TAKE A BALLET CLASS HERE: The Ballet Coach
Always wanted to discover your inner Darcey Bussell? From flexibility to lean muscle, the benefits of a ballet-based workout are wide ranging. The good news is that ex-English National Ballet star Sarah Du-Feu, aka The Ballet Coach, is now streaming daily ballet classes for all ages and abilities live on her YouTube channel. Whether it’s getting a handle on the basic steps, or something a little more advanced, classes are broken down week by week into different categories, so there’s a session suitable for everyone. Follow Sarah on Instagram (@theballetcoach) for more ballet-based content, as well as schedules of all live classes.
ENJOY A LIVE DJ SET HERE: DJ Zen Freeman, Live From Sunset
As the world adapts to a new reality, Sunset at The West Hollywood EDITION – the cool club dedicated to great music – has gone digital. Now, every Friday and Saturday, DJ Zen Freeman (who has previously worked with the likes of Chanel, Vogue and Calvin Harris) will broadcast live Sunset sets on his Instagram. Already attracting the attention of some of the biggest DJ names out there – think Samantha Ronson, Pete Tong and Paul Oakenfold – the three-hour long sets kick off at 6pm LA-time, but should last 24 hours on Instagram – just in time for those weekend Zoom parties.
TAKE PART IN A VIRTUAL RETREAT HERE: Free People
This Saturday, Free People is hosting a virtual retreat with a daylong event filled with workouts, mindfulness, and food and drink tutorials by the some of its favourite girls on Instagram. Start the day with an awakening meditation from @SteffyWhiteYoga followed by Vinyasa yoga flow with @AnnieClarke_. Then, stop for a nourishing lunch demonstration with plant-based chef @TaniaJoyFJane, before restoring your mind with a women’s circle hosted by @TheGoddessSpace. Finally, fire up those abs and triceps with a full-body workout routine with renowned PT Carly Rowena before ending the day with a cocktail making workshop by @francescasaffari. Completely free, all sessions will be going live on the Free People Instagram, from 9am.
HOST A CHEESE & WINE NIGHT HERE: Grape & Fig
Looking to elevate your Friday night at-home cheese and wine evening? Order one of these Insta-worthy grazing boxes from catering pros Grape & Fig, which includes three luxury cheeses (usually brie, stilton and goat’s cheese), fresh honeycomb, a mini pot of chutney, cured meats (meat-free versions are also available), fresh and dried fruit, crackers and edible flowers. Available every Friday and Saturday – either for collection or for delivery within a 20-mile radius of RM11 – each box is £50 based on two people sharing. A great way to support a local business at a difficult time.
SPLURGE FOR A GOOD CAUSE HERE: Jennifer Chamandi Sample Sale
This Friday, British shoe brand Jennifer Chamandi kicks off the first in a run of sample sales, with all proceeds going directly to the NHS. An economics graduate and former banker turned shoe designer, Jennifer’s designs are normally stocked with global retailers like Harrods, Browns, Farfetch and Net-A-Porter, and usually retail at a starting price of £470. Having curated a selection of Jennifer's personal favourites, consider this your chance to own a pair of shoes – whose fans include Amal Clooney, Bella Hadid and Meghan Markle – for up to 70%-80% off, all while benefiting a great cause.
LEARN HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR PLANTS HERE: Patch
There’s never been a better time to get to grips with looking after your house plants – especially if you’re the kind of person who struggles to keep something alive for more than a couple of weeks. Thankfully, help is at hand. This online course from plant delivery service Patch is broken down into 16 short videos, and covers everything from knowing how and when to water, to re-potting and getting rid of unwanted creepy-crawlies. Best of all? It’s completely free. If you don’t have time to watch them all in one go, email the complete series straight to your inbox to digest the advice at your own pace.
PARTICPATE IN AN ART CLASS HERE: Julianna Byrne x Partnership Editions
Creative types can tune in at 7pm on Thursday 7th May to join London-based artist Julianna Byrne and Partnership Editions for a still life drawing class. As part of the video tutorial, Julianna will guide budding artists through a series of relaxed exercises to be enjoyed at your own table among foraged flowers, fruit and your favourite homeware. Required materials only include pencils, paper, and some form of water-based paint. Even better, instead of taking payment, Partnership Editions is accepting a voluntary donation of £10, 100% of which will be donated to The Trussell Trust – a food bank charity supporting those who are in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.
GET A TASTE OF ITALY HERE: Pasta Evangelists ‘Taste Of Piedmont’ Box
Those craving a sun-drenched European break can now get a taste of Italy delivered right to their door. Having teamed up with gin brand Villa Ascenti, artisanal pasta specialists Pasta Evangelists has come up with the ultimate Bank Holiday treat with its limited-edition ‘Taste of Piedmont’ box. This box, which can be delivered through your letterbox, includes an authentic mafalde, with truffle butter and toasted Piedmont hazelnuts and complementary Villa Ascenti gin, so you can recreate this cultural ritual using flavours straight from Italy, at home. What's more, Villa Ascenti will be hosting a virtual Italian cocktail masterclass on Instagram at 5pm on Saturday 9th May, offering recipes and top tips for those keen to whip up their own aperitivo.
BOOST YOUR WINE KNOWLEGDE HERE: The Wine Workshop
The second of three sessions from the The Wine Workshop takes place this Thursday evening, with a blind tasting hosted by ES Magazine’s Douglas Blyde. Those who sign up to the 60-minute class will be sent a hamper for two which includes three wines, three complimentary dishes crafted by the team’s specialist caterers and the log-in code with details for the workshop. All bottles are wrapped and numbered ready for you to put your new skills to the test in a competition of the senses, with all wines served alongside a menu of seasonal home comforts that pay homage to the selection, with vegetarian and gluten-free options also available. Those who need a bit more forward planning should tune in next week to join master of wine Nancy Gilchrist for an interactive tasting designed to demonstrate why certain food and wine pairings work well together.
GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE WEST END HERE: Keep Calm & Kerry On
Best known for playing the first British Elphaba in the smash hit Wicked, and with main roles in We Will Rock You, Cats and Les Misérables, this new podcast from musical theatre star Kerry Ellis sees the actress and singer sit down with some of the biggest stars of stage, song and screen to discuss their highs and lows. The candid and eye-opening conversations discuss the realities of a life in the spotlight, as well as what happens in the moments when it’s not shining quite as bright. Having launched last week with three inaugural episodes, listen to honest accounts of determination and success from the likes of Arlene Philips, Kimberley Walsh and Beverley Knight – all of which will leave you inspired and ready to take on any challenge.
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