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New year, new recommendations
Well here we are then. Hello 2021! Not quite the start we were looking for, but hopefully one more step into the light at the end of the tunnel. Hope you and your loved ones are doing well. I really can’t wait to give you more reasons to smile and as many music, TV, and grooming recommendations as possible for your well-being. I definitely missed writing this over the holidays and also asked for your suggestions on my Instagram, which have been great and can’t wait to feature them in this column.
I have to start the year with one of the most exciting new artists around: Japanese-British singer Rina Sawayama. She released a track that will make us all jump out of bed and feel elated. Lucid, which was produced by iconic pop producer, Bloodpop, has elements of his previous work, Rain on me with Lady GaGa and Ariana Grande. Sounds good already, doesn’t it? This song could almost be the second part of it – you can hear it even 30 seconds. 2021 is currently calling for joy and I think it has already been delivered here. If Sawayama continues to release songs of this caliber, she is one that we will need to watch closely. Dance shoes close at hand.
If boy bands are your thing, look no further than Why Don’t We. This American boyband has amassed five million followers on Instagram alone and three billion streams. In keeping with their popular guitar sound, To slow down looks like a mix of John Mayer and Niall Horan (the dream of many pop fans). They first appeared in 2016 and since then have won a Teen Choice Award and Ed Sheeran has co-written some of their songs. Fans were on the edge of their seats waiting for their second album, The good times and the bad. Lucky for them, it came out today.
If country / folk music is more your thing, how’s the arrival of Taylor Swift’s ninth album? Always ring? Released unexpectedly, it was a most welcome surprise for country music fans around the world, especially since it comes just five months after his sister album, Folklore. Perfectly in tune with the world we live in right now, this album is sweet and heartwarming – everything we need right now. It received rave reviews and landed a number one hit in the UK and US. The deluxe version was released last week – if you haven’t sat down to listen yet, I highly recommend it.
With Lockdown on us again, Netflix is ââbecoming a good friend of ours. You know what I mean, don’t you … The friend we turn to in quieter times, the one who distracts us from what’s going on and gives us a well-deserved escape. More importantly, he is a friend who does not judge (except when he asks, “Are you always watching? “). And our good friend gave us Bridgerton, the must-see new period drama. With its modern take on Regency London, this series, produced by Shonda Rhimes (of Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder), is full of romance, drama and scandal!
January has always been a dreaded month, with the post-Christmas blues and very little sun in sight. However, I am now using it as a moment to challenge myself. For many of you, getting fit is January’s top task, and mine is too. For the second year in a row, I have set myself the New Year’s challenge to be active every day. No ifs, no buts. It doesn’t necessarily mean running 5K (heaven, I can barely run all the way), it can be anything to keep my body, but also my mind, active and healthy. One of the most important things I took away from 2020 is the impact of fitness on the way I feel every day. And with that knowledge, I’m getting a head start on this point. My exercise ranges from simple squats and lunges in the living room to walking my dog ââAlfie in the park. From spinning on my Peloton, to 20 minutes of a virtual yoga class.
For my mental health, above all, it has kept me motivated and happy, two feelings that seem hard to feel right now. Take the challenge with me on my Instagram account and let me know how you mix up what you do every day. It’s always nice to hear from you!