Cindy Nell-Roberts never ends the week­end without a tan

Cindy Nell-Roberts, TV per­son­al­ity, beauty in­flu­encer, busi­ness­woman @Cos­metix and for­mer Miss SA

Sunday Times - - Contents -

My per­fect week­end con­sists of wak­ing up deep in the bushveld or right on the beach with my kids jump­ing into bed with me. I spend a lit­tle while drink­ing cof­fee and get­ting ready be­fore go­ing for a sa­fari, a walk into the moun­tains or along the beach to find in­ter­est­ing things or spot some an­i­mals. I love mak­ing break­fast for my whole fam­ily. I pre­fer lots of peo­ple around me, chil­dren play­ing, mu­sic on, chat­ter and laugh­ter all round.

In the af­ter­noon I’ll take a nap, maybe go to the spa or med­i­tate un­der a tree with my earphones. Then I like to do a spot of shop­ping at lo­cal bou­tiques or shops.

In the evenings I like to glam it up a lit­tle with one of my makeup brands, even when it’s just my hus­band and me. I en­joy do­ing my hair and makeup, putting on some of my de­li­cious Caribbean Tan milk and honey body but­ter or shim­mer to high­light my skin and some­thing com­fort­able but fem­i­nine. I like a sit down din­ner re­gard­less of whether it’s in or out and af­ter­wards sit by the fire drink­ing wine if we are alone, or go out to so­cialise and laugh with friends some­where. The most im­por­tant thing be­ing the wine and the laugh­ter.

My favourite places to go to on hol­i­day is the bushveld for sa­fari in Mpumalanga and Phinda in KwaZulu-Natal or the KZN Mid­lands to the small town of Not­ting­ham Road. I also love hol­i­days on is­lands like Ke­falo­nia and Mykonos in Greece. If I have to choose it would be to be on a yacht with my fam­ily be­tween my favourite Greek is­lands.

I love to spend week­ends with my hus­band, my fam­ily and my close friends. And I love go­ing away with friends who have the same age chil­dren as I do — for ob­vi­ous rea­sons.

I like to be around peo­ple who treat me like I’m their friend or their sis­ter and have no ex­pec­ta­tions of how I should dress or act. It’s nice not to worry that I am be­ing watched or dis­cussed when I’m re­lax­ing, which comes with the ter­ri­tory of be­ing recog­nised. On hol­i­day you want to be able to take a big bite into a burger or walk to the kitchen in your pa­ja­mas.

I like to cook and I like to be cooked for. On the week­end I try to bal­ance en­joy­ing life but still be­ing healthy. I love to eat a full English break­fast, sal­ads for lunch and potjiekos, steak or hearty meals for din­ner.

I’m read­ing The book of JOY by The Dalai Lama and Arch­bishop Des­mond Tutu. I’ve started to thrive from read­ing Ari­ana Huff­in­g­ton’s books and I’m also read­ing Friends like These by Hanna El­lis. I dip into whichever book I’m in the mood for.

I like lis­ten­ing to Jack John­son or LORD in the evening. But I’m in love with Spo­tify right now be­cause it knows your mood de­pend­ing on the time of day based on pre­vi­ous choices. It’s al­most alive and reads your mind. We love mu­sic in the house on week­ends and on hol­i­day. We are wo­ken up with Sonos and Spo­tify in the morn­ing with happy mu­sic — we set our alarms to it. My favourite song to wake up with is H.O.L.Y by Alle Far­ben Rhodes.

I like to do my e-mails for Cos­metix be­fore bed time so that I’m the first in every­one’s in­box on Mon­day morn­ing. Not a great habit — I’m work­ing on break­ing it but I can be a bit of a worka­holic. On Sun­day nights I of­ten do my tan to make sure I’m bronzed for the whole week. I al­ways feel ready to con­quer the world with a Caribbean tan.

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

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