October Favourites

Happy October – we’re officially in the midst of Spring and we also seem to be in a bit of a cold snap this past week. This time of year also has a rise of that pesky hay fever (ugh right?!) but this season has mostly pros, I say! 

This month we share new music from Why Don’t We, Stan Walker’s upcoming raw book, Paris Hilton’s documentary and fresh songs to be added to your playlist. 

Music: Why Don’t We 
American group Why Don’t We have delighted fans with their first music release of the year this week with catchy bop Fallin’ (self-written and produced) after spending their lockdown creating music. They also recently clocked four years as a band and the celebration was well deserved as they’ve amassed over 3 billion streams, millions of fans and their 8 Letters album debuted in the Billboard Top 10. Their ‘hiatus’ is definitely officially over and if their new single is anything to go by, the future of their music is big. (The ‘Why Don’t We Essentials’ playlist on Apple Music will get you up to speed on their catalogue so far!). 

Travel: Local Support 
Even though the majority of the country is at Level 1 (except for Auckland which currently remains at Level 2), some people may not feel ready to travel across cities just yet but there’s still plenty of room to support local. Whether you’re out there travelling around the country making the most of the weather (like the snow down South) or the longer days (hi daylight savings), heading out of the city for a fresh air adventure or meeting pals (safely) at your favourite local spots, everyone is doing their part for our businesses here in Aotearoa and that’s what we can do right now. (Pictured is sweet treats from Khaos Cakery in Howick, highly recommend!) 

Book: Stan Walker – Impossible: My Story 
Talented singer-songwriter Stan Walker (who has ties to both Aotearoa and Australia) is known for his soulful music and opening his cancer journey to the world, which saw the removal of his stomach in the 2018 documentary, Stan. Now Stan has put pen to paper for a raw and telling book about “abuse and addiction, hardship and excess, cancer and discrimination, and growing up in a family where love and violence were horribly entwined.” Stan’s Impossible: My Story is out in all book stores and online from October 7th.  

Film: Paris Hilton’s This Is Paris
I don’t know about you, but I’m all for a good documentary film. “We thought we knew Paris Hilton. We were wrong. This is the untold true story that shaped the woman, and the iconic character she created.” This Is Paris delves deep into the darkest corners of Paris Hilton’s childhood and life journey. The film’s duration is an hour and 45 minutes which is lengthy but I found that I couldn’t stop watching it – it’s well worth adding it to your watch list. This Is Paris is streaming free on YouTube now. 

Playlist: I’ve been listening to

  • OK Not To Be OK by Marshmello & Demi Lovato
  • Sundown by Six60
  • Who’s Laughing Now by Ava Max
  • Lasting Lover by Sigala & James Arthur
  • Fallin’ by Why Don’t We
  • WOW (Remix) by Zara Larsson ft. Sabrina Carpenter
  • Diamonds by Sam Smith
  • my ex’s best friend by Machine Gun Kelly & blackbear
  • Holy by Justin Bieber ft. Chance the Rapper 
  • About Love by MARINA
  • Alone in My Car by Niki Demar 
  • Still Have Me by Demi Lovato
  • Turning Blue by Indyah
  • Somebody Else by Navvy 
  • What Do You Say by DUAL 

Quote: @thefemalehustlers
My best friend shared this post the other day and I thought it was timely given we’ve just had Mental Health Awareness Week and it is World Mental Health Day next week (10th). 

When your mental health is bad, give yourself a break. Don’t make yourself feel guilty for things you can’t do. Don’t feel bad about eating bad, about not doing as much as you normally would. You’re human. It’s okay to struggle. Look after yourself and your mind. It’s important.” – unknown (via @thefemalehustlers)