Mollie King on Little Simz, Pamela Anderson and T-Shirt Bras
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welcome to Mollie’s Wellness Feeda place where every month Mollie King shares her roundup of the things that bring her joy in these strange and uncertain times. Check back each month for uplifting music, self-care tips, and hopefully a smile on your face.
Welcome to my March edition of the Wellness Feed. It was almost impossible to think of anything other than what is happening in Ukraine. In the face of daily images of devastation and heartache, it’s been incredibly difficult to focus on other things. If you haven’t already or want to do more, here are some ways to support Ukraine. Constant news can be quite difficult to digest, which is why the team at Marie Claire wrote about some coping mechanisms if you find the news quite overwhelming right now. I hope this month’s column will lift your spirits, even for a brief moment.
Meet Dylan – she’s one to watch and is the pop star we want and need on the scene right now. With song titles that instantly grab attention like You are not Harry Styles and No Romeo, she is a force to be reckoned with. Originally from Suffolk, she was actually discovered by Grumpy Old Management (aka Ed Sheeran’s management), which, let’s be honest, isn’t a bad start when you’re an up-and-coming unknown artist. It has grown from strength to strength and delivers indie pop with real punch. She’s both ambitious and challenging, and definitely on my list to see live this year.
After winning the British Dance Act at the Brits, Becky Hill is, in my opinion, about to have her biggest year yet. With arguably some of the best voices on radio right now, Hill brings power to every song she writes and performs and is finally being recognized and celebrated on the level she deserves. There aren’t many DJs and producers who haven’t jumped at the chance to work with Becky, be it David Guetta, Topic, Oliver Heldens, MK, Sigala, Jonas Blue…the list goes on! This time, it’s the turn of the Swedish producer duo, Galantis, who brought us Anthem of sorrow with Little Mix as well as one of my favorite dance records of all time Leakage (U & I). The track is called Course and give me everything I want. Thank you Becky Hill and Galantis.
I can’t remember the last time I was so excited to release an album. The landscape has changed so much over the past few years, that albums really don’t seem like a big deal unless you’re a big fan of the artist. Rex Orange County was born in Hampshire and a singer-songwriter who gained a lot of attention in 2017 after starring on The Creator’s much-loved Tyler flower boy album. He’s already released two albums under his own name and a mixed band, so there’s definitely a lot of Rex Orange County music out there, but it always leaves me wanting more. The last album We do not care? which reached number 1 on the album chart last week defines how laid back his sound is. He grew up under the influence of artists like Stevie Wonder, and you can really hear the soulfulness and effortless delivery that was undoubtedly inspired by the world’s greatest.
For me, this girl owned the Brits last month. No, I’m not talking about Adele (although of course she blew my mind), I’m actually talking about the unstoppable Little Simz. She has been on the scene since 2010 and has certainly proven herself among her peers in the industry. His British performance stood out for many reasons, but mainly for his confidence. I think people often throw it all on their UK performances, but in my opinion, sometimes less is more. It’s often those performances – remember Dave’s performance in 2020 for example – that stays with us. So powerful. Don’t get me wrong, Little Simz still had indoor fireworks and backing dancers galore (you know I’m here for that), but it was so much more. She was a woman demonstrating exactly why she should be on this stage. His latest album, his fourth, titled Sometimes I could be introvertedonce again shows exactly who she is and why she deserves all the love in the world.
If like me you are a proud Disney+ viewer, you are familiar with one of the latest shows, Pam and Tommy. I started it and couldn’t stop watching. The biopic tells the story of Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee and their infamous sex tape. Starring Lily James, Sebastian Stan and Seth Rogen, this series provides insight into how the couple’s private video became a worldwide sensation in 1997. It offers pure nostalgia with one of the most iconic couples of the years. 90.
She’s quirky, she’s funny, she’s strong-witted, and she’s stylish. I know, I know, I want to be friends with her too. I’m talking about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which is back with its fourth season. Hooray! If she’s new to you, don’t worry, it’s never too late to start. (Hell, my partner Stuart just watched Friends!) This American comedy-drama follows Midge Maisel as she embarks on a successful stand-up career. From the creator of Gilmore GirlsAmy Sherman-Palladino, this show will have you smiling all spring long.
I had the chance to visit one of my favorite cities last month, the city of love, Paris. It was a whirlwind tour, but every minute was used to soak up Parisian culture. Of course, my first stop was at my favorite French brand, Sezane, in the trendy 7th Arrondissement. Her fabulous new boutique flaunts all her elegance and style, and to Stuart’s delight, an October section for men. Whether it’s the knit cardigan you’re looking for or the corduroy weekend jacket, Sezane delivers casual style every time. It’s perfect !
Finding the perfect underwear can sometimes seem like an impossible task, right? However, whenever I ask people where they buy theirs (don’t worry, that’s not my opening gambit at a dinner party), no one ever says the same place. However, that was until I was introduced to a brand made by women, for women. Introducing Nudea. Look no further ladies. Nudea manages to recognize that women want to feel supported while also feeling good, while being kind to the planet. Offering so many different styles, there’s something for every shape and size. For me, their sheer wire-free bralettes have got to be my favorite. They offer understated romance, while being the perfect bra under a simple t-shirt.
My amazing friend and stylist, Angie Smith, introduced me to an episode of the hit podcast How to fail with Elizabeth Day. It features former Google chief commercial officer Mo Gawdat. He was there to talk about his journey to find happiness after excelling in his career and being rich beyond his dreams, but still not feeling it. After hearing Mo’s story, I really admired him for his honesty and positivity. Not only has he been through his own struggles, like the loss of his son, but he’s an incredibly inspiring man with such a unique view of the world. Immediately after listening to the episode, I ordered his book Solve for Happy: Design your path to joy, which does exactly what it says in the title. I’m only halfway there at the moment and there’s a lot to take in, but I like to challenge myself to see life’s ups and downs in a different light. I always believe there is a chance to grow and learn from experiences, and as someone who is definitely a thinker by nature, this book really helped me. If you’re like me, give it a try. No one can ever be too happy, right?