One of my favourite things about Marie Claire is the insane mixture of content we publish every day: from the latest celebrity news or outrageous Instagram trends, to the very serious breaking news affecting women. Sometimes it’s heavy – we write a lot about sexual violence, as it’s a constant threat in our audience’s daily lives. Sometimes it’s light and makes me laugh out loud. Being a woman can be exhausting, and it’s important to celebrate the beautiful things about being alive. Here are some of my favourite stories written by our team in the last month – prepare to laugh, cry, and relate.

1. These are the royal pregnancy rules Meghan Markle will have to follow

Being a Duchess can make your life very complicated. Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle’s pregnancy will be guided by these rules – who knew!

Read it here.

2. For busty girls: a local guide to finding affordable and supportive bras

As someone who has worn an E-cup bra since Grade 11, Ayanda Radebe is very aware of the never-ending struggle of living in the body of a busty woman. Here she relays the struggle in totally relatable, while providing a nifty guide to finding the right bras.

Read it here. 

3. What this gynae wants South African women to know about cervical cancer

We asked gynaecologist Dr Sebolelo Mojaki to share what she wishes she could tell all South African women this Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Every woman should read this!

Read it here.

4. Five bougie facials that you and your skin deserve 

Because it’s just been payday, and because beauty writer Helen Wallace definitely know what’s up.

Read it here. 

5. Five ways freelancing can be terrible for your mental health 

If you’ve never freelanced, you’ve probably fantasised about it as a solution to many of your work frustrations. If you have, you’ll know just how tough it can be. Mia Arderne talks you through it with unflinching honesty and humour. Sweatpants anyone?

Read it here.

6. Ncumisa’s little black book of beauty 

Summer is here! But what are the right products to buy for your hair and skin? As someone extremely indecisive, I take the advice of our beauty team as the gospel truth. Beauty editor Ncumisa Makhonjwa tells us her favourite products for the new season.

Read it here. 

7. When disability  fades in the water: 3 women who surf in spite of the odds

Having hope is so important. This is one of the most beautiful, inspiring stories I’ve published al year. Roxy Davis explains what adaptive surfing is, and talks to three women who never thought they’d get in the water because of their disabilities. This is a snippet from one of the testimonies:

‘I am Elsje Neethling. It’s amazing what your broken pieces can do if you give them a chance. I have survived terminal brain cancer and being an incomplete spinal patient for the past four years. Not being able to walk didn’t bother me as much as the notion that I might never be able to swim in the sea.’

Read it here.