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Essentials South Africa

Essentials South Africa APRIL 2019

Essentials magazine is a ‘practicals’ lifestyle monthly packed with savvy solutions and stylish twists. Expect loads of tips and advice on fashion, beauty, health, food, consumer issues, decor and real-life reads. It targets real South African women, putting them at the forefront of the content - and on the cover - every month.

South Africa
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12 Números


1 min.
editor's letter

In this issue we challenged journalist Lisa Witepski to go a full week without moaning... about anything. ‘Impossible,’ you might say. Well, yes, probably. But for Lisa (and I suspect for many of us too) she felt like complaining had become a normal part of her everyday conversation, and she was determined to find out what would happen if she swapped her negative mindset for a brighter viewpoint. One theory is that voicing dissatisfactions gives them power over us – Lisa likens this to the way Harry Potter’s friends shy away from saying Voldemort’s name out loud in case it summons him – but another school of thought says that venting is similar to releasing a pressure valve, actually making you feel calmer. So how did Lisa fare in her seven-day challenge?…

9 min.
'rejection is a big part of an actor's life'

Born in Joburg, Carmen grew up performing from the age of eight. Winning gold medals at the SA Championships of Performing Arts gave her the opportunity to perform in the U.S. at 16 and in Japan at 17. In her final year of school, she won the M-Net reality show High School Musical, which kicked off her professional performing career. Since then, she has been a familiar face in film, on TV and on stage. Carmen starred as Lien in the South African film Lien se Lankstaanskoene, has appeared in recurring roles on local TV shows such as Isidingoand Binnelanders,as well as being a presenter on Pasella. She has been cast in multiple musicals including Jersey Boys, Footloose, The Sound of Music, Mamma Mia!and most recently Chicago. Carmen lives with…

1 min.
protect your eyes and look fabulous

While it’s important to protect your eyes from long-term damage by wearing the correct prescription lenses and UV-protected sunglasses, it’s just as vital to find the right frame that has the correct optical fit, is comfortable and looks good on you. For fashionable eyecare, visit a Dynamic Vision store, where you can get your eyes tested, and choose from a wide range of eyewear including frames from international brands like Carrera, Jimmy Choo, Jeep, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Kate Spade, Ted Baker and Guess. Visit dynamicvisionsa.co.zafor more info or follow their Facebook page @DynamicvisionSA ✱ Dynamic Vision is offering Essentials readers a R250 discount off any branded fashion frame at any of its stores countrywide. Simply present this coupon in store.…

2 min.
fashion news

LOCAL IS LEKKER Retail giant MRP is upping the style stakes by working together with South African designers on a series of collaborations. First up is young designer Tinyiko Khoza. Taking inspiration from nature, Tinyiko's collection is whimsical yet sophisticated; with beautiful, bold prints and dramatic ruffle detailing, you’ll look and feel like a million bucks – minus the hefty price tag, of course! When you can nab designer looks for prices as low as R120 for a blouse, you will be smiling all the way to the till. Floral jumpsuit, R199,99, MRP X Tinyiko Khoza Collection. IF YOU ONLY BUY 1 THING... Nothing says 'timeless style' like a beautifully-crafted watch, and that's exactly what we've come to expect from locally designed accessories brand Zemp. With masculine-inspired 'boyfriend' watches, your statement timepiece will be…

2 min.
urban jungle

Safari style A simple khaki shirt becomes something special when paired with an on-trend snake-skin print skirt. Keep it simple Let your accessories do the talking; statement boots and a camo backpack will give a simple outfit the X-factor. Camo and snake skin clash to perfection Play with length Comfort meets couture in casual denim dungarees. Wear yours with a longline jacket left open to flatter a fuller figure, or belted to create curves. Shady lady Sunglasses are the finishing touch for any outfit. Take your inspiration from the runway with mirrored lenses. Toughen up The perfect match to a borrowed-from-the-boys khaki jacket? A (faux) leather pencil skirt and chunky earrings. Get waisted Embrace any-weather dressing with an easy-to-layer gilet. Simply add a trendy belt-bag to cinch in your waist. Parka perfect Add a luxurious edge to khaki with a faux-fur collar. Worried about…

1 min.
new-season fashion update

The asymmetrical hemline The tapered cut is more flattering than a straight-across hemline, and the interesting shape is striking enough to take you from work to weekend with just a simple change of accessories. The new-age gilet A chic gilet will solve all your transitional weather woes: layer it over dresses or tops to keep warm without adding bulk. Update the classic gilet by choosing one with a longer silhouette, buckle detailing or kimono sleeves. The pussy-bow blouse Vintage charm meets modern romance with the revival of the pussy-bow blouse. Wear it with a floaty pleated skirt for a feminine look, or with denim culottes for a more modern take on the trend. The straight-leg trousers Less dramatic than wide-leg pants, but just as sophisticated, straight-leg trousers are the new-season must-have. They look great on every body…