Who else felt like winter was never going to end? Yet last weekend's weather cemented the start of cloud-free skies and warmer temperatures: confirming that spring has officially sprung. 

While we countdown the days till the first day of lighter lockdown restrictions, keep your mind stimulated with these virtual events that are taking place throughout the month. 

The Botanist Gin x Earl of East candle workshop
Much like the virtual candle workshops Earl of East held in November, the lifestyle brand is bringing them back, but this time with a Scottish twist. To celebrate the limited edition the Fiche Dó candle, which was inspired by the 22 botanicals that go into a bottle of The Botanist Gin, Earl of East will be conducting their popular candle-making workshops in collaboration with the Islay-based spirit.

Prior to the Zoom workshop, you'll receive a Fiche Dó candle-making kit that includes the necessary tools and botanical oils to be able to make the candle yourself, as well as the spirit, highball glassware and a cocktail recipe booklet. Adding a gustatory element to this olfactory experience, attendees are encouraged to enjoy one of the recommended Gin cocktails whilst crafting their candle. Bottoms up!

The Stay Home With Earl & The Botanist Gin online candle workshop will take place over Zoom on March 13th and 20th at 4pm, and on March 14th at 2pm. Buy your ticket and kit here.

Allbright The Step Forward Summit 
This International Woman's Day, the all-female careers network Allbright, will be spreading messages of female empowerment through a 24-hour global summit centred around the theme ‘step forward and choose to challenge the status quo.’ 

With 25 speakers from across the globe, a mixture of panels and talks will take place over the first weekend of March, where invaluable career advice and speeches on female resilience will be shared. Fearne Cotton is representing the UK by conducting a talk on mental health awareness, and she stands alongside other figureheads like Grace Tame and Marie Forleo, who will be 'stepping forward' to share their respective stories on driving cultural change and ending systemic gender inequality. Tune in for a weekend of inspiration and introspection, without having to leave your living room.

To attend The Step Forward summit you must be an Allbright member. Sign up for membership here.

Stella McCartney: The Mindful Eco-Warrior of High Fashion
Since the launch of her eponymous label in 2001, McCartney has always been a pioneer of sustainable and ethically-driven fashion.

On March 19th, tune in to learn more about the woman behind the brand and what drives her way of working in an webinar between Fashion at Browns and the designer. Part of a month-long calendar of fashion talks hosted by the student-led organisation, attendees will also be given the chance to ask McCartney their own questions. Got something you're dying to ask? Submit your question here by March 11 to have it answered.

Stella McCartney: The Mindful Eco-Warrior of High Fashion webinar will take place on March 19th at 4:30pm (GMT), register to attend here.

Virtual Writing Hour with the National Portrait Gallery
Despite being confined to our homes, budding authors needn't have to look far for inspiration these days. The National Portrait gallery are hosting creative writing hours throughout the month of March, where fellow littérateurs can virtually convene to create, connect, and draw inspiration from the Portrait Gallery's collection.

Whether you decide to follow their writing prompts or bring your own project, each session will consist of 30 minutes of writing followed by a discussion and review of the work that's been conducted. Get your mind in the mood for creating by hydrating it with a drink of your choice, and let the ideas flow!

Virtual Writing Hours with the National Portrait Gallery are taking place on March 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th at 5pm. Book your spot here.

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