social distancing may get in the way<br />

of this, Kelsey is determined not to<br />

see that happen. “Our orchestra will<br />

continue regardless of the current<br />

situation. We are still playing together,<br />

we’re just doing it online. I believe<br />

that this is a time where music can<br />

unite us. It’s a great time in fact for<br />

others to join, as it gives the youth<br />

an outlet and a way to do what they<br />

love, while still allowing them to stay<br />

at home. It gives them something to<br />

look forward to as well when school<br />

does return and we can go back to<br />

meeting in person.<br />

The DCYO comes together every<br />

Thursday from 4.30pm to 6pm at<br />

Ashton International School in<br />

<strong>Ballito</strong> (or via an online application<br />

where they can all play together<br />

without delays). They have a range<br />

of instruments, including clarinets,<br />

violins, saxophones, piano, guitar/<br />

bass, percussion and drums. “We<br />

come together to learn new pieces,<br />

how to work together to understand<br />

what our role is when we plan and<br />

how to harness and express different<br />

emotions, etc.” The orchestra is open<br />

to youngsters from the age of 7 to 21<br />

years old.<br />

Details: dcyorchestra@gmail.com<br />

May <strong>2020</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> 19

HOME SPA<br />

Can’t get to the spa? Take an afternoon for me-time and spoil yourself at home<br />

The best spoil, we think, is a great<br />

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Give nature a helping hand with<br />

Filorga NCEF-Night Mask ... an ultra<br />

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Comfy clothes rule. Keep warm and cosy in this v-neck knit and casual<br />

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Peach, orange, gardenia ... fragrance your<br />

bathroom with this Pure Gardenia reed<br />

diffuser which, left open, lasts about a month.<br />

R399 from zarahome.com<br />

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Gypsy Water is a glamorisation of the<br />

Romany way of life, and the scent of fresh<br />

soil, deep forests and camp fires<br />

illustrates the dream of a free,<br />

colourful lifestyle close to nature.<br />

Use on warm skin as you get out<br />

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This Chamomile body soap has<br />

essential oils – mandarin, lemon<br />

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The olive and coconut oil are<br />

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Repair Creme firms<br />

and rejuvenates –<br />

and with argan oil to<br />

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R2050 from<br />

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Gorgeously honey scented NUXE Reve<br />

de Miel face & body ultra rich cleansing<br />

gel is perfect for dry and sensitive skin ... an<br />

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All natural, Skin Creamery<br />

Facial Cleansing Powder<br />

is a magic dust you can<br />

use daily as an exfoliating<br />

cleanser or weekly as a<br />

restorative face mask by<br />

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R341 from skincreamery.<br />

co.za • Can’t do a spoil<br />

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Luxurious Jo Malone<br />

London Red Roses<br />

home candle, R950 from<br />

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After your bath, slip on a pair of faux<br />

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May <strong>2020</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> 22

YOU ARE<br />

THEIR<br />


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of the amazingly creative and<br />

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Live for the story_

Treat mum<br />

Amazing gifts for mum ... and she can<br />

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When you’ve a mum worth treating (oh, we do!), or if<br />

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vegan and beautiful. Looking<br />

gorgeous never felt this good.<br />

Details: lulafox.life • Home-lovers would<br />

appreciate one of Volpes’ luxurious and<br />

cosy Shimmersoft throws ... the perfect<br />

accessories for the back of a sofa or the end<br />

of the bed, just within reach to wrap round<br />

shoulders on a chilly day. Details: volpes.co.za<br />

• If mum’s up for a party (yes, please!), offer her a<br />

Copper Head London Dry Gin. Juniper + coriander<br />

seeds + angelica + cardamom + orange peel = the<br />

perfect gin for sundowners • Prefer the idea<br />

of locally forged fynbos and honeybush?<br />

Then Bloedlemoen (pronounced Blue’d<br />

Le Moon) is a superb choice ... the first<br />

blood orange gin in the world and the<br />

fruit is locally sourced from growing<br />

partners in the Cape. And seriously, what<br />

would a gift be without bubbles? Not<br />

much of a gift at all. So add a bottle of<br />

premium, exceptionally-made, genuine<br />

Italian Mionetto Prosecco. to your gift.<br />

Details: trumanandorange.com. We have a<br />

fantabulous hamper to give away this May<br />

... something special from each of these<br />

brilliant brands. To stand in line to win,<br />

simply visit our Get It National Magazines<br />

page on Facebook, find our Treat Mum<br />

post, tag a friend and you’ll be in the draw.<br />

Entries close May 31.<br />

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Instead of baking endless banana loaves (what’s up with that anyway?) and then<br />

agonizing over all the ‘bad stuff’ you’ve eaten while social distancing, why not take a<br />

few tips from North Coast meal plan designer and nutritional coach Wanda Du Toit.<br />

Text: LEAH SHONE<br />

There is no question that we have all<br />

been spending a lot more time in our<br />

kitchens lately - we’ve kind of had to!<br />

The question though, is whether or<br />

not we’ve been spending it correctly.<br />

Wanda, or MamaWanda as she’s now<br />

known, believes all this extra time in<br />

our kitchens is providing us with the<br />

ideal opportunity to fuel our bodies<br />

with things that will make us stronger<br />

and healthier.<br />

Having walked her own difficult path<br />

with weight fluctuations and fad<br />

dieting, Wanda says her biggest goal<br />

is to help others break bad habits and<br />

become the best possible versions of<br />

themselves.<br />

Originally from Durban, Wanda<br />

lost the lining in her stomach after<br />

being given four antibiotics without<br />

probiotics when she was 14 years<br />

old. “I battled for the next ten years<br />

to digest most foods. My mom and<br />

I went on a journey to try and heal<br />

my gut, but I struggled to follow the<br />

correct way of eating, which made the<br />

healing process much longer than it<br />

should have been,” she says.<br />

After many years and much reading<br />

and experimentation, Wanda has<br />

finally repaired her relationship with<br />

food and found freedom in her new<br />

lifestyle choices. And now she wants<br />

to help others find their way too.<br />

Her goal, she says, is to help people<br />

move away from diets, hunger and<br />

food obsessions and ultimately<br />

discover a new, healthier lifestyle. “By<br />

choosing low carb foods and good<br />

fats I managed to regulate my weight,<br />

improve my health and have loads<br />

more energy than before! And now<br />

my clients (and even some of my<br />

family members) are experiencing the<br />

same results!”<br />

Wanda offers a variety of services,<br />

including consultations, personalised<br />

meal plans, recipes, treats, planning,<br />

prepping and inspiration. “My<br />

nutritional lifestyle has been a long<br />

journey of learning and researching<br />

over the last 20-odd years. I don’t have<br />

any formal training, but I love finding<br />

solutions, seeing people well and free<br />

from sickness.”<br />

Working with her clients to choose<br />

the best recipes and meal plans for<br />

their blood types (in a low carb, good<br />

fat table), Wanda helps them find a<br />

plan that is practical and easy for them<br />

to stick to.<br />

“I give them the personally packaged<br />

vitamins and Kombucha for the<br />

mornings, I supply them with the<br />

cleanest and best protein powder,<br />

cacao nutty muesli and even protein<br />

Belgian chocolate biscuits, which are<br />

so delicious!”<br />

Wanda believes this is the perfect time<br />

for people to make changes for the<br />

better when it comes to their eating<br />

habits. “There couldn’t be a better<br />

time than this to make some changes<br />

health wise. A healthy gut will put you<br />

ahead of the rest by far!”<br />

Details:http://crossoversa.co.za/<br />

mama-wanda/<br />

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MamaWanda’s healthy<br />

recipes to try at home:<br />


PEPPER <strong>MAY</strong>ONNAISE<br />

Serves 4<br />

(You will need to cook about two<br />

medium sweet potatoes for this<br />

recipe)<br />

415g can salmon, drained<br />

1 cup mashed sweet potato<br />

2 tbsp coconut or almond milk<br />

1 small (80g) onion, grated<br />

½ tsp grated lime rind<br />

1 tbsp chopped fresh chives<br />

1 tsp chopped fresh dill<br />

1 egg white<br />

¼ cup (40g) almond flour<br />

PEPPER <strong>MAY</strong>ONNAISE<br />

1 medium (200g) red peppers<br />

½ cup (125ml) MamaWanda salad<br />

dressing<br />

1 tsp Xylitol<br />

¼ cup (60ml) double cream yogurt<br />

1 tsp chopped fresh dill<br />

Wanda du Toit encourages us to use<br />

this time at home to eat healthily<br />

and look after ourselves<br />

1) Combine salmon, potato, milk,<br />

onion, rind, herbs and egg white in a<br />

bowl; mix well. Shape mixture into 8<br />

patties, coat with polenta, place on<br />

oven tray coated with coconut oil;<br />

refrigerate for 30 minutes.<br />

2) Bake, uncovered, in hot oven about<br />

15 minutes or until browned and hot,<br />

turn over halfway through cooking.<br />

Serve with pepper mayonnaise<br />

3) Pepper mayonnaise: quarter<br />

pepper, remove seeds and<br />

membranes. Grill pepper, skin side<br />

up, until skin blisters and blackens.<br />

Peel skin, chop peppers. Blend or<br />

process pepper, dressing and Xylitol<br />

until smooth. Add yogurt, process<br />

until combined. Stir in dill.<br />



3 sachets of XO protein powder<br />

1 tsp baking powder<br />

2 tsp Xylitol<br />

1 large egg<br />

1 tsp Macadamian nut oil or melted<br />

butter<br />

4 Tbsp water or coconut/almond<br />

cream/milk<br />

½ tsp vanilla extract<br />

Mix dry ingredients.<br />

Beat egg, oil and water well.<br />

Mix together.<br />

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Text: ELANA WAGNER<br />


After an unexpected Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis at only 20 years old, Catherine<br />

Clark felt she had the opportunity to start again when she was declared cancer free.<br />

She knew that this time, she wanted to treat herself better.<br />

When she embarked on her new<br />

healthier life focus, the chartered<br />

accountant at HG Physio in <strong>Umhlanga</strong><br />

made it her mission to learn and<br />

research different schools of thought<br />

and gather as much information as<br />

possible.<br />

Catherine had heard a lot of talk<br />

about collagen and bone broth,<br />

which sparked her interest. “We no<br />

longer get enough collagen in our<br />

diets because we don’t eat enough<br />

collagen meats the way our greatgreat<br />

grandparents did. Unlike our<br />

ancestors, we don’t consume the<br />

animal from head to tail, which means<br />

we are missing out on the majority of<br />

the collagen that is found in the parts<br />

we no longer eat,” says the mother of<br />

11-year-old Josh and eight-year-old<br />

Ella.<br />

As you age, she explains, the collagen<br />

in your body decreases and the ‘signs<br />

of ageing’ start to kick in. “As early<br />

as your 30s, you may already start<br />

experiencing weakening muscles,<br />

joint pain, wrinkles and perhaps even<br />

gastrointestinal problems. These are<br />

not only symptoms of getting older,<br />

they can also be key indicators that<br />

your body lacks collagen.” Catherine<br />

was starting to feel the signs of early<br />

onset arthritis in her fingers and<br />

was keen to try collagen and bone<br />

broth to see if it would help. “I saw<br />

dramatic changes from the collagen,<br />

but struggled with the bone broth.<br />

It seemed ridiculous to boil bones all<br />

the time! I don’t have the time and it<br />

smells. You also have to be so careful<br />

where the bones come from.”<br />

She discovered that America had a<br />

good, powdered bone broth, which<br />

was a game changer. “I don’t digest<br />

meat well, so it was life changing for<br />

me to have this protein form. Being<br />

able to add it to a smoothie, soup or<br />

stew made it so easy to incorporate<br />

into a busy lifestyle, while knowing it<br />

win<br />

is giving my family and me what we<br />

needed.”<br />

Thrilled with the positive effects of<br />

the powdered form, Catherine felt<br />

frustrated that these additive, gluten<br />

and sugar-free products were not<br />

available locally. She decided to<br />

change that. “I had a driving passion<br />

to start a business and help educate<br />

and encourage people to realise<br />

that they could also reach their full<br />

potential in health and wellness.” The<br />

Harvest Table was born in 2018 and<br />

her dream was starting to become a<br />

reality. “Building a business based on<br />

integrity and with a greater purpose<br />

than financial gain is a non-negotiable<br />

for me. Our vision is to not only<br />

create beautiful, pure, wholesome<br />

products that are hand-packaged<br />

earth-consciously, but to also create<br />

employment and shift the lives of our<br />

customers positively by educating<br />

them and helping them to make<br />

better food choices daily.”<br />

Besides the collagen granules and<br />

pure bone broth powder, Harvest<br />

Table have now extended their range<br />

to include mushroom powders, too.<br />

“Mushrooms are powerful for cancer<br />

prevention and heart and brain<br />

health, so we are really excited about<br />

this new product.”<br />

As a momtrepreneur, Catherine says<br />

the constant juggle between roles<br />

and the challenges of owning your<br />

own business make for tough times<br />

that require her to dig extra deep<br />

to stay positive. It is at these times<br />

when her clients’ positive feedback<br />

really motivates her to continue.<br />

“Hearing that people are doing better<br />

makes everything worth it. Making<br />

our health a priority should not wait<br />

until we are older and our quality of<br />

life starts deteriorating. Don’t wait for<br />

aching joints or sagging skin to start<br />

adding collagen to your diet. Luckily,<br />

you can now do it without blocking<br />

your nose to swallow a pig’s heart to<br />

get your dose of collagen!”<br />

Details: Stockists: <strong>Umhlanga</strong><br />

Spar, Park Square Spar and Mount<br />

Edgecombe Spar, Azhiko and<br />

Lifestyle Health or shop online: www.<br />

harvesttable.co.za, Instagram: @the_<br />

harvest_table<br />

WIN one of The Harvest Table starter<br />

kits valued at R775 each! Enter<br />

on our website. www.getitmagazine.co.za/<br />

ba llito-umhlanga/<br />

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When the whole world is called to stay at (and work from) home, functional and inviting<br />

home office spaces suddenly become crucial. We caught up with two North Coast moms<br />

and interior designers, who recently created an inspiring office space in a local home.<br />

Having both worked and travelled<br />

abroad extensively, Dandelion<br />

Designs owners Caryn Overton and<br />

Katherine McKintoshw have a wealth<br />

of experience and skill in the art of<br />

making a space both functional and<br />

beautiful.<br />

When the two met in Mtunzini in<br />

2014 and then decided to join forces<br />

in 2016, they quickly realised how<br />

their unique strengths were able to<br />

complement each other. “We have<br />

a shared work ethic and passion<br />

for what we do. Our different styles<br />

and strengths allow for a fuller<br />

understanding and interpretation<br />

of what our clients want. We work<br />

together on all our projects,” says<br />

Caryn.<br />

As working mothers, both say owning<br />

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their own business is a blessing,<br />

allowing them the flexibility they<br />

need to be able to be involved and<br />

present in their kids’ lives.<br />


One of their most recent projects<br />

was a revamp of a home office for a<br />

working mother who owns a beautiful<br />

ladies active wear brand. A surfer who<br />

is passionate about the ocean, the<br />

client wanted to create an inspiring<br />

and calming home office that could<br />

double as a small showroom for her<br />

range. “Drawing inspiration from the<br />

ocean, we found this amazing wall<br />

mural, which made our client feel<br />

like she was literally in her ‘happy<br />

place’... at back line on a surfboard,”<br />

says Caryn. “We wanted the space<br />

to be beautiful but also completely<br />

functional. We worked with the client<br />

and a local furniture manufacturer<br />

(Howie & Co) to design two lovely<br />

storage units with hanging rails to<br />

display her range, as well as shelves<br />

for personal photos and special items.”<br />

The team re-sanded the beautiful<br />

parquet floors and added a huge<br />

cork wall for her to use as her ‘think<br />

wall’ for brainstorming new ranges<br />

and adding inspirational quotes and<br />

images. They also added a big Ficus<br />

plant to give the feeling of bringing<br />

nature indoors. “The project had to be<br />

very carefully organized and installed,<br />

as the client needed to be working<br />

throughout the process.<br />

Details: Dandelion Designs: www.<br />

dandelionsa.co.za; 072 825 8418

The team worked with the client and a local<br />

furniture manufacturer Howie & Co to design<br />

storage units with hanging rails to display her range.<br />



When planning your home office, take<br />

time to ask yourself these five very<br />

important questions:<br />

1. Where are you going to have your<br />

home office set up?<br />

This needs to be an area that is<br />

(preferably) away from your living<br />

spaces (bedroom, lounge, kitchen)<br />

to allow for little distraction when<br />

working. This also helps to separate<br />

downtime from work time. If we have<br />

our offices near living areas, you may<br />

be tempted to ‘just quickly check<br />

your email’ or ‘just finish that one<br />

task’. There also needs to be sufficient<br />

electrical supplies and good WiFi<br />

reception in this area.<br />

2. What are all the practical items<br />

you require in your work space?<br />

Do you need a computer or laptop? A<br />

printer? Stationery, a diary and a desk<br />

planner? Keep these to the absolute<br />

‘must haves’ to ensure you keep your<br />

office space clear and uncluttered.<br />

3. What will you be doing in your<br />

office?<br />

Are you a creative who needs areas to<br />

doodle, make notes and pin ideas? Do<br />

you have samples you need on hand?<br />

Do you need to have access to files<br />

through out the day? Do you need a<br />

calender or scheduling board? This<br />

will affect how you plan your space<br />

and storage.<br />

4. Will you be having online meetings?<br />

This will determine your office<br />

backdrop, which will need to be clean<br />

and professional.<br />


This will help with creating a space<br />

that makes you feel motivated and<br />

comfortable.<br />

May <strong>2020</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> 31

Indigo autumn<br />

Bring shades of blue and touches of metallic into your<br />

home for spaces that ooze a calm and collected air<br />

Imagine a table setting with<br />

out-of-this-world Moon crockery.<br />

Gorgeous. Individually priced from<br />

R95, available from weylandts.co.za<br />

Wall statements<br />

... beautiful<br />

imperfection<br />

wall art ... all<br />

muted tones<br />

on linen, with a<br />

wooden frame.<br />

R10999 from<br />

weylandts.co.za<br />

Cosy blankets<br />

for when the<br />

nights turn cool ...<br />

ribbed navy knit<br />

blanket, R1799 and<br />

geometric blanket,<br />

R799, both from<br />

zarahome.com/sa<br />

Contemporary brass<br />

tray table, originally<br />

designed for display<br />

of whisky decanters<br />

and cut crystal<br />

glasses. R10 000 from<br />

anatomydesign.co.za<br />

Whether you have a sea or land view,<br />

this restful all white room with touches of peaceful<br />

blue works beautifully in a bedroom. This space designed by<br />

the talented Private House team. Details: privatehouse.co.za<br />

32 Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> May <strong>2020</strong>

Polka dot tapas bowls are not only<br />

lovely decor pieces but jolly useful,<br />

too. R69.95 from Woolies.<br />

Blue and white geometric zigzag cushion cover,<br />

R799 from zarahome.com/za<br />

For a<br />

bottle<br />

of wine<br />

that’s<br />

extra<br />

special, we<br />

love this<br />

Lapiz bottle<br />

stopper, R145 from<br />

weylandts.co.za<br />

Breakfast, dinner, or an<br />

afternoon tea in bed.<br />

Folding tray, R999 from<br />

zarahome.com/za Glass bud vase, R9.99<br />

from Mr Price Home<br />

Compiled by: KATE ARGO<br />

May <strong>2020</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> 33




If not why not let it be to come out of this social distancing<br />

<strong>2020</strong> looking completely refreshed, revived and to reverse<br />

the aging clock?<br />

Institute of Aesthetics have so much to offer, accommodating<br />

all budgets… many are feeling anxious, stressed, tired and<br />

needing ‘me time’ (after being cooped up at home), you need<br />

self-care, rejuvenation something we can offer to get your glow<br />

back! While we are all encouraged to maintain social distancing<br />

and work from home as much as possible - it may be the right<br />

time for some to have a procedure with a little bit of down<br />

time - as you won’t be socialising and can stick to the<br />

recommended pre and post procedure care. No need to worry<br />

about bruising or a few scabs - therefore procedures like<br />

plasma pen, threads may be more of an option, and some<br />

peeling won’t be a problem. It’s an ideal time to start an<br />

aesthetic / skincare journey. This takes time to start seeing<br />

significant results but after 3 months you will see the results.<br />

A tired, angry, anxious look? We have you covered, Science<br />

suggests botulinum toxin / wrinkle relaxing injections can<br />

improve your mood and enhance positivity and ward off<br />

depression, give it a try with us!<br />


Pricing is per a session , book six or more<br />

session and receive a further 20% off.<br />

Eyes - R 250 per session<br />

Full face - R600 per session<br />

Full arms/tummy/full legs - R500 per session<br />

Combined therapy with peels offered, ask for<br />

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be needed.<br />

Something great for all skin types, skincare<br />

beginners who have never had a peel, dull,<br />

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and a great introductory peel is the Mesoestetic<br />

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Shop 2E & 3E, The Pearls, 4th Floor, 6 Lagoon Drive, <strong>Umhlanga</strong> Rocks<br />

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Photo: Peppermint Pix<br />

Photography, www.<br />

peppermintpix.co.za,<br />

peppermintpixstudio@<br />

gmail.com, 073 244 8854<br />

BRIDAL<br />

feature<br />

Whether you’re planning (or re-planning) your special day, or you have<br />

just got engaged and need a little bridal inspiration, we’ve rounded up<br />

some beautiful imagery, gorgeous trends and advice and information<br />

from a few North Coast Wedding experts.

The happiest of days<br />

Bubbly, full of enthusiasm and focus and absolutely passionate about what she does . . .<br />

meet award-winning wedding coordinator and successful business owner, Joelene Botha.<br />

You might think it a bit odd that<br />

someone with a degree in history and<br />

psychology from Rhodes University<br />

and a background in corporate<br />

sales decided to become a wedding<br />

planner. But then you obviously<br />

haven’t met Oh Happy Day founder<br />

and owner, Joelene.<br />

Joelene absolutely loves everything<br />

about weddings. Proof of this might<br />

be the fact that she has been a<br />

bridesmaid 13 times ... or the fact that<br />

she and her husband Stefan actually<br />

had two weddings! We caught up<br />

with the former Zululand girl to<br />

find out a little more about why she<br />

decided to ‘follow her bliss’.<br />




I think my love for events and<br />

weddings began when I was a little<br />

girl. I always dreamed of being a<br />

flower girl (which little girl doesn’t?).<br />

I often joke now that I’m going to<br />

overtake Katherine Heigl in the movie<br />

27 Dresses, because I’ve been a<br />

bridesmaid more than 13 times! I also<br />

worked on events at varsity and in my<br />

corporate career, all of which helped<br />

me understand the fundamentals of<br />

event architecture and what it takes<br />

to pull off the perfect celebration.<br />


THUS FAR.<br />

I played with the idea of starting a<br />

wedding business for many years<br />

before I decided to leave my fulltime<br />

job as a medical rep and take<br />

the plunge in 2014. It takes grit and<br />

guts to start your own business. I did<br />

it alone, but with the support of my<br />

friends and family, who had been<br />

quietly ‘pushing’ me for a while. As<br />

the demand for work grew, so did<br />

my team. We are now a company full<br />

of dynamic creatives, each with their<br />

own unique skill set and passions. I<br />

wanted Oh Happy Day<br />

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to offer brides logistical help with<br />

their wedding planning, as well as<br />

encouraging them emotionally. We<br />

offer a stress-free, bespoke planning<br />

experience, and we aren’t afraid<br />

to step out of a perceived ‘typical<br />

wedding scenario’ and set the trend<br />

rather than follow it.<br />


WHAT YOU DO?<br />

Serving others is an honour and it’s<br />

the part I love most about my job,<br />

providing guidance to my team to<br />

support our clients. My team and I get<br />

to be ‘silent bridesmaids’ almost every<br />

weekend! Creatively, I love seeing the<br />

process come together. Our design,<br />

floral and coordination teams all work<br />

so well together and the end result is<br />

always a happy couple!<br />




WEDDING?<br />

I would say the overall aesthetic<br />

first. This encompasses every design<br />

element, including the colour palette<br />

and florals to the stationery, cake and<br />

cocktail selection....the list is endless.<br />

But it starts with an overall aesthetic.<br />

The right venue and photographer<br />

are crucial – research is key here!<br />

Lastly, making sure the day runs<br />

smoothly and that everyone knows<br />

where they need to be and when.<br />



Watching the ceremony take place<br />

and seeing the groom’s face when<br />

he sees his bride walking down the<br />

aisle. It’s a reminder to me that the<br />

bigger picture is always the marriage<br />

that comes after the wedding. It’s a<br />

beautiful thing!<br />


WEDDING?<br />

Stef and I actually had two weddings!<br />

Our first one was a ‘legal ceremony’<br />

with just our immediate family in the<br />

same chapel my parents were married<br />

in, on the day of Stef’s parent’s<br />

wedding anniversary. This was a<br />

very special day for us symbolically.<br />

We did this two days before our<br />

actual wedding, which took place<br />

in the Midlands. We wanted a friend<br />

to officiate our ceremony, but he<br />

wasn’t ordained, which is why we got<br />

married twice!<br />



SEASON?<br />

I think florals have come back in<br />

a lovely way. Brides appreciate<br />

the investment of flowers in their<br />

wedding designs and I think we’ll see<br />

more focus on statement ceremony<br />

installations (instead of the usual<br />

floral arch) . . . think arbor pillars, pew<br />

gardens and floating flower installs<br />

with only smaller touches of greenery.<br />

I personally don’t believe that pampas<br />

grass is still a thing. It did pave the way<br />

for more interesting manipulations<br />

of dried botanicals though, and<br />

there is a definite dried foilage and<br />

minimalistic trend emerging, which<br />

we love! Sometimes less is more . .<br />

and I find the neutral colour palette<br />

so refreshingly new and interesting<br />

to explore. Then, with the current<br />

impact of COVID-19, I think there will<br />

be a more pronounced shift from<br />

large-scale wedding celebrations<br />

to micro-weddings . . . think<br />

intimate gatherings with a focus<br />

on personalized touches and even<br />

live streaming weddings over social<br />

media platforms!<br />

Details: www.ohhappyday.co.za<br />

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Photography: The Shank Tank | www.theshanktank.com | 083 233 9962 | Instagram: @theshanktank<br />

Vintage<br />

bridal bliss<br />

Inspired by warm Autumn colours, textured florals<br />

and pure vintage charm, this exquisite bridal shoot<br />

showcases perfectly what the culmination of creativity,<br />

skill and experience in the bridal industry can result in.<br />

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Dress & studio space: Julia Ferrandi Bridal | juliaferrandi@gmail.com | Instagram: @juliaferrandibridal<br />

The dress<br />

The lady behind the elegant<br />

wedding dress on our cover<br />

is the talented, <strong>Ballito</strong>based<br />

fashion designer,<br />

Julia Ferrandi, who,<br />

together with her mom,<br />

carefully crafts bespoke<br />

bridal gowns. We asked<br />

these local experts for their<br />

tips on how to go about<br />

finding the perfect dress to<br />

wear when you say “I do”.<br />

1. How do you feel about following<br />

trends when it comes to designing<br />

a wedding dress? My philosophy<br />

when designing a wedding dress is<br />

to acknowledge the current trends<br />

without overly following them. I<br />

recommend asking yourself this<br />

question: will I love it in five years?<br />

2. Do you think the lockdown and<br />

current crisis will affect wedding<br />

trends in the near future? In light of<br />

the current crisis, I predict there will<br />

be a renewed appreciation for the<br />

simple pleasure of gathering with<br />

our loved ones. This may mean that<br />

weddings will become more intimate<br />

affairs. This trend excites me because<br />

it encourages couples to consider<br />

what a wedding celebration means to<br />

them rather than looking to what has<br />

been done before. As we all find our<br />

way post pandemic this new climate<br />

will bring with it equally refreshing<br />

ideas.<br />

3. Choosing a wedding dress is<br />

often overwhelming as there are so<br />

many options...what advice would<br />

you give the bride-to-be when<br />

it comes to narrowing down the<br />

decision? In amongst the loud noise<br />

of social media and online platforms<br />

that serve us endless ideas and peer<br />

pressure to keep up with the trends, I<br />

believe it is important to take it in and<br />

then stop looking. The goal is to look<br />

YOUR best – It’s that simple. Embrace<br />

your unique qualities and find a dress<br />

that feels the most like YOU.<br />

4. Let’s talk about styles: from big<br />

ballgown to low back and A-line . . .<br />

which styles are the most flattering<br />

for which body shapes? The two<br />

most important features when it<br />

comes to a wedding dress are: colour<br />

and silhouette. If you get these two<br />

things right, your skin colour radiates<br />

and your body shape will look and<br />

feel well balanced. Generally speaking,<br />

the silhouettes that work well are<br />

ones that enhance your natural<br />

features. There is not one silhouette<br />

that can apply to all body shapes, this<br />

is all part of the fun of trying different<br />

styles. So be prepared to possibly<br />

surprise yourself with what you love.<br />

5. What about accessories? When<br />

it comes to accessorizing your bridal<br />

look think about the complete<br />

picture. Your first accessories to<br />

consider are your skin, hair, nails and<br />

make-up. Look after yourself and<br />

sleep well. That bridal glow is all about<br />

you enjoying your wedding. If you<br />

are having fun, so will your guests. I<br />

recommend keeping a selection of<br />

jewellery on hand to make your final<br />

choice on the day as this will be the<br />

first time you see the complete vision<br />

of yourself.<br />

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The glow<br />

To make sure you look and<br />

feel your best on your big<br />

day, North Coast make-up<br />

artist, Volenti Laurentina<br />

Duke offers us a peek into<br />

her makeup treasure trove<br />

and tells us how to create<br />

the perfect wedding day<br />

make-up.<br />

Model and make up artist Pamela McNeil did her own make up for this particular shoot | Instagram:<br />

@_pamjam_ | Volenti: volenti.sketchfx@gmail.com Instagram: @volentim | Photo: Sean Baker<br />

Nourish your skin before the day<br />

It’s important to stay hydrated leading<br />

up to your wedding. Volenti also<br />

recommends going for regular facials<br />

and exfoliating your skin. “This will<br />

help unclog your pores, boost circulation<br />

and allow your skin products to<br />

penetrate deeper, in turn leaving your<br />

skin with a more natural glow. And<br />

which bride wouldn’t want to glow<br />

naturally?”<br />

Test drive your make-up look<br />

A makeup trial is always a good idea<br />

prior to the big day. This allows the<br />

bride to explore different looks and<br />

see the idea she have in mind come<br />

to life. It also allows for both you and<br />

your artist to be on the same page<br />

before all the excitement of the day.<br />

Prep the canvas<br />

Priming the canvas is key! Start your<br />

makeup with a good primer to allow<br />

your foundation to blend in and<br />

adhere to the skin better. Match your<br />

foundation correctly to your skin tone<br />

so it blends seamlessly into your neck<br />

to avoid looking as if you are wearing<br />

a mask.<br />

Waterproof all the way<br />

Use waterproof makeup (a waterproof<br />

setting powder and waterproof<br />

mascara) and set makeup with a<br />

waterproof fixing spray at the end of<br />

the makeup application, as this will<br />

hold the makeup in place. Kryolan has<br />

an amazing waterproof fixing spray.<br />

This will allow you to feel confident<br />

and feel the emotion of the day<br />

knowing your makeup won’t let you<br />

down. If you feel the tears welling up,<br />

remember to gently dab them away,<br />

don’t rub.<br />

It’s all about the glow<br />

The current bridal makeup trend is<br />

to have a beautiful glow. We don’t<br />

want a shiny bride, so prepping the<br />

skin for foundation with a primer and<br />

setting foundation correctly with a<br />

translucent or setting powder is the<br />

first step. This allows for longevity of<br />

the makeup throughout the day and<br />

leading into the evening. We can then<br />

add the glowing effect with beautiful<br />

highlighters and soft shimmers. A<br />

gentle contour to define the features<br />

of the face, cheek bones and brow<br />

bones is beautiful. I love to add a<br />

little colour to the cheeks. Define<br />

the eyebrows and comb through<br />

- remember your eyebrows are the<br />

frames to your eyes and having your<br />

eyebrows shaped by a professional<br />

prior to your wedding day will help<br />

open and lift your eyes and allow for<br />

a beautiful application of eyeshadow.<br />

All of this will set you up for a<br />

beautifully defined face for photos.<br />

Balance is key<br />

Try find balance in your makeup. A<br />

basic rule is that strong eyes go with<br />

softer lips and vice versa. If you go for<br />

bold lips, a stunning wing liner is a<br />

nice option for the eyes. Alternatively,<br />

you can create balance by using<br />

similar tones throughout your face.<br />

At the end of the day you still want to<br />

look like you, so choose a style that<br />

defines who you are.<br />

Have your emergency kit ready<br />

Keep a basic touch-up kit nearby on<br />

the day of your wedding. Summer<br />

brides will have to contend with the<br />

humidity levels, so you want to make<br />

sure you are not glowing too much.<br />

Make sure to have a little blotting<br />

paper or a beauty blender and<br />

translucent powder (even a pressed<br />

powder in a compact with a mirror)<br />

to blot or absorb any excess dewiness<br />

that may occur throughout the day.<br />

Also, keep a lipstick or gloss in the<br />

same colour that your artist has used<br />

for touch ups. The first touch up will<br />

be needed after the ceremony (that<br />

first kiss) and before your photoshoot<br />

to ensure you look perfect in every<br />

picture.<br />

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The florals<br />

Think autumn hues, dried<br />

flowers, foraged branches<br />

and oodles of texture.<br />

Post-pandemic wedding<br />

florals are predicted to<br />

become a celebration of<br />

all the beauty we have<br />

growing locally says<br />

<strong>Ballito</strong>’s Adore Weddings<br />

owner, Carolyn Hall.<br />

Flowers & concept: Adore Weddings, www.adoreweddings.co.za | 083 364 4658 | Instagram: @adore_weddings<br />

Set your own trend<br />

Not a big fan on following ‘trends’,<br />

Carolyn suggests rather creating a<br />

look and feel that uniquely reflects<br />

your personality and story. “As a<br />

designer, it is truly special to put<br />

together personalised florals and<br />

décor that the wedding couple will<br />

enjoy, not just on their wedding day,<br />

but also in 20 years to come when<br />

they look back at the photos from<br />

their big day.” This being said though,<br />

the flower fanatic believes we have<br />

moved on from the greenery look<br />

to a more flower-filled feel. “The<br />

lockdown has thrown us for a loop<br />

and I think couples will be looking for<br />

well-structured, intentionally designed<br />

arrangements and installations as<br />

opposed to a sheer mass of flowers.”<br />

Be kind in your choice<br />

“There already is and I anticipate<br />

we will see a continuation in the<br />

movement to opt for responsibly<br />

sourced and designed florals.”<br />

Choosing locally sourced flowers<br />

and going largely foam free in the<br />

installation helps to make the impact<br />

on our planet gentler. “There’s an<br />

overall sense of working with nature<br />

and her seasons rather than against<br />

her. It’s a kinder, simpler approach.”<br />

Local blooms to fall in love with<br />

Late autumn bridal couples can<br />

choose Dahlia or alstroemeria to<br />

play with, as well as beautiful locally<br />

produced roses. “Going into winter<br />

we will see gorgeous snap dragons<br />

and Delphinium. Our stunning winter<br />

bulbs like anemones are lovely,<br />

followed by ranunculus during late<br />

winter/early spring.” Add texture to<br />

your look with autumn and winter<br />

foliage and even branches. “Think<br />

foliage in golden yellows, rusty<br />

oranges and those moody reds.<br />

Branches add interest to the overall<br />

feel and you can find beautiful colours<br />

here too with some of them going<br />

into an almost purple hue. We all see<br />

quite a few berry branches during<br />

autumn and winter which is great to<br />

add too.” Carolyn loves using winter<br />

grasses and fynbos for added texture.<br />

“Our winter grasses are exquisite! Their<br />

golden white colour is really striking.<br />

Fynbos is also excellent to add loads<br />

of texture to your arrangement. It’s<br />

all about having fun with florals and<br />

creating a look that you love.”<br />

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Let’s talk<br />

wedding<br />

shoes…<br />

…because who isn’t obsessed with<br />

shoes? To help you decide which beauties<br />

you are going to strut down the aisle in,<br />

we have called on the creative genius of<br />

bespoke wedding planner and owner of Oh<br />

Happy Day, Joelene Botha from Umdloti.<br />

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Badgely Mishka<br />

hey say the shoes<br />

maketh the woman.<br />

Wedding shoes are a<br />

matter of personal style<br />

and choice, and are literally the one<br />

thing that could make or break how<br />

comfortable you are on your special<br />

day,” says Joelene. When it comes to<br />

selecting your style of wedding shoe,<br />

she suggests considering your style<br />

of dress first (or seek out the advice<br />

of your designer or boutique on style<br />

advice if you’re feeling a little stuck). To<br />

help inspire you, Joelene has shared a<br />

few fun options from some of her fave<br />

designers:<br />


dazzling bride who loves a statement<br />

shoe that demands to be admired,<br />

she suggests a pointy, high-heeled,<br />

diamante-detailed shoe. Take a look at<br />

Badgley Mischka or Harriet Wilde for<br />

some inspiration. This look would pair<br />

well with a glamorous wedding gown.<br />


more…so opt for a simple yet<br />

sophisticated heel or strappy sandal.<br />

Think Kenneth Cole, Jimmy Choo or<br />

Valentino…the perfect shoes for a<br />

high fashion bride who wants to be<br />

understated at the same time.<br />

LOW AND STEADY: The low, block<br />

heel is a stylish and comfortable<br />

alternative if balancing on stilettos is<br />

not your thing. Be inspired by Kate<br />

Spade and Prada’s designs. TIP: If<br />

you’ve found the perfect fit, but you<br />

are not mad about the colour, ask<br />

your dress designer or tailor to cover<br />

your pair in a matching material to<br />

your dress.<br />

CUTE AND COMFY: For the bride<br />

who can’t wear heels and does not<br />

want to wear flats on her wedding<br />

day, try Espadrilles or a wedge for<br />

the boho beach or safari bride. Take<br />

a look at Ernesto Terron’s wedding<br />

range or Schuttz online for some<br />

divine wedding wedge inspiration.<br />

A pair of comfy trainers or sneakers<br />

would work beautifully for a low-key<br />

bride who chooses comfort first. Keds<br />

and Kate Spade have collectively<br />

come out with a stunning range of<br />

bridal sneakers and Converse are a<br />

good option too if you’re looking to<br />

customise your own range.<br />

Once you’ve found your dreamy pair,<br />

make sure to try on the shoes you<br />

choose for the big day and check if<br />

they are comfortable. “After all, you’re<br />

going to be spending about ten<br />

hours in them, so best they be comfy!”<br />

After you’ve made your decision<br />

and bought your favourite pair, she<br />

suggests that you spend a week or<br />

two before the big day ‘breaking<br />

them in’. “Wear them as often as you<br />

can…whether it be on your walk to<br />

and from work, doing the groceries, at<br />

home doing the housework – try to<br />

spend an hour or two a day in them.”<br />

Joelene’s number one wedding<br />

planner tip is to always have a backup<br />

plan…and that goes for the shoes<br />

too! “Pack your go-to pair of Woolies<br />

flats or trainers and keep them with<br />

your bridesmaids - just in case you<br />

feel like slipping into your familiar<br />

faves once the party gets going.”<br />

Details: https://www.ohhappyday.<br />

co.za/ or Instagram: @ohhappydaydbn<br />

Bella Bella<br />

Jimmy Choo Heels<br />

Valentino<br />

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A moment<br />

in time<br />

Whether you are holding out for a fabulous, big affair, or you’ve decided to opt for<br />

a quieter more intimate wedding celebration, the one thing you will never regret is<br />

making sure you have the right person to capture your memories.<br />

Photos: Peppermint Pix Photography, www.peppermintpix.co.za,<br />

peppermintpixstudio@gmail.com, 073 244 8854<br />

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From the children giggling in the<br />

corner to the tiniest of décor details,<br />

it’s the little stories playing out on<br />

the sides of the main event that<br />

truly inspire <strong>Ballito</strong> husband and wife<br />

photography and videography team<br />

Chris and Emily Allan.<br />

While many people are only now<br />

discovering what it’s like to live and<br />

work with their spouses all day long<br />

because of Covid-19, the Allan’s have<br />

been doing it for years. After leaving<br />

their jobs in the television and image<br />

library world, they took the leap and<br />

started their photography business,<br />

PeppermintPix Photography.<br />

While they do a number of different<br />

types of shoots, Emily says they<br />

espeically love working together<br />

when they are shooting a wedding<br />

“We both shoot on the day and this<br />

allows us to focus on the main event<br />

as well as the little things behind the<br />

scenes. It also allows us to shoot video<br />

and photography at the same time.”<br />

When it comes to wedding<br />

photography trends, Emily says while<br />

much has changed, a lot has also<br />

stayed the same. “That is what I love<br />

about weddings. I love the traditions,<br />

but also how creative and different<br />

bridal couples can be.” One new trend,<br />

she says, is to spread out the wedding<br />

day rather than rushing from one part<br />

to the next. “They are taking time to<br />

enjoy the day and giving themselves<br />

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enough time to have photos taken<br />

and still enjoy canapes and drinks<br />

with their guests.”<br />

Emily says there is also more of a<br />

focus on documenting the day as it<br />

happens, rather than using too many<br />

staged backdrops and fancy flashes.<br />

“We love that our clients are also<br />

always willing to try something new<br />

and allow us to be creative and even<br />

a little daring! We have shot couples<br />

at night under an umbrella in the<br />

pouring rain, been surround by a<br />

herd of cows so the bride (who was<br />

a vet) could have her dream photo<br />

and braved lions and buffalo in big<br />

5 country for a game ranger and his<br />

new wife! We have stalked through<br />

sugar cane, climbed walls, waded into<br />

the sea and ridden on tractors . . . all in<br />

pursuit of a great, one- of-a-kind shot!<br />

And we love it. Or at least Chris does. I<br />

normally direct from somewhere safe<br />

and dry,” she laughs.<br />

Speaking to the effect that the current<br />

pandemic might have on weddings<br />

in the near future, Emily suspects<br />

videography and live streaming might<br />

play a role in the future, especially if<br />

people aren’t permitted to travel. “We<br />

shoot both video and photography<br />

and although it’s something we<br />

currently take back to the studio<br />

and edit (so people can share it with<br />

absent families and friends), I don’t see<br />

why we can’t also live stream wedding<br />

services and receptions in the future.”<br />

Asked what her very favourite<br />

wedding was to photograph, Emily<br />

says it’s impossible to choose! “We<br />

do really love weddings that take<br />

us to new places though as we love<br />

to travel. We’ve shot in Mozam, the<br />

Natal Midlands, <strong>Ballito</strong>, Johannesburg,<br />

Prince Albert, Durban, various game<br />

reserves and Dullstroom.”<br />

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1. Don’t hire amateurs, especially for<br />

the photography. You would never let<br />

your cousin who is a home cook make<br />

food for 120 guests at your wedding,<br />

so don’t ask a friend who has a nice<br />

camera to shoot the photos and<br />

video. Wedding photography is a skill<br />

and an art and experience is key. It<br />

will be the only thing you take home<br />

when the wedding is done, don’t<br />

underestimate how much you will<br />

value those photos in the end.<br />

2. Get to know your photographer.<br />

Don’t just choose someone because<br />

they have a good website and nice<br />

photographs. Chat to them on the<br />

phone, meet for coffee or Facetime.<br />

You will spend the whole day with<br />

them, so it’s vital that they make you<br />

feel relaxed and can make you laugh .<br />

. . and they don’t irritate you!<br />

3. Don’t force your bridesmaids into<br />

outfits they wouldn’t normally wear.<br />

They will feel unhappy and look<br />

unhappy and you will know that every<br />

time you look at the photos. You love<br />

them for who they are, let them be<br />

who they are on your day.<br />

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Mysterious sightings in Knysna. Exploring Kruger<br />

National Park. We do live in a marvellous country.<br />

Of Otangs<br />

and Apps<br />

It’s like having a game ranger in your pocket ...<br />

amazing Kruger Explorer App<br />

Regular readers know how much we love a bush escape ... and we’ve just<br />

discovered the ultimate App for visitors to Kruger National Park. Kruger<br />

Explorer contains a massive amount of info ... it’s like having your own, private,<br />

very knowledgeable guide (with all the insider secrets guides seem to know) in<br />

your pocket.<br />

This field guide has hundreds of details you need ... from animal profiles (did<br />

you know the civet is semi-dependent on water, so if you want to see one<br />

you need to look near a reliable water source?) to self-drive routes (more than<br />

70 of them, so you won’t hit the same dirt road twice), new accurate and upto-date<br />

maps of the park and so much more. There’s info on mammals and<br />

birds, reptiles and invertebrates, on the flora and ecozones you’ll experience in<br />

the park. The routes include those for<br />

camps which are useful for overnight<br />

visitors, as well as routes more<br />

suitable for day visitors.<br />

With more than 400 high-res<br />

images, and 300 000 words of<br />

content, this App is perfect for using<br />

while in the reserve, as well as for<br />

planning before you leave home. It’s<br />

also marvellously educational ... so<br />

great for kids.<br />

The App was created by Danny<br />

Broome and Charlotte Kirke, who<br />

are from the UK but have a love<br />

of Africa in general and Kruger in<br />

particular. ‘We’re very conscious that<br />

part of the wonderful experience<br />

of the Kruger is escaping the bustle<br />

and stresses of life – and for many<br />

people this means being offline.<br />

Ensuring the App works completely<br />

offline once downloaded adds a 21st<br />

century polish to a Kruger visit, while<br />

not impacting the bush escape<br />

experience’, they say.<br />

The KrugerExplorer App is available<br />

for mobile and tablet devices and<br />

can be downloaded from the App<br />

Store and Google Play. Details:<br />

krugerexplorer.com<br />

‘Otangs’ in the<br />

Knysna forests<br />

Possibly best known for his work<br />

on African lions, environmentalist<br />

and independent wildlife researcher<br />

Gareth Patterson has spent more<br />

than quarter of a century working on<br />

the protection of our wildlife.<br />

He’s author of more than 10 books<br />

... including The Secret Elephants, a<br />

culmination of many years of research<br />

into the secretive Knysna elephants.<br />

The recently released Beyond the<br />

Secret Elephants continues this<br />

story, but also reveals his startling<br />

discovery of a much more mysterious<br />

being than the elephants – a relict<br />

hominoid known to the indigenous<br />

forest people as the Otang.<br />

The possible existence of relict<br />

hominoids is gaining momentum<br />

worldwide with ongoing research<br />

into Bigfoot in North America, the<br />

Yeti in the Himalayas and the Orang<br />

Pendek in Sumatra, and eminent<br />

conservationists and scientists – Dr<br />

Jane Goodall, Dr George Schaller<br />

and Professor Jeff Meldrum – have<br />

said they’re open-minded about<br />

their possible existence. Gareth has<br />

heard many accounts, which he’s<br />

documented in this new book ... most<br />

of them, he says, were spontaneous<br />

and unprompted. Fascinating – an<br />

exceptional natural history book<br />

(also available as an e-book). Tracey<br />

McDonald Publishers, R270<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

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PeppermintPix<br />



www.peppermintpix.co.za | peppermintpixstudio@gmail.com

Spoil<br />

May<br />

Bubbles to celebrate mum<br />

We don’t really need an excuse to pop open a bottle of our favourite bubbly. But<br />

as it’s May, and Mothers’ Day, and autumn ... we have three reasons to celebrate.<br />

This month we’re sipping Krone Rosé Cuvée Brut 2018 Cap Classique.<br />

A blend of 87 per cent Pinot Noir and 13 per cent Chardonnay, this salmon<br />

pink cap classique is all rose water and coastal sour figs, pomegranates and<br />

cranberries, candied orange and white-fleshed nectarine, with a lingering note<br />

of toasted hazelnuts. It’s just perfect with a simple picnic (think charcuterie,<br />

melted ripe Camembert and a crusty sourdough bread), or a more refined<br />

meal like salmon with crispy skin crackling, or duck with cherries. If you<br />

prefer something a little sweeter, try<br />

Krone Night Nectar Demi-Sec Rosé 2018 ... the closest in<br />

style to the first famous sparkling wines of France a century<br />

ago. With a touch of sweetness which renders the style<br />

demi-sec (or semi-sweet) it’s a blend of Pinot Noir<br />

and Chardonnay, is a lustrous pink-copper, and all<br />

cranberries, raspberries, strawberries and red<br />

cherries, maraschino cherries and toffee apples<br />

... beyond delish! Have it with prawns grilled<br />

on the hot coals, with a sticky pork belly, with<br />

a strawberry cream cake or a plate of rose<br />

water macarons. Swoon! You’ll find both<br />

these at your local wine store or grocer for<br />

around R150 a bottle. We’re giving away<br />

a case of Krone to one Get It reader ...<br />

simply visit GetItMagNC on Facebook,<br />

find our post and tag a friend in the<br />

comments section. The competition<br />

closes end May. Good luck.<br />

50 Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> May <strong>2020</strong>

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