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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
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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
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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!
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NOVEMBER 2017 CONTENTS
features
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Our favourite things Frith’s
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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
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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;
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124 New Directions: Our
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Three entrepreneurs tell
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84 You glow getter Easy steps
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The latest trends
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Top holiday
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Time to get outside and get fit!
106 United against dementia
Two families share their stories
108 ON THE COVER Beat back pain...
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112 Your health Ask GP
Dr Rosemary Leonard
food & homes
129 The food edit New foodie buys
130 ON THE COVER Something for the
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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
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– which would you choose?
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164 w&h weekend
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166 In conversation with... bestselling
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168 Great reads Our pick
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170 The Reiki Master Exclusive
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88 Love your nails At-home nail care
91 ON THE COVER ‘The one hair
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94 Love your lips Clever care and buys
96 Dress to impress Four readers
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well-being & health
100
ON THE COVER
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‘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 >>
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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SPANX JEGGINGS
Shapewear that looks like
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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
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LADYLIKE
LUXURY
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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
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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.
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IN THE RED
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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 >>
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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.
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Jumpsuit, R1 195, 8 to 14, Indian
Summer. Earrings, R149; bracelets,
R199 for set of 10, both Accessorize.
Heels, R869, Charles & Keith
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IN SHORT
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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 >>
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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.
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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
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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.
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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 >>
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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...
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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
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indulgence
in your
special
style
MIX THINGS UP
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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. >>
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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
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indulgence special
EFFORTLESSLY ELEGANT
FASHION EDITOR NASTASSJA PETERSEN FASHION ASSISTANT TIAMARA NAIDOO PHOTOGRAPHS AUBREY JONSSON AT ONE LEAGUE FOR WHERE TO BUY, SEE
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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.
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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
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HOW GRITTY
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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. If
you make a mistake, instead of saying,
“I’m the most stupid person, I always
make mistakes,” say, “Everyone makes
mistakes sometimes; I can learn from
this setback to do better
next time.” w&h
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Women in their fifties
love to bend the...
Don’t hold back, writes author
Bella Pollen. Life doesn’t follow
the rules – so why should we?
BELLA POLLEN, 56, is
a bestselling novelist
whose books include
Hunting Unicorns.
She is married and
has four children.
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.
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‘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.
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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,
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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
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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. >>
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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. >>
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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‘Joint trips are
precious, so book
that holiday’
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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
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FOR THE
LOVE OF
CAKE!
With the return of The Great South African Bake Off
to our screens this month, Lauren Mc Diarmid chats
to five women about their own passion for baking
F
ollowing the huge success of
its British counterpart, The
Great South African Bake
Off made its debut on local
screens in 2015. Hands-on bakers
and cake lovers alike had high hopes
for the show, which tests the baking
skills of its contestants with a number
of fast-paced technical challenges, and
they weren’t disappointed. 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
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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’
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‘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. >>
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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?’
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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
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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’
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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
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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.
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‘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
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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’
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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
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To give my immune
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including arthritis, and plays a role
in regulating blood sugar – reason
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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,
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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
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Sam Rice, is available
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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,
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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?
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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
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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
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Za
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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
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R2 rf,
5
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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
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39
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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
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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. Instead, quash shine
from the outset by layering up the latest
technology. Draw out sebum with NIVEA
Perfect & Radiant 3 in 1 Mattifying
Cleanser, R39,95 for 50ml; prime
with award-winning Clarins Instant
Smooth Perfecting Touch, R425 for
15ml; then top up with Urban Decay
De-Slick Mattifying Powder, R520,
which soaks up any excess oil.
Hair that won’t
let you down
Midday style revive
“Rescue hat hair with a mini dry
shampoo – put it on your fingers and
work into roots to breathe life back
in to them,” says Anthony Turner,
L’Oréal Professionnel ambassador
The frizz-proof blow-dry
“Wash hair, then apply Pantene Pro-V
Smooth & Sleek Conditioner, R66,99
for 400ml, to smooth cuticles and tackle
frizz. Pat hair dry, then add a small blob
of oil. Dry your hair from the roots to
the tips with a nozzle attachment to
diffuse heat, using a natural-bristled
round brush to close the cuticles and
achieve a shinier finish. 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
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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.
From R89, Clicks
RACER-BACK
BRA CLIPS Hide
those straps. R29
for a pack of 10,
The Crazy Store
ADHESIVE BRA
Strapless support
for shoulders and
backs on show.
From R530, A to DD,
Fashion Forms at
Bare Necessities
BREAST PETALS
Small flower-shaped
adhesives for an
extra layer of cover
when you can’t
wear a bra. From
R213 for a set of
two, Nordstrom
BACKUP PUMPS
Great when heels
start to hurt. R199
each, Woolworths
Super sets
GO LOW WITH
A PLUNGE BRA
Bra, R379, 32A to 38D;
panties, R204 for pack of
three, 6 to 18, both Next
Fullcoverage
bra for extra
comfort
FULL-BODY
BOOST
R240, S to XL,
Woolworths
SO SEAMLESS
R229 for pack of
two, XS to L, H&M
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INSTANT LIFT
Bra, R2 380,
32A to 38C;
panties, R995,
S to L, Wolford
NEATEST FINISH
Bra, R229, 32A to 38D;
panties, R119, XS to XL,
Temptations at Edgars
FRONT-FASTENING BRA
Bra, R1 450, 32A to 38DD;
panties, R640, XS to XL,
Spanx at Inner Secrets w&h
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It’s all a blur...
The
BEAUTY
edit The ONE trick to achieve flawless skin, every day
THE BODY BLUR
For darker skins, Vita
Liberata Body Blur
in Mocha, R1 030
for 100ml, with its
reddish tinge, creates
the perfect healthy
glow when buffed
onto arms, legs and
the collarbone.
THE PLUMPING
MASK Filorga
THE OIL
CONTROLLER
Time-Filler Mask,
R175 for one
application, is a fab
quick fix ahead of
date night. Pop on
the black-fibre mask
for 15 minutes to
deliver a plumping
blast of moisture to
your skin. When skin
feels smooth and
supple, make-up
looks better, too.
Inspired by the skinperfecting app filters
that you find on your
smartphone, Shiseido
Ibuki Smart Filtering
Smoother, from
R622,05 for 20ml, is
an insta-beauty gem
aimed at creating more
photogenic skin. Light
yet velvety – see less
shine and fewer lines.
THE PORE
PERFECTOR
Optiphi Set the
Canvas Flawless
Finish Make-up
Primer, R292 for
15ml, conceals large
pores easily, plus it
fills out fine lines and
also controls shine.
Superb worn under
make-up, though skin
may look so great,
you’ll be tempted to
wear this on its own!
Bonus? It lasts all day.
THE BLUR BOSS
THE POWDER
ERASER A go-to in
many make-up artists’
arsenal, the superfine MAC Prep +
Prime Transparent
Finishing Pressed
Powder, R450, can
be applied multiple
times throughout
the day for touchups on oily spots,
with no risk of caking.
It helps blend your
make-up to a flawless
finish by subtly filling
in those fine lines and
masking large pores.
THE GOLDEN
TOUCH What’s
THE PRIMER
POTION Free of
silicone, alcohol and
oil, Smashbox Photo
Finish Primer Water,
R470 for 116ml, can
be spritzed over your
moisturiser to create
a make-up base, on
top as a setting spray,
or simply to refresh
your look throughout
the day. Fabulous!
the smartest way to
diminish flaws? An
optical illusion! Play
up the luminosity in
your skin to distract
from any dullness,
and uneven tone
or texture with the
Clarins Instant Light
Radiance Boosting
Complexion Base,
R370 for 30ml. Wear
it alone, or mixed in
with your foundation
for a subtle glow.
Uneven skin tone –
from red patches to
dark spots – is as
ageing as wrinkles.
Enter Bodyography
Veil Foundation
Primer, R470 for
30g. Worn under
foundation, it feels
like silk on the skin
and uses targeted
colour correction
to draw a ‘veil’ over
problem areas. Six
shades tackle varied
issues (like green to
banish redness). w&h
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GLOW
S
himmer, sheen, lustre and tan:
the texture of your skin is the
key to a more radiant-looking
you. Whatever your skin tone,
here are the best ways to get healthylooking skin that makes you feel more
confident, sexy and desirable than ever.
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getter
Now that the weather’s
warmer, you’re going to be
more on show, so it’s time
to make all your skin glow
your skin, your way
SUPER-FAST FORMULAS that deposit colour in no time so you can ‘dress and go’
BODY
“For a lightning-fast tan there are now express
options with instant results,” says top tanner James
Harknett, Fake Bake’s global creative consultant. One of the speediest is Fake
Bake 5 Minute Mousse Self-Tan, R495 for 207ml. 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. >>
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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-
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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
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Clean, minimal glossy nails emphasise your
hands’ condition. So get the groundwork
right, says beauty editor Martinique Stevens...
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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.
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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
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“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.
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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.
Sets to a silky, Stay Currant,
Comfy, vibrant
R229.
semi-opaque,
opaque berry
The name’s
coffee nude
with Maxilip
with pink hues. no joke – this
peptide to
Lovely on darker bold stain
boost your
and gloss
skin tones.
lips’ collagen.
duo will not
come off (in
a good way).
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Clinique Quickliner for Lips Intense in Intense Blush,
R295, is a perfect stone-nude to suit most skin tones.
COLOUR SENSE
For colour, there’s no one set seasonal rule, so crack on with
a shade you know is friendly to your features. “Women are
looking for the quality of make-up now,” says Terry Barber,
MAC’s director of make-up artistry. “If you look at a woman
who’s developed her style over decades, she doesn’t want
to be transformed. She knows what the best pink lipstick is
for her, but she wants the perfect pink, the better version
every time.” We couldn’t agree more. Here’s where to find it...
Benefit
Chachabalm,
R255.
Sheer,
fairly shiny
and mangotinted, for a
juicy coralwashed pout.
Palladio Pop
Shine Brilliant
Lip Balm in
Get Real, R95.
Slides on easily
and sets to a
lasting high
shine, with a
smooth finish.
Chanel Rouge Estée Lauder
Coco Gloss in Pure Color
Épique, R540. Love in Crazy
This nonBeautiful,
sticky formula,
R320.
with coconut
Buttery,
oil for hours buildable rose
of moisture,
colour with
will pass the
apricot oil,
hair test!
and a sharp
bullet for
shaping. w&h
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S
aying lips are ‘on
trend’ is a bit like
claiming The Beatles
are back, wrongly implying
that there’s been some
historic blip in popularity.
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
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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.
Necklace, R199, Poetry.
Bracelets, R199 for set of
eight, Accessorize. Heels,
R2 950, Michael Kors
how you wear it
Dress,
R329, 32
to 46, H&M
Hat, R160,
Woolworths
Backpack, R599,
Forever New
PLAY WITH
COLOUR
OLIVIA SMITH, 34, is an insurance
marketing specialist who lives in
Saxonwold. Work is a corporate
environment, so she wants to
embrace an off-duty weekend look.
A shift dress is the perfect throwme-on-and-go item of clothing.
Choose a flattering belted
style to give you more shape.
Take things up a notch with a
sheeny fabric in emerald green,
one of summer’s top shades.
Colourblock platform heels add
a fun, fashion-forward touch.
Dress, R599, 6 to 18, Poetry.
Earrings, R580, Black Betty.
Necklaces, R199 for set of three;
rings, R199 for set of 16, both Colette
by Colette Hayman. Bracelet, R149,
Accessorize. Heels, R759, Zara >>
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Handbag,
R299,
Woolworths
Slip-ons,
R759, Zara
PATRICIA NDLOVU, 40, lives in
Ridgeway and works in fashion
retail. 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
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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
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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.
Get ready to work out Over the weekend, you should
fit in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity – like
brisk walking, slow swimming, or a game of doubles
tennis – where your heart rate and breathing increase.
Write a timetable Include meals and exercise sessions
so you know exactly what you’re doing and when.
Don’t binge on Friday Have sensible meals and
avoid alcohol. A hangover on Saturday means you’ll
be doomed to failure before you’ve even started!
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suddenly take up exercising
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only a few short weeks before heading
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DETOX RULES
Step 2: Your
weekend detox
starts here...
What you eat this weekend will likely
be different to normal! Effectively,
it’s a two-day detox – but a healthy
one to provide nutrients to boost
your energy and nourish your skin.
Check the rules, then follow the plan.
Bread and pasta cause bloating
in some people, so we’ve swapped
them for wheat-free, nutrient-packed
carbs such as sweet potatoes, oats
and quinoa. Don’t skip them –
they provide energy for exercise.
Space all of your meals evenly
throughout the day to prevent bloodsugar levels from dropping, hunger
pangs kicking in, and carb cravings.
Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea and
fizzy drinks – instead, drink still
water, and herbal and fruit teas.
Don’t add any type of sugar –
honey, coconut sugar, agave syrup or
carob syrup. They all have a similar
kilojoule content to regular sugar.
Skip the salt cellar and flavour
food with herbs, spices, citrus
zest and juices, garlic, ginger,
chillies and flavoured vinegars.
Saturday
Sunday
BREAKFAST
BREAKFAST
Poached egg and avo on
cauliflower 2cm-thick slice of
cauliflower sprayed with avo
oil, sprinkled with dukkah and
roasted for 30 minutes. Top with
½ small avo and 1 poached egg.
1tbsp unsalted almonds
or
Berrylicious smoothie bowl
Smoothie bowl made by
blending 1 frozen banana,
2 handfuls frozen berries,
4tbsp low-fat plain yoghurt.
Top with a handful fresh berries.
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
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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.” >>
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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.
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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
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It works for me!
WHAT IT WORKS
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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.
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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
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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’.
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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!”
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beat back pain
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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.
Back to Life: How to Unlock Your Pathway to Recovery When Back Pain Persists
(Vermilion), by David Rogers and Dr Grahame Brown, is available on loot.co.za w&h
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THIS MONTH... BAD BREATH
• AGE SPOTS • DIABETES •
MEN’S HEALTH • BONE HEALTH
Q I was diagnosed with
type 2 diabetes a couple
of years ago. I’m slowly losing
the spare tyre around my tum
the doctor said was to blame,
but still need medication. Will I
ever be cured of my condition?
NOVEMBER IS CANSA
MEN’S HEALTH MONTH
Prostate cancer is the most common
cancer affecting men over 65. But there’s
a 98% survival rate with early detection
and treatment, making yearly screening
vital for men over 50, or those over 40
with a family history of this cancer. To
screen, your GP will do a PSA test – a
finger-prick blood test to check for raised
levels of a protein made by the prostate,
which can be a sign of prostate cancer.
If levels are raised, you’ll be referred to
a urologist. The PSA test is also offered
by Clicks Clinics nationwide for R100.
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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. Tactfully have
a conversation about how often
you need to go to
the oral hygienist
for a professional
clean – everyone
should go
once every six
months. w&h
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BIG
screen debate
THE
Smartphones, tablets and laptops are everywhere, so how
much should parents try to limit their children’s access? We
hear from four parents who have very different views
‘They have
to know how
technology
works’
Lucinda Robins, 36, lives
with husband Alex and
children Atalanta, two,
Ranulph, four, and Hugo, six. She is a blogger.
“Our kids each have their own tablets. This
may seem shocking, but they don’t have free
rein over them. They don’t have Wi-Fi so can’t
roam online; instead, my husband downloads
age-appropriate content. 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
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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’
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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
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‘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
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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.
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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
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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,
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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
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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
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from over a million books (including
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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FOOD
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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
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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
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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 >>
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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
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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 >>
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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
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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. >>
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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
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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. >>
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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
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• 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
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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
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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.
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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
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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!
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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. >>
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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.
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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.” >>
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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†.
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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.
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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
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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 >>
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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my conscious mind and
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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
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healer. I wanted to know
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why I saw spirits, and how
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to sharpen my psychic
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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.
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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
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GREAT
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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14 He painted Water
140 Kentucky city
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Dogs (6,7)
143 Flavour enhancer (3,4)
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146 Engage in contemplation 71
16 Summer cooler
150 Backfire
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17 Informal dance
151 Horror film, Elvira,
74
18 Cleaning aid (3,3)
… of the Dark
75
19 Twain character, Tom ... 155 Candlestick
77
22 Wardrobe
156 Magnetic units
78
25 Poverty-stricken (2,4)
159 Hardy’s partner
80
26 Instruction not
161 Puzzling question
81
to panic (4,4)
162 River mouth
83
29 Wistfulness
163 United
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30 Gemstone
164 Apparition
91
33 Heavy concrete blocks 165 Worker’s time off (6,7)
93
35 Put forward
166 Nun’s title
94
40 Orange-yellow colour
96
42 Hawaiian island
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1 Wasteland
98
46 Cheese
2 Coastal raptor
100
48 Legendary siren
3 Mystery
101
49 Bitter feud
4 Amazing
102
51 Goes in
5 Remain
103
53 Computer key
6 Informal title before
55 Short doubleman’s name
105
breasted jacket
7 Powder
106
60 Not just given
8 Attar
107
62 Mercury
9 Butt receptacle
109
66 Nullifier
10 Realm
110
68 Go to a restaurant (4,3) 11 Wet thoroughly
111
70 World’s lowest lake (4,3) 12 Flowers
113
73 Illustrated Alice’s
20 Actress, ... Ryder
115
Adventures in
21 Surrey racecourse,
118
Wonderland, John ...
... Downs
119
76 Hamlet character
23 Illumination
120
79 Puccini opera
24 Lemonade-beer mix
122
82 Lariat
27 On the run (2,5)
85 Small CD
28 Social stratum
124
86 Douglas is its
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capital (4,2,3)
32 Mexican state
125
87 Chinese dish (4,4)
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126
88 Conger
34 Verve
127
89 Indian state
36 Artist’s medium
128
90 Soft shawl
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129
92 Absurd
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131
95 Unevenly balanced
39 Wife of Sir Geraint
134
97 Pop the cork
40 Fish catcher (1,3)
136
99 Scatter seeds
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138
101 Erudite
43 Against
141
104 Skinflint
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142
108 Supercilium
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144
112 Hand over
50 Song by Korn (4,2)
145
114 Herb
52 Defeat
147
116 Editing procedure (3,3,5) 54 Perfect place
148
117 Nook
56 Locate
149
121 Poet, ... Levertov
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152
123 Go against
58 John Irving novel, ...
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128 Breathe in
of the Circus (1,3)
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130 Film genre
59 ... worlde
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132 Ridicule
61 Ratite
158
133 Skilled musician
62 Arabian shrubs
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135 Unforeseen problems
63 Small amounts
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Country estate
Accelerates
Dines
Expression of
concern (2-2)
Memory loss
Supporting musicians
More impoverished
Raging fire
Snappy comeback
Thor’s domain
Vast quantity
Singer, ... Black
Worry
Musical exercise
Bare
Ticked off
Drug addicts
Blood Ties
actor, Clive ...
Stylish
Fury
Ball game
Actor’s part
US inventor,
Thomas ...
Zodiac symbol
Chances
Farm animal
Over there
Scorch
Lycanthrope
Rock cavities
British prep school
Dessert
Unlock
Possess
Comedienne,
... Coca
Sly call for
attention
In addition
Zulu regiment
Very cheap, for a ...
Enthusiastic about
Body part
Sparkle
Secret meeting
Orbs
Wild ass
SA tongue
Coronet
Bureaucracy (3,4)
Hires
Break free
Disregard
Warns
Nervous tension
Root vegetable
Bad temper
Heraldic fleur-de-lis
Unwell
Air-show stunt
Component
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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
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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.
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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
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GRAM
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is not liable for any errors in product listings, availability,
pricing, or any other information that was checked and
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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.
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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.
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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.
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PISCES
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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.
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healed, a love affair begun or a new
start made in an old relationship.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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
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Love and money do not always go hand
in hand, unless you have stars like these.
So, make an impression and a killing.
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TAURUS
21 APRIL – 21 MAY
Do not give up on love. A rift can be
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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.
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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.
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