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2013-07-26 11:00

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Hibernating for the weekend? All you need is a laptop, a 3G stick and some money in your bank account, says TV personality Jeannie D. 

She’s known for her infectious giggle, her easy charm and her smouldering glamour – and Jeannie D says she loves the finer things in life too.

As a popular Top Billing presenter, she’s no stranger to first-class flights, six-star hotels, gourmet meals, front-row seats and A-list treatment. She’s also the first to admit that she recognises and appreciates true quality.

‘When I bought my first home, I didn’t own any furniture for ages because I didn’t want to buy a lot of alright-for-now pieces,’ she says. ‘I’ve been brought up to do without, until you can have the best.’

This isn’t to say the Cape Town-based presenter is a fan of excess. Although she pleads guilty to indulging in a minor shoe obsession, she says she hates waste – and is an avid recycler.

‘I’m a farmer’s granddaughter,’ she laughs. ‘I’m all about giving back to the planet.’ Jeannie adds that she was raised to appreciate the value of money.

‘I was taught to look after my stuff, and I was encouraged to be independent from a very early age. As a student at the National School of the Arts in Joburg, if I wanted to buy something, it was up to me to earn the money to make it happen. My family was very focused on the idea that you should work hard – but that it was also wonderful to reward yourself with something special. Even these days, I’m still a firm believer that cash is king – and that if you have to ask the price of something, you probably can’t afford it.’

Jeannie says that for her, luxe means authentic quality.

‘I would rather own one beautifully crafted, well-considered piece of art or jewellery than a raft of badly thought-out pieces.’

Unsurprisingly for someone as busy as she is, online shopping is almost second nature to her.

‘I’m lucky because I’m familiar with a lot of international brands and to avoid delivery costs, I make a point of ordering online from my favourite outlets when I’m overseas,’ she says.

‘I’ve shopped enough to know what sizes and styles suit me – so I don’t feel I’m missing out by not touching the fabric or trying on styles before buying.’ Best of all, everything is delivered to her hotel and time saved on schlepping around big international cities is key. ‘My schedule is always super-busy when I’m working, so every minute counts.’

As a devoted godmother to several children, Jeannie is also enormously grateful for the convenience that online toy shopping affords.

No need to scour empty shelves for popular kids’ gadgets and games that have already sold out. ‘And I’d even consider buying art online – but only if I’m familiar with the artist’s work.’

Despite the ease with which the bubbly celebrity is known to purchase with the click of a mouse, she says she is still pleasantly surprised every time her orders are delivered.

‘I bought a beautiful pair of Hunter Boots from Style36.co.za the other day and I was so excited when the box arrived. It was so beautifully wrapped, it was like getting a present from myself. I guess in that sense, ordering online is still a novelty.’

Jeannie says that like most people, she used to be very wary of ordering stuff over the net.

‘At first, I wasn’t keen to share my credit card details on the world wide web. It was like an unknown world out there.’ Cue the new man in her life, Brennan Wright, CEO of Diggit.co.za, an online student community hub.

‘He’s a complete online genius, a real web nerd,’ she says happily.

‘He taught me a whole bunch of stuff about PayPal and which sites are considered unsafe. I’ve always been au fait with basic stuff like Skype and Twitter and Facebook – I’m a Google freak and a social media junkie, I have to be in my line of work – but when it comes to more technical aspects of the internet, Brennan has really taught me a lot.’

The challenge

For Jeannie to order everything she needs for a perfect winter Sunday indoors. After all, with online shopping, there’s no need to leave the house.

The response

‘Firstly, even if it were snowing outside, I would never stay in bed if I had work commitments. It’s amazing how badly prepared South Africans are for the cold. We don’t have double-glazing or central heating or anything. But I make a point of getting things done, no matter what the weather is doing.

In fact, it would be really unusual for Brennan and I not to leave the house all day. Even if we were taking things easy, we’d make a point of going out for a nice meal somewhere with a fire. We are both avid foodies – and we love socialising.

I guess if we were snow-bound, the first thing both of us would do would be to order some delicious, healthy, wheat-free ingredients so we could make a yummy meal to start the day. That’s one of the many interests we have in common – having fun creating really amazing, healthy dishes in the kitchen. (www.woolworths.co.za)

Although I’m not a big caffeine fan, Brennan likes a jolt of java so we’d no doubt have to order a Nespresso machine (www.yuppiechef.co.za). While we’re at it, we might as well order a juicer so we can whizz up some amazing smoothies. Why ever not?

No winter’s day indoors would be complete without luxurious bedding and blankets. Of course, I’m a complete stickler for 1 million thread count cotton sheets and good-quality mohair blankets.

I’ve also recently discovered the most amazing anti-ageing silk and satin pillow slips which are fantastic for preventing wrinkles. Every woman should have one! My duvet would need to be made from something like Canadian goose down.

I can’t bear overheating when I’m sleeping – and a quality duvet means a good night’s rest.

Best of all, a Sunday indoors would mean time to indulge in reading, watching travel documentares and listening to music.

I devour autobiographies as a rule, I love knowing more about famous people – and Brennan and I also love reading anything to do with conspiracy theories. We also use Netflix a lot to download the very latest tunes. I’m sure I was the first person in South Africa to have the last Daft Punk single – and JZ’s new album too!

And then of course, any hibernator worth her bath salts would order a pamper pack with fragrances, soaps and lotions. With all these goodies being delivered to my door, I guess we really wouldn’t need to leave the house!’

Quick fixes

Yuppiechef.co.za - Free delivery. If you’re unhappy with an (unused) purchase, they collect within 14 days at their expense and refund you.

Style36.co.za - Same day free delivery in Cape Town. Delivery within three days after shipping for major hubs. Free returns.

Spree.co.za - Large selection of fashion curated by magazine editors. Free delivery in South Africa. Credit card or EFT payments.

Woolworths.co.za - Orders are delivered within three to five days. Credit cards, Woolworths cards and vouchers are accepted. You can also place your order by phone or email.

Sleepinme.com - Specialises in sleepwear. Free shipping to selected cities and towns. Other products like sleep socks or gloves also available.

Mohairmillshop.com - Credit card or EFT payments on a range of mohair products.

Hellopretty.co.za - An online market for independent creators of handmade products.

Grannygoose.com - Free delivery for orders over R500.

Kalahari.com - Next-day delivery on some products if ordered before midday.

Tips for online shopping

•If the website URL changes from http:// to https:// when you input your details, you know it is a secure space. There will also be a little lock icon in the address field.

• Know the returns policy.

• Order in time. If you need your items by a particular date, check the site’s delivery policy. Some outlets also charge a fee if goods are delivered outside of a major hub.

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