Essentials South Africa4 min de lecture
‘I Dream Of Having A VINEYARD’
Actress Scarlett Johansson, 35, has had quite a year, being nominated for two Academy Awards for her roles in Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit. Now she’s back on the big screen reprising her role as Marvel character Black Widow in the standalone film a
Essentials South Africa2 min de lectureDesign
Coats to COVET
A lightweight, longline puffer jacket is great for taller frames, or anyone looking to create feminine curves. Stick to neutral colours that you can wear for years to come. Puffer coat, R1 499 , Zara A parka can be quite daunting when you don’t wan
Essentials South Africa5 min de lectureCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Dessert Makeover
SERVES 8 READY IN 50 MIN 3 medium-sized apples, grated (we like Braeburn)Juice of 1 small lemon1 tsp cinnamon50g pecan nuts, toasted and chopped140g butter, melted, plus 50g extra220g self-raising flour1 tbsp castor sugar120ml cream50ml milk2 tbsp
Essentials South Africa2 min de lectureCrime & Violence
Should catcalling & wolf-whistling BE ILLEGAL?
Why? Because all he’s doing is commenting on my appearance, he has committed no crime, and sometimes it’s just the ego boost I need. If I’ve had a bad day or I’m feeling a bit low about how I look, as I’m Zoe May, 33, is a successful romance author.
Essentials South Africa2 min de lecture
Health News
Surgeon Dr Robert Foster shares his advice on keeping your brain active and healthy. 1. WORK IT He says: ‘The old adage “use it or lose it” is true. Stay mentally active by learning a new language or by regularly dipping into a crossword puzzle. Ju
Essentials South Africa2 min de lecture
Home News
No one couch fits well in all homes, and needs change as a family grows. Consider, too, the idea of flexibility; being able to swap things around to keep your decor fresh. All of these factors are why we prefer modular furniture, where separate secti
Essentials South Africa9 min de lecture
The picture that MEANS SO MUCH
After Nicola Owst rescued a pup in need, she realised her new best friend had saved her, too From the moment that I met Buddy, there was no doubt in my mind I’d do everything I could for him. I gave him love and a safe home, and today I can’t imag
Essentials South Africa4 min de lecturePsychology
Are You Eating Your Emotions?
You’ve had a difficult day at the office. On the way home, all you can think about is the pizza that you’re going to polish off on the couch. Or maybe you’re not getting on well with your partner, and keep nibbling biscuits whenever you’ve had an ar
Essentials South Africa3 min de lectureArchitecture
‘A Black-and-white Theme Makes Things So Simple’
Ahead of starting a family, Chloe and Adam were keen to move up the housing ladder. ‘We wanted our next home to be one we'd stay in for at least five to 10 years, so it needed to suit our future plans,’ explains Chloe. The pair were never averse to
Essentials South Africa3 min de lecturePsychology
Ditch The Guilt For Good
An incredible 96% of women have revealed they find something to feel guilty about at least once a day. ‘Guilt is a symptom of living a complicated life, not a symptom of being a bad person,’ explains psychologist Professor Windy Dryden. ‘Guilt itself
Essentials South Africa3 min de lecture
Super herbs FOR HEALTH
Do you ever consider the effects that a dash of coriander or a sprinkle of mint can have on your health? Sure, they taste good, but they also offer a range of amazing benefits for your body and mind. So whether you’re struck down with a virus, buried
Essentials South Africa1 min de lecture
Who Lives Here?
Chloe Roberts works as a commercial manager and lives in this four-bedroom duplex with her husband Adam and their 11-month-old son, Hector. After buying the house, the couple quickly got to work on renovations to create a stylish, functional and soci
Essentials South Africa3 min de lecturePopular Culture & Media Studies
Find Balance In A Wired World
It’s happened to us all. One minute you’re doing a quick Facebook check, the next, three hours have passed and you’re deep in someone’s online photo album, with no idea where the time has gone. No wonder there aren’t enough hours in the day and we fe
Essentials South Africa3 min de lecture
The POWER of STRETCHING
Oh to be a cat. They’re independent, spend all day snoozing in the sun, and they’ve got the whole stretching thing down to a T. They do it to get their blood flowing and muscles moving after periods of inactivity, so they're ready to pounce on the ne
Essentials South Africa2 min de lecture
Colours We Love... Dusky Purple
Dusky purple with its brown undertone, used on the walls, is superb for giving large, light-filled spaces a more intimate, cosy feel. Paired with white woodwork and ceilings, this hue won’t overwhelm or feel claustrophobic, either. Just choose pure w
Essentials South Africa3 min de lecture
Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Launch My Own Business Aged 40
Filling yet more delivery bags with items ready to send off to new customers, I couldn’t believe how popular my T-shirt collection  had been. My mind whirring with new designs, I was thrilled to be busy doing something I loved – and something I never
Essentials South Africa1 min de lecture
Hot-trend ATHLEISURE
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Essentials South Africa2 min de lecture
Refresh Old Tile Grout
It doesn’t take too long for your once-clean and bright white grout to become discoloured and dirty. Spend a weekend replacing yours for tiles that look good as new – you could take the chance to try something new, like a coloured grout, perhaps? D
Essentials South Africa3 min de lecture
How Do You Find Love In The Middle Of A Global Pandemic?
These unprecedented times, caused by the COVID-19 crisis, have impacted practically every aspect of our lives. With the recent lockdown keeping families all under one roof, children being homeschooled and couples working from the kitchen table, life
Essentials South Africa4 min de lectureBiology
Focus On Avoiding Germs
As the current global events have sadly shown us, germs are the invisible enemy that have the potential to make us extremely ill. ‘Although we can’t see them, germs spread quickly and easily from person to person or by touching surfaces,’ says Dr Sar
Essentials South Africa2 min de lecture
‘We Made This Room Cosy And Characterful’
When Ffion and Ollie bought this house, it was clear that it needed to be renovated from top to bottom, and the dated living room was no exception. The previous owners hadn’t changed the decor in a long time ’ in fact, the room still featured 1970s-s
Essentials South Africa1 min de lecture
‘Now’s The Time To Enjoy The Search’
Counsellor and relationship expert Suzie Hayman explains: ‘You’re confined to home, but does this mean that romance is out? I’d say you actually have a chance to find the exact right match for you, because you can get to know someone in absolute safe
Essentials South Africa2 min de lecture
Food To Boost Your Mood
Not getting your essential shut-eye? Serve up some salmon. Like tuna, salmon is packed with vitamin B6, which is needed to make the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. Sweet dreams. ALSO TRY: Kale, bananas, whole grains, peanuts, soya beans. If you
Essentials South Africa1 min de lecture
Who Lives Here?
Ffion Francis lives in this four-bedroom home, with her fiancé Ollie Speck. When revamping this older house, the couple paid particular attention to the lounge, as it's one of their favourite rooms, where they read and watch movies together. 'We put
Essentials South Africa3 min de lecture
A Problem Shared
QI feel very worried about my sister. She has always been a bubbly person, but in the last year she’s been suffering from depression. She says that she wakes up feeling down, can’t sleep and has no appetite. My niece says that sometimes her mother do
Essentials South Africa2 min de lectureCookbooks, Food, & Wine
Try The No-hunger Diet
Hands up if you usually start the day with a healthy breakfast, followed by a slimming salad for lunch, only to find yourself diving into the snack stash by 4pm? It’s difficult to ignore a rumbling tummy so, when hunger strikes, it’s likely you’ll ab
Essentials South Africa3 min de lecture
6 Of The Best Coffee Machines
PERFECT CUP AT HOME WITHOUT THE HASSLE OF GRINDING, TAMPING OR FROTHING. PLUS, YOU CAN ORDER THEM ONLINE! That distinctive coffee fragrance is arguably one of the best things about a really good cup, but if beans aren’t ground and stored correctly, t
Essentials South Africa2 min de lecture
Beauty News
1. EXFOLIATE As with most things in life, a little bit of prep work makes all the difference. So to get lips looking soft and smooth, remove flakiness with a lip exfoliator. Revlon Kiss Exfoliating Balm in Sugar Mint, R59,95, Dis-Chem, uses sugar cry
Essentials South Africa2 min de lectureMedical
Ask the Doctor
Q My brother, who’s only 24, has just told me he has testicular cancer and that he starts chemotherapy next week. The diagnosis came as a huge shock to our family – we're devastated. I didn’t want to ask my brother too many questions, but I can't wra
Essentials South Africa1 min de lectureCookbooks, Food, & Wine
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