Glam it Up

Best accessory shop: Lovisa

Classic, edgy, bang on trend – whatever look you’re going for, you’ll find the perfect finishing touch at Lovisa. The range is fantastic – from silver plated to rose gold, you’ll find exactly what you need to elevate your OOTD, from bangles to clips. Great for gifts, too.-

Best barber: Legends Barber

There’s nothing to beat great grooming – and Legends barber offers just that with an experience that makes sure you don’t just look good; you also feel fantastic. Thumbs up for fantastic hair and beard care products you can buy online (where, incidentally, you can also book your appointment and choose a style that suits you). –

Best beauty Mecca: Africology

First thing we love about this homegrown brand: its distinctive scent, so fresh and clean. But we’re also huge fans of its ‘do no harm’ philosophy, steering clear of all chemicals – and, of course, the luxe look and feel of each product is irresistible. Head here for a spa experience that will leave you feeling as if you’ve never had a care. –

Best clothing store for her: H&M

Everyone needs that one go-to-store they can rely on, no matter what the occasion: summer wardrobe update, date night, year-end cocktails…For us, that go-to is H&M, because you simply can’t beat the range. We also love the brand’s commitment to sustainability. Fashion with a conscience? Now that’s cool.-

Best clothing store for him: Woolworths

For the man who knows that washed out shorts and a baggy T-shirt are not a statement: Woolies’ enduring quality for leisurewear, workwear and everything in between ensures you are always look stylish, but without the try-hard factor. –

Best dog grooming parlour: Sloppy Kisses

Think of it as a spa day for your fur child: everything they could possibly need to leave them looking sleek and spruce, from toothbrushing to paw and pad treatments, delivered by people who love doggos just as much as you do. Sloppy Kisses will even come to you, so that your baby can get their grooming on home – plus, they offer a loyalty programme and pensioners’ discounts, too. –

Best fashionable boutique: Zara

These guys just can’t put a foot wrong, as far as we’re concerned. We love the ongoing innovation, the edgy cuts and the fantastic fits. Oh, and we also love that, once you’ve found the perfect piece, there’s no need to go hunting for the shoes or accessories to finish it off – it’s all under one roof.-

Best hair salon: Carlton Hair

When your salon is chosen as the hair partner for events like SA Fashion Week, you can be sure they know what they’re doing. But it’s not just about how well the stylists at Carlton Hair wield their scissors: change your colour, spoil yourself with a treatment, or go all out with a package to change up your look entirely – all in keeping with the latest runway looks. Psst – gift cards and dry bar services available – check out the app to see what else is on offer! –

Best IV Bar: The IV Bar

Come this time of year, when we feel like we’re stuck in second gear, we all welcome a little bit of help. The IV Bar will deliver exactly what you need with a drip customized to your needs, whether you’re looking for an immunity boost or something to help you get your glow on. Order a mobile drip for those times when you just can’t wait to get your fix. –

Best jewellery store: Browns Jewellers – The Diamond Store

These diamonds really do dazzle! It goes without saying that every stone at Browns The Diamond Store has been carefully selected, but the jewellers are equally well known for their unique signature designs. Talk about true love… –

Best makeup artist – Makeup by Ryno

Whatever the occasion, Ryno’s got you – bridal, matric dance, you name it. He’ll also help you get to grips the basics of your own makeup metamorphosis through his masterclasses – or grab his amazing product, ICON Foundation, for instant radiance. –, 071 688 0242 

Best nail bar: Sorbet

Practically a synonym for relaxation in South Africa, Sorbet has earned its reputation by making sure that every mani, pedi, massage and facial is just perfect, given by people who are passionate about what they do using the very best products. A visit here might take only an hour or two, but it will turn your entire day around. –

Best photographer: Jason Crouse Photography

When a moment is being captured forever, you want to make sure you look your very best. Jason Crouse does this effortlessly, making sure that every single one of his pictures tells a story that will bring a smile for years to come. –, 082 904 1877

Best place to buy beauty products: Dischem

Who has ever walked into Dischem to buy ‘just one thing’, and actually managed to stop at one? No, us neither! It’s understandable, though, considering the fantastic range, from budget buys to real splurges. Cosmetics, makeup, nail polish and more – it’s all there in one gorgeously scented, beautifully colourful place. –

Best shoe shop: Aldo

Can you believe that Aldo has been going for five decades? Clearly, it’s doing something right – and for us, that means the most gorgeous sandals, to-sigh-for heels, and covetable handbags. Imelda Marcus, we get you! –

Best Show Them Off Undies: Bras n Things

When you want your underwear to look as good as what goes over it, there’s only one place to shop: Bras n Things. This Australian brand gives us the ultimate confidence booster with a bit of grown up glamour – think loungewear, swimwear, lingerie, sleepwear, accessories and more. –

Best tattoo parlous: Fallen Heroes

The guys (and girls) at Fallen Heroes pride themselves on three things: imagination, artistry and experience. That means you can walk in with a fantastically creative idea and see it transformed into your own personal hallmark by people who really care about what they do. They’ll help you turn your skin into a work of art! –, 11 Mackay Avenue, Blairgowrie, 011 028 0994,