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contents<br />


2 Welcome autumn by going out and enjoying the burst of colour<br />

this season offers.<br />


4 We help you find the perfect wedding gift for the happy couple<br />

PEOPLE<br />

6 Karlien Jonker is living her childhood dream<br />

8 Rico Myburgh speaks on wedding photography<br />

10 Chané van der Westhuizen, a Jill of all trades<br />

BEAUTY<br />

16 Get your glam on with a day-into-evening look<br />


18 It’s a man’s WORLD... and we show you how to dress for it<br />

Food<br />

20 Set the tone with Wedding canapés<br />

DECOR<br />

22 Table Décor: The knot that ties it all together<br />

Spoil<br />

48 WIN a R10 000 voucher to spend at Thulestore.co.za<br />

cover<br />

Photographer: Gypseenia Lion<br />

Dressed by: Bridal Emporium<br />

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<strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong>

Out & About<br />

It seems like some autumn leaves are falling,<br />

what better way to experience this than going out and enjoying the<br />

burst of colour this season offers. Here’s what to look out for:<br />

Compiled by: BONOLO MOLOI AND KYM ARGO<br />

Moonlight Doggie Walk<br />

Emoya Estate is calling all nature<br />

enthusiasts to partake in a fun<br />

walk under the moonlight, with or<br />

without your doggie, on 4 <strong>Mar</strong>ch.<br />

One can either enjoy the 2.4km trail<br />

or the 4km circular farm walk with<br />

your doggie. Registrations start at<br />

19:00 and the walk at 19:30. Entry<br />

is R50pp while children under 12<br />

years only pay R20. Children under<br />

6 years go in for free. Participants<br />

are asked to donate a bag of dog<br />

food per doggie. As there are<br />

no card facilities, please bring<br />

some cash. Also bring your own<br />

headlight or torch. All participating<br />

dogs should wear a collar and be<br />

kept on a leash for the full duration<br />

of the walk.<br />

<strong>Bloem</strong>fontein Family Fun Day with Colour<br />

Celebrate the return of this fun day with a burst of colour, and join the<br />

<strong>Bloem</strong>fontein Family Fun Day with Colour at the Free State National Botanical<br />

Garden on 12 <strong>Mar</strong>ch. The day will be jam-packed with high energy music and<br />

performances featuring a selection of the Free State’s best tribute acts, combined<br />

with the very best local musical talent. The theme is white T-shirts and children will<br />

have their demarcated playground with activities such as water slides, jumping<br />

castles, and more. Limited tickets are now available at Pick n Pay or online at<br />

Webtickets. Tickets cost R150 for adults and include 2 x 50g colour powder bags at<br />

the gate, while it is R130 for kids (3 - 12 years). Kids under 3 years enter free of charge.<br />

CVO Skool Dankbaar<br />

CVO Skool Dankbaar bied ’n Manneaand met Pietman Geldenhuys aan op<br />

10 Maart. Gaste kan om 18:30 vir 19:00 begin aankom. Kaartjies kos R300 per<br />

persoon en R2400 vir ‘n tafel van 8. Daar sal potjiekos en ’n kontantkroeg wees.<br />

Skakel Gerda by 078 613 7599.<br />

French <strong>Mar</strong>ket<br />

The best news for 20<strong>23</strong><br />

is that Villa Avianto,<br />

<strong>Bloem</strong>fontein, will<br />

have its first French<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ket of the year on<br />

4 <strong>Mar</strong>ch. They decided<br />

to keep their market<br />

more exceptional and<br />

unique with only four<br />

French markets for 20<strong>23</strong>,<br />

starting with this market<br />

in <strong>Mar</strong>ch, another on<br />

3 June, one other on 2<br />

September, and they will<br />

end the year on a high<br />

note with their Christ<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>ket on 2 December.<br />

The market will run from<br />

07:30 – 15:00. Entry for<br />

adults is R30.<br />

Fichardtpark Carnival Candy Bingo<br />

Fichardtpark Lions Cheerleading bied hul jaarlikse<br />

Bingo-aand aan op 10 Maart. Die tema is Carnival<br />

Candyland en beslis nie iets wat misgeloop moet<br />

word nie. Daar is ’n ete, verwelkomingsdrankie,<br />

Bingo-kaartjies en “Cheerleader stunts”. Daar is ook<br />

’n veiling, so neem genoeg kontant en kredietkaarte<br />

saam. Die Fichardtpark Lions Cheerleading gaan in<br />

Junie na Durban om deel te neem aan die nasionale<br />

kompetisie. Tafels kos R2000 elk vir 10 persone, met<br />

’n kurkfooi van R200 ekstra. Gebruik die kans om jou<br />

onderneming ten toon te stel en te netwerk. Kontak<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>elize 072 018 9289 vir enige navrae.<br />

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Paserene is a small Franschhoek estate<br />

with an impressive portfolio of awardwinning<br />

wines in three high-end luxury<br />

ranges – The Elements, The Paserene and<br />

The Shiner – each with their own unique<br />

features. At this <strong>Mar</strong>ch Book Club we’re<br />

serving Bright 2021 from the Elements<br />

range - the drawing of a swing on the label<br />

perfectly representing Paserene’s playful<br />

side. The ideal mid-week, easy-drinking<br />

wine, it’s made from 100 percent<br />

Chardonnay grapes, with fresh citruscentric<br />

aromas, which carry through<br />

to the palate, this lighter styled<br />

Chardonnay is lovely on its own<br />

or with a light seasonal salad,<br />

any type of poultry dish or with<br />

fresh tuna and salmon. Available<br />

directly from the Tasting Lounge<br />

at R190 per bottle.<br />

Details: paserene.com<br />

Doek on Fleek Picnic<br />

The Doek On Fleek Picnic is a women’s<br />

only picnic that encourages networking<br />

and time-out for the ladies. Held on<br />

25 <strong>Mar</strong>ch, the event aims at uniting,<br />

celebrating, supporting, and empowering<br />

women from all walks of life and dismissing<br />

the notion that women don’t support<br />

each other. The theme is all white with<br />

a green doek (headwrap). Tickets range<br />

from R100 - R200 and they are available at<br />

Shoprite, Spar, Checkers, or Computicket<br />

and Ticketpro. WhatsApp 072 934 1843 for<br />

further information.<br />

For stalls, contact Lina 073 485 3216.<br />

The Good News Festival<br />

Ricus Nel tree op 4 Maart in<br />

Langenhovenpark, <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein, op by die<br />

Towers-winkelsentrum. LHP se The Good News<br />

Club bied ‘n eerste vir Langenhovenpark aan<br />

met The Good News Festival. Die gehoor<br />

kan ‘n optrede deur Ricus Nel geniet en<br />

terseldertyd bydra tot die instandhouding<br />

van LHP as ‘n florerende voorstad. Kaartjies<br />

is beskikbaar by Computicket teen R150 per<br />

kaartjie, R900 vir ‘n tafel van 6 en kinders onder<br />

10 gaan gratis in. Enige navrae?<br />

Kontak Gert by 082 228 1428.<br />

Judge Julia Cummins had no obvious enemies. There was<br />

no forced entry to her apartment, where the bodies of<br />

her and her bodyguard were found brutally murdered.<br />

Her ex and her teenage son both have strong alibies,<br />

the neighbours heard nothing, and the killer left behind<br />

a strange calling card. It’s up to FBI agent Amos Decker<br />

to investigate ... kicking off with the question as to why<br />

the judge felt she needed a bodyguard in the first place.<br />

And while he investigates, he’s also dealing with personal<br />

baggage ... the suicide of a close friend, the receipt of a<br />

letter concerning a personal, and possibly life-changing,<br />

issue, and a new partner. Long Shadows is another superb<br />

American detective tale from David Baldacci. Macmillan,<br />

available at Exclusive Books.<br />

Breakfast & Lunch Buffets<br />




FRIDAY<br />

Lunch Buffet R70<br />

Breakfast Buffet R70<br />

Lunch Buffet R70<br />

Breakfast Buffet R70<br />

from 11am - 2pm<br />

from 8am - 12pm<br />

from 11am - 2pm<br />

from 8am - 12pm<br />

SATURDAYS Breakfast Buffet R100 from 8am - 12pm<br />

SUNDAYS Brunch Buffet R120 from 11am - 2pm<br />


Book your space to<br />

avoid disappointment<br />

Tel 064 136 3552

Wish list<br />

Finding the perfect wedding gift for the happy<br />

couple can be tricky, especially if they do not have<br />

a gift registry. Here are some items that<br />

could make ideal gifts, or, if you’re the<br />

bride and groom, you can even add to<br />

your registry.<br />

Compiled by: JUSTINE FORTUIN<br />

Did you know?<br />

Whatever party<br />

you have in mind,<br />

Checkers Hyper<br />

Fleurdal’s Party Bar<br />

will not let you<br />

down. From party<br />

decorations,<br />

balloons, candles,<br />

and party<br />

accessories, down<br />

to wedding cards,<br />

serviettes, and a whole<br />

lot more, for various themes!<br />

Food? Sorted. You can arrange<br />

your party platters with<br />

the store 24 hours before<br />

your party. Party Bar, only at<br />

Checkers Hyper<br />

Fleurdal <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein!<br />

Blissfully soft and absorbent. Add a luxurious touch<br />

to the couple’s bath ritual with this set that’s made in<br />

Turkey. R599 from @Home<br />

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This Carrol Boyes gift set will help<br />

the couple imagine they’re having<br />

their cuppas at a cozy café. R799<br />

from TakeAlot.<br />

Personalised gifts are also a<br />

nice touch. Surprise the couple<br />

with a stunning homeware gift<br />

like this personalised cheese<br />

board with knives. R929.95<br />

from NetFlorist.<br />

If you are looking for something for the bride<br />

specifically, MUD has got you covered. Their<br />

Eye Colour Refill palettes are vibrant and silky,<br />

lushly rich with pigments for long-lasting<br />

colour. Specially formulated with<br />

superior ingredients tested by makeup<br />

professionals, the unique velvet<br />

consistency allows these versatile shadows<br />

to glide on smoothly and evenly – wet or<br />

dry. The bride can mix and match to<br />

create an amazing variety of new<br />

colours and looks – from natural<br />

to dramatic. R800 from MUD.<br />

If you want to be ahead of the<br />

rest you can always get the couple a<br />

pre-wedding gift that they can incorporate in<br />

their special day. Like this Always and Forever<br />

Wedding Guest Book. The lined 160 pages offer<br />

space to record your guest’s name and their<br />

well wishes and are decorated with a gold leaf<br />

design. R300 from Cum Books.<br />

getitmagazine.co.za/bloemfontein<br />

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You need to be<br />

completely in love with<br />

it because no one else is<br />

going to wear it. You have<br />

to own that moment,<br />

it’s all you.”<br />

Text: SAZLY MOSES. Photographer: GYPSEENIA LION<br />

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“In no particular order, being a kick-ass<br />

mom, avoiding premature wrinkles<br />

and creating a bridal studio where our<br />

client’s expectations are consistently<br />

exceeded... These are the things that<br />

motivate and inspire everything I do at<br />

home and behind the scenes.”<br />

She says her wedding was a whirlwind<br />

romance, they met through a mutual<br />

friend in July of 2012 and tied the knot<br />

in an intimate ceremony on the beach<br />

in Mauritius in December of that<br />

same year. “I think everything was<br />

exactly as it was supposed to be at that<br />

moment. If I had to change something<br />

I would have loved a South-African<br />

photographer, we have some of the best<br />

in the world but all things considered, it<br />

was perfect.”<br />

She goes on to explain that they say you<br />

cry when you move to <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein,<br />

and you cry when you leave. “This could<br />

not have been truer for me. When I first<br />

moved here I cried almost every day<br />

for a year but now I can’t imagine living<br />

anywhere else. <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein is the<br />

perfect big city with small-town values,<br />

incredible schools, incredible people, and<br />

we even have a Starbucks!”<br />

“I would like to say the stars aligned<br />

and the industry chose me, but it took<br />

a few years of working in corporate, a<br />

relocation, and some introspection.” She<br />

worked as a bridal consultant initially,<br />

but then she attended her first<br />

bridal show in Amsterdam<br />

and her passion for bridal<br />

gowns and ‘stroopwafels’<br />

just took off. It was like<br />

fuel to my flame and I<br />

have never looked back.”<br />

Karlien says that Bridal has<br />

been her baby for the last<br />

eight years. “We specialise<br />

in bringing the best the<br />

international bridal industry<br />

has to offer to our bride’s<br />

doorstep. There is something<br />

incredible about having a<br />

bride walk in, opening her<br />

eyes to silhouettes and<br />

styles she never thought she<br />

could wear, to play a part in<br />

arlien<br />

Jonker<br />

living her childhood dream<br />

Karlien Jonker, owner of Bridal Emporium –<br />

an exclusive bridal boutique in the heart of the<br />

Free State, says that she arrived in the City of<br />

Roses having followed the love of her life.<br />

building that confidence, it’s beautiful<br />

and inspiring.”<br />

On the question of what inspires her:<br />

“At the risk of sounding extremely<br />

cheesy, life. Life is worth celebrating.<br />

The good and the bad. The failures and<br />

the success stories. Realising it is not<br />

a given, it is not a guarantee so I try<br />

to celebrate every new arrival in store,<br />

every school pick-up, every dinner at<br />

home, every morning coffee with my<br />

husband, every moment of growth<br />

with my team, absolutely everything<br />

is worth celebrating. Even your daily<br />

steps.”<br />

She also has to attend international<br />

bridal shows in the fashion capitals of<br />

the world a few times a year. “It is tough,<br />

but someone has to do it,” she jokes.<br />

Karlien says she chooses a new<br />

wedding dress every week with all the<br />

new arrivals in store; “It’s completely<br />

normal to do an annual vowel renewal<br />

right?” But what is important to<br />

remember is that you need to LOVE<br />

your wedding dress.<br />

In 20<strong>23</strong>, at Bridal Emporium, they look<br />

forward to their new collections which<br />

are in the pipeline, and bringing the<br />

runway to the everyday bride-to-be.<br />

“Our most extensive and exclusive<br />

Ukrainian collection has just arrived<br />

in store and with Barcelona Bridal<br />

Fashion Week hot on its heels in April,<br />

we cannot wait to reveal our newest<br />

additions in the studio.”<br />

getitmagazine.co.za/bloemfontein<br />

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Wedding photography:<br />

‘More than just pressing a button’<br />


ico Myburg is a local full-time wedding<br />

photographer and videographer. He says<br />

everything he knows about photography<br />

is self-taught, with hours and hours spent<br />

watching YouTube videos as well as tips he<br />

got from friends who have made it in<br />

the industry.<br />

“I can actually pinpoint the exact<br />

date when my love for photography started. It was on<br />

a camping trip with my family and I just started taking<br />

photos of nature and rocks by getting all the different<br />

angles, I imagined I was a NatGeo photographer and my<br />

parents and friends raved about the photos. When I look<br />

back at them now, I realise my photography improved a<br />

lot,” he says.<br />

Rico, who studied Journalism and Media Studies at the<br />

University of the Free State, says that when he first started<br />

photography in 2013 he would have never thought<br />

that he would be a wedding photographer. “The thing<br />

I love most about wedding photography is that I get to<br />

be a part of the best day in someone’s life and I get to<br />

capture those memories that will last forever. It is a huge<br />

responsibility. Nothing beats the feeling you get when you<br />

see the bride walking down the aisle with her dad and the<br />

groom sees her for the first time. I just love that I can be a<br />

part of someone’s special day, even though I’m just their<br />

photographer,” he says.<br />

He adds that he has a passion for photography and enjoys<br />

working with people. “What excites me about photography<br />

is that every day you get to see and meet new people and<br />

every experience is different. I am proud to say that 2022<br />

was my most successful year and I really have to give God<br />

all the honour, He blessed me with this talent and really<br />

helped to grow my business through the toughest times.”<br />

Rico defines a good wedding photographer as someone<br />

who loves working with people and has a lot of patience.<br />

“You should be there for your clients every step of the way.<br />

From planning the timeline to fixing the groom’s tie or<br />

helping the bride carry her dress. It’s the small things that<br />

count and leave a lasting impression,” he says.<br />

“For me, wedding photography is different from other<br />

types of photography because there are so many aspects<br />

to a wedding and unpredictable factors that play a roll.<br />

You can’t reschedule a wedding and if it rains you have to<br />

make the best of the situation and think out of the box.<br />

Sometimes there can be a bit more pressure because all of<br />

the moments only happen once. The bride walking down<br />

the aisle, the first kiss and the first dance.”<br />

Clear umbrellas are your best friend during the rainy season<br />

and remember to always pack an extra pair of pants in your<br />

car. I may or may not have ripped my pants at a wedding<br />

before...<br />

“For me, <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein is all about the people. Because if it<br />

weren’t for all the amazing people of <strong>Bloem</strong> who gave me<br />

a chance, I would not have been able to live out my dream<br />

of becoming a full-time photographer. I just love all the<br />

beautiful spots in <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein, from shooting downtown<br />

to beautiful sunsets at Seven Dams. <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein also has<br />

some of my favourite wedding venues and some of the<br />

best wedding vendors that I have ever worked with.”<br />


Once I receive a new booking I try to meet with the couple as soon as possible so that we can get to know each<br />

other and plan their timeline together. We then arrange a date for their engagement shoot. On the Friday before the<br />

wedding I usually have a ritual that has to happen or I will feel unprepared. Batteries must be fully charged, all my<br />

lenses must be cleaned and memory cards cleared and double checked. On the wedding day I usually start at 10am<br />

to get some photos of the decor, then it is time for the groom’s preparation photos, then the bride’s preparation,<br />

ceremony, family photos, couple photos, and lastly the reception. This all happens within 12 hours. When I say my<br />

goodbyes I immediately take out my memory cards from my camera and put them in a safe spot for my drive home.<br />

When I get home – usually at around 11pm – I know it sounds crazy but I immediately back up all of the photos on a<br />

hard drive and the cloud. Only after that, I will have peace of mind knowing that the photos are safe. I will then have<br />

a shower and go to sleep. A few days after the wedding I will send a preview of the photos to the couple. Editing<br />

takes a few weeks and after that, I deliver the photos in special packaging with my branding and a few canvases.<br />

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“I always joke and say<br />

that I’m not just the<br />

photographer, I see myself<br />

as an extra groomsman or<br />

even a bridesmaid... There is<br />

so much more to it than just<br />

pressing a button.”<br />

getitmagazine.co.za/bloemfontein<br />

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“I’m honestly in the industry<br />

of making unforgettable<br />

memories for people. For my<br />

day job, I help plan one of<br />

the biggest festivals in our<br />

country. As a photographer,<br />

I capture people’s moments.<br />

As a florist, I get to take<br />

something beautiful and<br />

transform it into your dream<br />

arrangement. Even as a<br />

social media content creator,<br />

I get to transform companies<br />

according to the vision<br />

they have for themselves.<br />

It might seem like I do too<br />

many things, but to me,<br />

they are all connected.”<br />

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Chané<br />

A Jill of all trades<br />

Multi-skilled Chané van der Westhuizen talks us through<br />

her journey as marketing and media coordinator,<br />

florist, photographer, businesswoman and an overall<br />

powerhouse for content creation.<br />

“I have been working since high school, helping my<br />

mom with her business and I have been working<br />

multiple jobs ever since. I’ve loved photography since<br />

I was 14 and I opened my florist shop in <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein,<br />

Wildflower Floral Studio, years later. We sadly closed<br />

down due to Covid but I have since started my own<br />

business again.”<br />

Her business ‘SheCreates’, is a local, female and queerowned<br />

designing platform.<br />

“We provide services like social media marketing<br />

and design, wedding stationery design, brand guide<br />

creation, and drawn illustrations. Recently though, our<br />

best-selling product has been our curated wedding<br />

planner. These planners have a customisable option<br />

for brides to have their wedding colours and names<br />

on. They date back to a year before your wedding and<br />

include venue comparison checklists, responsibilities,<br />

wedding day checklists, a month-to-month guide for<br />

12 months before the wedding, a menu planner and<br />

so much more. These 15-page e-planners are a lifesaver<br />

and every bride should have one.”<br />

As someone who has helped many brides plan their<br />

perfect day and been a part of the logistics of wedding<br />

planning in multiple avenues, Chané has now found her<br />

partner and is planning her own walk down the aisle.<br />

“My fiancé is incredibly intelligent, professional, and of<br />

course beautiful. I’m the artsy flower girl but the one<br />

thing we have in common more than anything, and the<br />

thing that made us both fall in love, is our shared sense<br />

of humour.”<br />

“In terms of wedding planning, I’m that girl who has<br />

been dreaming of her wedding day her entire life. I<br />

know which flowers, dress, playlist and<br />

guests I want. Obviously,<br />

the first challenge for any bride will always be budget.<br />

Finding the perfect dress until you see the price tag,<br />

making the perfect Pinterest board and then getting<br />

your first quote.”<br />

As a bride-to-be, she explains that there are many things<br />

to think of as it is difficult to determine what the most<br />

important part of your wedding is.<br />

“Other than the people and the beautiful woman I am<br />

marrying, for me, it’s the flowers and the photographer.<br />

A bit of a cliché since I do both of these, but it’s the<br />

truth. I am choosing my wedding date around the time<br />

of year my favourite flower is in bloom. If that season<br />

was snowy or incredibly hot, I’d probably change my<br />

dress cut before I changed my flower arrangement.”<br />

She says that choosing flowers for your wedding is quite<br />

a personal decision.<br />

“I have done a wedding with white sunflowers and<br />

blue thistle, and I’ve even had to dye blue orchids and<br />

lilies. For both of these brides, there was a very personal<br />

reason for their decision and though everyone had their<br />

doubts it fit so perfectly into the rest of their weddings.”<br />

Chané walks us through her step-to-step with brides<br />

when it comes to choosing a floral arrangement.<br />

“If a bride comes in for a consultation not knowing what<br />

flowers to choose, we take it step by step. I would ask<br />

them to go make a Pinterest board of some flowers that<br />

they think are beautiful, we all know how easy it is to get<br />

hooked!”<br />

“I will also ask for a colour pallet of their wedding<br />

decor and venue. If they want something a little more<br />

romantic I will go through the meaning of some flowers<br />

with them until they find a message that fits their<br />

special day. For instance, the Lily says “I dare you to love<br />

me”. The orchid symbolises thoughtfulness, making it<br />

the perfect flower for a distant lover.”<br />

As for her advice on marriage, she says: “Communicate!<br />

Always, always, always talk to your partner.”<br />

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A legacy of designs<br />

M Design is a well-known and loved name in <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein. This family business boasts 50 years<br />

of lineage and legacy carried over three generations with three businesses.<br />


The ‘M’ in the name of the business stands for Mattig,<br />

which is the surname of the founder of the original<br />

M Design, Mattie Mattig.<br />

The business initially started as M Design in 1972,<br />

when Mattie made ribbons and rosettes for<br />

agricultural shows from his garage in Universitas.<br />

He passed on in 2021, but his son, Eugene Mattig,<br />

continued with the operation and management<br />

of the business and is still running the original M<br />

Design Ribbons & Rosettes.<br />

From the original M Design business, came two<br />

others run by twin sisters Ilze Kirsten and Lizelle van<br />

Niekerk.<br />

M Design Jewellery is run by Ilze and specialises<br />

in the retail, repair, design, and manufacturing of<br />

jewellery in any type of metal. M Design Flowers &<br />

Gifts is owner-operated by Lizelle and specialises<br />

in making custom hampers for clients according to<br />

their budget and own preference, as well as flower<br />

arrangements.<br />

Eugene het in 1980 betrokke geraak by sy pa se<br />

besigheid. Hulle vervaardig rosette en baniere,<br />

hoofsaaklik vir landbouskoue. “Deur die jare het daar<br />

heelwat ander skoue bygekom, soos perdespring-,<br />

bees- en skaap-kampioenskappe, asook honde-, kat-,<br />

voël- en hoenderskoue,” sê hy.<br />

Hy voeg by dat hy al meer as 40 jaar betrokke is by<br />

die besigheid en dat dit vir hom ’n groot voorreg is<br />

om voort te kan gaan met wat sy pa begin het. “Hy<br />

het in 2021afgesterwe, maar so bou ons voort op dit<br />

waarmee hy begin het.”<br />

Hy onthou ook graag die goeie ou dae, soos baie<br />

<strong>Bloem</strong>fonteiners hom en sy pa sal onthou – dat hy<br />

en Mattie altyd saam deur <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein se strate<br />

in hulle wit Datsun-bakkie rondgerits het. Die twee<br />

was onafskeidbaar. Ook dat die tweeling altyd as<br />

“modelle” gebruik is vir die foto’s van die rosette<br />

om die <strong>Bloem</strong>skou in onder meer die destydse “Die


Mattie Mattig<br />

Eugene Mattig, Ilze Kirsten en Lizelle van Niekerk<br />

Volksblad” te bemark.<br />

Hy sê dit is vir hom ’n groot eer dat sy<br />

dogters [Ilze en Lizelle] verskillende<br />

afdelings op die been gebring het, “en so<br />

sal ons, ons nalatenskap voortbou”.<br />

Ilze has a goldsmith who she works with<br />

closely so they don’t only retail jewellery<br />

anymore but custom-make any piece of<br />

special jewellery as well.<br />

“I have always loved all things bling and<br />

shiny and always loved jewellery, so the<br />

business stemmed from my own passion<br />

for jewellery. Basically, I’m living my dream<br />

making the dreams of others come<br />

true by being part of the design and<br />

manufacture of their most special piece<br />

of jewellery – like their wedding bands for<br />

example.”<br />

She says her family and her heritage are<br />

very important to her. “So, to be part of<br />

the M Design Group of businesses and<br />

carry on with a legacy started by The Big<br />

‘M’, my grandfather Mattie, albeit each in<br />

our own way, is very dear to me.”<br />

Ilze is in the process of finalising their<br />

website www.mdesignjewellery.co.za. “We<br />

should be live by end of <strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong>. This<br />

year has also brought about the addition<br />

of many new ranges to our collection,<br />

such as gemstones and charms. I truly<br />

believe the M Design Group can grow<br />

even further. M Design Jewellery is also<br />

an official Silver sponsor for Alicia Stols,<br />

a semi-finalist in the Mrs South Africa<br />

Competition this year.”<br />

Lizelle says her business started as a<br />

hobby in 2015 when she realised people<br />

don’t have time to do gift shopping, she<br />

started to work full-time at her business<br />

in 2018.<br />

“We offer the service of saving you time<br />

and delivering a quality gift to someone<br />

special on your behalf. I enjoy working<br />

hard and consider myself blessed to be<br />

able to do what I love most… spreading<br />

love. The surprise on a client’s face when<br />

flowers or hampers are delivered is<br />

priceless. So many times I have shared<br />

a tear of joy or even one of heartfelt<br />

condolence with a client when delivering<br />

a bouquet of flowers, on behalf of a loved<br />

one far away”.<br />

M Design Flowers and Gifts service both<br />

private and corporate clients with gift<br />

hampers, corporate gifting, wedding<br />

favours etc.<br />

She adds that M Design is a family name<br />

she is proud of. “It is a great honour<br />

to continue the legacy of M Design,<br />

started by my grandfather many years<br />

ago. I would love to see the M Design<br />

group grow from strength to strength<br />

and continue to be a trusted name in<br />

<strong>Bloem</strong>fontein.”<br />

Get in touch:<br />

M Design Ribbons & Rosettes<br />

Eugene Mattig<br />

083 449 4670<br />

mdesignbfn@gmail.com<br />

M Design Jewellery<br />

Ilze Kirsten<br />

083 630 8848<br />

ilzekirsten@vodamail.co.za<br />

MDesign Jewellery<br />

Proudly<br />

South African<br />

mdesignbfn@gmail.com<br />

M Design Flowers & Gifts<br />

Lizelle van Niekerk<br />

083 561 6456<br />

Lmattig@mweb.co.za<br />

M Design Flowers & Gifts

Make-up is usually the<br />

first or the last thing<br />

ladies worry about for a<br />

night out or on special<br />

occasions. MUD Studio in<br />

<strong>Bloem</strong>fontein’s make-up<br />

artist, Bernny Thakali,<br />

gives the ultimate<br />

step-by-step guide for a<br />

day-into-evening look.<br />

The complete look<br />

Text and Photographer: GYPSEENIA LION<br />

Bernny Thakali<br />

Price tags:<br />

• Face primer – R720<br />

• Cream foundation – R580<br />

• Eyeshadow (sold separately) – R255<br />

• Corrector – R305<br />

• Volumising mascara – R420<br />

• Loose powder – R580<br />

• Contour powder, blush, and highlight – R305<br />

• Lipstick – R375


Get your glam on with a<br />

day-into-evening LOOK<br />

Face primer<br />

Lightweight gel face primer works beautifully with cream<br />

foundations to create a flawless, long-lasting finish. Apply<br />

directly to the skin before the foundation using a sponge or<br />

fingertips to create an extra smooth surface or mix into the<br />

foundation for a creamier consistency.<br />

Face<br />

Foundation – from a sheer, light tint to a flawless<br />

full-cover finish. The coverage of MUD’s series of cool<br />

to warm shades, formulated for ultra-smooth blending<br />

and application, holds up beautifully under the most<br />

extreme conditions.<br />

Loose powder – a finely milled loose powder that creates a<br />

beautifully soft, smooth finish. So ultra-light, it stays on the<br />

surface of the skin, without setting into fine lines. The silkysmooth<br />

formula applies evenly and comes in a spectrum of<br />

shades.<br />

Contour powder<br />

Shape – a medium, warm brown contour powder with a<br />

touch of olive is suitable for shading medium skin tones. This<br />

creates shape and definition around the face and leaves a<br />

silky smooth texture. MUD has a variety of shades available<br />

to match all skin tones.<br />

Cheeks – give your complexion a gorgeous glow with MUD<br />

Cheek Colours. Their velvety powders and sheer, non-greasy<br />

creams blend seamlessly into the skin for a radiant finish.<br />

Eyes<br />

Corrector-creamy, pigment-rich correctors are designed to<br />

conceal and camouflage skin imperfections. It’s the ultimate<br />

cover-up for scars, blemishes, birthmarks, or dark under-eye<br />

circles. Use alone or blend with cream or liquid foundations<br />

for flawless, full-coverage makeup.<br />

Eye color- vibrant and silky eye colors, lushly rich with<br />

pigments for long-lasting color. The unique velvet<br />

consistency allows for a smooth and evenly glide-on – wet or<br />

dry. Go wet for a more intense long-lasting colour or to use as<br />

eyeliner.<br />

Volumising mascara - award-winning mascara, rich in<br />

pigment for even coverage and lush with fibres to maximise<br />

and lengthen for super volumising results. The brush<br />

applicator allows ultra-smooth application and control for<br />

individual users, whether creating a subtle daytime look or<br />

glamorous professional and everyday use.<br />

Luscious Lips<br />

Luxurious, emollient-rich MUD products for<br />

lips combine long-lasting wearability with a<br />

wide range of flattering colors. Create maximum<br />

impact with the Lip Pencil and Satin Lipstick or just<br />

add a splash of color with a Sheer Lipstick or Gloss.<br />

MUD Studio <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein,<br />

Preller Square, Louw Wepener Str, Dan Pienaar<br />

preller@mudsa.co.za - 083 544 6025


It’s a man’s<br />

world...<br />

Promens is a local men’s clothing<br />

store that sells and rents out<br />

suits, tuxedos, and all the inbetweens<br />

that will have you<br />

looking snazzy. Promens<br />

offers a wide variety of<br />

tux rentals that include all<br />

professional alterations and<br />

carry a full money-back guarantee in<br />

the event of any garment defect.<br />


Here Lemley Mulder from<br />

Ace Models is dressed in an<br />

all-black tux with a bronze/<br />

gold waistcoat.<br />

Here are the rental details:<br />

Tux jacket – R799,99<br />

Tux trousers – R199,99<br />

Waist coat – R299,99<br />

Formal shirt – R199,99<br />

Tie and bow tie – R99,99

When you think wedding, the groom is not<br />

really what comes to mind first… therefore<br />

we have dedicated this section especially for<br />

them… from the suit down to the shoes.<br />

To complement the tux from Promens, here are some<br />

must have accessories to complete your look.<br />

A crisp white shirt always goes well with a<br />

suit. Cut to a modern, defined fit, this piece<br />

is crafted in breathable cotton poplin with<br />

an easy-iron finish for low-maintenance<br />

care and softness against the skin.<br />

R1 400 from Hugo Boss.<br />

Adding a touch of your<br />

wedding colour to your look<br />

always works great. This crest silk<br />

tie, crafted from the finest silk, has<br />

a classic shape for a traditional look<br />

that pairs well with formal suiting.<br />

R699 from Fabiani.<br />

Add some gold flare to your suit with these<br />

expertly crafted gold toned stainless steel,<br />

forged carbon<br />

round cufflinks that is enhanced<br />

by a laser-engraving<br />

of the Fabiani logo.<br />

R999 from American Swiss.<br />

Maintain your debonair charm in<br />

these Bata Ambassador Monk strap<br />

shoes. Offering the formal finishing<br />

touch to your dressed-up looks, these<br />

shoes will definitely make a great<br />

impression. R1199 from<br />


Set the tone with<br />

canapés<br />

Compiled by: GYPSEENIA LION Photographs: Dishes by Theresa Camacho Supplied<br />

Food. The one element of any event that brings people together,<br />

apart from the music, and well … of course, the occasion.<br />

Weddings are, for the most part, about celebrating with good<br />

food and good company. This is according to local chef and<br />

baker, Theresa Camacho from Better Together Events.<br />

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“The canapés allow you to roam around<br />

and interact with the other guests while<br />

enjoying a sip of champagne or a cocktail.”<br />

Canapés are a great way to get your guests mingling<br />

before the formalities start as they stimulate the<br />

appetite. This will also set the tone for your menu and<br />

allow your guests to relax and enjoy the atmosphere,<br />

as this is usually the time the bridal couple goes out for<br />

their photo shoot.<br />

What’s trending?<br />

Harvest table style.<br />

“One of the biggest benefits of having a harvest table<br />

is that people can help themselves to what they will<br />

enjoy the most.”<br />

Theresa says that another bonus is that these<br />

delectable displays of food also look beautiful.<br />

Doubling up as a unique decor element for your<br />

wedding.<br />

Canapé must-haves, according to Theresa:<br />

People are becoming more health conscious and<br />

follow a variety of eating plans. The best menu for<br />

canapés is one that has a variety of choices so that it<br />

can fulfill most dietary requirements. Smaller items and<br />

easy to eat work best, so that you can have a drink in<br />

one hand and a delicious morsel in the other.<br />

Theresa Camacho from Better<br />

Together Events<br />

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As your guests enter your reception venue,<br />

one of the first things that will catch<br />

their eyes will be your table decorations.<br />

We have compiled a list of some showstoppers<br />

to set the scene for your affair.<br />

This beaded gold glass<br />

underplate is just what you<br />

need as a base for your table<br />

settings. The detailed rim<br />

adds a flair of texture and<br />

a modern element to your<br />

table. R26 per underplate.<br />

For all your cutlery needs,<br />

from teaspoons, forks, and<br />

knives right on over to your<br />

cake lifter, this gold set will be<br />

perfect for your table setting.<br />

Ranging from R10 - R 150.<br />

All items are from<br />

All Things Wedding SA.<br />

Compiled: BONOLO MOLOI<br />

Now that your base is<br />

set, time to pop the<br />

champagne with this<br />

stunning Vin range<br />

of glassware from<br />

Mr Price Home. Each<br />

champagne<br />

glass is sold<br />

separately.<br />

From R69.99.<br />

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Table Décor:<br />

The knot that ties it all together<br />

The Gold Foil Luggage<br />

Tag from Sugarbird<br />

Weddings is perfect to<br />

use as a place card on<br />

your big day! You can<br />

use these gorgeous<br />

tags in so many ways,<br />

from a place setting on<br />

your wedding tables<br />

to gift tags! Each tag<br />

comes complete with<br />

twine. From R60 for 10<br />

luggage tags.<br />

Add this Satin Emerald<br />

Green napkin with<br />

hemmed edges from<br />

Zola SA to add more<br />

colour without being<br />

too distracting<br />

from the classy<br />

gold tone.<br />

From R18.<br />

To tie your napkin<br />

together, add this gold<br />

napkin ring set from<br />

Superbalist – from R77<br />

for a set of four.<br />

These golden<br />

candle sticks<br />

promise to add<br />

that missing<br />

touch to your<br />

table. From R25<br />

per candle stick,<br />

from All things<br />

Wedding SA.<br />

As displayed, the Emerald Green Mesh Runner along with the other displayed<br />

items are available from Something Borrowed Décor Hire.<br />

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LEjiT 2.0<br />

LEjiT Lekker Restaurant, as well as LEjiT Unplugged,<br />

is a local favourite and it is starting the new year under new management<br />


The new owner, Joanita Coetzee, promises that the LEjiT<br />

everyone knows and loves will remain the same, with<br />

better and improved services, coining it as LEjiT 2.0.<br />

“Owning a restaurant has always been a dream of mine, since I<br />

was a little girl. I always joked around with my brother when we<br />

were younger and used to say that he would either go to school<br />

for 24 hours or come and sit at my restaurant for 24 hours,” she<br />

says jokingly.<br />

She also says it was always a dream but she didn’t really think<br />

that it would be something that would actually realise. “It was an<br />

opportunity that was presented to me and with a lot of prayers<br />

everything eventually just fell in place and it is definitely a dream<br />

come true.”<br />

Joanita has always loved LEjiT and says she had a longstanding<br />

positive relationship with the restaurant in a personal capacity<br />

and when the opportunity came for her to buy it, she did it<br />

without any doubts. As she is a Chartered Account with her own<br />

firm, this experience is totally different from what she usually<br />

does, but she is definitely enjoying it.<br />

“I like the fast pace, the crisis management, and the fact that you<br />

have to think on your feet and make quick decisions to make sure<br />

that customers are always number one,” she says.<br />

Joanita emphasises that the only thing that is changing at LEjiT<br />

is the management. The staff and what they offer, remains the<br />

same. The only thing they want to bring to the table is better<br />

quality and an overall better experience at the restaurant.<br />

There are also no major changes to the menu. They hope to look<br />

at that when the winter season starts as LEjiT traditionally releases<br />

a revised menu for the summer and winter.<br />

“A lot of customers have promised to send us a few recipes and<br />

we are excited about that.<br />

“This is also another way we would like to include them in the<br />

overall experience at LEjiT,” says Joanita.<br />

She adds that the one thing they would like to focus on is LEjiT<br />

Unplugged, by expanding their catering and platter services in<br />

<strong>Bloem</strong>fontein.<br />

Visit them at Shop 7, Preller Walk Centre, on the corner of Louw<br />

Wepener and General Hertzog Street.<br />

Get in touch: 051 492 0029 info@lejitlekker.co.za


Colourful & calm<br />

We’re making sure our gardens look lovely and lively<br />

while prepping for seasonal change<br />

Herb of the month<br />

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a calming herb that’s<br />

also a delicious dessert herb, used for flavouring icecreams<br />

and sorbet or added to fruit dishes and drinks. It<br />

has a gentle lemon-mint fragrance and flavour that makes<br />

a delicious tea, for sipping after dinner as a digestive or for<br />

winding down after a busy day.<br />

Lemon balm can be sown in summer through to autumn<br />

and grows in sun or partial shade. The compact plants<br />

(30 to 40cm high) are also suitable for window boxes<br />

and pots. It grows in ordinary garden soil, enriched with<br />

spadefuls of compost or in good quality potting soil.<br />

Feed pots monthly with a liquid fertiliser like <strong>Mar</strong>garet<br />

Roberts Organic Supercharger. Space plants 30cm apart<br />

and pick the leaves in the afternoon when its essential oils<br />

are the strongest. Regular picking will produce a bushier,<br />

leafier plant. It flowers in summer, producing small white<br />

blossoms with sweet nectar that attracts the bees, hence<br />

its scientific name. Melissa is Greek for honeybee. Water it<br />

well during hot, dry weather.<br />

Did you know that<br />

Melissa officinalis is a dog-friendly<br />

herb? A mild infusion in their drinking<br />

water helps dogs with digestive problems<br />

and helps to calm those with separation<br />

anxiety. It even reduces flatulence. Note: If<br />

used for medicinal purposes check with<br />

a reputable source for recipes<br />

and dosage.<br />

getitmagazine.co.za/bloemfontein<br />

Details: kirchhoffs.co.za<br />

Garden tasks for <strong>Mar</strong>ch<br />

• Start sowing autumn and winter veggies.<br />

• This is the ideal month to sow sweet peas in well-prepared trenches 5cm<br />

deep. Those sown now will flower in June.<br />

• Other winter flowers that grow easily from seed are alyssum, African daisies<br />

(aka Namaqualand daisies), Bokbaaivygies (mesembryanthemums), Linaria,<br />

poppies, snapdragons, Virginian stocks, and indigenous winter colour mixes.<br />

• Fertilise shrubs with 5:1:5 or 8:1:5 to strengthen them for winter. Water<br />

camellias and azaleas regularly to encourage the development of spring<br />

buds.<br />

• Keep your lawn green during winter by fertilising now with Ludwig’s<br />

Vigorosa and water regularly.<br />

Indoor plant of the month<br />

Philodendron ‘Prince of Orange’ is a beautiful multi-coloured hybrid from<br />

South America. The new leaves emerge as golden orange, mature to copper<br />

and finally turn green, with the three colours always present on the plant.<br />

It is relatively slow growing and compact (up to 60cm high) which makes<br />

it perfect for smaller spaces. To make the most of its colours, position it<br />

to receive plenty of bright, indirect light. It can also take some filtered<br />

morning sun. Like all philodendron, ‘Prince of Orange’ likes moist but<br />

not wet soil. Water only after the top 3cm of soil has dried. Feed once a<br />

month with a liquid fertiliser to encourage large leaves. Rotate every<br />

now for a balanced plant. Details: lvgplant.co.za<br />

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Tying the knot?<br />

Then this issue is for you!<br />

One thing is for sure – walking down the aisle doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg anymore.<br />

We have managed to round up a group of professionals to ensure that planning your big day comes with no<br />

hassles. The next few pages also have a checklist and tips on how to set a budget, choose a wedding theme,<br />

and offer advice from <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein brides.<br />

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1 - Put a ring on it!<br />

While choosing the perfect wedding ring and jewellery might seem daunting,<br />

fear not as Heathorn’s has you covered. They specialise in the design and<br />

manufacturing of jewellery, catered to meet your needs, wishes, and budget.<br />

For more information visit the store at Shop 59, Northridge Mall.<br />

Get in touch: 051 430 8522, info@heathorns.co.za<br />

2 - The perfect bouquet for your special day!<br />

Dulie Parker from a local flower market says that the wedding bouquet is<br />

thought to provide joy and fulfilment to the union, and the ribbon used to<br />

bind the bouquet represents camaraderie. To enhance the colour, texture, and<br />

emotion of your big day, get a beautiful bouquet from Africa Flowers. For more<br />

information visit the colourful florist at 110 Park Road in Willows, <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein.<br />

Get in touch: 079 138 1505/072 886 6077.<br />

3 - House of Interior<br />

House of Interior Lifestyle Centre is a centre that combines a cafe and<br />

showroom, ultimately linking food and interior design. They offer a space for<br />

events from your bridal shower to your baby shower. House of Interiors, on the<br />

other hand, offers various imported and manufactured products suited for your<br />

new home and all its interior needs. Get in touch: 079 882 6714,<br />

driekiethom@mweb.do.za<br />

4 - Music and lights!<br />

Let Creative Kilowatt make your wedding day stress-free, like it should be. With<br />

the help of their trained technicians, engineers, and DJs, they have you covered<br />

for your dream wedding. They offer sound, DJ services, staging, streaming,<br />

lighting, and audiovisual equipment such as projectors, screens, and LED<br />

screens. Get in touch: 051 522 4848, info@creativekilowatt.co.za.<br />

5 - Posh Lab: The one-stop salon<br />

For all your beauty, cosmetic and personal care needs for your wedding day, Posh<br />

Lab has you covered. Located at 18 General Beyers Street in Dan Pienaar the onestop<br />

salon, that specialises in doing more than one service at a time, has a range<br />

of services guaranteed to have you smiling from walking down the aisle to your<br />

wedding photographs. Get in touch: 051 444 0833, www.poshlab.co.za<br />

6 - Find the dress of your dreams<br />

Bridal Emporium believes that there is no substitute for real quality and that<br />

is why designs, styles, and silhouettes are hand-picked to fit your body type<br />

and personal style. To book your Luxe Bridal appointment visit their store<br />

by appointment only at 14 General Hertzog Street in Westdene, or book an<br />

appointment online. Get in touch: www.bridalemporium.africa.<br />

7 - <strong>Mar</strong>ital regime choices before saying I DO<br />

Making one the biggest decisions of your life? Worried about signing on<br />

the dotted lines? Why not let the experts handle all the nitty-gritties for you?<br />

Madalane Peyper Inc. can give you many reasons why you should get in touch<br />

with them for your antenuptial contract. Get in touch: 051-065-0021,<br />

www.mpinc.lega<br />

8 - See the love and feel the music<br />

Set the mood for your wedding with professional and quality sound services<br />

from JM Sound. Established in 2009, JM Sound’s well-trained DJs will be sure to<br />

keep your guests entertained. See the love and feel the music when you book<br />

the best-balanced sound, DJs, and technicians to fulfill your dream day.<br />

Get in touch: bookings@jmsound.co.za.<br />




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Real talk from <strong>Bloem</strong> brides<br />

For these women the big day has come and gone, for<br />

some decades have passed, but they are still learning. It is<br />

often said that no marriage is the same, so the experiences<br />

can never be shared. Get It took a walk down memory lane<br />

with some of our previous cover stars to take a peek at<br />

what marriage has taught them over the years, and if there<br />

is anything they would have changed from then to now!<br />

Hende-<strong>Mar</strong>i Strydom<br />

Seventeen years of marriage built on a foundation of genuine happiness<br />

is about continuous respect. According to Hende-<strong>Mar</strong>i, you need to treat<br />

your marriage with love, kindness and NEVER use the D word. “Making<br />

threats is not a mature strategy for solving any problem. So don’t do it. I<br />

think a good marriage is where each partner secretly suspects they got<br />

the better deal.”<br />

What she wishes she would change on her wedding day? “I wish I knew<br />

half of the 220 people that attended my wedding. I also wish that we<br />

had the destination wedding in Mauritius that we planned to have.”<br />

Luxury that never goes out<br />

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Debbie van Wyk<br />

Debbie says that she loved her<br />

wedding and would not do<br />

anything different. She got married<br />

in the <strong>Mar</strong>eetsane Community<br />

Hall 14 years ago and what made<br />

it special was that most of the<br />

guests at their wedding were part<br />

of the planning, preparations, and<br />

execution of the wedding.<br />

“From a young age girls dream of<br />

their wedding day and when it<br />

eventually happens, it is okay if you<br />

change your mind until you are<br />

totally satisfied with the outcome.<br />

If you had a certain theme in mind<br />

for your wedding and you see<br />

something else you like even more,<br />

why not?” says Debbie.<br />

The best advice that she received<br />

about marriage is a rule her<br />

husband made, which is never to<br />

leave or run away when they are<br />

angry.<br />

“Trust and honesty are everything<br />

in a marriage/relationship, therefore<br />

communication is very important.<br />

Greet your husband with a kiss and<br />

a hug every day!” she says.<br />

Karlien Jonker<br />

Get It asked advice from Bridal<br />

Emporium’s Karlien for new brides and<br />

how to make their marriage work. This<br />

is what her ten years of marriage taught<br />

her:<br />

“Wow that is a biggie, my husband is a<br />

saint and I have no idea how he matches<br />

my crazy but he does. So, find someone<br />

who matches your crazy.”<br />

THE<br />

for an<br />


Wedding<br />

Cnr Aliwal & Alexandra Ave, <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein Central | T: 079 494 1011<br />

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Isabel Mohapi<br />

Isabel, who will be married for five years<br />

this year, says the one thing she loves<br />

most about being married is having<br />

a companion, someone she wants to<br />

do anything and everything with, even<br />

when it’s something as mundane as<br />

grocery shopping or going to refill on<br />

fuel after a long day.<br />

Isabel’s advice for future brides? “It is<br />

your wedding day … do what YOU want<br />

to do, if you want a huge wedding and<br />

can afford it, do it. If you don’t want a<br />

wedding, then don’t have one … And<br />

lastly, even though it is your wedding<br />

… it’s your husband’s special day too, so<br />

don’t forget to let him have his say.”<br />

Heloïse Denner<br />

Heloïse said her wedding was quite<br />

traditional and sentimental. Their<br />

flowers included her and other family<br />

members’ favourites, and they had<br />

little cubes of fruit cake at each place<br />

setting, to remind them of weddings<br />

in their childhood.<br />

Heloïse emphasises the need to be<br />

100% sure about the service providers<br />

you use.<br />

Her advice for your wedding: “The<br />

day is about you and your husband.<br />

Your family and friends are invited to<br />

celebrate the two of you, don’t make<br />

yourself unhappy to please others on<br />

your wedding day. And, wear wedges!”<br />

Nadine Saila<br />

For Nadine her actual day was in<br />

court where they just got married<br />

by signing because they couldn’t<br />

afford a wedding back in 2005 but<br />

in 2010 they eventually had a “white<br />

wedding” at Indaba Lodge and this<br />

was the best decision for them. With<br />

regards to wedding planning, Nadine<br />

recommends getting a wedding<br />

planner and sticking to your planned<br />

budget.<br />

Her advice on marriage: “<strong>Mar</strong>riage is a<br />

daily decision you make to stay with<br />

your spouse, and it requires a lot of<br />

sacrifice and compromise, but love<br />

always wins.”<br />

The ideal location for your<br />

unforgettable<br />

day<br />

051 436 1550<br />

<strong>Bloem</strong>endal Road<br />

Lilyvale | <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein | 9301<br />

info@bloemspa.co.za<br />


<strong>Bloem</strong>fontein’s<br />

largest range<br />

of designer<br />

Wedding<br />

Dresses<br />

14 Gen. Hertzog Street, Westdene, <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein | Tel: 051 444 1796<br />

karlien@bridalemporium.africa | www.bridalemporium.africa

Compiled by: JUSTINE FORTUIN<br />

Building a wedding budget<br />

in 3 steps<br />

STEP 1: Set a realistic budget & guest count<br />

According to Sarah, you need to start by sitting down and having an open<br />

conversation with each set of parents. “Make sure they know that you are not<br />

expecting any money from them, but that you need to talk about the money to<br />

set an accurate budget. She says you need to answer the following questions to<br />

establish your initial budget: How much are you, as a couple, putting toward the<br />

wedding? Are your parents contributing? If so, how much? What is your initial<br />

wedding budget?<br />

STEP 2: List your “non-negotiables”<br />

You need to define your priorities. “Having your heart set on a particular venue or<br />

vendor may mean you have to adjust your initial budget,” says Sarah.<br />

Rank each of the following categories to define your wedding priorities and based<br />

on the category ratings, list your top three priorities: ceremony, flowers, overall<br />

decor and lighting, catering and alcohol, music/entertainment, photography,<br />

personal appearance and stationery.<br />

STEP 3: Build your budget according to your priorities<br />

“With your top priorities in mind, build your wedding budget according to average<br />

costs and make the percentages match your preferences,” says Sarah.<br />

Here are examples of how to set the percentages: 15% venue(s), 10% photography,<br />

25% catering + alcohol, 5.5% bridal gown, 5-10% wedding planner and so forth.<br />

Setting (and sticking to)<br />

your budget is arguably<br />

the most important part<br />

of planning a wedding.<br />

Sarah Chancey, founder<br />

of Chancey Charm<br />

Weddings, has put<br />

together three steps to<br />

follow, that will help<br />

couples set, and stick<br />

to a realistic wedding<br />

budget.<br />


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0761682277<br />

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Your first step<br />

into the world of wedding planning<br />

It’s a long walk down the aisle and your first step starts with picking a wedding theme.<br />

We have put together a list of themes best suited for your big day.<br />

It’s a long walk down the aisle and<br />

your first step starts with picking<br />

a wedding theme. We have put<br />

together a list of themes best suited<br />

for your big day.<br />

According to Zola, a formal<br />

contemporary theme is sure to<br />

upscale your wedding while using<br />

design elements from the present.<br />

From draped fabrics to crystal<br />

chandeliers, and tall centrepieces,<br />

this theme caters for those with a<br />

sophisticated taste.<br />

If you are more of a traditional classic<br />

person, Zola advises choosing a<br />

classic glam theme. We are talking<br />

over the top, with luxurious details<br />

from the venue to the decor. To balance out the glitz and glam, choose<br />

monochromatic colour palettes with metallic mixed in.<br />

For those who are looking for a more natural theme, Zola suggests<br />

considering an open-air courtyard to celebrate the beauty of nature<br />

throughout your wedding day, opting for décor that incorporates nature<br />

and eco-friendly edible favours.<br />

If you’re getting married in spring, then Zola advises that you go full bloom.<br />

Incorporate fresh spring flowers into every element of your wedding décor<br />

– from elaborate table arrangements to a floral arbour. Keeping to the<br />

seasonal theme, those getting married in winter can consider creating a<br />

winter wonderland for themselves, we are talking full snow, snowflakes, and<br />

glitter.<br />

For the modern minimalist, less is more by limiting over-the-top décor. This<br />

simplistic theme uses shapes, geometry, and small pops of colour to come<br />

to life.<br />

Now that you’ve selected the perfect theme for you and your partner, it’s<br />

time to start planning the details.<br />

Text: Bonolo Moloi Source: www.zola.com/expert-advice/wedding-themes<br />

Your<br />

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Salon<br />

Hair | Makeup | Nails<br />

Tanning | Waxing | Weight-loss<br />

and much more<br />

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Hours of operation<br />

Tuesdays & Thursdays - 8am to 6:30 pm<br />

Wednesdays & Fridays - 8am to 5:30 pm<br />

Saturdays - 8am to 2 pm<br />

051 444 0833 | www.poshlab.co.za<br />

18 General Beyers Street<br />

Dan Pienaar | <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein<br />

Do you<br />

have your<br />

Contact<br />

for your<br />

Contract?<br />

Don’t worry, we’ve<br />

got your Antenuptial<br />

Contract<br />

Corlia van Zyl<br />

corlia@phinc.co.za<br />

+27 51 400 4102<br />

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tazne@phinc.co.za<br />

+27 51 400 4034<br />

Natalie Steenkamp<br />

natalies@phinc.co.za<br />

+27 51 400 4126<br />

Libo van Aswegen<br />

libo@phinc.co.za<br />

+27 51 400 4109<br />

Stacey Bartlett<br />

stacey@phinc.co.za<br />

+27 51 400 4144<br />

Cleopatra Mukhari<br />

cleopatra@phinc.co.za<br />

+27 51 400 4105<br />

Douglas Henney (Cape Town)<br />

douglas@phinc.co.za<br />

+27 51 400 4180


“Every person is unique, therefore<br />

we believe that your experience<br />

needs to be unique. We cater for<br />

all walks of life and customise<br />

your dream design according to<br />

your needs, wishes, occupation,<br />

and budget,” says Louis Heathorn.<br />

Text: BONOLO MOLOI<br />

A unique jewellery experience<br />

As a qualified goldsmith for over 20 years,<br />

Louis Heathorn started his journey with<br />

his apprenticeship at DN Jewellers in<br />

Welkom, back in 2001. After completing<br />

this and becoming a qualified goldsmith,<br />

diamond setter as well as a diamond grader,<br />

he decided to venture out on his own by<br />

opening Heathorn’s in 2004 at Victoria<br />

Square.<br />

Venturing on into greater heights, Heathorn<br />

has relocated to Northridge Mall in 2014,<br />

where he joined forces with Melanie, who<br />

had a retail jewellery shop at Pretty Gardens.<br />

This move resulted in them having the<br />

best of both worlds- a retail as well as a<br />

workshop on the premises.<br />

According to Louis, they specialise in the<br />

design and manufacturing of jewellery<br />

catered to meet your dreams. Furthermore,<br />

they also design in 3-D and they retail in<br />

a wide variety of gold and silver jewellery,<br />

which they source themselves.<br />

“We do repairs on most gold, silver, or<br />

platinum items as well as valuations for<br />

insurance purposes. And, we retail in<br />

diamonds, lab-grown diamonds, preciousand<br />

semi-precious stones as well as<br />

moissanite, morganite, and cubic zirconia,”<br />

he says.<br />

Louis explains the process they go<br />

through to meet each client’s unique set<br />

of requirements. “After careful consultation<br />

catered to showcase your individuality<br />

and design, where the prospective client<br />

can ‘see’ exactly what their item will look like,<br />

we cherish our clients’ amazing responses,”<br />

he says.<br />

Since they import all their silver jewellery<br />

themselves, they can ensure a unique<br />

variety to cater to all their clients. “We keep<br />

the quantities to a minimum of each design<br />

to ensure our client’s individualism,” says<br />

Louis.<br />

“As every person is unique, we believe that<br />

your experience must be met with that<br />

in mind. We make sure that we cater for<br />

all walks of life and customise your dream<br />

design according to your needs, wishes,<br />

occupation, and budget,” says Louis.<br />

Being born and bred in <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein, they<br />

are now designing for the second and third<br />

generations of their clients.<br />

“We’ve seen many family heirlooms being<br />

re-designed for the next generation and it<br />

is always a real honour and privilege to be<br />

involved with the process. <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein is<br />

a close-knit community and word of mouth<br />

from our clients’ positive experiences is<br />

always wonderful when they suggest us.<br />

It is even better to hear that someone is<br />

visiting us based on a client’s referral,” he<br />

says.<br />

“Trust is essential in this kind of business and<br />

we pride ourselves to be open and honest<br />

with our clients at all times,” says Louis.<br />

Here are some tips from Heathorn’s<br />

for choosing the perfect ring and<br />

other accessories for your special day:<br />

• It is advisable to try on different<br />

styles and designs to see what<br />

suits your hand best and how<br />

comfortable it is.<br />

• Always remember that you will<br />

be wearing your ring every day,<br />

so it needs to suit your lifestyle,<br />

occupation and most of all, your<br />

budget. It needs to be practical for<br />

everyday wear.<br />

• To the men out there, the same<br />

piece of advice is applicable to their<br />

ring choice.<br />

• With a wider range of metals and<br />

designs to choose from these<br />

days, you are not kept out. You can<br />

choose between Tungsten, Titanium,<br />

gold, silver, Damascus and even<br />

Silicone for the sportsmen.<br />

• Wedding dresses normally take<br />

out a huge chunk of the wedding<br />

budget, therefore it is advisable to<br />

keep accessories simple and within<br />

your means.<br />

Get in touch: 051 430 8522 or visit them<br />

at Shop 44, Northridge Mall, <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein

Combining interior design,<br />

technology, and dining to create a<br />

lifestyle centre<br />

What began as a need for additional storage space has<br />

blossomed into a vibrant lifestyle centre that merges food,<br />

interior design, and cutting-edge technology.<br />

Co-owned by Driekie Thomas-Barnard & Kobus Thomas,<br />

House of Interiors and D’Ou Jardin Café is a<br />

must-visit destination for those seeking inspiration<br />

and an immersive interior design experience.

iekie started working with her<br />

mother at Vlaamse Linne, a curtain<br />

manufacturing factory, 36 years<br />

ago, igniting her passion for interior<br />

design. She became an industry<br />

leader, boasting a clientele spanning<br />

the country, and opened the first<br />

House of Interiors in Welkom 21 years<br />

ago. Today, House of Interiors is located in<br />

<strong>Bloem</strong>fontein and provides an exceptional showroom to<br />

display their imported and locally manufactured products,<br />

such as furniture, curtains, blinds, rugs, and bedding.<br />

What sets House of Interiors apart from others in the same<br />

industry is their commitment to sourcing the latest design<br />

trends and technology worldwide. They attend various<br />

expos, such as the Dubai Interior Design Expo, and bring<br />

the best in the world to <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein, ensuring that they<br />

offer clients what the world has to offer, rather than just<br />

what is available locally.<br />

In addition to their lifestyle centre at 38 Abrahamskraal<br />

Road, Bainsvlei. House of Interiors also boasts its flagship<br />

showroom and studio at 4 Brebner Road, Westdene. The<br />

studio is a creative space where the team collaborates<br />

with clients to bring their visions to life. The showroom<br />

showcases the latest trends in interior design and features<br />

a wide range of decor products, including rugs and<br />

lighting.<br />

House of Interiors is not limited to interior design; the team<br />

of professionals can assist with construction and building<br />

as well. House of Building, a sister company of House of<br />

Interiors, provides construction services for those seeking<br />

a complete solution for their home renovation or building<br />

project.<br />

Whether you’re seeking a full-scale interior design project,<br />

a single remodel, or assistance with finding the perfect<br />

decor product, House of Interiors can bring your vision to<br />

life. Their combined passion, skill, and experience make<br />

House of Interiors a one-stop-shop for all your interior<br />

design needs.<br />

Kobus Thomas joined the family business three years ago<br />

and specialises in 3D design and smart home technology,<br />

providing clients with a virtual rendering of their space<br />

that showcases every detail, including motorised curtains<br />

and switches. The duo’s combined skills, experience, and<br />

knowledge are invaluable when it comes to executing<br />

full-scale projects, remodelling a single room, or simply<br />

assisting with finding the right piece of decor to complete<br />

a space.<br />

Their dedication to beautiful spaces extends to D’Ou<br />

Jardin Café, which means “in the garden” in French, and<br />

officially opened its doors in <strong>Mar</strong>ch 2022. The cafe boasts<br />

a beautiful garden area, where patrons can relax and host<br />

outdoor events. The space meets the same standards as<br />

the showroom and is a testament to House of Interiors’<br />

commitment to excellence.<br />

D’Ou Jardin Café is open 6 days a week from 09:00 till 16:30,<br />

and starting from <strong>Mar</strong>ch 20<strong>23</strong>, they will also serve Sunday<br />

buffets suitable for the entire family. House of Interiors<br />

and D’Ou Jardin Café is the perfect destination for anyone<br />

looking to elevate their lifestyle and enjoy an exceptional<br />

experience. Get in touch: 051 430 0356 /<br />

079 882 6714 driekiethom@mweb.do.za<br />


. .<br />

. .<br />

051-522 4848<br />



Where to say ‘I do’?<br />

Wedding bells are<br />

ringing but you still<br />

need to find a venue<br />

to celebrate your<br />

special day. Get It<br />

sourced a few pointers<br />

to search for a perfect<br />

wedding venue where<br />

you can say “I do”!<br />

According to the Pink Book, deciding<br />

on the number of guests will greatly<br />

narrow down your venue choices.<br />

Once you have decided on the<br />

number of guests who will celebrate<br />

this joyous day with you, the next step<br />

is figuring out how much it will cost<br />

and how it fits into your budget.<br />

The Pink Book advises that the cost of<br />

a venue should not take up more than<br />

50% of your total wedding budget. If<br />

it does, “you will have to cut costs on<br />

other elements and it might make you<br />

look like a Queen serving McDonald’s<br />

at a royal feast!”<br />

The budget is secured, now you need<br />

to consider what specific elements the<br />

venue can add to the overall look of<br />

your special day.<br />

The Capital Hotel and Apartments<br />

says that the theme and style of your<br />

wedding come down to your personal<br />

preference. Choosing a space that<br />

aligns with your vision should be your<br />

number one priority.<br />

Find out about the availability of the<br />

venue before setting your heart on it.<br />

You wouldn’t want to be a bridezilla<br />

over a venue?<br />

Now that you fell in love with the<br />

perfect venue and secured the<br />

availability, you should ensure that the<br />

catering and bar restrictions suit your<br />

guests. This is also very crucial. Make<br />

sure you know what is included and<br />

what to bring, the Capital Hotel and<br />

Apartments advises. Happy guests,<br />

happy couple!<br />


1A President Steyn Ave<br />

All about skincare and skin confidence<br />

Inspired by her skincare journey, Lizelle Exclusive Skincare’s owner, Lizelle Barratt,<br />

says that she can empathise with other people who have challenging skin<br />

struggles. Her 35 years of experience comes with in-depth knowledge of many<br />

skincare brands and a practical understanding of how to achieve results with<br />

skincare ingredients, for skincare and skin confidence go hand-in-hand.<br />

“Skin needs are completely individual and outcome reliant on how well your<br />

skin will tolerate certain active ingredients. Personal preference for routine plays<br />

a big role as well. I firmly believe that there’s no one simple recipe suitable for<br />

everyone. I find that women are often overwhelmed with availability, too many<br />

options, empty promises, and expensive regimes.” she explains.<br />

For Lizelle, the bigger picture of skin confidence is dependent upon effective<br />

skin care, skin rejuvenation, and natural-looking aesthetics. “Investing in<br />

procedures, however, goingwithout skincare is like running a marathon without<br />

training. You will end up disappointed. Skin rejuvenation is high on my priority<br />

list this year. I offer:<br />

TIXEL- for elasticity loss and texture improvement<br />

PLASMATEK - removal of skin lesions and<br />

NORDLYS IPL - unbelievable improvement of brown or red facial discolouration<br />

Careful and effective skin rejuvenation can be a firm game changer<br />

Her best advice to a bride-to-be is to book a consultation ASAP to make<br />

adjustments in skincare which will permanently influence your skin<br />

and it might cost less than you think, without risking a reaction to a<br />

treatment before your wedding.<br />

Get in touch with Lizelle for exclusive assistance at 079 885 5039 or<br />

visit her at 1A President Steyn Ave, Westdene.


‘Every woman wants to feel special, look radiant’<br />

Amelia Bellingan has been in the beauty industry since 2004 and she says the industry<br />

has evolved remarkably from just focusing on beauty, to skin health.<br />

This beauty massage therapist would love to see the women of <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein walk<br />

out of the salon with not just radiant skin but also with knowledge of how to look<br />

after their skin.<br />

“Every woman wants to feel special and look radiant. That is why I use the IPL (Intense<br />

pulsed light) to do all the lazer work. IPL is the newest technology for the removal of<br />

pigmentation, facial veins, and unwanted hair. The plasmatek is used to remove skin<br />

tags, cherry angiomas, warts, and milia and also works miracles with skin tightening.<br />

And last but not least my specialty is doing relaxing facials and massages,” she says.<br />

Her advice to brides is to start preparing well in advance by looking after their skin<br />

before the big day.<br />

“Skincare takes time so be well prepared and don’t forget the laser hair removal!”<br />

Get in touch with Amelia at 083 282 1584 or pay her a visit at the Aesthetic Hub at<br />

1A President Steyn Avenue, Westdene.<br />

Beauty her passion<br />

Tamlyn Erlank is originally from Kimberley and has been in<br />

the beauty industry for more or less 11 years. “Beauty has<br />

always been my passion from a really young age and my small<br />

business has been open for a little over a year,” she says. At Salon<br />

Everything by Tamlyn, she specialises in skin care, massages,<br />

waxing, and makeup. My plans for 20<strong>23</strong> is to evolve as a therapist<br />

and create beautiful memories with my clients. As well as to<br />

deliver excellent customer service and to produce work they’d<br />

be proud of. I really want to be proud of the brand I’ve created.”<br />

Tamlyn says, when it comes to weddings, planning is the most<br />

important part, including time management. “I would like to<br />

encourage brides to take a few months before the wedding to<br />

prepare their skin. This may include going for facials and keeping<br />

that skin hydrated. Find some time to relax. Go for that massage<br />

and remember it is all about you.”<br />

Get in touch: 1A President Steyn Street, 061 585 3798<br />

Helping brides achieve their perfect wedding glow<br />

The 25-year-old Catarina Vicente is a qualified somatologist, currently working as<br />

an independent therapist at Aesthetic Hub, as well as a therapist at the Laser Hair<br />

Removal Clinic in <strong>Bloem</strong>fontein, where she has the opportunity to broaden her<br />

treatment range and offer her clients permanent hair removal.<br />

Catarina said that although she offers a variety of beauty treatments, she has a<br />

particular passion and specialises in skincare and aesthetic treatments.<br />

“Being a somatologist has not only uplifted me, but it has given me the skills and<br />

knowledge to uplift my clients and make them feel as good as they look,” says<br />

Catarina. In future, she plans to expand her practice. “I never turn down a challenge<br />

and I am excited to learn more and grow in this field,” she says.<br />

Catarina’s pro tips for brides are to stay hydrated by drinking tons of water and<br />

getting enough sleep. She says that brides should make sure they have a good<br />

skincare regime and go for regular treatments to help them achieve their wedding<br />

glow. “Lastly, stay positive and enjoy the journey,” concludes Catarina.<br />

Get in touch with Aesthetic Hub: email catmvicente@gmail.com<br />

or call 076 849 1654.


Beautiful brides’ one-stop destination<br />

The owner of a small business called ‘The Therapist’, Charmain Louw, has been<br />

perfecting her art of helping her clients feel good about themselves since<br />

2008. Apart from being a businesswoman, Charmain is also a mother to two<br />

beautiful “busy-bodies”, as she defines them.<br />

Charmain explains what energises her, is making a client feel like the best<br />

version of themself. “It’s true what they say: Find a job you love and you will<br />

never have to work a day in your life.”<br />

“I enjoy listening to crime podcasts and I’m not afraid to admit that I am 100%<br />

a Netflix Junkie. “ The Therapist’ offers head-to-toe-in-salon treatments. “In<br />

addition, I also offer Lash Extension Training to anyone wishing to further their<br />

career,” says Charmain. According to her, continuous learning makes this an<br />

exciting industry to be in. For the year 20<strong>23</strong>, Charmain and her right hand,<br />

Irene, are definitely taking the year by storm. “I want to expand my business<br />

even more, hoping to add another passionate therapist to the team,” says<br />

Charmain.<br />

“Remember to make your appointment with us in time. It’s the perfect all-in-one<br />

destination for any bride’s beauty needs,” says Charmain.<br />

Get in touch: Facebook at The Therapist/Charmain Louw,<br />

Instagram @ the_therapist_bfn, Cell/ WhatsApp 082 799 5219.<br />

Ariska - die ‘ghoeroe van beauty’<br />

Ariska Weitsz is ’n hardwerkende, spontane siel met ’n sonnige passie vir haar werk.<br />

Sy spesialiseer in hare en grimering “noem my sommer die ‘ghoeroe van beauty’’,”<br />

sê sy. Ariska se ondervinding strek sover as 19 jaar. “Ek geniet dit om vroue weer<br />

vrou te laat voel en om met die mooi kant van hulle innerlike self te spog.”<br />

Volgens haar wag daar groot dinge vir haar in 20<strong>23</strong>. “Ek wil graag dat dames weer<br />

hulle skoonheid vind, in die alledaagse chaos. Ek het ’n nuwe ‘micro mist’-masjien<br />

wat wonders verrig met droë, beskadigde en min hare,” sê sy.<br />

Haar wenke vir ’n bruid sal beslis wees om vroeg genoeg afprake te maak vir ’n<br />

proefsessie om seker te maak jy is gelukkig op jou groot dag. “Ek kan jou verseker,<br />

vroegtydige toewyding verseker ’n perfekte dag, altyd tot eer van die Heer.”<br />

Kontak Ariska: Ariska Hair & Makeup Professional 082 732 5796<br />

‘Home is where your heart is’<br />

Fifteen years of work and dedication have proven to be a recipe for success for<br />

a local business owner <strong>Mar</strong>yke Haasbroek, who has made Exclusive Image a<br />

result-driven therapy and beauty salon her ‘happy place’ for the last ten years.<br />

“As I’m doing what I love, it doesn’t feel like I have worked a day in my life! Like<br />

they say home is where your heart is!” she exclaims proudly.<br />

With a passion for her work, <strong>Mar</strong>yke says that every aspect of it brings her<br />

joy – from waxing, nails, feet, tinting, laminating, lash curl, lash extensions, to<br />

permanent make-up. “Skincare is definitely my specialty.” For <strong>Mar</strong>yke, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

started with a bang. Family is the cornerstone that keeps everything together,<br />

so much so that even clients become family. “I love this new chapter in my life.<br />

With the support of my wonderful husband and kids, 20<strong>23</strong> can only get better.<br />

Being a better and stronger me will help me to thrive as a better therapist for<br />

my wonderful clients who become family.”<br />

<strong>Mar</strong>yke’s beauty tips for brides-to-be: Keep your skin hydrated.<br />

Prepare your skin 3 months ahead. Exfoliate 3 times a week.<br />

To get in touch with the pro, contact her at 076 658 1461 or visit<br />

Exclusive Image at the Aesthetic Hub,<br />

1A President Steyn Avenue, Westdene.


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African island<br />

paradise<br />

Nestled on the banks of the mighty<br />

Zambezi, we explore the beauty,<br />

tranquillity and luxury wilderness<br />

adventure that is Tsowa Safari Island.<br />

The sound of the birds and the rustle of our feet trampling on<br />

fallen leaves and branches seems to quieten as we turn the<br />

corner and come face-to-face with a majestic, hundreds-ofyear-old<br />

baobab tree. It’s an extraordinary feeling, standing<br />

in front of one of these beauties for the first time in your life.<br />

Even more so when it’s on a little paradise island nestled on<br />

the banks of the mighty Zambezi River.<br />

Text: Leah Shone<br />


As we continued to walk, mesmerised, around the<br />

enormous trunk of this “tree of life”, we were delighted<br />

to see a table set up with champagne and orange juice,<br />

especially for us, to toast this special occasion.<br />

This island bush walk was just one of the many activities we<br />

experienced while visiting Isibindi Africa Lodge’s remarkable<br />

Tsowa Safari Island near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.<br />

True safari luxury, Tsowa is a little piece of heaven and by<br />

far one of the most carefully thought out and sustainably<br />

designed lodges we’ve ever visited.<br />

With eight, beautifully appointed luxury tents, Tsowa is<br />

the perfect retreat for modern day adventurers who enjoy<br />

immersing themselves in the surrounding wilderness.<br />

Our hosted group had arrived the day before after quick<br />

flights from Durban to Joburg and then Joburg to Victoria<br />

Wine and dine with a three-course<br />

meal prepared in front of you<br />

Falls airport, followed by a one-and-a-half-hour trip<br />

(including road transfer, a 4x4 game drive and a 10-minute<br />

boat ride).<br />

It didn’t take long for us to unwind and embrace the<br />

tranquillity and solitude this exclusive getaway offers and<br />

the intermittent cell phone signals soon started to feel like<br />

a blessing as we sipped our ice-cold sundowners alongside<br />

the Zambezi while watching a large bloat of hippo play<br />

and honk nearby.

Safari luxury at its absolute finest<br />


After dinner on our first night, sitting under magnificent<br />

stars with the fire crackling and eerie sounds of leopard<br />

calling in the distance from the mainland just across the<br />

water, lodge manager Eric <strong>Mar</strong>uhwa shared a bit about<br />

Tsowa's interesting history.<br />

The true magic of this luxurious wilderness lodge, it<br />

seems, is the passion and heart that went into its design<br />

and creation. Isibindi Africa Lodges founders Brett and<br />

Paige Gehren took their time deciding where to place<br />

the lodge on this private uninhabited island, even 'bush<br />

camping' on various sites before deciding where each<br />

luxurious tent would be placed.<br />

Of utmost importance to them was that the property<br />

be built with respect to nature and that it blended in as<br />

much as possible with the natural environment. There are<br />

no cement foundations. The riverbank was not disturbed<br />

during construction and trees were built around,<br />

preserved and incorporated into the lodge's architecture.<br />

You really feel like you are engulfed in the heart of this<br />

natural habitat.<br />


Each incredibly comfortable (and sizable) tent is a<br />

luxurious safari haven hidden under the tree canopy with<br />

all the amenities you would expect from a lodge of this<br />

calibre. Think indoor and outdoor showers, bar fridges,<br />

stylish finishes and fabulous views. Absolute heaven.<br />

The packages are almost entirely “all-inclusive”, with<br />

delicious meals, snacks and drinks included. Every night<br />

we dined like kings … three-course meals (cooked in front<br />

of us), served with a selection of top South African wines.<br />

Because it is small and intimate, Tsowa also offers<br />

incredible flexibility in terms of meal times and activities<br />

… you can be as busy or as 'slow' as you would like to<br />

be. And alluring as lazing around the sparkling pool<br />

with a book sounds, the activities available are well<br />

worth exploring!<br />

Included in each stay are guided island bush walks, game<br />

drives, bird watching, river cruises and fishing. Additional<br />

charges apply for guided game walks and canoeing (no<br />

kids under 16 allowed), as well as day trips to Victoria Falls<br />

or Chobe National Park.<br />

We enjoyed a magnificent game drive in the Zambezi<br />

National Park, as well as a thrilling canoe adventure on the<br />

Zambezi (complete with crocs and hippo all around us!).<br />

The birdlife, both migratory and indigenous, is prolific and<br />

Tsowa has become a popular destination for birders who<br />

are looking to tick off some “firsts” on their sightings list.<br />

After a few nights spent on this remarkable piece of<br />

paradise, the lovely staff waved us off as we jumped into<br />

the boat and sailed towards the mainland to catch our<br />

transfer back to the airport. Needless to say, it was hard to<br />

integrate back into the “real world” after spending a few<br />

days on this exquisite, remote African island ... but that is<br />

all the more reason to start planning a trip back soon!<br />

Relax and enjoy the view from Tsowa’s deck<br />

There are both indoor and outdoor<br />

showers at all of the luxury tents<br />

Things you need to know before you book your stay…<br />

Minimum stay of two nights (three-night stays<br />

include a trip to Vic Falls). No children under 12 years.<br />

Guests are transferred from the airport in closed, airconditioned<br />

vehicles to a private entrance to the<br />

Zambezi National Park, and then in an open 4x4<br />

vehicle to the river’s edge, followed by a quick boat<br />

trip across to the island. Rates (which are around<br />

$485 - $580 US, per person, per night) exclude flights,<br />

road transfer, park fees and Isibindi Foundation levies.<br />

Details: res@isibindi.co.za, www.tsowasafariisland.co.za

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