Say hi to terry and take a teddy bear’s advice


Say hi to terry and take a teddy bear’s advice

The Fomolistas also update you on 2024's buzzwords, art on Instagram, improbable places and a bitter treat.

  • 14 June 2024
  • Lifestyle
  • 5 min to read
  • article 12 of 15

What you want to know this week

Buzzwords for 2024 

  • Slow fashion as opposed to fast fashion (mass-produced inexpensive clothing)
  • Vegan brown is a new way to describe a specific mid-brown tone
  • Gender apartheid — social sexual discrimination
  • GOAT — an acronym for greatest of all time
  • Soda — a pushover
  • Polycrisis — a time of simultaneous disagreement, confusion and suffering with wide effects
  • Nanotechnology is the branch of science and engineering devoted to designing devices and systems by manipulating atoms and molecules. For example, nanotechnology has developed fabrics that don’t stain or wrinkle and lighter and more durable materials for motorcycle helmets and sports equipment.

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1. Do you have a small kitchen and no dishwasher? Then this dish drying rack that fits over your sink is a fantastic find — it's 85 cm wide, is made of stainless steel and is rust-free. The water drains directly into the sink. Currently available at a huge discount of almost 60% at Takealot (R499).

2. The Fomolistas love stripes, such as this striped fitted sheet and pillowcases from Mr Price Home. In cuddly flannel material. Perfect for winter. R289 for a double queen size.

3. Dr Teal's products are a firm favourite. We especially love the Epsom salt bath soak and fizzy balls. The lavender “soothing & sleep" is a classic, but we also rate the “therapeutic soak", which helps to ease aches and pains. From R89 at Dis-Chem.

If you like art...

Laureen's favourite art platforms on Instagram:

#1 @louisianachannel
#2 @artnet
#3 @artunderthebed
#5 @artafrica_mag
#6 @painting_hq
#7 @icantaffordthisbutmaybeshecan
#8 @Drawing_is_free

And then, these exercises to stimulate your creativity when you're bored on a plane or in a waiting room:

Terry towelling is a thing

Terry cloth, terry cotton, terry towelling, terry towel, Turkish towelling or simply “towelling" is a fabric woven with many protruding loops of thread which can absorb large amounts of water. We're starting to pick up a 1970s terry cloth vibe in fashion and are here for it! (Anneliese fell in love with a bright green terry hat in Italy and had to restrain herself from buying a jaunty striped terry cloth handbag made of the same material). Watch this space. By summer, terry will be everybody's new best friend.

Love books

Now and then, a book comes along that enchants us completely. Atlas of Improbable Places by Travis Elborough is such a book.

Go in search of the obscure and bizarre, the beautiful and estranged, taking in the defiant relics of ancient cities such as Ani, a once thriving metropolis lost to conquered lands, and the church tower of San Juan Parangaricutiro, which miraculously stands as the sole survivor of a town buried beneath volcanic ash and lava.

Travel through the labyrinths of Berlin and Beijing — underground realms dug for refuge, espionage and even, as with Canada's Moose Jaw, used as a playground by gangsters trading liquor and money over cards. And don't forget the freaks and wonders of nature's unusual masterpieces: the magical underground river shaped like a dragon's mouth in the Philippines and the floating world of Palmerston, a coral atoll in the Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

We also loved one of Elborough's other books, Atlas of Forgotten Places: Journeys to Abandoned and Deserted Destinations Around the Globe.

Both are available from Takealot for about R250.

Fans of bitter

The Fomolistas love bitter (hello, Campari!). And we love non-alcoholic drinks that don't taste like cooldrinks. This drink ticks all the boxes. Seriously sophisticated, grown-up and delicious. But you must be a fan of bitter.

From Epicurious magazine. 

Combine one part each of freshly squeezed lemon juice and lime juice with two parts 1:1 simple syrup to form the sour base of the drink. You’ll add chilled soda and a few dashes of bitters to that. Some recipes call for the glass to be coated with the bitters before adding the ice and other ingredients, producing a pleasantly rust-coloured cooler. However, if you’re a geek for presentation, you can float the bitters over the lemon-lime soda to create a sunset-like ombré effect.

They say

Modern reflexology is based on the principle that the foot has reflex points that correspond to structures and organs throughout the body. It is said that reflexology can assist in detecting health issues in certain organs.

Watch this video clip for a brilliant depiction of the organs as reflected in your foot.

We’re not making this up

Pineapple peels are recycled to make sneakers.

Did you know?

  • Tomatoes are not a vegetable but a fruit.
  • A fig is not a fruit. Have you ever seen blossoms on a fig tree?
  • When bananas turn brown, they contain higher levels of antioxidants, which strengthen our immune system and increase white cell count.

Last word(s)

Quote of the week

10 Winnie-the-Pooh quotes

This classic children's story weaves the anguish and struggles endured by author AA Milne, a World War 1 veteran, into the digestible form of these loveable and endearing characters. Over the years, it's been theorised that the stories of Winnie-the-Pooh were written as a father's way of explaining his post-traumatic stress to his child.

#1 “The most important thing is, even when we're apart … I'll always be with you."

#2 “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, “what's the first thing you say to yourself?" “What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?" “I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It's the same thing," he said.

#3 “I did mean a little larger small helping."

#4 “Any day spent with you is my favourite day."

#5 “I wonder how many wishes a star can give."

#6 “You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."

#7 “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” 

#8 “Time for something sweet.” 

#9 “I'm never afraid with you.”

#10 “What’s wrong with knowing what you know now and not knowing what you don’t know until later?”

Video of the week

The story of Little Red Riding Hood taking her grandmother cake and wine:

bly snaaks 😂🤣😂

Posted by Alles wat mal is on Sunday, May 5, 2024

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