Apr 24 - Ballito Umhlanga

Nourishing food, fitness inspiration and expert tips… our April issue is all about health! This month, we explore all things wellness, chat to local professionals and share some delicious recipes. Don’t miss our Focus on Health guide, in which we round-up the best medical practitioners on the North Coast.

Nourishing food, fitness inspiration and expert tips… our April issue is all about health! This month, we explore all things wellness, chat to local
professionals and share some delicious recipes. Don’t miss our Focus on Health guide, in which we round-up the best medical practitioners on
the North Coast.


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• Umdloti • UMHLANGA<br />

Running tips<br />

for beginners<br />



Timera Ramlal<br />

lives her best life<br />


Recharge with a<br />

wellness retreat<br />

Enjoy fine food<br />

and wine in<br />

the Midlands<br />

Let’s talk about<br />

health<br />


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contents<br />

Wish List<br />

6 Beautiful things for a brand-new month<br />

people<br />

10 Timera Ramlal commits to self-care<br />

12 The Autism Project offers a space for growth<br />

16 Artist Angelika Anastasis honours authenticity<br />

Healthy living<br />

22 Shaina-Rae Baawens shares her running tips<br />

<strong>24</strong> Caroline Jelliman starts a new chapter<br />

26 Health secrets for your hands<br />

30 How nutrition affects your eyes<br />

32 Take care of your skin barrier<br />

FOOD<br />

34 Fresh ideas with avos<br />

36 Learn to make sushi<br />

travel<br />

46 Enjoy an indulgent weekend in the KZN Midlands<br />

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A hot date!<br />

Get creative, go shopping and enjoy some wine tasting this <strong>Apr</strong>il…<br />

01<br />

For a fun and creative<br />

evening, head to Circus<br />

Circus Café in <strong>Umhlanga</strong><br />

for their sip and paint event. The event<br />

starts at 6pm and includes a glass of<br />

wine and a paint activity.<br />

Details: Tickets cost R270 per person and<br />

are available on www.quicket.co.za. For<br />

more information, call 063 203 7943.<br />

04Soak up the vibe and<br />

connect with your tribe<br />

at First Thursdays at The<br />

Studios at <strong>Ballito</strong> Lifestyle Centre.<br />

Visit The Gallery and browse their<br />

latest COASTAL exhibition while<br />

enjoying wine tasting brought to you<br />

by Tops Lifestyle. You can also expect<br />

entertainment by Afritude from<br />

5.30pm and delicious eats and treats<br />

brought to you by La Sandwicheria,<br />

Tiger’s Milk, SOI55 and Wedgewood,<br />

as well as cocktails by Alchemy. It<br />

promises to be a great night out!<br />

Details: www.ballitolifestyle.co.za/events.<br />

06<br />

Discover the vibrant ambiance of <strong>Ballito</strong> Farmers Market, your ultimate<br />

destination for a delightful weekend experience. Nestled in the heart of <strong>Ballito</strong>,<br />

the market offers a diverse array of fresh produce, delectable food options,<br />

artisanal crafts, and more. Whether you’re in search of locally sourced ingredients,<br />

unique handmade gifts, or simply looking to enjoy a day out with family and<br />

friends, the market has something for everyone. With new trading hours from<br />

8am to 3pm, you can start your day early and explore all that the market has<br />

to offer at your leisure. Enjoy live music, indulge in delicious treats, and browse<br />

through an eclectic mix of stalls showcasing the best of local talent.<br />

Details: The market is situated on the R102 heading from Umhlali towards<br />

Shakaskraal. Open every weekend and on public holidays from 8am - 3pm.<br />

<strong>Apr</strong>il 20<strong>24</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> • Umdloti • <strong>Umhlanga</strong> 03

Book club<br />

It’s all obsession, murder and suspense.<br />

And an Irish whiskey to top it all off...<br />

Alex Michaelides, author of The Private<br />

Patient, is all over social media talking<br />

about his latest novel, The Fury. A<br />

former movie star invites half a dozen<br />

guests to stay on a private Greek<br />

Island. Should be idyllic ... except one<br />

of the group is a killer. Told by Elliot<br />

Chase (is he good, is he bad?) it’s all<br />

love, obsession, murder ... and loads<br />

of twists. Penguin<br />

In Lisa Gardner’s Still See You Everywhere, missing persons<br />

specialist Frankie Elkin is on an isolated island off the coast<br />

of Hawaii. Her mission ... to find Lani, the missing sister of a<br />

death row serial killer known as The Beautiful Butcher.<br />

Lani is being held captive by her millionaire ex-boyfriend<br />

on the island and the only way to gain access is for Frankie<br />

to go undercover. But can Frankie really trust the word of<br />

a serial killer? It’s Lisa Gardner. You know it’s going to be a<br />

spectacular read. Penguin<br />

With a scare on each page, you’re going to need<br />

a stiff drink. And we’re loving The Pogues<br />

- the official whiskey of the legendary Celtic<br />

punk band, one which celebrates the poetic<br />

rebelliousness of the Irish. This blended Irish<br />

whiskey boasts distinctive notes of caramel,<br />

malt, dried dark fruit, spices, honey and a touch<br />

of vanilla. You can drink on the rocks, or with<br />

your fave mixer. There are no rules! Around R329<br />

from your local bottle store.<br />

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energising citrus blossom<br />

glycerine soap, R49.95,<br />

and everyday delights<br />

citrus body wash, R119<br />

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An armful of joy. We’re besotted with the exquisite<br />

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These chartreuse porcelain beads with filigree silver (R400)<br />

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Reason to celebrate<br />

Dermology <strong>Ballito</strong> celebrated their first birthday with a relaunch party.<br />

The space has expanded to three treatment rooms and a consultation<br />

room. Guests enjoyed a morning of champagne, a delicious harvest table<br />

by Phill’s Food and goodie bags filled with skincare treats.<br />

Tiffany Lategan and Shalltin Beneke<br />

Akwande Goge, Lourette du Toit and Liza Parker<br />

Giulia Di Monte and Tracey Allen<br />

A sensory<br />

journey<br />

The Coffee Masters at Starbucks,<br />

Gateway Mall, hosted a fun<br />

experience when they unveiled the<br />

much-anticipated return of the Salted<br />

Caramel Cream Cold Brew. Guests<br />

had the chance to taste the Casi<br />

Cielo from Guatemala and learn more<br />

about this popular coffee.<br />

Carol Ofori and<br />

Gugulethu Langa<br />

Phume Nzama, Ruan Scheepers,<br />

Simthandle Msimango and<br />

Siyanda Nondwayi

Mbali and Leko Xulu<br />

Meet<br />

and<br />

mingle<br />

Livi and Jess Hawkins<br />

Reg and Hanlie Rogers and Archie<br />

the dog<br />

The Seaton Street Party was a<br />

beautiful evening of live music, good<br />

food, tree planting and community<br />

spirit. In celebration of the latest land<br />

transfers at Seaton Estate, residents<br />

and future-residents gathered to<br />

raise a glass to the collaborative<br />

efforts of everyone involved in the<br />

development of the estate.<br />

Shining<br />

bright<br />

Crawford International North Coast<br />

held a series of prestigious honours<br />

evenings recently, celebrating their top<br />

academic achievers. Parents, teachers,<br />

special guests, and students enjoyed<br />

inspiring speeches, as well as dance and<br />

musical items, creating a memorable<br />

evening honouring the hard work and<br />

dedication of the students.<br />

Thandolwethu Mthembu, Neha Moodley, Saira Pillay and Hannah James


Life coach, Pilates instructor,<br />

and media creative –<br />

Timera Ramlal believes in<br />

the power of balance.<br />

Text: Jennifer Campbell Photograph: shren media Makeup: glow hair & make up artistry<br />

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ith her natural smile and<br />

genuine interest in others,<br />

Timera is one of those<br />

people who radiates<br />

authenticity. Although she<br />

makes it look easy, her journey to selflove<br />

has taken time and plenty of hard<br />

work. She decided to pursue a career<br />

in life coaching after realising that<br />

her own belief system was holding<br />

her back from personal growth.<br />

“I recognised the need to explore<br />

different modalities to heal my own<br />

trauma and redefine my beliefs and<br />

values,” she admits. “This journey of<br />

self-discovery was essential for me to<br />

live authentically and aligned with my<br />

truth and purpose.”<br />

Through life coaching, Timera found<br />

ways to reinvent and rediscover<br />

herself. Now, she’s dedicated to<br />

helping others embark on similar<br />

journeys of self-discovery and<br />

empowerment, guiding them<br />

towards living their most fulfilling<br />

lives. She was drawn to the world<br />

of wellness from a young age and<br />

remembers always being fascinated<br />

with health. “Even as a child, I loved<br />

experimenting and creating my<br />

own herbal remedies from plants<br />

and flowers,” she says. “My passion<br />

stemmed from a deep desire to see<br />

others around me happy, healthy and<br />

loved by themselves and others.”<br />

Besides her work as a life coach,<br />

Timera also teaches Pilates at Kico<br />

Life in <strong>Ballito</strong>. It’s a practice she<br />

describes as the perfect blend<br />

of science and self-awareness.<br />

“Through Pilates, I strengthen my<br />

core and engage muscles that are<br />

often overlooked, fostering a deep<br />

connection with my body,” she says.<br />

“This intentional workout leaves me<br />

feeling empowered and energised.”<br />

With a post-graduate degree in<br />

psychology, and extensive training<br />

in neuro-linguistic programming<br />

(NLP), reiki and BASI Pilates, Timera is<br />

passionate about holistic wellness and<br />

is dedicated to getting to grips with<br />

the intricate connections between<br />

mind, body and spirit.<br />

Her advice to others seeking balance<br />

and health is to actively commit to<br />

self-care. “It begins with a conscious<br />

decision to choose a better quality of life<br />

for yourself, “ she explains. “I recommend<br />

carving out at least 10 minutes each<br />

day to prioritise activities that make<br />

you feel happier, more grounded and<br />

healthier; and don’t be afraid to invest<br />

in yourself in this respect.”<br />

Movement, along with mindful eating,<br />

is key. “Remember, prioritising self-care<br />

isn't selfish - it's essential for your<br />

well-being,” she says. “By taking care of<br />

yourself first, you'll be better equipped<br />

to give to others and contribute<br />

positively to the world around you.”<br />

Beyond the wellness space, Timera<br />

has also joined forces with her<br />

brothers Shren and Jiten to start<br />

Shren Media, a niche content creation<br />

agency. Together, the siblings work<br />

with local businesses to tell stories<br />

through social media. She’s also<br />

releasing a book later this year and<br />

has a few other exciting projects for<br />

the year ahead.<br />

Originally from La Mercy, Timera has<br />

cherished memories of growing up<br />

on the beaches of Umdloti and <strong>Ballito</strong>.<br />

“My connection to nature remains<br />

a source of joy and inspiration,” she<br />

says. “Despite spending a decade<br />

in Johannesburg, the pull of my<br />

hometown was irresistible, ultimately<br />

leading me back to the North Coast<br />

- a place that holds a special place in<br />

my heart.” She is currently based in<br />

Umdloti and absolutely loves life in<br />

the area. When she’s not working, she<br />

enjoys spending time at the beach<br />

and at coffee shops and can often be<br />

seen out and about with her beautiful<br />

border collie, Coco Bean. “Every<br />

moment here feels like a breath of<br />

tropical paradise!” she says. “Life on the<br />

North Coast is a celebration of nature,<br />

community and the simple pleasures.”<br />

Details: IG: @timera_love, @kico_life;<br />

TikTok: @timeralove;<br />

YouTube: @timeralove<br />

<strong>Apr</strong>il 20<strong>24</strong> Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> • Umdloti • <strong>Umhlanga</strong> 11

Space<br />

to thrive<br />

In recognition of World Autism Day on<br />

2 <strong>Apr</strong>il, we chatted to Tam Bennett, the<br />

director of The Autism Project in Salt Rock.<br />

Text: Jennifer Campbell<br />

“You can only do this work if you love it,” says Tam. She is the<br />

founder of The Autism Project, an intervention centre that<br />

helps provide solutions for families with children on the<br />

autism spectrum. She has been working with neurodiverse<br />

children for almost 20 years and is constantly learning and<br />

collaborating in an effort to make a real impact.<br />

Tam started her journey in the world of special needs when<br />

she decided to do some volunteer work as a student. She<br />

was studying journalism at the time, but when she met<br />

and connected with a little girl with autism, she went<br />

on to study psychology instead. She then also trained<br />

as a Montessori teacher and worked in a variety of roles,<br />

including teaching and intervention work in South Africa,<br />

the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. When<br />

she got married, she moved to Botswana where she was<br />

part of the team responsible for setting up the national<br />

association for autism, Autism Botswana, an NPO that<br />

works to improve the quality of life for people with autism.<br />

She also worked with Camphill Community Trust, a village<br />

for people with special needs, including a school with an<br />

autism unit. During this time, she also travelled back to<br />

South Africa regularly to run training for Autism South Africa.<br />

When she moved back home, she worked at a local school<br />

while continuing her work with Autism South Africa, before<br />

opening her own space – The Autism Project – in 2015. Now,<br />

Tam and her team see around 35 children ranging from two<br />

to 17 years old, and offer a combination of interventions<br />

and strategies to help them thrive, as well as training and<br />

workshops for families, facilitators and professionals.<br />

The field of autism is constantly evolving so it’s important<br />

for Tam and her team to keep up with current research and<br />

best practices, and to guide families through these changes.<br />

“When you work with neurodiverse kids, their families are<br />

part of the team,” explains Tam. “Our job is to try and provide<br />

as much information and then support the parents’ choice<br />

in their journey.”<br />

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Although Tam is passionate about intervention, she admits<br />

that it’s not always affordable or accessible. For this reason,<br />

she’s trying to encourage a more inclusive model by<br />

collaborating with schools. In fact, one of the projects that<br />

Tam is most proud of is a pre-school inclusion initiative that<br />

The Autism Project started together with a school called<br />

Headway in Durban North. They opened ‘the grasshopper<br />

class’ for children with autism alongside their mainstream<br />

classes four years ago and it’s been a huge success.<br />

Several of the neurodiverse children have transitioned into<br />

mainstream classes, while children in mainstream classes<br />

have the freedom to move into the grasshopper space<br />

if they need some extra support. “It’s been absolutely<br />

incredible,” says Tam. “We would love to support more of this<br />

with other schools because it's more affordable for families,<br />

there’s a lot of support and they’re in an inclusive setting. For<br />

our autistic community to receive the necessary education<br />

and support, schools must adapt in ways that empower<br />

teachers to support our children without overwhelming<br />

themselves or underserving the students. Inclusion will<br />

look different across schools and this diversity should be<br />

embraced. Gradual training, hands-on experience and the<br />

space to evolve is necessary for true inclusion.”<br />

The work that Tam and her team dedicate their days to<br />

is deeply rewarding – and challenging. “When your kids<br />

succeed, it’s personal. When they’re struggling, it’s personal,”<br />

she says. Her practitioners work closely with occupational<br />

therapists, speech therapists and psychologists and these<br />

trans-disciplinary relationships are key.<br />

Tam’s advice for families who might be struggling with a<br />

new diagnosis is to access as much information as possible.<br />

“Autism presents in so many different ways and the way<br />

your child’s autism presents dictates what their treatment<br />

should be,” she says. “The more you understand your child,<br />

the better support they can receive.”

She also recommends working with therapists who<br />

specialise in neurodiversity as this can save considerable<br />

time and money in the long term. It’s always a good idea<br />

to chat to other families with neurodiverse children and<br />

to join a support group. “Create your new community,”<br />

she advises.<br />

Details: The Autism Centre, Eden Health Centre, Eden Village,<br />

Old Fort Road, Foxhill, Salt Rock; www.autism-project.com;<br />

072 282 2997; admin@autism-project.com;<br />

resources for parents<br />

For diagnostic assessments:<br />

KZN Neurodiversity Centre<br />

072 494 3091; eurikakzn@neurodiversitycentre.co.za<br />

For an inclusive setting:<br />

Headway Pre-Primary<br />

031 563 2288<br />

For autism-specific schooling:<br />

Incredible Minds Learning Centre<br />

084 7171 2397; incredibleminds.alc@gmail.com<br />

For affordable intervention:<br />

Action in Autism<br />

4051 031 563 3039; info@actioninautism.org.za

making time for<br />

wellness<br />

<strong>Ballito</strong> couple Lesego and Joseph Mpyana started the Red Retreat three years ago,<br />

and the fundraising initiative has grown from strength to strength.<br />

Photographs: cc rossler photography<br />

Most North Coast locals<br />

will have heard about<br />

the work of Lesego and<br />

Joseph Mpyana. The<br />

husband-and-wife-team are the<br />

driving force behind Move Africa and<br />

The Red Movement, an NPO that<br />

provides reusable menstrual cups<br />

to disadvantaged communities in<br />

an effort to create a world where<br />

menstrual equality is the norm.<br />

Riding a wave of success, the couple<br />

launched the Red Movement, a<br />

platform where people could<br />

pledge their support for the cause<br />

by pledging cups for distribution.<br />

The goal is to provide 100 000 girls<br />

with reusable menstrual cups every<br />

year, which in turn has a profound<br />

environmental, economic and<br />

educational impact. The movement<br />

really gained traction, and has since<br />

become a community committed<br />

to creating a brighter future for all<br />

women, no matter their social or<br />

economic background.<br />

It was this spirit of togetherness that<br />

led to the launch of The Red Retreat<br />

three years ago, a fundraising initiative<br />

that is all about empowerment,<br />

wellness and connection.<br />

The retreat is hosted at Thanda Safari,<br />

a beautiful private game reserve<br />

near Hluhluwe, and features a variety<br />

of activities – think sunrise fitness<br />

and meditation sessions – as well as<br />

enriching conversations, game drives,<br />

delicious food and spoils from their<br />

brand partners. Every contribution<br />

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made during the retreat directly<br />

impacts the work of Move Africa. Over<br />

the last three years, the retreats have<br />

secured pledges exceeding R60 000<br />

for the provision of menstrual cups.<br />

This year, there are two retreats<br />

planned: 21-23 June; and 16-18 August.<br />

“The retreat has become a special<br />

experience where women come to<br />

connect with one another,” explains<br />

Lesego. “They can prioritise their<br />

wellness while making a difference in<br />

the lives of others.”<br />

Details: IG: @the_red_movement_;<br />

info@moveafricaco.com<br />

To enter:<br />

1. Scan the QR code on this page using<br />

the Zapper app.<br />

2. Pledge a menstrual cup by paying R100.<br />

Each pledge equals one entry.<br />

3. Enter your details for a chance to win.<br />

WIN!<br />

Stand a chance to win a spot to the<br />

next Red Retreat, which takes place<br />

on 21-23 June. The retreat, worth<br />

R8000, includes accommodation,<br />

food, drinks and all activities.<br />

Competition closes<br />

30 May 20<strong>24</strong>.<br />

February 2022 Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> 15

In pursuit of truth<br />

Artist and writer Angelika<br />

Anastasis creates work that<br />

celebrates and honours the<br />

authentic woman.<br />

Originally from Pietermaritzburg,<br />

Angelika grew up in a small Greek<br />

community. As a child, she was<br />

always drawn to creative pursuits and<br />

spent much of her time doodling<br />

and drawing. After studying and<br />

working in Johannesburg, she<br />

moved to London where she met<br />

and married her husband. “I always<br />

had a yearning for Africa,” she admits.<br />

“I knew I wanted to return.” After the<br />

birth of her first child, Angelika and<br />

her husband moved back to South<br />

Africa, eventually ending up on the<br />

North Coast.<br />

On returning to KZN, Angelika joined<br />

the family business, Sunshine Bread,<br />

a job she says really toughened her<br />

up. Over the years, she wrote and<br />

doodled in her free time, but it was<br />

only when she started art classes<br />

at Pascale Chandler’s studio in<br />

Glenwood, that she found a way to<br />

truly express herself through painting.<br />

“I started by painting flowers, but<br />

Pascale told me to paint who I am,”<br />

she says. “I painted a lot of proteas,<br />

and one day I put a woman’s head<br />

under the flowers and it just made<br />

sense.” Now, Angelika’s paintings are<br />

characterised by their use of symbols<br />

and colour. She creates mixed media<br />

paintings and ceramics that seek to<br />

represent women and the layers that<br />

make up her authentic self. For each<br />

of her paintings, she writes a story,<br />

which she sticks to the back of the<br />

image. “All the stories are about a call<br />

to truth, a call to honouring. Taking<br />

care of yourself is finding your voice.”<br />

Often, people resonate with both<br />

the story and the painting, which,<br />

Angelika says, is a beautiful thing to<br />

witness. “There’s a transmission that<br />

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takes place between what I felt when I was painting and<br />

then a resonance when a person sees that,” she explains.<br />

While learning to paint, Angelika also started working<br />

on a novel but with three young children, she couldn’t<br />

find the time to complete the story. After many years of<br />

writing and rewriting, she finally published Nefeli’s Water<br />

last year. “There’s a reason for timing and you have to<br />

honour that,” she says. The novel, which is set in Greece<br />

and was inspired by her own Greek heritage, centres<br />

around the relationship of a mother and daughter and is,<br />

ultimately, about finding and speaking one’s truth.<br />

Angelika’s book and all her paintings are about strong<br />

women. “What they really represent is the woman<br />

underneath: the authentic woman,” she explains. “The<br />

book is dedicated to my daughter and mother. The story<br />

is about holding on to the core of who you are and<br />

being brave enough to express that. We need to use our<br />

own inner voice as a compass.”<br />

Angelika has exhibited her art both nationally and<br />

internationally, and has also published a children’s book,<br />

Thuli and the Seed of Truth, which was inspired by the<br />

work and courage of Thuli Madonsela. She says that<br />

there is a vulnerability in creating work that is honest<br />

and real, and she is constantly inspired by the feminine<br />

and its strength. She is currently working on a new<br />

body of work which is influenced by the objectification<br />

of women. “It’s essential that we begin to build a new<br />

narrative about women,” she says. “I want to address this<br />

concept through my art and writing.”<br />

Details: www.angelikaanastasis.com;<br />

IG: @angelika_anastasisart; angianastasis@gmail.com<br />

February 2022 Get It • <strong>Ballito</strong> <strong>Umhlanga</strong> 17

Promotion<br />

Nothing looks as good<br />

as healthy feels<br />

FITPOD is excited to welcome Stretch Pilates, offering<br />

private and semi-private sessions to North Coast locals<br />

along with their newly launched reformer group classes,<br />

a first for <strong>Ballito</strong>! The Stretch Pilates team aim to deliver<br />

a low impact exercise that engages the entire body for<br />

a stronger core, a leaner body and more flexibility in less<br />

time than you thought possible.<br />

Join Stretch Pilates at FITPOD<br />

for a free 4-week challenge<br />

starting mid- May 20<strong>24</strong>. Visit<br />

stretchpilates.co.za for<br />

more information.<br />

If you’re looking to embrace<br />

self-care and wellness, <strong>Ballito</strong><br />

Lifestyle Centre has everything<br />

you need to rejuvenate both body<br />

and mind. From mindful eating<br />

choices and taking care of your<br />

gut health, to nourishing your<br />

body and incorporating regular<br />

exercise into your routine, or even<br />

simply taking some time out in<br />

a relaxed, sunlit environment,<br />

you’ll find everything you need in<br />

one convenient stop…<br />

Self-care begins with a WAXIT Smooth Starter Kit (R610).<br />

This special collection of their Exfoliating Cleanser,<br />

Triple Exfoliant, and Ingrown Repair will leave you<br />

feeling smooth, sleek and ingrown free. Get R50 off the<br />

WAXIT Smooth Starter Kit on your first visit to WAXIT<br />

(T&C’s apply).<br />

Win!<br />

a<br />

collection of products and vouchers from the stores<br />

featured on this page. Follow Lifestyle Centre to enter:<br />

IG: @lifestylecentreballito<br />

FB: @ballitolifestylecentre T’s & C’s apply

Kickstart your day with<br />

guilt-free indulgence<br />

and nourishment with<br />

Stonelodge’s crunchy Goji<br />

Ginger Granola! A grainfree,<br />

superfood-enriched<br />

delight packed with nuts,<br />

seeds, and coconut flakes,<br />

ideal for a wholesome, plantprotein-packed<br />

breakfast or<br />

snack. R3<strong>24</strong>.99 from Lifestyle<br />


Get your Kombucha on! Begin your gut health journey with<br />

five times, Taste award winner, Theonista. Handmade with<br />

whole ingredients, brewed in small batches, this 'booch' is<br />

packed with living probiotics, organic enzymes, polyphenols,<br />

vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Purported benefits of<br />

kombucha include enhanced digestion, immunity, energy<br />

and detoxification. R65 from Home Grown Fresh Whole<br />

Foods at The Market. Available at Home Grown Fresh Whole<br />

Foods, The Market.<br />

BALANCE by Chemistry Natural Science is an Adaptogen<br />

Blend that contains Alkalising Greens ensuring you<br />

function at your optimum. It sharpens short-term focus,<br />

improves cognitive health and regulates your mood,<br />

keeping you calm and focused for the day. Available from<br />

Lifestyle Health at R644.<br />

Savour the goodness of Kauai wraps, smoothies, and so<br />

much more! A delicious way to nourish your body with<br />

wholesome ingredients that energize and revitalize the<br />

body and soul. Visit<br />

their new store<br />

at <strong>Ballito</strong><br />

Lifestyle<br />

Centre.<br />

Take some time out and experience a revitalising<br />

experience at Gerald Wells Hair Professionals. Their salon<br />

offers a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, making it<br />

the perfect place to unwind, escape the stresses of daily<br />

life and indulge in some much needed self-care.

Healthy<br />

living<br />

Beautiful skin,<br />

alternative wellness<br />

and tips for new<br />

runners...<br />

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ENERGY<br />

Listen to Shaina-Rae<br />

on East Coast Radio<br />

every Saturday and<br />

Sunday from 2pm<br />

to 5pm.<br />

Text: Jennifer Campbell Photograph: Julian Carelsen<br />

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A reason to run<br />

Although she never considered herself a runner, Shaina-Rae Bauwens is training for<br />

this month’s 56km Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town. We chatted to the entrepreneur<br />

and East Coast Radio presenter about what got her into running, and how she stays<br />

motivated to keep going.<br />

“I despised running!” laughs Shaina-Rae. “My whole<br />

family are fitness fanatics – my brother is a professional<br />

sportsman, my dad owns a gym and my mom was a<br />

runner. My mom always tried to get me running on the<br />

<strong>Umhlanga</strong> promenade, but I hated it!”<br />

Although she never thought she would be converted,<br />

it was a sense of community that ultimately drew her to<br />

the sport. Two years ago, Shaina-Rae and her husband<br />

Pascal opened Now Coffee, a roastery and coffee<br />

shop in Glen Ashley, and this unexpectedly led to a<br />

new perspective on running. “I met a group of runners<br />

through my coffee shop called the Colombo Cavaliers,”<br />

she explains. “They asked me to come run with them.<br />

The next thing I knew, I was entered into a 25km race!”<br />

The feeling she got from being part of a close-knit,<br />

supportive group made her realise why people run,<br />

and soon she was hooked, eventually taking the leap to<br />

enter the Two Oceans Marathon.<br />

She completed the Hillcrest Marathon in February<br />

to qualify, and against all expectation, loved the<br />

experience. She ran with a friend, which made all the<br />

difference. “If I was running by myself, I would never do<br />

it,” she says.<br />

Shaina-Rae is very excited about her upcoming<br />

marathon. She has struggled with some health issues<br />

recently, but isn’t going to let that slow her down. “The<br />

mind is so powerful,” she says. “Every run that I do, I<br />

dedicate to someone and I keep them in mind. That<br />

pushes me through.” Details: IG: @hey_shainarae<br />

As someone who has fallen in love with running,<br />

she has a few tips to share with other newbies…<br />


“I was always scared of being too slow,” she says. “I didn’t want<br />

the pressure of trying to keep up with everyone.” When she<br />

changed her mind set and decided to run at a pace she felt<br />

comfortable, she found she could actually enjoy it.<br />


“There are so many groups out there,” says Shaina-Rae. “Even<br />

if they are running for 10 kilometres, try join them for the first<br />

three.” Getting to know the people makes all the difference.<br />

Find your community, even if it takes a few months.<br />


A running routine is very important if you want to maintain<br />

your fitness. Shaina-Rae started by running every Tuesday<br />

and Friday, and gradually started running more often.<br />

Although she keeps a goal in mind, she makes sure to go<br />

easy on herself if she’s having a bad week.<br />


When it comes to nutrition, Shaina-Rae is all about balance.<br />

“I eat everything in moderation,” she explains. “I don’t cut out<br />

anything – I eat carbs, protein and fats and just make sure I’m<br />

as well-rounded as possible.”

Stepping into<br />

wellness<br />

Text: Jennifer Campbell<br />

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Caroline Jelliman recently took over Lifestyle Health, a bespoke wellness store at the<br />

<strong>Ballito</strong> Lifestyle Centre. Although she has years of business experience behind her,<br />

entering into the world of health is the start of a brand-new chapter.<br />

A<br />

farm girl at heart, Caroline<br />

was born in Eshowe and<br />

grew up in the Midlands.<br />

She started her career in<br />

journalism, working for the local<br />

newspaper, before getting married<br />

and becoming a mom to her two<br />

children, now <strong>24</strong> and 21 years old.<br />

She has always had an entrepreneurial<br />

spirit and ran a business in the<br />

transport industry in Somerset West<br />

for many years.<br />

Seeking a fresh start, she recently<br />

moved to the North Coast with her<br />

husband and began her search for<br />

a business opportunity. “I’d run my<br />

season in the transport industry and<br />

I wanted to step out into something<br />

new,” she says. “I had no idea what I<br />

was going to do. Because I’ve run my<br />

own business before, I wanted to be<br />

involved in a business that I could<br />

grow and be hands-on.”<br />

The stars aligned and Caroline took<br />

over Lifestyle Health in November<br />

last year. Entering into the wellness<br />

space has been a completely new<br />

challenge, but one which she has<br />

fully embraced. “It’s been incredible<br />

to realise how quickly I can learn,”<br />

she says. “It’s hard work, but it’s so<br />

rewarding.” Although she is new to<br />

the industry, Caroline has always<br />

loved natural products. She says this<br />

stems from her childhood on a farm<br />

– spending her days outdoors, eating<br />

fresh food from the farm, and drinking<br />

clean water.<br />

Caroline says she took over a<br />

wonderful company that was already<br />

well-established and she hopes to<br />

build on the brand and put her own<br />

stamp on it over time. She wants the<br />

space to feel inviting – a place where<br />

people feel heard. “When people walk<br />

into the store, I want them to feel a<br />

calmness and peace,” she says.<br />

People often enter the store looking<br />

for advice, so an important part<br />

of the business’ success is having<br />

a staff that is knowledgeable and<br />

helpful. Caroline has two qualified<br />

homeopaths, Magic and Crystal, in<br />

the store with her, and she says she<br />

learns so much from them every day.<br />

“It’s been such a lovely transition to<br />

learn about what is good for you<br />

and to pass knowledge on to other<br />

people,” she says.<br />

Some of the most popular products<br />

at the moment include medicinal<br />

mushrooms; saffron for its calming<br />

properties; and tumeric, a natural<br />

anti-inflammatory. Caroline says she<br />

has noticed a shift in the wellness<br />

industry as products have become<br />

more affordable and accessible for<br />

a wider group of people. She plans<br />

on opening another store in Durban<br />

North soon as the need for alternative<br />

health products continues to grow.<br />

Starting fresh in the wellness space<br />

has been deeply rewarding for<br />

Caroline and she loves meeting new<br />

people and the opportunity she has<br />

to provide a space where people<br />

can find hope and health. “It’s nice to<br />

be needed and to have a store that<br />

people actually want to come into,”<br />

she says. “It’s meant to be a space<br />

where people can find something<br />

that helps them.”<br />

Details: Shop <strong>24</strong>A, <strong>Ballito</strong> Lifestyle Centre;<br />

www.lifestylehealth.co.za;<br />

032 946 0441; hello@lifestylehealth.co.za;<br />

IG: @lifestylehealthsa

Health<br />

secrets for<br />

your hands<br />

Lisa Robarts, a <strong>Ballito</strong>-based occupational<br />

therapist, specialises in the rehabilitation<br />

of hand injuries, as well as neurological<br />

rehabilitation. We asked her how to avoid<br />

overuse injuries to our hands.<br />

At some point in our lives, we<br />

are all likely to experience achy<br />

thumbs or shooting pains<br />

up our forearms, or funny<br />

sensations in our fingers. These are<br />

sometime due to a once-off injury<br />

like trying to catch a cricket ball onehanded<br />

at the T20, or from falling<br />

over a loose brick on a promenade<br />

run. Sometimes, however, these little<br />

injuries are caused by small, repetitive<br />

movements that are perfectly<br />

harmless on their own, but when<br />

done over and over again they can<br />

cause damage to our hands.<br />

Common symptoms of over-use<br />

injuries may include:<br />

• Pain, usually in the joints of our<br />

hands, often where our thumb joins<br />

the wrist<br />

• Sensations such a shooting pains,<br />

numbness or pins and needles<br />

• Weakness when trying to grip or<br />

pinch items<br />

• Swelling in the hand or fingers<br />

• Unusual clicking or locking of fingers<br />

or thumbs when bending<br />

Common conditions these<br />

symptoms may be due to include:<br />

• De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis: swelling<br />

of the tendons that move our<br />

thumbs. Usually caused by repetitive<br />

thumb movements such as texting<br />

or picking up a child.<br />

• Osteoarthritis: This is most<br />

commonly found where our thumbs<br />

join the wrist and is caused by wear<br />

and tear or a muscle imbalance<br />

resulting in the bones rubbing<br />

together at an unusual angle.<br />

• Carpal tunnel syndrome: this causes<br />

numbness, tingling and weakness,<br />

particularly in the thumb, index<br />

and middle finger. Usually caused<br />

by repetitive opening and closing<br />

of the fingers doing activities like<br />

gardening, or spending long periods<br />

typing on a computer.<br />

• Trigger finger or thumb: This is when<br />

the tendons that bend our digits get<br />

inflamed and a small lump develops<br />

on the tendon. This lump gets stuck<br />

in the little tunnels that hold the<br />

tendons against the bones, causing<br />

a clicking or “triggering” of the digit<br />

as it bends and straightens.<br />

The above conditions can affect<br />

people of all ages, male or female,<br />

however, they tend to me more<br />

common in women, especially those<br />

who are very active with their hands.<br />

If you are a new mum or are pregnant,<br />

you might find yourself at a greater<br />

risk for these conditions. When you’re<br />

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Lisa Robarts Occupational<br />

Therapy aims to restore optimal<br />

function to those affected by a<br />

neurological condition or with<br />

a hand injury.<br />

Areas of Focus:<br />

Hand Therapy<br />

pregnant, your ligaments relax due<br />

to a hormone called relaxin, therefore<br />

putting more strain on your muscles,<br />

bones and tendons.<br />

The little joints in our digits and wrist<br />

are very strong but not very big,<br />

especially when compared to the<br />

large ligaments securing our elbow or<br />

shoulder joints.<br />

To protect the joints in our digits<br />

and wrists:<br />

• Use larger joints as often as possible.<br />

We all know what an achievement it<br />

is to carry 17 shopping bags at once<br />

from the car, a bag on every finger.<br />

However, that’s a huge amount of<br />

weight through a small joint. Rather,<br />

take bags along that will fit over your<br />

shoulder, or at least the forearm, so<br />

your elbow is taking the weight.<br />

• Use tools with larger grips. Trying to<br />

grip a pencil tightly is much harder<br />

than trying to grip a toilet roll –<br />

make things easier for your joints to<br />

avoid wear and tear.<br />

• Try to keep your joints in alignment<br />

(straight) – take a look at how you<br />

hold your steering wheel, type on a<br />

computer or hold a small child. You<br />

might notice your wrist is bent at an<br />

awkward angle for extended periods<br />

of time.<br />

• Avoid repetitive movements,<br />

especially ones that involve opening<br />

and closing your hand against<br />

resistance, and take regular breaks to<br />

rest your hands if you feel pain.<br />

If you are concerned about<br />

hand or wrist pain, chat to your<br />

GP, orthopaedic surgeon or an<br />

occupational therapist who<br />

specialises in hand therapy.<br />

Details: www.lisarobarts.co.za;<br />

IG: @lisarobarts_ot<br />

Fractures - Joint, ligament, tendon or<br />

nerve injuries - Arthritis<br />

Neurological<br />

Rehabilitation<br />

Strokes - Spinal cord injuries - Dementia<br />

Care of the Elderly<br />

Exercises - Cognitive stimulation<br />

Work Assessment<br />

& Site Visits<br />

Functional capacity evaluations<br />

Offices:<br />

<strong>Ballito</strong>: Health Matters, Regency House,<br />

3 Douglas Crowe Drive<br />

Durban North: BeachMed, 33 Beachway<br />

Associated with Alberlito Hospital<br />

Home Visits:<br />

Durban to Salt Rock<br />

063 603 6130 lisarobarts_ot<br />

www.lisarobarts.co.za<br />

info@lisarobarts.co.za<br />

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Promotion<br />

health<br />

Focus on<br />

In celebration of World Health Day,<br />

we’ve rounded up the best medical<br />

practitioners on the North Coast. From<br />

therapists and GPs, to dermatologists<br />

and dentists, these are the<br />

professionals who are here to help…<br />

Simone Vosloo – Physiotherapist<br />

At her practice in <strong>Umhlanga</strong>'s Sunningdale Medical Centre,<br />

Simone Vosloo brings an unparalleled passion for diagnosing<br />

and treating hands-on musculoskeletal injuries. With<br />

a background in sports, Simone possesses a profound<br />

understanding of the human body's intricacies. Armed with<br />

dual degrees in B.Sc. Human Physiology and Psychology,<br />

and B.Sc. Physiotherapy, Simone is dedicated to guiding<br />

patients towards freedom of movement and fullness of life.<br />

Details: 071 221 2032; simone@svphysios.com<br />

2Execuspecs - Oceans Mall<br />

At Execuspecs, passionate optometrist Nicole,<br />

merges expertise with innovation. Nestled in<br />

the heart of <strong>Umhlanga</strong>, at Oceans Mall, the upscale practice<br />

embodies a dynamic approach to eyecare. From precision<br />

prescriptions to cutting-edge technology, Nicole tailors solutions<br />

to elevate your vision and style. Discover the art of transformative<br />

eyecare in an ambiance of luxury and personalized attention.<br />

Details: 031 476 0302; FB: Execuspecs Oceans Mall<br />

Pearly Whites Dental Studio<br />

The team at Pearly Whites Dental Studio aims<br />

to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other<br />

oral health problems, ensuring optimal dental<br />

wellness as children grow and develop. They<br />

also encourage parents to keep an eye out<br />

for improper alignment, overbite, underbite,<br />

and malocclusions that may require early<br />

orthodontic treatment.<br />

Details: 086 155 5111 (ex. 2);<br />

IG: @pearlywhitesdentalstudio_;<br />

FB: Pearly Whites Dental Studio

SuPhysio<br />

Sudhanka Naidu and her team of<br />

dynamic physiotherapists have<br />

served the community with a<br />

multidisciplinary approach to<br />

physiotherapy for the past <strong>24</strong><br />

years at her practice, in hospital<br />

and at patients’ homes. The<br />

Suphysio team provides holistic<br />

treatment including highly-skilled<br />

hands-on therapy, electrotherapy,<br />

dry needling, strapping neuro<br />

rehabilitation, chest physiotherapy<br />

and pre- and post-event sport<br />

therapy.<br />

Details: <strong>Umhlanga</strong>: 031 562 0783;<br />

Malvern Medicross: 082 851 3121;<br />

IG: @Suphysiokzn; FB: SuPhysio kzn<br />

Sarisha Haripershad –<br />

Optometrist<br />

Owner and optometrist of Torga<br />

Optical <strong>Ballito</strong> Junction, Cornubia<br />

Mall and Kwadukuza Mall, Sarisha<br />

is adept in performing vision<br />

tests and accurately analysing<br />

results and diagnosing disorders.<br />

She is experienced in diagnosing<br />

and treating vision problems<br />

such as near-sightedness,<br />

far-sightedness, astigmatism,<br />

presbyopia and in detecting<br />

cataracts, macular degeneration<br />

and glaucoma.<br />

Details: Torga Optical <strong>Ballito</strong>:<br />

032 946 1416/7; Torga Optical<br />

Cornubia: 031 502 1658;<br />

Torga Optical Kwadukuza:<br />

032 437 8436<br />

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FEAST<br />

YOUR<br />

EYES<br />

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It’s no secret that nutrition has a direct<br />

impact on our overall health, but did you<br />

know that eating the right foods can help<br />

maintain your vision? Dr Yavische Reddy,<br />

an ophthalmologist based in <strong>Ballito</strong>,<br />

explains the connection.<br />

Eating a balanced diet rich in nutrients has plenty of health<br />

benefits, but when it comes to eye health specifically,<br />

research suggests that foods rich in vitamins C and E, zinc,<br />

lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids are the ones to<br />

look out for. These nutrients have been linked to lower risk<br />

of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, as well<br />

as dry eyes in old age.<br />

To make sure that you get plenty of vitamin C, choose fruits<br />

and veggies like oranges, grapefruit, kiwifruit, strawberries,<br />

tomatoes, red and green peppers and broccoli. Good<br />

sources of vitamin E include almonds, sunflower seeds, olive<br />

oil, and avocadoes, while zinc can be found in legumes,<br />

seeds, meat, dairy and eggs.<br />

Lutein and zeaxanthin both naturally occur in the retina,<br />

which is the lining at the back of the eye. For this reason, it’s<br />

a good idea to incorporate these nutrients into your diet –<br />

find them in leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, as well<br />

as broccoli, raspberries, pawpaw, peaches and mangoes.<br />

If you have diabetes, or your doctor has advised that you<br />

are at risk for the disease, it’s important that you eat a low GI<br />

diet as a number of health issues, including vision loss, can<br />

be caused by high blood sugar levels. Avoid blood sugar<br />

spikes by swapping sweet cereals for oats and go for brown<br />

rice and wholegrain breads and pastas.<br />

If you find yourself struggling with dry eyes, you are likely<br />

to benefit from adding more healthy fats, like omega-3<br />

and omega-6, to your diet. Great sources of omega-3 fatty<br />

acids include oily fish like salmon, trout and sardines, while<br />

most nuts and oils are packed with omega-6 fatty acids.<br />

Both of these nutrients are available as oral supplements,<br />

so it’s worth discussing with your doctor if you think you<br />

need a boost. Your ophthalmologist might also prescribe<br />

the AREDS2 vitamin if you are at high risk for age-related<br />

macular degeneration.<br />

Details: Dr Yavische Reddy; Suite 3, The Well, <strong>Ballito</strong>;<br />

032 586 0040.<br />

If you struggle with dry eyes, you are likely to<br />

benefit from adding more healthy fats, like omega-3<br />

and omega-6, to your diet.<br />


Dr Reddy is a caring and compassionate general ophthalmologist. Ophthalmology is<br />

the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the<br />

eye, its structures and main function which is your vision.<br />

Dr Yavische Reddy is a certified Ophthalmologist specialising in medical and<br />

surgical treatment of eye problems including diabetic eye disease, macular<br />

degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and general ophthalmology. She<br />

performs comprehensive eye exams and surgical interventions.<br />

Tel: 032 586 0040 • Suite 3 , The Well, Corner Kirsty Close and Albertina Way<br />

Associated Hospital: Netcare Alberlito, Ribumed Day Hospital, Kwa-Dukuza Private Hospital, Victoria MediClinic<br />

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Better your barrier<br />

The health of your skin barrier determines the overall condition<br />

of your skin. Lourette du Toit, a skin and laser specialist and CEO of<br />

Dermology Group, shares her tips for healthy, more resilient skin…<br />

The truth is flawless skin doesn’t exist – seasonal changes,<br />

breakouts and sensitivity are all completely normal.<br />

Lourette says she always ensures a patient’s skin barrier is<br />

healthy and happy before starting any treatment. “The skin<br />

barrier is essentially your skin’s security system,” she explains.<br />

“It protects against damage caused by environmental<br />

aggressors and other irritants, such as airborne pollutants<br />

and harmful UV rays.” The first sign of a damaged skin barrier<br />

is dehydrated or water-dry skin. Other signs that your barrier<br />

might be impaired include sensitive, red, itchy and flaky skin.<br />

The good news, however, is that there are a few simple ways<br />

to take care of the skin barrier.<br />



“Most of the time, my<br />

acne patients’ skin barriers are<br />

impaired because they are<br />

over-exfoliating their skin to<br />

try and get rid of excess oil,”<br />

says Lourette. “Over-exfoliating<br />

strips the barrier of natural<br />

lipids, damages the barrier and<br />

can possibly even lead to more<br />

breakouts.”<br />



Build your barrier with nourishing<br />

ingredients. Choose products that<br />

contain ceramides, hyaluronic<br />

acid (HA), niacinamide and<br />

peptides, which allow the skin to<br />

retain moisture.<br />


“Often I see patients trying to<br />

keep up with a 20-step skincare<br />

routine while their skin barriers<br />

are still unhappy,” says Lourette.<br />

“This can actually slow down the<br />

process of achieving healthier<br />

skin.” Skincare essentials include a<br />

good cleanser; a moisturiser; and<br />

a SPF 50 broad spectrum. If you<br />

have a specific issue you’d like to<br />

address, you might find a serum<br />

helpful.<br />


When you incorporate<br />

your first serum<br />

or active ingredient to<br />

address a skin concern, do so<br />

conservatively. Gently introduce<br />

the active ingredient to your<br />

skin. This means starting off by<br />

using it once a week for the first<br />

month, twice a week for the<br />

second month and then if all<br />

goes well, try three times a week<br />

for the third month.<br />

USE AN SPF<br />

An SPF 50 broad<br />

spectrum with<br />

blue light protection is nonnegotiable<br />

in any skincare<br />

regime. “If you are serious about<br />

getting results, you need to<br />

get serious about SPF,” urges<br />

Lourette. “These days, we also<br />

have to protect our skin against<br />

the harmful rays from our TV’s,<br />

laptops and cell phones.”<br />

Details: Dermology, Izulu Office Park, Rey’s Place, <strong>Ballito</strong>; www.dermology.co.za;<br />

064 803 2300; ballito@dermology.co.za; IG: @dermology_africa<br />

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Compiled by: Kym Argo<br />

Avocado toast with microgreens,<br />

pistachios, and parmesan<br />

The true origins of avocado toast may<br />

never be ascertained, but the nowubiquitous<br />

breakfast favourite appears to<br />

have started in Australia in 1993 when a<br />

Sydney chef put it on his menu. However,<br />

southern Californians who grew up in<br />

the 1950s can attest to it being a part of<br />

their food world long before its global<br />

popularity. Today, the toast has gone<br />

well beyond the basic crushed avocado,<br />

salt, and pepper to just about anything a<br />

cook fancies. Pistachios, for one, make an<br />

excellent topping: colourful, flavourful, and<br />

crunchy. Some salty cheese and a sprinkle<br />

of microgreens are added here, but the<br />

only real limit is the creator’s imagination.<br />

You’ll need: 2 slices whole-grain bread;<br />

1 avocado; 1/4 tsp fine sea salt; 1/4 tsp<br />

freshly ground black pepper; 1/2 cup<br />

(15 g) microgreens; 1/3 cup (45 g)<br />

pistachios, coarsely chopped; 1/2 cup<br />

(55 g) shaved Parmesan cheese<br />

To make: Toast the bread slices in a toaster<br />

or toaster oven, then place each slice<br />

on a plate.<br />

With a sharp knife, cut the avocado in<br />

half. Carefully remove the pit, prying<br />

it away with the tip of the knife. With<br />

each avocado half still in its skin, cut it<br />

lengthwise into slices 12mm thick, being<br />

careful not to pierce the skin. Slide the<br />

knife between the flesh and the skin of<br />

an avocado half to remove the slices and<br />

arrange slices on a piece of toast. Repeat<br />

with the remaining avocado half, topping<br />

the second piece of toast.<br />

Sprinkle the avocado with the salt and<br />

pepper, followed by the microgreens and<br />

pistachios. Top with the cheese and serve.<br />

Variations:<br />

• Mashed avocado, pomegranate<br />

arils (seeds), crumbled feta cheese,<br />

chopped pistachios<br />

• Mashed avocado, smoked salmon slices,<br />

capers, goat cheese, fresh dill sprigs,<br />

chopped pistachios<br />

• Cubed avocado, chopped hardcooked<br />

egg, bay shrimp, radish slices,<br />

chopped pistachios<br />

• Cubed avocado, cherry tomato halves,<br />

crisp bacon crumbles or slices, fresh<br />

marjoram leaves, chopped pistachios<br />

• Sliced avocado, tomato slices,<br />

burrata cheese, fresh basil leaves,<br />

chopped pistachios<br />

avo<br />

&<br />

pistachio<br />

Pistachio - Savoury and Sweet<br />

Recipes Inspired by World<br />

Cuisines by Barbara Bryant<br />

and Georgeanne Brennan is<br />

a celebration of the striking<br />

flavour of this jewel of nuts -<br />

with inspiration from Turkey,<br />

Iran, Afghanistan and North<br />

Africa to Italy, Greece, Spain<br />

and France. From simple grilled<br />

asparagus with sieved egg<br />

and pistachio oil vinaigrette, to<br />

lime cheesecake with pistachio<br />

crust, it’s dish after dish after<br />

dish with pistachios taking<br />

centre stage. Abrams, R755<br />

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advertorial<br />

Versatile Avocados!<br />

Green and dark-skinned avocados are available in South Africa<br />

almost all year round and the good news is that whichever colour avo you<br />

choose, they’re all equally delicious and nutritious.<br />

Remember that green-skinned avos<br />

remain green when ripe, while the<br />

dark-skinned avos turn purple-black<br />

when ready to eat – so please don’t<br />

squeeze! Even though avocados<br />

may vary in colour, shape and size,<br />

they are all a source of nutrients and<br />

can be included as part of a healthy<br />

eating plan.<br />

Avocados are one of the most<br />

versatile fruits around. It’s not hard<br />

to see why – they can be mashed,<br />

diced, sliced and puréed for<br />

everything from guacamole; salads;<br />

pizza toppings; sandwich and wrap<br />

fillings; soups; snacks and dips; and<br />

even ice-cream.<br />

They’re great for breakfast, lunch,<br />

supper and dessert, as well as in<br />

between snacks for when you’re on<br />

the move. And with zero preparation<br />

time involved, they’re ultraconvenient,<br />

and quick and easy to<br />

prepare no matter what dish you’re<br />

making. It really couldn’t be easier!<br />

So, no matter what you’re planning<br />

for your next meal always add an avo;<br />

whether on the side, on top or inside<br />

– green-skinned or dark-skinned – for<br />

double the deliciousness!<br />

Health facts<br />

The best thing about avos is that<br />

they are all:<br />

• High in energy<br />

• High in heart healthy fats<br />

• High in vitamin K<br />

• High in biotin<br />

• Cholesterol free<br />

• Sodium free<br />

• A source of fibre<br />

Avocados can form part of a<br />

successful energy-controlled diet for<br />

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avocados give a feeling of fullness,<br />

which reduces the temptation to<br />

overeat or binge on less healthy foods.<br />

Sushi Bagels recipe that is load shedding friendly<br />

Serves 4, preparation time 25 minutes<br />

Ingredients: 120g packet smoked trout/salmon ribbons, 4 bagels, cut in half<br />

horizontally, 2 avocados, peeled, ½ cucumber, 12 slices pickled ginger, 5ml (1 tsp)<br />

wasabi (optional), Squeeze of lemon juice, to taste, Salt and pepper, 10ml (2 tsp)<br />

sesame seeds (black and/or white)<br />

Method: Trim and wrap 3 trout/salmon ribbons around one of the bagel tops.<br />

Use a vegetable peeler to shave 3 long avo strips and 3 cucumber strips and<br />

wrap around the bagel top. Add 3 slices of ginger. Repeat with the remaining<br />

bagel tops.<br />

Mash all the remaining avo with the wasabi, if using, and lemon juice. Season<br />

with salt and pepper. Use the smashed avo as a little ‘glue’ to stick the sesame<br />

seeds onto the bagel tops.<br />

Spread the mashed avo onto the bottom halves of the bagels and sandwich<br />

together with the tops.<br />

For further information and avo<br />

recipes, visit www.avocado.co.za, like<br />

@iloveavocadoSA on Facebook and<br />

follow @iloveavosSA on Instagram.

Step-by-step<br />

sushi<br />

Text: Jennifer Campbell Photographs: Jessmica Depalal & tayla jade photography<br />

Precision, patience and an<br />

appreciation of quality ingredients<br />

and fine flavours – making sushi is<br />

a true art. We spent a fun afternoon<br />

learning to craft our own sushi at<br />

Sunsets and Mermaids in <strong>Umhlanga</strong>.<br />

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Set amid the buzz of <strong>Umhlanga</strong> Village, Sunsets and<br />

Mermaids is one of those places that’s designed for a<br />

good time. With its eclectic décor, fun cocktails, tasty<br />

food and friendly staff, it’s a great spot for after-work<br />

drinks or an evening meal. We were invited to attend a sushimaking<br />

workshop with the restaurant’s sushi chefs, Nandi<br />

Mngenge and Londi Ndlela, who taught us four different rolling<br />

styles and shared their expert tips and tricks along the way.<br />

With aprons on and ready with rolling mats, knives and all the<br />

ingredients we needed, we started the workshop off by making<br />

our own salmon roses. This popular style of sushi is made with<br />

thinly sliced tuna, which is wrapped around a ball of rice and<br />

topped with some Kewpie mayo, avocado and caviar. Londi and<br />

Nandi showed us how to slice the salmon as thinly as possible –<br />

a skill that definitely takes some practice – before rolling the rice<br />

into a perfectly-shaped cylinder and wrapping it up in the fish.<br />

Next up was the prawn maki. ‘Maki’ refers to rolled sushi rice,<br />

which is rolled in ‘nori’, a dry sheet of seaweed. To create our<br />

own maki, we pressed rice onto the seaweed, loaded it with<br />

cooked and peeled prawns, and rolled it up with the help of<br />

our bamboo mats. Our expert chefs explained the importance<br />

of keeping our hands damp to avoid unwanted stickiness, and<br />

showed us how much of each ingredient would be just right.<br />

By this stage, we were getting the hang of our new skills, and<br />

were ready to make tuna nigiri. Nigiri is characterised by a<br />

small ball of rice, which is topped with raw fish. It’s a simple,<br />

bite-size dish that is elevated by using super-fresh fish. The<br />

team at Sunsets and Mermaids sources seafood locally every<br />

day, and never uses fish that has been frozen – our tuna, which<br />

had been caught that morning, had a deep, red colour and a<br />

rich, meaty flavour.<br />

Last on our sushi-making line-up was the California roll. This dish<br />

is slightly more complex to roll, and is essentially an inverted maki

with the rice on the outside. First, we placed our rice onto a sheet<br />

of nori before turning it over and placing thinly sliced avocado<br />

and salmon. After rolling it, we sprinkled it with sesame seeds and<br />

cut it into bite-sized pieces.<br />

After slicing, rolling and carefully assembling our sushi, we’d<br />

worked up an appetite and it was time to taste the fruits of our<br />

labour. Served with wasabi, soya and ginger, our creations didn’t<br />

disappoint. Londi and Nandi made the art of sushi-making look<br />

easy, and although we definitely need a bit more practice, we<br />

had a wonderful afternoon learning this meticulous craft.<br />

Details: Sunsets and Mermaids; 3 Chartwell Drive, <strong>Umhlanga</strong> Rocks;<br />

031 943 3044; IG: @sunsets_mermaids<br />

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Meet the barista:<br />

Happiness Ntini<br />

Nothing beats a good<br />

coffee in the morning.<br />

We popped into Plato<br />

Coffee in <strong>Ballito</strong> to learn<br />

what it takes to make the<br />

perfect cup…<br />

Text: Jennifer Campbell Photographs: Kim Steinberg<br />

Happiness has been working at Plato<br />

Coffee at the Simbithi Office Park<br />

since it opened late last year. The<br />

space is beautiful, bright and modern,<br />

and she says she loves working in this<br />

trendy new spot. “Working in a coffee<br />

shop is all about our customers and<br />

making sure they are always smiling,”<br />

she says. “We know each other by<br />

name, and often by drink!” Currently<br />

based in KwaMashu, Happiness spent<br />

most of her childhood in Durban<br />

North. She started her career in retail,<br />

but was drawn into the world of<br />

coffee because she wanted to try<br />

something new. She went through<br />

an intensive six-week training course<br />

in which she learnt the technical side<br />

of making coffee, and fell in love with<br />

her work as a barista.<br />

We asked Happiness to show us how<br />

to make our usual order – a good old<br />

flat white. She explained that as one<br />

of the strongest drinks on the menu,<br />

it includes a double shot of espresso<br />

with a higher proportion of coffee to<br />

milk than a latte, and a thinner layer of<br />

microfoam than a cappuccino. “When<br />

making a flat white, we always weigh<br />

our coffee so that we know we’re<br />

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giving the perfect shot,“ she says. “The<br />

machine tells us if it has come out<br />

perfectly or not and if it’s servable or<br />

not.” After weighing the ground coffee<br />

to an exact 19 grams, we used a tamp<br />

to flatten the coffee. This removes<br />

gaps and air pockets, creating an<br />

even bed of coffee through which<br />

the water can flow. Once the espresso<br />

had been pulled into a glass, and<br />

poured into a cup, Happiness showed<br />

us how to steam the milk to a perfect<br />

70°C. With a light swirl, she managed<br />

to make the milk velvety and smooth<br />

before creating a beautiful pattern on<br />

top. This, she says, is an art that takes<br />

lots and lots of practice – and one that<br />

we were not quite able to master!<br />

While a flat white is our firm favourite,<br />

we couldn’t resist trying Plato’s<br />

signature drink, the Dirty Caribbean,<br />

a tasty blend of chocolate, coconut<br />

and espresso. To get the espresso<br />

shot right, Happiness urged us to be<br />

meticulous, once again weighing the<br />

coffee and ensuring that it took at<br />

least 27 seconds to extract through<br />

the water. After a few attempts, we<br />

managed to get the perfect shot to<br />

which we added the coconut and<br />

chocolate powder, and some steamed<br />

milk. Creamy and rich, this beverage<br />

was a real treat.<br />

Thanks to Happiness’ expertise (and<br />

patience), we gained a real insight<br />

into what it takes to make the perfect<br />

cup of coffee. We left Plato with a new<br />

respect for the skill it takes to keep us<br />

caffeinated every morning!<br />

Details: Plato Coffee, Simbithi Office<br />

Park; www.plato.coffee; IG: @plato.coffee<br />

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Modern<br />

charm<br />

Tamarin Collins, co-owner<br />

and designer at Urban Create<br />

reveals one of her latest<br />

projects – a gorgeous home<br />

that blends current trends<br />

with comfortable living.<br />

Text: Jennifer Campbell Photographs: Chris Allan Photo<br />

With its clean lines,<br />

big windows and<br />

contemporary design<br />

elements, this home in<br />

Simbithi Eco Estate makes a striking<br />

statement against a natural backdrop<br />

of indigenous bush and trees. The<br />

house, built by Phumlani Construction<br />

Group, boasts some unique features,<br />

without compromising on liveability.<br />

While working on the project, Tamarin<br />

found ways to create an interior that<br />

was modern and comfortable, making<br />

sure to add a touch of quirkiness<br />

along the way. Views over the Simbithi<br />

Golf Course serve as the focal point<br />

of the home – as such, the architect<br />

positioned living and bedroom<br />

spaces strategically to embrace<br />

the scenery. “The challenge was to<br />

seamlessly blend the modern with<br />

the natural, creating a home that<br />

felt both cutting-edge and inviting,”<br />

explains Tamarin.<br />

When it comes to the colour palette<br />

of the home, neutral tones form the<br />

foundation, with bold pops of colour<br />

making an appearance in strategic<br />

places. “Colour was introduced<br />

through fun wallpapers and bespoke<br />

artwork commissioned from the<br />

client's friend, adding a unique touch,”<br />

says Tamarin. “The bold, colourful<br />

wallpapers and face sculptures serve<br />

as eye-catching focal points. These<br />

carefully chosen elements create a<br />

unique and inviting interior.” Striking<br />

wallpapers are used in various spaces<br />

throughout the home, and Tamarin’s<br />

personal favourite is the one she used<br />

in the guest bathroom for the pyjama<br />

lounge. Materials like natural wood<br />

and stone were chosen to ground<br />

the design, creating a harmonious<br />

blend of contemporary elegance and<br />

organic warmth.<br />

Tamarin is a nature-lover herself so<br />

she loved working on this home,<br />

which has no fences to allow for<br />

the free movement of wildlife. The<br />

entertainment area with its sunken<br />

boma and turquoise pool are among<br />

the stand-out features of the space,<br />

and are designed for long days and<br />

relaxed evenings outside. Large<br />

sliding doors to all the bedrooms and<br />

living areas provide great views of the<br />

golf course, bringing the outdoors<br />

seamlessly inside.<br />

While contemporary design trends<br />

guided the project, Tamarin says<br />

that a conscious effort was made to<br />

incorporate timeless elements. By<br />

sticking to a neutral base and using<br />

sleek modern furniture with classic<br />

and natural materials, the overall<br />

design remains relevant.<br />

Details: Urban Create Design Interiors;<br />

www.urbancreate.co.za; Office 14, The<br />

Work Station, 1 Old Main Road, Umhlali;<br />

084 784 3860; IG: @urban_create_design<br />

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Look after your mind, body and soul at<br />

one of the amazing exclusive retreats<br />

planned at Sala Beach House on the<br />

KZN North Coast.<br />

In response to the significance of<br />

mental well-being in today’s fastpaced<br />

world and the 20<strong>24</strong> travel trend<br />

of transformative travel, this luxury<br />

boutique hotel - renowned for its<br />

breathtaking coastal location - has<br />

planned a couple of wellness retreats,<br />

providing an opportunity for individuals<br />

to retreat, recharge and refuel<br />

throughout the busy year ahead.<br />

Wellness<br />

retreats<br />

Relax, recharge, reconnect!<br />

It’s all about unwinding and reconnecting<br />

with your inner selves, the serenity of<br />

the coastal environment with tailored<br />

wellness programmes and daily practices<br />

overlooking the ocean ... such bliss.<br />

First up is the Disconnect to Reconnect<br />

Couples Retreat, where you and your<br />

partner will engage in harmonious duo<br />

yoga sessions, share romantic sunrise<br />

beach walks and meditations, and explore<br />

the depths of intimacy with an in-depth<br />

guided tantric workshop. This retreat is<br />

designed to disconnect you from the<br />

distractions of daily life and deepen your<br />

connection with your partner. Friday May<br />

31 to Sunday June 2.<br />

The Sala Spring Cleansing Retreat<br />

will focus on cleansing - emotionally<br />

and nutritionally - the lymphatics<br />

and digestive system. You’ll enjoy<br />

nutrient-rich and cleansing cuisine,<br />

revitalising yoga sessions, and<br />

an empowering holistic detox<br />

workshop. The intention of this<br />

spring cleanse is to facilitate a gentle<br />

natural detox through whole foods,<br />

herbs, daily lymphatic drainage<br />

exercises, nervous system regulation<br />

tools, breath-work and movement,<br />

as well as emotional and energetic<br />

clearing practices. It offers a unique<br />

opportunity to cleanse not only your body<br />

but also your mind and spirit reconnecting<br />

with nature through walks on the beach<br />

and potent meditations. Friday to Sunday<br />

September 20 to 22.<br />

Rates range from R11250 (single) R18000<br />

(double) for early bookings, which<br />

includes retreat activities, two nights’<br />

accommodation, meals, soft drinks, tea<br />

and coffee. Bookings only directly through<br />

Thabile on email: stay@salabeach.co.za,<br />

rate code RETREAT. Details: salabeach.co.za<br />

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Sarah Hawthorn, Artist & Educator<br />

Glow Hair & Make Up Artistry<br />

060 505 7311<br />

@glow_hmua<br />

hawthorn.sarah3@gmail.com<br />


Promotion<br />

love<br />

The language of<br />

If you’re looking for a romantic escape, choose a beautiful spot to suit your travel love language.<br />

Whether you’re seeking quality time, physical touch or words of affirmation, you’ll find a place to<br />

recharge with the one you love.<br />

Quality time<br />

Every couple needs quality<br />

time together in order for<br />

the relationship to grow<br />

and develop. Kingfisher<br />

Lakeside Retreat offers<br />

the opportunity for<br />

moments of real<br />

connection – no cell<br />

phones or TV's, just<br />

each other and the<br />

sounds of nature. Enjoy<br />

glamping together and<br />

evenings spent next to a<br />

fire with a glass of wine. The<br />

retreat is located just 90 minutes<br />

from Durban. Details: 074 170 4<strong>24</strong>2;<br />

IG: @kingfisherlakeside;<br />

FB: Kingfisher Lakeside Retreat<br />

Words of Affirmation<br />

Montusi Mountain Lodge offers comfort and peace in<br />

a beautiful mountain location. With stunning views of<br />

the Amphitheatre Mountain and owner-run attention<br />

to detail, a stay at Montusi is a truly romantic spoil.<br />

Mention “GET IT MAG” when booking and receive an<br />

automatic 20% discount off the normal rate!<br />

Details: www.montusi.co.za; 036 4386<strong>24</strong>3;<br />


Receiving Gifts<br />

The Cavern is nestled in the mountains beneath the<br />

rugged sandstone cliffs of the Drakensberg. It’s a valley<br />

of captivating beauty that welcomes families and it<br />

can be a quiet retreat for couples. There are a variety of<br />

activities, while the Forest Retreat Spa is a tranquil escape<br />

for a relaxing treatment. Rooms are set in landscaped<br />

gardens where a mix of vibrant indigenous plants attracts<br />

hundreds of birds.<br />

Details: www.cavern.co.za; 083 701 57<strong>24</strong>; 036 438 6270;<br />

info@cavern.co.za; IG & FB: @cavern.drakensberg<br />

Acts of Service<br />

Escape to romance at Fordoun Hotel and Spa in the heart<br />

of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands. Their romantic indulgence<br />

package offers the perfect getaway – picture a serene retreat<br />

with rose petal turndown awaiting you, complemented<br />

by a romantic three-course dinner at Skye Bistro. Enjoy<br />

rejuvenating treatments, including a Rasul ceremony,<br />

massage and a floatation pool session.<br />

Details: www.fordoun.com; 033 266 6217; IG: @fordounhotel<br />

Physical Touch<br />

Rain Farm Game Lodge & Spa is just<br />

a 15-minute drive from <strong>Ballito</strong>.<br />

Here, you can trade city life for<br />

the tranquilities of the bush,<br />

immersing yourselves in<br />

natural surroundings and<br />

wildlife. With one-on-one<br />

downtime, delicious meals<br />

at our restaurant, couple<br />

massages at the spa, and<br />

fun activities like game<br />

drives, archery, paintball,<br />

and wall climbing, there's<br />

endless fun to be had.<br />

Details: 032 815 1050 / 083 352 6830;<br />

info@rainfarm.co.za; IG: @rain_farm<br />

FB: @RainFarmGameLodge<br />

Image credits: @_livefitlivehealthy

An indulgent weekend<br />

in the KZN Midlands<br />

Meals created by a celeb chef. Sunrise yoga. Glorious gardens and fine wines<br />

and spa treatments. This isn’t your everyday weekend escape.<br />

Dinners created by celeb<br />

chef Pete Goffe-Wood<br />

Imagine. Luxurious accommodation. Exceptional meals by a<br />

celeb chef. Fine, fine wine tastings. Throw in award-winning,<br />

breathtakingly beautiful gardens. Spa treatments. A helicopter<br />

flip. This, obviously, is not your common-or-garden-variety<br />

weekend away.<br />

Brahman Hills in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, is always a treat.<br />

But this promises to be something completely OTT indulgent.<br />

The Brahman Hills Experience is an exclusive weekend boasting<br />

an enchanting blend of experiences for guests seeking an<br />

extraordinary fusion of comfort, culinary excellence, artistic<br />

beauty, and thrilling adventures.<br />

Guests will indulge in exceptional dinners prepared by<br />

celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood, who says, “This is going to be<br />

a magnificent culinary weekend! I’ll be putting together two<br />

fabulous dinners using the incredible produce straight from<br />

the property – all organic and sustainable, of course. I’m really<br />

passionate about celebrating ingredients, and I can’t wait to<br />

share that passion with Brahman Hills guests.”<br />

Along with dinners, there’ll be wine tastings from some of South<br />

Africa’s finest wine estates ... think Mullineux, L’Ormarins, Haute<br />

Cabriere and Bruce Jack Wines.<br />

You’ll also have the chance to explore the 26 distinct garden<br />

rooms on the property, as well as the unique art and sculptures<br />

in the guided garden and art walks by designer landscaper, Tim<br />

Steyn and art curator Tyron Selmon-Butler.<br />

For relaxation, there will be a Saturday sunrise yoga session, and<br />

an indulgent 90-minute spa treatment at the Healing Earth Spa.<br />

And for thrills ... a 15-minute heli ride over the five-and-a-half<br />

hectare, award-winning gardens.<br />

Rumour has it there’ll be a few national rugby icons on the<br />

weekend escape, so you’ll get to rub (very broad) shoulders with<br />

the sports stars.<br />

The Brahman Hills Experience has three packages – Platinum,<br />

Gold, and Silver – each tailored to cater to different preferences<br />

and budgets, all of which will include the accommodation,<br />

meals, non-alcoholic drinks, guided walks and yoga. Add-ons<br />

(the heli flip and spa treatments) are available for the less<br />

expensive packages.<br />

The experience is from Friday to Sunday May 10 to 12, rates are<br />

from R8400 to R11500 a person, sharing, and bookings can be<br />

made on brahmanhills.co.za/events/the-brahman-hills-experience<br />

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Explore the gardens ... Brahman’s breathtakingly<br />

beautiful gardens have just scooped the<br />

esteemed Overseas Region Winner title in<br />

the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Partner<br />

Garden of the Year Competition!<br />

Compiled by: Kym Argo<br />

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Spoil<br />

<strong>Apr</strong>il<br />

A bottle of gorgeous floral<br />

musky gourmand fragrance ...<br />

Signorina Libera<br />

The new fragrance in the iconic Signorina Fragrance Collection is Signorina Libera<br />

... a vibrant eau de parfum inspired by the upbeat independent attitude of a modern Signorina.<br />

A floral musky gourmand blend with alluring and unexpected notes ... sparkling Velvet Pear and<br />

Calabrian Bergamot mixed with the aromatic freshness of Elemi, Rose Absolute and Plum Nectar,<br />

Italian Orris Butter and Pink Sugar, Cashmere Woods and Ambroxan.<br />

Like a beautiful ray of light, a vivid yellow profile enriches the vivid glass flacon crowned with a<br />

rose gold boule cap and embellished with the unmistakable Vara Bow, created with a sustainable<br />

fabric. #FERRAGAMO #SignorinaLibera. From R1299 from Edgars, Woolworths & Truworths.<br />

To stand in line to win a bottle, visit @GetItMagNC on Instagram or Facebook<br />

and follow the prompts. Entries close 25 <strong>Apr</strong>il.<br />

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