April Favourites

Happy April! It’s Autumn and Easter – hope you all get to make good use of your Easter weekend in one way or another (and maybe a sweet treat or three!). 

This month we round up new music to add to your playlist, UK’s Thomas Headon’s new EP, Emily Ratajkowski’s book and the 60 second talent show hitting NZ screens. 

Music: Thomas Headon
UK-born singer-songwriter Thomas Headon has just released his new EP Victoria in amongst touring the UK and America. Thomas spent his younger years growing up just across the ditch in Australia, where his musical journey began with uploading covers on YouTube. The title track of his new EP is about a ‘first real love’, the Victoria music video features Charithra Chandran (from Bridgerton) and gives a visual of the inspiration for the tune. In amongst the release, Thomas also recorded a session with Deezer in Paris which included a cover of Meet Me At Our Spot – it’s a good one. The new EP is available to stream now. Image @thomasheadon 

Book: My Body by Emily Ratajkowski 
Emily Ratajkowski – model, writer, actress, business woman, mother, has put pen to paper on her first book, My Body. I picked up a copy of the New York Times Bestseller from an NZ indie online bookshop as I was intrigued to learn more about her journey especially in the entertainment industry. This book takes on subjects like feminism, sexuality and power, it was at times a bit hard to read – the things she had gone through, the highs and lows of it all but it shone a light where it needed to, on those sometimes tricky-to-talk-about subjects however ones that are important to share. Emily posted “I wrote this book to better understand the experiences that have impacted my beliefs and politics. Some of the most valuable, insightful and open conversations I’ve ever had have been with my close female friends… my only hope for this book is that, before you form an opinion, you do me the favour of reading my story in my own words.” My Body is available now. Image @emrata

TV: 60 Seconds
60 Seconds is a new talent show, where you guessed it – contestants get 60 seconds to showcase their talent. The new TVNZ show is hosted by ZM’s Clint Roberts alongside a panel of judges/mentors – comedians Laura Daniel & Pax Assadi plus Mai FM’s Tegan Yorwarth. It’s an easy watch and shows how much wonderful (and sometimes kinda weird) talent we have got in our community up and down the country. Personally one of my favourites was the rollerblading dance team, as I could never do something like that! Catch 60 Seconds on Monday’s and on demand. Image @tvnz 

Playlist: I’ve been listening to… 
* Bam Bam by Camila Cabello ft. Ed Sheeran
* As It Was by Harry Styles
* Complicated by Simple Plan 
* COMPLETE MESS by 5 Seconds of Summer 
* Run by Becky Hill & Galantis 
* Find Me by Muroki 
* When You’re Gone by Shawn Mendes 
* hurts to love you by Carla Wehbe
* I’m Tired by Labrinth & Zendaya 
* History by Mitch James
* Dancing Feet by Kygo ft DNCE
* Meet U Again by Riiki Reid 
* Following the Sun by SUPER-Hi & Neeka 
* I Keep by Broods ft. Tove Lo
* Victoria by Thomas Headon 
* dying on the inside by Nessa Barrett 
* Don’t Forget My Love by Miguel & Diplo 
* House On Fire by Mimi Webb
* she’s all i wanna be by Tate McRae
* Sweetest Pie by Megan Thee Stallion & Dua Lipa

It’s understandable as the world begins to go back to some normality that the pressures to say yes to all the different social gatherings and how exhausting it can be adjusting to a different routine can be (like getting back into a full-time work hustle outside of your house) is prevalent. I saw this quote shared by Siannise Fudge and it resonated with me too so I wanted to share it, “Your best doesn’t mean pushing yourself to your breaking point. Your best happens when you get enough sleep, take breaks and listen to your limits. Your best happens when you are your best you.”