Women's Lifestyle
Essentials South Africa

Essentials South Africa MARCH 2020

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.

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1 min.
welcome to essentials

Hello!A quick poll around the Essentials office showed that the majority of women covet just three things: better sleep, more time, and great hair. If I could wave a magic wand and give you exactly that, I would. But I can’t, so I’ve done the next best thing... On the pages of this issue, you’ll find expert advice on how to enjoy the simple things and get more reward for less effort in almost every area of your life. If it’s more time you’re after, then turn to our time-saving weekday meals (p64) so you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less, and check out the expert make-up advice on p26 so you can look brighter and more beautiful in no time at all. With all that…

1 min.
we’ve been...

SHOPPING ...FOR JUMPSUITS Thankfully, on p40, fashion editor Xolani Gumede has made finding the ideal piece a total breeze with her stunning selection. LEARNING ...TO FINESSE OUR NEGOTIATING SKILLS! Our ‘Nice Girl’s Guide to Getting What You Want’ is super enlightening. Find great tips on dealing with your boss, partner and more on p16. TESTING ...OUT THE SIXTIES SWISH We’ve been brushing up on our eyeliner skills, perfecting the sexy winged cat-eye look! Read how you can nail this application on p26. INSPIRED ...TO TRY A DIY KITCHEN REVAMP On p94, reader Leigh Miller shares what she learnt on a budget.…

1 min.
hot right now...

BOTANICAL SPACES SIX TOTALLY DIFFERENT STYLES This home-decor trend is way more versatile than you’d imagine – you’re sure to find a scheme you love (p88). HOME-BAKED CAKES FABULOUS RECIPES TO TRY RIGHT AWAY... ...because nothing says ‘I care’ quite like a lovingly prepared sweet treat (p74). BETTER SLEEP... IS DIET LINKED TO BEDTIME WOES? Walnuts, kiwis and apples – can they really boost your sleep? Find out on p48. UPCYCLED DECOR TAKE A BASIC HOME BUY... ...and give it extra wow factor. No advanced DIY skills required (p100).…

1 min.
you said...

LOAD-SHEDDING HACKS ‘My rechargeable lights are helpful, but my battery-powered fan is a lifesaver! My portable DVD player is also very useful.’ – Angela Cuthbert ONLINE POLL WE ASKED, YOU ANSWERED Would you rather have free coffee for a year or free music forever? #ThursdayThoughts TRENDING ONLINE MAKE YOUR OUTDOOR AREA SEEM BIGGER WITH JUST 13 GENIUS SMALL-GARDEN IDEAS Whether you have a small garden in a complex, a cosy courtyard or just a patch of grass, there’s loads that you can do to make it appear much larger. Try these simple tips to make the most of the little space that you have!…

4 min.
‘nothing’s as important as self-acceptance’

Andene Thomson, 29, began taking part in fitness competitions when she was still a student at the University of Pretoria. Conscious of the link between diet and fitness, she started developing healthy recipes, which led her to start her very own lifestyle blog and brand, Healthy Girl with a Sweet Tooth, in 2013. Through her website, Andene offers her clients online coaching and sells her own Healthy Girl Foods wellness products. She lives in Pretoria. By looking at me a few years ago, you would have assumed that I had the whole ‘healthy living’ thing figured out, but actually it was all an illusion. I was completely disconnected from myself and had never felt so lost. At the time, I was competing in fitness competitions – I’d spend far too much…

3 min.
is it ok for grandparents to discipline their grandkids?

Sally Jones, 64, lives with her husband John and has three step-grandchildren. If and when any of my three step-grandchildren misbehave, I don’t scold them. Not because John and I are not strict enough or because we are scared of upsetting them, but because it’s simply not our job to discipline them. The discipline duty falls to their mom and dad. Instead, we try to distract them with a story, or perhaps a new game. My husband John and I will also reward good behaviour with praise, so that they understand that good behaviour has positive consequences. Of course, there are times when the grandchildren are naughty when they are in our care, but I just have a quiet word with their parents when they come to pick them up, and leave…