Lifestyle & Wellness




If you love books, I urge you to take a ride to Mary’s Book Shop. There is something for everyone. From fiction, autobiography, educational, horror, she even has Mills & Boons books. Does anyone remember those? They also have classic books for young readers such as the series of Famous Five by Endin Blyton.

Mary has been dealing with books for 50 years, she loves to read and she sells second-hand books as a hobby.

BWZ: Mary, thank you for seeing us. We are delighted to be here, and we would love you to tell us more about your book shop.

Mary: My love books, I can say probably started from when I was young. My dad was a play writer and he wrote poetry and so we had piles of books at home. He never went outside the house without a book in his pocket.

I started selling books in Ndola and I did it for almost 13 years and then we moved to Lusaka and I continued.

My son used to bring new books for me from South Africa and I used to ring friends up and we would have coffee  and cake and people would buy the books

But one day, a man came and asked me why I don’t have second-hand books? And I thought, no I wouldn’t do that. And he said why not? And I said because I sell new books. He then said you can always start now. And I said Ok.

A week later he brought in around 1000 books! And he said here we go.

BWZ: Oh wow that was a nice donation

Mary: With so many books, we decided to buy a container. We revamped the container and made it into a Book Shop. So we had new books and second-hand books.

BWZ:  Its really done up very nicely. I didn’t even realise that it is a container.

Mary: Then we had people coming in dropping 100 books there some dropping off 2 or 3 and so one. Some donated the books and others want some money for it.

All our books are coded and if some people ring me up and ask if I receive certain types book, I should inform them and I do it with pleasure.

BWZ: Do host book clubs or do you belong to a book club?

Mary: Oh yes, I do. I have been in book clubs for years. I started in Ndola already. And it’s so much fun because you end up reading books that you normally wouldn’t pick for yourself. And you get to listen to other people’s views on the book.

The book club that I belong to now, we meet once a month and it's very nice.

BWZ: It is always interesting to hear peoples point of view on a book. Sometimes you even question whether they read the same book because they interpret it so differently. In my opinion that the reason book clubs are so interesting; hearing other people’s viewpoint.

Mary: I tell you what book that you must read for a good laugh is “ The man who lost

It is so nice to read a book and when you have put it down, and you are smiling and you say to yourself ooh that was so nice!

BWZ: I know, it’s a wonderful feeling, I love that feeling and that is why I promote reading.

Mary: Another very good book I can recommend people to read is the ‘Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay.

It’s my favourite book.

BWZ: Oh I am so glad you have a favourite, many people these days don’t have favourites of anything. I must read this book!

For those who are looking at getting new reads for yourself or your kids, we definitely recommend you to go to Mary’s Bookshop, at Blue Hills Farm on Ibex Hill Road you will go nuts with all the type of books that are available and at a very reasonable price.



Sticky Tamarind Curry with Beef Recipe


1tbsp oil

1.5kg beef chuck, cut into 3cm cubes

3 onions, chopped

1tbsp grated fresh ginger

2 garlic cloves, sliced

1 green chilli, sliced, plus extra to serve

500ml beef stock

2tbsp light soy sauce

45g brown sugar

2½tbsp tamarind paste

200g sugar snaps and mange tout

100g baby leaf spinach

handful coriander leaves, to serve

black sesame seeds, to serve

How to Make It

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Fry the beef in batches to brown and seal, remove and set aside. In the same pot, add the onions, ginger, garlic and chilli and cook for 5 mins.

Return all the beef to the pan and add the stock, soy sauce, brown sugar and tamarind paste. Simmer for 2hrs, covered, until the meat is tender.

About 40 mins before the stew is cooked, remove the lid and turn up the heat up to allow the stew to reduce.

Meanwhile, blanch the sugar snaps and mange tout for 2 mins in boiling water. Drain, and stir into the stew with the baby leaf spinach. Cook for a further 5 mins. Top with coriander and sesame seeds, and serve with rice.

Photo courtesy of Jules Mercer



Tamarind & Mango Smoothie

This creamy mango smoothie is slightly tart thanks to unsweetened tamarind paste and it is mostly used as a breakfast Juice.


0.45kg frozen mango

1 tablespoon tamarind paste

4 tablespoons agave nectar

3ltrs can unsweetened coconut milk

How to Make It

Add the mango, tamarind paste, agave nectar and coconut milk to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve chilled.

Photo courtesy of food & wine





The Gilead Wellness Centre is THE place to go for revitalisation, relaxation and an individualised approach to treatment strategies, including body, soul and spirit.

The word Gilead comes from the Hebrew Bible and the city (of the same name) was known throughout the region for its medicinal herbs.

Beauty World Magazine had the pleasure of being invited to explore the Gilead Wellness Centre in Lusaka and the further honour of interviewing the owner Mrs Rose Machina. A transcript of this interview follows below:

BWZ: Thank you for taking the time to speak to us.

Mrs Machina: It’s my pleasure.

BWZ: Let’s begin on how you decided to start up Gilead Wellness Centre.

Mrs Machina: Well, the idea came from my previous experience of not feeling too well myself, I had a problem with my legs which was as a result of my spine disorder. It took me quite a while to discover what the problem with my legs was. I focused on the legs because that was where the pain was coming from, eventually, I discovered that the actual culprit was my spine. I had read a lot of Adventist books on health that explained benefits derived from different foods and tried, by all means, to follow through in search of healing. Until I went to a Wellness Centre and I was given 25 sessions of bed massages, back scanning to help realign my spine. After that, I decided I would buy the bed for myself. After I did so and benefitted from it, I thought why shouldn’t I help others who have similar problems? In short, that was the birth of Gilead Wellness Center.

BWZ: Interesting way to start up something. We are glad you healed, and in turn, inspired you to help others, that is great! So when did you start Gilead?

Mrs Machina: It started in November 2017

BWZ: What is your clientele like?

Mrs Machina: We are open to everyone no matter what race or tribe. All are welcome.

BWZ: What types of services do you offer?

Mrs Machina: We offer foot massage, bed massage, traditional massage, aqua detox, exercise routines by our professional trainer. We also have a treadmill and stationery bicycle. We will be introducing aerobics in the very near future. Other than that we also prepare juices for our clients depending on the complaints they have. For every ailment there is a specific juice one may take, either a fruit or vegetable juice. These juices are prepared especially for those that we have put on specific programs like for example, colon cleansing, etc.

BWZ: That is very personalized. Which programs do people like to come for mostly?

Mrs Machina: Most of our clients in the meantime come through for the aqua detox, and our observation is because they see the results immediately. The detoxification shows which part of the body is being cleansed. For example when you see that the water is changing colour to orange then you know that the joints are being cleansed, or when you see that the water is changing to black you know that the liver is being detoxified. So the colour that the water is changing to will signal which part of the body is being cleansed.

BWZ: Wow! I think I would also go for that one with immediate results. Do you have programs for our pregnant mothers?

Mrs Machina: Oh yes! Though they cannot do the massage bed nor the aqua detox because of the ultra-rays, we encourage them to come through for just the ordinary massage as you know they often get tired and we like to put them on juice programs to increase their blood levels and nutrients, as you know most pregnant

women like to be picky in what they eat, therefore depriving themselves of other nutrients. For those who have legs that swell we do the foot massage for them. The juice programs can also help in the healing and prevention of UTI’s.

BWZ: This is impressive! What are some of the benefits of your services?

Mrs Machina: There are quite a lot, but let me mention a Few.  You can improve your blood cholesterol, improved blood circulation, enhanced immune system, improved brain function, helps with weight loss, controls diabetes, stroke prevention, reduced fatigue and stress and many more health conditions.

BWZ: A word to your clients!

Mrs Machina: People should take their health serious and natural remedies are the best. Reboot your body when you take raw foods.

BWZ: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak to us and we wish you success in your new venture and we will definitely come back and see how you are doing in a few years.

GILEAD WELLNESS CENTER is situated in Chilanga behind Petroda Filling Station on Kafue road and on the 16th floor of the government complex. Their opening hours and days are from Sunday to Thursday 08h00-16h00. Friday and Public Holidays opened from 08h00-12h00. Saturdays closed.


Miss Universe Zambia 2018

By Nene Soza

Hello Beautiful  Readers!


Alright, It’s now time to talk about the Miss Universe Zambia 2018 experience.


As you know, I was pretty excited and  curious to see how the whole event would turned out. The organisers stated that the doors will be open at 18h00 and the doors would shut at 19h00, hence I was there at 18h15 , early enough to see everything and to also do my job properly for my readers. I didn’t want to miss anything!


 I had an ordinary ticket of K250 so I was curious to see where I was going to be seated. Anyhow, 19h00 past, a few people were coming in, 20h00 past and a good number of people had arrived. People with ordinary tickets were sent upstairs, I was immediately horrified, only because I was thinking of my blogging!  The upstairs was so far from the stage, and  I was thinking “how the hell would I take good photo shots" and "how will I  make good videos", my head was spinning! By past 21h00, my prayers were answered because we were moved back down stairs. In the end we all sat together. I guess the turnout was not as high as they had expected, hence we were all very lucky because we paid for ordinary ticket prices and we ended up sitting on the VIP section. #Happiness.


The presenters were; the Actor Mike Ezuruonye and TV host Natasha Van Der Maas, they put on a great show and they kept us entertained.


The performing artists Kuni and Mampi they too gave us a great performance . No complains on that front.

All the Miss Universe participants looked amazing and beautiful, so a big hands of applause to all of them.

People who came to the event  all looked dashing, a very viby and stylish audience in my opinion. Zambians are becoming so fashionable. Very, very, good sign!


Then came the confusion…..

The announcement of the winners and the handing over the envelope which carried the results was a total fiasco. The first fiasco was the handling of  the envelope. This was because the organisers were handling the envelope of results instead of an usher or neutral figure, that is normally how it is done,  right! They kept calling the presenter back and forth and finally the presenter, Mike jokingly said ‘’okay now the results are being rigged’’. Mike was asking the director for the correct results??? Strange.

In total there were 5 judges, there was a tie on the second and third runner up. If you watched my live video feed on Facebook you would have picked up all the fiasco.

It was pretty disappointing to be honest. They actually gave the flowers and sash to 3rd runner up Jila and they had to take it back and give it to now 2nd runner up Luwi. Quite frankly we all got confused .

When this was all done I went around  and asked the audience  what they thought of the whole  event . They all talked about the same incident and how awful the  announcing was, and the poor runner ups, you can only but feel sorry for them during the whole confusion.

One attendee said  "Anyway you know we all came for an event that was thought to be so inspiring and professional but in the end it kind of did confuse us ’’.

Another  attendee commented that” the tie between Luwi and Jila was the most confusing part, ’How possible is it to have a tie on the 2nd runner up’’ position when the number of judges wasn’t even? And isn’t that the duty of the Chief judge; to break the tie in cases such as these, but where was the chief judge on this?’’

Other attendees asked ‘And why was the presenter asking for the correct results, when the results are supposed to be sealed in an envelope?”

In the end, this brought a lot of questions due to the confusion.

I understand that errors can happen , it’s not easy to pull off a gig like this but you know , they need to be more professional and ensure this doesn’t happen again.

In the midst of this entertainment I also got an opportunity to talk to Shlobi  Maluleke who is the Corporate & Marketing Manager at AGCO, which is an agriculture company. Working with one of their leading tractor brand Massey Ferguson; They literally had a tractor at the show!!! Shlobi is responsible in creating awareness to our youth about agriculture and the opportunities that are available.

The #wefarminstyle concept is a great idea and we are happy to talk about and spread the word, ‘’farming is cool’’. Let’s create our own wealth and food right here in Africa through agriculture.


My thoughts:

Would I recommend someone to go and watch the show next year?


Yes, indeed I would, the entertainment was great , the show was fabulous and there was a good vibe, so absolutely yes!! Maybe they would be less drama next time!

Let’s see how the next year will be like. I will be there !

Congratulations to Melba, we wish her the best in being Miss Universe Zambia of 2018. Make us proud!

Her main winnings included an (1 ) Master scholarship overseas, (2) K3000 worth of Cone Make-Up (3) A car .


Check out clips of the event on our Youtube Channel , please LIKE, SHARE and SUBSCRIBE .


What do you think?

Signing out  Nene



By Nene Soza


Most of us know what Lobola is but for those who don’t, in English it is called  Dowry. The incentive you pay towards your bride, whether in a form of money or some kind of livestock to the bride’s family.


There is so many different versions of Lobola depending on which tribe you are from BUT the fact remains it’s a traditional custom that is been practiced across Africa and South Asia.

My curiosity on this topic is on how do women feel of high Lobola prices?  Lets face some facts, most of us who read this blog are from the urban areas, so obviously If any of the ladies who would want to get married would presume their family would want money instead of livestock. Therefore, what is a fair price for a bride?


For example if you a president or ministers  daughter who has had  all the privileges of the world, is it ok for the family to charge K100, 000?


Or if you come from a working class family, is it ok for the brides family to charge K50,000?


Where do you draw the line?


My second question is :   Should Lobola be someway regulated?


My opinion , tradition is tradition and we should stick to it, its part of who we are, but I think charging an arm and a leg for a bride is just plain wrong. Families should be reasonable and fair. The world is tough as it is and squeezing the grooms family does not help, in the end , aren’t we all going to be family?

Ladies and gents, what do you think?


Signing Out Nene


Saturday Market Experience ( Arcades)

By Nene Soza


Mulishani Ladies and Gents


I went to explore our Lusaka Saturday Market in Arcades and it is obvious to me how we as Africans are rich in culture and creativity.


The market is predominately Zambian craftsmen/women and some African nationalities there too . I went around chatting to the sellers and the artists. I honestly was so happy to hear that  most of the crafts were made in Zambia.  I was like yes Honey! You know as opposed to seeing “Made in China”. One lady seller told me she gets her items from a sculptor in the village in Livingstone, some items come from Chawama. Some other sellers get them from different sources in the rural parts of Zambia, its good know.


Can you imagine for a second if our  government can train these hidden artists in the rural areas, how well they could do and what an opportunity that is not being tapped. So much potential we have here in Zambia.


Our market is filled with beautiful artistic items from cooking utensils, baskets, bowels, jewellery, paintings, sculpture  to pottery. Talking about the jewellery, the naïve side of me found out something new about copper bangles. I was told by sales man that the copper bangles help reduce the rate of high blood pressure to those suffering from high blood pressure. I have never heard about this  and I immediately was doubtful about what he said . Its only after a customer who was hearing our conversation jumped in the conversation to attest to the fact. Honestly I remained speechless  and I giggled away and said my goodbyes. But at least I learned something new, right!


My main take out from the market exploring, I would like to be part of the Zambians who support Zambian artists & craftsmen, let them not only depend on the tourists.


Let’s appreciate our own.


What do you think?


Signing out

Nene Soza.

     Pink & Black                                                             Pink & Blue



The Colour  Pink For Men

By Nene Soza


  1. Can men wear pink?- Direct answer, of course they can.
  2. Real men shouldn’t wear pink?!?! – I don’t even know what that really means or implies, but that is totally bull.
  3. Pink looks awkward on men- Not really, it’s all a generalised perception.
  4. Pink is for girls- Hmm no, that’s so ancient thinking.


The above were some of the questions or criticisms that I have heard concerning men wearing the colour pink


Can you imagine in the 21st century, hard to believe, but yes some people think that pink is not a colour  for a man to  wear. I personally think it’s just a colour there’s really nothing more than that. So I literally went out  to scout for some pink inspiration from my fellow brothers. And , I was not disappointed at all. They definitely delivered, obviously these kind of men are men who have broken the norms. They are confident individuals and don’t care about stereotypes.  Just check the  photos, they don't look bad at all!


I decided I will give you a few pointers on how to wear pink. The good thing is, pink pairs well with just about any colour from white, khaki, cream, black or brown. So there is nothing to worry about in that arena.


  1. If you don’t want to go for a solid pink clothing experiment with accessories like a pink tie or pocket square.
  2. The easiest way to wear pink is to go about it gradually by wearing a light pink, for example a light pink shirt, its hard to go wrong, light pink is always a safer option compared to dark or strong pink.
  3. Go for a pink golf t shirt rather than a sweater because with a sweater it will end up looking as if you raided your sisters closet.
  4. You can also balance the pink with a masculine set of suspenders or waistcoat.


So guys don’t be afraid to wear pink, it’s all good!


What do you think?


 Signing out Nene!


Male Grooming News!

By Sandra Leribaux



Nivea Men partnering with Real Madrid Football club.


Real Madrid football club have just signed a five year contract set to reach over 70 countries. This move proves that the men grooming industry is increasingly taking a bite of the beauty market.

Real Madrid with over 500 million fan base all over the world, has the highest brand value  (Forbes 2013-2016) so it only makes sense to partner with a brand that represents men that are sportive, professional and strong.


“Modern football and men care make a great match both standing for values like confidence, togetherness, passion and mastery. Therefore we are proud to bring our cooperation with a world famous football club Real Madrid to global level”, says Beiersdof CEO, Stefan F. Heidenreich



According to international study done by Nivea, it reveals that men look for quality and performance in a brand and relate more to a product if they know that professionals use them.



What do you think?


Fat or Thick

By Mutinta Marie

Hey dolls! It’s Mutinta here.

Before I get into the two completely different terms, I want to say that all of you are beautiful the way you are! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Now, let's get down to business. 

In the African culture being overweight or fat is regarded as being comfortable or coming from a well to do family. It is actually embraced in our culture. I always thought I understood the term fat and overweight as being the same but recently I have been hearing about this termthick” and that got me thinking what is the difference of being called "thick" verses "fat." Well I did my research and the answer is quiet simple. The term 'thick' means people who carry more weight in their lower portion of their body. The person might have a pear shaped body. Being thick means being curvy. For example, Ashley Graham is a plus-size super model. She is thick and curvy. She embraces her curvy and doesn't give a flying fudge what people think of her and/or her body. The term "fat" means people carry their weight up until the top and it makes people appear like an apple shape.

I personally think I'm more of an apple shape than a pear but people perceive me differently. Being one of these shapes is completely okay! I want to make it clear to everyone again that it doesn’t matter what fruit you might look like. You are awesome. You are a beautiful pear or apple!

Calling people fat has got negative vibes and it should be avoided because it hurts people’s feelings. Rather call someone heavy boned, or thick, it’s more on the polite side.

But being called curvy is pretty cool right? Yes, it is!

What about being called “thin “or chicken legs, should the “thin “society get upset about it as well? I know that some women don’t like being called thin; they prefer to be called slender. Slender has got more of a proportional shape outlook, while a thin person in society doesn’t even have a shape; they are considered flat shaped in front and flat shaped behind. You see the issue.


In the end, we all need to be comfortable with our bodies.



What do you think?

Signing out Mutinta

Photo credits: Google


A dedicated woman- Liliane Bettencourt of L’Orèal

By Sandra Leribaux



L’orèal heiress and richest woman in the world Liliane Bettencourt died aged 94. She had an estimated net worth of $ 37 billion according to Forbes.

She greatly contributed to the success and development of L’Oréal, the company and its employees. A great and strong lady in the beauty industry that will not be forgotten.

L’orèal was founded in 1907 by Eugène Schueller, father of Bettencourt who was educated as chemist.

May she rest in peace


Our Best Pick for Men’s Fragrance 2017

By Sandra Leribaux



Looking for a change of scent? There is something for every type of man on our list. A handy list for you to know in case you are looking for birthday, Christmas or thank you gift for your loved ones, you won’t go wrong with these fragrances.


The best thing about exploring fragrances is you get to keep some samples.


Here they are:

Gucci Guilty Absolute

It has a woody & earthy linger yet very warm and soft.  A sophisticated scent decent for everyday wear.

The fragrance notes are leather while the heart notes are patchouli and cypress and the base notes are vetiver and golden wood.

L'Envol de Cartier

This is has a handsome odour of masculine power with a strong classic musk scent. It offers freshness through the mix of honey notes and wood. A true brilliance. Quite pricey but worth it.

The fragrance notes are musk, guaiac wood and the base note is honey.

Jimmy Choo Man Intense

This is a richer version of the original. This has a very overwhelming powerful scent. It’s a bewitching kind of scent that lures you in. You can wear it day or night. It’s a must have for the out-going man.

The fragrance notes are lavender, melon and mandarin orange; middle notes are Artemisia, black pepper and geranium; base notes are Tonka bean, patchouli and labdanum.

Dior Sauvage

This is masculine, raw and authentic. It’s pure elegance for that man who is strong, dominate and secure. The fragrance lures hard work and success.

The fragrance notes are Reggio Bergamot, Sichuan Pepper, and Ambroxan.

Boss Bottled Tonic

It has a refresh scent, a cool but elegant and yet sophisticated aroma, fantastic for the modern man of today. This is for clean cut chic kind of man.

The fragrance base notes are grapefruit, bitter orange, lemon and apple with heart notes of ginger and base notes of vetiver.

Joop WOW!

This is a great smell especially for the young adults. It has a bold and masculine scent that hovers around your skin. It definitely has a wow effect for the young ladies.

Listed fragrance notes of violet leaf, bergamot, cardamom, fir balsam, geranium, vetiver, and Tonka bean/vanilla.

Narciso Rodriguez for him bleu noir

My personal favorite for the list. It’s got that refined woody and musky combination scent which captures sexiness and charm. What else would you want!


The fragrance base notes are nutmeg and cardamom, with heart notes of Musk and the base notes are cedar wood, ebony and Amber.


P.S These fragrances are based on original products not fake ones.


Selected Types of Yoga

By Sandra Leribaux



There is so much you can say about yoga. The benefits are plenty and Yoga has caught on with the rest of world.  In Africa, it has taken much longer than the rest of the world but we are slowly creeping up; and this can only be a good thing.

First and Foremost, Yoga is NOT a religion.  It is a philosophy of life, I thought I should lay that to rest.

They are so many types of Yoga however we have complied a list of the most common ones that we know and simplified them.

Prenatal Yoga

This is for pregnant women. It is carefully modified for all stages of the pregnancy, their main aim is to keep/ improve your strength during and after your birth of the child. Excellent way to help with the birth of the child and to stay in shape.

Hatha Yoga

This type of yoga is all mostly physical. It increases your flexibility and your immune system. Hatha means forceful, its main aim is to open the many channels of the body. It refers to postures that align the skin, muscles and bones specifically the spine in order for the energy to move freely.


This is all about poses and adapting to learn on how to do those poses.  Vini means adaptation and differentiation and suitable application .In order to get strong and flexible VINI way is all about warming up the muscles so that you can stretch better without injury.

Vinyasa Yoga

This Yoga was adapted from Ashtanga yoga by gym fanatic westerns to suit athletes and active individuals. It’s highly popular and the poses can vary depending what the instructor is actively into in terms of sports. 

Kundalini Yoga

My personal favourite. It is also known as Laya Yoga.  It’s a spiritual Yoga lying in the base of your spine, it is theorised as coiled up serpent. Kundalini has vibrant breathing technics, physical movements, its highly meditative and chanting of mantras, such as Sat Nam (meaning truth is my identity). The aim is to build physical energy and increase consciousness.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga means eight ( 8) limbs or branches. It is a very physical and athletic way of yoga.

This type of Yoga is practiced in sequential order. It comprises of correct breathing, postures and gazing point. This way the individual is supposed to gain control of their senses and deep awareness with inner self.  To able to achieve this, this means that the individual learns how to control body and mind.


For Book Lovers Everywhere


By the middle of 2018, I realised that I was struggling to read my usual quota of 1 book a month. Life has been hectic is all I can say. But having a book in my hand has always given me a sense of relaxation and fulfilment, allowing me to indulge in my imagination and close out the world for a while. I just wish I could do it much more often, but unfortunately, the world comes back and takes over again, whether we like it or not! However, I remain determined to keep to my aim of reading 1 new book a month.

Below I list the 3 favourite books that I have most enjoyed reading in 2018. I hope to entice you to read at least one of them when the world grants you time.

Last Exit to Brooklyn

By Hubert Selby Jr.

‘Last Exit to Brooklyn’ is a modern classic or, as some people refer to it, as a cult classic. For those who have an open mind, I urge you to read this novel.  In my opinion, it is a masterpiece! It's hellish and obscene in places but it’s worth every turn of the page.

It is set in New York the early 1950s and tells stories of people with extraordinary lives, including prostitution, homosexuality, hoodlums, daily workers, love, affection, abuse in a variety of forms and dysfunctional families in general. It is a multi-coloured kaleidoscope of human life.

Georgette is the transvestite who is in love with Vinnie, a hoodlum; Tralala is the prostitute who degrades herself into the depth of the sea and Harry - the union leader - with Alfa Male traits and who is secretly gay. There are further galleries of characters that cover the entire spectrum of human emotion: happiness, sorrow, fear, violence and compassion.

Be prepared for a roller-coaster of a read, otherwise, you will get the shock of your life. I was turning pages with my mouth open so many times that I just could not fathom so many actions.

Remember it was written in the 1950s, so as life has changed so much in the 5 decades since then, it can seem very disturbing.

In the UK the book was banned and it actually became the subject of an obscenity trial in 1966, but this was overturned the following year with the help of sympathetic scholars and writers. ‘Last Exit to Brooklyn’ has also been made into a movie.

The Woman in cabin 10

By Ruth Ware

‘The Woman in Cabin 10’ is a pulsating read from start to finish. It is about a travel journalist called Lo Blacklock who finally gets a break in her career and is given the opportunity to attend and report on the newly launched and exquisite luxury cruise liner designed for the very rich and famous. The assignment would last for a week. Although luxury is often difficult to define, everything appeared delightful; the guests looked dashing and supremely elegant. All is perfect until one-night Lo witnesses a terrible incident as a woman is thrown overboard. The conundrum is that everyone appeared to be accounted for.

The mystery begins from this point forward. This novel is a classic ‘whodunit’ and it's very gripping. It’s an easy read and it’s a tightly told mystery and murder with plot-driven variety and is packed with suspense until the final page. A real page-turner if ever there was one!

Now I can see the movie since I have read the book! I would strongly recommend reading the book first. Use your powers of deduction to process the information the author provides and see if you can identify the guilty party!

A Tale of Love and Darkness

By Amos Oz

‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ is based on the memories of Amos Oz in his foremost years, growing up as he did in Jerusalem at the end of the British mandate for Palestine, in the years before the Israeli statehood with Arieh. His academic but non-creative father - Ariyeh Klausne - and his dreamy, imaginative mother, Fania Mussman were a Jewish family that moved to Palestine from Europe during the 1930s to escape persecution from the ever-burgeoning monster of Nazism.

Ariyeh remained optimistic about the future while Fania was living her life in daily fear and frustration, being immersed in pessimistic thoughts.  Fania was basically bored, increasingly unhappy with her marriage and was intellectually muted. She had an imaginary mind and transformed that into wonderous tales. She loved to read poetry and explain the meaning of words and language in general to her 10-year-old son Amos. This would become an influence on his writing for the remainder of his life. Independence came and it didn’t bring the fruits of life that his mother craved and she eventually slipped into depression. Amos witnessed the birth of Israel and he had to come to terms with his own new beginning under that regime.

The reason that I choose this book was first because it’s written from the memories of renowned Jewish Author and, secondly, I like to read about Israelis and Palestinians on a human level to try to capture and appreciate a balanced view on both sides of the argument.

I enjoyed this book tremendously, I think because I couldn’t even relate to the circumstances at all, therefore it brought about curiosity and intrigue about the way of life in those days. A good history lesson from a distance. One can only hope that history has eventually learnt its lesson. This book has also been turned into a movie.





Tamarind is a leguminous tree in the family Fabaceae indigenous to tropical Africa. The genus Tamarindus is a monotypic taxon. The Tamarind tree produces pod-like fruit that contains an edible pulp used in cuisines around the world. This is a fruit that is also found in Zambia. We call it Kawawasha (Nyanja) or Musiika (Ila or Tonga) in our local language. It is usually ripe from November to March.


It contains vitamins such as E, C, B and multiple minerals. The complete nutritional value can be determined for per 100 grams of pulp as: calcium 35-170 mg, potassium 375 mg , vitamin A 15 I.U, thiamine 0.16mg, tartaric acid 8-23.8mg, phosphorous 54-110mg,  protein 3.10g, magnesium 92 mg, riboflavin 0.07mg. Its young leaves also contain multiple nutritional benefits. The leaves when young contain 63mg of sulfur and 101 mg of calcium.



Tamarind has the outstanding ability to quickly stabilize blood sugar and one way these wild fruit works is by increasing the size of insulin-producing pancreatic cells thereby ensuring an adequate supply of insulin throughout the body. This super food also contains anti-oxidants known as tannins, they improve the body’s ability to use insulin and protect against oxidative damage to pancreatic cells caused by high blood sugar.


The fibre in Tamarind does wonders to the heart by lowering bad cholesterol, a situation that reduces susceptibility to heart complications. When it comes to managing diabetes sustainably, ensuring good heart health is key. The potassium in the Tamarind also acts as a vasodilator that controls your blood pressure by reducing the stress on the arteries and other vessels.


Tamarind contains a magic nutrient for melting belly fat, hydroxy critic acid (HCA), this acid stops the enzyme that stores fat in the body from doing so. It also suppresses appetite as it increases serotonin neurotransmitter.


Other important nutrients in Tamarind include niacin, calcium, phosphorus, thiamine, and riboflavin and they all work in various ways to regulate blood sugar. Surely, you can beat diabetes.


Constipation and diarrhea can be treated by Tamarind leaves and pulp.


If Tamarind is regularly used it can prevent ulcers. The Tamarind seed extracts contain compounds that inhibit the occurrence of ulcers.


As a part of caring for the skin, it helps reverse the effects of sun damage and it can be ground to be used as an exfoliator. The alpha hydroxyl that is contained in the fruit helps in the prevention of acne as well as spots.


The abundance of anti-oxidants in the Tamarind causes the elimination of cancerous cells, note that cancer is caused by the growth of cells that like to thrive on free radicals.


Tamarind has properties that help prevent asthma attacks and they also help in the fight of colds and flu.


The B complex present in the Tamarind in the form of thiamine is known to improve the nervous system and its functions as well as help in the development of stronger muscles.


Free radicals are fought by the presence of vitamin C and other nutrients present in the Tamarind, thus the availability of many antioxidants, thereby boosting the immune system.



Eye Care

Your eyes are an important part of your Body. Most people rely on their eyes to see and make sense of the world around them. But some eye diseases can lead to vision loss, so it is important to identify and treat eye diseases as early as possible.

You should get your eyes checked as often as your health care provider recommends it, or if you have any new vision problems. Just as it is important to keep your body healthy, you also need to keep your eyes healthy.


There are things you can do to help keep your eyes healthy and to make sure you are seeing at your best. These include:


Your diet should include plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially deep yellow and green leafy vegetables. Eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut can also help your eyes.


Being overweight or having obesity increases your risk of developing diabetes. Having diabetes puts you at higher risk of getting diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma.


Exercise may help to prevent or control diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These diseases can lead to some eye or vision problems. So if you exercise regularly, you can lower your risk of getting eye and vision problems.


Sun exposure can damage your eyes and raise your risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Protect your eyes by using sunglasses that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.


To prevent eye injuries, you need eye protection when playing certain sports, working in jobs such as factory work, construction and doing work on computer or projects in your home.


Smoking increases the risk of developing age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts and can damage the optic nerve.


Some eye diseases are inherited, so it is important to find out whether anyone in your family has had them. This can help you determine if you are at higher risk of developing an eye disease.


As you get older, you are at higher risk of developing age-related eye diseases and conditions. It is important to know your risk factors because you may be able to lower your risk by changing some behaviours:

If you wear contacts, take steps to prevent eye infections. Wash your hands well before you put in or take out your Contact lenses.

Also, follow the instructions on how to properly clean them, and replace them when needed.


If you spend a lot of time using a computer, you can forget to blink your eyes and your eyes can get tired. To reduce eyestrain, try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds.


Everyone needs to have their eyesight tested to check for vision and eye problems. Children usually have vision screening in school or at their health care provider's office during a checkup. Adults may also get vision screenings during their checkups.

But many adults need more than a vision screening. They need a comprehensive eye exam.  Getting comprehensive eye exams is especially important because some eye diseases may not have warning signs and the exams are the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages when they are easier to treat.


A visual acuity test, where you read an eye chart about 20 feet away, to check on how well you see at various distances.

If you have a refractive error and you are going to need glasses or contacts lens, then you will also have a refraction test. When you have this test, you look through a device that has lenses of different strengths to help your eye care professional to figure out which lenses will give you the clearest vision.

At what age you should start getting these exams and how often you need them depends on many factors. They include:


For example, if you are African American, you are at higher risk of glaucoma and Refractive error you need to start getting the exams earlier.


You should get an exam every year. Check with your healthcare provider about if and when you need these exams.

With compliments



Do women have freedom to wear what they want or not in Zambia?

By Nene Soza

I think this topic is dicey. I am for freedom to wear what you want! BUT that doesn’t mean you should walk around with your butt or tits sticking out, No! I mean first it was, universities banning ladies from wearing short clothing, then I saw a headline saying and I quote ‘A certain officer called out a young lady and took her to the station for indecent dress code’. Honestly speaking, I don’t understand isn’t this a free world for all? Or it does not apply to us women when it comes to dressing?


Will  officers manage to pull aside every single person they  see dressing indecent, all races or just us blackies?


What is there definition of indecent?

In my opinion shorts are not indecent, a mini skirt is not indecent, a short dress is not indecent . Showing your butt where you see the actual butt flesh is indecent, in my opinion. People have the freedom to express themselves whether through fashion, art, or music.


The officers should be arresting those who harass the people who are just wearing what they want to wear, that is what they should be doing not the other way round, where is the safety? People should be aware of their basic rights. That lady was not supposed to be taken in at the

police station unless she was exposing her private parts ( as the law says). You just wish that they can concentrate on more serious matters than dress codes.


My two cents on this topic:


The thing is, if you use public transport, you need to be aware that the unlearned or the very conservative people  both men and women, especially women will harass you on the street.  I have no idea why, but they feel as if they have a right to do that to anyone, they are the judge & jury and in way, they are given the power to harass us because they are not the ones getting taken to the police station. Unbelievable! But, If you have your own car, you probably don’t experience it, it won’t apply to you. So, for those taking public transport we all need to be  smart about it, and carry a chitenge with you!

We should not be worrying about such issues not in 2018 ! We do have a long way for women to be really free.

What do you think?


 Signing out- Nene


The Wine Show


Hill Crest, Cabernet Fran, 2016                         De Meye, Turtina 2012              


Neil Joubert, Christine Marie, First Kiss, Fertified Chenin Blanc 2012


The Wine Show

By Nene Soza


Hello Beautiful Readers


This was one of my  best experience so far in exploring the social events in Lusaka. Quite frankly, I was pretty nervous about doing my first blog interview but my nerves were calmed after receiving a warm welcome from the host. I was so ecstatic to be there!

I attended the Lusaka Wine Show hosted by Go Vino at Radisson Hotel last weekend. I had the chance to talk to Ken who is the organiser of the event.

Go Vino is an  importer and distributor company and the owners of the wine show that is held every year in Lusaka. They supply  a range of wines and spirits from different wine estates from the Cape in South Africa. This event brings about 14 wine estates where wine makers come to showcase.

Go Vino is passionate about wines, they love the vineyards and the flavours that come from the Cape Region and they bring these different tastes to share with the Zambian market. This allows people to discover new flavours and tastes as well as an opportunity to have a better understanding on the factors that contribute to the taste and character of the wines. This way, wine lovers can make better choices when it comes to choosing  wines.

The wine show allows people to come and enjoy the possibility for tasting all the different types of wines available. The event brings a culture where people can explore and experience something different. Wine tasting is something that is gradually entering the Zambian market, it’s interesting and has a good potential to grow. Stanbic as one of the sponsors also intend to generate education and exploration of culture though the event.

Go Vino sells to individual wine lovers, hotels, restaurants, and to supermarkets such as Shoprite and PnP.

 A tip for our readers :


For those who are not too familiar with wine tasting.  If you attend a wine show, always start with white wines then move to rose and finally to reds. This is because tannins can build in your mouth, ending a tasting on richer, heavier wines prevents any residual tannins from tainting your impression of a light , more playful wine.

This was a new experience for me and I truly enjoyed myself. The guests at the show had a fabulous time, the age group of the crowd was mixed, between 20-40 years old and a good mix of genders as well. I  had great feedback from all the guests that I spoke to. The wine showcasing were all so attractive and they provided professional service. I was lucky enough to be in the company  of an South African wine expert and we ended up  dancing away to some jazz tunes.

From this experience, I am officially a wine lover, I got into the whole tasting very quickly, my fellow readers, I loved the whole experience, I mingled, had great conversations, many laughs and danced, what else can I ask for ! K125 well spent, if you ask me!  I now want to know my wines better, and it has made me want to be picky with my wines,  although my palette will  just need to mature a little.

The wines that got the best likes from the guest were the following:

  • Hill Crest, Cabernet Fran, 2016
  • Neil Joubert, Christine Marie, First Kiss, Fertified Chenin Blanc 2012
  • De Meye, Turtina 2012


To the wine show organiser, it was superb, and to the readers, I recommend to try out new experience, have fun and be merry, we only have one life, let’s try to live to fullest!


What do you think?


Nene Soza signing out


Top 5 Good Uses for Baby Powder!

By Mutinta Marie



Hey dolls! Its Mutinta here!


I want to talk about one of my favourite products, Johnson's baby powder. I love this product, in my opinion it’s a ‘Must Have’ product that every lady should have in there toiletries.  It can be found at any pharmacy or shopping complex country wide.

Here are some of the reasons why I love Johnson Baby Powder


  1. Decrease grease in your hair


Simple "dry shampoo"! I recommend putting it in the palm of your hands, and then finger combing through your hair, instead of dumping the bottle of baby powder upside down on your head! They always say washing your hair every day is not good, well now, you don't have to! Although I must add it does not work for every hair type, especially for those with very hard kinky hair.


  1. Settling Make-Up


I use baby powder when I want my natural everyday look; you know the look when you go to the market or when you go to have a coffee on your own. I wear a bit of foundation, blush, mascara, and baby powder!  Lightly sprinkle baby powder into the palms of your hands and pat it on your face and smooth it out with a blush brush. This acts as a settler for your make-up!


  1. For socks/shoes/gym bags


Another use for baby powder is to use it to sprinkle some in your shoes and socks and gym bags for a quick refresher and it helps keep odours at bay. Sprinkle some in your slippers or shoes so that when you step out of the shower and slip into slippers the powder helps sooth and smooth your skin.


  1. Thicker lashes


Most women long for those "movie star" lashes, but don't want to deal with false lashes! I read this one online and thought to myself "NO WAY!” But YES, it works! You need an extra lash brush for this "trick", so be prepared! Apply your mascara, then sprinkle some powder in your hand, run a lash brush through it and apply to your still damp lashes. Allow to dry, and then repeat a layer of mascara. Continue this until you have reached your desired thickness.


  1. Freshens mattresses between changing sheets


Next time you change your bedding's, sprinkle baby powder on your mattress! This soaks up odour, freshens the mattress and will actually make your fitted sheet feel cooler and smell nice when you get in your bed.

What do you think?


Signing out Mutinta


Creativity has no limit! Perfumed Lingerie!

By Sandra Leribaux



Masterpiece collaboration between By Kilian, a French fragrance brand and Fleur du Mal, a French luxury brand. The founders Kilian Hennessy and Jennifer Zuccarini have been able to create a phenomenal collection of lingerie that activates perfume with movement and heat.

“There is something intriguing and intimate about fragrances and lingerie that always I wanted to explore Zuccarini says, with this collection we’ve been able to add an element of sensuality that enhances the experience of intimacy “

The premium brand ‘Love, Don’t Be Shy’ Fragrance is released when the wearer moves and warms up.



My first question would be how long does the fragrance last on the lingerie? Does the fragrance wash away once you wash the lingerie?

I am wondering if this would work in Zambia, number one, it’s pretty hot in Zambia, our bodies are constantly warm.

Maybe just wearing the lingerie on a date, let’s say dinner or a movie maybe that can work, right?

Or only wear it for special occasions with a special someone?

The collection was launched in November 2017. It will be interesting to see the feedback on them!

Very interesting concept!


What do you think?



Photo credits: Fleur du Mal



Malaika Firth & Ghost Dream Fragrance

By Sandra Leribaux



She is the new Brand Ambassador for Ghost Dream Fragrance!

Whenever I hear any African born person making it big, I get sooooooooooooooo happy, I say good on them! And thanks for mentioning your Mother AFRICA.

Kenyan born British Model has become the first black model for nearly 20 years to be featured in a PRADA campaign since her predecessor Naomi Campbell.

Ghost dream has been created for the young women who embrace their femininity   and independence.

The fragrance is floral and carries notes of Moroccan Orange which works well with the 100% natural Rose Essential. It also contains Egyptian Jasmine, Violet and including a unique Aqua flora note.


Try it ladies!

We say well done to MALAIKA !

18/ 10/2017

My Daily Beauty Tips Rituals 

By Mutinta Marie



Hi ladies Mutinta here!

As woman, it’s safe to say we all want to feel and look beautiful. Our nightmare as women is finding the right products, routine, balance and time to ensure that we can keep ourselves looking on point! So I decided to share my beauty rituals with you all.



Sleep and Exercise


I don’t play when it comes to my sleep, which is sometimes challenging because I am a night owl but I make sure I have my seven hours of sleep, this is non-negotiable for me. With exercising even 10 minute workouts goes along way, or try some bed time yoga? Don’t underestimate the body’s need for exercise.




I drink a lot of water and I love my teas.  In my tea, I don’t even take sugar. I don’t drink any sugary beverages such as coke, fanta, etc.; I am more of a juice kind of girl. Eliminating sugary drinks helps promote a cleaner immune system, and promotes clearer skin. Alcohol such as beer, wines and spirits have a high content of sugar, and I am sure you all have seen those pot bellies from both men and women. Sugar equals gaining weight! The point here is to be careful of sugary delicious goodies; they normally tend to go in the wrong places on our body, just saying!

Balanced Diet


Just go vegan! You will live long and healthy and you will look young forever, just look at our founding Father KK. If you can go that route, do it! I like food so, very difficult for me to go that route.  I would recommend eating more veggies, less red meat, say bye-bye to that T-bone and more of white meat such as chicken and fish. Try to avoid eating more than necessary, start by drinking a glass or two of water first before eating that will help you not to over eat.


Natural Products for Skin and Hair


These list below are my favorites, also I personally think they are cost effective and pretty easy to find anywhere in Zambia. Just ensure that they are genuine products.

My number one favorite is Shea butter, I just love it! I also use pure vanilla oil; extra virgin coconut oil, Jamaican black castor oil, and Extra virgin olive oil all serve different purposes for your hair and skin.


Makeup Removal Regimen


 Makeup is fun for me. My must have makeup products are concealer, mascara, and lip gloss, can’t live without them, hell no! Removing my makeup before I go to bed is a must, no matter what, and braiding my afro so that it stays tangle-free before I go to bed is also a must.

 I also use Vaseline blue seal for my eyelashes in order for them to grow and I also apply Vaseline around my eye area, I hear it’s a cheaper way to continue looking young, wink wink!


Love Yourself


 It is powerful magic to love who you see in the mirror! Love yourself first. It will bring out the beauty inside and out of you.


Positive Self-Talk


A positive mental attitude is my biggest beauty secret of all. Complement yourself. Being beautiful doesn’t have to bust your budget. Applying any one of these recommendations to your personal health and beauty regimen will guarantee an improvement in how you look and feel.



What do you think?


Men that are groomed!

By Sandra Leribaux


Oh yes! Those men who have that clean look!

You know ladies what I am talking about. Right!


And guys, you know those guys you look at and deep down you are jealously envious on how good they look.

They just look pampered. They look rich and untouchable.

But all what it is; is good old fashion ‘taking care of me attitude’ to be adopted.


Let me share some tips on how to look impeccable at all times. The best thing is to make a habit on doing these tips.


  1. Find a barber – make an appointment for the next hair cut while you are doing your hair. Be proactive and not reactive. People should not notice that you need a haircut! God no!
  2. Use hair products. If you need help with that, then ask the barber or a trusted source. Our suggestion is use Nivea Men for a start.
  3. Scrub your face minimum twice a week, this helps with taking out the dead skin and eventually having that flawless skin.
  4. Your facial hairs that stick out, you know, like your nose hair, or hair sticking out your ears, please just trim them. Please guys.
  5. Take care of your feet, regular pedicure is advised. What is regular, you can do it on a monthly base but every quarter is also just fine. And don’t forget to tip your technician!
  6. Those manicured hands, regular manicure is advised. What is regular, with the hands it’s a bit difficult , if you work with your hands a lot then do it on a monthly base, if you don’t , then we suggest on quarterly base. And don’t forget to tip your technician here too!
  7. Have a signature scent. I cannot express how attractive this is. Just find your scent that speaks to you. Some people do disagree with this last point but personally I think it’s a good thing.


What do you think?


Woman & Beauty

By Sandra Leribaux


We know that women want to be physically attractive and they want to be perceived as such. Individual’s looks are important because it correlates with how they feel about themselves and how they see beauty in themselves and others.


What is being beautiful?


What we have discovered is that being beautiful can be interpreted in so many different ways.

One way is the physical aspect of well-defined features BUT mainly and for the majority it is the result of qualities and circumstances. Such as, being happy, doing activities they enjoy, being kind, displaying dignity and humour, having confidence, having close relationship and being loved. These women who have these attributes look and feel beautiful and they are beautiful.



What do you think?


High Five for the Beauty Bloggers

By Sandra Leribaux



MAC does it again!


MAC is set to launch a set of Lipsticks curated by 10 beauty influencers across the world. With each of the social media star having created their own lipstick collection.


This comes about to reconfirm that using social media is crucial for beauty players. Hence our blog J

Mac has put the bloggers at the fore front and is enabling them to create an authentic links between the brand and its endorsers.

Mac has also followed in the footsteps of L’Oréal Paris, Maybelline and Cover Girl using a male model…… Diversity is important for MAC.

Using male models in make-up might not just work for our Zambian market, not just quite YET but it’s good to know that the brands we love are all about diversity.

We shall keep you informed!



Source: Cosmetic Design


Love is in the air


The day we celebrate love. To all those who are in love,

To those who have love

And to all those looking for love

We wish you a romantic day and


Happy Valentines to ALL ❤️

Kuthuta Yoga @ Plot 5463 Kariba Road, Kalundu Lusaka

Contact details:  +260 96 6728911



Interview with Mima



There are so many types of Yoga in this world.


Kuthuta Yoga is about using the ancient art of yoga to unify our body, mind and spirt, directing our life, Prana or breathe... Kuthuta means to breath’.

Mima believes that she got her yoga influence through her mothers. Her mother used practice Yoga while she was pregnant. We personally think that is a beautiful.

Mima practiced yoga on and off during her years as a young adult although she seriously started as a professional after she finished her training Cape Town from 2007-2009. She specialises in Hatha Yoga.

We asked her a few questions on what the benefits of Yoga and also of the myths of yoga that people wonder about. We also wanted to know her opinion on why she thinks it’s worthwhile for everyone to at least try out one time in their life.

First and foremost Yoga is not a religion. Yoga can be described as a philosophy, a spiritual and a physical practice. Just to make it simple.


 Yoga has only benefits. 


  • The most essential thing she reckons is that yoga releases stress. We all have busy lives and yoga has a way of realising that unneeded stress. And lets your body unwind
  • It keeps you fit and works on both inner and outer side of your body. It helps with your flexibility
  • It balances your hormones
  • It helps you with posture and it helps you sleep better and more
  • Your blood pressure goes down and it helps with back ace
  • It helps your mind open and increases your awareness


She says there is a whole list of fantastic advantages and all that you need is patience and time. In the end it’s your body and your body is your vessel for everything so better treat it right always.


It’s a beautiful and self-nurturing practice you can do for your body soul and mind. Mima’s clientele come from all walks of life from cooperate women to nuns.



Come over and try it!

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