GET READY FOR: London Fashion Week
Taking place between 19th-23rd of February, the new digital format of London Fashion Week officially kicks off this Friday. With a host of new designers joining the line-up this year – as well as some familiar faces – you can browse and stream the online schedule in full to ensure you don’t miss your favourite shows and collections. There are also special panels and Q&As taking place this year, while some brands have put together special films to mark the occasion. All information can be found online at the London Fashion Week website.
ORDER IN BRUNCH: Knock Knock
If you’ve been missing going out for brunch at the weekends, the good news is Knock Knock have now curated the must-have products for an indulgent mid-morning feast, and can bring it directly to your door for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. With enough for a family of four, expect to find bagels from Beigel Bake Brick Lane Bakery, Husk&Honey granola, organic sourdough bread, seasonal fruit, and coffee from Gentleman Barista inside your brunch box. With prices starting from £65, orders need to be placed mid-week for delivery on Saturday.
CATCH THIS NEW FILM: I Care A Lot
Landing on streaming service Netflix on Friday, this new film starring Rosamund Pike and directed by J Blakeson tells the story of crooked legal guardian Marla Grayson (Pike) who regularly drains the savings of her elderly wards. She meets her match, however, when a woman she tries to swindle turns out to be more than she first appears. Described as a “searing swipe at late-stage capitalism”, I Care A Lot is an exhilarating, icy thriller, while Pike’s performance already has critics buzzing – with some calling it her strongest turn since 2014’s Gone Girl.
Available on Netflix from 19th February
ENJOY SOME STYLISH COCKTAILS: Hush Mayfair x Nio
Regular readers will already know we’re big fans of boxed cocktail brand Nio, which has now teamed up with Hush Mayfair to bring you Townhouse Boxes – a range of cocktails made to enjoy at home, or gift to your friends and family. Each box comes filled with two Nio x Hush House cocktails, along with its stylish new Avery Barware. Sophisticated, and with a touch of 1960s glamour, the collection is inspired by elegant Mayfair. The perfect gift for someone special, or just as a 'treat yourself' moment – the sets are available for nationwide delivery via Slerp from £25.
WATCH THIS WORLD CLASS PERFORMANCE: Raymonda Act III
Available to watch on demand until 14th March 2021, Petipa’s Raymonda Act III – which was created by Marius Petipa in 1898 for the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg – is a Russian classical ballet summarised in one act, full of sparkle and precise technique. It also contains some of Petipa’s most spectacular choreography, with a score by Alexander Glazunov, full of spirited rhythms and lilting waltzes – in fact, legendary American choreographer George Balanchine called it “some of the finest ballet music we have”. Available to watch via the Royal Ballet’s streaming platform for just £3, this performance was originally staged in Covent Garden in 2019, shortly before the onset of the pandemic.
TUNE INTO THIS NEW PODCAST: Teach Me A Lesson
Greg James and Bella Mackie didn’t pay much attention at school. So, they’re asking Britain’s most inspiring teachers to show them what they missed in this series of fascinating and fun lessons. Learn something new every week from their all-killer-no-filler syllabus including: ‘How to win an argument by watching RuPaul’s Drag Race’, ‘Why do we get ill?' and ‘Are people born evil?’ Bad students of all ages are welcome to tune in – expect to hear from brilliant teachers, about captivating subjects but – bonus – absolutely no homework.
GET CRAFTY AT HOME: Brush & Bubbles
Looking for ways to express your creative side during lockdown? You can arrange to take part in a Brush & Bubbles online painting tutorial, or just pick up one of its fool-proof kits to keep yourself – and the kids – entertained at home. Even better, if you’ve got a virtual birthday or hen party to organise, they’re happy to help. Each of the art kits includes three canvases, paintbrushes, a paint palette, two packs of acrylic paints and more. You can also select whether you'd like alcoholic bubbly or non-alcoholic bubbly in your box. Also, be sure to check out the team’s free step-by-step tutorials on YouTube.
SEE WHAT YOU THINK OF: Tell Me Your Secrets
Launching on Amazon Prime this Friday, Tell Me Your Secrets follows a trio of characters, each with a mysterious and troubling past. Emma is a woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer, John is a former serial predator desperate to find redemption, and Mary is a grieving mother obsessed with finding her missing daughter. As each of them is pushed to the edge, the truth about their pasts and motives grows ever murkier, blurring the lines between victim and perpetrator. From the same production team behind The Undoing and Big Little Lies, there are ten episodes in total.
Available on Amazon Prime from 19th February
WHIP UP A SWEET TREAT: Blondie’s Kitchen
Blondie’s Kitchen is an SL fave, and now, the brownie and cookie connoisseurs are offering you the chance to put a personal touch on its signature bakes. Inside its new DIY kits, which are deliverable to your front door, you’ll find some ready-to-bake raw cookie dough to make thick milk choc chunk cookies, and three piping bags full of fillings of your choice – think Nutella, Biscoff and Kinder Bueno cream. Full instructions are included to ensure you don’t put a foot wrong. Even better, the final product can be frozen for up to three months for you to enjoy at a later date.
DEVOUR THIS NEW RELEASE: The Panic Years by Nell Frizzell
Every woman will experience the panic years in some way between her mid-20s and early-40s. This maddening period of transformation and personal crisis is recognisable by the myriad of decisions we make – whether it be about partners, holidays, jobs, homes, savings or friendships – all of which are impacted by the urgency of the single decision that comes with a biological deadline, the one decision that is impossible to take back: whether or not to have a baby. Raw, hilarious and honest, author Nell Frizzell sparked a frenzied bidding war among publishers for her book, three years before it even hit the shelves. We can’t wait to hunker down with this long-awaited release.
Available at Waterstones.com