As the weather gets cooler, there’s no better time to snuggle up with our May issue and enjoy some priceless me-time. (And if you have to turn the TV on for the kids so you can get 30 minutes to yourself, there’ll be no judgement from us!)
1. Win a two-night luxury stay for two at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve
Enjoy an unforgettable safari experience in the Karoo at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve. Home to the Big 5, as well as a host of other wildlife species, this back-to-nature escape is just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Cape Town.
The prize includes return transfers from Cape Town, complimentary drinks, all meals, two private game drives per day, as well as a cheetah educational experience.
2. Get to know our cover star Amanda du-Pont (you may know her from Netflix)
The go-getter actress chats to us about life lessons she treasures, what it’s like doing her own stunts, her love of fashion (which turned into an online clothing store), and how she does it all. Plus, she dishes on what it was like working on Shadow, the new Netflix series she’s in.
3. The comfort food diet… It’s a thing!
Raise your hand if you find it difficult to consistently make healthy food choices during the colder months. Yeah, same here. That’s why we were so excited when we found an eating plan that let us eat comfort food and still lose weight. Turn to page 62 to find out how it works, the diet guidelines and a list of meals and snacks you can enjoy.
4. We’ve found a skincare miracle that just costs R80
Can you guess what it is? Here are a few clues: it will give your skin a hydration boost, it will make you feel clean and fresh, and it will cut down on time during an important step in your skincare routine. Check out our beauty section to find out what it is.
5.Tarts, tarts and more tarts!
If you’re a fan of tarts, then this is the issue for you! From blueberry & chocolate cups to an egg custard classic, you’ll find something you’ll love…
6. Get 25% off leather accessories with our reader offer from Willow Tree
Are you looking for fashionable, functional leather accessories? Then you should browse local brand Willow Tree’s online store for what you want. And even better, use our discount offer to get 25% off your purchase. Turn to page 10 for the unique discount code.
7. Do you need a digital detox?
How much time do you really spend looking at a screen? How can you tell if you’re addicted to technology? And does that put you at risk of digital burnout? Find out the answers to these questions and more with this month’s challenge.
8. Join us at our Bridal Showcase on 25 May
Essentials are proud to present a bridal showcase at the Multiflora Flower Market for the second year in a row. Join us for some great talks and workshops by floral designer Leigh-Ann Lucini, and a Marbella de Mariée Bridal Couture fashion show.
9. Don’t miss our 2019 winter coats edit
Our fashion editor has matched fashionable, cosy coats to different body types so that you can find your perfect buy.
10. Herb garden ideas for small space
Want a veggie patch, but you’re short on space? Luckily, that doesn’t have to mean that you can’t enjoy the pleasures of homegrown herbs. We have solutions in the form of clever buys and creative DIYs.
11. Your sex-istential survival guide
Feel like you’re going through a sex-istential crisis? We got a sex therapist to address all your concerns and share her top tips on what to do about it.
Read more: 8 secrets sex therapists want you to know
12. Every night should be pasta night
Do you love pasta but feel like you’ve run out of ideas on what to do with your favourite carb? Well, have some delicious pasta recipes for you…