It’s all about you!
ne of the best parts of my job is getting to see all the great new things for the season ahead. Vivid deckchairs, leafy-motif cushions and interestingly coloured drinks in tall glasses are put out on display on the o ce floor as Claire, our decor editor, decides what will look best at a lazy summer picnic, or turn a dinner on the patio into a stylish, swish aair (see her fab outdoor bonus on page 117 for more). Next to her, Nastassja and Tiamara from our fashion team choose which dreamy, floaty numbers to pack for a trip down to the coast for a beach shoot that’s aptly named Take me to paradise! (p18).
It’s a magical business putting a magazine together, with each issue
Ohaving its own distinct personality that takes shape as the talented w&h team first imagines, then creates. There are always parts of an issue I fall particularly in love with – like the watermelon pizza in this month’s edition on page 128 (not to mention our fruity cocktails on page 140, perfect for warm summer evenings). The thought that something so simple yet refreshingly delicious could be part of my holidays made me feel quite ridiculously happy! It’s perhaps a symptom of how much we all really need to relax right now – a couple of days of just resting and recharging, and doing things that make you smile.
I’m all for following the advice on page 96 about giving yourself a break from tech. We live our lives through such a techno lens that not having screens as part of a day may seem like a stretch, but imagine instead going for long walks – with kids, your dog, friends – breathing in fresh air and just letting your mind rest. It sounds quite good, doesn’t it? It’s really about being in the now, and savouring the moment.
One of the tips we have on page 14, about how to make small tweaks to enjoy life more, makes so much sense to me. It’s to close your eyes once during every meal. Really tasting your food jolts you out of autopilot and into the present; an easy mindfulness trick worth trying!
Summer and holidays are all about family and friends, fun and laughter – those special moments that become memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. I love how so many of the big names we speak to this month, such as cover star Nicole Kidman (p8), singer Michael Bublé (p42), and SA beauty guru Carina Franck (p34), are sticklers for making family and relationships a priority. Their definition of success, even while being at the top of their game, is about having a good work-life balance, one that’s defined by the happiness they share with loved ones.
Dogs also seem to be a big part of many of our family lives, and I know you’ll smile when you read how author Lynne Truss – never a poochie person – is now convinced that dogs make the world a better place (p64). Whomever you count among your close circle of special souls, it’s worth making the time and eort to connect with them in a feel-good, meaningful way this holiday.
If your idea of summer heaven is a good book and having hours of time in which to read it, see our guide to great reads on page 142. It’s certainly my version of bliss – lying on a sunlounger with a glass of ice-cold bubbly, lost in the pages of a fantastic novel.
With that in mind, here’s to us all recharging and relaxing, so that we can take on 2019 feeling fresh and rejuvenated. I wish you a very happy holiday and New Year – cheers!
‘Summer is about fun, family and friends, and making special memories’