Baby it’s cold outside.


Warm up your decor with one of the muted shades in the collection of eight earthy tones, selected to celebrate South Africa’s crafts and culture, in Plascon’s new Origin colour palette.

The collection embodies a sense of authenticity, representing the cultural heritage and artistry of the African continent with a warmth and style designed to infuse interiors with hope. Think glowing, golden Turkish Tart, the richly saturated earthen Ginger Biscuit and Spanish Gold which add heat, while the monochromatic duo Light Reflection and Ewa, a dark charcoal black, are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. Details:

July 25 is Shiraz Day. So it would be rude not to raise a glass in celebration. Zandvliet Shiraz is all plums, blackcurrants and pepper with hints of spice on the nose … with the deep flavours following through, along with a hint of dark chocolate. This wooded dry red is gorgeous with Boeuf Bourguignon. Around R160 a bottle. Details:

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Sunnies aren’t just for Summer. And with specks of amber, brown, and black, a perfect Winter choice is tortoiseshell – which has remained one of the most sought-after eyewear patterns since the 1930s. We’re loving these Swarovski sunglasses, R4030 from Sunglass Hut • Cold weather rule number one. Keep your head and feet warm. These ribbed beanies are woven for a snug fit … great shades for him, too. R139 from Woolworths • And for your feet, faux fur ankle boots with flatform sole and round toe. Fashionable meets practical. R999 from

Comfy, one hundred per cent cotton striped pyjamas with button-down sleep shirt and matching pants with elasticated waistband. R699 from Woolworths.

Nothing like a bit of adrenalin to warm things up. Tana French delivers, in spades, in The Hunter. Two men arrive in a small village in Ireland. They’re looking for gold. But what they bring is trouble. An ex Chicago detective. A half-wild teenager. And revenge! Penguin Random House, R380