June Favourites

It’s officially June! Winter is most definitely already making an appearance and it’s crazy to even be saying June, even with all the disruptions and restrictions we’ve already had this year, 2022 still seems to be going pretty fast!

This month we highlight Tate McRae’s new record, an extensive book about The Royals, iconic kiwi snacks taking over the TV screen and new tunes for your playlist. 

Music: Tate McRae
There has been some great records released over the past few weeks (hi Harry Styles and also my childhood faves Simple Plan) but I have to mention Tate McRae’s new record, i used to think i could fly which was put out last week. I remember seeing Tate regularly pop-up on Tik Tok and with her song lyrics and her infectious vibe I just had a feeling Tate would soon be on a larger musical journey outside of a social media app. “What a rollercoaster writing this album, [it has] some of the most honest and real lyrics I have ever written” Tate wrote online about the release, she’s also touring NZ next month which gives us all a chance to experience it live! i used to think i could fly is out now. Image @tatemcrae

Book: The Palace Papers by Tina Brown
The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor – the Truth and the Turmoil is award-winning writer and author Tina Brown’s new book. Tina Brown is also the bestselling author of The Diana Chronicles, which Helen Mirren called ‘unputdownable’ and ‘extraordinary’. I don’t know about you but I definitely heard a lot about The Royals growing up and after watching Kirsten Stewart as Princess Diana in the Spencer film earlier in the year, I am intrigued to read Tina’s new published work that is set to ‘tell the real story of the Windsors over the last twenty years since the death of Diana.’ The Palace Papers is available now, and sounds like a great Winter read! Image @PenguinNZ

TV: Snack Masters
Who doesn’t love a snack? Kiwis truly do which is why there is a new local show based entirely around that fact, hosted by our very own Kim Crossman and comedian Tom Sainsbury. Top NZ chefs from all over tackle a mystery iconic snack each week which they have to recreate… from scratch. So far we’ve seen Tip Top’s Trumpet, a Big Mac and fries from Maccas, Licorice Allsorts, the classic Big Ben Mince & Cheese Pie, Toffee Pop biscuits and the party standard – chips and dip. This show is entertaining and informative (exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at how the original food is made!) but a warning, it may leave you craving a good snack! Snack Masters is on TV2 each Wednesday evening and you can catch up on TVNZ on Demand. 

Playlist: I’ve been listening to… 
* Cate’s Brother by Maisie Peters 
* This Love (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift
* Just So You Won’t Be Alone by alayna 
* Late Night Talking by Harry Styles
* Sleep Tight by Holly Humberstone 
* Me, Myself and I by 5 Seconds of Summer
* That’s Where I’ll Be by Rob Ruha
* You Let Me Down by Alessia Cara

* Runner Up by A.R.T 
* breakup song by Laura Marano 
* Parachute (plan b) by Kira Kosarin
* Just Friends by Why Don’t We
* what would you do? by Tate McRae
* Automatic by Jessica Mauboy
* MEAN! by Madeline The Person

* Words by Alesso & Zara Larsson
* 26 by Lauv
* Hollow by Flume ft. Emma Louise
* I Just Called by Anne-Marie, NEIKED and Latto
* Something to Someone by Dermot Kennedy 

Quote: @adoseofreminders
I think it’s super easy especially with social media (which remember is only someone’s highlight reel) to compare your life or your journey with others but that’s likely not going to be the healthiest thing for your own well-being or journey, so I wanted to share a short but simple reminder (from @doseofreminders) that may resonate with you. “You are not behind in life, your journey is different to others and that’s okay.”