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Fun & full of sparkle<br />

5reasons to<br />

explore<br />

Knysna<br />

Eat, drink,<br />

(shop) &<br />

be merry<br />


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WHY DON’T YOU...<br />

5 Do your Christmas shopping, visit the Wonderland of Lights or watch<br />

a feel-good movie<br />

6 We’re packing these books into our suitcase ...<br />


8 We’re longing for the romance of the ocean<br />

PEOPLE<br />

10 Cook and event planner extraordinaire, Debbie Hannibal is loving<br />

all things party and offers a few tips for stress-free hosting<br />

12 Tracy Loubser, author of her memoir, Unlocked<br />

shares her journey to discovering her truth.<br />

BEAUTY<br />

16 Get mistletoe ready with these shimmering essentials<br />

THIS MONTH WE’RE ...<br />

19 Packing sunsational beach goodies • getting the <strong>20</strong><strong>20</strong> festive<br />

party started • celebrating New Year’s Eve Cubana style • and having all<br />

the fun without the hangover<br />


28 We’ve put together our top garden tasks and tips for the hols<br />

TRAVEL<br />

39 A trio of books for lovers of animals and history<br />

40 Eat, shop and be merry in Knysna<br />

WIN<br />

15 We’ve got a set of journals to give away<br />

42 We’re feeling all gifty ... and have a Clarins hamper up for grabs<br />


Personality: Debbie Hannibal • Jumpsuit: The Window Dresser.<br />

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EAMakeupandHairstylists on Facebook • Photographer: Jaco Bothma<br />

from Empire Photography. Details: empirephotography.co.za<br />

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A hot date!<br />

Yay! It is the holidays ...<br />

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The Wonderland of Lights promises a family-fun<br />

experience with all that is glittery and festive including gift<br />

shopping, carols and more than 100 of the most dazzling display<br />

of lights across the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens. The<br />

light display will run from 6am to 10pm from 4 – 24 <strong>Dec</strong>ember.<br />

Tickets: R80 per adult, pensioners R70, kids R50 - limited tickets per<br />

night will be sold. Details: www.miid.co.za<br />

06<br />

Gather your friends and family and head over to the<br />

Cedar Tree Craft Market to get a head start on your<br />

Christmas shopping. There is really something for everyone …<br />

think leather items, home-baked treats, handmade products,<br />

craft drinks, jewellery, plants, clothes, gifts, kids’ entertainment<br />

and live music. Entrance is free and pets on a leash are welcome.<br />

There will be a market on the 6th and 13th from 10am and a<br />

night market on the 18th from 5pm. Venue: Khosa Sports Club,<br />

corner of Shannon Road and Frederick Cooper Drive, Krugersdorp.<br />

Details: Chanelle on 081 500 6884 or westsidemarkets@gmail.com<br />

Holiday vibes are in the<br />

air and we’re in the mood for some<br />

fun-filled family-friendly activities. And, we’ve<br />

got just the perfect entertainment destination in mind<br />

– Forest Hill City. Let the kids burn off all of that pent-up<br />

energy on the ice rink, practice their surfing skills at the wave<br />

pool, play at the Super Games Arcade or knock over some pins<br />

at ten pin bowling. There will also be Carols on Ice with the<br />

Mzansi Youth Choir on <strong>Dec</strong>ember 5 and a festive market<br />

until <strong>Dec</strong>ember 24. To keep in the loop of what’s<br />

hot and happening, follow Forest Hill City on<br />

Facebook, @ForestHillCity.<br />

A feel-good message<br />

You are in for a treat with this joyful movie on Netflix. The<br />

Prom tells the story of two New York stage stars that have<br />

their careers flatlined after an expensive Broadway show<br />

flops. When they discover a high school student has been<br />

banned from attending prom with her girlfriend, they see a<br />

perfect opportunity to support a cause and resurrect their<br />

public image. Expect a star-studded cast, eccentric costumes<br />

and lots of energy. The Prom is based on Matthew Sklar’s<br />

Broadway musical of the same name.<br />

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Book club<br />

We’ve got your holiday reading sorted!<br />

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Newly promoted Detective Sergeant William Warwick has been reassigned to the drugs squad.<br />

His first case ... to investigate a notorious South London drug lord known as the Viper. As he and<br />

his team close the net around the criminal network, he’s also faced with an old enemy, Miles<br />

Faulkner. It will take all William’s cunning to devise a means to bring both men to justice ... a trap<br />

neither will expect, one that’s Hidden in Plain Sight. This is Jeffrey Archer’s second thriller<br />

featuring Warwick – it follows on from Nothing Ventured but reads well as a stand-alone story.<br />

Full, as Archer fans would expect, of thrills and twists and turns. • Oh, joy for fans of The No<br />

1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. A new instalment, just in time for the hols. Alexander<br />

McCall Smith’s How to Raise an Elephant allows readers to catch up on the latest from<br />

Mma Ramotswe, Mma Makutsi and other favourites. The book starts off nice and easy ... in<br />

fact, Precious Ramotswe wonders whether rising heat in Gaborone could be the reason<br />

that business is particularly slow. But add some new neighbours who, by the sound of it,<br />

have a rather volatile relationship, a distant cousin who arrives at the agency with a plea<br />

for help, and a hair-raising night-time expedition, and things heat up pretty quickly. But<br />

nothing that can’t be sorted out over a slice of Mma Potokwani’s fruit cake. • You know<br />

what you’re going to get in Together By Christmas. Girl meets boy, heart-wrenching<br />

dilemmas, some long-buried secrets and a whole lot of romance. But that doesn’t take<br />

away from the sheer hedonistic joy of a chick-lit novel to read on a sun lounger this<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>ember. Karen’ Swan’s latest love story is just lovely.<br />

As it’s time for the holidays, a wine from Journey’s End boutique winery seems<br />

appropriate, particularly a bottle of Destinations Chardonnay <strong>20</strong>18. The<br />

vineyard, owned by the Gabb family, has just released its rebranded top-tier<br />

Precision Series ... this gold medal Chardonnay is rich and full and creamy and a<br />

complete treat for the last book club of the year. It’s a limited edition – only <strong>20</strong><br />

barrels were produced – and is vegan-friendly. R280 from good bottle stores and<br />

online from shop.journeysend.co.za.

In Peter James’ Find Them Dead, Roy Grace gets a tip-off about a drug ring operating out of Brighton, and is investigating<br />

what appears to be a senseless murder. His investigations lead him into the sinister sphere of influence of a ruthless, evil<br />

drug dealer on trial, a man who’s prepared to order the death of anyone it takes to enable him to walk free. One of the jurors<br />

is a woman who’s just getting her life back together after a car crash that killed her husband and son. While she’s doing<br />

jury duty, her daughter is off on a gap year, travelling around South America with a friend. A few days into the trial, she gets<br />

home – and lying on her kitchen table is a photograph of her daughter in Ecuador. Then the phone rings. She’s told if she<br />

wants to keep her daughter alive, all she has to do is make sure the jury votes not guilty. We’re massive fans and this book<br />

simply races along, dragging you with it. • All is not calm on Mustique. A tropical storm is heading its way, and most of the<br />

villa owners have left the island, with just a few young socialites staying behind, not wanting summer’s partying to end. One<br />

of these thrill-seekers, an American heiress, disappears after an early morning swim. When her body’s found, the investigation<br />

turns from one of a missing person to murder ... and things turn even nastier when the storm hits and someone else<br />

disappears. Murder on Mustique by Anne Glenconner is full of glamour and mystery ... another great beach read. • If you’re<br />

one of the many, many Jeremy Clarkson fans, here’s your Christmas gift, sorted. Can You Make This Thing Go Faster? is the<br />

latest in The World According to Clarkson series, and is just as funny, rude and sharp as the previous seven. Full of strange<br />

and diverse issues that perplex Clarkson – why saving the planet means soggy straws, why fishing is for people who hate<br />

kids – irrelevant but entertaining.<br />

If you need an adrenalin shot these hols, pick up a copy of Robert<br />

Pobi’s Under Pressure, which will deliver in spades. A tech company<br />

is holding a private gala event at New York’s Guggenheim Museum.<br />

Lots of cocktails and air kisses and an impressive holographic and laser<br />

display. Lots of blood and gore, too, when a thermobaric explosion<br />

brings an end to the evening, and to more than 700 guests’ lives. Move<br />

over to Dr Lucas Page, an astrophysicist whose mind is exceptional, but<br />

body not so much ... an accident has left him with a prosthetic arm and<br />

leg and only one good eye. He’s called in to help find the person behind<br />

the bombing, and those that follow. An action-filled plot, with some<br />

laugh-out-loud moments (Pobi’s wicked wit and spot-on descriptions<br />

are terrific), this is a follow on to last year’s City of Windows thriller, but<br />

reads easily as a stand-alone. It’s fast, sharp, and gruesome. Everything<br />

you want from a holiday thriller.<br />

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Wish list<br />

Palm groves and oyster shells ...<br />

we’re longing for the romance of the ocean<br />

These work just as well at a glam poolside<br />

lunch as they do at a sunset cocktail party. Gold<br />

shell earrings, R99.95 from Woolworths; and<br />

gold conch shell choker necklace with a single<br />

white shell, R299 from takealot.com<br />

Compiled by KYM ARGO<br />

This glorious Palm Grove graphic is printed on archival watercolour<br />

paper, using pigment-based archival ink. You can have it printed in the<br />

size of your choice, and framed however you wish ... it’s right at the very<br />

top of our Christmas wish list. Prices depend on size and framing.<br />

Details: pezulainteriors.co.za<br />

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The suggestions for how to use this faux giant clamshell<br />

include filling it with bath salts in the bathroom, or with<br />

fruit in the kitchen. We think it would be an eye-catching<br />

salad bowl on your lunch table if you’re having a beachy<br />

theme. R805 from bespokehome.co.za • We’re completely<br />

besotted with these hand-crafted silver mussel shell<br />

risotto paella servers.<br />

Big enough to dish up<br />

a healthy portion, glam<br />

enough to be the centre<br />

of attention. For your next<br />

seafood lunch, you need<br />

them! R970 for the pair from<br />

hauteedit.com<br />

Whether you’re fortunate<br />

enough to be having a seaside<br />

break or not, you can still<br />

breathe in the intoxicating,<br />

stress-releasing scent of the<br />

ocean. Soothing Seaweed<br />

Bath Crystals have been<br />

made with the nourishing,<br />

soothing and hydrating<br />

properties of seaweed<br />

extract. Pour a handful into<br />

your bath, and follow up with<br />

the matching Body Souffle.<br />

Bonus ... you won’t get<br />

dunked! R240 and R189 from<br />

Woolworths.<br />

Oysters at sundown. Serve them<br />

with a bottle of Stellenbosch<br />

Hills 1707 Reserve White <strong>20</strong>19 –<br />

a premium wine (just 3000 bottles<br />

were produced) that’s elegant<br />

and voluptuous. A blend of 70<br />

per cent Chardonnay, <strong>20</strong> per cent<br />

Semillon and 10 per cent Viognier,<br />

it’s lively and crisp and in addition<br />

to oysters, pairs well with sushi,<br />

fish curry, mussel soup, risotto,<br />

grilled chicken and cream-based<br />

dishes. R135 from stellenboschhills.co.za<br />

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Ready, set,<br />

party<br />

Though social gatherings are much more intimate these days, they are here to stay.<br />

Cook and all-round event planner extraordinaire, Debbie Hannibal chats<br />

about loving all things party and offers a few tips for stress-free hosting.<br />

Years ago, Debbie Hannibal’s idea of<br />

a quick and easy meal was bangers<br />

and mash. Not quite the type of<br />

dish a foodie would admit to be<br />

serving ... Nowadays, the cheerful and<br />

free-spirited Debbie whips up lipsmacking-good<br />

dishes with the same<br />

heartiness, but keeping it simpler, and<br />

adding her creativity that has made<br />

her the successful cook she is today.<br />

Craig and Debbie’s home has been<br />

described as an entertainment hotel,<br />

merely because you never leave there<br />

empty-handed. Debbie is not one<br />

bit afraid to go all out, and by that<br />

we mean you can expect a party like<br />

none other if you are invited over …<br />

every single time. Hosting people<br />

doesn’t frazzle her, in fact, nothing<br />

makes her happier. Whether it is an<br />

impromptu dinner or entertaining<br />

friends and family, spoiling people<br />

with food is what makes her tick.<br />

And don’t expect to be served boring<br />

finger foods (a food trend that should<br />

rather go, according to her). Instead,<br />

you will indulge in food to swoon<br />

over … like her signature baked<br />

brie wheel with sundried tomatoes,<br />

tomato jam and olive pesto served<br />

with warm olive ciabatta, or hot<br />

fondant potato thickly smeared with<br />

cold Lurpak butter, Maldon salt and a<br />

rosemary needle. Almost impossible<br />

to think bangers and mash were once<br />

her tried-and-tested meal …<br />

Debbie’s late mother was her first<br />

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culinary inspiration and, determined<br />

to recreate the flavours and<br />

fragrances of her childhood, she<br />

enrolled at a hotel school.<br />

The catering industry followed<br />

and expecting something entirely<br />

different, Debbie was soon bored<br />

by budgets and stock sheets, and<br />

subsequently lost all interest in<br />

the kitchen<br />

But, after attending a friend (also her<br />

kitchen muse), Lisa Brink’s creative<br />

cooking classes, she plucked up the<br />

courage to start her own culinary<br />

studio. Soon, her classes were<br />

jam-packed.<br />

‘For the past few years, virtually every<br />

waking moment has been consumed<br />

by teaching, testing, food styling,<br />

photography, updating my Cook<br />

Studio Facebook page, pinning,<br />

blogging and helping friends throw<br />

stylish parties.<br />

‘I’ve decided to take a much-needed<br />

break from my cooking school. This<br />

doesn’t mean I’m going to sip on<br />

Mimosa’s all day long … I love being<br />

busy and need to keep up the same<br />

energy. I find cooking, organising,<br />

entertaining and socialising uplifting,<br />

and I always have a project on<br />

the go – from planning parties to<br />

community work. So, I’m going<br />

to spend more time on my blog.<br />

Although I prefer being in the kitchen<br />

to being on a computer, I just have so<br />

many recipes and ideas to share!<br />

‘On my blog, you will find exactly<br />

what women want. How to entertain<br />

without having a breakdown.<br />

Some women find the thought of<br />

entertaining terrifying while others<br />

do not have the time. Teaching how<br />

to add the wow factor to simplicity is<br />

what all women love.<br />

‘Plus, I have all my old course notes<br />

up with loads of original recipes you<br />

can try.’<br />

When Debbie is not busy whipping<br />

up a MasterChef creation, she is mom<br />

to two daughters, Alex and Camilla,<br />

does creative graphic work for friends<br />

and family setting up a new business,<br />

spends time on their boat at the Vaal<br />

Dam and reads recipe books like they<br />

are novels.<br />

The holiday season is here and<br />

gatherings or parties, although<br />

much smaller, are on the cards. What<br />

is Debbie’s recipe to a successful<br />

get-together?<br />

‘Make sure each guest is treated as<br />

important as the next. Apart from<br />

serving good food, music, a planned<br />

playlist, champagne and a theme<br />

are musts. You don’t need to break<br />

the bank, think anything with a dash<br />

of vintage or kitsch. Nothing is too<br />

corny to add to a theme. And oops<br />

moments happen, so if you stumble,<br />

make it part of the dance.’<br />

Details: Cookstudio.co.za or follow<br />

her on Facebook, @cookstudio and<br />

Instagram, @cook_studio.

Text: RIALIEN FURSTENBERG. Photographer: JACO BOTHMA. Make-up & hair: ANTOINETTE DE BEER.<br />

Visit<br />

our website,<br />

getitmagazine.co.za/<br />

joburg-west for Debbie’s<br />

easy Millionaire’s trifle recipe.<br />

Think white chocolate,<br />

caramel, Swiss roll and<br />

cream …<br />

Debbie’s stress-free hosting tips<br />

DRINKS<br />

• Make festive ice cubes in advance with<br />

mineral or boiled water and shaped<br />

silicone trays. Muffin pans can be used<br />

if you do not have shaped trays, these<br />

make marvellously large ice cubes for<br />

voluptuous gin glasses. Add berries, herbs,<br />

chillies or rose petals.<br />

FOOD<br />

• Take scones and jam which are certainly<br />

not associated with the festive season.<br />

Pile mini scones into a tower, add a dollop<br />

of cranberry to your jam, serve with a<br />

reindeer spoon and dust whipped cream<br />

with raspberries and gold stars. I have<br />

made festive trees from Oreo cookies,<br />

mini doughnuts, crumpets and Ferrero<br />

Rocher. Even Sweetie Pies can be served<br />

unwrapped and dusted with gold glitter.<br />

• Warm crusty ciabatta, festive butter<br />

shapes and cheese always make a<br />

crowd-pleasing starter. The bread can<br />

be wrapped in a beautiful dishcloth or<br />

adorned with a ribbon.<br />

• Turn salad into a wreath. All you need<br />

is a large, white round plastic tray from<br />

<strong>West</strong> Pack which retails for under R100.<br />

Match your colour scheme and use either<br />

traditional greens and tomatoes, a brightly<br />

coloured salad with a beetroot dressing,<br />

or a white potato salad with fresh basil.<br />

• Avoid dishes that need washing up<br />

on the day – like any roast. Roomtemperature<br />

platters served on baking<br />

paper will save your festive goose.<br />

THEME<br />

• Adjust any theme or colour scheme<br />

into a festive occasion. I have even pulled<br />

off a British-themed ‘Keep calm it’s only<br />

Christmas’ table in red and blue. Stars and<br />

a bit of sparkle tie any theme together.<br />

• Etsy (www.etsy.com) is filled with readyto-download<br />

printables. Use framed as<br />

wall art, placemats, tags for jars, vase<br />

wrappers and crackers.<br />

• Crafty is clever: Use old decor like Alice<br />

bands, feathers on old Easter hats and<br />

spray-paint mismatched plates gold for<br />

serving. Avoid tinsel and candles, and opt<br />

for fairy lights, gold dust and stars.<br />

• Buy inexpensive takeaway containers<br />

and send your guests home with a<br />

helping of their favourite dish for lunch<br />

the next day.<br />

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The utter truth<br />


This year has forced us to slow down. To take stock<br />

of what really matters … and with that came a lot<br />

of assessing our relationships, values or lifestyles. We<br />

chat to Tracy Loubser, author of her memoir, Unlocked<br />

about her journey to discovering her truth.<br />

From the outside looking in, Tracy Loubser<br />

had it all – married to her childhood<br />

sweetheart, two gorgeous daughters and a<br />

lifestyle that many would envy. But all was<br />

not as it seemed. In the process of making<br />

sure that everyone was taken care of, she<br />

turned a deaf ear to the cry of her inner<br />

voice. Tracy tried to conform to societal and<br />

religious expectations by persuading herself<br />

that all was well and pretending<br />

to be happy …<br />

When Tracy launched her memoir, Unlocked:<br />

A journey inward to utter truth, she did not<br />

think for one moment that it would fly<br />

off the shelves. Her initial idea was to tell<br />

her story to inspire others. Yet, she felt her<br />

perfectionism and self-doubt kept her stuck.<br />

‘The journey of writing my biography was<br />

tumultuous. The idea of the book was<br />

born more than nine years ago when I was<br />

navigating a tough decision to leave my<br />

marriage. It was not a decision I took lightly.<br />

Breaking up a precious family unit is huge.<br />

I longed for a book that would take me on<br />

a journey into a deeper diversity of myself. I<br />

felt lost and desperate. Little did I know that<br />

it would only be years later that<br />

the inspiration to write a book would<br />

come to life.<br />

‘I so often pictured how my story would<br />

land with my readers, which inhibited the<br />

flow. I then began to write my book like<br />

nobody was ever going to read it, except<br />

for my younger self. With very little intention<br />

of publishing at that stage, it is almost like it<br />

removed all the unnecessary pressure, and<br />

words started to flow. At times I needed to<br />

dig deeper than imaginable and other times<br />

it just gushed out onto the pages. It ended<br />

up being an invaluable cleansing process.<br />

I then chose to publish, not for myself, but<br />

for my daughters and every other woman<br />

rising above societal demands.’<br />

Now, months later and Tracy’s book is being<br />

received with raving reviews like the<br />

one below.<br />

‘Love how this book is written, it is raw, real,<br />

authentic and truly inspiring. It takes you<br />

right there in every moment with Tracy,<br />

experiencing it with her, feeling her<br />

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feeling, thinking her thoughts, yet simple<br />

enough to take you to the core of each<br />

scene and message. A good reminder that<br />

there is life beyond pain and potential<br />

when we push past our own limitations<br />

and the lies we tell ourselves; there are no<br />

limits when you step into your truth’ —<br />

Donna van Aswegen<br />

Tracy’s intention was not to crucify<br />

anybody when telling her story. For years<br />

she felt imprisoned within the cages of<br />

belief systems, traditions and authority, and<br />

never feeling good enough.<br />

‘I was told how to be, what to say and<br />

how to feel. I didn’t know how to access<br />

my truth … always feeling that someone<br />

else was holding the key. We spend<br />

most of our life longing to be like others,<br />

moulding ourselves to please others, and<br />

suppressing our authenticity, replacing<br />

it with a superficial sameness. I was one<br />

of these women. Only when I realised<br />

I had imprisoned myself and took full<br />

responsibility for my own happiness, I<br />

could begin to unlock the magnificence<br />

of who I truly was. Today I feel free of every<br />

shackle I had created for myself along the<br />

way. There is so much joy in freedom!’<br />

What you might not know is that growing<br />

up, Tracy wanted to become a famous<br />

singer, then hairstylist to a professional<br />

golfer. Somewhere in between she aspired<br />

to be a writer, never really thinking<br />

that one day she would become a<br />

published author!<br />

Apart from being a writer (bookworms<br />

rejoice, more great reads are coming!),<br />

she is also a speaker, transformational<br />

coach, facilitator and professional<br />

photographer, specialising in artistic nude<br />

and boudoir photography.<br />

Fortunate enough to live next door to<br />

the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, you<br />

will often spot Tracy hiking through the<br />

Garden or sitting at the waterfall, which<br />

she says, ‘... fills my soul’.<br />

With so many things happening this year,<br />

Tracy’s message for the new year is simple,<br />

yet we all tend to forget it in our busy lives.<br />

‘There is peace in surrendering to<br />

uncertainty, and being comfortable with<br />

the unknown of what the future may hold.<br />

It is only the present moment that holds<br />

any value.’<br />

Details: Purchase the hard copy of her book<br />

at www.tracyloubser.com for R250 (excluding<br />

courier costs) or as an ebook or kindle version<br />

from www.amazon.com or follow her on<br />

Facebook, @TracyLoubserAuthor.<br />

Tracy’s five tips on surviving the holiday blues<br />

1. Do what makes you happy and ecstatic. Go where you want to go. Who<br />

are you aiming to please? A martyr cannot blame anyone but themselves.<br />

2. Surround yourself with people who lift you up.<br />

3. Only perpetuate the traditions that work for you and your loved ones.<br />

4. Take an old set of Jenga and create a fun game by writing engaging<br />

questions on each block, encouraging everyone to get to know each other<br />

better. Tell the person third from your right what your favourite thing about<br />

them is. Or, sing Jingle Bells in a Donald Duck voice.<br />

5. Create an inspiring holiday routine. It’s the small daily habits that lead to<br />

fulfilment. You don’t want the holidays to disappear into a blur.<br />


‘When the tethers of generational hand-me-downs can be unlocked<br />

and severed, we realize that we are free to live to the rhythm of<br />

our very own heartbeat – a playlist custom made. I was raised<br />

traditionally, to fit the mould. Like a perfect panna cotta – just enough<br />

firmness, just enough flavour, just enough wobble, constantly being<br />

fixed and measured. But after a while, I wanted more than to be<br />

just some perfect little jelly dessert on a plate for the eating. I knew<br />

well how to be desired. Oh, I was so good at being wanted and<br />

acknowledged and placed on a pedestal, and until I knew better, I<br />

craved that. But then, I wanted something different – something wild<br />

and unordinary, deep and satisfying – I wanted more. I wanted to<br />

desire. I wanted to dream and unfold my own greatness, outside of<br />

the shadows of those close to me. The more I suppressed, the more<br />

the pressure built, eventually oozing out of every crack it could find,<br />

like larva out of a quiet but lethal volcanic eruption.’<br />

<strong>Dec</strong> <strong>20</strong> / <strong>Jan</strong> <strong>21</strong> Get It Magazine 13



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Count your blessings<br />

By taking time every day to focus on everything you have, rather than dwelling on the<br />

things you don’t, by appreciating your blessings and fostering an attitude of gratitude, is<br />

one of the easiest ways to improve your life. And there’s no better time to start than now.<br />

Why gratitude?<br />

Quite simply, it makes us happier.<br />

By spending just a few minutes a day<br />

reflecting on what we have to be grateful<br />

for – by paying conscious attention to<br />

what’s good instead of what’s bad – can<br />

make us feel a lot more positive about our<br />

lives, which in turn makes us happier.<br />

It increases our well-being ... physical,<br />

psychological and emotional. Being<br />

grateful for what we have has a positive<br />

effect on our self-esteem, and reduces<br />

toxic emotions – regret, resentment,<br />

envy, frustration. It’s said that gratitude<br />

increases happiness, and so reduces<br />

depression. Physically, grateful people<br />

are more inclined to take care of their<br />

health, to eat well and exercise more. And<br />

gratefulness during times of stress leads<br />

to resilience.<br />

It makes us more optimistic. The<br />

more we realise how much we have to<br />

be grateful for, the more we find to be<br />

grateful for. It’s a positive circle.<br />

It helps us sleep better. It’s thought that<br />

if we spend 10 or 15 minutes completing<br />

a gratitude journal last thing at night, we’ll<br />

go to bed in an optimistic frame of mind,<br />

which will lead to a better night’s sleep.<br />

It improves our relationships. If we’re<br />

grateful, we have less aggression, less<br />

jealousy, are less self-centred and have<br />

more empathy. It makes us happier and<br />

positive ... which means we’re nicer to be<br />

around. Whether it’s friends, a romantic<br />

partner or work associates ... if we practise<br />

gratitude ourselves, and are grateful to<br />

others, our relationships improve. Just one<br />

more thing to add to our ‘grateful for’ list.<br />

It allows us to appreciate what we have.<br />

If we’re grateful for what we have, we<br />

become less materialistic. And no longer<br />

being obsessed with having more, makes<br />

us content. Which is mentally a really<br />

good place to be.<br />

Journal your gratitude and your goals.<br />

If you agree that developing an attitude of gratefulness will enhance your<br />

life, you’ll love these locally designed and created journals. The Gratitude<br />

Attitude Journal – 100 days of intentional daily focus on gratitude, is<br />

undated and has a page-a-day, helping you to focus on what you are<br />

grateful for and what you have to look forward to the following day.<br />

Besides getting one for yourself, these are the perfect gift for Christmas<br />

this year, when many people are thinking about actually living the life of<br />

their dreams, after realising how precious their days are.<br />

In the same range – and equally as inspiring, is the Inspired Change<br />

Journal – all about goal-setting and formulation, with 100 days of<br />

productivity and focused action-tracking to help take small steps daily and<br />

consistently get closer to your dreams. There’s space to tailor the journal<br />

for your specific dreams and goals, and unlike many of the journals we’ve<br />

seen, this one is professional and sophisticated in an easy to manage size.<br />

The Gratitude Journal comes in raspberry or charcoal and costs R350,<br />

the Inspired Change Journal comes in black, charcoal and grey and costs<br />

R480. There are also notepads – Goals, Feed Your Focus, and Make Magic<br />

Happen, from R80 to R150, or R280 for the set (another great gift for a<br />

goal-orientated friend). All available online. Details: inspiredchange.co.za or<br />

Instagram at inspiredchangejournal<br />

We’ve got a set of these journals to give away ... to stand a chance of<br />

winning (and being seriously grateful!), visit getitmagazine.co.za and look for<br />

our Gratitude Competition. Entries close <strong>Dec</strong>ember 15.<br />

Text: Kym Argo<br />

<strong>Dec</strong> <strong>20</strong> / <strong>Jan</strong> <strong>21</strong> Get It Magazine 15

Filorga Skin Perfusion<br />

SHP Youth Cream<br />

is a rejuvenation<br />

cream crammed with<br />

ingredients that improve<br />

skin firmness and<br />

elasticity, reduce wrinkles,<br />

improve hydration,<br />

restore and protect skin<br />

barrier function, stimulate<br />

skin regeneration and<br />

also has a wound-healing<br />

agent. A long list of<br />

reasons to try it. R17<strong>20</strong>.<br />

For a list of stockist<br />

near you email<br />

info@filorga.co.za<br />

There comes an age when we can finally feel<br />

beautiful and confident just the way we are<br />

… naturally radiant. So we’re loving the new<br />

range from Clarins, devoted to the ‘silver’<br />

generation. The Nutri-Lumière range has four<br />

new exceptional skincare products to deliver<br />

a complete pro-ageing nutrition action. All<br />

nourishing and revitalising, there’s a day<br />

cream, a day emulsion for those who prefer a<br />

lightweight lotion, a comforting, melting night<br />

cream and a renewing treatment essence.<br />

From R8<strong>20</strong> to R1985 from clarins.co.za<br />

Stila<br />

Heaven’s Hue<br />

Highlighter,<br />

R610.<br />

It’s beginning to look a lot like<br />


The party season’s here. Perfectly prepped skin, a<br />

slick of metallic, a touch of shimmer.<br />

Get your glow on!<br />

Sagging skin. Wrinkles. A dull complexion. Everything<br />

we don’t want for Christmas. What do we want?<br />

Something that works. Pronto. Unwrap one of the new<br />

SVR ultra-concentrated ampoules and let them do their<br />

magical thing. There is a trio of these phenomenal little<br />

powerhouses. Ampoule A has Vitamin A / Retinol – a<br />

leading anti-ageing active ingredient which retexturises<br />

the skin and corrects deep wrinkles. • Ampoule B3 has<br />

a high concentration of vitamin B3 which soothes and<br />

strengthens the skin, lastingly restores skin’s moisture<br />

reserves, skin becomes plumper and the signs of ageing are<br />

diminished. • Ampoule C contains <strong>20</strong> per cent optimised<br />

Vitamin C ... it recharges the skin’s batteries and leaves<br />

skin radiant. R725 each from riekiemedaesthetic.co.za,<br />

absoluteskin.co.za or shopfomo.com<br />

Needing to hydrate and retain moisture<br />

all day? Solal Hydration Serum is just<br />

what your skincare regime needs as<br />

we enter a new season, which not only<br />

does that, but also helps repair the skin<br />

barrier and has skin-soothing properties.<br />

Solal Even Tone Serum is suitable for all<br />

skin types and ages – especially those<br />

with mature skin who tend to suffer<br />

from age spots. With ingredients that<br />

brighten skin, it does what it says ... gives<br />

the skin a more even appearance. R439<br />

each from Dis-Chem.<br />

16 Get It Magazine <strong>Dec</strong> <strong>20</strong> / <strong>Jan</strong> <strong>21</strong>

Everyone needs a signature scent ... and this season, ours is Mont<br />

Blanc Signature. This eau de parfum is chic, addictive and above all,<br />

ultrafeminine. It’s all sparkling clementine, enchanting magnolia and<br />

ylang-ylang, sensual vanilla and musk. From R999 at Woolworths.<br />

Wet n Wild cult-favourite, Photo Focus, has just<br />

launched Dewy Foundation ... weightless, supernourishing,<br />

with natural, all-day wear. Also easily<br />

buildable, so works from day to night. R99. Add a<br />

little shimmer with the Hello Halo Blushlighter in<br />

After Sex Glow, R99. Both exclusive to Clicks • And<br />

for golden eyes, also look out for Pretty by Flormar<br />

Stars Baked Eyeshadow in Golden Party ... it’s longlasting,<br />

works wet or dry and adds a glam shimmer.<br />

Also in Silver Blaze. R99.95 each, only from Foschini.<br />

Glow girl. Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter is a<br />

radiance-enhancing highlighter ... gossamer-light, it<br />

melts into your skin for a barely-there feel, and gives<br />

a soft, luminous, natural-looking glow. R610 • Stila<br />

Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows come in<br />

gold and bronze party shades ... think Kitten Karma,<br />

Bronzed Belle, Retro Rosegold and Perlina – rich,<br />

beautiful colour with a high shimmer sheen, minus<br />

the glitter! R395. Stila available at Woolworths.<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

<strong>Dec</strong> <strong>20</strong> / <strong>Jan</strong> <strong>21</strong> Get It Magazine 17

Get your glow on<br />

Sunsational beach essentials for the hols<br />

A Summer holiday isn’t complete without<br />

a bottle of NUXE Huile Prodigieuse, and<br />

we love this snazzy limited edition bottle<br />

– one of three designs created by young<br />

artists from the French design school<br />

Penninghen. This magic oil nourishes,<br />

repairs and beautifies your face (mix it with<br />

your moisturiser), body (use on dry areas<br />

and stretch marks) and hair (apply to the<br />

ends, or use as weekly intense conditioner).<br />

R5<strong>20</strong> from Woolworths • Filorga UV<br />

Bronze is a brilliant choice for your face.<br />

With a high SPF (50), it’s not the slightest<br />

bit oily, and targets wrinkles and dark spots.<br />

R400 from absoluteskin.co.za • NUXE Sun<br />

SPF 30 Lotion protects and offers antiageing<br />

cellular protection while promoting<br />

a sublime tan. R460 from Woolworths •<br />

No time to tan? Lily white and need help?<br />

We’re big believers in getting a little help.<br />

And if you plan it right, a gradual tan is<br />

the best option. For a beach goddess<br />

glow, we use Australian Gold’s Gradual<br />

Build Sunless Lotion ... believable colour,<br />

no streaking, and a wonderful coconut,<br />

vanilla, orange scent. R299.95 from Clicks.<br />

• Glow-getters will be delighted there’s<br />

a new self-tan brand in town ... St Moriz<br />

… and it takes your tan to the next level.<br />

This UK brand lets you get your glow on<br />

easily, and affordably. There are more than<br />

half a dozen products, from a fast tanning<br />

mousse to a golden glow moisturiser<br />

for those who want a light tan. Try the<br />

Gradual Tanning Lotion – which builds<br />

up a natural, controllable, glowing tan. Oh<br />

... and for mistakes (hate a streaky ankle!)<br />

there’s a Self-Tan Remover. Clever! Prices<br />

from R119.95, all from Clicks.<br />

There e isn’t a beach on the Med<br />

where you won’t see the bronzed<br />

and the beautiful reaching for<br />

a bottle of Piz Buin. We LOVE<br />

these sun products ... they’re<br />

fast-absorbing, non-greasy and<br />

-sticky, offer great protection ...<br />

and promote a really lovely bronze<br />

tan. Gets 10 out of 10 for the<br />

scent of Summer, too. You’ll find<br />

the Piz Buin range at Clicks and<br />

pharmacies from around R119.<br />

Text: Kym Argo

JINGLE<br />

Profanity alert ... there’s<br />

a little swearing. But if<br />

you’re broad-minded,<br />

this Classy as F*ck<br />

Cocktails, with 60 damn<br />

good recipes, is fun to<br />

have. With it’s gold foilstamped<br />

cover, and with<br />

Calligraphuck’s expletives<br />

sprinkled throughout,<br />

the recipes are not too<br />

complicated, the book is<br />

frivolous and irreverent<br />

... just what we need this<br />

festive season. R335.<br />

Sexton Irish Single Malt has just arrived in SA ... and is about to<br />

send shivers through the whiskey drinking fraternity. Packaged<br />

in a stylish, dark hexagonal bottle, it’s an Irish single malt – a<br />

rarity in South Africa (while there are a number of Scotch single<br />

malts on our shelves, Irish ones are few and far between). Made<br />

with 100 per cent Irish malted barley, distilled in copper pot stills<br />

and exclusively matured in hand-selected Oloroso sherry casks,<br />

it’s triple-distilled, resulting in a smooth approachability and<br />

memorable character. Infinitely drinkable, it’s all honeyed malt,<br />

dried fruit, nuts, spice and citrus oils and is perfect on ice, or in a<br />

Barista’s Old Fashioned. You’ll find it for around R499 at Makro,<br />

Norman Goodfellows, TOPS at Spar, Liquor City and Ultra Liquors,<br />

or online at grooveco.co.za<br />

BELLS<br />

ROCK<br />

Nothing like a little glitz and<br />

glamour – and a sparkling cocktail<br />

or two – to get the <strong>20</strong><strong>20</strong> festive<br />

party started. Have fun.<br />

Dress up your salad bowl with<br />

these Golden Brass Queen salad<br />

servers, made locally. R780 from<br />

hauteedit.com • Throw a little<br />

light in a dark corner ... gold LED<br />

pillar candle, R169, and strings<br />

of fairy lights (top of page), from<br />

R2<strong>20</strong>, from Woolworths.<br />

Copmpiled by KYM ARGO.

Baglietti boasts being the prosecco of celebration,<br />

sparkle and excellence. Madly popular in Italy, you<br />

can now get this exclusive sparkling wine here. Three<br />

massive cheers! We’re drinking the Baglietti No.10<br />

– a dry prosecco with flavours of pears, citrus and<br />

almonds, but also love the Baglietti No.7, an organic<br />

spumante rosé ... all raspberry, citrus and Summer<br />

berries. Around R229 from Yuppiechef, Norman<br />

Goodfellows, TOPS at Spar, Makro and Takealot.<br />

We’ll be very merry indeed if we try out the<br />

50+ Festive Drinks for the Holiday Season in<br />

Jessica Strand’s Very Merry Cocktails. It’s packed<br />

with lovely drinks, cheery photos and just the right<br />

amount of Christmas kitsch ... a great seasonal gift<br />

(pop it into an ice bucket or wrap with a bottle of<br />

bubbly for a fabulous hostess gift). R4<strong>20</strong>.<br />

Glam up your Christmas table with this<br />

porcelain White Stars dip bowl. Use it to<br />

serve snacks then, when <strong>Jan</strong>uary rolls in,<br />

pop it onto your dressing table to hold<br />

jewellery. R450 from bespokehome.co.za<br />

We all know (and love) Musgrave gins ... but we’re<br />

now all over Musgrave Copper Brandy in Vanilla<br />

and Black Honey. Described as the ‘bourbon’ of<br />

brandies, they’re beyond delish, and are perfect for a<br />

stylish Dom Pedro. When this dessert drink is made<br />

with Copper, it’s so much more than a grown-up<br />

milkshake. It’s sexy and luxurious and sophisticated.<br />

An old classic with a new twist ... which promises<br />

that as you cool down, your night will heat up! Try<br />

this Vanilla Copper Mango Chai Dom Pedro, and<br />

see for yourself. For two drinks, you’ll need 100ml<br />

coconut cream, 2 chai tea bags, 2.5ml ground<br />

cinnamon,150g frozen mango pieces, 100ml<br />

Musgrave Vanilla Copper, 500g vanilla ice cream<br />

and ground cinnamon to garnish. To make ... heat<br />

the coconut cream, chai tea bags and cinnamon in<br />

a saucepan over a gentle heat. Once the coconut<br />

cream starts to simmer, remove from the heat and<br />

allow it to infuse for 15 to <strong>20</strong> minutes. Strain, discard<br />

the tea bags and chill in the fridge, allowing to cool<br />

completely. Then blend with the mango, Musgrave<br />

Vanilla Copper and ice cream, and whizz until<br />

smooth. Pour into glasses, and top with a dusting of<br />

cinnamon. Details: musgravespirits.com

We’ve been told by the lovely Lindt chocolatiers that gin and chocolate<br />

make a perfect pairing. And as members of a team who’ve never said no to<br />

a gin, or turned down a chocolate, we’re just all over this! What you do is<br />

take a bite of the chocolate and let the rich flavour coat your mouth.<br />

Then take a sip of the liquid and it will strip the oils from your palate<br />

and intertwine with the chocolate. Suggested pairings are Mint Intense<br />

with Inverroche Classic and Indian tonic (the peppermint enhances<br />

the gin’s citrus, ginger and cardamom flavours); A Touch of Sea Salt<br />

with Inverroche Verdant and elderflower tonic (the salt brings out the<br />

sweet marzipan and coconut notes of the gin); or Lindt Excellence<br />

70% Cocoa with Inverroche Amber on ice with a curl of orange (dark,<br />

intense, with hints of citrus, vanilla and toffee ... this one’s our fave).<br />

Not just for<br />

kids. Christmas<br />

isn’t the same<br />

without a candy cane ...<br />

on your place setting, tied<br />

to a gift, hanging from<br />

the tree. R17.99 each from<br />

Woolworths.<br />

This <strong>Dec</strong>ember we may be staying<br />

closer to home, so it would be good<br />

idea to have some enjoyable recipes<br />

and projects to keep the family busy.<br />

Advent, by Kerstin Niehoff and Laura<br />

Fleiter, is full of old-fashioned Christmas<br />

goodness. Although aimed at those<br />

enjoying the season in the Northern<br />

hemisphere, it’s still got plenty for us<br />

to enjoy, from orange and cinnamon<br />

syrup and red velvet cranberry cake to<br />

table garlands, salt dough decorations,<br />

watercolour Christmas cards, and<br />

door wreaths. And if you’ve a friend<br />

who’s not mad about the season, but<br />

does have a sense of humour, there’s<br />

a recipe for Grinch Cookies .... a jar of<br />

these chewy green cookies would<br />

make an appropriate gift. R300.<br />

Joy to The World ... these<br />

festive treats – two dozen<br />

of them – are certainly<br />

a joy. Created by Silke<br />

Martin, the book has<br />

recipes for cookies and<br />

biscuits from around the<br />

world, perfect to serve at<br />

teatime or give as sweet<br />

gifts R170. And if you can’t<br />

be bothered to make<br />

your own .... Woolworths<br />

(as always) to the rescue.<br />

The festive Holiday Treats<br />

collection is a sweet as can<br />

be ... we love this DIY braai<br />

soetbroodjie jar, R149.99.

Don’t throw away your Christmas<br />

tree. Eat it. With recipes for preserves,<br />

feasts, sweet treats and drinks, How<br />

to Eat Your Christmas Tree by Julia<br />

Georgallis encourages you to think<br />

about food waste and to be more<br />

resourceful in an age of deforestation<br />

and climate crisis. From simple ideas<br />

– infusing pine needles to make a<br />

delicious and warming Pine Tea, to<br />

more lavish dishes – the decadent Fur-<br />

Cured Salmon – the book also has tips<br />

and advice on how to have a more<br />

sustainable Christmas. R260.<br />

Morgenster Estate Olive Oil<br />

in lovely bottle, R149.99 from<br />

Woolies. Great hostess gift!<br />

A trio of South African festive bar essentials. Using locally grown sugarcane from the heart<br />

of KwaZulu-Natal and water from the hills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Vodka Vusa is one<br />

of the latest local spirits to hit bar shelves. The Vusa (which means awaken) distillery is in the<br />

Natal Midlands and you can pick up a bottle for around R250 from TOPS at Spar or Takealot. Details:<br />

vusavodka.com • Not resting on their gin laurels, Hope has two spirits which are exceptional festive<br />

options. Hope Small Batch Vodka is distilled from a grape base sourced in the <strong>West</strong>ern Cape, with<br />

only the pure heart of the distillation run being bottled, ensuring it’s smooth enough to be sipped<br />

on ice. Clean, crisp, with hints of citrus fruit, it’s also perfect in cocktails. R350 from hopedistillery.<br />

co.za • As it’s not made in Mexico, we can’t call it tequila. Instead, we order a Hope Esperanza Agave.<br />

Designed to be sipped, this is a floral, smooth agave spirit ... think rich caramel with some spice, and a<br />

soft vanilla finish. Not brave enough? Try it in a TnT – a ‘tequila and tonic’ – made by mixing with tonic<br />

water and a slice of lime. Tiempo de fiesta. R340 from hopedistillery.co.za<br />

For goodness sake,<br />

don’t eat this one! Faux<br />

tree from Woolies ... all it<br />

needs are a few baubles<br />

or, for a simple look, a<br />

string of lights. R499<br />

from Woolworths.

Havana nights<br />

We’re going all hot and sultry this season.<br />

Let’s serve rum on ice, turn up the music and<br />

do the salsa, the samba and the mambo to<br />

celebrate New Year’s Eve Cubana style. Salud.

Que comience la fiesta ... let the party start. The Kraken Black Spiced Rum – named for a sea monster of myth and legend,<br />

said to have brought down the world’s largest shipment of Caribbean rum – is dark and powerful and smooth. Distilled in<br />

the Caribbean from naturally sweet molasses, you’ll taste notes of cinnamon, citrus, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, peppercorn and<br />

a big punch of vanilla. Oh ... and also danger. Lots and lots of danger. Drink on the rocks, or with cola, ginger ale or ginger<br />

beer. R335 from takealot.com • Limestone Rum – a limited edition 10-year-old pot still rum from the incredible Inverroche<br />

distillery – is a distinctive, full-bodied sipping rum, all toasted oak, caramel and nuts, orange zest , dried fruit, marmalade and<br />

vanilla, followed by cinnamon, butterscotch and spice. It’s dry, warm and smooth and is exceptional with dark chocolate,<br />

or a curl of orange zest on ice. R409 from cybercellar.com • Great bottle appeal! Don Papa Rum is a small batch, single<br />

island rum from the sugar island of Negros Occidental in the Philippines. Aged in American oak barrels for seven years,<br />

it’s a light amber liquid that’s smooth and delicate with flavours of vanilla, honey and candied fruits. Drink it neat, or over<br />

one large ice cube. And be sure to look out for the 10-Year-Old and Sherry Cask Limited Edition versions, too. R549 from<br />

yuppiechef.com • Hand-distilled on a sugar estate in Gingindlovu in Zululand, the amazing Tapanga Premium Reserve<br />

single batch, five-year barrel-aged rum is made from freshly cut sugarcane and is gorgeous ... think vanilla and cherry, dried<br />

fruit and citrus. Great gift, if you can bear to give it away, R750. Details: tapangarum.com or Facebook @Tapangarumafricole<br />

• Dominican and Barbados rum, with hibiscus, orange blossom and honeybush. Swoon! Suncamino Spirit Aperitif is<br />

distilled and aged for eight years in Barbados and the Dominican Republic, then shipped across to Cape Town, where it’s<br />

infused with locally sourced floral extracts, matured and bottled by hand. R299 from yuppiechef.com • Rhino Rum from Port<br />

Elizabeth on our east coast is all raisin and toffee, honey and vanilla, with just a hint of dried fruit and banana. Look out, too,<br />

for the Spiced Rhino, which is more aniseed and liquorice, clove and ginger. Around R350 from your local bottlestore.<br />

Copmpiled by KYM ARGO. Photo by MEGAN BRETT


without the hangover<br />

Mocktails. Phwa. There’s nothing mock about these. Whether you’re not<br />

drinking for personal or health reasons, or have been designated as the driver<br />

for the night, there’s no reason to hold back on festive cheer.<br />

These non-alcoholic options scream party, without the morning-after woes!<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

From G&T to cocktail, in one easy (garnish) step<br />

If you’re planning a party, add a dozen bottles of The Duchess non-alcoholic gin<br />

& tonic to the bar station, and go mad with the garnishes. For the horticulturist<br />

guest ... a few sprigs of freshly cut rosemary and thyme enhance the gardeninspired<br />

extracts in The Duchess Greenery. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon<br />

juice, loads of ice – ideal for a sunny day in the garden. Romance in the air?<br />

The Berry Burst is simply a few raspberries and a sprig of mint<br />

in The Duchess Floral, garnished with lime zest. For a very<br />

Christmassy drink, pour The Duchess Botanical into an icefilled<br />

glass and add either a sprinkling of star anise seeds and<br />

some thin orange peel, or some cardamom seeds and one or<br />

two cinnamon sticks. Details: drinktheduchess.com<br />

Dress up that drink<br />

Garnishes can make or break a<br />

cocktail ... alcoholic or otherwise.<br />

Some of them are purely for aesthetic<br />

reasons, others add aromatics and<br />

flavour. A glass of soda with a splash<br />

of flavoured syrup goes from ho-hum<br />

to let’s-do-the-salsa with the addition<br />

of a mint sprig and a lime wedge. Set<br />

aside a little spot on the bar, make a<br />

display and let your guests go mad.<br />

Easiest (and most common) is a<br />

citrus peel – orange, lemon, lime or<br />

grapefruit. Make sure you give it a<br />

good twist before dropping it into the<br />

drink, allowing the oils to spray and<br />

add flavour. A bowl of maraschino<br />

cherries is a must, as are fresh berries<br />

– strawberry, blackberry, blueberry,<br />

raspberry. Pomegranates are great,<br />

and very festive. For tutti-frutti<br />

cocktails, have slices of pineapple,<br />

peach, melon balls and coconut<br />

meat. Balance<br />

all the sweet<br />

options<br />

with olives,<br />

cucumber<br />

ribbons, and have<br />

loads of herbs – mint,<br />

rosemary, basil and<br />

thyme all work well.<br />

And don’t forget<br />

the pretties ... rose<br />

petals, pansies,<br />

violas,<br />

lavender,<br />


Our drink of the season is this lime & coconut<br />

flavoured syrup, mixed with sparkling water or soda<br />

(or still water, if you’re not into fizz). Pretty up with<br />

mint, shavings of coconut, loads of lime and ice and<br />

sip away all day. R73.49 from Woolies.<br />

Have you<br />

tried Schweppes<br />

Mojito? You’ll find this<br />

mint and lime drink in cans<br />

at your local supermarket and<br />

it’s a delicious way to enjoy<br />

an alcohol-free version of the<br />

classic Cuban cocktail. Add<br />

fresh mint and a wedge of<br />

lime to dicky it up.<br />

Move over G&T, it’s time for a spritzer. The new<br />

Duchess Spritz doesn’t need much doing to it ... just<br />

pour into an ice-filled wine glass and you’re good to<br />

party. There are two flavours of this de-alcoholised<br />

wine spritzer ... Elderflower White (crisp, sparkling<br />

and refreshing, with a definite wine ‘tang’) and Berry<br />

Rose (pink, sweeter … add a strawberry to the glass<br />

for a pretty touch). Both at local supermarkets like Spar,<br />

or online from yuppiechef.com for around R79 for a<br />

case of four. • We’re massive fans of the Monin range<br />

of syrups ... which add all sorts of exciting options to<br />

our mocktails. Our latest craze is the Mojito – born in<br />

the sultry bars of Havana, it’s a sexy drink made with a<br />

simple syrup muddled with lime and mint leaves and<br />

local rum. For our non-hangover version, we take the<br />

easy way out and use this delicious Monin Mojito/<br />

Wild Mint Syrup (available in one litre bottles, so we<br />

never run out) added to soda or club soda with a good<br />

squeeze of lime. <strong>Dec</strong>orate with fresh mint leaves from<br />

the garden and it’s all hola-Havana-nights. R180 from<br />

onlinebeveragestore.co.za • Fluére is the latest nonalcoholic<br />

spirit to arrive on the shelves. Three options ...<br />

Original (a floral blend of botanicals), Amber (a spiced<br />

cane dark roast – think dark roasted coffee, cocoa,<br />

liquorice, tonka beans and toffee), and Pink (all fresh<br />

raspberries in flavour). Serve with tonic water, ice and<br />

garnished with a few sprigs of lavender and juniper<br />

berries. Around R299 from local bottle stores.<br />

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Indoor & patio plant of the month<br />

What else but poinsettia? It’s become the festive plant of choice<br />

around the world, with its Santa Claus red ‘flowers’, bright yellow bracts<br />

and lush, green leaves – the colours of Christmas. It’s a showy gift plant<br />

(even for those without green fingers) and for decorating the home.<br />

These indoor plants like a warm position with good indirect light but<br />

no direct sunlight. Keep the potting mix moist but not soggy. To keep<br />

it going past the holiday season, feed with a houseplant fertilizer once<br />

a month, but don’t fertilize when it’s in bloom. After flowering, cut it<br />

down to 10cm and repot into a larger pot or plant it in the garden.<br />

Details: plantimex.co.za<br />

We’re planting ...<br />

Alstroemeria Summer Red is a dazzling summer flower,<br />

especially for gardeners who love bright<br />

pops of colour in the garden over<br />

the festive season. This summerflowering<br />

perennial forms an<br />

upright clump – 60cm high and<br />

wide – with narrow, dark green<br />

leaves. It grows in full sun, likes<br />

fertile soil that drains well and<br />

regular watering. Being compact,<br />

it doesn’t need staking. As the<br />

flowers fade, cut or twist off the<br />

stems at the base, leaving the tubers<br />

in the ground. The foliage dies down in<br />

winter but shoots out quickly in spring.<br />

Prevent slug and snail damage of young<br />

plants with organic Ferramol snail bait.<br />

Details: ballstraathof.co.za<br />

Veggie of the month<br />

What could be yummier than freshly<br />

picked and cooked sweetcorn<br />

smothered in melting butter? Did you<br />

know that sweetcorn is at its sweetest<br />

and tastiest 30 minutes after picking,<br />

which is why shop-bought sweetcorn is<br />

nothing like home-grown? This Golden<br />

Bantam is an heirloom variety that grows<br />

tall and produces multiple 14 to 16cm<br />

cobs filled with sweet yellow kernels,<br />

the first of which cobs are ready for<br />

harvesting within 75 days from sowing.<br />

It needs full sun and fertile soil. For good<br />

pollination, plant in blocks, or two or<br />

three rows, with plants 35cm apart and<br />

60 to 70cm between rows. Plant two<br />

seeds together in each hole. Thin out the<br />

weaker plant later. During the growing<br />

period, water regularly, keeping the<br />

soil moist with mulch and feed with a<br />

nitrogen-rich fertilizer when plants are<br />

knee-high, repeating two weeks later.<br />

Harvest when cobs are plump and<br />

well-filled. Test for readiness by piercing<br />

a kernel. If it’s still milky it’s ready for<br />

eating. The tassels should also be dry and<br />

withered. Details: kirchhoffs.co.za<br />

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<strong>Dec</strong>ember in the garden<br />

In the absence of rainfall, water regularly and<br />

plants in pots should be watered daily. •<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>orate your outdoor entertainment areas<br />

with pots of flowering plants or herbs. • Keep<br />

whitefly and other pests away from veggies<br />

by spraying with organic insecticides. • Feed<br />

annuals and other flowers with a liquid<br />

fertilizer to keep them flowering over the<br />

festive season. • Fertilize the roses mid-month<br />

with Ludwig’s Vigorosa. • Spray the roses with<br />

Ludwig’s Insect Spray and Chronos or Rose Protector to<br />

protect roses from pests and black spot.

<strong>Dec</strong>k the halls<br />

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we’d be jolly happy to find this set<br />

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this Cape floral range is refreshing<br />

and hydrating. Ideal to use straight<br />

after your bath or shower, the Cape<br />

Floral Body Mist, Body Lotion and<br />

Shower Foam are approved by Beauty<br />

Without Cruelty, are dermatologically<br />

approved and vegan-friendly. R149<br />

each from Woolworths (also look out for<br />

the Starry Wild Jasmine range ... sublime<br />

scent, too).<br />

Christmas<br />

wreath, R349<br />

from Woolworths.<br />

Make greener choices this Christmas<br />

If you feel guilty about the sheer excess of Christmas<br />

– and the effect it has on our planet – Green<br />

Christmas is an excellent buy. It’s all about making<br />

greener choices this festive season, about focusing<br />

on more than just presents, about conscious gifting<br />

... without giving up any of the fun. There are tips<br />

about sustainable cards, about pay-it-forward advent<br />

calendars, about home-made and home-grown<br />

gifts, about natural decorations – in all, 24 green,<br />

Christmassy chapters. And when it’s all over, relax in<br />

a bath with a pine-scented bath soak (author Eilidh<br />

Gallagher has given you the recipe!). R330.<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO and ALICE COTZEE<br />

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the Atlas, working from modern contour maps to ensure accuracy and<br />

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1Eat, drink, (shop)<br />

and be merry<br />

Thesen Harbour Town, as well as<br />

the centre of Knysna, is a hub of restaurants,<br />

shops, art galleries ... and not much makes us<br />

merrier than a successful shopping expedition<br />

followed by an exceptional meal.<br />

On the shopping list – boho kaftans, sexy<br />

swimwear and local jewellery, which you’ll find<br />

in the many boutiques that line the streets.<br />

Lots of tiny little stores in The Boatshed (we<br />

were mad about Rawganic health food store).<br />

Art, too, is a great buy in Knysna. There are<br />

Moving Art Galleries – with local art displays<br />

... check out the collections at the Knysna<br />

Fine Art Gallery, as well as on the walls at the<br />

Turbine Hotel. Our non-negotiable stop is<br />

Madame Botany (the main one in town, a tiny<br />

version next to Ile de Pain bakery). It’s exactly<br />

what you’d expect from the name ... all things<br />

botanical, from floral table runners to garden<br />

accessories to herbaceous lotions. And if you’re<br />

in Knysna on a Saturday, pop over to the Wild<br />

Oats Community Farmers’ Market in Sedgefield<br />

... stalls of fresh farm goodies, a real treat. The<br />

harbour town has eateries well-fed-cheekby-jowl<br />

... from the obvious seaside spoils like<br />

seafood (oysters and bubbly at sundown is<br />

hard to beat), sushi and tapas, to family faves<br />

like pizza, steak and burger bars. The one you<br />

shouldn’t miss is Ile de Pain Bakery and Café<br />

in The Boatshed ... made famous by the bread<br />

(it started out as an artisan, wood-fired oven<br />

bakery, one of the first in the country ... and<br />

turns out loaf after loaf of exceptional breads,<br />

to be eaten before anything else with loads of<br />

thick butter and a sprinkling of salt) but now<br />

also dishing up heavenly pastries and healthy,<br />

fresh lunch options.<br />

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2The Knysna Forest<br />

A little over 3000 square kilometres, this massive expanse of<br />

Afromontane forest is thick with trees and ferns, flowers and<br />

creepers, bright orange fungi, green moss and old man’s<br />

beard. Amazing birdlife for twitchers ... with the colourful<br />

Knysna louries, Rameron pigeons and Knysna scrub warblers, as well<br />

as mountain buzzards and Cape eagle owls. There are bush pigs and<br />

baboons, vervet monkeys and bushbuck and blue duiker. Leopards,<br />

thankfully elusive, and elephants ... apparently just one female left.<br />

It’s an exceptional destination for hikers and mountain bikers –<br />

with more than a dozen well-marked trails, ranging from the fairly<br />

easy and immensely enjoyable – we did the Terblans 7km walk in<br />

about three hours, with plenty of stops along the way (great photo<br />

opportunities, as well as quiet spots to simply sit and take in the<br />

splendour) – to the more challenging routes for those who want to<br />

push themselves. Details: visitknysna.co.za<br />

3Ziplining ...<br />

not for the faint-hearted<br />

Zipline across the Kranshoek Gorge between<br />

Knysna and Plett. Here’s one for the brave and<br />

fearless. A new zipline has just opened ... with four cables<br />

taking you more than 2km, while you’re more than <strong>20</strong>0<br />

metres high ... with another two cables to be added<br />

before the end of the year. If you can keep your eyes<br />

open, there are spectacular views of the Indian Ocean,<br />

as well as the forest, fynbos and valley far, far below.<br />

Details: knysnaziplines.co.za<br />

4You won’t get bored<br />

There’s something new to do every day of your<br />

holiday. For water babies, there’s stand-up paddling,<br />

kayaking and sailing as well as fishing, whale<br />

watching and sunset cruises. You can hire everything you<br />

need, including GoNow electric bicycles, which make<br />

exploring a breeze. For beach babes, there are 10<br />

exceptionally beautiful swimming beaches within a 42km<br />

radius of The Lofts Boutique Hotel, while golfers have a choice<br />

of three world-class courses.

5The Lofts, a four-star, 18-room boutique<br />

hotel ... which is so amazing it deserves<br />

five of its own must-visit reasons.<br />

1. Location, location, location. The hotel sits right on the water in the heart of the Knysna Lagoon<br />

on Thesen Island. The shopping, the restaurants, the activities are all just a few minutes walk away.<br />

And then there’s the iconic view from your bedroom window.<br />

2. Staff. Let’s face it, staff in the hospitality industry should be great. But they’re so often not.<br />

Here, they rock. Shout out to Justice Witbooi, who took time off to walk with us in the forest,<br />

and then back at the hotel kept the cold cocktails coming.<br />

3. Fabulous food. There’s no formal restaurant at The Lofts ... but there is an atrium speciality coffee,<br />

snack and drinks bar – all indoor plants and soaring ceilings – where really lovely breakfasts<br />

are served, as are all-day snacks and very early (and exceptionally tasty) dinners.<br />

4. The Boatshed. A cocktail of local whisky, apples, cinnamon and Ginger Ale. A five-star cocktail!<br />

5. Something for everyone. There are exclusive lagoon suites, comfy loft rooms, and brilliant<br />

self-catering two-bedroom units that are perfect for families. Add to this a splash pool, a spa<br />

(a massage with a view ... swoon), and sundeck ... and it’s clear why this is the latest addition to the<br />

Cape Country Routes’ collection of around <strong>20</strong> owner-operated and managed hotels, lodges<br />

and guesthouses on the scenic and historic routes in the <strong>West</strong>ern and Eastern Cape, all carefully<br />

selected for their character, charm and romance.<br />

Details: bookings@capecountryroutes.com, www.capecountryroutes.com<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

<strong>Dec</strong> <strong>20</strong> / <strong>Jan</strong> <strong>21</strong> Get It Magazine 41

Are you party pretty? We’re raring to start the holiday season with a gorgeous bang ...<br />

and we’ve put together a hamper of our favourite Clarins products to make sure we’re<br />

looking our festive best. With loads of parties, cocktails, late nights ... our skin may need<br />

a little SOS help. Hello colour correcting SOS Primer ... which gives 24-hour moisture,<br />

minimises signs of tiredness and revitalises our complexion. For eyes, the 4-Colour<br />

Eyeshadow Palettes have satin, matte and iridescent shadows, allowing us<br />

to go light during the day and dazzle when the sun goes down. Not much of a<br />

party without some flirty winking ... Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara 4D<br />

gives volume, length, curve and high definition. Wink, wink indeed. Blush prettily<br />

with Joli Blush ... it adjusts to any skin tone, has an airy, fine, soft and lightweight<br />

texture that lets your skin breathe, and smooths the skin’s texture by blending into<br />

the surface – in just one step. We wear this in Cheeky Pink for absolutely irresistible<br />

cheeks. Kick off kissable lips with a lip liner pencil for definition and to improve<br />

lipstick wear. For a casual holiday look, we love Instant Light Lip Comfort<br />

Oil, which simply melts on the lips. It’s a nourishing lip care product that<br />

gives a non-sticky, sweet coat of shine. Up it just a bit with Intense Lip<br />

Perfector, which plumps lips and gives a wet-look gloss. For a more intense<br />

jolt of colour, the Joli Rouge range is creamy, with strong colour and a<br />

delicate satin finish. This is a win-win option ... the lipstick hydrates the lips<br />

from within for six hours and leaves them soft, supple and comfortable. Seriously<br />

stunning lips! Ready to go? Not quite. A quick spritz of Clarins Fix’ Make-up – a<br />

light and refreshing mist – will set make-up and give longer-lasting hold, instantly<br />

moisturises and soothes the skin and has a lovely fresh scent, too.<br />

Spoil<br />

Festive<br />

As it’s Christmas, we’re feeling all gifty<br />

... and have a Clarins hamper worth<br />

R3775 (wow!) to give away to one of our<br />

gorgeous Get It readers. To win, pop over<br />

to Get It Joburg <strong>West</strong> on Facebook, find our<br />

Clarins Party post, and enter. You’ve got until<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>ember 15 ... so get going!<br />

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