Glam it Up

Best Accessory shop: Lovisa

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

Best barber: Legends Barber Shop

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

Best beauty Mecca: Sorbet and best nail bar: Sorbet

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

Best clothing store for her: Pick n Pay Clothing

Feminine dresses, sharp workwear, jumpsuits in prints that are simply gorgeous…Pick n Pay Clothing never fails to impress with clothes that suit our every mood. We love the large selection of locally made garments, and the regular collabs with fantastic designers. And we wouldn’t go anywhere else for swimwear or PJs. – www.picknpayclothing.co.za

Best clothing store for him: Markham

We doubt that you’ll find a greater range anywhere else! Markham has to be the complete outfitter: aside from suits that would earn you instant style icon status and casual basics, you’ll also find anything you might need to complete your look here: belts, cufflinks, rings, lapel pins, bags, beanies and more… – www.bash.com/markham

Best dog grooming parlour: Ultimate Pet Care

If ever you’ve tried to coax a reluctant doggo into your car, you’ll understand just how valuable it is to have a caring groomer who’s able to come to you, whenever it suits. Ultimate Pet Care offers the whole service – bath, dry, brush, cut, nails, ears and teeth – plus, you can buy their gorgeously scented pet products online, too. – www.ultimatepetcare.co.za

Best fashionable boutique: Forever New

Since bursting onto the local fashion scene 10 years ago, this Australian brand has delighted us with the freshest, most feminine looks. Forever New gets the thumbs up for dresses that are just right for any occasion (you might even find your perfect bridesmaid’s dress here), playful sets and great jeans. – www.forevernew.co.za

Best hair salon: The Bleach Bowl Hair Studio

Highlights, ombre, balayage, protein treatments, cuts for kids and guys…The Bleach Bowl Studio does it all, in a vibey studio with a team renowned for their friendliness, creativity and great service. They also offer a range of beauty services, including a permanent makeup and nail bar. – www.thebleachbowl.co.za, Bonaeropark Shopping Centre, Bonaeropark, 011 972 7040

Best IV Bar: The IV Bar

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

Best jewellery store: American Swiss

Engagement rings that will take her breath away, personalised name necklaces, charm bracelets, statement watches, simple studs and glamorous chandelier earrings… you’ll find all the beautiful bling you could wish for at American Swiss, from pieces that speak to current trends to lasting keepsakes. – www.bash.com/american-swiss

Best makeup artist: Makeup and hair by Mrs Rothers

Zina Rotherham just loves being part of someone’s special occasion – and it shows in the care she invests in making up faces. Each of her brides and mothers-to-be simply glows, as do the girls on their way to the matric dance. Simply stunning! – https://www.facebook.com/MrsRothersMUA/, 082 450 7023

Best photographer: Calendar Events Photography

Anthea van Wyk admits that although she loves photography of all types, she has a special passion for capturing the special moments of childhood, and she works hard to capture the unique essence of each of her little sitters. However, she’s equally adept at family portraits, cake smash sessions, maternity photography, weddings, and newborn photography – in short, walking your family’s journey alongside you. – www.calendareventsphotography.co.za, 076 279 5795

Best place to buy beauty products: Dischem

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

Best shoe shop: Shoe City

Shoe City’s philosophy can be summed up in three words: stylish, comfortable and durable. This is the shop to visit if you’re looking for a pair of school shoes, boys’ rain boots, look-at-me heels, sneakers or anything else – plus, you can fill up your sock drawer here, too, as Shoe City’s large accessory range includes everything from anklets to character socks, as well as laces and polish. – www.shoecity.co.za

Best Show Them Off Undies: Bras n Things

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

Best tattoo parlour: Outcast Tattoos 818

Each of the highly skilled artists at Outcast Tattoos 818 is completely obsessed with their craft: for them, tattooing is as much about creating a work of beauty that will transform their clients’ lives just as much as it is about expressing their own creativity. The studio specialises in neo traditional, Japanese, black and grey realism, and colour, and each tattoo is a masterpiece. – www.outcasttattoos.co.za, 064 918 010