In 2017 Amber and Adrian Baillie founded Lydhurst Cottages, a hospitality business with luxury holiday cottages on a private country estate on the edge of the Sussex Downs. In this article Amber Baillie reflects on her connection to this Area of Outstanding Beauty and why supporting sustainable local brands and celebrating Sussex are so important to her.Read More
At A.S.APOTHECARY we are passionate about sharing the stories of brands that share our values, both in terms of sustainable processes and exceptional quality. Linenme is a Surrey based family business using the time-tested traditions of hand weaving and decorating with modern technology to produce beautiful, natural and durable linen products. Here, Content and Feature's Editor Lulah Ellender explains what it is that makes this artisanal linen brand so unique.Read More
Since its launch as a magazine Selvedge has grown into so much more than a publication, with a strong community of designers and devotees, its own store in Highgate and a vibrant programme of workshops. It has also opened its arms to brands and artisans that are not directly using textiles in their products but that share similar values of integrity, traditional processes and craftsmanship. We are big fans of Selvedge and, it seems, they are of us! We were thrilled to be featured in their magazine recently and we'll also be getting involved in their Craft Spa Day at The Art Worker's Guild in Bloomsbury on May 5th. Here, features Editor Niamh McCoohey talks more about this exciting event:Read More
One of our wonderful resident therapists, green beauty and make-up expert Ellie Gill is passionate about a holistic approach to skincare and beauty. Here she shares her secrets and explains how you can create your own custom made make-up at home by combining it with A.S APOTHECARY products.Read More
"When talking to other people about my blog, I am commonly asked how I got in to blogging and more specifically how I got in to beauty. For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in beauty products, the scents, the feel, the packaging and most importantly how they make us feel. As a teenager most of my pocket money would be spent on make up and skincare, I read glossy magazines, followed the trends with interest and coveted products I couldn’t afford.
In my twenties something happened that changed my outlook on beauty and my life forever. At the age of twenty five I had my first child, whilst pregnant I started to check the ingredients lists in my beauty products, previous favourites were discarded and I made fundamental changes to every aspect of my life. Although I wanted to minimise the chemicals my baby and I were exposed to, I wasn’t quite ready to give up my love affair with beauty and so my journey with natural, organic and artisan produced products began.Read More
Many months ago, I approached Galina Atchkasova-Portianoi and asked her to write a piece for the Journal - I had met Galina several times and was struck by her enquiring mind, clear thinking and dedication to her work. She sent the words you see below and I am very grateful to her for patiently waiting for its publication to coincide with an update of our website. Thank you Galina...
"When Amanda approached me about writing a guest blog post, the subject that she suggested seemed a little surprising initially, but the more I thought about it, the more I realised how she 'hit' the nerve, as the subject has been inately on my mind for the last few months.Read More
At Asapoth, we love photography - we feel that unlike any other medium, through photographs we can invite you into the heart of our world. I asked Katie Vandyck, an excellent photographer and friend to write a little about her inspiration...Read More
When days are less short but still chilly, a comforting bowl of soupy rice or noodles has to be one of our family favorites. If the warmth of hot soup is heightened with some extra heat from chillies, garlic & ginger, the comfort enhanced with a tin of creamy coconut milk and the mingling flavours lifted with fresh lime juice, chopped coriander & mint, the over all effect is hard to beat.
"Last week I was sent a plain, black box wrapped in tissue- just for me, all for myself. Inside were simple, perfectly placed vials and objects, a kit to cleanse and replenish my tired skin. I'd won the prize from A.S APOTHECARY, for my honest but sad response that I deserved to win because I did not own one skincare item.Read More
My last post was about an alternative view of business and this update is a development of that. I want to write a little about face to face networking – the painfully awkward moments of attempting to feel comfortable within an edifice of artificially cheery sessions of card swapping and lift-style business summaries. I’ve found myself at a few of these events and I die inside as I hear the polished spiel, the 2 minute summary, the craven seeking out of potential work leads. It makes me want to run for the hills.Read More
I was reading an article about responsibility by Philip Pullman yesterday “Writing is despotism but reading is democracy” published in the New Humanist (https://newhumanist.org.uk/4799/writing-is-despotism-but-reading-is-democracy) It is a discussion of creativity and responsibility in relation to the craft of writing. It is brilliant. It made me stop and think.Read More