Each month the FAIRLADY team tells you what we're loving!
'I'm a fan of exfoliators, especially the enzymatic type as the granular ones tend to be a little harsh. I also know how important regular exfoliation is, especially after the age of 30 as the skin's natural exfoliation process slows dramatically. This can result in dry, flaky skin, fine lines and a dull looking complexion.
||The FAIRLADY team is inspired by the freshness of green. It's a bold colour to brighten up the usual neutral palette of our autumn wardrobes. A green scarf or handbag can really pep up a pair of jeans, trench and white T-shirt.|
Julia Boltt, senior editor, says that she is currently having a love affair with artisan bread. 'Vovo Telo in Parkhurst and 44 Stanley Ave, and Junipa’s Bakery in Bryanston, as well as the Neighbourgoods Market in Juta Street, Braamfontein make some really excellent breads.'
Our food editor Justine Kiggen also adores artisan breads and has included a number of great recipes in the May issue of FAIRLADY (p103) to inspire you to bake your own.
'The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney is an absorbing story of the disappearance of the son of a settler in mid-19th Century Canada and his mother’s journey to try and find him. What I found particularly interesting is that the book is filled with these incredible descriptions of the wide-open, desolate Canadian tundra at the start of winter, but the writer, Stef Penney, is actually agoraphobic and is largely confined to her house. I loved it – and it has the makings of a really excellent movie script.' - Julia
According to our senior editor, Anna Rich The Hunger Games trilogy is well written, easy to read and totally absorbing. 'The film version of the first book was an excellent interpretation – probably helped by the fact that author Suzanne Collins was also involved with the script. The characters in the book were brilliantly cast – Jennifer Lawrence was a great Katniss and Josh Hutcherson did Peeta very well, but I’d like to give special mentions to Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch and a beautiful Amandla Stenberg as Rue. I hope this gets a bucket load of Oscars. Why do we have to wait till the end of next year before the next film?!'
Favourite TV show:
Anna also recommends The Killing (the Danish version). 'It’s totally compelling – for the duration of the first season (I've got the box set), I found the rest of my life faintly annoying because all I wanted to do was sit and watch each successive episode. Just as well I didn’t have the next season waiting (and I won’t be ordering it for a while so that normal life can prevail). As you’d imagine, The Killing does revolve around a gruesome murder, so it might not be for everyone. But if you’re keen on thrillers, there are none to beat this. The acting is brilliant, and the storyline is full of twists and turns you probably won’t see coming.'
There is also an American version of the series, you can watch a preview for this version below:
Digital editor, Jen Searle, has Birdy's self-entitled album on repeat. 'It usually takes me a while to really warm to a new artist however, the first time I heard Birdy's "Skinny Love" I was hooked to her soulful voice.'