Fairlady April 2019

FAIRLADY is a modern, glossy grown-up magazine that offers great stories and inspired solutions to the busy South African woman.

South Africa
Media 24 Ltd
R 68
R 357
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
ed’s letter

Australian comedienne Hannah Gadsby’s one-person show, Nanette (on Netflix), won a host of plaudits last year. It’s a riveting and extremely uncomfortable piece of work, so be warned: if you’re looking for laughs, this is not the place. But it made me think long and hard about a lot of things: humour in general and, more specifically, the use of it to mask hurt and abuse. At the end of the show, Hannah says it will be her last, because she intends to deal with her pain properly rather than deflect it by making it funny (this isn’t a spoiler because I’m happy to report that the massively positive response made her change her mind). A Fine Arts graduate, Hannah also talks about how women artists have been airbrushed out of history.…

1 min
what i’m loving this month...

BONES RESTAURANT Think ‘bare bones’ rather than meat (although that’s delicious too): this Woodstock restaurant produces gorgeous, unfussy, absolutely marvellous food. The mushroom risotto and gorgonzola gnocchi will make you want to stand on your chair and sing! TIM MINCHIN I think musician/librettist/comedian/writer Tim Minchin is a genius, and I don’t say that lightly (he wrote the music and lyrics for the excellent musical Matilda, if you were lucky enough to see it when it was in SA last year, though he’s done so much more than that). His latest song, ‘15 Minutes of Shame’, is a comment on the viciousness of social media and riffs on artist Andy Warhol’s comment that in the future, everyone would experience 15 minutes of fame. Total genius. 21 SOUTH AFRICAN WORDS WERE ADDED TO THE OXFORD DICTIONARY I…

2 min
you said, wrote & tweeted...

✽ WINNING LETTER RULE 5 I read the excellent feature ‘ Buying sectional title? Read this first!’ in the November issue, and I’d like to add a rule: Check that what you see is what you get. If you see a garden around the unit, make sure it’s allocated to the unit; if you’re told that buying the unit gives you ownership of a garage, make sure that happens. As an attorney, I’ve come across many instances in which buyers think they’re acquiring such extras only to discover that the previous owner used those amenities but didn’t own them. Owning a unit without a parking spot seriously impacts the value of your property. So when you see a garden area or parking bay or garage that you believe goes with the unit, have the estate…

1 min
this month’s fabulous prize

Follow your First Instinct! This Abercrombie & Fitch hamper has everything a woman could wish for in a fragrance – and it comes with a gorgeous tote bag! The hamper also includes First Instinct Sheer EDP (100ml), an exuberant composition that is joyful, passionate and brilliant, blended for the woman who follows her First Instinct. Abercrombie & Fitch – pure joy, bottled with brilliance. HAMPER INCLUDES: Abercrombie & Fitch tote bag; First Instinct Sheer EDP (100ml); First Instinct Blue gift set containing First Instinct Blue EDP (100ml), First Instinct Body Lotion and First Instinct Blue Rollerball (15ml) ☞ WRITE TO letters@fairlady.com…

5 min
to put it bluntly

Emily Blunt’s career took off at a dizzying speed. The British-born star was discovered by an agent while she was still at school, and as a result her very first professional stage role was one most seasoned actresses only dream of: she played Judi Dench’s granddaughter in the 2001 West End production of The Royal Family. At 18 years old she had no formal drama training – in fact, she got into acting as a way to overcome a childhood stutter – and Judi Dench quickly became a mentor to her. ‘I was a kid and could have meant nothing to her, but every day after work she invited me to her dressing room,’ Emily recalls. ‘It was crazy to me: I was drinking champagne and pretending I knew what…

1 min
quick facts on emily

1 Emily’s sister Felicity is married to her The Devil Wears Prada co-star Stanley Tucci. The pair met at Emily and John’s wedding. 2 Her favourite beauty products? ‘I absolutely love Sisley products. I think they are beautiful.’ A special indulgence for her is the Sisleÿa extra-rich moisturiser. 3 Mary Poppins Returns would not exist without Emily. ‘Rob [Marshall] basically said, “If you don’t want to do this with us, we are going to find something else, because we won’t do it if you don’t want to”.’ If she weren’t an actress, she would be flipping houses. ‘I adore renovating. I love working with different materials and coming up with a different story for each room. I am Pinterest-mad.’ 5 One item she’d love to pass down to her daughters is a blue Vivienne…