CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: AllBright Digital 24-Hour Global Summit
To celebrate International Women’s Day on Monday 8th March, tune into AllBright’s 24 Hour ‘Step Forward’ Global Summit for a range of motivational talks and panel events from inspiring speakers around the world. In response to the pandemic, AllBright, the “members’ club for working women” is now online too, so you can tune into this special event from the comfort of your own home. During the summit, 18 speakers including Fearne Cotton, Grace Tame, Marie Forleo and Kenya Hunt will discuss everything from mental wellbeing and speaking up for yourself to ending systemic gender inequality. Plus, in the lead up to the event, on Friday 5th March, AllBright will also host a panel with Nails.INC. on supercharging happiness, as well as a talk on Saturday 6th March with footwear brand Keds on building purpose. Sign up to AllBright and get 14-day free access to exclusive content, courses, events and the International Women’s Day Global Summit. Digital memberships cost £14.99 a month or £99.99 for an annual membership.
ADD THIS TO YOUR WATCH LIST: Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry
Get your culture fix this weekend and head over to Apple TV to watch Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry. The documentary tells the true coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global superstardom. From award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, it offers an intimate look at the teenager’s journey, at just 17-years-old, navigating life on the road, on stage, and at home with her family, while writing, recording and releasing her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? If you’ve wondered how the singer has coped with stardom since the release of her first single Ocean Eyes in 2016 – or simply want to know more about her relationship with her older brother Finneas who’s co-written some of her biggest hits – this documentary offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Billie’s life.
ORDER IN FOR MOTHER’S DAY: Selfridges Experiences Boxes
If you haven’t organised something for Mother’s Day on Sunday 14th March, Selfridges’ new experiences boxes have everything you need to make it a special occasion – whether you’re celebrating in person or from afar. For a morning treat, choose the Breakfast Box (£65), which includes organic Jersey milk, smoked salmon, bagels, coffee, orange juice and freshly baked cookies from Blondie’s Kitchen. If you really want to treat mum, choose the Ultimate Mother’s Day Treat Box (£165) which includes burrata and marinated tomatoes with seasoned sourdough; a choice of either chicken with Jerusalem artichokes, serrano ham and potatoes, or strozzapreti pasta with aubergine, ricotta salata and purple sprouting broccoli; raspberry and rose macaroons; and a bottle of Selfridges champagne. The kit also comes with candles, menus and personalised name cards to top it off. Both boxes are available for nationwide delivery and must be ordered by Sunday 7th March to arrive in time for the special day.
STREAM A MAGICAL PERFORMANCE: The Sleeping Beauty, Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House has just added a performance of The Sleeping Beauty to their at-home online streaming platform as part of their #OurHouseToYourHouse series. Originally performed in March 2020, the production features original set design by Oliver Messel, Frederick Ashton choreography, and a magical score by Tchaikovsky. As the story goes, Princess Aurora has been put under a spell by the wicked fairy, Carabosse, who declares that on her sixteenth birthday, the Princess will prick her finger on a spindle and die. Before the prophecy becomes true, the Lilac Fairy comes to the rescue, revealing that Aurora will instead fall into a deep sleep. But only one thing can awake her – a prince’s kiss. This charming performance will be available to watch on demand until 28th March 2021. Tickets cost £3.
HEAD TO A NEW EXHIBITION: WOM-INSPIRED At Brixton Village
In celebration of International Women’s Day, WOM Collective, a platform dedicated to championing female street artists, will be taking over the Brixton Village Courtyard this weekend to present WOM-INSPIRED – a group exhibition of female-inspired art. From 1-7pm on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th March, the five-week art residency will begin with a live mural painting from the WOM Collective founders and artists including DMT, Layla Cope, and Van Jimmer. Watch the mural take shape in Brixton Village, or if you’re not local to the area, view the exhibition online. A collection of art will also be available to purchase via the WOM Collective website – expect cool graffiti prints and bold paintings. The exhibition is available is view until Monday 12th April.
BRING THE RESTAURANT HOME: Occasions By Hakkasan
Whether you’re celebrating a birthday in lockdown or a special anniversary, Hakkasan has launched a new at-home service so you can enjoy their signature Michelin-starred food from the comfort of your ding room. Occasions by Hakkasan brings the experience into your home with a curated menu and all the extras to make you feel like you’re at the iconic Mayfair restaurant. Boxes, which serve two, include a selection of dim sum, grilled Chilean seabass, smoked beef ribs, crispy duck salad, Hakka noodles and stir-fried baby broccoli, plus a choice of white chocolate and raspberry soufflé, spikey lemon petit pot or mandarin and tonka pudding for dessert. You’ll also get instructions on how to assemble each dish, a dim sum basket, Hakkasan chopsticks, incense to set the mood, and a link to a specially curated playlist to enjoy on the night. Kits cost £175 and are available for delivery to postcodes within the M25.
LEARN FROM THE PROS: Vogue Visionaries Masterclasses
YouTube and British Vogue have teamed-up to launch Vogue Visionaries, a new series of masterclasses that will give viewers the chance to learn from some of the UK’s most brilliant creative minds. Over a series of eight masterclasses, each split into short, free and accessible videos, the publication will call on its closest collaborators – from fashion designers and make-up gurus to photographers and digital creators – to share their expertise and knowledge in their chosen field. On Friday 5th March, award-winning actor Naomi Scott will be the first guest to take to the digital stage for a masterclass on film. Further down the series, expect to hear from hair stylist Sam McKnight, model Alexa Chung, writer Bernardine Evaristo, and singer-songwriter Celeste.
LISTEN TO THIS NEW PODCAST: Daisy Is Insatiable
Daisy Buchanan has just launched a new podcast to accompany the launch of her debut novel Insatiable which hit the shelves last month. This podcast is an intimate look at love, lust, life and everything that makes relationships and sex so fascinating. Each week, she’ll be joined by a different guest to talk everything from body image and self-confidence, to the difference between sex and love, and what happens to a relationship when money gets involves. Guests so far include author and broadcaster Dolly Alderton and comedian and TV presenter Andi Osho, so we’re expecting big things for the rest of the series. There are adult themes and explicit language throughout, so don’t forget to pop your headphones in if you’ve got little ones around.
TUNE INTO AN ONLINE FESTIVAL: BBC Gŵyl 2021
This weekend, the BBC will host Gŵyl 2021, an online festival of music, comedy and conversation, to celebrate the cultural talent in Wales. In response to the pandemic, the digital festival will showcase a mix of specially filmed and one-off performances from a range of famous faces. Expect music from Cate Le Bon, Gruff Rhys, Arlo Parks and BERWYN, plus stand-up comedy from Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Lolly Adefope and Jordan Brookes, to name a few. Don’t miss the performance from rapper Juice Menace which is set to be one of the standout streams of the weekend. Tickets are free.
READ THIS DEBUT NOVEL: Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer By Jamie Figueroa
We’re excited about this debut novel from American author Jamie Figueroa which came out earlier this week. Set in a desert town in the American Southwest, Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer follows the story of two siblings, Rafa and Rufina, who return to their childhood home after their mother’s death. When Rafa confesses to wanting to take his own life, Rufina quickly intervenes and sets them a challenge to desperately try and change his mind – they must perform for privileged tourists in order to afford a plane ticket to start a new life somewhere else. However, as the two get reacquainted with their childhood home, strange hauntings begin to take place, most disturbingly, in the form of their mother’s ghost and Rufina’s stillborn baby. It might sound creepy, but the book has already been tipped for several prestigious awards – we can’t wait to sit down this weekend and get stuck in.