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JOBURG <strong>WEST</strong><br />

ERIKA<br />


Bold, playful & edgy<br />

jewellery designer<br />

WIN Luxurious<br />

matching watches<br />

TOTS<br />

TO TEENS<br />

A great guide for<br />

every parent<br />

Our top book picks<br />

for the month<br />


Get your glow back, sip, swirl and savour<br />

on incredible wines & create a bedroom oasis<br />




WHY DON’T YOU...<br />

4 A market, movie, Macrame and a Winter Wonderland ...<br />

6 Winter … bed, book and red wine weather<br />

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8 We’ve got sunshine on a rainy day with pops of yellow …<br />

PEOPLE<br />

10 A graphic designer. An interior architect. And then - by accident -<br />

a jewellery designer. There are many layers to Erika Thompson<br />

BEAUTY<br />

12 Get glowing skin with a few tips and exceptional beauty<br />

must-haves<br />

FOOD & WINE<br />

16 Soup + red wine = a match made in Winter heaven<br />

18 We’ve found a trio of cookbooks to get your tastebuds tingling<br />


20 Top tips for creating the perfect bedroom oasis<br />

22 Our top garden tasks and tips for the month<br />


24 - 29 A great guide with tips on all things kids<br />

WIN<br />

7 Win your choice of books for your next book club evening<br />

34 A pair of stylish Rvlri watches<br />


Personality: Erika Thompson<br />

Photographer: Jaco Bothma<br />

Make-up & hair: Elaine Boshoff<br />

JULY 21<br />

<strong>July</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Get It Magazine 03

A hot date!<br />

A market, movie, Macrame and a Winter Wonderland ...<br />

03<br />

Learn how to make your own<br />

plant hanger in a beginner<br />

macrame class. No prior experience<br />

is needed. You will be provided with<br />

everything you need to make and<br />

leave with a completed plant hanger.<br />

Price: From R350 and will include<br />

lunch and refreshments. Time: 10am.<br />

Venue: Kromdraai Guest House.<br />

Details: Tania on 083 564 9527.<br />

09<br />

Enjoy a Winter Wonderland<br />

during the month at Walter<br />

Sisulu National Botanical Garden. This<br />

picturesque garden will ‘ignite’ with<br />

a spectacular display of lights and<br />

create a warming winter atmosphere.<br />

There will also be home-grown crafts,<br />

food stalls, hot chocolate, pancakes<br />

and hot soup, face painting and much<br />

more- all will delight the young at<br />

heart. Put on your woolies – gloves,<br />

scarfs and jackets, fantasy costumes<br />

and twinkling lights and bring family<br />

and friends and join the fun. Time:<br />

6-9pm. Entrance is R80 for adults, R70<br />

for pensioners, R50 for scholars and<br />

free for under six years of age. Only<br />

card transactions are allowed or buy<br />

tickets online at www.miid.co.za.<br />

11<br />

Cedar tree craft market<br />

will take place on the 11th<br />

with great live entertainment by the<br />

band, Havana Gas, and on the 25th,<br />

top class singer Ben-Piet van Zyl<br />

will be behind the mic for the day.<br />

You can expect their usual array of<br />

stalls ranging from mouth-watering<br />

food and drinks to custom made<br />

baby accessories, jewellery, leather<br />

products, delicacies, needlework and<br />

unique clothes, just to mention a<br />

few. Do not forget your mask! Time:<br />

10am to 3pm. Venue: Khosa Sports<br />

Club, corner of Shannon Road and<br />

Frederick Cooper Drive, Krugersdorp.<br />

Details: Chanelle on 081 500 6884 or<br />

westsidemarkets@gmail.com.<br />

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This month you can look forward to the release of a very<br />

entertaining fantasy adventure on the big screen. In Jungle<br />

Cruise, Dr Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) enlists the aid of<br />

wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff (Dwayne Johnson) to take her<br />

down the Amazon in his ramshackle boat. Together, they search<br />

for an ancient tree that holds the power to heal - a discovery that<br />

will change the future of medicine.

Silverstar has a wide variety of dining options ranging from seafood to steak<br />

and so much more, with eight restaurants that cater for every palate, wallet<br />

and occasion.<br />

You can choose from:<br />

Everybody needs a little magic<br />

in their life and The Magic<br />

Company at Silverstar has that<br />

in buckets - including action<br />

packed arcade games, a 12-<br />

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tag<br />

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ACTION!<br />

Experience the latest Hollywood blockbusters with movies@ Silverstar.<br />

Silverstar Rewards members enjoy great discounts on ticket prices,<br />

starting at 30% off! You have every reason to treat the family to a night<br />

out! <strong>July</strong> releases include:<br />

Buckle up for this action adventure – Vin Diesel and the<br />

crew are back in Fast & Furious 9 - The First Saga.<br />

No matter how fast you are, no one outruns their past.<br />

BILLY G – A family buffet<br />

CALISTOS – For the most authentic<br />

Portuguese experience south of Portugal<br />

COL ‘CACCHIO – Experience their magic<br />

<br />

COWFISH – For gourmet handmade<br />

American hamburgers to authentic<br />

Japanese sushi<br />

HUSSAR GRILL – Perfectly aged<br />

succulent steaks and delectable house<br />

specialities<br />

OCEAN BASKET – Serving up<br />

Mediterranean inspired seafood<br />

SPUR<br />

the entire family<br />

VIGOUR & VERVE – Wholesome and<br />

delicious café style dining<br />

HOTEL & SPA<br />

Scarlett Johannsson stars as Natasha Romanoff, aka<br />

Black Widow, who confronts the darker parts of her<br />

ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her<br />

past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing<br />

to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history<br />

as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake<br />

long before she became an Avenger.<br />

After a remote diamond mine collapses in the far<br />

northern regions of Canada, an ice driver leads an<br />

<br />

the lives of trapped miners despite thawing waters and<br />

a threat they never see coming. Starring Liam Neeson &<br />

Laurence Fishburne<br />

This winter, join Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt for<br />

the adventure of a lifetime on Disney’s Jungle Cruise,<br />

where a small riverboat takes a group of travellers<br />

<br />

reptiles but with a supernatural element.<br />

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For more information or to book or to tickets, book tickets, visit <br />

visit <br />

facebook.com/silverstarcasino facebook.com/silverstarcasino<br />


Book club<br />

Winter … bed, book and red wine weather!<br />

Finding love, hope and joy in even the darkest moments. In Lucy Diamond’s The Promise,<br />

a young man whose brother has just died is on a mission … a project to help pick up the<br />

pieces and support his grieving sister-in-law Zoe, plus her young children. This is his promise<br />

– to ensure his family’s happiness, and to try and live up to the man his brother was. But<br />

tying up loose ends brings a shocking secret to light, and calls into question everything he<br />

knew about his older brother, and he’s faced with an ultimatum – should he tell the truth<br />

and risk his family’s fragile happiness, or will his brother’s secrets end up becoming his<br />

own? Pan Macmillan. • Oh dear. Get the tissues out. Pippo and Clara by Diana Rosie are set<br />

in Italy in 1938. Mussolini is in power, and war isn’t far off. Clara and Pippo are children, their<br />

family new to the city. One morning, their mamma goes missing, and 10-year-old Clara<br />

needs to find her. She doesn’t know which way to turn. A little later, her younger brother<br />

goes out, looking for his mum and sister. Clara’s turned one way, he turns the other. And<br />

so their lives are changed forever. In a country torn apart by war, siblings are divided by<br />

fate. But there’s an invisible bond that connects us to those we love, no matter which<br />

way we turn. A chilly weekend, a fireplace and soft sofa and a copy of this heart-warming<br />

novel … heaven. Mantle • Not Dark Yet is Peter Robinson’s latest Alan Banks crime novel,<br />

which opens with a gruesome double murder at a property developer’s luxury home.<br />

With a clear link to the notoriously vicious Albanian mafia, it should be an open-and-shut<br />

case for Superintendent Banks and his team. But when they find a cache of spy-cam videos<br />

in the house, the investigation pivots to the rape of a young girl, and the murders are cast<br />

in an entirely different light. Hodder and Stoughton.<br />

Middelvlei Wines winemaker Tinnie Momberg describes this Free-Run<br />

Pinotage 2019 as a wine with complex flavours of raspberries, mulberries and<br />

elegant oak spices, adding that the gentle tannins are perfectly balanced by the<br />

fruit weight with creamy vanilla flavours that linger on the palate. It’s lovely with<br />

a braai, and you’ll find it for R150 a bottle from middelvlei.co.za<br />

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Lies. Mistakes. And missing children.<br />

Doesn’t get more nerve-shredding<br />

than this. When They Find Her – an<br />

emotional debut by Lia Middleton<br />

– is about a desperate mother, a<br />

tragic accident, and a terrible lie that<br />

spirals out of control. It’s the story of<br />

Naomi, who after making a dreadful<br />

mistake, lost custody of her only<br />

child, a daughter who’s come home<br />

for a visit, giving Naomi a chance to<br />

rebuild her family. But the night<br />

ends in a terrible accident, and<br />

Naomi reports her daughter missing.<br />

Which is a lie. But worse than the lie<br />

is the truth … which is she has no<br />

memory of what really happened.<br />

Penguin Random House.<br />

When no one knows you exist, you don’t have to play by the rules. In Tom<br />

Marcus’ Defend or Die, former MI5 officer Matt Logan is part of a totally deniable<br />

government organisation, with full license to do whatever it takes to neutralise<br />

threats to the UK’s national security. License he takes full advantage of when<br />

intelligence comes through about plans by the Kremlin to launch a terror attack in<br />

London, one which could tear the nation apart. Marcus – not his real name – writes<br />

with complete authority … in his day job, he was hand-picked from the army to be<br />

a surveillance officer for MI5, where he spent a decade on the front line protecting<br />

his country before leaving due to PTSD. His debut book, Soldier Spy, was the first<br />

true ground-level account to be told about the fight on the streets – and had to be<br />

vetted and cleared for publication by MI5. Due to continuing threats, his identity<br />

is hidden, and he continues to work with the security service and other agencies<br />

to ensure he stays safe. Macmillan • There’s never been a David Baldacci we haven’t<br />

loved … so oh joy … a new one’s just hit the bookshelves. A Gambling Man is<br />

set in the late 1940s. Aloysius Archer’s heading west to California. Not yet 30, and<br />

fresh out of prison for a crime he didn’t commit, his wants are fairly simple … a roof<br />

over his head, three meals a day and a steady supply of Lucky Strikes. Oh … and a<br />

profession. Intrigued by a sign as the bus passes in Reno (the biggest little city in the<br />

world), he jumps off, and later that evening, visits a casino, where he meets aspiring<br />

actress Liberty Callahan. Off they go, on a journey that’s filled with more danger and<br />

surprises they could have imagined … corruption, murder in a burlesque club, truth<br />

mixed with lies and massive amounts of small-town-with-tight-lipped-community<br />

intrigue. The era’s perfectly captured, the book thrilling. Macmillan.<br />

Book of the month …<br />

Mother-to-be Helen has it all. Daniel - the perfect husband. Rory - the perfect<br />

brother. Serena - the perfect sister-in-law. And Rachel - the perfect nightmare.<br />

When Helen attends her first antenatal class, she is expecting her loving husband<br />

to arrive, along with charming Rory and his also pregnant wife, the effortlessly<br />

beautiful Serena. What she is not expecting is Rachel. Extroverted, brash,<br />

unsettling single mother-to-be Rachel, who just wants to be Helen’s friend. Who<br />

just wants to get to know Helen and her friends and her family. Who manages<br />

to cleverly find out all the information she needs ... the question is, why does she<br />

need it? Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner is a psychological thriller which<br />

really is, in a month full of exceptional reads, a stand-out. You think you know<br />

what’s going to happen. You don’t. And you won’t put it down. Bloomsbury,<br />

available from Exclusive Books. Fancy winning your choice of books for your next<br />

book club evening? Pop over to getitnationalmagazines on Instgram, find our<br />

Book Club post and enter. There’s a R2000 Exclusive Books voucher up for grabs.<br />

<strong>July</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Get It Magazine 07

Wish list<br />

We’ve got sunshine on a rainy day …<br />

We do understand how completely nerdy<br />

it is to put a kitchen gadget on our wish<br />

list *hangs head in shame*. But strewth …<br />

this Cilio lemon squeezer is life-changing.<br />

We bought one and we’re now adding<br />

fresh lemon juice to absolutely everything!<br />

R259 from yuppiechef.com<br />

We feel there’s not much better than<br />

the scent of Italy to cheer up a Winter<br />

day. This Acqua di Parma scented<br />

candle will illuminate your home<br />

with radiant brightness and the<br />

unmistakably Italian scent of Luce di<br />

Colonia. A harmonious blend of<br />

citrus essences, you’ll find it at<br />

woolworths.co.za for R1199.<br />

Compiled by: KYM ARGO<br />

We rather fancy the locally designed<br />

Leocé range … particularly the new<br />

Irish Linen Collection. The brand is<br />

designed for women of every age,<br />

with pieces that can be dressed up<br />

for a formal occasion or day in the<br />

boardroom, but also dressed down<br />

for a casual dinner date. This dress,<br />

in the perfect shade of yellow, is also<br />

great for in-between days … lovely<br />

as is, but would look great with a<br />

blazer or swing coat for cooler days.<br />

R1221.95 from leocecouture.com<br />

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Have you ever – EVER – seen a more colourful, stylish, desirable<br />

coat? We’re obsessed! This Ibizawome coat is all our dreams<br />

come true, in one psychedelic package. It’s padded, loose-fitting,<br />

long (below the knee), with a hood and trekking drawstrings<br />

for adjustment, as well as gathered cuffs, so that not a drop of<br />

cold can pass through. It’s designed by Miranda Makaroff for<br />

Desigual, and once we’ve got our chilly hands on it we may<br />

never. take. it. off. R6080 from desi-sa.co.za<br />

New in SA is the exceptional<br />

Scandinavian range NUORI,<br />

with 100 per cent natural<br />

ingredients. This Supreme<br />

Polishing Treatment<br />

effectively removes impurities,<br />

gently sloughs away dead<br />

skin cells, buffs and infuses<br />

skin with highly nourishing<br />

ingredients. R1100, and<br />

only available online at<br />

the desirable beauty and<br />

skincare platform Asrai<br />

Skin (loads of great<br />

brands, check it out)<br />

Details: asraiskin.com<br />

This vibrantly<br />

golden Delheim<br />

Chardonnay Sur<br />

Lie 2020 wine is all<br />

citrus, stone fruit<br />

and subtle notes of<br />

spice on the nose,<br />

with creamy notes<br />

of oak and elegant<br />

fresh fruit on the<br />

palate … it will be<br />

lovely with a Winter<br />

casserole and<br />

some fine cheeses.<br />

R250 a bottle from<br />

leading wine<br />

stores or online<br />

from delheim.com<br />

<strong>July</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Get It Magazine 09

A FINE art<br />

Text: RIALIEN FURSTENBERG. • Photographer: JACO BOTHMA. • Make-up & hair: ELAINE BOSHOFF.<br />

A graphic designer. An<br />

interior architect. And then<br />

- by accident - a jewellery<br />

designer. There are many<br />

layers to Erika Thompson. But<br />

it was her stint in New York<br />

that shaped her ... hustling<br />

to survive, she worked at<br />

a ticketing office, as a VIP<br />

hostess, did pet-sitting and<br />

sold ice cream. Crazy, but kind<br />

of brave and cool, right?<br />

Erika Thompson is not your run-of-themill<br />

jewellery designer. Massively versatile,<br />

she can create the most awe-inspiring<br />

pieces with found objects ... with any stone<br />

or metal you can think of. Her work has<br />

been featured in the Italian Vogue’s Young<br />

Talents, on national and international<br />

catwalks, on covers of magazines like<br />

Grazia, Visi, Unlabelled and Elle. Erika often<br />

collaborates with fashion designer Chu<br />

Suwannapha for his independent label,<br />

Chulaap, designing and manufacturing<br />

most of the fashion accessories for his<br />

clothing lines. Erika chats about her journey<br />

of how she stumbled into jewellery making,<br />

starting her own business and being a<br />

mom to very busy twins.<br />

The very beginning ‘As part of an<br />

introductory course to graphic design<br />

and interior architecture, I had to design<br />

a building inside and out. It had to be a<br />

retail business and I had to design some<br />

of the items that would be sold in the<br />

shop. As a massive jewellery lover, I, of<br />

course, designed a jewellery store. After I<br />

completed the project, one of my lecturers<br />

pulled me aside and said that the items I’d<br />

designed were some of the most exquisite<br />

jewellery he had ever seen. He put me in<br />

contact with a lecturer at TUT’s jewellery<br />

design and manufacture department,<br />

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and although submissions for the next<br />

year had already closed, I was granted<br />

a practical test and interview. And ...<br />

surprise ... I was approved for the course<br />

the very same day! This was a sign.<br />

Loud and clear. I decided to leave my<br />

prospective career path and jumped<br />

straight into the jewellery world.’<br />

Jet-setting to the city that never sleeps<br />

‘Directly after completing my degree<br />

in jewellery design and manufacture, I<br />

decided to run away to the USA to clear<br />

my head. I think this was mainly because<br />

of the passing of my dad. I ended up<br />

getting on a plane to New York City with<br />

no job, no accommodation, no money<br />

and no idea of how I would even survive.<br />

But, I hustled. I started off with selling<br />

jewellery, then worked at a ticketing<br />

office where international partygoers<br />

would collect tickets that they bought<br />

online - mainly for massive New Year’s<br />

parties. After that, I upgraded to being a<br />

VIP hostess at one of Sean Combs’ (the<br />

guy who keeps changing his name, but<br />

at that time it was P-Diddy) venues. When<br />

this gig ended, believe it or not, I started<br />

working in an ice cream store. I also did<br />

some pet-sitting over the Christmas<br />

holidays.’<br />

Back to sunny South Africa ‘I realised<br />

that I had to return to real life and started<br />

my career as a part-time lecturer at a<br />

jewellery school. Because I couldn’t<br />

cover my expenses, I approached a<br />

recruitment company and got a job<br />

as a fashion buyer at a company that<br />

supplied YDE with fashion jewellery. I<br />

had to be on top of current and future<br />

fashion trends, but I had an eye for what<br />

would work, so I came up with ranges<br />

for the next seasons, and liaised with<br />

overseas suppliers to get stock in SA on<br />

time. I ended up also designing a few<br />

pieces that the company manufactured<br />

in-house. I lived in Pretoria and travelled<br />

to Joburg daily. I eventually got to a<br />

point where I felt those lost hours on<br />

the road could be better utilised. I knew<br />

that I could do what I was currently<br />

doing, but for myself. I trusted my gut<br />

and started Rings & Things in 2012. I<br />

started out with selling fashion jewellery,<br />

but also designed and manufactured<br />

fine jewellery. I’ve supplied most of<br />

SA’s biggest online stores with fashion<br />

jewellery. It worked well, but I, very<br />

recently, let go of the fashion jewellery<br />

side of my business to solely focus on<br />

fine jewellery.’<br />

Most memorable jewellery creations ‘I<br />

love incorporating different and unusual<br />

objects into my designs. I once designed<br />

a wedding ring that contained the seeds<br />

of the tree where the burial of the bride’s<br />

dad took place. And at varsity, I designed<br />

and manufactured a political piece<br />

inspired by the late Manto Tshabalala-<br />

Msimang. It was a neckpiece constructed<br />

from sterling silver, glass beads, clear<br />

Perspex, polymer clay garlic, beetroot<br />

and African potato, red enamel and a<br />

black condom. It was manufactured<br />

shortly after her controversial opinion<br />

that vegetables can be a cure for HIV-<br />

Aids. I was almost suspended from<br />

varsity, but one of the external evaluators<br />

thought it was brilliant and actually<br />

wanted to purchase the piece.’<br />

Juggling work and family ‘With wine?<br />

Joking. My office is right next to our<br />

home, but a separate building with<br />

business hours. After a workday, I lock<br />

up and leave to spend time with my<br />

husband, Tommy and our twins ... we call<br />

them our salt and pepper pair. Matthew<br />

has the biggest grey-brown Bambi eyes<br />

and brown hair – I suspect he is like me,<br />

a more emotional and creative being.<br />

Then we have curly-haired blonde Oliver<br />

who is a proper Oliver Twist. He pushes<br />

boundaries and is usually the instigator<br />

of most of the mischievous things the<br />

two of them get up to.<br />

3 Jewellery items every woman should own?<br />


The size of the hoop will obviously depend on your style, but they can match just<br />

about anything. Smart, casual and everything in between.<br />


Also, a great idea for birthday and anniversary gifts. You can keep on adding to<br />

what you have and mix up the look as you please.<br />


It doesn’t have to be your birthstone, but one item with a pop of colour can add<br />

such a fun element to your outfit.<br />

5 Things you should<br />

look out for when<br />

buying jewellery?<br />

1<br />

2<br />

3<br />

Am I buying a piece of<br />

jewellery that is made of<br />

actual gold or is it only<br />

gold plated?<br />

Beware of black plated<br />

Tungsten and Titanium<br />

rings. The black layer wears<br />

off over time and your ring<br />

will be silver in colour.<br />

Avoid gold jewellery that<br />

is alloyed with nickel. A lot<br />

of people think they have<br />

an allergy to gold, but it’s<br />

the nickel. In some countries, you<br />

actually have to state that the<br />

jewellery piece was alloyed with<br />

nickel. It’s a cheaper alloy and<br />

SA has no law that requires the<br />

jeweller to inform the customer.<br />

4Think about your lifestyle,<br />

longevity and purpose. If<br />

you never remove your<br />

ring and you are quite<br />

‘rough’ with your hands, you<br />

might want to reconsider the<br />

design of your ring. Going for<br />

the fine, dainty vintage-looking<br />

option will most probably lead to<br />

having it repaired quite often.<br />

5Please don’t guess your<br />

ring size or measure it<br />

with a piece of string …<br />

Have your finger sized by<br />

a professional jeweller. Yes,<br />

your ring can be resized but the<br />

less you have to cut into and alter<br />

a ring, the better. Tungsten and<br />

Titanium rings can’t be resized.<br />

Details: www.ringsandthings.co or<br />

follow her on Facebook,<br />

@RingsAndThingsFashion or on<br />

Instagram @ringsandthings.<br />

<strong>July</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Get It Magazine 11

Bye-bye dry skin … Winter’s really never looked better<br />

Winter plays a cruel game with our<br />

skin. Dry skin. Chapped lips. And<br />

a suddenly lacklustre complexion.<br />

These are all part of the seasonal skin<br />

switch that happens as the days get<br />

shorter. But there is good news. A few<br />

minor tweaks, not an entirely new set<br />

of products, is all your skin needs to<br />

attain a gorgeous glow. The experts<br />

from Claire Hill shared some top tips<br />

to keep your skin glowing throughout<br />

Winter, and the rest of the year.<br />

So I don’t need to change all my<br />

skincare products for Winter? No, not<br />

if you are using high-quality products.<br />

They should keep your skin in tiptop<br />

shape all year round. Your skin<br />

needs the same thing throughout the<br />

seasons – ingredients like hyaluronic<br />

acid to boost the water content in your<br />

skin cells significantly, and high-quality<br />

moisturising ingredients such as<br />

rosehip oil that prevent that precious<br />

hydration from evaporating through<br />

your skin. It’s as simple as that.<br />

Do I need a specific eye product? Eye<br />

gel is essential all year round. The eye<br />

area is super delicate because it’s five<br />

to 10 times thinner than on the rest of<br />

your face, making it particularly prone<br />

to dryness. It also has no sebaceous<br />

(natural oil) glands, so it can’t naturally<br />

regenerate any lost moisture. While<br />

it’s tempting to slather on thicker<br />

creams over Winter, moisturising<br />

around eyes with a really rich product<br />

is counterproductive as firstly it’s too<br />

heavy for that delicate area, it can clog<br />

the skin, causing milia (small white<br />

lumps) and puffiness. You need a light<br />

gel that sinks in fast and hydrates with<br />

powerful ingredients that penetrate te<br />

the deeper layers of the skin.<br />

WPC Eye Complex is a gentle yet<br />

powerful corrective treatment<br />

to revitalise the delicate<br />

skin around your eyes. The<br />

youth-reviving actives in this<br />

luxuriously silky eye gel reduce<br />

puffiness and inflammation,<br />

lighten dark circles, and smooth<br />

away fine lines and wrinkles<br />

to reveal fresher, brighter,<br />

younger-looking eyes. R1865<br />

from clairehill.co.za<br />

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But what to do if my skin is drier during Winter? Layer up. Layering involves<br />

applying your skincare products in a particular order (this is good advice<br />

throughout the year!). The lighter product (think serum) should be applied first<br />

as it’s designed to penetrate your skin’s more profound levels. Then follow with a<br />

moisturiser that locks in the benefits of the serum and prevents the dry Winter air<br />

from sucking the much-needed hydration straight back out of your skin. If your<br />

skin does begin to feel tight, a few drops of light face oil over the top of your<br />

moisturiser will protect it against environmental aggressors to keep your skin<br />

feeling soft and your complexion glowing.<br />

Can I use the same cleanser as in<br />

Summer? A good cleanser will serve<br />

you just as well in Winter as in the<br />

warmer months. Your best option is<br />

a cleansing pad soaked in micellar<br />

water – it will gently sweep away the<br />

daily grime without stripping the<br />

skin of its natural oils. You’ll not only<br />

remove every skerrick of makeup, but<br />

you’ll also give the skin a good boost<br />

of soothing, repairing antioxidants.<br />

If you find that new sunspots have<br />

popped up after summer, choose<br />

micellar water with a melanin<br />

modulating active, which directly<br />

targets brown spots and age spots.<br />

What else can I do to prevent dry<br />

Winter skin? Tempting as it might be,<br />

don’t turn the heat up. Dry air will suck<br />

the moisture out of your skin, whether<br />

outside or under the blankets. Many<br />

Winter lifestyle habits can harm our<br />

skin. We spend less time outdoors<br />

(hello vitamin D!), we often avoid<br />

exercise, and we eat more decadent<br />

foods to boot. The effect is tangible<br />

… a sluggish inner equals a sluggish<br />

outer. Keep up your Summer routine –<br />

go for walks, drink plenty of water, and<br />

nourish your skin with the same gentle<br />

but effective products year-round, and<br />

you’ll cruise through a cold snap.<br />

Will moisture keep crows feet at bay? Honestly, a good eye gel should do<br />

more than add moisture. The skin around your eyes also needs a decent vitamin<br />

A dose to help strengthen the skin and slow the breakdown of collagen and<br />

elastin (that’s what keeps your skin bouncy and stretchy). Retinol is the traditional<br />

form of vitamin A for skincare. Today, we now have much gentler, plant-based<br />

alternatives such as Stevie (from the stevia plant), which has the same skinrejuvenating<br />

effect without causing any retinol-like irritation.

Get glowing<br />

Investing in your skin’s never been easier<br />

A trio of Claire Hill beauties<br />

To set the stage for skin to repair damage from<br />

sun exposure, environmental toxins, and promote<br />

cellular repair, you need to effectively remove<br />

all makeup, thick sunscreen, and any impurities<br />

that can clog pores. Claire Hill’s Micellar Water<br />

contains tiny oil droplets (micelles) which attract<br />

and bind to makeup, sunscreen and grime so that<br />

all can be effortlessly removed from your face with<br />

a simple swipe. It’s also terrific for those struggling<br />

with hyper-pigmentation and an uneven skin<br />

tone. R600. • Claire Hill’s Anti-Ageing Serum is a<br />

wonderful skin-firming and rejuvenating serum<br />

that targets the sagging skin around your jawline<br />

as well as the vertical laugh lines that extend<br />

from the sides of your nose curving around to<br />

your mouth. Supercharged with nutrients and<br />

powerful actives, this luxe, fast-absorbing serum<br />

revitalises your complexion so that your skin looks<br />

naturally younger in a matter of weeks. R1100. •<br />

Follow up with Anti-Ageing Moisturiser – a noninvasive<br />

alternative to injectables. This nourishing<br />

moisturiser has the power to smooth away fine<br />

lines by naturally relaxing the facial muscles and<br />

eliminating excess skin tension. Luxurious and<br />

rich in natural oils, it also helps to replace and<br />

retain moisture, fight free radical damage and feed<br />

the skin with radiance-reviving nutrients. R1475.<br />

Details: clairehill.co.za<br />

NeoStrata … your skin will thank you!<br />

We’re massive NeoStrata fans, so when we heard about the new NeoStrata<br />

Resurface Glycolic Renewal Serum, our skin did a quick little jump for joy. You<br />

probably know glycolic acid is known to be the workhorse of the alpha-hydroxy acid<br />

(AHA) family, which is what those looking to really retexture and refine their skin’s<br />

surface need. It’s the key ingredient in this new serum, which speeds up cell turnover<br />

rate and visibly improves skin radiance, texture, and tone. There are also ingredients<br />

to exfoliate, and an antioxidant that helps prevent and reverse the appearance of fine<br />

lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, enlarged pores, and roughness. Why use it?<br />

It targets a smoother, radiant complexion, has a high potency AHA-antioxidant blend,<br />

and is formulated for improved overall skin quality. Tip: You may have initial flaking,<br />

tingling, or irritation to the skin (for some, this may be part of the normal resurfacing<br />

process), which generally improves as the skin gets used to the treatment. And it<br />

could increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of<br />

sunburn. Use sunscreen and limit sun exposure while using this product and for<br />

a week afterwards. R830. Visit NeoStrata.co.za for your closest stockist. And while<br />

you’re there, three more products worth looking at are from the Neostrata Correct<br />

Intensive Renewal range … there’s a Comprehensive Retinol Night Serum, Eye<br />

Cream and Overnight Anti-Pollution treatment. A trio of miracle workers!<br />

Bye-bye uneven skin tone,<br />

sagging skin, fine lines!<br />

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Intense options for specific concerns<br />

We’re rather enamoured with the new Endocare<br />

products<br />

we’ve just tried. With four products in<br />

the range, they’re great for those of you who’re<br />

looking for an intensive option for your skin<br />

concerns. The Endocare Radiance C Pure<br />

Concentrate helps to regenerate your skin,<br />

smooth fine lines and wrinkles and increase<br />

firmness. R933 • Endocare Radiance C Ferulic<br />

Edafence Serum is a fast-absorbing serum<br />

that protects the skin from damage caused by<br />

environmental stressors (free radicals, urban<br />

contaminants) and is ideal for all skin types.<br />

R1146<br />

• Endocare Essential Concentrate is an<br />

intensive treatment ampoule that fights visible<br />

signs<br />

of ageing. It has a high concentration<br />

of active ingredients, which help renew<br />

collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, which are<br />

essential components of the dermal support<br />

structure. R840 • Finally, Endocare Tensage<br />

Concentrate has a collection of intensive antiageing<br />

vials. This concentrate helps restore<br />

the skin’s volume and firmness, favouring<br />

the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines and<br />

improving its tone and elasticity. R1026. Details:<br />

onlineskinshop.co.za or dermastore.co.za<br />

From SVR – Sebiaclear<br />

Micro-Peel – an<br />

unclogging and<br />

smoothing renewal water<br />

that targets open pores,<br />

spots and blackheads,<br />

all without drying<br />

the skin. R398, from<br />

riekiemedaesthetic.co.za,<br />

absoluteskin.co.za or<br />

shopfomo.com<br />

The French brand Filorga has released a few new, desirable<br />

beauty products. From the Global-Repair range, there’s<br />

an intensive Nutri-Restorative Multi-Revitalising Cream<br />

(R1395) which targets dehydration, established wrinkles,<br />

sagging contours, dark spots and a tired complexion,<br />

and a Multi-Revitalising Eye and Lip Contour Cream<br />

(R1290), specifically for the creased eye and lips contours,<br />

tired eyes, dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, dehydration and<br />

sagging skin. If you’re looking for a product that targets<br />

wrinkles, stubborn imperfections, open pores, shine,<br />

spots, blackheads and a dull complexion, you should try<br />

Intensive Double Correction Serum (R1430), one of the<br />

excellent products from the Age-Purify Intensive range,<br />

an anti-ageing range for skin prone to acne and breakouts.<br />

Details: filorgasouthafrica.co.za<br />

From Exuviance, we recommend (highly!) the new<br />

Optilight Daily Prep – a cleanser that cleans, purifies and<br />

gently exfoliates, and Optilight Brightening Serum –<br />

formulated to brighten, exfoliate and target uneven skin<br />

tone. Both are brightening boons for those who need to<br />

minimise the appearance of discolouration from ageing<br />

or overexposure to the elements. R610 and R1100. Also<br />

look out for the OptiLight Dark Spot Minimizer with<br />

SFP 25 – apply before you go into the sun to prevent<br />

new dark spots and signs of photodamage. R990 from<br />

dermastore.co.za<br />

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What do teens want?<br />



And they can, with RITES, a fuss-free, local brand that’s perfect for boys and girls<br />

Prevention’s better than cure<br />

Rather than trying to cure acne, teens should rather<br />

preempt it ... starting a skincare routine early to prevent<br />

acne and blemishes. RITES is a small, easy-to-use South<br />

African brand, which is cruelty-free and is brilliant for<br />

boys and girls.<br />

Your 10 minute RITES routine<br />

Being a teenager can be stressful, so the last thing you need<br />

to be worrying about is your skincare regime. To save you the<br />

hassle, RITES has put together the ultimate 10-minute routine<br />

to combat everything from pimples to oiliness. All you need<br />

is five minutes in the morning and five minutes again in the<br />

evening to marvel at your skin! Ready. Set. Go!<br />

Cleanse and Exfoliate: 1 minute<br />

Start your routine off by cleansing and exfoliating your<br />

skin. Gently massage the Foam Fighter foaming face<br />

wash over your skin. It is the ultimate daily face wash that<br />

fights to remove impurities while leaving your skin feeling<br />

fresh, renewed, and matte. You can also combine the<br />

Power Powder exfoliating powder to gently buff away the<br />

unhealthy cells for a noticeably smoother, clearer, and more<br />

refined complexion.<br />

1<br />

2<br />

3<br />

4<br />

5<br />

Great skin ... in five easy steps<br />

Cleanse carefully. At least twice a day.<br />

Wash off make-up before bed. Allow your skin<br />

to breathe at night without clogging your pores.<br />

Control oil. Even if your skin is oily, you still<br />

need to moisturise. Think hydration rather than<br />

excessive oil production.<br />

Exfoliate. You need to exfoliate once or twice<br />

a week with a gentle, oil-free exfoliator.<br />

Keep your hands clean. Every time you touch<br />

your face, you are spreading oil, dirt, and<br />

bacteria that can turn into a breakout! Always<br />

wash your hands before touching your face<br />

and regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that<br />

touch your face, like your phone!<br />

Treat: 3 minutes<br />

Next, you will tone the skin with our refreshing toning<br />

wipes. The Fresh Crusader wipes provide intensive<br />

cleaning for problem areas such as the pesky T-zone.<br />

Infused with witch hazel, cucumber and aloe vera, these<br />

wipes help to unclog the pores and provide hydration in<br />

one simple swipe. After toning, apply Disappearing Act<br />

to specific problem areas and allow time for the product<br />

to penetrate the skin. It has been designed to remove<br />

excess oil and bacteria, while using natural elements to<br />

reduce inflammation.<br />

Moisturise and Protect: 1 minute<br />

Whether you are off to school, or getting ready to hit the<br />

sheets, you will want to make sure your face is moisturised.<br />

In the morning, use RITES Control Freak SPF30 to<br />

moisturise and protect the skin. At night, use the Smart<br />

Hydrator to repair your skin while you sleep. Be sure to<br />

apply the moisturiser to the face and neck, starting on the<br />

cheeks and spreading outwards and upwards, and if you are<br />

fast, then you may just have a few seconds to spare!<br />

Get into the habit of following the above steps each day for<br />

a solid and effective skincare routine.<br />

For RITES stockists, visit www.rites.co.za • 0860 01 80 22<br />

FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM @ritesskinsolution

Wine for the win<br />

Soup + red wine = a match made in Winter heaven<br />

Nothing chases away the mid-Winter chill like a big bowl of soul-warming<br />

soup. And for the ultimate comfort food and wine experience, enjoy<br />

Roodeberg 1949 with foodie Elmarie Berry’s hearty lentil and lamb soup,<br />

guaranteed to warm you on even the chilliest of days.<br />

The wine: Embracing the revival of exciting French and Spanish varieties,<br />

Cabernet Sauvignon forms the foundation of this Roodeberg 1949<br />

blend, complemented by Tempranillo, Carignan and Carménère. It’s<br />

a gorgeous, generous wine. You’ll smell dark cherry, blackcurrant and<br />

vanilla, you’ll taste cinnamon, sweet spice and ripe, juicy dark berry fruit.<br />

The soup: All it takes to make this flavourful lentil and lamb soup are a<br />

handful of healthy ingredients and a few easy steps. This recipe easily<br />

serves eight.<br />

You’ll need: 2 Tbsp olive oil; 2 large brown onions, coarsely chopped; 2<br />

celery sticks, trimmed, coarsely chopped; 1 large carrot, peeled, coarsely<br />

chopped; 900g lamb, cut into 3cm pieces; 400g can diced tomatoes; 1L<br />

(4 cups) liquid chicken stock or liquid vegetable stock; 400g can brown<br />

lentils, rinsed, drained; fresh coriander to garnish<br />

To make: Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté<br />

the onion, stirring for two minutes. Add the celery and carrot, stirring for<br />

three to four minutes or until the vegetables are lightly golden.<br />

Add the lamb, stirring for two to three minutes or until just browned.<br />

Add the tomato and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover<br />

and simmer for an hour, until lamb is tender. Add the lentils, cover and<br />

simmer for another 15 minutes. Ladle into serving bowls and garnish<br />

with fresh coriander and some lovely fresh, crusty bread.<br />

Steenberg is synonymous with<br />

Sauvignon Blanc, and the<br />

estate has just unveiled<br />

the top tier 2020 The<br />

Black Swan Sauvignon<br />

Blanc. Scents of nettle,<br />

elderflower and<br />

fynbos, which divulge<br />

the wine’s Constantia<br />

roots, are supported<br />

by a palate bursting<br />

with fresh lemon zest<br />

and hints of stone fruit<br />

and asparagus. This<br />

is a great food wine<br />

and you can order it<br />

for R240 a bottle from<br />

steenbergfarm.com<br />

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A tribute to the feisty Nguni cow that stands proud on every bottle,<br />

Survivor Syrah 2019 is a true expression of the hardy Swartland. This<br />

big, generous, full-bodied wine brims with luscious layers of spice, violets<br />

and blackberries, and just a hint of oak. Winemaker Ben Snyman enjoys<br />

it with barbecue chicken, spicy stir-fry pork, leg of lamb or spare ribs on<br />

the braai … we plan on doing the same. R200 from survivorwines.com<br />

A trio of cheers for the apple!<br />

An apple a day … is easy when you’ve got<br />

a trio of delicious options to choose from.<br />

‘From Orchard to Bottle’ is the core of the<br />

Ceres Valley Loxtonia Cider promise …<br />

home-grown, hand-picked, 100 per cent<br />

freshly pressed and naturally fermented<br />

apples. For a crisp, dry cider, try the original<br />

Loxtonia Crispy Apple Cider – a top<br />

contender at the annual International Cider<br />

Challenge and with just 58 calories in each<br />

bottle (considerably less than most locally<br />

available ciders) this low-calorie, natural<br />

drink ticks all the right boxes. The Stone<br />

Fruit Flavoured Apple Cider is a fruity,<br />

medium-sweet cider with bursts of bright,<br />

fresh peach, nectarine and apple, while the<br />

beer-styled Loxtonia Pale Amber Apple<br />

Cider is one of the more intriguing choices<br />

in the range … with nuances of caramel<br />

that meld into a smooth apple finish, it’s a<br />

cider beer lovers will enjoy. Sustainability<br />

plays a major role in the making of the<br />

ciders, which have a five per cent alcohol<br />

content and are gluten-free, vegan-friendly<br />

and free of preservatives and artificial<br />

additives. You’ll find it at leading outlets or<br />

order online for R99.60 for a four-pack of<br />

340ml including delivery on loxtonia.co.za<br />

You had me at Merlot. If you’re the kind<br />

of happy, optimistic, glass-half-full kind<br />

of person who views the world through<br />

rosé-tinted glasses, who knows it isn’t<br />

good to keep things bottled up and that<br />

life’s too short for sour grapes, you’ll<br />

love Winefulness – a brilliant little<br />

book that reminds you to ‘stop and smell<br />

the rosé’. Crammed with the corniest<br />

collection of wine wisdom ever, which<br />

you can’t help but laugh at, it’s all about<br />

practising positive reinforcement. Pinot?<br />

More like Pi-hell-yeah! Octopusbooks.<br />

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Taste explosion<br />

Sumac is a deep red spice with a citrusy hit much used in Middle Eastern<br />

cuisine, that adds a vibrant lift to all kinds of foods. And the recipes from<br />

Sumac will certainly provide a lift to your meals ... be they breakfast<br />

(Jazmaz - eggs in tomato sauce with chillies), lunch (Mujaddara - lentil<br />

pilaf with caramelised onion) or dinner (Shorbat ameh - tomato soup<br />

with barley and lamb shank). The book has recipes for sharing mezze<br />

platters, street food (brilliant Toshka - a toasted sandwich with spicy<br />

meat and cheese), meat, chicken and fish options as well as more than a<br />

dozen amazingly tempting desserts and drinks (is there anyone, ever,<br />

who said no to a slice of baklava?). With recipes celebrating Anas’ family<br />

food traditions, along with the travels, celebrations and memories of<br />

loved ones, as well as personal anecdotes and snippets of really<br />

interesting info, the book is evocative and inspiring and beautifully<br />

illustrated ... delicious in every way! Murdoch Books<br />

‘This book’, says Cape Malay<br />

cooking queen Fatima Sydow, ‘is a<br />

dream come true. It has provided<br />

me with wonderful opportunities<br />

- from the people I’ve met and the<br />

memories I’ve made to the recipes<br />

I’ve shared. My heart is full’. And the<br />

book - Fatima Sydow Cooks - is full<br />

too ... of wonderful local dishes we<br />

all love. Think vetkoek, to be filled<br />

with mince or apricot jam, crayfish<br />

curry (head, legs and all), slowcooked<br />

beef brisket (inexpensive,<br />

flavourful and perfect for a cold<br />

Winter day), and banana fritters<br />

(light and golden and sprinkled<br />

with cinnamon). Loads more too.<br />

For more, click on fatimasydow.co.za.<br />

Human & Rousseau<br />

In a kitchen rut?<br />

Bye-bye boring, hello<br />

spicy ... we’ve found a<br />

trio of cookbooks to get<br />

your tastebuds tingling.<br />

Curried is a joyful homage to one of the world’s most beloved and<br />

versatile dishes – the curry. Inspired by author Cariema Isaacs’ memories<br />

of the slow-cooked Cape Malay curries of her childhood, as well as the<br />

fast-paced landscape of the Middle East, where she now lives, Cariema<br />

celebrates the nourishing comfort of pulses and legumes in a multitude<br />

of wholesome and delicious vegetarian curries for everyday cooking. For<br />

special occasions, there are meat and seafood curries from around the<br />

globe. Rice and condiments are not overlooked, and there is also a<br />

selection of breads, as well as delectable desserts. On our shopping list<br />

are the ingredients for the dal and beetroot curried stew, ( rich in colour,<br />

it looks almost too good to eat), the Sunday curried roast chicken (to<br />

give our traditional roast a twist), the no-rise blikbeker broodjies (bread<br />

in a tin mug - perfect for a braai) and Arabian Delights Mouhalabieh<br />

(a Middle Eastern version of panna cotta - beautifully decorated<br />

so perfect for a dinner party). Penguin<br />

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AVO-licious<br />

winter goodness<br />

Celebrate the <strong>2021</strong> avo season by adding an<br />

avo (or two) to your family’s winter meals.<br />

There are the buttery, creamy, green-skinned avo<br />

varieties … Fuerte, Edranol, Ryan, Reed and Pinkerton.<br />

And then there’s the rich, nutty, dark-skinned Hass,<br />

Maluma Hass and Lamb Hass. It’s hard to choose a<br />

favourite, but we don’t have to. While we love the fact<br />

that South African avos are available almost all year<br />

round, we’re fortunate they are in plentiful supply in<br />

winter. Why? Well, besides tasting heavenly, they may offer<br />

immune support in the colder months. Did you know avos<br />

are high in copper, a source of fibre (5.3g fibre per 100g) and<br />

contain antioxidants? Copper is known to support immune<br />

system function. Fibre is essential for good gut health …<br />

around 65% of the immune system is housed in the gut, which<br />

regulates immunity and helps to protect against invading<br />

pathogens that cause disease. Antioxidants are powerful food<br />

components that maintain and regulate immune function, and<br />

avos contain the antioxidant nutrients lycopene and<br />

beta-carotene. So not only are avos delicious, they’re also a<br />

source of nutrients, and they’re versatile and super quick and<br />

easy to add to almost any meal.<br />


Serves 4<br />

Preparation time: 10 minutes<br />

Cooking time: 45 minutes<br />

Ingredients:<br />

1 large or 2 small avocados; 50g assorted cocktail<br />

tomatoes; 4 garlic cloves, crushed; 150ml<br />

avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil, divided in<br />

half; sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;<br />

1 block (approximately 200g) Greek feta cheese;<br />

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional);<br />

300g dried pasta, medium-size shape; fresh basil<br />

leaves, for serving.<br />

Method:<br />

Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a baking dish,<br />

combine half the oil, tomatoes, garlic and<br />

seasoning and toss to coat. Place the block of<br />

feta in the centre of the dish and sprinkle with<br />

chilli flakes, if using. Bake in preheated oven for<br />

40 minutes, until the tomatoes burst and the feta<br />

is golden brown.<br />

While the tomato is cooking, boil the pasta in<br />

salted water until al dente, drain and set aside.<br />

Peel and dice the avocado.<br />

Remove tomatoes and feta from the oven, toss<br />

with the pasta and diced avocado and<br />

drizzle with the remaining oil.<br />

Serve hot in bowls and garnish with fresh<br />

basil leaves.<br />

Follow on Facebook @iloveavocadoSA • Instagram iloveavossa • visit www.avocado.co.za


OASIS<br />

Who doesn’t deserve a bedroom sanctuary…<br />

a beautiful space that provides mental asylum from the<br />

chaos of the world and an opportunity to rest your body.<br />

Creative behaviour strategist Kim Williams, whose focus is on designing<br />

interior spaces, knows better than most the importance of a bedroom<br />

sanctuary. Having spent much of her childhood in her bedroom due to<br />

a physical limitation, she has a deep passion for positively impacting the<br />

physical and emotional well-being of others so they can live their best<br />

possible life – at home and work.<br />

‘As people, we create spaces on an intelligent subconscious level and<br />

by understanding where we feel the best, we will get closer to excellent<br />

mindful design. If we give ourselves the freedom to dream about our ideal<br />

environment and then act to construct it, we create asylum from the busyness<br />

of the outside world.’<br />

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Do you want a<br />

romantic bedroom<br />

or do you want<br />

your bedroom to<br />

have a luxurious<br />

hotel feel?<br />

Kim shares her top tips for creating the perfect bedroom oasis:<br />


The point of departure with a bedroom is to understand who will live there<br />

and what type of experience you want to create. The main bedroom of a<br />

single man, for example, will be different from that of a married couple and<br />

the functionality of the design must reflect that. Next, you need to decide on<br />

the atmosphere you want to create. Do you want a romantic bedroom or do<br />

you want your bedroom to have a luxurious hotel feel? Deciding on these<br />

elements will help you get emotionally invested in the design, the process and<br />

the finished room because you have cultivated an emotional connection to<br />

your space.<br />


Excellent spaces are designed around what we would ideally like to use them<br />

for and should not constrict or dictate our movement. Paying attention to<br />

how you live, such as where you sit, where you stand and where you snuggle<br />

in your bedroom, will give insight into how you want to ideally move through<br />

your future space. Be mindful that there is always going to be an element<br />

of what is adjustable and what is not. Once you have identified your unique<br />

living patterns, you will find that layering your space with wonderful pieces of<br />

furniture and accessories will be a more seamless process.<br />


Looking through books of famous designers, magazines and Pinterest will help<br />

you gain an understanding of the lines, shapes and colours you are naturally<br />

drawn to. When you enter new spaces, look out for magical things that catch<br />

the corner of your eye because they will give you insight and direction. Be<br />

mindful that your home is a larger entity that your bedroom is part of and<br />

make sure you have a cohesive design.<br />


A bedroom is so much more than just a bedroom and although we primarily<br />

sleep in the space, many of us are using our bedrooms as offices, dressing<br />

rooms, home gyms and relaxation spaces. An easy way to add functionality<br />

is with nightstands which easily double as desks and dressing tables.<br />

Multifunctional doesn’t have to be unromantic either. The colours you use,<br />

how you accessorise and how you use smart storage will all contribute to how<br />

cluttered your space feels.<br />

If you are a neat person, open storage is a great option. If you are not, blanket<br />

boxes are useful for storing items at the end of the bed. The colour of the<br />

furniture, such as dark tones that recede into the background, and arranging<br />

of your furniture to reveal the room one vista at a time is also very important<br />

when creating zones.<br />

HAVE FUN<br />

One of the most profound parts of any project is combining creative<br />

understanding and skill to create a tailored retreat where you feel alive in your<br />

space. It awakens feelings of inspiration and excitement in us. Connecting with<br />

your changing space and being mindful of the new and old elements that<br />

evoke memories and emotion in you, will help you to reconnect with yourself.<br />

When we create our environment, there is a powerful sense of control and<br />

accomplishment we feel in the process, so take a deep breath and enjoy it.<br />

Details: kimwilliams.co.za or follow her on FB and IG @kim_williams_design<br />

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WINTER<br />

Compiled by: ALICE COETZEE<br />

We’re planting …Verbena ‘Firehouse’ for vibrant Winter and Spring colour<br />

on the patio and in the garden. It is a spreading verbena, up to 55cm, that<br />

works well as a filler in mixed containers and baskets, as well as a ground<br />

cover in gardens. Start it in a pot for colour on a warm, sunny patio that<br />

is protected from frost. As a garden plant, it needs frost protection and<br />

if planted now will provide Spring into Summer colour. It tolerates heat,<br />

grows in ordinary garden soil that drains well and likes regular, but not<br />

excessive watering. Its wide range of colours makes it easy to add to any<br />

garden colour scheme. Also resistant to powdery mildew. New colours<br />

include ‘Blue Fizz’ and ‘Violet Wink’. Details: ballstraathof.co.za<br />

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Indoor plant of the month<br />

Peperomia ‘watermelon’ is a striking little plant with large, fleshy leaves that look like<br />

the rind of a watermelon. Even when fully grown, it is compact and bushy, fitting<br />

easily on a bookcase, desktop, windowsill or wherever its unusual leaves can be<br />

appreciated. This is a good plant for a beginner, as it is easy to care for. It just needs<br />

enough bright light and no over watering. Details: lvgplants.co.za<br />

Garden tasks for <strong>July</strong><br />

• Prune bush roses from 20 <strong>July</strong> to<br />

the first week in August. Cut back<br />

bushes by one-third, removing<br />

dead wood and old stems, crisscrossing<br />

and weak growth. Enrich<br />

the soil after pruning with compost,<br />

fertilise and water well.<br />

• In dry areas, water the compost<br />

heap once a month to keep it active.<br />

• Fertilise pansies, violas, petunias,<br />

and primulas to keep<br />

them flowering.<br />

• Water veggies once a week and feed<br />

once a month with a liquid fertiliser.<br />

• Cover tender plants with frost cloth<br />

if very cold weather is predicted.<br />

• Water vegetables and herbs in<br />

containers twice a week.<br />

• Continue to protect conifers from<br />

the Italian cypress aphid with an<br />

organic insecticide or use insecticide<br />

granules sprinkled around the base<br />

of the conifer.<br />

Veggie of the month<br />

There is nothing sweeter than eating garden peas<br />

from the pod. ‘Tom Thumb’ is a dwarf bush pea from<br />

RAW seeds that is fun for the kids to plant in<br />

containers or small spaces.<br />

Plants grow 30cm high and<br />

10cm wide, which means<br />

that you can plant them<br />

10cm apart along a mini<br />

trellis. Pods are best when<br />

harvested young, within 50<br />

days from germination. The<br />

peas are sweet and crunchy.<br />


• Grow in full sun. • Plant in<br />

fertile, compost-enriched soil<br />

or potting soil. • Keep the soil<br />

moist, especially for plants<br />

in containers. • Fertilise once<br />

a month. • Keep on picking,<br />

especially to encourage new<br />

pods. Details: rawliving.co.za<br />

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Some days they can be the darndest little angels and then there are those days<br />

where they really push your buttons. But, one thing remains ... Kids are our pride and joy,<br />

and we will go above and beyond to cater for their needs.<br />

So, with this guide, we offer great tips on all things kids.<br />

Gabrielle tackles bullying with a song<br />

Image: SEVVEN.<br />

Talent is something that can be cultivated with<br />

passion, motivation, patience and practice.<br />

Armoured with all four, Weltevreden Park’s 14-yearold<br />

music sensation, Gabrielle De Gama has spent<br />

most of her life developing and perfecting her skills<br />

in singing, acting and modelling.<br />

With no time to waste, the youngster utilised<br />

lockdown as an opportunity to write and record<br />

her debut single, Nasty. As with Gabrielle, the<br />

track is not short of personality and hits all<br />

the right notes. It is however not just a groovy<br />

number but comprises an important message<br />

around bullying.<br />

‘My debut single Nasty was written during<br />

lockdown level 5 during my first year in high<br />

school. Communication was mainly online and<br />

I was trying to form new relationships with<br />

the other students. This opened up a lot of<br />

opportunities for bullying. Cyberbullying rates<br />

across the world grew tremendously during<br />

this time. Having been a victim of bullying since<br />

Grade Four, I took this time to write the song<br />

using my own experiences as material. I let it all<br />

out, expressing how I felt.<br />

‘I have been verbally bullied by children calling<br />

me ugly and saying things like I’m talentless. I<br />

have been cyberbullied through WhatsApp and<br />

have been invited into groups only to be sworn<br />

at and called names.’<br />

Bullying is not always physical and can also<br />

be verbal, such as with Gabrielle. Though, it is<br />

equally dangerous.<br />

‘In my song, the message I would like to get<br />

across is that being nasty is toxic and should<br />

be a tragic act. We need to do more to stop it.<br />

We should all stick together instead of isolating<br />

one another. We need to help each other get<br />

through this poignant time in history.’<br />

Gabrielle’s Nasty is available on all major<br />

streaming platforms.<br />

Gabrielle’s advice about bullying:<br />

• Always speak up about the bully<br />

to someone you trust or someone<br />

older who can report the situation.<br />

• Try to never take what the bully<br />

says or does personally. Remind<br />

yourself what the people who love<br />

you say about you.<br />

• Don’t change who you because of<br />

what other people say about you.<br />

• Avoid any contact with the bully.<br />

• The best revenge is success. Work<br />

on making yourself the best version<br />

of yourself.<br />

If you are being bullied call Childline<br />

South Africa on 08000 55 555.<br />

24 Get It Magazine <strong>July</strong> <strong>2021</strong>

Eye problems in your child<br />

Many conditions affect children and<br />

the sooner you notice that there is something wrong,<br />

the quicker you must take action.<br />

There tends to be a perception that eye problems bother the old and those<br />

who are stuck on their computer screens most of the day. That is far from the<br />

truth. Children can also suffer from problems with their eyesight. A study done<br />

by the World Health Organization shows that approximately 19 million children<br />

worldwide have vision problems. Of those almost 12 million could have had<br />

their eye conditions corrected if they had regular eye examinations. ‘By the time<br />

a parent usually notices that their child has a visual problem, the child’s visual<br />

acuity has reduced by more than 60 per cent,’ warns optometrist Andre Horn.<br />

Serious childhood eye conditions to watch out for:<br />

Strabismus: When your child’s eyes<br />

are crossed or what people usually<br />

call squinted. It is important that<br />

the optometrist examines the<br />

problem and the eyes’ ability to<br />

function together.<br />

Amblyopia: Usually a result of<br />

strabismus, amblyopia occurs when<br />

the eyes are turned or when the eyes<br />

have different prescriptions.<br />

The brain “shuts off” the image from<br />

the turned or blurry eye. Take your<br />

child to an optometrist who will<br />

prescribe the correct treatment.<br />

Near-sightedness (myopia):<br />

Children who are near-sighted<br />

tend to struggle with focusing on<br />

objects that are far and squint to see<br />

things in the distance. They engage<br />

better with things that are close.<br />

Near-sightedness is a result of the<br />

changed shape of the eye, leading<br />

to your child inability to focus on<br />

distant objects.<br />

Far-sightedness (hyperopia): When<br />

reading or writing your child may get<br />

tired quickly because they can’t focus<br />

on things that are up close. They can<br />

easily recognise far-away objects. Farsightedness<br />

leads to headaches, red<br />

eyes, inability to concentrate and restlessness.<br />

The condition can, however,<br />

improve as your child gets older.<br />

Astigmatism: This is the irregular<br />

curvature of the cornea (the outside,<br />

dome-shaped surface of the eye).<br />

Depending on the severity of the<br />

irregularity, objects may appear blurry,<br />

distorted and slanted.<br />

Conjunctivitis (pink eye): Usually<br />

caused by a bacterial and contagious<br />

infection or an allergic reaction,<br />

conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the<br />

white outer surface of the eye and inner<br />

lining of the eyelids. The eye appears<br />

red or pink hence it’s called a pink eye.<br />

It also becomes itchy and irritated and<br />

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Learning through play<br />

Investing time in building your child’s observation and<br />

memory skills not only gives them the confidence to tackle<br />

new tasks, but also helps them learn to resist distractions<br />

and focus on the task at hand.<br />

Observation games don’t need to be<br />

complex and they can be as simple<br />

as setting up different scenarios with<br />

six LEGO bricks in Kim’s Game. Named<br />

after the lead character in the Rudyard<br />

Kipling book in which a young boy<br />

sharpens his memory skills by staring<br />

at a collection of items and then trying<br />

to recall them all, a very effective<br />

Kim’s Game can be set up with just six<br />

different coloured bricks.<br />

Children can be tasked with different<br />

activities, such as looking at an<br />

arrangement of bricks for a limited<br />

time and then having to recall that<br />

arrangement once it’s covered with<br />

a cloth. Another game could be for a<br />

parent to build something using the<br />

bricks, and then to break it down or<br />

cover it, with the child tasked with<br />

rebuilding it exactly, but from memory.<br />

Youngsters can even play the<br />

game with one another, changing<br />

the positions of the bricks once<br />

their friend has seen the original<br />

arrangement, and challenging them<br />

to identify what’s different.<br />

Honing observation skills in this very<br />

visual way can help children sharpen<br />

their other senses, giving them the<br />

ability to listen actively and become<br />

more aware of their surroundings<br />

through their other senses too, through<br />

smell and taste.<br />

It can even improve their critical<br />

thinking abilities as they get older, as<br />

they will already be skilled in gathering<br />

information and analysing contexts to<br />

completely understand the situation<br />

at hand – and how to respond most<br />

effectively to it.<br />

Strong observation skills also build<br />

meticulous attention to detail, which<br />

not only plays a big role in being an<br />

effective role-player in any working<br />

environment, it also helps children<br />

– and grown-ups – recognise small<br />

details and adjust their actions in<br />

response. It might sound small but<br />

it could even be lifesaving. Think of<br />

something as simple as reading the<br />

detail on a medical insert, or checking<br />

for a food ingredient that they may be<br />

allergic to.<br />

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and Instagram.<br />

Four reasons to get<br />

the kids outdoors<br />

We’ve never fully appreciated our<br />

health like we do after the past year.<br />

Adding mountain biking or trail<br />

running into your weekly family<br />

activities will only contribute to<br />

helping your children achieve a<br />

more active, healthier lifestyle in the<br />

long run.<br />

Four reasons why these sports are<br />

great to do with your kids:<br />

1. A new way of socialising and<br />

connecting: These sports not<br />

only keep us fit, they also give us a<br />

way to socialise and connect in a<br />

safe way. Where we used to enjoy<br />

long Sunday lunches together at a<br />

restaurant or someone’s home, we<br />

now plan to meet at a park to do a<br />

family walk or run together.<br />

2. Less screen time: Having to<br />

teach and entertain our kids all day<br />

(for months on end) over lockdown,<br />

along with trying to get some<br />

work done ourselves, has certainly<br />

increased their daily consumption<br />

of screen time and hey – no one’s<br />

judging. That’s why getting the kids<br />

out the house and into nature on<br />

their bikes (or on their little feet) is<br />

a great balm for any parenting guilt<br />

we may feel over the time they’ve<br />

spent on screens recently.<br />

3. Coordination, balance and<br />

problem solving: It might be<br />

tough with younger kids at the<br />

beginning but once they get the<br />

hang of mastering their bikes<br />

or figuring out the best way to<br />

descend that hill on foot, they’ll<br />

learn all sorts of skills that will help<br />

elsewhere in their lives. Life isn’t easy<br />

and the little challenges that these<br />

two sports introduce to young kids<br />

can make them more resilient and<br />

resourceful out in the wider world.<br />

4. Mental health: Our modern<br />

children are becoming ‘an indoor<br />

generation’, all exacerbated by<br />

Xbox, iPads and laptop screens, and<br />

this is having detrimental effects on<br />

their physical and mental health.<br />

Getting them into the outdoors has<br />

a hugely beneficial impact on their<br />

overall happiness.<br />

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Crafts that won’t break the bank<br />

Stimulate your child’s imagination with these exciting,<br />

budget-friendly crafts that are easy to make.<br />


You’ll need: White paper; pencil; black marker; Khokis or pencil crayons; scissors;<br />

glue; googly eyes; glitter or glitter glue (optional).<br />

How to:<br />

On a white piece of paper, draw a long oval that’s about three-quarters the length<br />

of your child’s hand. Now draw a small circle at one end to form the head of the<br />

butterfly and outline with the marker to cover any pencil marks. Colour in the body<br />

and head, and cut out. Glue on two googly eyes and draw on a mouth. To make<br />

the legs, colour in and then cut out six strips of paper that are each 1cm x 8cm<br />

long. Fold the legs into an accordion and then glue them onto the body of the<br />

butterfly, three per side. To create the butterfly wings, fold a piece of paper in half<br />

and draw a 5cm x 4cm block over the fold (this will later be attached to the body<br />

of the butterfly). Using the block as a base, draw the wings and cut out the block<br />

and wings as a single piece.<br />

Now the fun begins. Colour in the wings and block; remember, the brighter the<br />

better. Place glue on the underside of the block and attach to the body.<br />

Create a wrist strap from the paper, measuring 13cm x 1.5cm. Glue the strap to the<br />

underside of the butterfly, creating a loop for your child’s hand.<br />

Slip over your child’s hand and let the flapping begin.<br />

Ways to make<br />

children enjoy<br />

4gardening<br />

Gardening is a great way to get your<br />

children excited about being outside.<br />

Emily Jones, Reel Life NPO project<br />

manager, and Jane Griffiths, an expert<br />

in organic vegetable gardening<br />

and Jane’s Delicious Kitchen author,<br />

suggest four fun garden activities:<br />

1. If you turn it into a competition to<br />

see who can make the greatest pile of<br />

weeds, even the chores of weeding<br />

can become a game.<br />

2. Some edible flowers such as<br />

echinacea, pansies, Californian<br />

poppies, cornflower, and calendula<br />

should be included instead of<br />

planting only vegetables. These<br />

attract beneficial insects such as bees<br />

and butterflies. With your children,<br />

explore your garden and encourage<br />

them to find and watch ladybirds,<br />

bees and butterflies.<br />

3. Create a tepee with beans. In the<br />

dirt, firmly anchor three poles and<br />

collect their tops together to form a<br />

tripod. Wind some twine around and<br />

tie it in place securely. Plant beans to<br />

climb around the poles, leaving one<br />

side open. The beans will climb up the<br />

structure easily. Your kids will have an<br />

edible green tepee to play in within a<br />

couple of months.<br />

4. Let your kids help you create simple<br />

recipes that include some of the<br />

vegetables that you grow.<br />


You’ll need: A large paper plate; scissors; pencil; glue; toilet roll; poster paint; paint<br />

brush or sponge brush; googly eyes; black marker.<br />

How to make it:<br />

Fold and cut the paper plate in half to create the body of the dinosaur. On the<br />

other half of the plate, draw and cut out a head and tail, and a few triangular spikes.<br />

Glue the spikes onto the rounded side of the other half of the paper plate.<br />

Glue on the head and tail, and allow to dry. To make the feet, measure 3cm into<br />

each end of the toilet roll and cut horizontally to create two shorter pieces of the<br />

same height. Stand the pieces up and cut slits into the opposite ends of each<br />

piece, going a third of the way down.<br />

Place the body into the slits of the feet – your dinosaur should now be able to<br />

stand on its own. Using a tablecloth or newspaper to protect the table surface, let<br />

your child paint the dinosaur and allow the paint to dry.<br />

To make the face, stick on a googly eye and use the marker to make the mouth.<br />

Give the dinosaur a name and let the fun games begin.<br />

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Relax to a romantic picnic on their lush lawns with a<br />

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Driving down the long and winding oak-lined lane leading<br />

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Settle down and relax for a dining experience to remember<br />

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With gorgeous gardens, a wooden jungle gym and tractors around every corner, a visit<br />

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3. Then there is the gorgeous lounge-style River Bar. Overlooking the lakeside<br />

with never-ending views and gorgeous sunsets that rival most paintings, there is a<br />

mixologist cocktail menu and lovely tapas style food.<br />

4. It’s a great destination for an adventure-loving family. Have the kids with you<br />

and feel like exploring? Then head over to Irene Farm via the underground subway<br />

to learn more about the history and the workings of the farm and look for an<br />

abundance of farm-fresh delicacies at the shop. Go for a self-guided bird (and/ or<br />

tree) spotting walk or take a leisurely stroll (running or cycling are also allowed for<br />

the fitness fanatics) on the adventure bush trail. If doing as little as possible is on<br />

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