Name: JULIE ANDERSON
It’s hard for me to quantify my occupation as I wear many hats. A chameleon in life and professionally I think the best title for me regarding occupation would be Creative. I work in front of the camera as a fashion model / actress and I work behind the scenes as the publisher of Feminine Collective. I work on myself as a writer of poetry. I work every waking minute as a mother. A Jill of all trades… that’s me.
Describe your beauty look:
My beauty look — Joan Jett. Period. Smudged black eyeliner, a bit of bed head hair and I’m literally ready to rock ‘n roll.
Five things you can't live without:
My computer, iPhone, mascara, toothbrush, and my children.
Who is your style icon?
I don’t really have a definitive icon. I gravitate, and wish to emulate the style of Parisien women. They do the "disheveled want to be rock goddess” look chic and effortless.
What inspired you to start Feminine Collective?
The idea for Feminine Collective started forming during a season in personal hell. I was living in Paris and was at a loss. I came across a Brene Brown Ted Talk on vulnerability. Her thoughts started an inner dialogue. I came to the conclusion that the life that I enjoy living has many facets and numerous lessons. I realized that the best conversations that I have had have been with my sisters from around the world… the ones that I have met along the way. Our conversations are always authentic, raw and unfiltered. We are vulnerable. That vulnerability in my opinion was missing in our world of “fake”. So with a great deal of help from my friends Feminine Collective was born.
How does your life story inform your creative process?
I have found that when my heart is hurting, I am prolific - I can write poetry that seems otherworldly. When my heart is safe and beating to a healthy tune I’m able to realize possibilities. It is one way or another for me. I am working on melding the two, but for now - I take what I can get.
What advice would you give to women who want to reinvent?
Reinvention takes time. You must listen to your heart. Go for what you love. And always run to FEAR - not away from it, that is where the magic happens.
What would you tell your younger self?
I would tell the younger me to value herself and her intuition — period.
Who inspires you and why?
The women and men that I have meet that have claimed their sense of self. The ones that have picked themselves up and dusted off all of their mistakes, misfortunes and resentments. The ones that rise each day and make every minute count. I need them in my life even if for the briefest of moments. Because without them I never would have found my place in the thriver group.
What makes you feel like your most authentic self?
I am my most authentic self, every day. Living in the altered world of pretense and fabrication never suited me. Now that I have had a few decades around the sun I no longer play the game. I am me. And that is the end of that.
What is your daily beauty routine?
Wash my face, brush my teeth, moisturize … a dab of perfume … pomade for my hair and lashings of mascara. Done.
What do you like about Best Skin Days?
Best Skin Days is by far the best coverage that I have found in a very long time. It’s light, creamy and sheer. I feel and look radiant - not made up. Which of course goes perfectly with my dream persona - rock chick chic!
What is your favorite self-care/recharge ritual?