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TRENDS AND FLORAL FINDS
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WHY DON’T YOU...
5 Support local markets or watch a hilarious comedy
6 Mothers. Sons. Sisters. Friends. We’re all about family this month
8 We’re loving hints of blue, a heavenly scent and tucking into a
seaside-inspired seafood spoil
10 With her artistic eye, Mandi Barnard will help you look and feel
gorgeous … permanently
12 We’re managing our locks with exceptional at-home tools,
quality products and hair accessories
14 We’ve put together a few home spa spoils that won’t break the bank
and are super easy to make
HOME & GARDEN
20 Blooming marvellous floral treats that make us feel good
22 Granny chic. Natural materials. Quiet spaces. This is what you can
expect on the decor front this year
25 If you have to work from home, make sure you do so stylishly
26 Sparkling stars and new trees and unusual veggies … how does
your garden grow?
32 Dreaming about escaping to an island? Then the magical Maldives
should top your list
32 Win a seven-night holiday to the marvellous Maldives
34 We’re giving away a full face permanent make-up treatment
Personality: Mandi Barnard
Photographer: CJ Heyman
Touch-ups: Elaine Boshoff
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A hot date!
Support local markets or watch a hilarious comedy
Gather your friends and family and head over to the Cedar
Tree Craft Market. Think leather items, home-baked
treats, handmade products, craft drinks, jewellery, plants, clothes,
gifts, kids’ entertainment and live music. Entrance is free and
pets on a leash are welcome. There will be a market on the 14th
and 28th from 10am, and a night market on the 5th from 5pm.
Venue: Khosa Sports Club, corner of Shannon Road and Frederick
Cooper Drive, Krugersdorp. Details: Chanelle on 081 500 6884 or
Nothing planned for the weekend? Head over to Eagle
Canyon Country Club for Jessica’s arts and crafts market.
Handmade items, arts and crafts, and delicious food await. Time:
9am to 3pm. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hop on over to Coffee Cabin for a fun-filled Easter market.
Clothes, sweet treats, jewellery, decor, head wraps, makeup,
shoes ... and the list goes on. Time: 8am to 3pm. Venue: Coffee
Cabin, 272 Voortrekker Road, Monument. Details: Follow them on
With budgets being
so tight these days, Silverstar has
pulled out all the stops with incredible deals
to give you more bang for your bucks. And it’s not
just the deals that will blow your mind, get ready to
have your taste buds blown too. Not in the mood to cook
after a hard day at work? You guessed it, it’s a big deal
at Silverstar where you can enjoy discounts that will
stretch your smile but not your budget! Check out
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Say YES to having fun
It is laugh a minute with Yes Day, a family-friendly comedy
movie on Netflix this month. Always feeling like they have
to say ‘no’ to their kids and co-workers, Allison and Carlos
decide to give their three kids a Yes Day. For 24 hours, the
kids make the rules. Little did they know that they’d be going
on a whirlwind adventure that would bring the family closer
together than ever before.
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Mothers. Sons. Sisters. Friends. We’re all about family this month
There’s been much noise about Girl A
… and deservedly so. Abigail Dean’s
debut novel, which is being called
‘the book that will define a decade’, is
magnificent. A psychological drama, it
starts off fairly gently but gets deeper
and darker and more distressing with
every chapter. The story, told by Lex –
Girl A, jumps from past to present …
the past being her and her siblings’
horrendous childhood, growing up
in her religious fanatic parents’ House
of Horrors; the present being when
her mother dies in prison and leaves
Lex, now a lawyer, executor of her
estate … a little money and the family
home from which Lex escaped. Lex,
with agreement and encouragement
from her sister Evie, decides to turn
the house into a force for good …
including everything her parents
would have hated. We meet each of
her siblings – as children and as the
adults they’ve grown up to be. Girl
A, soon to be a TV show directed by
Johan Renck (director of Chernobyl),
is a story of redemption, horror and
love, and is gripping, powerful and
deeply disturbing. Brilliant!
If you’ve nothing planned for the weekend, this one’s a light, quick read which
will keep you guessing. Michelle Frances (The Girlfriend, The Daughter) takes sibling
rivalry and family secrets to a whole new level in Sisters. It starts off slow, and a
little predictable, but the story soon hots up … with sisters Abby and Ellie doing a
Thelma and Louise through Italy, France and Spain, the police – as well as a baffled
husband and an is-she-or-isn’t-she-evil mother – close behind. • Staying with
sisters – Kate and Lauren have a great relationship … always there for one another.
But when Jess arrives, claiming to be their half-sister, the fall-outs start. Is she the
secret daughter of their father, who recently died? For the girls, their mother Rose,
and newcomer Jess, life becomes a tangle of secrets, lies and questions. Is the
family really as perfect as it appears? Sandie Jones (The Other Woman) is great at
psychological suspense, and there’s no shortage of that in The Half Sister.
In Bibi’s Kitchen
Bibi’s – grandmothers – from eight eastern
African countries welcome you into their
kitchens to share flavourful recipes and
stories of family, love and tradition in
this cookbook-meets-travelogue. Food
writer Julia Turshen and Somali chef Hawa
Hassan gathered 75 recipes. Expect Kicha
(flatbread) and Shiro (ground chickpea
stew) from Ma Gehennet from Eritrea,
Ajemi bread with carrots and green
pepper from Ma Shara in Zanzibar, and
stewed plantain with beans and beef
from Ma Vicky – a real-life Tanzanian
princess. Delicious in every way.
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The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman is pure joy. It’s tender, gentle, poignant,
and touching. And madly, madly funny. Which it shouldn’t be. Since Norman is a
painfully awkward preteen. Short, covered in scaly, painful psoriasis, and then there’s his
name! Plus his best – and only – friend, Jax (‘the bloody Rolls-bloody-Royce -Royce of bloody
best friends’) has just died. There goes their five-year plan to perform their duo comedy
act at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2023. But ‘one never knows’ … and a trio of delightful
characters – Norman, his wonderful, scatty mum Sadie, an elderly pensioner co-worker
Leonard, along with a host of people they meet along the way (one of whom may or
may not be Norman’s dad) travel from Cornwall to Edinburgh to make dreams come
true. Obviously, not much goes according to plan. Massively inspiring, uplifting,
wise … a hugely enjoyable read by Julietta Henderson. Loved it! • More warmhearted
humour in The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home.
For those of you who’ve read Joanna Nell’s The Single Ladies of Jacaranda anda
Retirement Village and The Last Voyage of Mrs Henry Parker, you’ll know
what you’re in for. And if you’re new to this author, you’re in for a treat. A
roller coaster of fun and laugh-out-loud moments as nearly 90-year-old
Hattie Bloom (retired nature writer and lover of birds) has a fall which h
lands her in a nursing home, where she meets fellow ‘inmate’ Walter
Clements (a gregarious would-be comedian) who’s also longing for
escape, at The Night Owls – a clandestine club run by Sister Bronwyn n
and her dog, Queenie. Funny meets moving … a delightful, feel-good
book that proves it’s never too late to laugh or to love.
This month we’re keeping things tart with the bittersweet taste of
ruby red grapefruit. Made with grapefruit hand-picked on
the sun-drenched French island of Corsica in the Med,
Pampelle is all citrus peel-fresh, with a touch of herbs,
and makes the most amazing spritzer. Pour two tots
of Pampelle into an icy cold glass, add about 75ml of
Prosecco or sparkling wine, and top with soda water.
Around R399 from your local bottle store.
Compiled by: KYM ARGO
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Hints of ocean blues and gorgeous scents
this chic and
twilly scarf that
spruce up any
look. This one,
inspired by the
ocean, can be tied around your head like an
Alice band, twirled around a bun or ponytail,
worn around your neck like a little tie,
added to a bag strap, or paired with a gold
twilly ring to wear as silk jewellery. R370.
Turkish towels. What’s so special about them? Well besides the fact their
compact size and quick drying time make them perfect for the bathroom,
or yoga and Pilates class, you can also use them in so many other ways.
They double up as a shawl, a throw or a blanket, or use them as a picnic
blanket or a baby blanket. A great eco-friendly addition to any home. R459
Luxury in a tin
Don’t wait for winter to slather yourself in
body oil. There is nothing worse than dry,
tight, itchy skin, whatever the weather. This
Mies’ Rosy Lemon Bath and Body Oil is brilliant
as a blissful bathtime soak or can be
applied directly to your skin as a nourishing
moisturiser. A 100 per cent natural, handmade
oil blend, with real lemon and rose,
there are no artificial colours, fragrances or
sulphates. Just soft, scented, beautiful skin.
R290. Details: miesetc.com
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A seaside-inspired seafood spoil
Just because you can’t get to the beach, doesn’t mean
you can’t have a sea-style spoil. Well-known foodie
and author of the cookbook West Coast Wander
Georgia East has teamed up with Krone MCC to create
a divine West Coast seafood dish. Complimenting the
harders’ delicate flavour, the saline complexity of
Krone’s Borealis Cuvée Brut makes the ideal pairing for
this simplest of seafood, while the MCC’s bright acidity
of kumquat and naartjie lend zest to the earthy
aromatics of wild rosemary and sage. R165 from
selected bottle stores or kronemcc.com
SALT-RUBBED HARDERS WITH
A WILD GREENS PESTO
You’ll need: 8-12 fresh harders or sardines, scaled and
gutted; 500g coarse West Coast sea salt; large sprigs
dune sage (Salvia Africana-lutea) or flat-leaf parsley,
finely chopped; large sprigs wild rosemary or regular
rosemary, finely chopped; 2 cloves of garlic, finely
chopped; zest and juice of a large lemon plus an
extra lemon for squeezing over the fish; olive oil
How to: Combine a tablespoon of the dune sage with
the coarse sea salt. Rub the salt all over the harders,
taking care to not get any into the belly cavity. Set the
fish aside. Combine the chopped herbs, garlic, lemon
zest and juice with a few generous glugs of olive oil.
Season the pesto with a pinch of salt and combine to
the desired consistency. Shake the excess salt from the
harders and braai the fish over hot to medium coals for
3-5 minutes per side, squeezing over fresh lemon juice.
The harders are ready once the skin is golden and the
flesh pulls away easily from the bones.
Serve the harders with the wild greens pesto, lemon
wedges, crusty bread and a chilled bottle of Krone
Borealis Cuvée Brut. Visit our website,
getitmagazine.co.za/joburg-west for Georgia’s mussels
with samphire and seawater pasta recipe.
The scent of a rose
Ludwig’s Roses celebrates its 50th anniversary this
month and behind it all is Ludwig Taschner’s love affair
with the rose, and his passion to share its beauty with
as many people as possible. Known to many as South
Africa’s Mr Rose, Ludwig has introduced more than
500 new varieties of roses, including many that he has
bred himself. He has travelled the length and breadth
of the country giving talks, workshops and judging
rose shows. Ludwig’s Roses began in 1971 with a
small start-up rose nursery on the rose farm outside
Pretoria and has since grown to five dedicated rose
outlets in Gauteng, the Western and Southern Cape
and KwaZulu-Natal. Join the celebrations at Ludwig’s
Rose Farm, north of Pretoria on March 21 and 22 (all
health protocols observed) and collect a free Golden
Anniversary souvenir catalogue from any of Ludwig’s
Roses outlets countrywide. Details: 012 5440144,
email@example.com or ludwigsroses.co.za
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is her business
From a professional photographer to mastering the art of creating beautiful
brows, enhancing lips and perfecting permanent eyeliner. With her artistic
eye, Mandi Barnard will help you look and feel gorgeous … permanently.
Meeting Mandi Barnard you might feel a tad
intimidated. She is cool, calm and collected.
And those fierce red lips tell one thing … this
woman means business! But, behind that
persona, you will discover someone with an
infectious laugh and quirky sense of humour.
No wonder she is so popular with all her clients.
Mandi’s career in the beauty industry took
off around seven years ago when she had a
microblading procedure – not thinking for one
moment that this eventually will become her
bread and butter.
‘I’ve always had fairly good eyebrows, but as
I got older, the beginning and tail end of my
arches started thinning out. I eventually got
tired of filling them in with make-up all the time,
so microblading just seemed like the
‘It wasn’t the most pleasant experience ever,
and also not the worst, it was just plain meh!
At that stage, it was still a fairly new procedure
in SA and the technique more painful than
it is nowadays. Though, discomfort and
everything else aside, there was just something
so fascinating about microblading. So much
so that I went for a short course in the art of
microblading. To my disappointment, the level
of training was mediocre …
‘Do I pursue this career further or continue
as a professional wedding and lifestyle
photographer? The answer came easy and
microblading became the leap of faith I took
that grew into something unimaginable.’
Luckily, being quite artistic and a visual
learner, Mandi took to the internet, did loads
of research, attended workshops, courses
‘Having a photography background gave me
an advantage early on in my career. I knew
how to market myself professionally. I started
building my client base and eventually finished
my training in cosmetic tattooing – permanent
make-up, semi-permanent, cosmetic tattooing,
micropigmentation … call it what you want,
they’re all the same. Soon after, my clients
started to request more procedures like liners
‘So, now I had more knowledge, experience and
a decent client base … Although I was loving
my work and the procedures, the results were
just not what I had hoped for. I wasn’t happy
with the support and training I had at the time,
also not with the products I was using. I took a
step back and knew something big had
Some social media snooping, a lot of research
and Swiss Color (a global company with
expertise in micro pigments for permanent
make-up and microblading) crossed paths
‘Two years later, international training,
blood (literally), sweat, tears and travelling
so much in 24 months that my suitcase was
I’m finally happy where I am in my career. I
have my very own training academy, Mandi
Barnard Academy, and I’m a master trainer
and distributor of products, pigments and
digital devices for Swiss Color International in
‘I also offer internationally recognised training
courses in Microblading, Permanent Makeup,
Paramedical (Areola, Scalp, Camouflage
& Derma SR8) Lift Meso Therapy, advanced
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What we put out
into the universe, we
will get right back,
just like an echo
classes, one on one, and international
For Mandi beauty and personal care are of the
utmost importance, because when a woman
looks good she feels good.
‘The moment I’ve finished their treatment
and my clients look in the mirror is one of my
greatest pleasures in life. Watching their faces
light up, I know they feel like a different person.
‘You’ve given me back so much confidence,’
they say. And that’s the single most important
thing to me. It’s what motivates me to achieve
the best results for every single person who
walks into my treatment room.’
There is nothing Mandi enjoys more than
kicking off her heels after a long day and play
with her three dogs
and parrot. And can we let you in on
a secret …?
She can sing, like really well. A few years
ago she even launched a couple of albums!
Multi-talented she is indeed. A loss to the
music industry, but a huge gain to the
Details: Follow her on Facebook,
If the ship we were on were to sink I would be the one … saving all the animals. • The TV remote is
mine unless … I am asleep • Will spend my last R100? On someone else. • How can someone make
your day? By doing a simple favour with enthusiasm. • What motto do you live by? What we put out
into the universe, we will get right back, just like an echo. • Will never be seen wearing … Socks and
sandals. The socks defeat the purpose of the sandals, plus it creates a hideous fashion statement.
Text: RIALIEN FURSTENBERG. • Photographer: CJ HEYMAN . • Touch-ups: ELAINE BOSHOFF.
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in a pretty
fabric, R59 from
Beauty-wise, if there’s one thing
lockdown taught us, it’s the
importance of how to manage our
locks. We’re embracing the
undone bob, the grown-out
fringe, and the importance of
exceptional at-home tools,
quality products and glam-it-up
This Inoar Kálice Oil is loaded with vitamin E and seven precious vegetable etable
oils. It’s moisturising, nourishing, restorative, antioxidant, softening,
protective, and penetrates and absorbs immediately into the hair. Bonus
… it’s multifunctional, so you can use it on your face and body too. R950
(or R130 for the small 8ml version – great for travelling). • Résistance Lotus
Flower Oil – also with plant ingredients that penetrate deep into the hair
fibre and give back its natural moisture – strengthens, repairs, realigns,
reduces frizz, and, since your hair will be healthier, adds shine. R130 for 7ml.
Inoar products are cruelty-free, vegan and sulphate-free. Details: inoar.co.za
Watch your back. This
rectangular mirror is perfectly
sized to keep on your
dressing table. Not only is it
great for when you’re doing
your make-up, but also to
check the back of your hair –
to admire or fix. R299
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This resin triangle hair
claw, with a faux-marble
effect, makes it easy to sweep your
hair into a stylish updo. Smooth and glam,
or messy and sexy … depending on your mood.
R99.95 from Woolworths.
Up your everyday hairstyle with eye-catching
accessories. Even a simple ponytail looks the bomb
when you add a scrunchie or a pair of clips. Start
with a dusty pink corduroy scrunchie (we’re so happy
these are back in fashion … so kind to your hair), R48
from peoniepienk.co.za • Two-pack diamanté resin
hair slides – one with chunky resin gems in shades
of palest pink and nudes, the other with encrusted
diamanté, R89.95 for both from Woolworths.
Pretty Kate In Marble hair barrette,
R42, one of the loads of really
lovely options from
I don’t want more volume.
Said no one ever!
Which makes the new, volumising
ghd Rise Hot Brush the most
essential item in your beauty
cache. This hot (185°C … the
optimum hairstyling temp) little
number gives two times more
volume, and has the technology
to adapt the power based on the
speed of your styling, and has
smooth-touch nylon bristles that
are optimised to ensure close
contact so you can lift hair from
the roots, glide smoothly through
the length with no tangles. Shape.
Body. Fullness. And a high-volume
crown worthy of a queen! R2900
from salons and ghd.com
Compiled by: KYM ARGO
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INDULGE IN SPA
Lockdown is still a fact of life and many of us feel like we are stuck in a rut a bit,
bored and generally out of sorts. We may have to stay home, but that doesn’t
mean we have to stagnate, and a bit of pampering and self-care can go a long
way towards setting the mood and making us feel more human again. We’ve put
together a few remedies that won’t break the bank and are super easy to make;
even the kids can get involved! Not only do they soothe and pamper from head to
toe, but they make the perfect gift for that friend who really needs a pick-me-up.
Simply put them in a pretty jar or bottle, add a ribbon and a card, and voila!
Text: MELLISSA BUSHBY
Whisk together 100 grams bicarbonate of soda,
50 grams citric acid, 25 grams cornflour and
25 grams Epsom salt. In a separate bowl, mix
2 tablespoons of sunflower or canola oil with
a few drops of essential oil and a few drops of
liquid food colouring. Stir well. Slowly add the
oil into the dry mixture, whisking constantly. As
soon as all the oil is in, add a few drops of water
and whisk. It will fizz a bit, so stir quickly. The
mixture must clump together when held in your
hand, and not be too wet. Add a sprinkling of
dried lavender or rose petals to the bottom of
the mould (optional). Pack your mixture into a
mould – you can use empty dessert or yoghurt
cups, Easter egg packaging, silicone ice trays,
cupcake bases, biscuit cutters and so on. Leave to
dry in the mould for about 4 hours, and carefully
remove, ready to drop into a heavenly hot bath.
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ROSEMARY HAIR RINSE
From the glorious shores of the Mediterranean,
rosemary is a versatile herb that is
especially beneficial for creating healthy, shiny
hair. It helps to prevent thinning, stimulates
hair follicles, rinses out hair product residue,
relieves an itchy, dry scalp and, used regularly,
helps to blend in greys. To make a luxurious
rosemary hair rinse, bring 2 cups of water
to the boil, reduce the heat and add two
generous sprigs of rosemary. Simmer for 10
minutes with the lid on, turn off the heat and
leave to cool. Remove the sprigs. Pour over
washed and rinsed hair, massaging into the
scalp and through to the ends.
Mix 1½ cups of fine sea salt, ¼ cup of Epsom
salt and ¼ cup of bicarb with 6 tablespoons
of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of avocado
oil. Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and
5 drops of peppermint or citrus essential oil
and mix well. Scoop into a jar and seal until
your next foot scrub. This recipe works like a
charm on dead skin, and is especially good for
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To make a creamy, moisturising
lotion, all you need is a base
cream (we used aqueous) and oil,
base oil and essential oils. Add ½
cup of aqueous cream into a glass
jar and stir in 1 tablespoon each of
apricot and avocado oil, then add
10 to 15 drops of essential oils of
your choice (citrus, peppermint,
lavender and chamomile all work
well and smell heavenly), mixing
well until the oil and cream are
well blended. Seal the jar and use
within 2 weeks.
Pour one cup of distilled
water into a spray bottle,
and add 10 to 15 drops of
essential oil (lavender and
vanilla are lovely),
1 teaspoon of salt, and one
tablespoon of base spirit
such as vodka. Put the lid
on and shake well to mix.
This aromatic spritzer will
bring a fresh and lovely
scent to any room, but
remember to shake the
bottle well before each use
to ensure the components
are thoroughly blended.
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Full of delicious
B-well mayo will leave your
taste buds begging for more!
Cake. Could there be any better way to start the
month? Then try this creamy, moist, chocolate cake
that’s made with … drumroll … mayonnaise!
Mayo chocolate cake
For a sexy and sweet chocolate cake like none other.
A low-fat, refined-sugar free and vegan cake. No eggs,
no oil, no gluten. None of the guilt, all of the pleasure.
You’ll need: 1 cup B-well Reduced Oil Mayo; 2 cups
All-purpose/ cake flour (gluten-free or standard);
½ cup coconut nectar sugar; ½ cup cocoa (can be
replaced with raw cacao for a natural superfood
stimulant boost); ½ cup maple syrup/ honey; 1 cup
hot water; 1 tsp instant coffee; 1 tsp vanilla essence;
2 tsp bicarb of soda; ½ tsp salt; ½ cup dark chocolate
How to: Preheat the oven to 180°C. Whisk together
the flour, sugar, cocoa, bicarb of soda and salt till
Dissolve the instant coffee in the cup of hot water.
In a separate bowl, combine the B-WELL Reduced Oil
Mayo, vanilla, honey and coffee.
Add wet mixture to dry mixture and beat well.
Add half the chocolate chips and lightly fold into
Pour the mixture into a greased cake tin and bake for
30-35 mins, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Scatter the remaining chocolate-chips over, allow to
melt. Run a spatula over to spread.
Serve with fresh berries or your favourite cup of tea.
Mayonnaise is a staple in virtually every
household’s kitchen. South Africans love B-well
mayo and here’s why …
1. A plant-based mayo, free of eggs and dairy
2. Does not contain any genetically
3. Canola based mayo which makes it high
in Omega 3
4. A mayo that’s healthy for you and your family
The flavour you love, but healthy. This deliciously rich and savoury, thick and creamy mayo is ideal
for use in sauces, burgers and even chocolate cake. Locally made with lots of love, and NO eggs,
gluten or dairy. Details: bwellfoods.co.za or follow them on Facebook and Instagram, @bwellfoods.
We’re all about natural, but sometimes
we let a little faux flow. Be it when
your fingers aren’t as green as
you’d like, that you need a touch
no-maintenance prettiness in a dark
corner where nothing will grow, or
you want tulips on your desk all year
round … faux’s the way to go. And
when you find flowers and plants as
realistic as these from Biggie Best …
win, win. This latest range of lovely
botanicals from olive trees to
orchids, pincushions to alliums,
bougainvillea to proteas, get our firm
nod of approval. You’ll find them
online at volpes.co.za
Compiled by: KYM ARGO
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For quiet evenings or slow weekends, a puzzle’s a
great way to wind down. We love this Cultivated 1000
piece puzzle, drawn from the stunning debut book
by celebrated floral designer, writer, and photographer
Christin Geall, which captures her floral style in a
rich, detailed puzzle. Hours and hours of blooming
gorgeous fun. R363 from Exclusive Books.
How clever is this?
For those of us who
struggle to construct a
perfect arrangement, this
Vase Buddy is a silicone,
flexible grid, that stretches
over the rim of your vase,
holding flowers in place.
It’s reusable, washable,
and fits vases between
12 and 20cm. Buy online for
R140 from vasebuddy.com
We’re massive Cape Island fans
… and although we wouldn’t
sniff at any one of the six scented
fragrances, our firm favourite, up
until now, has been Clifton Beach
– think sun-warmed coconut,
opulent tolu balsam and a zest of
lime. But we’ve just had a heady
whiff of the new scent … and
it’s completely swept us off our
feet. Wild Coast – in its luscious
raspberry pink packaging – is all
elegant iris, enticing black currant
and wild jasmine along with
rich praline and patchouli. This
newest scent is in the mini and
classic medium candle so far – as
well as a rather desirable Wild
Coast Scented Candle Ornament,
which has a mini candle inside
and makes for a gorgeous
inexpensive gift. R195 to R320.
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Granny chic. Natural materials. Quiet spaces.
Yellow hues and
granny prints … two
trends in one!
We’re rather enjoying the revival of ‘Granny
Chic’. An ode to old school, it’s the revival of
furniture you no doubt would find in your
grandparents’ home. And the reason it’s
so popular? It evokes feelings of comfort,
nostalgia and tradition … exactly what we
long for in turbulent, uncertain times. It’s easy
to recreate in your bedroom … all you need is
a massive, soft quilt in a soft colour and pretty
pattern. Granny prints are also used to great
effect in the lounge … combine a floral print
with a few modern pieces and add (dare we
say clutter) keepsakes, sculptures, artwork and
pottery from your life and travels. Rugs, mirrors,
scatters (new or nicked from gran) add to the
warmth of the room.
Pantone recently announced two colours as their shades of the year
… and we’re all over Illuminating – a zingy yellow that’s warm and
optimistic. They added Ultimate Grey, describing it as a practical and
solid combination, giving us resilience and hope for the year ahead.
If you prefer a more neutral palette, Dulux Colour of the Year is Brave
Ground – a warm, natural neutral … a nurturing and balancing colour. It’s
versatile, so mixes well with other shades … think relaxing off-white, bold
pinks and reds, and strong blues and greens.
Talking green … look out for sage green, which promises to make
another appearance this year – a lovely restorative, natural colour that
goes with absolutely everything.
And for those who aren’t afraid of colour … there’ll be pops of mulberry
tones and warm reds combined with patterns and prints that evoke
happiness and cheerfulness, as well as ocean blues, from deep inky tones
through to soft aquas and teals … the perfect colours to create a tranquil
and peaceful home.
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Sustainability is the 2021 buzzword
and there’s is a huge focus on
products that will not only last
longer, but will also not harm the
environment. As we become more
aware of this, the demand for more
natural and recycled textiles grows.
Look out for 100 per cent cotton
linen – pure, natural, breathable, and
it keeps you cool in Summer and
warm in Winter. Although it’s not
the most inexpensive option, it lasts
almost twice as long as cheaper manmade
alternatives, so you won’t need
to replace it as frequently. Cotton
is naturally hypoallergenic, so has
limited association with any allergies,
and really, could there be anything
better than climbing into bed with
fresh, clean, cotton sheets?
Bring nature indoors
This isn’t a new trend, but gosh is it
growing … faster than an invasive
weed. All things garden-related are
desirable … from vertical gardens and
indoor gardening to botanical prints
(in natural wooden frames, please).
That granny floral fabric will come into
its own, as will faux botanicals, which
add colour and interest and require
no watering. Bonus!
The call to support local started last
year and is growing in leaps and
bounds. As it should. So continuing
this year is the trend of seeking out
local brands that are proudly South
African and have a nod to heritage
in everything they do. Be it fabrics,
upholstery or soft furnishings, or
accessories and art, make sure to
choose brands that manufacture
items locally and support local
Our home trend tips come from the
Volpes and Biggie Best teams, two
much-loved local SA brands. For more
ideas, inspiration and great decor buys,
visit volpes.co.za, where you’ll also find
the Biggie Best collection.
Fluffy towels. Candles.
A quiet space for after
work de-stress time.
Crisp, clean 100 per cent
cotton linen … natural,
ethical and sustainable.
Mindfulness and wellness
The principles of wellness start with our own personal spaces and there are
simple ways to use home decor to inspire mindfulness in everyday life. By
creating quiet places and peaceful sanctuaries throughout your home, you can
be fully engaged and present in the moment. Use every little nook and cranny in
your house to create different zones – for reading, relaxing or simply retreating. A
comfy chair, a good reading lamp and a side table for a teacup will turn a boring
corner into a much-used quiet space. A gorgeous spa-at-home bathroom is the
ultimate space to unwind after a long day … all you need are some oversized,
luxuriously soft towels, a few scented candles and a dimmer switch. A glass of
bubbles wouldn’t go amiss!
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We love a
Moleskin notebook as
much as the next person,
call back the (schooldays) past with a pile
of these Croxley black notebooks with red
binding. They’re retro stylish, and R19 each.
Bargain. If you have to be fancy, get the
wiro version, for R77 from waltons.co.za
Don’t work overtime! Keep
on schedule with this
gold and black wall clock,
R299 from Woolworths.
And don’t waste time,
either, by running off to
the kitchen every five
minutes for something to
drink. Instead, keep this
matt black stainless steel
flask on your desk, with
chilled water for essential
hydration (no fuzzy brain
allowed). R279 from
Desk organisers from the new home
office range at Woolworths. Stylish
matt black or glam gold. R229 each
Pens and pencils,
bits and bobs
… keep all your
stationery in this
stylish glass and
metal holder. R149
lamp is a
It doesn’t matter if it’s an entire study
or just a corner of a room set aside, if
you have to work from home, make
sure you do so stylishly.
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Garden tasks for March
• Plant new shrubs and trees this month.
They will settle in before Winter and get
off to a quick start in Spring.
• Take cuttings of pelargoniums, dusty
miller, argyranthemum, hydrangeas,
• Fertilise your Autumn flowering
shrubs and perennials.
• Divide agapanthus, arum lilies,
bergamot, day lilies, Shasta daisies,
gaillardia and penstemon. n.
• Continue to regularly water and
mow the lawn.
• Trim hedges, and shape and trim
the Summer shrubs that have
• Water and fertilise Summer mer vegetables,
and harvest regularly to encourage them
to keep on producing.
• This is the last month to sow broccoli and
Brussel sprouts in Summer rainfall gardens.
Our veggie of the month ...
Kohlrabi White Vienna
Kohlrabi White Vienna is an heirloom veggie from
RAW seed, a lesser-known member of the brassica
family, which is easier and quicker to grow. It
produces tasty ‘above ground’ bulbs, with
the flavour of broccoli … but a little milder
and with hints of apple. The leaves are
also edible, like kale, but also milder. It is a
quick crop, with the ‘bulb’ being ready for
harvesting within 50 to 70 days when it should
be 5 to 7cm in diameter. This grows best in full sun,
in well-composted fertile soil, and you’ll need
to water regularly, as drought-stressed plants
will not produce tender bulbs. To eat, peel the
bulbs and then roast, boil and mash, or cut
into slivers for adding to stir-fries. It is
delicious in a potjie and can be added
to soup. Peel, shred and eat raw
(it’s mildly spicy like a radish) with a
vinaigrette dressing, mix with carrot to
make a slaw, or add to salads.
Compiled by: KYM ARGO and ALICE COETZEE.
Most gardens have shady spots, but some gardens have so much
that gardening becomes a real challenge. Shade plants are not
necessarily tropical, although many of them thrive in shade.
Ssome delicate leafy plants will scorch and burn in hot sun, some
plants like shady conditions but not damp soil, while others grow
happily in damp, boggy ground that receives minimum sunlight.
In Gardening in the Shade in South thAfrica, Allan Haschick
examines the different types of shade and the effect it has on
plant growth. So there are solutions to common problems like
feeding, watering and mulching shade plants, as well as how to
deal with exacerbating factors such as wind, frost and soil type.
Popular shade plants – think clivias, bromeliads, fuchsias and ferns
– are given special features, and there’s a directory of species that
lists plants under headings like ground covers, tropical-looking
perennials, and succulents. R200.
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Sparkling stars and new trees and unusual
veggies … how does your garden grow?
We’re planting … Euphorbia Glitz, because it produces masses of tiny white
flowers that sparkle like stars, and we could all do with a few sparkling stars right
now. It is tough enough for hanging baskets, combined here with deep purple
petunias. On its own, it fills a large container or stands out in the garden. Plants
are easy to grow, disease-free and don’t need pinching. They are heat and drought
tolerant, thriving in full sun or partial shade. Plant in garden soil or potting soil that
drains well. Plants grow 35cm high with a spread of 45cm. It also ‘plays well’ with
succulents and other drought-hardy, water-wise plants. Details: ballstraathof.co.za
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And you could win our trip and experience it yourself.
Compiled by: KYM ARGO
Hands up if you’ve been dreaming about
escaping to an island. A lounger under a palm
tree. A fancy cocktail. A dip in the ocean when
the sun gets too hot.
Sounds blissful, right? But what if you want to
do more than laze in the sun. Then you go to
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Made up of more than 1 000 tiny islands, with
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While all rather stylish, they’re also
very chilled. Even in the five-star spots,
enjoying a glass of champagne with
your toes in the sand isn’t merely acceptable,
Looking for a romantic escape for two,
or something for the whole family?
Resorts like Dhigali and Finolhu don’t
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You can opt for the tranquil route at
one of the world-renowned Cinnamon
resorts, or go wild … the Hard
Rock Hotel Maldives is all vibrant
nightlife, shopping, and live entertainment,
and where you’ll find the
fantastic marine discovery centre.
If there’s an activity you have your
heart set on, do a little investigation
before you book … there’s snorkelling
with whale sharks at Radisson Blu,
sleeping in a Stargazer Bubble room
under the night sky at Finolhu, and
an underwater fine dining restaurant
and nightclub at Niyama, where
there’s also a brilliant spa.
Overwater, garden, beach?
We’ve all seen photos of idyllic villas
on stilts, hovering over the sparkling
ocean, and this is where they became
famous. Every Maldives resort has a
great selection of water villas, and
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You can also opt to stay a few
steps from the shoreline, or surrounded
by lush gardens where kids
can run around and play to their
If you’re travelling with a larger group
of friends or family, you should opt for
a celebrity-style suite villa with two or
three bedrooms, sweeping sun decks,
and swanky living areas!
You’ll feel the freedom of fresh air
and open spaces wherever you stay,
but some take it to another level. At
Radisson Blu, for example, the smallest
room is 220 square metres.
It’s all very romantic … many villas
have spa baths or private plunge
pools, some have outdoor showers,
others are built for maximum privacy.
(Top tip: if privacy is high up on
your wish list, book a villa at the end
of a jetty.)
So much to do, so little time
Snorkelling is a firm favourite, and
these waters are home to some of the
world’s most diverse sealife.
Jet skis, kayaks with glass floors so you
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Escapes include non-motorised water
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Scuba diving in the Maldives is
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All sorts of excursions are available,
along with island favourites such as
sunset cruises and deep-sea fishing.
If you’re comfier on solid ground,
there are fitness centres, beach sports
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Eat, drink and be merry
Resorts tend to have a main restaurant
where there are seemingly endless
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The quality is superb, and there’s so
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But be sure to try the other speciality
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from private beach dinners under
the stars to glorious ice creams and
colourful cocktails on the beach, the
Maldives is a feast.
You’ll also find impressive wine cellars,
and select suites even have their own
wine bar – Finolhu’s Rockstar Villa has
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The dreaded C-word
We’re a little tired of talking about
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to ensure the safety of visitors. While
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beach or at the swimming pool, they
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The resorts are designed for distancing,
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All the resorts have all changed their
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