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Summer time … and the living’s so easy

These beaded wrap bracelets are the prettiest way to accessorise a Summer outfit. Made from Japanese Miyuki glass beads in gorgeous colours (we fancy this teal and aqua option), and dainty charms, they’re elasticated and wrap comfortably round the average wrist six times. Wear one, or a few, for a colourful boho look. R350 from themakerycollection.com

 

TASTES OF CLIFTON

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Sun-bronzed skin. A warm Summer breeze. Soft golden sand. Icy, clear water that refreshes like no other. That’s Clifton. And we don’t need to be heading there these summer hols … we can just make ourselves a cocktail with the new Clifton gin. Created by SA born Silvana Bottega (who describes it as liquid sunshine in a sip), the gin’s already won two gold medals. There are two versions … Clifton 1 and Clifton 2 (just like the numbered protected coves of Clifton beaches). Clifton 1 is a sipping gin, all orange and lemon peel, lavender and fynbos, and is best served on the rocks. Clifton 2 – the cocktail gin – is eminently mixable. With hues of the sea, it’s all about marine and fynbos botanicals, cucumber and buchu, all working in harmony to capture the spirit of the Atlantic Ocean. The gins cost between R429 and R498 a bottle and you’ll find them at good bottlestores or on cliftongin.com

 

A BREATH OF FRENCH AIR


There’s a recipe in Jan – A Breath of French Air, for a biltong and crisp sandwich. Made with simple fresh white bread and Mrs Ball’s chutney, Jan get tears in his eyes when he eats it. There’s also one for a naartjie panna cotta with Rice Krispies chocolate rocks. Tastes of home in Nice, France. Lots of them. Cape seed loaf and mosbolletjies and his mother’s souttert.  Loads and loads of more sophisticated dishes too … many of them suprisingly easy. No surprise at all that they’re delicious. This, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s second book, is page after page of deliciousness … and there are dishes you’ll make again and again. We’re off for a biltong and crisp sarmie. Penguin Random House, R490

TAKING INSPIRATION FROM NATURE

We’re lusting over this Wanderland Collective Oceanum round pouch bag. Made of velvet fabric printed with a hand-painted design inspired by the ocean – shells, textured mosses, algae and darting jellyfish – it comes with a detachable tassel and gold-coloured chain strap, which is long enough so the bag can be worn cross-body. It’s just the right size for your phone, lipstick and credit card. Plus it ticks the ‘support local’ box … it’s made here, with the design by local textile designer and artist Nicole Levenberg. There are few colours and designs to choose from … we fancy this Moss version. R785 from equilibrio.co.za

AFRICA FROM THE AIR … a collection of extraordinary images in one magnificent book

The continent of Africa has always held an irresistible allure and fascination for aerial photographers Jay and Jan Roode, who, when they’re not taking visitors on bespoke aerial safaris, roam the skies, capturing awe-inspiring images of the natural wonders of far-flung regions. The pair have spent thousands of hours in their specially modified aircraft, and for more than a decade have flown to, and photographed, some of the most remote and spectacular wilderness areas of southern Africa.

The magnificent Aerial Art is the culmination of their remarkable journey. With a vibrant collection of wild and enchanting images that are instantly recognisable by their unique style and approach, the photographs convey an intimacy with, and reverence for, the wilderness that reflects their passion for the conservation and preservation of the landscapes they’ve flown over. The book has a magnetic clip hardcover case, 65 glorious double-page spreads as well as a comprehensive index with a thumbnail of each image and a brief description at the back of the book. The book costs R980, but there’s also a limited run of 200 copies with an alternative cover, which costs R1960, which includes a R1000 gift voucher which can be used towards the purchase of a fine art print of any image in the book. You’ll find the book at Exclusive Books or order online from hphpublishing.co.za

Compiled by KYM ARGO

 

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