Beauty & Fashion



Our list of vibrant must-haves for September.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

One of the most delicious ways to stay hydrated year-round is with Vita Coco 100 per cent Natural Coconut Water. Based on just one single ingredient – fresh, natural coconut water from young, green coconuts – it’s bursting with naturally occurring potassium and essential electrolytes. Staying hydrated with coconut water helps with skin care, to lower blood pressure and decrease colds and flu. Another fab reason… it helps keep those winter kilos at bay. Thanks to its zero fat content, coconut water won’t wreck your diet and will also eliminate unnecessary cravings by making you feel fuller after drinking it. Lastly, because coconut water is an isotonic drink, it provides a great pick-me-up before, during or after exercise – spelling success for your gym workout. You’ll find Vita Coco at Woolworths, Pick n Pay and Spar from R24.95 for the 330ml and R54.95 for the 1 litre. Details:


Sweet dreams are made of this

Hello sundown! It’s time to try the “Ap” that lets you cross over from work to play in an instant. We’re talking Aperol Spritz, Italy’s number one cocktail that’s taken the world by storm. What makes this tangy orange and bittersweet (actually, make that sweet-bitter) drink so special, is a unique and indefinable taste that’s unbelievably refreshing. Add to that its low alcohol by volume content (just 11%) and that it’s a brilliant base for so many cocktails, suited to so many occasions.  That’s especially where antipasti (aka hors d’oeuvres) are involved, like bruschetta with cured meat, salami, olives, roasted nuts and other snacks. And, it’s also superb with brunch. And nothing could be simpler to conjure up.  You need three parts Prosecco (or your favourite dry bubbly), two parts Aperol and one part soda.  Pour into an ice-filled glass and garnish with a slice of orange. That’s all it takes to flip the switch from then to now. You’ll find Aperol at all major retailers for around R199 a bottle. Details:


Caviar – for the Face

Ladies, this stuff is flying off the shelves and you want to know why? Dragons Blood Face Caviar is a miracle cream of note! We’ve tried it ourselves and it really is impressive as an innovative anti-aging formula that helps to volumise and define facial contours. Packed with dragon’s blood sourced from the red sap of the ‘sangre de drago’ tree, this awesome new beauty product contains anti-inflammatory properties to calm stressed skin. It works by forming a unique second skin-like film around the face which effectively protects, reduces redness and firms for a smoother, plumper, more youthful looking complexion. Simply put, it’s a powerhouse partner to combat sagging, loss of hydration and firmness of skin, and you can get your hands on it for around R429.90. Details: Available from Beauty Factory in Springfield Value Centre or at Edgars at the Pavilion.




More than just a beanbag

In 2007 FatSak ushered the rebirth of the beanbag into South Africa. Produced in Cape Town according to an environmentally-friendly manufacturing process and fair working conditions for its employees, it has rapidly become a modern home must-have. In fact, we’d go as far as saying that its high quality materials, inimitable style and incomparable comfort have quickly catapulted FatSak into something of a cult object. Robust and durable on the outside, at a glance you’d be forgiven for thinking that FatSak is an oversized beanbag. The reality? It’s not. In fact, not a single bean goes into its cleverly crafted make up. Once you’ve fallen for the comfort factor, you’ll go nuts for FatSak’s practical design. Wrapped in fabrics to suit your needs – dishy denims for a child’s room, sumptuous suede for your living room, or slick and smooth for your office – the FatSak outer shell is removable and (mostly) machine washable.. Details: Price from R2900 (small) to R4700 (large) you can browse or order yours from Phrog Designs in Kloof on 031 764 5785.

Take indulgence with you

Create ambience around you and enliven your senses while indulging your skin at the same time, with Mini Travel Lites assorted six-pack SoyLites. A new product in their moisturising candles range, these environmentally friendly candles not only burn beautifully, scenting the air with a blend of aromatherapy oils, but can also be used as a moisturising and nourishing skin treatment. Made with 100% natural, cosmetic-grade soybean oil, SoyLites’ Mini Travel Lites burn to form a pool of warm oil around the wick. Simply dip in a finger and apply this luxurious, moisturising oil packed with anti-oxidant vitamin E and restorative lecithin to your skin. Each 15 ml Mini Travel Lite has a seven-hour burn time, and comes with a lid, making it perfect for travel. Available in a six-pack of assorted fragrance blends for R175, or individually for R30. Details: For a stockist near you visit

Discover you perfect escape today

With a burst of fresh, citrusy neroli balanced by a light, fruity hint of bergamot, the Earthbound Safari range from Beauty Factory combines a zesty array of floral and fruity aromas in a rich, heady bouquet for a scent as exotic as an African Safari. Available in a linen spray, hand & body lotion, hand wash, shower gel, muscle soak, and body wash the range is priced from R39.90 to R169.90. Details: From Edgars Pavilion.

Made in France, loved by South Africa

From the chic shores of the French Riviera, comes a sparkling wine cocktail that’s only for the bold and fashionable. Ice Tropez is deliciously bubbly, fresh and fruity. Made from wine courtesy of the Domain Tropez vineyard situated in St Tropez, then blended with the fragrant flavours of peach and infused with carbonated water, this is truly love at first sip. Details: Also available in a non-alcoholic equivalent from selected Woolworths, Makro, Tops @ Spar, Pick n Pay liquors, Liquor City, Blue Bottle Liquor, Norman Goodfellow, Ultra Liquors stores and Tashas restaurants nationwide.


Get It Durban 25 September 2017

50 shades of Spring
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The Midlands Kitchen

Motorists driving the long slog of the N3 highway will soon have an exciting new stopping point that’s promising to deliver a taste sensation.


Durbs: can you handle all the heroes?

The Color Run is back! In 2017, it’s bringing The Superhero Tour to Durban’s shores. Strap on your capes – it’s gonna get colourful.


October Spoil

Time for a classic, and oh-so-beautiful, timepiece.


Sense by Hollandia

A sense of wonder for the bedroom.


Ashwin Singh’s drama ‘To House’ returns to The Playhouse

The Singh Siblings in association with The Playhouse Company present a new production of award-winning playwright Ashwin Singh’s To House. First staged at The Playhouse in 2006, it runs in the Drama Theatre from 5 to 7 October 2017. One of Durban’s best known international theatre pieces, it remains as relevant now as it was a decade ago, with South Africa’s continuing racial divisions and increasing class conflicts.


Top tips on how to prepare sirloin

Food Lovers Hillcrest owner, Gilbert Rocha together with butcher and chef, Gancho Petrov, have you covered for national Braai Day and Heritage Month with these expert tips on how to prepare their favourite cut of meat, aged sirloin.


Quarters Breakfast Giveaway

A full Breakfast for 4 people to the value of R700.00 to be enjoyed at the Quarters Café, Quarters Hotel Florida Road.


September Spoil

“I have too much stationery” – said no one ever.

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