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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
SOCIALS & PEOPLE
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
FOOD & DRINK
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
Photographer: Stephen Segal
Make-up & hair: Elaine Boshoff
Jewellery: Jenna Clifford Collective
Dress: Marilize Brand
Venue: Quaintrelle Studios
DEC 22 / JAN 23
Dec 22 / Jan 23 Get It Magazine 03
Books for the hols, gifts for foodie friends, Vin de Joie wine ... it’s the season of joy.
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
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
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.
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
Compiled by: KYM ARGO
Dec 22 / Jan 23 Get It Magazine 05
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
Three-and-a-half metre long
gold foil star garland. R120
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,
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
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
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
with friends or social
media so-called role
models. We all
have our own
We just need to
HOLIDAY OUTFIT IDEAS:
1. Summer maxi dress with
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
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.
MUST-HAVES FOR YOUR
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
STYLE NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS:
• 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
• 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
Details: i-style.co.za, follow @istylelist on
Insta and @iStylebyAnjaCruseBothma
Text: RIALIEN FURSTENBERG. • Photographer: STEPHEN SEGAL. • Make-up & hair: ELAINE BOSHOFF.
• Jewellery: JENNA CLIFFORD COLLECTIVE. • Dress: MARILIZE BRAND. Venue: QUAINTRELLE STUDIOS.
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BEST PLATE FORWARD
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Text: RIALIEN FURSTENBERG. • Image: M-NET CHANNEL.
Dec 22 / Jan 23 Get It Magazine 13
For charming, classic tree
decorations, pop over to
leroymerlin.co.za ... festive
delivered to your door!
We always pack too many pairs of shoes. Far too
many. Different vibes for the beach, shopping,
a party. Half our suitcase ... no exaggeration! So
massive joy when we discovered The Switch. One
pair of slides - black, tan or ivory - and then more
than a dozen straps to clip on ... so you kick off with
a classic plain slide, then a quick change to snow
leopard or mustard ostrich or Nguni. Silver. Pewter.
Raspberry. Be still our beating hearts. All leather and
locally made. R1250 for a pair of slides with three
straps, additional straps R100 each. From zaluki.co.za
Red lips and shimmering highlights
and slides that switch from plain to
party ... it’s all frosting on the festive cake
A little festive frosting. Essence Make
Me Glow baked highlighter in It’s
glow Time (R84.95) and Extreme Care
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
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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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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
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
... 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!
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
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
If you’ve a child
by insects and
this luxury wood
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
And every time you buy a
bottle (and another, and
another) a percentage of
the proceeds go to the
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
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 ...
YOU’RE INVITED ...
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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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.
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
• Pests are out in force over
December. Use organic insect sprays
when you notice them.
Text: ALICE COETZEE
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OLD SCHOOL CHARM
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
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
Details: 221 Beach Road, Western Cape. 021-434-2351. newmarkhotels.com
Could you get closer to the beach?
Text: KYM ARGO
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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.
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
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