Sundays are synonymous with lie-ins, breakfast in bed and a lot of self-care. For some, that means making the time for a long country walk (which leads to a pub); for others it means catching up on their favourite podcast. Whatever the day entails, one thing’s for certain: it’s all about you. Here, three Vogue editors share their go-to podcast to feel good on any Sunday afternoon.
Kerry McDermott, network editor
Some people's self-care Sundays involve yoga, meditation, or at the very least a sheet mask. My own preferred self-care techniques tend to revolve around food; going out for it, ordering it in, (occasionally) cooking it myself, and in the case of my go-to weekend podcast, listening to other people talk about it.
The podcast singer Jessie Ware co-hosts with her mum, Table Manners, is the audio equivalent of a comforting bowl of matriarch Lennie’s chicken soup, which they talk about a lot, and which I badly want to try – preferably while sitting at their kitchen table as they chat to the likes of Ian Schrager or Sadiq Khan about their death row meals. Listening to mother and daughter laugh, bicker, swear and reminisce as they fuss over their guest each week is genuinely heart-warming. Plus, it’s funny, and I’d take the endorphin-release of a good LOL over a gong bath any day.
Hayley Maitland, entertainment writer
Sundays are when I clean, tidy, and generally atone for whatever questionable life choices I've made during the rest of the week. It's also when my housemates and I do a "family" dinner for all of our friends, which involves lots of kitchen prep followed by lots of washing dishes. I've begrudgingly come to enjoy all of these mundane tasks – in no small part thanks to podcasts. Yes, listening to them keeps me entertained through hours of ironing shirts or chopping parsley – but it also forces me to take a break from looking at a screen for a least a little while.
My go-to podcast at the moment is You Must Remember This, now sadly on hiatus. Karina Longworth dives into some of the greatest scandals of Hollywood’s Golden Age – from the story of the Manson family to Marilyn Monroe’s many love affairs. Once I’ve worked my way through all of the episodes, I’m already looking forward to tuning in to Voices at the Table, which looks at Britain’s gastronomical scene (and the creative individuals fuelling its growth). Among the topics discussed in the first season? Wetherspoons, MFK Fisher, and boozy fruit cake. Heaven.
Olivia Singer, executive fashion news editor
I am so completely obsessed with Modern Love: The Podcast that all I want to do is listen to it as soon as a new episode comes out, but I have welled up on the tube too many times to make it a feasible proposition for my commute. So now, having learned my lesson through an array of awkward moments, I leave it for a Sunday evening. I don't like getting my nails done – and after years of practice am now an expert technician – so I do a DIY mani/pedi and can get as emotional as I please. Perfect.
[Via British Vogue]