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Helping rural artisans create

fine African jewellery

We’ve found a handful of

excellent books for you

to read this month



We’re loving Winter

Escape to a city-chic hotel

in the heart of Cape Town

WIN Stylish his

& hers watches


Exceptional skin boosters &

ten must-have fashion classics



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book club

04 Get cosy on the couch … we’ve found a host of fabulous reads


06 We’re walking on sunshine this month ... happy days



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08 A leap of faith resulted in Nikki Robertson heading up a social

enterprise that makes exquisite (and award-winning), fine

African jewellery.

16 Looking for peace in the Cradle of Humankind, Glyn French found

much more than that. She discovered a spiky wild cucumber ... which

sparked the idea to create craft gins.

fashion & beaUTY

10 The fashion classics you need in your wardrobe

12 Now’s the time to invest in your skin


18 Cheers to warming wines, ciders and a savoury soup

20 Spice up your cooking with a trio of brilliant cookbooks

DECOR & gardening

22 Sleep … glorious sleep. Top tips to transform your bedroom

24 Give your garden a colourful vibe with vibrant verbenas


32 Sexy city living … in the Cape


05 Your choice of page-turners for your next book club

17 A Flowstone Gin hamper

34 A matching pair of watches


Personality: Nikki Robertson

Photographer: Jaco Bothma

Make-up & hair: Elaine Boshoff


July 21 Get It Magazine 03

Book club

Winter … bed, book and red wine weather!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

own? Pan Macmillan. • Oh dear. Get the tissues out. Pippo and Clara by Diana Rosie is set

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

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

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

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

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

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

we turn. A chilly weekend, a fireplace and soft sofa and a copy of this heart-warming novel

… heaven. Mantle • Not Dark Yet is Peter Robinson’s latest Alan Banks crime novel, which

opens with a gruesome double murder at a property developer’s luxury home. With a

clear link to the notoriously vicious Albanian mafia, it should be an open-and-shut case for

Superintendent Banks and his team. But when they find a cache of spy-cam videos in the

house, the investigation pivots to the rape of a young girl, and the murders are cast in an

entirely different light. Hodder and Stoughton.

Middelvlei Wines winemaker Tinnie Momberg describes this Free-Run

Pinotage 2019 as a wine with complex flavours of raspberries, mulberries and

elegant oak spices, adding that the gentle tannins are perfectly balanced by the

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

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

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Lies. Mistakes. And missing children.

Doesn’t get more nerve-shredding

than this. When They Find Her – an

emotional debut by Lia Middleton

– is about a desperate mother, a

tragic accident, and a terrible lie that

spirals out of control. It’s the story of

Naomi, who after making a dreadful

mistake, lost custody of her only

child, a daughter who’s come home

for a visit, giving Naomi a chance to

rebuild her family. But the night

ends in a terrible accident, and

Naomi reports her daughter missing.

Which is a lie. But worse than the lie

is the truth … which is she has no

memory of what really happened.

Penguin Random House.

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

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

government organisation, with full license to do whatever it takes to neutralise

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

intelligence comes through about plans by the Kremlin to launch a terror attack in

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

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

a surveillance officer for MI5, where he spent a decade on the front line protecting

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

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

vetted and cleared for publication by MI5. Due to continuing threats, his identity

is hidden, and he continues to work with the security service and other agencies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

surprises they could have imagined … corruption, murder in a burlesque club, truth

mixed with lies and massive amounts of small-town-with-tight-lipped-community

intrigue. The era’s perfectly captured, the book thrilling. Macmillan.

Book of the month …

Mother-to-be Helen has it all. Daniel - the perfect husband. Rory - the perfect

brother. Serena - the perfect sister-in-law. And Rachel - the perfect nightmare.

When Helen attends her first antenatal class, she is expecting her loving husband

to arrive, along with charming Rory and his also pregnant wife, the effortlessly

beautiful Serena. What she is not expecting is Rachel. Extroverted, brash, unsettling

single mother-to-be Rachel, who just wants to be Helen’s friend. Who just wants

to get to know Helen and her friends and her family. Who manages to cleverly

find out all the information she needs ... the question is, why does she need it?

Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner is a psychological thriller which really is, in

a month full of exceptional reads, a stand-out. You think you know what’s going

to happen. You don’t. And you won’t put it down. Bloomsbury, available from

Exclusive Books. Fancy winning your choice of books for your next book club

evening? Pop over to Get It Pretoria Magazine on Instagram, find our Book Club

post and enter. There’s a R2000 Exclusive Books voucher up for grabs.

July 21 Get It Magazine 05

Wish list

We’ve got sunshine on a rainy day …

We do understand how completely nerdy

it is to put a kitchen gadget on our wish

list *hangs head in shame*. But strewth …

this Cilio lemon squeezer is life-changing.

We bought one and we’re now adding

fresh lemon juice to absolutely everything!

R259 from yuppiechef.com

We feel there’s not much better than

the scent of Italy to cheer up a Winter

day. This Acqua di Parma scented

candle will illuminate your home

with radiant brightness and the

unmistakably Italian scent of Luce di

Colonia. A harmonious blend of

citrus essences, you’ll find it at

woolworths.co.za for R1199.

Compiled by: KYM ARGO

We rather fancy the locally designed

Leocé range … particularly the new

Irish Linen Collection. The brand is

designed for women of every age,

with pieces that can be dressed up

for a formal occasion or day in the

boardroom, but also dressed down

for a casual dinner date. This dress,

in the perfect shade of yellow, is also

great for in-between days … lovely

as is, but would look great with a

blazer or swing coat for cooler days.

R1221.95 from leocecouture.com

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Have you ever – EVER – seen a more colourful, stylish, desirable

coat? We’re obsessed! This Ibizawome coat is all our dreams

come true, in one psychedelic package. It’s padded, loose-fitting,

long (below the knee), with a hood and trekking drawstrings

for adjustment, as well as gathered cuffs, so that not a drop of

cold can pass through. It’s designed by Miranda Makaroff for

Desigual, and once we’ve got our chilly hands on it we may

never. take. it. off. R6080 from desi-sa.co.za

New in SA is the exceptional

Scandinavian range NUORI,

with 100 per cent natural

ingredients. This Supreme

Polishing Treatment

effectively removes impurities,

gently sloughs away dead

skin cells, buffs and infuses

skin with highly nourishing

ingredients. R1100, and

only available online at

the desirable beauty and

skincare platform Asrai

Skin (loads of great

brands, check it out)

Details: asraiskin.com

This vibrantly

golden Delheim

Chardonnay Sur

Lie 2020 wine is all

citrus, stone fruit

and subtle notes of

spice on the nose,

with creamy notes

of oak and elegant

fresh fruit on the

palate … it will be

lovely with a Winter

casserole and

some fine cheeses.

R250 a bottle from

leading wine

stores or online

from delheim.com

July 21 Get It Magazine 07

Wear a piece of Africa

When the opportunity crossed Nikki Robertson’s path to live and work alongside

rural women artisans, she grabbed it with both hands. A leap of faith that resulted

in her heading up a social enterprise that makes exquisite (and award-winning),

fine African jewellery.

When Nikki Robertson was selected

as one of the graduates to go and

live and work in St Lucia as part of a

creative industries skills development

programme, she didn’t hesitate.

Resigning from her graphic design

position, she left her home in Joburg

and headed down to KZN, where

she joined other graduates - all

with arts and design backgrounds

- in a learnership for craft product

development in partnership with

rural artisans. The programme, put

together by Create SA and the St

Lucia Wetlands Park Craft Programme

(now ISimangaliso), invited the

graduates to go live and work in

the communities.

‘Ultimately, our job was to develop

and refine handmade products and

connect the artisans with wholesalers

and retailers who could market and

sell their beautifully-made wares,’

she explains.

‘But, there was an ongoing

problem. When funding for product

development and market access

programmes depleted, the support

for artisans would cease. Suddenly

the women, who are both socially

and geographically removed from

the market for their wares, were left

with no orders for their products, and

a loss of important income.’

Women in rural regions are some of

the busiest women in the world. They

do so much to support their families.

From growing and selling vegetables,

providing cooking services for local

crèches, sewing and selling garments

for traditional ceremonies, to rearing

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Master beader Ma Bahlezi Elsie

Mahlangu, Nomthandazo Jane

Mahlangu - also known as

Thandi who started beading

when she was still at school,

Busisiwe Cecilia Masemola

started crafting at the age

of 15, and master beader Ma

Mapholi Rosina Ntuli, the sister

and right-hand woman to craft

group founder Ma Bahlezi.

and selling chickens. But one of

the most important methods of

earning an income is making and

selling crafts.

Nikki came to the conclusion that

a social enterprise to support rural

women artisans was much-needed.

And who better to start this than

herself? She had done loads of

research and had years of experience

on the ground at a grassroots level,

working and living with rural women

in their communities. And so Zulu

Mien was born.

‘I hoped to create a sustainable social

enterprise that could bridge the gap

between the women artisans and

the market for their craft, and offer

ongoing support and consistent

orders for products.

‘The Siyazisiza Trust, who offered

product development and market

access assistance to craft groups,

suggested that I approach master

beader Elsie Bahlezi Mahlangu of the

Rhubhani craft group to develop

a jewellery range. Together with

this extremely talented group of

women, we developed our first range

of jewellery.

‘Khanya Mthethwa, an incredibly

creative jeweller, helped to

conceptualise our first range and

work out how we could combine

beadwork with the fine art of

jewellery design in sterling silver.

The beadwork is produced by hand,

without the use of a loom, and each

high-quality bead is individually sewn

into a pattern by using ancient Nguni

methods that have been passed

down from mother to daughter.

So our jewellery is quite simple, yet

elegant … understated and not busy

or complicated at all. It’s actually quite

the opposite of traditional South

African beadwork.’

Although Nikki does not make the

jewellery herself, it is a major team

effort. She will come up with a design

idea and propose it to the craft

group. They in turn guide her as to

whether or not the idea is feasible or

not, using the beading techniques.

‘In terms of patterns and designs, the

women mostly come up with these.

I do most of the work around testing

and deciding colour combinations

because I’m usually the one hearing

from the customers what they

would prefer. We decide on final

specifications and measurements

together as they again know best

what will work for a particular

design. It’s a wholly collaborative

effort and essential that we put our

minds together.’

Like many businesses, Covid hit

them hard. Especially because most

of their clients are tourists and the

international market.

‘South Africans see a lot of beadwork

and they’re accustomed to seeing

it being sold cheaply at roadside

markets. So they struggle to see

the value in beautifully crafted

beadwork pieces and to appreciate

the time and skill it takes to create.

International clients are instantly

in awe of it, as it’s not common for

them and they tend to place a higher

perceived value on the pieces. We

simply cannot wait to attend big

international trade shows like Maison

& Objet in Paris and New York Now …

but our time will come.

‘For some reason, we’ve started to

finally build some local recognition

and that helped us to stay positive,

and that what we’re trying to achieve

is worthwhile.’

Zulu Mien won the Innibos National

Craft Award for Best Corporate Gifts

in 2020 and have been selected as

part of the Design Indaba Emerging

Creatives Class of 2021.

So, if there ever was a time to support

local, now is that time.

The Zulu Mein range consists of

gorgeous collections named after

the artisans, chokers, body chains,

bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Like

their motto states, to wear a piece of

Zulu Mien, is to wear a piece of Africa.

Details: zulumien.com or follow them on

Facebook or Instagram, @zulumien

The meaning behind the name:

The Zulu are the most well-known of the Nguni tribes of South Africa. While our

jewellery is comprised of all the styles and techniques used by the Nguni tribes, we have

chosen to name ourselves after the Zulu ... being a recognition word, it is recognised

across the globe. Mien (pronounced meen) is how you present yourself and the

impression you make. It’s best to keep a low profile but a dignified mien. A person’s

mien is a look or quality that tells a lot about their personalities or temperaments. A

person with a cheerful mien probably radiates happiness and energy, while someone

with a serious mien may have an air of being lost in thought.

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

July 21 Get It Magazine 09

There are ten classics in the fashion world. Ten perfect items that defy trends.

Pieces that will always be symbols of perennial cool. The Ten, by fashion writer

Lauren Cochrane, gives us the lowdown.

1The hoodie

Worn by Mohammad 2

Ali - aka

Cassius Clay, as part of his workout

gear. Dustin Hoffman in Marathon

Man. Sylvester Stallone in Rocky. And

Trayvon Martin, who was wearing a

grey hoodie when he was shot by

George Zimmerman in 2012, leading

to the Million Hoodie March, which

took place a month after his death.

How to wear it now Go XXL. For both

comfort and aesthetics, an oversized

hoodie is a winner. Hip-hop stars

like Snoop Dogg are partial to going

extra-large in the hoodie department.

You’ll certainly feel wrapped up.


The white t-shirt

Worn by Heroes and rebels ... Marlon

Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire,

James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause,

Johnny Depp, with a biker jacket and

a quiff, in Cry-Baby.

How to wear it now With jeans for

a stone-cold classic outfit. There’s a

reason why we have worn this outfit

for 70 years - jeans and T-shirts go

together like burgers and fries. The

combination is a no brainer, as seen

on Jourdan Dunn or James Dean. Go

with dark indigo denim for the full

effect - it makes the white pop.

The biker jacket

Worn by Marlon Brando in The Wild

One. The Hells Angels. Debbie Harry

and Sid Viscous. Patti Smith. Hellen

Mirren. Harry Styles. Gigi Hadid.

Sharon Osbourne.

How to wear it now No white

T-shirt and jeans. Yes, it’s tempting,

but, thanks to the Fonz, making like

Marlon is too costume-party now.

Instead, contrast is your friend. The

biker looks great, for example, over

a floral slip dress. And go for trainers

over biker boots.

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The Jeans

Worn by Andy Warhol, who wanted to die in them. Katherine Hepburn, who

wore hers to scandalise studio heads in the thirties. Brooke Shields, who let

nothing come between her and her Calvins. Bruce Springsteen - wearing Levis

on the cover of Born in The USA.

How to wear them now Go vintage. Not only will you do your bit fot the planet,

but you’ll get that distressed and worn-in look for real. The classics are still the

best. Sure most brands do jeans. But for the real thing, there’s nothing better

than the original brands: the Levi’s, the Lees, the Wranglers. If you listen closely,

you can still hear the whisper of the mountain range.

The skinny jean is still the shape of our time. Rising in fashionability in the early

00s, it remains 20 years later, making the shape one of the longest trends ever.

Boyfriend jeans, mom jeans, dad jeans and kick flares are threatening to oust

them though.

The stiletto

Worn by 50s bombshell Marilyn

Monroe. Drag queens - RuPaul says

“I’m six foot four - hello. And with hair,

heels and attitude ... I’m through the

mother-freaking roof”. Carrie - in her

Manalos, Choos and Louboutins in Sex

in the City.

How to wear them now Have a

spin. Stilettos worn with a LBD might

be a classic, but it’s the equivalent

of an overplayed song. Mix them

with baggy stonewashed jeans or

even an out-of-the-house version of

trackpants. These pieces will give a

refresh to these oh-so-ladylike shoes.

The Trench

Worn by Soldiers in the trenches in

the First World War. Humphrey Bohart

and Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau.

Ingrid Bergman, with a beret in Arch

of Triumph. Prince with stockings and

supenders on the cover of Dirty Mind.

Megan Markle, when she and Prince

Harry announced their engagement.

How to wear it now Go beyond

khaki. A coloured trench is a way to

wear the classic, while also pushing

things a bit futher. Think pink, green

or bright red. Ochre, rust, grey

and navy blue don’t count as

experimenting, sorry.

The Miniskirt

Worn by Twiggy - declared by American Vogue as ‘the mini-girl in the mini-era’.

Tina Turner in leather, Whitney Houston in pink, Melanie Griffith as Tess McGill

in Working Girl. “We are striding forth with our legs on display,” said ex-editor of

Vogue Alexandra Shulman. “Legs that were taking us places.”

How to wear it now Make like Mary and combine with a boot. The queen of the

miniskirt is still the source of tips - even 50 years later. But then again - DIfferent

day, different mini. A-line. Ruffled. Bright. Black. PVC. Denim. Take advantage of

the miniskirt as a modern classic. Your take comes with what you wear with it -

trainers, heels, sweatshirt or blouse. You decide.

Practise your pose We live in the era of social media, so getting that posture right

in a miniskirt can make or break a look - after all, if you haven’t taken a selfie, have

you even worn an outfit?

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The ballet flat

Worn by Brigitte Bardot. Audrey

Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Amy

Winehouse. Princess Diana. Kate

Moss, with skinny jeans.

How to wear them now For

inspiration, look to Lee Krasner -

artistic chic with cuffed jeans, and

Audrey Hepburn - cigarette pants

and a plo neck.

A white shirt + ballet flats =

underrated combination. Make your

shirt bright white and sculptured,

like Diana Vreeland, and wear with

ballet flats. Something about the

proportions give this mix the kind of

elegance we all aspire to, but usually

don’t have time for on an average

Monday morning.


The Breton

Worn by The sailors on the Brittany

coast, and made famous by Chanel.

Teenagers in France after the war

- who used to wear these striped

t-shirts with black slacks and ballet

flats. James Dean and Marlon Brando

(again), and Brigitte Bardot (ditto).

Madonna in the video Papa Don’t

Preach. The Duchess of Cambridge.

How to wear it now Think 50s French

starlets with an update Audrey

Hepburn. A young Bardot. Leslie

Caron. These are the Breton icons.

Update the look with a little from

the Alexa Chung school of dressing.

Keep the eyeliner flick, but team it

with denim cut-offs and espadrilles.

Combining It girls in an outfit gains

bonus fashion points.

Worn by Everyone. In 1994, American Vogue declared ‘Ten out of ten women

have one, but ten out of ten want another because a little black dress leads the

best-rounded life’. The Supremes - Mary Wilson, Diana Ross and Florence Ballard -

rocked matching LBDs, Barbie had one in the early 60s, and Princess Diana made

a LBD central to the soap opera playing out inthe royal family ... remember The

Revenge Dress? Elizabeth Hurley - in the Versace LBD with safety pings and a tothe-thigh


How to wear it now Don’t see it as boring. Black is background, yes, but it’s

also the colour of chic, the colour of rebellion. Embrace those qualities -

whchever one appels to you. That is how you’ll find a LBD that pops when

you put it on. Jewellery is your friend. As the likes of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast

at Tiffany’s and Pricess Diana in 1994 attest, black looks great with sparkles.

This is not a time to go for subtle - go big or go home. Sunglasses also benefit

from this rule of thumb.

Biker jacket from Woolworths

Lauren Cochrane, senior

fashion writer at The Guardian,

has just released The Ten - The

Stories Behind The Fashion

Classics. These ten pieces,

she says, aren’t just fashion

items; each is an emblem,

part of the universal language

of style. While trends may

come and go, they remain

classics. The book tells the

story of each item’s creation,

its journey to popularity, and

why it matters today. Great

images of those who’ve worn

these gems - Lesley Hornby

(Tiggy) - poster girl for the mini,

Brooke Shields in her Calvins,

Bruce Springsteen in Levis,

Andy Warhol in Breton, The

Supremes rocking LBDs. Stylish,

sophis, sassy. Essential. Welbek,

R347 from Exclusive Books

Trench from Woolworths

Reversable hoodie from Zara

Compiled by Kym Argo

July 21 Get It Magazine 11

Bye-bye dry skin … Winter’s really never looked better

Winter plays a cruel game with our

skin. Dry skin. Chapped lips. And

a suddenly lacklustre complexion.

These are all part of the seasonal skin

switch that happens as the days get

shorter. But there is good news. A few

minor tweaks, not an entirely new set

of products, is all your skin needs to

attain a gorgeous glow. The experts

from Claire Hill shared some top tips

to keep your skin glowing throughout

Winter, and the rest of the year.

So I don’t need to change all my

skincare products for Winter? No, not

if you are using high-quality products.

They should keep your skin in tiptop

shape all year round. Your skin

needs the same thing throughout the

seasons – ingredients like hyaluronic

acid to boost the water content in your

skin cells significantly, and high-quality

moisturising ingredients such as

rosehip oil that prevent that precious

hydration from evaporating through

your skin. It’s as simple as that.

Do I need a specific eye product? Eye

gel is essential all year round. The eye

area is super delicate because it’s five

to 10 times thinner than on the rest of

your face, making it particularly prone

to dryness. It also has no sebaceous

(natural oil) glands, so it can’t naturally

regenerate any lost moisture. While

it’s tempting to slather on thicker

creams over Winter, moisturising

around eyes with a really rich product

is counterproductive as firstly it’s too

heavy for that delicate area, it can clog

the skin, causing milia (small white

lumps) and puffiness. You need a light

gel that sinks in fast and hydrates with

powerful ingredients that penetrate

the deeper layers of the skin.

WPC Eye Complex is a gentle yet

powerful corrective treatment

to revitalise the delicate

skin around your eyes. The

youth-reviving actives in this

luxuriously silky eye gel reduce

puffiness and inflammation,

lighten dark circles, and smooth

away fine lines and wrinkles

to reveal fresher, brighter,

younger-looking eyes. R1865

from clairehill.co.za

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

applying your skincare products in a particular order (this is good advice

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

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

moisturiser that locks in the benefits of the serum and prevents the dry Winter air

from sucking the much-needed hydration straight back out of your skin. If your

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

moisturiser will protect it against environmental aggressors to keep your skin

feeling soft and your complexion glowing.

Can I use the same cleanser as in

Summer? A good cleanser will serve

you just as well in Winter as in the

warmer months. Your best option is

a cleansing pad soaked in micellar

water – it will gently sweep away the

daily grime without stripping the

skin of its natural oils. You’ll not only

remove every skerrick of makeup, but

you’ll also give the skin a good boost

of soothing, repairing antioxidants.

If you find that new sunspots have

popped up after summer, choose

micellar water with a melanin

modulating active, which directly

targets brown spots and age spots.

What else can I do to prevent dry

Winter skin? Tempting as it might be,

don’t turn the heat up. Dry air will suck

the moisture out of your skin, whether

outside or under the blankets. Many

Winter lifestyle habits can harm our

skin. We spend less time outdoors

(hello vitamin D!), we often avoid

exercise, and we eat more decadent

foods to boot. The effect is tangible

… a sluggish inner equals a sluggish

outer. Keep up your Summer routine –

go for walks, drink plenty of water, and

nourish your skin with the same gentle

but effective products year-round, and

you’ll cruise through a cold snap.

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

more than add moisture. The skin around your eyes also needs a decent vitamin

A dose to help strengthen the skin and slow the breakdown of collagen and

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

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

alternatives such as Stevie (from the stevia plant), which has the same skinrejuvenating

effect without causing any retinol-like irritation.

Get glowing

Investing in your skin’s never been easier

A trio of Claire Hill beauties

To set the stage for skin to repair damage from

sun exposure, environmental toxins, and promote

cellular repair, you need to effectively remove

all makeup, thick sunscreen, and any impurities

that can clog pores. Claire Hill’s Micellar Water

contains tiny oil droplets (micelles) which attract

and bind to makeup, sunscreen and grime so that

all can be effortlessly removed from your face with

a simple swipe. It’s also terrific for those struggling

with hyper-pigmentation and an uneven skin

tone. R600. • Claire Hill’s Anti-Ageing Serum is a

wonderful skin-firming and rejuvenating serum

that targets the sagging skin around your jawline

as well as the vertical laugh lines that extend

from the sides of your nose curving around to

your mouth. Supercharged with nutrients and

powerful actives, this luxe, fast-absorbing serum

revitalises your complexion so that your skin looks

naturally younger in a matter of weeks. R1100. •

Follow up with Anti-Ageing Moisturiser – a noninvasive

alternative to injectables. This nourishing

moisturiser has the power to smooth away fine

lines by naturally relaxing the facial muscles and

eliminating excess skin tension. Luxurious and

rich in natural oils, it also helps to replace and

retain moisture, fight free radical damage and feed

the skin with radiance-reviving nutrients. R1475.

Details: clairehill.co.za

NeoStrata … your skin will thank you!

We’re massive NeoStrata fans, so when we heard about the new NeoStrata

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

probably know glycolic acid is known to be the workhorse of the alpha-hydroxy acid

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

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

rate and visibly improves skin radiance, texture, and tone. There are also ingredients

to exfoliate, and an antioxidant that helps prevent and reverse the appearance of fine

lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, enlarged pores, and roughness. Why use it?

It targets a smoother, radiant complexion, has a high potency AHA-antioxidant blend,

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

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

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

could increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of

sunburn. Use sunscreen and limit sun exposure while using this product and for

a week afterwards. R830. Visit NeoStrata.co.za for your closest stockist. And while

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

Intensive Renewal range … there’s a Comprehensive Retinol Night Serum, Eye

Cream and Overnight Anti-Pollution treatment. A trio of miracle workers!

Bye-bye uneven skin tone,

sagging skin, fine lines!

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Intense options for specific concerns

We’re rather enamoured with the new Endocare

products we’ve just tried. With four products in

the range, they’re great for those of you who’re

looking for an intensive option for your skin

concerns. The Endocare Radiance C Pure


helps to regenerate your skin,

smooth fine lines and wrinkles and increase

firmness. R933 • Endocare Radiance C Ferulic

Edafence Serum is a fast-absorbing serum

that protects the skin from damage caused by

environmental stressors (free radicals, urban

contaminants) and is ideal for all skin types.

R1146 •

Endocare Essential Concentrate is an

intensive treatment ampoule that fights visible

signs of ageing. It has a high concentration

of active ingredients, which help renew

collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, which

are essential components of the dermal

support structure. R840 • Finally, Endocare

Tensage Concentrate has a collection of

intensive anti-ageing vials. This concentrate

helps restore the skin’s volume and firmness,

favouring the reduction of wrinkles and fine

lines and improving its tone and elasticity.

R1026. Details: onlineskinshop.co.za or


From SVR – Sebiaclear

Micro-Peel – an

unclogging and

smoothing renewal water

that targets open pores,

spots and blackheads,

all without drying

the skin. R398, from


absoluteskin.co.za or


The French brand Filorga has released a few new, desirable

beauty products. From the Global-Repair range, there’s

an intensive Nutri-Restorative Multi-Revitalising Cream

(R1395) which targets dehydration, established wrinkles,

sagging contours, dark spots and a tired complexion,

and a Multi-Revitalising Eye and Lip Contour Cream

(R1290), specifically for the creased eye and lips contours,

tired eyes, dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, dehydration and

sagging skin. If you’re looking for a product that targets

wrinkles, stubborn imperfections, open pores, shine,

spots, blackheads and a dull complexion, you should try

Intensive Double Correction Serum (R1430), one of the

excellent products from the Age-Purify Intensive range,

an anti-ageing range for skin prone to acne and breakouts.

Details: filorgasouthafrica.co.za

From Exuviance, we recommend (highly!) the new

Optilight Daily Prep – a cleanser that cleans, purifies and

gently exfoliates, and Optilight Brightening Serum –

formulated to brighten, exfoliate and target uneven skin

tone. Both are brightening boons for those who need to

minimise the appearance of discolouration from ageing

or overexposure to the elements. R610 and R1100. Also

look out for the OptiLight Dark Spot Minimizer with

SFP 25 – apply before you go into the sun to prevent

new dark spots and signs of photodamage. R990 from


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What do teens want?


great looking skin

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

Prevention’s better than cure

Rather than trying to cure acne, teens should rather

preempt it ... starting a skincare routine early to prevent

acne and blemishes. RITES is a small, easy-to-use South

African brand, which is cruelty-free and is brilliant for

boys and girls.

Your 10 minute RITES routine

Being a teenager can be stressful, so the last thing you need

to be worrying about is your skincare regime. To save you the

hassle, RITES has put together the ultimate 10-minute routine

to combat everything from pimples to oiliness. All you need

is five minutes in the morning and five minutes again in the

evening to marvel at your skin! Ready. Set. Go!

Cleanse and Exfoliate: 1 minute

Start your routine off by cleansing and exfoliating your

skin. Gently massage the Foam Fighter foaming face

wash over your skin. It is the ultimate daily face wash that

fights to remove impurities while leaving your skin feeling

fresh, renewed, and matte. You can also combine the

Power Powder exfoliating powder to gently buff away the

unhealthy cells for a noticeably smoother, clearer, and more

refined complexion.






Great skin ... in five easy steps

Cleanse carefully. At least twice a day.

Wash off make-up before bed. Allow your skin

to breathe at night without clogging your pores.

Control oil. Even if your skin is oily, you still

need to moisturise. Think hydration rather than

excessive oil production.

Exfoliate. You need to exfoliate once or twice

a week with a gentle, oil-free exfoliator.

Keep your hands clean. Every time you touch

your face, you are spreading oil, dirt, and

bacteria that can turn into a breakout! Always

wash your hands before touching your face

and regularly clean and disinfect surfaces that

touch your face, like your phone!

Treat: 3 minutes

Next, you will tone the skin with our refreshing toning

wipes. The Fresh Crusader wipes provide intensive

cleaning for problem areas such as the pesky T-zone.

Infused with witch hazel, cucumber and aloe vera, these

wipes help to unclog the pores and provide hydration in

one simple swipe. After toning, apply Disappearing Act

to specific problem areas and allow time for the product

to penetrate the skin. It has been designed to remove

excess oil and bacteria, while using natural elements to

reduce inflammation.

Moisturise and Protect: 1 minute

Whether you are off to school, or getting ready to hit the

sheets, you will want to make sure your face is moisturised.

In the morning, use RITES Control Freak SPF30 to

moisturise and protect the skin. At night, use the Smart

Hydrator to repair your skin while you sleep. Be sure to

apply the moisturiser to the face and neck, starting on the

cheeks and spreading outwards and upwards, and if you are

fast, then you may just have a few seconds to spare!

Get into the habit of following the above steps each day for

a solid and effective skincare routine.

For RITES stockists, visit www.rites.co.za • 0860 01 80 22

FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM @ritesskinsolution



Leaving the hustle and bustle of the city of gold behind,

looking for peace in the Cradle of Humankind, Glyn

French found much more than that. She discovered a

hidden treasure. Spiky wild cucumbers ... which sparked

the idea to create craft gins.

Glyn’s tips for gin tasting

It starts with nosing, or smelling, the gin. That will tell you pretty much everything.

Hold the bottle under your nose. Open your lips slightly, keeping the bottle under

your nose, not at your lips. Breathe in, long and very slowly. Once you get it right,

you will get all the subtleties of the gin and get a true taste of the gin at the back

of your palate.

Spending most of her life in Joburg,

you might assume Glyn French is the

ultimate city slicker. Think again. Glyn is

a bush lover - and about 15 years ago,

she and her family traded the busy life

for the peaceful, timeless and natural

beauty the Cradle of Humankind offers.

‘We lived five kilometres from the

heart of Sandton before moving to

the Cradle. Gosh, so many times I’ve

asked myself why we didn’t do it a lot

sooner! Having been in love with the

bush and spending most holidays up

in Botswana, we longed for our own

little piece of tranquillity, but just closer

to home.’

After only one visit to the Cradle, she

fell in love with this hidden gem ... not

for one moment expecting to find

more treasures on her doorstep.

‘There is simply amazing botanical

and biological biodiversity that is

second only to Fynbos. Beyond the

stromatolite fossils and the great

palaeo record that has given the area

its name, there is a deep and profound

feeling of timelessness and untouched

natural beauty that permeates the area.’

Having a background in advertising,

Glyn found herself semi-retired when

the ‘mad’ - as she refers to it - idea

of making gin came along ... a seed

planted from a casual comment made

when friends gathered at her home

for G&Ts.

‘Dr Justin Adams is a palaeontologist

who has been working on the fossil

sites in the Cradle for many years.

He became a close friend, and each

year he would use our home as a

base during the two-month-long

field season. He and his colleagues

would run field schools for local and

international students to excavate

fossil sites to conduct palaeo research.

One year, a few became many and we

had the team sleeping on every couch

in our house. As a thank you, Justin

arrived one Saturday with a case of

Hendrick’s Gin.

‘It was a beautiful highveld winter’s

afternoon and we set about making

some seriously well-deserved G&Ts, but

we needed cucumber to garnish and

there were none in the home. With

no shops in the area, I decided the

beautiful and spiky wild cucumbers in

the garden would have to do.

‘A slice in each glass not only looked

stunning but tasted amazing.

Someone made one of those

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throwaway comments ... ‘someone

should make a gin out of this’.

A month later the idea was still floating

in Glyn’s head. With a lot of help from

neighbours and friends, and many

experiments using a small 5 litre

still, Flowstone was born. A year of

research, study and trials followed, and

Flowstone was ready for launch. Justin

became a partner in the business and

now heads up Flowstone Australia.

‘What makes Flowstone so unique

are the incredible wild botanicals that

are quite literally on our doorstep. A

great friend, Jenny Hyde-Johnson,

who lives in the same area, took me

traipsing over the hillsides, sharing her

vast knowledge of the plants in the

area. I did about 70 single botanical

distillations to see what would work

and what wouldn’t. Some just did

not and were shelved. Others were

ruled out either because of rarity or

they were an important food source

for animals in the area and could not

be harvested ethically or sustainably.

As it is, the wild botanicals we use in

Flowstone are now all harvested within

fenced areas around the homes here

– so we do not impact the wilderness

part of the environment.’

While Glyn was the original driving

force behind Flowstone, her son Mark,

a qualified forensic psychologist,

heads up a small tight-knit team,

to produce a range of gins that’s

authentically African.

‘In 2019, we became the only ever

gin range to hold three double-gold

medals from South Africa’s largest

spirits competition, the Michelangelo

Awards. In 2020 we were the highest

awarded SA gin range at the IWSC, the

world’s largest and most competitive

spirits competition.’

Most recently, Flowstone scooped

three awards at the 2021 International

Spirits Challenge. These coveted

awards will take Flowstone’s award

count up to 21 since its launch just four

years ago. Impressive!

And there’s no stopping them yet.

‘I have at least three to four more

gins up my sleeve and working on

special limited offers for online only.

And I’m also toying with the idea of

complementary food products. Watch

this space.’

Oh ... we’re watching. And enjoying a

Flowstone G&T while we wait!

About Flowstone Gins

The name Flowstone comes from the

rock formations that defines the area,

and each gin is intrinsically linked to

The Cradle.

The bushwillow we use has

beautiful, winged seed pods, large

enough to comfortably fill an

adult’s cupped hand. The fruit in

Flowstone Bushwillow Gin results in

a full-flavoured sip with unusual and

seductive woody, earthy notes.

The iconic fruit of Africa, marula has

been enjoyed by man and elephants

alike over the millennia. Flowstone

Marula Gin delivers a luscious marula

bouquet that primes the palate for the

soft tang that floods the mouth.

As its colours change from speckled

green to a distinctive swirling orange,

the wild cucumber’s vibrant but subtle

flavours of green melon and kiwi

emerge. Flowstone Wild Cucumber

Gin is smooth and refreshing, the

perfect everyday sipper.

The snuffbox tree gets its name

from its small dark fruit which used

to be hollowed out to store snuff in.

Flowstone Snuffbox Gin is produced

in limited quantities, but its burnt

caramel, coffee and vanilla notes make

it worth hunting down.

Shop the range online at flowstone.

co.za or get it at Makro and Takealot.

From R385 per bottle. Details: Follow

them on Facebook, @FlowstoneGin and

Instagram @flowstonegin.

Glyn’s wild cucumber

julep recipe

You’ll need: 50ml Flowstone Wild

Cucumber Gin; 20ml fresh lime

juice; 15ml simple syrup; 2 to 4

mint leaves

How to:

Drop your Flowstone Wild

Cucumber Gin, fresh lime juice,

simple syrup and mint leaves into

your shaker then get your arms

moving. After mixing thoroughly,

fine-strain it into a chilled gin

goblet, before adding three mint

leaves and ice. Muddle the mint

just before serving for a deliciously

refreshing cocktail.


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Wine for the win

Soup + red wine = a match made in Winter heaven

Nothing chases away the mid-Winter chill like a big bowl of soul-warming

soup. And for the ultimate comfort food and wine experience, enjoy

Roodeberg 1949 with foodie Elmarie Berry’s hearty lentil and lamb soup,

guaranteed to warm you on even the chilliest of days.

The wine: Embracing the revival of exciting French and Spanish varieties,

Cabernet Sauvignon forms the foundation of this Roodeberg 1949

blend, complemented by Tempranillo, Carignan and Carménère. It’s

a gorgeous, generous wine. You’ll smell dark cherry, blackcurrant and

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

The soup: All it takes to make this flavourful lentil and lamb soup are a

handful of healthy ingredients and a few easy steps. This recipe easily

serves eight.

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

celery sticks, trimmed, coarsely chopped; 1 large carrot, peeled, coarsely

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

(4 cups) liquid chicken stock or liquid vegetable stock; 400g can brown

lentils, rinsed, drained; fresh coriander to garnish

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

the onion, stirring for two minutes. Add the celery and carrot, stirring for

three to four minutes or until the vegetables are light golden.

Add the lamb, stirring for two to three minutes or until just browned.

Add the tomato and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover

and simmer for an hour, until lamb is tender. Add the lentils, cover and

simmer for another 15 minutes. Ladle into serving bowls and garnish

with fresh coriander and some lovely fresh, crusty bread.

Steenberg is synonymous with

Sauvignon Blanc, and the

estate has just unveiled

the top tier 2020 The

Black Swan Sauvignon

Blanc. Scents of nettle,

elderflower and

fynbos, which divulge

the wine’s Constantia

roots, are supported

by a palate bursting

with fresh lemon zest

and hints of stone fruit

and asparagus. This

is a great food wine

and you can order it

for R240 a bottle from


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A tribute to the feisty Nguni cow that stands proud on every bottle,

Survivor Syrah 2019 is a true expression of the hardy Swartland. This

big, generous, full-bodied wine brims with luscious layers of spice, violets

and blackberries, and just a hint of oak. Winemaker Ben Snyman enjoys

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

the braai … we plan on doing the same. R200 from survivorwines.com

A trio of cheers for the apple!

An apple a day … is easy when you’ve a

trio of delicious options to choose from.

‘From Orchard to Bottle’ is the core of the

Ceres Valley Loxtonia Cider promise …

home-grown, hand-picked, 100 per cent

freshly pressed and naturally fermented

apples. For a crisp, dry cider, try the original

Loxtonia Crispy Apple Cider – a top

contender at the annual International Cider

Challenge and with just 58 calories in each

bottle (considerably less than most locally

available ciders) this low-calorie, natural

drink ticks all the right boxes. The Stone

Fruit Flavoured Apple Cider is a fruity,

medium-sweet cider with bursts of bright,

fresh peach, nectarine and apple, while the

beer-styled Loxtonia Pale Amber Apple

Cider is one of the more intriguing choices

in the range … with nuances of caramel

that meld into a smooth apple finish, it’s a

cider beer lovers will enjoy. Sustainability

plays a major role in the making of the

ciders, which have a five per cent alcohol

content and are gluten-free, vegan-friendly

and free of preservatives and artificial

additives. You’ll find it at leading outlets or

order online for R99.60 for a four-pack of

340ml including delivery on loxtonia.co.za

You had me at Merlot. If you’re the kind

of happy, optimistic, glass-half-full kind

of person who views the world through

rosé-tinted glasses, who knows it isn’t

good to keep things bottled up and that

life’s too short for sour grapes, you’ll

love Winefulness – a brilliant little

book that reminds you to ‘stop and smell

the rosé’. Crammed with the corniest

collection of wine wisdom ever, which

you can’t help but laugh at, it’s all about

practising positive reinforcement. Pinot?

More like Pi-hell-yeah! Octopusbooks.

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Taste explosion

Sumac is a deep red spice with a citrusy hit much used in Middle Eastern

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

Sumac will certainly provide a lift to your meals ... be they breakfast

(Jazmaz - eggs in tomato sauce with chillies), lunch (Mujaddara - lentil

pilaf with caramelised onion) or dinner (Shorbat ameh - tomato soup

with barley and lamb shank). The book has recipes for sharing mezze

platters, street food (brilliant Toshka - a toasted sandwich with spicy

meat and cheese), meat, chicken and fish options as well as more than a

dozen amazingly tempting desserts and drinks (is there anyone, ever,

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

food traditions, along with the travels, celebrations and memories of

loved ones, as well as personal anecdotes and snippets of really

interesting info, the book is evocative and inspiring and beautifully

illustrated ... delicious in every way! Murdoch Books

‘This book’, says Cape Malay

cooking queen Fatima Sydow, ‘is a

dream come true. It has provided

me with wonderful opportunities

- from the people I’ve met and the

memories I’ve made to the recipes

I’ve shared. My heart is full’. And the

book - Fatima Sydow Cooks - is full

too ... of wonderful local dishes we

all love. Think vetkoek, to be filled

with mince or apricot jam, crayfish

curry (head, legs and all), slow

cooked beef brisket (inexpensive,

flavourful and perfect for a cold

Winter day), and banana fritters

(light and golden and sprinkled

with cinnamon). Loads more too.

For more, click on fatimasydow.co.za.

Human & Rousseau

In a kitchen rut?

Bye-bye boring, hello

spicy ... we’ve found a

trio of cookbooks to get

your tastebuds tingling.

Curried is a joyful homage to one of the world’s most beloved and

versatile dishes – the curry . Inspired by author Cariema Isaacs’ memories

of the slow-cooked Cape Malay curries of her childhood, as well as the

fast-paced landscape of the Middle East, where she now lives, Cariema

celebrates the nourishing comfort of pulses and legumes in a multitude

of wholesome and delicious vegetarian curries for everyday cooking. For

special occasions, there are meat and seafood curries from around the

globe. Rice and condiments are not overlooked, and there is also a

selection of breads, as well as delectable desserts. On our shopping list

are the ingredients for the dal and beetroot curried stew, ( rich in colour,

it looks almost too good to eat), the Sunday curried roast chicken (to

give our tradional roast a twist), the no-rise blikbeker broodjies (bread in

a tin mug - perfect for a braai) and Arabian Delights Mouhalabieh

(a Middle Eastern version of panna cotta - beautifully decorated

so perfect for a dinner party). Penguin

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winter goodness

Celebrate the 2021 avo season by adding an

avo (or two) to your family’s winter meals.

There are the buttery, creamy, green-skinned avo

varieties … Fuerte, Edranol, Ryan, Reed and Pinkerton.

And then there’s the rich, nutty, dark-skinned Hass,

Maluma Hass and Lamb Hass. It’s hard to choose a

favourite, but we don’t have to. While we love the fact

that South African avos are available almost all year

round, we’re fortunate they are in plentiful supply in

winter. Why? Well, besides tasting heavenly, they may offer

immune support in the colder months. Did you know avos

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

contain antioxidants? Copper is known to support immune

system function. Fibre is essential for good gut health …

around 65% of the immune system is housed in the gut, which

regulates immunity and helps to protect against invading

pathogens that cause disease. Antioxidants are powerful food

components that maintain and regulate immune function, and

avos contain the antioxidant nutrients lycopene and

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

source of nutrients, and they’re versatile and super quick and

easy to add to almost any meal.


Serves 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes


1 large or 2 small avocados; 50g assorted cocktail

tomatoes; 4 garlic cloves, crushed; 150ml

avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil, divided in

half; sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;

1 block (approximately 200g) Greek feta cheese;

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional);

300g dried pasta, medium-size shape; fresh basil

leaves, for serving.


Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a baking dish,

combine half the oil, tomatoes, garlic and

seasoning and toss to coat. Place the block of

feta in the centre of the dish and sprinkle with

chilli flakes, if using. Bake in preheated oven for

40 minutes, until the tomatoes burst and the feta

is golden brown.

While the tomato is cooking, boil the pasta in

salted water until al dente, drain and set aside.

Peel and dice the avocado.

Remove tomatoes and feta from the oven, toss

with the pasta and diced avocado and

drizzle with the remaining oil.

Serve hot in bowls and garnish with fresh

basil leaves.

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



Who doesn’t deserve a bedroom sanctuary…

a beautiful space that provides mental asylum from the

chaos of the world and an opportunity to rest your body.

Creative behaviour strategist Kim Williams, whose focus is on designing

interior spaces, knows better than most the importance of a bedroom

sanctuary. Having spent much of her childhood in her bedroom due to

a physical limitation, she has a deep passion for positively impacting the

physical and emotional well-being of others so they can live their best

possible life – at home and work.

‘As people, we create spaces on an intelligent subconscious level and

by understanding where we feel the best, we will get closer to excellent

mindful design. If we give ourselves the freedom to dream about our ideal

environment and then act to construct it, we create asylum from the busyness

of the outside world.’

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Do you want a

romantic bedroom

or do you want

your bedroom to

have a luxurious

hotel feel?

Kim shares her top tips for creating the perfect bedroom oasis:

Functionality is key

The point of departure with a bedroom is to understand who will live there

and what type of experience you want to create. The main bedroom of a

single man, for example, will be different from that of a married couple and

the functionality of the design must reflect that. Next, you need to decide on

the atmosphere you want to create. Do you want a romantic bedroom or do

you want your bedroom to have a luxurious hotel feel? Deciding on these

elements will help you get emotionally invested in the design, the process and

the finished room because you have cultivated an emotional connection to

your space.

Pay attention to flow and energy

Excellent spaces are designed around what we would ideally like to use them

for and should not constrict or dictate our movement. Paying attention to

how you live, such as where you sit, where you stand and where you snuggle

in your bedroom, will give insight into how you want to ideally move through

your future space. Be mindful that there is always going to be an element

of what is adjustable and what is not. Once you have identified your unique

living patterns, you will find that layering your space with wonderful pieces of

furniture and accessories will be a more seamless process.

Get inspired

Looking through books of famous designers, magazines and Pinterest will help

you gain an understanding of the lines, shapes and colours you are naturally

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

the corner of your eye because they will give you insight and direction. Be

mindful that your home is a larger entity that your bedroom is part of and

make sure you have a cohesive design.

Embrace Multifunctionality

A bedroom is so much more than just a bedroom and although we primarily

sleep in the space, many of us are using our bedrooms as offices, dressing

rooms, home gyms and relaxation spaces. An easy way to add functionality

is with nightstands which easily double as desks and dressing tables.

Multifunctional doesn’t have to be unromantic either. The colours you use,

how you accessorise and how you use smart storage will all contribute to how

cluttered your space feels.

If you are a neat person, open storage is a great option. If you are not, blanket

boxes are useful for storing items at the end of the bed. The colour of the

furniture, such as dark tones that recede into the background, and arranging

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

when creating zones.

Have fun

One of the most profound parts of any project is combining creative

understanding and skill to create a tailored retreat where you feel alive in your

space. It awakens feelings of inspiration and excitement in us. Connecting with

your changing space and being mindful of the new and old elements that

evoke memories and emotion in you, will help you to reconnect with yourself.

When we create our environment, there is a powerful sense of control and

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

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Compiled by: ALICE COETZEE

We’re planting …Verbena ‘Firehouse’ for vibrant Winter and Spring colour

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

works well as a filler in mixed containers and baskets, as well as a ground

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

is protected from frost. As a garden plant, it needs frost protection and

if planted now will provide Spring into Summer colour. It tolerates heat,

grows in ordinary garden soil that drains well and likes regular, but not

excessive watering. Its wide range of colours makes it easy to add to any

garden colour scheme. Also resistant to powdery mildew. New colours

include ‘Blue Fizz’ and ‘Violet Wink’. Details: ballstraathof.co.za

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Indoor plant of the month

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

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

easily on a bookcase, desktop, windowsill or wherever its unusual leaves can be

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

enough bright light and no over watering. Details: lvgplants.co.za

Garden tasks for July

• Prune bush roses from 20 July to

the first week in August. Cut back

bushes by one-third, removing

dead wood and old stems, crisscrossing

and weak growth. Enrich

the soil after pruning with compost,

fertilise and water well.

• In dry areas, water the compost

heap once a month to keep it active.

• Fertilise pansies, violas, petunias,

and primulas to keep

them flowering.

• Water veggies once a week and feed

once a month with a liquid fertiliser.

• Cover tender plants with frost cloth

if very cold weather is predicted.

• Water vegetables and herbs in

containers twice a week.

• Continue to protect conifers from

the Italian cypress aphid with an

organic insecticide or use insecticide

granules sprinkled around the base

of the conifer.

Veggie of the month

There is nothing sweeter than eating garden peas

from the pod. ‘Tom Thumb’ is a dwarf bush pea from

RAW seeds that is fun for the kids to plant in

containers or small spaces.

Plants grow 30cm high and

10cm wide, which means

that you can plant them

10cm apart along a mini

trellis. Pods are best when

harvested young, within 50

days from germination. The

peas are sweet and crunchy.

Tips for garden peas

• Grow in full sun. • Plant in

fertile, compost-enriched soil

or potting soil. • Keep the soil

moist, especially for plants

in containers. • Fertilise once

a month. • Keep on picking,

especially to encourage new

pods. Details: rawliving.co.za

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Sip on cocktails at the lounge-style River Bar overlooking

the lakeside with never-ending views and sunsets.

Escape to the country

without the long drive!

Fancy a weekend away ... without the long

drive? African Pride Irene Country Lodge

is almost on your doorstep - a tranquil

destination with a rustic farm feel, the

ideal place to recharge. Here are five

(excellent) reasons why you should visit.

Relax to a romantic picnic on their lush lawns with a

gorgeous lake view.

Driving down the long and winding oak-lined lane leading

up to African Pride Irene Country Lodge, you’ll feel like you’re

being transported to another world. The scenery is so pretty

and peaceful that you know you’ve left the city, and all the

stress city-life brings, behind. Here are our top five reasons why

you have to visit:

1. It’s perfect for romance. The stylish, spacious and luxurious

rooms each open onto a private patio or balcony … either

with a gorgeous lakeside view or lush meadows from the

Camdeboo Forest (giving you all the privacy you want).

2. The Meadow Green Restaurant. The fresh, crisp, elegant

interior invites you to settle down and relax for a dining

experience to remember. The à la carte menu caters for a

casual lunch or a sophisticated dinner ... and the food is really

exceptional. The portions are generous, the food tasty and

well-presented, the service discrete but attentive. It’s worth

knowing that they are famous for serving one of the best

breakfasts around, with everything on offer from home-baked

pastries to fresh fruit.


Settle down and relax for a dining experience to remember

at the Meadow Green restaurant.

Camdeboo Day Spa, an oasis where the main focus is to relax and

revive the senses.

With gorgeous gardens, a wooden jungle gym and tractors around every corner, a visit to

the Irene Farm is a must.

3. Then there is the gorgeous lounge-style River Bar. Overlooking the lakeside

with never-ending views and gorgeous sunsets that rival most paintings, there is a

mixologist cocktail menu and lovely tapas style food.

4. It’s a great destination for an adventure-loving family. Have the kids with you

and feel like exploring? Then head over to Irene Farm via the underground subway

to learn more about the history and the workings of the farm and look for an

abundance of farm-fresh delicacies at the shop. Go for a self-guided bird (and/ or

tree) spotting walk or take a leisurely stroll (running or cycling are also allowed for

the fitness fanatics) on the adventure bush trail. If doing as little as possible is on

your to-do list, then enjoy an in-room movie, complete with popcorn, snacks and a

milkshake. Relax with a marvellous picnic on their lush lawns under a huge oak tree,

go for a craft beer, wine, gin or milkshake tasting or, the ultimate spoil … S’mores

making at the fire pit (the kids will love you madly!).

5. The (swoon) Spa. The only thing that could make your stay even more relaxing

would be paying a visit to the multi-award winning Camdeboo Day Spa. You can

choose from an array of treatments and experiences designed to help you unwind

and feel completely refreshed.

So … to say that this luxury upmarket hotel is nice would be an understatement, it’s

magnificent! There is so much to do, see and experience, you return again and again.

Details: Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Pretoria, 012-667-6464 or irenecountrylodge.co.za

Start your dinner with the most divine

lentil curry with butternut & feta

starter. Spicy, but oh-so-good.

Treat the kids (or yourself) to S’mores

making at the fire pit

The Onyx ... a gem in the city

A Cape escape is always a treat. And even more so when you choose a city-chic hotel.

We’ve just spent a week in Cape Town

… and struggle to understand why

anyone would want to travel abroad

when there’s such an incredible

destination right here in our own

country. It’s a spot that – no matter

how many times you visit – simply

never gets stale.

The basics stay the same … ‘the

mountain’ (only ever said with that

iconic Capetonian drawl), the buzz

along the Camps Bay restaurant

strip, the icy sea only fools and

born-locals enjoy (then again, maybe

we should take a lesson from them

… a 15-minute cold-water swim

apparently has massive health

benefits – from increasing your

metabolism, helping with circulation,

relieving stress, enhancing your

mood, boosting your immune system

and helping you to sleep better).

But once you’ve done the 15 minutes

of hell in the cold water, the cable car,

tried tandem paragliding off Signal

Hill and Lion’s Head, and kayaked

along the coastline looking for

dolphins, there’s always something

new to discover and explore. And it’s

one of the only major cities – if not

the only city – in SA where staying

in the centre of town is not only safe

but also massively desirable. This is

why we booked into, and loved, The

Onyx Hotel.

This cosmopolitan blend of hotel

and residential accommodation sits

proudly on Heerengracht Street, Cape

Town’s oldest thoroughfare, and with

its bold, architectural features and

resemblance to the rare, striking black

sapphire, it’s a real gem … offering

a chic city on par with apartment

offerings around the globe but infused

with authentic South African vibrancy

and authenticity.

What’s there to love? What’s not to?

The rooms are large, spacious and

edgy … with everything you need

to make your stay as enjoyable as

possible. The location is spot on …

it’s on Cape Town’s Foreshore, so

right in the hub of the city’s dynamic

urban lifestyle. There are bright lights

and city vibes, great restaurants on

every corner and bustling bars. Not

that you have to leave the hotel to

find a place to play. The hotel’s YU

Restaurant and Bar on the 4th floor

mixes up Insta-ready cocktails – the

Africa Rising City of Gold cocktail with

its candyfloss and sexy molten gold

surface is particularly photogenic.

Sexy city living … a blend of hotel

and apartments to suit all lifestyles.

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You’re in Cape Town … a mountain

view is non-negotiable!

Don’t venture any further for dinner either

… there’s an exotic menu of Asian-style

tapas served with a side of a fabulous

cityscape view.

The hedonistic traveller looking for some

pampering can book an hour or so in the

Sanctuary Spa at The Onyx. Ask, when

you’re there, which packages are on

special … they’re always a treat (and a

well-priced one). Book a massage, order

a bottle of bubbly … and, after your

treatment, relax at the indoor-outdoor

heated pool. Bliss.

For out-of-towners wanting to explore

more of the wine and brandy options

in the winelands, The Onyx’s concierge

team has teamed up with Ilios Tours

and can create individualised day-trip

itineraries. Think a fascinating visit to Van

Ryn’s Distillery in Stellenbosch, KWV’s

House of Fire in Paarl and Oude Molen

Distillery in the Elgin Valley, or a wine

tasting and lunch at the many heritage

wine estates that the Cape has to offer,

including Simonsig.

If a Cape break appeals, The Onyx always

has winter packages and promotions

worth exploring … and the hotel works

equally well for business and leisure

travellers, for singles, couples and families.

Details: Visit newmarkhotels.com, email

reservations@newmarkhotels.com or

call 021-427-5900.

The Onyx honestly has

everything you need

for the perfect stay …

business or leisure.

Compiled by: KYM ARGO

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A pair of stylish

Rvlri watches

Rvlri. Derived from the French word ‘reveler’,

which the dictionary describes as lively

festivities. What better name

then, if you believe that a watch

doesn’t only tell the time, but also

speaks of memories and moments.

Important ones. The exact time you said

I do. And had your wedding dance. Or

first met your firstborn. Another reason to

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