There's a lot to do this month, besides sitting on your couch all day.
Thanks to the coronavirus lockdown, we’re all going to be spending much of April indoors. If you've already nailed your at-home wardrobe; figured out WFH routine; how to co-exist with your partner 24/7 in a one-bedroom apartment and even make tinned meals taste nice, you'd be forgiven for presuming that April is going to be a long, boring month. But in actual fact, it looks like April is going to be quite the exciting month, even if it is spent indoors.
April brings the arrival of some hugely anticipated Netflix drops, a whole host of genuinely exciting and innovative virtual activities and gin, lots of gin.
So whatever this month has in store, we've rounded up everything new coming to a couch or screen near you. Save this post to your browser because there's going to come a day where you're wondering how you should spend your day, and we've got the answers.
If there’s one thing we’ve all seemed to learn from our time in quarantine thus far, it’s how to make a loaf of banana bread. It is the truth universally acknowledged that there is no better bread than that which is made of banana. There are rare exceptions, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who wouldn’t melt at the sight of a fresh, warm, soft slice of homemade banana bread. With butter, with honey, with nothing at all — who cares? If it’s there, it’s going in your mouth. Now that we’re clear on what is the finest of all bread products, you’re probably itching to make some of your own, do so with this very recipe.
Listoke 1777 Gin
Jasmine, cardamom, and rowan berries are among the botanicals in this Co. Louth creation, which was designed to be enjoyed neat or with ice and a slice of orange peel, but also holds up well in cocktails. What's more, the good people at the Listoke Distillery and Gin School have taken it upon themselves to produce alcohol-based hand sanitiser in a bid to help the fight against coronavirus. Buy a bottle of gin and help Listoke Distillery continue the amazing work. Buy it here.
A Virtual Pub Quiz
With many of us confined to the sofas every evening, Dublin Simon Community is providing us with the perfect opportunity to get together with friends and family, remotely of course, and get our brain muscles going, all the while helping out a great cause. It costs just €5 to get involved, with all proceeds going towards the stellar work Simon Community is doing to help Dublin's homeless, even in these most trying of times. All you have to do is gather a few of nearest and dearest and sign up on the Eventbrite page here. Organisers will then be in touch with an answer sheet before the quiz kicks off live on the Dublin Simon Community Facebook page at 8 pm, April 1.
In this innovative romantic comedy about the power of chance, alternate versions of the same wedding unfold as Jack (Sam Claflin) tries to make sure his little sister has the perfect wedding day. But he'll have to juggle an angry ex-girlfriend, an uninvited guest with a secret, a misplaced sleep sedative, and unexpectedly reuniting with the girl of his dreams who got away, Dina (Olivia Munn). If he succeeds, Jack might find a happy ending of his own. LOVE WEDDING REPEAT is written and directed by Dean Craig and stars Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn, Eleanor Tomlinson, Joel Fry, Tim Key, Aisling Bea, Jack Farthing, Allan Mustafa, and Freida Pinto. Available to stream on Netflix, April 10.
Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa
Future Nostalgia is the name of the follow-up to Dua's self-titled debut, and it's shaping up to be her Big Pop Girl moment. Disco-influenced lead single Don't Start Now topped out at Number 2, while current release Physical is nearing Bonnie Tyler levels of power pop. Dua has said the album is influenced by artists including Gwen Stefani, Blondie, and Madonna. So far, she's bang on. What's more, the album tackles sex, inequality and female empowerment – all with a little disco shimmy. When she made this album, the 24-year-old couldn’t know just how awful a state the world would be upon it’s released. But that just makes her achieving her mission all the more important. ‘Future Nostalgia’ is a bright, bold collection of pop majesty to dance away your anxieties to… if only for a little while. Also, can we take a minute for the album artwork? Devine. Out now.
Blueberries by Ellena Savage
The debut essay collection of 15 essays comes with praise from Booker-shortlisted author Rachel Kushner (‘savagely smart’), Jean Hannah Edelstein (‘essential’) and Axiomaticauthor Maria Tumarkin (‘heartstopping’). Ellena’s essays range in tone and style: in one she returns to Lisbon 11 years after she experienced an attempted rape, to find out the verdict of the trial she fled from and in another her 30th birthday prompts her to revisit her life so far through a series of very funny bullet points. Available April 9.
The World According To Jeff Goldblum
As if there were any other world than the one which revolves around Jeff Goldblum. This docuseries follows as Goldblum tackles a new topic each episode—from denim to RVs. If you’re a fan of vocal fry and Goldblum-isms, this will be like ASMR to you. Available to stream on Disney+
If you think you don’t have a huge role to play in how the coronavirus outbreak plays out, think again. You have the potential to make this pandemic so much worse. That’s because the coronavirus is both more contagious and more deadly than the common flu. One person can easily transmit it to other people without knowing it, and those people would then transmit it to even more people, creating a terrifying snowball effect. The good news is, just as you can easily transmit the virus to other people, you can easily avoid transmitting it — if you’re willing to stay home. That’s right: Simply by sitting on your couch, you can potentially save lives.
A Virtual Art Gallery
For its fourth year running INCOGNITO, the art sale in aid of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation launches via a virtual gallery, open for viewing with 1,812 postcard-size pieces of original artworks appearing on www.incognito.ie available to view until April 23rd after which the sale will go live. Each of these original art pieces will be sold online to the public on a first-click-first-served basis for €50, — with a maximum of 3 pieces per person, the twist is that no one will know the identity of the artist until after they buy the piece. World-renowned artists including Bruce & Patti Springsteen, Helen Steele, Paul Costelloe, Duda, Maser, Alice Maher, Bono, Martin Mooney, Dan Chester, Mick O’Dea and Ruthie Ashenhurst are among over 1,000 artists from 10 countries contributing work to the INCOGNITO Art sale.
Now that a lot of us are working from home, the novelty of not having to put a bra on in the first place still hasn’t quite worn off just yet. But, as you work from home longer you may want to get back to normality, i.e; get out of your pyjamas and get dressed in your WFH outfit. This includes putting on some decent underwear, ladies. But thankfully, this doesn't have to mean discomfort. This zero feel bra basically does what it says on the tin. The thicker straps will hold you in places, while the stretchy fabric and seam-free style will be invisible under clothes. You’ll want to stock up on all 5 colours, trust me.
Zero Feel Bralette, €34.99, SLOGGI available at Brown Thomas
A gift voucher
While you may not regard cancelling your hair appointment as a particular problem in the context of greater issues at the moment, it's worth noting that, in Ireland, the beauty sector's contribution to overall GDP is a staggering €2 billion. Given that it could be one of the hardest-hit industries as the impact of Covid-19 develops, it's worth us all doing what we can to support our local salons. One easy way to do so? Buying a gift voucher. If you can't get to the spa/hairdresser's/salon as usual, ask if you can purchase a voucher to ensure they still have money coming in. You might not be able to attend your monthly waxing appointment, but the vouchers should last long enough for you to use them for future appointments.
Main image by Brina Blum
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