As a baby, Josephine Fairley loved to create her own natural, home-made skincare; as an adult, she would go on to have a stellar career as a beauty editor in a world of high-tech beauty. But what if these polar opposites could meet?Read more
What is Valentine’s to you? Red lace everything and a glass of bubbly or the eponymous third-century Roman saint who has inadvertently become associated with a billion-dollar lurve industry?
Here at Wildsmith, which let’s face it is built on the notion of loving the skin we’re in (scroll up, left a bit, that’s it, find HOME and there you’ll find the skincare brand that started it all), we think true love starts with a long look in the mirror and some major self-acceptance. A concept considered with great care this issue by Julie Hoegh who ditches modern-day narcissistic Instagram love, and instead curates a selection of eye-opening books that take us from unrequited romantic love, to mid-life crisis love, to just knowing a bit better how your body and mind work.
Meanwhile, one of fashion’s most-loved heroes – hair stylist Sam McKnight – is the subject of our Wildsmith questionnaire, and admits to prioritising contentment over any notion of romantic love; while Charlotte Sinclair contemplates the simple pleasures of the bath – in this instance a rose petal-free affair, but nonetheless crucial for those cold, dark nights when warming waters are the only cure for life’s perceived ills.
Because as cringeworthy as the commodification of love is (and our duo of writer Clemmie Fraser and artist Michalis Christodoulou certainly have fun reminding us how not to do Valentine’s Day this year), as the world lurches forwards inexorably from crisis to crisis, it’s important to stop and remember to hug our loved ones a little bit closer, cherish the good times, and bank them for a rainy day. Every day, not just the 14th of February.