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HUGOBOSS.COM in your style elebrating the things you love doing is this month’s joyous theme – I hope you’ll be inspired by the women in this issue who talk about the happiness that comes from exploring something they’re passionate about. I’m always intrigued to ﬁnd out what people’s passions are, whether it’s their work or a hobby they indulge in when they have free time. On page 40, ﬁve w&h readers reveal a pastime that delights them – see if you can guess each one’s before you read their story! It’s never too late to start nurturing a passion – discovering what makes you feel good within can happen at any stage of life. It might be something you loved doing as a child, or a new road waiting to be explored as an adult. If getting wrapped up in an everyday whirlwind of just doing has muddied C the waters, and you’re not sure which direction your life passion lies in, try psychologist Angela Duckworth’s advice on page 36. She suggests starting out by exploring what you already enjoy doing – you may even end up trying a few things before you hit upon something that you’re passionate about. For some people, that passion will Nail effortless remain a pleasurable pursuit, dressing (p20) for others it will become their life purpose, the thing they wake up for in the morning. To transform a passion into such purpose takes real grit and tenacity, but it can lead to great success. An incredible example of this is our featured author this month, Santa Monteﬁore (p166), who churned out a gruelling 10 novels before penning a bestseller! Veronica Shezi Divine desserts Something that I’m on her love of to tantalise the baking (p52) passionate about is taste buds (p138) reading, so it’s fantastic hearing three women, all prominent Guess what our passions are! (p40) in the books industry, talk about how there’s more interest in printed books now than there was 10 years ago! I agree with award-winning books journalist Michele Magwood’s comment that reading is humanising – it teaches us empathy and helps us see things from another’s viewpoint. Read more of her insights on page 46, plus how she shared a library +with renowned author Alexander McCall Smith while growing up! Which garden style would you It’s clear that having a passion helps choose? See our top picks... (p152) you become more engaged with life, ‘It’s never too late to ﬁnd where your passion lies’ grows you as a person, and inspires you to be your true self – good things we’d all love more of. See you next month! Editorial Director 4 woman&home A B RA ND N EW ATTI TU DE PHOTO THYS DULLAART MAKE-UP RENTON WADE HAIR MARVIN LOPES AT JEAUVAL HAIR SALON FRITH WEARS DRESS, JO BORKETT. EARRINGS, ACCESSORIZE FOR WHERE TO BUY, SEE STOCKISTS PAGE AT WOMANANDHOMEMAGAZINE.CO.ZA PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 Nurture your passion... 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NOVEMBER 2017 CONTENTS features 10 12 16 36 39 40 46 50 52 58 62 66 68 Our favourite things Frith’s pick of all things metallic ON THE COVER ‘My life is crazy and chaotic – and it couldn’t be better’ Our gorgeous cover star, actress Keri Russell ‘Unless you follow a passion or passionately follow what you enjoy, you will have no idea who you can become’ Karren Brady The life edit: Passion, purpose, practice, resilience The four key ingredients for a happier life Women in their 50s love to bend the rules Author Bella Pollen Guess what our passions are? You’ll be surprised and inspired by these ﬁve readers’ pastimes The women who champion a love of reading Three women working to keep the printed word thriving Mixed-generation holidays are family gold Author Libby Purves For the love of cake! Five women on their passion for baking ‘My life now has passion and purpose’ Two readers’ stories How we give back Four wellknown women on their kind acts My midlife foodie ﬁxes Mimi Spencer on easy ways to make a healthy difference to your diet ON THE COVER Are you the driving force in your marriage? Find out if you’re an ‘alpha’ or ‘beta’ wife Effortlessly elegant looks that work 24/7. See page 20 TV presenter Ntokozo Mbuli talks about giving back. See page 62 Terry Morris on her passion for books. See page 46 116 Family ﬁrsts: The big screen debate How much should parents limit their kids’ access to tech? 120 ON THE COVER Know-how How to be a super shopper; Unexpected insurance costs; On-demand streaming services 124 New Directions: Our businesses are blooming Three entrepreneurs tell us how they’ve grown their plant businesses fashion & beauty ON THE COVER KERI RUSSELL Photograph Andrew Eccles/ August/Greatstock 19 The fashion edit Key buys 20 ON THE COVER And relax... Easy, effortless and elegant style, 24/7 30 The watch edit Seriously chic timepieces you should own 71 ON THE COVER Special occasions bonus: Be the best-dressed guest 82 ON THE COVER The beauty edit The one trick to achieve ﬂawless skin, every day 84 You glow getter Easy steps for summer-ready radiance How to get that summer glow. See page 84 The latest trends to buy into now. See page 19 Top holiday destinations to visit this summer. See page 160 Time to get outside and get ﬁt! 106 United against dementia Two families share their stories 108 ON THE COVER Beat back pain... naturally A new approach 112 Your health Ask GP Dr Rosemary Leonard food & homes 129 The food edit New foodie buys 130 ON THE COVER Something for the weekend Relaxed and delicious recipes with a healthy touch 140 Wining and dining Kim Hoepﬂ picks the best dinner-party wines 142 The home edit The latest trends 144 ON THE COVER How to have colour conﬁdence We show you how to get it right with the latest looks 152 ON THE COVER What’s your garden passion? Three readers’ gardens, three distinct styles – which would you choose? 158 Simple solutions: Old dog, new tech! The latest pet technology THE BONUS The very best occasion wear, accessories and make-up for all your events. 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See page 130 88 Love your nails At-home nail care 91 ON THE COVER ‘The one hair question I always get asked’ Tips on volume, colour, curls and condition 94 Love your lips Clever care and buys 96 Dress to impress Four readers keep it simple, but still look stylish well-being & health 100 ON THE COVER Get swimsuit-slim this weekend! Your emergency 48-hour beach-body shape-up 103 Summer’s best workouts in every issue 38 173 177 178 180 Magazing A new way to subscribe Coming next month Your horoscopes Monthly stars Classiﬁeds Loves and Hates David Higgs 151 Win one of three ultra-stylish Xenia 2-Division Outdoor Recliner sets, to the value of R15 000 each Rewards for subscribers Would you like to subscribe to woman&home magazine for 12 months? If you sign up before the end of May, you’ll only pay R296,40 for the year’s subscription – or R24,70 a month – down from R456, saving you an incredible 35%! Plus, 24 subscribers will each win a NIVEA Sun hamper, valued at R1 250! 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Le Sablier Hourglass Diffuser, R2 485 for 75ml, Skins Cosmetics ‘Matthew and I celebrated our Emmy nods at home – with beers and a cheese quesadilla’ 12 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE ‘My life is crazy and chaotic – and couldn’t be better’ Keri Russell, who plays an enigmatic spy in the Emmy-nominated TV drama The Americans, talks to us about being an Audrey Hepburn fan, guilty pleasures and her on-screen, off-screen husband G olden Globe-winning actress Keri Russell, 41, grew up in California with her mom Stephanie, dad David, and siblings Todd and Julie. The family moved around a lot, but eventually settled in Florida after Keri landed a spot on the All New Mickey Mouse Club. After a few years on the show, she moved to LA to pursue acting. Her ﬁrst major role was as Mandy Park in the 1992 comedy Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, but Keri really launched into our hearts as the charming Felicity Porter in the TV series Felicity, which ran from 1998 to 2002. She went on to act in blockbusters like Mission: Impossible III, and now stars as KGB agent Elizabeth Jennings in TV spy-drama The Americans. She has two children – River, 10, and Willa Lou, ﬁve – from a previous marriage; and a son, Sam, one, from her current relationship with The Americans co-star Matthew Rhys, 42. The couple live in Brooklyn with the three kids. ON THE AMERICANS When we heard about our Emmy nominations for the show this year, Matthew and I celebrated with beers and a cheese quesadilla. We weren’t expecting it at all! You get so used to being the underdog for so long that you’re comfortable in that place – no pressure, no expectations. So, for three minutes we thought, “This is fantastic!” and then it turned into “Oh no, now people will watch”. And we were nervous again. I’d just had my second child, Willa, when the script for The Americans ﬁrst landed on my doorstep. Obviously, at that time, work was the farthest thing from my mind, but reading such a great story changed that. Plus, they were ﬁlming two minutes away from my home in Brooklyn, so I could walk to work if I wanted to – not that I did that! When the network CEO asked me to take the part, I was stunned. The fact that he wanted ‘Felicity’ to play this cold, icy Russian spy was incredible. I was like, “Me? What are you talking about?” But I loved the relationship between the >> woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 13 the real me ‘Sometimes I’m not the craftmaking, cookiebaking mom I want to be, but that’s okay’ Five things you didn’t know about Keri two main characters, Elizabeth and Philip, where the woman was a little less invested in it. It was such an interesting take on a marriage because it’s usually the woman who’s pining after a guy who’s cheating on her. I read those scripts all the time. INTERVIEWS HOLLYWOOD REPORTER COPYRIGHTED 2017. PROMETHEUS GLOBAL MEDIA. 131572: 0917AT; FAMOUS FEATURES COMPILED BY STEPHANIE VAN DER PLANK PHOTOGRAPHS ANDREW ECCLES/AUGUST/GREATSTOCK I started dancing at a young age, and it comes in handy when I have to do the ﬁght scenes. I wouldn’t say those parts come easily to me, but it’s really fun. There’s a rawness to Elizabeth, so it helps to do a ﬁght sequence and then go into one of the other scenes straight after – I’m exhausted and growly from ﬁghting, and generally more animal, which really suits my character. In the show, I’m most interested in the marriage and the relationship. That’s what ﬁrst drew me to the story. I know that Elizabeth and Philip are spies and they’re ﬁghting about these huge, giant issues with Russia, but they actually argue about the same things all married couples do – it’s the “Why can’t we do it my way for once!” thing. Everyone knows what that feels like. The series is at its best, for me, when it explores that relationship, and the relationships with the children, as that’s really what is at its heart. I think we’re doing a pretty nice version of the eighties. I’m trying to do less shoulder pads and perms, and more silk shirts, gold chains and jeans. I love my clothes on the show. I have all these beautiful ﬁtted suede skirts and high boots, and I love the windswept hair. Personally, I like clothes that are less girly and more simple, such as wearing men’s shirts tucked in, and that kind of thing. I’d say like Audrey Hepburn did. It’s interesting how clear the enemy was back then. In any movie from that period, if I heard Russian accents, I thought, “Oh, that’s the bad guy.” The bad guy in Rocky IV was Russian, so of course he loses. Our balancing act in the series is much more complicated. She has a Golden Globe. In 1999, Keri won the award for best actress in a TV-series drama for her role in Felicity. She caused a hair outcry. In season two of Felicity, the ratings dipped when Keri cut her long, curly hair into a bob. Her bike is her best friend. She cycles around New York City to run errands. She embraces happy hour. She’ll sip on a beer or a glass of wine every day. Massages are her guilty pleasure – and cheesy tacos. Who can blame her? ON WORKING WITH MATTHEW Matthew is a real actor – I’m in awe of him. Often, we’ll be doing a scene together and I’ll think, Matthew is doing all of that, and I’m just doing this. Aargh! Between him and Noah [Emmerich, who plays FBI agent Stan Beeman], I’m probably the most boring person on the show. I had serious hesitations about doing the sex scenes for The Americans. No one wakes up at 6am and is excited to go and get it on at work with 50 of your friends watching. Fortunately, Matthew and I are physically comfortable with each other so it’s not like, “Can I touch your arm here?” But he is quite protective of me and right after we cut, he’s screaming for someone to get me a robe. But, this is the ﬁfth season, so everybody has seen it all! Matthew is incredibly good with people. And women! He’s an amazing listener and is quite emotional so, in that way, I’d say he’s like his character, Philip. He’d kill me for saying that! ON HOME LIFE AND MOTHERHOOD Life is good and busy and chaotic; it’s everything that I could want. My kids are amazing and loads of fun, and I’m trying to be a loving, amiable, patient mom, but there’s no clear map for parenting. Every working mom would agree that you’re pulled in many different directions and you just do the best you can. You do it day by day, and yes, some days are better than others. There are some moments when I’m not the craftmaking, cookie-baking mom I want to be, and you know what? That’s okay. Fortunately The Americans is an ensemble show, so I get a few days off every now and then. That’s when I’m able to do the school rounds and help out with homework. My children don’t come to work with me, but I sometimes take the little one to press events. It’s all a bit of a juggle, really. My mom and I still watch Felicity now and then. We cry and it’s all “Oh, your hair! It’s such an inspiration!” It surprised me that people cared so much about her hair and how she looked. It certainly wasn’t a fashion show, and she wore big, baggy sweaters and boy clothes. But, apparently people noticed everything. Matthew still hasn’t watched that show. And he’s the father of my child! But, I haven’t ever seen Brothers & Sisters either, so I suppose that’s fair. Catch Keri in season ﬁve of The Americans, on every Wednesday at 9pm on M-Net, DStv channel 101. w&h woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTITU DE 15 DO WHAT YOU LOVE KARREN BRADY ON THE BENEFITS OF FOLLOWING YOUR HEART ‘Unless you follow a passion or passionately follow what you enjoy, you will have no idea who you can become’ independent and, ultimately, Most people think that if happy. And it should never matter they spend their lives doing what anyone else thinks about it. something they’re passionate I couldn’t care less what people about, everything else around think about me or my passions. And them will just click into place. it’s that attitude that has been at the It’s true that a career lasts a heart of me being able to do what lifetime, and if you have a job I want and achieve what I have in you love, that really improves terms of business. I do what I want things. But passions don’t always with my life – I say “Yes” when have to be jobs, because passions I mean it, and “No, are something that you thank you” when I ﬁnd in your heart... rather don’t. I stopped trying than in your head. to please everyone and Passions can be focused on pleasing simple things, like myself. Judging your own reading or making life by others’ standards something. Or they can and attitudes is a sure way to live be more complicated, like in misery and disappointment. learning or teaching. But, When it comes to my personal mainly, they are about doing. life, I’m most passionate about Doing whatever you want, carving out time at the weekends to regardless of what other people spend with my husband and family. think about it, and doing it Oh, and scented candles come a with enthusiasm and energy. close second on my list of passions! Discovering a passion Unless you follow a passion or is like ﬁnding harmony in passionately follow what you enjoy, your life and that, in my you’ll have no idea who you can experience, results in waking become. We have only one life up content. And, trust me, that and my best advice is, go live it. is the best way to wake up. So just ask yourself this: if you But most people can’t work had a week where you could do out what it is that they are anything you wanted, what would passionate about. For me, it you do? Whatever it is… that’s doesn’t have to be something called a passion! w&h worthy, but it does have to be something that you ﬁnd worthwhile; usually Share your passions with us on something that makes Twitter @womanandhome_sa you feel strong, ‘Find a passion, and life gains harmony’ New for YOU w&h fashion editor Nastassja Petersen selects her key buys for November LIVING WELL FASHIONABLY We’re in love with Lalesso, a local brand with a strong environmental footprint. Filled with fun prints, the summer range is chic yet whimsical, and a real breath of fresh air – just what we need for warm weather. Dress, R2 490, XS to M THE LATEST TREND FROM ACROSS THE POND... Mother’s rings, also known by some as ‘push presents’, are officially a thing. Singer Adele received a R50 000 gold necklace from her partner as thanks for giving birth to their child! Rings, from R1 199 each, all Pandora CH OUT i it t su Pur Re pu blic Q Modern FASHION ASSISTANT TIAMARA NAIDOO FOR WHERE TO BUY, SEE STOCKISTS PAGE AT WOMANANDHOMEMAGAZINE.CO.ZA PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 AT m ep ch e, R 3 799, Fossil A FUN FROCK The perfect summer dress looks great on you, and it makes you smile – like this belted lemon-print dress. R995, 32 to 38, Cheryl Arthur 1 INSTANT STYLE A printed headscarf is an easy way to add character to a simple outﬁt. Cashmere or silk is a bit of luxury we can all buy into. Heart face silk scarf (left), R1 900; cashmere Mama Afrika scarf (right), R2 017, both African Lab Design PERSONAL TOUCH We adore Jinger Jack’s beautiful leather accessories, and we’re smitten with its monogramming service. Make your item unique by adding your initials to it, and if it’s a gift, you’ll earn double points from your loved one! Crossbody bag, R1 990; wallet, R995; R100 for monogramming 3 THINGS YOU NEED NOW... A DECONSTRUCTED SHIRT 2 This new take on the button-up is easier to pull off than you think, and makes your staple jeans or trousers feel more fashion-forward. R549, 10 to 18, New Look at Zando SPANX JEGGINGS Shapewear that looks like denims? Yes! Enjoy the beneﬁts of shapewear in a trendy pair of Spanx leggings that look like your favourite jeans. R2 120, XS to XL, Spanx at Inner Secrets w&h woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 19 3 TIED UP IN KNOTS What’s the one piece every woman will be wearing this summer? The off-the-shoulder oversized shirt. And what’s the one detail that shirt should have? A knotted front. Look for lightweight cotton in a fine stripe. Layer it loosely over casual capri pants. Add drama with striped bejewelled flats to elevate your dressed-down look. Shirt, R629, XS to L; shoes, R659, both Zara. Pants, R650, 8 to 18, Queenspark. Earrings, R169; rings, R169 for set of four, both Colette by Colette Hayman And Easy, effortless, elegant... want that 24/7 look you can actually wear anywhere? Here’s how to work it, like you haven’t even tried FASHION EDITOR NASTASSJA PETERSEN PHOTOGRAPHER CANDICE ASKHAM 20 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX relax... LADYLIKE LUXURY PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX The summer knit is sleeveless and simple. Opt for a neutral tone and wear it with a sheeny pleated skirt. Mixing a low-key item with modern, molten fabrics is key to nailing the new laid-back look. Keep it understated with flats, or amp it up with sassy heels. Project your A-list status, whatever time of day, with a look-at-me clutch and glam oversized sunglasses. Top, R1 500, XS to XL, Karen Millen. Skirt, R1 899, XS to L, Scotch & Soda. Sunglasses, R3 100, Gucci. Earrings, R219; clutch, R339, both Colette by Colette Hayman. Bracelet, R149, Accessorize. Heels, R1 890, Europa Art Shoes >> in your style EASY ELEGANCE Top, R129, SS to XXL, Mr Price. Skirt, R4 900, 38 to 46, MaxMara. Belt, R175, Poetry. Earrings, R299 for 10 pairs, Accessorize. Necklace, R199; stretch bracelets, R249 for set of ﬁve; bottom bracelet, R169, all Forever New. Heels, R1 199, Rare Earth at Poetry 22 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX A lightweight knit with pretty sleeves? Yes. This is the top we’re all after now. Work it with a structured A-line midi skirt, or with your favourite pair of jeans. Keep things straightforward with delicate jewellery for just a touch of charm. styleininspiration your style IN THE RED PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX Make your separates count by doubling up on colour. A top and skirt in the season’s striking orange-red will turn heads. Give it an element of glam with oversized earrings and matching bangles. They’ll update your look in seconds. Our choice of shoes this summer? Mules! Flat or block heel, worn day or night, or day through to evening. Versatile, comfortable and oh-so gorgeous. Top, R1 999, XS to L, Scotch & Soda. Skirt, R999, 4 to 18, Trenery. Earrings, R980; bangles, R1 780 each, all Black Betty. Rings, R199 for set of ﬁve, Colette by Colette Hayman >> woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 23 JUMP TO IT Not worn a jumpsuit for a while? Well now is the time to try again. A strappy floral version ticks all the new-season boxes. Facets like tassels and a ruffle neckline make it fun. Dress it up with matching high heels or go for leisure in strappy flats – it’s your call. PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX Jumpsuit, R1 195, 8 to 14, Indian Summer. Earrings, R149; bracelets, R199 for set of 10, both Accessorize. Heels, R869, Charles & Keith 24 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE styleininspiration your style IN SHORT PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX Yes, you can wear a pair of shorts! If you think they’re just for holidays, you’ve got it all wrong. They’re a great alternative to a summer skirt. A chic, stripy version is a more modern take – make them high-waisted and you’ll look taller right away. Polish off your look with a sleek blazer. It’s the one piece that will instantly up your game, whatever the occasion. Blazer, R829, 34 to 44, Zara. Top, R550, S to L, Queenspark. Shorts, R99, 28 to 38, Mr Price. Earrings, R114, Colette by Colette Hayman >> woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 25 in your style inspiration style WHITE WONDER If there was one thing that stood proud throughout the spring collections... it was the white shirt. Now it’s back and bigger than ever. Comfort, this summer, is key. Wear it over a clean-cut pair of cropped pants and let the bell sleeve really shine. Just a hint of detail shows you’re totally up to speed. There’s no need to stick to neutral tones throughout – add some spunk with cheerful gingham-print block heels. PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX Top, R299, 8 to 18, Contempo. Pants, R899, 8 to 16, Forever New. Earrings, R299 for 10 pairs, Accessorize. Choker, R1 480, Famke. Heels, R685, Madison 26 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE PURE AND SIMPLE Nothing says ‘easy-going’ quite like a sheer white dress – slip it on over your costume, slide into your shoes and you’re ready for lunch, poolside. Look for an oversized cut with pockets and mesh details to make it all the more carefree. Forget heels – pearly flats are the perfect solution. PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX Dress, R2 399, S to XL, Jets by Jessika Allen at Indian Summer. Necklace, R219; bracelets, R169 for set of ﬁve, both Colette by Colette Hayman. Shoes, R899, Steve Madden >> woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 27 SHORT AND SWEET When classic trousers feel too formal and denim just isn’t doing it... what’s the in-betweener? A pair of tailored longer-length shorts. Don’t be afraid to mix different shades of blue – wear it any way you want! Rev things up with strappy heels to elongate your legs. PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX Top, R1 400, XS to XL; handbag, R4 000, both Karen Millen. Shorts, R3 500, 30 to 40; belt, R1 480, both MaxMara. Earrings, R299 for 10 pairs, Accessorize. Heels, R3 480, Europa Art Shoes 28 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE styleininspiration your style PRETTY IN PINK Some days, a little flutter with your feminine side is just what you need. Nothing picks you up like a pretty dress... go for the ultimate satin-slip style, we say. Keep it informal but polished with a pair of wedge espadrilles. Up the luxe factor with a long, whimsical necklace, delicate bangles and a few dainty rings. FASHION ASSISTANT TIAMARA NAIDOO HAIR AND MAKE-UP DANICA PAULSEN AT CREASED NATION MODEL DANICKA RIEHL AT ICE MODELS FOR WHERE PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX TO BUY, SEE STOCKISTS PAGE AT WOMANANDHOMEMAGAZINE.CO.ZA PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 Dress, R149, SS to XXL, Mr Price. Earrings, R169; rings, R219 for set of 10, both Colette by Colette Hayman. Necklace, R229; bangles, R169 for set of ﬁve, both Forever New w&h The woman&home fashion team shot on location at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in Joburg. For more information, see fairlawns hotel.co.za, or call 011 808 7300. in your style The watch edit Here’s our wish list of the most wantable watches every woman should own... GOOD AS GOLD Sleek and simple – up the luxe factor with full gold or just a splash... PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX FROM TOP: Le Grand Classique in yellow PVD coating, R16 000, Longines. Classic Black St Mawes, R3 899, Daniel Wellington. Slim Runway Black Stainless Steel Watch, R3 999, Michael Kors. M-Band in black and gold, R13 500, Michel Herbelin 30 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE indulgence in your special style MIX THINGS UP PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX Textured straps, unique faces, mixed-metal design... these make a bold statement TOP: Kelly wrap-around steel watch with leather strap, R38 000, Hermès. LEFT TO RIGHT: Cyclos Watch in black and gold, R3 490, Folli Follie. Classic Petite in rose gold, R3 499, Daniel Wellington. Newport in silver and gold, R13 950, Michel Herbelin. Libby two-tone, R4 499, Michael Kors. >> woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 31 HIP TO BE SQUARE Totally timeless, an angular face is the way forward CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP: Classic Carree Ladies, R10 495, Frederique Constant. Cape Cod wrap-around in orange, R45 000, Hermès. Antarès watch (comes with additional interchangeable leather strap), R14 500, Michel Herbelin. Style Code Watch in black and rose gold, R3 290, Folli Follie 32 woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE indulgence special EFFORTLESSLY ELEGANT FASHION EDITOR NASTASSJA PETERSEN FASHION ASSISTANT TIAMARA NAIDOO PHOTOGRAPHS AUBREY JONSSON AT ONE LEAGUE FOR WHERE TO BUY, SEE STOCKISTS PAGE AT WOMANANDHOMEMAGAZINE.CO.ZA PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 Feeling feminine? Then shine with a touch of sparkle... CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT: Ritz Rose Gold-Tone and Acetate Watch, R5 799, Michael Kors. Newport Chronograph, R15 950, Michel Herbelin. Le Grand Classique in red PVD coating, R21 000, Longines. Carrera in black titanium, R65 000, Tag Heuer. Santorini Flower Bracelet Watch, R2 990, Folli Follie w&h PASSION PURPOSE PRACTICE RESILIENCE These are the four key ingredients for a happy, successful and fulﬁlling life. And, best of all, they’re all achievable Talent versus tenacity We’re all fans of talent. We think of it as that ‘magic’ ingredient, a sprinkling of fairy dust bestowed upon the lucky few. But what if, in fact, it’s not so much talent that sets life’s great achievers apart, but something else? When Angela Duckworth taught maths to high-school students, she noticed it wasn’t the brightest, most talented students who excelled, but those who worked the hardest. Of course, talent – the ability to improve quickly – does matter, but without practice and stamina, talent is useless. Angela refers to this as ‘grit’ – the power to keep going through ups and downs. Grit means not giving up, but here’s the nub – not because you have to do something, or you said you would, but because you want to do it. It’s about doing it like you mean it. So it’s not talent we need in abundance, but effort, passion and tenacity. Any one of us can grow grit. 36 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE not because it’s lucrative, or they love fame or success, but because they can’t imagine not doing it. And Psychology professor and author it’s not just celebrities who expound ANGELA DUCKWORTH wrote Grit this advice; research studies show after she left a high-ﬂying job as a people from all walks of life are more business consultant to teach maths satisﬁed and perform better when they – where she realised that IQ wasn’t do something that ﬁts their interests. the main thing separating those who The trouble is most of us have thrived from the ones who struggled. quite a skewed idea of how Her TED talk on Grit has been we might ﬁnd a passion. viewed almost 12 million times. No idea what We often assume that, your passion is? like talent, passion However ill-deﬁned your is a God-given gift interests are, you know that that’s bestowed on some things you hate doing, you in a lightningand others you enjoy. You bolt moment. In fact, don’t have to ﬁnd the ‘right’ you could spend Ask any successful one immediately – just a several years exploring individual what drives direction that feels a number of different them on, whether that’s good. interests before coming author Salman Rushdie or upon your passion. The key fashion designer Nicole Farhi, thing here is to foster a passion. Falling and what you’ll hear time and time in love with a sport, musical instrument, again is that they love what they do. or indeed anything, needn’t be sudden They can’t wait to get on with the next or swift, but can grow gradually. project. These people do what they do, OUR EXPERT 1passion Nurture your HOW GRITTY ARE YOU? 2 Find your purpose Gritty people have purpose. They feel what they’re doing is important and not just for them, but for others, too. For society, for their students, to be a better parent, for the greater good. That’s not to say they’re all saints, but their purpose is a powerful source of motivation – it gives them the drive they need to power on through the setbacks. Finding a purpose is entirely individual. You could be working in marketing for a hotel chain, for instance – not an immediately obvious choice for a passion project – but the fact that you are connected to your clients’ enjoyment of their holidays could make you feel you are making a valuable contribution to their lives. TOP TIP It may be that you can carry on doing what you’ve always done, but – with a tweak of perspective Practice 3 really does make perfect Many of us will work at something for a day, a week, or even a year, but our interest soon dwindles when our attention is caught by the next fad. We book tennis lessons this season, switch to golf the next, and then we’re wondering about trying a cookery course instead. That’s all very well if you’re exploring your interests, but if you want to become excellent at something, you’ll need to focus and practise. On a scale of 1 to 5 – 1 being not like me at all, and 5 being very much like me – score yourself for each point. Add up your score to ﬁnd your grit level. 1. New ideas and projects don’t distract me from previous ones. 2. Setbacks don’t discourage me. I don’t give up easily. 3. If I set a goal, I won’t later choose to pursue a different one. 4. I am a hard worker. 5. I can maintain my focus on projects that take more than a few months to complete. – with renewed vigour. Think of the parable of the bricklayers. Three bricklayers were asked, “What are you doing?” The ﬁrst said, “I’m laying bricks.” The second said, “I am building a church.” And the third said, “I’m building the house of God.” Same job, very different perspectives. Virtuoso violist Roberto Really practise; not just Díaz describes this kind a lot, but with intent. It of deliberate practice needs to be deliberate as “working to ﬁnd and sustained. In any your Achilles’ heel – new activity you will the speciﬁc aspect that improve quickly at ﬁrst, needs problem-solving”. then gains will trail off This might sound like a and your performance terrible grind, but it’s also ﬂatlines, so increased rewarding. You’re getting experience in itself won’t better at something to lead to excellence. For make you feel great. example, you can do the same run three times a week, every week for a Set yourself year, without seeing an a challenge that’s improvement. If you beyond your reach and want to get faster or work towards it. So if your ﬁtter, you’ll need to goal is to improve your tennis time and record your but your serves are weak, performance, and then you practise serves, ideally adjust your training with a coach, who can based on your speed. give feedback. 20+ A paragon of Grit 15 to 20 Moderately Gritty 10 to 15 Fairly Gritty 5 to 10 Not very Gritty Under 5 Could be Grittier your 4 Harness resilience There’s an old Japanese saying – ‘Fall seven times, stand up eight’ – which is the epitome of grit. When faced with setbacks, gritty people bounce back. They see the future as bright, but also as something they can inﬂuence. They have an optimistic outlook. It’s the difference between saying, “I mess everything up” or “I’m hopeless,” compared with “I mismanaged my time” or “I didn’t do my best due to distractions,” which is something you can ﬁx. Adopting this kind of positive attitude will help you get back up when you hit a bump. TOP TIP Practise positive self-talk. 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Her memoir, Meet Me in the In-Between, was released earlier this year. “I’ve never been very good at being told what I should or shouldn’t do. It’s more about working things out for myself than anarchy. I grew up in 1960s New York. It was the time of civil resistance, Martin Luther King and the Black is Beautiful movement. It seemed that the only people doing anything interesting were those kicking against the system. I took note – rules and the bending of them is how we shape the world we want to live in. Everyone needs a code to live by, but rules shouldn’t be followed without question. Too often they veer towards the petty, restrictive and unimaginative. ‘No, no, no’ is hardly an inspiring call to arms and it brings out the contrarian in me. I’ve spent a disproportionate amount of my life doing the opposite of what was advised – you can’t start a business at 19, marry a gambler, and call yourself a feminist and enjoy being wolf-whistled at. You can’t ﬂirt with danger, and run away from your marriage and yourself… Well, I could and I did, though others were eventually proved right. I had no design background when I fell into the fashion world and started my own label, and though for a while it was a grand and exciting adventure, ultimately, I was no match for the deadening mindset of corporate thinking. A clash of culture and temperament put paid to marriage with Giacomo, an Italian art dealer, at 23. I regret neither. I’m cursed with a restless spirit and tend to ﬁnd out about the world by crashing through experience. Still, if there’s freedom and opportunity in ignoring prevailing wisdom, there’s risk and heartache, too. From the salutary to the mortifying, I’ve learnt some tough life lessons – about staying true to myself, about the value of friendship. I’ve discovered that home is a concept, not a geographical place, and that you can’t love another person without ﬁghting them, too. Where does that leave me in my ﬁfties? Well, I think I understand my heart better now and what drives it. I’ve learnt to write my own rules, big or small, according to what makes me happy. PHOTOGRAPH GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/FLASHPOP ‘I’ve learnt to write my own rules’ If that’s dancing on the table, starting a new business should the mood take me, or travelling the world alone, so be it. Some things never change, though. I guess I’ll always be caught between opposing desires – feeling safe, but warming my ﬁngers on the edge of danger. Being married, being part of the family, but needing to spend time on my own. As a ﬂawed feminist, I will continue to march for equal pay and rights while celebrating that men and women are fundamentally different. Rules should be more about integrity than morality. I don’t want to feel constrained by age any more than by gender, race, or an agenda set for me by others. Women in their ﬁfties? We’re a powerful force. If there was ever a time to kick against the system, it’s now. We must be willing to bend the world into the shape it needs to be. To hell with the disapprovers, the naysayers – negative voices too complacent or scared to challenge the status quo. Life doesn’t follow rules, so why should we? Besides, it’s fun to make a little trouble.” w&h Meet Me in the In-Between (Pan Macmillan) is out now. woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 39 Guess what our PASSIONSare? What do you do with your ‘me time’? You’ll be surprised and inspired by these women’s intriguing pastimes... secret passions THE BIKER ‘When I started riding my Harley, friends thought I was having a midlife crisis’ JACKIE BREALEY, 57, is a Pilates instructor. She lives with her husband Mick, 58, a motorcycle-training instructor, and has two grown-up kids from a previous relationship. “People do a double take when I roar up on my black Harley Davidson, take off my helmet, and they realise I’m a woman. Perhaps I’m not what they imagine a Harley enthusiast looks like, but I’m proud to be a part of what is still a very male-dominated community, and hope my passion for the bikes will encourage other women to become interested too. I owe my four-year love affair with Harleys to my husband, 42 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE who’s been a motorbike enthusiast for many years. We met a decade ago and I began ‘riding pillion’ on his Harley, which was his pride and joy. For a long time, I was happy just being Mick’s passenger. I enjoyed the physical closeness to him and, also, I never thought I’d be conﬁdent enough to ride a bike like his myself. Four years ago, we were at a braai with friends whom we’d meet up with at Harley events, and Mick suggested I have a go riding his bike as we were on privately-owned property. I reluctantly agreed. I knew the basics, but my heart was thumping as I climbed on. I went slowly and cautiously, but the experience of being in control of a bike was so different to just being a passenger. I loved it. I caught the Harley bug that day and haven’t looked back. I spent the next year taking lessons on a small motorbike, and passing all the necessary tests so that I could legally ride a Harley on the road. Then, just before Christmas in 2014, Mick called me outside one day and, to my shock, wheeled a new Harley Davidson, wrapped in a big bow, out of the garage. I was speechless, and couldn’t believe that he had bought me such an expensive present! Motorbikes are ‘Marmite’; what some love about them, others fear or dislike. I adore their power, the noise they make and the sense of freedom I get riding down an open road. It’s intoxicating and escapist. Mick and I ‘ride out’ together most weekends around the country. When I started riding, friends thought I was having a midlife crisis, although my kids were supportive, and even now people are amazed at the contrast between my career as a Pilates instructor – where I have to be calm and relaxed – and my noisy, fast hobby.” Would you like to know more? Visit hdavidson.co.za for information. THE SCULPTOR ‘I’m happiest when I’m surrounded by metal cuttings, wire and Perspex’ CORLENE FURSTENBERG, 42, is the head of wardrobe for the soap opera Scandal!. She lives with her partner Simon, 39, an entrepreneur. “Looking at a freshly welded piece of copper glow gold, bronze and green in the sunlight, I’m captivated by its beauty in a way I am with nothing else. When I took up metal sculpting four years ago, my friends and family weren’t surprised, because I have a naturally artistic spirit. My day job sees me channelling this creativity by stitching together and co-ordinating garments, but until that point, I wasn’t creating ‘just for me’. I was ﬁrst exposed to sculpture at uni, where I studied theatre technology, and relished transforming polystyrene, papier WORDS EIMEAR O’HAGAN; VIRGINIA BOSHOFF PHOTOGRAPHS LIZ McAULAY; CANDICE ASKHAM STYLING JILLIE MURPHY; KIRSTY STOLTZ; NASTASSJA PETERSEN HAIR/MAKE-UP LIZ KITCHINER; SARAH JANE GREEN; ADELLE JUNG; MARIA DE VOS AT ONE LEAGUE USING EVO SHOOT CO-ORDINATION NICOLE MOODLEY secret passions mâché and paint into life-size artworks. My career path was destined for the TV industry, but I never forgot sculpting. Then, in 2013 when a friend asked me to sculpt a spiritual totem pole for her home, I leapt at the chance, and it reignited my passion for the art form. When deciding on a medium, I chose metal. I love how it seems to change colour by reﬂecting or absorbing light, so it looks different from every angle; how it can rust and take on a new appearance. Turning scraps into art is such a unique and fulﬁlling process. Some women like shopping for shoes; I love nothing more than bargain-hunting for metal! I’ve even found pieces on the side of the road. I need lots of workspace, so I’ve annexed our garage as a studio. Simon is used to me taking over the house when I’m working on large pieces, with fragments of copper scattered everywhere and wire hanging from the stairs! If I’m not taking something to be laser cut, I rely on my own equipment. I inherited my dad’s old welding kit, and I still had a grinder and drill from my student days, which I’ve since upgraded. I was aware of the basics of metalwork from varsity, but there are intricacies to cutting, grinding and welding I knew absolutely nothing about, so I sought advice from a professional welder, an art-director friend, and some of the setbuilders at work. I wasn’t too intimidated by the tools in the beginning – I just kept practising until I became used to them. I’ve had a few small accidents thanks to my clumsiness, but Simon’s proven to be an excellent nurse! My daytime working hours on set are unpredictable, but even if it’s dark when I get home, I can’t resist the calling of my sculpting studio. I’ll don my gloves, goggles and leather apron, put on music and start welding, grinding and bending for hours. In the future, I want to create pieces for a wellness centre to be used in healing art therapy, and build my portfolio for a solo exhibition but, mostly, I just want to be able to create and live my passion fully every day.” In the Western Cape and want more info? See capesculpturecasting.co.za THE ACROBAT ‘People are amazed by my passion for circus skills, but it really is for anyone’ FIONA DENT, 49, is a group MD of a media publishing house. “Suspended almost 3m above the ground, hanging from a metal hoop by my knees, I block out everything around me and focus on using my body strength and the hoop to perform a sequence of acrobatic tricks and dance movements. It’s physically intense, can be painful and there are some calculated risks, but that only serves to fuel my passion. ‘Circus skills’ is so much more than just a hobby to me. It has become a huge part of my life, and takes up at least ﬁve evenings a week. I’ve always been a physically active person and enjoy pushing my body to its limits. As a child, I did gymnastics so I also knew how to do things like cartwheels, handstands and the splits. But the sequences that I do on the aerial hoop, and the acrobatics I practise, including trampette jumps into somersaults and dive rolls, are harder but more satisfying than anything I’ve ever done before. In December 2012, I saw the most incredible aerial hoop performance at an event and was captivated. I felt compelled to try it for myself. I heard about a nearby professional circus-skills school and then signed up for its aerial courses, including trapeze and acrobatics. I now practise aerial hoop and acrobatics there. When I tell people about my passion for circus skills, they’re amazed. You have to have a certain level of ﬁtness to do it, but you don’t need to be young, and it can improve your ﬁtness.” For classes in Gauteng, see artofsynergy.co.za, and thesilk workshop.com for Western Cape. >> woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 43 THE FLAMENCO DANCER ‘When I dance I feel happy, empowered and passionate’ ABBY GOLLICKER, 41, is single and works as the head of client services for a serviced-office company. “Sitting in a darkened theatre, watching the ﬂamenco dancer on the stage, I had goosebumps. She was so intense and absorbed in the music. I just knew that I had to try it myself. That was back in 2008, just before I was due to move to a new city. As soon as I relocated, I signed up at a local ﬂamenco school. First, I learnt different steps and techniques, investing a few hundred bucks in a pair of special ﬂamenco shoes and a long skirt. Now, my classes are focused on learning choreographies, and when I dance I feel empowered, passionate and happy. I love that I don’t need a partner in order to dance the ﬂamenco, unlike some other styles of dance, and it’s such an emotional art form. It’s very liberating and ageless – students in our class range in age from their twenties up to 70 years old.” Like to know more? See dance directory.co.za to ﬁnd a dance school. 44 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE EVA KHOSA, 32, is single and works as an account manager for a PR and communications company. “Throughout my life, writing has been a solace. I was a quiet child and had difficulty communicating in large, noisy groups, so writing was – and still is – the best way to express myself. Since primary school, my favourite form of writing has been poetry, because it’s powerful being able to express so many feelings in so few words. Later, as a love-struck teen, poetry was my refuge. When I was too shy to approach a boy I’d became enchanted with, I poured my heart out onto my little piece of paper, writing a poem called The One. That catharsis re-emerged again in 2015 when, following an awful break-up, I penned the most raw and honest poem I’ve ever written. It’s one of the healthiest forms of release; a way to let go of negative emotions tying you down. I never thought my private passion for poetry would be anything I’d share with the world, but that’s all changed. Earlier this year, a bride-to-be asked me to write a piece about her and her ﬁancé’s journey together. It was an incredibly special responsibility to be a part of their big day and to articulate their feelings for one another. After the wedding, I was approached by a DJ searching for a poet to feature on Alex FM, a community radio station. I recited and discussed two of my poems on air, and it felt so satisfying sharing my craft on a big platform like radio. It’s important for anyone to nourish their passion, which is why I follow the Current State of Poetry on social media. It’s an organisation that hosts marvellous workshops, national events, and slam-poetry competitions, many of which I’ve enjoyed attending, and where I’ve met many like-minded folk. More than 20 years later, poetry is still the best creative outlet for me; a way to contextualise who I am and add meaning to my experiences. My life is all the richer for it.” Like to know more? Take a poetry course via sawriterscollege.co.za w&h PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX ‘Creating a written, rhythmic expression of your feelings is utterly cathartic’ EVA WEARS DRESS, DAVID JONES AT WOOLWORTHS. NECKLACE, MARNI FOR H&M AT THE SOURCE. SHOES, STYLIST’S OWN CORLENE WEARS JEANS; TOP, BOTH QUEENSPARK. NECKLACE, POETRY. SHOES, EUROPA ART SHOES FOR WHERE TO BUY, SEE STOCKISTS PAGE AT WOMANANDHOMEMAGAZINE.CO.ZA PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 THE POET The WOMEN who champion A LOVE OF reading Stephanie van der Plank speaks to three women working to keep the printed word thriving THE BOOKS JOURNALIST ‘Reading is humanising – it teaches us empathy’ MICHELE MAGWOOD, 57, is an award-winning books journalist and contributing books editor for the Sunday Times newspaper. She also convenes the Sunday Times Literary Awards, and helps facilitate the Franschhoek Literary Festival and the Kingsmead Book Fair. Her blog, Magwood on Books, features podcasts and interviews with wellknown local and international authors. She lives in Westcliff with her husband Paul, 58. Their two children, Sarah, 23, and Conor, 21, are both completing their studies. It’s bizarre to think I shared the same echoey old library as Alexander McCall Smith when we were kids, a fact I only gleaned years later while interviewing him. We had such a laugh! I grew up in Bulawayo – as did he – and, having Irish parents, stories were a part of life. My 46 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE mom took me to the library every week, where the librarian had a beehive hairdo and a cigarette hanging from her mouth. My passion for books was ignited there. Civilisation centres on storytelling. We need to be able to communicate, which is related to telling stories. Having a passion for words, I naturally pursued journalism, later becoming a radio news writer, then a TV producer, where I cut stories to ﬁt slots and honed my craft with words. I made time to read what I liked, and now that’s become my job! I’m fortunate to have found my place in the books world. I started writing for the Sunday Times in 2001 and I just love it. A highlight is getting a preview of what’s coming to our shelves when publishers present their wares for the next six months. I look out for local favourites like Claire Robertson and Paige Nick, and the books creating a buzz overseas. Many authors have told me that after they’ve published work, all they want is for someone to pay it close attention, which I do. Writers are remarkable, and I enjoy getting to know them. I hate to generalise, but most tend to live in their heads, immersed in their imaginations. I relish getting into their creative space, ﬁnding out about their inﬂuences, what makes them tick, and what they want readers to take from a story. I approach each book with respect, because I see how much it takes to put pen to paper. You can’t go through life without the valuable skill of reading. It activates your memory, encourages you to use your imagination, and sets you on the right learning path. It doesn’t matter what you read, if it’s fantasy or an online article, as long as you’re engaging with words and developing your vocabulary. I read about four books a week. It’s a bit chaotic as I usually have a few books on the go at once. I’ll have one in my room, one in the lounge, one at work, and one in the car. Some can be read quicker, and some demand that you savour every word – I love those. Fiona Melrose’s ﬁrst novel, Midwinter, is of that ilk, so I can’t wait to read her latest, Johannesburg. Sometimes you’ll ﬁnd the most interesting snippet about an author buried deep in the Internet. I do heaps inﬂuential women MY SECRET PASSION I have a weakness for beautiful silk scarves, and wear one nearly every day – my favourites are from a shop in the UK. I also adore good white linen, like starched tablecloths, sheets and napkins. You’ll often ﬁnd me scrounging around French ﬂea markets for antique pieces with neatly embroidered initials. ‘I relish finding out what makes an author tick’ of research and tend to over-prepare for interviews. While prepping for a meeting with Lesley Pearse, I stumbled upon an online article that said she’d given up a baby boy for adoption in her youth. I’d never heard that and took a risk asking about it. She said she’d been looking for him all her life, but never found him, and shed a few tears telling the story. It was so moving and genuine, and made me and the audience connect with her more. The best stories are those that can’t be left untold. To be a good writer, you have to be driven. Moms who write for 10 minutes in the car park, or wake up at 4am to put 200 words down before the kids get up often create the best books. Michele’s fervour for books was triggered as a young child and has followed her into adulthood in her work I don’t have a story that demands I write it down, so I’ll leave it to the experts. Reading is humanising; it teaches you empathy. It helps you see things from someone else’s viewpoint and takes you out of your head. I use Gregory David Roberts’ Shantaram as an example – after you’ve read it, you’ll never see Bombay the same way again. You’re exposed to new insights, making you wiser, more accepting, and more aware. I encourage all moms to read to their kids from a young age. If you can’t do it nightly at bedtime, put on an audiobook so they still learn about characters and stories, and the importance of a beginning, middle and end. Reading shouldn’t be a chore – it should be fun! Kindles are like new-age microwaves. When the microwave came out, my mom said I’d never cook on a stovetop again. Yet, today, the microwave stands next to the stove and we use both. It’s the same for e-readers versus printed books. For me, my Kindle is like an appliance I use when it suits me, but it will never take the place of a well-loved hardcover. They can live in harmony together. >> woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 47 THE FESTIVAL CHAMPION ‘Every session at the festival is at its capacity, which is fantastic for our niche event’ The festival started as a children’s community project, as a platform for them to share the stories they had written. In the ﬁrst year, we only had about 20 story applications from kids at various local schools. Today, we receive over 200. We still encourage children to embrace the joy of writing stories, but the festival has since grown to cover all genres for different readers, not only kids. Book-discussion sessions range from the political to the funny and for women only, with people like Moeletsi Mbeki, Helen Zille and Pieter-Dirk Uys fronting past discussions. Each session is at full guest capacity, so the festival is chock-a-block with book lovers. Festival patrons have doubled in number over the last year. Next March, we’re expecting about 3 000 people. One of the best things to come from the festival is the number of books sold in that single weekend. I’ll do whatever I can to keep people buying and reading books, whether they’re novels, real-life stories by local writers, or children’s books. Readers enjoy that physical contact with a book; holding a hardcover copy, hearing each page turn, being able to ﬂip back to their favourite passages. That’s why the print industry will never die. Of course, e-readers have their place, but no one brings a Kindle to a literary festival to be signed, so I think we’re safe. I try to be at every one of the festival’s sessions, not only for research, but also 48 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE because I really enjoy them. Our Fate of the Nation session is really popular – it’s clear people want to know what’s happening around them, and our political writers are excellent at holding discussions. One of my top sessions is the Delicious Word Journey, which ties in two of my passions in life – books and food! I think the festival is a success as it’s still quite small and bespoke, so you know you’re in for a unique experience. Juggling two jobs is demanding – thank goodness I have help. My assistant Sasha Campbell is an angel. We’re constantly jumping between brainstorming festival ideas and talking real estate. Sometimes I’m up at 6am with an idea about which author would be perfect for a session, and I have to wait until it’s a reasonable hour before I can call her. From August, we only have books on the brain – chatting about which authors we could ask to speak at the event and coming up with marketing ideas. I have to say, the festival is my favourite time of year. I certainly have no intention of retiring. I’ve always worked and have done everything from running my own bed-linen business to working as a ski instructor in Switzerland. Pam Golding herself is in her 80s, so if I ever need inspiration to keep going I just look at her. If she can do it, then so can I! Ling makes it her mission to go to every session at the festival MY SECRET PASSION Relaxing in a warm bubble bath is one of my ultimate indulgences, but I’m passionate about getting outside and appreciating the beautiful place I live in. I love going for early-morning walks along the coastline, before the sun gets too hot. PHOTOGRAPHS HEMA PATEL LING DOBSON, 68, a franchisee and principal agent of Pam Golding Properties, set up the Knysna Literary Festival in 2009. The three-day event is held in March each year. Ling is single, lives in a nature reserve in Knysna, and has two godchildren. inﬂuential women MY SECRET PASSION I love cooking, so gravitate towards cookbooks for inspiration. I’ve also recently started listening to podcasts as a form of escape – Russell Brand’s Under the Skin is brilliant. Terry is encouraged by how many people want to read local stories THE PUBLISHING GURU ‘There’s more interest now in books than 10 years ago’ TERRY MORRIS, 44, is the managing director of Pan Macmillan publishers in South Africa, a position that she’s held for the last 12 years. She and her husband Grant, 46, live in Rosebank with their children Jamie and Sasha, who are both eight. I’ve only ever worked for one company, and that’s Pan. It doesn’t make for an exciting CV! I studied industrial sociology and literature, and landed a temp job in data capturing (of all things!) at Pan Macmillan straight out of varsity. Slowly, I worked my way up to sales, then sales and marketing manager, before I was invited to join the board. I was offered the position of MD at 32 and, at ﬁrst, was constantly second-guessing much of what I did in that role. Luckily, I have a very supportive team helping me out. The love of reading is in my bones. My mom took me to the library every week It’s important to expose kids to the joy of reading, as they’re our future authors and readers. One of our ﬁrst international tours was with children’s ﬁction author Anthony Horowitz, and it was lovely to see school halls full of children waiting to meet the person who’d written their favourite book. We try to spark the love of reading early on; then it’s likely to become a lifelong interest. The digital age doesn’t mean the death of print; it’s simply a new channel to market. Yes, when e-readers came out, the number of published printed books took a dip, but they’re on the rise again. We’re seeing more of an interest in print books now than we did 10 years ago – partly due to the many festivals, book clubs, reading and poetry events, and Facebook groups where people discuss books, which is all we want. The industry has been around since the 15th century, so it’ll surely be here for years to come. when I was younger, where I’d read Where the Wild Things Are and the Gumdrop series. Then, when she was managing Exclusive Books in Hyde Park, I worked in the shop on weekends to make some extra cash, and read latest releases. Books are part of who I am. I’m not stuck behind a desk all day; I run around a lot – between the office, author meetings and book launches. There’s a lot of admin and I do stress about ﬁnancials, but I go to one or two launches a week, which is the best part of my job. I love interacting with authors. Since becoming the MD of Pan, the biggest change is that we’ve grown our local publishing lists. With a truly wonderful range of South African ﬁction, non-ﬁction and children’s literature, it’s been very successful. Our bestsellers include Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime and Killing Kebble by Mandy Wiener. I couldn’t do what I do without the help of two very involved grandmothers. Having support at home is crucial, as I still haven’t found a way to be in two places at once. Thankfully, my kids share my love of books, and we all talk about what we’re reading. I hope this interest never becomes ‘uncool’. w&h woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 49 Mixed-generation HOLIDAYS are family gold Author Libby Purves writes movingly about holidays with adult children and the trip her family took ﬁve months before her son’s death 50 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE ‘Joint trips are precious, so book that holiday’ PHOTOGRAPH GALLO IMAGES/ALAMY home after university to live in their childhood bedroom, but now – horrors! – we are told that the Bank of Mom and Dad has moved into the holiday business. There’s a reported rise in even twenty-somethings with jobs being taken on fully funded holidays with their parents. Just as if they were six-years-old with buckets and spades. Of course there will be some whose youthful holiday plans involve rather more drink, drugs, promiscuous hookups and dangerous moped behaviour than they want their parents to know about. I remember my dad – on a family holiday when we four were in our late teens and early twenties – observing darkly, “I cannot admire the children’s Way of Life”. He meant our tendency to get in at 2am after singing our heads off at a local pub and skinny-dipping in the harbour. We explained that actually, Dad, it’s not a ‘way of life’, it’s a holiday. But, times have changed. Relations between parents and grown children have evolved, and the generation gap is closing. Hand on heart, I can’t think of a better use for spare money than going on a family holiday with widely mixed ages. It isn’t the same as parents bailing out an adult child who misuses their own money – a holiday is a treat, a feast, a chance to step away from the ordinary world and do something happy. If you want international and personal examples, I’ll take you back to 2006. Queen Elizabeth surprised the world by organising a holiday on a mini cruise ship with three generations of family. More than one commentator thought this was hilarious, saying that Princess Anne and her siblings would bicker, Camilla would pop on deck for sneaky cigarettes, the corgis would bite people, and Prince Philip would lose his temper. Me, I cheered. In fact, my stout defence of the queen and her threegeneration outing was the ﬁrst piece I felt able to write about after the death of my son Nicholas a month before. I wrote sternly: “Family holidays are the stuff of life”. Whether in a jumbo to Bali or a car to the countryside, for richer or poorer, better or worse, family holidays rock. They weave golden threads into the fabric of life, and glitter on for years. I wrote that piece 11 summers ago because, when Nicholas’ death marked the end of 23 years as a family of four, one of the few things to hold on to was that we had taken – ﬁve months earlier – a tremendous trip to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He could ski bravely up high, while the other three of us waddled around on the nursery slopes or fell over in snowshoes. We saw new scenes, wobbled on a fast dog sled along winding tracks, and marvelled at the scale of the great American plateful. One night we all took a sleigh ride to a skin tent for a braai, and a girl sang John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High. To this day, I can’t hear it without a mixture of sadness and strong approval. When it goes “I’ve seen it raining ﬁre in the sky, I know he’d be a poorer man if he never saw an eagle ﬂy,” I know that Nicholas soared high and wondered at it, saw eagles and cold stars and lightning on the mountain. And told us about it. Both my children travelled competently alone as young adults – Nicholas sailing as a deckhand on a square-rigged ship, and my daughter Rose crossing Europe on trains. But the joint trips are precious. So let’s have no nonsense about multigenerational holidays being a symptom of the overdependent young. They’re great. They cement the bond between parents and children, and between siblings. Go on. Book that holiday. Take everyone. After all, you only live once. w&h SELF-DEFENCE FOR SKIN REPAIR Restore your skin’s protective barrier function with SBR. RESTORE REPLACE A AVAI L AB LE W CR IPTI ON ME D LLY FORMUL D TE A IC ITH OUT A PR ES EMOLLIENTS FOR REPAIR OF SKIN BARRIER FUNCTION IN: DRY SKIN CONDITIONS PSORIASIS CONTACT DERMATITIS ECZEMA SBR cream restores the skin barrier with barrier-enhancing oils in an easy to apply cream base. It has both a rapid and a lasting effect with a formula that maintains the proper balance to enable the skin to stay moist, soft and supple. 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In fact, the contest only grew in popularity, pulling in over 100 000 viewers each week during its second season last year. The TV production is a must-watch, with amateur bakers pitting their skills against each other in the kitchen. Last year, SA’s Bake Off broke the record for the youngest ever winner in over 23 countries, when 18-year-old local, Cait McWilliams, was crowned top baker. This year, the show welcomes TV chef and cookbook author Zola Nene, who joins Tjaart Walraven as a judge, as well as hosts Anne Hirsch and Lentswe Bhengu. The Great South African Bake Off season three premieres on 17 October at 8pm on BBC Lifestyle, DStv channel 174 52 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE THE SHOW FAN Chantelle Botha, 31, is a legal adviser and lives in Wilgeheuwel with her partner Ryan, 35. She’s a big fan of The Great South African Bake Off, and follows the recipes made on the show in her own kitchen in her downtime. “I’ve been baking since I was old enough to see over the kitchen counter and, these days, my Kenwood mixer is my best friend. As a result, my family is always spoilt for choice with my baked goods, from my ‘famous’ moist chocolate cake for birthdays to my home-made mince pies at Christmas. I haven’t missed a single episode since stumbling across The Great British Bake Off in 2012. I think it’s fair to say I’m obsessed! I even watch reruns of the Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood masterclasses over and over again. On one October night in 2015, I sat in front of my TV, anxiously awaiting the ﬁrst episode in the South African season, hoping I’d love it just as much. I wasn’t disappointed with our knowledgeable judges and hilarious hosts, although, some of the challenges that look so easy on screen were quite tricky when I tried them out myself – the Italian meringue was my nemesis! As the local season progressed, I developed little rituals, like baking beforehand so my house smells like baked treats and Tweeting up a storm during the show about who I think should win. All my friends know not to bother me when there’s a new episode of the Bake Off on, unless they want to chime in on the show over Twitter, too! The series has taught me so much, from how to line a cake tin with pastry from the roller and temper chocolate, to how to bake tarte au citron and focaccia – recipes from season two that I downloaded from the BBC website. I’m not sure if I’ll take the leap and enter as a contestant, but I’ll keep on pretending in my own kitchen.” pursuing passions THE HEALTH BLOGGER Transformational health coach Bernice Griffiths, 37, lives in Fish Hoek with her husband James, 39, and their daughter Hannah, 13. She started a blog to share her gluten-free recipes. “When she was four, Hannah kept getting chest infections and had a dry, shallow cough at night. Doctors said it was asthma, but after being on meds, she wasn’t getting better. I thought the problem might be food-related. To test it out, I took her off everything but fruit and veg, and slowly reintroduced some foods. When I reached bread and pasta, her symptoms ﬂared up again. I realised then she was gluten intolerant, and had to change her diet to keep her healthy. I didn’t want Hannah to feel she was being deprived of the treats kids love, but whatever I was used to baking was very sweet and sugary, not wholesome. I looked into how I could make the same yummy foods with ingredients that would be easier on our systems. I started using a gluten-free ﬂour blend when I baked cakes or biscuits, and as we felt the beneﬁts, later replaced sugar with dates, coconut nectar or honey. There wasn’t much difference in ﬂavour and Hannah loved it. Plus, her symptoms totally stopped! Soon, James and I took up the diet, too. A year into our new diet, I started my food blog, Betty Bake, where I post the recipes I make, like my sweet-potato chocolate cake, a family favourite. The positive change in our diet put me on a new career path, too – I’m a transformational health coach now. I love the impact our gluten-free, organic diet has had on my loved ones. For me, it has boosted my immune system and energy, and my skin is more clear; radiant, even. It’s easy staying away from traditional baked goods when I feel this good.” Visit www.bettybake.co.za for more. ‘My daughter’s gluten intolerance made me rethink the way I baked’ THE FUNDRAISER ‘I haven’t missed one episode; I’m enthralled by the show’ Sandy Cipriano, 46, lives in Ballito with her husband Cilo and their sons Ricardo, 16, and Tiago, 13. She started an NPC, Cupcakes of Hope, in 2011. “I started my NPC after a close friend tragically lost her three-year-old daughter to neuroblastoma in 2006. Seeing the family’s heartbreak after the death of this beautiful little girl played on my mind for years. I wanted to take action, and help increase awareness around childhood cancer and raise funds for the treatment of those kids suffering from it. But how? Baking was the ﬁrst idea that popped into my mind. For me, baking is a labour of love, particularly when it comes to making cupcakes – perfect, delectable little tokens of happiness. I can’t think of a single child whose face doesn’t light up when they’re given one. By baking cupcakes, I’d help bring a little light to the lives of children with cancer, and get those with a sweet tooth involved in raising money towards these kids’ medical needs. I held the ﬁrst ‘Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer’ event in September 2011, rallying my community to help bake a record-breaking 21 000 cupcakes – we raised R200 000 from donations! Since then, the NPC has grown rapidly, hosting up to seven events a year. Last year, we raised R1,8 million towards the treatment of more than 700 child cancer patients, with some proceeds going to 16 local cancer-support charities, such as CHOC. Cupcakes of Hope has changed the lives of people affected by cancer, and has allowed our bakers to channel their passion into a worthy cause.” See cupcakesofhope.org >> ‘Our cupcakes bring light to the lives of children with cancer’ pursuing passions Veronica Shezi, 43, lives in Bryanston with her husband Siphiwe and their four children. She owns Vero’s Cakes in Randburg. “I can’t imagine life without baking. I started when I was about 13, mainly making scones from my mom’s trusted recipe. People loved them, and I’d make dozens for friends, but I never charged anything; the idea that I could pursue a career in baking didn’t even occur to me. After school, I did a diploma in analytical chemistry, and then IT, but once I started working full-time, I got bored very quickly. I was still baking scones as gifts, but in 2003, when a friend asked for a bucket of 110 scones for a family gathering, I said I’d need to charge her for it, if only to make up the cost of the ingredients. She was more than willing to pay and, a day later, called to say that my scones were a hit, and she’d got an order for four more buckets! By 2004, I had so many requests for scones that I could barely keep up with demand. The advantage was that I was bringing in a healthy proﬁt selling them; enough to quit my full-time job and set up a small baking startup in my garage. I then signed up for a six-month diploma course in pastry at Capsicum Culinary Studio to upskill myself and grow my repertoire. It took ﬁve years of hard work before I was ﬁnally able to open my own shop in 2009. I expanded my range to include things like cupcakes and lamingtons, and went on an icing course to make wedding cakes as well, but to this day my scones are ‘Who knew my mom’s scone recipe would be my bread and butter?’ THE HOBBYIST Sonia Michael, 46, is an attorney and lives with her partner Mickey, 51, in Wilgeheuwel. In 2016, she joined The South African Cake Decorators Guild. “I only discovered the pastime of cake decorating at a Hobby-X expo in October 2015. I was mesmerised by the delicate, realistic pieces, all created with sugar paste, and saw it as a challenge I’d like to take on. When I chatted to the ladies at the stand, they told me they belonged to The South African Cake Decorators Guild (SACDG), which has branches nationally, and that they meet once a month for a demonstration and to practise skills. I found there was a branch down the road from me, so I signed up soon after. I started out simply, still the lifeblood of my business. I now have two stores and a fantastic team I trust to bring my recipes to life. From time to time, I still ﬁnd myself in the kitchen, donning my apron and experimenting with a new recipe. It’s always a breath of fresh air for me, and a reminder that following your passion really can pay off.” For more info, see veroscakes.co.za covering a cake with fondant, before moving on to more advanced things like making sugar-paste ﬂowers. In four months, after some lessons and hours of practice whenever I had a free moment, I entered my ﬁrst competition at the Good Food & Wine Show. Here, I won silver for my white wedding cake with lace detail, draped with vanilla orchids. My success spurred me on to enter the Bloem Show this April, where I was awarded gold – a huge achievement for me! The SACDG ladies are a big help – even late at night when I’m rushing to ﬁnish a competition cake and can’t work out a technique! Cake decorating has become such a creative outlet for me, and quite relaxing – stress evaporates when I’m immersed in a pretty new project.” Visit sacdg. co.za for info. w&h ‘Cake decorating is a creative outlet for me’ 54 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE PHOTOGRAPHS HEMA PATEL; JOSHUA ROODE; GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/THINKSTOCK/ISTOCK THE CAREER BAKER 0 % data used 100 % unlimited entertainment Stream your favourite shows and music infinitely at home and on-the-go. 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Standard terms and conditions apply and can be viewed at www.telkom.co.za. E&OE. *MyBroadband article, 29 July 2016. Switch to the best data provider.* ✓ ✓ ‘My new surrounds inspired me to change my life” Beverley Mawson, 68, sold her family home in Roodepoort to start a new life alongside Sabie River, where she runs a rehabilitation centre for large animals was heading for 65 when it struck me that I wanted a lifestyle change. I’d always been someone who kept busy, and I simply couldn’t see myself slipping into retirement. We’d lived on Joburg’s West Rand for 22 years. I managed a dental practice nearby, but my husband Jeffrey, a hydraulics engineer, left home at 4am every day to commute to Edenvale, sometimes working till 8pm, or staying on for 48-hour shifts. He has a typical I Type A personality and loves his job, but struggles to unwind – it seems to be a common city attitude. Everywhere you go, people are rushed, traffic is backed up as far as the eye can see and supermarkets are crowded. No one stops to say hello, and regardless of the years we’d lived in our area, I just never felt a sense of community. By mid-2013, my stepdaughters had grown up and moved out. Tracy is a busy mom in the UK and, in Joburg, The horses are free to roam the rehab centre’s ﬁelds Having truly embraced rural life, Beverley is thrilled by the sense of community in Sabie Nikki is a journalist and Pauline had just qualiﬁed as a psychologist at the time. Our once vibrant home felt empty. It was madness to think we’d be retiring here, in the rat race, all on our own. Jeff and I have a mobile home that we’d been taking on holiday to Sabie for years. We love the area’s serenity – the canopies of trees, the still river with lush banks, occasional glimpses of greywing partridges waddling along the pebbled ground. On one of our getaways there, as we sat watching the sunset over the river, wine glasses in hand, I turned to Jeff and said, “Wouldn’t you like to live here?” His answer? Yes, without hesitation. By January 2014, we’d sold our home, packed up our belongings and waved goodbye to our old life. On the day we moved into our new Sabie house, there was a crowd of smiling neighbours at the front door. I had ﬁnally found that sense of community I was yearning for! At ﬁrst, I simply relished the idyll of country life, but after a few months, I felt the need to be involved with something. Just down the road from us was a derelict stable yard, knee-deep in ﬁlth, with broken fences and no grazing grass, only weeds. The owner couldn’t afford the maintenance and in April 2015, she offered us the chance to take it over. I’d grown up on the boundary of Nairobi National Park, where my father was an honorary game ranger, so I have a fondness for large animals. I longed to rehabilitate neglected non-domestic animals in the Sabie yard; to give them a peaceful forever home. After we had accepted the owner’s offer, it took six months and about R200 000 in savings to get the place into pristine condition. Sausage, our mare, was a resident of the stables before I bought them, and after some TLC, she’s now a glossy, gorgeous girl of 27. I’d already bought my ﬁrst horse, Toby, the year before, after he’d been severely neglected by previous owners. He was skin and bones, and so nervous. He lived on our property and after six months of grooming, walking him on a halter, and feeding him a diet of oats, carrots and apples, he’s a whole new loveable horse. I also brought in a miniature horse, Barbie, who’d been kept in a townhouse garden. When she arrived, she ran wildly in the open grass. Our donkey, Yea Yea, was given to me by the SPCA, who found him cruelly mistreated, with an iron bar through his ear and his legs bound with wire. He’s come on in leaps and bounds. So now, we Beverley’s miniature have our three horses, donkey, two horse, Barbie, goats, two pigs and a livery horse. has become My rehabilitation is non-proﬁt, but quite the maintaining animals is expensive, character so I fund my work through talks to ‘As we watched the sunset over the river, I knew I had to live here’ WORDS VIRGINIA BOSHOFF PHOTOGRAPHS JEFFREY MAWSON schoolkids about how to behave around large animals, like horses and donkeys, who scare easily. I also do kids’ riding lessons and birthday parties at the stables. The idea of using our animals for therapy grew organically. I saw how a friend, who suffers from depression, had her spirits lifted after grooming Yea Yea, and I’d heard about the therapeutic effects horses had on disabled people. I now use that principle to help out the stressed and depressed. My rule for the stables: leave your worries at the gate. Rural life doesn’t come without its adjustments. There are no cinemas, only a handful of good eateries, and we drive an hour for certain groceries. I’ve also been waiting on a freezer-repairman for two weeks! It’s not called the ‘slow veld’ for nothing, but we’re happy with the compromise. I left behind traffic to spend golden evenings by the river with a book in my hands, watching ﬁsh eagles teach their young how to hunt. Running into a friend in the market leads to an afternoon of slow-paced tea and cake, and neighbours often ring my doorbell to offer me their leftover farm-grown produce. Even when it involves waking up in the dark on a freezing winter morning to muck out the stables, I wouldn’t trade my life here. I’m living with purpose in beautiful Sabie, and that’s an amazing feeling. >> woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 59 Diana’s outdoor art installation is a haven for visitors to the area ‘Who knew by going back to my roots I’d ﬁnd my inner artist?’ 60 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE Fort Hare in Alice, so we decided to settle in beautiful Hogsback, with him commuting to work every day. I couldn’t work as a physiotherapist there, since there weren’t any large practices nearby, but we were conﬁdent that the move would be the best thing for our family. We arrived to no electricity or hot water at our new home. The silence was other-worldly, especially at night. No more cars, noisy neighbours, or industrial chaos, just still air and an endless starry canopy overhead. At ﬁrst I thought I had to ﬁll the silence, but I soon came to realise it was the peace I’d been missing. The peace and the scenery. In PE, I had to seek out parks, rivers and valleys to spend time in nature, but now the landscape is on my doorstep. I love being able to wander through the countryside, canoe on the local lake, and watch louries sweep from tree to tree. My beautiful new environment inspired me to begin painting. I don’t have any formal art qualiﬁcations, but painting began to take up more and more of my time, organically growing into my new vocation. Between 1993 ‘You can start your life afresh’ WORDS VIRGINIA BOSHOFF PHOTOGRAPHS PROFESSOR BEN BESTER Ecological artist DIANA GRAHAM, 70, left PE for Hogsback, where she found her new calling. She lives with her partner Ben, 73, and has one son, two stepchildren and two grandsons. “It’s not that I dislike the city. I think urban spaces are fascinating – the architecture, the people, the activities are so diverse and stimulating, which is why some thrive in metropolises. But I’m most alive when surrounded by nature. I grew up on an Eastern Cape farm, so closeness to the earth is instilled in me. In the late ’60s, I moved to PE to start a career, marry, and raise a family. I practised as a physiotherapist for 10 years, working at several hospitals in the area. While I found the work to be hugely rewarding, the tranquillity of the countryside was never far from my mind. On difficult work days, I’d close my eyes to escape, imagining myself walking in a silent, sun-streaked ﬁeld. Looking back, I realise I was passing off my high-strung nature as ‘practicality’. Since moving, I’ve relaxed and come to know myself – my artistic, philosophical leanings, and my deep interest in ecology. In 1983, my then-husband landed an art-lecturing position at the University of and 1994, I was exhibiting my paintings and drawings at the Grahamstown Festival and galleries across SA. But by 1995, I wanted to prioritise honouring the environment, and so began construction on my outdoor art installation, the EcoShrine. It’s a sculpted encircled structure where art and nature meet, that houses eight oil paintings, a large pond, and mosaics. The Eco-Shrine, open to the public, has become quite the tourist attraction, and I make sure to speak to each and every person who visits it. There are no surrounding coffee shops or B&Bs, just a lush paradise of ecological stillness. I don’t think many visitors expect to be overwhelmed by the natural beauty of the shrine, but many have been reduced to tears visiting it. Life is so different now. While my husband and I sadly parted ways, I remained in Hogsback. I wake up every day to the view of clouds forming silently on the sea. My grandsons visit and adore running around in the open air or going up to the mountain with Ben in his vintage Jeep. We’ll paint together in my studio, each boy with a small square of canvas and a hundred artistic ideas. I create art, lead a contemplative life, and bask in the silence. Most importantly, I am where I’m meant to be.” w&h Dr y Eye therapy that locks in moisture NEW How WE GIVE back From cooking to raise money for charity to being an understanding friend, four famous women reveal acts of kindness, both big and small ‘VOLUNTEERING HAS TAUGHT ME A LOT ABOUT THE HUMAN SPIRIT’ A ctress AMRAIN ISMAILESSOP, 42, lives in Cape Town’s southern suburbs with her nine-year-old daughter. I live by the saying that you can never step into the same river twice – both you and the river will be different. It’s about constant change, about how every day brings the possibility of a new beginning with it, about doing things differently, and constantly learning about yourself and the world around you. I don’t believe in the idea of mistakes or regret, but rather that every experience is a chance to learn. I’ve come to realise that feeling comfortable in my skin is an ongoing process, and that it’s okay if I don’t have my ducks in a row all the time. Two years ago, I had a very different outlook. There’s a myth in society that ‘life begins at 40’ and that’s when everything should fall into place. When I hit that milestone birthday, I expected to feel fabulous, but I soon realised that reality doesn’t always meet our expectations. I was upset at ﬁrst, because I still felt a bit unsure of myself, but I decided to stop trying to measure up to an ideal and rather be happy in my own skin. That’s when the fun started! Having my daughter is the best thing in my life. She’s so wise for a nine-yearold; she keeps me grounded. This year, she saved up to buy a sewing machine and we’ve been having fun creating bits and bobs together. Those simple moments are the ones I cherish most. Although we didn’t stay together, her dad and I are committed to giving her the best life – he’s a very good dad. It’s easy to think, “Will my time really make a difference?” and become overwhelmed by the idea of giving back, but everyone can contribute. Five years ago, I really put my mind to it and thought carefully about the areas ‘My granddad would say, where there’s a will there’s a way’ AMRAIN WEARS DRESS, POETRY. NECKLACE, WITCHERY AT WOOLWORTHS SAM WEARS TOP; JACKET, BOTH H&M. NECKLACE, WOOLWORTHS NTOKOZO WEARS DRESS; BELT, BOTH CITY CHIC. NECKLACE, FOREVER NEW LOUBNA WEARS DRESS; JEWELLERY, HER OWN FOR WHERE TO BUY, SEE STOCKISTS PAGE AT WOMANANDHOMEMAGAZINE.CO.ZA PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 where I could make the most difference. I now volunteer in local schools’ drama departments because, as an actress, it’s what I know best. It’s heart-warming to see children ﬁnd their voice and inner conﬁdence after a few acting exercises, and see how that empowers them. ‘I’m so often encouraged by how people care for others who are in need’ The rewarding experience of mentoring children on stage made me want to do more. For the past three months, I’ve also been volunteering at the Christine Revell Children’s Home, where I visit the children weekly to read them stories, sing to them, and (mostly) shower them with cuddles. Kids should be lavished with love and attention. I support the home wherever I can – this month, I’m helping to organise a fundraising event. My grandad would say, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” If I’m wrestling with a problem, I think of him and how committed he was. He worked in politics, and was a loved and well-respected man in his hometown of Beaufort West. I remember people queuing outside his house to talk to him about everything from legal advice to a food shortage – he always found a way to help. He believed we all have a responsibility to make the world a better place if we can. Astrology fascinates me. As a child, I’d ask my mom existential questions like “Where do we really come from?” and “What is the meaning of life?” My quest to understand life at its core has followed me into adulthood, so that now I’m doing courses and webinars on the different aspects of astrology, like Vedic and quantum. It’s an amazing science. Personal heartbreak is a powerful tool in my line of work. In The Whale Caller, I portray a wounded woman plagued by sorrow. Most of us have been through tough times, so I channelled my own grief and experiences into the role. I hope audiences resonate with the story, because I found playing the character truly empowering; almost therapeutic. Catch Amrain in the new ﬁlm The Whale Caller, out in cinemas on 13 October. ‘HELPING SOMEONE DOESN’T MEAN YOU NEED TO GO WITHOUT’ Author and TV presenter SAM COWEN, 44, lives in Rivonia with her husband Martin, 44, and their two children, Chris, 14, and Genevieve, 11. I haven’t been single for 20 years, and it’s a very different game today. But it’s heartening to see the number of single South Africans intent on ﬁnding love. As show facilitator on Married at First Sight South Africa, I’m meant to stay neutral. I can’t help but root for everyone though – I’m at their weddings, for goodness sake! I want them to be together forever. Martin and I catch up over coffee every morning, even if it’s at 5am. Maybe that’s our version of ‘date night’. It’s important to reset every day so you stay in touch with your partner all the time. It’s easy to try to save up time for weekends and holidays, but then you run the risk of losing touch in the gaps between breaks. I want to know how every one of Martin’s days has been, and I know he feels the same. I read somewhere that there are two types of women – those who have breast cancer and those who fear getting it. That’s what led me to become involved in the breast-cancer awareness organisation, PinkDrive. I hosted their Christmas in July event this year, and I’ve swum the Midmar Mile and run the Two Oceans half-marathon to help raise funds for them. They were amazing when my mom was struggling with the disease, so I’ll always support them. My mom taught me that if you stop to look, there’s beauty in everything. She enjoyed all that life had to offer, especially the small things. She’d be in the middle of a conversation with me and suddenly stop to feed the birds outside – she fed them at 9am and 3.30pm every day, no matter what. >> woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTITU DE 63 in our experience She taught my children to bake and took them to the park to play on the swings. Her love of life was inspiring. Helping someone doesn’t mean you have to go without something yourself. There was one month this year where my computer packed out, I crashed my car, and got an enormous tax bill. Then, a friend of mine asked if she could borrow money and I said yes. Martin wasn’t impressed, because we couldn’t really afford it, but then our tax bill was resolved and we could relax. I have faith that everything works out in the end. Becoming an ambassador for The Smile Foundation gave me a new appreciation for doctors. The charity raises money to help children with facial abnormalities like cleft palates, which can cost up to R50 000 to correct. But the doctors work for free. A few months ago, I watched an eight-month-old baby have his skull repaired as it was growing in a misshapen way, and after ﬁve hours, he was perfect. He’ll never know how it might have been. Thanks to his doctor’s help, he’ll just grow up to read and write, and ride his bike like other young boys. Feel-good reality TV is my weakness. I don’t like the mean shows where there’s yelling and stomping around in kitchens. But I’ll always make time for Strictly Come Dancing or The Great South African Bake Off. I like that the worst thing that can happen is that someone’s cake doesn’t rise. I’m a huge softy. Maybe it’s too optimistic, but I truly believe people are inherently good. When disaster strikes, you just have to look around to be amazed by people’s good nature. How much was donated after the Knysna ﬁres this year? And after the Cape storms? I read stories about men and women donating kidneys to save strangers’ lives, and I can’t help but feel encouraged and in awe. Catch Sam in season two of Married at First Sight South Africa, on every Friday at 8.50pm on Lifetime, DStv channel 131. ‘ELEPHANTS ARE MY SPIRIT ANIMAL; I’LL ALWAYS SUPPORT THEM’ TV producer and 50|50 presenter NTOKOZO MBULI, 35, lives in Joburg north with her son Azolile, one. I’ve learnt so much presenting 50|50 – from cattle farming to hyacinth invasions. A favourite fact is about a strangler-ﬁg tree known as wurgvy, which leans on another tree when it grows. It’s comforting to know nothing in nature exists on its own. That’s true with people, too – we can’t survive without the support of loved ones. Giving to others does make you feel better about yourself, but it’s also lovely when someone helps you! Small gestures are sometimes the most appreciated, like my mom offering to change my son’s nappy. When Azolile was born, he was incredibly tiny. My pregnancy was stressful, as I had a miscarriage before and was terriﬁed it would happen again. He was born two months prem and was in the NICU for four weeks, so I couldn’t breastfeed. I worried we’d missed time to bond, but everything settled down once I took him home. Elephants are my spirit animal. They’re the clan totem on my mom’s side, so I’ve always felt connected to them. Their familial and social structures are like my own, where matriarchs rule the roost – I come from a family of strong women. ‘Giving back makes you feel better’ I’m a proud ambassador for the Rory Hensman Conservation & Research Unit, which focuses on elephant research and welfare. The unit is in the process of developing man-made elephant milk for orphaned calves, and a DNA database allowing rangers to track elephants over Africa to monitor poaching. My job is to raise awareness around the projects; it’s so rewarding. 50|50 is on every Sunday at 7pm on SABC 2, DStv channel 192. PHOTOGRAPHS ELMA STORM; CANDICE ASKHAM STYLING ANÉ STRYDOM; KIRSTY STOLTZ HAIR/MAKE-UP SIAN MOSS; ADELLE JUNG SHOOT CO-ORDINATOR NICOLE NAIDOO AMRAIN SHOT ON LOCATION MONDIALL RESTAURANT AT THE V&A WATERFRONT ‘Friendship is one of life’s big treasures’ I can go for a quick walk. I also take my camera on holiday when we escape to the bush, and I return to Joburg with a stacked memory stick. I’ve become fast friends with the women in my cooking club. We’re from various walks of life and none of us are in the same profession, but we share a love of food – we call each other the cooking sisters. We chat about new recipes and cooking tips, but we also get together for coffee catch-ups. Friendship is one of life’s greatest treasures. In general, I try to be a fountain, not a drain. The small things matter, like being courteous, smiling, and saying thank you. I’m very chatty, so often start talking with people in a doctor’s waiting room, or to the lady behind me in the shopping queue. I also try to be a good and understanding friend. Properly listening is, at times, all the help someone needs. ‘MAKING OTHERS HAPPY AND STRONG BOOSTS YOU IN TURN’ Moroccan-born artist and designer LOUBNA AYOUCHE COMBALAT set up her fashion label Loayo Art & Creations in 2014. She’s married to Norbert and has three kids: Ines, 19, Ayman, 15, and Adam, eight. Loubna lives in Dainfern. When my daughter left to study in the UK, I cried for days. I went with Ines at the beginning of the year to help her get settled, but leaving her behind to return to SA was almost unbearable. I recently heard someone say that parenting is a process of letting go, and I couldn’t agree more. Thankfully, Ines and I speak on the phone every day, which helps to shorten the distance a bit. I still can’t wait to have her home for Christmas! My studio is my happy place. I’ve set up a beautiful showroom in our home for all my fabrics, patterns and paint – and there’s colourful silk all over. Music is key to my creativity, so I’ll often put on an album by Maﬁkizolo, my local favourites, or something Arabic to get back to my roots. When I’m in the zone, hours disappear. The next thing I know, it’s time for me to start making dinner. When I want to de-stress, I grab my camera and go for a walk. For some reason, photography helps me unwind. I think it’s because I’m so immersed in capturing nature’s beauty, I instantly forget life’s daily stresses. We live in a lovely tree-lined neighbourhood where I believe in what I call ‘emotional karma’. Not necessarily the idea that if you do good, good things will happen to you, but that if you make someone feel happy and strong, that can, in turn, make you feel happy and strong. Just by lifting someone else up, you can build your own emotional strength. Whatever you give will come back to you, whether or not it’s in the way you imagined. This month, I’m planning a fabulous fundraising event. The ladies in my cooking club and I did a similar thing two years ago to raise money for local charities, and it was so rewarding. This year, we’re hosting a Middle Eastern dinner party where we cook the food, I paint an artwork to auction off, and we all enjoy an evening of entertainment. We’re hoping to beat our 2015 target, where we raised over R300 000 for the youth charity Vuselela, disability-care NPO Little Eden, and Shumbashaba, which runs a horse therapy programme. Loubna’s designs will be showcased at SA Fashion Week at Sandton City from 24 to 28 October. w&h woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTITU DE 65 EXCLUSIVE MY MIDLIFE foodie f ixes Mimi Spencer, co-author of the insightful book The Midlife Kitchen and bestselling The Fast Diet, shows how to make a healthy difference to your diet in your 40s, 50s and beyond A s my 50th approaches, I no longer eat for weight loss. I eat for health gain. That means subtle changes to my diet, nothing to freak out the kids – just familiar, health-boosting ingredients in tasty combinations. Evidence shows that making decent nutritional choices – cutting back on reﬁned sugar and salt, eating plant foods rich in phytonutrients, embracing a Mediterranean approach with an emphasis on fresh veg and healthy oils – can make a difference. It’s this approach to eating that inspired my friend Sam Rice, who’s a food writer, and me to write The Midlife Kitchen, detailing the kinds of foods that can help stave off agerelated decline. At this halfway point in life, we both found that our tastes and nutritional requirements had changed; we needed lean protein, gut-friendly probiotics and slow-burn carbs, and plenty of plants with fortifying vitamins and minerals. Our buzzwords aren’t ‘restriction’, ‘detoxing’, or ‘clean eating’; we prefer diversity to exclusivity, variety to restriction. And if it’s not completely delicious? Well, you can count us out. These days, we both have a ‘midlife pantry’ of ingredients to hand, which is full of things that we know can stack the odds in our favour as the years tick by. Here, then, are my top tips for a quick-ﬁx midlife health boost… ‘Subtle diet changes can help stave off age-related decline’ 66 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE To slash the salt levels… Using what we call ‘semi-salt’ is my way to cut salt intake, reducing the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Our favourites include lemon-zest salt (1tbsp sea salt mixed with lemon zest), porcini salt (3tbsp ground dried porcini with 2tsp sea salt) and cumin salt (1tbsp cumin seeds and 2tsp sea salt). The best of the lot is gomashio – a Japanese semi-salt made from unhulled sesame seeds and sea salt in a ratio of 10:1. The seeds add ﬁbre, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, calcium and iron; sprinkle on steamed green beans, salads, or scrambled eggs. life stage PHOTOGRAPHS GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/THINKSTOCK/ISTOCK; GALLO IMAGES/ALAMY; CRAIG HIBBERT/MAIL ON SUNDAY/SOLO SYNDICATION PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 To give my immune system a natural boost... Fresh turmeric root has antiinﬂammatory and antioxidant properties thanks to its bioactive compound curcumin. Beneﬁcial for the brain and heart, it can help to prevent age-related conditions including arthritis, and plays a role in regulating blood sugar – reason enough for us all to get plenty of it in our middle years. We use fresh turmeric root in a glorious Balinese curry paste. Or make it into a juice: blitz with root ginger, fresh orange juice, lime juice and coconut water, plus a grind of pepper (increases the body’s ability to absorb curcumin). The only downside? The telltale yellow ﬁngertips of the turmeric eater... WHEN I WANT A SUGAR FIX… I’ve always been candy mad and, in the distant past, could easily have considered a whole tube of fruit pastilles a decent meal. But we all know that reﬁned sugars are the devil’s own work – so now, my midlife craving ﬁx is dates. Full of ﬁbre with a relatively low GI (glycaemic index), they won’t spike blood sugars to the extent reﬁned sugar does. Make date syrup by whizzing Medjool dates with a splash of water and a squeeze of lemon juice, then drizzle over porridge or plain yoghurt for a sweet breakfast. When I get a snack attack... I turn to what we’ve christened ‘Middle Aged Spread’, which is a sort of grown-up home-made hummus. I’m addicted to this dip-spread hybrid when I’m peckish. It combines spinach (packed with vital vits) and butter beans – full of protein, ﬁbre and healthy slow-burn carbs – whizzed in a processor with plain yoghurt, olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, garlic and spices – all prime midlife ingredients. The upshot is a total taste sensation when slathered on wholewheat toast and topped with seeds (bringing healthy fats to the party). I’ve been known to eat a whole tub of this with a teaspoon when no one is looking! WHEN I NEED TO WIND DOWN… Almond-milk chai is a lullaby in a mug. Combine warm unsweetened almond milk with cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and a chai teabag. Among their many midlife beneﬁts, almonds contain tryptophan – an essential amino acid required to synthesise serotonin (the ‘happy hormone’) and melatonin (the ‘sleep hormone’) – plus sleep-boosting magnesium, making it a great nightcap if you have trouble dropping off. Making your own almond milk may sound like a faff too far, but it’s easy to do and ensures you’re getting the nuts’ full nutritional beneﬁt, which is often not the case with some bought brands that contain as little as 2% almond content. rol-lowering sunﬂower seeds and almonds (for vitamin E and calcium, which beneﬁts bones and joints), in a ratio of 3:2:1. Add to anything and everything – bakes, cakes, crumbles, porridge, granola, or as a coating for veggie burgers and falafel. Think of it as seed capital for a healthier life. w&h The Midlife Kitchen (Octopus Publishing), by Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice, is available from takealot.com woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 67 Writer Louise Atkinson, married to Jonathan for 22 years, explains what happened to their relationship when a fascinating book inspired her to secretly change her behaviour Are you the DRIVING FORCE in your marriage? ouise, 52, and husband Jonathan, 53, live with their three teenage children. "When we met all those years ago, I was very much attracted to Jon’s lovely soft, caring 'beta' qualities, and I’m pretty sure he thought my thrusting, go-getting 'alpha' nature was exciting and possibly even sexy. Now, though, even he might say I’m far too often the one trying to wear the pants. Like many of my girlfriends, I’m ambitious, organised, straighttalking and (usually) decisive, and the only way I can juggle full-time work with the slippery ﬁsh of family life is by extending some of the planning and decision-making I use at work to home. But then I read a book, The Alpha Female’s Guide to Men & Marriage, by US relationship expert Suzanne Venker, L 68 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE and began to wonder… are the mood swings and short fuse of menopause starting to put a little too much alpha icing on my already alpha cake? Many of my closest friends run their families like they run their careers, with ruthless efficiency. And when we get together over a bottle of Prosecco, one of us will inevitably end up moaning about having to take charge of the shopping, cooking, ﬁnances, the kids, birthday presents, holidays and ageing parents (on both sides). I’m ashamed to admit the kind, gentle men we married are sometimes viliﬁed for their inability to do the most menial tasks 'properly'. We might chat about how our men are becoming more set in their ways or ageing faster than us, and we share stories of nipping back from the gym to whip up a green juice or kale salad, only to ﬁnd our men slumped in front of the TV, a glass of red wine in their hands. Sound familiar? There’s little doubt that in many long-term relationships it's the alpha women who so often stay busy, while their men fall into the pattern of shutting up or doing nothing. But this book made me wonder – could we strong women be inadvertently crushing our men into infuriating passivity? According to Suzanne, the key to marital harmony lies in dialling down your alpha tendencies and giving your man the space to rev up his. Would it work for us? Time to experiment (secretly, of course). I started by brieﬂy showering Jon with uncharacteristic kindness, 'A slight shift on my part led to renewed harmony' relationships Are you the alpha or beta? PHOTOGRAPH GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/JAG IMAGES Louise and her husband Jonathan ps, but you’ve got to start redressing the balance somewhere). Last weekend I was heard saying to friends, 'Oh, tell them that story about the dog, Jon.' There’s a chance I might have been able to tell it better, and it wasn’t embellished with nearly as much exaggeration and theatrics as I’d have used. But something odd happened – I really did love seeing him centre stage. His re-emerging self-conﬁdence was attractive in a way that echoed our younger selves. I started to hunt for more ways to relinquish control and share out the power base I’d clearly been hogging, and now Jon has the delights of dealing with the accountant and dayto-day ﬁnances (dull, dull, dull), the supermarket shop (I won't complain about his choices), and holiday transport logistics (it’s hard to relinquish trust on that, but after numerous missed ﬂights, I trust myself less and have faithfully promised not to intervene). One month later and he really does seem happier. It’s all very subtle and I’m not sure he’s even noticed I’ve changed, but he appears to be taking more of a lead in the kitchen (as long as I stay out of the way), and odd jobs I used to nag him about are miraculously getting done. When you’ve been a couple for decades, it’s easy to blame your man if errant hormones make you feel grumpy or disillusioned. But looking at our marriage from a different perspective has helped me to remember that longterm marriages have ups and downs, excitements and disappointments. I certainly haven’t morphed into a fawning Stepford Wife (and who would want to?), but I was surprised to ﬁnd a slight shift on my part has led to renewed harmony at home. Men – it turns out – are more fun when you cut them a bit of slack." 3 TIPS TO TRY 1 Talk less and listen more – stop ﬁnishing his sentences and improving his anecdotes. Avoid saying “No” or “I have a better 2 The alpha wife is easily identiﬁed as the woman who feels nervous or out of control when not in charge – both at home and at work. She might also be inclined to contradict her husband or tease him in public, talk over or frequently interrupt him. An alpha husband often kicks back and triggers ﬁreworks, but if your partner has easy-going beta tendencies he’s more likely to stay quiet, convincing himself that the home is happier (and life is easier) when you hold the reins. “In taking over, you can inadvertently allow your need to be in charge to suffocate your man’s masculinity,” Suzanne warns. “He might duck out of your way and adjust his alpha level to make room for yours, to avoid conﬂict.” She believes an alpha wife can be so picky about the perfect holiday that, over time, her beleaguered husband could lose faith in his ability to choose. If you’re married to someone who is happy to 'go with the ﬂow', you’ll be lucky if he's brave enough to impulsively book that romantic trip you crave! idea”, and try “Okay” or “That’s interesting” occasionally instead. Go back to 'ﬁrst date mode' in your head and behave (at times) like you did when you were courting. 3 The Alpha Female’s Guide to Men & Marriage (Post Hill Press), by Suzanne Venker, is out on loot. co.za w&h woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 69 SPECIAL OCCASIONS SPECIAL Occasi�s Don’t know what to wear? You do now. Here’s our edit of EVERYTHING you need to know. You’ll be the best dressed without even trying... Heels, R3 290, Europa Art Shoes >> SPECIAL OCCASIONS TULLE? No really, you can. Just add add wowfactor heels How to it up… luxe It’s the details that do all the work for that special occasion... style yourself up from top to toe and make every accessory count 72 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE Dress, R1 499, 8 to 18, Queenspark. Earrings, R299, Accessorize. Bangle, R199 for set of two, Colette by Colette Hayman. Heels, R1 299, Aldo GROWN-UP FLORAL... with moody scarlet blooms Dress, R2 999, one size, Nicci. Necklace, R169; ring, R199 for set of 10, both Colette by Colette Hayman. Clutch, R349, Forever New. Heels, R759, Zara Right: Dress, R1 699, XS to XL, Smashed Lemon at Rosella. Necklace, R219, Colette by Colette Hayman. Clutch, R599, Aldo GO OVERBOARD with embellishment – a sprinkle is never enough! Left: Jumpsuit, R2 900, 10 to 20, Over The Moon. Earrings, R169 for three pairs; ring, R169 for set of two, both Colette by Colette Hayman. Bag, R659, Zara Right: Top, R799, S to L; skirt, R1 599, 8 to 16, both Jo Borkett. Hair clip, R99; rings, R169 for set of two, both Colette by Colette Hayman. Clutch, R599, Aldo. Heels, R2 990, Schutz at Europa Art Shoes >> STAND OUT in a sequinned jumpsuit STEAL THE SHOW in stylishly chic pieces SPECIAL OCCASIONS Jacket, R1 800; skirt, R1 200, both 10 to 20, Over The Moon. Cami, R799, 6 to 16, Forever New. Earrings, R169 for three pairs; ring, R199 for pack of 10, both Colette by Colette Hayman. Clutch, R499, Accessorize. Heels, R749, Call It Spring SPECIAL OCCASIONS Watch, R3 990, Folli Follie Heels, R1 599, Zara Necklace, R399, Forever New Bangle, R2 600, Pichulik for Maison Mara Fascinator, from R692, John Lewis He Mi els, R s at s Bla 649, Za nd ck o Earrings, R219, Zara Clutch, R350, Next The best Accessories You’ve got the dress, now it’s time to sort out the rest Flats, R4 290, Pretty Ballerinas Sc a R2 rf, 5 Po 0, etr y Hair clip, R114, Colette by Colette Hayman Bag, from R1 691, Ted Baker London at Nordstrom Belt, from R824, Kate Spade New York at Nordstrom Rings, R1 199 for set of three, Mimco Hair clips, R59 for set of two, Woolworths Ba g, R 39 9, H &M >> woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE 75 Inv Yo u’v eb een ited SPECIAL OCCASIONS RSVP in the latest trends... ombré lace, embellished chiffon, a satin coat, or cape blazer... move over, mother of the bride, this is how to wear it NOW! Forget plain black heels... go for bows! Dress, R2 700, 12 to 20, Over The Moon. Necklace, R130, Queenspark. Clutch, R669, Colette by Colette Hayman. Heels, R2 990, Schutz at Europa Art Shoes 76 woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE Left: Dress, R1 599, 6 to 16, Forever New. Earrings, R219; rings, R114 for set of eight; clutch, R449, all Colette by Colette Hayman. Bracelet, R149, Accessorize. Heels, R1 990, Europa Art Shoes Right: Dress, R3 995, 2 to 20, Joseph Ribkoff. Heels, R1 499, Steve Madden Dazzle in glittery heels! Put a modern spin on lace in soft pastel blue Left: Coat, R2 000, 10 to 20, Over The Moon. Dress, R4 195, 2 to 20, Joseph Ribkoff. Necklace, R1 990; bangle, R1 790, both Folli Follie. Clutch, R499, Forever New Right: Blazer, R1 199, 8 to 16, Forever New. Top, R799, 6 to 14; skirt, R1 499, 8 to 16, both Jo Borkett. Earrings, R219, Colette by Colette Hayman. Necklace, R2 290, Folli Follie. Heels, R1 199, Zara >> An elegant coat will get everyone talking Every layer counts; don’t forget your cover-up Pick one power feature You know the fashion rule about legs and cleavage, but never both? Same goes for lips and eyes. Make one pop, keep the other minimal. Now, which to pick? Lipstick Faster than a smoky eye, rose lipstick works for day-to-night, being pretty but not selfconsciously ‘statement’. For a modern matte ﬁnish with staying power, try a new liquid lipstick, and go a few shades punchier than your natural lips. Get set with The Body Shop Lip Line Fixer, R130, then swipe straight from the tube with Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery, R305, or sell-out star Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in WSM, R290. Soft smoky eyes Takes a bit more skill, but you can eat, drink and chat without smear paranoia. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette, R1 045, has all you need. Wash the pearly beige up to your socket, draw a C-shape in bronze from mid-crease to the outer corner, dot the glowy champagne shade into your lash line and ﬁnish with mascara. Palette perfection Big-day beauty: the new rules We reveal fresh ideas and fail-safe beauty buys to help you feel amazing at any special event... The ideal eyeshadow compact is a slippery concept – one woman’s excellence is another’s blue shadow. That’s why we love the Inglot Freedom System. Buy one of eight magnetic palettes, in sizes that go up to 40 squares (the two-square is R89). Then ﬁll the empty palette with your pick of 228 shadows (R149 per shadow), ranging from ﬂattering nudes, which double as highlighters, to vivid brights that can be mixed with balm for lips in a pinch. big-day beauty Help, I’m shiny! Mid-event oil attack happens to all but the driest of skin. Pressed powder works, but constant reapplication can accentuate lines. 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Once dry, use straighteners on the lowest setting to seal any hairs you might have missed with your blow-dry. Finish with hairspray,” says Ben Cooke, celebrity hairdresser WORDS MARTINIQUE STEVENS; FIONA McKIM PHOTOGRAPHS NEIL MARRIOTT FOR WHERE TO BUY, SEE STOCKISTS PAGE AT WOMANANDHOMEMAGAZINE.CO.ZA PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 The easy updo 3 ‘morning of ’ skin-saving masks 1 Skin Republic 2 Step Brightening Vitamin C + Collagen Face Mask Sheet, R46,99 for one application. Set aside half an hour to perk up skin tone, with a sugar and vitamin C treatment. Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask, R390 for one sheet. Reusable mask that imbues radiance without leaving a residue. The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser, R180 for 50ml. With 60 times more vitamin C than an orange, this formula transforms skin from parched and dull to plump and glowing. 2 3 “A low braided chignon is perfect for big events. It’s soft and ﬂattering, and takes two seconds – just pull back, plait and pin. If it gets a little bit dishevelled throughout the day, even better. Add fresh ﬂowers or jewellery, if you like,” says Anthony Turner Sweet memories Choose a perfume worthy of the most special days. Our perfect summer scent has sensual tuberose – the femme fatale of the fragrance world – at its heart. Gucci Bloom, R975 for 30ml EDP, is heady and intoxicating – just one spritz will instantly enchant. Or, light a scented candle to burn in the background as you dress for the occasion. Diptyque’s range of candles includes Baies, R2 440 for 600g. It’s a summery blend of fresh roses, and sweet blackcurrant leaves and buds that’s soft, light and romantic. YOUR EMERGENCY CLUTCH KIT Beautyblender Micro Mini Pro, R365 for two. Cute, tiny sponges for concealer touch-ups, eye-smudge removal and T-zone oil absorption. Beneﬁt Benetint Rose-Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain, R165 for 12,5ml. A long-lasting, multitasking stain for cheeks and lips. Tom Ford Black Orchid Touch Point, R595 for 6ml EDP. The sexiest little rollerball of summer scent we ever did sniff. Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip Plumping Gloss, R295. A classic portable crayon in a very ‘now’ glossy ﬁnish. The Normous Nude shade works on the eyes, too! >> SPECIAL OCCASIONS STRAPLESS SORTED R2 650, XS to XL, Spanx at Inner Secrets SMOOTH OUT YOUR MIDDLE R1 830, S to XL, Simone Perele at Inner Secrets NIP IN YOUR TUM AND HIPS R259, S to XXL, Triumph Secret weapons In a strapless dress or skintight skirt, feel body-confident with the right underwear CINCH IT IN R249, M to XXXL, Playtex at Choose Me In �e bag The little lifesavers you’ll be thankful for CLEAR STRAPS Swap normal bra straps for silicone ones. From R69 for a pair, Woolworths SCHOLL PARTY FEET These gel cushions for the heels and balls of your feet give you extra support to make sure you last the night in heels. 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Ideal for ‘tanners on the go’ and last-minute invitations, this non-transferable foam dries in a ﬂash, leaving a rich, golden tan. “Smooth over the skin in sections and don’t ‘over disperse’ the mousse,” warns James, “as it sets super fast!” Or there’s California Tan Instant Sunless Mousse, R439,95 for 177ml, which delivers an airbrushed ﬁnish – remaining streak-free even as it fades – that’s touch-dry in 25 minutes. Alternatively, add Vita Liberata Illuminate Wash Off Body Bronzer, R425 for 100ml, to your morning regime. It absorbs quickly into the skin and dries in minutes, so the product won’t transfer onto your clothes. Its bronzing pearls leave you with a beautiful, natural glow, and it locks in skin’s moisture for up to 72 hours. Apply after showering for instant colour. FACE Surely the ultimate lazy tan for your face, Caribbean Tan Tanning Wipes, R59,95 for a pack of six, are destined to be popular with anyone who has ever found facial tanning a hit-and-miss! These individually packaged wipes are so easy to throw in your handbag for effortless tanning touch-ups to the face, neck and hands. Best applied in the evening after cleansing so you can wake up with an even, ﬂawless glow. If you’re not completely sold on the idea, try the Dior Bronze Self-Tanning Jelly Gradual Sublime Glow for Face, R620 for 50ml – it’s fresh and delicately sugary in scent, with sweet almond oil to give luminous skin. Spread a small amount of product from the centre of your face outwards, blending down into your neck. Done! Just wash your hands and you’re good to go. This gel-like tanner (not sticky at all) will amp up your tan, and lasts for over four weeks. The ultimate tan-to-go tip “Prep, prep, PREP!” screams tan artist James Read. “First, make sure you always wax/shave 24 hours prior. And for maintenance, keeping skin hydrated is key, so moisturise daily to help your tan fade evenly and last longer.” TRY THIS “Most gradual tanners don’t contain a guide colour, so you still have to be careful to cover your skin evenly,” says James Harknett, “as missing just one area will lead to a potential blotch or streak.“ By adding a tan-extending formula, such as The Tan Lab Innovative Gradual Tan Top Up Lotion, R310 for 200ml, with skinprotecting micro-algae extracts, to any gradual-tanning regime, even if you’ve missed a spot, you’ll still be covered. TAKE IT SLOW WHILE YOU’RE ON THE GO Gradual tanners for those who are new to self-tanning. “A gradual tanner is great for anyone still nervous about applying self-tan, or those with a busy routine,” says make-up artist Emma Kotch. “Perfect for ﬁrst-time tanners, they lift the complexion and even out skin tone rather than adding a deep golden hue. They’re also moisturising so that you can build your colour each day and still keep a naturallooking glow topped up.” w&h favourites include: Elemis Total Body Glow Bronzing Body Lotion, R451,83 for 200ml; Clarins Self Tanning Milky-Lotion, R345 for 125ml; Australian Gold Gradual Sunless Lotion, R299,95 for 177ml; and the crazily affordable Tropitone Bronze It Self Tan Lotion in Medium, R122,95 for 125ml. TOP TAN TIPS On days when you’re not using a gradual tan, do keep your skin’s moisture levels topped up. Go for a rich body butter, such as the luscious Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, R720 for 226g. Avoid any creams with citrus oils, as they may lead to a streaky tan. “Skin prep is essential,” says beauty entrepreneur Nicole Dash Jones. Use an oil-free scrub, like Ground Coffee Scrub Vanilla and Cinnamon, R210 for 200g, to remove dead skin cells for a clean slate for tanning. >> woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 85 CREAM GLEAM Make all skin sexier by highlighting. BRUSH OVER Bronzing tricks get swift ‘n’ easy. Who knew that a fatter powder brush, such as the Real Techniques Powder Brush, R229,95, could be the answer to glow perfection? Ideal for anyone who has never successfully applied a facial self-tan lotion without a blotch or smears, this ‘one swipe’ brush is just amazing. “Blend and buff a self-tan lotion into your face and collarbone for an even, effortless tan, and you won’t even get it on your hands!” says makeup artist Sam Chapman. Sold! “Use a kabuki make-up brush to apply bronzer,” says Clara Anderson, Vita Liberata VIP tanner. “Gently tap off any excess powder from the brush before starting, to ensure an even coverage. Add contours and complementary highlights by sweeping an additional layer of powder on the hollow of your cheeks to naturally accentuate your cheekbones.” Try the Clarins Bronzing Duo SPF 15 Mineral Powder Compact, R425, a sun-kissed palette of two matte bronzers; the gorgeous shimmery Physicians Formula Ultra Nourishing Argan Oil Bronzer, R274,95; or clever Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals in Sunkissed, R995, with the active tanning ingredient DHA in the powder for longer-lasting contour. Following the hottest S/S 2017 catwalk trend for shimmer and all things iridescent, use a skin-ﬁnishing product, or a glimmering tan formula, over already bronzed limbs, blend with a tanning mitt and you’re ready to glow. Try the Vita Liberata Self Tanning Mitt, R150. Make darker skin more alluring. “Opt for oil-based formulas that give a gorgeous sheen,” says James Read. “Self-tan enhances and lifts the skin, eliminating any dullness, and prevents pigmentation from becoming glossy and too light-reﬂective.” For olive-toned skins looking for a boost, go for Vichy Idéal Soleil Self Tanner Moisturizing Milk for Face and Body, R265 for 100ml. You can look forward to a natural-looking streak-free, toffee glow that develops in one hour after application. For a brilliant high-shine ﬁnish, try the moisturising Fake Bake Tinted Body Glow, R240 for 60ml; or Tanorganic Self Tanning Oil, R749 for 100ml, that’s light and non-greasy, so you don’t even know you’re wearing it. “Use a small amount on a mitt to sweep product over limbs. For a super- 86 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE Don’t forget “Always focus colour on those areas where the sun would naturally hit the most: forehead, bridge of the nose and across the cheeks,” says Emma Kotch. highlighted look, build it up on shins, collarbone and shoulders – my favourite trick for celebrity clients as it picks up so beautifully under ﬂash photography,” says Emma. For all skins, play away with MAC Mineralize Skinﬁnish, R460, a shimmering baked bronzer powder – available in six shades – that blends easily onto your nose, cheeks and décolletage, on bare skin or after tanning. All-time favourite trick: add a couple of drops of The Body Shop Drops of Glow Lustre Finish Creator, R280 for 15ml, to your daily moisturiser for an ageless radiant and healthy glow that suits mature skins well. Shimmer all over your body with The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil, R295 for 100ml, an indulgent honey-scented oil with sparkling gold shimmers. SUPER SOFT & SILKY Tanning formulas with built-in moisture so you just can’t get enough. Perfect for even the driest of skins, the caramel-coloured Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream, R625 for 125ml, blends cocoa beans, which help soothe skin and prevent its ageing, with aloe vera to lock in moisture. As the name suggests, this self-tanning cream smells divine, and literally melts into, softens SPRAY AWAY Mist treatments are so tan-tastic that you have no excuse not to beam like a bronzed goddess! IN SALON Give pasty skin a burst of life with a bespoke mobile tanning salon, such as Go Brown Mobile Tanning Salon, from R300 for a full-body spray tan in Gauteng, the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Free State; or check out Vita Liberata Spray Tan, R450 per session, at Bronze International Studio in Cape Town, to help create an uber-glamorous highlighted ﬁnish in just 20 minutes. Fake Bake Original Spray Tan, R250 per session, at La Bella Vie Hair and Beauty Salon in Joburg, is a hot fave for a ﬂawless pro tan; and watch out for the The Tan Lab Spray Tan, from R350 per session, at Aronia Day Spa, also in Joburg, for an effortless glow in time for a big event. WORDS JO GLANVILLE-BLACKBURN ADDITIONAL WORDS MARTINIQUE STEVENS PHOTOGRAPHS AIN PHILPOTT; TIMESINCUKCONTENT.COM FOR WHERE TO BUY, SEE STOCKISTS PAGE AT WOMANANDHOMEMAGAZINE.CO.ZA PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 AT HOME A soft, summery scented, tinted tanner in a convenient mist application, The Body Shop Honey Bronze Tinted Leg Mist, R260 for 125ml, part of the Honey Bronze range, is perfect for arms, too! It comes out in more of a spritz than a mist, so use a tanning mitt to blend the formula evenly into your skin. The product appears quite dark in the bottle, but don’t worry, once it’s blended in, it’s a sheer glow that’s great for paler skins! ‘Ensure you exfoliate after three or four days so your tan fades evenly; and never over-apply your tan,’ advises James Read and nourishes your skin, giving it an illuminated look. Beneﬁt Dew the Hoola Liquid Bronzer, R445 for 30ml, is more matte. This year-round solution for a sun-kissed face sets to a smooth, non-shimmery ﬁnish for a natural glow. Dove Dermaspa Summer Revived Self-Tanning Body Lotion for Fair to Medium Skin, R89,95 for 200ml, combines expert dermatological care with a homespa experience guaranteed to give you the most moisturising, effortless, healthylooking gradual tan yet! TOP TAN TIP “I always say, start with your legs and work your way up,” says Emma. Hold the can about 15 centimetres away from your body and do long sweeping strokes on each limb, she adds. “The best bit is doing your back – you can easily tip the can upside down or sideways to ensure your back is fully and easily covered in seconds! Blend with mitt to even out.” w&h LOVE your nails he trend for nails all summer long is much less about colour (extremes from nude to lilac-purple reign supreme) and more about a glossy, gleaming, glimmering texture. Here’s how to care at home... T NO MORE HANGNAILS DO Soften skin with a cuticle balm. TRY Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Nail & Cuticle Therapy, R250 for 15g, nourishes dry skin around the nails with a dose of moisturising panthenol to prevent pesky hangnails. NEATER EDGES DO Push back with a cuticle remover. TRY Theravine Cuticle Remover, R127 for 11ml, is a fast-acting formula to gently and painlessly loosen and remove excess skin in a minute. Remember to wash off straight after use. GET HEALTHY DO Cut back on gel manis. TRY Essie Fill the Gap, R150 for 13,5ml, is great for nails post-gels or in-between appointments. It ﬁlls ridges and smooths out your nails. INSTANT NA’CIAL DO Scrub your hands as you would your face. TRY Lush Salted Coconut Hand Scrub, R160 for 130g. Hands are often a giveaway for age – pamper them as you would the rest of your body and get rid of dehydrated skin with mineral-rich sea salt and moisturising coconut oil. Smells like summer! TIP You could also massage in the remainder of your face exfoliator, then rinse it off. ZERO DAMAGE DO Apply an overnight mask. TRY Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab Strengthener, R129,95 for 10ml. Massage this in at bedtime and wake up with healthier hydrated nails. HURRY UP DO Finish your BACK manicure with a TO NURTURE A gel manicure is fabulous speed-dry overcoat. – though we do get bored TRY OPI Rapidry Top with the same colour, and the removal is deﬁnitely not healthy; Coat, R288 for 15ml, repetitive use of gels ages your which creates a ﬁlm in nails, making them brittle and more prone to damage. The seconds to add shine solution? Make the most of and stop smudging. the latest nudes to take a mani break. 88 woman&home A NO-PEEL NAILS DO Choose a gentle nail strengthener. TRY Mavala Barrier-Base Coat, R225 for 10ml, which creates a base of toughening B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE TAKE OFF 10 YEARS DO Get OCD on SPF hand cream. TRY Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF 25, R92,95 for 50ml. Keep a tube of this in your bag at all times. KEEP TRIM DO Regularly ﬁle and buff nails to prevent snags that weaken them. TRY Elegant Touch Professional 6 Way File, R99,95. File, shape and shine with this washable, double-sided emery board, which has two grit options (ﬁne and superﬁne), as well as a buff to give your natural nails a salon-worthy look. NO-FUSS NAIL COLOUR DO Contemplate the latest savvy arrival... TRY Ciaté London’s new Mani Markers, R175 each.... now, wave goodbye to messy, dripping polish brushes. Give yourself a quick-drying mani in less than three minutes with this easy-to-use felttip polish pen. We’re buying all eight shades! Out in mid-November. w&h ADDITIONAL WORDS JO GLANVILLE-BLACKBURN PHOTOGRAPHS IAIN PHILPOTT; TIMESINCUKCONTENT. COM FOR WHERE TO BUY, SEE STOCKISTS PAGE AT WOMANANDHOMEMAGAZINE.CO.ZA PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 Clean, minimal glossy nails emphasise your hands’ condition. So get the groundwork right, says beauty editor Martinique Stevens... DEALS Get a FREE Schwarzkopf Professional hair treatment at Jeauval, valued at R400! When you book any hair service at a Jeauval Hair Salon, you’ll receive a complimentary Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Color Lock in-salon treatment COMPILED BY INDIA GONÇALVES PHOTOGRAPH CLINTON VALJEAUX T o look your best this summer, start at the top. Jeauval Hair Salon has been giving its clients oh-so stylish locks for over 20 years and, with eight branches across SA, the three-time Global Salon Award winner wants to treat you! Jeauval’s hairstylists receive regular training and are up to date with all the latest trends in colour and cutting to make sure you are, too! What’s more, when you book any full-priced hair service at a Jeauval Hair Salon, you’ll get a free Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Color Lock in-salon treatment, worth R400, which is ideal for all hair types. In this session, an expert will evaluate the condition of your hair, then apply an intensive therapy from the Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure range to restore every single strand. 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For queries, or to join, e-mail Tanya, our PULSE community manager, at email@example.com PULSE your opinion counts PHOTOGRAPH GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/THINKSTOCK/ISTOCK in your style ‘The ONE hair question I always get asked...’ The hair industry’s A-list reveal the burning questions on every woman’s lips, as well as their smart solutions for colour, care and style perfection ou know that cliché about the doctor at a dinner party, happily tucking into Ottolenghi’s six-hour lamb, only to be presented with two mystery rashes on the side? Most of us have taken advantage of ‘out of hours’ advice now and then, and it’s safe to say hairdressers are hot property for social cornering, too. What would you ask if you had some of the world’s top hair talent at your disposal? Read on to discover the ultimate A-list solutions for amazing colour, volume, smoothness and strength. Y THE SUPERSTAR STYLER Errol Douglas, hairstylist Q How can I get naturallooking waves? “Wash your hair before bed, roughly towel-dry and pull into a loose single or double plait. When you wake up, clamp down over the plait with straighteners on a low temperature to set the hair. Undo the plait and run your ﬁngers through your hair with a small amount of serum.” w&h fave: Kérastase Discipline Oléo-Curl, R420 for 150ml. 40% of women only wash and dry their hair every three to four days, while one in 20 leave it for more than 10 days Herbal Essences’ survey of 2 000 women >> 79% HAIR-HEALTH GURU Anabel Kingsley, trichologist of women colour their hair, and 59% notice root regrowth within a month Q My hair isn’t growing. What can I do to get it past my shoulders? John Frieda’s survey of 2 000 women THE STYLIST TO THE STARS Jamie Stevens, celebrity hairstylist Q How do I make my hair look thicker? “Everyone wants more body, and there are lots of solutions to this. Blow-dry your hair upside down to keep roots elevated for natural body, and opt for volume-speciﬁc products, from shampoos to hairspray. My hero buy has to be a volumising product that, when applied to hair, gives an instantly plumping effect that lasts all day once hair has been blow-dried.” w&h fave: Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Excellium Plumping Spray, R299 for 200ml. THE CUTTING-EDGE COLOURIST THE A-LIST STYLIST Jack Howard, colourist extraordinaire Syd Hayes, celebrity hairstylist Q Q Should I go platinum? “Platinum blonde is THE colour of S/S 2017, but it is high-maintenance, and you need to be able to visit the salon every ﬁve to six weeks. I recommend Smartbond, which is added to the colour, and protects and strengthens hair bonds. This means you can have platinum hair without compromising on condition.” w&h fave: L’Oréal Professionnel Smartbond, from R450 at Tanaz Hair in Johannesburg. THE CONDITION QUEEN Carolyn Newman, colour consultant and hair educator Q How can I make my curly hair less frizzy? “Start with a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Comb a smoothing cream through, then take each section of curl and twist. Let it dry without touching your hair, as this adds friction. Add serum to hands and style.” w&h fave: Redken Frizz Dismiss Instant Deﬂate FPF30 Oil Serum, R475 for 125ml. THE BACKSTAGE HAIR GENIUS Aaron Carlo, TRESemmé hair ambassador Q My roots are showing and I don’t have time for colour – help! “Hide your roots easily by switching up your parting and making it a little messy. Or go for a textured style that suits looking slightly dishevelled (in a good way!).” w&h fave: TRESemmé Beauty-full Volume Touchable Bounce Mousse, R79,95 for 200ml. How do I stop my hair getting tangled when I sleep? “I get asked this a LOT! If this occurs every evening, over time it can cause damage to hair. My answer is sleep on silk! Your cotton pillow can draw moisture from your hair, drying it out and further contributing to tangles. Not only does a silk pillowcase stop ‘bed head’, it also prevents you from waking up with creases on your face.” w&h fave: The Silklady 100% Organic Silk Pillowcase, from R235 for a travel-sized pillowcase. w&h WORDS FIONA MCKIM ADDITIONAL WORDS MARTINIQUE STEVENS PHOTOGRAPHS IAIN PHILPOTT; TIMESINCUKCONTENT.COM FOR WHERE TO BUY, SEE STOCKISTS PAGE AT WOMANANDHOMEMAGAZINE.CO.ZA PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 “This is usually down to one of two things: ﬁrstly, breakage from overprocessing, UV damage and rough brushing. You can restore strength by reducing use of straighteners, using products that contain UV ﬁlters, and being gentle when you style. The other reason is hair being shed before it reaches the length that it is capable of, usually due to nutritional inadequacy. In this case, take a supplement containing iron, and vitamins C, B12 and B6. I also suggest eating more protein – adequate intake is key to healthy hair growth.” w&h fave: Philip Kingsley Sun Shield UV Defence, R615 for 100ml. promotion LIGHTEN UP, Blonde Bombshell! WH8429/11/17 PHOTOGRAPH SUPPLIED Sheer Blonde® from John Frieda® has the perfect shampoos and conditioners for lighter, uplifted and more energised blonde hair with dazzling shine! he blonde-bombshell look is a classic – but it can be hard to maintain. The lighter your hair, the more easily it can look dull and heavy due to a build-up of dirt, oil, or styling-product residue. Luckily, the John Frieda Sheer Blonde® range of salon-inspired shampoos and conditioners are miracle workers that will not only cleanse blonde hair of that shine-robbing build-up, but also remove chemical residue left by ordinary tap water. And they do all this without stripping or drying out hair! T SHEER BLONDE® GO BLONDER LIGHTENING SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER SHEER BLONDE® COLOUR RENEW TONE-CORRECTING SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER Sheer Blonde® Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo and Conditioner will gradually lighten blonde hair so it looks sun-kissed all-year round. As it contains no ammonia or peroxide, it works its magic through citrus and camomile instead, making it safe to use daily on all-natural, colourtreated, or highlighted hair. Colour-treated blonde hair can sometimes develop yellow tones. Enriched with lavender, Sheer Blonde® Colour Renew Tone-Correcting Shampoo and Conditioner also have colour-correcting technology, with brighteners that absorb UV light but emit white-blue light, to keep hair looking brighter and fresh. SHEER BLONDE® HIGHLIGHT ACTIVATING MOISTURISING SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER SHEER BLONDE® HI-IMPACT VIBRANCY RESTORING SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER For lighter shades of natural or colour-treated blonde hair that needs more moisture, Sheer Blonde® Highlight Activating Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner have nourishing properties of jojoba oil, sunﬂower and white-tea complex. Bring out your lighter, brighter, bolder blonde, with megawatt shine! If your hair is stressed by too many colour treatments, Sheer Blonde® Hi-Impact Vibrancy Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner can bring it back to life! Repairing and moisturising overprocessed locks, they leave colour-treated blonde hair looking vibrant and rejuvenated. e l� 3 STEPS TO KISSABLE LIPS YOUR LIPS Clever care and buys can take your fave lip look to a whole new level, says Fiona McKim Dior Rouge Dior Liquid Lip Stain in 585 Magenta, R599. Vividly pigmented and matte, but with a creamy feel, it lasts up to 12 hours! is launching a huge lip range, averaging 30+ shades in myriad textures, with some excellent new formulations. Liner – long-time friend of feathered or thinning lips – is also having a moment. Most excitingly, proper lip care’s gone mainstream. The skin in this area is famously thin, has no oil glands and is easily irritated by cold winds, UV rays and even drinking alcohol (yikes). Lip balm alone won’t solve deep cracks or plump tiny lines, but a swift ritual can, and feels pretty lovely, too. Revlon Maybelline Bobbi Brown Colorstay Color Show Luxe Lip Color Lipstick in Nude Overtime in Brocade, 16hrs in Mocha, R79,95. R490. 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You might have a vast lipstick collection in various stages of stubbiness, or one tinted balm rolling around the bottom of your handbag, but just about everyone uses a lip product, which doesn’t come as a surprise. What has changed, though, is the amount of new products now on the market. Nearly every major make-up brand First scrub away ﬂakes and soften with MAC Lip Scrubtious, R270 for 15ml; or Lush Honey Lip Scrub, R105 for 25g. Lightly work in product in circular motion for 30 seconds, then remove with a damp facecloth. Anti-age with proven skincare ingredients. By day, use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm, R245 for 11,6ml. By night, Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment, R980 for 10ml, used on lips and around the mouth before bed, targets feather lines with gentian extract and plumps with sesame-seed extract. For moisture top-ups through the day, look for a gentle balm without any petroleum or castor oil, which tend to dehydrate your lips. Try Uriage Barrier Lip Balm, R115,95 for 15ml; or the subtly tinted Eve Lom Kiss Mix in Demure, R340 for 7ml. DRESS TO IMPRESS Keep it simple, but still look stylish. Here’s how our readers nail effortless dressing... KEEP IT CHIC LAURETTE MARAIS, 49, is a life coach and lives in Meyersdal. She generally wears dresses, but wants to experiment with a more casual, but still polished, pair of pants. Tailored trousers will instantly pull a look together. Choose streamlined styles with an easy-wear feel to get the balance right. Yes, you can pair a T-shirt with smarter pants! Keep it sophisticated in luxe fabric. Make your accessories count. Go for gold and you’ve got chic in the bag. Shirt, R699, 6 to 16, Forever New Mules, R1 199, Aldo Handbag, R595, Cazabella 96 woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE Top, R299, 8 to 24, David Jones Classic Collection at Woolworths. Trousers, R599, 4 to 20, studio.w at Woolworths. Belt, R299, Forever New. Earrings, R99, Colette by Colette Hayman. 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She enjoys wearing jeans, but would like to look more fashionable over the weekend. Metallic details instantly smarten up denim. More is more if you really want to make a statement. Go for cropped denims and comfy block heels for weekend wear with a more stylish spin. Pull it all together with a graphic clutch and you’ll be date-ready! Top, R339, S to L, Zara. Jeans, R699, 8 to 18, Queenspark. Necklace, R229; bracelet, R169, both Forever New. Rings, R199 for set of 16, Colette by Colette Hayman. Clutch, R3 450, Michael Kors. Heels, R429, H&M 98 woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE FASHION EDITOR NASTASSJA PETERSEN FASHION ASSISTANT TIAMARA NAIDOO PHOTOGRAPHS CANDICE ASKHAM HAIR/MAKEUP MARIA DE VOS AT ONE LEAGUE USING EVO; DANICA PAULSEN AT CREASED NATION FOR WHERE TO BUY, SEE STOCKISTS PAGE AT WOMANANDHOMEMAGAZINE.CO.ZA PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 UPDATE YOUR DENIM how you wear it LET LOOSE WITH PRINT WASEEFA HUTTON, 40, is a fashion designer and entrepreneur and lives in the West Rand. She never knows what her day will bring, so while comfort is key, she always has to look ‘client-ready’. Dress up relaxed ﬂoral pants with a white shirt that means business. Layer a lightweight jacket on top for more coverage, and roll up the sleeves for a sophisticated ﬁnish. Just get your proportions right – in culottes, you’ll never go wrong with chunky high heels. Jacket, R699, 8 to 16, Queenspark. Shirt, R350, 4 to 20; cuff, R120; heels, R599, all Woolworths. Pants, R1 199, S to XL, Nicci. Necklace, R219, Colette by Colette Hayman. Ring, R980, Matter of Fakt Top, R551, 4 to 18, Lipsy London at Next Flatforms, R799, Charles & Keith Handbag, from R2 195, Kate Spade New York at Nordstrom w&h GET swimsuit SLIM... ! d n e k � w s i � Get beach-body ready with our results-guaranteed plan. It’s tough, but you’ll feel slimmer, and a lot more conﬁdent to boot T 100 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE Step 1: Prepare to bare Yes, it’s a last-minute plan, but preparing ahead will give maximum results. Here’s what to do… Cancel all social functions This plan won’t work if your weekend is packed with braais and dinner dates. Once the wine’s ﬂowing and the food starts coming, your good intentions will dissolve, so avoid temptation! Plan your meals Buy all the ingredients beforehand so you can start immediately on Saturday morning. 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Summer fruit salad Fruit salad made from 1 nectarine, 1 slice spanspek and 1 kiwi, with 3tbsp low-fat plain yoghurt and 1tbsp toasted oats. or Coconut and raspberry porridge Porridge made from 3tbsp oats and 200ml unsweetened coconut milk, with 2 handfuls raspberries and 1 slice spanspek. MORNING SNACK MORNING SNACK LUNCH or or 4 walnut halves LUNCH Chicken and quinoa salad Cook 50g quinoa, then toss with 1 small, skinless grilled chicken breast, a handful each of baby spinach and mangetout, 3 radishes, 1 tomato, fresh basil and mint, and a splash of balsamic. or or Avocado and tomato oatcakes 3 oatcakes topped with ½ small avocado mashed with 1 diced tomato, garlic, fresh chilli and lemon juice to taste. Plus 1 nectarine. AFTERNOON SNACK AFTERNOON SNACK Fruit salad made from 1 slice spanspek, 8 strawberries and 1 nectarine. 1tbsp unsalted sunﬂower or pumpkin seeds. 2 sticks celery ﬁlled ½ avocado mashed or with with garlic, lemon juice and fresh chilli to taste. DINNER DINNER Courgette and sweet-potato omelette Omelette made from 1tsp veg oil, 1 small onion, ½ courgette, 1 sliced boiled sweet potato and 2 eggs, served with mixed leaves drizzled with balsamic. or Roast salmon and veg 1 small salmon ﬁllet roasted with ½ courgette, ½ red and green bell pepper, 2 handfuls butternut cubes, 2tsp olive oil and fresh herbs. Plus 1 slice spanspek. w&h FAB BRONZING MAKE-UP TIPS WALK TO GET FIT AND HEALTHY PERFECT RAINY-DAY FOOTWEAR magazine.co.za You could win one of four Plantur 21 hampers, worth R2 030 each! Use Plantur 21’s Nutri-Caffeine Shampoo and Nutri-Caffeine Elixir Scalp Tonic AEG and Omo are the perfect combination to simplify your life. Visit our website before 30 November 2017 for a chance to win an AEG washing machine, and more! OUR CARAMEL MILK TART RECIPE FIND US ON... WIN WITH WOMAN&HOME FACEBOOK WIN! COMPETITIONS & OFFERS TWITTER INSTAGRAM COMPILED BY MICHELLE LOEWENSTEIN; CASSIDY EMMANUEL PHOTOGRAPH GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/THINKSTOCK/ISTOCK *NOT AS THE RESULT OF A MEDICAL CONDITION PLANTUR 21 IMAGE DOESN’T REFLECT FULL PRIZE HAMPER Visit us now at... FEEL GOOD YOU Summer’s BEST WORKOUTS Time to get outside and get ﬁt! We’ve got the low-down on the best ways to whip your body into shape while the weather’s warm... CYCLING It works for me! WHAT IT WORKS IS IT FOR YOU? Cycling’s a great workout for your legs, core and, to a lesser extent, your upper body muscles, too. It’ll also toughen your ticker – cycling about 30km a week reduces the risk of heart disease to less than half that of those who don’t do any exercise, according to the British Heart Foundation. If you want a convenient way to get ﬁt that you can incorporate into a busy routine, try cycling. It’s a sport you can enjoy year round, and the family can also get involved. Most local clubs will embrace a range of ages and abilities. In Gauteng, try cyclelabclub.co.za; for Durban, see eccc.co.za; or join citycyclingclub.co.za in Cape Town. HOCKEY Sue Fathers, 59, took up cycling to make getting to the gym easier. “I learnt to ride as a child, but after school, I didn’t get on a bike again. When ﬁnding parking at my gym became difficult, I bought a bike and my delight in the freedom of cycling was revived! Every ride I push myself a bit harder, so my stamina is improving, and being outdoors really lifts my mood, too!” It works for me! WHAT IT WORKS IS IT FOR YOU? Hockey is all about speed, agility and balance. Thighs, bottom, waist and back muscles all play a big part in your hockey game, and ﬁtness levels get a boost as well. Having enough time to dedicate to weekly sessions and improving your game is a must if you’re new to hockey or returning after a long break. Find a club that offers friendly sessions to spur you on. In Joburg, see morningside hockey.co.za; bellvillehockey.com for Cape Town; munies.co.za for Durban. Kirsty Smith, 39, wanted to try a new way of getting her regular exercise ﬁx. “I used to play hockey 20 years ago, but hadn’t since. I decided to give it a go again. I contacted my local club, who offered to lend me a stick, so I went along. Now, I play in competitions, and my daughter wants to try it out, too. It’s really great.” >> woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 103 feel good you NETBALL It works for me! WHAT IT WORKS IS IT FOR YOU? Not only is all that sprinting, turning, dodging and throwing a great aerobic workout to strengthen your cardiovascular system and muscles, but it’s also fantastic for bone health. A 2013 study in the European Journal of Sports Science found that netball signiﬁcantly increased the players’ total body bone-mineral density. Netball’s a surprisingly good way to de-stress. The endorphin ﬁx you get from short, sharp sprints combined with powerful throws isn’t to be underrated. Find a local recreational action-netball team by visiting actionsports.co.za – differing only from usual netball with fast-paced games lasting 35 minutes, rather than a full hour. TENNIS IS IT FOR YOU? Tennis works shoulders, upper arms, core muscles and thighs. Racing around the court is good for ﬁtness and great interval training. If you know your volley from your backhand, tennis could be the ticket to mixing up your ﬁtness routine this summer. Find a club in your area via tennisclubs.co.za, and give it a go. Most schedule regular social tennis games with other women at your level, and also offer coaching for beginners and those who want to up their game. TRAIL RUNNING It works for me! WHAT IT WORKS IS IT FOR YOU? Running has proven health beneﬁts, from controlling weight to boosting brain power – a 2016 University of Arizona study found it increased connections between brain regions to improve attention and memory. If you’re worried about joint stress, trail running on softer surfaces like grass and sand will lessen any impact. If you’re bored pounding the treadmill, try running on nature trails for a change of scenery. Join a community like Catch Me If You Can (cmiyc.co.za) with ladies’ running groups around SA, and make new friends while getting ﬁt. You’ll be put in a group of your ﬁtness level, with a leader who’ll guide you on runs and any team events you choose to enter. ROWING Olivia Bell, 40, enjoys being out in nature and running, so decided to join a ladies group combining the two. “Our runs two to three times a week in the nearby forests and mountains make me feel free. For a time, I forget about daily stresses like ﬁtting in parttime studies with working, and return home feeling refreshed. It’s also rewarding seeing how strong, toned and ﬁt it has made me.” It works for me! WHAT IT WORKS IS IT FOR YOU? It’s a myth that rowing is all about arm strength. In fact, each stroke engages 85% of nine muscle groups (quads, hamstrings, glutes, lats, core, shoulders, triceps, back and biceps) for a full-body workout that’ll tone you up fast. It also improves coordination and balance – two ﬁtness components often overlooked. Anyone can learn to row (the basics can be grasped in a morning). It’s a sport that has a low impact on your joints, so it’s great for people of any age and all ﬁtness levels. In Gauteng, see www.vlc-rowing.co.za; durban rowingclub.co.za for Durban, and alfredrowing.co.za for Cape Town – all offer Learn to Row programmes. B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE Natalie Smith, 38, took up tennis after having a baby. “I’d always wanted to play tennis and my husband was keen to get ﬁt, so we enrolled in lessons. Each week we go to a tennis club – one of us has a group lesson, while the other entertains our son. I don’t feel motivated to run on a treadmill, but ﬁnding something interactive like this has kept me exercising.” Liesl Jobson, 51, found that rowing helped her manage her depression after a series of traumatic events. “My son is part of the Alfred Rowing Club and they’ve been so supportive of us that when they invited me to join their Learn to Row programme, I couldn’t say no. Rowing calms me – when I push away from the jetty, I ﬁnd my balance, literally and ﬁguratively. It’s been so good for me, lifting my mood, as well as my ﬁtness and conﬁdence, and I’ve made many new friends, too.” w&h WORDS LAURA WILLIAMS; JADE CROCKET PHOTOGRAPHS GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/THINKSTOCK/ISTOCK; GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/KEVIN KOZICKI It works for me! WHAT IT WORKS 104 woman&home A Audrey Hepburn, 43, started action netball to improve her health after surviving cervical cancer. “I’d played since school, but gave it up after I had kids. I was ‘too busy’ to ﬁt it in. Then after my health scare at 37, I knew I had to get back into shape. Netball was the only exercise that I’d ever enjoyed, so I started playing again after a decade gap. It’s helped me stay ﬁt and keeps me going strong.” United against DEMENTIA As the medical fraternity and support NPOs work to improve understanding, care and the chances of ﬁnding a cure, two families share their stories... T he World Health Organization reports that there are 7,7 million new cases of dementia globally each year – a diagnosis every four seconds! In light of this, we need to support SA’s NPOs in furthering their work offering assistance and info to patients and their families, improving care and funding research. have three children, aged 12, 11 and 10. NADJA SAYS: When Rupert introduced me to his mother Pauline she was nice, but quiet. I’d just moved to London from New York and her manner was such a contrast to the noisy, fast-paced life in New York! Rupert’s father had recently died at 57, and Pauline lived alone. She was becoming a little bit vague and forgetful. She’d forget names and her keys, and say things that showed her understanding was slowing. For a while it was easy to ignore due to her nature. 106 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE When are memory problems a sign of dementia? Forgetting why you walked into a room. This can happen to anyone, particularly over-50s, but a possible sign is if the room seems unfamiliar, even when it’s one you know well. Occasionally forgetting the name of a person, place, or thing. It’s common. It may only point to dementia if you forget names of close friends, familiar places, or fail to recall things often. Forgetting where you’ve left your keys. Not something to worry about. What is a concern is leaving things in unusual places, like keys in the fridge. HEALTH IS THE NEW WEALTH WORDS ANNA MOORE; NATHALIE WHITTLE PHOTOGRAPH GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/THINKSTOCK/ISTOCK In 2002, when Rupert and I were getting married, Pauline asked my father, “Who is going to walk Nadja up the aisle?” It was another sign that something was wrong – and soon after, Rupert and his sister took Pauline to a neurologist. A brain scan showed early-stage Alzheimer’s. She was 62. It’s hard to plan ahead or make concrete decisions because the disease is so ‘inconcrete’. Pauline started on a donepezil-based drug, which slows the progression in some people, and we were told her life expectancy was eight father passing in 1997 triggered something in her that may have been dormant. I’m very close to my siblings, we’ve shared different responsibilities. Whether or not to get tested for a gene defect is a tough one. Our kids have dealt with it pretty well. Now, Mom may not know who we are, but the emotional link survives. You can hold her hand, talk to her and just feel that connection making her happier. ‘Creating a plan for my future has been incredibly empowering’ KAY SAYER, 70, lives with husband Ian, and has two sons. In 2014, Kay was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. KAY SAYS: My mom had Alzheimer’s and her mom had vascular dementia, so when I started forgetting things, like what I’d done ﬁve minutes ago, I couldn’t ignore it. It took 18 months to get a proper diagnosis. On my ﬁrst visit to the doctor, he asked a few questions and said I only had mild cognitive impairment. I needed to have another check-up in six to eight months, by which time an MRI revealed that my initial suspicions were correct. I’m still in the early stages of the disease, but my biggest struggle is recalling names and numbers. At times, I can’t ﬁnd the words at all. I write down my daily schedule, otherwise I won’t remember what I’m doing. You never lose hope of a cure – you can’t. I was put on a donepezil-based drug, but it’s only effective for about ﬁve years. I haven’t let dementia stop me doing the things I enjoy, and I recently joined a singing group. My brain’s gone wrong, but the rest of me is okay, so why not make the most of that? I couldn’t get through each day without Ian – he’s so patient. The disease has made us closer. IAN SAYS: When Kay was diagnosed, part of me felt relieved. It was upsetting, but I’d noticed her memory had been worsening, and to have someone tell us what was wrong meant we could try do something about it. Our motto is carpe diem – we’re doing all we can, while we can. We try not dwell on what’s to come. We’re as close now as we’ve ever been – a disease won’t change that. w&h woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 107 BEAT BACK PAIN …naturally Physiotherapist David Rogers tells Anna Moore about his revolutionary new approach, which resolves persistent back pain without surgery or drugs D avid Rogers, who has over 20 years’ experience, is currently involved in large research trials relating to back pain, and is based at Birmingham’s Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in the UK. Whether it’s an agonising short, sharp shock or a dull, nagging discomfort, most of us have suffered the misery of back pain at some point. Our natural response is to reach for painkillers, but the latest research – including a 2016 Australian review of 35 trials involving more than 6 000 people – has concluded that, for most of us, these won’t work. Instead, the way to a pain-free and strong back is old-fashioned stretches and exercises. Sounds counter-intuitive when you’re in agony? David says there are rare cases where lower-back pain can be a symptom of disease or infection – like rheumatoid arthritis, TB, or even cancer – so check our Red Flags box (right) ﬁrst but, for most of us, movement is the way to a cure. CAN IT BE DIAGNOSED? Although persistent lower-back pain is one of the most common reasons to see a doctor, about 85% of us leave with no diagnosis – the pain, stiffness and ﬂare-ups are vaguely termed ‘non-speciﬁc’ or ‘musculoskeletal’. 108 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE It also can’t be put down to simple ‘wear and tear’, as research into MRI scans shows that wear and tear is just as common in people who don’t have back pain. The root cause then, says David, is not all down to discs, bones, bad posture and heavy lifting. A simple guide is: when back pain lasts longer than three months, it’s unlikely to be caused by a structural problem, or a failure to heal after an injury. Rather, he adds, it’s caused by subtle changes in our nervous system, how we have responded to the pain – and whether we have shut down or kept moving... RED FLAGS... WHEN TO SEEK HELP Consult your GP if you experience any of these red-ﬂag symptoms: Ongoing back pain following a severe injury, like a fall from a height. Back pain that progressively worsens week by week. A previous history of cancer. High temperature, weight loss and generally feeling unwell. Pins and needles, numbness, unsteady walking, or difficulty controlling bladder or bowels. Stiffness for several hours after waking, or pain that’s worse at night. HEALTH IS THE NEW WEALTH THE VICIOUS CYCLE According to the most recent thinking, non-speciﬁc, persistent lower-back pain thrives in a vicious cycle. The pain makes us anxious, so we pump out stress hormones, which can trigger muscle tension, cramps, poor sleep, fatigue and depression. Our pain sensors settle on high alert, sending ‘danger messages’, which make us more sensitive to pain than ever. We feel fragile, so we fear moving in case it hurts. We avoid exercise, miss work, stop socialising, our lives contract, our mood plummets. The less active we are, the weaker our muscles and the worse it becomes... WILL YOGA OR PILATES HELP? Pilates tends to focus on mastering the perfect posture – while the best cure for back pain is feeling relaxed enough to move freely without fear. Yoga, with its stretches and breathing exercises, is a more helpful way of releasing tension in our bodies. DO PAINKILLERS EVER HELP? WHY EXERCISE WORKS AND WHO CAN DO IT While paracetamol performed no better than the placebo sugar pills in tests, anti-inﬂammatories, like ibuprofen, may ease acute pain – but only for a limited period. This is because pain caused directly by inﬂammation lasts a matter of days – after that, the regenerative phase of healing takes over, so antiinﬂammatories soon become redundant. As for prescription painkillers with morphine, there’s evidence that their long-term use can cause opioid-induced hyperalgesia. This means the nervous system becomes more sensitive and cranks up the body’s pain response. Side effects of painkillers – like nausea and drowsiness – can cause us to stop moving around, driving, seeing friends, and just living life. The knockon effect of this can be less movement, less happiness, and more pain... Every clinical guideline relating to back pain promotes exercise as a high-priority treatment – yet, once pain sets in, we’re inclined to freeze and be careful with our backs. At the same time, many healthcare professionals are wary of encouraging people to get moving. Consequently, the muscles become shorter and tighter, making movement harder. Unless you have any of the red ﬂags (see left), which could indicate a serious underlying condition, movement is not harmful. No matter your diagnosis (provided there are no red ﬂags), it’s safe to do exercises (see overleaf). Start gradually and build them up over time, aiming for a mixture of cardiovascular, stretching and strengthening exercises. Should anything cause signiﬁcant pain, do it less strenuously or with fewer repetitions. ‘After two ops & years of painkillers, exercise cured my back pain’ Kerry Wilkinson, 46, is a nurse. “I thought my back pain may have been from my job – the lifting and supporting. I’d also had surgery on varicose veins – and the pains at the base of my back began afterwards. At times it was agony – I couldn’t lie ﬂat, so I started sleeping on a recliner chair. I’d cry in the night from the pain. It went on and on and I had to start missing work. At ﬁrst, my GP said it was brought on by the operation, then I was diagnosed with sciatica, then a slipped disc. For the next ﬁve years, I was prescribed high doses of painkillers, sent for MRI scans and two ops – for a slipped disc and then a decompression to relieve pressure on my spinal cord. Those didn’t help, so they were going to fuse two or more vertebrae together. I was told not to move too much or exercise, and was given a back brace to stop my back from bending or stretching. In desperation, I asked to be referred to a physiotherapist, who told me that wearing a back brace and avoiding exercise was the worst thing I could do because my muscles were wasting away. Instead, I was taught relaxation techniques, and strengthening and stretching exercises – the opposite of all I’d been doing. I started slowly and, over time, I built up the exercise regime, feeling increasingly positive and ﬁnding it easier to move. I haven’t gone for the fusion operation and I’ve gradually come off the painkillers. I now go to gym twice a week to use the treadmill and the elliptical trainer. I also have hydrotherapy and I keep up with the exercises – in particular, the ‘sit to stand’ one helped me a lot. When you’re in agony, moving is the last thing you want to do – at ﬁrst, it hurts, it’s hard – but it’s the only thing that worked for me!” TURN THE PAGE FOR SIX STARTER STRETCHES >> beat back pain S-T-R-E-T-C-H & strengthen Start with 10 repetitions and build it up. It’s normal to feel some pain when doing these exercises – this will ease as you repeat them over a period of weeks. If you feel increasing pain doing a certain exercise, which does not settle or gets signiﬁcantly worse after exercising, cease that one. Time-poor? Do shorter periods, varying the stretches. Get down on all fours. Breathe out slowly as you sit back on your heels, keeping your head down between your upper arms, and feel the stretch through your lower back. Stand in front of a stable piece of furniture and hold on to it with your hands at waist height. Slowly squat down, breathing out and keeping heels on the ﬂoor. Let your back ﬂex and feel the stretch. ROTATION IN LYING Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet ﬂat on the ﬂoor, and arms by your sides. Breathe out and roll your knees slowly over to the left. Breathe in, then breathe out again as you roll them over to the right. SPINAL EXTENSION Stand in front of a step. As you step up onto it, reach upwards with both arms, feeling your spine stretching. Repeat, leading with your opposite foot. SIT TO STAND Sit in a chair with your feet ﬂat on the ﬂoor and arms crossed over your chest. Bend forwards until your head is above your knees, then push down into your legs and raise yourself up to standing. Sit down again and repeat. 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If levels are raised, you’ll be referred to a urologist. The PSA test is also offered by Clicks Clinics nationwide for R100. 112 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE After 45, our bone density naturally starts to decrease, which is why the medical experts advise that we up our calcium intake to 1 000mg a day. But with the holidays nearly upon us, we are sure to be celebrating with a festive tipple or two, which research shows can interfere with calcium absorption. A 2018 US-based study of participants over 50 found that those who had two or more drinks a day doubled their risk of fractures. So try not to have more than the recommended limit of 10 alcohol units a week (one unit is a 125ml glass of wine, or a tot of spirits), and take a good calcium supplement too. Try Vascafem Unique Supplement For Women (R135 for 100 tablets, Clicks) with 500mg calcium, plus antioxidant ginkgo, nutrient-rich kelp, heart-friendly hawthorn berry and energising vitamin B6. Q One of my friends has really bad breath. Her teeth look ﬁne, so why is this? Should I tell her? A In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin to control blood-sugar levels. Fat cells cannot use insulin properly, and the more fat you have, the more insulin is required to control blood-sugar levels. This means losing weight is important, as it reduces insulin requirements. Some people ﬁnd that reaching a healthy weight, exercising TO YOUR HEALTH! regularly and having a well-balanced diet means they can stop their medication. So keep going with your diet, but don’t stop your tablets unless advised to do so by your doctor. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month Q I protect my skin from the sun, but I’ve noticed brown marks on the backs of my hands and a couple on my forehead. Can I get rid of them? A These sound like age spots, areas of increased pigmentation caused by cumulative sun exposure and age. They generally start appearing after the age of 40, but it’s your previous sun exposure that is to blame and, unfortunately, this means more may appear. Apply an SPF daily, and consider trying retinoid creams, chemical peels, or laser therapy, which may help. A The most common cause of bad breath is poor dental hygiene, and it’s often due to rotting bits of food in-between the teeth, close to the gums. As well as cleaning the outside of the teeth, you need to clean between them with ﬂoss and interdental brushes. A small hole in a tooth or inﬂamed gums can also be to blame. And yes, you should tell her, because there is a link between gingivitis – inﬂamed gums – and an increased risk of heart disease. It’s thought that bacteria in the gums spread to the arteries supplying the heart and cause inﬂammation. 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This ranges from puzzle-based apps for our two-year-old, to games like Angry Birds for the four-year-old and NinJump Dash for the six-year-old. They are only allowed their tablets on long car journeys, during adult get-togethers where they might otherwise get bored, and on Sunday mornings, when Alex and I want some quiet time. They are never allowed more than 30 minutes on any screen (including TV). The tablets are undeniably a shortcut for lazy parenting when we need it, but I’m happy we have the balance right as, at present, it’s a case of out of sight, out of mind for the kids, and they don’t actively ask for them. Pretending technology is not part of modern life is pointless. Today’s children are growing up in a digital world and we have a duty to ensure they understand how that world works. But, while they are young, it’s all about establishing strict boundaries. I can imagine it will get trickier as they get older, but for now it’s manageable.” family ﬁrsts ‘Screen time can be educational’ Gina Clarke, 30, is married to William and they have two children, Ben, who is one, and Caitlin, who is ﬁve. Gina works as a PR consultant. “Screen time does not have to be damaging. There is a lot of educational content available out there. For example, programming on BBC’s CBeebies teaches kids about everything from wildlife to phonics. Both our kids have had access to tablets and smartphones since the age of nine months, but I’m very careful about what they watch or play, downloading number games, puzzles and stories. The beneﬁt of smart screens compared with TV is that they are interactive, so preschoolers can pick up key skills. Caitlin actually learnt to count by using a game on the Fisher-Price app, and Ben’s hand-eye co-ordination and ﬁne motor skills have been honed thanks to bubblepopping games. Caitlin’s classmates do some activities on tablets, and screens are part of their daily life, so we just try to normalise them without allowing them to take over. I have faith in the content I choose, set time restraints, and turn to a screen as a last resort.” ‘My kids were using technology when they were nine months old’ ‘ALL SCREENS ARE NOT EQUAL’ Steph Clarkson, 46, lives with husband Andrew and daughters Merryn, six, and Romy, 12. She is a children’s author. “We allow our six-year-old around an hour a day in front of the TV. She is pushed so hard at school – last week’s spelling included the words ‘artiﬁcial’ and ‘superstitious’ – that I don’t think a bit of downtime is a problem, particularly because she’s just as likely to be found reading or engaging in imaginative play. However, Merryn does not own a smart screen and I do not like her to have access to smart technology, which, through our experience with our eldest daughter Romy, we’ve learnt has a worryingly addictive pull and comes with myriad risks. Like most of her peers, Romy is surgically attached to her smartphone. She uses it to consume media, play games and socialise. We bought it so she was contactable on her walk to and from school – the same school that encourages the use of phones as research tools in some lessons. As Romy gleefully pointed out, “You can’t look up dates of famous battles on a 1994 Nokia.” I’d love to turn back the clock, but we have to work with the situation and use Romy’s behaviour to determine when she’s had too much screen time. We have a contract stuck to our fridge. This lays out the terms under which she is allowed to retain her phone and the infractions that will see it conﬁscated. We insist on knowing all her passwords, check her social media, and the OurPact app allows us to remotely shut down all her activity at the push of a button. We also impose technology bans and, once she’s through the ‘crack addict’ withdrawal stage, are amazed at what she gets up to. During the last week-long ban, she read three books, drew a selfportrait, reorganised her wardrobe and perfected a front ﬂip on the trampoline. Having the beneﬁt of a big age gap between our children, we are trying to make pre-emptive changes the second time around. Merryn does scroll through family photos on my iPhone and watches clips of Alvin and the Chipmunks singing, but I don’t see smart screens as a benign alternative to TV and don’t promote them as toys.” >> ‘Her smartphone is worryingly addictive’ Dr Nicholas Kardaras, addictions expert and author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids – and How to Break the Trance (St Martin’s Press), says digital screens have the same effect on the brain as cocaine woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 117 family ﬁrsts Getting the online balance Charlotte Williamson, 41, works in the media industry. She lives with her partner David, who is a designer, and their 16-month-old son Alexander. “At the last count, our very small lounge contained six screens: two smartphones, two tablets, a laptop and a curiously-old-fashionedthese-days television. And we’re not even a techie household. This is why I’m so determined that our toddler stays away from screens until he’s at least two – and only then watches them judiciously. Happily, right now Alexander loves reading – or rather, being read to. He also loves ripping up toilet paper and eating soil. Because my partner and I ‘I want him to enjoy a life away from screens’ 118 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE Carolyn Bunting, technology expert and mother of two, has these tips for establishing safe and healthy screen use. Set an example. Children model their behaviours on you, so if you put away your tablet, turn off the TV and read a book, they are likely to follow your lead. Agree on an appropriate length of screen time and establish screen-free zones at home. Put in place a family agreement to set boundaries – and don’t break them. Make screen time a shared and positive experience. Play games together, look up new places to visit, or teach each other about new apps. Think quality as well as quantity. Make screen time count by understanding what your children are doing, and suggesting appropriate and interesting content for them. Keep control. There are many features and apps that allow you to apply speciﬁc restrictions to speciﬁc devices. bed. Instead, I want him to learn the beneﬁts of boredom – that there’s nothing wrong with having nothing to do; that a life away from screens means a life spent reading and climbing trees and running around with a ball. Overstimulation, after all, is the enemy of imagination. For better or for worse, screen technology will become an unavoidable part of Alexander’s life, and I know I’ll be ﬁghting a losing battle when he is 15. But until such time, I’m more than happy to let him eat soil.” w&h WORDS STEPHANIE CLARKSON; CHARLOTTE WILLIAMSON PHOTOGRAPHS GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/THINKSTOCK/ISTOCK ‘WE BAN ALL SCREENS... FOR NOW’ both work full-time and don’t spend as much time with him as we would like, we don’t mind getting up at 6am for another marathon reading session, or taking him to a playground on a Saturday. If I were a full-time mother, though, I realise the temptation of turning on Peppa Pig could be too strong. My own background wasn’t entirely screenfree either. I loved American cartoons so much that I started saying the Americanised ‘zee’ instead of ‘zed’. So why my dictatorial stance? Mainly because there’s so much persuasive evidence that, bar the odd Skype call to Granny, screens can adversely affect the rapidly developing brains of the under-twos, resulting in shorter attention spans and, when they’re older, a neurological addiction to screens. Meanwhile, a recent international study found that preschool children of three and four are watching up to four hours of screens a day – with a large number of them owning their own media devices. Yet, unlike the ﬁve-aday rule, there isn’t any proper advice on what is the best thing to do. So I’ve had to make up my own rules. I don’t want bad habits to develop too early – mine as well as his. So we practise what we preach – neither of us look at our phones when Alexander’s around, and the TV’s never on until he’s safely tucked in promotion Ready, prepare, GO Never underestimate the power of being prepared when it comes to life’s unpredictable events WH8442/11/17 PHOTOGRAPH ROELENE PRINSLOO FSP 15261. T’S & C’S APPLY W hen Fatima Abdul Rehman was driving alone, one rainy autumn evening, and her tyre burst on a busy highway, it wasn’t long before she began to panic. “Driving home, the rain was pouring heavily and I had my windscreen wipers racing at high speed. I was concentrating on the road when, suddenly, a thudding noise interrupted my thoughts, and I felt my car start to wobble and veer to the left. I slowed down, stopped on the side of the road and switched my hazards on. At ﬁrst, I was irritated as my tyres were newly ﬁtted, but then the realisation hit that I was alone in an unsafe situation. I locked my car, tried to stay calm and called my husband, but there was no answer. Panic set in, so I tried phoning my brother-in-law, also without luck. I was at a loss – I didn’t know who to call next or what to do. After ﬁve agonising minutes, my husband phoned me back and I felt the relief rush back in. I had to wait 15 minutes for him to arrive, alone in my car with all possible scenarios running through my head. Although I knew what to do when the tyre burst, I was ill-prepared for what followed – I never want to be in a situation like that again.” FATIMA’S TIPS ä READY! The most important thing is to have at least ﬁve emergency numbers on your phone in case four of them don’t answer. It’s also handy to have emergency-services numbers on hand. ä PREPARE! As I felt my tyre burst, I knew not to slam on brakes immediately, and I kept my hands ﬁrmly on the steering wheel so I wouldn’t lose control of the car. ä GO! I didn’t attempt to change the tyre myself, as I knew it might not be safe. Instead, I locked my doors and waited, trying to stay calm. BEING PREPARED KEEPS YOU SECURE At 1st for Women, we’ve got you covered so you can feel conﬁdent in the knowledge that no matter what happens, you’re always ready, #JustInCase. That’s why, when you take out a car- or home-insurance policy speciﬁcally designed for women, there is a Guardian Angel to call 24/7 if you need petrol, help changing a tyre, or just some safe company while you wait. BROUGHT TO YOU BY WIN 1st for Women is giving away R15 000 to one lucky reader so that you’ll be ready and prepared to go! For more information and to see Fatima’s story, go to womanandhomemagazine.co.za or facebook.com/WomanandHomeSA/ ﬁrstforwomen.co.za t @ﬁrstforwomen f 1stforWomen HOW TO BE A super shopper We could all do with extra cash. Kerryn Massyn looks at clever ways to shortcut costs and save your rands and cents OUR EXPERTS NATALIJA CAMERON is the blogger behind frugalinsa. com, a platform for sharing savvy tricks on how to be less wasteful and more resourceful ANGELIQUE RUZICKA, w&h’s ﬁnance expert, has been in the industry for 16 years SAVE POINTS – AND SPEND With over 100 loyalty programmes in SA, many of us have at least one loyalty card... but most of us have a purseful! They’re a nifty way to get cash back or to tap into discounts. According to The 2016 Truth Loyalty Whitepaper, which looks at the landscape of loyalty rewards in SA, the top programmes include the Pick n Pay Smart Shopper, Woolworths WRewards, Clicks ClubCard, Edgars Thank U and FNB eBucks. Pick n Pay’s Smart Shopper programme, for example, awards you one point for every R2 in cash you spend. When spending points, 100 points are the equivalent of R1, and 120 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE you can convert all your points earned into shopping vouchers or you can donate points to charities, like The Sunﬂower Fund, SPCA and more. “Save your points throughout the year,” says Angelique. “I earned enough to cover the ingredients for my family of four’s Christmas lunch last year; a great saving.” Don’t lose your points, though. Clicks ClubCard’s cashbacks, for example, are valid for 12 months. And be aware of changes to a programme’s qualifying criteria. For instance, depending on what tier your FNB account is, there may be additional qualifying criteria (such as using the FNB Banking App) for you to earn eBucks. Spend more to get more by knowing smart saves Don’t shop, swap! A few years ago, Canadian Kyle MacDonald swapped his way from a red paper clip to a house! He used Craigslist, which isn’t as established here, but there is a growing number of swap sites we can use locally. Successful swapping does rely on there being a sufficient number of swappers, so it works best in cities. Check out social-networking sites, PHOTOGRAPHS GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/ADIE BUSH; GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/THINKSTOCK/ ISTOCK INFORMATION CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 BAG YOURSELF A BARGAIN ONLINE Keep your eye on hyperli.co.za for discounts from local businesses. While offers change daily and are limited, past deals have included R900 off unlimited sushi, couples spa pamper packages for around R595, and big savings on lifestyle and household goods. For discounts between 20 and 80% off on everything from gourmet food and theatre tickets to holidays and spa deals, trawl wikideals.co.za and daddysdeals.co.za Save cash buying how the loyalty programmes you’re subscribed to work. Woolworths WRewards, for example, uses a tier system that gives you different perks the higher you go. At the lowest level, you get a 10% discount on selected items. On the highest tier, you get the 10% on selected items, plus exclusive savings vouchers through the year, a birthday voucher, and alerts on sales. With Edgars Thank U, you can earn bonus points (from two times to 10 times the amount of normal points earned) by shopping during special promotions. adorable second-hand but great quality kids’ clothes at e-tailers like petitfox.co.za and oncemore.co.za For grown-ups, luxity.co.za offers superb pre-owned designer clothing and accessories. Get that Louis Vuitton handbag you’ve always dreamt of, or the Gucci sunglasses, at a fraction of the price. You could bag a pair of Prada shades worth R6 000 for R2 300 because they’re pre-owned – but still in good shape. On zando.co.za, as a ﬁrst-time shopper, you can get up to R200 off your ﬁrst purchase, and then get great deals from time to time once you’ve subscribed to the store’s newsletter – for example, one deal gave R400 off when you spent R1 500 on the site. Look out for ‘Unboxed Deals’ on takealot.com. These are items that have been returned or are slightly shop-soiled and are now available on discount. Previous unboxed deals have included an electronic kids’ scooter for R1 000 (originally priced at R1 459) and an electric blender for R480 (with a boxed price of R799). ‘You could save up to 80% by shopping on the right deals site’ ‘A new app gives you cashbacks on purchases of everyday items’ Our top tricks of the trade... Before shopping online, search picodi.com/za for discount codes that’ll save you even more bucks. Their codes are valid across hundreds of online stores, including Mango Airlines and the Wellness Warehouse. Found a discount you like? Put the code in at the online checkout menu on the relevant site and apply it before paying. Simple. Use a fantastic coupon app like SnapnSave (free for iOS/ Apple; Android) to get cashbacks on everyday items when you buy from one of the app’s listed major retailers (like Checkers, Pick n Pay, Dis-Chem and more). Simply browse the items on offer in the app, click the ‘book offer’ option and buy these items the next time you go shopping. Then, use the app to snap a picture of your till slip and get cashback coupons for the booked items you bought. Once you’ve accumulated the minimum of R10 in your SnapnSave wallet, cash out in a number of ways, like via EFT to your bank account. w&h woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 121 insurance savvy BASES Unexpected costs denting your budget? Cover your bases with insurance you hadn’t considered, but should, says w&h money expert Angelique Ruzicka PORTABLE-POSSESSIONS INSURANCE WHAT IS IT? It’s cover against loss, theft, or damage of items you take out of your home – from your laptop and camera to jewellery. Portablepossessions cover can be a standalone policy, or part of an insurer’s home-contents policy, with some also covering the contents of your handbag up to a speciﬁc amount. Think about the content of your handbag – your smartphone, designer shades, pricey perfume and make-up, not to mention bank cards, ID and driver’s licence. Typically, the value can reach R9 000! TRY THESE... kingprice. co.za offers portable- possessions cover of up to R2 500 as part of their home-contents insurance. Anything worth over R2 500 that you take out of the house (from laptops to cameras, eyewear and handbag) must be speciﬁed under extended insurance cover. Premiums will vary but, as an example, a R35 000 Tag Heuer watch can be insured for around R147pm. oldmutual.co.za offers portablepossessions cover under its ‘all risk’ section of home-contents insurance. All-risk items are covered for 25% of the total sum your home’s content is insured for. www.firstforwomen.co.za offers handbag cover for up to R5 000 at no extra cost to its home-contents insurance clients. But if the bag itself or special items in it carry a hefty price tag, it’s best to insure them separately under 1st for Women’s standalone portable-possessions policy. The typical value of a bag’s contents is R9 000! WHAT IT COVERS Most only cover domestic cats and dogs for certain meds, hospitalisation and operations (good to know, considering an accident could see an emergency-surgery vet’s bill upwards of R25 000). Check if the provider covers annual vaccinations, non-hospital vet visits and neutering – not all do. For pre-existing or chronic conditions, your pet might not be covered or, if cover is provided, it may only be after a waiting period. You can get cover for pets of any age, but you may have to pay a higher monthly premium for older pets more at risk of accidents or age-related disease. TWO PROVIDERS TO LOOK AT... dotsure.co.za offers domestic cat, dog, and exotic-pet cover. From R65pm per pet for entry-level Basic Plan, and from R340pm per pet for top Superior Plan. If an eight-year-old dog with a broken leg needed R5 000 emergency surgery, 100% of the fee is covered on the Superior Plan, but only R4 000 on the Basic Plan. For every extra pet you sign up after your ﬁrst, you get 15% off. oneplan.co.za offers domestic cat and dog cover. From R125pm per pet for entry-level Hospital Plan, and from R325pm per pet for top Super Plan. Oneplan’s handy Onecard Transactional Card is a Mastercard that’s preloaded ahead of your vet visit, so you don’t need to pay cash up front. Pets must be microchipped to be insured, though. Calling all cyclists... Popularly referred to as the ‘new golf’, cycling has become a trendy pastime over the last ﬁve years. Today, with bicycle prices ranging from R3 000 to over R100 000, you can’t afford not to be insured. Santam’s premiums are calculated using a number of factors – for example, if you live in Cape Town, you’d pay around R60pm for a bicycle worth R10 000. w&h PHOTOGRAPHS GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/LWA/LARRY WILLIAMS; GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/THINKSTOCK/ ISTOCK PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 Cover your PET INSURANCE Your TV and music ON DEMAND With the rise of video-on-demand and music-streaming services, w&h tech expert Tiana Cline looks at the options NOW LISTENING... The TECH edit Scribd is a super reading app (free for iOS/Apple; Android). It’s a subscription-based digital library that gives you access to most forms of the written word, from over a million books (including bestsellers) to magazines, journals and more. Best bit? Audiobooks – like Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project – have just been added to the mammoth collection... and you can download and listen offline! Subscription from R129,99pm for three book credits and one audiobook credit. PHOTOGRAPH GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/THINKSTOCK/ISTOCK PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 Sounds great! FOUR TV-STREAMING SERVICES TO TRY Netﬂix started out as a DVD postal-delivery service in the late ’90s, but it’s come a long way since then, and many similar services have sprung up, too. Streaming has changed the way we watch TV. Thanks to better Internet connectivity – hello ﬁbre! – streaming is now the go-to choice for on-demand entertainment at home. NETFLIX, from US$7,99pm to US$11,99pm (around R106 to R159); netﬂix.com/za You’ll ﬁnd a good array of mod and vintage movies, international series, and documentaries in the massive, growing library, but what stands out for the US-based streaming service is Netﬂix Originals – popular movies and series (like Stranger Things) that were created for (and distributed exclusively by) Netﬂix. Watch online or download the Netﬂix app (free for iOS/Apple; Android) to your device or smart TV. AMAZON PRIME VIDEO, US$2,99pm for six months (about R40), then US$5,99pm (about R79); primevideo.com Like Netﬂix, Amazon’s service has exclusive Amazon Originals (like Transparent), plus a big selection of well-known international movies and series, and you don’t pay more for Ultra-HD. The catalogue is small, but for the price, it’s a good starter into streaming. Watch online or download the Prime Video app (free for iOS/ Apple; Android) to your device or smart TV. SHOWMAX, R99pm; showmax.com Tons of popular international movies and series (like Game of Thrones), and locally made series, ﬁlms and stand-up comedy shows, some in Afrikaans – Showmax is SA’s answer to Netﬂix. Besides streaming – in one of three qualities you select to help save data – you can download content (up to 25 episodes) for later viewing. Watch online or download the Showmax app (free for iOS/Apple; Android) to your device or smart TV. DEOD TV, from R49pm for news package to R189pm for premium package; za.deod.tv DEOD offers seven taste-tailored subscriptions (for news, sports, or video-ondemand for series and movies you missed on TV) for a month or just a weekend. The sports package, for example, streams ﬁve channels you won’t ﬁnd on other paid-for TV-channel subscriptions. And there’s a movie-rental option. There’s no app for smart TVs, so you stream the content online via iOS/Apple or Android devices. JOOX Music is a new musicstreaming app (free for iOS/ Apple; Android) with a catalogue of over three million songs. The app’s Top Charts features top-ranked songs and curated playlists, and you also have access to online radio stations in ﬁve different categories. Upgrade to JOOX VIP (R29,99 weekly, or R59,99pm) for offline streaming – download a song to your device; get better, CDquality audio; ad-free content and unlimited song skips. woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 123 w&h NEW DIRECTIONS Our BUSINESSES are BLOOMING Three women, all at very different stages, tell Lauren Mc Diarmid how they’ve grown their plant businesses and ﬂyers. I knew visibility is key to bringing in customers, so I moved to a space with more foot traffic in the same shopping centre. The new shop was also smaller, which lowered my rent. To grow my online presence, a freelancer helped me set up social-media pages, and sign up with an e-mail marketing platform. A designer built my website and, as a lot of orders had been coming in via e-mail, we added an e-commerce shopping element to facilitate orders, and partnered up with well-known online ﬂower-delivery networks Interﬂora and SA Florist. My experience in corporate sales and business helped with aspects like drawing in clients and negotiating with suppliers, and my husband helps with accounting. For more insight into running a ﬂower shop, I did a course run by the same academy I went to before. I also did one in wedding co-ordination and ﬂowers, and events planning, so that I could expand in the future. LAUNCH MONTH I started running THE BRAND-NEW START-UP ‘I bought a struggling flower shop and gave it new life’ LYNN HELLENBERG, 36, lives in Wynberg with her husband Wesley, 38, and their children Lily, seven, and Jake, three. She owns Fine Flowers by Lily, a ﬂower shop based in Plumstead. THE IDEA I had a career in sales for 10 years, and Wesley and I ran a side business making trolley covers for bakeries, but by January 2016, I wanted a new challenge where I could work for myself full-time. A short time later, ﬂipping through TV channels at home, a show on ﬂower arranging piqued my interest. Feeling inspired, I found a local ﬂoristry academy and enrolled in a three-day course to learn the basics. I left feeling so passionate about the art that I knew this was where my new career calling lay. 124 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE NATURAL ENTREPRENEUR Keen to purchase an existing ﬂower shop with a client base, rather than set up one from scratch, I scoured business directories online. Within a few months, it felt quite serendipitous to ﬁnd a ﬂorist’s shop for sale, just down the road from my house! I cashed in some of my pension funds and bought Fine Flowers in August 2016. After working my month’s notice at my corporate job, I aimed to get my new biz in tip-top shape. As the shop hadn’t been drawing a proﬁt when I bought it, I rebranded it as Fine Flowers by Lily. Redoing my whole brand look would be costly, so I researched support structures for entrepreneurs. I found Seda (Small Enterprise Development Agency), which helped fund the redesign of my logo, business cards, shop-window display the shop full-time in September 2016. I hired a ﬂorist, and promoted the shop on online platforms like The Wedding Inventory, and handed out pamphlets. I also ran a few specials, advertised in a local newspaper, and popped vouchers into postboxes. I sourced most of my ﬂowers from local suppliers and soon had my ﬁrst client! She was lured in by how pretty the shop looked – I felt elated! The orders just built from there. WHERE I AM NOW Besides selling ﬂowers, we now offer personal gifting, make up hampers with chocolates and bath products for special occasions like Mother’s Day, and do ﬂoral installations at events. It was ﬁve months of hard work before I could draw a salary, but I’m happy with our steady progress. BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT In January, The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation placed a big order. We now supply them with ﬂowers, gifts and hampers monthly. It’s a huge credit! LOOKING AHEAD We work hard to grow the brand, and hope to extend our services out to more corporates, which is proving to be a key area for growth. >> TIP Brush up on areas of running a business that you aren’t familiar with, but don’t overlook the beneﬁts of outsourcing what you can’t handle, like hiring a courier. BUSINESS IN FIGURES Launched: September 2016 Start-up costs: R115 000 Turnover: 35% increase in the last year Website: ﬁneﬂowers.co.za ‘A TV show on flower arranging inspired my new career challenge’ BUSINESS BREAKDOWN Shop and alterations: R85 000 Marketing: R5 000 Salaries; stock; deliveries: R25 000 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTITU DE 125 new directions TIP It’s OK to be picky about where you market your business. You want to target customers whom you know will appreciate your product, and ideally also give you a great reference. BUSINESS IN FIGURES Launched: November 2011 Start-up costs: R14 650 Turnover: 65% increase yearly Website: opusstudio.co.za ‘With my kokedama, I’m able to transform plants into artworks’ MARISSA PRETORIUS, 35, lives in Vredehoek with her partner Andrew, 33. She owns Opus, specialising in ornamental plants. THE IDEA I worked in advertising, but after realising the corporate world wasn’t for me, I went freelance. As a graphic designer, art has always been part of my job, so when I saw ﬂowers transformed into art in a ﬂorist’s on a holiday in France, it sparked an idea. When I got home, I started researching, and found there wasn’t anything like it in SA. Looking to ﬁll that gap, I came across Japanese kokedama, a selfcontained ball of soil covered in moss from which an indoor plant grows, often hung up as an ornament. I used online tutorials to learn the technique, and found I really had a knack for it. 126 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE STILL IN DEVELOPMENT Eager to dip into the entrepreneurial world, I put together a range of handmade jackets and second-hand jewellery. I set up shop in a friend’s second-hand-goods store at The Woodstock Exchange and invited family and friends to the launch of my brand, Opus. I had a few kokedama, which I hung up as decor, but they got the most attention! When guests asked where they could get their hands on one, I knew that if I focused on these, I could make a go of my start-up side biz. Soon, I was supplying kokedama to businesses and realised, since they take time to make, I’d need help to thrive. WHAT FINALLY WORKED Towards the end of 2011, I hired my ﬁrst employee and moved to a studio at The Woodstock Foundry. Together, we were able to get out so many more kokedama, and in March 2012, I did arrangements for my ﬁrst wedding. It was so successful, I did seven more that year! It gave me a boost to move into a retail space at the end of 2012, just downstairs from my studio, where I started running workshops in making kokedama, and ﬂower arranging. BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT Earlier this year, I was approached to rent a spot in the new Silo District at the V&A Waterfront. We moved in April – it’s our biggest space yet, with great exposure. WHERE I AM NOW I’ve expanded my range to sell things like terrariums and garden ware from our shop, and offer plant installations. By mid-2013, Opus was doing so well I stopped freelancing. I have four staff who help run the shop and bring the designs together. Most of my proﬁts go back into Opus, which is showing steady growth. PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX PHOTOGRAPHS NAZREEN ESSACK; JACEY SEARRA THE GROWING START-UP BUSINESS BREAKDOWN Studio renovations: R5 000 Rent: R5 000 Equipment and stock: R2 000 Website domain: R300 Wages and accounting: R2 350 new directions THE BIG SUCCESS STORY ‘Slab of Seed takes the stress out of veggie gardening’ George-based VANESSA JACOBS, 41, lives with husband Deon, 41, and their children Kyla, 18, and Joel, 15. She owns Sow Delicious, selling heirloomveggie seeds in her Slab of Seed packs. THE IDEA My husband and I owned a business in the telecoms industry, but we decided to move down to George at the end of 2011 and felt it was time to change direction. I turned to my passion for gardening, channelling it into the launch of Sow Delicious in August 2013, an online company selling imported niche garden ware. When a number of clients asked about unmodiﬁed heirloom-vegetable seeds, I realised I had to stock them to cater to the grow-your-own trend. I wanted to package the loose seeds in a way that made it easy for people to grow them. My inspiration came from a mould for a slab of chocolate, of all things, and I experimented with embedding seeds in a mixture of nutrients and organic fertiliser in each section of the mould. This gave them the best conditions to start growing in, and when a few I planted at home began ﬂourishing a few weeks later, with little effort on my part, I realised I was onto something. MAKING IT HAPPEN It took me TIP Do everything with cash. It’ll mean you don’t have to worry about the added expense of paying off a loan, and it will encourage you to be resourceful. BUSINESS IN FIGURES Launched: August 2013 Start up costs: R52 250 Turnover: 45% growth year on year Website: sowdelicious.co.za four months before I was ready to start selling my Slab of Seed packs, during which time I got permits to import from specialist heirloom seed growers around the world, and had my packaging designed and printed with instructions on how to grow the plants and what to expect. My Sow Delicious website, which a friend built for me as a gift, already had an e-commerce component to it, so we updated it to include the slabs. By December 2013, I was ready to launch Slab of Seed in variants such as chillies, peppers and lettuce. I marketed my new product through the Facebook page I’d set up for Sow Delicious, which got the attention of a few magazines that gave me great publicity. Within a month, I’d sold out of all 15 slabs and, in January, I took on my ﬁrst employee. At ﬁrst, I was only selling online, and donating my stock to be used as prizes at fundraisers, but it was when I started selling to shops that Slab of Seed really started to soar, and I turned it into my main focus. I slowly scaled back on the garden range until I was only selling Slab of Seed. HIGHS There have been a lot, like when we moved to a converted home in George in 2015. Having more space there allowed us to up production from 1 200 slabs a month to 8 000. One of my favourite moments was in September 2016, when we won the Sanlam/ Business Partners Emerging Business Entrepreneur of the Year award. It was a huge honour and a great ﬁnancial boost. LOWS BUSINESS BREAKDOWN Stock: R12 000 Equipment: R5 000 Marketing: R30 000 Packaging: R5 000 Permits: R250 We’d just signed with Hadeco in November 2014, and were distributing as many as 15 000 slabs nationally. Then a few months later, a drought hit SA, and we lost half our business almost overnight. Until things picked up again, I withdrew from selling to big retailers, and focused on smaller, more exclusive clients, which worked in our favour. PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX WHERE I AM NOW We’ve grown our range to include more exotic varieties – like Cape gooseberries, salad ﬂowers and catnip – and now sell to 100 shops in SA, neighbouring countries and the UK, as well as through three online stores, including my own. I was able to draw a salary 18 months in, and have a team of ﬁve who help with production and operations. w&h woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTITU DE 127 The FOOD edit in your style WHAT A DISH! Pretty up your table this summer with these stoneware ice-cream bowls from Le Creuset’s new Sorbet Collection. Delicate pastels are so on trend. R1 100 for a set of four New for IN SEASON Plums and apricots are great sources of dietary ﬁbre, as well as vitamins A and C, and while there’s nothing better than enjoying these fruits as they are, why not try something a little different? Add diced dried apricots to a stew for a Middle Eastern ﬂavour. As for plums, serve them in their dried state as prunes with granola and yoghurt. YOU w&h lifestyle editor Adila Jallal reveals her top new buys PHOTOGRAPH GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/THINKSTOCK/ISTOCK FOR WHERE TO BUY, SEE STOCKISTS PAGE AT WOMANANDHOMEMAGAZINE.CO.ZA PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX FOR THE SWEET TOOTH Darling Sweet Handcrafted Assorted Toffees are perfect for the festive season, but we think you should get a head start on them right now! Made with all-natural ingredients, many of which are sourced locally, these delights include ﬂavours like Liquorice, and Honey & Salt. Feel free to have more than just one... RRSP R130 for 350g, available online or at selected retailers These toffees are a fantastic gift for a dinner-party host JUICE IT UP Healthy has never tasted this good! Free from added sugar, preservatives, and artiﬁcial ﬂavours and colours, Sir Fruit’s wholesome cold-pressed fruit and veggie drinks – out in three blends, like Apple, Cucumber, Spinach, Kale and Mint – are just what you need on a hot day. RRSP R21,95 each for 300ml, selected retailers 3 A DAIRY DREAM We love Spar’s new range of luxurious double-cream yoghurts in variants like Coconut Seeded, and Aloe and Peach. They’re an indulgent any-time snack, and also serve as a tasty dessert. RRSP R39,99 each for 1kg, selected Spar stores of the best FOOD BUYS Beat the 3pm munchies with this delicious nutty offering from Blue Diamond Almonds, out in four ﬂavours, like Salt ’n Vinegar and Lime and Chilli. RRSP R49,95 each for 150g Running out of ideas for dinner? The Knorr Naturally Tasty! cook-in sauces will inspire you. Choose from seven mouth-watering mixes (our faves are Beef Tagine, and Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Bake), which have no artiﬁcial preservatives. RRSP R18,99 for 44g, selected Pick n Pay stores Want a wholesome dairy substitute? Clover’s new-look Good Hope Soy Milk is an excellent source of protein, is low in sodium, and cholesterol- and lactose-free. There are six types, like regular and unsweetened, and strawberry- and chocolateﬂavoured. From RRSP R24,95 each for 1ℓ w&h woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 129 Super-quick ideas for al fresco eating SOMETHING FOR THE W�kend Relaxed and delicious recipes with a healthy touch, and minimal cooking required for easy entertaining – call your friends! easy entertaining LAMB CUTLETS HOT WITH CHILLI These have a powerful kick. Easy/Prepare ahead • Ready in 20 minutes, plus marinating • Serves 4 12 lamb cutlets sesame seeds, toasted, for sprinkling for the marinade 3tbsp honey 2tbsp soy sauce 2tsp sriracha (hot chilli sauce) 1tsp rice vinegar 1 Mix the marinade ingredients, then use to coat the cutlets. Cover and leave in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. 2 Cook on the braai or under the grill. To serve, sprinkle with the seeds. Per serving: 1 674 kilojoules, 18g fat (8g saturated), 13g carbohydrate Pearl-couscous salad Serve with a salad made from 100g (dry weight) cooked pearl couscous; 10 halved cherry tomatoes; 1 ﬁnely chopped red chilli; small bunch parsley, ﬁnely chopped,; 3 preserved lemons, ﬂesh removed and ﬁnely chopped; juice of 1 lemon; 3tbsp olive oil. Season. SUPER BOWL SALADS Just mix the ingredients and season. Prepare ahead • Ready in under 30 minutes • All serve 4 to 6 Chickpea salad 660g canned chickpeas, drained 250g cherry tomatoes, halved 150g radishes, halved 130g pitted black olives 4tbsp ﬂat-leaf parsley, chopped 3tbsp olive oil juice of 1 lemon a handful of rocket leaves, to serve Per serving: 1 289 to 858 kilojoules, 19 to 13g fat (2,5 to 2g saturated), 20 to 13g carbohydrate COOK’S TIP Freekeh is a ﬁbre-rich ancient grain available from Faithful to Nature Freekeh salad 200g (dry weight) freekeh, cooked 150g runner beans, blanched 150g green beans, blanched 200g broad beans, blanched 200g peas, blanched 200g tenderstem broccoli, blanched 75g pistachio nuts, chopped 5tbsp mustard vinaigrette (ﬁnd our recipe online) Per serving: 1 987 to 1 326 kilojoules, 18 to 12g fat (1,5 to 1g saturated), 49 to 33g carbohydrate Puy-lentil salad 4 cooked beetroot, cut into wedges 100g walnuts, toasted 2 large oranges, segmented ¼ small watermelon, cut into cubes 100g pomegranate seeds 4tbsp pomegranate concentrate 250g cooked puy lentils Per serving: 1 736 to 1 159 kilojoules, 18 to 12g fat (2 to 1,5g saturated), 45 to 30g carbohydrate >> VISIT OUR WEBSITE NOW For more summer-salad ideas, go to womanandhomemagazine.co.za woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE 131 PRAWN WRAPS These Vietnamese-style lettuce cups make a great snack or starter. Easy/Prepare ahead • Ready in 50 minutes, plus marinating • Serves 4 450g cooked king prawns 2 nests of rice-vermicelli noodles 3 baby gem lettuces 1 mango, cut into cubes 6 spring onions, ﬁnely chopped 3tbsp roasted peanuts, chopped mint sprigs for the dressing 2tbsp rice vinegar 1tbsp Thai ﬁsh sauce 1tbsp sweet chilli sauce zest and juice of 1 lime 1 small red chilli, chopped 2tbsp fresh coriander, chopped 1 Mix together all the dressing ingredients in a large bowl. Add the prawns and mix well. Cover and leave in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the recipe. They will happily sit overnight. 2 Cook the noodles according to the pack instructions, then refresh under cold water. To assemble the wraps, separate the lettuce leaves and put on a serving plate. Now add some noodles, the mango, spring onions, prawns and peanuts, and top with mint. Per serving: 1 393 kilojoules, 7g fat (1g saturated), 39g carbohydrate CHILLI-BEEF BURGER All the favourite ﬂavours of chilli con carne in a burger. Easy/Prepare ahead/Freeze • Ready in 40 minutes • Serves 4 2 onions, chopped 500g minced beef 1 egg, beaten 1tsp chilli powder 2tsp Santa Maria Chipotle Paste 2tsp tomato purée 400g can kidney beans, drained, rinsed and crushed with a masher for the guacamole 2 avocados ½ red onion, ﬁnely chopped 2 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped a small bunch of coriander, chopped juice of 1 lime a dash of Tabasco sauce to serve toasted burger buns baby gem lettuce leaves COOK’S TIP Just make a few more of these wraps for a light supper or lunch 132 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE 1 Cook onion in a little oil until soft. Put into bowl and mix with rest of burger ingredients. Form into four burgers, cover and leave in the fridge, while you make guacamole. 2 Mash avos; add rest of ingredients. Season and cover with cling wrap. Cook burgers on braai or in frying pan, then pop into hot oven (180°C, 160°C fan) for about 15 minutes or until cooked through. 3 To serve, put lettuce leaves on bun, add burger and top with guacamole. Per serving (burger only): 2 368 kilojoules, 37g fat (12g saturated), 20g carbohydrate COOK’S TIP This dish is so simple and quick, it’s as good for weekdays as it is for weekends SPICY CHICKEN WITH CRISPY RED ONIONS This easy one-tray chicken bake is always a big hit. Easy/Prepare ahead • Ready in 50 minutes, plus marinating (optional) • Serves 4 1tbsp coriander seeds 1tbsp mustard seeds 1tsp chilli ﬂakes 75g plain yoghurt 1tbsp garam masala 8-12 chicken thighs (depending on size), bone in and skin on 4 red onions, thinly sliced oil, for shallow frying 1 Put the seeds and chilli ﬂakes into a hot, dry frying pan for a few minutes, then crush in a mortar and pestle. 2 Mix together the yoghurt and garam masala, then add the seed mix. Rub it into the chicken. You can now leave it in the fridge, covered, to marinate for a few hours or overnight. Shallow fry the onions in batches until crispy. You can reheat them in the oven later if you need to, or do this while the chicken is in the oven. 3 Heat the oven to 180°C, 160°C fan. Line a shallow roasting tin with oiled foil. Arrange the chicken and any marinade in a single layer. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 40 minutes or until crispy and cooked through. 4 Serve with the onions. We also like it with pilau rice, a yoghurt dip with spring onions and mint, and a tomato salad with red onions and a little chilli. Per serving: 1 812 kilojoules, 23g fat (5g saturated), 15g carbohydrate >> woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 133 Swap the tenderstem broccoli for asparagus when it’s in season ROAST KINGKLIP WITH MISO BUTTER This butter is fab – delicious with vegetables and any ﬁsh. Easy/Prepare ahead (butter only) • Ready in 20 minutes • Serves 4 4 kingklip ﬁllets tenderstem broccoli and baby potatoes, to serve for the miso butter 200g butter, softened 100g white miso paste 2tbsp lemon juice 2tsp lemon zest 2 spring onions, ﬁnely sliced 1 To make the butter, simply mix all the ingredients together. While you are cooking the vegetables, preheat the grill. 2 Spread a thick layer of the butter over the ﬁsh ﬁllets and grill until just cooked – 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of your ﬁsh. 3 Toss the vegetables in the remaining butter and serve. Per serving: 2 046 kilojoules, 42g fat (26g saturated), 3g carbohydrate COOK’S TIP Use less miso butter for a healthier meal: any leftover will keep in the fridge for up to a week easy entertaining PHOTOGRAPHS SEAN CALITZ RECIPES AND FOOD STYLING JANE CURRAN ASSISTED BY ESTHER CLARKE PROP STYLING SUE ROWLANDS COOK’S TIP You can also use lamb or ostrich mince for this recipe! THAI CHICKEN PATTIES Easy to make, light, and really tasty. Easy/Prepare ahead • Ready in 30 minutes • Serves 4 500g chicken mince 2 garlic cloves, crushed zest of 2 limes, juice of 1 a small bunch of coriander, chopped 5cm-piece ginger, grated 3 spring onions, ﬁnely chopped to serve micro-leaf herbs and lime wedges 1 Simply mix all the ingredients together. Form into eight patties, and leave in the fridge for 20 minutes to rest and for the ﬂavours to meld. 2 When you are ready to cook, either use the braai or gently fry in a little oil. Scatter over the herbs and serve with lime wedges. Per serving: 920 kilojoules, 3g fat (1g saturated), 2g carbohydrate Corn salad We served these with a salad made from 150g sweetcorn kernels, 3 chopped roasted peppers and a good squeeze of lime juice. >> VISIT OUR WEBSITE NOW For more light-supper ideas, go to womanandhomemagazine.co.za woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE 135 Let’s eat �t… We’re celebrating the simple weekend pleasure of the picnic with some recipes to make your outing super special Mediterranean layered sandwich This mozzarella-topped ciabatta sandwich is packed with veg. Easy/Prepare ahead • Ready in 30 minutes, plus cooling and chilling • Serves 8 2 ciabatta loaves 1tbsp green pesto 4tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 400g grilled, marinated peppers, drained 4 plum tomatoes, sliced 5tbsp sliced black olives, drained a large handful of basil leaves, torn 250g mozzarella, drained and sliced 1 Bake ciabatta loaves, if necessary (check the pack), until golden and crisp. Leave to cool completely. 2 Cut loaves in half. Scoop out some of bread inside and discard it (or use to make breadcrumbs). Mix pesto and olive oil, and brush over cut surface of bread. 3 Use half the ingredients for each loaf. Working on one loaf at a time, spread half the peppers over the bottom of the loaf, then arrange half the sliced tomatoes on top. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper, and scatter with half the olives and some basil leaves. 4 Top with mozzarella slices, then layer remaining ingredients in reverse (basil leaves, olives, tomato slices, peppers). 5 Put top on loaf. Wrap loaf in baking paper and tie tightly with string. Fill other loaf in same way with rest of ingredients, then wrap up and tie. 6 Chill loaves for at least 4 hours or overnight, turning them once or twice so the juices from the tomatoes are evenly absorbed. To serve, keep loaves wrapped and slice each into four. summer picnics Bakewell slices This fruitier variation of the classic is very portable. Easy/Prepare ahead/ Freeze • Ready in 1 hour 15 minutes, plus chilling • Makes 20 375g pack sweet shortcrust pastry 5tbsp cherry jam 200g glacé cherries, halved 100g ﬂaked almonds 125g butter, softened 125g castor sugar 2 eggs 125g self-raising ﬂour ½tsp baking powder 1tsp almond extract you will need a 28x18cm shallow baking tin, baking paper and baking beans Chicken souvlaki This simple recipe works well with lean pork ﬁllet, too. Easy/Prepare ahead • Ready in 20 minutes • Serves 4 PHOTOGRAPHS TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM 4tbsp lemon juice, plus lemon wedges to serve 4tbsp olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 1tsp dried mustard powder 1tsp paprika 1tsp oregano 500g chicken breast, cubed pita breads and tzatziki, to serve you will need 4 wooden skewers, soaked in cold water 1 Mix together all the ingredients, except the chicken, until combined. Stir in the cubes of chicken, season well with salt and freshly ground pepper, and mix to coat the meat. 2 Thread the chicken onto the skewers and grill until golden. Serve with the pita breads, tzatziki and lemon wedges. 1 Heat the oven to 200°C, 180°C fan. Roll out the pastry and use to line the baking tin. Chill for 30 minutes. 2 Line the pastry case with baking paper and beans; bake for 15 minutes. Remove the beans and paper, and bake for a further 5 minutes. Reduce the oven to 180°C, 160°C fan. Spread the cherry jam over the pastry and scatter with half the glacé cherries. Reserve 3tbsp ﬂaked almonds and 3 Put the butter, sugar, eggs, ﬂour, baking powder, almond extract and ground almonds into a bowl and beat with an electric whisk until smooth and creamy. Spoon on top of the pastry and scatter with the remaining glacé cherries and reserved ﬂaked almonds. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until well risen and springy to the touch. Leave to cool in the tin, invert, then invert again and slice. They’ll keep for four days in an airtight container. Mozzarella and cherry-tomato salad A new take on the classic Italian tricolore salad, our version, with a different dressing, is bursting with colour and ﬂavour. Easy/Prepare ahead • Ready in 10 minutes • Serves 4 500g cherry tomatoes, halved 250g fresh buffalo mozzarella, roughly torn a handful of fresh basil leaves, roughly torn for the dressing 1 garlic clove, crushed 1tbsp balsamic vinegar 1tsp castor sugar 3tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 Put the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and basil leaves in a large bowl and stir well to combine. 2 In a separate bowl, mix the dressing ingredients together and pour over the salad. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and toss to combine. Serve immediately. >> woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE 137 Su�er The taste of These divine desserts are fantastically fresh tasting – and super easy to make, too! Strawberry and balsamic ice cream Balsamic vinegar’s rich sharpness makes an unusual but perfect match with the beautifully sweet strawberries in this delicious recipe. Easy/Prepare ahead/Freeze 138 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE • Ready in 25 minutes, plus chilling and freezing • Serves 8 450g strawberries, hulled 150g castor sugar 1tbsp rich balsamic vinegar (Morgenster is good) 150ml double-thick cream 1 Whizz the strawberries and sugar in a blender to form a purée, then stir in the balsamic vinegar and chill for 30 minutes. 2 Stir in the cream then churn in an ice-cream maker until nearly frozen, before freezing overnight. Remove from the freezer 10 minutes before serving. summer desserts PHOTOGRAPHS TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM Lemon ripple and raspberry tart If you love cheesecake, you’ll adore this creamy, dreamy combination – virtually no cooking required! Easy/Prepare ahead • Ready in 20 minutes, plus chilling • Serves 8 150g butter 375g digestive biscuits 400g mascarpone 50g golden castor sugar 1tsp vanilla extract 3 x 150g tubs Woolworths Double Cream Lemon Curd Yoghurt 4tbsp lemon curd 250g raspberries icing sugar, to serve 1 Melt the butter in the microwave on medium for 1 minute or in a pan. Put the biscuits into a food processor and whizz to make crumbs. Pour in the melted butter and whizz again to combine. 2 Add the buttery crumbs to a ﬂan dish, and press over the base and sides with the back of a spoon until smooth. Chill. 3 Whisk together the mascarpone, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the yoghurt. Swirl through half the lemon curd. Spoon into the tart case and leave to chill for 20 minutes. Gently warm the remaining lemon curd and drizzle over the top. Chill for 20 minutes, then scatter the raspberries over the top and dust with icing sugar to serve. w&h woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 139 The in your style WINE Wining and dining edit It’s dinner-party time, and Kim Hoepﬂ has a lot on her mind WINE OF THE MONTH Pierre Jourdan Brut (R106) All you have to add to a ﬂute of this dry but fresh bubbly to make an alluring Kir royal aperitif is a splash of crème de cassis. Make sure the brut is ice-cold, and enjoy with some oysters, cheese sticks or, possibly the best choice, charcuterie. Orange River Cellars White Muscadel (R55) Hit the sweet spot with this rich, honeyed dessert wine, with hints of sun-baked pineapple. Beautiful on its own or with a cheeseboard, it’s a different offering because, as it’s sipped, it lasts longer than a bottle of wine. 140 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE Groote Post Darling Hills Riesling 2016 (R85) With its beeswax and melon perfume, it ﬁnishes on a savoury note and can be quite zingy, but without ever being rasping. It ages beautifully and makes for an unusual gift. Pair with South-East Asian dishes. Kruishof Ymer Shiraz 2015 (R75) If you like your red wines deep and silky, then this one is just the ticket. Taste the difference in this spicy, full-throttle wine. Enjoy the nose of pepper, liquorice and smoky meat, with a sweetand-savoury palate. A treat with lamb. Warwick The First Lady Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (R80) With gooseberry and guava ﬂavours, this one’s deﬁnitely not lacking intensity or freshness. It’s ﬂavourful, ripe and full, rather than bitingly acidic. It works well with oily foods like fried ﬁsh, or any tomatobased meals. Striped Horse Craft Pils (R27) Why is a beer on a wine page? It’s highly refreshing and truly tasty. In the season’s heat, it’s pleasant to kick off with a cold one relatively low in alcohol (5.2%). Revel in a touch of sweetness offset with a bitter ﬁnish. Goes great with beef carpaccio. COCKTAILS ON THE GO! Cool down with a G&T in the form of a sorbetlike ice lolly. Frost Popsicles are available in Classic and Berry Infusion, and the gin is distilled by Cape Town distillery Hope on Hopkins. R27 each for 100ml, Pick n Pay PAIRING WINE WITH CHEESE Decide who’s the star “If you want the cheese to have the lead role, pick a wine with less character. If you want the wine to be the star, go easy on the forcefulness of the cheese,” says Gerard Basset, master sommelier and master of wine. What’s a good all-rounder? Gerard says look to fortiﬁed wines. “I would immediately suggest amontillado sherry, tawny port, or Madeira. They aren’t too delicately ﬂavoured, and their taste proﬁle is similar to the accompaniments you will serve with the cheese.” w&h ADDITIONAL WORDS CHRISTELLE GUIBERT PHOTOGRAPHS LEANA CLUNIES-ROSS MAKE-UP TAMZIN REYNOLDS FOR WHERE TO BUY, SEE STOCKISTS PAGE AT WOMANANDHOMEMAGAZINE. CO.ZA PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 istication, and it’s as simple as can be. It has bubbles to get the party started, and should be served with a little nibble. Landzicht Winemaker’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (R75) Made in the Northern Cape, this wine scored best in class at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2017. It’s a fullbodied red that’s ripe, dark and chocolatey, with a hint of vanilla. Fab on its own, or with grilled meats. inpromotion your style PACKED WITH goodness Yoghurt has many beneﬁts for the body, and now SPAR has added an additional boost to its new Double Cream range, with aloe and the crunch of powerhouse seeds. Deﬁnitely worth a taste! PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX WH8426/11/17 STYLING VICKIE DE BEER ASSISTED BY JULIA VAN MAARSEVEEN PHOTOGRAPHS CHARLES RUSSEL; WWW.CRPHOTOGRAPHIC.CO.ZA PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, OR CURE ANY ILLNESS S outh Africa’s ﬁrst aloecontaining yoghurt is now available. SPAR has launched two new Double Cream yoghurt ranges – one with aloe and fruit, and the other with fruit and seeds. These delicious yoghurt variants also contain an extra boost of calcium, making them a perfect indulgence. The extra butter fat in double cream provides the body with vitamins A and D, the B vitamin called folate, and iron. Aloe, cultivated in South Africa, could aid in digestion and boost the immune system. Despite their small size, poppy seeds are a good source of vitamin B1 and minerals such as calcium, which helps to build strong bones. Linseeds are a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Sunﬂower seeds are a great source of vitamin E, as well as minerals like magnesium, copper and selenium. Selenium plays a role in preventing cell damage. Pumpkin seeds provide you with minerals, like magnesium, which helps to maintain nerve and muscle function. Sesame seeds are a wonderful source of energy, as well as copper, calcium and magnesium. Copper is also necessary for organ development. This exciting new range is exclusive to SPAR and is available in selected stores. As good as the best for less. woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 1 in your style We’re hot for Haus by Hertex’s new Benguela Scatter Cushion Collection. Toss a couple on your bed or couch for an instant yet sophisticated room update. Scatters, from R795 each FROM ONLINE TO IN-STORE Yuppiechef, the popular SA online retailer, is set to open its ﬁrst bricks-and-mortar store, at Willowbridge shopping centre in Tygervalley, Cape Town, on 1 October. Decorated in natural woods and smoky undertones, the shop will have an industrial-luxe feel, and will feature a functional test kitchen. Shoppers can also create a wedding registry in store, sign up to monthly food and beverage subscriptions, and so much more. BEAUTIFUL BOTANICAL What’s new NOW The holidays are a time for snapping memories with loved ones and treasuring those moments in gorgeous frames. Distressed Frame in Denim Blue, R139,99, Mr Price Home; Bone-Effect Frame with Blue Stripes, R379, Zara Home LAUNDRY AFFAIR Summer is here, and we’re just in love with the ﬂoral fragrance of Comfort Fabric Conditioner in Morning Fresh. It’s concentrated, too, so just one small cap is enough to leave your laundry fabulously soft. R45,99 for 800ml, available at leading retailers 142 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE Lifestyle editor Adila Jallal on all the latest news and trends BE SEATED... in absolute style. This showpiece chair that’s available in a wide range of fabrics and colours is both comfortable and chic. Versace Chair in Magical Peacock, from R9 995, SHF DOGGIE TREAT So many of us consider our dogs part of the family. That’s why Milestone Kitchens has come up with The Nina Island, a trendy free-standing kitchen island that’s not only ideal for all your needs, but also includes a special resting spot for your four-legged friend! From R39 800, excluding soft furnishings for the dog bed. w&h PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX PICTURE-PERFECT No green ﬁngers? Just keep the reservoir topped up with water, and the self-watering system inside will give your plant all the moisture it needs. Mini Anthurium in Waterwick Pot, R149,99, Woolworths FOR WHERE TO BUY, SEE STOCKISTS PAGE AT WOMANANDHOMEMAGAZINE.CO.ZA PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 EASY ELEGANCE THINK COMPLEMENTARY SHADES Create a room that’s both stylish and easy on the eye with colours that work in perfect harmony with one another – these simple ideas show you how... White and grey is one of the most popular neutral combinations. Here, it has been brought to life with prints, texture and pops of acid yellow. Simple, but stunning. Illusion fabric collection, from R678,30 per metre, Stuart Graham Fabrics HOW TO HAVE COLOUR confidence 144 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE Colour brings joy and personality to a house, making it feel lively, individual and interesting! We show you how to get it right with the latest looks and top expert tips home inspiration � Remember to factor in light when selecting colours. The amount of natural light and the direction that the room faces will have a signiﬁcant impact on the ﬁnal appearance of the colour. South-facing rooms tend to be darker and therefore more suited to rich colours. Consequently, the same colour can look quite different from room to room and at different times of the day. Walls in Fire Cracker 1, and Hot Paprika 4; door in Jamaican Bronze 6, all in Luxurious Silk, from RRSP R229 each for 1ℓ, all Dulux ‘Using strong shades inside cupboards and bathrooms is a great way to add unexpected colour, especially in a neutral home. A marvellous way to create light and space is to use the palest colour on the largest surface area, such as the walls, and a darker tone on woodwork, so using a deep shade on skirting boards will make the walls appear lighter’ JOA STUDHOLME, FARROW & BALL’S INTERNATIONAL COLOUR CONSULTANT Spectra Parquet 3D wallpaper by Arte, R7 479 per 10m roll, Home Fabrics Wall in Storm Cloud in Cashmere, RRSP R199 for 1ℓ, Plascon >> ▲ If you have a neutral bedroom scheme, add a textured wallpaper in pink for an interesting but calm composition. Pick out similar shades of pink for cushions so you can pull the whole look together. ‘Find your favourite colour within a wallpaper design and use this on a large expanse of wall. You’re looking for a design that creates an all-over look from afar, but has finer details that you notice on closer inspection. Then, instead of sticking to that colour alone, look for tonal partners’ CLAIRE VALLIS, DESIGN DIRECTOR AT HARLEQUIN ADD JUST A POP OF COLOUR One of the simplest ways to introduce colour is with accents. Cushions, throws and a chair or lampshade in a bold hue are all that’s needed to give your room a lift. This smart, understated scheme is given a colour injection with blue and orange elements. Using accessories is a great way to change your room with the seasons too, with darker accent colours for winter, and brighter ones for summer. Batik fabric collection by Clarke & Clarke, from R432 per metre, Home Fabrics Introduce colour in a subtle way with a painted cabinet. Old furniture can be brought up to date with a lick of paint in an edgy tone. Add fun accessories to continue the theme. Antibes and English Yellow Chalk Paint were mixed together to get the shade in the image, R250 each for 1ℓ, Annie Sloan 'Create a backdrop of neutrals, not just with white and grey, but a mix of different whites, greys, soft browns and black. Now broaden your idea of what you might normally think of as neutral to include some very deep blues, greens, greyed musky violets and sage greyed greens, for instance. Once happy with the result, add more obvious colour – a bold lamp base, a few cushions or a small painted chair' ANNIE SLOAN, DECORATIVE-PAINTING EXPERT Colourful cushions are the easiest way to add interest to a room. Mix colours with neutrals for a balanced look. Velveteen Scatters, from R600 each, Haus by Hertex 146 woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE Instantly lift any area with a coloured carpet – you’ll be quite amazed at the difference it makes. Not quite sure? Try a rug, ﬁrst! T-Star rug, from R1 250 for 1,2x1,7m, Rugs Original Going for a blue velvet couch is a bold step, but you can tone it down by adding a neutral throw and scatters. If it’s the one thing in your room that has colour, then carry on the motif by bringing in smaller accessories in the same colour. Chelsey 3 Seater couch in deep blue, R9 999, @home Make a statement with gorgeous blinds, and choose accessories in corresponding tones to create a stylish corner and bring a windowsill to life. Bloomsbury fabric collection in Denim/Spice by Clarke & Clarke, R1 179 per metre, Home Fabrics You may adore a bright yellow handbag, TRY BLOCKS OF COLOUR This is the way to make an impact! If you are comfortable with your style and colour choices, use large blocks to stamp your personality on your home. This unusual combination of colours works as each makes a dramatic statement: red is the predominant hue, but the addition of bright green and vivid yellow really make this lounge stand out. Conﬁdent, eclectic and fabulous! Mah Jong Composition Hiru modular furniture by Kenzō Takada, from a selection at Roche Bobois 'The idea of colour-blocking is to use contrasting blocks of solid colour rather than stripes, textures and patterns to add interest to interiors. If you’re feeling bold you can pair three vivid colours together. However, I suggest you stick to this simple rule of thumb: for the best balance, pair one bright colour with one bold and one neutral' KATRIN HERRMANN-VAN DYK, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND HEAD HOMEWARE BUYER AT HERTEX If you're new to colour-blocking, start with two colours to keep it straightforward, but still looking impressive. A great way to try the trend is by adding scatters and a ﬂoor cushion in a bright colour to a darker base. Modern Botanicals fabric, from R590 per metre, Design Team Fabrics ▲ Such a great idea for an office space. Three bold shades are used in one room, with a rusty red on one wall to deﬁne a work and storage area. The colour also enhances the warmth of the wood. Hot Paprika 2, Steel Symphony, Sun Dust 1, all in Luxurious Silk, from RRSP R229 each for 1ℓ, Dulux >> ADD A WOW WALL EFFECT If you are feeling adventurous, these paint effects ﬁt the bill... and if it goes wrong, you can just paint over it! Or you could use paint-effect wallpaper instead. ▲This stunning wallpaper in pink, orange and red hues resembles a sunset – calming and beautiful. Pulsion in Orange Sanguine by Casamance, R2 790,72 per 10m roll, Hertex 'Cool, modern colour combinations that combine with unusual warm hues give your space a feeling of being calm and collected' CLAIRE BOND, COLOUR SPECIALIST FOR KANSAI PLASCON This is really simple to do, but looks stunning. Paint the inside of a cabinet with different colours – remember to stick to similar tones for a harmonious feel. Mercury Shower 3 and Blush Rambler 3, all in Luxurious Silk, from RRSP R229 each for 1ℓ, all Dulux This wall panel is a real showstopper. It starts with purple at the bottom, which gradually fades to beige, and is overlaid with a trailing stem design. Gorgeous! Hortelano wall panel in Amethyst/Ruby by Clarissa Hulse for Harlequin, R4 836 for 3x1,4m, Black Fabrics w&h WORDS ALISON DAVIDSON; MEGAN WELLMAN PHOTOGRAPHS DULUX; KANSAI PLASCON; HAUS BY HERTEX; YUPPIECHEF FOR WHERE TO BUY, PHOTOGRAPH XXXXXXXXXX SEE STOCKISTS PAGE ON WOMANANDHOMEMAGAZINE.CO.ZA PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 Add an artistic touch to your wall by creating a DIY piece of art. Make a stencil then, using two or three colours as a base for your canvas, paint the background by integrating the colours in vertical and horizontal strokes, using different-sized brushes. Once dry, lay the stencil down and, using a sponge, start ﬁlling it in. Reposition and repeat until you’ve covered your base. Inuendo, White, Ocean Melody and African Mud O2-E1-1, all in Super Acrylic Polvin, from RRSP R85,70 for 1ℓ, Plascon COMPETITION Sit back and relax in style! Make summer living a glamorous affair this year with a 2-Division Outdoor Recliner set from Xenia. We have three, worth R15 000 each, to give away to lucky w&h readers COMPILED BY INDIA GONÇALVES W hen you think of patio furniture, uncomfortable plastic chairs and lumpy seat cushions may come to mind, but with Xenia, luxury is all you get! The company has been in the business of providing contemporary living spaces to clients for 20 years, and has branched out to take your interior to the exterior with its stunning Xenia Motion Patio Seating collection. To make the most of our wonderful balmy weather and your outdoor area, this fantastic range of patio furniture is essential. Locally manufactured and aesthetically pleasing, the pieces vary from single recliners to seven-seater couches available in colours like grey, taupe, and aqua and cream stripes. What’s more, the seating is durable, as each piece has been adapted to withstand the weather, come rain or shine – the fabric has been treated to make it water- and UV-resistant, with colours that won’t fade. We’re giving away three luxurious Xenia 2-Division Outdoor Recliner sets in cream, valued at R15 000 each. This piece is perfect for catching some rays with your signiﬁcant other. Visit xeniapatio.co.za for more information on this and other products from Xenia. HOW TO WIN For your chance to win one of three modish Xenia 2-Division Outdoor Recliner sets in cream, simply log on to womanandhomemagazine.co.za, ﬁll in the entry form and reply to an easy question – the one-word answer can only be found on this page. CLOSING DATE 30 November 2017 TERMS AND CONDITIONS The prizes are not transferable or resaleable, and cannot be exchanged for cash. This competition is closed to employees of Caxton, Xenia and their immediate families, as well as their respective PR companies and advertising agencies. This competition is only open to SA residents. Only one-word answers will be accepted. The prizes will go to the ﬁrst three correctly completed entries drawn at random by an external party after the closing date (30 November 2017). The judges’ decision is ﬁnal, and no correspondence will be entered into. The prize value was correct at the time of going to print. By entering this competition, you give Caxton the right to market other Caxton competitions and offers to you. What’s your GARDEN PASSION? Three readers’ gardens, three distinct styles, but which would you choose? PERFECT PLANTING When choosing plants, consider height, leaf shape and colour – a mixture will create maximum impact IN THE PINK Bringing a favourite accent colour outside from the interior is a great starting point for an urban-style garden. 152 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE CONTRASTING SURFACES A gravel path and seating area in the upper part of the garden lend a textured alternative to the patio DRAW THE EYE An impressive eucalyptus adds a natural focal point to Shobhan and Julie’s garden omeowners Shobhan and Julie Thakore-Rodger wanted an outside room to enjoy, so they contacted garden-designer Tracy in spring 2011. She quickly spotted a beautiful pink splashback in their kitchen and suggested it as the colour for the rendered blockwork seating. It was a bold choice but a beautiful link between inside and out, and Shobhan and Julie were very much in favour of it – they’d already asked for pinks and purples in the garden, as they preferred these to shades of yellow and orange. The garden was a blank canvas when the couple moved in, although there was an attractive stone wall on the south edge, which they were keen to preserve, as well as a beautiful view of a nearby stream. And because the garden is north-facing, it’s drenched in sunlight until the late evening in summer. Tracy also picked up on the dark grey of the aluminium window frames, choosing grey basalt for the patio, which is very much in keeping with the contemporary style of their house. The basalt is cut smooth both top and sides, resulting in a crisp, graphic ﬁnish. >> H woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 153 SUMMERTIME HAVEN A relaxing seating area to enjoy the best of the season’s ﬂowers – wallﬂowers, hardy geraniums, beardtongues, cosmos, foxgloves, coneﬂowers and hydrangeas THE OUTDOOR ROOM Fancy a home-from-home outside? Nic (far left) and Derek’s pint-sized, irregular patio garden gets it spot on with quirky, stylish furniture and vintage accessories, including a distressed mirror, milk churn, stone trough and metal urn. Everywhere you look there’s a new ﬁnd to love. 154 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE garden design SALVAGED ACCESSORIES A wrought-iron stand with succulents and herbs, an old barrel positioned next to a plantain lily and a hydrangea in a washtub complement the brickwork AL FRESCO ENTERTAINING A tranquil green-and-white palette suits this sheltered spot for outdoor eating, with candles to illuminate the ﬂowers at night. The plants include verbenas, cosmos, roses and plantain lilies here’s a secret-garden feel as the old door swings open to reveal Nic and Derek’s delightful patio, brimming with plants and furnishings. “When you have a small garden, you have to make every centimetre count,” says Nic, a garden designer, who struggled to decide between modern and shabby chic for his outdoor space. In the end, his love of plants won the day. “A perfect garden is timeless, appearing effortless and uncontrived,” Nic believes. Planting includes maples, hydrangeas and plantain lilies, and perfume is vital – iceberg roses cling to the walls, and lilies, night phlox, tobacco plant and star jasmine add a heady night-time fragrance. An old dining room table is ideal for entertaining and one of many reclaimed items. It was Nic’s partner, Derek, who added the mirror to create the illusion of spaciousness. Nic’s design unfolds as a series of striking, linked cameos, “We look out on the patio, so it’s important to have something worth looking at.” >> T woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 155 EYE-CATCHING FOCAL POINT The water feature is set into a dry stone wall and fronted by lawns edged in box balls and alliums. Boundary beds are ﬁlled with palms, bamboo, ti plant and maple SUBTLE ILLUMINATION The steps from the sunken level to the lawn are lit, and an old olive tree sits amid alliums and box balls Kate’s striking modern garden design is all about symmetry, with structured box hedges and balls blended with alliums, fabulous exotic planting and interesting furniture pieces... plus, one simply amazing centrepiece water feature with a split-stone surround! 156 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS NICOLA STOCKEN DESIGNER STYLE garden design DRAMATIC WALKWAY Golden bamboo towers above a stone path, box balls and hedging hen designer Kate was asked to create a stylish garden for the Higgins family on a wide, shallow plot, she came up with a contemporary design on three levels, creating a beautiful outlook from the house, while also providing somewhere children can play. “Lawns wrap around three sides of the garden, with a path to one side, and a children’s play area to the other,” explains Kate. A polished-steel water feature makes for an impressive attraction, its mirrored surface casting different reﬂections, and the sheets of water forming a continuous, mesmerising ripple effect that is very relaxing. As night falls, the water feature stands out by virtue of lighting, which adds a touch of magic. “Uplighters create interplay between shadow and light, and work well with architectural foliage. The natural colours of plants are best cast in a warm, white light,” says Kate. The garden’s big surprise? The lush grass, it transpires, is artiﬁcial. “It’s incredibly popular because children can play on it throughout the year, and it’s also virtually maintenance free.” w&h W BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL Beyond the sunken level and artiﬁcial lawn lies a raised terrace with statement chairs set beneath a majestic oak. Lighting adds a sense of drama to the space woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 157 e solutions simple solutions simple solutions simple solutions simple solutions sim OLD DOG, NEW TECH! Technology makes our lives – and our furry friends’ lives – much easier! Gadget experts Tiana Cline and Holly Brockwell look at the latest pet tech THE FITTEST DOG ON THE BLOCK Are your pooches getting enough exercise to stay ﬁt and healthy? We’ve found a fun activity to keep them in the best shape, plus two trackers – the canine equivalent of a Fitbit – to monitor activity. PetSafe Automatic Ball Launcher What is it? An electronic tennis-ball thrower to give your pooch a workout. What does it do? It holds three tennis balls (use treats to train your dog to return the ball to the holding bucket), and sends out a beep before launching each ball, with intervals between the launches. There are 15 minutes of fetch play before it automatically switches off so your dog’s not too overworked. Pros Six angle and nine distance settings make this waterproof launcher great for play indoors and out. Built-in safety sensors ensure balls won’t launch if people or pets are standing too close. Cons Only for breeds over 4,5kg. The reload intervals can feel quite long if your dog is fast to fetch. Needs six batteries if not near a plug point. R3 339; takealot.com Kippy Vita What is it? A collarmounted ﬁtness tracker and GPS for dogs (and cats, too). What does it do? Records how much time your dog has spent exercising and resting, how many calories burnt, and 158 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE how much more they should burn to stay ﬁt – you set the goals. Another great feature? You can ring-fence an area on an online map, and be alerted if your dog moves out of that area. Pros Waterproof. Has anti-shock feature to keep your dog safe. Combined ﬁtness- and GPS-tracking functions. Cons A bit bulky for smaller breeds, and only has a seven-day battery life. App free for iOS/Apple; Android. Device R3 499 on takealot.com FitBark What is it? Bow tie-shaped canine ﬁtness tracker. What does it do? Monitors your dog’s activity, sleep, distance walked and calories burnt, lets you set health goals and compare your dog’s exercise regime with your own (compatible with a few trackers for owners, like Fitbit and Jawbone). Pros Light and waterproof. Multiple people can monitor the same dog. Cons Needs recharging every 10 days (but only takes 90 minutes by USB). App free for iOS/Apple; Android. Device from US$69,95 with free shipping (about R932, excluding import duties) on ﬁtbark.com THE CAT’S WHISKERS These clever little cat gadgets are deﬁnitely the crème de la crème as far as your feline is concerned... SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder by SureFlap What does it do? Reads microchips or RFID collar tags so only the correct cat approaching it can access food; closes automatically once the cat moves away. Need anything else? A microchip or an RFID collar tag (not included) – R399 for SureFlap’s tag on animalgear.co.za Pros Invaluable for cats on prescription food or weight-management diets. Cons There is no power cable for charging the feeder; it takes four regular (not rechargeable) batteries. R2 815 on www.realpet.co.za – get 5% off buying it via site from 15 October to 15 November 2017 by using the code ‘WHSUREFEED’ at online checkout†. mple solutions simple solutions simple solutions Tabcat by Loc8tor Pet Acoustics Pet Tunes What is it? Cat tracker to ﬁnd cats hiding or trapped in odd places. What does it do? Sound and ﬂashing lights on a palm-size handset guide you to the light 6g Tabcat tag your cat’s wearing. Pros More accurate than GPS, tracking your cat to within 3cm. Works via radio frequency; you don’t need an app or phone. Cons Range is 122m – but in clear line of sight. Obstructions, like trees, reduce range. From R2 995; ubuy.za.com Feline Bluetooth Speaker What is it? Small, wireless speaker that plays preloaded, clinically tested frequency-modiﬁed music. What does it do? Composed by a sound behaviourist, the playlist calms erratic behaviour due to varied stressors – environmental (a storm) to transitional (like travel). Pros It’s portable. Easy to charge battery via USB. Cons Only contains 90 minutes’ music, but it has autorepeat mode. From R1 535; wantitall.co.za Keep tabs on where your precious pets are, what they’re up to and where they’ve been while you’re at work with these smart devices. PHOTOGRAPH GALLO/GETTY IMAGE/THINKSTOCK/ISTOCK PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 †T&CS FOR DISCOUNT APPLY; SEE WWW.REALPET.CO.ZA FOR INFO Pod 3 GPS Pet Tracker What does it do? Tracks your pet indoors and out; shows you where they’ve been in last 24 hours. Set boundaries and get an alert if your pet leaves the demarcated area. Need anything else? Wi-Fi – Pod 3 has built-in antenna to connect. Pros Can track ﬁtness. Waterproof. Cons Pricey. Bulky for smaller cats (it’s 5,2cm and 31g in weight). Battery only lasts up to ﬁve days. Pod Trackers app free for iOS/ Apple; Android. Device from R4 760 on merkado.co.za to ﬂing them a treat (stored under the camera)! The web cam has a two-way speaker, which means saying ‘good girl’ into your phone or tablet won’t go unnoticed; you’ll hear her bark back in delight! Pros The 3x digital zoom lets you get up close with your pet, while the infrared sensor allows you to check activity even in dark. Treat unit is easy to detach and clean. Cons Big, and it must be plugged in, so you’re limited for placement. App free for iOS/Apple; Android. Device from R3 767; ubuy.za.com Petalways GPS Tracker Petcube Bites What is it? A treat-dispensing interactive web camera. What does it do? Not only will you be able to see what your pet is up to when you’re out, you can also use the companion Petcube app What does it do? Offers boundary alerts – you can set up a safety zone on your home Wi-Fi network. Need anything else? A 2G/3G SIM card to link to the Petalways app. Pros Waterproof. Works with Wi-Fi, GPS and GPRS. Light (20g), but the protective cover (R55 on takealot. com) makes it 32g. Cons Doesn’t work with MTN SIM yet. App free for iOS/ Apple; Android. Device R1 700 on takealot.com w&h Follow the SUN Summer has ﬁnally arrived, and Jade Crocket’s found six sun-drenched spots where you can soak up the season... BEST FOR ISLAND LIFE Enjoy the lip-smacking Mozambican ﬂavours Beach bliss on Bazaruto Island ring, there’s dune boarding. Back at the resort, the spa is a piece of heaven – perched high up on the hill overlooking the ocean, its vistas alone are enough to relieve 160 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE BOOK From R13 500pn for two in a Beach Villa, including all meals, selected drinks, non-motorised water sports, and return boat transfers from Vilanculos. Valid till 25 December 2017; see bazaruto.anantara.com ONLINE DEAL A luxurious tent tucked away in the African bushveld Surround yourself with the serenity of the Midlands Rural retreat in the Karkloof Conservancy Rockwood Farmhouse, set alongside a dam, is one of four lodges on the private Spitzkop Farm in the Karkloof Conservancy – 40 000ha of protected wetland, grassland and forest. This is the place to get away from it all. CHECK IN Cool Scandi-like design sits comfortably with a generous touch of rustic charm in the house, done out in antique furnishings and African art. Other than attractive spaces, if there are things we crave in self-catering accommodation, it’s captivating scenery, a well-equipped kitchen and seriously comfy beds. With two kingsized en-suite rooms and two twin rooms sharing a bathroom, there’s ample space for a group of eight. And you’ll want for nothing, as the owners have committed to every detail – from DStv, DVD player (plus range of titles) and iPod docking station in the lounge, to insect repellent in the bathrooms and a state-of-the-art braai outside. Wake up to the sounds of nature outside your window SOAK IT UP What a treat to wake to birds chirping instead of noisy traffic. Drink in the fresh air and morning sun with your coffee on the stoep, while pondering what to get up to during the day. Remember to pack your cossie for swimming, canoeing and tubing in the dam (gear provided), plus walking shoes to wander the self-guided country trails, some leading to waterfalls. Outdoor pursuits are enhanced by the surprise appearance of timid bushbuck and water mongooses. Fishing lovers will delight in the stocked on-site Godwini trout dam, and partners in the prospect of a ﬁsh braai! While the ﬁre heats up, join the kids on the house’s trampoline. BOOK From R5 700pn for up to eight people, self-catering, including Merlot bottle, biscuit box, condiment kit, charcoal. Valid till 30 November 2017; perfecthideaways.co.za BEST FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS Glamping in Waterberg Glamping is camping without roughing it – you’re spared having to carry your loo roll to the ablution block in the dead of night! At Kwafubesi Tented Safari Camp, within 12 000ha of malaria-free Big Five bushveld, the only remnant of our childhood camping experiences is sleeping under a tent canvas... CHECK IN Each of the ﬁve en-suite tents brings the glam factor with a double bed made up in ﬁne cotton sheets and down pillows, a deep stone bath and lantern light (there’s electricity, too). In a romantic mood? Its raised deck, looking out across open plains, is the best spot for a breakfast picnic or private dinner. SOAK IT UP Early summer is a lovely time to be in the bush, when the rains have ﬁnally arrived and baby animals abound. Apart from the traditional safari in a 4x4 vehicle, Kwafubesi puts you in the driving seat and lets you get a little closer to nature on guided quad-bike and horse outrides. For the rest, enjoy in-room massages, cooling off in the pool, and sharing lively drinks and mealtimes in the lapa with new friends. BOOK From R2 360ppspn in a standard tent, including all meals and two safaris a day. Valid till 31 December 2017; kwafubesi.com >> woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 161 Enjoy breakfast as you gaze out over breaking waves BEST FOR A CAPE ESCAPE The good life in Kommetjie It’s summertime and the living is easy at Long Beach Hotel, which combines the tranquillity of Kommetjie’s crayﬁshing village with The Last Word’s relaxed brand of luxury. CHECK IN Decorated in a palette of taupe and powder blue, the suites’ style is elegant simplicity – the only artwork needed, a panoramic seascape viewed through the fold-aside glass doors. You’ll have a choice of three suite types, but all have a separate lounge and private patio, and tick all the right boxes with exquisite linen, heated towel rails and complimentary minibar. SOAK IT UP Formerly a family residence, the hotel has the more intimate feel of staying in a guest house, but with top-notch service – lifting even a ﬁnger is optional! A conversation with staff at breakfast can swiftly result in the travel planner and chauffeur service sending you out on a heady day of discovery around the peninsula, with a picnic basket for lunch. Experience everything from tours of boutique wine Luxe staycation in Magaliesburg Set on the banks of the Magalies River, within expansive indigenous gardens, the Valley Lodge & Spa combines the comforts of a top hotel with all the facilities and activities of a resort. Once you check in, you won’t have to get in the car for the rest of your holiday. CHECK IN Recently refurbished, the 76 artfully appointed rooms have a more urban-contemporary vibe than countrychic feel, but they still retain a cosiness with soft lighting and plushly upholstered furnishings. There are three room options combining seclusion with the pleasures of a full-service hotel. All come standard with a king-sized bed, en-suite bathroom, and private terrace offering a serene perspective of the lush grounds or private riverfront – the perfect setting 162 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE farms to beach horse rides and fynbosﬁlled nature walks, ending with a foot massage and G&T sundowner back at the hotel’s pool. Dinner is served on request, but if you wish to eat out, ask the concierge to reserve a table at The Foodbarn (15 minutes away), where they turn the freshest market produce into pretty-as-they-are-tasty meals. BOOK From R7 600pn for two sharing a Superior Double Room, including breakfast and selected beverages. Valid till 20 December 2017; see thelastword.co.za ONLINE DEAL for a nightcap under the stars. SOAK IT UP Witness a spectacular African sunrise on a one-hour hot-air balloon ﬂight with the on-site Airventures company. Champagne in hand, you’ll drift across the dawn sky to take in awesome mountain scenery and spot game wandering on the savannah below. Return to the lodge’s Zeederberg restaurant for a hot beverage and robust breakfast. For lunch, they’ll happily set out a picnic for you on the riverbank, and then you can take a boat out for a row. If you’re with the kids, send them off to play tennis or volleyball while you visit Take a dip in the Valley Lodge Spa’s indoor heated mineral pool the spa, offering every feel-good therapy thinkable. Come evening, get the board games out and share woodﬁred pizzas delivered to your room. BOOK From R1 437,50ppspn in a Standard Room, including breakfast and dinner. Valid till 28 February 2018; see valleylodge.co.za in your style WORDS FOR ANANTARA BAZARUTOR ISLAND RESORT MEGAN WELLMAN PRODUCTS AND PRICES CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 PRICES AND DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND T&CS APPLY – VISIT RESPECTIVE SITES FOR DETAILS. ACCOMMODATION IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AND BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL The Beverly Hills Hotel has hosted royalty, celebrities and captains of industry Prime location in Umhlanga Built by Sol Kerzner with borrowed family money and a high-risk bank loan 53 years ago, when Umhlanga was little more than sugar plantations, the salmon-pink Beverly Hills Hotel is now an icon of the eastern seaboard. CHECK IN Designed with Miami’s allure in mind to attract overseas celebrities (and it has, with Maurice Chevalier and Marlene Dietrich being the ﬁrst on a long A-list of well-known ﬁgures to grace it), the hotel endures in true star style. The decor has received a few facelifts, but its restrained elegance prevails. A doorman wears a three-piece suit, while ﬂowers in crystal vases and sepia prints of early Durban adorn the public areas, capturing the sophistication of a bygone era. Each of the 89 rooms has a sea view and all the requisite amenities, like Wi-Fi and a Nespresso coffee machine. Stay in a premium Cabana, with its own patio at pool level and two enticing sunloungers. ONLINE DEAL Having ﬁlled out a preference form before your arrival, you’ll also ﬁnd your king-sized Watch as whales breach the Indian bed topped with Ocean just in front of the hotel your choice of duvet and pillows – bliss! roles in SA’s history. On hand to tell The SOAK IT UP The buffet breakfast feast is Inanda Story on a regional tour is Greg, served on the terrace of The Sugar Club owner of Garsons Expeditions. He’ll take eatery, on-site. Shaded under a white you to the house where Gandhi lived for patio umbrella, buttering a croissant 10 years, and you’ll stand on the precise and sipping fruit juice, you’ll feel utterly spot where Mandela cast his ﬁrst vote at relaxed. To crown the moment, a whale 76 – bucket-list moments! If, after all this, might breach the water in front of the your stomach is grumbling, head to the hotel, with the ‘whale bell’ being rung to hotel’s Elements Café Bar to tuck into alert guests to its presence. For a closer a mushroom risotto and, for the best look, walk down to Umhlanga beach and sweet ending, their chocolate tart. w&h hop aboard a Casea Charters Umhlanga marine safari. If you’re lucky, a pod of bottlenose dolphins may surprise you by BOOK From R6 800pn for two surﬁng the bow wave of the boat. But it’s in a Cabana, including breakfast. not just about the sun and sea; the town See tsogosun.com/beverly-hills and its local areas have played leading woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 163 WEEKEND GREAT FILMS, THEATRE AND CULTURAL TREATS Our pick of the top theatrical productions on this month PINOCCHIO Janice Honeyman’s adaptation of the beloved children’s tale commemorates her 30th year of SA pantomime. This story of a boy’s journey and a dad’s love stars comedy veteran Tobie Cronjé as Geppetto and Kanyi Nokwe as Pinocchio. Perfect family show for the festive season. On at The Joburg Theatre from 11 November to 30 December; see joburgtheatre.com MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS The highly anticipated starstudded adaptation of Agatha Christie’s acclaimed 1934 novel ﬁnally hits SA circuits. Detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) races to catch a murderer on board the luxe Orient Express train. Thirteen strangers – played by Johnny Depp and Judi Dench, to name a few – are suspects in this gripping whodunnit. Out 24 November SUBURBICON George Clooney THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG You’ll be clutching your sides and the Coen brothers team up for this darkly comic picture. In 1959, suburban bliss is interrupted by a deadly home invasion, leaving Gardner (Matt Damon) to discover the sinister underbelly of his neighbourhood. Out 10 November watching this Fawlty Towers-esque 1920s murder-mystery. Directed by comedian Alan Committie, it celebrates theatrical disaster – broken sets, forgotten lines and more. On at Cape Town’s Theatre on the Bay from 1 to 18 November; see computicket.com TULIP FEVER Set against the 17th century’s Dutch tulip mania, an unhappily married girl (Alicia Vikander) has an affair with the artist her husband hires to paint her portrait. The lovers then go into the tulip trade to buy their way to freedom. A captivating love story. Out 10 November BATTLE OF THE SEXES The directors of Little Miss Sunshine deliver a new dramedy gem, this time loosely based on the tennis match between 1970s US pros, women’s rights activist Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and chauvinist Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). Out 17 November 164 woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE A HANDFUL OF KEYS This display of showbiz has been greeted with thunderous applause for over 20 years. This year, stage veteran Roelof Colyn is joined by newcomer James Smith and a surprise guest for a night of piano virtuosity and musical mash-ups. On at the Izulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino, Umhlanga Rocks, from 8 to 19 November; computicket.com For more on entertainment this month, see womanandhomemagazine.co.za 5 COMPILED BY VIRGINIA BOSHOFF INFORMATION CHECKED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT*, SEE PAGE 176 KAMERS/MAKERS After a record-breaking Joburg attendance in April, the expo is heading to Stellenbosch, then Irene for the ﬁnest collection of bespoke clothes, jewellery and homeware. This year, it’s all about ‘making good’ with Mzansi Makers – an NGO that helps talented individuals from previously disadvantaged communities. For a good cause and a fun day out, book a ticket and indulge in gourmet food and wine while perusing the best SA wares. On at Stellenbosch’s Anura Vineyards from 30 October to 5 November, and at Irene’s Southdowns College from 4 to 10 December; kamersvol.com ways to... celebrate summer MOONLIGHT ORGANIC MARKET With warmer weather comes a renewed appreciation for fresh produce, and the Bryanston Organic Market won’t disappoint. Spend a balmy evening browsing the ﬁnest home-grown fruit and veggies, and crafts like clocks, bags and hand-painted crockery. On 21 and 28 November at 40 Culross Road, Bryanston; bryanstonorganicmarket.co.za SA COCKTAIL WEEK Enjoy summer with a glass of something refreshing in your hand. This week-long event, celebrating cocktail creativity, features some of SA’s best mixologists, bottles and brands stirring up the Mother HUNTED UK, SEASON TWO The DREAM GARDENS, SEASON ONE Hosted stakes have never been higher as 14 ordinary citizens assume fugitive identities and try to outwit surveillance to win £100 000. Discovery Channel, DStv channel 121 by Australian landscape designer Michael McCoy, this is the perfect source of outdoor inspiration, with breathtaking gardens. Home Channel, DStv channel 176 City. Learn what goes into the perfect drink, and try some new ﬂavours. On from 4 to 11 November at Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village in Green Point; sacocktailweek.co.za INCHANGA CHOO CHOO On the last Sunday of each month, experience Durban’s picturesque landscape aboard ‘Wesley’, Umgeni’s beloved steam train. Running on three-hour rounds from Kloof to Inchanga, you’ll stop at the Inchanga Conservancy’s craft market, and ﬁnd pony rides for the kids, baked goods for sale, and indigenous trees under which to spread a picnic blanket. On 29 October and 26 November at the Inchanga Railway Station in Durban; umgenisteamrailway.com FICKSBURG CHERRY FESTIVAL SA’s famous cherry town is in the spotlight again for two days of family fun. At the country’s oldest crop festival, visitors can look THIS IS LIFE WITH CARISSA CUPIDO, SEASON ONE Prepare for hilarity and heartache as families face extraordinary moments and life-changing circumstances in this four-part show. TLC, DStv channel 135 forward to cherry tours, equestrian events, live entertainment, and a ‘ready, steady, bake’ contest. Load up on goodies, and don’t forget to take home a bottle of cherry mampoer. On from 16 to 18 November at 1 Shawground Road, Ficksburg; cherryfestival.co.za ELGIN OPEN GARDENS Sunshine and ﬂowers are seasonal favourites, especially when spread across 18 open gardens in the scenic Elgin and Bot River districts. Travel a mere hour from Cape Town and tour beautiful gardens, keeping an eye out for plant sales in Auldearn, art exhibits in Glenbrae, and a bird hide in Keurbos Nursery Garden. On 28 and 29 October, then on 4 and 5 November, at various locations in the area; elginopengardens.co.za ALIAS GRACE, SEASON ONE Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel, the story follows a housemaid in 1834 who is imprisoned for murdering her employer. Stream on Netﬂix from 3 November w&h woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 165 In conversation with... SANTA MONTEFIORE The bestselling author of The Beekeeper’s Daughter talks to Fanny Blake about her belief in angels, converting to Judaism and the inspiration behind the Deverill Chronicles S anta, 47, lives in London with her husband, author and historian Simon Sebag Monteﬁore, and their two children, Lily, 16, and Sasha, 14. Her latest book is The Last Secret of the Deverills, and is the third in her Deverill Chronicles. I had an idyllic childhood growing up on a farm in Hampshire where my parents still live. My mother was a magistrate so she was out and about, but she cooked all the meals, and because my father was a farmer, he always had lunch and supper at home with us. I don’t remember a time when he wasn’t there. I’ve always written, but I never believed I’d be a writer. When I was about eight, I wrote stories about hedgehogs and rabbits based on Alison Uttley’s books. As a teen, I copied Jilly Cooper. Finally, at about 25, Sebag, who was then my boyfriend, asked, “What do you really care about? What moves you when you think about it?” The answer was Argentina and that’s when I began Meet Me Under the Ombu Tree. ‘I never believed I’d be a writer... it took 10 novels before I had a bestseller’ Between school and university, I spent a year in Argentina. I fell in love with the place. I taught English to three small children, and the family became my family – they still are. Afterwards, I wanted to go back and preferably marry an Argentine man as soon as possible, ride horses and live on a ranch, but it didn’t happen. 166 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE I sent the novel out to four agents under a pseudonym. Three turned it down straight away, but the fourth came back some time later, just when I’d given up hope. She helped me ﬁne-tune it and then sold it at an auction. However, it took nine more novels before I had a bestseller. Tackling the Deverill Chronicles, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to write a trilogy after 15 standalone novels. I chose to set them in Ireland and once I’d started researching, everything fell into place. I visited one of the castles burnt down by the rebels during the 1920s troubles, and knew I wanted to write about the life of a castle through the lives of three women: Kitty, the daughter of the castle; Bridie, the daughter of the cook; and Celia, Kitty’s London cousin. Daughters of Castle Deverill is the second novel of the trilogy. It’s very much Celia’s story, and is set against the backdrop of the depression and the author interview I’ve seen ghosts all my life. When I was a child, I used to see shadows walking around my room and hear voices mumbling. I was really frightened, but when I turned on the light, they’d go. I realise now that when you see that level of vibration you’re using your subconscious mind. When I GET IT WRITTEN turned on the light, I thought before you get it right. they’d gone, but in fact it Wait to polish it until was just that I’d shifted into the whole thing’s down. DON’T TAKE NO FOR my conscious mind and AN ANSWER. You’re couldn’t see them. I never going to get rejected, ever told anyone until later. but believe in what you do – you only need one agent About 20 years ago I was and one publisher, and there introduced to a wonderful are thousands out there. healer. I wanted to know WRITE ABOUT WHAT why I saw spirits, and how YOU KNOW rather than to sharpen my psychic being too ambitious. awareness. She taught me meditation and how to link into that dimension, and then I started seeing spirits much more clearly. Most of the ones I have seen are people I know like my grandmother, and a dear friend of mine from Argentina. I can’t have a conversation with them, but I get a sense of what they’re saying. 3 tips for NOVELISTS 1 2 3 stock-market crash. It’s based in Ireland, South Africa and New York. Wherever they are, Kitty, Celia and Bridie all hanker after their youth at Castle Deverill and are trying to ﬁnd their way home. The Last Secret of the Deverills wraps up the trilogy. It takes us to the Second World War, so starts in 1939. All three girls return to Cork, but this is very much Bridie’s book (and also another character, Martha’s), as the ﬁrst was Kitty’s and the second Celia’s. There’s a bit of me in all three women. I’m nowhere near as brave as Kitty or as outspoken, but I think she’s the one I’d like to be. She’s very courageous and strong. She makes terrible mistakes, but she’s deep and she’s psychic, like me. that they’re there. We each have our own personal angel who looks after us. Every time I start a book I ask the angels to give me guidance and it always works. For example, with The House by the Sea, I asked my angels to help me ﬁnd a detective to sort out a plot problem. The following day, I bumped into an old friend from university who worked for a private detective agency. Meeting and marrying Sebag changed the way I saw the world. He’s taught me not to take people at face value, but to be more perceptive, which has been fantastic for my writing, too. When we married I converted to Judaism. I wanted our family to have one religion. Also, a lot of Judaism (e.g. Shabbat) takes place in the home and I wanted to be part of those rituals with them. Before converting, I took a year’s course, which opened a door for me. I’ve met so many wonderful Jewish writers and architects and historians since. The key to writing is to make your office space lovely. I have ﬂowers, scented candles and crystals to raise the room’s energy. I make a playlist for each novel, so for the trilogy, I listened to David Arkenstone and the lovely Irish music Howard Shore composed for The Lord of the Rings. ‘I’ve always been psychic, but we all have an awareness’ My sister’s gone, but I know she’s in spirit. I have a strong belief that she’s moved on. Knowing that about someone is a massive comfort on one level, but it doesn’t replace the person who you can’t hold or hug or talk to any more. We all have a psychic awareness, it’s just a question of being awakened to it. If you stand somebody against a white wall and look at the middle of their head as you relax, you’ll start seeing a light in your peripheral vision. As soon as you tune into that wavelength, then all sorts of extraordinary things start to happen. I believe we’re surrounded by angels. I know I sound batty, but I feel very much For ﬁve years Sebag and I wrote in the same room, but not any more. Thank goodness! He and I have written a children’s book together, The Royal Rabbits of London. I’m geared towards the old-fashioned and he’s more modern. We’ve written a second, and will write the third this year. Writing together was fun because we both bring something to the table. The Last Secret of the Deverills (Simon & Schuster) is available on takealot.com w&h woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 167 GREAT READS Books editor Lauren Mc Diarmid shares her pick of the latest releases, and Jassy Mackenzie discusses her new book PAST SECRETS EDGE OF YOUR SEAT TAINTED LOVE HISTORICAL HIT The Party (4th Estate) by Elizabeth Day Martin Gilmour knows a secret about Ben Fitzmaurice that he has never told a soul. On Ben’s 40th birthday, Martin and his wife are invited to the party, where things come to a head. A thoroughly gripping tale of obsession. The Hidden Room (Virago) by Stella Duffy Laurie and Martha have perfect lives, but each keeps secrets. Then, when someone from Laurie’s past appears and begins to inﬁltrate their lives, things start to unravel. Dark and tense, and gasp-inducing. A Perfect Husband (Quercus) by Hilary Boyd Lily and Freddy have a great relationship, but it’s on a knife-edge thanks to Freddy’s gambling addiction. Will Lily do what she needs to protect herself? Boyd is terriﬁc at cutting to the quick of modern relationships. Kitty Peck and the Daughter of Sorrow (Faber & Faber) by Kate Griffin 1881. Kitty has inherited her grandmother’s ‘empire’ on the banks of the Thames. But the empire is under threat and, with it, Kitty’s life. Can her underworld contacts protect her? Huge fun. THOUGHT-PROVOKING EMOTIONALLY INTENSE FAMILY DRAMA GRIPPING INTRIGUE Forest Dark (Bloomsbury) by Nicole Krauss A man who’s abandoned his life, and a woman trying to get over her writer’s block, both from New York, end up in the same hotel in Tel Aviv. A beautifully crafted novel interweaving two stories of personal transformation. The Burning Girl (Little, Brown) by Claire Messud Two girls, Julia and Cassie, grow up best friends until Cassie starts running with another crowd. A story that packs a massive punch as it delves into the devastating results of a fractured friendship. Dikeledi (Pan Macmillan) by Achmat Dangor For a generation of women, life in Newclare is no walk in the park. Not only must they deal with their own day-to-day challenges, but those of living in a turbulent society. A moving rendition of life during apartheid. A Gap in the Hedge (Umuzi) by Johan Vlok Louw The people in the mining town that Karl wakes up in know who he is, even if he doesn’t. Slowly, his past is unveiled and so, too, is his connection to the little boy next door. It’ll have you guessing till the very end. 168 woman&home A B RA ND NEW ATTI TU DE 5 MINUTES WITH... Jassy Mackenzie le. I want to know how their minds work, and why they end up the way they do. You also write romance novels; quite a contrast in genres. I enjoy both. Truthfully, romance is easier to write. It takes effort to put all the twists and turns into a thriller. Bad Seeds (Umuzi) is available now on loot.co.za PICK OF THE PAPERBACKS ADDITIONAL WORDS FANNY BLAKE PHOTOGRAPH HEMA PATEL DEBUTS Say My Name (HQ) by Allegra Huston A tired marriage; a chance meeting with the son of an old friend, 20 years her junior... Eve is set on a different path. But will she be brave enough to take it? An uplifting book about embracing life. The Upstairs Room (Picador) by Kate Murray-Browne A couple move into their dream home, letting out the basement. But the mysterious house begins to affect its new residents. A disturbing read. Miss Jane (Picador) by Brad Watson Despite her birth defect, a woman chooses to live a spirited life. Superb. The House of Secrets (Sphere) by Sarra Manning Two women; one house; plenty of secrets. Engrossing. Little Deaths (Picador) by Emma Flint Suspicion over the deaths of two children falls on their mother. Nail-biting stuff. Miller’s Valley (Simon & Schuster) by Anna Quindlen As secrets unfold, Mimi shapes her identity. A moving coming-of-age story. Monsoon Summer (Orion) by Julia Gregson 1947. Escapist read about love against the odds, that spans from England to India. Christodora (Picador) by Tim Murphy A powerful and tragic read that follows addiction, identity and parenting in NYC. Cartes Postales from Greece (Headline) by Victoria Hislop Postcards from a stranger inspire Ellie to take a trip to Greece. Wonderful. Under a Watchful Eye (Pan) by Adam Nevill A scary read as a man’s paranoia takes over when he thinks he’s being stalked. w&h woman&home A B R A N D N E W AT T I T UDE 169 The Reiki Master by Sandi Toksvig I don’t know if I’ve mentioned my auntie Maureen but she is, and I say this with some pride, Reiki Master to the Cars. No, that’s not me making a spelling mistake. I did say cars. Of course, Reiki Master to the Stars might have been a bit more exciting for the family, carrying with it as it would the possibility that we might touch the hand of an aunt who had once laid her palm on George Clooney’s chakras, but it was not to be. No, it’s cars not stars, and no one could have been more surprised than Auntie Maureen. To be honest, the whole Reiki thing was rather out of character for the family. We’re quite an ordinary bunch, conservative with a small ‘c’ and not really given to anything ‘alternative’. Well, there was cousin Linda who ran off with that saxophonist who turned out to be not quite the man we thought. In fact, not a man at all. I think it’s rather a good story, but mother doesn’t like me to go into details. Apparently they now run a salsa bar in Sitges in Spain and are very happy, but I’m not to visit. Anyway, Auntie Maureen. Until the Reiki business there was nothing out of the ordinary about her. She does occasionally listen to those jazz records where everyone involved seems to be searching about for a tune, but nothing else remotely avant garde. She lives on Gosset Street in the same village where we were all born and bred. Everyone always thought Auntie Maureen had done very well. She had married Uncle Joe when he was but a lad working night shifts up at the abattoir on Friendly Street. Auntie M didn’t hold with Joe spending his days sending cows to their maker and it wasn’t long before she vowed ‘never to clean another bloody apron’. I didn’t think Joe had a choice but to tear himself from the world of the stun gun and the falling heifer. It seems Auntie M knew a man in business through her work with the Legion of Mary (general acts of Catholic charity and Bingo on a Tuesday). Auntie M pulled strings and cleaned Joe up to enter the more sedate world of Upholsterer’s Sundries. I can’t say I ever understood the detail of the work, but Joe loved it. For some reason, there in the underworld of what makes sofas and chairs tick, he felt he had come home. Generally Joe was a man of few words but he could talk polyester stuffing and wide webbing for an entire evening and, indeed, given enough glasses of porter, that is precisely what he would do. As my Auntie Eileen often says, Joe made ‘quite a ﬁst’ of the business and before long Auntie Maureen and Uncle Joe had moved to their house on Gosset Street. It wasn’t a grand house but it did stand out. Built in the 1930s, the semi-detached houses on Gosset Street are all of a uniform character, apart from the two in the very middle. These two have a garage each. Perhaps the architects had not foreseen the rise of the motorcar as mobility for the masses. They had envisioned that the vehicle would always remain a plaything of the ‘We’re quite an ordinary bunch... not at all alternative’ exclusive short story rich. Perhaps they believed that no more than two families in an area like Gosset Street would ever be able to afford such luxury. To the sometime chagrin of the neighbours, Auntie Maureen and Uncle Joe had a garage. So too did Mr Burns, who lived next door. Uncle Joe and Mr Burns did not speak. They did not speak for more than twenty years. It seems Uncle Joe overheard Mr Burns at the Silver Jubilee street party saying he thought Auntie Maureen had nice legs. Something close to a row ensued and not another word was spoken between the two men. I believe they even toasted Her Majesty the Queen in silence that night. Then, sadly, after many years of happy marriage, Uncle Joe passed away. It was an unlucky end. You would have thought that a man of his experience would have known better than to inhale while holding decorative tacks in his mouth. Ironic that a man who had given his life to upholstery went with his insides so ﬁrmly nailed into place. Uncle Joe’s open coffin was set up in the front room and Auntie Maureen sat beside it, inconsolable. The priest and the family came round to pray with her, hold her hand and tell her how well Uncle Joe looked ‘considering’. ‘You could devote your life to the sisters of Divine Compassion now,’ tried my mother. ‘Why not come and do some work at the charity shop. Help the cats,’ asked Auntie Eileen, whose devotion to saving felines had destroyed any hope of her ever having anything decent to wear. She carries the mark of the beast on every item of clothing she possesses. Auntie Maureen put away her rosary, brushed a cat hair from her lap and declared, ‘I’m going to train as a Reiki Master,’ and went to put the kettle on. She might as well have said she was planning to become a lama in Tibet for all anyone in the family understood. My mother phoned me immediately. ‘Darling,’ she said breathlessly, ‘Auntie Maureen is going to be a Reiki Master.’ ‘That’s nice, Mum. Look, I can’t chat. ‘Mr Burns was overheard saying Auntie M had nice legs’ I’ve got seven people over for dinner.’ Mum was not interested in my social juggling. ‘That’s too many people on a school night,’ she said, and waited for me to explain about Reiki. I tried to see what I could remember. ‘It’s a kind of healing system. It’s from Japan. You heal people by tapping into the universal life energy. A kind of laying on of hands. I don’t think there’s any harm in it.’ ‘Japanese?’ exclaimed mother. ‘No one in our family has ever done anything Japanese.’ Despite the fact that no one in the family had ever done anything Japanese, Auntie Maureen did become a Reiki Master. She spent her time helping people to reconnect to life, to ﬁnd their place in the world through a gentle system for restoring wholeness and harmony. It was lovely. It was also done in her garage. Auntie M removed all Uncle Joe’s old boxes of upholstery sundries, cleaned and painted the garage and turned it into a place for >> unblocking your energy ﬂows. It was perhaps the only Reiki massage parlour in the world with an up-and-over door. It was while Auntie M was attuning a client to the universe in her converted garage that she heard a terrible noise from next door. In the adjacent garage Mr Burns was banging away at something very loud and very metal. The sound reverberated, cutting through Auntie’s CD of whale music and her cascading waterfall (Argos catalogue – £14.99 complete with serenity pebbles). It was intolerable. Auntie M covered her client with a golden towel from her Autumn Mist bathroom set, which had been warming on the storage heater, and went next door. She banged loudly on Mr Burns’s up-and-over but got no reply. His own banging was far too vociferous for hers to be heard. Exasperated, Auntie pulled up the garage door and stood in a state of barely contained fury. Certainly the calm aura she adopted for work had gone a very peculiar colour indeed. ‘Mr Burns!’ she said sharply, and then ‘Are you there?’ even more sharply, for Mr Burns was not to be seen. The only thing in view was an ancient motorcar marooned on four wooden blocks. It was a beautiful thing in dark racing green with a long front and running boards spreading back across the sides. It looked like a mobster’s car. As if Bonnie and Clyde had ﬁnally given up the ghost and plumped for the quiet life of Gosset Street. Even standing in the doorway Auntie M could smell the old leather interior. She might have thought it was wonderful had not the non-Reiki banging continued. Auntie M bent down and saw Mr Burns’s legs sticking out from underneath the vehicle. She tapped him on the shoe and, startled, he promptly hit his head on the underside of the car. From his prone position Mr Burns looked along the ﬂoor. All he could see were Auntie Maureen’s legs. Legs he would know anywhere. ‘Sorry, sorry, Maureen,’ he muttered, pulling himself out and getting upright. ‘I’m so sorry, I was trying to ﬁx the... sorry.’ Auntie Maureen pulled herself up to her full ﬁve foot one. ‘I’m trying to restore energy ﬂows next door, Mr Burns, and I cannot do it if you are banging.’ ‘No, of course not. I’m sorry. It’s this damn… sorry… it’s this car. Some cars just ﬁght you. You try to make them happy and healthy and they just keep throwing up problems.’ Mr Burns took a cloth from his pocket and began absentmindedly to wipe the bonnet of the car. It was done with surprising affection and gentleness. It reminded Auntie M of her own soothing passes of the hand over her clients. Slightly taken aback, she asked, ‘What kind of a car is it?’ This beauty is a Morris Minor saloon from 1934. Isn’t she gorgeous? But she won’t purr for me.’ Auntie Maureen would never know why she did it, but she very slowly ‘It was as if Bonnie and Clyde had finally given up the ghost’ began to pass her hands up and over the old saloon. She did not touch the car but allowed her hands to move freely as she sought to tune her mind into the ﬂow of energy it contained. Reiki had taught her that energy holds all matter together and she knew it was here in the car too. Mr Burns stopped his polishing and stood silently. He watched her and seemed to sense a glow around her body. Later, when he had the language for it, he called it ‘an aura of peace and tranquillity’. After a short while Auntie Maureen whispered, ‘Try her now, Mr Burns.’ Mr Burns slipped into the seat, put in the key and turned the engine. The old girl purred into quiet life. It was the beginning of a new era. It seems Mr Burns was quite the hub of the local classic-car enthusiasts. When they heard how his vehicle had been restored to health by Auntie M’s hand, they all came to seek her out. Soon she was doing so much business on Austin Healeys and old Jaguars that she had to replace the massage bed in her garage with a hydraulic lift. It was probably just as well. The original Reiki client, who had been left under her golden towel, caught a chill and never did anything alternative again. Now Auntie Maureen and Mr Burns have a wonderful time going to car rallies, driving to Brighton in opentop roadsters and discussing the ﬁner points of brake-bleeding kits. I know he still thinks she has nice legs, but, out of deference to Uncle Joe, I don’t believe he ever mentions it. w&h About the author Sandi Toksvig, 59, is a writer, comedienne and TV personality. She hosts the TV shows QI and the The Great British Bake Off. Her latest book, The End of the Sky (Doubleday Children’s Books) is out on loot.co.za ILLUSTRATION GERALDINE SCOTT exclusive short story COMING NEXT MONTH... YOUR MOST MAGICAL CHRISTMAS PHOTOGRAPH CHRIS TURNER Share the fun, laughter and joy DECEMBER LE 13 NOVEMBE A S N O R I S S UE Solve the crossword and the circled letters will give you the name of a southern African tree species. SMS your one-word answer, full name, ID number, postal and e-mail addresses to 48411 (SMS charged at R1,50; free SMSes don’t apply*), and you could win a Celltone Skin Care hamper, worth R4 150. Entries to reach us by 30 November 2017. 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For more information on Celltone products, visit celltone.co.za SEPTEMBER crossword solution Answer: DIAMONDS w&h SUDOKU BRAINBOOSTER PUZZLES! Fill in the blank spaces in each nine-box square so that every row, column and block contains the numbers 1 to 9. Do not repeat or omit any of the numbers 4 9 7 8 6 5 1 2 3 3 8 2 1 9 4 7 5 6 7 5 6 9 8 3 2 4 1 9 1 4 2 7 6 8 3 5 8 2 3 5 4 1 9 6 7 9 4 5 2 9 6 3 2 8 9 1 8 6 5 LINK-WORDS CODEWORD There are nine words to fit the spaces below, and they make new words with those to the left and right. For example, 'WORK' would fit between 'OVER' and 'SPACE'. While there are nine words, there are only eight spaces – which word below doesn't match up? Find the name of the celebrity hidden in the middle row of the grid (highlighted in grey). Each number of the plan stands for a letter and, when found, these form an ordinary crossword. We've given you two letters to get you started. 22 2 22 11 22 16 26 16 6 6 22 21 22 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 22 2 22 15 10 16 16 24 22 21 22 5 11 1 22 12 13 23 17 5 16 14 17 17 5 12 6 18 6 12 7 13 5 20 14 10 22 14 16 6 22 12 22 11 16 20 20 11 6 17 12 2 14 3 15 22 25 2 23 6 2 23 16 3 3 6 12 7 6 12 12 17 2 20 10 18 5 2 5 8 14 14 3 22 2 22 12 22 2 22 22 2 1 12 6 22 2 22 26 17 21 21 6 19 7 22 14 22 6 14 16 20 6 22 20 22 5 22 25 22 9 16 8 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 A 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 G 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Z W N F 9 10 11 12 13 SOLUTION R A C Q U E T K J Kevin Costner NIGHT STAND SEARCH LIGHT HANDY MAN TRACK SUIT OVER WORK WING SPAN RING WORM SUN TAN ODD WORD OUT: SEND STILL WEIGHT SERVANT ABLE SPACE KING WOOD GRAM *W&H DISCLAIMER While due care is taken to ensure accuracy, woman&home is not liable for any errors in product listings, availability, pricing, or any other information that was checked and has changed since the time of going to print. w&h 18 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 SOLUTION 22 P M H B STILL WEIGHT SERVANT ABLE SPACE KING WOOD GRAM 7 V S L G Y __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ 6 I NIGHT SEARCH HANDY TRACK OVER WING RING SUN 6 D X O WORK WORM SEND TAN SPAN LIGHT STAND SUIT MAN 13 COMPILED BY DENISE COOK; CHER COOK HARD MEDIUM 1 6 5 3 2 7 4 8 9 6 3 9 4 1 2 5 7 8 9 2 7 8 6 5 9 3 1 4 5 5 4 1 7 3 8 6 9 2 1 3 6 4 9 8 7 1 5 2 8 5 1 7 3 2 4 8 6 9 1 8 2 9 5 1 6 7 4 3 1 7 1 7 8 2 5 3 4 9 6 3 2 9 3 6 4 1 5 7 8 6 4 3 1 2 5 1 8 9 1 5 7 3 8 5 9 4 8 7 1 6 4 8 6 3 6 3 1 6 4 5 7 9 8 2 3 1 7 3 6 2 1 4 8 7 5 2 1 3 9 6 8 4 1 3 SOLUTIONS 9 8 1 4 6 5 3 2 7 5 HARD 4 3 6 8 7 2 9 1 5 MEDIUM Your stars Find out what the stars have in store for you as astrologer Penny Thornton makes her predictions for the month ahead SAGITTARIUS 23 NOVEMBER – 22 DECEMBER When you don’t know what to do, rather do nothing. Until the 22nd, keep your options open. The 25th represents a release and a rebirth. SMS WH Sagittarius* for a daily update CAPRICORN 23 DECEMBER – 19 JANUARY Tough love wins every time, but especially on or near the 19th. An obstacle can be removed, and a new horizon will open up for you. SMS WH Capricorn* for a daily update AQUARIUS 20 JANUARY – 19 FEBRUARY Set your compass to Planet Success. Seeds sown earlier this year bear fruit and if ever there was a time to lay out your market stall, it is now. SMS WH Aquarius* for a daily update PISCES ILLUSTRATION JEANDRI DE BEER †FREE SMSes DON’T APPLY 20 FEBRUARY – 20 MARCH Travel could play a part in taking you where you need to go, but what really does the job is thinking outside the box. Dare to be different. SMS WH Pisces* for a daily update healed, a love affair begun or a new start made in an old relationship. SMS WH Taurus* for a daily update GEMINI 22 MAY – 22 JUNE Work it! Some things come easily, but the most worthwhile take time. On or near the 28th, you’ll get a result. SMS WH Gemini* for a daily update CANCER 23 JUNE – 23 JULY You won’t ﬁnd love or success behind closed doors. This is the best month to meet people and increase your proﬁle – go for it! SMS WH Cancer* for a daily update LEO 24 JULY – 23 AUGUST Plans formed and alliances made under these stars should take you far. On and around the 19th, be adaptable, but not a pushover. SMS WH Leo* for a daily update VIRGO 24 AUGUST – 22 SEPTEMBER ARIES This is no time for small gestures and half-hearted efforts. If you want to achieve the results you’re looking for, you’ll have to go in all guns blazing. 21 MARCH – 20 APRIL SMS WH Virgo* for a daily update Love and money do not always go hand in hand, unless you have stars like these. So, make an impression and a killing. SMS WH Aries* for a daily update TAURUS 21 APRIL – 21 MAY Do not give up on love. A rift can be *For a daily update, SMS WH and your star sign (e.g. WH Aries) to 31009. You pay R1,50/SMS† per day for this automatic subscription service. SMS ‘WH STOP’ to 31009 to unsubscribe. Careline: 0861 131 009. LIBRA 23 SEPTEMBER – 23 OCTOBER Welcome to the moneymaking month of 2017. A sale and purchase can be made, and an investment you’ve been banking on will ﬁnally pay off. SMS WH Libra* for a daily update w&h Sign up at womanandhomemagazine.co.za/ horoscope for your free weekly predictions David Higgs, 46, local celeb chef and co-owner of Rosebank’s Marble Restaurant, is a judge on M-Net’s My Kitchen Rules SA. He lives in Joburg Where does your love of food stem from? I grew up in a small ﬁshing village in Namibia, and most days started with a ﬁshing trip with my dad, then we’d eat our catch for lunch. One of my earliest baking memories is plaiting koeksisters with my grandmother in our kitchen – food is woven into the fabric of my life. Favourite food? Comfort food. Nothing beats gnocchi with pesto or Napoletana sauce. Another favourite of mine is stuffed galjoen cooked on an open ﬁre – it was the ﬁrst ﬁsh I ever caught, so I’m a little bit sentimental about it. Have you enjoyed being a part of My Kitchen Rules SA? It’s been amazing. A highlight is working with fellow judge J’Something. He has so much energy and a unique ability to lift moods, even at 2am when we’ve been ﬁlming for six hours straight. We’ve also got the good cop, bad cop thing down to a ﬁne art. What riles you in the kitchen? I’m considered a grumpy chef, but it irks me when people lose their wit while cooking. If something is burning, take it off the heat; don’t panic. A friend of mine says cooking is 90% common sense and 10% skill – I wish I’d come up with that. What’s it like heading up your own restaurant? I grab opportunities when they present themselves. Though, I must say, running Marble is the hardest thing I’ve done. There’s no going back now! My Kitchen Rules SA season one airs Sundays, 6pm, M-Net, DStv channel 101. 180 woman&home A BRAND NEW ATTITUDE My loves... ANYTHING WITH WHEELS I’m a car fanatic. I also go cycling as often as I can, and then there’s my motorbike. Taking it out early on a Saturday morning is part of my weekend routine. Don’t ask me to pick just one. BREAKFAST BAREFOOT LUXURY I love a good island holiday, where I don’t have to dress up for dinner. I want to unwind in total peace, so by the end of the trip I’m basically speaking in grunts! NEGATIVE SOCIAL MEDIA I’m not afraid to block anyone – and I often do! Facebook and Instagram are for positive stories, where you get to lie back and laugh at the end of the day. They’re not the place to rant and criticise. NOT BEING INVITED TO DINNER BECAUSE I’M A CHEF Friends think I’ll be critical of their meals – but I’m not like that at all. I’ll never ﬁnd fault with food that’s cooked from the heart. I managed years of my mom’s overcooked meat, didn’t I? TARDINESS There is nothing worse than when people are late, whether it’s for a meeting, an interview, or just dinner with friends. I’m on time... mostly. w&h NAMIBIA It’s where I grew up, and it’s where I see myself settling down one day. You know that feeling you get when you arrive in a country and sigh with relief, thinking “This is home”? That’s Namibia for me. ‘Food has been woven into the fabric of my life’ WORDS STEPHANIE VAN DER PLANK PHOTOGRAPHS GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/THINKSTOCK/ ISTOCK; GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/HEMERA; GALLO/GETTY IMAGES/STEVE JAMES/EYEEM MY LOVES & HATES My hates... DISOBEDIENT CHILDREN I’ve always been in a disciplined environment – a school hostel, the army, the kitchen. It’s taught me respect and duty. Some kids today don’t learn those lessons – it’s sad. TAG Heuer Boutiques; Sandton City & V&A Waterfront. Also at selected fine jewellers nationwide. 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