Sunday 30 August 2009


I don't like to read long texts on a screen. I kind of of think that applies to everyone else (even though I know that it really doesn't) so I mostly try to keep my writings short. In order to avoid too much scrolling I'll answer the questions received so far now alrady.

Here's some Soft Sunday music to go along with the reading (or scrolling in case you don't give a F):

-I have always wondered what it is you really work with?
I work as a freelancing graphic designer, I do random commissions, but I also frequently work with a textile and apparel company together with my friend K. We do product planning, sketches and package design. I also work in the harbor as a cargo supervisor; we load and unload ships and I see that everything goes as planned. It's kind of blue collar.

Have you lived in Budapest? What did you do there.
-I studied graphic design in BP in 2003 at MIE; Magyar Iparmûvészeti Egyetem, which I believe is nowadays called MOME. My mentor told me "Budapest has a great nightlife, so don't take too many courses". I took his advide.

Any photoshop secrets or other editing tips and tricks you'd like to share ;)?
-Remember to save versions in between! And well, play around with adjustement layers etc. You learn a lot by doing and trying. And google up and read threads and forums.

How do you take such gorgeous pictures?!
-Heh, by taking many. Out of ten there should be one usable :)

Do you use hair extensions or is it ur real hair?
-Nips, it's all my own!

What's my favourite
Food: I like a lot, but tapas and meze dishes with good wine always works for me! And sushi.
Band : I used to say Interpol but nowadays I've distanced from it. I like rautalanka (and surf) the most, so bands that play that well! Most people find it rather geeky :D
Book : perhaps Orwell's 1984
Movie : Depends, it used to be A Clockwork Orange.
I don't really have a "number one" of anything, I like so many different things in different ways.

Do you work out?
-Too little these days - I used to work out six times a week at the gym, with yoga and savate (you get a little manic by doin it too often so that's not good either). Nowadays I go swimming about once a week and then try to squeeze in some hot yoga once or twice a month... I'm trying to make time for savate again, but haven't done it even once this year.

What languages do you speak?

-Swedish (mother toungue), Finnish, English, French, German. Some elementary Hungarian that I keep on forgetting more and more about. Since I speak Swedish I can get by on Norwegian and Dansih, it kind of comes as a bonus. I'd like to say Estonian too but I'm so bad at it I'm not sure it counts.

What do you usually eat during the day?


What is your favourite bar&club in Helsinki?

-For easy dining and wine Bar No9, otherwise perhaps Bar Loose. Right now all places seem a but dull. Autumn depression perhaps.

Are you one a diet or think what you are eating?
I eat whatever I want but in general rather healthy. I always have to have some uncooked vegetables with every meal. It feels great not to avoid anything anylonger, I don't care about carbs or calories.

Are you vegetarian?

-Yes, I've been quite a strict one but I have fish and eggs nowadays.

When did you became so stylish, have you always dressed that way? (oh thanks :)
-I've had different styles, some more some less stylish I guess but I've always paid attention to both details and the whole.

What kind of style you had when you were a teenager?
Black black black and slightly bohemian, after which I became something of an arty psychedelic hippie girl.

Height & weight?

-165 cm, I don't weight myself that often but something around 63 kilos I think.

How did you get the idea to start performing burlesque / How did you get involved in Burlesque performance?
-I've always loved the look of burlesque but it wasn't until I saw it live for the first time a couple of years ago (and Paula who was there with me told me "you have such a burlesque body!") I started thinking "I could do this!". Friends and friends of friends were also interested and we put together our group. Burlesque is new in Finland and the scene small, so it was easy to join in, we were definitaly in the right place at the right time!

What educations do you have?

-I'm a Bachelor of Arts, my major was graphic design. I studied painting before that for a year.

Do you have a boyfriend?

What's yout name?

I would love to know the story behind your "förlåt mig" tattoo
-I took it after my previous relationship, when we broke off our engagement. It's says forgive me for his sake as well as my own.

Do you promise to answer me if I send you an email and ask about where to go and what to see in Helsinki if I ever end up there?
-Yes. But it might take some time before I answer it and you can remind me if it takes too long :)

How do you manage such a hectic lifestyle with freelancing, sewing, your job at the harbor, and burlesque and still manage to -look absolutely fabulous? (thanks again:)
Basically I never have any free time. Even if I take days off there is always something I should be working with... The good thing with my harbor job, and one of the main reasons why I'm still there, is that I have every third week free but still get paid for the whole month and have full vacations! That helps and also makes it pretty hard to quit.

Have you ever seen the comic Fritzi Ritz?
No, but now I have :D

Any tips on how to get the lipstick stay on your lips and how to avoid chapping at the same time?
-Hmm, I have sensitive skin and my lips get dry or irritated from time to time. I wear a fat cream from the pharmacy (like Bepanthen) during the night and put chapstick (like the blistex tube that doesn't really "stay on" the lips but) on in good time before the lipstick. Sometimes I just paint my lips with liner and put vaseline on for a more "lipstick look". (you need to bite it off a bit and add some more colour afterwards for an even result.) Have you tried changing to a more moisturizing lipstick? The Gosh soft n' Shine lipbalm has so much colour that it works more as a lipstick but is still pretty moist.


Anonymous said...

Nice answers to read and great song!

Sherin said...

Great answers. Its great to get to know you a bit better. I love Orwell's 1984 as well: its a brilliant book.
Wow about all those languages you speak. Thats really talented!

The Freelancer's FashionBlog said...

Sherin : thanks, but a few languages comes pretty much for free here in FInland- Finnish and Swedish are official languages, english mandatory and then in high school you can get two foreign languages if you wish to; French,German or Russian, many choose at least one . So it's not unusual to speak for example four languages over here! Funny enough Swedish is what causes most resistance,as many Finnish speaking Finns (not all of corse but plenty still ) do not want to learn it and see it as something bad, just as a historical relict, when actually it gives you most other scandinavian languages as a bonus...

Anna said...

Åh vad spännande att studera i Budapest :D
Hur var den utbildningen?
Jag vet inte riktigt vart jag ska vända mig för "rätt" utbildning inom området. Gaah!
Mycket spännande att få veta lite mer om dig och din bakgrund också :D Tack!

The Freelancer's FashionBlog said...

Anna : Det var väldigt fint att vara där! Fast jag som sagt inte studerade så värst mycket, vilket nu på efterhand är lite synd eftersom det är en bra skola. Jag åkte dit på Erasmus utbyte via min egen design skola här hemma. Det gjorde allt lättare, eftersom det fanns färdiga listor på övriga högskolor och uniersitet att välja mellan. Jag tror det länar sig att söak in till en skola som låter ra/intresasnt. Sen om man mrket att det inte är ens grej är det bara att byta, det är inte så svårt när man engång kommit igång och kommit in på en fakultet!

Anonymous said...

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Anna said...

:) i've been looking at ur blog for a few months now and it really inspires me!now my question(is) for you is: are you that blond by nature and what hair products do you use?
Thank you!


Frollein von Sofa said...

Hey Gorgeous ! I opened my online boutique today and I thought you might be interested....(there are quite many huge flowers for your lovely head )
Cheerio from Berlin !

Linsey said...

i don't have a question but a request, would you like to post some pictures of your wardrobe?
if you don't want to do it, then it's fine.
The same request to post a picture with your boyfriend,
but i would totally understand
if you don't want it.
thanks. kisses x