Welcome to the Weekend

Weekends are made to laze around at home and pamper yourself, especially during lockdown, and this weekend make it all about you and your partner in crime with these 9 moodsetters for your weekend by yourself, with your BFF or your boo.

Set the mood for your weekend in with scented candles from Récoltes. The company, which specialises in artisanal and handcrafted candles, offers a new bouquet with each new season, with each collection inspired by its respective season and its flowers. This weekend fill your home with freshly cut roses from Provence and escape to the South of France while lounging in your home with the Rose Tressée candle.

Get comfortable and save our oceans with Balzac Paris's limited edition sweatshirt. The ready-to-wear brand will donate a percentage of the proceeds of the sweatshirt to the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organisation that works to protect and preserve our oceans, and will keep you cosy and comfy while chilling on the couch.

Staying in means no make-up and it is also the best time to give your skin a little bit of TLC. Gently exfoliate, tone and moisturise your skin with Lush's Beauty Sleep Face and Body Mask. Made with 47 fresh ingredients including lavender oil, fresh coconut and organic avocado oil, the mask is a boost for your tired-looking skin, and its pretty pink hue will make for a cute selfie post.

Settle in for mind games with a game of chess. This Pinetti chessboard available at Paneva is handmade in Italy and is designed using fine leather, creating an exquisite way to spend a competitive weekend, but be sure not to lock yourself in for a game with a sore loser because even of you lose the game you are still the winner in the style stakes with this board.

Get serious about your weekend in and slip into yoga pants by Born Living Yoga. The Spanish sportswear brand specialises in yoga pants made to fit comfortably, offering great elasticity, so put on a pair to practice yoga with your bestie or to just get comfy for a movie marathon.

A weekend at home is a weekend of indulgence and what better way to indulge than with chocolate fondue. Set up the Cookut chocolate fondue set, start melting your favourite chocolate and dip whatever you fancy, marshmallows, fruit or even mini pancakes.

Give your feet a well-deserved break and slide into a pair of extra comfy faux fur slides from Pull&Bear, and even if you need to head out to quickly grab a few things, these slides won't feel out of place being out and about, but only to stock up on staples to head right back.

Get on the popular baking-in-lockdown bandwagon and learn how to make artisanal bread with the help of Ken Forkish's book, Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza. Learn how to make delicious bread or if you're feeling adventurous make your own gourmet pizza instead of ordering in to enjoy while binging your favourite TV show.

Mix yourself a drink and transport yourself to the Monsieur George hotel in Paris. Recreate the hotel bar's signature cocktail in your sweats and in your own kitchen, and celebrate your weekend at home in style. All you need is vodka, icing sugar, rose water, and red food colouring. In a shaker mix 50ml of vodka, 5ml of rose water and 10ml of St-Germain liqueur before adding ice, pour into your glass before adding a couple of drops of the "blood solution" made by mixing 45g of the red food colouring and 7g of icing sugar. Santé!

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