As we wave goodbye to 2016, it’s time relook everything we’ve loved about the year and to prepare ourselves for what’s to come in 2017. Forget those New Year’s resolutions – we have 17 steps to happiness in our January/February issue.

Michelangelo Di Battista

Michelangelo Di Battista

1.Stay proud

If you’re lucky enough to be heading over the borders on an annual getaway, don’t forget to take a piece of South Africa with you. Why not a local designer’s piece? Our fashion director, Kelly Fung, takes our designers abroad and shoots them in the streets of Paris.

2.Fall in love

Rex Features

Rex Features

Filled with all the grace and support that any power couple needs, it’s not difficult to see why the Obamas are our #relationshipgoals. From their once-upon-a-time in 1993 to their last year in the White House, we steal tips from their love story.

3.Be your own stylist

The Kardashian and Jenner sisters have a secret to staying stylish: her name is Monica Rose. We get to know the celebrity a little better in this issue. Because not all of us have a personal stylist at hand, our Jan/Feb issue is packed with affordable fashion items you can shop now.

Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect:

Purse R999 Mimco

Purse R999 Mimco

Skirt R529 Zara

Skirt R529 Zara

4.Explore a different you

A new year is the perfect opportunity to try out fresh looks, and this year, we recommend going grunge. Loosen your hair, smudge your eyeliner and rebel against all things ordinary. Turn to page 17 for Trend Decoded.

5.Chill out

We have you covered whether a night on the couch or a day lazing in the sun is what you need. Turn to p110 for the movies, series, books, music and new restaurants to look out for this holiday season.

6.Get lucky

It’s easy, too. In this month’s Marie Claire, you could stand a chance of winning a queen-sized bed set worth R10 299, or a spa voucher to the value of a more-than-lucky R4 000.

7.Save money

Justin Fox takes on one of the most romantic European cities with his partner, and they show us how love can flourish on local produce and water – that’s if you’re in Venice.

Justin Fox

Justin Fox

From shopping at the local markets and exploring without the unnecessary extras, we show you how to enjoy Venice on a rand budget.

8.Stay a step ahead

Be prepared for what’s to come in 2017 with our Horoscope special. But even if it’s not written in the stars, you can make anything happen!

9.Push your boundaries

Valentina Nicol

The Kapongo family | Photograph by Valentina Nicol

Not everything good occurs naturally; sometimes you need to decide what you want and make it happen. Our Real Lives feature explores three situations of surrogacy, and the determination to love behind each story.

10.Be brave

Take inspiration from Nujeen Mustafa, who travelled more than 5 000km from Syria to Germany. What’s more impressive? The 15-year-old completed her journey in a wheelchair. Read her inspirational story that took her from devastating conditions, away from her parents, and to safety in another country.

11.Plot your own success

When compiling your career goals for the upcoming year, borrow a tip or two from one of South Africa’s many successful women. Turn to page 30 for the all-you-need guide to a top career.

12.Stay in contact with a good friend

Michelangelo Di Battista

Michelangelo Di Battista

Even if that means rewatching old episodes and imaging your sitting on that Central Perk couch. Alternatively, you can get to know Jennifer Aniston a little better – from her piece in The Huffington Post to being the mother of three dogs.

13.Always wear your best underwear

And we have tons of options in our lingerie edit. Go from the gym to a night out in a skin-tight LBD with our choice of 35 sets and single pieces of lingerie for every occasion.

14.Make every day a good hair day

Supplied by MoroccanOil

Supplied by MoroccanOil

We have the hair looks that will make you feel comfortable from root to tip. Whether you’re revisiting your childhood with a good-girl ponytail or going natural with slept-in waves, we’ve got the how-to for a good hair year.

15.Get lost in adventures

Katinka Bester/Hero Creative Management

Katinka Bester/Hero Creative Management

Our Fashion Main 1 takes us into the forests of Cape Town for a refreshing take on the season’s fashion. Explore the summer days with soft, breezy fabrics.

16.Relax, revitalise, repeat

When the going gets tough, pack your bags and head out on a spa retreat! The Marie Claire team decided to detox after our many deadlines with a spa treatment  – and we’ve got you covered from the Western Cape to the North West.

TIP: We suggest trying all of the above.

17.Stay youthful

An iconic brand like Chanel might seem synonymous to mature, successful women… But Karl Lagerfeld has redirected the consumer current to include millennials without skimping on class.