My Cure for the Common Cold

by Sasha Wilkins on March 8, 2013 · 13 comments

Laduree Ispahan

Most people who cover the twice yearly fashion collections get a bad cold – or fashion flu as it is usually called – at some point. Being squished up with your equally germ-ridden peers on benches in unheated tents/halls/churches/hangars – delete as applicable, along with wearing unsuitable clothes in Arctic temperatures,  no weekends off for a month, not enough sleep and certainly not enough nutrition means that the collective fashion immune system does not work at peak efficiency.

I should have been reasonably safe this season: I did New York on my own terms, took London gently, didn’t do Milan at all (thank goodness), and just parachuted into Paris twice to do a few key shows. Really, I shouldn’t have got sick at all. But I did, and Tuesday night and most of Wednesday in Paris were really quite miserable.

But adopting my patent cure seems to have worked wonders. I started it in Paris on Tuesday night, and by this evening (Thursday), I feel almost human again, if a bit wobbly.

Basically the cure involves many, many hot baths laced with reviving Aromatherapy Associates bath oils to ease the aching legs and back, countless cartons of Innocent Smoothies (I’m extremely partial to the superfood antioxidant one with Acai) for vitamins and to soothe the raspy throat, pots of green tea, lots of fizzy aspirins, chased with honey & lemon throat sweets, boxes of Kleenex Balsam tissues (red noses are only chic for Comic Relief) and total prone bed rest. (I was also allowed a Laduree Ispahan macaron to cheer myself up.)

And, above all, no email and no work.

Of course that wasn’t practical yesterday: I had Vuitton at 10am, a Camilla & Marc appointment at their Paris PR agency, and a Valentino re-see.  But the moment I was done I sat in Eric Kayser off the rue de la Paix and drank a blistering pot of jasmine green tea, before gently walking through the Tuileries, not in a rush for the first time in weeks, trying to stop my head throbbing and the world from spinning.

The bed rest started the moment I got back from St Pancras in the late afternoon, and I have barely moved since. I declared today a duvet day and it has been bliss. (I do feel guilty about the hideous state of my work inbox, but tant pis, I can deal with it tomorrow.)

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Poppy March 8, 2013 at 08:20

Happy duvet day little you.. Excellent self prescribing. I would only add in watching re-runs of Cheers. Turn off your computer and get well soon xx (p.s. If you have to look at your phone or laptop, turn the screen brightness down – it helps)


Rosie March 8, 2013 at 08:33

Just the picture of the macaron has knocked all ideas of eating healthily today out of my head!
Hope you feel better soon :)
Rosie x


Pru March 8, 2013 at 08:34

I’m always keen to see how other people deal with colds. I drink lots of Tropicana – the Ruby Red, and have lots of soup and black coffee. Hope you are feeling better now Sasha, the macaroon hopefully cheered you up.



Victoria Wildman March 8, 2013 at 08:59

Glad you’re feeling a bit better. x


Nicola March 8, 2013 at 11:00

There’s nothing worse than being sick while away from home. I’m a strong believer that when you get a cold, bed rest is the only cure. But life always gets in the way…


sadie March 8, 2013 at 12:32

aw, feel better soon lovely lady. Agreed. Whatever the problem, whatever the question, cake, and cake alone is the answer!

But yes, all the facts you outline mean catching cold or flu are inevitable. Ick. hate that word now, Brad Pitt has a lot to answer for! ;o)


Blonde March 8, 2013 at 16:46

I’d give yourself at least the weekend, too – just to be on the safe side. x


Sasha March 8, 2013 at 17:05

Great post – I love cold remedies and yours sounds like a winner. I’m a big believer in those effervescent vitamin C tablets and as soon as I feel a slight scratchy throat coming on I drink 3 in a day, and that usually stops it in its tracks!!xxx


Irene March 8, 2013 at 19:02

Duvet days + macarons can cure all. You know what else? Cute Daschunds? I’m gutted I just found out about this exhibit a few days after it ended (in Toronto)


Angela March 9, 2013 at 13:24

I hope you feel alot better very soon!


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