Dip into a South African Winter with inspiration from fashion’s biggest names on the street! Milan Fashion Week, Fall ’16 at its finest. Images: Tyler Joe for Elle

Editor’s notes on fashion weeks around the world for Fall 2016: Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more outlandish than they already have – you have to think again! Fashion goes bigger, bolder, crazier and cooler in yet another Season that didn’t fail to satisfy even the most insatiable appetites from the members of the Style Wolf-pack. How can anybody resist those giant poncho/blanket hybrids that Chloé dished out for us… Read More

It is not often that one gets to explore the flavours of a restaurant that invoke a myriad of the fondest childhood memories. Upon entering Cape Town’s Jewel of India, I was pleasantly surprised with the rare aroma that should be interchangeable with every Indian eatery, but I’ve sadly grown to find lacking in the Western Cape. It’s almost like the atmosphere sets the tone for great things to come in this… Read More

I was delightfully surprised about a week ago by my Austrian cousin, Nasrien, who came to visit me – not from Austria, LOL – but from Durban. I’d never cooked for her prior to this occasion, so I was really worried that she needed to enjoy herself and feel comfortable while she paid me a visit. She also had expressed to me in our lengthy telephone conversations that she was trying to… Read More

Now I know that this sounds like a bit of a mouthful, but honestly? It really is just that – a little mouthful of decadent heaven! This is going to be my favourite Valentine’s Day themed recipe ever, because it’s two of the best things that could happen to my tastebuds, combined: red velvet & cheesecake. An added bonus is that they’re bite-sized cookies, so you need not worry about piling on the… Read More

 Undoubtedly the best way to spend your money this Valentine’s Day – look for lots of rose gold to match with the beautiful day of love. It is also extremely trendy right now, so it contributes to the allure & charm of the gift that you are giving her. Mix and match gifts by choosing more economical sets of rings, accessories or Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks and then adding them to the gift… Read More

Aaaahhh, the month of love… I am at a loss for words. I think it’s obvious that some of us are looking forward, some are dreading it, and some have mixed emotions about it that will probably become more lucid depending on what pans out for them on the day. I’m rather apprehensive myself. It’s a day that should be celebrated with loving sentiment all-round, but sometimes our expectations put a hamper… Read More

I love the combination of leather and lace! It’s the perfect marriage between two fabrics that are so diverse. You can use leather and lace to strike a balance between both the fierce and the virtuous goddess from within you. In this outfit, I also used opposing shapes in the form of the tight leather leggings set against the flowing, soft white fabric for my blouse. Somehow, it ended up being one of those… Read More

What is Christmas without the amazing food and feasting? To me, it is 80% of the fun during the festive season (or maybe I just love food that much). This year – or rather last year – I kept things simple because it was just me and my parents who were celebrating together, and no matter how ambitious we would be to gobble up an entire range of delicious goodies, we knew… Read More

“Those ancients who in poetry presented the golden age, who sang its happy state, perhaps, in their Parnassus, dreamt this place. Here, mankind’s root was innocent; and here were every fruit and never-ending spring; these streams–the nectar of which poets sing.” ― Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy The gardens at the Alphen Boutique Hotel’s doorstep present a responsive and charming landscape in which one can find oneself totally immersed. Constantia (Cape Town)… Read More