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So imagine our surprise when we saw this.

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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:00 +0200
Watch: These adorable pups rolling down hills http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/watch-these-adorable-pups-rolling-down-hills magic! You didn't know that you needed this video in your life but now that it's here you'll see why you did. These pups are hashtag adorable!

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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
This Is What Happens When Dogs Think Bees Are Food http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/this-is-what-happens-when-dogs-think-bees-are-food These poor puppies accidentally ate bees. We feel so bad for them. And yet, we can't stop laughing.

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All I wanted was a snack...



 
I still look good right?


Is that another bee? Is it? Is it?


 
I wish you wouldn’t take pictures of this …
 

 
“Tshash wash a bath idea”



What are you looking at huh?!
 

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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
Take a Look At This Maternity Shoot; It Will Make You LOL! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/take-a-look-at-this-maternity-shoot-it-will-make-you-lol wife in one such photo shoots.

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Peek-a-boo


This is cute, right? 



 
He's even got the bellybutton! 
 

 
So adorable ... 




This is so cute! 


 

 
This ... not so much 



 
Too funny... 



 
This is definitely the standard pose! 


 
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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
How Cute Is This Little Girl’s Reaction To The News That Her Brother's Growing Up http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/how-cute-is-this-little-girls-reaction-to-the-news-that-her-brothers-growing-up
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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
What Happens When Cats Try To Model - This! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/what-happens-when-cats-try-to-model-this
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I’m a little lion hear me ROAR!




 
Honey, you’re clearly not as flexible as me




 
Who does the smouldering eyes better than Channing Tatum? Oh wait, me!
 

And point those toes




 
Eat your heart out ... 


I clearly make this cone look good!





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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
LOL! Check out these 'Game of Thrones' Bloopers http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/lol-check-out-these-game-of-thrones-bloopers
If you ever wanted to see Prince Oberyn (almost) set himself on fire, tough little Arya explode into fits of giggles, or Khaleesi drop a cockney F-bomb, this should make your day.

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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
13 AWESOME Old-School SA Adverts http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/13-awesome-old-school-sa-adverts 1. Rascals – 'For da flavour dat never stops!'

 

 
2. Cremora – ‘It’s not inside, it’s on top!’
 
 
 
3. Rolo – ‘It’s my last one! But you can have it…’
 


4. Lunch Bar – ‘No, from Maritzburg!’



Related: 5 Reasons Why You NEED To Take Your Lunch Break


5. BMW – ‘Beats the Benz…’
 


6. Chomp – ‘You’ll just have to grow some more, kid…’



7. Panado – ‘That’s because I’m a children.’



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8. Sasol – ‘Glug glug…’
 


9. Redro Fishpaste – ‘Wedro…’
 


10. Castle Lager – ‘I blessed the rains down in Africa…’



11. IBM – ‘He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother…’

 


12. VW – ‘Magic moments…’
 


13. M-Net – animals performing…
 


 
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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Reasons You Should Let Drake Break Your Heart http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/10-reasons-you-should-let-drake-break-your-heart 1. He loves kids so you know your beautiful spawn will be taken care of ...


2. He gives hugs that will make you melt



3. Your Jewish parents will be elated that you’re dating within the tribe


4. His smile alone will break your heart. Look at it!!


5. He has a stripper pole in his house and you know he’ll let you pretend to be a fireman ...


6. He'll let you walk around in his cosy looking jerseys (know what I mean)

7. His smile. Did we say that already?

 

8. He Loves Animals 


9. He'll always support you ...


10. If he can catch Nicki Minaj he can damn-well catch you!

 





If you’re still not convinced then ... 










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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
11 More Awesome Treats from Back in the Day http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/11-more-awesome-treats-from-back-in-the-day 1. Push Pops – as nominated by COSMO reader Nicky Ivy



2. Candy necklaces



3. Spice Girls Fantasy Balls – as nominated by COSMO reader Dominique de Villiers

 


Related: Who Are the Spice Girls of Today?


4. Double Dip Swizzelsticks – as nominated by COSMO reader Clyde Morgan



5. Bubble Jug – as nominated by COSMO reader Tasneem Parker



6. Tinkies




7. Cola Fizz Pops



Related: 23 Treats You Grew Up Eating in the '90s


8. Holey Moleys – as nominated by COSMO reader Akeeda Dawood-Davids



9.Caravan chocolate – as nominated by COSMO reader Krystle C. Theologo



10. Diddle Daddle Caramel Popcorn – as nominated by COSMO reader Regomoditswe Matlholwa




11. Toffo-Luxe Toffies



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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
WATCH: This Woman Doing a Beyoncelogue of 'Single Ladies' http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/watch-this-woman-doing-a-beyoncelogue-of-single-ladies Question: Do you love Beyonce?

Haha! We're kidding, like that's even a question :) 

We found this video of a woman who loves her so much that she decicated some time to creating this beautiful, dramatic monologue of Beyonce's Single Ladies. Watching her, you kinda see the lyrics of this song in an entirely different light. The song is actually so much more empowering than we realised! 

If he claimed to luh me so much boyfriend really should have put a ring on it! 


 




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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
What Would You Do If You’re Favourite Disney Princess Was A Sloth http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/what-would-you-do-if-youre-favourite-disney-princess-was-a-sloth
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The truth is … Prince Eric actually fell in love with Sloth Ariel


Whoooooooosh!!! 


 

How adorable is this though? Very!


You looking at me?


Uhm .. Well this is awkward


Oh, it’s midnight already?

 
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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
15 Gifs Guaranteed to Make You LAUGH http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/15-gifs-guaranteed-to-make-you-laugh ...Cause we all need cheering up sometimes...

1. This roomba dog who calmly terrifies the other dogs

 
 
 

2. This fabulous hound


3. This fisherman who never saw it coming


4. This guy who wronged a cow




5. This raccoon who looks like an old-timey cartoon robber



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6. This guy who got way too excited on a treadmill


7. This woman who birthed a tennis ball



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8. This portal into the internet


9. This dog who is So. Damn. High.


10. This cheeky wiggle



Related: 8 Hilarious, WTF Celebrity Photos

11. This peanut-butter-footed pooch


12. This enthusiastic short-legged dawg



13. This llama who can’t even



 
Related: When Animals Do Human Things…

14. This majestic king of the jungle


 

15. This Puss in Boots and his back-up



 
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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
Five Things You Should Never Say To Someone With a Gay sibling http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/five-things-you-should-never-say-to-someone-with-a-gay-sibling Having a gay family member can raise more questions than one would think. These are the kind of annoying things that some need to stop asking!

1. Is she the dude or the girl in the relationship?
Ellen Degeneres explained this the best when she said, 'Asking which of the members in a same sex relationship is the "man" and which is the "woman" is like looking at a pair of chopsticks and asking which is the fork and which is the spoon.' Just don't do it!  

RELATED: Ellen Page Comes Out In The Most Kooky-Beautiful Speech Ever

2. But your brother doesn't look gay
Oh, I'm sorry I had no idea that an entire group of people all look a single way. Please explain to me what a gay person looks like? 



3. Don't you ever get worried that your sister will hit on your friends?
No. 

4. But, like, are you OK with this?
OK with what exactly? That my brother or sister is happy and healthy? That my brother or sister can find someone they love and who loves them without feeling ashemed about it? Yes I'm OK with it! 




5. You're so lucky you're brother's gay! I've always wanted a Gay Best Friend!
What even is that? A gay person is not an accessory. He or she is a person. Saying you want a gay friend to add to your entorouge as if it's some new purse or something is not cool. That shit is offensive! 





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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
What Prince George Is REALLY Thinking http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/what-prince-george-is-really-thinking
You mean one day this will all be mine?



 
Bow down to your future King!


 
Where are my minions?! Cake! I want Cakkkke!


 
A nautical themed outfit? #Fail


 
Don't say anything!


 
I make this dress look HAWT


Someone pass the sanitizer please


 
How dare you point at me! Minions!


I thought we only ate caviar .. what is this?


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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
23 Treats You Grew Up Eating in the '90s http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/23-treats-you-grew-up-eating-in-the-90s Take a trip down memory lane...


1. The ORIGINAL Rascals…



2. Fresca



3. Dirkie – condensed milk in a tube…



4. These pink sweets



Related: 10 Signs You Grew Up in the '90s


5. Lucky packets



6. Capri-Sun juice



7. Cheese Tangs



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8. Orange Maid ice lollies



9. Marshmallow mice and fish



10. Faces



11. Bakers Choice Assorted Biscuits



12. Apricot balls



13. Fruit dainties



14. Chappies sticks



15. Gobstoppers



16. Nut Puffs



17. Candy cigarettes



18. Cadbury Chocolate Éclair Pops


19. Old-school Yogi Sip


20. Wilson’s Toffees




21. Coconut balls



22. Pop Rocks



23. Big Foot sherbet and lollipop




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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
Selfie Toaster: Yes, it’s a Thing http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/selfie-toaster-yes-its-a-thing show your face to your friends – you can feed it to them! 

Yes, it is as creepy as it sounds. A US-based company, Burnt Impressions (lol), has revealed a product you never thought you needed, and still don’t: a toaster that can burn an image of your face into your toast. As the company’s website so eloquently puts it, ‘You don’t have to be famous or Jesus to have your face on toast!’ Hurrah!


Source: BuzzFeed

This toaster only serves to raise such philosophical questions about the human experience as, ‘why?’ And also, ‘No, seriously, why?’

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If you’re into this, all you have to do is send a high-res photo of your face to the company, which makes your customised toaster in about a week. For $75 (about R800) your breakfast will take on a whole new sense of narcissism. While your guy might (possibly) enjoy the idea of his eggs and bacon being served alongside your pretty face every morning, we’re guessing the other people in your life won’t be quite as impressed with a buttered, burnt selfie.

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
In Remembrance of Nelson Mandela http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/in-remembrance-of-nelson-mandela Take a look at some of Madiba’s most inspiring quotes:


1. ‘A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.’



2. ‘Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.’



3. ‘Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world..’
 


Related: COSMO Editors and Readers from Around the World Pay Tribute to Madiba


4. ‘I learnt that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. I felt fear myself more times than I can remember, but I hid it behind a mask of boldness. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.'



5. ‘To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.’



6. ‘ It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.’



7. ‘I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward.’



8. ‘If you want to make peace with an enemy, one must work with that enemy and that enemy becomes your partner.’



Related: Images of South Africans Celebrating Madiba's Life


9. ‘There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.’


Alf Kumalo


10. What happens when differences arise? We address them, discuss issues on merit, persuade one another and reach a consensus.’



11. ‘I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.’



12. ‘Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.’



13. ‘A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.’



14. ‘Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.’



15. ‘The greatest glory of living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall..’



16. ‘Good can be achieved amongst human beings who are prepared to trust, prepared to believe in the goodness of people.’


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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
6 Travel Essentials You Need to Take with You Wherever You Go http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/6-travel-essentials-you-need-to-take-with-you-wherever-you-go They don’t take up much space – and you’ll be SO grateful to have them


Whether you’re taking a gap year or a romantic holiday, road tripping with your besties or travelling on business, going local or going global, here are six essential items you should never leave home without.

Related: Love Your Holiday

YOUR TABLET
Yeah, we’re gonna put it right upfront … because if you’re anything like us, you actually can’t take a breath without it. It’s smaller than a laptop but you can still keep up your blog and social-media presence, watch stuff in transit, and download a bunch of cool apps that will make your life easier when you get to your destination. Our fave right now is Hello Translator, which will help you communicate wherever you are in the world.


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A GOPRO
This camera takes amazing videos – just ask your adrenaline-junkie BF! – and stills, and it’s tiny. If you yourself are an adrenaline junkie, strap it to your head while you’re rafting the Orange River, hurtling down an Alpine slope or jamming to your favourite band at a massive music event, and bring home the memories!


Related: Behind the Lens at a Music Festival

MULTIPLUG CONVERTER
No matter how much you think you know about the place you’re going to, you actually never really know what the electrical situation will be like – so pack an international adapter. You don’t want to be stuck with a flat battery in your electric toothbrush, or a dead tablet.


EAR PLUGS
We’re not suggesting you wear these to a night club or festival (it happens … and we have SO many questions about that, starting with WTF). But you might need to keep the noise out when you’re trying to catch a nap on the plane/train/bus, or if your lodging neighbours happen to be … vigorous. We wouldn’t want anything to get between a COSMO girl and her beauty sleep!


Related: 11 Essential Festival-Survival Tips

PLAYING CARDS

They might be old-school, but they’re damn useful – for anything from solo-transit Solitaire to the drinking games you’re bound to end up playing at your camp site. And since every country in the world can play cards, you could even learn some new games along the way.


PADLOCK
This will keep sticky-fingered randoms out of your stuff during your travels, whether you’re staying at a backpackers or a four-star hotel. Or you can leave it behind somewhere in the world, with your name on it…


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Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
7 Comfort Foods That Are Better Than Having a Boyfriend This Winter http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/7-comfort-foods-that-are-better-than-having-a-boyfriend-this-winter single is better than having a boyfriend this winter.

RELATED: The Winter Comfort-Eating Trap


The answer? Some of the best comfort foods your eyes will ever see! Take a look

1. Brownies:
If these GIF's aren't enough to convince you then we don't know what will !


 

2. Macaroni and Cheese
There’s nothing tastier and comfier than macaroni and cheese. Thanks Italy !



3. A Juicy Burger
We can think of a better way to spend a cold winters night … chewing on a delicious, juicy burger. Yeah, so much better than cuddling.

 


4. Burrito:
There’s nothing like Mexican to soothe all your needs … Mexican food that is. YUM YUM !


5. French Fries:
When it comes to comfort food the Americans know how to do it best!  Yeah, we’d rather stuff our faces with French fries than look at a beautifully sculpted man’s face!



6. Chocolate Chip Cookies!!

Nothing’s going to make you feel all fuzzy inside than the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!


7. Pizza

Another reason to thank Italia!




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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
Seven Definitive Signs You're a Series-aholic http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/seven-definitive-signs-youre-a-series-aholic


1. You're not that interested in dating right now because you've accepted you're in love with the show's main character. 





2. You start speaking purely in Girls/Friends/Community/Insert Show's Name Quotes.





3. You've watched 10 consecutive episodes and only just realised you've been staring at your laptop all day. 





4. If anyone says something bad about your latest show craze, you become a defensive monster






5. When the show's coming to an end and you don't have the next season, you go into panic mode!





6. You label your friends as names of characters on your favourite show. 





7. The couple you've been rooting for FINALLY hooks up and you're all like




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8. When a character you loved dies, you die too. 



 


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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
Everything Wrong With That 'I Don't Need Feminism' Rant http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/everything-wrong-with-that-i-dont-need-feminism-rant Women Against Feminism Facebook page of women claiming to be 'rejecting feminism' has left us feeling very, very sad.

It's one thing to simply say you're not interested in discussing it - maybe you're just not that into having convos on gender politics around the table. That's your choice. But these women are not simply indifferent to discussing it, they are actively rejecting the term. Women! And for all the wrong reasons. 




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Don't worry yourself on having to do that on your own. Misogny has already beaten you to it. 



So many things wrong with this one :( First is that feminists are 'blaming men' for doing slutty slut things. The second is the insinuation that all feminists are sluts. What is a 'slut' anyway? A woman who admits to enjoying sex? A woman who chooses to know her rights about birth control and protects herself from STIs by using a condom whenever she chooses to have sex with whoever the hell she wants? Don't you see?! You're playing right into the misogynists' hands!







Mostly we're sad that there are still peeps who think that feminists hate men. Femisnim is about the fight for equality. We repeat: FEMINISM IS ABOUT THE FIGHT FOR EQUALITY 

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This one has 'privilege' written allll over it! Just because you personally have never experienced extreme sexism in your daily, privileged life doesn't mean that there aren't women out there who haven't been experiencing it on a daily basis - maybe even experiencing now as you read this. It's those women out there who need the feminist movement more than ever! And as fellow women, it's important we stand by them in this movement!



Oh beautiful soldier lady! Do you honeslty not think that the feminist movement played no part in helping you realise your dream of fighting for your country? Were there as many lady soldiers fighting without continuously being asked to leave the troops before the feminist movement? Also, don't know if you missed this but FEMINISTS DON'T HATE MEN! Please stop making us so sad soldier lady! We're not strong enough. 



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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
I Will Marry You… http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/-i-will-marry-you
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Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
Three Cheers For The Orange Is The New Black Disney Makeover! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/three-cheers-for-the-orange-is-the-new-black-disney-makeover Disney Princesses, Princes and a few baddies. Get ready to have that little girl inside you squeal with delight! Take a look at the unique transformation below:



 

Take a look at the Original posters:

 






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Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Signs You're Not Ready To Get Married; Explained With Big Bang Theory GIF’s! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/10-signs-youre-not-ready-to-get-married-explained-with-big-bang-theory-gifs 1. The most serious relationship you have right now is with Game Of Thrones (And you're heartbroken that you’ll have to wait another year to watch it again.)


2. You can barely decide what you’re going to make for supper tonight, let alone who you’re going to spend the rest of your life with!


3. The drunken texts you end up sending on the weekend are usually to your mom and not to your current hook-ups because - what hook-ups?


4. You feel panic and sadness well up inside you every time you log onto Facebook because you know your newsfeed will be filled with engagement news.


5. You are genuinely confused and annoyed at how many wedding photos take over your social media everyday.



6. You just don’t understand the appeal of Pinterest wedding boards.


7. How do people afford these weddings when you can barely afford to go watch a movie on weekends?!


8. You dread the following sentence – “So, are you seeing anyone?” #Awkward


9. Nothing makes your palms sweat faster than watching a public engagement go down.


10. You can’t picture yourself waiting for “Prince Charming” and fantasising about seeing him at the end of an aisle.


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Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
8 Problems South Africans Have When Travelling http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/8-problems-south-africans-have-when-travelling 1. When you realise there’s no Woolies food – in general! Yeah, we know you did the ugly cry when you realised this …


2. When American’s don’t seem to understand what you’re saying and a simple word like water has to be “translated” into wahder.


3. But you eventually forgive them because their aisles look like this ...


4. When you want to order pizza and save the other half for breakfast tomorrow but you realise that it comes per slice


5. When you convert the price of a simple Gin & Tonic from Rands to Dollars and it dawns on you that you’re paying R125 PER DRINK!



6. When you’re trying to parallel park and there’s no car guard to stop incoming traffic for you, you silently shed a tear inside.



7. When you expect avo to be available all year round


8. When you travel to Europe and a wave of anger washes over you because you realise that a large bar of Lindt chocolate is only 1 euro. That's only R14 ... we'll let that sink in quickly.




And an extra one:

When you come back from Europe and realise that ice-cream vendors are clearly not doing it right !


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Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
11 Things Women Should STOP Feeling Guilty About http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/11-things-women-should-stop-feeling-guilty-about 1. That burger, chips and chocolate milkshake you had last night (and can’t stop thinking about today)...



2. Taking the lift instead of the stairs – it’s just way too much effort…



3. How many men you’ve slept with… Don't let anyone make you feel ashamed about this...



4. Staying in to watch Friends reruns instead of going out with the girls on a Friday night…



5. Buying that leather jacket (that you really can’t afford) and subsisting on two-minute noodles for the rest of the month…



Related: 8 Signs You’re a Shopaholic


6. Getting into a tailspin when you realise Keeping Up With The Kardashians didn’t record…



7. Regularly watching YouTube videos of cute cats and dogs/people embarrassing themselves (to cheer you up when you’re having a bad day)…



Related: CUTE Alert: the Kitten Version of ‘Girls’


8. Having not gone to gym in three weeks, and thinking your weekend shopping sprees constitute ‘exercise’…



9. Wanting to sleep when your man is in the mood for sex (you should NEVER feel guilty about this)…



10. Drinking two (or three, or four) glasses of wine…



11. To put down the phone on people asking you to sign up for a new insurance policy/open a new phone contract…



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Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
A Bad Lip Reading Of Game Of Thrones.. Sure To Make You Chuckle! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/a-bad-lip-reading-of-game-of-thrones-sure-to-make-you-chuckle
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Watch as Eddie Stark, a theme park manager, has one week to whip his lacklustre group of employess into shape before the park’s grand opening. This video is guaranteed to get your eyes watering, take a look!





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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
Twitter’s Hilarious Reaction To The Brazil Vs. Germany Game http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/twitters-hilarious-reaction-to-the-brazil-vs-germany-game We were wondering where the inspiration for this logo came for, but this is not what we were expecting ...



 
We feel for Brazil ...
And of course, the One Direction/Brazil memes began ...



 
Even Justin Bieber got in on the action ...



 
Who wouldn't want to get something from Oprah, but I don't think that this was what Brazil had in mind ...



 
The jokes about the Brazilian number 10 began to roll in ...




 
And didn't stop ...

And what would memes be without Ron Burgundy??




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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
Ogilvy's Latest 'Feed a Child' Commercial Causes Internet Rage http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/ogilvys-latest-feed-a-child-commercial-causes-internet-rage Ogilvy's latest 'Feed a Child' campaign has caused a lot of controversy over the interwebs and social media today - rightly so. The ad shows a white woman feeding and petting a black child in a montage played over sad piano music. The tagline at the end is, 'The average domestic dog eats better than millions of children.' To the many people saying it is blatant racism, you are very right.

We can already hear the excuses excusing the ad, 'It's not about race, it's trying to show how people spend more money on their pets than they do on starving kids.; 'Would you say the same thing if it was a black person feeding an Indian/Couloured/Any other POC group? ' 'It's not racist because "art". Those people are basic. Those people saying that the race isn't an issue are obviously ignoring the fact that showing an ad where a white person has power over a black person is in no way 'art', that's just a Tuesday! They're ignoring the blatant subtext of slavery and submission of black people to white people. They're conveniently forgetting that this country has a violent racial history and that this is in no way a 'good idea'. 

The 'shock factor' they tried out here with a young black child and a white woman is not 'pushing any sort of art boundary'. Blackness is too often used as the go-to negative example. A black child being shown as a white women's pet or accessory is hardly news. 

We know that regardless of how we feel about the ad itself, we mustn't forget the very important message behind it - especially after Child Welfare's recent loss of R3,8 million (thanks to an official's gambling problem). However, using racism as a selling point is a cheap play.  

Nice try but we're not buying it. 

 

 

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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
13 Questions Every Millenial Will Ask Herself http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/14-questions-every-millenial-will-ask-herself  1. Do I make as much money as my friends?
Maybe you do. Maybe you don’t. But if you eat at restaurants you can all afford, it’s chilled.

2. Is he REALLY the one?
The universe doesn’t send a sign. Only you can decide if that really cute nose twitch will become super annoying in 20 years.


3. Am I spending enough time with my parents?
Probably not. Call your mom. Talk to you dad about stuff other than the weird noise your car is making and borrowing money.

4. Should I be going for more medical checkups?
Yes. Visit the oral hygienist twice a year. Pap smear once a year. Talk to your doctors and find out what you should be doing.

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5. How come I’m not debt free and living in my dream house driving my dream car yet?
Because your 16-year-old-self was delusional and didn’t understand things like student loans, tax and mortgages. Not to mention money spent maintaining the non-dream-car.


6. Is it embarrassing to date a guy younger than me?
No. It’s amazing. And you can train him before he gets set in his ways and persnickety.

7. Should I go work on a yacht?
Might as well try it, but only if you want to.


8. Why won’t people stop tagging me in super unflattering photos?
One of two reasons:

A. They love you and literally don’t see the third chin you’re worried about.
B. They’re assholes who knew you looked like shit, but they looked good in it.

9. How many sexual partners is it ‘okay’ to have had by now? Am I a slut?
Stop slut shaming. Just have fun and use a condom.


10. Should I wear this super-short sequined skirt that will show my undies if I lean too far over the bar?
No.

11. Should I try the Tim Noakes diet?
That depends on your relationship with cauliflower.


12. Could I be in a reality show?
Your life might not be as interesting as you think it is.

13. Should I drink less?
If you’re asking yourself that, probably.


 

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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Hilarious Human-Animal Face Swaps http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/10-hilarious-human-animal-face-swaps Freakishly funny, these face swaps will most definitely make you LOL







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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
11 Pretty Inspiring Life Lessons, Courtesy of Pocahontas http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/11-pretty-inspiring-life-lessons-courtesy-of-pocahontas Because Ariel is not the only Disney princess who can teach us a thing or two about life!




The thing about Pocahontas is that, unlike many animated movies and features, it is actually based on a true story. This could be why it’s equal parts beautiful and sad, and not quite as happy-ending-oriented as we prefer to have our fairy tales dished up.


Related: 10 Super-Inspiring Life Lessons from Rihanna

Related: 10 Things You Can Still Learn from ‘The Little Mermaid’ (After All These Years)


But since we like to find the silver lining in every broken heart, we thought we’d focus on learning how to treat the world – and the people in it – from this kick-ass, badass, adventurous, strong-willed ‘woman’. And this is what she’s taught us:


1 To be patient with others. Language barriers did not stop her!



2 To respect our elders – their advice, though it might sound slightly crazy, is mostly the best you’ll get.



3 To paint with all the colours of the wind.



4 To respect nature and be kind to animals.



5 To accept people’s differences – because a lack of understanding is often driven by ignorance rather than hatred.



6 To be brave.



7 To seize the moment – it might not present itself again.



8 To accessorise, in the right way.



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9 To be inkspired – because princesses can rock tattoos too!




10 To fight for what you believe in – and risk it all if necessary.



11 …especially when it’s for love!



Related: Celebs Channelling Their Inner Disney Princess


BONUS COOL FACT…
…about the original Pocahontas, on whom the story is based: she was captured by the English in 1613 and held for ransom, eventually choosing to live among them rather than return to her own people. She then married John Rolfe, a tobacco planter. Their marriage was the first recorded interracial marriage in North American history. Awesome!

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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
Trouble in Tinderland http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/trouble-in-tinderland

We’re used to the dating app's soaring subscriber-base hitting headlines, but this is the first time what goes on behind company doors has been in the news. And it’s not pretty: Tinder has a date with a sexual harassment case.

The Wall Street Journal broke the story late last month and by yesterday it was all over the webisphere: Whiteny Wolfe, Tinder’s fired co-founder, is suing the company. She says she was frequently called ‘a whore’ and was stripped of her title purely because she’s a woman. It's so bad that Tinder’s parent company, IAC, has suspended current marketing officer Justin Matten who told Wolfe that a young, female co-founder ‘makes the company seem like a joke’ and ‘devalues the company’.
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‘This case is about being forced out of a company I helped build because I would no longer tolerate the gender discrimination and harassment,’ said Wolfe. ‘I had hoped this would be resolved confidentially, but after months of failed attempts, I have decided to pursue this suit.’

Now, we’re mightily relieved that the trouble Tinder doesn’t mean that Tinder’s in trouble. But we’re behind Whitney Wolfe all the way. Douchebags like Matten deserve to be left-swiped off the corporate map, and it’s gutsy women like Wolfe who improve workplace perceptions for all of us.

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Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
15 Things Dress Shop Assistants are Really Thinking http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/15-things-dress-shop-assistants-are-really-thinking  







It must be difficult to sit idly by while watching a fellow sister fall in love with a dress that just isn’t quite right. We've gotten some dress shop assistants share their darkest thoughts while on the job:






1. “No! NO! Your boobs are everywhere! Your C-cup runneth over, please buy something that keeps the girls firmly in place.”

2. “That is the ugliest dress I’ve ever seen. There’s no way in hell anybody’s going to b— oh my gosh, somebody’s trying it on.”

3. “Twirl all you want, it doesn’t fit you. It just doesn’t fit! Why are you insisting on this?”





4. “You’re spending that much. On a dress. For a wedding. That isn’t even yours?”

5. “I’m very sorry that your dog is being neutered today, but why are you telling me your life story? Seriously, I’m just here to bring you another size…”

6. “Why is there a man in here?”

7. “Don’t shout at me, it’s not my fault the zipper broke after one wear. Maybe you should've bought a bigger size. I didn’t make the dress – direct your anger elsewhere, lady.”

8. “Oh, you’re returning it now? In perfect condition, label still attached, except for one blink-and-you’ll-miss-it food stain? I know you’ve worn it to your event already, so don’t insult my intelligence by telling me you ‘found a different one’." 





9. “No. Cerise pink is probably not the best colour for a full-skirted gown. And the silver diamante sandals aren’t making it any classier. Oh, you’re looking at the tiaras now…”

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10. “That’s a little bit short for a matric dance. Actually, it’s a little bit short for a mini skirt. What I’m trying to say is, I can see your underwear.”

11. “I’m obligated to tell you that you look like a beautiful princess in that dress, but really it doesn’t suit you at all. My mind is telling me to convince you to buy it so I can get commission, but my heart is telling me to make up some lie about how I've made a mistake, and the dress actually isn't for sale."

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12. “This dress has a 600% mark-up, but I’m telling you it’s a bargain. Is that legal? I’m a terrible human being.”

 



13. “I don’t care how obsessed she is with it, if you really loved your daughter, you wouldn’t buy that horrible dress for her.”

14. “I don’t get paid enough for this.”

15. "You look so beautiful. So beautiful. I want to be you right now. I can't keep complimenting you because it's going to get weird, but I hope you know that you look stunning and you have to buy that dress."





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Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
Disney Princesses Get A Vintage Pin-Up Inspired Make-Over http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/disney-princesses-get-a-vintage-pin-up-inspired-make-over Disney Princesses of course! Tim Shumate’s designs would have anyone yearning to have these stunning pieces displayed on their arms. Take a look at some of our favourites:

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Belle - Beauty and the Beast:




 
Cinderella - Cinderella:
 


Jasmine - Aladdin:


Tiana - The Princess and the Frog:



Snow White - Snow White and the Seven Dwarves:


 
Aurora - Sleeping Beauty:



 

Pocahontas - Pocahontas:



 
Ariel - The Little Mermaid:



 
And our favourite Disney Characters:

Alice - Alice in Wonderland:



 
Tinkerbell - Peter Pan:



 
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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
7 WTF Wedding-Dress Fails http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/7-wtf-wedding-dress-fails 1. Sorry Mama June, but this dress tops our list of the ugliest wedding dresses ever. A ‘crinkled tin-foil’ mess…



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2. Okay, we get that it’s a couture creation (designed by Yves Saint Laurent in 1965) but this knitted, cocoon-inspired ‘dress’ (and what looks like a massive judge’s wig) resembles a tampon – not what you’d want your guests to think of as you’re walking down the aisle…




3. If you’re low on cash, you can always make a cake dress...



4. Another budget-savvy idea – the painted wedding dress…



Related: 8 HILARIOUS, WTF Wedding Pics


5. Was she going for the Guinness World Record’s longest wedding-dress train?



6. The ‘less is more’ approach…



7. And … the farm-animal-inspired dress…



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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
The Difference Between Men And Women Drinking Alone http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-difference-between-men-and-women-drinking-alone men and women have in common is alcohol. Unfortunately, that’s where the similarities stop. This hilarious video demonstrates just how different a women’s night is (compared to our counterparts) after we’ve hunted for the answers to life at the bottom of a wine bottle. Take a look.

RELATED: How to Open Wine – without a Corkscrew!





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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
7 Of The Best Music Video Walks Of All Time http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/7-of-the-best-music-video-walks-of-all-time
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1. The Pussycat Dolls
Remember this song? Let's be honest, the Pussycat Dolls have always slayed though. And here they do the stride of pride in their sexual innuedno packed Buttons music video





2. Beyonce  
The music video may be 10 years old but it's still a total classic! Here's Beyonce looking conveniently uncrazy walking away from a giant fan in Crazy in love



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3. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga doesn't walk but runs in You and I






4. Drake 
Drake doesn't put it lightly but instead straight up tells us that he will be on his Worst Behaviour. What is it about bad boys? #CallMe





5. Nicki Minaj
She goes all the way to Trinidad, puts on her best wig and feathers just so she can give us this - Pound the alarm




6. Outkast
Andre 3000 and Big Boy prove that they've always been cool with this reenactment of how they used to walk in their High School Days in Roses





7. And finally, looking as 90's as possible, the Spice Girls walk down the desert in Say you'll be there. I'm sporty spice!!





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Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
8 HILARIOUS ’90s Fashion Trends http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/8-hilarious-90s-fashion-trends 1. Biker shorts (worn with an oversized T-shirt)…


2. Snap bracelets... 




3. Large, tie-dyed shirts…


4. Jelly-baby shoes (which have made a comeback recently)…



Related: 10 Trends We Hope to Never Live Through Again


5. These absolutely atrocious neon windbreakers…




6. An overload of butterfly clips…



7. Spice Girls platform heels…




Related: Who Are the Spice Girls of Today?


8. Baggy, unflattering cargo pants (often worn with miniscule crop tops)…





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Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
8 Socially Awkward Moments We’ve all Had http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/8-socially-awkward-moments-weve-all-had




1. You step into the elevator and immediately regret it. You find yourself alone in the lift with your boss, and the only topic you can think of is the weather. Eep!


2. Finding various topics to discuss with your hairstylist can be tough so you rather end up burying your face in a magazine.


3. One of your friends introduces you to someone that you’ve never met before and then proceeds to leave you alone for the next few minutes. You either wordlessly smile, talk about the weather or fake-text. It might have only been 5 minutes it felt like 5 hours!


4. You leave a party without saying goodbye. You know you’ll pay for it in the morning, but it was too much of a mission to air-kiss everyone anyway.


5. You leave work at the same time as a colleague and find that he/she is walking ahead of you. You either intentionally slow down or switch directions.


6. If you’re an introvert, having to take a lift with someone you’ve just met can lead to a car filled with awkwardness.



7. Talking on the phone when you’re in the office, because no matter how softly you speak people still seem to be hearing what you’re speaking about.


8. You realise you chat more often to your co-workers on Skype or G-chat than in person… A virtual relationship can sometimes be easier, okay?



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Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
The 7 Best Movie Wedding Dresses of All Time http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-7-best-movie-wedding-dresses-of-all-time Say Yes to the dress and Four Weddings) depicting the impending nuptials of ordinary individuals, there’s no question that these shows provide great entertainment and wedding inspiration. But what about our favourite wedding flicks that surely provided us with unforgettable fictional weddings that have gone down in pop culture history?

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Here are our picks for the seven best movie-wedding dresses that are truly unforgettable:

1. Sex and the City:

Who doesn’t want to get married in a gorgeous Vivenne Westwood creation? That’s what we thought …

2. Steel Magnolias:
Can Julia Roberts ever have a bad day? She looked gorgeous in this stunning off-the-shoulder dress shown in the American classic Steel Magnolias.



3. Bride Wars:
Vera Wang is renowned for her beautiful wedding creations. This specific creation featured in Bride Wars is no exception.


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4. Princess Diaries II – Royal Engagement:
There’s no question that Anne Hathaway stole our hearts in this stunning lace creation.

5. Runaway Bride:
Who could forget those stunning wedding dresses that were featured in one of the best wedding films in pop culture history? Boy, Julia sure knows how to make wedding dresses look good!

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6.Father of The Bride:
This classic film has been remade so many times it deserves a mention, right? It doesn’t hurt that Elizabeth Taylor looked spectacular in this satin wedding creation.

 
7. Twilight: Breaking Dawn:
Many might feel that Kristen Stewart is a little bit awkward when it comes to her onscreen performances, but we have to admit that when she walked down the movie-aisle in this breath-taking Carolina Herrera masterpiece it took our breathe away! She definitely rocked this creation!
 

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Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Beautiful Wedding Dresses – Made Out of TOILET PAPER! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/beautiful-wedding-dresses--made-out-of-toilet-paper The annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest took place in New York last week and the creations are INCREDIBLE!


The dresses are all made of toilet paper, glue and tape – that’s it!



Susan Brennan won first prize for her stunning design:



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Second place went to Katrina Chalifoux.




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Amber Mills won third place.



Here are some more designs from this year’s contest:




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Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
When Your Birthday Party Turns on You http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/when-your-birthday-party-turns-on-you Birthdays are awesome. But birthday parties can, on occasion, come with a bit of a mean streak…



It’s your birthday. Yay! Presents, phone calls, wishes, congrats, an overflowing Facebook timeline, that actor you’ve been stalking on Twitter FINALLY mentioning you in a tweet (Best! Birthday! Ever!)… And then there’s the prospect of the birthday party – a chance to celebrate with your mates, get tipsy, get outrageous, dance on a table, go to sleep never…

At least, that’s your intention. And then, about half an hour into the party, you realise that:


1 You’ve overcatered, because some of the ‘yeses’ didn’t show up. A-holes.



2
(But the food is already here … and you end up eating everything.)



3
Your various groups of friends don't look like they're really getting along…



4 (
…but, hey, open bar – so you live in hope.)



5
Everyone wants to buy you shots, and there are more than 40 people there. Can we please just dial it down to a mild roar??



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6
And there’s that one person you’ve forgotten to thank for attending and bringing a present, and now the guilt is eating at you…



7
…until you drown it in those shots everyone is buying you, that is. You love everyone! Everyone loves you! Yay for birthdays! Yay for parties!



8
You get into DMCs with your BFF, her BF and your BF’s BFF. That’s when your BF (thankfully) realises it’s probably time to call a taxi. (Good man. Keep him.)



Related: 13 Signs That He's THE ONE


9
The hangover the next day has a lot in common with that time you saw that truck T-bone that car in that movie.



Hope you have a happy one, whenever it is!



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Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Human Barbie Is Against Feminism http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/human-barbie-is-against-femisnim
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According to GQ

'Ethnicities are mixing now, so there's degeneration, and it didn't used to be like that. Remember how many beautiful women there were in the 1950s and 1960s, without any surgery? And now, thanks to degeneration, we have this.'

Valeria has made it very clear that her independence and making her own reproductive choices is very important to her. Despite that though, Valeria has also said that she is 'not a feminist'

Definitely can't speak for her racist quote but the latter sounds like pretty feminist ideals to me. 

Via US Cosmo 






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Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Mugshots Of Our Favourite Fairytales http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/mugshots-of-our-favourite-fairytales Lindsay Lohan in her.

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Alice gets busted for narcotics possession


Busted Snow White!!


 
Guess Goldilocks shouldn't have enter those bears home. She gets busted for unlawfal entry


 
Guess Not-So-Little Read Riding Hood shouldn't have killed the wolf !





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Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
6 Of the WORST Father’s Day Gifts EVER http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/6-of-the-worst-fathers-day-gifts-ever gift, DO NOT choose any of the below…


1. Underwear
This is just disturbing…



2. Soap on a roap
We don’t care if it’s scented with Madagascan ylang ylang or dipped in gold… your dad will definitely not be happy
with this…



Related: Gift Guide For Father's Day


3. Hair-growth spray
This is just rude and insulting…



4. Potty Putter…



Related: Are You Dating Your Dad?


5. This (DISGUSTING) toilet-inspired cup…




6. We just can't...



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Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Happy Birthday Olsen Twins http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/happy-birthday-olsen-twins girl crush on these two?We feel like we have grown up with the Olsen twins since their Full House days. Their fashion sense and genetically good looks make us drool and let's not even get started on the genius that is The Row.

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Happy Birthday Twins!To many more in style.

Ps- we secretly hope that we age better than you do, the universe needs to cut us some slack!




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Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
A Cat's Guide To Taking Care Of Its Human http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/a-cats-guide-to-taking-care-of-its-human Cats are so independent that many of those adorable, or annoying things that we catch our cats doing are simply met with a shrug by us “humans”.

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But what if all those things your cat was doing is actually their way of trying to take care of you, because as this adorable video puts it; “humans are fragile”. Ok, ok, we’re not going to spoil it for you any further. Take a look at the video below:





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Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Throwback! Boy Band Edition http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/throwback-boy-band-edition- Welcome to Throwback Thursday where we look at videos from back in the day that still make our little hearts happy
Today we take you back into a time when elaborate choreography was still a big deal in music videos.  Or sometimes, just to switch it up, they just stand in front of the camera and sang together in harmony. One Direction, Jonas Brothers - take notes!


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First up: 
N'Sync says, 'Bye, Bye, Bye'

 

Next Up: BoyzIIMen are having trouble with going 'To The Eeeeeeend Ooooof The Road!'





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And Lastly, The Backstreet Boys 'Don't care who you are, where you're from, what you did, as long as you luuuuurve me!'

 


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Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Top Spots to Watch the Soccer World Cup http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/top-spots-to-watch-the-soccer-world-cup The Soccer World Cup kicks off tomorrow (it’s hard to believe that just four years ago we hosted it!). To make sure you get in on all the (hot) action, we’ve put together a list of the most festive venues to watch the games.



CAPE TOWN
Vasco Da Gama Tavern; 3 Alfred Street, Green Point
Foresters Arms; 52 Newlands Avenue
Kimberley Hotel; 48 Roeland St, Cape Town
Perseverance Tavern; 83 Buitenkant Street


Related: 8 SUPER-HOT Soccer Players


JOHANNESBURG
Jolly Roger; 10 4th Ave, Randburg
Molly Malones; Sunset Avenue, Sandton
The Brazen Head; corner of William Nicol Drive & Mulbarton Road
Paddy’s Sports Café; 115 Braam Fischer Drive


DURBAN

Joe Kools Restaurant; 137 Lower Marine Parade
News Cafe; Silver Oaks Centre, Silverton Rd
The George; Shop 15, Lighthouse Center, Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga


PRETORIA
McGinty’s Irish Pub; 1119 Burnette Street, Hatfield Square
Champions Sports Bar & Grill; 300 2nd Street


Related: Fun Fearless Things To Do SOLO In Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban


PORT ELIZABETH
FJ’S; 203 Circular Drive

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Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
The Pros and Cons Of Housemate Hookups http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-pros-and-cons-of-housemate-hookups bedroom doors down, consider these pros and cons first. 

PRO: 
You always have someone on your side when trying to discuss house matters with your other housemates. 
CON: 
It's a bit awks if your lover is the reason for any particular housemate issue. And if you two don't agree on a house issue and want to take another side. Also awks. 

PRO: 
The two of you never have to fight about who's place to stay over at - you both already live there!
CON: 
Since you both already stay there, it could get awkward when you want to be in your room by yourself and find yourself trying to think of nice, inoffensive ways of asking the housemate lover to exit.  


PRO: 
There's no excuse for not calling you after that steamy date you had the night before. 
CON: 
You can't get away with not calling him after that steamy date you had the night before. 

RELATED: How To Make A Fab First Date Impression

CON: 
If you guys have a fight, it's harder for you to leave and have enough time to cool off.  
PRO: 
By the time it comes to make up, all you have to do is walk down a couple bedrooms and get to the makeup sex!


PRO: 
You have a housemate to share groceries with.
CON: 
You may have to buy extra cereal this month because you have to account for the extra mouth you are now feeding. 

RELATED: 5 Signs You're Not Ready To Move In Together 

PRO: 
Helluuuur! You're actually dating someone! That's always exciting. 
CON: 
If you two break up (sad but worth thinking about), it may be harder to get over the relationship if you see each other every day. 


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Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Millennials Really Like Brunch Apparently http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/millennials-really-like-brunch-apparently breakfast foods in the late morning/early afternoon than finding a date. Are we even that surprised? Everyone knows that breakfast has the most tasy food options! Bacon in the morning, bacon in the afternoon, bacon at night, midniiiiiight bacon!!!!


According to the Times

One reason companies are eager to roll out dining apps is because millennials are spending more when eating out. A recent study found that teenagers now devote more money on food and events than clothing. They want to make sure they are paying for the most delicious, Instagrammable meal. Flashy handbags or cars are being traded in for brag-worthy experiences at funky diners or the newest sushi joint.

Go on any social media network right now #foodporn is very, very popular. And be honest, how often have you IGed your food too? It's not just the teens, the 20somethings are just as guilty. 

Instagram:  putting food photographers out of business since 2010!



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Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Of The Girliest Animals On The Internet http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/10-of-the-girliest-animals-on-the-internet animals that personify just what it means to be a girly-girl. We can already hear you squealing with delight!

RELATED: 11 ADORABLE Animals Doing Yoga Poses


Those cupcakes look delicious, but this cat is trying to watch her figure. Must. Resist. Temptation



 
Only the finest pearls will do for this puppy



 
Looks like this kitten is trying to be just like mommy



 
Breakfast at Tiffany's anyone? 




This cat looks so cute in these shoes, it needs to be instagrammed !



 
Looks like this dog doesn't know which shoes will go with her outfit. 


 
What's a girls night out without a little bit of white wine?


 
Looks like this young lady doesn't like the Christmas outfit she got from mom.


 
This dog is definitely enjoying the sun in style



 
This adorbale cat belongs to Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld. Need we say more?
 

 

 
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Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
These Kittens Dancing To 'Turn Down For What' Will Have You Ready For The Weekend http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/these-kittens-dancing-to-turn-down-for-what-will-have-you-ready-for-the-weekend cold keep you down. If it's too cold for you to go to the party, make the party come to you! These kittens prove that sometimes a little music indoors can be just as fun. 'Turn down for what?'


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Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Throwback! RnB Videos Edition http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/throwback-rnb-videos-edition- It's #ThrowbackThursday where we look at videos from back in the day that still make our little hearts happy.

Remember the days when it seemed everyone owned a white cotton suit and expressed heartbreak by dramatically standing under a running shower nozzle or in the rain? We do! And we suspect you'll love these gems. 










First up: 'Lately!' Has Tyrese told you he luuurves you?



If you're Jennifer Love Hewitt and in the dessert, Enrique Iglesias can be your 'Hero' and 'kiss away your pain'

 

And lastly, we give you Usher from back in his 'Confession' days with 'U Got It Bad'. And yes, 'you' is spelt as 'U'
 



 
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Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
These Underwater Photographs Will Take Your Breath Away http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/these-underwater-photographs-will-take-your-breath-away beautiful with shoot done by Montreal-based photographer Benjamin Von wong. Regular models and assistants would not make the cut for this special shoot so the photographer had to get a very specific type of talent and crew.

According to BoredPanda

To make the shoot possible, Von Wong had to find just the right people to support the photoshoot. Instead of photo assistants, he had experienced safety divers who provided the freediver models with breaths of air from their oxygen tanks. The underwater setting prohibited the use of studio luxuries like lighting – they had to rely on camera strobes and on natural lighting. For some of the shots, the models were actually tied down to the shipwreck – a miscommunication could have spelled disaster for their project.

The end results are extraordinary! 














Wanna know how they did it? Check out this cool BTS video




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Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
10 HILARIOUS Joey Moments in ‘Friends’ http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/10-hilarious-joey-moments-in-friends 1. When he donned the ‘turkey head’ and did a little jig…



2. This classic (and freaky) lipstick ad – for MEN



3. When one sweater just wasn’t enough…



4. When Joey and Ross shared this intimate moment…



5. Each time he said, ‘How you doin’?’



6. These adorable moments between Joey and Chandler…



And this weird one…



7. His what-were-you-thinking outfit choices…



8. When he was transformed into a mermaid…



9. He could never let food go to waste…



10. Joey and Chandler TRYING to dance…



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Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
The Five Biggest Misconceptions About Feminism http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-five-biggest-misconceptions-about-feminism #YesAllWomen


1. Feminists Hate Men

First on the list is the most common misconception. It's frightening how many people honestly believe this to be true. Just because I'm a feminist, doesn't mean that I want to abolish all men off this planet. Feminists strive for equality for both genders. We don't hate men, we just want to be seen as their equal. 

2. All Feminists Are Angry
We're not as uptight as some may think. We know how to take a joke. Of course that doesn't mean that we'll stand for misognyst statements disguised as humour. 

3. You Can't Be Feminine And A Feminist
In the immortal words of Zooey Deschanel (or as we like to call her, Jess from New Girl). 'We can't be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a fucking feminist and wear a fucking Peter Pan collar. So fucking what?" Tell 'em Zooey! 

4. Feminists Don't Want To Get Married And Have Kids
Just because I'm a woman, don't assume that I aspire to marriage and children for me to feel fulfilled. Just because I'm feminist, doesn't mean I don't mean I don't want a family of my own. Do you see what I'm getting at? Being feminist means that I'm not forced to follow either way, I have the freedom to CHOOSE what I want without fear of judgement. 


5. Men Can't Be Feminists
There are lots of debates going on about whether men can be seen as feminist or simply as 'feminist allies'. Either way, it's not unheard of for a man to identify as a feminist or feel strongly about women's issues. 

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Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Please, Ma’am, May We Have a S’More? http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/please-maam-may-we-have-a-smore Marshmallows and chocolate are a kick-ass combo – and this is why!


Whether you’re lucky enough to spend your winters in balmy KZN or are left shivering under several blankets by the latest snow or storm warning in the Cape provinces*, we have a s’more recipe that will keep you in love with the sweeter side of life.


IF YOU WANT WARM AND STICKY…
You’ll need marshmallows, your favourite slab(s) of chocolate and some crackers (Provitas also work well)

1 Light a fire – in a fireplace or braai (for warmth, ambience and cooking purposes).
2 Lay out crackers on a tray.
3 Top with chocolate.
4 Toast as many marshmallows as you want to eat.
5 Once they’re golden and gooey, place on top of each chocolate-covered cracker, top with another cracker, and squish gently. The chocolate will melt – and you will nom.

Trust us, you will nom!


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IF YOU WANT COLD AND SWEET…
You’ll need marshmallows, a tub of chocolate ice cream, ¼ cup of milk, a few drops of vanilla essence, a pinch of salt and some crushed crackers (for texture)

1 Preheat oven to 200°C.
2 Lay out 8 (or more) marshmallows on a foil-covered ovenproof tray, and bake/grill until golden and gooey. Keep an eye on them, and turn as needed.
3 Blend 450ml of ice cream with the milk, vanilla essence and salt, until smooth.
4 Add six of the toasted marshmallows to the mixture and zap it again.
5 Pour into glasses, top with the crushed crackers and leftover marshmallows, and slurp.

Yummm…


* Please note, if you happen to spend your winters in Gauteng, the Free State, North West, Limpopo or Mpumalanga, you’ll likely be able to enjoy the cold s’mores by day and the hot ones by night. You lucky thing!

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Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Phoebe’s 15 FUNNIEST Moments in ‘Friends’ http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/phoebes-15-funniest-moments-in-friends There are countless ‘Phoebe’ moments – too many to mention here. But here is a list of our favourite moments from our favourite funny girl.


1. The BEST Song Ever…



2. Her really weird but sweet gesture towards Rachel...



3. Everyone thought this about Chandler at first…



4. Defending herself after stabbing a policeman…



5. At least she’s being realistic…



6. Some more crazy song lyrics…



7. After spotting Monica and Chandler getting it on…


 


8. We loved her candid honesty…
 


9. ‘I’m Superwoman and this is how I roll…’
 


10. This rare, intimate moment with Joey…
 


11. Her scary cab-driver phase…
 


12. Revealing her box of memories from her tough days on the street…
 


13. Her weird, WTF philosophical afterlife/reincarnation beliefs…
 


14. Spying on Ugly Naked Guy…
 


15. And this AWESOME moment…

 
 
  
 


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Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
11 Types of Drunk Girls http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/11-types-of-drunk-girls 1. The Flirt
She flirts with every single male in the club … and may even go after your crush…



2. The Emotional Wreck
No matter what she drinks, she always ends up crying and overdramatises everything…
 



3. The Lightweight
She’s the friend you have to carry home – after just two cocktails



4. The Fake-Drunk Girl
Why would you do this?



5. The Party Animal
She's the one that always leaves when the bar closes... when it's just her and the cleaner left...



6. The Ravenous One
Without fail, when the time comes to leave the club, she’ll head straight to the nearest takeout/24-hour petrol-station shop and eat anything from stale old pies to triple-decked pizzas…



7. The Craaaazy Dancer
She’s the one who drunkenly pushes her way into the middle of a circle and ATTEMPTS to dance but epically fails…




8. The Screamer
She’s the REALLY loud one…



9. The Party Pooper
You normally find her sitting at the bar, with a judgmental look on her face, who NEVER dances (and basically NEVER wants to have fun, EVER)…



10. The bossy/scary-dragon drunk
Alcohol definitely doesn’t mix well with this girl and she can turn nasty



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Hangover Cures From Party Animals

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Thu, 29 May 2014 12:00 +0200
11 Signs You’re Obsessed With Your Cat http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/11-signs-youre-obsessed-with-your-cat Are you turning into a crazy cat lady?...



1. You celebrate their birthday every year with a gourmet cat-food cake



2. … And invite your friends to its birthday party…



3. It has a human name, like John or George…




4. You go for walks with it on a leash.




5. It has its own little miniature bed in your room…


6. You’ve created an Instagram page dedicated to them...



7. You spend more money on their grooming, toys and outfits than you do on yourself. Only Haute CATure will do…
 

 


8. You leave the tv on for them while you're at work so he/she doesn’t feel lonely…



9. You have more pictures of them on your walls than you do of your family…



10. You create kitsch pics like this…



11. You have a tattoo of them, and proudly show it off...




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Thu, 29 May 2014 12:00 +0200
In Memory Of Maya http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/in-memory-of-maya











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Thu, 29 May 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Signs You’re NOT a Morning Person http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/10-signs-youre-not-a-morning-person 1. You set your alarm – THREE times – and still don’t manage to wake up. ‘I just can’t’…

 

2. You use a really annoying alarm tune so it forces you out of bed.




3. You hear your alarm ringing in your dream, and then you’re in that weird awake-but-not-awake state, knowing in the back of your mind that you have to get up soon…



4. Your flatmate knows not to go near you until you have had at least one cup of coffee. NO-ONE messes with you before 9am…



5. In winter, it’s still dark when you wake up, so every morning you think you’ve still got hours to sleep … and five minutes later your alarm goes off…



6. And when the sun comes out in summer



7. Every morning you wake up with a groan…



8. ‘Sarcastic? Me? Never!’



9. Your friend asks you to go running with her in the mornings…



10. Your flatmate wakes you up as you’ve overslept (how kind of her) and you lash out at her…



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Wed, 28 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Eye-Candy ALERT: 6 HOT SA Models http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/eye-candy-alert-6-hot-sa-models Ah, how we wish it was summer - shirtless men showing off their god-like bodies... These HOT pics should tide you over til the end of winter...


1. Luc Lenferna de la Motte



2. Ntsolo Setlaba



3. Mias van der Westhuizen



4. Bryce Thompson



5. Dean Cooke



6. Brett Roux




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Wed, 28 May 2014 12:00 +0200
If Animals had Instagram Accounts… http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/if-animals-had-instagram-accounts- How adorably cute would it be if animals could take selfies? Brazilian stock-photo agency Diomedia decided to promote their wildlife-photography collection for National Geographic by depicting animals taking selfies. We think it’s brilliant!

Co-creator Silvio Medeiros said, ‘The whole idea its to show people that even during “selfies” and “Instagram” fever, decent images can still be produced. Now that anybody has access to mobile phones with good cameras, we can all be photographers.’








Best mother-and-baby selfie EVER!



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Tue, 27 May 2014 12:00 +0200
7 Ridiculous Questions Americans Ask South Africans http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/7-ridiculous-questions-americans-ask-south-africans 1. We had to include this classic Mean Girls quote:



2. ‘Is South Africa the capital of Africa?’
Seriously – there are people out there who are ignorant enough to ask this…



3. ‘Do you have a pet lion?’
Yes, of course we have pet lions. They sleep with us in our beds, and we take them for walks and let them mingle with our pet dogs and cats… (Even with a heavily sarcastic tone, many Americans would believe these implausible scenarios.)



4. ‘How do you drive with animals running around everywhere?’
As if our cities are riddled with herds of elephant, lions and zebras, who we happily interact with on a daily basis…



5. ‘Oh you’re from Cape Town, maybe you’ll know so-and-so?’
Yes, because our cities are so small that everyone knows everyone – we all live in one big communal tribe…



6. ‘Do you drink beer out of a pot?’
No - it's a cultural traditon but when we go out for a beer, it's from a keg or bottle... 



7. Do you have to hunt for food?
Yes – it’s really scary…




And this Trevor Noah video sums it all up:
 


Adam Sandler’s new movie, Blended, perfectly depicts many Americans’ prejudiced and stereotypical views on South Africa and Africa as a whole. We don’t suggest you even bother watching this, but here’s a peek at how ridiculous and cringe-worthy it is:




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Tue, 27 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Kim and Kanye's Caravan Honeymoon http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/kim-and-kanyes-caravan-honeymoon Kim K and Kanye on their honeymoon. The thing is it’s not exactly the luxurious ‘honeymoon of the year’ everyone expected; but rather it shows the photographer imagining the uber-celeb couple holidaying in a campervan.














Are those sheets Egyptian cotton with a 1000 thread count? We think not.


A picnic with a side of cheese…


Who doesn’t love a good game of swingball?


Having a Kumbaya sing along as Kim tends to the meat…

This article originally appeared on Marie Claire


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Mon, 26 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Father and Daughter Lip-Sync To Iggy Azalea’s "Fancy" and It's SO Cute! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/father-and-daughter-lip-sync-to-iggy-azaleas-fancy-and-its-so-cute But first, we must warn you, there is going to be cuteness overload in this video. Granted it's not hot male models and kittens or anything, but this father-daughter duo, lip-synching to Iggy Azalea is just... C.U.T.E. Seriously. 

If anything, this should become the staple father-daughter bonding ritual. Just jump in your car, head somewhere nice, and lip sync to your favourite songs. Don't forget to add a little head movement in there too if the song calls or it. Oh, and props. Don't forget the props. 

Just watch the video below to get some tips. 



Also, how cute is the girl when she refuses to sing Let It Go from Frozen? "We have to do real music!" 

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Fri, 23 May 2014 12:00 +0200
The Funniest Instagram Account YET http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-funniest-instagram-account-yet @YouDidNotEatThat Instagram account will probably make you pee your pants with laughter because not only is it actually hilarious, (those captions) but also, we have probably all been there, looking at a photo of a model eating a burger, and thinking, you did not eat that.

Like,


Caption: We'll tell you what nobody has time for- pretending to eat Oreos on a swimsuit shoot. @hauteofftherack come on. #youdidnoteatthat

You know what? She probably did eat those. Well, one.


Caption: No caption necessary

Well, of course. No one can eat a whole pot of pasta. Can they?

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Caption: Our heads just exploded. Bikinis and donuts on the beach. Nothing makes more sense. @collagevintage

and then there is this....


Caption: Let it be known that this very same donut was also photographed on the beach (in front of a bikini) and was posted 2 days ago. As if we need further proof @collagevintage #youdidnoteatthat

Basically, she might have just been caught out there.

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Caption: That time Kate Hudson smiled at a piece of cake. And then...didn't eat it. #youdidnoteatthat

If she won't eat it, we will.


Caption: @lifestylemirror we hope one of the photo production assistants ate this. Animal style. #youdidnoteatthat

We don't know. Maybe. What do you think?

For more YouDidNotEatThat, head over to @YouDidNotEatThat

Also, is anyone else hungry right now?

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Thu, 22 May 2014 12:00 +0200
11 ADORABLE Animals Doing Yoga Poses http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/11-adorable-animals-doing-yoga-poses These pics were too cute not to share. Who doesn’t love a laid-back yoga stretch?























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Wed, 21 May 2014 12:00 +0200
8 Things Only Girls Who Get PMS Understand http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/8-things-only-girls-who-get-pms-understand When that time of the month comes around, all hell breaks lose...




1. That ice-cream/chocolate/burger is not a want – it is a NEED!



2. You’ve been looking forward to a party for ages (and the date of the party is the same day your period starts) and a few days before, you notice a small bump on your chin that turns into a massive, red, angry monster – perfect for your night out… Damn you, PMS!
 


3. You snap at everyone – your man, your friends, your colleagues and even your poor cat. Nobody is exempt from your PMS rage.
 


4. You feel bloated and fat, and NOTHING seems to fit you properly.



5. You can’t stop crying – for no reason at all.



6. Food is on your mind constantly. You can just never satiate your appetite



7. You don’t want to go out at all, and just want to do this:



And eat disgusting, artery-clogging things like this:



8. And ... the dreaded pre-menstrual cramps...



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Wed, 21 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Jean Thongs? To Wear or Not To Wear? http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/jean-thongs-to-wear-or-not-to-wear  
This could possibly be the worst jean product ever. What do you think? 

This article originally appeared on Hurricane Vanessa



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Tue, 20 May 2014 12:00 +0200
8 Year Old Interviews Emma Stone and It Is The Cutest Thing Ever http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/8-year-old-interviews-emma-stone-and-it-is-the-cutest-thing-ever

Perfect.

Obvs.

Check his little face! Aaw
 
 


 
Best answer!

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Mon, 19 May 2014 12:00 +0200
9 Girly Things Men Love to Do http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/9-girly-things-men-love-to-do 1. Watch rom-coms (sometimes they may even shed a tear)…




2. AND musicals – but then again, you’re not normal if you don’t love The Sound of Music…



3. Spending aaaaages straightening and styling their hair.



4. Singing along to ANY of Justin Bieber’s/One Direction's/The Wanted’s songs (it has been done, often)…



5. Shopping … for themselves, that is – it’s hell when they have to traipse around a shopping mall with you while you um and ah, and go back to the same shops over and over again…

6. Ordering that pink drink, oh horror of horrors! But seriously, who cares if your man is drinking a Cosmo? (As long as he buys one for you too, of course.)



7. Sleeping with a fluffy toy (that they hide away during the day)…


 
8. Sipping a glass of wine while having a lavender-scented bubble bath, with Barry White playing in the background… Hang on, if he were listening to Barry White, that would be kinda weird…



9. Secretly loving watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians/So You Think You Can Dance/Giuliana and Bill



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Fri, 16 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Do You Jump In Too Soon? Take This Infatuation Quiz http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/do-you-jump-in-too-soon-take-this-infatuation-quiz
1. When you've agreed to go on a date, what do you hope for?
a) To meet the love of my life
b) Some good conversation, some good food and maybe a connection if it’s going really well
c) Nothing at all. I’ve been on enough bad dates to know it’s a waste of my time

2. Do you fall in “love” with all your boyfriends, even those that lasted a month?
a) Yes, it’s not my fault that the feeling of love always comes to me
b) No, I’ve been in love about twice
c) No, I haven’t loved any of my boyfriends at all

3. When a hot guy asks you out for a drink, your first thought is
a) Hmmm, we could make beautiful babies; I have to go for the sake of my future family
b) How nice to be asked out by a hottie, I’m definitely going
c) Hot boys are trouble. He probably has a girlfriend hidden away somewhere

4. You’ve been on three good dates with a new guy, you think that
a) He’s definitely the one, our bond is unbreakable
b) We are having a good time, let’s see where this goes
c) He probably just wants to have sex and then he will be MIA

5. When you tell your friends that you’ve met ‘the one’, they say
a) Wasn’t the guy from the club supposedly the love of your life?
b) Really? When? Do tell!
c) You have to stop pretending Idris Elba is your boyfriend and go out on real dates

MOSTLY A’s
You get infatuated at the speed of lightning. Slow down, enjoy the moment and see how things go before writing your wedding vows. Not every date or boyfriend is meant to last forever, just around the ride.

MOSTLY B’s
You know that not every good date means happily ever after. You have a healthy outlook on dating and finding love.

MOSTLY C’s
You have taken things to the extreme. Not all guys are out to break your heart. Go out and have some fun; you might even meet someone special.



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Fri, 16 May 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Genius Photo Tips From Pros http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/5-genius-photo-tips-from-pros Wanting to take your photos to the next level? Our tips will help turn you into the next Annie Leibovitz.

1) Ansel Adams took one of the most famous pictures in the world: a migrant worker sitting with her children. The secret to creating such an iconic image? Visualisation, says Adams: start composing the pic in your mind’s eye before you snap.

2) With tons of portraits appearing in mags like Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair, Annie Leibovitz is queen of people photos. She says that she’s fallen in love a little with each of the celebs she’s shot, and that’s why she’s been able to show her subjects so intimately.

3) Gary Winogrand is recognised as one of the world’s top photographers. One of his mantras was “when in doubt, click”. Take more than one shot at a time, because you never know – the way your subject moves from one second to the next might make all the difference.

4) Photographer Jamie Frater says it’s a good idea to try different things with your snaps. So, if you are taking a group shot, use props and place people to create interesting angles. Or, frame your pics differently: instead of taking a horizontal picture, try a vertical frame. And move in close: not only will this help to reduce distractions caused by out-of-place objects hovering in the background, it will also let you get a clear focus.

5) Frater warns that lighting could make or break your picture. Remember that overhead lighting casts shadows, so be prepared to move things around to make the most of light. If you’re shooting people, the soft grey light of a cloudy day will make them look their best; if it’s scenic pics you’re after, try shooting in the early morning or early evenings.




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Fri, 16 May 2014 12:00 +0200
The Cannes Film Festival Begins! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-cannes-film-festival-begins Grace Of Monaco starring Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth. Nicole and Tim were there too by the way. As were Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe, Jane Fonda, Kendall Jenner – these are just the people coming off the top of my head! What I’m trying to say here is that it was awesome. I got to walk the red carpet in a beautiful ball gown and pretty shoes and watch a movie with these big Hollywood names. I also got to see a really great picture.

Having to walk down the red carpet was intimidating at the beginning but once you start walking and owning it, it gets to be a lot of fun. Of course, now I have a lot more respect for celebrities who have to walk down that carpet by themselves. Us regular folks get to walk down along with a bunch of other people. The paparazzi on the sides are snapping away so all you see are bright flashes as you walk down. The celebs on the other hand have to do that whole walk alone. Having to walk down, past the flashes and all the paparazzi shouting out your name while still managing to not trip over your dress – it’s an art in itself. I now totally understand why Jennifer Lawrence has tripped so many times while walking down that carpet. It’s really hard not to.

After the screening I’ve had to come back to my hotel room and get ready to go out again. I’m really excited about what awaits me in the streets of Cannes tomorrow. For now I’ve got to make my way out again. Make that five outfit changes!

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Thu, 15 May 2014 12:00 +0200
When Animals Do Human Things… http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/when-animals-do-human-things …it's pretty much our everything!


We love cute animal GIFs as much as anyone – but we also find it uncanny how good some animals can be at doing things we'd normally expect people to do.

It all started with this guy, whose impression of a pole-dancer had us in stitches:


 

Then there was this monkey, om-nom-nommiing its way into our hearts:
 

Om nom nommmmm


And this guy, going at 50 words per minute:
 
We've got some interviews that need transcribing…


This dog, reenacting Solange for his owner:
 
'And she was, like, Jigga, say whaaaaa…?'


These sheep, who have clearly watched one too many C-grade biker-gang movies:
 
Going somehwere, punk?


This little gymnast, exhausted from his last workout:
 
Just gonna rest my eyes for a bit, K?

These pandas, being total man-children:
 
Really, boys?



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And, finally, this Husky in sunnies, who you'd swear is actually driving the car:
 
Or giving us the stink-eye for how we're driving ours!
 

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And, in unrelated news, check out this epic, epic Golden Retriever: 
 

WE WANT!

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Thu, 15 May 2014 12:00 +0200
6 On-Screen Wardrobes You Wish You Had http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/6-on-screen-wardrobes-you-wish-you-had
Sex and the City
Carrie Bradshaw is without a doubt the wardrobe queen of TV. With Manolos in excess, this legendary walk-in wardrobe could only be outdone by the dream wardrobe Mr Big built for her in the first SATC movie. 
 
 
 

Clueless

Cher Horowitz put her outfits together each morning using a virtual wardrobe. What more could you ask for?
 
 
Princess Diaries 2
Living the life of a real princess, Princess Mia has a wardrobe the size of a room. Those drawers stacked with diamonds? A girls best friend! 
 
 
The Great Gatsby
Jay Gatsby is very over the top: the parties, the house and, most importantly, the wardrobe – a two-level area with space for clothes and more clothes.
 
 
Gossip Girl
18-year-old New York princess Blair Waldorf had a wardrobe that many women only dream of.
 
 
 
 
The Bling Ring
This movie allowed us to have a look inside a real Hollywood wardrobe, the one in question belonging to Paris Hilton. The designer goodies that filled it were the things that even dreamers dream of!
 

 

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Thu, 15 May 2014 12:00 +0200
The Definitive List of ‘Mean Girls’ Quotes http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-definitive-list-of-mean-girls-quotes Mean Girls has to be one of our favourite movies of all time, and this year is its 10-year anniversary! Back in 2004, Lindsay Lohan could still be described as 'innocent' and 'sweet' – not words you hear about her nowadays, sadly... But we definitely LOVE her in Mean Girls!

Here is our list of the best quotes from the movie #LOLS...



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3. Talking about Janice...



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What ever happened to this hottie?...



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8.  Talking about Gretchen...



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16. Snapping back at Jason, the chauvinistic pig (and Gretchen's love interest).



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26. To Gretchen...



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Thu, 15 May 2014 12:00 +0200
When You Simply Have No Words… http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/when-you-simply-have-no-words Someone is finally translating ‘untranslateable’ words – with the help of illustrated posters!


With our 11 official languages, we’re quite used to using Afrikaans or Xhosa words when English is not good enough – when we simply can’t translate a word into an English equivalent without using an entire paragraph.

New Zealand media designer Anjana Iyer has adapted this concept for the 100 Days Project website, which encourages artists to choose a single creative activity and repeat it every day for 100 days. Iyer has chosen 100 ‘untranslateable’ words from various languages and made a poster for each of them. There’s a picture-worth-a-thousand-words cliché in here somewhere – but the results are anything but clichéd. In fact, ‘Found in Translation’ has become one of our favourite word-nerdy projects – and this is why:


It's happened to all of us at least once!



Sometimes, when we're having a crappy day,
we contemplate the possibility of this fate…


And we all want to be part of this vibe!

New illustrations are being added daily – we’re kind of holding thumbs for deurmekaar!
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Wed, 14 May 2014 12:00 +0200
12 Reasons Why Best Friends are Better than Boyfriends http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/12-reasons-why-best-friends-are-better-than-boyfriends- 1. You don’t have to sit through rugby/cricket/soccer games with them – you’ve got better things to do with your time!



2. They understand your love for shopping.



3. She’ll be honest with you if you ask her if you look terrible in that outfit. 



4. She doesn’t judge your choice in rom-coms. 



5. They understand and sympathise with you when you have PMS (guys will never, ever get it). 



6. You get to borrow her clothes when you have nothing to wear for a night out. 



7. You can look your worst in front of her and not care – throwing up all over yourself after a night out/red-faced, sniffling, sneezing, and generally looking like death when you have the flu/with your anti-spot cream/face mask all over your face…



8. When you’ve had a really, really bad day she'll be at your door with a bottle of wine and chocolate to try and cheer you up. 



9. They get your obsession with editing and posting pics of yourself on Instagram/Facebook – using the best filter, cropping out your arm that you think looks massive… 



10. You don’t have to beg and plead with them to join you on the dance floor.
 


11. They love a good gossip session (gossiping with your boyfriend is, frankly, bloody boring and they just don’t get it).



12. You can motivate each other to get fit by going to gym classes together.


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Wed, 14 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Top 10 Fashion Films of All Time http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/top-10-fashion-films-of-all-time

Fashion movies can be inspiring to your own sense of personal style.  Odds are, if you know fashion, then you’ll know of these fantastic fashion movies.  Here are our top 10 picks.


























10 – THE EDGE OF LOVE

Set in the countryside in the 1940’s this film is not only a love story, but also a love affair with vintage clothing. Basically a hipster's paradise and proof that  if you wait long enough, you'll be able to wear your grandmother's skirt and not be mocked for it. This is a must see fashion film, and Keira and Sienna looks fab in every single frame.




9 – FACTORY GIRL

Based on the 1960s underground film star, socialite and Andy Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick.  We love this movie for its pop art and amazing fashion ensambles on the beautiful Sienna Miller.



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8 – CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC

For obvious reasons this movie is in the top 10.  Amazing fashion pieces for one addicted Rebecca Bloomwood.  We love Sex & the City stylist Patricia Filed for creating these adventurous and bright costumes, striking the perfect balance between chic and fashion-victim.


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7 – BONNIE & CLYDE

Bonnie and Clyde triggered a fashion revoloution, bringing back berets and the maxi skirt.  We love when film influences fashion (HELLO Great Gatsby themed 21sts all over the country), this crime spree couple looks impeccable and there is no crime in that.




6 – THE GREAT GATSBY

Enough said, this is a must see movie.  Amazing costumes, acting and love story. Yep, Catherine Martin deserved her Oscar.We won't comment on whether Leo did. 
 



5 – CLUELESS 

Ah, Clueless. The movie that brought us fuzzy pens and lines like 'as if'.  Obviously we're obsessed with the fashion too.  I mean its like totally classic old school.  Watch Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX working the trend here. 




4 – SEX & THE CITY

Carrie Bradshaw changed our world. She's a small screen legend of our time.  We became friends with all the girls and drooled over each and every clothing item! We laughed at Samantha's potty mouth and on-point observations ('You cant swing a Fendi bag witout knocking over 5 losers'). We received love and compassion from Charlotte and some brutal  #truth bombs from Miranda.



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3 – BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

New York, classic fashion and Audrey.  The perfect combination for a fabulous fashion film that became iconic in our time.





2 – FUNNY FACE

Based on the Vogue editor Diana Vreeland – takes the young-and unknown Jo Stockton (Audrey Heburn) from a assistant in a book store and turns her into a Paris fashion model. This is a fun fashion film about the insight of fashion magazine publishing.




1 – THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

Ok, so this is an obvious choice, but the fashion is truly amazing in this movie, a million girls would kill for Anne Hathaway's Paris couture. 'That's all'.




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Wed, 14 May 2014 12:00 +0200
11 Stages of Getting Drunk http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/11-stages-of-getting-drunk 1. You come home after a long day at work and reach for that much-needed bottle of wine.



2. An hour and a half later you’ve polished off the whole bottle (oops), and start to feel rather tipsy… 



3. The wine has put you in a party mood and you’re raring to go so you ask some friends to meet you for some drinks at a nearby bar.



4. You put on some dance tunes/golden oldies/rap – whatever gets you going – as you get ready for your night out, and start belting out tunes.



5. When you arrive at the bar and spot your friends you shout out, ‘WOO HOO!



6. A round of drinks later, shots are ordered and EVERYONE has to have one, and if you don’t you’re a party-pooper…



7. One shot turns into seven…



8. Time to hit the dance floor (bearing in mind that at this stage you can barely walk in a straight line).



9. It’s now about 4am … time to hit McDs (any fast food will suffice at this stage)!



10. And you definitely can’t do this at the end of the night without falling over…



11. Lastly … drunk-eating in bed…

 
 
 
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Wed, 14 May 2014 12:00 +0200
4 Body Language Cues To Help You Suss Everyone Out Better http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/4-body-language-cues-to-help-you-suss-everyone-out-better
If you sometimes get confused about whether your boyfriend really stayed home last night or whether your boss is mad at you for something, learning to listen to more than just words can help. Here are some tips:

1. In a Flash
People can try to conceal their emotions but no matter how cool they try to play it, their faces will give them away. Make it a habit to look at people and then you’ll spot their micro expressions. That is a flash of real emotion; a scowl when their lips are smiling or a grin when they are supposed to be angry. The truth lies in these micro expressions

2. Happy Feet?
If their face isn’t giving away much, look at people’s feet to know what the deal is. If someone’s feet are facing the door or angled away from you, they have disengaged. If someone is fully into the conversation they are having with you, their whole body, including their feet, will face you.

Related: What His Body Language Reveals
Related: The Body Language Of Love

3. Lip Service
If your man is licking his lips while trying to explain why his phone was off last night, he could be lying. Lying puts stress on the body which results in a dry mouth. So before you think he’s licking his lips coz of how hot you look, check the story first.

Related: 5 Ways to Make Your Relationship Work Better

4. Short And Not So Sweet
Short answers aren’t always a good sign. If that’s what you’re getting from your boss, he/she might not be happy with you and may need some space to calm down.

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Tue, 13 May 2014 12:00 +0200
6 Hilarious Pinterest Fails http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/6-hilarious-pinterest-fails We’ll give them credit for at least trying…


1. Freaky shark cupcakes...



 


2. We think BOTH of these hedgehog cakes are freaky…



3. Very sad-looking rubber-duck cupcakes…



4. Evil octopus tart…



5. Justin Bieber (SCARY) meatloaf cake...



 
6. Pikachu would be terribly offended by this monstrosity…

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Tue, 13 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Solange and Jay Z Fight, The Internet Reacts With Memes http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/solange-and-jay-z-fight-the-internet-reacts-with-memes TMZ released a video of the two of them having it out in an elevator after the Met Gala while Beyonce looked on, the Internet reacted the only way it knows how - via memes, hilarious memes.  

For example, 



 





 










And then there is this vine 

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Tue, 13 May 2014 12:00 +0200
11 Problems Only Tall Girls Will Understand http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/11-problems-only-tall-girls-will-understand

Being tall has its advantages. Reaching the top cupboard in the kitchen or jumping a fence Bridesmaids-style.



But there are still LOADS of things that are SO hashtag annoying.




1. Jeans will always be cropped. Unless you go for the expensive 'investment' brands that do separate waist and leg measurements, you're gonna have to roll 'em up.


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2. Your short or regular height friends are like 'why do you wear heels when you know you're going to be towering over us?' and you're like 'because they're pretty and it's not my fault you prefer sneakers'.

 


3. Getting a crick in your neck from kissing your regular-height boyfriend whilst wearing heels in da club. 
 



4. Trying to get your head into the frame of group photos i.e. practicing your
Boity-bum squats.

5. Being shoved in the back of group photos so that nobody will ever see the R2000 dress you bought for this wedding.

6. Never looking good in a photo because nobody can get a high angle picture of you unless you get them to stand on a chair. 



7. Leg room. Airplanes. When your small friend insists on picking you up in her Mini Cooper and you have to sit with your knees next to your ears.

8. On that note, sitting in the back of two-door cars. There is just no glamourous way for your Amazonian body to exit through that tiny and awkwardly-placed space. It's basically like going through the birth canal all over again.

 



9. Having friends tell you not to wear heels on a
first date 'in case he is shorter than you'. If he has insecurities, that's his problem. You wear your Jeffrey Campbell boots and you strut like Beyonce in them. Because you're #flawless. 



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10. 'How's the weather up there?' Seriously? Do you also listen to The Cure and watch Dawson's Creek? Because the
nineties the last time that line was funny. 
 



11. People think you're an exhibitionist because your skirts are always just too short. You don't mean for other people to see your bum (even though you've been doing Boity-squats all your life - see point 4) they just don't make skirts with people your height in mind. 


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Tue, 06 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Cute Kitten Version of Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Video http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/cute-kitten-version-of-katy-perrys-dark-horse-video Katy’s hit song is a MUST-SEE. We think ‘Katy Furry’ has a nice ring to it! It’s created by The Pet Collective, a website that posts cute, heart-warming animal videos.

 

We LOVE the ‘kitty’ lyrics!

 
MEOW
[Kitty K:]
Yeah
We know who kitty is
Katy Furry
Kitty K, aha.
Let’s prowl
[Katy Furry:]
You heard me purr
So you came to play with me
You brought me toys
But you better pet me gingerly
‘Cause I, I may not play with anything
Or just one thing or everything
I won’t answer if you call me
I’ll bother you when I’m lonely
But don’t expect to just come play with me, don’t play with me, stop holding me
So you wanna play with Kitty?
Human you should know that’s what dogs are for
Don’t you know who the real boss is?
Cause my claws will treat you like a scratching post
Are you ready for, ready for
A kitten storm, kitten storm
Cause once I run, once I run
I’m not coming back
[Kitty K - Rap Verse:]
Meow
She’s a cat
I call her Kitty (kitty cat)
She got a secret
Like Walter Mitty
Her fur is like a dog
I was tryin to tease it and squeeze it
But lil’ kitty so dope
I messed around and got a-kitt-ed
[Katy Furry:]
So you wanna play with Kitty?
Human you should know that’s what dogs are for
Don’t you know who the real boss is?
Cause my claws will treat you like a scratching post
Are you ready for, ready for
A kitten storm, kitten storm
Cause once I run, once I run
I’m not coming back

 
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Mon, 12 May 2014 12:00 +0200
What Happened to Good Horror? http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/what-happened-to-good-horror We blame today's fluffy teen dramas for ruining the scariest genre


It’s scary how unscary traditionally scary characters can be these days. From vampires that sparkle in the sun and buff werewolves with outstanding six-packs to beautiful witches with even more beautiful sisters and the glorious reimagined aliens of the 21st century, let's just say that instead of being afraid of the bumps in the night, we’re wondering what a tortured, beautiful soul is lurking under that dark, mysterious exterior.

We wonder about that tortured Atrian soul of yours a lot, Roman…
(Photographs: Instagram/mattlanter)


Here are eight ways in which we reckon recent teen dramas have ruined the horror genre – and some things to watch to recapture the terror of it.

1 Instead of flesh-eating zombies – rotten corpses intent on getting at our brains – we have the rather sexy Nicholas Hoult, looking pale and interesting in Warm Bodies.
YOUR HORROR CURE The Walking Dead. No guyliner here…


(Photographs: Rex Features & Instagram/warmbodies)
 

2 Vampires have always been mysterious and beautiful – but not dreamy and kind. Yet Twilight had us drooling over the sparkly Cullen boys; and let’s not even get started on The Vampire Diaries’ broody, badass Salvatore brothers.
YOUR HORROR CURE True Blood. At least we always knew where we stood with these blood-suckers.


(Photographs: Thinkstock & Instagram/twilight)
 

3 Once upon a time, werewolves were rabid demon dog creatures that ripped their victims to shreds in the night – or turned them into ripping serial killers with one bite. Now we have ginger puppies called Jacob Black, the golden-eye conscience brigade of Teen Wolf and that lot in Bitten who tend to spend a lot of time walking around naked. (Not that we mind, to be fair.)
YOUR HORROR CURE The Underworld franchise – it’ll put you off having pets for a while.

(Photographs: Thinkstock & Instagram/teenwolf)


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Child-eating, green-skinned, wart-covered faces of pure evil are a thing of the past – these days it’s all sweet Emma Watson and her dorky friends, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum and her mind-bogglingly beautiful family of witches with heart.
YOUR HORROR CURE American Horror Story Season 3. Evil indeed.


(Photographs: Thinkstock & Instagram/weasleys_wand)

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Compare the 1979 Alien, which tends to lay its eggs inside you before bursting spectacularly from your chest in a shower of gore and slimy tentacles, with the pretty blue beings in Avatar and the blue-eyed beauties in The Host. Hardly terrifying.
YOUR HORROR CURE The X-Files – it’s classic alien noir that will make you rethink your burning desire to meet our otherworldly counterparts.

(Photographs: Rex Fatures)


Related: Our Top 10 Scariest Movies


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A succubus is a female demon that feeds off the energy of other humans, often using sex. These creatures used to be depicted as frightening; but they’ve since been replaced by sexy babes Megan Fox (Jennifer’s Body) and Anna Silk (Lost Girl).
YOUR HORROR CURE Splice. We can’t explain it – you just have to see it for yourself.


(Photographs: Thinkstock & Instagram/lostgirl008)
 

7 Gladiator and Battle Royale kept us spellbound even as we cringed at the gruesome gore of people fighting to the death day after day for the entertainment of others. And then we get to meet the pretty Katniss Everdeen, and partake in the love triangle dilemma of 2013. Really?
YOUR HORROR CURE Gamer. It might not have won any awards but it stars Gerard Butler.

(Photographs: Getty Images & Rex Features)


Related: When BAD Films Happen to Good Actors



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Psychopaths and murderers used to be twisted, sadistic, violent maniacs: Norman Bates, Patrick Bateman and Jack Torrance terrorised us with their very existence, albeit fictional. Now we get to deal with a group of teenagers who like to mess with each other in Pretty Little Liars. It’s the last straw!
YOUR HORROR CURE The Following. It’ll bring back the chill factor of how messed up people can actually be.


(Photographs: Getty Images & Instagram/secretive.liars)

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Mon, 12 May 2014 12:00 +0200
The SA Film Industry is Heating Up! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-sa-film-industry-is-heating-up Lord of War with Nicholas Cage and Jared Leto? Yep – Hout Bay doubled for Bolivia and Cape Town’s Foreshore was JFK airport circa late '80s.



We all heard about Denzel Washington firing guns in Cape Town's Eastern Food Bazaar for his film Safehouse (understandable as Ryan Reynolds clearly wasn’t getting enough protein from them).

Since then Hollywood and the rest of the world has taken a keen interest in shooting down here. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron shot Mad Max 4 in Namibia (but the whole thing was serviced from Cape Town).

We’ve had Stephen Fry here shooting The Borrowers. The unstoppable Meryl Streep just shot her new offering The Giver. The Judge Dredd remake Dredd 3D was mostly shot at the Cape Town Film Studios (look closely – the foyer of the Peach Trees building is none other than the outside staircase area of Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre. In fact – that same area serves the climax in the sleeper hit Chronicle, which was set in Seattle).



Then we have the world of television! Michael Bay (the director of Transformers and Armageddon – pretty much the most financially successful director working at the moment) chose Cape Town for all 5 seasons of his show Black Sails. Homeland is shooting their fourth season down here. Yup; it’s all coming together.



So what about films being made by South Africans? I don’t mean the brilliance of District 9, which isn’t a South African film but a film made by a guy who once upon a time lived here. I mean films created and produced by local filmmakers.

One example is Of Good Report, which stirred the pot brilliantly when it was banned from the Durban International Film Festival. Some uppity censorship people decided South Africa isn’t ready for a Tarantino-esque take on Lolita in an Eastern Cape township. Is underage sex, obsession, lust, brutal murder and deceit too much for us? Come now.

On the comedy front Konfetti is a film that is currently out and cleaning up at international film festivals in the USA. Yup – an Afrikaans / English romcom about a South African wedding gone wrong is winning best actress and best editing awards in the land of movies. These times they are a changing.

And then we have a psychological thriller horror that will give Christian Bale and Stephen King nightmares – The Actor. The Actor is about a jaded actor who unleashes a dark side of himself to perform the perfect role, threatening everything he loves. As he gets deeper into the character of a man possessed the lines between acting and actual possession blur: how far will he take it and will his daughter have to pay the price?



We’ve actually met the filmmaker of The Actor – the gorgeous Aidan Whytock was our Guy Candy pick last year. We knew he was a brilliant actor then but he kept it very quiet that he was actually in the middle of directing his first feature film!



So what are the challenges in the way of South Africa coming up with more world-class films? Sadly financing is a big one. We don’t have the big studios of Hollywood to bankroll our talented filmmakers so usually the money comes out of the filmmaker’s own pockets. This is a vicious circle because if their pockets were deep enough to finance a big budget film they wouldn’t be in SA anymore. Sad.

Crowdfunding has become an answer to throwing off these shackles. In fact, The Actor has just embarked on an Indiegogo Campaign to raise the finishing funds for their film (click through to check out their campaign here.)

So while Hollywood keeps rolling into town and taking advantage of our amazing locations and skilled talent our local guys have been watching and learning. Watch this space – South African film is well on it’s way to the big league.
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Sat, 10 May 2014 12:00 +0200
In Case You Need Reminding, YOU Are Flawless http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/in-case-you-need-reminding-you-are-flawless Flawless came out everybody went crazy, because not only do we have fresh new #'s we can caption our Instagram photos with, we actually get a fresh new reminder that you know what, Beyonce is right, we are so flawless it hurts. So naturally this was our theme song, ring tone, alarm tone, you name it. Not us alone though, fashion blogger GabiFresh, over at GabiFresh.com launched a movement called #everyBODYisflawless, and recreated the video with a couple of her friends. The message GabiFresh is trying to send is that "you don't have to be a certain size to claim your flawlessness. Fat is not a flaw. This video is dedicated to anyone else who thinks it's their right to try to make us feel less than because of their insecurities. #everyBODYisflawless"  

Watch the video below: 




Related: We Need To Talk About Beyonce's Instagram Account
Related: What would Beyonce do?
Related: 7 Celeb No-Makeup Selfies


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Fri, 09 May 2014 12:00 +0200
These Pictures Will Make You Question The Relationship You Have With Your Cat http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/these-pictures-will-make-you-question-the-relationship-you-have-with-your-cat
So you have a cat, you love your cat, you and your cat have this really special relationship that no one understands, especially your dog. In fact, no one and their cat can come close to doing the amazing things you and your cat get up to. And this is all true - so please when you see images of these cats being the BEST, remember how awesome your cat really is! (Read: don't trade the poor thing in) 

Say hello to the "I'm taking my first steps" cat 



 
and the "I think you missed a spot sweetheart. I'll get it for you" 
 

The "
you guys!! It's a balloon I can pop!" cat also says hello.


Have you met "I'm so cool they name mugs after me" cat? Yeah he really is so cool! 


Or "don't mind me, I'm just over here doing my yoga. Whats up witchu?" 


But seriously the "go faster human, go faster!" cat has got to be the best  


Followed by "how do you guys usually use this thing?" 


But before we forget you MUST say hi to "you better call me adorable, because aren't I just?"


For more of these insanely cute cat pictures go to BuzzFeed, or look at the pictures of your cat on your phone. Either or. 

Related: Why Do So Many Women Love Cats So Much, When Cats Seriously Don't Care?
Related: 12 Things Only Cat Owners Understand
Related: HOT Models Rapping + Kittens = Cuteness Overload


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Fri, 09 May 2014 12:00 +0200
7 Hilarious Makeup Fails http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/7-hilarious-makeup-fails Brace yourselves…


1. YIKES! The hair, self-tan, eye makeup and those FREAKY eyebrows – she looks like something out of a low-budget, doll-zombie flick...



2. Clown face (or at least we hope she’s dressing up as a clown and doesn’t actually think this is a good look)…




3. Leighton normally looks stunning – don't know what happened here...



4. It hurts our eyes to look at this… Tone down the self-tan (and eye makeup and lipstick), girl!



5. Leopard-print lipstick? Eeuww…



6. OMG!!! We had to take a step back after seeing this. Maybe Kim was trying to dress up as a scary version of Diana Ross for a Halloween party…



7. And this…

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Fri, 09 May 2014 12:00 +0200
9 Things All Single Girls Understand http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/9-things-all-single-girls-understand 1. Your ex posts a new profile pic of him and his new girlfriend on Facebook, and it has 100 likes – HEART DROPS… 



2. Will everyone just stop getting engaged and married – Facebook-announcement OVERLOAD! Enough of this ‘it’s only official once it’s on Facebook’ nonsense!



3. WHERE is HE (The One)?!



4. After a first date with a guy (yip, the FIRST date), you imagine saying your name with his surname.



5. You’re at a shopping centre and there seem to be couples EVERYWHERE – holding hands, laughing, kissing, whispering… Seeing this leads you to think one of two things:



OR (you secretly WANT to be in a relationship)



6. That awkward moment when you’re at a club and you think a guy is coming to talk to you but then he gives a huge hug to a girl next to you...
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7. When you see another girl kissing your crush on the dance floor at a club...
8. You receive yet ANOTHER wedding invitation in the mail…



9. It’s date night – with your food…



Related links: Single in a Couple's World
Single-Girl Diffusers
Better Single Than Sorry


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Thu, 08 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Adele Has Send Out A Coded Message About Her New Album http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/adele-has-send-out-a-coded-message-about-her-new-album Adele is coming to the rescue! 

Yesterday she tweeted:






We're holding out hope that this means she's working on 25.


According to Jezebel:

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Tue, 06 May 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Things Only Girls With Sisters Understand http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/10-things-only-girls-with-sisters-understand 1. She drives you CRAZY but you could never live without her.



2. When she goes on holiday and packs your favourite dress (that she knows you’ll want to wear on the weekend) without telling you.



3. You can borrow each other’s clothes but ONLY if you ask first – you can avoid many a cat fight by doing this one simple thing.



4. You understand (most) of each other’s quirks and idiosyncrasies.



5. You know when she’s lying and vice versa.



6. She knows exactly how to cheer you up. Whether it’s a night in watching movies and eating comfort food or going dancing, she knows how to put a smile on your face.



7. You both have jokes that only you two understand.



8. She’s not afraid to be brutally honest with you when others are too scared to tell you the truth (like if the guy you’re with is not right for you).



9. Copying each other used to drive you both INSANE (hopefully, you’ve both grown out of this annoying habit).
 


10. You have a unique bond that no-one can ever break, thanks to all the special memories you’ve shared together.




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Thu, 08 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Is There Is A New 'Thigh Gap' in Town? http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/is-there-is-a-new-thigh-gap-in-town
How it works:
Touch your index finger to the tip of your nose and rest your hand against your chin. If your lips don’t touch your finger, then well, you’re pretty! In case it does, you better start relying on something like your great personality or sense of humour to win people over…



 
This sounds like pure hogwash, doesn’t it? What’s really funny is that Victoria Beckham, widely regarded in China as a woman of great beauty, doesn’t pass the finger-trap test. Jason Chen, an active Weibo user, says, ‘It’s a joke. This is how you can tell who’s pretty? Honestly, everything people do on Weibo is just for fun.’

 

When it comes to something like this – or the thigh gap – we clearly need to take a closer look at the issue and challenge it, especially as many women are starving themselves in order to achieve this ‘desirable’ look. I just can’t see people getting their lips cosmetically reduced or using lip restrainers in order to pass this ‘test’.
But stranger things have happened…

This article appeared originally on Marie Claire 


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Tue, 06 May 2014 12:00 +0200
The Secret To Getting More Instagram Followers http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-secret-to-getting-more-instagram-followers

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, eBay Research Labs, and DigitalGlobe have done the figuring for us and calculated how or what makes for the perfect Instagram pic. Led by MIT doctoral candidate Aditya Khosla, they wrote an algorithm to help predict how popular photos will be received on social media. It’s really easy, all you have to do to test it yourself is upload your own photo and press the ‘Run’ button to see its ‘popularity API’. The team sourced 2,3-million photos from Flickr and gathered data points on each of them as they considered the photos’ colours, textures, gradients, objects present, tags, and more, and then measured what gets the most reach.




Some of the most popular trends were scantily clad subjects or pictures with a strong singular pull like guns or maillot poses. This tool, essentially, appeals to one’s vanity because it’s a really good indicator of whether the post is a good, bad or indifferent idea before you put it up.



So go ahead snap away and score.

This article originally appeared on Marie Claire



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Tue, 06 May 2014 12:00 +0200
7 Things Only Blonde Girls Understand http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/7-things-only-blonde-girls-understand It's a tough life...


1. People not believing you when you say your blonde hair colour is natural (they’re just jealous).



2. Getting FED UP with the endless blonde jokes. They are NEVER funny.



3. You have blonde eyelashes so you look kind of weird when you don’t have mascara on – like you don’t have any eyelashes.



4. At school, your hair would go green from all the chlorine in the swimming pool. 



5. Being stereotyped as an idiot. Seriously – assuming someone is an idiot based solely on their hair colour is idiotic in itself. 



6. If you’re not a natural blonde, regrowth is a nightmare and you have to spend money every month highlighting your hair. But if you’re strapped for cash, just say you’re going for the ombré look, à la Jared Leto.



7. Deciding on which blonde shade to go for when dying your hair is a major struggle and needs serious thought … platinum/streaky/yellow/silvery… it’s a tough choice...




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Tue, 06 May 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Awesome Reasons to LOVE Winter http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/10-awesome-reasons-to-love-winter 1. You have an excuse to not shave your legs.



2. You don’t have to wake up too early to see a sunrise.



3. You get to wear fun hats.



4. You can dress up your dog in a cute jersey.



5. Having a relaxing bubble bath (make it even better by asking your man to join you).



6. Sex is the perfect excuse to get warm.



7. You can go braless under all those layers of clothing.



8. You can eat yummy carbs and don’t have to worry about getting into a bikini.



9. You get to cuddle with your cat.



10. You can warm up with a glass of wine/sherry/port.





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Mon, 05 May 2014 12:00 +0200
6 Reasons Why Constant Internet Access Is Actually the Worst http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/6-reasons-why-constant-internet-access-is-actually-the-worst It’s nice to be connected to the rest of the world 24/7 – right?


Check that video, google that hottie, Instagram that cheese platter, stalk that band on Facebook… Oh crap, where has your lunch hour gone? Rush back to the office, cheese platter abandoned, uneaten. The Internet is a marvellous thing and without it we seem (sadly) helpless – but here are some reasons why it can be the pits.


1 It’s an endless, boundless time-sucking hole.
It’s just too easy to lose yourself in the (wonderful) world of Cracked, Thought Catalog, Dirty Tackle or BuzzFeed, emerging hours later, head spinning, eyes crossed, zero memory of anything you’ve read, watched or commented on. You barely remember your name or what day of the week it is. Is it worth it?



2 Spoilers are everywhere.
On them interwebs, somebody always knows something that you don’t want to know just yet. You could be at work, furiously fact-checking a story for the COSMO website to meet your morning deadline – and in the space of 30 seconds you could find out who was the last person to be voted off Survivor Cagayan, who won Season 5 of MasterChef Australia, and what will happen in the next four episodes of Marvel Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Why, Ward? WHY?)

3 You run the very real risk of being poked on Facebook.
Yes, still – like it’s 2007 or something. Who even has the time to poke around Facebook to find the poke function, never mind actually use it on another human being? And why exactly are you friends with that person?

4 That smartass know-it-all now ‘knows’ more than ever.
The devil commonly known as a smartphone has rendered every debate, discussion and argument you have with your annoying nemesis completely pointless. They can prove you ‘wrong’ in 25 different Wikipedia-related ways – as if that paragon of user-generated content is the most reliable bible of all world knowledge. By the way, if you’re one of the people who tends to rely on Wikipedia for the majority of your knowledge, please remember that Paris Hilton has as much right to edit the ‘facts’ presented there as you do. So do the people who inspired The Chainsmokers’ #SELFIE. And that weirdo who trolls you on Twitter and tYpEs AlL hIz CoMmEnTz LyK dIs.

5 The technophobes inevitably get you down.
Ever e-mailed through an enquiry about something, only for the respondent to ask for your e-mail address so he/she can send you the information you requested? Ever had to explain to your (slightly) iPhone-challenged mother how to work the print scanner because she’s locked herself out of her 5S – again? How many times a day do you have to advise people to GTS? And don’t even get us started on Error 404, dropped connections and the sad little rectangle when a page is ‘not available’ and OMG we need to get this information right this split second, reload reload reload, ARGH!



6 People are actually speaking in hashtags.
Why? Who knows. But we wish they’d stop. Hashtag it’s so silly…


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Mon, 05 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Weekend Funny http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/weekend-funny
 

Article appeared originally on Hurricane Vanessa 


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Fri, 02 May 2014 12:00 +0200
14 Hashtags for 20-Somethings http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/14-hashtags-for-20-somethings 1. #PayDayAtLast



2. #WhereIsTheWine?



3. #MomStillDoesMyLaundry



4. #HaveNothingToWear



5. #SingleOnAFridayNight



6. #YOLO



7. #EVERYONEIsGettingMarried



8. #I’mStillSingle



9. #TakewaysAt3AM



10. #Broke



11. #HeHasn’tCalled



12. #HangoversGetWorse



13. #CreditCardMaxedOut



14. #HashtagOverload####





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Fri, 02 May 2014 12:00 +0200
These Countries Are The Happiest To Live In http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/these-countries-are-the-happiest-to-live-in
Researchers assessed the world’s youth (defined as people between 12 and 24) on different indicators, for example: citizen participation, economic opportunity, education, health, information and communications technology (ICT), safety and security. The list below is an indicator of where the world youth is the happiest. Go SA at 23!



Article originally posted on Marie Claire


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Fri, 02 May 2014 12:00 +0200
This Precious Piglet on Wheels Will Make Your Day http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/this-precious-piglet-on-wheels-will-make-your-day
Watch the vid here for utter cuteness overload!

Leon on Wheels from Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary on Vimeo.



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Fri, 02 May 2014 12:00 +0200
15 Reasons Why We Love Our Moms http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/15-reasons-why-we-love-our-moms Mother's Day is coming up on May 11 – don't forget!


1. Her unconditional love.



2. For being brutally honest with you when others are too afraid to.


3. Her invaluable advice.



4. She never, ever tries to change who you are.


5. Putting up with your crazy teenage years – sneaking out at night, screaming tantrums, boy troubles, raging hormones and emotionally charged mood swings…



6. You can tell her absolutely anything and she won’t judge you – she’ll only give you advice (even If you don’t want to hear it).


7. Always being there when you need her – even if you phone her at 3am asking to be fetched from a nightclub (and you’re a fully grown adult). 



8. Her one-of-a-kind, crazy quirks.


9. Putting up with your manipulative ‘I’m running away’ games (in other words, hiding out behind a tree in the back garden or in your bedroom) in your pre-teen years.



10. She always manages to cheer you up if you’ve had a bad day.


11. Her AMAZING home-cooked food that no world-class chef could ever match up to.



12. For waltzing into a nigh club in her blue-and-white polka-dot pyjamas to take you home so you don’t take a taxi by yourself – and not giving a stuff about what people think.


13. She gives the best hugs. 



14. Her need to always protect you – no matter how old you are.



15. For all those precious, unforgettable childhood moments and memories you have with her, that no-one can ever take away from you.

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Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Reasons Why You Should Go See Spider Man 2: Rise Of Electro http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/5-reasons-why-you-should-go-see-spider-man-2-rise-of-electro  1. Emma Stone Is Adorable And Great
We love that she's not just a helpless and afraid victim character all the time. Not only is she incredibly smart - really into science, gets offered a scholarship to go Oxford University - but she's strong willed and holds her own. Andrew Garfield's character needs her just as much as she needs him. 




2. Jamie Foxx Gets To Be A Nerd Turned Nerdy Bad-ass
Jamie Foxx's character storyline is a little bit sad. He's a lonely electric engineer who gets into a horrible accident - how else are heroes and villains created? -  and turns into a sad supervillain. Everyone knows that the best super villains are the really strong ones who aren't all bad but still have a little good left in them. They're the best characters to watch. And Jamie Foxx does such a great job playing Max Dillon turned Electro. 



3. Stan Lee's Cameo Is Pretty Awesome 
We love how Stan Lee always makes a sneak appearance in his comic movies. And in this case, the cosmic writer made an appearance at Peter's graduation. It was such a sweet touch. We also love that he's such a stan (see what I did there?) for Andrew Garfield.



4. Andrew And Emma Are Great On Screen Together
The two have such great on screen chemistry. Whenever they're in a scene together, whether it's an action sequence or just a conversation, you just can't keep your eyes off them. 



5. It's A Great Date Movie Choice.
In between all the fighting and action sequences, Peter always gets back to Gwen which gives a lovely balance to the story line. So there's something for the romantic and something for the action junkie.




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Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Tintswalo Atlantic: A Secret Worth Sharing… http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/tintswalo-atlantic-a-secret-worth-sharing
I loved the notion of an undisturbed paradise and wished I would one day be whispered directions to a secret, unspoiled spot. Fast forward some years and an unassuming mail drops in my inbox inviting me to spend a night at a luxury beach lodge in Hout Bay, Tintswalo Atlantic. Having never heard of it before, and always up for discovering a new overnight destination in my own city, I happily accepted the invite.



Paradise Found

Tintswalo Atlantic is located on Chapman’s Peak Drive, nestled on the floor the Atlantic Ocean overlooking the beautiful Hout Bay…bay(?) You cannot see it from the road nor access it yourself by car, making it by far one of the most secluded spots I have yet to visit in the city. So much so, that it doesn’t feel like you’re in the city at all. I felt marooned, delightfully deserted, as I arrived…but not alone. There was a warm welcome by the staff (hosts Ryon and Melissa as just the coolest people ever) who took me on a short guided tour past the lush reception lounge, to the wooden decked restaurant and through to me suite. There are only 10 suites, each themed and inspired by islands around the world, making Tinswalo magically exclusive.



My Greek Inthaca Suite was quite honestly breathtaking…think crisp white linen hugging a more-than king size bed, with blue and indigo walls and chandeliers offsetting the calm, neutral tones and textures throughout. Massive sliding doors extend the room to a private wooden deck which overlooks the ocean just below and a bathtub (with luxury oils, salts and bubbles – of course!) placed behind a full-length glass window for maximum romance.

I arrived late in the afternoon so was happy to enjoy a crisp G&T while watching the sun set behind The Sentinel, before indulging in a 5-course meal that had me waddling happily back to my suite hours later to my big, big bed, fluffy gown, ocean soundtrack and book, of course.



Sunshiny Day

Tintswalo is a family run business, with three other lodges around the country. You can feel the homeliness in everything that is done at the Atlantic – personlised messages written in sea stones before bedtime, even messages in your breakfast butter and a tradition I thought so sweet – throwing a personalised rock into the sea, along with a wish. Mine came true: A magical late-summer sunshiny day. I thoroughly enjoyed the start to the day with a full English and Continental breakfast before making my way to the heated plunge pool at the edge of the lodge where I walrused myself on a lush deckchair and spent the rest of the day…reading, of course.

A 24-hour stay was enough to rejuvenate body, mind and soul. Tintswalo is a gem of a place and I implore you to book a night there very soon…and keep it just between us, mkay.

Visit Tintswalo.com for any further details
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Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
12 Things Only Cat Owners Understand http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/12-things-only-cat-owners-understand No matter what they do, you can’t help but love them…


1. When they’re in a really, really loving mood and start kneading you (also known as ‘making bread’) with their painfully sharp claws. But because they’re so happy, you let them be and endure the pain.



2. Watching them get ‘high’ on catnip…


 


3. That freaky/funny clicking noise they make when they spot a mouse or bird…

 


4. When you’re getting ready for a trip away and they refuse to let you pack by sitting on your suitcase and refusing to move… They just know you’re going somewhere.



5. How they become absolutely TERRIFIED when they’re near a pool or bathtub full of water…



6. That your bed is in fact not your bed – it’s theirs and they are entitled to sleep wherever they want…



7. When they deliberately ignore you, for no reason – probably a ploy to get more food out of you as they know you want their attention.



8. How they love sleeping in the most uncomfortable places – pot plants, miniscule boxes, on the edge of a table with their head hanging off the side…



9. How they love chasing their own tail.



10. Cat hair – EVERYWHERE. On your clothes, in your car, in your bed, on every ‘sleep-able' surface – EVERYWHERE…



11. How male cats have to constantly mark their territory – by peeing on all your furniture. 



12. Their idea of giving you a gift – jumping up on your bed in the middle of the night to give you a dead mouse, frog or bird…

 
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Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
You Guys, Pharell Had A Really Hard Time Writing 'Happy' http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/you-guys-pharell-had-a-really-hard-time-writing-happy Jezebel found this gem on user  Refried Beans Twitter account. It's not really by Pharell But it is extremely funny!

 

We think the little hat reference was a good touch. 



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Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
7 Things We’ll NEVER Understand About Men http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/7-things-well-never-understand-about-men The male species is a strange one...



1. Getting so worked up and involved in a rugby game – screaming at the tv, crying tears of frustration, jumping up and down when their team wins… And they say we’re the ones who get
emotional



2. Putting their hand down their pants and resting it on their balls – in front of people! Do that behind closed doors, please (or with your bros’, if you must) and NOT in front of your girlfriend.



3. Guys who are losing their hair (pretty quickly) who decide to try a comb-over, Donald Trump-style. Trust us, guys, a comb-over is never sexy. We’d way prefer a sexy Jason Statham-type shaved head, thank you.



4. ALWAYS assuming that men are better drivers than women. No need to explain why this infuriates us – it’s sexist and there is NO scientific basis for this.



5. Man flu. They act as if they’re dying and the world is coming to an end. We’d love to know how they’d deal with PMS and menstrual cramps… 



6. That they find it funny when they pass wind (the louder and smellier, the better).



7. Refusing to ask for directions (or help from you) when they’re lost. Pure egotistical pride and arrogance – and it’s pathetic. It’s okay to ask for help, guys, seriously.
 
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Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Stoffel the Honey Badger is the Actual Best http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/stoffel-the-honey-badger-is-the-actual-best
Watch his genius escaping tricks below:





Another cute furry creature du jour is Bandit the baby pitbull trying to learn to walk on a treadmill. Click play, and then three, two, one.... AWWWWWWW. 



And just as a bonus, in case you were living under a rock and missed the original famous internet Honey Badger, here it is. 




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Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
These Gender Bent Disney Characters Are The Coolest http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/these-gender-bent-disney-characters-are-the-coolest twenties but Disney will always been in our hearts. Check out these cool Gender bent princes and princesses. Canadian digital artist SakimiChan is the responsible for all these great selections. 

Pocahantas



Cruella De Ville




The Little Mermaid's Ariel



Beauty and the lady Beast




Check out more cool pictures here


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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
The Girl We All Wish We Could Be http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-girl
1) When Ryan Gosling takes off his top for Emma Stone in Crazy Stupid Love. First of all, we don’t believe anyone who says they’ve never tried to get their man to do the Dirty Dancing lift. Getting to do it with someone who looks like that? We have no words.

2) When Zooey Deschanel goes on the Ikea date with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 100 Days of Summer. He’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And you get to have an amazing date with him. And then you get to be the one who walks away and break his heart.

3) Every single scene featuring Angelina Jolie in Mr & Mrs Smith. You can tell us: secretly, you’ve always wondered what it’s like to blow stuff up and get involved in a high speed car chase, right? We’re not even going to say anything about getting to shag Brad Pitt.

4) When Nicholas Hoult falls in love with Theresa Palmer in Warm Bodies. OK, so maybe not so cool to have a smelly, grunting zombie as your boyfriend. On the other hand, better to have to kiss someone who’s a member of the walking dead than to be eaten by his friends.

5) When Jennifer Lawrence belts out Live and Let Die in American Hustle. Not only because we love J-Law, but because we’ve always wanted to have that kind of rock chick moment.



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Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Watch These Teens React To 'Mean Girls' http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/watch-these-teens-react-to-mean-girls  

Remember this gem of a movie?







Well, this year it's a whole TEN years old! Which means it's officially old enough to have the teens of today watch it and be surprised at how good an 'olden day movie' can be.




Of course, this just goes to show what we already knew: Tina Fey is awesome and Mean Girls is a total classic

You go Glen Coco!



 
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Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
This Diesel JoggJeans Commercial Makes You Feel Shitty About Your Dance Moves http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/this-diesel-joggjeans-commercial-makes-you-feel-shitty-about-your-dance-moves
But what's even more amazing is that when you watch it, you kind of realise that there may be some serious dance moves out there that you have been slacking on, and that you need to change this fact quickly. Or is this just us? Because the last time we felt like this is when the Pour It Up video came out.
But it's okay, because now we know what moves to pull out when we are being challenged on the dance floor. Bring it on. 

The video features a series of dance moves from A to Z, like twerking and the chicken noodle soup. Watch the video below, and excuse us while we Harlem Shake and Krump into the long weekend. 



PS Our favourite is obviously Q. Let us know which move you like the most. 


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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Four Vintage Markets You Must See When In Cape Town http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/four-vintage-markets-you-must-see-when-in-cape-town
1. Die Kattebak
Held every second Saturday between 9am and 2pm at the Palms shopping centre in Woodstock, this little gem is the Palms Market’s counterpart. While the Palms Market sells delicious treats, Die Kattebak offers vintage bargains. Although small, this gem of a market has a lovely collection of vintage clothes, second-hand books and an assortment of vintage household bits and bobs. Once you’re done browsing through the vintage dresses (often less than R100) and handbags (not more than R300) you can take a stroll through the food market downstairs.

via Die Katteback’s Facebook page

 
2. Church Street Antiques Market
One of Cape Town’s oldest markets, The Church Street Antiques Market is one for the avid collectors, the curious browsers and everyone in between. Open from Mondays to Fridays from 8am until 3.30pm and on Saturdays from 8am until 1.30pm, it offers market-goers ample time to get lost in the many stalls that sell collectables, vintage jewellery and clothing, African curios and other antique things. If you’re looking for a bargain vintage coat or an interesting ornament for that empty space on a shelf, this is the place to find it.

via the Church Street Antique Market’s Facebook page

3. Courtyard Market at The Woodmill
On the last Friday evening of every month, the Woodmill in Stellenbosch comes alive with activity. Artisan food and drinks and a host of lifestyle products will keep everyone from a bored boyfriend to a moaning mother happy. The Discover Vintage area, however, is what puts this market on our list. Rails and rails of affordable vintage clothing will keep vintage-lovers happy for ages, and the reasonable pricing will turn browsers into buyers! Once you’re scoured the vintage section, visit the other lifestyle stalls and get a bite to eat.
 

via the Woodmill Lifestyle market’s Facebook page
 
 
 
4. Bay Harbour Market
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay wows its patrons with live music, mouth-watering food and items ranging from local carvings to vintage clothes and jewellery. The location, an old fish factory right in the harbour, makes the experience even more charming and festive. While shopping for a new-old handbag or some hipster jewellery, enjoy the live music and incredible mix of cultures, people and food at the Bay Harbour market.

 
 Article originally appeared on Marie Claire


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Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Taking Selfies Just Got Easier http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/taking-selfies-just-got-easier LED lights indicate when it’s about to snap. From there it uploads the image to Twitter. You can buy yours via iStrategyLabs.




What do you think? Is it for you?

Article appeared originally on Marie Claire



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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
How Girls Drive Versus How Guys Drive http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/how-girls-drive-versus-how-guys-drive
















We came across this video on the WOW website, and let's just say, day = made. Watch below and let us know what you think... Hint: this girl is basically all of us. 

 

Okay, so maybe this doesn't apply to everyone.... just 99.9% of us. 

For the full article, click through to WOW



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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Car Deals: New Car Checklist http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/car-deals-new-car-checklist
So, before incurring that huge debt, you need to check the following:

1. What will the monthly repayments be (and over what period)? The dealer or bank can advise you in this regard.

2. What will insurance cost? Take your top three cars and compare the cost of insurance – you may find substantial differences per brands (insurers know which vehicles are more likely to be stolen).

3. Does the vehicle come with a service or maintenance plan (these are extremely rare in this sector)? Understand the difference between the two – a service plan (which only covers scheduled service costs) is not nearly as valuable as a maintenance plan. Be aware that some manufacturers claim to offer a maintenance plan which is (when you read the fine print) only a service plan.

4. Does the vehicle traditionally have a good resale value? This is a major factor when the time comes to sell – it could mean thousands of rands more (or less) in your back pocket.

5. Fuel economy. The fuel price is as erratic as a woman with PMS. And it’s costing more and more for that tank of petrol (or diesel). Establish the fuel consumption (in litres per 100 kilometres travelled) before buying the vehicle. Bear in mind the fact that, while a diesel-powered vehicle costs more to purchase, it normally uses considerably less fuel on a day-to-day basis.

These are all factors which you must consider before making a final decision. Before purchasing, it’s also vitally important to take the vehicles on your shortlist for a test drive. Yes, facts and figures are vitally important. But vehicle selection is also an intensely personal exercise. You may like one car more than another for subjective reasons alone. So, hit the road Jack(ie)!


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Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
How to Surf Like a Champ… http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/how-to-surf-like-a-champ …and seven things I actually learnt from BWWT world champion Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker


The other day I YOLO-ed rather far out of my comfort zone – all the way to Llandudno beach and into a wetsuit, to attempt my first-ever surf lesson with Big Wave World Tour champion Grant Baker. Until then, the closest I’d come to surfing had been watching Blue Crush (repeatedly), and nursing an entirely different sort of crush on Kelly Slater (for a couple of decades).

So you can see how there were a few things essentially wrong with this picture.

First, I discovered that most of the surfing folk of Cape Town will tell you, ‘Llandudno, haha, cute…’ Which actually suited me just fine. Because, secondly, my swimming prowess could use a lot of work. Like, a lot. Staying afloat in a pool is manageable; fighting panic in the sea … well, I was about to find out it is quite another. Then there was the question of my (lack of) balance, getting on a board, trying to catch a wave, not nose-diving into the ocean or eating mouthfuls of sand, my long-standing hatred of sand in general…


On the plus side, I was told I carry a board like a pro. So that's something, right?


Let’s just say that, despite my YOLO and Grant’s best efforts, the only real achievement of my 20-minute (mostly underwater) adventure was the fact that I managed not to drown.


And this. Kind of…


But here are seven things I did learn from the guy they call Twiggy. (‘Skinny legs, lousy school friends’ – his explanation for the nickname.)

1 Parking lots are a thing.
As is waiting in them – for your surfing buddies, the sunrise, that one guy you don’t really know (but can’t leave behind) to change into his wetsuit. ‘You spend a lot of time in parking lots, just waiting for things to happen,’ Grant says calmly as we, er, wait for the last member of our press party to make an appearance. I’m ready to climb out of my skin with a combo of impatience and sheer panic; Grant just leans back against the car. Chilled, bru.

2 So, clearly, patience is also a thing.
But apparently only in the water. ‘I’m not cut out to give surfing lessons,’ he says. ‘I’m way too impatient.’ Yet 90% of his life is about exercising patience – in parking lots, at airports, on beaches. He even saves some for me as I swallow another mouthful of the Llandudno sea. But, wait … is that laughter? Sies.

3 The sea is a much better workout than any gym session, trail run or cycle.
I suppose it’s because I happened to be ‘using muscles I don’t normally use’ or some such – but my 20 minutes in the water resulted in the kind of creaky morning-after agony that I haven’t felt since my last fit of Argus madness. Perhaps there’s something to this water-aerobics craze after all…

Witness my ladylike stumble out of said water. Pure class

4 The only way to get surfing-fit is to surf.
According to Grant, a pro surfer could get on a football pitch and play a 90-minute game without too much hassle – but the reverse doesn’t necessarily apply. And since Twiggy actually played footy for a while when he was younger, I reckon he knows what he’s talking about. (Also because see point number 3.) In addition to surfing, his training routine includes stand-up paddle boarding, kite boarding, freediving and yoga – and he’s worked his way up to holding his breath underwater for five minutes. The mind does boggle a touch.

5 Scared? That’s good!
Fear and respect of (and in) the water clamps down on arrogance and exuberance, and stops you from doing silly, dangerous things. But you have to channel that fear and use it in your training, to build confidence in your own abilities. It’s the only way to go after what you really want – and succeed.


If you could see my face, you would be looking at the face of fear…

6 When the ish hits the fan, you find out who really has your back.
Midway through 2013, Twiggy lost his principal sponsor – and if it hadn’t been for the peeps at BOS Ice Tea getting behind him, he wouldn’t have been able to compete at the Mavericks Invitational in the US, and he wouldn’t have brought the BWWT championship title back to South Africa. There’s loads more to big-wave surfing than boards and wetsuits – like, for example, finding the actual big waves to practice on around the world and finding the money to get to them. Since his victory at Mavericks, he’s signed with Vissla (a surf-apparel brand) and Isurus wetsuits – which means he can carry on getting paid for doing what he loves. And isn’t that what we all want to do with our lives?

7 The ‘angry pirate’ sex position
That one I’d probably have to show you. But if you’re lucky enough to run into Twiggy and his lovely fiancée Kate on one of their Cape Town jaunts (try Hout Bay’s Dungeons during the day, and Aces ’n’ Spades – which he co-owns and where he also occasionally DJs – at night), you can ask him to show you instead. You won’t regret it!
I guess that's YOLO 1, JOMO 0.
 
With Kate, Twiggy and Modern Athlete's Sean Falconer




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Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Watching Anne Hathaway Singing Hip-Hip To A Broadway Tune Will Make You So Happy http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/watching-anne-hathaway-singing-hip-hip-to-a-broadway-tune-will-make-you-so-happy Anne Hathaway was on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show and the two had fun with some hip-hop songs. Namely: Snoop Dogg's Gin and Juice, 50 cent's In Da Club and Kendrick Lamar's Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe. All in Broadway tune. It's amazing!






 
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Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
8 Signs You’re a Shopaholic http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/8-signs-youre-a-shopaholic faux-fur coat), and you eventually leave having bought anything and everything BUT the dress. Buyer’s remorse…


… And this never happens – you just can’t control yourself…



2. You’ve been out shopping, walking from store to store, for five straight hours – so no need for that spinning class later. 



3. You see a pair of shoes online that you simply MUST have. So you head over to the nearest store that stocks them and … they’re sold out – as in they will NEVER, EVER be in stock again. 



4. You’re waiting outside a store at 6am as it’s their 75%-off sale, and the tension is too much to bear as girls push and fight their way to the front (including you). As the doors open you lurch forward (like a crazed wild animal in a stampede), hands reaching out for ANYTHING (just because it’s on sale) – even that pair of lumo-green, 80s-inspired, tie-dyed pleather tights (yuk) that you’ll never wear.



5. You’re having a bad day so use that as an excuse to treat yourself and go shopping



6. Even when you just hear the word 'shopping', you go crazy with excitement…



7. You buy clothes that are a size too small as a motivation to lose weight… 



8. You look in your cupboard and realise you hardly have any warm clothes (because whenever you’re supposed to go winter shopping you just end up buying going-out dresses and shoes) and freeze during winter.




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Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Burgers And Ribs Are The Perfect Antidote To Winter http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/burgers-and-ribs-are-the-perfect-antidote-to-winter Gibson's Gourmet Burgers and Ribs is the perfect place to try out. 

Walking in, I was almost immediatly taken care of and shown a table for my friend and I to sit and enjoy our meal. They had a really great Jazz music playlist that gave the space a really relaxed and sophisticated vibe - the kind of place you'd want to stay in for a while.

I ordered a steak sirloin while my friend ordered smoked BBQ pork ribs. We were really happy with our choices. Our excitement for the lunch was met by two delicious dishes that we both ate and shared together (in fear of missing out on the other's great meal). 

I'd asked for my steak to be medium rare so it was the perfect balance of juicy without being too bloody. While the pork ribs my friend ordered had a sauce so delicious, I dipped my chips in a couple times while he wasn't looking (He still doesn't know). 

All-in-all, it was a great afternoon out and the perfect thing to keep my mind off the fact that's it's still cold, cold winter outside. At the end of it all, this is what our plates looked like: 



In stomach talk that translates as good. Very good.


 
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Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
7 Dog Gifs To Remind You That Everything's Gonna Be Just Fine http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/7-dog-gifs-to-remind-you-that-everythings-gonna-be-just-fine










This dog who's totally showing off


 


This guy with the best 'get warm quick' scheme



This guy who's tired of your incessant staring



This guy who has no idea what you're talking about. He hasn't seen the doggy biscuits anywhere



The world's slowest intruder ever



This guy who's about to tell you a story so amazing you won't believe it



And finally this guy who can't believe your cheek for interrupting his 'me-time'




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Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Mistakes We Make in Our Twenties http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/10-mistakes-we-make-in-our-twenties 1. Not being able to budget properly, so by the end of the month you’re subsisting on only two-minute noodles, stale bread and a cheap bottle of wine (think Crackling or (gasp) Tassies).

2. Buying exorbitantly expensive beauty products, designer clothes and lingerie that you know you can’t afford (hence living off only two-minute noodles, stale bread and a cheap bottle of wine for half the month).



3. Drunk-texting your ex or leaving rude, cringe-worthy voice messages.



4. Going to sleep with your makeup still on … and finding a zit smack-bang in the middle of your forehead a few days later.



5. Spending way TOO much time on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram – on a date, while out at a club, during sex, on the loo…



6. Stalking your boyfriend’s ex on Facebook – and accidentally liking one of her posts or photos of them together.



7. Dangerous yo-yo dieting. All those get-thin-fast fad diets DO NOT work. REPEAT: get-thin-fast fad diets DO NOT work!

 


8. This applies mainly to your early ’20s: pigging out on junk food after a night out (on most weekends) – AND having a big fry-up the following morning.



9. Overdoing the self-tan so that you end up looking like a terrifying Oompa Loompa.



10. Obsessing over a guy who is just NOT THAT INTO YOU. Tough love is normally needed.



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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
10 of the WORST Pick-Up Lines EVER http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/10-of-the-worst-pick-up-lines-ever Some guys can be absolute idiots...


1. ‘Do you work at Build-A-Bear? Coz I would stuff you.’



2. ‘Did you just fart? Because you blew me away.’



3. ‘If I were a squirrel and you were a squirrel, would you let me bust a nut in your hole?’



4. ‘Hey, I hear your ankles are having a party. You want to invite your pants down?’



5. ‘Are those space pants? Because your ass is out of this world.’



6. ‘Your body is a wonderland and I want to be Alice.’



7. ‘If you were a Transformer, you'd be a HOT-obot, and your name would be Optimus Fine.’



8. ‘You don't need a bodyguard. You need a bootyguard.’



9. ‘Do you like spiders? I bet if you were a spider you’d be a mama-longlegs.’



10. ‘Treat me like a pirate and give me that booty.’



And we had to include this classic:

 

 
What are the worst pick-up lines you've ever heard? 
 



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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
8 Signs You’re In a Relationship With Your Phone http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/8-signs-youre-in-a-relationship-with-your-phone Yes, it’s normal to have your phone near by to chat to friends, family and your boyfriend, and in case of emergencies. But when you start to become obsessed with it and can’t bear to be without it for one second, you’re most definitely in a relationship with your phone…


1. You sleep with your phone next to you on your pillow…




2. …And you go crazy when you can’t find it the next morning.



3. If you still have a Blackberry (sorry for you), you get excited every time the little red light flashes.


But then immediately get disappointed that there is a message from your mom and not your crush.



4. You feel unbelievably stressed all day if you’ve left your phone at home by mistake, and may even get withdrawal systems (shaking, sweating, heart palpitations)...



5. It doesn’t matter how old, cracked or un-user-friendly your phone is, you just can’t bear to part with it – it’s just too painful.



6. You take your charger EVERYWHERE with you, just in case – to gym, out to a club and even on a hike where you know there won’t be any signal (and how the hell would you charge a phone out in the wilderness anyway?). A tad bit crazy...



7. When you have to switch it off during a flight you become a crazed woman on the verge of a panic attack – and this has nothing to do with flying.



8. You SMS and talk on the phone while you’re driving – really, really NOT advisable…




If you relate to any of these points, it’s time to admit the hard truth – you’re addicted to your phone. Enough is enough, girl!





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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
18 Reasons Why We Absolutely LOVE Men http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/18-reasons-why-we-absolutely-love-men  We love it when they…


1. Walk (or dance) around the house in their underwear (or nothing).



2. Gently kiss you on your nose.



3. Cuddle you after sex...



4. ... And cuddle you after you’ve had a bad dream.



5. Make you breakfast in bed – just because.



6. Get rid of spiders, cockroaches, mice and other creepy crawlies in your house (even though they may be scared of them too).

 

7. Give you a back/head/foot massage after a hard day at work.



8. Kiss away your tears.



9. Spoon you and gently kiss your back.



10. Tell you how much they love every single inch of your body.



11. Make the bed without being asked.



12. Offer to do your laundry for you when you’re feeling sick – even if they don’t really know what they’re doing…


13. Hold your hand when you’re out in public – they’re proud to be with you.



14. Whisk you away from the dance floor to steal a kiss.



15. Sexily flick their wet hair in the shower.



16. Get so emotionally engrossed in a rugby game –and genuinely feel heartbroken if their team loses.




17. Whisper, ‘I love you.’



18. Fart in front of you for the first time and get really embarrassed.





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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Say Hello To The Sexiest Security Guard http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/say-hello-to-the-sexiest-security-guard


The impossibly good looking 22 year old has spent his short adult life keeping the lucky users of a Sao Paulo subway station safe, and has recently cultivated quite a following after being voted the hottest guard. Here are some pics for you to drool over. Enjoy!






We’d now like to plead with the powers that be to find one from every profession.

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
7 Reasons Why You Have To See Erykah Badu Live http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/7-reasons-why-you-have-to-see-erykah-badu-live
1. SHE DRESSES UP
When Erykah Badu came out on the stage, she was rocking black pants, a leather jacket with three feathers sticking out and a hat that looked a lot like Pharrell’s one. She also had these awesome finger rings, which she made sure to always show off while she performed. It was awesome!

2. SHE TRIES TO PERFORM AS MANY OF HER SONGS AS POSSIBLE
Whether that means doing mash-ups, remixes or just straight up performing longer than she was supposed to, Badu certainly did her best to please everyone there. Her time was running out but instead of leaving, she pointed to someone in the wings and said, ‘There’s a man here telling me my time is up’ and then carried on playing. When she was called for an encore and was supposed to one more song, she ended up doing about three.

3. SHE GETS PERSONAL
In between songs, she would share an anecdote about her life or work. One of the stories was about her little sister being born on that very day. The two had such a touching moment as big sis Erykah blew her a birthday air kiss.

4. SHE GETS JUST AS EXCITED AS YOU DO
In between performances she would excitedly say that she’d never had such a fan response in her life and that it must be because she feels like she’s home.

5. SHE REMEMBERS TO POSE FOR CAMERA
This one may be a bit media member bias but it has to be said. As good of a performer she is, Badu never forgets the camera. And she’ll always make sure to give a fierce pose before moving on to the next number. The picture opportunities are endless!



 

6. SHE’LL TELL YOU TO SCREAM YOUR OWN NAME OUT
While everyone was excitedly screaming out her name Erykah shouted, ‘If you love yourself, scream out your own name!’ Best believe everyone did!

7. SHE’S NOT AFRAID TO CROWD-SURF
On top of continuously throwing away random items (including her awesome finger rings!) near the end of the show Erykah got off the stage and made her way to the little barrier gate separating her and the crowd. And she didn’t stop with just stretching out her had but straight up lay her body on the crowd.



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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
These Ballerinas On Instagram Might Make You Want To Re-evalute Everything http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/these-ballerinas-on-instagram-might-make-you-want-to-re-evalute-everything
Let the OMG, WTF, Swoooooooooon ensue now! 

























We seriously don't even know what to do with ourselves. Help us! 

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Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
This Guy Impersonates Drunk Girls Almost Perfectly http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/guy-impersonates-drunk-girls-almost-perfectly
If you have ever wondered what you sound like after 5 tequilla shots and 2 vodka martinis watch our new favourite comedian Chris D'elia tell you in the video below!

Warning you are probably going to say "OMG, that's so true" more than once! 


At least we know how to have a good time, right?



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Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Mama Mila! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/mama-mila


It feels like yesterday that we were watching her as the young and obnoxious Jacki bossing Kelso around on That 70’s Show, and now they are all grown up and having a real life baby together! All that life imitates art stuff must have some truth to it!

The beautiful babe is always brilliant on screen whether it’s comedy or drama that you’re after and we’re sure she’s going to be one hot mama!

See a timeline of her and Ashton's relationship in gif form here

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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
There's Something Better Than #NoMakeUpSelfie http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/theres-something-better-than-nomakeupselfie
It's still very hysterical, and marvellous.

Take a look at the #CockInASock trend in support of testicular cancer



















You can dontate to fighting cancer too by going here CANSA
Here Prostate Cancer Foundation 
Here Cancer Buddies
To donate R20 to Pink Drive (in support of fighting breast cancer) SMS the word PINKDRIVE to 40158 


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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Celeb BFFs We Know And Love http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/celeb-bffs-we-know-and-love



























We wish we could be part of these cool BFF circles!


Rihanna and Katy Perry
 
These two are always seen together acting silly and having the most fun




Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
How many BFFs can say they hosted the Golden Globes together...TWICE? Just regular bonding time for this power couple.




Jimmy fallon and Justin Timberlake
The bromance that is between JT and Jimmy Fallon is beyond adorable! From early 2000s to today, these have appeared in countless SNL skits and Jimmy Fallon videos. Have you seen their 'History of rap' videos? Watch their latest one here.



Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto
The two Oscar winners have been hanging out together a lot more lately. Like the winners they are!



Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato
The two have been friends since they were 7 so have known each other for a solid 14 years now! "Demi's very, very strong. She's the only person that I would tell the deepest, darkest secrets to. The only person.' Gomez told Seventeen






 
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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Pharrell Williams "Happy" Takes Over Cape Town http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/pharrell-williams-happy-takes-over-cape-town Happy song is like chocolate cake on a rainy day, addictive. If it doesn't make you want to get up and dance, on the street, with flowers in your hair and a smile on your face then the only acceptable explanation for this is that you do not know the song we mean. But these guys do...



 
Watching this video teaches us that 
1) It's so easy to be happy, 4 minutes and 6 seconds is all it takes to be precise, just play the song
2) Cape Town is a BEAUTIFUL city
3)... and because of this, South Africa is an equally BEAUTIFUL country (hurry and show your overseas friends this video. THEY WILL BOOK A HOLIDAY)
4) It should be summer everyday of the year so we can do things like this every day of the year
and lastly 5) Pharrell Williams needs to come to South Africa. Soon. 

Don't be afraid to press repeat and thank these guys - 
Directed by: Shamiel Soni & Tannan Woods
Produced by: Nicki Priem
D.O.P: Roscoe Vercueil
Editor: Stephen du Plessis
Colorists: Roscoe Vercueil & Stephen du Plessis

We are! 
 
 
 
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Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Kanye West Taking Photos of Other People Taking Selfies Is The Best Thing You Will See Today http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/kanye-west-taking-photos-of-other-people-taking-selfies-is-the-best-thing-you-will-see-today We are talking about the Kanye West Taking Pictures Of Other People Taking Selfies craze that is sweeping our social media feeds.

.... and it all started right here, with this picture that appeared in the April issue of VOGUE 


 
But first, can we have a moment of silence for how adorbs North West is?
Where can we get one? 

So anyway, because this picture of Kanye West taking a photo of Kim taking a selfie is probably the best thing we have seen since the Oscar selfie, the Internet, AKA the geniuses on Buzz Feed, seem to think he must have had a hand in secretly taking photos of some of the worlds best selfies! 

Like, the Oscar selfie

 

or the presidential selfie

 

or the Meryl Streep and Hilary Clinton selfie

 
 
you guys, even the Beyonce-photobombs-but-doesn't-really-photobomb-a selfie selfie 

 

This. Is. Genius. and all we know is, a) if being a rapper slash rant artist doesn't work out for him, he should not worry, he is by far the best taker of selfie takers we have ever seen! and b) if he ever does take up our suggestion and follows other celebrities around to take selfies of them taking selfies, we will want first dibs on his iPad! 

Moral of the story is the Internet wins today! But then there is this: 

 
 

We don't really know what to say about this one - except, can we have one North West and one Blue Ivy to go please? 


 
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Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
James Franco and Seth Rogen Make Fun Of Kimye Again http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/james-franco-and-seth-rogen-make-fun-of-kimye-again This time it's for the couple's latest Vogue cover shot by very famous photographer, Annie Leibovitz. 
In the spoof cover, Seth plays the part of Kim in her strapless white dress while James snuglles him from behind as Kanye.

It's all very hilarious!




Channel24


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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
'Grace Of Monaco' To Open 67th Festival de Cannes http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/grace-of-monaco-to-open-67th-festival-de-cannes film will be happening on Wednesday, 14 May this year in the Grand Théâtre Lumiére of Palais de Festivals. 

Nicole Kidman will be playing the part of the actress Grace Kelly who became princess of Monaco when she married Prince Rainer III (played by Tim Roth). The trailer looks all kinds of glamorous and dramatic and amazing!

See the trailer for yourself then join us in being excited. In that order. 


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Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Our ’90s Teenage Crushes Then and Now http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/our-90s-teenage-crushes-then-and-now scrunchie as our hotness-rating symbol.



1. Justin Timberlake
Even back in his boy-band days, Justin had sex appeal (pity about that noodle hair, though).


Hotness rating
Then: 7/10 scrunchies
Now: 10/10 scrunchies


2. Joshua Jackson (Pacey in Dawson's Creek)
Dawson doesn't make this list, unfortunately – he was annoyingly overemotional and, frankly, bloody boring.




Hotness rating

Then: 7/10 scrunchies
Now: 8/10 scrunchies. Joshua Jackson has grown into one fine-looking man AND he's dating the unbelievably beautiful Diane Kruger.


3. Will Smith
In The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air he was dorky and cute, and we loved watching him rev-up Uncle Phil and Carlton but he is definitely hotter now (and, thankfully, has done away with the hideous, WTF '90s clothes and hairstyle).


Hotness rating
Then: 6/10 scrunchies
Now: 9/10 scrunchies


4. Mark Wahlberg
Remember him in THAT Calvin Klein ad? He's still hot now but damn, he was deliciously sexy back in his modelling days...


Hotness rating
Then: 10/10 scrunchies
Now: 7/10 scrunchies


5. Jared Leto
One of the best things about Urban Legend was Jared Leto. He was hot back then and he is superhot now - we just wish he would cut his hair!!!




Hotness rating
Then: 9/10 scrunchies
Now: 7/10 scrunchies. Without the long, scraggly hair: 9/10 scrunchies


6. Usher
He hasn't changed much so his hotness rating stays the same!
Hotness rating
Then: 8/10 scrunchies
Now: 8/10 scrunchies


 


7. Kevin Richardson from The Backstreet Boys
It's kind of embarrassing to admit we had crushes on the boy-band members but there's no denying Kevin was a dish (we honestly don't know why everyone thought Nick Carter was the hottest member). Now, his face looks pinched… Hmm, plastic surgery perhaps?


Hotness rating
Then: 7/10 scrunchies
Now: 5/10 scrunchies



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Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
ICYMI: Jimmy Kimmel And Lie Witness News Bust Hipsters Lying About Made Up Bands At SXSW http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/icymi-jimmy-kimmel-and-lie-witness-news-bust-hipsters-lying-about-made-up-bands-at-sxsw
The bands on this video however, do not exist and these guys totally fell for the prank! Some of the proclamations are a little cringe-worthy when you know that the bands don't exist. But it's just so damn funny watching these hipsters try to wriggle their way out of the awkward. 




This reminded us of Kimmel's Coachella edition of the same thing






Lesson to be learnt here: Hipsters are liars!





 
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Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
6 Things Only Short Girls Will Understand http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/6-things-only-short-girls-will-understand There are some situations that vertically-challenged girls just can't avoid...


1. When you’re going out with a bunch of friends, you’re always squashed in the back, on someone’s lap – you NEVER get to sit in the front and have a whole seat to yourself because it’s a ‘waste of space’.



2. People always pat your head or play with your hair – in other words, treat you like a child (massively annoying).



3. Even in your 20s (and sometimes 30s), you may be asked for your ID when you go to a club or buy a bottle of champers from a bottle store (come on?!).



4. You really, really battle to reach the top-level shelves in grocery stores – which people of a ‘normal height’ can easily reach. Pfff.



5. Jeans NEVER fit you properly, and you look terrible in mid-calf dresses and skirts that make your already-short legs look like those belonging to a dwarf.



6. Unless you have abnormally large feet, you can never borrow shoes from your friends who are (again) of a ‘normal height’. However, there are a few exceptions where very tall people have midget-sized feet (score for you!).




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Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
1 Video You Have To Watch Today http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/1-video-you-have-to-watch-today

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Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Things to Avoid on the Ides of March http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/5-things-to-avoid-on-the-ides-of-march There are great life lessons to be learnt from history and classic literature. Heed them!


In the oldest Roman calendar, March was the first month of the year and the Ides of March (the 15th day of the month) would have marked the year's first full moon. But aside from some religious observances, it wasn’t really a day of special importance until the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44BC. Now, Caesar was not the nicest of guys – neither were his friends, as it turned out. But at least they’ve taught us some important things about life. Here are five of those things that you should avoid around mid-March, just to be on the safe side.

1 Psychics
In Shakespeare’s The Tragedy Of Julius Caesar it was the soothsayer who started it by telling Caesar to ‘beware the Ides of March’ – early proof that, once a thought is planted in your head, you’re basically screwed because you’ll subconsciously go out of your way to fulfil the prophecy. So don’t bother with fortune-tellers: be the mistress of your own fate, and fill your head only with positive stuff.


Nothing to see here
 
2 Backstabbing pseudo friends
You know the type: they smile to your face and gossip nastily behind your back. Chuck that rubbish out of your life right now.



3 Political involvement of any kind
Caesar was assassinated at his Senate gathering, and we’ve seen how heated things can get in our own Parliament. We also know how tricky ‘politics’ can get within any group of friends. Steer clear of dodgy issues that may force you to take sides – you don’t want to end up surrounded by angry mates, all lining up to take a poke at you.

 Really, you don't

4 Knives
This is especially important if your hand-eye coordination needs a bit of work, and your level of cooking skill is, well, toast.


Butter knives are okay. We think…

5 Roman-themed dress-ups
Nobody looks good in a sheet. We’re just saying.


Although…

 
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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Kevin Bacon Would Like To Talk To You About 80's Awareness http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/kevin-bacon-would-like-to-talk-to-you-about-80s-awareness talk to you about 80's awareness.

'All you guys born after 1985 have no idea how hard life was,' says Bacon.
It's a good thing you're here to teach us then Kev!



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Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Quick Question: Have You Seen Lupita's Instagram Account? http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/quick-question-have-you-seen-lupitas-instagram-account From selfies with Rihanna, chilling out at The Academy Awards to hanging out with Jared Leto. Lupita's IG is very enviable!

These are the pics that gave us the greenest of eyes:

















Casually chilling with her mom and bro. Oh, and, uh, OPRAH!





Chilling like the Lupitarella she is at the Academy awards AKA the best #TBT post EVER!





Having a #Selfie party with Jared Leto (What's a 'Monday Blues'? can I eat it?)





Having a #Selfie party with Rihanna <insert obligatory Rihanna lyric pun here>





Things inside Lupita Nyong'o's house: heels, clutch bag, OSCAR







Being carried to the stage by Steve McQueen #SpiritAwards




Posing outside the Ellen Studios after her interview with Ellen




Is it me or is this girl just...the coolest ever? Let's go out for cake some time Lupita!
 




(She's gonna read this right?)








Pssst...ICYMI: Here's that interview she did with Ellen






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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Signs You Grew Up in the '90s http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/10-signs-you-grew-up-in-the-90s It was an interesting time growing up in this era – and there are some things we'd like to forget and that should REMAIN in the '90s...


1. This game predicted your future:



2. You remember these hideous fashion faux pas...



3. You recorded movies and series on VHS tapes, and this often happened:




4. You knew the dance moves to The Macarena (and may have even had a Macarena-themed birthday party – CRINGE).



5. You owned Magic Diaper Babies – remember their underwear would change colour when you dipped them in water?
 


6. You watched Pumpkin Patch.
 
 


7. You wore scrunchies – NEVER, ever again.
 


8. The NeverEnding Story scared the hell out of you (the luck dragon was pretty freaky too).
 


9. You went to awkward school discos. 
 


10. You were OBSESSED with the Spice Girls (oh, the shame).
 
 
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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Fun Fearless Things To Do SOLO In Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/fun-fearless-things-to-do-solo-in-cape-town-johannesburg-and-durban
Cape Town

See A Movie at the Labia Theatre
Sure streaming movies on your laptop might be easier and it doesn’t require you to put on pants, but there’s nothing quite like an old school cinema vibe. Your regular mall theatres can get a bit hectic though (and since when were movies so pricey?). What is one to do? The Labia Theatre just off of Kloof Street in Cape Town is the answer! It’s quiet with a vintage feel and THEY WILL PUT ALCOHOL IN YOUR SLUSHIE. For real. Hasn’t that been your dream since high school?
Labia Theatre: website@labia.co.za
68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: 021-424 5927

Cycle on the Rhodes Estate Cycle Trail
Roommate/Boyfriend/Mother giving you a headache not even happy hour can fix? Girl, we feel you! You need to escape. And what better way to do that than to be on a bike in the peaceful outdoors, surrounded by some of the most beautiful views in the country. The Rhodes Estate cycle trail is the perfect way to clear your head while boosting fitness. Bonus!
The starting point for the Rhodes Estate Cycle Trail is a parking lot on the road that leads up to Rhodes Memorial from the M3 and is a circular route up and around ‘Plum Pudding Hill’, and ending back at the parking lot.

Explore the District Six Museum
Soak up some knowledge and culture at the District Six Museum. There’s no better way to experience Cape Towns rich history. And trust us- its better to be alone for this one. That way you won’t have to listen to your best friend complaining about her bf while you’re trying to learn something - very distracting! For only R30 it is a must-do!
District Six Museum: http://www.districtsix.co.za
25 Buitenkant Street,Cape Town 8001,Western Cape, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 466 7200

Johannesburg

Dig Through Old and New Records at any Joburg Record Store
Finding old records is like randomly finding money in your jean pockets – Best. Day. Ever. The problem is, just like going shopping you need to take your time to sift through everything just to make sure you aren’t leaving the next best thing behind. This is why digging through vinyl’s and CDs is great for lone shoppers because a) the selection is usually wide and b) if your friends aren’t all into the same things you are, they might not want to spend Saturday afternoon watching you bob your head to Antony & the Johnsons.
Suggestions
Record Mad: https://www.facebook.com/record.mad
Shop 4, Linden Place, 59 4th Avenue, Linden
Aware Record Storehttp://awareza.tumblr.com/
70 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg 2001, South Africa 
Tel: 083 300 2196

Rocking In Heels Dance Class
So not only do we enjoy a Beyoncé music video right? We want to be her. Obviously. But there is that little voice in our heads that says; you see those six inch heels? Do you see those dance moves? Maybe next time. BUT what would Beyoncé do? Do it anyway! So, treat yourself to a fun (but intense) dance workout in heels at one of Johannesburgs’ newest dance classes at Dance Junxion, Rosebank. Warning - likely to cause an obsession with dance.
Email: rockingnheels@gmail.com

Durban

Take Up a Water Sport
We love going to the beach, who doesn’t? It’s not as if the cure to a long week doesn’t lie somewhere in those waters – but when you are not trying to soak up the sun with your buddies try a solo beach activity by taking up a water sport – like under water hockey! The Durban Undersea club offers classes for anyone wanting to shake things up a little. But if that may be too intense, the Durban Undersea club also offers underwater photography. Fun, check. Fearless, check.
The Durban Undersea club: http://www.duc.co.za
Browns Road, Durban, South Africa
Tel: 031-368-1199

Explore the Indian District
Take some time off, grab your sunglasses, put on your best shoes and take a walk around Durban’s Indian District. Not only can you pick up some great spices to surprise your BF with when you treat him with a home cooked meal, but the Victoria Street Market has great clothes and jewellery on offer that your wardrobe will thank you for.
Indian District: Grey Street, Durban, South Africa




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Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Google Wishes You A Happy International Women's Day With A Doodle http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/google-wishes-you-a-happy-international-womens-day-with-a-doodle
They are basically the virtual friend we've never had, and they've done it again for International Women's Day, which is only tomorrow, so you can imagine our surprise when we log on to Google today and find something to play with! 

Today's clever little doodle celebrates International Women's Day with us by featuring a video of women from all over the world wishing us a Happy International Women's Day in their local language. Watch the video below and let us know which well known figure you spot? 



Happy International Women's Day! 



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Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Tina Fey Talks About Her Worst Audition On The Tonight Show http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/tina-fey-talks-about-her-worst-audition-on-jimmy-fallon hair and perm days, Tina Fey was an actress trying to make it in chicago. And like most actresses, she had to pay her dues through auditioning for commercials first. 

Here she is backstage on The Tonight Show talking about how things went down for a Mc Donald's commercial audition - not good, not good at all.


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Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Things to Do During Load Shedding http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/things-to-do-during-load-shedding 1. Eat ALL THE ICE-CREAM in the freezer. Because you can't let it melt and go to waste. Out of ice-cream? Make cold Nesquick with the milk. Yum. 



2. Learn to speak cat.
Focus really hard on what your cat is meowing to you and try to understand her. 



3. Get a mapbook. Plot out your and your three besties' houses. Now find the best coffee shop or bar that is equal distances from all of you. Make this your official loadshedding meeting point.



4. Make up a new cocktail
. Think of a name for it. Then drink it. (Basically we are just pointing out that drinking doesn't require electricity. Especially red wine.)



5. Practice telekinesis.
Maybe you just haven't concentrated hard enough. 

 

6. Try that super-intricate time-consuming mani or pedi you've seen on Pinterest/Instagram/the COSMO site. While you're at it, moisturise your heels, push back your cuticles, and make your hands and feet ready for when the lights come back on. 



7. Learn how to braai. Phone someone on their landline and ask how. if you don't have a landline, knock on a neighbour's door. 



8. Invent a new yoga pose.



9.
As a last resort: sort out your wardrobe. You've gotta do it sometime. Rather now than when you could be watching GIRLS. You could do the same for your nail polish collections, makeup drawer or linen cupboard. Polish your halo and boast about your new, neat cupboard to your flatmate/SO/friends once the power comes back on.
 
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Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
The Funniest Thing You'll Watch Today! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-funniest-thing-youll-watch-today

 
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Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Hot AND cute? Viva Brazilian footballers!!! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/hot-and-cute-viva-brazilian-footballers After seeing the entire Brazilian team embracing a little South African pitch invader, we've picked the side we're going support in the upcoming invasion of our TV screens. Check out the hotness that is Neymar.

For those of us who've been anticipating the loss of our BFs to the looming Fifa World Cup, things are looking up. Yea, you can expect all communication to be reduced to a series of cheers, groans and at best monosyllabic responses to your attempts to get involved. But take heart...

With this kind of scenery, we're happy to go off-sides, and book our own armchair for the duration.

 
PIC: NIKE.COM

Settle.... They're just modelling their new Nike kit for the World Cup. But yes, that's a lot of heat right there.

And just look at how sweet (and gorgeous) Neymar (above, centre), Luiz (left), Silva (right) and the rest of the Brazil football team were to a little SA pitch invader at the game against Bafana Bafana. As security guards tried to shepherd him back to the stands, the Brazilians took over, hoisting him into the air, and posing for pics with him. They were less kind to our boys on the night, and took the game 5-0. But they took our hearts as well.
 


Viva Brasil!!!



 
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Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
The New Trailer For 'Annie' Will Give You Life http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-new-trailer-for-annie-will-give-you-life  


















The trailer for the new Annie film is here! 




And it looks Amazing! Quvenzhané Wallis plays the part of little Annie, Cameron DIaz is Miss Hannigan and Jamie Foxx is the new Daddy Warbucks as 'Benjamin Stacks'.

Basically this is the most adorable thing you'll see all day.

 
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Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
HOT Models Rapping + Kittens = Cuteness Overload http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/hot-models-rapping--kittens--cuteness-overload We just can’t get enough of the hot-men-and-kittens combination, and when we came across this video we HAD TO share it with you.

COSMO in the US compiled this must-see gem and the song is aptly called, Cats & Abs. Hot eye candy, adorable kittens, hilarious lyrics ... and it’s all in the name of charity! The kittens are all up for adoption (in the US) through the Humane Society of New York. But thanks to COSMO, we think these little kitties were snatched up very quickly.

We think this genius idea should be brought to South Africa – it’s the perfect way to advertise animals in need of homes. Love, love, love!





 
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Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Lena Dunham Will Be Writing For Archie Comics http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/lena-dunham-will-be-writing-for-archie-comics












Writer, director and actress Lena Dunham has added 'writing a comic series' to her CV.  
She'll be writing a four-issue story for Archie Comics which will be debuting next year! 




According to comicbookresources.com

Lena Dunham, the Golden Globe-winning star and creator of HBO's "Girls," will make her comic book writing debut in 2015 with a four-issue story from Archie Comics, set to take place within the flagship "Archie" series.

"She's the voice of her generation," Archie co-CEO Jon Goldwater told CBR News. "To have someone like that say, 'Not only am I a fan, I'd love to write something,' it just epitomizes all the hard work we've put in for the last five years."


You think there'll be lots of nude scenes?

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Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Oscars 2014, The Complete Winners' List http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/oscars-2014-the-complete-winners-list


Best Picture:
"12 Years a Slave"

Best Supporting Actor:
Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Supporting Actress:
Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"

Best Director:
Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity"

Best Actor:
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyer's Club"

Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

Best Original Screenplay:
"Her"

Best Adapted Screenplay:
"12 Years a Slave"



Best Animated Feature:
"Frozen"

Best Foreign Feature:
"The Great Beauty,"

Best Visual Effects:
"Gravity"

Best Cinematography:
"Gravity"

Best Costume Design:
"The Great Gatsby"



Best Documentary Feature:
"20 Feet from Stardom"

Best Documentary Short:
"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life"

Best Film Editing:
"Gravity"

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
"Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Music (Original Score):
"Gravity"

Best Music (Original Song):
"Let It Go" from "Frozen"



Best Production Design:
"The Great Gatsby"

Best Short Film, Animated:
"Mr. Hublot"

Best Short Film, Live Action:
"Helium"

Best Sound Editing:
"Gravity"

Best Sound Mixing:
"Gravity"


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Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Shoes That Will Definitely Make You Hungry For Cake and Ice-cream http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/shoes-that-will-definitely-make-you-hungry-for-cake-and-ice-cream-
All our products are handmade. Every last detail is payed attention to. We can create custom one of a kind designs to suit your needs or we can create a copy of something you have seen in our gallery. Most of our work ranges from $200-400 and takes about 3-6 weeks to design and ship out. “

















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Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
The Beauty Intern Diaries - Photo Shoot Time! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-beauty-intern-diaries-photo-shoot-time
On another note, we’ve been shooting for beauty pages in our upcoming May issue and oh my goodness do Juana and I love photo shoots. The mess that we were allowed to create is definitely the reason.

The mess included: Barbie bubbles, a bucket full of water and bubble bath, chopped up lipsticks and lip-glosses, smeared creams and broken eye shadows . We were in our element! It was a full day of shooting as we did three totally different styled shots with the amazing photographer Sebastian.

Obviously we can’t give away too much, but we were all definitely very impressed by how the pictures came out in the end.

So one of the shots entailed bubbles. So there Juana was frantically making bubbles with Foam bath and warm water in this huge bucket whilst I stood taking Instagram photos and laughing at her child-like expressions.

We enlisted the help of Barbie, and blew bubbles onto the products as Sebastian perfectly timed each click of the camera. We were all like little kids umming and aaring at all the bubbles and who could blow the biggest and the most bubbles. Definitely grown-up stuff you know?

 


When we’d cleaned up THAT mess, we moved onto the next shot, which required completely destroyed lip-glosses and chopped up lipsticks. Juana carefully created the props and with much painstaking precision created these mini masterpieces of art!



Catch my blog updates every week and check out our Instagram page @CosmopolitanSA and my account @megsnicola where I’ll also be posting updates from our beauty office, or you can follow me on Twitter @_Megz_A ☺ x
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Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Things We LOVE About ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/10-things-we-love-about-10-things-i-hate-about-you Who doesn’t love this cute ’90s teen rom-com? We’ve put together a list of our favourite moments from the movie – enjoy!


1. Patrick (Heath Ledger) serenading Kat (Julia Stiles). We just ‘can’t keep our eyes off of’ Heath!



2. Kat’s tear-jerker poem.

 
 

3. Heath Ledger and THAT smile…
 
 


4. Any interaction with the principal (Miss Perky).
 
 
 


5. The scene where Kat tells off the arrogant, brainless idiot, Joey …
 


6. … And when Bianca kicks ass and punches him (and ruins his future modelling career).
 


7. Bianca’s dim-witted (but funny) comments.
 


8. The scene where Bianca’s overprotective father makes her put on the ‘pregnant suit’.
 


9. Joseph Gordon-Levitt before he became the Hollywood A-lister he is today. SO cute!
 


10. And finally, this:
 


What other moments do you love from 10 Things I Hate About You?

 
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Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Don’t Shake, Just Bake! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/dont-shake-just-bake Even if you’re not much of a baker, these easy-as-pie pastries will make your crew drool


It’s Oscars weekend, and we’ve got our red-carpet-and-awards viewing plans firmly in place. The snack list is being processed and assembled as we speak, and there’s even a form of bingo in the final stages of development. In case your Big Plan is missing a little something sweet, we thought we’d share our recipe for these glorious baked banana-and-Nutella pastry ‘dumplings’, guaranteed to knock the socks off your entire posse – yes, even those with no sweet tooth or on some kind of healthy-eating plan. Added bonus? You can make these any time you’re overwhelmed by the need to eat your feelings. (Which might be sooner than you think, if Leo doesn't win that Oscar…)

What you’ll need
• Pie pastry (shop-bought is fine – rather use the time you would have spent making pastry to create cool cocktails for the party)
• Jar of Nutella (or two – you know, just in case)
• Two bananas, sliced into 5mm rounds

What to do
• Preheat oven to 180°C.
• Roll out the pastry to about 2mm in thickness – thick enough to hold the filling.
• Cut out circles with a big cookie-cutter. If you don’t have one, a wide glass or small bowl will do.
• Place a tablespoon of Nutella and three banana slices on one side of each pastry circle, then fold the other side over the filling. Use a fork to press the edges of the half-moon ‘pie’ together.
• Place on a greased baking tray and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, until the pastry is cooked through and golden-brown. If you want them super-crispy, leave in for another three minutes max – just watch them like a hawk to make sure they don't burn!
• Dust with icing sugar and serve.


All we have to say is omnomnommmm…

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Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Don't Judge This Wrapping Paper By It's Cover http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/dont-judge-this-wrapping-paper-by-its-cover














Not your average wrapping paper.




This, from Dude I want That: " Raunchy Wrap's exterior features a conservative, innocuous pattern of stripes. A gift's recipient will never guess that when he rips these stripes open--carefully, remind him, don't want to destroy the visuals--he'll come face-to-face with a Where's Waldo spread of boobies and butts. (Ladies, there are some choice parts of the male anatomy for you to ogle in a pink striped version of the Raunchy Wrap too.) It will be like two gifts in one. The paper might even prove to be more popular than whatever it's wrapping. Really the best approach would probably be to buy 2 packs of Raunchy Wrap and use one to wrap the other. That would be the gift of champions."






Buy it here.
Only $6.19.

This article appeared on Hurricane Vanessa 


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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Here's Jewelry That Smells Like Food http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/heres-jewelry-that-smells-like-food
With these little items not only can you accesorise cutely, but you'll also smell like a plate of fresh waffles! 

From laugingsquid.com

Tiny Hands creates handmade polymer clay jewelry of popular foods like strawberry ice cream and corn dogs. Thanks to the addition of food fragrances, the jewelry is accurate down to the smell.


See the delicious pics for yourself!





mmmm chocolate chip




Warning: craving for pumpkin pie might arise while wearing this



Not sure if you'll lwant to smell like corndogs all day. But hey, if that's your thing...














Apparently this one was given to Suri Cruise for her birthday, so you know it's fetch.




The ice cream necklace is available for order here








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Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Things We Hope To See In Sex and The City 3 http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/5-things-we-hope-to-see-in-sex-and-the-city-3 disappointing sequel is anything to go by, this may or may not be such exciting news!
We love Sex in The City anyway and chances are we will be first in line to watch it, but there are a few things that we would like to see in the next installment.















 

1 Carrie and Big Break Up

Even just for the entire 2 hours 25 minutes screening time. We are sure when we walk out the cinema and life resumes they will find their way back to each other, as they do! But for now, we are quite over the Carrie and Big type of love! She doesn't believe in soul mates any way...  


2 ... and Carrie Hooks Up With Aidan
Honestly we would just like to see more of Caidan!


We need a real love story we can daydream about, and we think Carrie needs it too!  

3. More Beyonce Choreography 
We are thinking maybe the ladies could do a little dance to Drunk in Love?
So, just after Carrie and Big break up, the girls go out to drown her sorrows with a bunch of Cosmo's and sexy men, and then Drunk in Love comes on, Samantha freaks out cause it's her favourite song and proceeds to teach the rest some sexy moves she learnt while holidaying in Jamaica!

Sorry, we are just getting over the steamy dance in Best Man Holiday.. and we think the girls could pull this one off nicely too! 





4. New York City
The girls jetting off to Abu Dhabi in Sex and The City 2 was fine, but it should not have lasted half the movie. "The City" has always been New York and that's where they should have been. So this time round, we hope to see the ladies where they know how to thrive the best, in New York City! 

 

5. FlashForwards
If this is the last one, then they've got to give us all they've got. Let's see Carrie with a baby, Samantha settled down, Charlotte with three more kids, and Miranda enjoying retirement. 

 



 


 



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Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Harry Styles Running Away From Things Is The Meme Gift That Keeps On Giving http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/-harry-styles-running-away-from-things-is-the-meme-gift-that-keeps-on-giving Harry Styles. The One Directioner had been in the loo but made it up just in time for the award by runing through a crowd of people. So, of course, the natural next step for this event was an explosion of memes.



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Running away from those crazy teletubbies


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Running away from Prince Charles (hahaha!)




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And here, not only is he a pop star but a champion marathon runner too! Look at him goooo!



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Running from the pesky po-po

Now if they could just make one of him running into our arms! 






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Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
The Beauty Intern Diaries - The Rewards of Hard Work http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-beauty-intern-diaries-the-rewards-of-hard-work
Juana went to Jo'burg last week for the reveal of Elizabeth Arden’s new face – Adeola Ariyo and so I was keeping things in check in the Cape Town office.

For the past couple of weeks, delivery of product has been quite slow up until literally yesterday. The office is overflowing with everything from nail polishes to eye serums. Yesterday, I had the almighty task of clearing out ALL the beauty products from the cupboard to make space for the new stuff that has just arrived. I guess it could be worse… Sometimes, however, we get sent THE most random items EVER. For example, we once recieved chicken cutlets (the type one sticks into their bra, not the salmonella type), tampons and maxi pads, vajazzle stickers and most recently pencils. It makes our days just THAT much more exciting knowing we have some 'awesome' vajazzle stickers. 

We’ve been busy planning pages for May (yes, I said MAY, can you believe it) and the best part is that I’ve been able to plan a few of my own, with the help of Juana of course. This is what I love about my internship; I feel like I’m not just packing boxes (in fact I don’t ever really pack boxes), I’m slowly learning and being guided on what it takes to be a part of the COSMO team. And I am so extremely grateful.

One thing that COSMO has taught me is that hard work pays off, and I’ve never been afraid of hard work. It keeps things exciting, challenging and rewarding all at the same time. So thank you COSMO ☺

Catch my blog updates every week and check out our Instagram page @CosmopolitanSA and my account @megsnicola where I’ll also be posting updates from our beauty office, or you can follow me on Twitter @_Megz_A ☺ x


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Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Tinder Makes It's First Luuurve Match In Antarctica http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/tinder-makes-its-first-luuurve-match-in-antarctica online dating app that we're crazy about at the moment, has made it's first victory in the Antartic #whowouldthought

According to The Cut: 

On a lonely December night at Antarctica's McMurdo Station, an American scientist conducting research there decided to log on to Tinder — "just for fun." He'd been using the mobile dating app in the States for a few months, and wanted to see if there were any available women out on the loveless tundra. At first, no profiles showed up. But when he expanded the app's location radius, he found someone: another researcher, working at a deep field camp a 45-minute helicopter ride away from the base station. He swiped right, indicating his interest, and a few minutes later, they matched.

"She was actually in her tent in the Dry Valleys when we matched," said the scientist, who asked not to be named out of concern that the government would revoke his internet privileges if anyone found out he was using precious broadband to look for hookups.



This is just so beautiful! And the best part about this story? If two scientists in ANTARCTICA can find each other, surely any one of us, in bustling cities with a lot more options can too. There's hope for all of us!! #Thugtears






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Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
The New Game of Thrones Trailer Gives Life http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-new-game-of-thrones-trailer-gives-life Game of Thrones is always the worst, because when you are thinking about how RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME the show is, and why they had to go and obliterate the Stark family, there is an unwelcoming reminder that you will only get to see another Stark hottie, dragon, or Sansa Stark's gorgeous red hair, a whole year later.


But thank goodness for teasers, trailers and sneak peeks because all good things come wrapped up in Game of Thrones teasers!



Even though this trailer may make you want to break into the HBO offices, don't, the 6th of April is not that far away... right? right? 


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Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Max-ing Your Music Pleasure http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/max_martin_music What do these artists/bands have in common: Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Usher, Maroon 5, Jessie J, Daughtry, Taylor Swift, Pitbull, Pink, Avril Lavigne, Carly Rae Jepson, Kelly Clarkson, Backstreet Boys, N Sync, Britney Spears, Céline Dion, James Blunt, Kesha, Avril Lavigne, Christina Aguilera and Bon Jovi?

They've all had hits written and/or produced (usually both) by the same man. 

Going back a bit, do you remember Quit Playing Games (With My Heart); I Want It That Way; Show me the Meaning of being Lonely and 

 

How about Baby One More Time; Oops!... I Did It AgainI'm not a girl, not yet a woman; Hold it against me and 


Not to belabour the nostalgia, there's also Since U Been Gone, Behind These Hazel Eyes, My Life Would Suck Without You and ...


 
 
Yup. All by the same dude.

Not impressed yet? How about if we tell you that his work includes SEVENTEEN #1s. (Er. Yes, that would be more than Michael Jackson's - ahem - no disrespect but - 12.) 

Max Martin (that's the guy - real name Karl Martin Sandberg) has had more Billboard hits than Jackson and Madonna combined.


His more recent work includes:

Katy Perry's California gurls; Dark horse; E.T.; Hot n cold; Last Friday night; Roar; Teenage dream; The one that got away; Unconditionally; Wide awake and, of course:



Pink's Boring; Cuz I can; F'''ing perfect; I don't believe you; It's all your fault; Please don't leave me; Raise your glass; Slut like you; U + ur hand; Who knew and ...




Kesha's All that matters (Beautiful life); Blow; C'mon; Dinosaur; Grow a pear; Hangover; Kiss n tell; Only wanna dance with you; Supernatural

Taylor Swift's We are never ever getting back together; 22 and this, minus goats:




Usher's Dj got us fallin' in love (feat. Pitbull) and Scream are also Max's work.

As is Dynamite by Taio Cruz, Domino by Jesse J and...



Whether you like the music above or not, Google Max Martin and you'll see why we're so gob-smacked by his output.

Have to admit though that we can't help feeling a little disappointed that some of the artists we assumed wrote all their own music obviously don't. And we're still working through what it says about music being like maths. Because this sure sounds like a formula... 

And now we've got 10 ear worms wriggling around in our heads. Aaaaah!!!


 
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Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Behind The Scenes Playboy Pics Show How Trite The Shoots Really Are #NSFW http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/behind-the-scenes-playboy-pics-show-how-trite-the-shoots-really-are-nsfw Real life and fantasy rarely ever go hand-in-hand. And no stream of pictures shows that off better than these BTS shots of Playboy Shoots. Dutch photographer and art director Patrick Van Dam lets us in on how things go down.














We're sure the end products got the desired results. But as for the making of process...nothing but awkward 


Via Huricane Vanessa

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Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
The Oscars Goodie Bag Has Never Looked SO Good http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-oscars-goodie-bag-has-never-looked-so-good
Losing nominees still go home clutching a Goodie Bag worth $55 000.


And, of course, it’s not your average Goodie Bag.

Here’s a taster of some of the items included: Chocolatines Savory Wine Flight Pairing ($80)
Halo Natural Pet Food ($6,142.89)
Max Martin Shoes ($750)
Dosha Tea-Based Pops ($35)
Blossom Blends Tea ($49.95)
Hydroxycut Weight Loss Products ($38.96)
Narrative Clip Camera ($279)
Polar Loop Activity Tracker ($109.95)
Steamist Home Spa System ($2,560)
M3K Beauty Products ($100)
Best of Vegas Tour Package ($9,000)
Rouge Maple Syrup ($250)
House Call From Nutritionist Heather Lounsbury ($500)
Slimware Dinnerware ($59)
Huntley Drive Fitness Training Sessions ($850)
Le Petit Cirque Troop ($575)
Jan Lewis Designs Bracelet ($400)
Walk Japan Tour of Japan ($15,000)
Epic Pet Health Therapy ($1,571.98)
Acure Skincare ($300)
Rocky Mountaineer Train Trip ($4,078.00)
Gizara Arts Print ($1,000)
Jitseu Handbags ($279)
Imanta Mexico Resort Stay ($3,300)
Koala Landing Resort Stay in Kauai ($2,000)
Aviv 613 Vodka ($30)

Dosha Tea-based pops?

I suspect many of these find their way into the hands of sycophants and housekeepers.

The original article appeared on Hurricane Vanessa


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Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
100-Year-Old BFFs Discuss Pop Culture http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/100-year-old-bffs-discuss-pop-culture These long time BFFs talk twerking, Justin Bieber and what they think about the name North West. 

Be warned:
 After watching this, you'll wanna call your best friend too!







 
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Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
The Beauty Intern Diaries - Polished Mania http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-beauty-intern-diaries-polished-mania
And most importantly, we had to source pretty feet. Fashion intern Talia had such grogeous feet the we insisted she play model for a day. And so we were ALMOST ready for our shoot.



The prep for the shoot started early this week as Juana frantically worked her magic creating various different looks for pedicures and manicures. If she wasn't our beauty editor, we'd bet money on her being a professional manicurist to the stars! She's too talented guys, it's not fair. 


So with everything in check, and all of our beauty products packed and ready to go, we set off to the studio. Now this sounds like a non-important part to the story, except I was the one driving. However, we got there and back in one piece and only a few mild words were shouted from the car to passing drivers. So all in all, it was a succesful trip. (thumbs up)

We decided to do something slightly different from all our other polished pages and decided to use a 'foot model' for the shoot who is also known as our fashion intern, Talia. We oiled up her feet, slipped her into some sexy, sky-high shoes (shoes I previously wore to the J&B Met and which were surprisinlgy comfortable) and watched on as Riana, our photographer, began to work her magic. The shot is stunning, you guys will love it!!





It was then onto the shots for the other pages. We did blobs of nail polishes, dripped it down a piece of glass and had too much fun (owing to the fact we were probably all high from the fumes of the nai polish and acetone). Again, the shots are so stunning and it was a day filled with fun ... and fumes!

Catch my blog updates every week and check out our Instagram page @CosmopolitanSA and my account @megsnicola where I’ll also be posting updates from our beauty office, or you can follow me on Twitter @_Megz_A ☺ x

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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
SPONSORED: We Love The Latest Fragrance From Guess http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/sponsored-we-love-the-latest-fragrance-from-guess fragrance is a fashion accessory. This is definitely true of Guess Girl Belle – a new perfume inspired by fashion's  jet-set crowd. Here's everything you need to know about the fragrance:

*It's the creation of award-winning perfumer Laurent Le Guernec.
*It's inspired by Laetitia Casta, Anna Nicole Smith and Amber Heard.
*It's yummy. The sweet top notes channel golden delicious apples and mixed berries dropped into pink champagne. The base notes are Australian sandalwood, musk and vanilla. Middle notes are pink peony, natural jasmine sambac and violet.

We're giving away 20 Guess Belle fragrances worth R650 each. Read 'Cheat Sheet: Festival Beauty' in the latest issue of COSMO for more information.


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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Watch awesome ads promoting equality at the Sochi Winter Olympics http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/ads-promoting-equality-at-the-sochi-winter-olympics 'gay propaganda' aimed at children. You probably know how LGBT citizens
are treated by some of their comrades? And you know that the Winter
Olympics are taking place in Stochi, Russia? Then you must have seen
some of the creative, amusing and shocking ads that have been made
to raise awareness.

No? Well see for yourself here.

 
 

"The games have always been a little gay. Let's fight to keep them that way. Show your support for the equality of all athletes ..." This is the Canadian luge ad everyone's been sharing (in case you've been at a training camp in the Kalahari).



 



Why the uproar? Because... this:

 
 
And, well, this:



Putin also said: “The Olympics have always been, and should always be, about the athletes. Any attempt by homosexuals to flaunt their bodies in a way that is distracting, provocative, or arousing will be frowned upon.”
 
 
Got your frowns ready?

Here comes Russian President Vladimir Putin, Action Man flaunting it a bit (on theatlantic.com)



Gee up! (Is that a broke-back mountain in the background?)
 
 

Swim like a butterfly, darling!
 

Vlad, the Impaler (love the glove!)

 
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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Things You'll Want In Your Place Right Now http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/5-things-youll-want-in-your-place-right-now your place? Have you seen these yet?














1. A
 Wine Cellar For Your Kitchen Floor?








2. An Outdoor Cinema?




3. An Indoor Slide That You Could Use For Moving From Upstairs To Downstairs?





4. An Indoor Fire Place?









5. A See-through Bath Tub?




A girl can dream right?


We have FOMO now! 



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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Cape Town Carnival Is Turning 5 With The Mother Of All Spectacular Parades http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/cape-town-carnival-is-turning-5-with-the-mother-of-all-spectacular-parades boldest and brightest moves and enjoy a shared celebration on the city’s streets.'

When: March 15, Fanwalk in Greenpoint.
Bring: Your interpretation of celebrating glamourous African identity, comfortable walking shoes and friends.
Time: Woza 3pm and more than 2 000 costumed performers and giant floats will set the Mother City on fire.
Entertainment: DJ Fresh and MiCasa.

Best of all? It's a free party. For more info, go to www.capetowncarnival.com. Check out pictures from last year's party for inspiration. 







Here's a highlight from last year's edition.

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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
COSMO Perfect Match Speed Dating Competition Winners http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/cosmoperfectmatch-speed-dating-competition-winners Congratulations to the following winners!

1 Night Dinner and Movie Package for 2 people sharing at the 12 Apostles Hotel

Shannon de Lilly

Dinner for 2 at Round House
Andrew Robinson

Freshly Ground Concert Tickets for 2 at Kirstenbosch

Sandra Murphy
Francie Kohler

Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Tickets for 2 at Kirstenbosch
Candice Rynhardt
Veena Kander

Gourmet Picnic for 2 at Spier
Kimmy Kapp
Samantha Copeman

1 night for 2 people sharing at Fire and Ice Cape Town

Chantelle Robertson

1 night for 2 people sharing at Protea Hotel Sea Point
Warren Gas

Grand Prize: 2 night stay for 2 guests at the African Pride Arabella Hermanus
Bronwyn de Beer

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Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
COSMO Perfect Match Speed Dating 2014 http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/cosmo-perfect-match-speed-dating-2014


Click here to see the full gallery of the COSMO Perfect Match Speed Dating Event. 


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Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Say It With A Passive Aggressive Valentine's Day Card http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/say-it-with-a-passive-aggressive-valentines-day-card
But if you are tired of the usual cheesy gift cards - been there, said that, bought so many of them - but you still want to let your significant other or friend know how much they mean to you, we have sourced 13 passive aggressive Valentine's Day cards that might do the trick. I mean nothing can turn a person on like a cute passive aggressive card right? 





And because we couldn't let you go without a little personal touch of our own, enjoy the COSMO versions below and send them to your loved ones if you dare. 

 

 


 
 

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Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Reasons Why We’re Excited for ‘Magic Mike 2’ http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/reasons-why-were-excited-for-magic-mike-2- Okay, the storyline wasn’t much to rave about but the unbelievably HOT eye candy more than made up for the boring narrative.




1. Channing Tatum recently tweeted a pic of himself at his desk writing the script for the film, with a bust of Matthew McConaughey for company. We love it! 



2. We’ll (hopefully) get to see Channing naked again – remember that steamy shot of his deliciously sexy bum? We could barely stay on our seats we were so excited!



3. Alex Pettyfer (no need to say anything further).
 


4. Apart from Channing and Alex, we get to see all the other hot lads half-naked.



5. We can't wait to see more of these sexy dance moves. We could watch this video for hours… (Maybe best to wait until you get home to watch it.)

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6. Although Matthew's character, Dallas, was so embarrassingly cheesy, we hope we get to see him and that 'mighty fine' (to use one of his southern catch phrases) torso return for the sequel. We're also rooting for him to win the Oscar for his brilliant performance in Dallas Buyers Club. So he's definitely in our good books right now (not that he ever wasn't).
 

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Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
This Guy Hates Valentine's Day Even More than You Do http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/this-guy-hates-valentines-day-even-more-than-you-do if you're single - Valentine's day is a sucky reminder that you may die alone. if you're in a relationship, the pressure is on to impress your significant other without terrifiying them or spending so much that you're forced to eat carbs for the rest of the month. 



So just to make sure you don't feel alone, take a look at how much this guy hates V-Day (more than you do). 



Now that you feel better in a schadenfreude kinda way (sorry Anton), click through and buy yourself a V-Day gift. You deserve it. 



 


 
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Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Your Celebrity Faves In Disney Form http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/your-celebrity-faves-in-disney-form Annie Leibovitz recently added to her collection of celebs as Disney characters. Some of our faves from her collection include Taylor Swift as Repunzel, Jennifer Hudson as Tiana and Jessica Chastain as Merida. 










Taylor Swift as Repunzel










Jennifer Hudson as Tiana










Jessica Chastain as Merida








Queen Latifa as Ursula








Russel Brand as Captain Hook







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Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Our Favourite Cute-But-Cheesy Romantic Movie Scenes http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/our-favourite-cute-but-cheesy-romantic-movie-scenes Valentine’s Day is coming up this Friday so we thought we’d revisit some of Hollywood’s classic love scenes.


1. Pretty Woman
At the end of the movie, Edward (Richard Gere) climbs up a fire escape (with a bunch of roses in his mouth) to get to Vivian and says, 'So what happened after he climbed up the tower and rescued her?' Vivian (Julia Roberts) replies, 'She rescues him right back.' Awwwww! 

 
 

2. 10 Things I Hate About You
Anyone who grew up in the ’90s would remember this cute teen rom-com, and it was the first time we were introduced to Heath Ledger. He won over our hearts when he serenaded Julia Stiles’s character, Kat, and sang Can’t Take My Eyes off Of You, and that cheeky grin gave us heart palpitations!



3. Titanic
Of course, we HAD to include this classic scene from Titanic – one of the most romantic movies of all time. And, come on, Leo is in it!


 
4. Romeo + Juliet
We just can’t get enough of Mr DiCaprio. This is the scene where the star-crossed lovers first meet and look tentatively at each other through the fish tank. Leo looks HOT in his armour suit, and Des’ree’s Kissing You made it all the more sweet and romantic.
 
 
This is when we all fell in love with Ryan Gosling, and this scene gives us goose bumps. Ryan’s character Noah says, ‘I wrote you 365 letters… I wrote to you every day for a year… It wasn’t over and it STILL isn’t over,’ and then passionately kisses her and carries her to bed where they make love. Who wouldn't want to be taken to bed by this insanely sexy man-god?
 
 


 
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Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Baby Sings Above and Beyond and Breaks Hearts http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/this-is-me https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151915668291629&amp;set=vb.6343611628&amp;type=2&amp;theater

I sing like this. Often. When I wake up in the morning, in the shower, at work (my collegues having bleeding ears. Often). There is nothing quite like letting go….giving it horns… no matter your tone deafness. I also love this track from @aboveandbeyond.

This was the best 14 seconds of life I have seen captured in a long time. Sing along with me…

I LOVE YOU BABY. YOU WERE THE SUN AND MOON TO ME. I'LL NEVER GET OVER YOU. YOU'LL NEVER GET OVER ME…



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Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
People You Need To Know: Amy Odell http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/people-you-need-to-know-amy-odell
She used to work for BuzzFeed

Before joining the cosmopolitan.com team as the editor, Amy worked on buzzfeed.com from 2012 as as the editor for the fashion sections.

She's a fashion blogger

But 'not the kind that assumes you care about clothes' she says. Before working on fashion on Buzzfeed, she was the primary writer for The Cut, New York Magzine's fashion blog, which she launched in 2008. 

She's not afraid to beg

She told intothegloss.com, 'I tried so hard—and more than once—to get an internship at New York magazine, and I just could not get through to them. Since I couldn’t get an internship, I learned early on that you really have to beg for work. I tell people this all the time and I don’t see it happening that much, but if you’re serious about being a writer and a reporter, you have to beg for work.'

She's got big plans for cosmopolitan.com

'Cosmo redefined women's media decades ago. The new Cosmopolitan.com will redefine what it means to be a women's magazine online.' And she's already gotten started! Check out cosmopolitan.com to see more of her work. 




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Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Learn From Your Mistakes http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/learn-from-your-mistakes Social Studies teacher, Diana Laufenberg talks about how she taught her students that making mistakes is part of the learning process. 

Watch this video and think about what you've learned from your own mistakes. Feel free to share your story with us on our
facebook page or on twitter.
 

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Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Reasons to Break Up With a Guy Based Purely on His Hygiene http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/10-reasons-to-break-up-with-a-guy-based-purely-on-his-hygiene
 
2. A random fart every now and then is okay but if he’s passing wind (often and loudly) while you’re eating or in bed or at your grandmother’s 90th birthday and is ‘oblivious’ to it, it’s time to show him the door.



3. If he only changes his sheets every three months or so (once a week is preferable and we can accept every two weeks). The thought of getting into a bed that feels oily just makes our skin crawl – and who knows what bugs are lurking beneath those sheets... 



4. His toothbrush has bits of food in it – and he NEVER cleans it. 


5. When you smell something rancid and eventually find a three-week-old box of half-eaten pizza (that resembles a furry monster) behind the couch … and there are maggots...



6. Wearing the same clothes over and over again. In an interview with New! magazine, Robert Pattinson was quoted as saying, ‘These jeans are a few days old. But the top is probably fresh because it gets to the point where even I can't stand the air around me. I don't know, my personal hygiene – it's so disgusting.’ How did Kristen cope? 



7. He goes to the bathroom just before bed and doesn’t wash his hands, then expects some sexy time – we ain’t having none of that! 



8. Peeing in the shower – NO compromising on this one. 



9. Long, gnarly, dirty toenails – enough said. 



10. He hardly ever washes his hair (even after gym) – imagine running your hands through greasy, smelly, dandruff-filled hair? Ewwwwwwwwww!

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Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Five Classic ‘Sex And The City’ Valentine’s Day Quotes http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/five-classic-sex-and-the-city-valentines-day-quotes Valentine's Day is coming up and we had to share these classic Sex And The City quotes with you. After all, Candace Bushnell's brilliant creation has served as a love bible to so many girls, and each episode gurantees a smile. Samantha is always bound to shock and make you laugh ('I'm a "try-sexual".I'll try anything once'); Carrie's and Big's relationship makes you go 'awww'; Charlotte's desperate need to find a husband is sweet (but often annoying); and Miranda's candid, standing-up-for-women remarks always give us a boost of confidence on those 'I hate men' days. What's not to love about these four, feisty friends?

1. 'Happy (f***ing) Valentine’s Day.' – Samantha


2. 'Some people are settling down, some people are settling and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.' – Carrie. Awwww!



3. ‘There is a good way to break up with someone, and it doesn't include a post-it!’ – Carrie

 
4. 'No matter who broke your heart, or how long it takes to heal, you’ll never get through it without your friends.' – Carrie
 
5. Miranda: 'Orgasms, major thing in a relationship.'
Charlotte: 'But it's not the only thing. Orgasms don't send you Valentine's Day cards and they don't hold you hand during a sad movie.'
Carrie: 'Mine do!'

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Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
The Love Cocktail You'll, Well, Love http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-love-cocktail-youll-well-love For Valentine's Day this year, why not try this Love Sour cocktail to enjoy with you and your lovah...or friends...or simply by yourself:


You'll need:
2 parts Disaronno (50ml)
1 part Liquid Sugar (25ml)
1 Freshly squeezed Lemon.

What to do:
 
Mix all ingredients together in a shaker. Strain drink over ice in a tumbler.
Sip and enjoy!


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The exclusive MOSCHINO loves DISARONNO limited edition will be available at stores nationwide from R199.95.

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Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Five of the Worst Oscars Outfits EVER! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/five-of-the-worst-oscars-outfits-ever- 1. Pam Anderson – 2001
Pam has always liked to show some skin but come on, it’s the Oscars! The cleavage-baring white top (not surprisingly, a nipple was exposed during the night), a barely-there denim skirt and black thigh-high boots is so inappropriate and denim should NEVER be seen on the red carpet (Britney and Justin, anyone?). Even her iconic red Baywatch swimsuit would have been a better choice.



2. Whoopi Goldberg – 1993
This is a WHOOPING fail! This ghastly get-up looks like something Elizabeth Banks would wear in The Hunger Games.


3. 1. Bjork – 2001
We rate that this is THE worst outfit in Oscar history. We know Bjork is known for her bizarre, over-the-top outfit choices but this infamous swan dress (with a hideous body stocking – eeuw) shocked the fashion world and it was spoken about for weeks. There is even a Wikipedia page dedicated to the singer’s dress. What do you think? A bold, fearless choice, or a crazy, what-were-you-thinking nightmare?




4. Anne Hathaway – 2004 
In her Princess Diaries days, long before she got to play Andy in The Devil Wears Prada, Anne struggled somewhat with her red-carpet choices. This frumpy floral, satin dress looks like it could have been made from her grandmother's vintage curtains. But, thankfully, Anne has grown up since then and her outfit choices are often seen on best-dressed lists. 



5. Tyra Banks – 2000
This kitsch, Barbie-inspired purple mess is one of Tyra’s worst fashion decisions. Not a proud moment for the former supermodel.





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Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
CUTE Alert: the Kitten Version of ‘Girls’ http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/cute-alert-the-kitten-version-of-girls Girls? This parody of the hit show is hilarious and the kittens play the characters brilliantly. The Pet Collective creates cute, witty clips of well-known series and movies, and it’s a pet-lovers dream website. Other cute videos have included parodies of The Notebook and Mean Girls. Check out the website at videos.thepetcollective.tv/ for some cute cat eye candy.
 
 
 

Grumpy Cat has some stiff competition!
 



 
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Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
The Beauty Intern Diaries - Off To The Races http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-beauty-intern-diaries-off-to-the-races past week has probably been one of the best weeks I’ve had so far at COSMO.

I’m now no longer all by my lonesome self in the office and have my boss/friend back which makes working non-stop, with the occasional natter, so much easier.

The past week has been full of beautiful launches and events that I’ve been lucky enough to attend on Cosmopolitan’s behalf. On Saturday I was invited to the Elizabeth Arden launch for their new Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup.



The launch took place at The Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town and we were treated to an array of breakfast delights and bubbles. We were then taken upstairs for our presentation and had a foundation workshop with Elizabeth Arden’s senior makeup artist Gina Myers. The foundations were lightweight and luminous and so effortlessly applied to the skin.
  


Next, it was time for us to get glammed up for the J&B MET that Elizabeth Arden was kind enough to take us to. There were nail art technicians and professional makeup artists to make sure we were J&B Met ready.

We were picked up by a shuttle service and taken to the VIP entrance for the Met. We arrived at the Sunglass Hut tent and it was nothing short of glamorous. We had our pictures taken on arrival and handed a gift voucher for Sunglass Hut. We danced, watched occasional races (occasional being the operative word) and ate of course… because everyone knows how beauty editors value nothing more than food at events. Overall it was an absolutely incredible day and one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

  


But back to the office and Monday and the work didn’t stop. It was then time for La Prairie launch for the new Swiss Ice Crystal Complex at the Prestige Cosmetic Group in Observatory.

Stepping into the ice-chilled room filled with ice blocks, fake snow, and deliciously snow-like treats made you feel as if you’d been transported to some glorious five-star cabin in The Alps.

The new range is definitely one of their best so far (more details to follow soon, so stay tuned).
Planning for April and May is keeping both Juana and I on our toes, as we brainstorm and come up with pages that we know you’d love to read. I couldn’t image being anywhere else but here.

Catch my blog updates every week and check out our Instagram page @CosmopolitanSA and my account @megsnicola where I’ll also be posting updates from our beauty office. ☺ x

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Wed, 05 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Robbie Jones Happens To Instagram http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/robbie-jones-happens-to-instagram time to thank him for the gift of his ripped body

















Here he is smiling at you...*insert a collective swoon*




Here he is staring you down (yes, Rob, you make us melt!)...



Here he is waiting for you to 'come on over here, baby'...





And here he is not looking at you at all. He's having a sexy headache instead...





And lastly, a throwback he captioned 'This guy... and his mama... Lol:) #TBT.' So precious!

Love what you see? There's more of Robbie on page 70 of the lastest COSMO. Click here for more hot guys!

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Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
In Today's WTF Story, This Woman is Addicted to Eating Makeup http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/in-todays-wtf-story-this-woman-is-addicted-to-eating-makeup addicted to makeup. That sentence doesn't seem weird  at first glance - everyone on the COSMO staff loses their mind at the beauty sale or the release of a new MAC Viva Glam colour.

But Brittoni isn't addicted like we're addicted to the new Revlon Colour Burst Sticks (although they do taste of mint - yum). She eats her makeup.


SOURCE

Yup. According to TLC, she spends over R2200 per week buying compacts to eat. Like other addicts, she hides compacts around the house so that she always has a snack nearby. She even does a taste test before buying a new product, and the texture is her fave part. Hide your blush, ladies!


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Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Lupita Nyong'o Is Front And Centre On Vanity Fair Cover http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/lupita-nyongo-is-front-and-centre-on-vanity-fair-cover Vanity Fair! This year's Hollywood Issue features the most talked about A-listers right now. Amongst them is your new best friend, Lupita Nyong'o

We think the choice to put Lupita standing in the centre and dressing her in that golden dress was an ingenious one! It's almost like a foreshadowing of Oscar night - dress her like the Oscar she's going to win!

#winning 

Log onto our facebook page and tell us what you think of the cover.




Picture by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair


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Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Five Best Movie Roles http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/philip-seymour-hoffmans-five-best-movie-roles The brilliant Oscar-winning actor has starred in a wide range of films, and was one of Hollywood's most versatile and talented actors. Here is our pick of his best performances.


1. Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One (alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth) 2014




2. Along Came Polly (alongside Jennifer Aniston and Ben Stiller) 2004



3. Boogie Nights (alongside Mark Wahlberg) 1997


 

4. The Talented Mr Ripley (alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon and Jude Law) 1999

 

5. Punch-Drunk Love (alongside Adam Sandler) 2002


 
 
Check out this clip of Philip accepting his Oscar for his role in Capote (2006):
 


 
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Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
The Beauty Intern Diaires - Time To Restock http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-beauty-intern-diaires-time-to-restock my previous blog post last Thursday. One thing that I’ve learnt about the magazine industry is that it’s constantly up and down. Super busy one minute and not so much the next.

My body seems to be less than happy with me at the moment and I’ve been quite ill recently. Malaria in my first week back from holidays, followed by a three-day migraines and now I’ve had a bout of food poisoning. So I think it’ll be a fairly short and snappy blog from me today.

I’ve managed to finally type up my article about my amazing adventure at my first launch in Johannesburg, which you can read all about here. Other exciting news is that Juana is back today so I've been doing some last minute checks to make sure everything is in order for her arrival (a.k.a the office is tidy).

We’ve been sent some awesome packages in the last couple of days including brand new products from M.A.C, SP, Rimmel, Dior and Revlon, and Bobbi Brown so the beauty office is looking fully restocked again!



One thing that's been really awesome is that I've featured in both the January and February issues of COSMO this year! In the January issue I was lucky enough to be included in our 'Beauty Police' page and tested out three different products and wrote a review on each. In our February issue I was chuffed to see I'd been featured on the COSMO Contributors page. This included a picture of me and a little blurb about myself. It's always great to recieve recognition for something that you've worked really hard towards. It also inspires me to keep up the hard work and to keep pushing forward. Who knows where this year will take me.


 

Catch my blog updates every week and check out our Instagram page @CosmopolitanSA and my account @megsnicola where I’ll also be posting updates from our beauty office. ☺ x
 





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Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
How to Open Wine – without a Corkscrew! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/how-to-open-wine--without-a-corkscrew No opener? No problem!

We’ve all been there: a bottle of wine, a cork, no corkscrew … frustration, thirst. The 'logical’ solution, other than buying solely screw-tops (which is an issue if you’re a fan of wooded Chardonnay) would be to try to push the cork into the bottle, right?

Wrong!

Apparently, if you know what you’re doing, it’s relatively easy to gain access to your favourite tipple sans opener, with the added bonus of not having the blasted cork sloshing around inside, making you spill and making a mess. Don’t believe us? Perhaps you’ll believe this guy:







Mind you, he’s a professional. He’s probably been practising this move for longer than we’ve been drinking wine. So while we do encourage you to try this at home, we also encourage you to do it safely – and to ensure you perfect the technique before you take this party trick on the road. And maybe use your man's shoe…

COSMO does not suggest irresponsible drinking, underage drinking or drinking and driving. Please drink responsibly.

 
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Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
This GIF Site is Awesome http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/this-gif-site-is-awesome GIFS are awesome as they are. Now a cool site called www.playandlistentogifs.com has gone one up by letting you listen to music over your GIF. All you have to do is press the play button, and be taken on a trip down memory lane as many of the animated loops are from 90s commercials. Go ahead and check out GIFS on steroids.

www.playandlistentogifs.com


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Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
The Best Reactions to Justin Bieber's Arrest http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-best-reactions-to-justin-biebers-arrest

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Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
‘Aaah’ Moment of the Day – Adorable Kitty Cuteness! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/aaah-moment-of-the-day--adorable-kitty-cuteness

Stockings the cat was born with severely deformed legs (they’re ‘backwards’) but this doesn’t stop this playful little fur ball from having fun and living a ‘normal’ life. We had to share this video worth you – it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face!


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Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Dove's New Campaign Will Change The Way You Think About #Selfies http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/doves-new-campaign-will-change-the-way-you-think-about-selfies selfie?

Award winner Cynthia Wade follows a group of teenage girls and their mothers and asks them about how they take selfies. This is in turn, shines a light on the kind of beauty standards that young women feel pressured to conform to and the kind of insecurites that their mothers unknowingly pass on to them. 

It's heart warming to watch all these women realise that their differences and unique features are the exact things that make them more beautiful.




Here's the 8-minute version




And the 3-minute version





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Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Fifty Shades Of Grey Co-Stars Are Hot together. But Not That Hot http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/fifty-shades-of-grey-co-stars-are-hot-together-but-not-that-hot 50 Shades of Grey film is scheduled for release next year. Apparently the cast and crew are more than half way through filming and things are going well. Fans of the book might be dissapointed that it won't be as raunchy as the book though.


According to E

But there's one thing fans should know before stepping foot into the theaters next year: the sex scenes are going to be much tamer than in the E.L. James erotica novel.
"It's less racy than the book," a source recently shared with us. "They felt it would be too much, so they have dialed those scenes back."



We wonder how 'dialed back' the scenes really are. Hopefully they can find a balance to satisfy the books' fans as well as brand new viewers. 

Also, when can we see a clip from the movie already? Just a teaser trailer? No? Ok, we'll wait

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Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Essential GNO Gadgets http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/5-essential-gno-gadgets These handy accessories add up to a safe, stress-free night out



1 Pre-party primper
Look red-carpet glam with the help of GHD’s limited-edition V Pink Diamond Styler. If you like to do more than just straighten your hair, the contoured plate edges create great curls and waves. Get it at Ghdhair.com/za for R2 380.




2 Fun-proof phone
The Sony Xperia Z1 is waterproof, shatter-resistant and scratch-proof – so regardless where you end (even if it is in the pool!), this smartie will have your back. It features a five-inch screen, full HD display and a 20.7 megapixel camera, allowing you to capture your party moments in style. Get it at your cellular-service provider for R9 899.
3 Handbag-sized charger
Because the party might last longer than your smartphone battery, a little backup can be a big help. The Amped Zest 3.1 portable charger is small and light, and fits in any clutch – ideal when you need extra power on the go. Get it at Amped.co.za for R385.
4 DIY breathalyser
Now it’s easier than ever to play it safe: the Alcosense Elite breathalyser is small but smart, and features a built-in air-flow sensor, which means you’ll never be given an incorrect reading as a result of blowing too softly or too hard. Get it at Yuppiegadgets.co.za for R850.




5 Frustration-preventing key finder
Ever wished you could call lost keys to come to you? Well, now you can … kind of. Clip the Whistle Key Finder onto your key ring and whistle when you can’t find your keys – the device will beep and flash until you find them. Get it at Yuppiegadgets.co.za for R85.
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Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
You Won't Believe This Isn't a Bird http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/you-wont-believe-this-isnt-a-bird paints on models' bodies for different situations such as advertising pictures and commercials, fashion events and exhibitions. In 1990 he began to explore and experiment with body and hand painting. By having his models contort their body into specific positions, he could use his painting skills to create incredibly realistic portraits and scenes onto a living canvas. In 2000 he created his world-renowned ‘Handimals‘ series. It saw him paint highly detailed and realistic animals onto hands in various positions. The outcomes are truly amazing. Go to www.guidodaniele.com for more pictures. 

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Check out the maestro in action below





 
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Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Lesego Motsepe Dies aged 40 http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/lesego-motsepe-dies-aged-40
He called the paramedics and she was declared dead when they arrived. Drama graduate Lesego will always be remembered in the hearts of South Africans for her 10-year role as Lettie on Isidingo. Theatre lovers were dazzled by her role as music icon Brenda Fassie in Ma-Brr (The Brenda Fassie Musical) and  Dr Mamphela Ramphele in Biko

Lettie's biggest moments:


1. Her arrival at Horizon Deep as a sassy teenager set tongues wagging when she and brother Parsons formed a band with new friends Dusty, Stuart and Steve. They were regulars on the stage at Bra G's shebeen, starting one of the beginning of the biggest battle of wills ever seen on local TV with a very traditonal father going up against his independent, multicultural daughter.

2. When her crush on miner Sammy turned into one of the sweetest love stories at the time, starring a sweet girl hooks ups with a lovely man with a PHD from the university of hard knocks. It didn't last, but it let the Horizon Deep, and viewers know that Lettie was definitely no longer just a girl.

3. Her first few weeks as an intern journalist at the Golden Weekly felt authentic. She was young, determined to find her place in the world but a little nervous about starting a job she chose on intuition and natural flair for news. We never cheered as hard as we did she got promoted to senior news anchor at ON!TV.

4. Her dramatic love life ruled the script for as long as she was on the show. Her breakup with Sammy was followed by a brief relationship with Vusi, who broke up with Lettie after discovering her fling with businessman Dumisane. Dumisae went on to become her baby daddy and husband until the couple divorced following his affair with Bianca. Lettie, back on the market, had a fling with Lucky (a colleague) and an interracial relationship with Joe (tongues never wagged as much in Horizon Deep) before finally settling down with Vusi - the love of her life.

5.Lettie was on screen 5 days a week for 10 years. Viewers were emotionally connected to her, so we got goosebumps when she got a job in New York. That’s why the day she left the show, in a dramatic car-crash, was a downer for Isidingo fans. ‘I will miss the things the scriptwriters made her say, especially since Lettie Matabane was so different from who I am,’ she said about leaving the show.


Tributes from friends, fans and colleagues:

Michael Mol ‏@DrMichaelMol
#LesegoMotsepe Your courage put a beautiful face to an ugly disease and brought hope! Will miss the flame in yr heart & the spark in yr eyes

Colin Moss ‏@ColinMossSA
RIP #LesegoMotsepe - A brave, outspoken, talented woman with a heart of gold. The world is poorer for your loss. 

Napo Masheane ‏@PopoMasheane
My heart is saddened by the death of Lesego Motsepe an energetic talented proud daughter of the soil. May your creative soul rest in peace.

Tumisho Masha ‏@TumishoMasha 
Deeply saddened by the news that Lesego Motsepe has passed away. She was a talented actress, good friend and excellent soul. May she RIP!

Samkelo Ndlovu ‏@SamkeloNdlovu 
RIP Lesego Motsepe who played Letti Matabane on @IsidingoSABC3 . Your cheerful spirit and kiddish laugh will be missed.

Hip Hop Pantsula ‏@HipHopPantsula 3h
Robala Ka Kagiso (rest in peace) to my friend and wellness activist Lesego Motsepe...I miss you so much already ngwana. *moment of silence* 

The outpour of sorrow from reminds us a very poignant tweet by @Lesegomotsepe. She said, 'Life is beautiful. Live!'
 She lived to the fullest. May she rest in peace. 



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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Aerie's awesome un-Photoshopped lingerie shoot http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/aeries-awesome-un-photoshopped-lingerie-shoot 'Time to get real. Time to think real. No supermodels. No retouching. Because ... THE REAL YOU IS SEXY. #aerieREAL'

This is the promise from American Eagle for their latest Aerie lingerie shoot.

In the words of one of the models in : 'Confidence is extremely sexy. I think women that own their bodies and are unapologetic for who they are as women and what they look like [are sexy].'

#whatwe'vebeensaying






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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Luxe for Less: Decor http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/luxe-for-less-decor
5 Rooms

They have contemporary pieces for all rooms of the house. Better than being budget friendly, they have a sale at the moment, with fabulous furniture and accessories selling at a bargain. Best news of all? They have cash on delivery payment option for sales below R2000. This service is only valid on orders placed for delivery in selected areas within Cape Town.
www.5rooms.com

Cori Craft
This is your one-click shop for couches, with more than 200 produced daily. They have one up on having a wide variety to choose from with the Cori Now feature: you see what you like, pay for it and have take it home with you ‘now’ instead of waiting a few days for your goods to be delivered. Smoother operators! We love their clearance centres in Joburg, Durban and Cape Town.
www.coricraft.co.za

Nevada Furniture

This is your one-stop shop for Ikea furniture, although Nevada is not affiliated with Ikea. Nevada works like this: you go to their site and place an order that is combined with orders from various customers around SA, Nevada imports the products to SA and you get your goods. We love that it's affordable, efficient and secure.
www.nevadafurniture.co.za

That Furniture Website
Think of this as a search engine for all things furniture related in SA, with a list of more than 50 stores on their website. Stores on the site include @Home and Bakos Brothers. We love that the site offers catalogues from featured stores, as well as full contact details.
www.thatfurniturewebsite.co.za

Read page 137 of COSMO for ideas on updating your living space with fun, sexy and oh-so-trendy décor items.








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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Diet wars http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/diet-wars Two competitive friends walk into a resaurant ...

OK, seriously, we're so over Dieting - you know the kind with the capital D right? Girls can't live on lettuce alone (or a single cherry tomato, or a measly half slice of cucumber...) Healthy eating is the COSMO way. 

And if you're cutting back, remember to cut yourself some slack too - a reward here and there is great incentive. One square of dark chocolate is not going to turn you into a quivering blob of jelly! Check out COSMO's healthy eating and first steps to fitness app here.

If you need some perspective (or have a friend who does), or know a couple of competitive A-types, check out the clip below. We LOL-ed all over the floor. (Not so much love for the title though.) 


 

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Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
#InstaStuds http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/instastuds
@Mirobr

Miro Moreira, 30, says he was an 'ugly ducking with braces and pimples' and zero muscles. He blossomed into a stud while working at a bank, where his collegaues nagged him to change careers. He started at the Sao Paulo Fashion Week, and went on to work for Giorgio Armani, Armani Exchange, D&G, Belstaff, Lebole, Sean John, Roberto Cavalli and Aramis. 




@iJulian_
Instragram @iJulian_
Julian Gabriel  was scouted through Facebook pictures taken at Ultra Music Festival im Miami. He's a law student and a fitness buff who is always working on keeping his body vicious. The best news? The 25 year old stuggles getting into a relationship because of 'jealousy', so he is waiting for someone who will make peace with the fact that everyone drools at a hot man and celebrities get stopped for pictures by fans. 'I guess I haven’t found that right person who doesn’t really care.' He can call us on 083-COME-OVER-HERE.




@RobEvansJames
Instagram @RobEvansJames
The British hunk wanted to be a boxing player when a scout changed his life (and gave women a hunk to lust after)s The rest is a history that involves the 26 year old's refusal to lose weight to fit into sample sizes at runway shows. He was a judge on America's Next Top Model: College Edition. Tyra Banks denied rumours of dating him. 




@nick__bateman
Instagram @Nick_Bateman
Nick was rumoured to be destined for the role of  Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey. We're sad that he did not get the role. Our glass is always half full so we're very happy that he has a lot of time to upload steamy pictures. He can play Mr Grey with us any day!




@peterpsquare
Instagram @peterpsquare
Meet Peter Okoye. The other half of Nigerian superband P-Square. He is Africa's hottest pop star with a private jet, and a taste for expensive bubbly. He recently got married but, hey, there's no rule against looking and drooling. We just wish he'd stop making us choose between his body and his face when he posts his pictures.*runs to a confession booth to ask for forgiveness for all the dirty thoughts this picture inspires*





 
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Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Protect Yourself From Revenge Porn http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/protect-yourself-from-revenge-porn ex-lovers to settle scores, with former Disney star Dylan Sprouse as the latest casualty. Locally, celebrities like Khanyi Mbau and former Miss Swaziland Nompilo Mncina have had their nude pictures leaked online. Here are 5 ways of protecting yourself from being a casualty of revenge porn:

1. Don’t Show Your Face.

It sounds boring but it’s worth trying out. Send a picture of your body in various poses.‘In a relationship you have to make sure that you watch your back. He may love you today but wake up the next morning and tell you that he wants to move on,’ says life coach Karen Zievorgel.

2. Save Them On Your Computer

Karen advises saving nude picture and sex tapes on your computer and using your own gadgets to take racy pictures. This way, you control access to the sexy footage.

3. Sexy Back

He’ll know who sent him the pictures so why show him your sexy backside next time he asks for naughty pictures? Afterall, there's a reason the reverse cowgirl position is so popular.

4. Wear A Mask
A mask will make you look sexy and in control and up the kinky factor. And the possibilities are endless. You can be catwoman, a burlesque dancer and anything your mind conjures up.

5. Stay Alert

Set a Google Alert for your name: If a pic pops up, you'll be ready with a take-down notice.

We think the best way of getting over revenge porn is holding your head up and moving on gracefully from what is ultimately a minor scandal because everyone has a naughty picture or video–they just have not been leaked to the public (yet). Read page 64 of COSMO for more on Revenge Porn and refuse to be broken down by bitter exes. 

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Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Take a Moment. Put on Your Headphones. Close Your Eyes. Let Go http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/take-a-moment-put-on-your-headphones-close-your-eyes-let-go Our ed listens to @aboveandbeyond acoustic version of Sun and Moon. Loses her mind. And heart. Again.

A few years back, when British trance kings Above & Beyond visited South Africa, I was lucky enough to shadow them for a weekend. I learnt their scene, their style, their strengths and their loves. And I too fell in love, particularly with their smash hit Sun and Moon.

Now the Internet has offered up a video of them performing this nostalgic anthem in acoustic version at London’s Porchester Hall. The rework is more beautiful than ever imagined. It features live vocals from Alex Vargas (subbing for original vocalist Richard Bedford), a stunning orchestra and the three boys themselves – Tony McGuinness, Jono Grant and Paavo Siljamaki. "'Sun & Moon' is one of our best-loved songs and probably the one that evokes the biggest crowd response all over the world, so it was an interesting challenge to try to create an acoustic version that might connect in the same way," Siljamäki told Rolling Stone earlier this year.

Take a moment. Put on your headphones. Close your eyes. Let go.



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Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
The Beauty Intern Diaries - Start Of a New Year http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-beauty-intern-diaries-start-of-a-new-year


A new year brings new challenges, new goals and new experiences. Three things I love! January has played right into all three of those aspects as it's been a hectic month so far. 

The COSMO office was back up and running last week Monday and I’ve been non-stop since. Last week we I went to the studio with our Art Director, Juan, to shoot our April Lust List. It was a messy but an awesome shoot to be a part of… You’ll see why soon ☺

Part of my job as a beauty intern, is to attend on behalf of Juana any launches or events that she cannot make. So next week I’m off to Johannesburg for an event, which I’m pretty excited about. Although, flying in and out on the same day is going to be somewhat challenging for me. Anyone who knows me, knows I get tired too easily and require ‘napping times’ like some domesticated cat. But, I’m sure I’ll manage to pull through and make it back to my apartment semi-alive.

Anyway, that’s it for this week’s blog post as my stomach is officially singing the national anthem (anyone at the office with vouch for how often i'm found digging in the fridge). Because ladies and gentleman, hunger is real!



Catch my blog updates every Wednesday, and check out our Instagram page @CosmopolitanSA and my account @megsnicola where I’ll also be posting updates from our beauty office. ☺ x


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Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
The Best Gifs From Your Favourite Romantic Movies http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-best-gifs-from-your-favourite-romantic-movies
1. The Notebook

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2. Dear John

GIF from www.tumblr.com


3. Poetic Justice


(because there comes a time when a man must do like Tupac and gaze into your eyes forever. Gif from www.gifsoup.com)
 
4. Casablanca 

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5. Jerry Maguire

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Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Are Drugs The New Uber-cool Thing To Do? http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/-are-drugs-the-new-uber-cool-thing-to-do Miley Cyrus, whose shock value hit sky-high levels when she lit a joint on stage. We also know how much she loves her Molly. So we have to ask: are celebrities turning drugs into the new uber-cool thing to flaunt? They sing about it on their hits; twelebs brag about it on Twitter:

@Killah_Beast That Swaziland weed got me so high

@Prtchards_k I wanna go back to when weed use to make me laugh LF!

@Therealnkully Growing up I used to like the smell of grass, until I got to know a thing called “weed” .(._.”)

@Zee_Theresa1 HIGH AF!

@Kurrupt_goti Hawaaiin kush, purp, and caviargold “world’s strongest bud”

@Zee_Ntakana I remember a time I was smoking weed with my ex, I passed out on the lawn and he left me there till the morning

@TallModaPhucka When I’m high, I enjoy long romantic walks to the fridge.

Clinical Psychologist, Michelle Andrew says there is a link between what’s cool in popular culture and what’s cool in the pop culture loving set ‘Artists who sing about drug may influence fans to start using as they see that their favourite stars ate doing drugs and doing just fine.’

Read page 46 of COSMO for more on #PoppingMolly, and why you shouldn’t fall for the hype.

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Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Our Favourite Moments From Last Night's Opening Monologue http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/our-favourite-moments-from-last-nights-opening-monologue Last night, your best friends Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made us laugh once again. It's almost like the Golden Globes have been remade the Tina and Amy show. Or as they like to call it, 'The 71st Annual Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Lee Daniel's The Butler Golden Globes!' 
Let's take a look at all of our favourite moments from their opening monologue shall we...


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1. Introducing the show as the '71st Annual Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Lee Daniel The Butler' Golden Globe awards!

2. Pronouncing Tom Hanks as Tam Honks 'Damn it! I knew I was gonna screw that up!' Amy curses 

3. Saying Matt Damon was pretty much a garbage man compared to the crowd there

4. That time they showed a picture of Jennifer Lawrence and said she was Amy Poehler

5. That time they shaded Julia Louis-Dreyfus for sitting in the film section instead of TV 'Hi Julia! You KNOW us from TV!'


Watch it here for yourself and tell us about your favourite moments:


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Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
13 Things to Remember when Travelling to a Foreign Country http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/13-things-to-remember-when-travelling-to-a-foreign-country Planning to expand your cultural horizons with a trip to another country this year? Here's what you need to consider

1. Pack smartly to make getting around airports and traipsing between train stations and hotels easier. If you can’t lift your suitcase after you’ve zipped it up, you’ve probably packed too much unnecessary stuff. Start over.

2. Pack lots of accessories – it saves on space and it’s easier than trying to fit 20 different outfits in your luggage. Plus you’re bound to pick up new threads on the road.

3. Take along one versatile, wrinkle-proof LBD – just in case.

4. Invest in comfortable shoes – sandals or sneakers. In fact, pack both.

5. Research the local laws and customs. Certain things that you take for granted at home may be frowned upon or downright illegal in another country.

6. Respect the local culture, no matter what your personal beliefs are. You’re a guest.

7. Make a plan. Consider the fact that you might not be able to get contraceptives or sanitary products over the counter at your destination (or you may not have access to shops/pharmacies if you're travelling to remote locations), so make sure you pack enough of whatever you’ll need…

8. …because there’s something deliciously exciting about having sex in a foreign country, and it’s even more deliciously exciting when it’s sex with a foreigner. (If he doesn’t speak your language very well or at all = bonus!)

9. But you should try to learn some local phrases. ‘Hello’, ‘Please help me find XYZ’ and ‘Thank you’ can get you pretty far.

10. Walk everywhere you can (in your comfortable shoes). It’s the best way to explore a new city – and since you’ll probably be eating and drinking everything in sight to get the most out of the local cuisine, it’ll help you burn off some of the kilojoules.

11. Chronicle your journey. Years from now you’ll be stoked that you blogged about it and Instagrammed everything.

12. When in doubt, be tacky. Postcards and kitsch, tourist-trappy souvenirs really do make the best gifts for your mates. And they won’t make much of a dent in your vacation budget.

13. Feeling mizz? Snap out of it – you’re in an exotic location doing/seeing exotic things and eating exotic food. Your friends would likely trade places with you in a second, and you’ll be kicking yourself once you’re back at work for not squeezing every ounce of joy out of each second of your holiday.



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Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
How to Have the Best Grown-Up Girly Sleepover, Like, Ever http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/-how-to-have-the-best-grown-up-girly-sleepover-like-ever
Forget normal all-nighters. Having a slumber party for your gal pals is the most fun you can have in your onesie!

The magic number
Three to five of your very closest mates is perfect for a sleepover: just enough
to catch up properly, goof around, laugh, cry and chat all night without things going totally south or anybody feeling left out. Keeping it cosy also means you can all bed down in the same room, bringing back the fun naughty- girls’ dorm vibe from your school days.

Spaced out
One choice is to clear out your largest room and cover the floor with firm cushions, throws, pillows, duvets and all manner of other soft bedding options so that everyone can find their own part of the ‘nest’ in which to curl up. If that sounds a bit weird, Carmaquip has camo-coloured self-inflating mattresses that are great for camping, too: they even come in handy bags for easy transporting (R750 each at Carmaquip.co.za). Another great option is the Thermal Comfort Standard mattress (R559 at www. campandclimb.co.za).

Onesie weather

Giant all-in-one rompers are the fashion fad of the year, and there’s no time or place they’re better suited for than at a stylish sleepover. Find yours at Topshop or Woolworths.

To-do list:
1. Load fave songs and playlists
2. Buy wine
3. Get ingredients to make something fun and decadent: Belgian waffles, anyone?
4. Assemble nail-polish remover and different colours, then try our mani of the month


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Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Back Off, Back-Seat Drivers! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/back-off-back-seat-drivers
 Next time you want to instruct your driver, think twice...


If you’ve ever had a passenger slamming on imaginary brakes or giving you advice on how to parallel park, you know how irritating a back-seat driver can be. But back-seat driving isn’t only annoying – it can also be dangerous because it’s distracting, says Gary Ronald of the Automobile Association of South Africa.
Ensure you don’t commit these back-seat-driving offences:

Look out...
If you’re a cautious passenger, you might worry that the driver hasn’t noticed potential dangers. ‘Warning the driver about oncoming traffic will probably just annoy them and possibly make them aggressive towards other drivers,’ says Ronald.

Changing tracks

You’re bored with Rihanna –time to change the channel and see what else is playing. Oops, don’t like that either. Perhaps there’s something better on another station... Ronald warns that what might seem like an innocuous search for the best soundtrack to your journey can be a hazard if it distracts the driver’s attention. And if they’re the ones turning that dial? Gently offer to take over the role of DJ so they can focus on the driving instead of the tunes.

‘You won’t believe this!’
You’ve seen a status update on your phone that’s made your jaw drop, and you can’t wait to share it with the driver. Bad idea, says Ronald. ‘When you pass someone your phone to have a quick look, it means they’ll be taking their eyes off the road. Even if it’s just for a second, the results can be disastrous.’

The last-second navigator
Telling the driver to take a right just before the turn-off means they have to slow down and make their move within seconds – possibly without indicating. It’s not difficult to see how this could cause an accident. Check the directions beforehand and give plenty of advance warning.

No more drama
If, in your opinion, it’s not only your driver who could do with a few lessons but everyone else on the road too, you need to calm your temper. ‘Don’t cause drama by shouting and gesturing at drivers who wait a nanosecond too long at a traffic light or do something else to rankle you – you could start a road-rage incident,’ cautions Ronald. Courtesy and consideration are as much part of being a good driver as alertness is.

BUT DON’T EVER ACCEPT THIS FROM YOUR DRIVER

You have the right to speak out against any driving behaviour that makes you uncomfortable, especially:

1. Drinking (or taking drugs) and driving
2. Talking on the phone, or texting
3. Speeding
4. Reckless driving and weaving through traffic
5. Aggressive behaviour towards other drivers, which may spark road rage

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Tue, 07 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Our Top 10 Scariest Movies http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/our-top-10-scariest-movies
1. The Exorcist (1973)
The mother of a demon-possessed teenager calls in two priests to pray for her soul. The devil, it turns out, does not give up without fighting to the last breath. Entertainment Weekly named it their scariest movie of all time.




2. Friday the 13th (1981)
Jason Voorhees drowns as a boy at Camp Crystal Lake due to the negligence of the camp staff. Decades later, the lake is rumored to be cursed and is the setting for a series of mass murders. The franchise has 12 hair-raising movies.




3. Blair Witch Project (1999)
The Blair Witch legend is said to be a true story of a woman called Elly Kedward from Maryland. She was accused to witchcraft and banished to the Black Hill forest where the town’s people left her hanging from a tree. In the movie, Three film students go missing after travelling into the woods of Maryland to make a documentary about the local Blair Witch legend leaving only their footage behind.




4. The Descent (2005)
A group of six close female friends on a spelunking trip find themselves trapped in an unmapped cave, and spend the rest of the holiday trying to not get eaten by flesh-eating humanoids that hunt them.



5. The Ring (2002)

A  journalist investigates a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.
Her quest starts when a handful of teenagers who watched the tape while spending a weekend at a cabin in the mountains die suddenly on the same night. 




6. Jaws (1975)
This has to be the creepiest movie ever made, mostly because life imitates art every time some (unlucky) swimmer gets attacked by a shark. in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster a giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers. 



7. 28 Days Later (2002)
Animal rights activists free a group of infected chimpanzees, turning London into a killing field when the chimpanzees' victims go on a furious, murderous rage in the days following the initial exposure. Waking from a coma in a deserted London hospital 28 days after the animals were freed, a bicycle courier joins forces with another group of survivors following a terrifying encounter in a seemingly abandoned church. 

 


8. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A high school student has a disturbing nightmare in which she is stalked through the boiler room by a severely burned figure with the bladed glove on his hand. When he finally catches her, she awakens screaming in her own bed. However, her nightgown has four slashes in it, identical to the ones given to her in the dream by the unknown man's razors, and she is not convinced it was just a nightmare. 
 



9. Psycho (1960)
Alfred Hitchcock's best film has been praised as a work of cinematic art by international film critics and film scholars, while the  US Library of Congress declared the film 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1992. The plot involves a missing woman, a motel and a deranged loner of an owner possessed by the spirit of his dead mother.
 


10. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The film follows a group of friends who fall victim to a family of cannibals while on their way to visit an old homestead. The character of Leatherface and minor plot details were inspired by the crimes of real-life murderer Ed Gein. In 2012, the film was named by critics in the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound magazine as one of the 250 greatest films ever made.
 

Excited by these clips? Read page 54 of the February issue to find out why women love scary movies. 

 
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Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
8 Things We Didn’t Know About Hangovers http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/8-things-we-didnt-know-about-hangovers  Here are some surprising facts about hangovers that we didn’t even know!

1) It takes between 3-5 drinks for the average woman to set herself up for a hangover.

2) Colourless drinks such as vodka and gin cause milder hangovers than darker drinks such as red wine and whisky.

3) 250ml of an alcoholic beverage causes the body to expel 200ml to 1lt of water. So for every glass of alcohol you intake, you need to consume 4 glass of water!

4) Increased physical activity while drinking actually makes for a worse hangover in the morning.

5) You can be hung-over for up to half a day.

6) Coca cola was originally invented as a cure for hangovers and headaches.

7) For an orgasmic hangover cure, try sex! Okay it doesn’t actually cure a hangover, but it releases oxytocin, a hormone that reduces sensitivity to pain and alleviates the mood.

8) As you get older, your hangovers will get worse. Lets hope they invent a quick cure before we get any older!


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Sun, 05 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Outstanding Gift Ideas for Your BFF http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/10-outstanding-gift-ideas-for-your-bff Say no to cheesy friendship necklaces!

She’s your bestie and she deserves the best – but the endless festive season shopping loop is completely doing your head in, and you’ve yet to find the perfect present for your closest friend. These cool ideas will get you started.

Ink her
We’re talking a temporary henna tattoos here – unless you’re brave enough to go permanent. Nothing says holiday spirit like matching BFF tattoos in the form of a bracelet – or you could create a bigger personalised design on your forearms (à la Season 3-Teen Wolf-Allison and Lydia, only not at all creepy).

Help her decorate
If she celebrates Christmas, a tree ornament with a special message and both your names on it will be something that always reminds her of you at this celebratory time of year.

Scrap(book) her
Scrapbooks are still cool – and she’ll love the time, effort and thought you put into making one for her. Take it further by choosing a bunch of cool pics of the two of you doing your favourite things and creating a 2014 ‘friendship calendar’, which you can get printed at a photography shop.

Time her
You adore her but she’s always late – for everything. A cool aqua-coloured alarm clock that also has a USB connection (R160 at Woolworths) will not only get her out of bed on time for work in the new year, but the timer function will also keep her on track while she’s getting ready to hit the town with you.

Spoil her…
…with a spa date, whether it’s a luxurious mani/pedi voucher or a relaxing treatment that’ll work out the kinks of a crazy-busy year. Get the same for yourself and make it a girls’ day out!

Surprise her
You know that concert she really, really wants to go to but simply can’t afford to buy a ticket for? Make her day twice over – on the day you give her the ticket and on the day of the show.

Adorn her
We’re trying to stay away from cheesy friendship jewellery – but a pair of sexy, leather cut-out earrings by Helen Andrews of White Rabbit Days will go down a treat. They’re cool, they’re unusual and they’re very feminine. Instant hit!

Kit her out
Her favourite hobby can help you choose a gift she’ll love to use. Does she paint? Get her a new set of brushes. Is she big on mountain biking? Club together with mates and family and get her a GoPro camera to document her adventures. The added bonus is, every time she does her favourite thing, she’ll also think of her favourite person – you!

Give her freedom
Makeup is a very personal thing, but since you know her so well, you’ll know that she’ll enjoy Inglot Freedom System Lipstick (R89 each). Pick the colour she loves right now – when she’s done with it, she can refill the lipstick with her new fave.

Organise her life
Put an end to her scratching around the bottom of her handbag for bank cards, business cards and parking change – a designer wallet is cute enough to make her feel spoiled and useful enough to make her life easier. And her manicure will thank you!

If your best friend is a guy…
…chances are he’s a sucker for gadgets and other ‘functional’ gifts. Be on the lookout for coffee makers, LED braai headlights, beer carriers, all-in-one fishing tools or smartphone cable kits. And if he’s already got it all, an electronics-store voucher will definitely be put to excellent use.



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Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Fabulous Party Cocktails http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/fabulous-party-cocktails- The Sweet Tart
For the fun loving and flirty girl.

Ingredients:

8 mint leaves
10ml golden syrup
12,5ml honey
a dash of lemon
50ml apple juice
25ml Irish whisky

In a shaker, shake the mint and golden syrup, then add the honey and stir. Pour the rest of the ingredients into the shaker over ice, jiggle and strain into an iced glass. Garnish with mint and a twist of lemon rind.

The Bitterati
For the independent and charismatic girl.

Ingredients:
4 dashes of Angostura bitters
15ml golden srup
50ml bourbon

In a tumbler with two ice cubes, stir in the bitters, add the syrup and another two ice cubes. Stir, then add half the bourbon and more ice. Top of with the rest of the bourbon and garnish with a twist of orange rind.

The Jane Bond

For the woman that loves a challenge and stirs emotions

Ingredients:
Four teaspoons of honey
50ml whiskey
25ml lemon juice
25ml pineapple juice

Stir the honey with the whiskey in the base of a shaker until the honey dissolves. Add the ice and other ingredients before garnishing with a pineapple wedge.

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Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
15 Reasons Why a Cat is Better Than a Man http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/15-reasons-why-a-cat-is-better-than-a-man best friend.

2. It won’t leave its toenail clippings in the lounge

3. It won’t insist on hanging on to his “lucky” pair of Converse.

4. It won’t borrow your car (and leave it with an empty petrol tank).

5. It won’t leave wet towels on the floor.

6. It won’t snore.

7. It won’t leave coffee cups all over the place.

8. It will not wake you up in the middle of the night because its
ridiculously drunk.

9. It doesn’t mind watching chick flicks with you.

10. It won’t break up with your via text.

11. It won’t go through your messages.

12. It doesn’t get jealous if you look at other cats.

13. It won’t have a midlife crisis.

14. You can have more than one and not feel guilty.

15. It won’t make empty promises about calling you in the morning.

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Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Editor's Choice: Emma du Preez http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/editors-choice-emma-du-preez Emma du Preez has been one of my biggest discoveries (and highs) of 2013. Her singer/songwriter sound moves me to reflect, to smile, to dance and I try to catch her live in Cape Town whenever she performs. Her first EP, The View From Here, produced by Kieran Kelly in New York, will be available in January next year. Until then, listen to this. Exceptional. 
 
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Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Your Holiday Frivolity To-Do list http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/your-holiday-frivolity-to-do-list- • Try out a new hair colour (or just one mean streak if you don’t want to go the whole Kelly Osbourne/Nicki Minaj hog).


• Swim – in a swimsuit that loves your body.

• Wear flowers in your hair. Weave them into your braided hair wreath à la Mimi, our online editor.


• Squander an afternoon doing an intricate, trendy manicure: see COSMO’s Mani of the Month for inspo.

• Find a cool new holiday signature drink. Pink grapefruit gin fizz, anyone?

• See the sun rise.

• Learn to cook a new dish – something to impress a guy or his parents, or to whip up for girls’ night at your place. Think Easy Butter Chicken or Beef and Pumpkin Pie by Ilse Fourie, MasterChef South Africa contestant. Find her recipes at www.gourmetprincess.co.za

• Lie in bed for an hour each morning. Think. Daydream. Plan.


• Spend a whole day at home in pyjamas. Or nothing.

• Weed your wardrobe: donate anything you don’t, won’t or can’t wear.

• Wear heels if you normally wear slops, or vice versa, just to see how it changes your outlook.


 
 
• Think of a cunning business idea or career sideline you’ve always wanted to pursue, and start gathering info related to it.

• Pinpoint three things you’d like to do in 2014. Just three. Do them by the end of next year.

• Handwrite a letter or card to a key person in your life, expressing what you appreciate about them.

• Put fresh flowers in a vase or coloured glass next to your bed.

• Write down three highlight experiences from 2013, and three challenges (and how they served you).


• Tell yourself that, despite occasional outward appearances, your life is going perfectly, according to a universal grand plan. So you can relax!

Smile. It’s the prettiest thing you can wear.

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Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Popular DJ Culoe De Song Releases His Third Album http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/-popular-dj-culoe-de-song-releases-his-third-album DJ Culolethu Zulu, aka Culoe De Song , launched a career that sent waves in the international dance music scene, with performances in Europe and a SAMA nomination for his second album, A Giant Leap. He recently launched his third album, Exodus, which he says sounds 'melodramatic'.

COSMO: Why the name Exodus?
CULOE: It's a people's album. I've met a network of people in all my travels and I've gained inspirations from different countries and cities. This has influenced my current sound and I'm taking people on a journey to all these places through the power of music. This journey is called Exodus.

COSMO: You have guest artists on the album. What do they add to the album?

CULOE. I've worked with Shota, Kabomo, Moneoa, Thandi Draai, Soulstar to name a few. All these great artists have contributed a unique element. Coming from different backgrounds and genres, they've helped me create a special and enjoyable dance music piece.

COSMO: What’s your favourite song on the album? The one that you believe everyone must hear regardless of the genre of music they listen to, and why?

CULOE: No Contest. I'd like everyone to listen to it and most importantly dance hard to it. It's an instrumental song driven by a flanger drum and guitar grooves. This was my way of saying ‘Music Is No Contest’. As a DJ, I’ve enjoyed playing this one and the response has been great.

COSMO: What makes you a fun and fearless DJ?

CULOE: I believe in giving people a great time through the power of sound.

COSMO's verdict: We love Exodus. It has a touch of tribal and deep house sounds, with catchy songs like the Journey of Love, Ma Afrika and Why Haven't I left, which makes you think of that one ex you didn't want to let go of.



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Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Making tracks for the holidays http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/making-tracks-for-the-holidays Whoop! It's the end of the year. Time for a COSMO hit-list.

These are the tracks we're taking on holiday with us because it's road-tripping, dancing, laughing, chilling, paaaaartay season (ie, it's the end of the year).

We've had a wild year, haven't we. Sometimes we've surfed the wave, othertimes we got dumped by it. And yet we rose, still spluttering, the wind knocked out of us, but ready to catch the next swell. 

What a ride! And wasn't the music fine?

These are the tunes we're surfing out of 2013 on. 

What are we missing? Let us know.


Shaun Jacobs - End Of The Road (Official Music Video)



Shortstraw - Couch Potato



Official MAFIKIZOLO ft Uhuru - KHONA




MI CASA - Jika

 

Toya Delazy - Heart 




Jeremy Loops - Mission To The Sun ‘Howling”




Goldfish - Three Second Memory




Jimmy Nevis - In Love with You




Heartbeat Racing by CrashCarBurn (ft. ChianoSky)




The Parlotones featuring Khuli Chana - Sleepwalker




Ross Jack - TV’s in the Swimming Pool




DJ Kent ft The Arrows - Spin My World Around 




Jack Parow - P.A.R.T.Y



Lady Gaga - Applause




Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can't Hold Us




Drake - Started From The Bottom



 
Get Lucky - Daft Punk Feat.




Justin Timberlake - Mirrors




Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark




Kayne West - New Slaves




Ylvis - The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)




Eminem - Rap God




Arcade Fire - Reflektor




Katy Perry - Roar




Paramore - Still Into You




Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball




Vampire Weekend - Ya Hey




Ellie Goulding - Burn




Justin Bieber - All That Matters <this is specially for our Editor>




OneRepublic - Counting Stars






And then, of course, this



 
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Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
The Beauty Intern Diaries - Enter Chuck Norris & Beauty Products http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-beauty-intern-diaries-enter-chuck-norris--beauty-products

It’s been a busy week in the office for everyone, as always, but Juana and I thankfully had a change of scenery yesterday, as we went off to shoot beauty products for next year’s pages. It was a long but exciting day!

Monday evening was spent packing the beauty products according to our lists, making sure we had everything and that nothing was missing, or in the wrong bag, and doing final product selections. We left first thing yesterday morning and headed straight over to Riana’s studio, Riana the photographer not Rihanna Rihanna, even though both are just as talented!

It was exciting watching artistic minds collaborate to produce the most AH-mazing visuals and beauty stills. Obviously I can’t give too much away in fear of spoiling the surprise, but oh my goodness you guys are going to LOVE the pages!! Something new, exciting and vibrant as it literally jumps off the page. How I wish that could be taken in the literal sense – don’t you long for technology to allow us to take that Lancôme eyeliner RIGHT off the page, at ease, and for free. Sigh ….



I love helping Juana out on the shoots and learning that, although the final product may look like it’s been put together effortlessly, it actually requires a metamorphosis into Chuck Norris. I just had to hold her gown in-between changes.


You have to think about lighting, how to bring out specific colours, which way to position the product, making the product stay still with the help of sticky stuff, shapes of products etc. There is so much to think about it’s actually quite terrifying, and that’s just for one page and then the process repeats.


By the end of the day we were exhausted but left chuffed with the visuals we walked away with! And then it was back to the office and time to start requesting prices and making even more lists. But it’s always so worth it!


Catch my blog updates every Wednesday, and check out our Instagram page CosmopolitanSA and my account megsnicola where I’ll also be posting updates from our beauty office. ☺ x


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Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
7 Cool Gifts for a Long-Term Boyfriend… http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/7-cool-gifts-for-a-long-term-boyfriend …and one thing you probably shouldn’t buy him, even though you're tempted

You’ve been together for ages – ages of birthday gifts, V-day gifts, Christmas gifts, anniversary gifts and even just-because gifts. If your present arsenal is running dangerously low (and your man has been his usual unhelpful self in terms of hinting at what he wants), these cool ideas might help!

Say it with pictures
Load a digital photo frame with pics of the good times you’ve had together, and his favourite places, things and people (yes, this is where your selfies come in). Just make sure all the photos are lounge-appropriate – you wouldn’t want his folks to see you at your less-dressed…

Say it in private
Nothing says QT like a romantic getaway. And while it’s great if you can afford an overseas jaunt (in terms of both money and time), even a long weekend at a secluded game farm or quiet guesthouse in the winelands will give you a chance to concentrate on just being a couple.

Say it the way you did the first time
Remember your first date? Where you went, what you did, how you felt? Surprise him with a full re-enactment, down to the clothes you were both wearing, if possible. Leave him a note with a date, time and dress-code instructions; on the day, blindfold him and drive him down memory lane.

Say it fast!
A chance to be Sebastian Vettel for a day? We can’t think of many guys who’d pass it up. Make his racing dreams come true with a day of training at the track at Killarney in Cape Town or Kyalami in Jo’burg, courtesy of the folks at Fantastic Racing – and make sure you’re there to document the whole experience (and ogle him in full racing kit).

Say it in stages
Buy (or make) a few smaller gifts – a fragrance, a designer wallet, a DIY ‘gift certificate’ for ‘sensual sessions’ of his choice – and have them dropped off at his desk at work one by one. End with an envelope that contains a key card, a room number and directions to a five-star hotel. He’ll love the attention – and the anticipation!

Say it online
If your man has even a whiff of an IT geek about him or fancies himself a blogger, register his full name as a domain. It’s easy to do and easy on the wallet – and he’s bound to get a kick out of it.

Say it all the time
Watches are seen as an expression of long-term commitment – and they’re, well, timeless. Need we say more?

Don’t say it…
…with a sports jersey emblazoned with the name of his favourite player. The transfer market being what it is, he might loathe that guy come next season – and the shirt might end up as a firelighter.



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Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
7 Cute, Quirky Gifts for a New Boyfriend… http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/7-cute-quirky-gifts-for-a-new-boyfriend …and two things you absolutely should not get him!

So you’ve been dating for two months and now it’s That Time Of The Year. You’ve only just found out he prefers his eggs sunny side up but chances are his music tastes are still a bit of a mystery. Getting him a thoughtful gift that doesn’t scream ‘stalker’ or send you to money rehab can be hard. Good news: we’ve thought of some ideas so that you don’t have to.

Cute boxers
We’re going to go ahead and assume that, by now, you know what’s going on in his underwear drawer. A fun pair of boxers = cute, quirky and guaranteed to raise a smile. And if he’s a Y-fronts guy … our condolences.

Even cuter T-shirt
We’re not saying you should be dressing him (at least not this early on in the relationship!) but a funny-graphic tee is great for a guy with a sense of humour. If his skin tone can handle orange, a CCTV shirt from Mr Price (R39,95) will be a hit.

Something to read
Books are quite retro-cool in the tablet era – and Ja Well No Fine: An Alternative Guide To South Africa (R100) from local imprint Two Dogs is a funny and irreverent look at our country. Added bonus: it’s bitty, so he can read it for 15 minutes during the football or cricket break.

A music voucher
You might not have had time to investigate his music taste in detail – or perhaps you have, but you don’t want to freak him out with your elephant-like memory. Get him a voucher for an online music store and let him pick his favourites.

On the note of vouchers…
Why not get creative and make your own voucher for him? It could be for a night out at a place of his choice, three uninterrupted hours of sports-watching on a Saturday afternoon or a tasting trip around the Winelands with you as the designated driver.

For the silent type
Perhaps he takes public transport often or works in an open-plan office. A pair of full headphones will help him concentrate – or steal a moment for himself in the madness of a busy studio.

And then, this!
iPhone camera tripods are the next level of awesome – and we’re in love with this rad dinosaur version on Eat.Sleep.Make. We’re not sure who’ll get more of a kick out of this: you when you're making it or the lucky recipient when he's using it!

Think twice before you get him…
…a kitschy framed picture of the two of you (which you printed off Thunda.com the day after you met) – or an iPod Shuffle filled with all your soppy-song favourites. It might still be too soon…

Find cool festive-season gift ideas under R100 here.


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Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Elopement Checklist http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/elopement-checklist Get Your Documents in Order.
If you’re getting married in South Africa, go to the Home Affairs website www.home-affairs.gov.za to find out exactly what documents you need. If you’re going to tie the knot abroad, you must check the legal requirements of the country you’re travelling to. In SA, an ID document will generally be sufficient, but you might need proof of divorce or death of a previous spouse, or to fill in additional government forms at your destination. Things are more complicated if you’re younger than 18 (or, in some cases, under 21).

Have a Plan.
By eloping, you’re already running the risk of upsetting family and friends. Don’t make it worse by letting someone close to you find out the big news from someone else! Make sure you get in first.

Honour the Occasion.

No matter how small, casual or impromptu, it’s still your big day. Whether it’s going to a five-star restaurant afterwards or wearing a designer dress to a registry office, find your own way of imbuing the event with the splendour it deserves.

For more information on Life Planner click here.


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Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Photographers and their Muses http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/photographers-and-their-muses


Lee Miller and Man Ray
Acclaimed photojournalist, model and fashion photographer, Lee Miller is mostly well known for being the muse and lover of iconic artist and photographer, Man Ray. The duo lived in Paris where he taught her photography until she ended the relationship, which inspired his most famous painting ‘Observatory Time: The Lovers’.

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe
Their epic romance and artistic partnership took place in the turbulent New York of the 1960s. They were two young roommates and lovers trying to make their way into art. Patti appeared in many photographs of his famous early work.




Terry Richardson’s Muses
Rihanna, Miley, Miranda, Gisele… Terry has photographed the biggest artists and models of the moment but is very controversial. He’s been accused of perversity and sexual harassment by some of his posers, so one may wonder where the limit is with this concept of the muse.

This article originally appeared on www.marieclairvoyant.com


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Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Tips On How To Host A Farewell Party http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/tips-on-how-to-host-a-farewell-party Venue:
Consider hosting the event in an intimate venue – perhaps a quaint boutique hotel – where you don’t have to plan the décor. Be sure to invite the closest friends and work colleagues of the person leaving.

Drinks:
Erika Lenkert, author of The Last-Minute Party Girl (McGraw-Hill), recommends creating a speciality cocktail that fits the theme of your party, such as caipirinhas for a Brazilian samba party or mojitos for a Cuba Libre shindig.

Party Extras:
If the person is moving cities or going overseas, try to match the theme to the destination: for instance, you could have a Bondi Beach bash if he or she is going to Australia. Make little ‘What you mean to me’ cards and have each guest fill one out at the party. At the end of the evening, read them out loud to everyone. Depending on how tipsy everyone is by this stage, the contributions could be highly entertaining. Or have each guest complete a sentence, for example: ‘Whenever I think of Jenny, I think of…’ or ‘Sam would kill me if ever I told anybody but…’

For more on Life Planning click here
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Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Getting Out of a Tricky Situation…ASAP! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/getting-out-of-a-tricky-situationasap Walking out of a Pricey or Unappealing Restaurant
After you look at the menu and have realised that you cant even afford the starters, it can be quite intimidating to get up and leave. Don’t try and sneak out. That can just end up incredibly embarrassing. Rather excuse yourself and leave politely. Don’t forget to smile!

Cutting a Conversation Short on the Phone
We all have that one friend that never stops speaking about their problems and kills your phones battery. Wait till she takes a slight pause then gasp and remember that you have something to do. Also make it clear to her that you would like to give her your full attention and advice when you have more time. The more time she has to think over what ever is happening, the less she is likely to complain.

Slipping out of a Group Meeting at Work
Never get up and announce that you need to leave. Not only will you disturb the meeting but you will get some strange stares. Rather leave quietly and leaving a note with your boss’s assistant explaining why you needed to leave.

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Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
‘Help! I Can’t Stop Listening to Hardwell!’ http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/help-i-cant-stop-listening-to-hardwell The DJ Mag world number one DJ really is all that – and then some

I can’t stop listening to Hardwell. I’ve had this ‘problem’ ever since Revealed Vol. 4 was released in June – and now that I’ve seen the ‘I Am Hardwell’ SA tour, the problem has been severely compounded. Now I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop listening to him…

                                         And this is why I can't stop…

I’m one of the lucky ones: I’ve seen him before. Eighteen months ago, when he was still ‘only’ at number 24 in the DJ world (according to DJ Mag Top 100), I watched Hardwell at Tomorrowland. And I saw him again six months ago, when he was the world’s number six. But those shows were at festivals: shared stages, short sets and big egos fighting for supremacy. ‘I Am Hardwell’ is just what it says it is – and it’s all about him.

Robbert van de Corput has everything he needs to rule the EDM world right now. He’s young, he’s brash, he’s loud, he’s heavy, he’s banging; he makes you want to stomp, jump, dance and punch the air with both fists. He makes the non-believers shuffle oh-so-grudgingly (or so they'd have you think) to his relentless beats, and he makes the minimal purists pause, listen and acknowledge. He doesn’t stop until he has you, and once he has you he’s not likely to let go for the full three hours of his set. He really is all that. And I suspect he knows it.

They all know it too!

But it’s not youthful arrogance – almost essential in today’s EDM industry – that makes the crowds fall in love with this 25-year-old. It’s his energy, his focus, his refusal to stop, and his commitment to putting on the best combination of music, art and visuals he can. The DJs of today may have been called ‘glorified button pushers’ by some, but if scripting is what makes ‘I Am Hardwell’ the outstanding spectacle that it is, then I don’t think I ever want to see another ad lib set again. All I want is this crowd-pleasing rock star, just one more time. Trust me: you want to catch him and the incredibly talented Dannic on this tour. Go go go!


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Sat, 07 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Images of South Africans Celebrating Madiba's Life http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/images-of-south-africans-celebrating-madibas-life


Lynette Sait – “Nelson Mandela was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things!”




Gill Fitzhenry, Helen Worthington Smith – “Madiba has made us proud to be South Africans”




Kiki Coka, Noluthando Coka – “ The great tree has fallen. We love you Madiba!”



Samantha Levin – “ A leader, an icon, a man to remember worldwide. His peace lives on.”



Niquita Hulbert, Olivia Hedley, Kelly Bates – “Thank you to the Father of our country. Rest in peace!”



Nuraaan Anthony – “I was really saddened by the news of passing of the great Mandela. He was a great man and my hero.”



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Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
From the Editor: Thank You, Madiba http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/from-the-editor-thank-you-madiba We woke up to a new South Africa.

I close my eyes and picture the face of Madiba. Our Madiba. A spirit and a life that have changed our country, our story and our future.

And I think about him, and us, and smile because without Madiba there would be no ‘us’. As part of the tribe that makes up COSMO in South Africa, with our different races, religions, cultures and histories, we are – as he bravely showed us – not that different at all.

Madiba fought and sacrificed for a freedom and equality that we can never take for granted – so that we could chat, cry, laugh and love together, without scorn or condemnation.

How do you write about a man who defies definition? Frankly, I’m not sure. And I think to myself: how on earth do we, as a people, honour his legacy?

We honour his legacy by linking arms as we walk forward into this foreign country that will be ‘South Africa without Madiba’. We celebrate his courage through brave acts of our own. We chuckle when challenged, as only he could.

We forgive unreservedly, knowing through his teachings and through his remarkable grace and poise that resentment is not a weight worth carrying. We live our best life, the one that he sacrificed so much of his life for.

His legacy is now our challenge. We honour him, dear COSMO readers, by recognising that.

Safe travels, Tata.

Cathy and the COSMO team


MEETING MADIBA
Pictured above with Nelson Mandela in 1994
is COSMOPOLITAN South Africa’s founding editor,  
Jane Raphaely. COSMO was a favourite among
the political prisoners on Robben Island,
who used it to create a secret code to get
messages to their loved ones, and comrades.  
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COSMO on Robben Island http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/cosmo-on-robben-island COSMOPOLITAN played a role in bringing what was happening in the world to Nelson Mandela and other prisoners on Robben Island. But it had another role too. It was used as a vehicle for secret communications, as shown in the following excerpt from the autobiography by our chairman, JANE RAPHAELY: Unedited

‘Island Chronicles’, the story of what Cosmopolitan meant to the Robben Islanders, was published in the tenth anniversary issue of the magazine. There could have been no better witness than Judy Sexwale to this unique relationship [as a representative of legal firm Mallinicks, Judy was tasked with helping the prisoners with non-legal queries]. She wrote:

‘The punishment for those who were classified enemies of the State in their struggle against apartheid was total isolation from society, in prison on Robben Island. Denial of mail – in and outgoing – as well as of newspapers and journals deprived the “islanders” of information regarding the world outside their prison walls.

‘Their main objective, therefore, was to obtain any reading matter they could lay their hands on so as to stay in tune with developments in the country and worldwide. Smuggling became the norm. Any scrap of newspaper or magazine was cherished, and before the day was out, every word would have been read by the hundreds of prisoners, each article painstakingly copied and passed from section to section.

‘After years of lodging complaints with judges, official visitors and bodies such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, certain newspapers and magazines such as Huisgenoot, Farmer’s Weekly and Bona! [were allowed]. And they didn’t arrive in the cells uncensored – often pages were cut to shreds. The prisoners, most of whom were already on the Island when Cosmopolitan was launched in March 1984, had all heard about this new magazine and were desperate to see it – it became forbidden fruit.

‘After much time, and many struggles to convince the authorities, Cosmo was finally allowed in – albeit with many holes as a result of censorship scissors. Any politically oriented article, or any negative comment on the status quo, was removed, including articles describing social mores that the authorities decided might be too progressive.

‘But the prisoners could not be disheartened, and Cosmo was one of the magazines that became their window to the world. It was like a television to the eye: glossy, colourful, informative. In a place where everything was grey and drab, Cosmo was quick to strike the eye. The articles were – and still are – enlightening and serious while still maintaining a desperately needed light-heartedness. With its colour, spicy articles, cultural approach and general sensitivity towards all areas of life, Cosmo mirrored the life of which the prisoners were deprived.

‘On the Island, Cosmo was regarded as the magazine that balanced their lives. It is, of course, basically a women’s magazine, depicting women in their full splendour and glory, and as such it was a reminder that the prisoners’ lives were incomplete. The articles about women and relationships, achievements and successes were enlightening and provided the inmates with the feminine input that was lacking in their own lives.

‘Morale on Robben Island was high and there was a very strict code of discipline among the inmates – they did not allow pin-ups on the cell walls, for example: not because of prison regulations, but because of their own. The way in which women, with their wholesome beauty, were portrayed in Cosmo gave it the prisoners’ unanimous vote. It created a balance in their otherwise predominantly male environment.

Cosmo also spoke about children and these pictures and articles were relished by the prisoners. They could not touch or speak to their own loved ones freely, and their desperation and sadness made them hang from their prison windows just to catch a glimpse of wardens’ children walking past and to hear their laughter. Cosmo showed them that normal relationships still existed.

‘When you are imprisoned, time stops. You are denied the privilege of advancing with society. So those who were imprisoned in the 1960s and 1970s knew nothing about what the contemporary world looked like – the cars and fashions they knew about were long forgotten by those of us on the mainland. Technology, fashion, food … everything had advanced and changed, and the prisoners were left behind. Cosmo showed them what progress had been made – and this was an arena where advertising came into its own. Adverts of cars, kitchen appliances, fashion, food, etc, were scrutinised, discussed and dreamed about.

Cosmo also played its part – albeit innocently – in the world of the prison underground. Messages were conveyed through articles and ads, messages of a serious nature at a time when every written and spoken word was monitored and censored. Words on different pages would be painstakingly picked out and given their numerical position on the page. Then a note would be smuggled to someone on the outside who would purchase that particular copy and find the words that had been indicated, thereby decoding the message.

‘Even relationships were conducted through reading Cosmo’s articles and ads. What excitement to receive a message to purchase issue No. X and to read or to look at page Y! Relationships could not be conducted normally, so fantasy played a major role and Cosmo assisted this role in bringing people closer together. Perhaps the message was to look at a fashion spread and an ardent suitor would be conveying his fantasy of seeing his loved one dressed in such an outfit! With the restrictions under which the prisoners lived and from which visitors and loved ones also suffered, a message such as the above could send electric currents coursing through the veins.

‘In a world where life was portrayed as black and white, Cosmo was a firm favourite with the Islanders and, in turn, Cosmo showed its commitment to them. After having been informed of the popularity of the magazine on Robben Island, and also having been told that not many prisoners could afford a subscription, the editor, Jane Raphaely, came up trumps by donating a few issues each month that could be distributed among the inmates. Also, they were not forgotten at Christmas time; Jane sent a card to a certain TP Nkosi, extending greetings to all, and this gave joy by knowing that they were understood and thought of. They were most grateful.’


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Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
COSMO Editors and Readers from Around the World Pay Tribute to Madiba http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/cosmo-editors-and-readers-from-around-the-world-pay-tribute-to-madiba We asked the international COSMO sister communities what Madiba meant to them. Their responses show how vast his positive influence is.



COSMO Australia
‘There are very few people about whom you can say, "If only there were more people like him, the world would be a better place." But that’s the truth about Nelson Mandela – he’s one of history’s greatest heroes, and it’s really been the world’s privilege to have him among us.

'Mandela proved, when he sacrificed years of his life and personal happiness to dismantle apartheid, that complex problems can be overcome with grace, integrity, stubbornness and forgiveness. And that’s one seriously amazing life lesson that I hope our readers will carry with them forever. I certainly will.

'And as far as the effect he’s had in our country… Our own Indigenous population still has a much poorer quality of life than other Australians – there’s a substantial, tragic gap in their life expectancy, access to healthcare, literacy levels and education. The best thing we could possibly do here to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s legacy is aspire to heal those problems and better look after our Aboriginal people. Mandela’s lifelong mission to look after vulnerable children (he was quoted as saying, “History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children") should hopefully inspire compassion not just in our readers but also in our politicians and business leaders.’
Editor-in-chief Bronwyn McCahon


COSMO Czech Republic
‘I grew up under a totalitarian regime in the heart of Europe. At the time – during the 1980s – many Czech people (family members and friends) were in prison for their political views. We felt solidarity with all political prisoners around the world, and we searched for information about them. When Nelson Mandela was released from prison, we immediately knew there was hope for our society, too. It was a sign that there was change in the world. It was sign of the future of democracy; it was the end of old totalitarian regimes. A few months after his release, our future democratic president, Vaclav Havel, was released from prison too. The fate of Nelson Mandela and Vaclav Havel is the link between history of the Czech Republic and South Africa's people.’
Editor-in-chief Sabrina Karasova


COSMO Greece
‘There is always time to stop and think about people who have changed the world. There is always a way to be inspired by people who can see a blue sky behind bars; who never lose hope; who use their faith for change – no matter how hard the reality is. For a country struggling to overcome challenging times, such as Greece is, the thought of Nelson Mandela could really make a difference. Because his greatness hides in something very simple and human: while he could have harnessed vengeance and hatred to secure his power, he reached out to every single person. This is why he has always been so special and has always stood out from all the other great leaders. This is why his country, along with every single other country on Earth, honours him. We need to recognise, as he did, the greatness of forgiveness and true love – the kind of love that changes the course of the world.’
Editor-in-chief Nassia Bitha


COSMO Italy
'Man-de-la! Man-de-la! Yes, I always imagine Nelson Mandela as a rock star: a charismatic leader on stage, with the power to drive people to a better world thanks to his immense humanity, inner light and talent. He has a magic superpower: he is everywhere, in every soul, in every heart. And he will be everywhere forever: he's part of each of us, like sweet music that resounds in our blood. He taught Italian people, as he taught the entire world, that there are no different races, no skin colour: only humans. That's why COSMO Italy readers love him: he's brave, he's curious, he's a fighter. A COSMO Man.

'He is a person we can all relate to. Every year, Brescia hosts Italian Mandela Day, a weekend of celebrations in honour of his birthday. Thousands of young girls participate in this event, trying to find out more about his life and catch up on news about him with an enthusiasm usually reserved for finding out about their favourite celebrity!

'In Italy, we have never experienced apartheid, although sadly we are no strangers to racism. This giant and his fight serve as an example to schoolchildren of how we should relate to each other – and because of that, we can change.

'Italy loves Mandela! Rome, Florence and Bologne paid homage to him with an “honorary citizenship”, and the University of Bologna – the oldest university in the country – gave him an “ad honorem” degree in Political Science.

'I feel I have a personal link to Mandela, as I visited South Africa on honeymoon. My husband Marcello and I were eager to explore the country’s wildlife, history and culture. Among the attractions we visited were Soweto, the township where Mandela lived, and Robben Island, where he was imprisoned. Seeing these places aroused a mix of strong emotions that made us understand, more than ever, how great he truly is. Today, one of the songs that inspires me whenever I need a boost is Mandela, a magical piano composition written by the young Italian Giovanni Allevi. Look for it on YouTube – you too will feel moved.”
Editor-in-chief Francesca Delogu


COSMO Germany
‘Nelson Mandela is a real role model and a great inspiration – especially to the people of Germany. His dream of equality for every human (no matter what their skin colour, culture or religion) is really important to keep in mind, and is a goal to keep working towards. He has many followers in Germany, where his name is a symbol of unselfish commitment.’
Editor-in-chief Kerstin Weng



COSMO Argentina

‘The leaders of the world still have a lot to learn from Nelson Mandela’s ideals and sacrifice to achieve freedom and equal opportunities for everyone. Mandela left me this wonderful life lesson: change is possible if there is a great spirit to impel it.’
Editor-in-chief Majo Grillo

‘Nelson Mandela is simply a great man. His fight for freedom continues in every South African who is seeking justice.’
Mercedes Norambuena, COSMO Argentina reader

‘I see hope in his face.’
Sofy Mesas, COSMO Argentina reader


COSMO Hong Kong

'The first time I heard about Nelson Mandela was in a song called Glory Days, composed and sung by the famous Hong Kong rock band Beyond in the early 1990s. The music was beautiful and touching but it was also a strong political anthem about Nelson Mandela’s accomplishments and how he fought for his dreams. More than just a great man, Nelson Mandela is a symbol of freedom and liberty. It’s an honour to be able to talk about him and the words he gave the world. One of the messages I find most inspiring was this: "Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again."'
Senior features editor Rain Shum


COSMO Middle East
'I've always loved this Mandela quote: "As I walked towards the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew that if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I would still be in prison." I find that so incredibly humbling. The Middle East is a multicultural society, with the majority of the population made up of expats. Mandela's words and lessons serve as a reminder that it really is possible for everyone to live together, in a respectful, loving manner.'
Editor-in-chief Kerrie Simon Lawrence



COSMO Netherlands

'Not only has Nelson Mandela changed history but his beliefs and spirit are timeless and inimitable. His famous words, "It seems impossible until it's done", encapsulate the philosophy I – and readers of COSMO Netherlands – try to live by every day. He will forever be a true inspiration to us all.'
Editor-in-chief Anne Marije de Vries Lentsch


COSMO UK
'Nelson Mandela has inspired generations of UK women with his legendary courage, dignity and opposition to oppression and racism. I was lucky enough to be at a meeting at Number 10, Downing Street when he paid a visit to the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and saw the top of his head out of a window. It was a fleeting glance – but one I will never forget.'
Editor-in-chief Louise Court


COSMO Armenia
‘Nelson Mandela has always been a symbol of freedom and strength. His struggle against racism is highly appreciated in Armenia. He should be a role model for all of mankind.’
Editor-in-chief Hrachuhi Utmazyan



COSMO Bulgaria
‘Nelson Mandela is someone I have always admired greatly. His spirit is stronger than any other person's I know. He taught us that it is possible to win when you are fighting for your rights.’
Editor-in-chief Detelina Stamenova


COSMO China
‘I just returned from a team-building trip to South Africa, and witnessed what Nelson Mandela has done for this country. The COSMO team was inspired by his faith and fight for freedom. His campaign to create a rainbow nation inspired me to think again about what civilisation and equality really mean. Our readers in China view him as a marvellous leader and politician; a fighter and a man with perseverance and a strong will.’
Editor-in-chief Vera Xu


COSMO France
‘When I asked my team what Nelson Mandela means to them, this was their response:
- Nelson Mandela is, to me, a symbol of bravery.
- He should be an example to politicians all over the world.
- He stands against violence.
- He feels no hate, no vengeance.
- He made me realise that no-one is born hating another person because of the colour of their skin, their background or their religion.
Acting editor-in-chief, Marie La Fonta



COSMO Taiwan
'Nelson Mandela is a visionary and an idealist; but he is also extremely kind, compassionate and forgiving. The fact that he emerged from prison bearing no hatred makes him on of the world’s greatest leaders.”
Fashion editor Sophie Wu


COSMO Turkey
We asked readers of COSMO Turkey what Nelson Mandela means to them. Here’s what they said:
Songül Türkmen: 'We have a new way of looking at human rights, racism, poverty, inequality and freedom, thanks to this incredible person.'
Serhat Öztürk: 'He is a statesman whose success goes far beyond winning the Nobel Peace Prize.'
Şebnem Kırmacı: 'He is one of the world’s most inspiring people.'
Rıdvan Çiftçi: 'A real man who has a heart; a true patriot and humanitarian.'

'He wanted a world where everyone could live together, in a harmony, with equal rights. This was a dream he never stopped fighting for. For me, he is a man with a big heart. This planet needs statesmen who, like him, want the best for all people.'
Editor-in-chief Özlem Kotan


COSMO Vietnam
'To me, Nelson Mandela is a great leader who is a symbol of inspiration, encouragement and passion. There is so much our young Vietnamese people can learn from him.'
Editor-in-chief Nguyen Mai Phuong




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Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Our 10 Favourite Cocktails: Part 2 http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/our-10-favourite-cocktails-part-2 cocktails, but only 10 have us (and some nations in the world) liking happy hour. Here's part 2 of our favourite cocktails.



5. Margarita 

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The Mexican cocktail is primarily made up of tequila, cointreau or any similar orange-flavored liqueur and lemon or lime juice. It was invented by a socialite named Margarita in 1948 during a cliff-side party in Acapulco. On average, Americans consume 185,000 Margaritas per hour. 



4. Martini

www.helenshelpfulhints.com

It's not every girl's cocktail but there's something sexy and debonair about a man holding a glass of martini. Better if he pulls a James Bond and drinks his shaken. It consists of vodka, sometimes gin, dry vermouth, and garnished with an olive. The martini is said to have been first shaken (not stirred) a century ago at a hotel in New York. 


3. Cuba Libre

www.somethingwickedcocktails.com

The third most sold cocktail drink around the world is also known as run and coke. It's made with cola, white rum and lime juice.


2. Screw Driver

www.summerfruitcup.wordpress.com

The earliest written reference to the Screwdriver is from the October 24, 1949 issue of Time: 'In the dimly lighted bar of the sleek Park Hotel, Turkish intelligence agents mingle with American engineers and Balkan refugees, drinking the latest Yankee concoction of vodka and orange juice, called a 'screwdriver'. We prefer calling it orange juice with a personality.


1. Bloody Mary 

www.tjobriensbarandgrill.com

It's called the world’s most complex cocktail for the spices and condiments that go into it the vodka, tomato juice and lemon juice, including worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, salt and pepper. Bar tender Fernand Petiot claimed to have invented the drink in 1921 while working at the New York Bar in Paris, which later became Harry's New York Bar. 

Click here for part 1 of our favourite cokctails

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Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
The Beauty Intern Diaries - The Mayhem on Fifth Floor http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-beauty-intern-diaries-the-mayhem-on-fifth-floor Normal.dotm 0 0 1 312 1779 aaa 14 3 2184 12.0

So, today was by far THE most overwhelming day that I’ve had so far at COSMO. I have two words that should pretty much sum up the reason as to why… Beauty Sale.

 

Beauty products ranging from Dior to Chanel at R5, I think it’s fair to say that people definitely had their game faces on. Five minutes before the beauty sale commenced, women were lined up hovering over the tables ready to pounce at the hundreds of beauty products lined up for the taking, like lions ready to catch their prey.

 

I feel like the word ‘sale’ just makes us women crazy. I’ll walk into a store that has a sale sign and buy an anti-ageing cream, and I’m nineteen, just because it’s on sale… like duhh, I’ll need it eventually. The same can be said for today, going back to the lion reference – even if these ‘lions’ had just eaten a four-course meal, they were definitely going to catch another two zebras because hey, you can never have too much.

 

And then before I could blink, it all started… women flying, yes I said WOMEN flying, not the beauty products !!!! Ok I’m exaggerating, but imagine how entertaining THAT would have been! The once neatly packed tables became swarmed by a mass of agile and determined women, I physically couldn’t see the tables, just lots of darting eyes and flying limbs. Do not ever underestimate a woman’s ability to move at the speed of light to the OPPOSITE side of the room because she’s spotted someone putting down that gorgeous Sisley lipstick.

 

I was in charge of money, and I was terrified of making these highly excited but yet focused women upset when I told them that they’d spent A LOT more than they had originally planned. They were lined up at my desk waiting for me to give them the ‘verdict’. The moment was full of lip biting and toe tapping as they anxiously waited to hear how much they’d managed to spend in about seven minutes. But, I survived and I’m still in one piece.

 

 

I know I say this every time, but I’m learning so many things here at COSMO and I love it! The life lesson today: do not get between a woman and her beauty products, unless you want to be applying moisturiser from your hospital bed. Catch my blog updates every Wednesday, and check out our Instagram page CosmopolitanSA and my account @megsnicola where I’ll also be posting updates from our beauty office. ☺ x


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Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
An App That Makes Instagram Shoppable http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/an-app-that-makes-instagram-shoppable Keep has created a new feature that makes Instagram shoppable!

Keep.com’s As Seen on Instagram feature allows followers to source their favourite fashion items that are trending on the social media app. ‘It dawned on us that there is this vast fashion experience on Instagram but there is no further information on where to get it or an easy way to buy it,’ said Keep CEO Scott Kurnit to Venture Beat of the company’s new Instagram shopping strategy.

The Keep team identifies the product price and information, linking it to the corresponding retail website. What’s more, the feature allows you to ‘favourite’ images or ‘keep’ them, after which Keep will notify you when the item has gone on sale. The site already has 300 000 items on sale, including Olivia Palermo’s sunglasses and jewellery posted by Jessica Alba.

An app that combines shopping with our favourite social media platform? We like this one!

This post originally appeared on the www.marieclairvoyant.com


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Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
So This Really Gorgeous Gynaecologist Exists In The World http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/so-this-really-gorgeous-gynaecologist-exists-in-the-world nice things? 

Meet Rico. He's 24, beautiful and a gynaecologist.

We're battling between feelings of lust and anxiousness over the thought of him being our OBGYN. On the one hand, THANKS for being so scorchers...on the other, please stop, we're not too sure we want to get too uh, up close and personal with you..


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Would you book an appointment with him?







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Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Festival Fashion- Synergy 2013 http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/festival-fashion-synergy-2013 head accessories! The most popular of which was flower headbands, followed by beaded headbands and then turbans! The headband/turban is such a simple accessory, yet it is so beautiful and adds such a ‘bohemian goddess’ feel to an outfit!

Take a look at the Festival Fashion at Synergy 2013
















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Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Time to Move on, Movember http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/time-to-move-on-movember It's the last of our Movember posts for 2013.

This is it. Do not ask for any more mo's.

Our previous Movember posts (here, here and here) will have to see you through till 01/11/2014.

OK... Razors ready?

Let's go!



Ryan Gosling


Robert Downey Jnr


Ewan McGregor


Jude Law


And, of course, a last look at the marvellous maniliness of the one and only tache on the COSMO floor.


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Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Our 10 Favourite Cocktails: Part 1 http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/our-10-favourite-cocktails-part-1
10. Mojito

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The national drink of Cuba was a favorite drink of author Ernest Hemingway, who made a bar called La Bodeguita del Medio famous by declaring, 'My mojito in La Bodeguita, My daiquiri in El Floridita.' Traditionally, the mojito consists of white rum, sugar, lime, sparkling water and mint. 

9. Pina Colada

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Known as Stella's Groove to millions of girls who watched Taye Digg's amazing body in the movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back, the drink was created in 1954 at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico by Ramón Marrero after the management asked him to come up with a great drink for their star-studded clientele. Piña Colada, which means strained pineapple, has been Puerto Rico’s official cocktail since 1978, with July 10 being the national Pina Colada day. 

8. Cosmopolitan

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Sex and the City gave us fabulous fashion, sexy heels, jaw-dropping sex and one of the most freshing cockatils ever mixed. The Cosmo is said to originate in Miami, where a lovely bartender called Cheryl Cook decided between 1985 and 1986 that we ladies deserved a delicious drink in a martini glass.  'The Martini had just made it's come back. Women were ordering Martinis just to have a drink in that classic glass. It was this realisation that gave me the idea to create (the) drink.' 

7. Tequilla Sunrise.

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The tequila sunrise cocktail gets its name from how it looks as you pour the ingredients into the glass. The cocktail is made in two ways: the original is composed of tequila, crème de cassis, lime juice and soda water, and, the more popular which consists of tequila, grenadine syrup and orange juice.


6.Daiquiri

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The Daiquiri is named after a beach in Cuba. It's believed that it was concocted by Jennings Cox, an American mining engineer during the Spanish-American war. The drink has several versions but the main ingredients remain to be the same: rum, sugar and lime juice.

Cheers to the festive season.


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Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Some Holiday Spot Ideas http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/some-holiday-spot-ideas stuck on where to go on your next holiday, why not give these places a try?

We found these from an awesome website that shows off the world's most unusual and beautiful places around the world. Here are some of the ones that we loved the most:



The “Great Blue Hole” in Belize. Photo by Wataru Ebiko.




A small fish restaurant in Zanzibar. Photo by Tibor Mester.



Rice terraces in northeast Vietnam. Photo by Sarawut Intarob




The Grenada Underwater Sculpture Park. Photo by Jason De Caires Taylor.



Pink Lake Hillier in Australia. Photo by Jean-Paul Ferrero.




Bamboo Forrest in Japan. Photo by Tomoaki Kabe.




An Irish natural tree tunnel. Photo by Jacco


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Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Why, When a Man Advises You Not To Have Sex With Him, It's a Really Good Idea To Listen http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/why-when-a-man-advises-you-not-to-have-sex-with-him-its-a-really-good-idea-to-listen
Because, not only did Craig’s marriage end because he was a serial cheater (leopards and spots, friends, leopards and spots), but because it’s patently clear that he has the morals of Hugh Hefner and less than no respect for women. But now before you start feeling sorry for the hapless girls who stroll into his favourite drinking hole den, here’s the rub: at no point does this man attempt to hide the dogness of his ways. On the contrary, when he meets a woman whom he knows is only good enough for a shag and will never, ever be anything more in his life, he tells her upfront. Not in Arabic or code or veiled language, either. What Craig says is this: ‘you do not want to sleep with me. I am a dog. I am the kind of man your mother warned you about. Take my advice, and don’t go there.’

And what do these women do? Do they go, ‘at last! A man who is honest about his intentions. I do not want some arsehole who won’t call the next day, I want a husband. So, best I move along swiftly. Goodbye, player guy, I was made for better things.’ Nooooo. They whip their knickers off faster than you can say La Senza. They love his admission; they lap it up. Turns out, it’s the best line he’s ever used. It’s foolproof. Then, when he doesn’t call (like he promised he wouldn’t), they are incensed. They hound him, leave furious messages on his phone, demand to know why it meant nothing to them. What is going on here?! What part of English are they not understanding? It’s truly the oddest thing.

All we could work out that night was that either they don’t believe him (mistake), or they see it as some kind of challenge – I’ll be the one to change you. That’s how amazing I am. Needless to say, they end up getting burnt. So, the moral of the story is this: in the first half hour of meeting someone they’re going to tell you who they are. This is the most honest he will probably ever be with you, so play close attention to what this guy chooses to reveal. Later, in the heat of the moment, you’re deliberately going to forget, and then the disappointment that follows will be your own damn fault and you’ll be phoning him and crying when you knew all along. There are as many different kinds of guys out there as there are women, but one thing holds, irrespective: when a man advises you not to have sex with him it’s a really good idea to listen.

Susan Hayden is a writer and blogger who believes in sparkly tops, the sisterhood and telling it like it is. She also reviews restaurants, writes books about wine and has a risotto named after her at a top Cape Town restaurant. Which makes her kind of fabulous, we think. Nonetheless - like the rest of us - she doesn’t always feel that way which is why we love her warm, honest and over-sharey views on relationships, life and men. These posts all originally appeared on her blog: http://discopantsblog.com/, and you should head on over there for a full dose of Discopants. Follow her on twitter @susanhhayden, or drop her a line on her blog. Tell her we sent you.



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Sun, 01 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Synergy – A Weekend Never to Forget! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/synergy--a-weekend-never-to-forget Synergy 2013 certainly did not disappoint! On Friday the air was filled with excitement as everyone hustled to get their tents up and head to the dance floor. There were so many stages to choose from that it was difficult to try be everywhere at once. But between the main stage and the electro stage hours were spent dancing, meeting people and enjoying local and international talent! Haezer and Al Gordo performed absolutely incredible sets that left shivers down our spines, as we begged for more. Saturday the wind decided to play a visit, followed by a bit of rain, but this didn’t stop us for a second- by lunch time crowds of people gathered to listen to a bit of local comedy, followed by a snooze in the Lipton Ice Tea Activation area’s hammocks. As the sun set, our excitement grew- it was almost time for Foreign Beggars’ dj set, we made sure to fill up or squeegy bottles all the way to the rim, and head to the electro stage where we listened to the incredible PH Fat perform, we danced away, and before we knew it Foreign Beggars was on – it was out of this world amazing! Sunday came to soon, we woke up and felt really sad that the festival was over, but we left with amazing memories, great new friends, and plenty of awesome festival fashion photos.

The festival fashion post will be up tomorrow, make sure to visit the site to see who wore what at Synergy 2013!
To see today's fashion articles click here

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Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Doggy-Style Friday! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/doggy-style-friday






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Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
The Beauty Intern Diaries - Short and Sweet http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-beauty-intern-diaries-short-and-sweet Normal.dotm 0 0 1 264 1509 aaa 12 3 1853 12.0

Currently I’m sitting brain dead, staring blankly into my computer. Yes, it’s been one of those weeks – long, stressful and exhausting. But hey, I love what I do so it makes it all worthwhile.




As we draw closer to the end of the year, I’ve found that the days aren’t the only thing diminishing. My brainpower is too. It’s like it’s packed up it’s bags and gone early on vacation. I’m struggling to remember what I’m doing, what day of the week it is and I’m still battling with the damn weather. 




This week has been filled with planning pages, emailing beauty briefs to clients, selecting images and ideas and general upkeep in the beauty department. Juana has gone to launches in Joburg for two days so I’m helping hold down the fort this side in sunny, but, OMG too windy, Cape Town. I’m feeling somewhat confident that the office will remain in one piece. Juana, if you’re reading this then what I mean to say is, I am 100% TOTES confident all will be fine. ;)
 

To brighten up our Wednesday, and before Juana had to hop on her flight to Joburg, Minell from Minelli Art came over to the office to do a few of the editor’s nails and I decided that maybe I’d treat myself to a little manicure as well. It was quite scary how Juana and I both decided on exactly the same kind of design without even speaking about it before hand. Clearly 'great minds think alike'..... :p. 

 

This week, even though it’s been a little on the ‘I have so much work to do that I might just take a nap’ kind of week, it’s also included one of my biggest highlights and proudest moments so far; my very first page in the magazine entitled ‘Beauty Police’. When I think of the fact that I’ve been out of school for almost a year to the day, I guess I am proud of what I have managed to achieve. And here’s to many more moments like these.

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Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Instagram Goes to the Movies http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/instagram-goes-to-the-movies Instagram by gathering images on the site, and then editing them together to form 'structure out of this chaos.'

'Instagram is an incredible resource for all kinds of images. I wanted to create structure out of this chaos. The result is a crowd source short-film that shows the endless possibilities of social media,'  he says. 

The video consists of 852 different pictures, from 852 different Instagram users. 

 

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Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Great Places to Catch a Film this Summer http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/great-places-to-catch-a-film-this-summer
The Galileo Open Air Cinema
From November to April, Cape Town film-lovers will be entertained with their favourite movies at three different venues around the Mother City thanks to Galileo cinemas. You can chose between Tuesday evenings at the Hillcrest Quarry in Durbanville, Wednesdays at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, or Thursdays at the V&A Waterfront for a memorable movie experience under a night sky of stars.

SCENE cinemas by Nu Metro
Nu Metro Cinemas has stepped up the movie-going experience by launching two new luxury venues this year: the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and The Pavilion in Durban. The SCENE cinema experience includes comfy lounges, enjoyable food and drinks (including a selection of alcoholic beverages and soft drinks) and great service. Treat yourself with this five-star cinema experience.

Menlyn Park Drive-In
One of the very few rooftop drive-in cinema in the world, this cinema is perched on Menlyn Park Shopping Centre. Here, you can enjoy movies against the skyscape of urban Pretoria with the latest picture and sound technologies. You can also grab a drink, bite or an entire picnic basket at the Rooftop café. As admission is on first-come basis only, arrive early to avoid disappointment.

This post originally appeared on www.marieclairvoyant.com
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Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
My Boyfriend's Snoring Won't Kill Him. But I Might http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/my-boyfriends-snoring-wont-kill-him-but-i-might
My guy works in the film industry and has been doing 25-hour days so it was with unbelievable gratefulness (my yelp of joy was masking an actual sob) that we accepted an invite to the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa for their signature ‘B Together’ couple’s massage.
The hotel itself is glorious, nestled snugly on the 12 Apostles slope and overlooking one of Cape Town’s most special coastlines. But it’s within the hotel’s belly, where the spa is submerged beneath ground level, that you truly experience its 5 star offering.
With robes and fluffy slippers (a novelty I never tire of), the guy and I made our way down to the steam rooms, relaxation lounges, hot and cold Jacuzzis and salt bath – all of these surrounded by thick rock surfaces and gentle lighting.

I knew the guy was tired but after just two minutes floating in the salt bath, our body weight completely carried by the concentrated salt content, he started his slow, rhythmical heavy breathing. Was he really falling asleep? In water? I quickly tapped him with my foot (okay, it was more of a quick kick. I’m not proud) and we jumped out to enjoy the rest on offer.

Heaven, I’m in Heaven…

Our treatments took place in glass gazebos sitting behind the hotel, in the thick of the mountain’s Fynbos. There was no cheesy lounge music or Enya playing during our massage but just the sounds of the not-far-off sea. And crickets. Awesome. The sliding doors were left open, the aircon turned up (it was a 36 degree day!) and we were lain flat on the massage tables. The treatment combines both deep tissue massage using the strong palms of the therapist’s hands, as well as their upper arms and elbows – amazing – and hot stones rubbed from your toes to your upper neck. I’m grateful I can share this with you because I wasn’t actually able to share it with the guy, despite the fact that he was lying next to me experiencing exactly the same thing. That’s because he was sleeping. And snoring. Loudly.

From our first sleepover, I knew this would be my relationship cross to bear. But I love this man and so night-after-night I endure his guttural, incessant, in-and-goddam-out snoring. Actually, that’s a lie. I don’t endure it. I sleep on the couch. And, yes, there have been a few nights that I have had macabre fantasies of ending the snoring for once and for all. This involves a pillow to the face (again, I’m not proud).
But, now, in front of two highly professional therapists with serious poker faces who quite clearly wanted to laugh, he was snoring away. Completely lost in his relaxation. Even the crickets that had been merrily chirping just minutes before vacated the area. I was mortified. But then something unexpected happened.
And this is how I know that this treatment was hands done one of the best I’ve ever had. I too fell asleep. Something I have not been able to do in the same room as the snoring giant in ages.

We meandered down the mountain once done, our eyes full of sleep, our minds nowhere but in the present, our souls peaceful and our bodies relaxed. This treatment = priceless. Treat yourself. Treat your guy. It’s a million times worth it. Book now at www.12apostles.com ]]>
Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
What Movember Taught Us About our Guys http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/what-movember-taught-us-about-our-guys
Movember gives dudes the chance for judgement-free (OK, mostly) experimentation and self-expression. (Unless he's just a lazy slob who loved the opp to ditch personal grooming for a month - in which case, unless you love washing up, picking up, and putting out (the trash), it's probably a good idea to evaluate whether he's worth a long-term commitment.)

So what can his facial topiary tell you? We did some research.

Take the full-frontal assault of the Beard. What does this say about your guy: well he's got the testosterone to support this hair habit for a start. Yup, even if he plays the ukulele and sprouts angst-ridden poetry at the drop of a (hipster) hat, he's a real man and he wants the world to know. But if the Hell's Angel look is not one you can live with, show him a photo of Paul Kruger and then follow with the one below. He'll get the picture. Possible negatives if he's chosen this look: for all his 'I am He-Man, hear me roar!', he may be hiding insecurity behind his beard. 


So over the last few weeks, you thought he was going for the hip Hemsworth look above: he's been letting his tache grow down towards his beard, but now they've met and he's whipped off everything outside the ring around his mouth. All hail the circle beard. The choice of celebs. What does this say about your guy? Well, he likes the element of surprise (viola! the big reveal!), which means he's a forward planner (growing a circle beard requires stealth and patience, apparently – see Philips.com). Plus he's prepared to put in the effort required to get what he wants (there's a fair amount of trimming and shaping required here). He's the life and soul of the party, but under that is a steely determination: he's focused and determined, loves the spotlight and may be vain and selfish. 


Look at Ryan down there: he looks all calm and chilled, but check those eyes... just a little bit of calculation escaping at the corners, yes? Def not a pushover. Is your guy the 5-o'clock-shadow type? Is his carefully tended stubble in evidence at 8 o'clock, 11 o'clock...? Then this is a confident guy who knows himself well. He seems laid-back but every aspect of his look is carefully considered – he's a pay-attention-to-the details man. Or he's just a 'vaccuum masquerading as an enigma' and is too plain lazy to shave. You'll know which. 


Smart, classic, professional. That's the image a clean-shaven guy projects. He's open, has nothing to hide, likable, lovable... Possible downside? This smoothie may harbour a streak of arrogance. He may think his features just too perfect to hide under a beard. He may be a staid stick-in-the-mud who sees himself as way above slavishly following trends, even in support of awareness drives for prostate cancer. But maybe he really is just the fun, dependable and what-you-see-is-what-you-get guy we like to think Channing Tatum is!


And what sort of guy goes for the look below? He's creative, funny, kind, a great leader AND a team-player. He cares about things, and is passionate about causes he believes in. He is (in short) our Art Director, Juan. And we think he ROCKED Movember. (Click here to see Juan in his first Movember moment.)



If you're not a fan of facial hair, you'll be pleased to hear that beard authority Dr. Allan Peterkin told Huffington Post he predicts that 'we're going to go back to that Mad Men, clean-shaven look'. And the Daily Mail says that the hipster beard is on the way out. But the joy with which so many men embraced Movember tells us the trend may still be around for a while. You may need to step away from the razor...

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Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Twerking Turkey! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/twerking-turkey The worst thing you'll see online today #GladWeDontCelebrateThanksgiving

Miley’s twerking antics seem to be invading every part of American culture – even Thanksgiving! This tongue-in-cheek video is pretty disgusting but it’s a good laugh!

Warning: Don’t watch while eating.




Has Logo TV (the makers of the video) gone too far?



 
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Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Selfie is International Word of the Year http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/selfie-is-international-word-of-the-year
Your favourite sort of picture, selfie, is word of the year, as choosen by Oxford Dictionaries. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date. Language research conducted by Oxford Dictionaries editors reveals that the frequency of the word selfie in the English language has increased by 17,000% since this time last year.

The Guardian newspaper reports that the word can be traced back to a post on an Australian online forum in 2002: 'Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic] and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.'

Judy Pearsall explained its evolution: "The hashtag #selfie appeared on the photo-sharing website Flickr as early as 2004, but usage wasn't widespread until around 2012.

It has since produced an array of spinoffs, including helfie (hairstyle self), belfie (bum selfie), welfie (workout selfie), drelfie (drunken selfie), and even bookshelfie – a snap taken for the purposes of literary self-promotion.

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Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Take a Walk to Make a Difference! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/take-a-walk-to-make-a-difference Register for the Sisters with Blisters walk and get involved in the fight against gender-based violence

Looking to do your bit for a good cause this weekend? The eighth annual Sisters with Blisters walk takes place on Saturday at the Blue Hills Country and Equestrian Estate in Kyalami. Signalling the beginning of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, the walk will be raising funds for the Sonke Gender Justice Network and the Women and Men Against Child Abuse group. So gather your mates, your man, your folks – even your dog! – and join thousands of Jo’burgers in making a stand against gender-based violence. Don’t worry if you haven’t registered: go to the venue between 2pm and 8pm today or head out there at 6am tomorrow to enter. Entry is R100. The eight-kilometre walk starts at 7.30am and the four-kilometre walk starts at 9.30am, and if your furry friends are joining you, the four-kilometre walk with dogs starts at 8.30am. It’s exercise with a conscience – good for the body and the soul!

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Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
The Selfie and Why You Must Resist Posting That Pic http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-selfie-and-why-you-must-resist-posting-that-pic
We’ve all lain on the beach and looked down at our thighs with the sun and the sea in the background and thought, ‘hm… not a shabby pic.’ Sometimes we even *clears throat* take that pic. And we’ve all, en route somewhere we want to look fancy, taken a photo of ourselves in the mirror to make sure the outfit we picked out actually works or sent it to a friend for advice on shoes or used it to establish whether the smoky eye we saw them do on TV makes us look like an extra on Jerseylicious. And this is all well and good, but it’s like picking your nose in bed – while it’s a fact of life, nobody needs to know you do it.

But then there are those people who actually post the pic. And it blows my mind. Because the folks who end up seeing it on Facebook and Twitter don’t think, ‘oh wow, s/he is looking awesome, those Cross Fit classes are really paying off,’ they think, oh-my-fucking-god-are-you-serious?! Whether you do it out of insecurity or plain, old vanity, it just makes you look like a twat. So, your new eyelash extensions are amazeballs, and when you stare directly at the light and aim the camera just so your eyes totally look like those coloured lenses? Do not post the pic. Your arm looks so freaking thin from that angle you’d swear you hadn’t eaten since October? Still – do not post the pic. When you lift yourself a little off your beach-towel and clench your stomach muscles hard and the light falling a certain way creates the illusion of a six-pack? Especially do not post the pic.

It’s hard, I know. We all want to look great and be loved and admired but the truth is our friends and loved ones know what we look like. They’ve seen us first thing in the morning, drooling after three bottles of Shiraz and doing the ugly cry minutes after we’ve been dumped. No amount of funny faces or distorted body poses are going to convince them we turned into Heidi Klum overnight. Nor is it going to make them want to be around us more. Because the truth is, it’s the quirkiness and imperfections we share that truly make us loveable. So, by all means send the pic to your besty and write ‘fucking hell, I am SMOKING right now!,’, but don’t put it on your Timeline. It’s just the wrong thing to do.

Susan Hayden is a writer and blogger who believes in sparkly tops, the sisterhood and telling it like it is. She also reviews restaurants, writes books about wine and has a risotto named after her at a top Cape Town restaurant. Which makes her kind of fabulous, we think. Nonetheless - like the rest of us - she doesn’t always feel that way which is why we love her warm, honest and over-sharey views on relationships, life and men. These posts all originally appeared on her blog: http://discopantsblog.com/, and you should head on over there for a full dose of Discopants. Follow her on twitter @susanhhayden, or drop her a line on her blog. Tell her we sent you.



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Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Dancers Among Us http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/dancers-among-us
'Dancers are storytellers. They’re trained to capture passion with their bodies. They often create a fantasy world or offer us a deeper look into familiar settings. They bring to life what we feel but what most of us, lacking their artistry and athleticism, are unable to express physically,' as Jordan explains.

Jordan's work is one of the most beautiful stories told about dance.










Check out more pictures of  Dancers Among Us at www.chicquero.com/2013/01/23/dancers-among-us


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Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
The Beauty Intern Diaries - Full Steam Ahead http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-beauty-intern-diaries-full-steam-ahead Normal.dotm 0 0 1 341 1944 aaa 16 3 2387 12.0

So is it just me or has this year flown by? We’re already over half way through November! #iCantDeal 

I woke this morning to the realisation … shock ... horror ... there are only SIX Mondays left in 2013!!! To say I had a panic attack would be an understatement. 


Although the weather this past week has been, shall we say … unpredictable at best, it definitely hasn’t had an effect on the COSMO office who are full steam ahead to make our deadlines. This week has been dedicated to planning and shooting products for the February issue. Planning so far ahead has definitely been a challenge for me, seeing as I struggle to remember the days of the week let alone what themes we should be using in relation to what the season is that the month falls in to.  But I’m getting there, patience is a virtue and I guess it’s never too late to learn whether summer or winter comes first. 

 

I’m slowly but surely starting to wrap my head around which products belong to which PR company and therefore whom I should email to request prices and images etc., so it’s making life about ten times easier. I’m definitely feeling as if I’m settling into the swing of things at COSMO. Juana’s been busy at launches and events for most of the week so it’s been a hectic but fun week. We’ve also been scanning the Internet for inspiration for design layouts and pages, and oh my goodness does it bring out the ‘I-wish-I-didn’t-draw-like-a-four-year-old’ side of my character *sigh* … 

 

I’ve been at COSMO for two months now, and you’d think by now I would have learnt to dress for Cape Town weather, but sadly not. Today, for once, I am dressed for the sinking of the Titanic (trousers, rain jacket and even appropriate boots) and I’m seeing sun outside my window? Could this not have happened on Friday when I had to walk home through torrential rains and flooding? My timing is horrendous. I remain optimistic that this is just a phase and my weather predicting talent will kick in at any moment now.. 

 

Catch my blog updates every Wednesday, and check out our Instagram page CosmopolitanSA and my account @megsnicola where I’ll also be posting updates from our beauty office. ☺ x

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Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
8 Passport Essentials to Sort Before You Travel http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/8-passport-essentials-to-sort-before-you-travel Learn from Russell Brand’s mistakes: check your documents before booking international flights!

If you had plans to laugh it up with Russell Brand this week, our condolences. The UK comedian was ‘banned from South Africa’ – i.e. not permitted to board his flight from the UK to Johannesburg – because of a passport issue. We thought it’d be nice to get something out of this (other than just your money back), so here’s a refresher on your passport and what it needs in order for you to travel internationally with no hassles.

1 Spelling is important.
Correct details and spelling are essential on a passport. If there’s an error in your name or a mistake in your date of birth, get it sorted out. Don’t try to book flights until it’s fixed – you could encounter problems in a foreign country if you get asked for another form of ID and it doesn’t exactly match your passport.

2 On the note of names…
If you’ve just got married or changed your name for any reason, and your new name appears on other official documents, get a new passport before you get stuck at a border.

3 A valid argument
Every country has its own set of passport validity rules. Obviously you can never cross borders with an expired passport but to avoid any other drama, the safest bet is to ensure it's valid for at least six months after your planned date of travel.

4 Space is at a premium!
What allegedly tripped up Russell was the fact that he didn’t have enough blank pages in his passport. Again, the rules vary from country to country. Make sure your passport has at least two blank pages so you don’t get stuck with an overzealous official at the check-in counter. (Ask about the requirements when you’re applying for a visa, or get them ahead of time from the government website of the country you’re travelling to.)

5 Feeling torn?
Ripped passport pages = damaged pages, and damaged pages = trouble. This is particularly true in the case of the page on which your photo appears – border officials could see it as a sign of tampering. If pages get torn, get a new travel document.

6 Same goes for water!
Any kind of water damage, even if it’s just a few drops, can make your passport invalid – so take particular care on laundry day or when grabbing that last-minute coffee before heading to the boarding gate.

7 Under cover
A protective sleeve or cover is a good idea (especially if you are prone to coffee-related accidents) but any kind of permanent cover or unofficial sticker could make your passport invalid.

8 Fly much?
Never add pages to your passport yourself – it completely invalidates the document. If you fly often and feel you might run out of space before the passport’s expiration date, order one with more pages. This will cost you extra – but it’ll save you panicked emergencies in the future. Happy travels!



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Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Gorgeous Scribbles! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/gorgeous-scribbles on fashion illustration and surreal portraits.

Her beautiful vivid artwork has turned her into a go to graphic designer and illustrator for clients that include Condé Nast, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Bloomingdales, Macy's, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana's Swide Magazine and HBO among others.

'My illustrations are always full of vibrant colors, rich details and delightful feelings. My work, on the other hand, is an endless journey searching for beauty, value, truth and self. When I paint, I am bathed in happiness, I hope my colorful illustrations can bring you some joy too!.'

Bike Girl, inspired by Ralph Lauren Spring 2013 RTW.




Lip Couture, outfit inspired by Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2013 Couture collection


Visit www.sunnygu.com for more beautiful artwork



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Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Dawa Cocktail http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/dawa-cocktail
Pour a double shot of vodka into a shaker with ice, shake, pour over ice into a whiskey glass, add four small lemon or lime wedges and heaped tablespoon of honey, which should sink to the bottom of the glass.

Serve it with a cocktail stick so you can keep muddling the lime and stirring the honey as you drink. Cheers to summer.

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Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
The most EPIC Resignation Letter of all Time http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-most-epic-resignation-letter-of-all-time
Glory's email starts professionally, with her saying 'After careful consideration, I will be ending my employment with PwC effective Monday, November 11th.'

It goes downhill with 'pointers' like 'get a real career that has meaning #dontbeFAKEaboutitbeABOUTit.'

Her keeping-it-real rants include this shout out to a colleague: 'P.S. XXXXXX, I can give two shits about your animals, maids, brother, etc. Is your life really that boring? Never seen people so in love with animals in life.'

It gets down right crazy at the end of the email when she mentions 'top 10 reasons Baddie Bey (Beyonce) will kill Britney Spears (she’s a has been) any day'.

Read her entire #hashtag loaded email here www.clutchmagonline.com/2013/11/meet-glory-woman-wrote-epic-beyonce-inspired-quit-email-youll-ever-read/

Glory ends her rant/resignation/settling of scores by adding, 'Beyonce wins and now that I’m out of here, I win too!!! #doingtheharlemshakeasitype'.

We have two hashtags for Glory: #BridgesBurnt #CareerInFlames.





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Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Jose Cuervo Who’s in? The Subways and Fun Lovin' Criminals Street Party! http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/jose-cuervo-whos-in-the-subways-and-fun-lovin-criminals-street-party

#PartyAnimals are you! It’s a thing and so is going to a street party. Trendy, vibrant, fun and free are a few words that come to mind when I think about street parties. Why be crammed into a smoky bar when you can be outside, underneath the stars, taking in your beautiful city?

Besides the obvious benefit of being outdoors with the wind in your hair; always smelling like a princess (no bad BO under starlight), you get to dress the part too. Plan your evening gig-ready outfit and hairstyle and join the party. Cosmo recommends a messy bun, that way you can rock out all you want, and not worry about the do! Wear strappy sandals or flatforms, they look good and won’t leave you aching as you switch between the three stages.

 Who’s in? Who wouldn’t be?!

Cape Town: Harrington Street, East City, on the 23rd of November

Johannesburg:  The Mills Parking Lot, Newtown on the 22nd

A little bit more about the acts to hit the SA scene…

The Subways

The Subways are an English rock band that released their debut album in 2005 and combine elements of alternative rock, Britpop and punk.

Reminiscent of the post-grunge / Britpop genre, The Subways started their career playing covers of Nirvana and Green Day and grew from there, going on to win a competition to play at the well-known Glastonbury Festival in the early 2000s. They have released three studio albums, the latest being ‘Money and Celebrity’ in 2011.

The band consists of Billy Lunn, Josh Morgan and the Britpop female element comes from Charlotte Cooper. You can’t help but clap your hands and bop your head, and order an ice cold beer (or Tequila) when listening to them.

Give The Subways a listen here and get ready to rock with them next weekend!


Fun Lovin’ Criminals

Fun lovin’ Criminals are an American alternative hip-hop/ alternative rock group from New York City that started way back in 1993. They released their 7th album “Classic Fantastic” in 2010 and will be here in South Africa to take us on a trip of Mafioso rap, jazz, hip hop and rock.

Definitely fun, satirical, and ever so slightly gangster-esque.

When I listen to it I am transported back to the 90s, think early House of Pain, Stereo MC’s and Freakpower (founded by Norman Cook a.k.a Fatboy Slim). The lyrics are straight forward, no hidden message and clean-toned. 

If you want to jump around and rap along with Huey Morgan, Brian Leiser and Frank Benbini then this will work for you. It’s light-hearted and often laden with Sarcasm, so take it in, with a pinch of salt.

Here is one of their latest songs to get you in the mood for next Saturday…

 

Get your tickets, grab your friends and  have a few pre-drinks (ice-cold Jose Cuervo with lime anyone?) while getting in the groove. Tickets will be on sale for R100 each, available to purchase on www.webtickets.co.za. Please note this is an 18+ event. Bring valid ID.

Social Media links:

Like FB: /JoseCuervoSA

Follow on Twitter: @JoseCuervoSA

And watch on Youtube: /JoseCuervoSA

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Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
How to Survive a Hijacking http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/how-to-survive-a-hijacking The Approach
If someone approaches your car, the first thing you could do is drive off quickly. If you cannot, use your hooter to draw attention to yourself.
If they have broken your window already, stay calm and listen to them. They could easily reach for a weapon if you freak out.
If it gets to a point where they have now opened your door, remain calm and allow them to take of your seat belt. They are most likely to ask you to lie down on the floor. Listen to them and stay put till they drive off.

In The Car
If a hijacker attempts to keep you in the car with him, this is when you fight. They are more likely to leave you on the street where someone can find you.

Take some chances
If you truly can’t get out of the situation, once you are driving brake hard and jump out of the vehicle. Try and stop somewhere where there are quite a few buildings and people so that you can get some help.

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Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
That (funniest) awkward moment when... http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/that-funniest-awkward-moment-when For a Friday smile, how about some of our favourite 'that awkward moment' quotes? Feel free to add to the list!


That awkward moment when you notice someone's fly is down but you don't want to say anything because you don't have a good excuse for why you were looking that low.

... you add a new profile picture and someone likes your old one.

... you’ve already said 'what?' three times and still have no idea what the person said, so you just agree.

... you’re singing alone in your car and you make eye contact with a stranger.

... someone catches you talking to yourself.

... someone is giving you a handshake that lingers a bit too long.

... you’re at a shop and you ask for help from a person – who doesn’t work there.

... you ask somebody what they’re wearing to an event and they respond ‘I’m not invited.’

... your chair makes a farting noise and no one believes it was the chair, so you try to do it again but you can’t make the sound.

... the doctor asks you if you’re sexually active in front of your mom.

... you comment on someone's Facebook status and they completely ignore your comment, but keep answering everyone else’s comments.

... you yell your own name during sex.

... you talk to yourself and you start smiling like an idiot because you’re just so hilarious.

... someone says, “You two should date!”

... we can't tell you when Zac's new movie's launching in SA beyond 'sometime early in 2014'





That awkward moment when you wave back at someone and realize they’re not waving at you.

... a fat kid says 'that's how I roll'.

... you make eye contact with someone while eating a banana.

... you change your facebook status to “single” and your ex likes it.

... you’re stalking someone through Facebook and accidentally like one of their posts.

... you look under your bed and there is actually a monster.

... you try to search for someone’s name and instead end up setting their name as your Facebook status.

...you’re watching a movie with your parents and the sex scene suddenly appears.

... your parents walk in on you having sex.

... you walk in on your parents having sex.

... Bruno Mars is discharged from the army because he keeps trying to catch the grenades.

CLICK HERE FOR TWO SURE-FIRE, FACE-SAVING WAYS OUT OF ANY AWKWARD MOMENT


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Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
How to get through an Awkward Moment http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/how-to-get-through-an-awkward-moment Part two in our Awkward Moments series: 
TWO WAYS OUT OF ANY AWKWARD MOMENT...


According to
TwistedSifter.com these guys HAVE mastered the art.


RULE #1: KEEP WALKING, LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED








RULE #2: ACT NATURAL, AS IF WHATEVER HAPPENED HAPPENED EXACTLY AS YOU INTENDED IT TO
 
 
 
To see our favourite (funniest) 'that awkward moment when' quotes, click here.

 
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Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
10 Reasons Why You Have To Watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/10-reasons-why-you-have-to-watch-the-hunger-games-catching-fire The last installment was a year ago. You’ve waited long enough for this.

2. Jennifer Lawrence is your best friend. Best friends support each other.

3. We get introduced to another strong female character in the form of Jena Malone (Donnie Darko, Sucker Punch) who plays the ass-kicking Johanna Mason. Yay for more strong heroines to watch!

4. You are highly likely to be moved to tears during various parts of the film.

5. The film poses some very interesting questions about society. What is with our obsession with celebrity culture and why are we all so wrapped up in keeping up the perfect appearences? The people in the Capitol get very worked up about the games and love the victors who become celebrities. Peeta and Katniss are so obviously miserable but they must keep up the appearance that all is well no matter what. Food for thought, you guys!

7. Two words: Liam Hemsworth.

8. Elizabeth Banks has never looked more fierce. Watch out for a gorgeous butterfly dress that she rocks in a way that only Elizabeth Banks could. 

9. This Gif:
 
http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/catching-fire-gif


10. You don’t even have to wait in line. You can book your tickets right here




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Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
What to do in a potentially dangerous situation http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/what-to-do-in-a-potentially-dangerous-situation Situation #1- You’re outside your flat, when suddenly a stranger appears from nowhere and grabs you…

DO: If you know your neighbours are home, scream to draw attention to yourself. If there is anything around you, grab it and try to protect yourself.

DON’T: Avoid leading the attacker into your flat. You are less likely to get attacked outside.

Situation #2- You’ve been shopping and arrive back at your car, which is in a isolated spot. As you’re packing your bags into the boot you feel a gun at your back and you’re instructed to hand over your car keys…

DO: Listen to the hijacker. Don’t try and reach for anything. Make sure he can see your hands so that he does not attack you.

DON’T: Since you are in an isolated spot, don’t scream or make any sudden movements. It will just aggravate the attacker and there is no one nearby to help.

Situation #3- You wake up in the middle of the night and find a man standing next to your bed, night in hand. You don’t know whether he intends to rob or rape you…

DO: Stay calm and assess the situation. If you make any sudden movements, it could startle him, which could cause him to attack. If you have a flat mate, shout to get their attention. Take note of the items in your bedroom. You could use your lampshade as a weapon.

DON’T: Do not scream if there is no one to hear you. It will aggravate your attacker and he could harm you.

Situation #4: You leave a party late at night and as you pull up to your flat you notice a suspicious car parked outside

DO: Trust your intuition. If your gut tells you that something isn’t right, drive away and go to your nearest police station. Alternatively, you could call the South African emergency help line on 10111.

DON’T: Do not attempt to confront the person in the car. This could result in them attacking you. Also, do not slow down to look at them. It will alert them that you know about their presence.


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Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Surviving a Stadium Concert http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/surviving-a-stadium-concert
Do not wear your best clothes. We can assure you that one person somewhere near you will be jamming like a crazy person and will be throwing beer everywhere.

Remember to leave quite early for the concert. Traffic tends to get insane and you could sit on the highway for up to an hour. Don’t forget that the same will happen when you leave. So make sure you have some snacks or something in your car.

You are not allowed to take a DSLR camera into the venue. Take a small camera rather. You really do not want them to keep your big fancy camera behind.

If you are that type of girl (we don’t judge), take a spare bra with you. Throw it on stage. Go wild.

Whatever you do, do not wear heels. You will be there for a long time and people tend to push you around. Some people end up taking their shoes off and you wouldn’t want to be the one stomping on their feet.



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Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Mean Girls get Merry http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/mean-girls-get-merry-christmas Mean Girls and some cool Tumblrs. Because some things never change when the mistletoe and holly-days roll round.








1. There SHALL be shopping. Lots of it.



2. There shall be eating (dieting is what 1 Jan is for).



3. And, of course, there shall be much toasting of fabulousness.
(But NO drinking and driving!)



4. Festivities shall be trimmed with FOMO and scattered with jealously.



5. So thou shalt, at this time of the year, apologise to those you've hurt
and make things right.



6. Thou shalt try to let nothing you dismay, though your relatives embarrass you ...



7. ... and though the ignorant hold forth at family gatherings on subjects
about which they know absolutely nothing.



8. For, hey, tis the season to be jolly. And deep-down you love it!



9. Tis also a time for giving…



10. ... and a time for getting (your just desserts) (+ Xmas pud!).



11. So put on that perky face, don that strange outfit and get in the spirit, dammit 




12. If that doesn't work, buy some mistletoe and make it pay!
 
Gifs from: howshouldiexplainmyself.tumblr.com, eonline.com/news, coolcactus.tumblr.com, xmaschillthoughts.tumblr.com
hotpinkpostits.tumblr.com, existential-crisis-suxx.tumblr.com, partylikeapornstar.tumblr.com, noncommonsensewithbigwords.tumblr.com
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Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Uber (cool) App http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/uber-cool-app
Uber uses your phone’s GPS to detect your location and connect you to the nearest driver. And it doesn’t matter if you don’t know your address because your clever phone does. When you’re needing a ride, Uber App will locate a driver and let you know, on your map, exactly where he or she is. Your driver’s name and car details will appear on your phone, and you can go back inside and enjoy the rest of your cocktail because this App will SMS you when your taxi has arrived. And, you can message or phone them if you need to.

There’s more: Uber App has taken the hassle out of cash payments and will automatically deduct the amount from the bank account details you have already provided when you downloaded the app. Omg, right? But, what if you’re sharing with a buddy? Well, clever Uber App has thought of that, too, and allows you to split the fare with a friend who has the app, too, and you’ll be charged equally. You’ll also be told in advance what the fare will be, and you’ll receive an email with your receipt. Plus, Uber App ensures fast and professional service by giving you the opportunity to rate your driver. We think this is beyond clever. And that you need to download this app in a hurry.

Female-and budget-friendly cab services to call at the end of the night

Johannesburg:


Taxi Services Johannesburg: 078 475 3352
Rose Taxis: 083 255 0933/4
Snapp Cab: 011 027 6730

Cape Town:

Cab Co: 086 136 7222
Rikkis: 0861 745 547
Excite: (021) 448 4444

Durban:

Zippy Cabs: 031-202 7067/7068
Moddley’s: 0767339967
East Coast Cabs: 082 632 7410


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Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
The Beauty Intern Diaries - Summertime COSMOness http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-beauty-intern-diaries-summertime-cosmoness Normal.dotm 0 0 1 346 1973 aaa 16 3 2422 12.0

So, I’m not afraid to admit that I am indeed one of the few who will listen to the same new song over and over again until I can sing it backwards at a Karaoke contest and win first prize! (NOTE: I’ve only ever partaken in Karaoke once, and I was seven. So it’s cool)

This week it’s been the new remix from Cedric Gervais of ‘Summertime Sadness’, which I’m dubbing the anthem of the summer. Both Juana and I are absolutely obsessed with this song, and yes, it’s been on repeat. Not only was this song getting us both into a summer mood, it was also getting us totes excited for the COSMO Summer Party at Shimmy Beach hotel that occupied our event calendar for Friday night.

Shimmy Beach as usual did not disappoint. Never have I ever seen such an array of well-put together people in such a breath-takingly gorgeous venue. It was so COSMO. That’s how we do it!

The night started off with sensational performances from Crazy White Boy and later on Pascal and Pearce who really got the party going. The drinks were flowing and the little beauty intern was in her element, gazing at all the immaculately dressed partiers.  Of course it was a mad rush panic in the office right before as the beauty room was flooded with all the girls getting ready and getting their hair and nails done by, what we call, our very own professional manicurist and hair stylist – Juana, the jack of all trades.

The event was a great excuse to dress up, and we all love a good excuse to splash the cash on items of clothing we deem ‘essentials’ (including the green leather jacket which I purchased from I LOVE MOCHIKO in Cavendish and absolutely love).  It even gave me a reason to try out my own fake tan for the very first time. Let’s just say I didn’t end up looking like someone who had run into Mr Blobby and Snooki simultaneously, so I’d say it went well.  I gave the Madame La La Tan a go and it was super easy to use and smelt divine. You can order it online and they deliver to South Africa which is awesome!!   




 If you’re off to a summer party soon, check out these great tips from the COSMO team to make sure you’re ready for your summer socializing. And go check out I LOVE MOCHIKO LONDON store if you're looking to splurge out on some new rad clothing, because hey, it's only like two weeks till pay day!   

And if you haven't checked out the Cedric Gervais remix of Summertime Sadness, here's the clip just for you! Enjoy :) 




Catch my blog updates every Wednesday, and check out our Instagram page CosmopolitanSA and my account @megsnicola where I’ll also be posting updates from our beauty office. x

 

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Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
How to take the Perfect Selfie http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/how-to-take-the-perfect-selfie
Light, Camera, Angle!

Most people look best when their face is tilted at a slight angle to the camera rather than straight on, so the first thing to do is experiment in front of the mirror to see which angle flatters your features best. We all have a ‘good side,’ and this is the one you want to capture. If you’re looking for emotional engagement, look directly into the lens. Also, take the pic early in the morning or late afternoon when the light is softest.

Cheat

Since all’s fair in love and on Facebook, you want to download an app which will allow you to brighten and improve the look of your skin, plus add a bit of colour to your pout. A good one to go for is Camera+App which allows you to fiddle and put your best face forward. 

Make Like a Model 
Anyone on Twitter will know that models and celebs take fab selfies, so copy their technique - hold your phone high above your head and away from you at a 45 degree angle. This will make your look skinny without putting a foot in the gym. But don’t pout – you’ll just look silly.

Use a Filter
Even if you’ve been a good girl and gone to bed early all week, you probably have a few dark circles and lines you want to get rid of. This is where selecting a filter like Inkwell or Willow miraculously takes five years off your age.

Take it off!
No, not your clothes a la Lady Gaga, but your phone cover. Few people know that doing this can have a major effect on the clarity of your picture. Even though there’s a hole for your camera lens, it catches the camera focus in the periphery, causing the photograph to be less clear. Try for yourself and see the difference.

Hello fabulous selfies!


















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Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
I Forgot my Phone http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/i-forgot-my-phone

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Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Top 5 most underrated sexy men. http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/top-5-most-underrated-sexy-men
Travis Fimmel
Image from Facebook https://www.facebook.com/trav.fimmel

Australian Actor and former Calvin Klein underwear model: He stars in Vikings TV show. We can easily spend all day looking at him looking at us with those eyes. As a bonus, we'll add a weekend of hugging away the pain he endured when he got that scar.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson
 
Image from Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AaronTaylorJohnson?fref=ts

English actor famous for his roles in Kick-Ass and his lead role in Anna Karenina: His wish (and it better be a never-ending dirty weekend) would be our command.

Evan Peters
Image from Facebook https://www.facebook.com/booboodaddy

American actor, starts in American Horror Story: Look into his eyes, check the flag and tell us with patriotism didn't just turn into a naughty thought.

Michael Pitt
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Pitt/111989065483925?fref=ts

American actor and musician famous for his controversial role in The Dreamers: He has also stared in Boardwalk Empire and a lot of our fantasies.

Yannick Ilunga
Image from Facebook https://www.facebook.com/yannick.ilunga.5?fref=ts

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Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
‘Help! I Can’t Stand His Hair Up There!’ http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/help-i-cant-stand-his-hair-up-there So you hate his mo. Now what?

November can be a spiteful month. Your body is desperate to slide into holiday mode and the longer, warmer days make it easy to forget the 73 different deadlines you still have to meet before you knock off for the year. If you get swept up in two-for-one sundowner cocktails, chances are the next day’s workload will kick you in the hangover as soon as you turn the page on your desk calendar. Also, summer is kind of here – but when the sun goes down on a hot, glorious day, dusk will kindly remind you why you’d packed that chunky jersey when you left home in the morning.

And then there’s Movember, and that thing it spawns on (seemingly) every man’s face.

If you’re in a relationship, a week into November you’ll realise the alien on your guy’s upper lip is not only not going anywhere, but has also started developing a personality of its own. Whether his facial hair grows quickly or hardly at all, there’s bound to be a porcupine quill-like something poking its way up your nostril every time he tries to make out with you. The fact that he’s beginning to look like a cheesy ’70s porn star is not helping – it might even be making you question whether you want to be seen in public with him. Yes, it’s for a good cause … but if you really can’t stand the mo, how on earth are you supposed to live with it for another three weeks?

There’s a ‘Muffvember’ picture doing the rounds on social media. The premise is that, in return for us girls having to put up with an unfortunate incarnation of Magnum PI in our bed every night, we too get to let things, er, flourish. Now, I don’t know about you, but whether the end result is the moustache suggested by the picture or some other cute shape of your own choosing, the idea of having to beat around that particular bush doesn’t fill me with glee. All of us get lazy about landscaping sometimes – winter, single, feeling blah, why bother, etc – but it’s not likely we’ll purposely grow out anything in the shape of a mo just to get back at our men. Aside from everything else, they’ll probably think it’s hilarious. Point defeated.

You could try to make a game of it. Instagram a picture every day to create a progress gallery, or paint his ‘spikes’ with various shades of mascara while he’s sleeping for a colourful twist (or to hide how blond and pathetic his attempt at a moustache actually is). In the latter case, spray paint and food colouring might seem tempting but are not advised – unless your end goal is to get him to shave it off in a huff (hmm…) so he can go to work without looking like a clown. Be warned, though: the huff could turn into a month-long sulk, and you could become that shrew who ruined his fun.

You could also just refuse to see him until 1 December but that’s pretty much a lose-lose. So your only viable course of action is to be the bigger man – without the associated testosterone-driven hair-growth implications. Accept Movember and all its horrid manifestations. Let your guy have his month of fun. Most importantly, don’t be disapproving about it. Because chances are the more you let on how much you hate his facial hair and can’t wait for it to be gone, the more likely he is to form an unhealthy attachment that extends well beyond 1 December. And ain’t nobody got time for that.


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Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
An Awkward Moment We Are All Guilty Of http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/an-awkward-moment-we-are-all-guilty-of
These people experienced the same fate at a party in Nottingham, when they thought they were having a photo taken but the camera had another idea. Watch as the awkward moment we have all been guilty of plays out in front of you. 


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Thu, 07 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Tom Collins cocktail recipe http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/tom-collins-cocktail-recipe- 1 tot gin
1 tot lemon juice
1 tsp castor sugar
half a cup of soda water 
1 maraschino cherry
1 slice orange

In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the gin, lemon juice, and sugar. Shake well. Strain into a collins glass almost filled with ice cubes. Add the club soda. Stir and garnish with the cherry and the orange slice.

Hello Cosmo summer!



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Thu, 07 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
What One Year in a Physically Abusive Relationship Looks Like http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/what-one-year-in-a-physically-abusive-relationship-looks-like Watch this.


Now think about yourself. Your sister. Your best friend.

This video campaign was created by the anti-domestic-violence organisation, Sigurna kuća, which means Safe House in Croatian. Although it is staged, this ‘photo a day’ gallery is a haunting reminder of how stripped down and broken we become in an abusive relationship. If you or someone you know is in trouble, there is help. Today, if you need it. Because this video shows what waiting one more day could mean.

Contact The Stop Gender Violence (http://www.stopwomenabusehelpline.org.za/) helpline on 0800 150 150 or read these articles

Signs a guy could snap
http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za/bodysoul/KicksButt/signs-a-guy-could-snap-pg1

Breakup danger
http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za/bodysoul/KicksButt/breakup-danger-pg1

How to spot a really bad guy
http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za/bodysoul/KicksButt/how-to-spot-a-really-bad-guy-pg1



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Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
The Beauty Intern Diaries - Coffee, COSMO and Summer http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-beauty-intern-diaries-coffee-cosmo-and-summer Normal.dotm 0 0 1 348 1984 aaa 16 3 2436 12.0

The disposable coffee cups are piling up in my bin, yes that’s right guys I have FINALLY found the holy grail of all hot beverages … and it goes by the name of One Large Cappuccino with Two Sugars. Make it snappy!

So although I may not be doing the cliché intern coffee runs for the office, I might as well be.  I’m consuming probably the same amount the office would, but by myself, because pssht I’m an overachiever. As to why my coffee addiction started, I’m not entirely sure, and my Herbalife family would not be best pleased, but as long as I continue to work out each week surely they cancel each other out?

Speaking of things that make me happy, have you checked out our Instagram page? It’s been so much fun styling products that have arrived on our desk and snapping away so that I can let you guys in on all the marvellous things in the COSMO Beauty office. I do hope I’ve made you a little jealous, in a nice inspiring way of course!

Juanaallowed me to write as much online content as I like, and I’ve loved it! So far I’ve written  over 30 articles online and would LOVE to get some feedback on what you guys think. Have you enjoyed the little tricks and tips? Have any of you tried them out? If so, tweet @Cosmopolitansa with a picture of yourself and tell us which tip you’ve tried and use the #BeautyOnline (and if you’re not that comfortable with twitter and would prefer to do it via Instagram then just tag us using @Cosmopolitansa). You could even stand a chance to win a little prize from the beauty office!

I’m pretty sure everyone in the office is counting down till Friday, not that we don’t enjoy working, it’s just, well nothing beats the weekend. But this week is extra special. This Friday is the annual COSMO Summer Party at Shimmy Beach Club. This will be my second COSMO function, and if The Lingerie Issue Fashion Show was anything to go by then this will be one hell of a way to end my week!

But what would a COSMO party be without COSMO readers? You join us by buying your tickets here for only R65.shop.cosmopolitan.co.za/shop/cosmopolitan-summer-party/ though tickets are almost sold out so book fast!

 
I'll be there, no doubt sipping on a cocktail, dancing the night away. *wiggles bum*. So get your tickets NOW! You definitely don't want to miss it!!

Catch my blog updates every Wednesday, and check out our Instagram page CosmopolitanSA and my account @megsnicola where I’ll also be posting updates from our beauty office. ☺ x

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Wed, 06 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Look Closer http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/look-closer
A cinemagraph is an image that contains within itself a living moment that
allows a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved endlessly.
Visual graphics artist Kevin Burg began experimenting with the .gif format
in this style in 2009 but it wasn't until he partnered with photographer
Jamie Beck to cover NYFW that cinemagraphs were born. Marrying original
content photography with the desire to communicate more to the viewer
birthed the cinemagraph process. Starting in-camera, the artists take a
traditional photograph and combine a living moment into the image through
the isolated animation of multiple frames. To quote supermodel Coco Rocha
'it's more than a photo but not quite a video'.

Beck and Burg named the process 'cinemagraphs' for their cinematic quality
while maintaining at its soul the principles of traditional photography.
Launched virally through social media platforms Twitter and Tumblr, both the
style of imagery and terminology has become a class of its own. The creative
duo are looking forward to exploring future display technologies for gallery
settings as well as pushing this new art form and communication process as
the best way to capture a moment in time or create a true living portrait in
our digital age while embracing our need to communicate visually and share
instantly.



















Check out annstreetstudio.com/category/cinemagraphs/  for more amazing pictures.



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Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Sorry, Seth. Marriage IS for me http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/marriage-is-for-me-and-love-is-selfish-and-so-is-everything-else-you-do-and-thats-ok http://sethadamsmith.com/2013/11/02/marriage-isnt-for-you/). More briefly, he preaches that 'No true relationship of love is for you. Love is about the person you love… the more you truly love that person, the more love you receive.' 

The crux of the article centres on a conversation he had with his father at a time when he was wondering things like 'Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?'

And his father replies, 'You don't marry to make yourself happy, you marry to make someone else happy.'

You marry to make someone else happy? Oh dear. That way lies true, desperate disillusion, disappointment and deep (bottomless-chasm-deep) resentment.

It can't be a happy marriage if you don't totally want it for yourself. You marry someone only if you have total conviction that you want that person. For ever.

No bloody wonder a year or so into his marriage his 'heart had been hardening with a mixture of fear and resentment'.

If I were Seth's wife, reading of his 'paralyzing fear' and that it took his father's pep talk to get him to marry me, I'd be deeply hurt and very worried. But maybe not surprised. Just a year or so into their marriage  'emotions erupted', and he was 'callous' and 'selfish'. But she didn't demand respect. She didn't tell him his behaviour was unacceptable. No: 'Laying aside all the pain and anguish I had caused her, she lovingly took me in her arms and soothed my soul.'

I'll wait while you run to the nearest sink.
Back again?

OK. Seems to me she knows without doubt that she wants him, but that she also knows he doesn’t have that same conviction. So she is binding him to her with saintliness. She has chosen the martyr's way because this is how she thinks she'll keep the man she loves and the relationship she wants.

And it works. He feels guilty. He promises he will 'try to be better'. (Note the word 'try'.) For now, he wants to want her. He has persuaded himself she is the person he SHOULD marry.

Poor Kim. She loves him more than she loves herself. She should read COSMO. Learn to love herself. Learn to be the best she can be – not for her husband, or his father or their children or her mother. But for herself. For her self-respect. And yes, that is selfish, but so is every thing we do.

If you say you're getting married to make someone else happy (whether the someone else is your partner, your father, or your child/ren), you are lying. To everyone, but also to yourself.

The answer to 'Would she make me happy?' is that sometimes what she does and who she is will make you happy, Seth, but actually your happiness is your own responsibility. And often we choose to be happy. And it is a selfish choice.

That is what you're doing now, Seth. And good on you! It is courageous – in a damned, Light-Brigade kind of way. But please: enough with the love-should-be-selfless. Humans are selfish creatures. We choose to do what we do and how we do it because that is how we think we'll achieve our personal desires (whether those be the love of the person we love, admiration for our good works, or self-respect for being a 'good person'). Each and every single human act devolves from a choice. And that choice is motivated entirely, always, by selfishness.

In saying 'my dad told me to marry you to make you happy', Seth is embedding an escape clause. Down the line I bet Kim hears the rest of the sentence: 'but I never really wanted to marry you'.

Well that's what I think. I can't make you agree with me, though of course I'd prefer it if you did because, well, I'm selfish like that.

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Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Tache wars: Johnny Depp vs James Franco http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/tache-wars-johnny-depp-vs-james-franco
Feel better?

Ah November! Such a wonderful month - it's sunny, but not too hot, the year-end holidays are on the horizon but the silly season hasn't entered its complete-madness phase… and guys' lips everywhere are getting fuzzy to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer.

Yes, we love our guys so much and we admire their willingness to support a good cause. Of course we believe completely that they're downing razors to raise awareness, and not just because shaving every day is 'such a las'. And we do look forward to perhaps a bit of Johnny's pirate-swagger and James's cooth.

Who do YOU think wears it best? Let us know and if it's your guy, send us a pic! Here in COSMO land our brand new art director, Juan Geel, is planning his own facial topiary. We'll be posting weekly pics of his tache's progress, so pop back to see how it's going!



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Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
The Gangs Of Ballet http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-gangs-of-ballet yes/no/grey is the first full length offering from them and has been getting welcoming responses from their fans. With all this growing success and busier schedules, how do they keep up with their daily lives?

Cosmo: You all dress so well, do you have a stylist or call each other to find out what each guy’s wearing?
Gangs Of Ballet: (Blushes all around) We work with a Durban designer called Sgt. Pepper. We wear his clothes and he keeps us in the know. And then we’ve also got a really cool barber in Durban called Ned. Nobody really knows his surname, he’s just known as ‘Ned the barber’.

Cosmo: The crowd you played for at RTD this year was huge! Do really big crowds like that intimidate you or do they give you more energy?
GOB: We love it. When we get to a big festival, everyone’s literally waiting for you and they’re already pumped for the show. All we have to do is play. A smaller crowd is a lot more intimidating because we have to win them over first.

Cosmo: How do you interact with your fans on social media?
GOB: We try and keep up with twitter and facebook everyday. Our facebook page is run by all of us and updates everyday. We’re really enjoying Instagram right now though. It’s a little bit more interactive than a putting up a status update or tweet cause our fans get to see what we’re doing instead of reading about it.

Cosmo: How does the song writing process work in your group?
GOB: It’s very much a collaborative effort. Brad and Josh write the lyrics and might have some ideas for the tune then Jono and I will have come bring in the sound. So we’ll usually have one idea an then work on it from there. A lot of the times the end product isn’t even what the initial idea was but that’s more or less how it usually works.

Cosmo: Brad and H are married while and Josh and Jono have girlfriends. How do you juggle those relationships when on the road?
GOB: The tricky part is that you’re not just away for one or two days. You’re away for a few weeks to a month at a time. Then when you’re home, you’re still busy so it is a bit tricky. But the girls are amazing! They put up with us and we’re very grateful for that.

Cosmo: What do you wish women knew about men?
GOB: Sometimes we like to be left alone. It’s nothing personal. Men have a ‘nothing box’. We have the ability to think about nothing. Sometimes we’re in our ‘nothing room’ and we like to go there sometimes. It’s our ‘me time’.

Cosmo: What are you looking forward to about summer?
GOB: Being able to swim again and going surfing!


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Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
4 Things Invented By Women That Make Life Much Better http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/4-things-invented-by-women-that-make-life-much-better
The Dishwasher
We have a female to thank for this modern day convenience. Josephine Garis Cochrane, who apparently said 'If nobody else is going to invent a dishwashing machine, I’ll do it myself' - spoken like a true woman. 
Despite the fact that having a dishwasher means you can also sit in front of the TV with your feet up, we also no longer have to worry about the manual labor of washing dishes. Load, press start, unload. Hello freedom! 


Spanx
Sara Blakely came to women's aid everywhere. Spanx make women slim down, look trim and feel confident in a matter of seconds, how long have we been wanting to do this? Maybe the better question is, how did we survive before? 


Modern Bra
Hard to believe that bras didn't exist when dinosaurs did, but thanks to Mary Phelps Jacob we get to think they did. And even though the first thing we want to do when we get home is take these things off, walking out of the house without one on the other hand is a terrible day waiting to happen. 



Improved Hairbrush
So while Lyda Newman was not the original inventor of the hairbrush she did go on to make improvements to it. Brushes were originally made of animal hair, and Lyda thought she could do them one better and create something that allowed hair to breathe and properly remove the excess hair and dandruff. Can you imagine what life would be without hairbrushes? We'd rather not. 


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Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
The Cat Who Wears Tights http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-cat-who-wears-tights
Meet Gucci, the cat who wears tights.




Not so long ago the wonderful world of the Internet graced us with images of dogs wearing pantyhose, it was the funniest, cleverest thing we had seen, EVER, that's of course till today, when we came across a hilarious post by BuzzFeed of a cat wearing tights! While this may have decreased our Monday productivity by a smidge, a cat wearing human clothing? Who can't resist.  

Check out Gucci's meowtfit (not our term, we wish we were that clever) of the day! 






image: original source


To see more of Gucci styled in tights, head over to her tumblr, Meowtfit Of The Day

Happy Monday! 


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Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
On Set With The Springbok Sevens http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/on-set-with-the-springboks-7s



They asked us how to pose (so cute!) and we gave them a little COSMO tip from our COSMO bags of tricks: your face should say boyfriend, and your body should say sex god and voila! 

Do you think they took our advice well? 






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Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
The GIF That's Taking The Internet By Storm http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/the-gif-thats-taking-the-internet-by-storm Daily Mail of a girl being transformed into a model with the help of a hair, make-up and....photoshop. Watch the revealing GIF below. 



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Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Procrastinators Guide To Halloween: GIRLS Edition http://www.cosmopolitan.co.za//Play/Blogs/procrastinators-guide-to-halloween-girls-edition


Shoshanna Shapiro
All you need to get her look is, your hair tied neatly in a bun, a floral dress, a little lace, flats, a little innocence, a fast tongue and a quest for knowledge. Do this and you might just be giving the real Shoshanna a run for her money! 

Hannah Horvath
Okay, so obviously you can't walk around naked, unless of course this is a Halloween party for two and you and your boyfriend want to spend it together indoors, then by all means go ahead. But don't worry, if you have a party to attend you can still go as Hannah, all you would need is a mismatched outfit. Get a top and pair it with shorts or skirt or leggings, but in a completely different style and completely odd colour. 

Marnie Michaels
Marnie Michaels is your every day girl, all you would need to capture Marnie's modern style is bright colours, a pencil dress or skirt, a cardigan and some great heels, and hello Marnie Michaels!