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The flirty al­ter­na­tive to a dress or shorts.

1Oc­ca­sion dress­ing is much more re­laxed than it used to be, with lots of knee-length and mid-calf al­ter­na­tives to the tra­di­tional full-length gown. A modern life­style means hav­ing clothes that are cur­rent and ver­sa­tile, not sit­ting gath­er­ing dust.

Fab­ric is key, so try em­broi­dered lace or bro­cade, as well as de­tails like se­quins and prints, and when in doubt, go for metallics. And don’t worry about be­ing per­fectly co­or­di­nated – a fab­u­lous shoe with a bag that doesn’t match, and a lit­tle shrug in feath­ers or vel­vet, will stand out from the crowd.

2DoDresses are hav­ing a big mo­ment, and we love a long-sleeved maxi T-shirt, a belted dress with a full skirt in beaded and em­broi­dered tulle and a sim­ple, se­quinned minidress, which is great for cock­tail par­ties – you just need a clutch, bold jew­ellery and heels.

And when it comes to ca­sual events, a shirt­dress in crisp cot­ton is a great go-to. Fun prints and patch em­broi­dery are also very pop­u­lar at the mo­ment.


… To Snapchat ev­ery song at the Bey­oncé con­cert. You just don’t want your friends to miss out on her slay. So con­sid­er­ate.

… If you find it an­noy­ing when some­one says, “I’ll give it 110%.” Maths, peo­ple!

… To ac­cept you’ll never get your head around the lat­est In­sta­gram time­line. Chronol­ogy is the or­der of life.

… If you have an ex­tra meal on the side when go­ing out for tapas with your friends. Any­thing on a shar­ing plate is just a snack.

There was a time you’d rather stay grounded for­ever than delve into your love life with your par­ents. But you’ve grown a bit, and Mom and Dad have evolved, Sure, it’s cute to post a photo of you two feed­ing goats at the coun­try cot­tage you vis­ited, or tweet about the 5km you ran. But un­less you’re aim­ing to be the next #Fol­lowmeto duo and ( pro­fes­sion­ally) pho­to­graph ev­ery life ex­pe­ri­ence you have as a cou­ple, you don’t want those shared self­ies to get in the way of en­joy­ing ac­tual mo­ments to­gether.

You’re build­ing mem­o­ries, not an In­sta­gram-wor­thy photo al­bum for oth­ers to like. What mat­ters most is that you like the stuff you’re do­ing to­gether.

ver feel as though life has got on top of you? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. A re­cent Forbes sur­vey found that nearly 20% of women un­der 35 feel “chron­i­cally over­whelmed”. And it’s be­cause we sweat the small stuff. “We’re just start­ing to recog­nise the pos­i­tive im­pact or­gan­i­sa­tion has on men­tal well­be­ing,” says de­clut­ter­ing ex­pert Vicky Sil­ver­thorn. “Start small, and you’ll get the headspace to make big­ger life changes.” Try this. De­clut­ter your…


“A clut­tered hand­bag shows a fear of be­ing caught short,” re­veals Vicky. “But it’s lib­er­at­ing to carry less.”

First, tip the con­tents of your hand­bag onto a tray. “Next, get rid of ev­ery­thing you can – there are few things you won’t be able to source on the go if you re­ally need them.” Then, get or­gan­ised with pouches.

“Pop all of your tech stuff, like ca­bles and charg­ers, in one colour­ful pouch, and your makeup and sta­tionery in oth­ers. It saves all of that end­less ri­fling and valu­able min­utes hun­dreds of times a day,” ad­vises Vicky.

De­clut­ter your…


To­tally con­fused about your #life­goals? Wel­come to our world. When our minds are clogged up with con­flict­ing ideas about our fu­ture, this leads to “de­ci­sion paral­y­sis”, ex­plains psy­chol­o­gist Mau­rits Kalff. “To clearly visu­alise our fu­ture, we need to de­clut­ter our minds of as­sump­tions about what a suc­cess­ful life en­tails – and oth­ers’ plans for us.”

Few of us are mo­ti­vated by ‘ex­trin­sic’ fac­tors, such as a high salary, our mom’s de­sire for grand­chil­dren or want­ing to im­press an ex, but our ego and sense of obli­ga­tion still dis­tract us from what we re­ally want in life. In­stead, fo­cus on ‘in­trin­sic’ mo­ti­va­tions: your de­sire to help oth­ers, your love of travel or maybe your pas­sion for jus­tice.

“When you tap into what’s im­por­tant to you, those big life de­ci­sions be­come eas­ier to make,” says Mau­rits. De­clut­ter your…

to-do list

“Too many of us fin­ish the day hav­ing crossed only a hand­ful of things off our to-do list, which makes us feel like a fail­ure,” says nu­tri­tional bio­chemist Dr Libby Weaver. “It’s also hu­man na­ture to pro­cras­ti­nate and avoid the most im­por­tant and daunt­ing tasks.”

Step one: “Num­ber your list ac­cord­ing to pri­or­ity,” Dr Weaver says. Step two: make the tasks spe­cific. In­stead of ‘re­ply to emails’, write ‘re­ply to X, Y and Z.’ Fi­nally, give each point a time frame – eg: ‘by 3pm’. “This way, you have a clear ac­tion plan, not a swamp of never-end­ing tasks,” ex­plains Dr Weaver.

De­clut­ter your…

so­cial cir­cle

Do you of­ten spend too much time with the wrong peo­ple (eg: your col­leagues) and then feel too tired or busy to see the fam­ily and friends you re­ally value?

“One of the great­est sources of so­cial stress is that sense of obli­ga­tion: ‘I don’t want to do this, but I must,’” says char­tered clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Kath­leen Cox. “De­priv­ing your­self of choices is very dis­em­pow­er­ing.”

Make a list of five peo­ple you want to pri­ori­tise see­ing this month and save them as ‘Favourites’ in your phone con­tact list. Get in touch with them over the week­end and ar­range time to­gether over the next four weeks.

Kath­leen’s golden rule af­ter that? “Don’t say good­bye with­out putting the next meet-up date to­gether in your diaries.”

He didn’t come home”

“He said he was too drunk and stayed at a col­league’s house. Later, I saw mes­sages synced to his ipad ask­ing a friend to lie for him. Sud­denly, pre­vi­ous lies came into fo­cus.” – Lauren, 28 Why she was right “She was in de­nial un­til this point,” says Jo. “The mes­sages re­veal he’d been ma­nip­u­la­tive and un­faith­ful – so the trust was shot. It’s hard to get that back.”

He to­tally over­re­acted”

“I was with friends when I got a bar­rage of mes­sages: ‘What’s your stuff do­ing ev­ery­where?’ I replied, ‘I’ll tidy when I get home.’ He’d thrown my things out and was fu­ri­ous.” – So­phie, 31 Why she was right “He chucked her things with­out al­low­ing her to rec­tify the prob­lem,” says psy­chol­o­gist Sam Owen. Be­ing that con­trol­ling, ag­gres­sive and un­pleas­ant about some­thing mi­nor was a red flag. “He may have gone on to be dom­i­neer­ing in other as­pects of their re­la­tion­ship.”

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Start in plank, shoul­ders over wrists. Keep arms still, jump feet for­ward to land out­side palms. Jump back into plank. Do 10.

Off-theshoul­der play­suit Mango R799 Long-sleeved play­suit Ax Paris at R699 Tie-top play­suit H&M R329

Scoop­neck play­suit Mango R749

Tas­selled play­suit Mango R799

Mul­ti­coloured play­suit Sissy Boy R599

Wool­worths R99 Co­lette by Co­lette Hay­man R250

Lentes & Mar­cos at R499 Vogue at R1 090

Mango R399

Ray-ban at R2 090

Long-sleeved top Day Birger et Mikkelsen R3 199

Ban­deau bikini Scar­lett at R499 (for set) An­kle-strap heels H&M R399

Essence The Gel Nail Pol­ish in Love Is In The Air R29.95 Cold­shoul­der dress Coun­try Road at Wool­worths R1 499

Broderie dress Coun­try Road at Wool­worths R1 899 Fringed clutch Mango R699 Geo­met­ric ear­rings Kirsten Goss R1 990

Scarab neck­lace Anne Rosholt R1 560

Suede heels Zara R659

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