February Favourites

Happy February! Hope everyone has had a great start to the fresh new year and are settling into things – getting back into the work grind while still balancing getting outside to enjoy the summer weather! 

This month we round up new music from Olivia Rodrigo, Summer events to attend, Shortland Street alum Claire Chitham’s new wellness book, a reason to hit up the cinemas and more tunes to add to your playlist. 

Music: Olivia Rodrigo 
Drivers Licence… do I need to say more? If you haven’t heard Olivia Rodrigo’s catchy tune Drivers Licence, I’m not sure where you’ve been but the Disney star has made her mark in the music world. Olivia isn’t new to the spotlight after getting her start as a main cast member of Disney’s Bizaardvark and most recently in the TV series adaption of popular Disney movie franchise High School Musical where viewers were able to get a glimpse of her musical talents. Drivers License is the ballad of the summer and is likely only the beginning of people being able to see her songwriting and vocal abilities shine. 

Travel: Summer events
While the New Years holidays have been and gone, there is still plenty of weekends left in Summer with plenty of adventures and events + activities on offer up and down the country. If you’re looking for music – Six60 Saturdays are taking over Hamilton, Christchurch and Wellington this month with a host of local talent alongside Six60 plus honorary kiwi Netsky is on the road with his Glasshouse tour and for some nostalgia, Elemeno P have reunited for a tour to celebrate releasing their music on vinyl across NZ throughout February and March. There’s also loads of local activities and events on offer – personally, I’ll be hitting up a local market or two – love a weekend market trip for fresh produce and products from small businesses! 

Book: Claire Chitham 
You may know Claire Chitham for her acting chops on the likes of Shortland Street and Outrageous Fortune or working on creative projects via Good For You TV. She has teamed up with health journalist Kylie Bailey to create wellness book Good For You, dubbed as a ‘guide for good guts and feeling good’. Using both of their backgrounds (including Claire’s battle with Crohn’s Disease), Good For You details their own experiences and insights they’ve learnt, the latest science on gut and cellular health and looking at practical ways to help others with their own ‘health and vitality’. Good For You is available now from their websites and book stores. 

Film: Promising Young Woman 
Killing Eve’s Emerald Fennell brings Promising Young Woman to the big screen in her feature debut, led by the brilliant Carey Mulligan. Starring alongside Carey is a great cast including Alison Brie, Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge and Laverne Cox. The great cast line-up helps to carry the storyline that is (warning!) very dark at times but the message that is intertwined throughout makes it a worthwhile watch. Promising Young Woman is R18 and is out in cinemas now. 

Playlist: I’ve been listening to

  • Girls Like Us by Zoe Wees 
  • Drivers Licence by Olivia Rodrigo
  • Bang! by AJR
  • Lo Vas A Olvidar by Billie Eilish & ROSALIA 
  • Skin by Sabrina Carpenter 
  • Time by Mikey Dam 
  • Treat People with Kindness by Harry Styles 
  • Yalla Yalla by Nouri 
  • Good Man by Fergus James
  • Lost by Blake Rose 
  • Maybe Tomorrow – nice enough & Harper Finn 
  • Paradise by Meduza ft. Dermot Kennedy
  • Good Times by RIIKI 
  • Girlfriends by Boys World 
  • Potential Break Up Song (2020 Version) by Aly & AJ
  • So Personal by Foley 
  • Come Home by DENEL

Quote: C.S Lewis (posted by @VoicesofHope)
A friendly reminder that you’re never too old to set another goal or dream, no matter how big or small you think it may be, here’s to the New Year!