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More than just

permanently pretty





A week of

island living

in the magical











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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


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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25 JAN – 31 MAR





Experience their magic with artisanal

Kids under 12 eat free every day

2 Gourmet Pizzas & a bottle of

Jordan wine for R295


For the most authentic Portuguese

experience south of Portugal

1 dozen Prince Prawns and

Chips - R99.95

Half Chicken and Chips - R69.95

Monday to Wednesday


the entire family

Whole Chicken - R169.90

Malibu combo - R179.90

Buffalo combo - R174.90

Served with your choice of side

Monday to Wednesday


Wholesome & Delicious Café

Style Dining

Beef Burger and Coke - R60

Chicken Burger and Coke - R60

Chicken Schnitzel - R55

Monday to Wednesday


From gourmet handmade American

hamburgers to authentic Japanese Sushi

All Burgers and Sushi – 20% off

Monday to Wednesday


Perfectly aged succulent steaks and

delectable house specialities

Mondays: All 200g Rump, Sirloin

and Fillets are upsized to 300g

Tuesdays: Date Night

Set menu for 2 - R350

Wednesdays: Lamb Shank - R185


Offering Mediterranean

inspired seafood

JUMBO Hake with Cheese Garlic

Bread starter - R110

Monday to Thursday


Professional and beautiful upper-class

Hair Bar

Hair makeup combo - R1,599

Brazilian blowout

One full colour

Cut & style + café late


Fun for the whole family at this

adventure play centre

R45 per Ten Pin game



Offers the ultimate experience in headto-toe

luxury and personalised attention

60 min Candle Massage & 30min

Floatation therapy

for 2 - R1,600

Monday – Thursday

Ts and Cs Apply

Complete offer available at silverstarcasino.co.za

Offer excludes Public Holidays


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: events@jessicarestaurants.com.


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

Facebook, @coffeecabinrenao.

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

the long list of sizzling hot deals at


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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Book club

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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Wish list

Hints of ocean blues and gorgeous scents


so loving

this chic and

versatile silk

twilly scarf that

can instantly

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.

Details: wanderland.co.za

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

from yuppiechef.com

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



Serves: 4

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,

info@ludwigsroses.co.za 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

best option.

‘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

and masterclasses.

‘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

and lips.

‘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

to change.’

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

with Mandi.

‘Two years later, international training,

blood (literally), sweat, tears and travelling

so much in 24 months that my suitcase was

packed permanently,

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

South Africa.

‘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

beauty industry!

Details: Follow her on Facebook,

@mandibarnardmicropigmentation or

Instagram, @mandi_barnard

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.





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with bow

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

hair accessories.

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

from home.co.za

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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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at home

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!



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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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

cracked heels.

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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

chips (vegan)

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

the mixture.

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

modified ingredients

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.

Details: capeisland.co.za

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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.

Hello yellow

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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Natural. Ethical.


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!

Support local

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

from woolworths.co.za

Pens and pencils,

bits and bobs

… keep all your

home office

stationery in this

stylish glass and

metal holder. R149

from home.co.za


A desk

lamp’s an

essential. This

black, modern

industrial utility

lamp is a

stylish option.

R499 from



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,

and fuchsias.

• 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

finished flowering.

• 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.

Details: rawliving.co.za

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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So much more than palm trees and cocktails.

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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

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Made up of more than 1 000 tiny islands, with

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Which resort?

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,

it’s essential.

Looking for a romantic escape for two,

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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

there’s nothing quite like it.

You can also opt to stay a few

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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,

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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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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

and games centres, and exceptional

spa centres.

Eat, drink and be merry

Resorts tend to have a main restaurant

where there are seemingly endless

breakfast, lunch and dinner spreads.

The quality is superb, and there’s so

much variety it’s impossible to try everything

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But be sure to try the other speciality

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to zingy street-food-style snack bars,

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

a wine bar that needs to be seen to

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The dreaded C-word

We’re a little tired of talking about

Covid-19, but needs must. The Maldives

government has taken steps

to ensure the safety of visitors. While

you don’t need to wear a mask on the

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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The deets

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