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
The full moon was so bright the other night that even blackout blinds couldn’t hide it. Attempting to capture the shadowy beauty of twisted white sheets in the moonlight with my iPhone though, proved not only futile but the next day, what had seemed like a good idea at 2AM had me falling asleep at my desk by 2PM.
It seems there’s nothing as precious as a good night’s sleep as David Annand’s article reveals this month. But there are other ways to feel restored– as writer Charlotte Sinclair found when long hikes in the wilds of Wormwood Scrubs brought a sense of comfort. Alternatively, replace a buzzing mind with another type of buzzing, and follow Clemmie Fraser’s witty guide to keeping bees, with artwork by Michalis Christodoulou.
But perhaps my favourite maxim for a balanced life is that of the indomitable Jan de Villeneuve, whose modelling career has seen a revival in recent years since its 1960s hey-day. As borrowed from opera singer Barbara Hendricks, she reveals her epitaph would be “Live your life so you can say I have really done my best to be true to who I am.” And that’s exactly how I plan to live this October.
Welcome to the wild side; welcome to the Wildsmith Papers.