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‘HATERS DON'T MEAN ANYTHING TO ME'

With a ‘crazytown handsome’ husband, a thriving global business and a hard-won singular attitude, Gwyneth Paltrow is revelling in the carefree abandon of growing older.

9 mins read
Fairlady
July 2020

ZERO WASTE

Plastic-Free July is here again! I know what you’re thinking – you have enough on your plate right now, thank you very much. But as much as zero waste is the ultimate goal, that doesn’t mean you have to either go all in or throw in the towel – every little bit helps.

9 mins read
Fairlady
July 2020

Open Water

These St Francis Bay sisters are proving that you are never too young to make an impact on the lives of others. Abriella and Issataya Bredell have broken two world records as the youngest people to swim Robben Island and Cape Point waters, and they’re doing it all for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

5 mins read
Fairlady
July 2020

In living memory

District Six is a hugely painful subject for many ex-residents, still haunted by the memories of their once close-knit community. One of the ways many remember it is through art: dance, music, writing and theatre – in celebration and remembrance of who they were, what they lost and what they want to reclaim.

9 mins read
Fairlady
July 2020

Green Scene

Choosing a Zero Bar rather than a bottle of shampoo or using a Spaza Store fabric bowl cover instead of clingwrap is about more than zero waste: it’s about incorporating sustainable items into our daily lives – and keeping it local.

7 mins read
Fairlady
July 2020

Circadian solutions for better sleep

Restorative sleep has never been more important – or more elusive, as anxiety around Covid-19 has us tossing and turning. But have we been searching for ZZZs in all the wrong places? Forget milky drinks and weighted blankets – research now suggests what we need most is to support our circadian health.

7 mins read
Fairlady
July 2020

choosing DISTRACTION

Pandemic lockdowns, mass unemployment, murder hornets… now that we’re living in an episode of Black Mirror, is it any wonder we’re cocooning in our homes, watching endless repeats of low-stakes ’90s sitcoms and baking banana bread? Now’s the time for some well-deployed mindlessness.

10 mins read
Fairlady
July 2020

Not Just A Fleabag

Whether in front of the camera, up on stage or behind the scenes writing and producing, Phoebe Waller-Bridge turns everything she touches to gold. We can’t get enough of TV’s most daring new darling.

9 mins read
Fairlady
June 2020

Island In The Sun

Mark Twain said, ‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius.’ He was onto something: my idea of heaven definitely includes a well-stocked beach bar, white sandy beaches, warm waters, crystal-clear pools and delicious food.

6 mins read
Fairlady
May 2020

6 Podcasts We're Bingeing Right Now

Now more than ever, podcasts are changing the way we entertain ourselves. Here are the ones you need to add to your favourites.

4 mins read
Fairlady
June 2020

Optimal Immunity In The Time Of Covid -19

We know the basics: wash your hands, don’t touch your face, keep your distance. But what exactly are zoonotic diseases? Why do some people bounce back while others succumb? And are there supplements we should be taking or lifestyle changes we could make to boost our immunity?

6 mins read
Fairlady
June 2020

WELLBEING

WELLBEING

3 mins read
Fairlady
June 2020

Think big, start small

Do you want to secure your children’s education, or perhaps retire near the sea? In her book, Make Your Money Work for You: Think Big, Start Small, Anthea Gardner offers advice on saving and investing your money.

6 mins read
Fairlady
June 2020

NATURAL high

Miraculously the rain has stopped when we step outside wearing swimming costumes, feet squelching in the mud. Slowly we circle the 530-litre chest freezer, incongruous next to a Victorian slipper bath. Both are brimful of ice blocks. The air is cold; even the girls in bikinis look blotchy, like they need a blanket, or a hug. Alex Vliege, our instructor, goes into a semi-squat, the ‘horse stance’. He presses his hands together, takes a deep breath, then leads us into a moving meditation, extending one arm past the chest with a ‘hoo’, then the other arm, ‘ha’. We build up a rhythmic momentum… ‘Hoo-ha, hoo-HA, HOO-HA.’ It is not inconceivable that the Cape Point baboons roaming the hillocks behind stop in their tracks. I’m trying to empty my mind, trying to focus, but I keep circling back to this: how the hell did I come to be here, grunting in the mud with strangers?

7 mins read
Fairlady
June 2020

MIRACLE INGREDIENT

An ex-attorney and a former beauty editor reveal how their beauty brands came to life, thanks to the power of rock star natural ingredients.

8 mins read
Fairlady
June 2020

HOW I MET MY Mother

I’d known I was adopted ever since a primary school friend told me his mother had said he should feel sorry for me because of it. Then one day I woke up with my biological parents in mind – worried I would never meet them.

7 mins read
Fairlady
June 2020

fire starter

The diminutive blonde that is Reese Witherspoon enters the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills on four-inch heels, in a Stella McCartney royal purple dress, her blonde hair parted to the side, dimples on display. Physically, she is everything Hollywood boxes and sells as fluff: easy on the eye, easily dismissed. But, with talent, brains and grit, Reese has challenged the label others may have given her, and demonstrated that she is a force to be reckoned with.

9 mins read
Fairlady
June 2020

big talent tiny art

When it comes to art, big and bold is usually what captures our imagination. Monet’s Water Lilies series stretches across endless canvases; Michelangelo’s 5m-high David towers over visitors. But size is not always an indication of skill. These artists create mind-blowing pieces that can easily fit into the palm of your hand – no canvas or clay required.

7 mins read
Fairlady
June 2020

Starting A Conversation

When it comes to certain topics, the generation gap seems insurmountable – finding a 20-something and a 50-something with the same taste in music is like finding a unicorn. But how about a contentious topic like transgender athletes, for example? We tested it out – can you tell the age of these women based on the opinions they hold on this controversial issue?

5 mins read
Fairlady
May 2020

Shame On You, Shame On Me

Public shaming is nothing new, really. In the old days you would have been locked in the town square stocks for minor transgressions like swearing or drunkenness, or been made to don a dunce cap for acting out at school. (Those were still around in some parts of the US as recently as the 1950s, believe it or not.) But the Monica Lewinsky scandal in the ’90s kickstarted a new form of online vigilantism that has only gathered strength with the advent of social media. In the two decades that have passed since her affair went viral, a culture of shaming and public humiliation has woven itself into the fabric of society, creating what Monica describes as ‘a mob of virtual stone throwers’.

8 mins read
Fairlady
May 2020

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

‘The first thing I did? I went to DionWired and bought a tumble dryer.’ Kristen Peterssen woke up a multimillionaire at the age of 26, and had to grow up very fast. Here’s how she handled the pressures of suddenly coming into money.

6 mins read
Fairlady
May 2020

WILD @ heart

She was born into the industry, but Laura Dern’s route to the top had much more to do with her passionate love of her craft and her indie spirit than her famous parents. Whether she’s outrunning a raptor, taking a baseball bat to her husband’s toy collection (you go, Renata!) or exploring the nuances of a quiet conversation, this Oscar winner has us mesmerised.

6 mins read
Fairlady
May 2020

Home at last

With her 70th birthday on the horizon, Bafta award-winning screenwriter Shawn Slovo decided it was time to come home to SA – after 56 years in Britain. She called on architect Carl Jacobsz to help create a unique eco-home under the African sky she had so longed for.

4 mins read
Fairlady
May 2020

Out for lunch

Having your lunch ‘al desko’ – again? You are not alone. Most of us don’t take our lunch break, or any breaks during the day for that matter, bar a quick dash to the loo. Here’s why you need to change that.

7 mins read
Fairlady
May 2020

ACTIVE DUTY

If you’ve had it with going nowhere on the treadmill or feeling frumpy in your saggy old leggings, these two entrepreneurs will have you inspired to sweat it out in no time.

6 mins read
Fairlady
May 2020

Guiltily Ever After

Infidelity is a curious thing. You can spend years condemning it, years feeling shocked by the latest gossip or indiscretion, years promising yourself with absolute confidence that you would never be ‘one of them’. And then something changes – it may be your relationship, your state of mind, work pressure... and you find yourself being the one person you never wanted to be, suspended in a web of lies.

5 mins read
Fairlady
April 2020

Can You Blame Your Weight On Your Genes?

We’ve heard it all before: if you just eat x and work out by doing x, you’ll lose x amount of weight in x amount of time. But what happens if none of that works for you? More and more people are turning to genetic testing for the answer.

10 mins read
Fairlady
April 2020

TRUE ORIGINALS

The aesthetics may be steeped in history, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about these classics. Designers have given trench coats, fisherman sweaters and tweeds a fresh, modern feel.

3 mins read
Fairlady
April 2020

THE SWEET SPOT

An authentic French crêpe, served up in style? Or a scoop of ice cream in just about any flavour imaginable? We know just the place!

6 mins read
Fairlady
April 2020

Prue believer

Prue Leith is a novelist, chef, Michelin-starred restaurateur, businesswoman, cookery writer, entrepreneur, Bake-Off judge, campaigner – and total one-off.

8 mins read
Fairlady
April 2020