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Women's Lifestyle
Essentials South Africa

Essentials South Africa DECEMBER 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.

Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Caxton Magazines
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome to essentials

Hello & happy holidays! Ah, Christmas – it’s the most wonderful time of the year... or is it? For many of us, it’s a period when tempers start to flare, financial stress reaches a peak and, often, reality just doesn’t quite live up to our idealised expectations of the ‘perfect’ Christmas. So this year, take comfort in the words of our fabulous cover star Kristen Bell, who reminds us that ‘It’s okay not to be perfect.’ Turkey been in the oven too long? Smother it in gravy – nobody will notice. Cat wrecked the tree by using it as a scratching post? A bit of tinsel will hide the evidence. Try to put any mishaps aside – what we really should be doing this season is cherishing the important stuff; the special moments…

1 min.
we’ve been...

STYLING ...BEHIND THE SCENES What’s an outfit without accessories? Fashion editor Xolani Gumede adds the fabulous finishing touches (p30). SHOPPING ...FOR GIFTS UNDER R500! How ridiculously cute are these novelty slippers? Our six pages of best buys are sure to inspire a Christmas shopping spree (p39)! TASTING ...HEALTHY VEGGIE DRINKS Delighted by Rugani’s office delivery, the team got straight to tasting. Our ed, Kate, enjoyed the immune-boosting Ginger Infused Carrot Juice. PREPPING ...FOR A FESTIVE PARTY. Glitter-rimmed champagne glasses really set the tone. Check out the pretty party drinks ideas on p72.…

1 min.
hot right now...

EDIBLE GIFTS WRAP ‘EM UP FOR CHRISTMAS Four fantastic recipes that will impress family and friends this festive season (p102). TURN UP THE HEAT ...WITH A FLATTERING COSSIE! From belted to striped, these swimsuits will boost your body confidence (p36). HOME DRESS-UP THREE TRENDS TO TRY Whether you’re into red or rustic, your home will look its best with our decor roundup (p86). BEST PARTY HAIR EASY TIPS FOR GORGEOUS LOCKS Speedy, effortless and stunning. Sound good? Try a new ‘do you’ll adore (p28).…

4 min.
‘it’s okay not to be perfect’

‘I want to look good and be healthy, but I don’t have to be a certain size to do that’ Kristen Bell, 39, began her acting career on Broadway before moving to LA, where the Veronica Mars TV series gave her widespread recognition. She went on to star in romantic comedies like Couples Retreat and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and later voiced the character Anna in Disney’s Frozen. Kristen currently stars as Eleanor in The Good Place and has reprised her role in the Veronica Mars season four reboot. She is married to actor Dax Shepard and they have two daughters, Lincoln and Delta. ‘I was my own worst enemy and that’s a terrible way to live’ I was outgoing as a kid and I had lots of friends. But I was also strange…

3 min.
should kids know the truth about santa?

Debbie Knighton-Fitt, 35, is a mother of three. ‘Our kids wait up all night, hoping to glimpse Santa’ The magic of the festive season is hugely celebrated in our family. Our kids – aged seven, five, and three – all believe in Santa and we want to keep it that way for as long as possible. Of course, Christmas isn’t only about Father Christmas, but we enjoy many characters in the narrative of the season. My husband and I are dedicated Christians who grew up with loads of religious and non-religious festive traditions like going to church, singing carols, doing family nativity plays, and leaving milk and mince pies out for Santa. Some people feel Christmas should only focus on the Christian roots of the holiday, but that’s not the approach we take.…

5 min.
why this year is different

‘We’ll be starting our own traditions’ Claire Badenhorst, 31, is a food and decor expert who lives in Northcliff. She married her husband Derik in June and they’ll be celebrating their first Christmas as a married couple this year. While we were dating, Derik and I lived separately; I lived at home with my parents, while he stayed in his own place. We only moved in together after the wedding. During past Christmases, we normally spent the day – separately – with our respective families. Often, Derik would visit my family in the afternoon after having spent the morning with his relatives, and vice versa, or my parents would invite him and his mom to come join in our family festivities. While we’re still planning on seeing both our families on Christmas Day…