We do take full advantage of spoiling ourselves when the weather’s chilly. And a mug of steaming Vanilla Chai hits the right (sweet) spot every time! This Red Espresso instant chai latte is a blend of black tea, spices, caramelized coconut sugar and vanilla. It’s mixed with hot water, is vegan friendly and is made locally (we do love to support local). You’ll find it online on takealot.com for around R77.
Chapped lips? Not on our watch. Litchi & Titch Beauty Balms are healing and nourishing balms that comfort and hydrate dry and sensitive skin areas. So not only lips. They’re for everything from cuticles to heels to a child’s scraped knee. 100 per cent plant based, they’re your skin’s best friend in Winter. R175 from litchiandtitchnaturals.com
Winter cocktails? Yes … when they’re infused with Spiced Fig or Pineapple and Cassia Bark, two of the new flavours from Secco Drink Infusion – along with the equally delicious Cherry Blossom. Simply pop a sachet into your favourite spirit, bubbly, wine or sparkling water. You can also infuse in boiling water for a flavoured tea. You’ll find them online at yuppiechef.com and takealot.com for around R149 for an eight-pack.
Plenty of time, during Winter, to curl up with a good book and a history lesson. Lost On The Map is SA journalist and author Bryan Rostron’s story, one that spreads back 250 years, of a family spread across the globe, helping to expand the British Empire and to paint the map red. A story of how, after the Anglo-Boer war and having emigrated to South Africa, one of his grandfathers became editor of the Rand Daily Mail, at that time a voice of the Randlords, while, ironically, his other grandfather worked for the Communist Party and printed revolutionary pamphlets for the violent 1922 Rand Revolt. In a bizarre twist, Bryan’s father managed the 1936 South Africa boxing team at the Berlin Olympics, where from under his nose their star boxer was recruited by the Nazis. Uncovering family secrets and mistaken myths, Bryan – who has worked as a journalist in Italy, New York, London and South Africa, and who’s author of six books – writes with humour, and offers an insight into modern day South Africa’s colonial past. Published by Bookstorm, you’ll find it for R320 at your local bookstore.