CHEERS we show you how to cel­e­brate in ELLE style

De­cem­ber is a time for re­flec­tion, when we can take stock of the year gone by and en­ter the new one with re­newed en­ergy. In hon­our of our cel­e­bra­tion is­sue, we asked our ELLE fam­ily of con­trib­u­tors and the ELLE team to share their hol­i­day plans, res­o­lu­tio

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SAADIQUE RYKLIEF, HAIR­STYL­IST

WHAT GIFTS WILL YOU BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? Shar­ing my craft with young, up­com­ing hair­styl­ists.

WHAT GIFT WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? Ful­fil­ment, know­ing that I’ve trans­ferred my craft.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DO­ING THESE HOL­I­DAYS? Spend­ing time with my fam­ily and mak­ing new mem­o­ries.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DRINK­ING? Wa­ter. Hy­dra­tion is key. WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? Com­fort is ev­ery­thing.

WHAT WILL YOU BE LIS­TEN­ING TO? Prefer­ably old-school mu­sic.

WHAT WILL YOU AVOID? Crowds.

WHAT WILL YOU BE LEAV­ING BE­HIND IN 2018? Om­bres, flam­boy­age and bad weaves.

KWENA BALOYI, CUL­TURAL AM­BAS­SADOR

WHAT GIFTS WILL YOU BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? Lots of love, as al­ways – one of the things money can’t buy.

WHAT GIFT WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? Love in re­turn.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DRINK­ING? Lots of wa­ter.

WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? Colour­ful and printed maxi dresses.

WHAT WILL YOU BE LIS­TEN­ING TO? All that jazz. (I’m learn­ing about our own jazz artists and it’s been a jour­ney.)

WHAT WILL YOU AVOID? Al­co­hol.

YOUR MOST AM­BI­TIOUS NEW YEAR’S RES­O­LU­TION? To give back to my com­mu­nity. I’m very ex­cited be­cause I have back-up, so it’s go­ing to be life-chang­ing for me and many oth­ers.

WHAT WILL YOU BE LEAV­ING BE­HIND IN 2018? Peo­ple who aren’t contributing to my jour­ney.

NTOMBENHLE SHEZI, AS­SIS­TANT EDITOR: ELLE AND ELLE DEC­O­RA­TION

WHAT GIFTS WILL YOU BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? Spend­ing more of my time be­ing present and in­ten­tional with the peo­ple I love most.

WHAT GIFT WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? An Oromo chair from the Ur­ba­na­tives’ lat­est fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DO­ING THESE HOL­I­DAYS? Catch­ing up on my long reading list some­where with no cell­phone sig­nal. WHAT and tonic WILL at YOU the pool. BE DRINK­ING? Gin WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? A breezy linen dress. WHAT WILL YOU BE LIS­TEN­ING TO? Esper­anza Spald­ing’s 12 Little Spells. WHAT WILL YOU AVOID? Driv­ing any­where long-dis­tance and lengthy queues in shop­ping malls.

YOUR MOST AM­BI­TIOUS NEW YEAR’S RES­O­LU­TION? To find a real bal­ance be­tween work, play and rest.

KENNY MORIFIWINSLOW, FASHION AN­THRO­POL­O­GIST AND CON­TENT PRO­DUCER

WHAT GIFTS WILL BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? Ex­pe­ri­ences in­stead of ob­jects.

WHAT GIFT WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? White leather Birken­stocks.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DRINK­ING? Cham­pagne, dahling. WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? Bi­cy­cle shorts or die try­ing. WHAT WILL YOU BE LIS­TEN­ING TO? The sweet, sweet sounds of Masego. WHAT WILL YOU AVOID? Di­rect sun­light and hang­overs.

WHAT WILL YOU BE LEAV­ING BE­HIND IN 2018? Drink­ing cof­fee.

DIMEJI ALARA, FASHION DI­REC­TOR

WHAT GIFT WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? A nice get­away trip to Nice.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DRINK­ING? Wa­ter. WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? My py­ja­mas. WHAT WILL YOU BE LIS­TEN­ING TO? Fer­nande by Ge­orges Brassens. WHAT WILL YOU AVOID? Stress and dead­lines.

YOUR MOST AM­BI­TIOUS NEW YEAR’S RES­O­LU­TION? To be happy and worry less about things I can’t con­trol.

WHAT WILL YOU BE LEAV­ING BE­HIND IN 2018? Neg­a­tiv­ity. NEO SERATI MOFAMMERE (AKANNAOSERATI), FASHION DE­SIGNER WHAT GIFTS WILL YOU BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? My fam­ily isn’t re­ally big on gifts, but per­fume al­ways seems to do the trick.

WHAT GIFT WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? Thebe Magugu’s flo­ral coat from his lat­est col­lec­tion.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DO­ING THESE HOL­I­DAYS? I need to rest, prefer­ably at my mom’s house in Mpumalanga, very far away from the city noise. That said, I have to see Faka on the Afrop­unk stage! WHAT WILL YOU BE DRINK­ING? One tequila, two tequi­las, three to kill ya, floor! WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? Any­thing from Wanda Lephoto’s Style­bySA col­lec­tion. WHAT WILL YOU AVOID? Shop­ping malls.

WHAT WILL YOU BE LEAV­ING BE­HIND IN 2018? 10kg. Please ad­dress me as “skinny le­gend” from now on.

MATHEW KIESER, FOUNDER OF SOL SOL AND OSCS

WHAT GIFT WILL YOU BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? My best.

WHAT GIFT WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? An ac­tual hol­i­day and a busy sea­son for OSCS. I’m try­ing to fig­ure out how to get both of those si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DO­ING THESE HOL­I­DAYS? Spend­ing lots of time with fam­ily and friends in a new little house, walk­ing my dog, ro­manc­ing my wife and rid­ing my bi­cy­cle. WHAT WILL YOU BE DRINK­ING? Sparkling wa­ter, Aperol Spritz and cold­brew cof­fee.

WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? A com­bi­na­tion of board shorts, loafers and ly­cra. WHAT WILL YOU BE LIS­TEN­ING TO? Na­ture.

YOUR MOST AM­BI­TIOUS NEW YEAR’S RES­O­LU­TION? 2018, but bet­ter.

WHAT WILL YOU BE LEAV­ING BE­HIND IN 2018? Non­sense.

ALGRIA FER­REIRA, MAKE-UP ARTIST

WHAT GIFTS WILL YOU BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? Love, qual­ity time, can­dles and Byredo.

WHAT GIFTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? More time for things that re­ally mat­ter, beau­ti­ful ed­i­to­ri­als in ELLE and maybe that Gucci bag!

WHAT WILL YOU BE DO­ING THESE HOL­I­DAYS? What I love best: paint­ing faces.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DRINK­ING? San Pel­le­grino and car­rot juice. WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? Se­quins and D-squared jeans. WHAT WILL YOU BE LIS­TEN­ING TO? Any­thing that I can re­ally dance to.

WHAT WILL YOU AVOID? Neg­a­tive vibes.

YOUR MOST AM­BI­TIOUS NEW YEAR’S RES­O­LU­TION? To make a dif­fer­ence ev­ery sin­gle day.

WHAT WILL YOU BE LEAV­ING BE­HIND IN 2018? Re­sis­tance to ac­cept­ing things I can’t change.

KIRA GIM­PEL, FASHION AS­SIS­TANT

WHAT GIFTS WILL YOU BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? Hugs.

WHAT GIFTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? All the hugs right back.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DO­ING THESE HOL­I­DAYS? Giv­ing my mind a well­needed rest and my body some much-needed sun. WHAT WILL YOU BE DRINK­ING? A healthy amount of Prosecco! WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? As many beau­ti­ful Su­perella dresses and Nike sneak­ers as pos­si­ble. WHAT WILL YOU BE LIS­TEN­ING TO? A well-cu­rated Afrop­unk playlist. WHAT WILL YOU AVOID? Mak­ing too many New Year’s res­o­lu­tions.

YOUR MOST AM­BI­TIOUS NEW YEAR’S RES­O­LU­TION? To be kind to my­self.

WHAT WILL YOU BE LEAV­ING BE­HIND IN 2018? Bad vibes.

AMANDA DAMBUZA, ELLE BOSS 2018 WIN­NER AND FOUNDER AND CEO OF CON­SULT­ING FIRM UYANDISWA

WHAT GIFTS WILL YOU BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? I’m a big spender when it comes to Christ­mas presents. I buy gifts for all my in-laws (there are many of them!). My chil­dren and hus­band also get spoilt a great deal. Ev­ery year the gifts get bet­ter – and this year will be no ex­cep­tion. Of course, I’ll also be giv­ing of my­self and my time, which are the best gifts of all. WHAT GIFT WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? I’d love the new Sam­sung Note. I think I whis­pered some­thing along those lines in my hus­band’s ear…

WHAT WILL YOU BE DO­ING THESE HOL­I­DAYS? We’ll be in Cape Town, which will be lovely, but we’ll be back in Jo­han­nes­burg be­fore New Year for some real down­time. WHAT WILL YOU BE DRINK­ING? Cham­pagne, of course – lots of it. Only Veuve Clic­quot will do. WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? We’ll be at a wine es­tate for Christ­mas lunch, so chances are I’ll be wear­ing flat shoes and some­thing classy, but fes­tive. At all other times, shorts and vests. WHAT WILL YOU BE LIS­TEN­ING TO? My chil­dren and I love Sam Smith, Jas­mine Thomp­son, Char­lie Puth and Bruno Mars. We of­ten sing along out loud, much to my hus­band’s an­noy­ance. WHAT WILL YOU AVOID? Driv­ing around and queu­ing at restau­rants.

YOUR MOST AM­BI­TIOUS NEW YEAR’S RES­O­LU­TION? I don’t be­lieve in res­o­lu­tions, but I al­ways set my­self am­bi­tious goals which are com­pletely un­re­lated to New Year. One of those is to take my book to the Amer­i­can mar­ket or even score a movie deal. Why not!? WHAT WILL YOU BE LEAV­ING BE­HIND IN 2018? The cur­rent per­for­mance of the rand and, hope­fully, cor­rupt politi­cians.

ZIPHORAH MASETHE, MO­TOR­ING CON­TRIB­U­TOR, AND PRO­DUCER AND PRE­SEN­TER FOR IG­NI­TION TV

WHAT GIFTS WILL YOU BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? More com­pas­sion, un­der­stand­ing and aware­ness. We’re sur­rounded by peo­ple who suf­fer from anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion and mental ill­nesses, but we miss all of that be­cause we’re so ab­sorbed in our own lives. WHAT GIFT WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? A free so­ci­ety for women.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DO­ING THESE HOL­I­DAYS? Hol­i­days are for con­nect­ing with friends and fam­ily, as well as meet­ing new peo­ple through the spirit of fes­tiv­ity. I’ll be go­ing ev­ery­where I’m in­vited to! WHAT WILL YOU BE DRINK­ING? Lots and lots of gin! WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? The bare min­i­mum: shorts, dresses, sun­glasses and swimwear. WHAT WILL YOU BE LIS­TEN­ING TO? Lo­cal mu­sic is the best right now, it’s a whole fes­tive mood – from Kwesta all the way to Team Mosha. YOUR MOST AM­BI­TIOUS NEW YEAR’S RES­O­LU­TION? To write a book. I’ve been pro­cras­ti­nat­ing in that.

WHAT WILL YOU BE LEAV­ING BE­HIND IN 2018? Hope­fully, pro­cras­ti­na­tion.

MODUPE OLORUNTOBA, ELLE CON­TRIB­U­TOR AND PEN-PUSHER

WHAT GIFTS WILL YOU BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? Dona­tions of clothes and money to shel­ters, makeup, books and love notes to friends and fam­ily. WHAT GIFTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? Some ro­mance would be cool, but I’ll set­tle for sub­scrip­tions and skin­care prod­ucts.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DO­ING THESE HOL­I­DAYS? See­ing my cousins, my sis­ters and my par­ents, and do­ing my best to be present.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DRINK­ING? Duchess! Barker & Quin, too. At last, non-al­co­holic op­tions come in pretty bot­tles. WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? Colours, with my legs on dis­play for once. Ac­ces­sories and make-up too, I prom­ise! WHAT WILL YOU BE LIS­TEN­ING TO? HER, Fickle Friends and Mura Masa dur­ing the day and Olamide, Yanga Yaya and Nick Hakim af­ter dark. WHAT WILL YOU AVOID? Any­thing that frus­trates me. From now on, I’ll ei­ther deal with it head-on or cut it out com­pletely. YOUR MOST AM­BI­TIOUS NEW YEAR’S RES­O­LU­TION? To find the money to travel to Paris for the MBA pro­gramme to which I was ad­mit­ted this April, but couldn’t fund in time. WHAT WILL YOU BE LEAV­ING BE­HIND IN 2018? Sadly, Cape Town. Af­ter eight years of work and study here, it’s off to Jo­han­nes­burg for me.

JUANA PARATHYRAS, COMMERICAL FASHION & BEAUTY DI­REC­TOR

WHAT GIFTS WILL YOU BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? Smaller ones that are mean­ing­ful.

WHAT GIFTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? The abil­ity to slow down and en­joy the mo­ment more.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DO­ING THESE HOL­I­DAYS? Spend­ing all my time with my little hu­man, build­ing sand­cas­tles.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DRINK­ING? Aperol Spritz. WHAT Some­thing WILL com­fort­able. YOU BE WEAR­ING? WHAT WILL YOU BE LIS­TEN­ING TO? Ari­ana Grande’s God is a Woman. WHAT WILL YOU AVOID? Spend­ing too much time on my phone... sigh.

YOUR MOST AM­BI­TIOUS NEW YEAR’S RES­O­LU­TION? To be more mind­ful and present.

WHAT WILL YOU BE LEAV­ING BE­HIND IN 2018? Neg­a­tiv­ity and bad en­ergy.

KIM BELL, PROJECT EDITOR: NDALO ME­DIA

WHAT GIFTS WILL YOU BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? I love this sea­son and choos­ing gifts that suit each fam­ily mem­ber’s and friend’s per­son­al­ity. I go big… WHAT GIFT WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? Those gor­geous black and yel­low heels from Zara on our Trends pages.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DO­ING THESE HOL­I­DAYS? Float­ing on a pink flamingo.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DRINK­ING? Cape Town Gin Com­pany Rooi­bos Red Gin, mixed with gin­ger beer and in­fused with or­ange, cin­na­mon and cloves. WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? As little as pos­si­ble – a swim­suit, flip-flops and a beau­ti­ful flo­ral caf­tan when needed. WHAT WILL YOU BE LIS­TEN­ING TO? Vinyls on our old-school record-player. WHAT WILL YOU AVOID? Traf­fic.

YOUR MOST AM­BI­TIOUS NEW YEAR’S RES­O­LU­TION? To do a weekly 10km run. At the mo­ment, the only ex­er­cise I do is play­ing the fool and jump­ing to con­clu­sions. WHAT WILL YOU BE LEAV­ING BE­HIND IN 2018? Neg­a­tiv­ity.

LEIGH ROBERT­SON, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, ELLE DEC­O­RA­TION SA

WHAT GIFTS WILL YOU BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? Hope­fully, my un­di­vided at­ten­tion to neglected loved ones.

WHAT GIFT WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? Time to read, sleep and swim, on re­peat.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DO­ING THESE HOL­I­DAYS? See the above. If I get the urge, per­haps a few Ta­ble Moun­tain pipe-track hikes. And maybe a little dance or two. WHAT WILL YOU BE DRINK­ING? Mi­mosas or Bloody Marys for break­fast, G&Ts in the af­ter­noon and chilled Rosé for sun­down­ers. WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? If last sum­mer’s any­thing to go by, the same vest and shorts for days. How­ever, be­cause of all the eat­ing I’m plan­ning to do, I may have to mi­grate to a one-piece swim­suit. WHAT WILL YOU BE LIS­TEN­ING TO? Any­thing su­per-chilled. Con­nan Mock­asin, Blood Or­ange and Jamie Isaac come to mind. WHAT WILL YOU AVOID? The crazy Cape Town traf­fic, which is why my hubby and I in­vested in a scooter. Now I just need to get over my fear of rid­ing it on my own. YOUR MOST AM­BI­TIOUS NEW YEAR’S RES­O­LU­TION? To stop talk­ing about travelling and ac­tu­ally find my way to three of (many) bucket-list des­ti­na­tions (Ja­pan, Ice­land and Por­tu­gal, in no par­tic­u­lar or­der), in­stead of al­ways be­ing ‘too busy’ to take leave. WHAT WILL YOU BE LEAV­ING BE­HIND IN 2018? Un­nec­es­sary bag­gage, from old ways of think­ing to point­less wor­ry­ing. Who doesn’t love a fresh start?

KELLY-ANNE KNOX, ELLE CRE­ATIVE DI­REC­TOR

WHAT GIFTS WILL YOU BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? Small, but mean­ing­ful ones. It re­ally is the thought that counts.

WHAT GIFTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? Noth­ing in par­tic­u­lar this year, so I’m look­ing for­ward to some small sur­prises un­der the tree.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DO­ING THESE HOL­I­DAYS? Spend­ing time at the coast with my fam­ily and son, who’ll be a year old in De­cem­ber.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DRINK­ING? Loads of pink drinks, pink bub­bles, pink gin and ton­ics and some crisp Rosé for sum­mer evenings at the sea. WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? My new strap­less swim­suit on af­ter­noons at the pool. It’s leop­ard-print and I am in love! WHAT WILL YOU BE LIS­TEN­ING TO? Don’t hate me, but noth­ing gets me into a fes­tive mood like good, old-fash­ioned car­ols. Bring on Frank Si­na­tra and Have Your­self a Merry Little Christ­mas! WHAT WILL YOU AVOID? So­cial me­dia. Hol­i­days are about be­ing present and grate­ful not for wast­ing time on our phones. WHAT WILL YOU BE LEAV­ING BE­HIND IN 2018? Neg­a­tiv­ity. I’ll be do­ing a little Tay­lor Swift and ‘shak­ing it off’.

KELLY FUNG, ELLE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

WHAT GIFTS WILL YOU BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? Korean sheet masks and ‘sorry’ notes for all the birth­days, get­to­geth­ers, lunches and din­ners I’ve missed. WHAT GIFT WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? A pair of (old) Ce­line Madame an­kle boots.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DO­ING THESE HOL­I­DAYS? Hav­ing long, lazy brunches, dip­ping my toes in the sea and so­cial me­dia detox­ing. WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? Giant sun­glasses, a sack dress and loads of SPF. WHAT WILL YOU AVOID? Too much re­spon­si­bil­ity. I refuse to even be in charge of Se­cret Santa this year.

YOUR MOST AM­BI­TIOUS NEW YEAR’S RES­O­LU­TION? To break my habit of emo­tional im­pulse buy­ing and to drink less Coke. There, I said it!

WHAT WILL YOU BE LEAV­ING BE­HIND IN 2018? Knee-jerk re­ac­tions and park­ing in the com­ment sec­tion on the Ce­line In­sta­gram page.

DANIELLE BOWLER, MAN­AG­ING EDITOR AND FULL-TIME MEM­BER OF BEY’S HIVE, RIH’S NAVY AND ARI­ANA’S ARIANATORS

WHAT GIFTS WILL YOU BE GIV­ING THIS YEAR? Per­son­alised playlists, elab­o­rately-boxed gifts and many glasses of Cham­pagne-based cock­tails.

WHAT GIFTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO RE­CEIVE? Lo­cally de­signed cloth­ing and jew­ellery. For the lewks, bbz.

WHAT WILL YOU BE DRINK­ING? Aperol Spritz, Cham­pagne and wa­ter (to bal­ance my­self). WHAT WILL YOU BE WEAR­ING? A cute new lewk from Su­per­bal­ist and ev­ery­thing Thebe Magugu showed for his new Wool­worths col­lec­tion. I’m in love! WHAT WILL YOU BE LIS­TEN­ING TO? All the new al­bums I haven’t got­ten around to this year. WHAT WILL YOU AVOID? Traf­fic and any drama that isn’t tele­vised.

YOUR MOST AM­BI­TIOUS NEW YEAR’S RES­O­LU­TION? To write a book and fi­nally re­lease an EP.

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