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DEC 22 / JAN 23



04 A wonderful selection of holiday reads



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06 Slip on a pair of gold sandals and toast to the most exciting time of the year


08 A shoppers delight at 165 on Orion Avenue

09 Human lie detector, Lizette Volkwyn puts on an insightful workshop

10 Find your confidence with fashion stylist Anja Cruse-Bothma

12 Meet My Kitchen Rules SA’s food besties and tenacious home cooks,

Abraham van Zyl and Michelle Theron


14 We’re going for a party look ... red lips, shimmering highlights and slides



18 If it’s glamorous, it’s on our shopping list

20 Make your little ones Christmas a memorable one

22 Nature-loving, feel good ideas for the festive season


24 Editor’s Choice ... It’s the season to eat, drink and be merry!


26 Jolly outdoor planting


33 The iconic The Winchester Hotel ... old school glam


06 A case of bubbles to get the party started

34 A hamper of Sally Williams Celebrate treats


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DEC 22 / JAN 23

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Book club

Books for the hols, gifts for foodie friends, Vin de Joie wine ... it’s the season of joy.

La Motte’s

Vin de Joie 2022 Rosé

is a salmon pink wine ... all melon

and grapefruit, nectarine and hint

of sweet candyfloss. Drink it with

a simple salad, charcuterie,

salmon or crayfish. R99 from

your local wine boutique or

online from la-motte.com

Would you think of taking left over lemon rind, baking at high heat until dry and

charred, then grinding what are, to be completely honest here, the now shrivelled

pieces of burnt rind, and using as a condiment with sweet and savoury dishes?

Nope. Us neither. But we’re not Yotam (obvs). In Ottolenghi Test Kitchen – Extra

Good Things, it’s suggested Ottolenghify should be a verb (‘I Ottolenghified my

roasted aubergine with some feta’) … and this sensationally delicious book is just

full of twists, flavour surprises, and flair. We’re going to Ottolenghify our foodie

friends’ Christmas with copies of this, with best wishes for a year full of sauces,

sprinkles, pickles and flavour. Ebury Press, R595

Ottolenghi and Prue ... happy days

We’ve all got that one friend. The one who loves food, but is a disaster in the

kitchen. And Yotam Ottolenghi may say “There’s an art to making toast, and Prue

Leith knows it.’’ But ... it’s toast. And Prue says the recipes in Bliss On Toast are easy,

and most home cooks will be able to make them. The collection was compiled by

Prue to celebrate her 30-odd year habit of eating something on toast on Sunday

nights in front of the telly - like the rest of us, yes? But while we’re making avo and

tomato toast and pâté on crisp bread (both of which are in the book, Prue’s no

snob), she ups the game a little. Think duck egg with rainbow chard and Dijon

butter, or figs with blue cheese, thyme and honey. Her beans on toast may use a

can of white cannellini beans and store-bought white bread, but there’s chorizo

and smoked paprika and softened cherry tomatoes. For keen cooks, there’s also

a chapter with recipes to make sauces and breads from scratch. There are sweet

options ... like fried Christmas pudding, brandy cream and blackberries, and

because Christmas means leftovers ... we’ll be making her bubble and squeak with

hollandaise on Boxing Day. Bloomsbury Publishing, R362

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A few of our holiday reads ...

Whatever your taste in holiday reads, there’s a wonderful selection this month.

We’ve put these aside to take with us these hols. Santa Montefiore’s Flappy

Investigates is light and rather silly, so perfect for a day on the lounger. All

snobbery and gossip, ardent admirers and parties and small village life. Simon and

Schuster • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas broke our hearts. And we’ve a feeling John

Boyne’s just released All The Broken Places is going to do it again. It’s the story

of Gretel, sister of Bruno (the protagonist in the first novel), who was 12 when her

brother disappeared, and is now 91, living in London and who has, when a young

family move into the apartment below hers, the chance to expiate her guilt, grief

and remorse and act to save a young boy. Certainly not an easy holiday read, but

quite possibly the one we’re looking forward to the most. Penguin, an Exclusive

Books Festive Favourites read • An Angel’s Demise is Sue Nyathi’s epic saga of love,

war, bloody massacre and betrayal, as well as the cruel caprice of politics, genderbased

violence and what happens when ordinary people get caught up in lies.

Pan Macmillan • It’s 1561 and when sixteen-year-old Lucrezia, Duchess of Ferrara,

is taken to a country villa by her husband, it occurs to her that he’s taken her there

to kill her. Maggie O’Farrell’s The Marriage Portrait shows the beauty and brutality

of Renaissance Italy, and of a young woman whose proximity to power places

her in mortal danger. Tinder Press • Jodi Picoult. A proper holiday read, since once

you start you struggle to put her books down. In Mad Honey, she co-authors

with Jennifer Finney Boylan, the two alternating chapters in this book that doesn’t

shy away from difficult subjects, exploring identity and self-acceptance, abuse

and toxic relationships, domestic violence and trust. Hodder and Stoughton,

an Exclusive Books Festive Favourites read • When Tanz discovers the voices she

hears in her head are not, actually, her imagination working overtime, but rather

messages from beyond the grave, a whole new way of life opens for her. And

not a moment too soon, since all has not gone according to plan on the career

side. Tracy Whitwell’s The Accidental Medium is perfect for beach or long plane

journey. Macmillan • And what, we ask, would a holiday be without a thriller?

Peter James’ Picture You Dead is a Detective Superintendent Roy Grace novel

... in which he’s plunged into the unfamiliar world of fine art - a world which

appears to be respectable, gentlemanly and above reproach, but which in fact is

all greed, deception and violence. Macmillan

Book notes

The Sex, Lies & Stellenbosch saga

continues in Sex, Lies & Alibis, which

boasts it’s the hottest book in town.

Steamy and scandalous, this is the

third in Eva Mazza’s sexy and risqué

trilogy. Melinda Ferguson Books.

Staying in the winelands ... in

Stellenbosch: Murder Town,

Julian Jansen shares the behind

the headlines details about the

dozen murders that have taken

place in this town over the past two

decades. Tafelberg

Making movies can be murder!

When strange goings on happen in

the script and then on the set of the

psychological horror movie too ... it

appears the real horror lies off the

page. Run Time by Catherine Ryan

Howard’s a scare a page. Corvus

John Grisham ... another great holiday

read. The Boys from the Bronx sees

two boys growing up as friends. Both

sons of immigrant familes, they end

up on opposite sides of the law, and

ultimately in a courtroom showdown.

Hodder and Stoughton

Cult Classic by Sloane Crosley is a

brilliantly written, sharp and incredibly

witty rom-com ... a tale of love, luck,

and the ghosts of heartbreaks past.

Bloomsbury Circus

It’s 1926 in Kate Atkinson’s Shrines of

Gaiety, and in a country recovering

from the Great War, Soho is the

glittering centre of nightlife and

gaiety. But beneath the dazzle, there’s

a dark underbelly, and not everything

is as it seems. Penguin

Oh gosh .. if your holiday’s a good

few weeks long and you’re a royalist,

you’re in for a treat with Queen of

our Times - The Life of Elizabeth II.

A whopping 624 pages, it’s said to

be the definitive biography by one

of Britain’s leading royal authorities,

Robert Hardman. You’ll be quite

the authority yourself once you’ve

finished this study of dynastic survival

and renewal, spanning abdication,

war, romance, danger, tragedy and

triumph. Macmillan

Compiled by: KYM ARGO

Dec 22 / Jan 23 Get It Magazine 05

Wish list

The excitement is real!

Designed in France, made in Brazil ...

these Cacatoès sandals are made

from recycled PVC, have a candy

scent and come in amazing designs

and shades. We, obviously, are

wearing the gold ones all season,

from beach to cocktail party to

dinner. R840 from stylista-brands.co.za

There’s no debate about what we’re (very

gently) popping open this December.

We’re celebrating with this L’Ormarins

Private Cuvée ... a sumptuous, elegant,

vibrant blend of Chardonnay and Pinot

Noir. Creamy, rich and statuesque, it’s

all toasty sourdough, vivid lemon and

marmalade, and has a vigorous bead

of fine, pristine bubbles ... exactly

what we want when we’re

toasting the festive season,

best friends, a new year. You’ll

find it for R470 a bottle on


And we’re about to

make someone’s festive

season jolly special

indeed. Pop over to


on Instagram or Facebook

where you’ll find out how to

win a case for Christmas.

Carolina Herrera’s CH ... elegant and

glamorous, R1775 from Woolworths.

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Pop under the tree, or use on

the table for a wonderfully

luxurious setting ... these Cape

Island Christmas Crackers have a

choice of a mini scented candle,

a mini diffuser, a hand cream or

a sanitiser. All festively scented

with cinnamon and clove,

caramel and vanilla, they’re ecofriendly

and luxurious. From R200

from capeisland.co.za

Three-and-a-half metre long

gold foil star garland. R120

from mustloveparty.co.za

Donna Hay’s recipes are always

spot on ... and The Fast Five

is the ultimate bible of fast,

family-friendly recipes. It’s a

brilliant book to take away

with you these hols, when you

want delicious meals without

spending a second longer than

necessary in the kitchen. R649

from Exclusive Books.

Every year, Woolworths brings out a Christmas

coffee mug collection. And every year we buy two.

So Christmas morning’s coffee and mince pies is

not only festive and fun, but also has memories

of past Christmas mornings, and who we shared

them with. This years mugs are star-sprinkled

.. the perfect addition to the collection. Star

Celebration Mug, R89.95 from woolworths.co.za

Compiled by: KYM ARGO

Dec 22 / Jan 23 Get It Magazine 07

A shopping delight

Businesswoman Alita du Plessis dreamed of creating

a happy space for women to escape the hustle and

bustle of life. A place to shop, spoil themselves or

just grab a cuppa and bite to eat. She found it at 165

on Orion Avenue in Waterkloof. So, she joined forces

with three female entrepreneurs to offer women just

that. And it’s marvellous. Think art, clothing, jewellery,

leather items and a salon. We were part of the fancy

celebrations at the official launch and let’s just say, no

credit card will be safe!

Alita du Plessis, Daniel Strauss

Anneli Liebenberg, Stellie Taute

Leigh-Ann Fourie, Tarien Cronjé, Jade Farrell

Nicolene Strydom, Anneri Gouws

Ryno Mulder, Fafa de Klerk

Alta Strauss, Rohlandt Smith

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I can see you lie

We were invited to an exhilarating workshop by master

life coach, author, and human lie detector Lizette

Volkwyn at Centurion Golf Club and Country Estate.

Both Lizette and guest speaker, Marcus Coetzee - who

is also a human lie detector, AI specialist and human

behaviourist – had us on the edge of our seats while

sharing their expertise. We learned how to spot a lie,

identify the tells, how to communicate better and

control emotions. Insightful and intriguing!

Marcus Coetzee, Lizette Volkwyn

Alishia van Deventer, Gizela Sharim

Leon van Nierop

Jolene van der Mescht,

Therése Havenga

Dress for success

Confidence. Something that most of us have grappled with. So, can it be amped up

by what you wear? Yes, says fashion stylist Anja Cruse-Bothma! Her superpower is

making women realise exactly that. And she’s doing it one wardrobe at a time.

As a young girl, Anja Cruse-Bothma was the

neighbourhood’s go-to fashion designer. She would

take whatever she could lay her hands on and create

fashionable looks for their dolls. Sometimes sewing the

outfit right on the dolls or using Prestik, staples or pins

to keep the look together. One thing was for sure. She

loved fashion.

One of her fondest memories was dressing up in

her mom’s old heels and dresses. Dreaming of one

day dressing up and making women look and feel

beautiful. As a teen, she had already started to hustle

to pursue that dream. That included making a name

for herself on the catwalk as an international model,

giving modelling classes and then helping her models

to style their own outfits and select their photoshoot

looks. And her passion for fashion just kept growing.

“Yeah … so I wasn’t great at sewing or pattern cutting.

No surprises there! Remember the Prestik? But I knew

I needed to have to be part of the fashion industry. In

those days styling wasn’t a career option, so I studied

fashion buying and merchandising. Image consulting

followed and being a bit of an OCD nerd feeling I

needed to know everything in my field, I also did

international courses at fashion institutes in the UK,

Australia, America and Milan.”

All this dedication and passion paid off. Today Anja

is a sought-after image architect, wardrobe curator

and fashion stylist and the owner of iSTYLE. She

traded the catwalk to be behind the scenes to work

her magic. She’s been the official stylist for the Mrs

SA pageant for the past eight years, has worked with

D’Oré, Vanessa Gounden, Cosmopolitan, Blackberry,

title holders for Mrs World and Mrs Universe pageants

and the ... the list goes on.

It may sound like Anja is living the dream, right?

Fashion shows, photoshoots, shopping, styling,

handling designer clothes and rubbing shoulders with

celebs … what’s not to like? The truth is, it may sound

enviable, but there is a lot of hard work involved,

sometimes some gritting of the teeth, and there must

always be a plan B. Although she is certainly au fait

with all aspects of fashion and styling, she tells it is not

all glitz and glam.

“I’m mostly running around in my jeans and sneakers,

stylish ones obvs, either out shopping for clients, or

you’ll find me in their closets or tying someone’s shoes

on my knees. A big misconception is that people think

it is an easy, superficial job. Reality is that women are

quite vulnerable when it comes to their wardrobe

so you have to tread gently. This is where there’s

no pretences. No outer layers. No persona. Just the

woman and all the many seasons she went through

in her life.

“From careers, motherhood, divorce, weight gain,

weight loss … and all the emotional connections

and memories that she has with her clothes from

these seasons. And then the process of finding out

who she is today and who she wants to be. Earning

her trust, making her feel comfortable and not

be intimated.”

Anja added that it is easy to dress someone in the

latest items in the stores – transforming them from

drab to fab from head to toe. However, the real work

comes in finding the woman deep inside who got lost

along the way. For this reason, she enrolled on a life

coach course so that “I have the correct tools to help

and advise my clients much better. I want her to get

her self-worth back. To maintain and fully embrace her

new look and not fall back into old habits”.

If you thought that a personal stylist was a luxury

only for the rich and famous, think again. Anja

believes every woman should at least once in

her life call in the expertise of a stylist and image

consultant. “Because knowing exactly what to wear

can make you exude confidence.

“Besides the fact that every woman deserves to look

her best, it can really save you so much money in the

long run. Did you know that most of us only wear 20

per cent of our wardrobe 80 per cent of the time?

Adding a few wardrobe add-ons like accessories with

a few pops of colour can make a massive impact on

your overall look. Investing in just a few good basics

will leave you with endless options to mix and match.

Although I always focus on quality over quantity, I can

work within anyone’s budget. That means you can

look amazing in an outfit from a boutique or an outfit

from a regular store.”

If you are not quite ready to invite Anja into your closet,

great news … You can attend one of her monthly

reflections masterclasses. In small groups, she helps you

to find out who the woman in your closet is. She chats

about dressing for your body type and shape, helps

you discover your signature style, your life goals and

even guides you with weekly styling advice via her App,

iStyle! Keep an eye out for these masterclasses on her

social media platforms.

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“Dress how you want

to be addressed, never

compare yourself

with friends or social

media so-called role

models. We all

have our own


We just need to

embrace it.”

We couldn’t

agree more!


1. Summer maxi dress with

white sneakers

2. A blazer in a bold bright colour such

as orange, pink or green.

3. The LBD has been replaced by the

LBJ ... get a black jumpsuit to dress up

or down.

4. Throw a leather jacket or denim

Jacket over your shoulders - this will

add edge to any outfit, for the cooler

summer nights and days.

5. Add a little pazazz to your outfit with

a metallic shoe - if you are not into high

heels try a kitten heel or wedge.



White sneakers; metallic sandals; a

denim jacket; LBD/ LBJ; bronzer to

give you that summer glow; stylish

sunglasses; a Kaftan to wear over

your swimwear, over jeans or as a

summer dress; lipstick in a bright

colour; bright, bold earrings to take

any outfit from drab to fab; a swimsuit

that suits your body type (and rock it

with confidence!).


• Identify your personal style - embrace

your unique-ness and unique-mess.

• Whether you favour a classic-meetsmodern

two-piece with wide legs and

luxe lapels, a trench-inspired jumpsuit

in eternally cool camel, or a two-button

wool coat paired with a chic, meansbusiness

bag, the right suit is worth

investing in.

• Quality over quantity. Buying clothes

with quality and longevity in mind

is a whole lot more sustainable than

constantly buying and replacing fastfashion


• Do a full closet clean-out. Anything

you haven’t worn in the last year goes.

• Accessories are an affordable way to

elevate any outfit.

• Avoid emotional purchases - yes, that

is a thing!

• Be daring - A red lip will fix everything.

• Lose the socks with sandals trend

- what’s the point of an open toe

shoe then?

Details: i-style.co.za, follow @istylelist on

Insta and @iStylebyAnjaCruseBothma

on Facebook.



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He whips up the most sensational sauces

and can make a mean Picanha steak on

the braai. She’s a salad queen who loves

building big bold platters of food and

keeping them coming. Meet My Kitchen

Rules SA’s food besties and tenacious

home cooks, Abraham van Zyl and

Michelle Theron.

Advertising business director Abraham van Zyl, aka AB,

didn’t hesitate for a second when his food bestie Michelle

texted him and invited him to enter MKRSA. He’s always

loved cooking and did Home Economics at school,

helped his mom in the home kitchen and watched his

dad closely as he worked his magic in front of the braai.

His cooking style? Fresh, simple, hearty, real and honest.

Michelle Theron, a commercial property practitioner,

thinks it’s fair to say that she probably spends more

time thinking, dreaming and focusing on food than she

does on anything else because she loves to bring joy by

cooking for others. A self-taught cook, she would love to

have her own cooking show, having studied drama and

never pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.

This dynamic duo share a few of their food antics:

Least fave dish to make?

AB: I’m not a big fan of fishy dishes, especially anchovies.

I once had this on a pizza and until today, I can’t get this

taste out of my head.

Michelle: Something that is very mundane to cook

and where no thought is put into preparing it - like a

store-bought chicken schnitzel that you just bang into

the air fryer or pre-cooked veg that you warm up in the

microwave. There is no fun in preparing these kinds

of dishes.

Kitchen tools you can’t go without?

AB: Lemon zester, a chef’s knife and a clean and dry cloth

– I hate it when my hands are wet when cooking.

Michelle: Lemon zester and lemon squeezer, the amazing

knife set that we were gifted on MKR and my mixer,

mincer, shredder and slicer. I still use my mom’s original

food processor and it’s a tool that is very near and dear to

my heart.

Who’s got the most annoying habits when it comes to


AB: When Michelle is under pressure, she gets super quiet

and stuck in her head – you can try to speak to her and

she just doesn’t listen, she might respond, but she would

have no clue what she just said.

Michelle: Hahaha! Exactly what AB said about me – he

does as well!

Your go-to midweek meal?

AB: Chicken Parmigiana, a good Thai green curry or

brinner (bacon and eggs for dinner)

Michelle: Roast chicken stuffed with lemon, garlic and

thyme with a simple salad, a rare steak sandwich with lots

of mustard, mayo and peppery rocket or any pasta with a

simple arrabbiata sauce with fresh basil from my garden.

Last meal on earth?

AB: Buttery mash with oxtail and a red wine sauce paired

with a glass of … you guessed it, red wine!

Michelle: A perfect, medium rare cooked steak with

golden, crispy chips, a Béarnaise sauce (made with fresh

tarragon) and a glass of red wine.

Anything you refuse to eat?

AB: Tuna out of a can. I’m not a fan of tuna mayo,

pancakes with a tuna filling or tuna salad. I would never

order this and really struggle to get this down should

someone serve it to me.

Michelle: Tripe. The idea, the smell – everything about it

freaks me out.

Would like to cook with?

AB: Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen. I love what he

stands for, and how he cooks and revives age-old

Afrikaans dishes.

Michelle: Stanley Tucci. I just finished his memoir, Taste:

My Life through food. We’re pretty much the same person

in the sense that we are both just normal home cooks

with a passion for food. We love eating, and drinking good

wine and would travel very far for a good bowl of pasta.

Their three cooking tips?

• Always prep with a super sharp knife.

• Only season your food right at the end – meat, fruit and

veggies. All of them contain their own flavours and natural

seasoning and get enhanced when cooking. You can

always add more salt, you cannot remove it. Also, when

you are reducing a sauce, soup or even a stew, you are

intensifying the flavour. Be extra cautious not to add too

much salt at the beginning of the cook otherwise, there’s

the risk of your dish being over-salty.

• And butter. Always butter!

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Entertaining made easy with AB & Michelle:

Deboned leg of lamb with green sauce

You have to prep this the day before as it intensifies the flavour. Serve with an easy

gremolata – it cuts through that rich fatty lamb.

You’ll need: For the lamb - 2kg leg of lamb, deboned; 100ml olive oil; 3

medium- sized carrots; 2 leeks; 1 bunch of celery; 250ml lemon juice

For the green sauce - 50g mint; 50g parsley; 50g spring onion; 3 garlic cloves;

salt and pepper, according to taste; 50ml vinegar; 50ml olive oil

For the gremolata 50g mint; 50g parsley; zest of a lemon; lemon juice

of a lemon; 30ml vinegar; salt and pepper according to taste

How to:

Green sauce: Add all green sauce ingredients to a NutriBullet Blitz

and set aside.

For the lamb: Debone your leg of lamb if not done so already.

Flatten the meat with a rolling pin. Spread green sauce over

the lamb. Roll the meat into a firm roll and tie it with butcher’s

twine. Cover with cling wrap and set in the fridge overnight.

The next day – Sear your rolled lamb on a hot griddle pan for

about 15 minutes (make sure all sides of the lamb are nice and

caramelised – you want that golden colour everywhere as it provides a

massive amount of flavour. Please note, that you aren’t trying to cook your

lamb now, you are giving it colour and flavour. Once seared, place your

lamb on a roasting rack, covered (with either a lid or foil) and roast for 35

minutes. Depending on the size of your lamb it might take shorter or

longer but 45 minutes normally provides you with a nice pink colour

and that is what you want.

You can now roast it for another 10 – 15 minutes uncovered, that will

make sure the outside of the lamb gets nice and brown.

Once done, let it rest for 10 minutes before carving. Carve in nice

thin pieces.

For the gremolata: Chop all greens nice and fine, and place in a pestle &

mortar. Crush the greens to extract more flavour, add lemon zest, juice,

vinegar, salt and pepper.

Follow @abraham_

michelle_mkrsa on Insta.

Catch all the MKRSA drama

every Sunday on M-Net at 6pm.

Blood orange and Campari cake

This is a deliciously light, and airy orange cake - crisp and crunchy on the

outside, dense and chewy on the inside. Serve this with vanilla bean ice-cream

or just normal clotted cream.

You’ll need: 4 large eggs; 5 blood oranges and 3 normal oranges (zest

from four, juice from all eight for the syrup); 350g full cream yoghurt;

300g castor sugar; 250g unsalted butter, melted and cooled; 350g

semolina flour; 100g ground almond flour;

For the Campari and blood orange syrup - 100ml Campari Liqueur; 300g

sugar; juice from the eight oranges

How to:

Preheat the oven to 170˚C. Spray a 23cm springform cake tin thoroughly

with Spray and Cook.

Whisk the eggs until pale, fluffy and thick. Add the sugar to the egg

mixture. Now add the yoghurt and mix at a medium speed. Slowly add

the cooled butter to the egg-and-yoghurt mixture. Mix the semolina and

almond flour and the orange zest and fold into the liquid mixture.

Pour into the greased cake tin and bake for about 40-45 minutes. Remember

to check now and again. The cake is ready when you insert a skewer and it

comes out clean. To make the syrup, add all the ingredients in a saucepan and

allow it to cook until it’s reduced to a thick syrup. Pour this over the cake as

soon as it comes out of the oven.


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hydrating glossy lip balm in Milky

Cocoa (R77.95) from DisChem.

Party make up .... Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick in Metro

Red (R720), and Longwear Cream Shadow in Soft

Bronze (R520). And a gift for your wish list ... a Dolce

& Gabbana The One gift box, with a fragrance, body

lotion and travel spray. All from Edgars.

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Bling bling ... sensational

range of costume

jewellery from R49.95


If ever there was a time to shine, it’s now.

If ever there was a time to shine, it’s now.

Belle of the ball. Giver of most dazzling gifts.

If it’s golden and precious ... you want it.

And you’ll find it at Edgars this festive season.


The scent of luxury ...

Paco Rabanne Fame from R1950 and

Dior J’Adore Parfum d’eau from R 2195


block heels, R299,95

Nite Out eveningwear

dresses from R799.99

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Glam it up

Laines London silver crab and coral faux fur

slippers decorated with a handmade artisan

brooch ... all crystals, pearls and beads. Plus, you

can take them off the slippers and use them to

zoosch up any outfit. R850 from www.excluso.co.za

Jacques Bogart Silver Scent

Infinite Silver ... a highly

concentrated, alluring fragrance

for men, with notes of violet leaf,

lemon and cinnamon, orange

blossom, geranium, and vanilla.

R699 from clicks.co.za

Compiled by: KYM ARGO

Give each of the family their own bauble for the

tree. So special. R40 each from annasoodesign.com

Little Book of Chanel by Lagerfeld

- the story of the iconic fashion

designer. His designs were full of wit

and humour, he reinvented classics

(and dare we say improved them),

and he had a vision that would turn

Chanel into a global phenomenon. He

turned catwalk shows into fantasy extravaganzas

of epic proportions, was

undisputed king of exquisitely crafted

couture, and he was never afraid to

make fun of himself. This glam book

by Emma Baxter-Wright joins the

others in the Little Books of Fashion

series, and would make the perfect

stocking filler (maybe with a bottle of

Chanel fragrance, hint hint). Welbeck

Publishing, R315.

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Makeup by Ryno Iconic Foundation

is a hot favourite, with good reason.

Flawless! Also ... local, cruelty-free,

vegan, with anti-ageing sunflower

extract and a highlighter to add

glow. Bonus is the SPF50. R495 from


Celebrate the holidays in a swirl of stars. All shadow and

light, simple rubbing elegant shoulders with opulent,

a flash of light and a celestial shimmer. That’s what’s

promised in the 2023 Chanel make up collection.

Illuminating powder with a pearlescent glow,

mesmerising four-palette eye shades, high

intensity lipsticks ... it’s the season to shine. At

Chanel Fragrance and Beauty Boutiques or online.

This Glo Box-Marble Skincare Fridge

is perfect to store your sheet masks or jade rollers,

and has a heating function for wet towels, wax and

massage oils. R1599 from globox.co.za • Metallic

wreath, R349 from Woolworths.

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Babes first


Count down the days ... we love

this personalised reusable advent

calendar ... a piece you can bring

out year after year, with the

pockets filled with simple age

appropriate gifts. Handmade in Paarl.

R320. And for Christmas morning ... a

massive personalised pompom Santa

Sack. There are around half a dozen

designs to choose from ... each one

as lovely as the other. R200. Both from


Personalised reindeer first

Christmas 100% cotton

onesie, R145 from


Soft to the touch and

perfectly sized for babe

gifts ... crocheted Christmas

stocking with tassels. R260

from mustloveparty.co.za

Babes first Christmas. Babes first book. Nancy Tillman’s

On The Night You Were Born really is a special gift for

a newborn. R180 from Exclusive Books.

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’twas the night before

Christmas ...

... And (let’s be honest, here) all through the house was

mayhem. So we love the trend of a Christmas Eve box for

tots and tweens. A pair of new festive pyjamas or slippers, a

story book, a sweet and mug of warm chocolate, given an hour

or so before bedtime. Which gives you time to read them a

story, for some special quiet family time, and then ... sleep tight ...

time for Santa to do his thing!




R199.99, and

young girls’

festive pj’s, R229

for the set, from


Oh no. Two horrid men are planning on stealing the

children’s Christmas pressies. Can the ladybird, with the

help of her friend the spider, stop this devious plan? Julia

Donaldson’s What the Ladybird Heard at Christmas is

a lively rhyming adventure. R275 from Exclusive Books •

What’s better than Where’s Wally? Six classic Where’s Wally

books, PLUS a jigsaw puzzle. Where’s Wally? Wow is all

this packed up into one slipcase. Hours of fun for Christmas

Eve and then for days afterwards, too. R695 from

Exclusive Books. And for a Christmas Eve treat, a Woolies

Candy Cane. R17.99

Compiled by: KYM ARGO

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A dog’s not just

for Christmas. But

Christmas is for

dogs. Pooch is going

to love this Gingerbread Man

soft dog’s toy. R149.99

from Woolworths.

Complicated, messy feelings don’t go

away just because it’s the festive season.

Ruby Warner’s Little Moments of Light is

filled with heart-warming illustrations and

messages. It’s not a self-help book, there

is no 10-point plan ... but it is encouraging

and thoughtful and would be a perfect

gift for a teen or young adult who needs

to know things will be okay. Also follow

on @worrywellbeing. Welbeck, R317 from

Exclusive Books.

If you’ve a child

who’s fascinated

by insects and

the outdoors,

this luxury wood

and leather

bug box


be massively


R390 from


Compiled by: KYM ARGO

How cute is this Forest Friends advent calendar? Fill

the pockets with sweets, clues or small gifts for your

little ones to enjoy while they countdown the days until

Christmas. You can also have it personalised with their

name. From R695 from envirokid.co.za

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Pour yourself a glass of The Royal

Rhino and toast to This is Africa ...

while knowing you’re also helping

the fight against the poaching of

Black and White Rhino. A blend of

rich, bold Arabica coffee and vanilla

combined with milk, this luxurious

cream liqueur is packaged in a

bottle shaped like a rhino horn,

and is brilliant served over ice

in a short glass, in cocktails and

drizzled over ice-cream for a

quick-but-decadent dessert.

And every time you buy a

bottle (and another, and

another) a percentage of

the proceeds go to the

anti-poaching fight.

So basically you’re

saving the rhino,

one sip at a time.

We’ll drink to that.

R159.99 a bottle

at most bottle

stores or at


Feel good


Every year. Every single year.

There’s that gift that’s impossible

to wrap. Hello handy drawstring

cotton bags. These come in a pack

of five in medium and large. From

R80 from mustloveparty.co.za

If we’re talking North Pole, we’re talking Polar Bears. Which are one of the eight

species of bear ... all of which are featured in the magnificent Remembering

Bears - the latest in the Remembering Wildlife series of fundraising photo books

which has already raised an impressive R18 491 947 for conservation projects. For

armchair travellers, and those who like to support conservation, this coffee table

book has splendid images of polars as well as American black bears, Andean

bears, Asiatic black bears, brown bears, giant pandas, sloth bears and sun bears ...

images donated by 85 of the world’s leading wildlife photographers (think Marsel

van Oosten, Art Wolfe, Frans Lanting, Greg du Toit, Daisy Gilardini and Morten

Jørgensen, who took the cover image), with 11 of the stunning images taken by

South Africans. One hundred per cent of the sales of the book go to conservation

... much needed since the IUCN (International Union for Conservation and

Nature) lists six of the bears as vulnerable or endangered due to pressures

ranging from climate change to human-wildlife conflict and even those bears

of least concern, such as brown bears, are at risk of being lost forever in certain

countries. There’s also the horrors of dancing bears, illegally trafficked bears as

pets or those used for medicine. To find out more about Remembering Wildlife,

visit rememberingwildlife.com, and support them by giving a copy of the book

to a wildlife enthusiast for Christmas. R895, HPH Publishing

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Editor’s Choice ...


It’s the season to eat, drink and be very, very merry!

Can you have a NYE party without tequlia? You can. But would you want to?

Making it’s debut into SA this month is Mijenta, the award-winning, additive-free

and sustainable tequila from the highlands of Jalisco. There’s Mijenta Blanco

- aromatic and elegant, with notes of cantaloupe, honey and cinnamon, and

Mijenta Reposado, all vanilla and bergamot, honey and preserved fruits

as well as orange blossom flowers and cacao nibs. Watch out too for

Mijenta Añejo, the most exclusive version which will be landing

here early next year. You’ll find it a premium liquor stores

(including Woolworths, PickNPay, Checkers Liquorshop,

Norman Goodfellows, Whiskey Brother) and online retailers

for R999 and R1390 respectively.

Can you drink it? Nope. But you can certainly light

it and pop it on to your holiday brunch table. Earl

Grey Scented Candle - so all bergamot and

lemon. R350 from thepiebald.com

Cheese & wine parties

back in fashion (yay)!

Let’s talk cheese and wine parties.

Massively fashionable in the late

sixties and throughout the seventies,

they then became totally uncool.

But they’re back in (retro) style. And

our ed’s thrilled! Glammest cheese

serving platter she could find ... this

oversized, marble dual-colour option.

With marble sourced from Rajasthan

(the marble mecca of India), hand

cut by artisans in Jodhpur, it’s an

impressively solid piece, and massive.

R999. She also fancies these ivory

cups with 24-carat gold petals.

Sold as tea cups, but here used

instead for Bloody Marys, and to hold

breadsticks. R720 for a pair. All from

thepiebald.com (order online right

now for Christmas deliveries).

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Clink. Sip. Summer!

Do you hear that? Clinking

ice as it hits the bottom

of a highball glass. That’s

the sound of South Africa’s

ultimate summer drink being

prepared… the Angostura

Rock Shandy! It’s one we

sometimes forget about

... but shouldn’t. It’s delish,

and so easy. Simply a glass

filled with ice, then pour in

equal parts soda water and

lemonade, shake in around

five to ten drops Angostura

aromatic bitters (to taste),

and garnish with a slice of

lemon. For more recipes, pop

over to angosturabitters.com

Making merry without the

hangover. Free Spirit Cocktails

by Camille Wilson is a collection

of wonderful cocktails - some

sparkling, some sophisticated,

some with just three ingredients,

and some for the hols. Try A

Berry Good Time ... muddle five

blackberries (or berries of your

choice) with five or so mint

leaves, three lemon wedges,

and 22.5ml simple syrup in

a cocktail shaker. Add ice

and shake until chilled.

Pour into a glass, top with

sparkling water and serve.

There’s a Gingerbread

Martini recipe that we’re

planning on making at

every opportunity, too.

Chronicle Books, R415

Raise your glass ... to a rosé new year

Whether you’re throwing a cocktail party, or have been invited to one

and need to take a gift, here’s the perfect pair ... Blaauwklippen’s Brut

Cap Classique and Blush Rosé. Both have soft tones of pale salmon

and tick all the balmy summer boxes. The 2020 Brut Cap Classique

is a delicate and fresh wine with floral hints and a creamy core, and is

the only Cap Classique made 100 per cent from Zinfandel grapes – it’s

perfect for toasting (and making) memorable moments, or to set the

tone for a romantic dinner. The 2022 Blush Rosé is sophisticated but

light, with the crispness of a dry white and the fruity richness of a red

- so the best of both worlds. It pairs well with Mediterranean-inspired

summer dishes. R200 for the cap classique, R150 for the rosé at your

local wine boutique.

Compiled by: KYM ARGO

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Jolly outdoors

It’s the season to enjoy the garden (and a cocktail!)

Veggie of the month

You may think rhubarb is a fruit, but it is actually a

vegetable, belonging to the sorrel family. Only the stalks

are eaten. The red stemmed Victoria is the most popular

variety for its spicy, rich flavour. Thanks to MasterChef and

the cookery channel, rhubarb has become a lot sexier than

the usual rhubarb and apple crumble. Although there’s

nothing wrong with that either. Think rhubarb gin, rhubarb

fizz, rhubarb cheesecake with ginger, and even with pork

(BBC Food). Rhubarb is a perennial that can be sown from

spring to autumn. It needs deep, well composted soil

that drains well and plenty of sun. Space plants 1m apart.

Although the stems are best harvested after two or three

years, a rhubarb plant will reward with juicy stems for

many years. Do not eat the leaves as they are poisonous.

Details: kirchhoffs.co.za

Rhubarb cocktail

How about a pretty pink rhubarb cocktail ... very summery.

Start off by making a simple syrup, which involves combining

one cup each of water and chopped rhubarb with half a cup

of sugar in a saucepan and bringing to the boil. Reduce the

heat, and simmer slowly for around 20 to 30 minutes - until

the vegetable is mushy and the syrup thickened. Take off

the heat, cool, and then strain through a fine mesh strainer.

Discard the mush, and store the syrup in a glass bottle in

the fridge (it’ll last throughout the festive season). Now for

the cocktail. We make ours with vodka, but gin will work,

too. The ratio is two tots vodka to one tot rhubarb

syrup ... add a squeeze of lemon juice and

shake madly in a cocktail shaker with

plenty of ice. Pour into a fresh ice-filled

glass and top with soda water.

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Indoor plant of the month

If it’s December it has to be poinsettia! This year’s new variety is Kayla Red, with

multi-coloured oak-shaped leaves, both bright and dark red, black and bright

green. It’s a compact, heat tolerant, long lasting plant ... this Christmas flower

will look good for two to three months or more if displayed in a warm room

that receives bright, direct light. Keep the soil moist but don’t over water as

the roots may rot. After flowering, cut it back down to 10cm and repot into a

larger pot (if you want it for the patio) or plant it in the garden in a position

that gets plenty of sun. Details: lvgplant.co.za

Take your cue from nature when

looking for a gift for gardeners. This

Bramley’s Aloe Vera & Olive Oil gift

set has a tissue oil and hand cream

... perfect to restore, revitalise and

rejuvenate dry skin. Affordable, too.

R36.99 from PEP.

We’re planting ...

Zinnia Zahara Double Salmon Rose - because its blooms

stay bright, fresh and pickable during the hottest months

of the year. Vintage zinnias are durable garden flowers and

Zahara even more so because it has outstanding disease

tolerance and low water needs. This zinnia variety doesn’t get

sick like the older varieties did. It sails through heat, rain and

humidity. Plants do just fine in ordinary garden soil and flower well

with regular watering through to autumn. It also has a great colour

range: orange, cherry, raspberry ripple, fire, yellow, salmon rose, white

and two brilliant mixes. Details: ballstraathof.co.za

What to do in the garden

Five ways to keep the garden alive

if you’re leaving home during the

December holidays ...

• Mulch flower beds before you go.

This keeps the soil moist and cool.

• Check the irrigation system for

blocked nozzles and make sure that

automatic systems are set correctly.

• Move plants in pots and hanging

baskets out of the direct sun. They

can even be sunken into the ground

in a shady area.

• If you don’t have an automatic

irrigation system arrange for the

garden to be watered at least twice a

week, unless it rains heavily.

• Delay fertilising until you return.

And if you’re staying at home ...

• Fertilise flowering plants with 8:1:5,

5:1:5 or Vigorosa.

• There is still time to sow marigolds,

alyssum, bedding dahlias,

Eschscholzia (California poppies)

portulaca and nasturtiums.

• Water early in the morning or

late afternoon

• Pests are out in force over

December. Use organic insect sprays

when you notice them.


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Glamorous doesn’t come close to describing The Winchester Hotel ... the iconic hotel

with the most desirable location on the Cape Town’s Sea Point Promenade.

Built a century ago as a residential

property, The Winchester Hotel,

managed by Newmark, really is

the grande dame of the Sea Point

Promenade ... a three-storey gabled

building which was converted into a

hotel in the late 1950s.

And despite having a revamp recently,

it still retains its classic attractions ...

it’s all elegant and well-bred and old

money. So it oozes glamour ... but

quietly. There’ll be no crass showing

off here, thank you.

The 1920s Cape Dutch-style hotel

dominates its location, sitting right

on the edge of the Atlantic Seaboard,

overlooking the ocean and the

pedestrian promenade which is the

heart of the city’s social hub.

It’s all old-school charm, from the tiny

parking lot hidden around the corner,

past the pool which could be straight

out of a golden age Hollywood movie,

to the quiet lobby, from where you’re

ushered off to your room. Just six

dozen or so - with lofts and suites and

a couple of family-friendly options,

with no rooms identically decorated,

but all with views over the sea or

that mountain!

Sticking with the less-is-more policy,

the hotel offers just the pool (with a

spa on the cards), a top-notch bar and

an amiable restaurant.

Harvey’s Bar, all midnight black and

light wood, is well-frequented by locals

(always a good sign), and serves up

creative cocktails and fine liqueurs, as

well as a small but well-thought out

menu for those who simply can’t tear

themselves away from the view.

A stone’s throw away is Shoreditch,

the hotel’s restaurant which has the

same restraint shown throughout the

venue. It’s quiet, and refined, and quite

lovely, with a menu that offers sharing

dishes like marinated olives and fresh

oysters, linefish ceviche and wagyu

sliders, unpretentious steak rolls and

mushroom risotto and Caesar salad.

Breakfast, should the Cape weather be

generous, is served out in the central

courtyard ... black and white tiles and

a cascade of bougainvillea along with

your muesli and yoghurt ... marvellous.

As is, really, the whole Winchester

affair. An utterly gorgeous hotel,

with absolutely everything you

need for a quiet, luxurious stay ...

and with everything else you may

want - nightlife and clubs and walks

and swimming and shopping and

people watching - literally right on

your doorstep.

Details: 221 Beach Road, Western Cape. 021-434-2351. newmarkhotels.com

Could you get closer to the beach?


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Luxurious Celebrate

Spoiltreats from Sally Williams

The Sally Williams Celebrate range is just that, a marvellous celebration of

all things sweet and delicious for the season. Forget the obvious crackers ...

each of our dinner guests will have a Celebrate Chocolate and Nougat Cracker

(with a dozen pieces of indulgent treats inside) or a Christmas Star (also filled

with choc and nougat treats). For gifts there’s a magnificent pack with two

nougat variations and a jar of pure honey, there are little boxes of dark and

milk chocolate treats, and boxes of pretty Turkish Delight. Perfect presents

... and if you’re struggling to find an unusual dessert for Christmas Day, pop

over to the website and have a look at the tempting (and jolly easy) recipes.

Details: sallywilliamsfinefoods.com


WIN ...

We’ve a hatbox hamper of

Sally Williams Celebrate treats to give away

... just in time for Christmas Day. To enter,

pop over to Instagram or Facebook

@getitpretoriamagazine and follow

the prompts. Competition ends

December 10.

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