Mollie’s Feel-Good Feed: My favourite scented candle and new Hollywood obsession

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  • Welcome to Mollie’s Feel-Good Feed, a place where each week Mollie King shares her round-up of the things bringing her joy in these strange and uncertain times. Check back each week for uplifting music, self care tips and, hopefully, a smile being put on your face.

    Here we go! Another week of summer and a few more suggestions of feel-good entertainment to add some extra sunshine to your July.

    If like me you’re feeling a bit more human having popped out to get your hair done, or because you’ve ventured out to a shop or pub, then you’re probably ready to slip the comfies back on and enjoy a bit more sofa time.

    Maybe you’ve ticked off Queer Eye and The Last Dance so it’s time to pour yourself a delicious glass of wine or make a cup of tea, put your feet up and sample these next treats…

    Singles

    I’m so excited to have James Bay back! The wait was most definitely worth it. Chew On My Heart is his first new single since releasing his album Electric Light in 2018, and I’m delighted to say it’s reminiscent of his earlier hits Hold Back the River and Let It Go (no, not that one!).

    In equally big news, he’s ditched his trademark hat and is now embracing his long flowing locks. It’s great to see a different look on him – although let’s be honest, if we could wear a fedora as well as James does, we wouldn’t take it off either!

    The next artist I’ve been a fan of since she released Lush Life back in 2015, and she’s consistently provided us with big pop smashes – it’s Zara Larsson. Her recent release Love Me Land is one to add to her ever-growing list of successes; with a dramatic start and hypnotic bass line, it’s one you’ll love singing along to on any feel-good playlist.

    Co-written by one of the most successful pop writers of our time, Julia Michaels, the collaboration works perfectly and is definitely a tune pop fans will enjoy.

    TV shows

    Have you ever wondered who styles the A-List for red carpet appearances, TV moments and sometimes even for dinners out? Well then, scroll through Netflix until you reach Styling Hollywood. This feel-good series follows designers Jason Bolden and Adair Curtis as they dress celebrities for some of their most iconic fashion moments.

    Featuring everything from the ins and outs of fashion houses flying their dresses in from Paris, to actors squeezing fittings into their busy schedules, this is a behind-the-scenes look at styling one of the most glamorous cities in the world. And if that isn’t enough to entice you, they also style their clients’ homes too. We can only dream!

    Fitness

    By now you’ve probably heard me mention that I’m a Peloton addict. You may have seen their slick adverts on TV with the gorgeous instructors cheering people on while they work out from home – but if you haven’t, the app allows you to stream a range of fitness classes wherever you are.

    This week they launched ‘Pelothon’, a campaign that encourages people to work out and raise money to support hunger relief efforts at the same time. It’s been a good reminder to myself to make time to exercise, and I’ve used this as an opportunity to take up running again.

    I’ve never been a great runner, but knowing it’s helping raise money for this cause has helped to put an extra spring in my step. Running is something I’ve slowly built up over time and I can’t recommend it enough. If you’ve got a pair of trainers, give it a go. You’ll feel like you’re a child again, running free without a care in the world!

    Self care

    Every now and then I think we all need to grant ourselves permission to recharge our batteries and have a little wind-down time. I myself am in the middle of remodelling my flat, so it’s been a busy and exciting few weeks, but over the last few days I’ve made a conscious decision to give myself more time to relax and chill.

    I’ve recently fallen in love with Bolt and Star candles; for me, lighting a candle while reading a book or having a long bath is pure heaven, especially when it smells of Sandalwood and Bergamot (my favourite scent). I can’t recommend these candles highly enough, so pop some relaxing music on, run the bath and light your favourite. Whether you prefer Peppermint, Lavender and Orange or Neroli, Lemon and Ginger, there really is one for everyone!

    Thanks so much for reading this week’s Mollie’s Feel-Good Feed – check back on Marie Claire every Friday for more of my feel-good recommendations. Stay safe, take care and enjoy!

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