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Behind the scenes with Comfort Cover Stars second runner-up, Natasha Kistan!

With her beautiful curly hair, baby Neha instantly stole our hearts when she arrived with mom, Natasha, for their photoshoot.

Here are 10 of our favourite Behind the scenes snaps from their big day:

Ed Sonya Naude with Neha

Living & Loving Editor, Sonya with little Neha.

Breakfast is served

Breakfast is served.

Natasha getting make-up done

Hair & make-up artist, Tamzin Reynolds gets Natasha camera ready.

But I don't want to get dressed

But, I don’t want to get dressed yet!

Daddy takes little Neha for a walk

Daddy takes his favourite girl for a walk.

Lights, camera, action

Lights, camera, action!

No, it's playtime

No! It’s playtime now!

These macaroons are to die for

These Macaroons are to die for! Yummy!

The Team behind the scenes

The team who made the day possible with Natasha and her family.

It's a wrap

It’s a wrap!

Read more about Natasha and gorgeous little Neha’s special day in our December issue, on shelves now!


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Behind the scenes with Comfort Cover Stars Runner-up, Chandra Frade!

Chandra Frade and little Zachariah stole our hearts from the minute they arrived at their photoshoot. Cute Zachariah had the entire team wrapped around his finger in no time at all.

Here are some of our favourite Behind the Scenes snaps from the day:

Leoni from Comfort hands over Chandra and Zacharia's hamper

Leoni from Comfort greets Chandra and little Zachariah on arrival.

Look at this amazing breakfast spread

Look at this amazing breakfast spread! Yummy!

Tamzin gets Chandra camera ready

Hair and make-up artist, Tamzin Reynolds, gets Chandra camera ready.

Let's play ballZachariah entertains the team while mommy’s in hair and make-up.


Peek-a-boo! I see you!

Stylist Mandie Varrie makes sure Chandra looks perfect for the camera

Stylist, Mandie Varrie, makes sure Chandra looks picture-perfect for the camera.

Lights, camera, action

Lights, camera, action!

No, it's playtime now

No, it’s playtime now!

It's a wrap

It’s a wrap! Congratulations Chandra and Zachariah! You are both gorgeous!

Read more about Chandra and Zachariah’s shoot in our December issue, on shelves now.

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Behind the scenes with our Comfort Cover Stars Winner!

From the minute Alicia Mathiga and baby Rorisang set foot in the studio in Fourways on the day of their professional photo shoot, we fell in love with this gorgeous mom and her baby. So did our judges. Alicia and Rorisang where voted our Comfort Cover Stars Winners and are gracing the cover of our December issue, currently on shelves.

Here are 21 of our favourite Behind the scenes snaps from their photo shoot:

Little Rori in her strollerLittle Rorisang arrives at the shoot looking stylish in her stroller.

Mom and daughter relax before their busy day start

Mom and daughter spend a quiet moment together before their busy day starts.

Catering beautiful

Breakfast is served! Everyone needed a bite before the busy day began!

The catering was a feast for the eye - from the yummy snacks to the beautiful presentation

Both the décor and the yummy treats where a feast for the eyes!

These cupcakes are addictive

These cupcakes are incredibly moreish!

Alicia gets her make-up done

Make-up artist, Tamzin Reynolds, gets Alicia camera-ready for her big moment.

Kenneth and his little girl spend some quality time together

Daddy, Kenneth, babysits while mommy has her make-up done.

Snack time

It’s snack time!

Our Ed Sonya Naude and Alicia

Our Editor, Sonya Naude, with Alicia.

Stylist Mandy Varrie makes sure Alicia is looking perfect

Stylist, Mandy Varrie, makes sure that Alicia looks perfect for the camera.

Wardrobe change for little Rori

Wardrobe change for little Rori.

Little Rori takes a break

Nope, no cameras please. I just want to chill here for a bit.

Photographer Cindy does everything in her power to get a smile from Rori

Photographer, Cindy Ellis, pulls out all the stops to get a smile out of little Rori.

Rori's turn for a touch-up

Yes, I need a  touch-up please.

The Living & Loving team with little Rorisang

Stylist Mandy Varrie, our Ed Sonya Naude and Art Director Geoff Maher with the star of the day.

We adore this outfit

We just adore this outfit little Rori is wearing.

bottle time

All this smiling is making me hungry!

Just chilling

Just chilling!

It's tickle time

It’s tickle time!

Let's phone someone

Just a minute please, I need to make a phone call first.

It's a wrap!

It’s a wrap!


Get your December issue on shelves now!

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Behind the scenes at our November beach kiddies fashion shoot!

We recently shot our beautiful November beach kiddies’ fashion on location at Vic Bay in George. The team had a blast!

Here’s 20 of our favourite ‘behind the scenes’ snaps from the day.


Stylist Mandy Varrie (left) and photographer Cindy Ellis (right) strike a pose before the madness begins.


The little ones get to know each other a little better before the fun starts.


Stylist Mandy Varrie gets our little models camera-ready.


Time to put on some super-cool shorts!


Mandy makes sure our little star is properly dressed and ready to ‘surf’.


Ooh aah … gorgeous eyes!


Yes, and the shark was this big!


Time to strike a pose for the camera!


The little ones get some playtime in on the beach!


Skater boy!


Mom is on hair duty!


This little guy is having tons of fun!


No, it’s mine!


The water’s too cold!


Our models have some fun in the water.


Lets build a sand castle.


Going to catch myself a big fish with this net.


No … no more pants for today!


But mom! I want to play now!


Get your November issue, on shelves now! Our stunning cover was also shot on location at Vic Bay in George.

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Behind the scenes at our October kiddies fashion shoot

We had a ball shooting our carnival-inspired kiddies fashion at The Lifestyle Play Ride Centre and Entertainment Park  in Randburg.  Here are some of our favourite ‘Behind the scenes’ snaps of the day.

1 Ticket please sir

One ticket please!

All aboard

All aboard!


Wait for me!


Popcorn – nom, nom, nom!


We just adore this outfit!


Ok, I don’t want anymore popcorn!


But maybe I’ll just pick it up quickly.


We love this sassy pose!


Are we done yet?


Time for my break!


We just adore this pic!   Fashion_Carnival-54

Our little models had a ball while shooting the fashion spread!


Stylist Mandy Varrie gets everything in place for the final shot.


How adorable is this skirt? And we love the hat!


This is one of our favourite pics of the day!


Say cheese!


But I don’t want the balloons!

We love her sassy attitude

It’s a wrap!


See the full fashion spread in our October issue, on shelves now!

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Behind the scenes at the Living & Loving September Fashion shoot

We had so much fun shooting our enchanting spring kiddies fashion spread for our September issue, on shelves now, at Morrells Boutique Estate in Northcliff, Joburg.

Here are 10 of our favourite Behind the Scenes snaps from the day:

Living & Loving Spring kiddies fashion

Mommy gets her little princess camera ready.

Living & Loving kiddies fashion

We just adore this cute outfit!

Living & Loving kiddies fashion

The little girl looks really upset, maybe about sharing the limelight and the little boy looks like he just did something very naughty! Too cute.

Living & Loving kiddies fashion

A tea party for two.

Living & Loving kiddies fashion

But I don’t want to play with the bunny!

Living & Loving kiddies fashion

How adorable is this little man in his suit and tie?

Living & Loving kiddies fashion

Eeeek we’re going to be in Living and Loving magazine…

Living & Loving kiddies fashion

But mom, I don’t want to play this game anymore.

Living & Loving kiddies fashion shoot

Stylist, Mandy Varrie poses with one of the cute little models of the day!

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Oh man look at that face – too adorable! But he doesn’t look like a happy chappy!

September cover

Check out our beautiful spring fashion shoot in our September issue, on shelves now!



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Behind the scenes at our August mommy make-overs

In our August issue, on shelves now, we gave three mommies a make-over to show you what a difference a hair cut and a new outfit can make to a pregnant or busy mom’s life.

Here are some snaps of what went on Behind the scenes at Tanaz Hair, Body & Nails in Johannesburg:

Tamsyn Zoghby

Tamsyn Zoghby, 27, is mom to Adam, 5 months. She looks gorgeous after her make-over. See our August issue for her before picture and find out how to get her look.

Tamsyn gets her hair done

The team at Tanaz are hard at work to create the perfect look for Tamsyn.

Lauren Fischer

Lauren Fischer, 28, is pregnant with twins. Her new shorter hair style with the richer colour frames her face beautifully. Find out how to get her look in our August issue.

Lauren getting hair cutLauren says farewell to her longer locks in favour of a new shorter style.

Lauren make-up 2

Samantha Westlake, make-up artist from Dr. Hauschka smudged black liner onto Lauren’t upper and lower lash lines to give her a new, fresh look. 

Tintswalo Nsibande

Tintswalo Nsibande, 27, is mom to Israel, 22 months old. Look how she’s glowing after this pamper session.

Tintswalo getting ready for her make-over

Tintswalo gets ready for her new hair-do.

Tinnie's hair

We love her new trendy Mohawk. Find out how to get her look in our August issue, on shelves now. 

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Behind the scenes with singer-songwriter Leanne Dlamini

Award-winning singer, LeAnne Dlamini and her eight-month-old daughter, Zaya Rose recently spent a day in our studios, shooting our beautiful August cover. Here are some of our favourite Behind the Scenes snaps of the day:

Zaya Rose takes a nap before all the hard work begins

Little Zaya Rose takes a nap before the hard work begins.

I'm awake!

I’m awake! Let the games begin.

LeAnne getting make-up done

Make-up artist, Tamzin Reynolds gets LeAnne camera ready!

Some mom and daughter bonding time

Mom and daughter have a special moment together.


Aren’t they gorgeous?

Photographer Cyndy Ellis in action

Photographer Cindy Ellis gets down and dirty to get the perfect shot.


Okay, time for a break!


We just love Zaya Rose’s outfit in this photo!

We love this shot!

Picture perfect!


It’s a wrap!


Get your August issue on shelves from Monday, 21 July!

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Get the July cover star’s look!

Model mom, Hazel Joubert and her gorgeous son, Josh are our July cover stars! Stylist Robynn Farrell shows us how to create their cover look.


Robynn says  she chose two of the hottest colours of the season – navy and orange – for Hazel and Josh. For Josh, she started with one of her favourite brands, Cotton On: “Their range is fun and always on point for a future fashionista! My favourite look for Josh was a navy and orange check shirt, paired with the tiniest pair of skinny jeans you’ve ever seen and a pair of retro sneakers.”

Hazel and Josh Cover Look

For his second look, Robynn selected a light-grey hooded jersey, a fine-striped T-shirt and white and navy printed leggings. She went tonal for his third look: A light grey printed tee worn underneath a grey shirt and light grey washed jeans.

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Robynn created an effortless seasonal look for Hazel, focusing on soft, feminine silhouettes which are comfortable and functional for a mom, whilst still  on trend. A navy wrap dress was given some bling with orange and gold accessories from Lovisa, while a white chiffon shirt from Poetry, teamed with high-waisted jeans from Cotton On and an Accessorize pendant made for a romantic look. Finally, Poetry’s teal winter knit was teamed with a black midi skirt from Country Road (“a must have for this season”) and more jewellery from Lovisa. “When shopping and styling, I try to look for key pieces that are not only trendy, but  versatile too. It’s important to look for quality items which can be worn in many different ways, for more than one season.”


To complement Hazel’s style, make-up artist Amber Caplan created a look that was natural and warm – perfect for winter. A skin illuminator was used under Hazel’s foundation to add a healthy glow to her skin. Next, a warm matte eyeshadow was applied to create a natural contour on the eye. “I added a few individual lashes on the corner of each eye to give some emphasis for the camera, then finished the look with a nude lipstick with a pink tone.”

Read Hazel and Josh’s story in our July issue, on shelves now!

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Behind the Scenes at the June Farm Yard Winter Warmers Fashion Shoot

Have you seen the beautiful winter kiddies fashion spread in our June issue? Here’s a peek at what happened behind the scenes.

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Nomnom – it’s delicious. Come a little closer for a taste. We just love this photograph!

Is it time for another wardrobe change yet

Is it time for another wardrobe change yet?

Wardrobe change

The horses are much more important than a shoe change!

It's snack time now

Snack time!

Let's go for a tractor ride

Let’s go for a tractor ride!

Ok, pose with the horsy

When is it my turn for hair and make-up?

Get ready to strike a pose

Say cheese!

Check out the beautiful final photos in our June issue, on shelves now!


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