Beauty & Fashion
A cosy winter fragrance
There’s no denying on colder nights you could very easily wrap yourself in a cashmere blanket, open your favourite book and a good bottle of wine. But, you could also just as easily indulge in the kind of perfume that offers a similar level of pleasure. Bvlgari’s Goldea The Roman Night is the perfect perfume for chilly nights, whether you are going out or staying in. Decked in black and gold, this sensual eau de parfum evokes the Eternal City of Rome and the ebullient energy emanating from its evening frenzy. With top notes of luscious berries and black peony, an infusion of night-blooming jasmine and tuberose absolute for heart notes and base notes of black musk, patchouli heart and vetiver, it is a fragrance with a more contemporary signature for women who find its character appealing and intriguing. Be adventurous and bold, there’s nothing stopping you! Priced from R965 to R1,735 from Red Square.
Let’s be honest, there is nothing more comforting than a luxury winter blanket woven from the best blend of quality Mohair and wool, which is why we lurv these rolled-fringed Hinterveld Africa Blankets. Inspired by the icons, culture and landscapes of Africa, they are feather-light yet exquisitely warm and available in six gorgeous designs that will work equally well in the bedroom or living room of your home. Priced from R3605, they are available from www.linendrawer.co.za.
This season we are particularly passionate about aesthetic outlooks, ceramics and supporting local artisans, which is why we can’t get enough of Poetry’s autumn/ winter 2018 range because it takes inspiration from things like world travel and draws on age-old philosophies like Hygge from Denmark, Wabi-sabi from Japan and Ubuntu from South Africa. In the spirit of Ubuntu, which is about sharing and gifting, we love the idea of welcome friends and loved ones to our table by setting a modern winter mood with dinnerware like this Petra Patterned set priced from R99 to R350 and Noir Mini Bowls for R80 each. You can shop the entire collection though at www.poetrystores.co.za
Jump on the charcoal bandwagon
In the greater scheme of skin-care trends, it takes a pretty remarkable ingredient to stay in the limelight for long, and charcoal (our trusted beauty companion) is far from being forgotten. A powerhouse detoxifier that is still making its way into all kinds of new beauty products, it certainly deserves a place in your vanity cupboard. Take for example the Gold Coast Charcoal Range we’ve just discovered from Bodycare from Africa. Comprising a salt scrub, face wash, soap bar, bath salts, exfoliating body scrub and exfoliating shower gel, it is packed with activated charcoal that acts as a natural purifier for your skin. For a flawless complexion we all dream of, you can get your hands on the range, which is priced from R70 to R100 from www.takealot.com and some products are available at selected Pick n Pay stores.
It’s all about the Glühwein
Who needs snow-capped mountains and below freezing temperatures to get mellow on Glühwein? Come winter, we put a pan on the stove, haul out the spices and slice up a few oranges to make our own addictively delicious pot of the stuff. You’ll need ¾ cup water, 3⁄4 cup sugar, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 orange, 10 whole cloves and a bottle of red wine. In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer. Cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice into the simmering water. Push the cloves into the outside of the orange peel, and place peel in the simmering water. Continue simmering for 30 minutes, until thick and syrupy. Pour in the wine and heat until steaming. Remove the clove-studded orange halves. Serve hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in warm water. Serves 6. And if you’re not feeling even remotely industrious to make your own, stop in at Woolworths and buy a few bottles of their Fireside Red Glühwein for R49.99 each and heat that up with a few orange slices, which is just as good!
Some choccie with your wine
To best enjoy your Glühwein or any wine on a winter’s night for that matter, take it down with a little dark chocolate from our favourite brand, Lindt, whose experts recommend trying the Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa (retails for around R38.95) that hides a complexity of flavours (like honey and caramel, roses, red fruits in the aromas, and a rich range of flavour in the mouth) with a Chilean Merlot or Australian Grenache: bold, with lively red berries and a smooth juicy finish. Mmmm…need we say more?
Get It Magazine Durban August 2018Into the Wild with Francoise Anthony