Valentine’s Day

Ah, Valentine’s Day, ay? A lot of people on my social media were writing love letters to their significant others and how much they appreciate their presence in their lives. Which of course is lovely and it is great that people have so much love for another human being, but I do not think I will ever be able to fully relate – until I have a child.

Do not get me wrong, I had a wonderful Valentine’s Day full of laughter and love. I had drinks at No.65 & King with A and then we proceeded to have a very vegan and candlelit dinner at Farmacy. It was nice to celebrate Valentine’s Day seeing as I have not done so for over two years. Nevertheless, that does not mean I am overwhelmed by the love I have for the people around me. I am appreciative of it, but not overwhelmed.

What I am overwhelmed by is the love I feel for myself. And at the end of the day your relationship with yourself is the most important thing in the world because you will literally spend the rest of your life with you. The importance of nurturing your relationship with yourself is vital to a comfortable and fulfilled life. I am incredibly happy with myself and I know I can always count on me to have my own back. If one part of me is slacking or is going through a tough time, another part of me picks the pieces up and gets shit done. And that is something I have only ever been able to rely on myself for, and that is why I love me. I take care of me in a way that only I can – I know what I need to feel happy. If that is a good read at a small café, then I will do that. If that is a lengthy shopping spree with a glass of champagne to top it off, then I will do that. If that is a crazy night out with my girlfriends, then I will do that. If that is to lay in bed all day and order food delivery after food delivery, then I will do that.

What it comes down to is ultimately a commitment to take care of your soul and your mind. I have realised after years and years of putting my happiness in the hands of other people that at the end of the day, the only person who can make me truly happy is me – the only person who will never ever leave, disappoint, cheat, be mean, put me down or misunderstand me. And I think once you come to that realisation you will have a much better relationship to yourself as well as the people around you. It helps filter which choices to make in life and in which people to you keep around you.

So thank you Julia for being you, for always having my back, for being hard working, for making me laugh (I literally find myself hilarious) and for being a kind and considerate human being. I love you!

ANSWERS

Which agency are you with? Have you got a link to your portfolio and stats?

I get this question a lot. I think perhaps a lot of people assume from my Instagram bio that I am an Instagram model (because most bloggers who also refer to themselves as models are Instamodels) but this is not the case with me.

I was scouted when I was 20 by the modelling agency Sugarbabes and had a contract with them for about one and a half years before I decided that it was not the agency for me for various reasons. I ended the contract and decided to do freelance modelling until I found another agency. But being a freelance model suited my lifestyle so well so that I did not even actively try to find another agency. Because I am on the path of becoming a solicitor and I work full time as a paralegal and do the blogging on the side, there is not much time for going to castings or doing mid week modelling jobs. With the freelance work, it gives me the flexibility that I need. I have built up a great relationship with many industry professionals, so they now contact me directly and I can thereafter decide whether the job will fit into my schedule.

I therefore do not have an online portfolio, and my pictures and stats can be provided on request.

What has been your most memorable modelling shot?

I have had many amazing photoshoots, but I think the most memorable one is my first one with Kryolan, filming the Ultra Foundation advert. Everything from the make up to the gown I wore was just amazing!

Hello. What do you use for your skin daily?

I do not have a particular daily skin routine, although with the new year arriving I have decided to take better care of my skin because although I have good skin now, a bad routine in my younger years will most definitely affect my skin’s appearance long term. I have for a while been looking at Zagora‘s Moroccan beauty products. They are completely natural, and this is something that I want to introduce my skin to, because I have previously used products which has all kinds of nasties in them. I think my skin is the happiest when I use natural products which are not too harsh on the skin.

I understand from your blog that you are a feminist. How will this show when you start working as a solicitor?

Being a feminist is so deeply rooted in everything that I do that I do not think people will note a considerable difference in my behaviour when I become a solicitor. I believe in equality of men and women, and I believe in women being offered the same treatment and opportunities as men. I will implement these views in whatever employment I have.

Working in family law, I have noticed many shortcomings in how the law treats men and women differently, especially when it comes to custody of children and finances. There is an assumed role of the man as the breadwinner and the woman as the natural carer. While this is something that I would like to see changed, being a solicitor does not mean that I can change the law. I have to use the law as it currently stands to provide justice to my clients. And as a feminist this is of course what I will aim to do.

Have you decided where you want to live for the future Julia?

This is a hard one… I love London and I think London will always be my base. But I also have dreams of living in Paris and L.A. at some point. The only thing I know for a fact is that I want to retire in the Caribbean (preferably Curacao or Jamaica).

What do you do to stay in shape?

Nothing haha! I don’t go to the gym, or do any real exercise. I do eat quite well though, 90% plant based, lots of lentil salads, healthy soups, vegan curries etc. so perhaps that is why I look like I am in fairly good shape. Although I do actually want to start working out again, so any if anyone is a PT, get at me!

Best club in London?

This is an easy one. Maddox, no doubt.

What advices would you give to someone who would like to get into modelling?

Stay true to yourself and what you believe in. Modelling is a very harsh and competitive industry. It is important to not take shit or to do something you do not feel comfortable with. I have many times been pushed to do lingerie shoots, but I take pride in the fact that I have made a lot of money from my face (with my clothes on). Another piece of advice is to know your limits. I am not a runway  model nor a high fashion model, therefore I have not wasted time going to castings where those kind of models have been requested. I know my strength lies in beauty modelling and that is what I have stuck to. It is good challenge the norm, but there are so many subcategories of modelling that it makes sense to stick with what you do best and can make the most money out of!

NEW HAIR ROUTINE

 

I have started a new hair routine! I personally think that it is so important to keep your hair looking healthy, because if you have split ends or dry hair, it does not matter if your outfit is on point or your make up is flawless – this is all that people will see (or at least that is what I see when I look at other people haha!). So having used Tigi for pretty much most of my teenage years up until now, I decided to try a brand I have only heard good things ago: Kérastase. And boy, am I impressed! While they have various different shampoos and conditioners for different kinds of hair, I decided to go for one that makes your hair soft and silky – because my hair is not really dry nor is it brittle. I also decided to buy the leave in conditioner to go with it and I can honestly say that I will never go back haha. Above is my hair after one wash…

I might as well take this opportunity to say that the blog has now gone English full time haha. As you know, I have been translating every single text in both Swedish and English and it becomes a bit exhausting after a while, especially when I am writing longer texts (for which I have only written in English). So for the sake of coherence of posts, and because I am pretty sure most of you Swedes are somewhat good at English anyway, this will now be the new format of the blog. Hope you all like it!

BTS FROM THE GLITTER SERIES

Make up: Abbi Rose (assisted by Georgia Shults) / Hair: Charlie Wilkinson (using Annabelles Wigs)

Who doesn’t love glitter?! Gjorde för ett tag sedan ett shoot som precis kommit ut som har fått namnet The Glitter Series. Under plåtningen tog jag som vanligt selfies – fick denna gången med uppbyggningen av glittret och sminket på mitt ansikte. Älskar verkligen denna looken med den vitsilvriga peruken och det isblåa glittret. Snacka om att jag levde upp till mitt alter ego – ice queen!

// Who doesn't love glitter?! A while ago I did a shoot which has recently been released called The Glitter Series. During the shoot I was taking selfless as I usually do - this time I managed to capture some of the build up of the make up and glitter on my face. I really love this look with the silverwhite wig and the ice blue glitter. I really lived up to my alter ego - ice queen! //

The Meaning of Life

I am going to write this post in English as most of my Swedish readers know English fairly well and the text is simply too long to translate myself (yes I am feeling a bit lazy!).

I know that this last year the updating of the blog has been slightly inconsistent, with intervals of daily posts, varied with periods of time with no posts whatsoever. The reason for this is because this has been a rather trying year for me, with a lot of emotional trauma and some sort of an existential crisis. As you all know, I am very career driven and I like to keep busy when it comes to work and university. But that also means that I barely allow myself to take time to be upset when I need to be upset. I also do not like being upset, as I am all about good people around me and positive vibes. Yet I have realised that when I am not in a good place, I am not able to give any positive energy back to these people around me – I realise this because I self-evaluate a lot and have realised that no one likes a miserable prick. So I tend to exclude myself when I am down and I try to heal on my own.

It has been a trying year, but I finally feel like I am happy. For the first time in literally a year (except when I was in the Caribbean) I feel really happy and content. I have had to come to terms with a lot of intimidating and scary things this year, such as not knowing what the future holds and what the meaning of life is (an existential crisis if you will) and at times I have wanted to just curl up in to a little ball and not have to deal with reality. But I have had patience and faith in the very obvious fact that everything will be okay. Life has its course and all we can do is enjoy the ride, go with the flow, make the most of everyday and be in the moment. Be here and be now.

And I truly feel this. I have found myself feeling a wave of appreciation and love for the people who are in my life right now. They are not many, but the ones I do have are damn good ones. People I laugh with, people I cry with, people I trust in, people who will literally fight for me (hahah you know who you are!) and people I respect and learn from. Good people who make me happy. People who make me feel loved.

And the best thing is that I actually feel I can give this love back. I can be there for them too, like a symbiosis of energy. They give me energy, and I give it back. And perhaps that is the meaning of life?

WEEK ON INSTA/SNAP

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Another week, another selfie! Min vecka har varit hektisk som vanligt med jobb och vänner. Min vän Shauna var i London i veckan så det blev många middagar och utgångar vilket var kul. Älskar verkligen när jag får umgås med mina tjejkompisar – det ger mig så mycket energi!

Imorgon ska jag fixa mina naglar och försöka hitta lite bikinis eftersom jag åker till Marbella på tisdag! Ska bli så skönt att få komma bort och få njuta av sol och bad i några dagar 🙂

// Another week, another selfie! My week has been hectic with work and friends. My friend Shauna was in London this week so we had many dinners and party nights which was fun. I love spending time with my girlfriends - it gives me so much energy!
Tomorrow I am getting my nails done and I will try to find some bikinis because I am going to Marbella on tuesday! It's going to be so nice getting away for a bit and just enjoy the beach and the sun :) //